My unique experiences in Adelaide!

The vibrant Southern Australian city of Adelaide is no less than a package of historical walk through, graphitic lanes, wildlife encounters, getting intoxicated at the wine estates and exploring the unknown beaches.

It offers something to everyone, Adelaide may be known for the world-famous Barossa Valley but there’s more to the city that makes it stand apart.

Located just appx 2 hours by flight from Melbourne, the city welcomed us with its warm and sunny weather despite the Aussie autumn

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Cultural Precinct, Adelaide

Day 1

  • Cultural Tour
  • Taking a walk down the Historical lane

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The vacation day 1 started with the city tour, around the cultural precinct, this place is centrally located in the Adelaide city, so just hop on the free city bus while they drop you right in front of the Cultural precinct.

Museum, Art gallery, National Anzac Memorial, Mortlock Library, Adelaide University, the Cultural arena comprises of all of these.

The huge stretch of historical buildings, does makes you feel like a tourist who has dropped into an era, where you keep admiring the beautiful architectural carvings.

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Day 2

  • Barossa Valley/ Wine Estates
  • Toy Factory
  • Wild Life Encounter
  • Whispering Wall

The first-class wine region, does not allow you to be a teetotaller, just a short drive away lies more than 60 Winery estate that offers you all possible varieties of wine. The Adelaide Hills are closer to the capital city than any other wine region in the world.

Take a day tour or drive down yourself, all the wine estate is a visual retreat in themselves, drop down and you will be taken care by the bar manager with 5 variety of wines to choose from or taste all of them. I won’t get surprised, if you leave the hills intoxicated by the end of the tour, but no matter which state you are in don’t forget to carry some of these exotic wines for yourself or as a gift for someone who loves wine.

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Barossa Valley!

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The big Rocking Horse at the Toy factory in Adelaide is considered as the no one aussie icon, a great place for school executions and family fun.

Just for 2$ you get an entry to get up and close to the Australian Wildlife and not only this, you also get to feed the Kangaroos.

Take a short tour around the Toy Factory to see how quality wooden toys are made in the working Toy Factory.

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The Big Rocking Horse!

The Whispering Wall is one of Adelaide’s most interesting and playful spots. The acoustics of the Whispering Wall are responsible for the name. Words whispered from one side of the wall can clearly be heard across a 100 metre stretch and attract hundreds of visitors every year to test the walls abilities.

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The Whispering Wall!
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Whispering Wall and Barossa Reservoir!

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Day 3

  • Victor Harbour
  • Granite Island
  • Countryside Tour

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Victor Harbour!

Victor Harbour is a countryside town, known for its scenic coastline, untouched islands, ride the Horse Drawn Tram across to Granite Island, catch one of the heritage Steam Ranger trains with the kids. Swim, surf, jet ski, snorkel, kayak, paddle or canoe around Encounter Bay’s reefs and islands.

We had our Brunch at one of the Beach cafe, their brunch menu is worth trying while you watch the waves and enjoy this slow paced countryside lifestyle.

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Granite Island!

Granite Island is home to a small colony of wild Little Penguins, who return home from their day in the ocean at dusk. The island is easily accessible by foot or by the horse cart.

This countryside town offers a visual retreat who loves architectural buildings, a well planned town which has a small township and a good no of cafes that offers you a wide range of cuisines.

Day 4

  • Exploring Rundle Street
  • Indulging in Adelaide street cafes
  • Adelaide Botanical Gardens

The Rundle street is the place to be in Adelaide central, it has the historic charm with the modern sophistication. The best-known cafes, coffee parlours and International cuisines, the place has it all. Hot spot for party animals, this place transforms itself into the most happening corner of the city on friday night.

Grab a coffee and watch the sun go down, or catch a friend for a lunch with a glass of wine.

While you take a walk down the laneways, you could spot stunning street arts on the walls, don’t forget to get yourself click with them, wherever you spot one. If you’re a shopping freak, these laneways offers you some amazing boutiques and brands which you would love to explore.

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Rundle Street!

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Autumn is the best time to enjoy the colours of nature, therefore we spend the last evening of our vacation amidst the blossoms.

Take a guided walk in the Garden to collect curious botanic bits such as seedpods and leaves, then create a cute critter to take home or visit their Tropical rain forests or the Rose Garden gallery. If you don’t wish to do any of these then visit their Dalian flower section and relax in the lap of nature.

This place is highly recommended if you happen to travel with kids as one of the spots you wouldn’t like to miss.

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Botanical Gardens , Adelaide!

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So, if your thinking where to head this Easter with Family, dont forget to give Adelaide a try. This short vacay will give you memories to last really long and if not get a wallpaper worthy pic on from their colorful walls.

The fashion hub of Australia scintillates with VAMFF!

The fashion capital of Australia scintillates at the 19 day long Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival in March’17.

Here, I bring to you some exclusive preview in collaboration with the Sydney based ace photographer Bijen’s Photography entailing various events that cruised on the Runway.

The premium runways were the highlights of the Fashion festival; there were back to back 7 Runways throughout the festival days. Australian Designers, who showcased their collection in the world class fashion event.

The Premium Runway hosted the designer Runways were; Dion Lee, Macgraw, Carla Zampatti, Romance Was Born, Ginger & Smart, Yeojin Bae, Manning Cartell

The show gave its viewers an experience of falling in love;” Romance was Born “curated the snowing runway and its fabulous collection was the highlight of the runway 3.

In short, Runway 3 encapsulated the essence to kick start a stylish autumn with its fur jackets,tops, skirts, silted skirts and the off shoulders to go along. Crisp cream, beige, red and orange dominated the Runway and not to forget the flared dresses and skirts.

What stole the show was the Fur Off shoulder top, which made every fashionista crave to have one in their wardrobe as well.

The Premium Runway showcased the emerging Australian Designers like Finders, Isabelle Quinn, Keepsake and Taluah to name a few.

My favourite pick from the Runway was that of Taluah, it had all it cloudy say flairs, off shoulders, with subtle blend of orange, red and beige dominated the runway.

Brands like Wild horses and S. Wallis captured furs, frills and off the shoulders trends that we can inherit off the runway too. The 4th Premium Runway was presented by Shop till you drop magazine, wherein one could shop immediately while being seated and watching the show. It was first of its kind experience that was available to the viewers, being the first to own it straight from the runway.

The GQ Mens Fashion-wear, Australia’s largest designer line up for menswear didn’t fail to impress us with its variety line like Aquila shoes, Jack London, Calibre and Dom Bagnato to name a few.

This Runway went high for viewers specially with Asahi Beer being served on arrival.

The GQ Mens Fashion-wear, the Australia’s largest designer line up for menswear didn’t fail to impress us with its variety line including Aquila shoes, Jack London, Calibre and Dom Bagnato to name a few.

This Runway went high for viewers specially with Asahi Beer being served on arrival.

The penultimate day was for Runway 5, featuring designers like Misha Collection, Camilla, Thurley, Zhivago and Rachel Gilbert to name a few.

Lacies, drapes, wrap around dresses, off the shoulder sequined dresses were the highlight of the Runway. My favorite pick was from the brand Camilla, aesthetically appealing design, color and patterns; they had everything to make it straight from Runway to off runway fashion statement.

Runway 6, was chic, trendy, sporty and fresh, the theme revolving its centerfold that focuses on feminism. The Runway line up included Brands like Anna Quan, Bul, Viktoria & Woods and Ryder to name a few.

The finale Premium Runway 7 presented by Oyster, was a short and sweet line up of designers like Pageant, Garbage TV, Eugenie and Kloke to name a few.

Casual and funky this runway ended with a showstopper collection by Garbage tv, the freezing moment was where the models ended up taking a “Selfie” on the stage.

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Garbage TV

Apart from the Runways, there were Priceline hair and makeover booths that made sure, you are runway ready, while you watch them. They took care of the trends and look of the season.They had media walls for everyone to pose and photographers who asked you to pose.

The other popup booths were that of cosmopolitan magazine, 6 by 6 ft Magazine and not to forget that of Virgin Australia.

With such an amazing wrap to a 19 day long fashion affair makes us impatient that 2018 VAMFF arrives soon and with even more trendsetting styles.

My V day outfit is all about Casual Glam!

We judge an outfit to define an individual’s personality, that speaks for itself even without uttering a word! I always believe in power dressing and when it comes to dressing up for occasions, I choose my outfit that has lots of oomph and drama embroiled.

And this Valentine was no different, I chose to ditch the classic Red and moved over to something that features my glamour quotient.

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Floral Print Tube Play suit!

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I kept it simple by styling this floral printed play suit with nude heels and a choker with a classic clutch to go along with it. Picked this Glam outfit from H&M Melbourne, didn’t realize i would find my size though.

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I headed out for a lunch date with hubby and the floral outfit did make heads turn; Melbourne with its unpredictable weather conditions turned out to be chilly that day, so I carried along a black jacket to radiance in the warmth necessary on Valentine’s Date.

A simple yet a casual outfit can turn your glam quotient UP provided one style’s it accordingly!

With a few days left for summer, the wait for fall begins so there aren’t many occasions to flaunt a tube outfit, so make the most of it now!

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We headed to Phamish Food and Wine bar at St. Kilda, this place happens to be one of my favorite eat out joint and I absolutely love their spread of food delicacies. Am simply a fan of their healthy range of smoothies and it should get a definite trial on your next visit here.

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Healthy Smoothies to go along with Lunch!

So, go ahead and the make your date lunch special by adding a casual glam factor to it! At the end, whatever you wear, flaunt it with confidence and your style factor gets a heads up automatically!

Wellness: My way of Living!

Being a Beauty Queen wellness is a quintessential part of my life, I can’t forgo a single day not including this element in my daily routine.
So, what consists of well-being, it’s a way of life, a subset of your happiness quotient, your stress handling ability, how active your and what includes in your meal!

Positivity:

I start my day on a positive note, that today is the day I am going to chase my dreams yet again, no matter I fail or succeed that doesn’t redefine my dreams, they only take me one step closer to it. A positive mind set can change the outlook of our life, this factor contributes to our overall wellness too.
I always don’t get greeted by success; there are days when I am extremely low, so what I do? Pull up my sleeves, relax, leave everything and do things that makes me happy, go out and shop at my favorite store, plan a short gateway with family or call an old friend and chat for an hour or listen to my favorite music. I eventually realize, this is a good technique to move over the low days and feel motivated to start afresh.

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Eating Right:

Your what you eat; so, make sure you eat the right things, being healthy contributes a lot to the wellness factor. After all health is wealth. I make sure that I never skip my breakfast, no matter what happens, I make it a point to have a healthy and a filling breakfast. This generally includes a bowl of oats with full cream milk, a dollop of yogurt and some berries of my choice. Or if I am on the go a good MC Donald’s breakfast and a coffee is perfect to go along.

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Exercising:

Being healthy starts by taking good care of your own self, my body is a temple and I must keep it toxic free to have a healthy lifestyle. The benefit of a good lifestyle is enormous, so go-ahead and embrace a way of life that keeps our wellness factor up always.
My fitness regime includes a 10-15 mins’ jog thrice a week coupled with some free hand exercises like squats and crunches.

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Socializing:

We live in a digital world where everything is within our control in the virtual medium, however many of us don’t realize, socializing on social media does help us in grabbing followers and likes which is a mandate of today’s society. But, how about keeping that phone aside and catching up an old pal for a conversation over a cup of coffee, which u have been planning for months together?
For mental wellness, socializing is a must factor in everyone’s life.
My socializing definition would be to unwind with an old friend over lunch/ brunch or over a glass of wine.

Travelling:

You’re not supposed to live at one place, you’re not a tree, of course never lose a moment or an opportunity you get to wander and travel around. You not only gain friends, but you also encounter various cultures.
My love for travel has taken me to various lands and continents to discover the unknown and interact with various cultures. I feel happy, rejuvenated, relaxed and fresh when I travel. This factor ranks way higher on my wellness scale if you ask me personally. I don’t often get an opportunity to travel solo, but when I do I take it a point to make the trip worthwhile and enjoy to my fullest. Last month I was at Geelong, Victoria for a Cricket Australia Event over 3 days and this was the perfect 3 days to unwind and discover things around me.

Whenever you can travel solo, this is the best possible thing you can do to yourself, truly enriching and this space is absolutely needed by everyone.

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Hobbiton,New Zealand

So folks, give priority in life the factors which keeps you healthy mentally, socially and personally, after all its one life, make it worth the living!