Month: December 2014

Hobart Eat and Drinks Diary | Part One

Hobart Eat and Drinks Diary | Part One


Hobart. It all came about when the annual, all too familiar, family Christmas location discussion came up in July. Who’s hosting?  Where shall we go? My family is from Adelaide, so travel was imminent. However this year we decided to make a real holiday out of the festive season and go somewhere different.

The main requirement was warm weather, a big house on a private or secluded beach and hopefully with a boat ramp. A range of excellent locations were tossed around and then we settled on Hobart. Seems like a weird beach holiday choice, until you research it and discover it has some of Australia’s best bays and beaches, and even though the temperature is lower than our Northern friends, the UV is extraordinarily high…so a mild 22 degree day, is in fact, a scorcher! Nobody tells you this…You’re welcome.


Transport to Hobart is either to fly or to ferry. We decided early that we would take our boat over, so we booked it onto The Spirit Of Tasmania and my better half accompanied the boat on the boat…my brother and family had their car, so he too took the ferry…the rest of us opted for the quicker route and flew. The Spirit leaves Melbourne twice daily and takes approx 12 hrs. Docks into Devonport and then it is a 4 hour drive South to Hobart. The flight takes 1hour 20mins to Hobart direct..enough said.


‘Saltcotes’ is the amazing house we found on Trip Advisor. It is located in Opossum Bay, approximately 40 minutes out of the Hobart CBD. Secluded beach. Tick. Boat Ramp. Tick Tick. And the house…..oh my..It appeared to be a Revenge style Hampton’s home smack bang in the middle of sleepy Tassie. It was perfect. And upon arrival, it did not disappoint. This 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom Cape Cod delight, sits atop a slight rise overlooking the Derwent River and towards Blackmans Bay.


‘Saltcotes’ exceeded all expectations. A beautiful welcome hamper, spacious rooms, clean and well maintained, beach toys including kayaks, big outdoor beanbags, fluffy white towels and upmarket body wash. Its the small things that matter. I must add this place isn’t cheap. So you do expect the finer things, and the hosts Francis and Henry certainly understand that the dollar charged should be worthy the stay. And so far so good.


Planning is key for this type of family vay-cay. As we were heading into town 2 days before Xmas, we preordered all the food. The turkey, chicken, ham and pudding were all ordered in advance from Wursthaus Gourmet Kitchen in Hobart, and ready for pickup on the 23rd. A Coles online order was placed from Adelaide the week prior and the delivery of all the other food staples, arrived as we were settling in on our first night.


Opossum Bay is very sleepy. A general store and that is it. The nearest supermarket is 30 minutes away. So it pays to be organised if possible.


‘Saltcotes’ built in 1936, grandly sits alone on the Northern tip of Opossum Bay. 100m South over a small cluster of rocks is the rest of the beach lined with beach shacks and beach shacks turned into houses all dotting the foreshore. There is mixture of homes and quite an eclectic mix. Yes that is a light house at the front of the boat themed beach shack…and its actually kind of cool.

Day One Links


My Favourite Self Tanners…

My Favourite Self Tanners…

Ok, I admit I may have a tendency to suffer from ‘tanorexia’. Never quite tanned enough. Having tanned skin to me, is like the shoulder pads of the ’90s..I feel thinner!

The upside to this little obsession, is that I have tried and tested a plethora of self tanning products, and now I have nailed the perfect combo.


For the Body



#1 – Bondi Sands Tanning Foam

Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam Dark is a self-tanning foam that dries in one hour. Perfect for the instant result. This foam is quite awesome. It is non streaky and the colour has a green base, which is the best base colour, in my opinion, when looking for self tanners. It goes on evenly and last for days. Seriously, way longer than an average spray tan from salon.



I have just started using the application mitt…which up until last week I considered a gimmick..Wow..I could not have been more wrong. This little fingerless, spongy, washable mitten is the best way to apply the tan. Ok, maybe I’m little slow on the mitt train, but now I’m on..Im not getting off. Ever.
Apply in circular motions and watch your skin transform into that golden, sun kissed glow.

I apply this tanning foam every 3 days…exfoliate on day 3 to get rid of excess build up.


For the Face



#1 – Sephora Tinted Self Tanning Face Gel

The best news about this tanning that Sephora is now in Australia…so we can buy it without having to choose an overseas holiday destination based on Sephora stores!…

This easy to use glide on gel, has a brush tip, so it is really nice to apply. It can be worn under makeup..or by itself for a natural glow…Sephora have just released a BB creme version of this tanning gel which I have just used and it too is fab!

I usually wear this to the gym, with a little bronzing powder and because it is light it doesn’t clog your pores. It will wash off easily so there is no build up of tan on your face. This is good thing.


For the Décolletage



#1 – Sugar Baby Golden Glamour Spray

This is my go-to all year round, but mainly winter, self tanning spray. Fast results. So easy to apply, smells like a tropical beach and did I results!

I jump out of the shower, and whilst towel and shower cap firmly in place ..spray a fine mist on my face and on my décolletage. I do this every day in the cooler months, and if I’m time poor it is the best way to get a warm glow in rapid time. Spray. It dries in seconds. Add your moisturiser and makeup if you desire. You’re done. There is now no excuse not to have a little Summer glow on your face with this quick fix. Of course you can use it as an all over body spray, but if you’re time poor this is the best go to.


Sustain the Glow



#1 – Jergens BB Body Perfecting Cream for the Body

My favourite new cream…I stumbled across this range recently at Priceline and the price point was good so I was happy to buy and try.

Jergens is new to us in Oz, however, this USA based company has been around for ages selling all sorts of delicious self tanners and moistouriser…but the BB Body Cream is new and this amazing potion of hydrating liquid gold is amazing. The idea of a skin perfecter for the body is practically brand-new. If you’re on the fairer side, it’ll blur the appearance of imperfections and if you have darker skin, it’ll reflect light to hide imperfections. (Think of it as a glorified Instagram filter for cellulite and spider veins). Just make sure you get your hands on either the All Light Skin Tones or All Medium-Deep Skin Tones bottles, depending on your own shade. Over time, they’ll balance your skin tone by lightening redness in fairer folks and evening out sallowness for darker skin. So you glow more and Jergens promise you’ll see results within 5 days of using this cream..Plus it keeps all your self tanning looking fresh for longer. Big Win Win.

You’re welcome.



Vogue Living’s Guide to The Best Roof Top Bars In Oz…..

Vogue Living’s Guide to The Best Roof Top Bars In Oz…..

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As the weather in the Southern States finally starts to resemble a mild Summer…Vogue Living has just released a much appreciated ‘Top 10 Roof Top Bars’ In Australia…It is cocktail hour somewhere..Go..Enjoy…You’re welcome,27861?pos=1



Austral Bricks + Camilla Franks = Prepare for Brick Envy



Austral Bricks has teamed up with fashion icon Camilla Franks to bring a bold new collection.


Click on this link direct from InDesignLive to take a peek at this stunning colour palette inspired by exotic locations…I want to design a project with these bricks…….Now!



Hotel Design Crush…

Hotel Design Crush…

We are lucky enough currently to be designing 2 hotels. And we love it. Any commercial project I find exciting, but for some reason, bars, hotels and pubs I like the most.

Here a some images of a few of my current commercial favourites..



The 57th floor at The Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore


The Maison Martin MARGIELA, Paris


Song qi, Monaco


The Old Library re-incarnation as a restaurant in Cronulla, Sydney.


Restoration Hardware LA



King and Duke, Atlanta