Striped Sundays – Botanical Gardens

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Nothing like being between seasons to renew your appreciation for those allrounder pieces. Cue these transeasonal staples that I tested out over the weekend before I jet off on my around my world adventure in three weeks. But who’s counting really?!
With Sydney summer behind us and a Northern Hemisphere spring on the horizon taking advantage of the subsequent sales has been a no brainer. One such sales win was these striped skorts that are an absolute dream to wear. Statement bottoms are a given for me when travelling as they add a little something special to your outfit when effortlessly mixed and matched with staple tees, jumpers and blouses. As was the case yesterday when I paired this striped number with quite possibly the best white tee I have EVER worn, classic denim and some eco friendly (recycled tyre soles for the win) sandals.
Just the right inbetweenie off duty uniform for exploring the Botanical Gardens with my dear friend. It was their first time visiting the gardens so it was lovely to stroll through the lush greenery with a fresh perspective. The perfect place to clear one’s head in the middle of the city.
Pinstripe Skorts | Country Road
Denim Jacket | Assembly Label
White Tee | J.Crew
Navy Suede Sandals | Aloha Sandals
Photos by Yi Hueih
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Sydney Flower Guide

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One of my favourite weekend rituals is visiting a flower market for some dreamy blooms. I love having colourful floral accents around my home, which provide me with inspiration throughout the week. Luckily I happen to be surrounded by many great local places to choose from. Needless to say my home resembles a florist at times but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Here are my favourite spots to grab a bunch (or several) of blooms.
Eveleigh Markets 
Saturdays (8am – 1pm)
Carriageworks 245 Wislon Street, Eveleigh 
Most Saturday mornings are spent strolling down to this farmer’s market to peruse through the amazing array of fresh produce on offer. This market has two flower stalls, which both sell beautiful seasonal varieties of flowers straight from the farm. The earlier you get there the better (by 10:30am) in order to have to the best pick of what’s on offer.
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The Grounds Florals by Silva
The Grounds of Alexandria – Building 7A, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria 
Hands down the most beautiful floral space in Sydney in my books. This florist, which is part of one of my favourite cafes The Grounds of Alexandria truly is a visual wonderland. There are some really interesting varieties (such as the signature rainbow roses) on offer however be prepared to pay more than farmer’s market prices. The quality is absolutely superb though. Particularly during peony season – my all time favourite time of year.

King Street, Newtown
Doctor Earth and The Flower Man 
Along King Street in Newtown there a quite a few places to buy blooms but Doctor Earth and The Flower Man stand head and shoulders above the rest. My next go to option whenever I opt for an extra lazy Saturday morning and don’t make the farmer’s market in time. From experience the flowers are the freshest on Saturdays, however if you are around on Friday mornings you might just score yourself a sweet bunch at Doctor Earth for a mere five bucks.
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Life Is Sweet

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Travel planning just got sweeter.
With my upcoming around the world adventure a mere six weeks away (but who’s counting?!) Max and I are in full planning mode. Planning a trip is often half the fun with seemingly endless possibilities to consider. Of course upon the subsequent narrowing down of locations getting oneself organised is key. Luckily this process has been made all the more sweet thanks to a few dreamy kikki.K pieces from their latest collections.
kikki.K Leather Travel/ Document Wallet 
Travel wallets are a must in my book and this lovely mint leather number is no exception. My go-to accessory for all my travel essentials including my passport, boarding passes, tickets and iteneries. Speaking of which here are a few of my favourite sites when planning any trip.
BOOKING FLIGHTS: I have found skyscanner, Expedia and STA Travel (during my student days) really easy to navigate when hunting for the best value flight across all airlines. It would be great to know what your favourites are however, as I am always on the hunt for a good deal. For my trip it turned out to be cheaper to book individual flights rather than an around the world ticket. I highly recommend comparing both options as often around the world tickets can have set parameters (number of stops etc), which may or may not work for you and your trip.
BOOKING ACCOMMODATION: Having a prefererance for staying in cosy apartments over hotels whenever possible I cannot recommend Airbnb to you more. Otherwise Expedia is a great site to search hotels, however I recommend cross referencing their pricing with the hotel site to make sure you are getting the best deal.
kikki.K A5 Essential Notebook Set and Metal Twist Ballpoint Pen
When planning a trip I draw inspiration from many different sources. It can come from anywhere including sharing travel experiences with a friend over tea, Pinterest dreaming, my favourite films or wandering through the travel section of my local bookstore. Having cute places to jot down ideas is key and I am already filling up these notebooks with everything I want to see, do and eat/drink during my trip. For the fellow Instagram addicts out there I highly recommend taking advantage of the map location feature for any drool inducing imagery you may come across. Needless to say my food list is getting pretty long at this point.
kikki.K Vision Board Kit
I have been having so much fun placing these inspiring pieces of typography around my home, whether it be on the fridge, my desk or in my wallet. Whether or not you are planning a trip these pretty little notes are lovely reminders that life is indeed pretty sweet.