Why fly to Whitsundays?

Hill Inlet, Whitsunday Island Queensland

A postcard -perfect beach lapped by clear waters, with swaying trees in the salty breeze and the jungle-covered mountains rising above.

Stop dreaming!!  I actually enjoyed this for real!

A 3-hour flight from Melbourne by Qantas, Jetstar or Tiger Airways, Whitsundays was my Winter Holiday destination.

Well, if you ask me to describe my vacation stay at the beautiful and 3rd best beaches in the world, it would be something like this.

The crystal-clear water and the powdery white sands of the Whitsundays island are no less than a fairy tale stay. People dream of getting married in this beautiful Whitehaven beach and I was fortunate to celebrate my 6th Wedding Anniversary in this beautiful untouched island away from all the mundane Hussle. 

So, thinking what a harbour city made up of 74 Wonder islands had to offer, other than the obvious? Here it is.

Whitsunday Islands

6 must do things at Whitsundays, Australia! 

#Stranded in Paradise

We started our Whitsunday adventure with sailing.

Have you ever thought of waking up in paradise? Well, the Whitehaven beach is nothing less than one. The Ngaro people, who used to live in these lands, no longer inhabit these parts. So, we decided to sail through in a private yacht and spend our special day on the crystalline waters.

Perched at a 2-hour long Sailing distance, this beach offers everything you want, unfortunately, there isn’t any stay on the island, the long beach stretch and a national park are what this beach offers. Our overnight stay included a barbeque by the beach and sleeping under the stars and waking up before the sunrise. Plenty of sunshine during the month of July and August, the winter sun offers a pleasant weather.

Snorkel through the Hook and the South Molle islands, the reefs are colourful and if you’re lucky enough, a turtle might pay you a visit too.

#Whitsundays Islands

The Hill inlet is considered as the 3rd most photographed places in Australia, well the picture says it all. A peaceful place, fringed by lush green bushes and mountains, overlooking the azure sea. Yes, this Hill Inlet located at a 25 mins trekking distance from the Whitehaven beach is a must visit place. Venturing beyond the resorts and catching this view at the day end of sailing took away all the pain and stress from us. There are 2 photo points offering the same view, make sure to stop by both of them to grab a selfie and a family portrait.

 

Whitehaven Bay, Great Barrier Reef
Whithaven Bay

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#Go Sailing

There’s no dearth of islands in this beautiful Part of the Great Barrier Reef, but due to the Cyclone Debbie (Well, I have no connection for this, if you have been thinking why this name sounds like mine), the reefs, islands and the shores have been devastated. Therefore, we had only 2 islands Hamilton and the Whitehaven beach at our disposal to explore.

Just an hour by a day Cruise from the Airlie Beach ferry terminal, (Whitsundays Cruise) ensures you sail luxuriously along with their wide variety of morning tea which they offer.

Hamilton is the biggest island and has an airport of its own too, so if you don’t wish to fly to Whitsundays airport from anywhere in Australia, you can fly directly here as well. There are 3 different Island resorts to choose from, however, we stayed at the Hamilton Island Resort, I won’t suggest this island has the best of the beaches, but the island stay was worth it.

Take a buggy and roam around the island, or grab a quick lunch in any of the beach shack enjoying the waterfront view with the various shades of blue. The Tavern Marina is probably the best place to relax and enjoy a meal with family. Don’t forget to pose in front of the gorgeous waterfront.

The resort has their own private beach and the villas were all self-contained, so travelling with a kid is hassle-free. My 3-year-old toddler absolutely loved this lush green island stay. There’s a Wildlife Park, but unfortunately, due to the cyclone Debbie, this was closed for renovation. My 2-day Island stays included a dip in the Catsey Beach, Hamilton Island, lazing around on the beach, spending some quality time in the pool, the Summery Winter sun is harsh, so make sure to dab a lot of sunscreen lotion with 50 +SPF.

The Resort offers a free buggy so post grabbing a seafood lunch we ventured out in our very own vehicle to explore the island.

 

#Airlie Beach, Bicentennial Boardwalk

Airlie Beach is known as the gateway to the Whitsundays, but don’t pass through without stopping here. Sailing the warm blue waters of the Whitsundays is a popular pastime for the locals here. So, what could have stopped me in doing so? We stayed at the Whitsunday Terraces, the balcony of my suite opened right in front of the water-front giving me the gorgeous view of the Airlie beach and the neighbouring islands. I had a private pool overlooking the Coral Sea, if you happen to stay here or pass by don’t forget to grab a drink and enjoy this view.

Another delight of the Airlie beach is the Bicentennial Boardwalk, which runs 3.7kms from the Port of Airlie along the coastline to Cannonvale, with fabulous views of boats bobbing on the Coral Sea. Along the main street, Airlie’s holiday atmosphere reigns, the Airlie central which is a stone’s throw from here is the heart of Airlie. They provide a plethora of dining options, pubs, bars and fast food joints.

Do stop by the Rainbow Bakery, while walking past the Boardwalk, their afternoon tea is worth a try and the views this place offers is beyond any description. The afternoon tea comes at 10AUD/person and includes a fair share of fruits, a curry puff, a home baked cake along with an English breakfast tea. I highly recommend this place for family and friends but make sure to drop down before 4 pm any day.

 

If you’re looking to gorge on a sumptuous Sea food then Fish D’vine is the place to be, we enjoyed our Anniversary dinner with their famous Chilly Mud Crab and Mojitos. The best part of this place is you can choose your own seafood platter and request them a choice of a curry you want. Super-fast service and wonderful ambience to go along.

#Sceneric Helicopter Tour

The Reefs are best enjoyed from above and ideally, this is the perfect way to catch the bay views. Take a 30 mins Helicopter ride, which makes you fly over the 6 gorgeous islands and the Coral reefs.

#Out & About in the Whitsundays

There are myriads way of enjoying the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays is just one of the Gateways if you missed my Cairns Travel blog and the Fitzroy Island stay do read them here.

This is out and out family destination and 100% kid’s friendly too, most of the resorts offer free meals for kids under 12 and plethora of kid’s activities are arranged by the cruising company.

So, if you’re thinking where to spend your winter school holidays or rejuvenate your wedding vows well, this is the place to be. If you have already been here before, do drop me a line on how you feel about this place. As you know most of the islands like Daydream and the Hook Long islands are closed for renovation post the cyclone damage, this destination remains on my bucket list yet again in 2018.

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So, what’s stopping you from setting your soul free in these gorgeous islands?

 

William Ricketts Sanctuary | Mt. Dandenong

William Ricketts Sanctuary, Mount Dandenong!

 

The Dandenong ranges offer a plethora of attractions and being a Melburnian one can’t deny the fact how much we love our weekend road trips. So, here it is we decided to head to Mount Dandenong and experience a slice of the aboriginal culture in Victoria.William Ricketts Sanctuary, Mt Dandenong

Amidst beauty and tranquillity this place offers more than just mystical cemented sculptures on the tree barks! Just an hour drive from Melbourne, we reached this sanctuary which is well perched on the highway and easy to navigate. The sanctuary is a no food and trash zone, so make sure keep these things safe in your car. If you have any leave them in your car, there are nearby parks and villages where you can enjoy your hot lunch.

 


This place takes you back to the aboriginal era to experience a rustic storytelling with 90 evocative sculptures carved out of the trees, the settling in the ranges gives some different vibes while you enter the sanctuary. The entire setting looks larger than life and each carved faces has a different story to say. Take time to explore the pathway through the sanctuary while you explore your way to find a new character. Some of his works throughout the grounds also depict his feelings on the takeover and devastation of white man into the natural environment.

Navigating through the sanctuary was done in less than an hour, so decided to head to the village of Olinga and sassafras. Don’t forget to drop down to the Village tea shop or a cosy tea/coffee break, relaxing over a cuppa near a fireplace is the best thing you can do spending the evening with family and friends. If you still feel like cruising through the mount Dandenong, don’t forget to check out the 1000 steps.

 

So, before you think where to head this weekend, dont forgot to drive through this scenic sanctuary.

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Top Picks at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Sydney!

From the recent Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Resort 2018, at Sydney, I bring to you my top Picks straight from the Runway.

This Fashion Week is brought you in collaboration with the Singapore-based Fashion Designer & Photographer Couture Lense and Bijens Photography from Sydney.

Stevens Khalil’s Couture Bridal Showcase was not less than a dream Runway, the stunning intrinsic Embroidered Bridal collection, made every girl dream of their D-Day.

 

Steven Khalil Couture Bridal Collection, at the Mercedes Benz Fashion week Resort 2018! Steven Khalil Couture Bridal Collection, at the Mercedes Benz Fashion week Resort 2018! Steven Khalil Couture Bridal Collection, at the Mercedes Benz Fashion week Resort 2018!

The Talented Gradates from the Raffles College of Design and Commerce showcased their beautiful collections on the last day of the Resort 2018 Runways.

Occupants had bold, black and golden metallic shades for the confident woman in you.

Occupants from the Raffles College of Design and Commerce showcasing at the Mercedes Benz Fashion week 2018 Occupants from the Raffles College of Design and Commerce showcasing at the Mercedes Benz Fashion week 2018Occupants from the Raffles College of Design and Commerce showcasing at the Mercedes Benz Fashion week 2018

The Ruffles and the Off shoulder in soft fabrics were to the point and was the highlight of the Enve collection, in peaches, white and beige.

Enve from the Raffles college of Commerce showcasing athe MBFWA

Carley Rose, the label as the name goes, this collection was unique, with a floral touch and vivid sighting of intertwined colorful fabrics. The unique cuts in the fabrics with a touch of soft colors made them stand out.

Ashleighkwong, showed us how differently you can flaunt striped jumpsuits, the silk gown, and the stable white shirt.

Pink is a color which a lady can’t do without, the collection from Nara had every ingredients and gradient of Pink which inspires to love this color even more. My favorite pick was the Denim Outfit with a long sleeve unbuttoned white shirt, uniquely styled with the wired belt.

Vmajor showed that the classic corporate colors black, beige, white, grey and blue can be worn otherwise too.

Akira was a trendsetter, if you want to grab some resort wear ideas for your men, you need a recap of this collection. Prints, blocks, stripes, a touch of boho yet Mundane stands out on this Runway. My favorite pick was the Blue and white suit, paired with the red belt.

Leather buttoned boots with cold shoulder tunic dress some unique styles were visible at the Strateas Carlucci collection. They had a unique pick for everyone, my favorite was the Monochrome dress paired with the open toe boots.VMajor showcasing at Mercedes Benz Fashion week in Sydney! VMajor showcasing at Mercedes Benz Fashion week in Sydney!

Leather buttoned boots with cold shoulder tunic dress some unique styles were visible at the Strateas Carlucci collection. They had a unique pick for everyone, my favorite was the Monochrome dress paired with the open toe boots.

 

An interesting mix of detailing like Ruffles, Off shoulders, rushes, pleats, Fringes complementing with details such as buttons , hand embroidery, sequins to add to the spark of this season’s collection.

The Innovators (The Fashion Studio), these fresh upcoming designers like Handsy Swimwear, Eyol, Akle and Casea caught the attention.

Colorful, Bohemian with the various detailing of fur, tassel, and frills. The Fashion Studio Designers left the audience crave for more, contributing to the Resort look.

Vale Denim brings to us various exciting variants of Fashionable Denim, interesting color variants and styles matched the Resort mood.

Last but not the least Romance was born had the perfect ending to the MBFWA Resort 2018 Runways, the Drama which was larger than life while experimenting with ultra-modern and bold and bohemian outfits. The personification of characters like a dancing unicorn was passionate and eccentric and was the perfect icing on the cake.

Fashion, Styling & Networking workshop by Parici Group!

Nothing is impossible and unachievable when women empower women. Parici Group, is the brainchild of Pareena, a former Miss. Mauritius Globe 2015, model and now an entrepreneur.

A workshop that connects women across various Cultural Groups, backgrounds and calibre to contribute, empower and support as well as raise funds for the UN Women National Committee Australia.

Pareena Naggea from Parici Group!

The event was emceed by the gorgeous Lucia Hou (Reigning Mrs. Australia Globe 2016) and had eminent speakers from the Fashion, beauty and styling Industry.Women were dressed in beautiful black and white, came forward in full strength to support this fundraising and networking over fashion & Styling.

We all live in a busy world trying to do the balancing act other than being a mother, wife and a business woman, what makes us successful is how we manage our time well. Sheridan who touched base on how efficient one can get with managing one’s time and doing the balancing act perfectly.

Time Management by Sheridan

Most of us don’t realise the importance of Skincare during the Winter, well I am one of them, Terri from Nutrimetics had some wonderful tips and products which she showcased that takes care most of our winter problems. One of her product were Rejuvenating lotions, creams and scrubs, Nutri-Rich Oil, which is made from 100 Apricot Kernels, a multipurpose oil, a perfect ingredient for Winter skincare.

Terri speaking about Winter Skincare and why it is essential

My favourite part of the session was the Winter styling by Brianna wood, from Truly madly style, Melbourne winters are harsh and almost everyone gets clueless what to wear during the autumn winter transition. The key takeaways were the classic trends that never goes out of fashion, your shopping guide this winter and the key Fashion trends.

Melbourne winter is all about Layering and her winter styling tips covered the key essentials that you need to have this season.

Stand out, look stylish and yet comfortable in your own skin.

Winter Styling by Brianna Wood

A game of Raffle to conclude the networking session, the funds which was raised through this goes to the UN Women National Committee Australia. Prices were sponsored by Wood ’n chimney Restaurants, Truly madly style, Feri Fashion, perfect portion, Parici Jewellery, Careerists, South Pacific Gym, Nutrimetics and other wonderful sponsors. I was happy to win a Nutrimetics Shower pack.

I congratulate and wishing all the best to Team Parici and Pareena for this wonderful initiative to bring likeminded women to contribute, empower socialise and network over fashion and styling.

 

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.

Eyecessorize with Jolt Sunglasses!

You speak volumes about yourself with what you wear, even before you have a conversation with someone. Make your first impression as your best impression only with Jolt Australia Sunglasses.

Chic, Sturdy, durable and stylish, when you find one for all occasion, then you can’t say no to Jolt Sunglasses! Jolt is an Australian owned Brand, designed in Gippsland.

The extended summer in Victoria and my recent collaboration with Jolt , gave me an opportunity to try out their stylish range of shades!

I carried them to my adventure hiking’s, to brunch with friends and tagged them along for my business meetings! With an unique style, shape and color variations, they can be a part of your style statement as well. Personally, I am not an accessory person, but a shade is a must have in any accessory wardrobe to portray a bit of your personality while you move around.

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Elite-Black
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Wearing Bohemia

Bohemian sunglasses come finished in two options, stunning solid black lenses.

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Elite-Black


The frames of Elite- black are made with TR90 (Thermoplastic) in a black matte finish, its durability and tough frame makes it a must have while I travel.

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Fire

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Matte Red Wayfarer style sunglasses with Smoke Polarized lens and Revo Sunburst Red Orange lens finish. This design Fire from Jolt is my personal favorite I can carry it off with almost all outfits and the chic and trendy finish makes me stand out!

These trendy designs never die and are always in demand, so dont wait to grab one and look stylish every time you step out!

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Wearing Fire from Jolt!

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So, folks, get the look and choose your favorite from the big line up of trendy shades only from Jolt Sunglasses. Shop here for the look JOLT SUNGLASSES, Use the code “debs01″ for additional 25% off.

My Hiking escapade to the Grampians!

Think about adventure in Victoria and you have a plethora of things in your mind to choose from.One of them is the Grampians National Park, this place gives a taste of Aboriginal Culture, outdoor activities, adventurous hiking, walking trails, wildlife encounters and breath-taking rugged landscapes.

Perched at approximately 370 Kms drive from the Melbourne City, the smooth drive through to this National park takes you through the Ballarat, Ararat and a few countryside regions before arriving at the National Park.

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At Ballarat!

Before i arrived at the first stop Brambuk, National Park and cultural Center, i took a lunch stopover at the Halls Gap. This area is surrounded by the National Park and gives stunning views for a perfect picture moment!

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Halls Gap!
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Halls Gap

You will also get to spot not less than 10 varieties of Australian Origin birds along with the famous kookaburra here, however the kangaroos are only visible just before dusk.

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Halls Gap!

The Barmbuk, is the perfect place to experience Australia’s native flora and fauna and Aboriginal culture. The National Park and Cultural Center is 100 per cent owned and operated by Aboriginal people and is the longest running Aboriginal Cultural Center in Australia.If your keen in knowing the Aboriginal communities of Western Victoria this is your place to know it all, be it didgeridoo music, traditional dance, basket weaving, boomerang throwing and painting.

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Brambuk National Park!

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Brambuk Cultural Theater!

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The first hiking begins at the Mackenzie waterfall this is just 20 kms drive from Halls Gap and a 1.9 kms steep trail to climb back. The iconic and spectacular Mackenzie Falls is a must for all visitors to Grampians National Park.There are couple of Lookout points like Mackenzie Falls Lookout Walk, Broken Falls Lookout and the Bluff Lookout.

But hiking down to the base of the falls is worth all the energy and effort, I was fortunate to spot a rainbow too, don’t get overwhelmed by the ice-cold water and the view as swimming is not permitted due to strong currents. However you can happily dip your tired feet’s and enjoy the cold splashes, while you enjoy this beauty.

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Mackenzie Falls Lookout!
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Mackenzie Falls Lookout point!
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Spotted a Rainbow too!
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Mackenzie Falls!
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The Grampians features a striking series of sandstone mountain ranges, one of them is the Jaws of Death. This rock formation looks like a Jaw of a deathly animal, its prohibited to climb these rocks as there has been a few deaths in the past while climbing them. However, one can pose and take some lovely shots overlooking these deathly jaws.

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Jaws of Death!
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The Balconies!

Located within half an hour drive from Halls gap, Lake Wartook is a delightful venue boasting a serene setting perfect for all weekend and day trippers. It is also one of the largest and most renowned lakes in the Grampians region. However, the view from the tops were equally breath-taking. The blue haze that’s visible is due to the eucalyptus trees that gives this effect.

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Lake Wartook!
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Lake Wartook behind!

A day’s trip is short time to explore the entire Grampians, people spend weeks here, as there are many walking trails which ranges up-to several days and some hidden landscapes which is worth the hike.There are some amazing resorts and backpackers at the Halls Gap to stay back, if your keen to catch the sunrise in the mountains.

I said good bye to the balconies and headed back to the Halls Gap to catch the Kangaroos at dusk. So till the time the extended summer stays on, take advantage and head out on the roads to the Grampians.

Date Lunch in my Floral Off Shoulder Cropped top & A line Skirt!

The days are officially approaching towards an end to the Australian summer,and before i bid adieu, here’s what i wore to celebrate the Last Summer weekend in Style!

I had won a couple VIP Pass for La La Land Screening at the Shimmer lands, Melbourne with Wine and Dine; and I wore this beautiful floral Off Shoulder Cropped top with a matching A line skirt.

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The midriff baring top is a wardrobe staple and when you happen to pair it with a high waist A line skirt, it does hike up your style quotient!

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Kept it simple as the outfit speaks a lot in itself; with matching heels, some basic accessories with my day time makeup and a statement bag to go along!

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Summer is almost over, and I had to make sure I rocked this with an Off shoulder Floral Cropped top and A line Skirt before the season officially ends! Personally i love Cropped tops and when this is matched with high waist skirt, your bound to be the  cynosure of all eyes!

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An absolute feminine outfit for a that perfect Date lunch!

What i wore?

Outfit: MRP, Australia

Clutch: Dotti

Accessories: Lovisa 

So go ahead ladies, make sure to have fun and enjoy the last summer Weekend in Melbourne! And like i always say it keep it Stylish off runway too!

 

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!