Byron Bay is just overflowing with hip cafes, cool vegan restaurants, seafood kiosks, food trucks, juice bars and more. On my recent holiday to this gorgeous town, I was lucky enough to sample some of the local favourites. Based on many recommendations from friends and a bit of foodie detective work, I narrowed it down to four favourites that you must try, if you haven’t already.
Palm Tree Cottage
I’ve just returned from a week away in Byron Bay, staying in the delightful Palm Tree Cottage. This little beach shack exploded into my life one day when I saw a pop of colour flash up in my Instagram feed. One of my favourite photographers, Nikole Ramsay posted a shot of a cane wicker chair. She was reminiscing about her holiday at a gorgeous cottage in Byron Bay. The image resonated with me and I had to know more.
Cottesloe Beach Shack
If you are after a truly iconic beach house this summer, then Cottesloe is your place. It oozes that quintessential beach house charm you dream about, and you will instantly relax as you step into this gorgeous cottage.
The do’s and don’ts for a short-term rental
Renting a beach house over summer is one of life’s luxuries. It’s grown up, super organised and terrific fun. You may ask, why am I talking about summer during winter? Because it’s likely that you are dreaming of summer right now. Maybe you are thinking about what you are going to do over the summer holidays? Well, there’s only one month until Spring and I’m here to help you out of your winter rut.
If you haven’t heard of Natural Harry, then you ought to. Natural Harry is a Geelong’s local wellness ‘it girl’. She is a wellness blogger, author and business owner based in Wallington, Victoria. A fearless innovator, striving to change the world through healthy living.
Until recently, Harry, and partner Fraser ran the successful pop-up food van, Natural Harry. Creating beautiful, organic smoothies for Geelong locals.
The van business will sadly not continue this year. I met with Harry to chat more about this and her future plans. She also shares her top tips for balancing business and creative passions with economic realities.
Capture that apres ski feeling at home
Winter is well and truly here, and all I want to do is bunker down and nest at home. Leaving the house and going outdoors is much harder with these cold winds and constant rain. With snow falling in the Otways and some parts of Melbourne, I’m suddenly day dreaming of a staying in a mountain retreat and immersing myself in a winter cocoon. Read on to learn more about Aerin Lauder’s Aspen ski chalet and how you can create a touch of ‘apres ski’ at home.
When offering to host house guests, it pays to put in a little preparation. Establish your reputation as the host with the most. People will be clamoring for an invitation and those who are lucky enough to get one may never want to leave.
SO. Ever since we moved down to the coast, we have always had a guest room. Otherwise we would never see our Melbourne friends and… it means they can drink wine with us and sleep off their hangover. LOL! No but seriously, in all my years as a host I would like to think that I have mastered a few tricks to make them feel really welcome. I actually love hosting friends and family. I make it my mission to go the extra mile, because where is life’s meaning without making your closest feel special? Read on to read five easy tips for being the perfect host to overnight guests.
A weekend out of town down to the coast is always fun, even in the winter months. The thrill of hopping in the car, leaving the city behind, breathing some fresh sea air and exploring never gets old. If you are seeking a coastal, village atmosphere with a touch of the city sophistication that you don’t want to leave behind, look no further than Barwon Heads. Barwon Heads offers the perfect winter weekend escape, and I have pulled together an itinerary for you below, to take all the guess work out of where to go and what to do, so you can just unwind and relax!
Mulled Wine is a delicious spicy, warm drink made from light or dry red wine, citrus peel and spices. Traditionally made over the Christmas period in the northern hemisphere, it originated in Rome in the 3rd century. It has since gained on-going popularity, particularly in Great Britain and Europe. Learn how to make this simple yet delightful drink below.
After having my second baby last year, I kind of lost my vibe. It disappeared in the nappy bin or somewhere in that vicinity. Mila’s first year was a churning mess of vomit, reflux, pain and tears, medication, hospital visits and tension. I was lost at sea for a little while.
I became addicted to chocolate. The baby weight I’d planned to shed, sat there on my hips like that kind of annoying friend who never leaves. I became a downer to my friends. A few loyal and devoted besties hung in there – but many lost touch. Here’s how I found my my vibe again.