with my one and only, at the one and only....

well we wrapped a pretty manic two weeks of wedding festivities, which some dubbed a wedding festival, we took the chance to take a mini-moon up north to the gorgeous one and only hayman. while we only have a long weekend, it just just the perfect amount of time for us to take a few seconds out and reflect on the wedding that was. (p.s. it was kurt's birthday so what better way to celebrate...?)

i had read a few reviews on the one and only and after chatting to family and friends, decided this would be the spot to take a few days break and i can honestly say, it was amazing. the staff were phenomenal and un-faultable. the food was good, as expected and the facilities great. as you will be able to see from the below, it was a little wet, but that made the lazy sleep-ins even better.

here are a few snaps from our weekend away - i hope you enjoy. nb. there will be an "official" honeymoon later in 2017, we are still deliberating on locations but are thinking of making it a honeymoon/30th birthday celebration, so if you have any suggestions, let us know. 

swim time
rainy pool


this year got off to a whirl-wind of a start with a trip to singapore - london - dubai straight up, on jan and the momentum honestly has not stopped. work is pretty manic right now, we are in the early stages of getting two business off the ground, we are about to start another renovation and on top of all that, we are getting married in 20 days.

this is the reason its taken me so god damn long to update this blog. one of my new years resolutions was to certainly keep on top of this more however some times, its a bit difficult to be honest.

i will turn 30 this year which is something i am acutely aware of and for some reason, i felt compelled to try and do my best to visit a country i have never been before every year, from now on. i am actually really excited to see which country that will be in 2017. perhaps africa. somewhere in south america or maybe even somewhere closer to home. who knows?

i am going to upload a few travel snaps from the past months adventures, to keep you abreast of where i have been before doing another quick wedding update. i hope you enjoy! 







a whip around hipster-ville....

yes yes i know that this little blogging bride to be has been very slack of late in the updates. i have a legitimate reason, i promise. i have been travelling for work, so whilst i won’t be able to update you at the moment with the wedding progress, i will update you with a few little snaps from my latest trip to london!

i returned from london at the end of last week in what was a manic twelve day trip to dubai and london. i love my job, i really do, however the travel element was not really factored into our larger plans of organizing a wedding and full scale renovation when we opted to plan a wedding in six months, so these latest travel stints have certainly thrown a spanner in the works.

this being said, i am following my trusty wedding planning guide and seem to still be ticking things off the list (i have also enlisted the services of a wedding stylist/on the day coordinator who is keeping me a little in check as well).

so whilst i technically had five full days in london, three of those were full up with work work so this guide is really an overview of my weekend, the spots we visited and maybe some you may like to check out when your next in good old london-town.

this trip i spent a lot of time in the north part of london; camden, soho, clerkenwall and stoke newington – so i was certainly hanging out with the hipsters, i was in a new neck of the woods.

saturday am

brunch at all press espresso followed by some delectable snacks and vintage shopping at broadway markets (i encourage you to go down some of the cute side alleys as this is where we found some beautiful hand crafted homewares and one of a kind jewelry).

saturday pm

make your way to morty and bobs for the best bloody mary i’ve ever had (it was also my first) and a bite to eat (gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches anyone).

if you are up for a bit of shopping and the thought of oxford circus freaks the living shit out of you, head to kings road off sloane square for some retail therapy.

once you’ve headed home to spruce up, head on out to bistrotheque for dinner (this place is a bit hard to find, but once you do, its uber amazing) before heading into shoreditch for some drinks at one of the many bars or clubs.

sunday am

head to clerkenwall for breakfast at granger and co (australian owned but man they do great coffee) or modern pantry.

from here colombia street flower markets are a beautiful way to spend a lazy sunday before heading into soho for a bite to eat. i found the bus the easiest way to get aroud these parts, its also quite pretty and fab people watching.

sunday pm

soho has many many great restaurants however we opted to dine at mele e pere, a fusion restaurant which serves up a fantastic french/italian menu. the pumpkin gnocchi with black truffle shavings was certainly my pick!


news flash - i might actually like bangkok...

ok coop-ettes i am about to make a big change on stance here. my own stance that is.. i might actually like bangkok. after a few previous disasters here including bombings, a political crisis and many food-borne illnesses… i have not always had a fondness for bangkok.

a few weeks ago however i spent three evenings (for work – but i have tried to make the most of my down time) and i do believe this thriving metropolis may have something to offer after all...

after landing at around 2pm on an overcast saturday afternoon i was content with spending an afternoon lounging by the pool however that was not to be (read. rainy season) so it was a relaxing bath (much needed after my travels in singapore and malaysia), a movie and room service. for those of you who follow my blog, this is not something that i usually do, however i really enjoyed every selfish minute of it.

sunday was my day. i had always planned on making the most of my one day off so it was a private driver, chatuchak markets, nahm for dinner and off to maggie choo’s for a night cap. i felt that i really had planned the perfect day, which captured the essence of bangkok… from the markets and haggling to a very well-reviewed spot for dinner (read foodies from all around the world) before a well-deserved nightcap at a downtown favourite.

big shout-out to the gorg folk at a pair and a spare for there weekend itinerary ideas!

not once this trip did i venture out in a tuk-tuk or hit a street stall for some tom-yum but i must admit, this being my first time to travel to these places solo, i really needed to feel confident and safe in my surroundings. needless to say, the oriental residence was the perfect base (#workperks).

p.s. sorry about the shit quality of pictures on this post, there were taken on iphone.