Outlet shopping at Harbour Town, Gold Coast 

Harbour_Town_1Katy and I are both in savings mode at the moment, and because friends don’t let friends pay full price (especially when in savings mode) we kicked off our Gold Coast girls’ weekend with a visit to Harbour Town outlet shopping centre.

Back in my preppy days, every trip to the coast involved a stop at Harbour Town so I could stock up on goodies from Ralph Lauren; my wardrobe was filled with striped Oxford shirts and brightly colour polos, usually teamed with a pair of jeans or navy Canterbury shorts.

Thankfully, these days my style is a little more quirky with a mix of luxury labels and high street pieces.

With stores offering up to 70 per cent off the original retail prices, we headed straight for the recently opened Premium Mall which is home to beautiful boutiques for international heavyweights including Kate Spade New York, Coach, Michael Kors, Furla, Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret and Hugo Boss.

As well as boasting large discounts, most of the international retailers also have new season (full price) pieces available and my heart skipped a beat when I spotted a gorgeous new season bag in Coach–although I quickly put her down when I realised she cost more than $800!

If you prefer to stick with your high street favourites, you’ll find Seed, Seafolly, Cue, Nine West (where I picked up an awesome pair of pink loafers at 40% off the already discounted price, $139 down to $72), Bonds, Mimco, Jo Mercer, and Peter Alexander.

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There’s even a Timberland store which will be getting some of my business down the track as I’m super keen to add a pair of their signature boots to my AW17 wardrobe! (Check out their online directory for a full listing of stores – and some added discounts).

For those needing (or wanting) homewares, you’ll find outlet stores for Sheridan; Villeroy and Boch; Bed, Bath and Table; and The General Trader.

After lunch at Guzman y Gomez, Katy and I were back on the hunt for bargains and there were plenty to be found in Typo (striped mugs for $4), Mimco (shoes more than jewellery or bags), Oroton (hello everything!) and Tigerlily (bohemian goodness).Harbour_Town_3

In the end my heart lay with Kate Spade New York. Basically everything in the boutique is adorable; feminine and girly with a touch of the whimsical and between us, KP and I probably touched, tried or photographed almost the entire collection in our quest to find the perfect pieces to take home.

After debating two bags (see the spotted beauty above), I decided on the Chester Street Miri Pebbled Leather Shoulder Bag and the Painterly Stripe Bow silicon phone case (although if someone would like to buy me the second bag, I’ll happily forward the details #gofundme). The Chester Street was reduced 30 per cent from $539 to $377, and the phone cover (also 30% off) was $48.30 (normally $69).

Kate_Spade_Chester_StreetWith our bank accounts a little lighter, Katy and I jumped back in our cars and headed for QT Gold Coast in time for cocktail hour.

Read more about our weekend away, including our stay at QT Gold Coast, here.

Thank you to Harbour Town who generously provided me with a gift card so I could do a little more shopping than originally planned!

What I Wore This Week 

Hair by Elle Zoppi at Subiaco Hair.

Hair by Elle Zoppi at Subiaco Hair.

Last week kicked off with a day of hair modelling for my hairdresser, Elle, of Subiaco Hair in Ascot. It was hair, makeup, lights and action as I was given a long curly mane to flick around.

Monday | Witchery tee | Cotton On shorts | Hair by Subiaco Hair | Make up by Carla Sakrzewski.

Tuesday | Wildfox tee | Topshop skirt | Flower denim jacket | Steve Madden heels

Wednesday | Witchery black dress | Seed Heritage heels

Thursday | Witchery tee | Portmans pants | Seed Heritage necklace | Louenhide bag | Mimco heels

Saturday | Kookai dress | The Clutch embroidered clutch (coming soon) | Steve Madden heels | Oroton sunglasses

Sunday | Target singlet | Cotton On shorts | Miss Monogram Victoria Clutch (find it here) | Oroton sunglasses  (Photo by Katy Potaty)

Review: QT Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise

QT_Gold_Coast_1It’s been more than nine months since Katy and I hit the road for our Regional Flavours adventure, so when an invitation for the Soul Boardwalk ‘Nights in Paradise’ fashion parade arrived in my inbox, it seemed the perfect excuse for another girls’ weekend away.

When it comes to #instaworthy hotels on the coast, it’s hard to go past QT Gold Coast with its vintage panel van, complete with long boards strapped to the roof, parked in the drive, 50’s style staff uniforms, bright decor and comfy couches.

And then there’s the Astro-turfed outdoor bar/pool area with giant jenga and Connect 4 sets, as well as a complimentary iced tea and homemade lemonade station, so it really was the easy choice when it came to choosing somewhere to stay.

Located a block back from the beach, the hotel is within walking distance of Surfers Paradise’s famed Cavill Ave, the new Soul Boardwalk precinct with premiere casual dining options and shops including Roxy and Sunburn, mini golf and one of those terrifying parks where they slingshot you into the air.

Our ocean view twin room was modern and featured quirky touches including a cockatoo lamp—which I would have bought had I not spent all my money shopping the amazing sales at Harbour Town—, striped wall in the bathroom, pineapple shaped knick-knacks and an amazing DIY lemonade stand.

For those who fancy a spontaneous getaway, there are beach bags you can use; thongs you can buy; vintage cruiser bikes you can borrow; and even an “in case of emergency” bow tie in the mini bar in case you want to pop open the bottle of Mumm and make a real night of it!

After dropping our bags and our shopping in our twin ocean view room, we headed straight for the poolside bar to enjoy a couple of cocktails from Stingray Lounge.

Surrounded by tropical foliage and a sunken foyer bar with bright yellow ‘Acapulco’ lounge chairs, the QT pool boasts white sun lounges and handy side tables for mojitos, making it a tempting oasis for those not keen on getting sandy.

Having stayed at QT Gold Coast before, I knew three things for sure:

  • If you’re looking to be pampered, the onsite spa, SpaQ, is the place to go.
  • Yamagen, also located on site, serves up delicious teppanyaki and sushi.
  • The Skinny Pash cocktail (vodka, passionfruit, Aperol, pineapple, agave and lime) from Stingray Lounge is worth the drive to the coast. It’s in my Top 5 all time cocktails. Seriously.

The Skinny Pash.

My cocktail of choice … the Skinny Pash.

After the fashion parade and dinner, KP and I made good use of the beds (not like that!) by returning to our room early so we could crank the air con and snuggle down to watch a movie. Air-conditioning teamed with blackout curtains meant I slept uninterrupted all night, leaving me feeling refreshed for a Sunday in the sunshine.

In my mind, Sundays are for brunching or lunching, so to please our grumbling bellies, we headed straight for Bazaar Restaurant to hit the breakfast buffet ($32 adults) where we were greeted by friendly staff and one of the best stocked buffets I’ve ever set eyes on.

There were more than 10 different types of pastries to choose from; an omelette station; staples including bacon; scrambled, fried and boiled eggs; delicious yoghurt and bircher muesli pots; waffles; pancakes and even soft serve ice cream, much to the delight of the young and young at heart!

With full bellies, and a phone full of photos, it was time to check out and head into the sunshine.

THE VERDICT 
If you’re heading to the Gold Coast and want to stay somewhere bright, fun and worthy of cute photographs, I’d recommend QT Gold Coast. As well as the free lemonade and free bike hire, there’s also free WiFi so you can make all your friends back home jealous!

Perfect for: Fun beach breaks and romantic weekends away. Find QT Gold Coast on Staghorn Ave in Surfers Paradise, Queensland.

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How to wear a bomber jacket

Bomber jackets are back this autumn/winter and they’re super versatile – you can team them with everything from jeans to party dresses!

Last year I bought a couple of floral bombers, but when I spotted this slightly oversized Stussy World Tour Bomber Jacket at Glue Store on the weekend, I couldn’t resist.


Hello tiger.

It comes in a pale pink/black version which was very me (and great if you want to do a ‘Pink Ladies’ style throwback) but I already have a pale pink bomber, so I thought I’d mix things up with this black sateen version.

As well as the back tiger detailing, it has a ribbed collar, cuffs and hem in striped black and white. (#teamstripes forever).

When it comes to styling a bomber, my favourite fuss-free look is to team it with skinny jeans or denim shorts, depending on the temperature. Add a simple tee, a pair of sunnies and you’re good to go. The best part is this outfit can be worn with heels or flats, depending on the occasion and your own personal preference.

How to wear a bomber jacket: 

  • Throw your bomber jacket over a printed summer dress, scrunch the sleeves up and add wedges or sneakers for a relaxed summery style.
  • Take inspiration from the ‘Pink Ladies’ and wear your bomber with a pencil skirt for a 50s vibe. Add a dash of red lipstick to finish off this retro look.
  • Choose a bomber in a silk or sateen fabric if you’re looking for a piece you can wear from day-to-night. Throw it on over your favourite party dress and add heels and clutch for a night out.
  • Transition your bomber into work wear, by teaming it with a pleated midi skirt for an edgy but feminine everyday look.

This post was sponsored by Glue Store. Please support the brands that support this blog.

What I Wore This Week 

Races_MUAH_TwidaleWhat a weekend! I rounded out last week with a day at the Brisbane Racing Club with the fam and friends. Because it was about 1000 degrees (okay, 38), I wore a Bonita Kaftan—see below to see how I tied it for something different—which I teamed with this amazing gold leather Emma Alice Headwear fascinator and it was all polished off with make up and Hair by Twidale.

Spotty_French_Connection_DressTuesday | French Connection dress | Seed Heritage necklace | Tony Bianco heels

French_Connection_Knit_Tassel_NecklaceWednesday | French Connection knit dress | Thousand Island Dressing necklace | Tony Bianco heels

Seed_Spotty_DressThursday | Seed Heritage dress | Steve Madden Karey wedges

Orange_Lace_DressFriday | C/Meo Spellbound dress | Steve Madden Karey wedges

Saturday | Bonita Evil Eye Kaftan (find it here) | Emma Alice Headwear Gold Leather Fascinator (find it here) | Miss Monogram London Clutch (find it here) | Seed Heritage heels | Make up and Hair by Twidale (find them here)

Sunday | Zara playsuit | Kate Spade New York Bag | Nine West heels

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