Thursday, September 21, 2017

Disney and Typo make magic

When it comes to Disney, I’m an absolute nut. 

So naturally, when Disney approached me to share with you the launch of their new collaboration, I jumped at the opportunity (Yes, up and down like the little girl inside me). And so, I present to you, Disney’s latest collaboration with Typo, now available in stores and online - through my eyes. Some of my favourite pieces are the perspex clutch, with little gold Mickey motifs, I also love all of the 'When There's No Coffee' pieces because it's such a great meme, and of course the Mickey ears backpack - gah! The backpack is the perfect size, it's little and it fits exactly what I need, and I'm sure you'll be seeing it with me on my adventures for years to come. 







I grew up with Disney throughout my entire childhood and have loved it since I first saw Cinderella’s fairy god mother turn her rags into a beautiful gown fit for the ball. Maybe I was just little girl who believed in fairytales, but hey, I’ll wear that title proudly today. Put it on a badge, even. If there’s a Disneyland in the city I’m visiting, I make sure I go. I truly believe in the magical world Walt Disney created for us and I’m grateful that I’ve being able to experience and appreciate it in my lifetime, and I'm sure I will continue to in the years to come.

I'm also all about collecting things, and am obsessed with stationery. So I love that I now have Disney themed goods to contain my memories, thoughts and keep my constant schedule organised. I personally love memorabilia and connecting my personal items with my own memories. That's probably why I take lots of photos and polaroids. Something as simple as a makeup bag or pencil case can make me feel a certain way because of a memory or association with that piece, and I think that's why I love the collection most. My memories and thoughts of Disney have always been so happy and joyous, and the products emulate those feelings. 

I hope I was able to remind you of the magic of Disney through this collection today. 


Love,
Tara.

This post was created in collaboration with Disney & Typo. 

#ISpeakFluentDisney



Thursday, August 24, 2017

Montenegro Photo Diary

Welcome to my Montenegro Photo Diary! 

We had the privilege of visiting Budva last month during our two month stint in Europe, thanks to Budva Tourism. Montenegro is a real gem! Before visiting Montenegro, I knew very little about the country. We flew in from Rome and stayed for five nights in Hotel Adria, located in the heart of Budva. Budva has so much charm, some of which can found in Old Town Budva, but the city really comes alive at night, and the people here truly know how to have a good party. 

Here are some of my photos from our trip & a little guide to what we did and loved. Let me know your thoughts down in the comments!


Old Town Budva
I've seen quite a few old towns around the world, and Budva's Old Town is definitely one of the cutest. It's quite small, but you can find a range of unique boutique stores, their oldest church, and the Montenegro museum. We had a guided tour of the Old Town, which can be seen in it's entirety in about one hour.

We also visited the Citadela, which has amazing views over the town and ocean. It's the perfect place to dine, and watch the sun set in Old Town. 




Montenegro Tour
We took a day tour out of Budva to see more of Montenegro. First, we visited the town of Cetinje to see the house of the former King, King Nikola. The house is now a museum and you can take a guided tour to learn more about the King, his family, and Montenegro's history. 

We then drove through the mountains to reach a spot where we tried authentic Montenegrin food, and also dressed up in the traditional attire! We ended the tour in Kotor, which is a beautiful town only thirty minutes from Budva. In the below images, you can see the view over Kotor. It really was breathtaking.



Montenegrin Food


Dukley Beach Lounge
Dukley Beach Lounge is a waterfront lounge bar with incredible views. It is the perfect place to unwind in the later afternoon and was only a five minute drive from our hotel. Since leaving Australia I had been craving Asian cuisine for days! We decided to try out the large sushi platter, fried octopus & saffron risotto. I had rather low expectations for the sushi, but after trying it I would definitely recommend it to others! 




Aman Sveti Stefan
Aman Sveti Stefan is a gorgeous five star hotel located just fifteen minutes away from Budva's Old Town. It's a very exclusive hotel built on a heritage site of Budva. If you enjoy privacy and want a five star experience, this is the place to stay. There are limited rooms so it generally sells out over Summer. If you decide to make a visit, make sure you book in advance!






Sunsets over Budva
The thing about Budva is that the mountains allow you to get amazing views over everything! We saw sunset twice from the highest possible points. I don't even know the name of this particular spot, but if you look up from Sveti Stefan you might spot a tiny church with a cross, on the highest point of the mountain. Just tell your taxi driver to take you there because that's where we were! 

We enjoyed sunset from two different spots in the mountains, and I would definitely recommend doing this as colours of the sunset combine so perfectly with the city. I also just love watching cities turn from day to night, and seeing all the lights come on.  



Sunday, August 20, 2017

Cannes Photo Diary

So glad I've FINALLY found some time to update the blog! Here is the first of a few blog posts from our travels across Europe. 

Welcome to Cannes!

We checked into Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez during our stay in Cannes. I was so glad to finally see and spend some time along the French Riviera, and to do it in style by staying at Hotel Martinez. We only stayed for two nights, but it was beautiful nonetheless. We basically basked in the sun on our balconies, taking in the ocean views and watching the people down below. Cannes has a great night life and luxury shopping is right at your doorstep from the hotel. Here are some images of the hotel and surrounding streets. Hope it inspires you to travel to Cannes someday!













Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Singapore for Sentebale

I made a quick visit to my second home, Singapore as you may recall, just before jetting off to Europe thanks to St Regis Hotels to watch the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup. I was reunited with my dear friends Aspyn & Parker, who I met last year on a trip to India. We spent a few days in Singapore, hosted by St Regis & teamed up to explore the best parts of Singapore, which mainly included eating! Singapore is one of my favourite countries for food (but I may be biased as I am half Singaporean, hehe). After a few days exploring, we attended the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, where Prince Harry himself played polo, and we were all fortunate enough to watch. 

So, what is Sentebale? 
Sentebale is Prince Harry & Prince Seeiso's Charity, which provides aid to youths affected by the AIDS epidemic in Southern Africa. It's an amazing cause & Prince Harry participates in hosting polo matches around the world to help raise funds and awareness for his charity. St Regis were a sponsor for this event, and even had Nacho Figuras himself playing on their team! I feel so fortunate to have been invited to Singapore to now share it all with you.
It was a great event for an even greater cause. 

You can find out more about Sentebale here.

Below are some images, which are a visual diary of the events captured mostly on iPhone. For the dinner event, we weren't allowed to photograph some of the night's moments, but the setting was incredible as you can see, it's a little sneak peek of the set up St Regis had for the night, in honour of Prince Harry.

This post is a little different to my usual, but I hope you enjoy nonetheless!









#LiveExquisite
Blog post in collaboration with St Regis Hotels.

Monday, June 19, 2017

In the Whitsundays

The Whitsundays is a real Australian gem. Until a few weeks ago, I had never visited this beautiful place. I had always wanted to go, but never found the time to make a visit. Sometimes I forget that such beauty lies on my doorstep, whilst I am seeking out places in international waters. We did so many fun and exciting things, but were still able to have a really relaxed Australian escape. Seeing the Great Barrier Reef for the first time was an awesome experience, and I'm excited to share what else we go up to.

Hamilton Island
We started the trip in Hamilton Island, and spent the afternoon driving our buggies around the island. First things first - lunch! We flew in and headed straight to Manta Ray for lunch which was perfect for our grumbling stomachs.

Following lunch we took a sea plane out to the Great Barrier Reef, one of my personal bucket list moments, where we flew over heart reef and touched down on the water. It was surreal to see this in person and photos really don't do it justice. I'd recommend everyone do this in their lifetime. Despite the damage to the reef, this place is still nature at it's finest. 

Once we returned to Hamilton, we enjoyed sunset and drinks at the bar at One Tree Hill. The view is stunning as you can see the surrounding islands, as you feel the warm breeze from here. 


Manta Ray Restaurant

Flying over Heart Reef

One Tree Hill
Beach Club
Hill Inlet & Whitehaven Beach
On the edge of Whitehaven Beach lies Hill Inlet, which really has to be seen to be believed. The sand and water swirls perfectly, as though Mother Nature painted it especially for eyes to enjoy. The best way to see it is by sea plane/helicopter & that's exactly what we did (both ways!).


via Air Whitsundays


Whitehaven Beach



Airlie Beach
'Ultimate Chill' is what I'd call this place. Airlie beach made the trip so relaxing. We were treated to personalised massages in our accommodation & enjoyed the gorgeous sunset all in one evening. This place was perfect for unwinding and chilling with good company.



Bowen
Bowen, home to the giant Mango, is the cutest little town, which not far from Airlie Beach. We stopped through here for fudge & mega shakes, fresh seafood, beach views, and mango sorbet. 

Le Sorelle Coffee House

Bowen Fisherman's Seafood Co




Hope you enjoyed this, and that you can make it here one day.