On Storytelling: Poetry at St Paul’s Cathedral

I’ve been thinking a lot about storytelling these past couple of weeks. Such intense contemplations have most probably been sparked by a period of intense reading (induced by holidays and extended commutes), my day-to-day work and, most recently, a Monday night visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral to listen to some poetry. Firstly, some context: I really do consider myself extremely lucky to have found myself a career which I truly love. As a profession, media often flies under the radar: it’s the industry you don’t…

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California Dreaming: San Diego & Santa Monica

Since moving to London, with its seemingly endless grey days and never-ending darkness during winter,  I’ve become quite enamoured with sunshine. I can’t believe that I took it for granted for so long: perhaps all Australians really are genetically predisposed to worship the sun. So, although we’ve been quite lucky in London this year in terms of the number of sunny days we’ve been blessed with, you can only imagine how excited I was to re-visit California (even if only for a week!) to soak up every…

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London & California Life Lessons

What a whirlwind the past eight weeks have been. This past Saturday feels like the first I’ve spent inside in weeks after spending the summer travelling, eating, drinking and having a ball. Life could, obviously, be worse. But now that familiar darkness is creeping in, the days are getting shorter, the air a little crisper and the emails counting down to Christmas are slowly but surely landing in my inbox: winter is well and truly on its way. Bring on the fairy lights and mulled…

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A Day Sketching at the V&A

The Victoria & Albert Museum, aka the V&A (#local), is one of my favourites in London. Aside from being one of the most simultaneously majestic and beautiful buildings in the city, it’s also full  to the brim of absolutely beautiful, awe-inspiring things: everything from architecture models to fine china, Rodin sculptures, paintings and tapestries. And, it’s free entry (except for special exhibitions). A few weekends ago, I had the luxury of spending a full day inside the museum, re-visiting the fundamentals of drawing at a Sketch Out…

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Afternoon Tea at The Charlotte Street Hotel

Miniature toasted sandwiches with the crusts cut off, sparkling champagne, perfect little petit fours and clotted cream slathered on warm scones: I’m telling you, afternoon tea at the Charlotte Street Hotel is just plain dreamy.  In general, afternoon tea is one of my favourite parts of London life. I’m not sure what it is specifically – perhaps the sense of occasion, the bottomless teapots and endless sandwiches. Or maybe it’s just the relaxed vibe as you kid yourself into thinking that that all those tiny little…

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London Life Lessons

Yesterday, I walked through a pile of leaves. Brown ones.  You know – like the ones you see in autumn, not summer. Except, of course, if you’re in London in August.  Thankfully, there’s going to be a couple of sunshiney scorchers this week. So, if you need me, I’ll be in the park with a picnic rug and a bottle of Prosecco lapping it up. But I digress. Here’s what I’ve been up to this past week: Eating. Drinking. Socialising. That’s London summer for you….

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My Favourite Londoners on Instagram

Like practically everyone else in the world these days, Instagram is my go-to platform for killing time, keeping friends/family updated on what I’m up to and finding inspiration. I have a growing list of things to do, places to go, coffee to drink and things to eat saved in my phone, sparked by many talented Londoners (‘real people’, brands, otherwise…) on the ‘gram. So, whether you live in the city or are just an admirer from afar, I guarantee that this collection of talented Londoners on Instagram…

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Lake District: Vintage Shopping in Coniston

After you’ve driven around the picturesque streets, stopped for some gingerbread in Grasmere, visited Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top farm and hiked up to see Aira Force Waterfall, it’s probably about time to participate in another fun Lake District activity: vintage shopping in Coniston. Because, let’s be honest, it just wouldn’t be a trip to the country without some time spent perusing vintage wares, dreaming of the house you’re going to put all those shabby-chic mis-matched tea cups in and all the occasions you can totally…

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London Life Lessons

Another London Sunday is upon us – but with the sun shining, it’s really a bit tricky to feel too melancholy. Pass the Pimms please. The past week been one of exercise, good times, sunshine and books: what more can a girl want really? Here’s a snapshot: Harry Potter is back! And with him, the enthusiasm and anticipation that I remember so fondly from all those teenage years I spent awaiting J.K Rowling’s next instalment. I’ve just finished reading the script for Cursed Child and am super excited…

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Lake District: Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top

As any traveller knows, there are few places in the world which present themselves as exactly as you imagine them. For me, New York City and Paris have always topped the list: I’ll never forget the first time I looked up at Manhattan’s skyscrapers or stumbled across The Eiffel Tower. There’s something really special about how equally magical and reassuring it can be for reality to coincide what’s in your imagination every so often. Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm, with its rolling hills, picturesque gardens and nostalgic imagery, is one…

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