what NOT to wear when it’s hot!

What to where when walking around Thai temples in 30 degrees heat and high humidity?? Tank top? Not allowed! Shorts?? Not allowed!! Thongs??? Not allowed!!!

You have to cover up visiting the main temples so I decided to go for a pair of skinny jeans, a t-shirt and covered shoes. Well, I had to go for it, if it was possible I would have picked a bikini but I guess that wouldn’t fly… I put a white singlet under the t-shirt to absorb any sweat. It actually worked, at least for a bit. Luckily for me, I didn’t look as ridiculous as masses of people wearing these bright patterned pants available to rent!

jeans: bershka
t-shirt: bershka
shoes: kmart
handbag and necklace: Thai market
sunglasses: sportsgirl

best birthday present ever!

Hey boys!

Have you ever wondered what present to buy for your girlfriend’s/wife’s birthday? I’ve got the answer for you. Get her a surprise trip to her dream destination or an exotic place. It was my 30 birthday this year (I know I’m sooo old!) and my second half has been plotting behind my back for a while. Excited for a weekend away with friends in Sydney’s Northern Beaches I had no idea what was coming…

On Friday before the D-day he appeared out of the blue with a rose and a couple of pressies at work. One of the gifts was a Bangkok guidebook and the other a bday card with some Thai Bahts. He asked me to get ready to leave since we had a plane to catch. Speechless, shocked, ecstatic at the same time I grabbed my stuff and we ran home. I had about an hour to pack. It was chaos. He would not tell me how many days we were going to be away for just mentioned to get some summer clothes as well as stuff to hike in. I though to myself, hiking in Thailand??? There was no time to deliberate, got my stuff ready and we set off for the airport. Before we went through the passport control he dropped another’ bombshell’. I was not only going to Bangkok but also he organised for me to see my friend in Hong Kong! Wow, I did not see that coming! He arraneged my time off work, all behind my back, bought me all the flight, collaborated with my friend in Hong Kong and for the first time managed to keep it a secret!

If you are still wondering what to get for her (OK his birthday as well) I think that’s a great idea. It does not necessarily have to be a trip abroad, could easily be a spa or a weekend away in a romantic place.

My husband is officially a hero amongst my friends and work colleagues and I think I got a few men in trouble…

Anyway, I highly recommend it, I better start thinking what to do for his big 30 next year… One thing I’m sure, it will be pretty hard to top this one…

where to shop in Sydney

Shopping in Sydney isn’t easy. You really have to know where to go. Sometimes you need to travel further to get something you really like, sometimes you might be lucky to bag yourself a bargain in the CBD. Here’s the list of my favourite places to shop in Sydney CBD and nearby suburbs. It is mainly for casual and smart-casual outfits unless said otherwise below. I’m sure it will have to be updated constantly.

Have you got any favourite shops arounds Sydney?? Please share!!!

Sydney City (CBD):

Zara – Westfield Shopping Centre, 77 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Tel: 02 9216 7000 http://www.zara.com/

Hot Skies – Shop W1, Wynyard Concourse, George Street, Sydney, Tel: 02 9299 8211 //www.hotskies.com.au/

Passion – World Square 680 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000                  http://passionclothing.com.au/contact-us/ – mainly going out and party dresses.

Rouges – Market City Shop R1 / 32C, Market City Shopping Centre, 9-13 Hay St, Haymarket, Sydney, NSW 2000, Tel: 02 9211 8422                                  http://www.rogues.com.au/

Jizz Fashion – Town Hall Square, Sydney, NSW 2000

Revenge Fashion –  Shop 29, Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Tel: 02 9264 4400

General Pants – stores country-wide and online                 http://www.generalpants.com.au/

David Jones – my favourite section of the Sydney CBD store is on the 2nd floor with One Teaspoon, Mink Pink, Living Doll, Sass & Bide, Wish and many more brands available.

Myer – 4th floor is a home to many of my favourite yet not overpriced brands like: All About Eve, Miss Shop, Lola vs. Harper, Lipsy London and much more.


Oxford Studio Clothing – 115 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010, Tel: 02 9361 4241

Premonition – 38 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010, Tel: 02 9361 6008 http://premonitiondesigns.com/home.php


Premonition – 60 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW 2021, Tel: 02 9380 8881 http://premonitiondesigns.com/home.php


Stellino – 138 King Street, Newtown, 2042, Tel: 02 9550 4025        http://www.stellino.com.au/


Mia on Norton – 124 Norton St, Leichhardt, NSW 2040, Tel: 02 9550 0789

Live This – 152 Norton St, Leichhardt, NSW 2040, Tel: 02 9560 3661


Kirribilli Fashion Market –  http://www.kirribillimarkets.com/fashion-market


N’8kd Decision – Shop 2, 700 Military Road, Mosman, NSW 2088, Tel: 02 9969 9672

http://www.n8kddecision.com.au/index.php – Evening and party dresses, jewellery.


Birkenhead Point Outlet Store – Roseby Street, Drummoyne, NSW 2047, Tel: 02 9812 8800 //www.birkenheadpoint.com.au/


I also shop a lot on www.asos.com a UK-based website that delivers to Australia for free!

Aussie based www.surfstich.com has a lot to offer, not just surf brands

night time photography lesson

I would never think I might be interested in night time photography. I was wrong (not for the first time ;-). One of my Christmas presents was a night time photography lesson. Worried, as I always am about my skills, I took my tripod (another Christmas pressie), my DSLR, lenses and camera user manual to our meeting point at the Opera House in Sydney. There were less than ten people attending the course all armed with cameras and tripods. We set our ISOs, shutter speeds and apertures and walked around the Circular Quay area for about three hours. We took some amazing shots. First stop was an old cemetery by the Royal Botanic Gardens. We were ‘painting with light’ a technique that required a torch and long exposure. Some people took amazing shots, not including myself since I realised last minute that my filter was really dirty. Then we moved on to the bridge above the ferry terminal and took some long exposure (20-30 seconds) road shots. Finally, we walked to the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal building and started shooting the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge from high up. Suddenly, just out of the blue fireworks above the Opera House appeared. Our tutor said that has never happened before so we were really lucky. I took some awesome shots and even though the teacher had left we stayed to take more night time photos. Truly unforgettable night!