Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Byron Bay- the shopping

Byron Bay. My birthday week. Lots of free time. You'd think this would be a recipe for a shop-athon, amiright? Wrong. Byron has lost its shopping mojo for me. There's a Supre. A Sportsgirl. A Witchery. Not that I have anything against those stores (far from it) but I don't want to shop in them in Byron Bay. I want boutiques. Quirky, cute stuff I can't see in Sydney. Such is the ways of the world though. Kinda like being in Rome, looking around, and thinking for a split second you could be in London because the shops are so the same.

Bangalow is where it's at for me. Gorgeous shops with really cool stuff, new brands, local designers. Lovely staff who probably don't see a constant stream of backpackers who generally don't buy much.

The standout was My Corner Store. For a tiny little shop we were here for ages. Mr C bought basically a whole wardrobe (poor him, he's lost so much weight none of his clothes fit him!) Including a few things from local brand Salty's. Great, comfy, reasonably priced mens casual surfwear. Minus the logos and attitude. Gorgeous home wares, gifts and so much stuff I could have taken home. Including a chair. Which would not have fit in my Prius without leaving Marcel behind.


The Corner Store. Love. 

Island Luxe has stores in Byron and Bangalow. The Banglow one is so much more my style. Both full of super-glam leathers, cashmeres and delicious smells, they are a haven from the hustle outside, so much so you kind of forget where you are. Fantastic selection of Bassike and J Brand. I tried on a pair of J Brand leather pants but it was hot and I was too flustered to concentrate, kicking myself now. 


Black and white Bassike tshirt from Island Luxe, Bangalow. I tried on an XL, then an L, then bought a medium, and it's still oversized. Anyone else find Bassike sizing all over the shop?


Birthday treat to myself. A gold friend to live with all my other KW stuff. I feel the purchase of one gold piece has put me on a very slippery slope. 

Orig T&C tie dye tshirt form the Bangalow church op shop. Husband stoked. 

Barebones Art Space, Banglaow. Can someone buy me the zebra? Ta. 

 The Retro Shop. I wanted to buy a signed Nirvana photo. But didn't. 



 Heath's Old Wares. Super overpriced but great for a squiz. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Organisation. Productivity. Ruling.


This week I have been away on a work conference. Fantastic for my work self, not so great for my home self. Apart from missing Marcel like mental, I have had the longest 'to-do' list for ages, that never seems to get shorter. 
I've also been eating like a beast (conferences will do that to you) and done zero exercise except for a half-arsed run around The Rocks one morning. 

Despite being bone-achingly tired yesterday, I forced myself to get cracking with some stuff at home I've been putting off for ages. 
The fact that I was probably still tired from a massive Tuesday night drinks-dinner-drinks-karaoke-drinks-playing pokies and winning-get back to the hotel and my newspaper was already there is beside the point. 

I've had this overwhelming feeling of disorganisation and it had to go. 













Finally started getting through this pile of mags. My friend and I swap about every month, this is her pile only. I already gave her my unread pile knowing I wouldn't get around to reading them any time soon. Can't believe it took me so long to have a proper perve at Lana Del Ray's Vogue shoot. Swoon. 

I gave my most- worn silver jewellery a good clean. After stumbling upon this post about cleaning silver jewellery on A Shoe Affair's blog, I gave it a go and was beyond impressed with the results.  I wish I had taken some 'before photos' because them babies were filthy!



All laid out after their bicarb-foil bath.



My three fave Karen Walker necklaces. The skull's eyes were black before!



Karen Walker owl ring (this could probably go another round, but it's drastically cleaner), a 'friendship ring' (so Puberty Blues!) my Dad gave to my Mum in the 70s when they were dating, KW skull ring



You can actually read the 'Tiffany & Co' on my small bead bracelet!

One super-nerdy thing I've been meaning to do for ages is to make a list of all the toiletries I had thrown in my linen cupboard. I tend to buy things when I see them on special at Priceline, etc, but I always forget what I have at home and so inevitably end up with 35 soaps and no toothpaste. No longer. I made a list of everything I have and will cross it off as it gets used.



Organised toiletries. Can you feel the calm?



Next stop is to itemise everything in my wardrobe so I know exactly what I have. Ever been trying something on and you get struck with the feeling you have something just like it, but can't out your finger on it? I've already done a massive cull (to go with my regular mini-culls) so this shouldn't be too hard. Next weekend! Today I'm going to steam the ever-growing pile of silk shirts that are hanging in my wardrobe. I go weeks wearing half my wardrobe because I'm too lazy to steam. 



Bonus shot of Marcel, just because. He likes to really get to know his bones before he eats them.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Byron Bay- the food

If you've been to Byron Bay recently you'll know that the food there is simply amazing. It has come leaps and bounds from my trips there as a teenager when you'd struggle to get a decent cup of coffee or anything that wasn't pub food. 

It is so easy to eat healthily in Byron, whether you're sugar-free, dairy-free, vego, vegan or anything in between. We ate super healthy but ate a lot. A LOT. 


On our first morning we visited the Byron Bay farmers Markets. After getting up at the crack of dawn with Marcel of course, and realising that not a lot of places do early morning coffee. No matter, the food at the markets was worth the wait. 



This was our breakfast from one of the hot food stalls. At the bottom is a potato frittatta and a dandelion crepe. At the top is Poached eggs in a minty broth- divine! The stall was so Byron, the lady in front of me had exactly $6.20 and wanted to know what she could get for that, they were more than happy to (generously) help her out.

The Conscious Cafe was on our must list. 
The Conscious Café is  one of only two of Byron’s Bays 100% certified organic café. It is gluten free, dairy free, processed soy free, genetically modified food free, Teflon cookware free, canola oil free & everything is cooked in organic coconut oil- & a whole lotta love goes into the food!
We are there three times in a week. Including to take Mr B's huge-meat-eater uncle there for lunch (he loved it!) I still didn't get to try everything I wanted to. You must go there, the atmosphere is so chilled and you would never know you're basically sitting in the Woolies carpark. 


The menu
The Awakening
Activated buckwheat, millet & chia seed open crepe w/ seasonal salad, roasted & spiced sunflower seeds, tahini turmeric dressing, homemade hommos, pesto & almond turmeric nut butter $14.50

Naked Treaties is a newish shop in Johnson St selling smoothies, juices, raw cakes and other delish stuff. Word of warning, it is LOUD in there. The acoustics are terrible but the staff are just so happy and helpful it doesn't matter. 
Chocolate beetroot mudcake (better than it sounds, I promise!) and a lemon tart
A macadamia ball and an orange and chia seed cupcake


The liquid menu

The Topshop. I don't know where to start with this place. Firstly, THANK YOU to the owners for being open so early. When you have a French Bulldog who thinks 5:30am is an acceptable wakeup time, holiday or no holiday, you need a coffee shop open early. Great, great, great coffee. Dog friendly. Seats in the sun on chilly early Spring mornings. What more could you ask for? My only criticism is that there is no difference between take away or eat in, you get disposable plates and country no matter what. Seems like such a waste! You could see locals bringing their own cups and plates which I definitely would be doing as well. 

Field mushrooms and avocado on corn bread
Goats cheese, cherry tomatoes and basil on sourdough. 

After having both of these dishes I couldn't decide my favourite, so I combined them and had the goats cheese and tomatoes on corn bread. Win! Mr B ate all manner of porridges, acai bowls, granolas, which he is going to recreate at home. Me, I like some substance to my brekky. Now I'm thinking about corn bread. 

For my birthday dinner we went to the Italian at the Pacific. Fantastic service, great vibe and the food... duck arancini balls anyone? No photos from here because I was too busy being romantical with Mr B and deciding which cocktail to have next. Have the negroni. I did. 

Other places that get three thumbs up:

  • Fishmonger's. I am not a fish and chip fan but I am here. 
  • Asia Joe's for great noodles, stir fries and big, fresh salads (when you've had too much of a good Byron thing) 
  • Santos Health Food for more great smoothies and treats
  • The Pass Cafe for a top burger on your way home from the lighthouse walk 

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