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LA Lowdown: 3 Unique LA Experiences!

Monday, 31, October, 2016 0 , , Permalink 0

If you're anything like (old) me, you will have only ever gone to Los Angeles begrudgingly after being told by some annoyingly-unhelpful Flight Centre person that there was no alternative flight path options to get to [insert dream holiday destination]. However, each time I've been to LA I have managed to progressively improve the experience, and now, I actually really enjoy it. It started with hiring a red mustang convertible on my second trip - whilst a helicopter really is the ideal LA mode of transport, if your budget doesn't permit, a snazzy car not only helps to get around, but also lets you cruise Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills like a local (rather than like a tourist dag on a Homes ...

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Hey there! It’s been a while…

Thursday, 27, October, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Well, I'm slightly embarrassed to say how long it has been since my last post! I do believe there is a season in life for everything - a time to lean in and a time to lean out. Roots & Wings was (and still is) a passion project of mine. Rather than writing about it, I guess I have spent the last couple of years just living it. What have I been up to you ask? Well, I have travelled to over 6 countries and 15 cities including New Zealand (twice!), Hawaii, Copenhagen, Sicily, Nashville and Montana. I have been baptised as a Christian. I have started a new legal role which really focuses on what I love about my ...

Here’s the thing about cargo pants

When I was 13 years old, the khaki cargo pant was the height of teen fashion. It was the late 90s and - after watching one-too-many TLC or All Saints music videos - I became firmly convinced that I simply must have a pair to go with my butterfly clips and “Bad Girl” t-shirt. And it wasn’t long before I had my heart set on this cute khaki pair at the local Jeans West store. I spent (what felt like) weeks begging my parents for a pair of those cargo pants. I have no doubt that my mood ring would have been permanently black with angst. “Everybody’s got them”, “I really, really need them” and – in the grand finale of ...

My European Highlights

Tuesday, 1, September, 2015 0 , , , , , , Permalink 1

I knew this Monday was going to be more difficult than usual. Nevertheless, at 8.42am, I found myself staring blankly past my computer screen in a zombie-like state (due, in large part, to jet lag) unnervingly surprised at the sudden - almost physically painful - onset of post-holiday blues. This time last week, I was lying on a sunny beach in Sicily with a book in hand, basically getting a free hot stone massage from the pebbly shoreline that Italians call a beach. It was divine. And it sure as hell beat the uncomfortably-ergonomic office chair (with no massage features) that I’m sitting in this Monday. Yes, I have just returned from 4 blissful weeks of (unpaid - gah!) leave in Europe. ...

Don’t use emoticons (And other useful career advice)

Tuesday, 2, June, 2015 0 , , Permalink 0

The first time you enter the workforce – the corporate kind – it’s the beginning of a huge learning curve. You swan in with your university degree and self-proclaimed “life experience” and can’t help but shake that excitedly expectant feeling that you’ll be the next Harvey Spector… But, as it turns out, a piece of stamped paper and volunteering in South East Asia for 5 minutes isn’t much help when it comes to navigating the do’s and don’ts of office life. After nearly 9 years in the corporate world (gah!), here are the 10 lessons I think it’s good to learn early - whether you’re a university graduate or moving from professional services (law, accounting and consultancy firms) into the “real ...

5 Tips for the Bay of Islands

Tuesday, 28, April, 2015 0 , , Permalink 0

Another long weekend spent in picturesque New Zealand. And it contained all my favourite things - a road trip, good food, good wine, fresh air and amazing company. I barely scraped the surface of the Bay of Islands but there are plenty of articles and websites that you can find with the must-see attractions. Here are my personal 5 tips for a cracking long weekend:     1.       Stay in Russell at Robin’s Air BNB apartment The view from Robin's place Perfect location, perfect size, great views – enough said? Air BNB is absolutely my preferred accommodation when I travel. "Belong anywhere" is their aim and Robin's place in Russell made us feel right at home.   2.       Have the seafood chowder at Sally’s Restaurant Dinnertime view from Sally's Located ...

5 date ideas for the stay-at-home traveller

If there was ever an opportunity for harmonising roots and wings in a single blog post - well, this is it. Dating can be difficult at the best of times - a "roots" endeavour, for most of us it's essentially about finding a life partner. So, for a wanderlust-infected traveller - a lover of "wings", so to speak - it can be difficult to stay anywhere long enough to really lay the foundations of a relationship. There needs to be a compromise - a middle ground between roots and wings - but who says you can't stay put and still get that travel buzz? Enter, the “staycation”. We've all heard of it – the seemingly-less fun, holiday at home - and I realise ...

A long weekend in Auckland

Tuesday, 10, February, 2015 0 , , Permalink 0

If you live on the East Coast of Australia, going overseas for an indulgent and picturesque long weekend is not as impossible as it sounds. Just 3.5 hours of flying will get you to a destination that has views reminiscent of the Greek Islands, mountains and lakes as grand as Switzerland, vineyards to rival Tuscany and harbours as bustling as Venice. Next surprise? It’s all on the lesser-travelled North Island of New Zealand – Auckland. Now, frankly speaking, the actual city itself is nothing particularly special. But it’s a great place to kick-start a long weekend. Here is my sample itinerary and tips for a long weekend in Auckland:   Day 1 in Auckland (Friday) A day in Auckland is going to be plenty. After ...

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