style spotter: sydney day & night

Throughout our RTW, most of the things I missed revolved around food: pizza, bagels, Shake Shack… you know, the usual. Material stuff, on the other hand, wasn’t bothering me. I adjusted to living out of a backpack pretty quickly, and, surprisingly enough, I didn’t miss having a diverse wardrobe the way I had expected. At least not at first. For the first three weeks, it was easy: beach hopping around Hawaii and Fiji doesn’t require much. Then, month two kicked off in New Zealand, and between the camping and the plummeting temperatures, all I wanted to do was wear all of my clothes and eat Ramen. Fashion shmashion, I said! (Probably even literally, we drank…

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wining & dining in sydney: making our way through a new city

With only a few days in Sydney, we mad the best choice. Thanks to a half day food tour with a local company called Ultimately Sydney, we saw the city’s food scene much differently than I had expected. After much time spent wining & dining in Sydney I can confirm. It’s not all shrimp on the barbie & fish and chips, after all! So, where did we head on our Gourmet Tour of Sydney’s Inner West? Stop 1: The Coffee Roaster As we learned in New Zealand, both Kiwis and Ozzies are extremely proud of their cafe culture. Each morning, we laughed at how many people were crowded around tiny little cafe tables, sipping their…

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relaxing in rocks square (or, how i fell in love with a house in ruins)

After our morning tour of the Sydney Opera House, the hubs and I decided to stay close to the harbor. The weather was absolutely gorgeous on our first day in Australia, and after the chill of New Zealand’s South Island, we were craving more sun and waterfront views.  As we wandered, we eventually found ourselves in The Rocks, which, as it turns out, was one of the best ways to spend our mid-morning. To be honest, it’s clearly a super touristy area. It was reminiscent of New York’s South Street Seaport, and some of the stores and restaurants were the cheesiest. Still, in a city that feels so new, it was a nice little reminder…

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sipping wine in australia’s hunter valley

It’s true: the hubs & I didn’t last long in Australia without heading to the vineyards. On our second day in Sydney, Rae from Boutique Tours Australia picked us up bright and early. Along with a motley crew of fellow tasters, we made our way north to Australia’s Hunter Valley for a day of vineyard==hopping. Hunter prides itself as Australia’s oldest and most renowned wine region. After prepping ourselves on the region’s offerings with their free iPad app, we were excited to focus our day on the smaller, independently owned wineries in the area. We kicked off our tour at Iron Gate Estate, whose Italian-inspired cellar door made for the most beautiful place we visited. Unfortunately, the…

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