Friday, August 16, 2013

Plastic rocks, a city and just a few mountains.

Before leaving London to embark on our European adventure, my brother and I decided to try out an indoor climbing gym which was close to our hostel. West1 is only a small climbing gym but it had enough climbing and bouldering to keep us entertained for hours. We also had our pick of the top rope climbs as there were only a handful of other climbers at the gym. 
    Figure 8 knot - check! 
    Plenty of free ropes
    Trying out some bouldering 
    Pull up session after climbing

The first stop on the trip was Krakow in Poland. We had a ridiculously early flight out of London Southend (technically in Essex...not London!). Our flight was at 7.20am which meant we had to wake up at 3.30am as it took over an hour to get to the airport from where we were staying! By the time we arrived in Krakow we were exhausted so we dropped our bags at the hostel and wandered around the city. Over the next few days we explored the old town, visited Wawel castle, enjoyed beers with a new Polish friend (which Scott enjoyed a little too much and regretted on our bus trip the next day) and did an all day tour of Auschwitz concentration camp. Visiting Auschwitz was a very sobering experience and a terrible reminder of what people are capable of doing to each other. 

    Wawel Castle Cathedral
    Grunwald monument 
    Getting artistic at Wawel castle 
   Pretty flowers 
   Spotted taking flower photos! 
    Wawel Castle 
    Making my way around the castle 
   Scott determining whether the castle walls are suitable for climbing 
    Exploring Krakow 
   Exploring the market square 
   Walking around Auschwitz 

After a few days in Krakow we caught a bus to Zakopane. We stayed in a hostel right near the Tatra mountains. On our second day we did a 10 hour hike around the mountains where I discovered I am terribly unfit!! We also probably should have packed better jumpers - it was freezing up there. The hike was amazing though!! 



   Excited to be going downhill 
   Soo cold at this point!! 
    Struggle street 

   On top of the world 
    Quite an incline. 
   Flat ground - yes!! 

   Navigator Scott 
   Amazing view 
    I do like a good flower photo 
    So many trails 
   Perhaps less pull ups and more cardio would have made the hike easier!! 





Thursday, August 8, 2013

New life

I have a confession to make. I've severely neglected this blog over the past few year(s). I had the best intentions when I started the blog to update it regularly but unfortunately never seemed to find the time. 

The good news is that I've decided to breathe new life into my blog, however the bad news (or good news for some!) is that this blog will no longer solely be about fashion. This year has been one of significant change. I have taken up new hobbies, adjusted my priorities and recently embarked on an extended overseas holiday. As a result, I've decided to use this blog to document my adventures. 

The first stop in my travels was London. I arrived on Monday with my brother, who will be travelling with me for the next three months. I think we may be ready to kill each other by the end of the trip!!

I love London. I spent many months in London late last year and I think I will always be enamoured. Just getting to London has been quite an experience. Once again, I managed to only give myself a few days to pack up my room, which, as you can imagine, contains an embarrassingly large amount of clothes, shoes and accessories. I swear items in my wardrobe breed on their own when I'm not looking. 

After a very sleep deprived last few days I finally packed by backpack and was ready. I must admit I was quite shocked by how significantly the contents of my backpack changed from last year. I packed less jewellery, pretty dresses and handbags and packed more sports wear and (slightly) more practical clothing. Let me explain why - I have taken up rock climbing. Yes, I can hear your audible gasp from here. This time around my European adventures will involve more outdoor activity than simply lying on a beach or enjoying a few drinks in a park and I'm really looking forward to it. 

My brother and I flew Singapore Airlines and enjoyed a three hour stopover in Singapore airport. The most hilarious sight of the trip so far was my brother sleeping across four chairs in the airport while wearing no shoes, a straw fedora hat over his face and snoring rather loudly. It was at that point I decided to pretend we weren't travelling together. People seemed to be very amused by the sight of him. 

After arriving at Heathrow airport my brother and I set off to find the hostel. This is my least favourite part of travelling as it involves a lot of wandering around aimlessly with 20kgs strapped to your back. In addition, London decided to bring on the waterworks to celebrate my arrival. Normally I don't mind a bit of rain, but when you're trying to transport everything you own from A to B without it getting wet, it can be a rather challenging experience. 

Thankfully the hostel I had booked was easy to find and only involved one train and a 15 minute wander. During that 15 minute wander I did manage to get saturated, not from the rain, but from walking too close to the road when a truck drove through the river of water running through the gutter. It was quite a tsunami. 

Since settling into our hostel we've entertained ourselves by catching up with friends and visiting the tourist sites. We even managed to fit in a lobster dinner. Backpacking - we're doing it wrong! 

    Tower Bridge - check out that blue sky! 

    My brother at Tower of London. 
    Catching up with friends at Trafalgar Square. 
    Park ciders 
    Park ciders 
    Buckingham Palace - check out that crowd for the changing of the guards! 
   Me checking that no one is watching before I dig into my lobster feast. Yum!! 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Centrepiece

I went to my favourite restaurant on Saturday night, Sono, to celebrate one of my friend's birthdays. It's my favourite Japanese restaurant - it reminds me of my holiday in Japan.  


I wore my Karla Spetic windmill dress. I'm in love with the print. I think it looks great with an all black ensemble. 




Dress: Karla Spetic Windmill Dress 
Cape: Queen's Wardrobe 
Earrings: Mawi 
Wedges: Acne 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Stairwells are not just for climbing

It's true. I'm a shopaholic. In my defence, it is very hard to control yourself when you stumble across 50 - 80% off Gail Sorronda at Maximillia - amazing. Needless to say, I purchased some items. I love Gail's designs - they are just my style.  


I decided to wear one of my new Gail Sorronda pieces to a gig tonight. Some may say I was overdressed for the gig....with Underoath and A Day to Remember playing (metalcore and pop punk / post hardcore bands). I wore it regardless...I don't think I was overdressed at all!    







Dress: Gail Sorronda 
Earrings: Mawi 
Shoes: Custom made
Knee high socks 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Garden frolic

Since today is Mother's Day, I ventured to my parent's house to enjoy brunch with my family. My parent's house has the most amazing and vibrant garden - it's their pride and joy. I decided it was the perfect place for a few photos, even though I'm not wearing anything too exciting - fairly casual really! As you tell I was having a little fun in front of the camera - perhaps too much fun...



Top: Modified Country Road singlet 
Skirt: Gail Sorronda 
Necklace: Mawi 
Boots: Minimarket



Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Unruffled

I wore one of my favourite ensembles to a friend's barbecue on Monday night - my Alpha 60 scarf combined with one of my Princess Polly ponchos. I also wore my new oversized Mawi earrings, which I think look slightly robotic. 

As you can see, I don't just love statement jewellery, I also love statement clothing. Why wear a single ruffle when you could wear several?

Heidi the German Shepherd was kind enough to make a guest appearance in these photos. Luckily these were taken before she jumped on me and left two dusty paw prints on my black poncho. She is such a rascal - lucky she is adorable. 




Scarf: Alpha 60 
Poncho: Princess Polly 
Earrings: Mawi 
Wedges: Acne Admire