Your standard travel bucket list comprises a bunch of the usual suspects: the Taj Mahal, the Statue of Liberty, Angkor Wat and Big Ben, to name a few. There is nothing wrong with this – there is a reason why these places are so popular after all. But aside from all the tourist-dense attractions, there are so many less popular places that should be on your bucket list.
I had never heard of Salt Beach until a few weeks ago. It belongs in the collection of placenames that don’t leave much to the imagination, along with the likes of Sandy Bay and Ocean Beach. But the name doesn’t do it any justice – it is no saltier than any other beach, thought it is one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve been to.
Welcome to the first of my Sunday Seven posts! Each Sunday I will be sharing seven things with you – they may be recipes, travel tips, things on my wish list… Anything I feel like sharing really.
I love winter for the snow, the skiing and the layering up beneath a big coat. I love summer for the warmth, the long days and the delicious mangoes. But my favourite is spring, the season that manages to encompass the best elements of both winter and summer. I spent last weekend in Noosa, on the Sunshine Coast (it’s in Australia, if you weren’t aware), where spring has definitely sprung. As has the sunburn on the backs of my legs…
The arrival of spring not only means longer, warmer days, it also marks the start of day-drinking season. Lazing about in the sunshine with a refreshingly icy-cold drink, racing to gulp it down before the ice melts. Last weekend, I picked up some gorgeous blood oranges from the markets and celebrated the first official weekend of spring with this sparkling rose and blood orange cocktail.
I know I’m picky. Like so many girls, I have a bunch of criteria in my head that make up my idea of the perfect boyfriend. I had almost identical criteria in mind when hunting for the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans a few weeks ago – good looking, comfortable, soft, not too rough around the edges, flattering… and the list goes on. After trying on what felt like hundreds of pairs, I began to think that maybe what I was looking for didn’t exist.
Flat lay photos have become a bit of a thing on Instagram lately. Every man and his dog seems to have attempted one – just search #flatlay and over 40,000 photos will pop up. But for every good flat lay photo there are at least 5 that have bad lighting, bad layout or are simply just bad. I’m no expert by any means, but I thought I would share with you a few tips I’ve picked up along the way.
I recently spent 4 jam-packed days in Auckland, a.k.a. the City of Sails, my former stomping ground. Despite the dreary weather, I spent some time wandering around doing touristy things – and ate a lot of good food in the process. If you haven’t visited before, I suggest putting it on your travel bucket list, as there is no other city quite like it.
Having just spent a lovely, albeit mostly rainy, extended weekend in Auckland, it’s time to head back to Brisbane. I’m writing this from the airport lounge, hidden away from the glorious Spring sunshine that decided to finally show up today – just in time for my departure.
A.k.a. the day I painted my mother’s white kitchen brown. I’m in Auckland for a few days visiting my parents and the weather has been ever so gloomy, so I decided to bake up a storm. Quite literally – except it rained chocolate, and the only storm clouds were the ones in mum’s glare as I covered every surface of her pristine kitchen in chocolatey goo.