Exploring Phantom Falls, Lorne, along the Great Ocean Road

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During our most recent trip to the Great Ocean Road in November of last year, we decided to explore the lesser known waterfall in Lorne, Phantom Falls. 

My original guide to the Great Ocean Road from January 2018 can be found here.

Phantom Falls is a gorgeous waterfall in the Great Otway National Park. It’s a 3.5km return trip that takes about 90 minutes. 

First, we drove to Allenvale Road Carpark and walked across the car park to the start of the Phantom Falls track. 

The tiny dirt track is surrounded by dense greenery and opens up to immense land, which we soon realised were peoples’ properties and a creek.

This track is less popular compared to Erskine Falls. We rarely saw people and the quiet sound of nature was so soothing.

As we continued our walk, the track turned into gravel and became steeper and steeper and my breathe became heavier and heavier.

After the uphills and climbing through some fallen tree branches, we finally got to the stairs descending down to Phantom Falls and what a lovely sight it was! We walked on top of all the rocks surrounding the waterfall to take it in from all angles.

During this visit to the Great Ocean Road, we revisited some of the sights we explored last year. Even though I had already seen them before, I was still so stunned by the beauty of the nature along the Great Ocean Road and feel so lucky that it’s in my home state.

Have any of you visited the Great Ocean Road? What are some of the favourite natural spots in your home state?




Photos by Ivor

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The perfect phone case

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I recently upgraded my phone and got an iPhone XS Max, I love it!

For me, getting a new phone feels so refreshing. It’s like a fresh slate for me where I can fill my phone with new memories via photos, notes and apps and also finally get myself a new phone case.

I am not one of those people that changes phone cases frequently. I get one at the start of my phone and it stays there until I get a new phone, so I always try to make sure to get something that will last. This usually means a simple looking case made out of durable material and is functional for me in my everyday life.

I recently came across fyystore, which stocks a wide range of accessories, and found my perfect iPhone XS Max case. This case is a sleek leather black cover with a slim card compartment and a detachable hand strap, which is so necessary for a phone as big as an XS Max. It ticks all the boxes for me.

For accessories inspiration, check out fyystore’s Pinterest account.


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Dresses for Valentine's Day

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Dress: Alice McCall, Sunglasses: Asos, Shoes: Ted Baker, Bag: Gucci, Bracelet: Tiffany & Co
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NYC Guide 5: Exploring Central Park

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Dress: Asilio, Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Shoes: Lipstik, Bag: MonPurse

Central Park, a major feature of the iconography of Manhattan, is of course a must visit while in NYC. Central Park is the backdrop in some of my favourite films and most importantly the wedding spot for soulmates Blair and Chuck (sorry for all the Gossip Girl references, I can’t help myself). It was on the top of my to-do list when I first visited New York in 2016 and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Going back during our last visit was even better, as the park comes alive in the warmer months. 


Within the 834 acre urban park, there are a plethora of beautiful sights and things to do. But as the park is immense, it’s a good idea to go in knowing what you want to explore.  

Here is my guide on what to do/explore in Central park:
  • After we finished some shopping on Fifth Ave along the Upper East Side and wanted some down time, we headed over to The Pond. This area is quiet and surrounded by benches – the perfect spot for reading.  
  • Bethesda Terrace and Fountain Plaza, the setting of Chuck and Blair’s wedding, is one of the most iconic spots in Central Park. The tiling inside the terrace and the fountain are both so beautiful. 
  • Walking down the leafy Mall and Literary Walk is an NYC must. There are a lot of street performers along this path, so be careful of taking a photo, as you’ll be harassed for payment if a performer thinks you’re taking a photo of them. 
  • During our first visit to Central Park, we decided to go to Central Park Zoo 20 minutes before it closed. Luckily the zoo is small, so we were able to rush through and see all the animals, including grizzly bears which was a first for us. If you’re a Madagascar fan, you should definitely go, just remember that there aren’t zebras, lions, hippos or giraffes at Central Park Zoo IRL. 
  • We walked around the stunning Reservoir on our way to the MET. Central Park is so large, but I was still so surprised to see this huge pool of water in the middle of the park. 
  • While walking through the park we stumbled across Sheep Meadow, a large lawn, filled with people reading and playing games. We set ourselves down here for a spot of reading and FaceTiming family. 
  • My favourite part of Central park is definitely boating in The Lake from the Loeb Boathouse. For $15, we hired a boat for an hour and rowed around The Lake, underneath the famous Bow Bridge and next to the Bethesda Fountain Plaza. Even though we were a sweaty mess rowing in the afternoon in New York’s summer, it was an unforgettable experience. 
These were just some of the things I did in Central Park, but the list of activities and sights are endless, you can find more things here: http://www.centralparknyc.org/things-to-see-and-do/

What are some of the things you've done in Central Park or what are some of things you’d love to do if you visited Central Park?

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Christmas Eve Thoughts!

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As the year end comes to the end and we all find ourselves saying the cliché phrase “wow, the year has gone by quickly”, I’d just like to say holy moly the year has gone by quickly, quicker than it has ever felt.

December crept up unnoticed. I found myself a week into December without a Christmas tree, which would have been unthinkable in previous years. And now it’s Christmas eve. 

I’ve done all my Christmas shopping, but the other usual pre-Christmas activities have unfortunately been neglected this year. Sightseeing of the fabulous/ostentatious local Christmas lights, listening to carolling and checking out the Christmas festivities in the city have all been unintentionally forgone this year. 

Finishing off the working year has kept me very preoccupied. Personal tribulations have also contributed to the lack of festive feelings. However, even though the lead up to Christmas hasn’t been very Christmasy I am still so excited for tomorrow. The real holiday spirit will really hit tomorrow and continue on with some fun and relaxing beach trips. 

In true Aussie chill style, offices have put their ‘Closed’ sign up and the auto-reply email has been switched on for the next two weeks. I have never been more excited to just chill and do nothing, as long as there is some water near me.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas filled with food and fun memories and takes the time out to unwind, relax and recharge.

I’d love to know, what are your plans for the Christmas break? Do you/countries outside of Australia have a long Christmas and new year break?

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Spring Dressing – Red and Yellow

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Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Top: Zara | Skirt: Whistles | Shoes: Zara | Bag: Gucci 

As soon as spring sprung I brought all the colourful items out of my closet and also picked up some more. 

I was on the hunt for a good pleated skirt, after I had misread/neglected to read the washing tag on my now flimsy black previously-pleated skirt. 

I had initially been searching for a metallic green pleated skirt to wear with my Maje jumper that has beautiful emerald green embroidery on it. While I was unable to find a skirt to match that jumper, I stumbled upon this vibrant red pleated Whistles skirt with lace trimmings. I was in love with the colour. So of course, the skirt went home with me.

One of my other favourite spring picks this season is definitely these yellow Zara shoes. Together they are the definition of a splash of colour. 

 Are you a fan of pleated skirts and colourful spring dressing?

Photos by Ivor

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NYC GUIDE 4: What to do and eat in Midtown

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When daydreaming about the bustling and exciting city of New York, people usually imagine the iconic sights in Midtown.

This neighbourhood is the quintessential image of New York City, with Times Square, Rockefeller, Grand Central Station, Flat Iron and Broadway all calling Midtown home.

For first time visitors to New York I would highly recommend staying in Midtown. It’s situated at the centre of the city making it easy to get around and of course you’re a short walk away from all the recognisable sights.


NYC GUIDE 4 – WHAT TO EAT AND DO IN MIDTOWN

What to do:
  •  Times Square: The area is a hub of lights, noise and activities. It’s always incredibly crowded, especially in summer, so expect to be jostled around. Tip: The people dressed as characters will expect to be tipped if you take a photo with them.
  •  Broadway: The area around Times Square is filled with theatres. During this trip, we watched Anastasia at Broadhurst Theatre, which was so beautiful and also saw Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre. Tip: To get discount Broadway tickets line up early at a TKTS Booth or head to the box office of the show you want to see on the day.
  • Rockefeller Centre: This building is a landmark of New York City. A must-visit is the Top of the Rock, an observation deck where you can get incredible views of the city. Tip: pre-book your visit to the Top of the Rock online and you can just go straight on up.
  •  Empire State Building: Another landmark building of New York City. We went to the top of the Empire during our winter trip to NYC and saw amazing views of the city at night.
  • Grand Central Station: Cue footage of Serena Van Der Woodsen. This iconic transport hub is a beautiful and fascinating sight with people rapidly walking in all different directions getting to their platforms. This is the perfect place to do a bit of people watching and admire the architecture around you.
  •  New York Public Library: You can wander aimlessly through this beautiful and grand library and enjoy every second of it. The grand design and beautiful murals across the ceilings and walls are captivating.
  • Bryant Park: Behind the library is this beautiful park. During winter we ice-skated in the park and during our recent summer trip, we watched performances and had a little picnic.
  •  Flat Iron: This distinctive New York structure is another great and unique sight of NYC.
  • Madison Square Park: This park is located next to Flat Iron. It’s a great little lunch spot with the OG Shake Shack.
  • Herald Square: Hello shopping! The summer heat in NYC can be intense, so we escaped the heat with some shopping in Macys, Victoria’s Secret and Sephora. 

Where to eat:
  • Eataly: This Italian marketplace is a must visit. It has multiple restaurants, an Italian grocer and a gelato store under one roof.
  • Koreatown: For dinner, definitely hit up a restaurant in Koreatown. We ate at Han Bat restaurant and I enjoyed a yummy bi bim bap.


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