20.1.15

ROC and ROLL

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Whenever the water looks as nice as this I thank my lucky stars I grew up near the ocean. I can't imagine not being able to escape to the beach when the city walls close in and it all becomes a bit much. Even when travelling I always find myself making stops off at the seaside along the way just to bliss out for a while.

Shot these with the amazing Claire in front of one of Australia's most famous beaches, Bondi, wearing some Australian designs by August St, Pink Stitch & ROC. I've been drawn to gold tones recently so these shades are killing it in my books right now! 

emma

19.1.15

2014 Travel Highlights

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With grand plans for 2015 I couldn't help think back on the highlights of last year and pinpoint what made up the moments I hold so fondly in my memory. I visited so many places from Saigon to Kuala Lumpur, London to Oia in Santorini. Rome, Hanoi, Positano, Halong Bay, Naples, Langkawi, Nusa Lembongan, Singapore, Istanbul, Bali and Pompeii. Looking back on these photos I feel so lucky and even more so when I imagine I'll be seeing even more this year as well as visiting some of these places again soon. 

Vietnam was my first trip of the year and I think it was one of my favourite trips of the year. We travelled from the south of the country to the north over 4 weeks and the combination of the landscape, the culture and the history just kept me wanting to learn and see more, of not only that country but the world, long after we finished the trip. My favourite city I visited has to be a tie between London and Rome. Both were whirlwind visits - London for only 4 days and Rome for only 2 nights - but as soon as I had a taste I knew I'd be back (and plan to be in the coming months). 

I think with both places it was the combination of all the old buildings and points in history at every turn but meanwhile everyone is living their modern lives which just continues to enrich the culture of these ancient cities. I grew up watching british TV productions like The Young Ones and later Skins, The Mighty Boosh and QI, listening to bands like The Bealtes, Pink Floyd, the Stones and then later Bloc Party, The Kooks and The Arctic Monkeys, even reading Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter & Agatha Christie novels - without me being completely conscious of it, I had been dreaming about England since my childhood. Obviously 4 days was never going to be enough. On the other hand I didn't have many prior expectations of Rome apart from the obvious landmarks. We were only able to fit in one full day in Rome but that is all it took for me to be completely charmed by it's cobbled roads, lively squares and romantic little side alleys to get lost in. 

Some of my favourite moments that stick in my mind include jumping off a cliff in Amalfi Bay, snoozing in a private park in London before a 24hr flight, running up & down the spanish steps in Rome trying to find our tour, spending a day on motorbikes travelling through the country side in North-East Vietnam, trying fresh tropical fruit on a boat on the Mekong river, swimming all afternoon at a beach party in Langkawi, breakfast at The Wolseley in London, watching the sun set behind the cliffs in Positano, getting caught in the rain at the ruins in Pompeii and getting a private boat tour of the Bosphorus in Istanbul.

I could talk about this all day so I'll stop here but just say, thanks to everyone who's supported me along my travels in 2014, all the brands I've worked with, the people I've met, the locals and all my friends and followers on Instagram and all my readers here on this blog. 

emma

14.1.15

WHITE OUT

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Lately I've been really drawn to the white/tan combo - I'm guessing summer has something to do with it. Apart from planning upcoming travels, I've been working on a few very exciting projects, shooting some wicked photos with the extremely talented Claire from gypsyhart, going to a few gigs and catching up on some reading (I've got a huge stack of books I was gifted for Christmas to get through). 

At the moment I'm reading Life by Keith Richards and as much as he rambles on I just love it - I think it's the way he just lets all the words just flow out of him, even if it doesn't make sense (lack of punctuation etc), he conveys the way his mind rolls. He also talks about how he's kept diaries over his life and it makes me think I should be keeping on (not because I plan on being a rock legend, but to remember how things really were when I look back) however I always tend to destroy any diaries I keep. Then I remembered that I've been writing a 'diary' for over 5 years now... and you're reading it right now. Not yet to be destroyed. Goodnight reader! x

emma

12.1.15

2015

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Oh hey there blog, long time no post huh? Seems like it was last year since I've written...

Dear 2015, when did you get here? I feel like I've been waiting for the new year for ages and then suddenly it's here! Enough excuses though. It's true, it's been a while and I've been having a nice break over the holiday season. However, in truth there has been a lot going on behind the scenes too. I'm so excited to let you guys know that I have some big plans for the coming months. First of which is that I'm going on my first ever Contiki trip which will hit all the hotspots in Europe! Not only that but I'll be going solo and continuing my adventure after the tour. Pretty scary but I love a challenge! Keep track of my plans via twitter (here) and I'd love to hear from you guys if you have any advice for solo travellers. Happy New Year! x

emma

21.12.14

SINGAPORE

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Our last days in Singapore were filled with shopping, a bit of chill time, a bit of exploring and cocktails! Not bad at all. If you've seen my video from my last post you'll know we went to Little India where we tried some indian food at the Tekka Centre. While eating there was a gorgeous, old indian woman sitting next to us who was so friendly that she ended up taking us upstairs after lunch to the clothing level and took us shopping. I'm always a skeptic (especially when travelling) so at first I assumed she would be taking us to 'a friend' of hers to spend our money. I was proven wrong that day as she was a fantastic person who gave us some amazing recommendations and was genuinely interested in us and our lives back home. After we said our goodbyes I realised that perhaps I need to be a bit more open to meeting new people and having new experiences as not everyone is out to get you. Having said that I really believe that when travelling you must trust your instincts! 

Luckily we had a chance to also visit Marina Bay Sands and had drinks at Ku De Ta while enjoying that famous view of the city at night. For dinner it was chilli & butter crabs - apparently a 'must' in Singapore which everyone enjoyed. We finished off our trip with obligatory Singapore Slings & peanuts at Raffles hotel the next day before our flights. Raffles did not disappoint! 

emma