Tuesday, 30 December 2014


What can we say about Paris that hasn't already been said? Everything you've ever heard about Paris is true. Except the one about how the French are rude. On the contrary, we found everyone we came across to be polite, friendly and really quite lovely. So what is there to do in Paris?

Yes, it's obvious but go to the Louvre. You could spend a week and still not see everything but if you have half a day like we did, we thoroughly recommend the Egyptian collection and Napolean III's apartment.

It would be very poor form to not spend at least one afternoon checking out the incredible shopping in Paris. The Marais is always worth a look, one of our favourites there being L'Eclaireur which stocks a bunch of amazing labels including Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garcon and Ann Demeulemeester. Of course, Paris is also home to a stack of luxury labels who have incredible flagship stores here. It's well worth strolling down Avenue Montaigne or Rue St Honore, even if it's just to window shop. Not just a rack but an entire store, three levels of Lanvin, and that's just the menswear? Yes please.

Now that you've blown all your money on shopping, you need a cheap form of transport. Paris' Velib bikes are a great way to get around the city and soak up the atmosphere at the same time. There are bike stops all over the city. You can hop on and hop off all day long and the cost will still be in the single digits. Plus it counts as exercise which helps out with the next thing...

Eating. There are way too many food musts to mention them all but some of our favourites in Paris include eclairs from L'eclair de Genie, the ever-changing market menu at Pirouette, the croissants everywhere (several throughout the day is perfectly acceptable) and the incredible degustation menu at David Toutain. Also potatoes. They don't call them French Fries for nothing. Paris really knows how to cook potatoes.

Monday, 29 December 2014


Venice was certainly an eye-opener for us. The main streets were pretty hideous with numerous souvenir shops and restaurants geared towards the hordes of tourists. But you only need to venture one street away and it becomes immediately apparent why The City of Canals is listed as a World Heritage Site. It was breathtaking, not only for its setting but also for its architecture, countless bridges and the way of life of the locals. See what we saw after the jump.

Sunday, 28 December 2014


Positano on the Amalfi Coast must have been the prettiest little town we visited in Italy. Houses of this township seem to stack impossibly above each other up the steep slopes of the surrounding hills. Click through to see our photos of this picturesque place.

Saturday, 27 December 2014


Florence was one of our favourite European stops. This beautiful city set in Tuscany provided us with endless inspiration. The food, markets and art galleries kept us busy with the Uffizi Gallery being a highlight. Check out our visual diary after the jump.

Thursday, 25 December 2014


We made a thing. Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014


Jaspreet's colourful outfit consisted of a matching top and skirt by Zizi Turner and a rad raincoat from ASOS. Her shoes were by River Island and her ring by Jasmin Sparrow.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014


Our trip to Europe continued with a stop in Vatican City. It was quite a visual experience and well worth the long queues. The Gallery of Maps was definitely the highlight for us - the ceiling of which is pictured above. Click through to check out the amazing range of colours and textures of this small but stunning walled country within Rome.

Monday, 22 December 2014


We loved Lucy's playful mix of patterns in this outfit. Her top was by Roksanda Ilincic and her skirt by Kinki Gerlinki. Her frames were by Ray-Ban, handbag by Gucci and shoes also by Kinki Gerlinki.

Sunday, 21 December 2014


Jessica wears a sass & bide dress, Coach shoes, Louis Vuitton bag with Swarovski accessory.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014


Lavinia wears a pair of beautiful Gucci boots, sass & bide shirt and cape and sunnies by Céline.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014


There's plenty of old stuff in Rome obviously and you should probably try to see a lot of it if you haven't been before. But one of our favourites is the Map Gallery at the Vatican. Maps are cool as is but old maps are even cooler, especially when they are painted by Renaissance artists along the entire length of a huge gallery and embelished with gold details and intricately carved ceilings (more on that coming up later). While you are there, break away from the stream of tourists on their way to the Sistine Chapel, to admire the Vatican's largely ignored modern art collection.

Coffee is seriously good all over Italy but two places we love are Sant Eustachio and Tazza d'Oro. Both just around the corner from the Pantheon, in opposite directions, so grab an espresso at either after sightseeing.

It's ridiculously easy to find good food in Rome as long as you avoid the tourist traps which are easily spotted. One of our best meals in Rome was at the cute little Ristorante Broccoletti in Monti. Relatively inexpensive, one of the highlights was the Orecchietti Pugliese with peppers and salted almonds. Rome is also the home of Carbonara which is a must-eat while there. The pastas are great obviously, but don't miss out on the awesome contorni dishes as well.

Rome is a city that really rewards aimless wandering. We love to spend afternoons meandering from one area to another, stopping for coffee, food or vino along the way. Around every corner there's a historical monument, market, exciting shop or Bernini sculpture. It's a pretty inspiring environment.

Monday, 15 December 2014


Monique wears a Helen Cherry sweater, vintage waistcoat, Alexander Wang skirt and boots from Opening Ceremony.

Sunday, 14 December 2014


While the individual pieces of Mia's outfit were simple, the overall look was striking. The striped top and the yellow skirt were both from ASOS. Her clutch was from Zara.

Thursday, 11 December 2014


Barcelona was another stop on our recent European tour. It is home to many works by one of our favourite architects of all time, Antoni Gaudi. Even if monuments aren't normally your thing, his creations are just out of this world and you will marvel at his creations such as the still uncompleted Sagrada Familia and the beautiful Parc Güell. Definitely worth checking out.

For us, food (and drink) is always very high up on the agenda and a trip to Barcelona wouldn't be complete without a visit to La Xampanyeria, a bar serving Cava (the Spanish version of champagne) and tapas where you can feel an atmosphere that we imagine would have been how local bars were back in the old days of Barcelona; rustic, buzzy and truly delicious.

For another eating experience that you won't forget, head to the gritty neighbourhood of Poble Sec, a popular destination for the locals. We spent a whole afternoon on Carrer Blai, a street lined with tapas bars where we hopped from bar to bar eating delicious tapas (for 1 Euro each!). Reserve an afternoon for this activity!

When we visit a city, we love to explore it's surroundings and if a trip to the beach is what you feel like, head to the beach town of Sitges which is about 45 minutes out of Barcelona by train. Wander through the tiny alleys of the town until you finally end up at one of 17 beaches in the area! Also make sure you have a walk around the Eglesia de Sant Bartolomé i Santa Tecla church where you have an awesome view down on Sitges and normally find a local strumming on a guitar.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014


We loved the layers of this killer look by Margaret. Her leather jacket and skirt were both by Dion Lee. Her shirt was by Michael Lo Sordo and her shoes by Givenchy.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014


We visited the south of France for the first time recently. If you are thinking of doing the same, we have a few recommendations.

Explore Marseille. Marseille is full of beauty and charm but also has a gritty edge that adds a heap of character. It's a functioning port town and the waterfront is a great place to wander around, taking in the sights of old forts, fishermen and local kids playing in the sea. Have a drink on the balcony at La Caravelle, overlooking the historic port and head to the iconic Pizzeria Etienne (Italy is just around the corner from here after all) for a great lunch with staff that make you feel like family.

Spend a day at Bandol on the Mediterranean coast. This cute little town has a great retro feel to it and a distinct lack of overseas tourists. Head to the beach for a swim in the crystal clear water, and grab a glass or three of Bandol rose on the promenade while watching the local retirees play petanque.

Explore the numerous hill-top towns around Provence. We loved the tiny La Cadiere D'Azur. Those quaint little Provencal towns that you see in movies? This is it. There's a great boulangerie, charcuterie, a little square to eat in, and pretty much nothing else, including tourists. Bliss.

Cassis is another cool seaside town worth visiting. For a great view of the town, jump the security gate and walk around the ruins of the old fort on the waters edge.

Check out our photo diary after the jump.

Monday, 8 December 2014


Tanja looked stunning in an outfit by Toni Maticevski. Her shoes were by Aquazzura and her bag by Louis Vuitton. Her beautiful earrings were vintage.

Sunday, 7 December 2014


Monique caught our eye in this rad dress by Nicole Wesseling, a recent fashion design graduate of Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design. See more of her designs here.

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