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My trip to the heavenly Qualia Resort in Hamilton Island

13th September, 2018

It’s not everyday that you are lucky enough to be invited to spend the weekend at Qualia Resort in Hamilton Island so when the offer arrives you drop everything and go. Luke and I received an invitation to enjoy two glorious nights at Qualia along with the amazing opportunity to watch an outdoor performance by The Australian Ballet at the resort. I think we’d already packed our bags before we had a chance to accept!

We flew out on Friday morning and arrived just in time to enjoy a drinks over a leisurely lunch. Our first day involved a relaxing afternoon followed by drinks and canapés hosted by the Oatley family who own and founded Qualia and The Australian Ballet. We also had the opportunity to check out an exhibition by award winning photographer Justin Ridler which was a great way to cap off a lovely day.

The highlight of the entire weekend was without a doubt being able to watch The Australian Ballet’s production Pas de deux in paradise, which is an annual outdoor performance held at Qualia’s Pebble Beach. The entire event takes place during a black tie dinner and was without a doubt something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. The experience of being able to watch the dancers on stage whilst enjoying a delicious meal at one of the most gorgeous beaches in the world as the sun slowly set was pure magic and definitely bucket list material.

Given we don’t get to spend many weekends kid-free Luke and I took advantage of the situation and tried to cram as much relaxation as we could into our time away. Our villa with its own plunge pool was the ideal setting for some much needed down time, but the leafy picturesque surrounds of Qualia also provided the perfect backdrop for a calm, relaxing time whether were enjoying breakfast or taking the personal golf buggy we had during our stay for a spin around the grounds. We ate, we chilled out, were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime ballet experience and had the most beautiful time away. I can’t wait to come back again because Qualia really is the kind of place that once you visit you’ll want to plan your next stay as soon as you can.

Luke and I on our first night at Qualia

With my good friend Nadia Fairfax who was also invited to spend the weekend

Black tie ready for The Australian Ballet’s performance of Pas de deux in paradise

I was in white, Luke was in a tux, it seemed only fitting!

(from L_R) Nicky Oatley, Luke, myself and Nadia

Dinner with a view

This performance was incredible and so memorable

Lifestyle

Reader Question: How do you deal with jet lag and colds when travelling with kids?

29th August, 2018

I absolutely love hearing from all of my readers especially when it comes to receiving questions whether they be about fashion or parenting or just a beauty question that you’ve been dying to know the answer to. I received the below question from Elizabeth in the comments section of this particular blog post about travelling and I was excited to see it as it’s a topic that I’m sure other parents out there can relate to (especially if you’re about to go overseas on a family trip). If you ever want to submit a question for my reader Q&A don’t forget that you can do so by leaving a comment, contacting me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

“I see you travel a lot with kids – how do you keep them away from catching a cold on the plane and also what are you tricks for jet lag?” – Elizabeth

We all know that planes are absolutely full of germs and my kids have been known to catch a cold on them in the past so I now try and do as much as I can to stop it.

The first thing I do is around two weeks before we go away I give the girls probiotics. I use the powder form and just pop it in a drink for them. Alternatively you can also buy chewy gummy ones if your kids would prefer a lolly to a drink. I continue this ritual during and after travelling to help boost their immune system as much as possible.

When we’re actually in transit I am quite militant about using hand sanitiser on the plane and also washing the girls’ hands regularly. You just never know what they’ve touched so I prefer to err on the side of caution and just keep their hands as clean as possible. Also I tend to rug them up as planes can get chilly and I make sure to give them lots of fluids.

In terms of jet lag (which can be quite torturous when you’re travelling with children!), I just try and get them into the local time zone as quickly as possible so we can get them back into their regular routine as soon we can (with an hour or two leeway). This sometimes means that I will need to wake them up when they are still tired but I have found they always bounce back pretty quickly. There’s always going to be an adjustment period but if you get onto it straight away they’ll generally be on local time before you know it. And of course, you start the process all over again when you get home.

Travelling with kids is admittedly a lot trickier than when you’re sans children but it’s all so worth it when you think of all the happy memories you create while you’re away.

Do you have a question you’d like to ask me? Just pop it in the comments section below and I’ll answer it soon.
Fashion, What I Wore

What I Wore: Holiday Dreaming

25th August, 2018

I always love putting together a holiday wardrobe. I think it’s because of the fact I know I’ll always be in a great mood in whatever I’m wearing and it will remind me of that particular getaway whenever I pull it out of my closet again at home. During my recent family trip to Thailand I wanted to bring pieces that were light, easy and also with an element of polish. I never really steer too far from my usual look when I am away, I just tweak it a bit so it’s a little more relaxed.

One of the first things I look for in any potential outfit for a holiday wardrobe is its versatility. I liked the fact that the below skirt and cami could be worn together and as separates, which allowed me to get more wear out of it while I was away. It was also perfect for the warm weather and I could wear it out to dinner without feeling too dressed up. I think that’s the thing with a tropical island getaway — you want to be able to wear pieces that look great but also don’t look too fussy or overdone as the whole vibe of the destination is so relaxed.

I spent most of my time away sans shoes or in sandals or slides as it was just easier, plus it was ideal for the weather. I brought the below pair of pink slides with me and pretty much lived in them. They were comfortable but the bow detail and the velvet fabrication made it look and feel a little more luxe. I’ll definitely be wearing them throughout summer, but every time I do I’ll always be reminded of the great family holiday we had.

Credits: Skirt and Cami, Camilla & Marc; Shoes, Ancient Greek Sandals

Photography: DDEN Studio (Trisara Resort, Phuket)

Lifestyle

Our family holiday to Trisara in Thailand

16th August, 2018

We’ve been wanting to go on a family holiday for awhile and while most of my family decided to make the epic trip to Europe we wanted to go somewhere a little closer to home. While we were still keen to go on an overseas trip, we also knew that there’s only a finite number of hours we could spend on a plane with the kids in tow, so somewhere in Asia seemed a great option. We finally decided on Phuket as we could fly there direct and it’s less than 10 hours in transit (every little hours counts when you’re travelling with little ones!). Also the idea of being able to enjoy the sun and just relax (as much as you can with two very active children anyway) and not have to rush around sounded like heaven.

Where we stayed

As it’s an island destination you’re spoilt for choice as far as places to stay go but bearing in mind that we had the girls, we wanted to stay at a resort with great amenities and in close proximity to the beach. Trisara was a great option. It ticked all the boxes as far as things to do, places to eat and spacious and comfortable rooms that would accomodate the four of us.

We stayed in a villa suite which had a little private pool. It ended up being the perfection option because both our girls still nap in the day so we could put them to sleep and then sit by the pool rather than waiting in a dark room, which is often the case on holidays!

The service at the resort was also fantastic and the staff were always so helpful and accomodating.

Where we ate

Places to eat are always really important to us when we’re on a family holiday. We found that the food at Trisara was always really great, whether we were eating at one of the restaurants or having lunch by the pool. Plus there were lots of good kid friendly meals so the girls were happy.

We really loved the authentic “Mama” cuisine at Seafood at Trisara which was not only delicious but the whole vibe of the restaurant was so relaxed so we were able to really enjoy dining there with the girls. Also one of the other places we tried at the resort was PRU, which was a farm-to-table European cuisine restaurant which offered really amazing food. Another place we would really recommend is Sauy restaurant which had a Thai set menu that was so good we went back a second time. Also don’t miss out on Sunday brunch at Trisara. Even if you don’t stay at the hotel definitely make the effort to go as it’s incredible, I highly recommend it.

What we did

The kids loved every minute of our stay. They’re water babies so they were pretty much in the pool from morning until noon. Also they had a kids club which the girls enjoyed and also gave Luke and I a bit of downtime. They were able to do lots of arts and crafts activities which Sophia and Grace really loved.

One of the highlights of the trip was that Luke and I were able to squeeze in a couples massage at the hotel spa. It was absolute heaven and we walked away feeling very relaxed.

The one thing that we all enjoyed doing as a family was visiting the Elephant Retirement Park Phuket for retired and rescued elephants. You get to feed and swim with the elephants which the girls were so excited about. We all had a thoroughly great time and couldn’t recommend it enough. It takes a half day to do the trip though so be sure to set aside plenty of time for it.

We were lucky enough to enjoy eight nights in Phuket and everything was ideal for a family holiday: there was plenty to see and do, the food options are endless and the weather was just heavenly. Also being able to call Trisara home for over a week was pretty special. This trip was so great for the four of us and we definitely had plenty of happy memories to take home.

This post was created in collaboration with Trisara

For more details check out Trisara and Divine Destinations

Fashion, Lifestyle

Reader Question: What are your tips for travelling light?

28th July, 2018

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Welcome to my first ever reader Q&A! I tend to be thrown a fashion question or two quite regularly whether it by on social media, at an event or right here on this very blog so I thought I would start featuring my answers here in case it’s something another reader has also been wanting to ask. If you’ve got a question you’ve been dying to know the answer to feel free to post other questions in the comments section, send me a Facebook message or write on my wall, comment on my Instagram or send me a tweet. The more questions the better!

 

Hi Kate,

Any ideas please for packing to travel overseas. I am going to Ireland, Scotland and Denmark in July and would love to get an idea of basic mix and match and practical travel clothes I will wear rather than have excess luggage.

Kind regards, Robyn

 

You’ve come to the right place, Robyn! I’ve become become quite good at taking the bare minimum when I’m travelling. I used to pack so much every time I went away and my thought process would usually go something like this: “Oh I love this dress, I’ve never worn it in Sydney but I might wear it overseas!” and just apply the same logic to pretty much everything in my wardrobe. And let’s face it, the reality is, if I would never wear it in Sydney, why would I wear it overseas? These days I limit myself to one piece of luggage when I’m travelling (even tinier if it’s just a quick trip interstate) and make sure I take a tight edit of clothing. Here’s how I do it:

Bring separates

Packing separates means you can get multiple looks out of each item. Every separate you take you should ensure that not only can you get multiple wears out of it, but that you can also easily dress it up or down. For example I’ll always take a little black skirt that I can dress up at night with a black singlet top or wear casually during the day with a tee or singlet and sneakers. I normally take one little black skirt, maybe a longer skirt whether it’s a midi or maxi skirt and some shorts. I’ll always take white t-shirts, I’ll always take a black singlet top, and even if it’s summer you’ll still need a little cardigan just in case it gets cold. So the cardigan I wear on the plane is the cardigan I’ll wear throughout the trip. Usually I’ll take a cardi in black is it will go with a lot of outfits.

Limit shoes

Fact: shoes are heavy when you have multiple pairs on your hands. Don’t go nuts in the shoe department when you travel. I’ll always take a black pair of heels, they might not be my favourite heels at the time but they’ll go with everything. And usually they’re the only heels I will bring. When I went to Switzerland with my family over Christmas one year it was black tie events each night and I only had one pair of heels with me that I knew I would be able to wear to every single event. Also if you’re heading to Europe you’ll encounter plenty of cobblestoned streets which are quite romantic and lovely to stroll along but are wildly inappropriate for walking on in heels. For this very reason make sure you bring a pair of wedges. I go to Taormina in Italy a lot and I know I wouldn’t be able to survive a trip (and most likely end up with a broken ankle) without wedges.

I always take flats with me like sandals and sneakers. I’ll take sandals for the beach and Adidas sneakers or Nikes that I can wear casually or on a power walk. But I always keep flats to a minimum and make sure that they work with everything that I’m bringing.

Bring a multipurpose bag

I always bring a tiny Chanel cross body bag that I can wear during the day and then at night I can tuck the chain in and use it as a clutch. If you decide to take something with you it should always serve more than one purpose. I’ll often have a bigger bag for the plane which can fit my computer but I’ll make sure that bag is the bag I’ll use as a beach bag or a baby bag during the trip. There’s no need to bring a million different bags.

Do laundry

Don’t be one of those people who doesn’t wash clothes during the trip! Just take a small ziploc bag of detergent with you in your suitcase so you can easily wash things like underwear in your hotel room. Don’t bring 100 pairs of socks and underwear because you don’t want to wash. That’s precious suitcase space all those superfluous underpants are taking up!

Make accessories multitask

Take a variety of different accessories as they don’t take up too much room but they’re really great for changing your outfit. One thing I always take is a black sarong because I can wear it as a scarf and also wear it as a cover up at the beach or as a towel if I don’t have one with me. Plus if I’m going sightseeing to places such as a church where I might need to cover up my shoulders or need a scarf around my head, a sarong can always be used for that too.

Be ruthless

You don’t need multiple options for the one type of clothing. You have to decide and choose to bring only one. So for example I always limit myself to one pair of jeans. If I bring a pair of white jeans then I don’t take blue jeans. Just stick to one pair. And only ever take one swimsuit.

Do a trial run

I will lay some clothes out a week before and I will slowly take things away during the week. By the end of the week I’ll have a pretty limited number of outfits but I know they all work together to form a good capsule wardrobe.

Have a two-occasion minimum

While separates are great you can take summer dresses or a playsuit too but just make sure that you can wear it at night with heels or a statement necklace. Or if you bring a maxi dress you can wear it to the beach but also in the evening if you’re going out to dinner. Make sure you look at something and ask yourself how many times can your wear it and in how many different ways? You should always be able to come up with a minimum of two occasions in which you will be able to wear it during your trip.

If you follow the above tips you should be well on your way to being able to pack light so that you’ve got plenty of space to bring home all those holiday mementos. Or just shop a lot.

Photography: Sophia Athas

 

 

 

Lifestyle, Shop

Perfect your European summer holiday wardrobe with these buys (plus a few of my fave packing tips)

27th July, 2018

Taormina – one of my fave European summer holiday spots

There’s nothing quite like a European summer holiday. The sunshine, the exotic beaches, the beautiful colours and the amazing food always makes for a trip to remember. One of my fave spots in the world is Taormina in Italy. Not only did I get married there it’s also a place that my family has visited since I was a little girl and I can’t think of a better European summer vacation destination.

Having done the a few getaways there in my time, I’m well versed in the fact that spending the summer in Europe requires some precision planning. There’s a fine balance in achieving an  Insta-worthy wardrobe but also avoiding taking multiple suitcases so you don’t have to lug them across multiple cobblestoned streets when all you want to do is have an Aperol Spritz.

If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere fabulous and exotic then be sure to check out a few of my tips below and stock up on some key pieces that will take you through your entire holiday and beyond. Have a great trip!

Think light and bright

European summer travel wardrobes are all about bright and airy pieces that will take you through your entire holiday. Now is the time to embrace crisp whites, faded blues and natural fabrics such as linen and cotton.

Embrace vibrant hues

If there’s one thing that screams ‘European summer’ it’s bold shades. Now is the time to do lots of yellows, pinks, reds, blues and greens and really have fun with all the colours of the rainbow. Also patterned pieces such as a gorgeous summer dress or a cute flowy top will look right at home whether you’re in Corsica or Capri.

Adopt a particular colour palette

To keep a tight edit of your wardrobe think of adopting a particular colour scheme. By doing this you can ensure that all the pieces can work together or separately and will allow you to get more versatility from what you pack. A great one to try is sticking to mostly white pieces that can then be brightened up with accent hues.

Bring mostly flats

Slides, sandals, sneakers—they’re your friend on this trip. Navigating the streets of Europe usually involves a cobblestoned path or two (okay a lot of cobblestoned paths) so you need to think comfort when it comes to your footwear. There are so many great options for dressy sandals around however if you want to bring heels stick to a block heel or wedge as a stiletto is just a disaster waiting to happen. Unless you’re being chauffeured everywhere in which case you can manage!

Have fun with your accessories

Consider your trip as the perfect excuse to embrace playful accessories. Think shell earrings to a straw bag with bright pom pom detail to liven up your look. You’ll also need a few practical pieces such as a crossbody bag to take with you when you’re sightseeing, however you can afford to experiment with different silhouettes such as a circle bag, which seems to have a bit more of a holiday vibe.

Shop my European summer wardrobe edit below…

Beauty, Lifestyle

My pre-holiday beauty prep

26th July, 2018

Kate Waterhouse travel pre-holiday beauty prep

When I go on holiday I like to keep it as low key as possible when it comes to beauty maintenance. I prefer to just focus on getting out and about and making the most of each day as opposed to having to spend time grooming my eyebrows or doing my nails so I ensure my pre-holiday beauty prep allows me to do that. I’m sure a lot of you have a similar checklist give or take a few steps but these are the key things I always get done before I even pack my bags

Get a spray tan

A spray tan is always a must for me before I go away on a trip. My favourite place to go is Bronzalicious in Sydney’s Neutral Bay as they always get the colour spot on. I find when you’re bronzed you don’t need to wear much makeup plus you just generally feel more confident with a little bit of a glow, especially if it’s a beach holiday and you’re in bikinis a lot.

To help with maintenance while I’m on holiday I’ll take an exfoliator to get rid of excess colour from my spray tan and a bronzing mousse for top ups.

Get a mani/pedi

I like neat, tidy nails when I’m on vacation so I make sure to squeeze in a manicure and pedicure as part of my pre-holiday beauty prep routine. I usually go sans polish on my fingernails because I hate chipped nails and don’t want to have to worry about getting them done when I’m away from home. On my toes I will get Shellac so it lasts a couple of weeks and will usually either get a light shade such as OPI’s Bubble Bath or a deep burgundy such as OPI’s Malaga Wine.

Have my eyebrows shaped and lashes tinted

A visit to Amy Jean Eye Couture in Sydney’s CBD is a must. I get my eyebrows shaped and eyelashes tinted and curled. I always curl my eyelashes so this way I don’t have to worry about it and I’m set for the day. If my brows and lashes are looking good then I find that I can get away with minimal makeup as it helps me looked polished.

Refresh my hair

I’m usually very good at having a regular cut and colour so I always make a point of booking a session at Valonz in Sydney’s Paddington right before a trip. I get my hair recoloured and cut so it looks fresh for my trip. It’s a bit of running around getting all my beauty prep done before going away but it’s all worth it in the end as I can just focus on enjoying myself and not have to worry about a thing.

What are your pre-holiday beauty prep essentials?

 

Fashion, Lifestyle

What to wear on your next flight

27th April, 2018

Whether it’s for a holiday or for work I’ve found myself in transit enough times that I’ve managed to lock down the key pieces that I will always travel with, including what I will wear. My criteria is always comfort above all else (being stuck on a long haul flight constantly readjusting our outfit is no fun) while still maintaining an element of polish. If I’ve managed to tick both those boxes then I’m a happy traveller. If you’re about to head off on a trip check out my travel outfit checklist below to ensure that you’re nailing airport style.

My travel outfit checklist

Natural fabrics

You want to wear clothes in fabrics that will breathe. This is really helpful when you’re dealing with the unpredictable temperatures on a plane. Often you can find yourself dealing with arctic temperatures one minute and feeling really hot the next so natural fabrics such as cashmere and wool are great as they can keep you warm without risking overheating.

Cosy, cosy, cosy

I will always opt for soft cosy garments when I’m travelling as there’s nothing like snuggling into a warm cardi or oversized sweater when you’re settling in for an inflight movie (or in my case tending to two little girls). I also particularly love flying in dresses and popping on a cardi over the top as there’s a certain freedom of movement that comes with it. I don’t mind wearing jeans or relaxed fit lounge pants either but dresses have become a go-to.

Go crease-proof when you can

Linen is wonderful but it is a nightmare to fly in as you’ll inevitably always look like a crumpled mess. Go for cashmere or a great knit which will likely stand up to hours of flying. If you want to wear cotton that has a chance of getting wrinkled be sure to have something you can pop on over the top such cardigan when you disembark at your destination.

Opt for fuss-free and hands-free 

A backpack or a crossbody bag is one of the best things you can carry when travelling as they will keep your hands free. Also don’t bring a bag that has a million buckles or zippers to get into it. You don’t want to be having to constantly deal with them when you’re trying to access things such as your passport and boarding pass.

Pack a scarf

I always travel with a pashmina or a large scarf as it can double as a blanket if I get cold. It’s also great for popping on over an outfit to instantly dial up the chic factor.

Check out a few of my favourite new travel outfit picks below

 

 

Lifestyle

Travelling with kids: how to survive with your sanity in tact

13th November, 2017

Enjoying our family vacation in Bali

As most parents can probably attest, when it comes to travelling with kids you can’t ever really be too prepared. Expect the unexpected is my motto. You’ll inevitably end up with a curve ball being thrown your way whether it’s a bout of vomiting or losing a beloved toy along the way, and you’ve just got to try and find humour in the situation and take it all in your stride. Whilst you can’t plan for absolutely everything, I do believe in preparing as much as possible to mitigate potential issues. We’ve travelled with the girls in Australia and internationally and it’s taught me a few things about how to handle travel with children in tow. Yes, travel will never be as straightforward as it was pre-kids days but it’s oh-so worth it for the amazing memories you build as a family along the way. If you’re about to embark on a trip with your kids then read on for some of my best tried and tested tips…

Choose flights around sleep times

If you’re flying it pays to try and book flights around sleep times. When I’ve done this, most of the time I’ve been lucky and have been able to get the girls down for a bit of a sleep. Whether it’s 30 minutes or two hours, a napping child is invaluable when you’ve got to kill time on a plane.

Book essentials in advance

I never leave anything to chance when I’m travelling with the girls. For example if we require transfers from the airport to the hotel I always request car seats and confirm prior to departure that everything is locked in. I can’t think of anything worse than getting off a long flight, with two tired kids and having to deal with the fact we can’t get to our accommodation.

Give yourself plenty of time to pack

I like to have all the girls’ things packed well in advance as I know I’ll forget something crucial if I do it at the last minute. I normally make a list of everything the kids will need and then I pack a few days before we leave. This gives me plenty of time to get any last minute things washed or take out things I don’t think they’ll need anymore. I normally like to have outfits and nappies for each day sorted and take a few extras just in case.

Bring lots of entertainment

It is a lot easier to travel with Sophia now because she’s three and most of the time she’s excited to watch movies on the plane. But Grace is at that tricky age of being in between a baby and a toddler and wants to be on the move all the time. This is why I always like to bring plenty of entertainment with me to keep the girls occupied. I bring an assortment of games, toys and books with me and make sure to have a few new books or toys with me as I find it keeps them entertained just that little bit longer. If you don’t want to buy anything new just round up a few of your child’s favourite toys and keep them out of sight for a few days so when you pull them out again they’re excited and interested to play with them. (You can find a few more of my in-flight essentials here).

Come armed with plenty of food

On our recent trip to Bali we had to take into account that we were flying during the girls’ morning tea time to lunch then afternoon tea to dinner. I had to bring all the right amount of food with me as I wasn’t sure what we’d get on the plane. I also packed plenty of snacks just in case we had delays on either side and I needed to give the girls something to eat. Also this came in handy when we were in the hotel room and the girls woke up early and we weren’t able to go anywhere for breakfast yet. I was able to pull out a few snacks from my suitcase to tide them over.

I think with the right preparation you can make a family holiday as close to stress-free as possible. And if a few little things do go awry, just take a few deep breaths and think that one day you’ll be able to laugh about it with your kids!

What are some of your tips for travelling with kids?

 

Fashion, Lifestyle

15 of my favourite things to do in Paris

27th September, 2017

At the beautiful Musee Rodin

There’s no doubt that Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The architecture, the food, the history… all the elements are there for a holiday to remember and a thoroughly enriching cultural experience. I’ve been to Paris a few times (one of them was on my honeymoon so it has a very special place in my heart) and returning a few months ago only served as a reminder of just how much I love it there. There’s so much to see and do, not to mention the insanely good shopping to be done, so Luke and I tried our best to fit everything in but there are some notable standouts that we definitely couldn’t miss…

Outside Le Pavillon de la Reine

1. Stay at the Le Pavillon De La Reine

This is my favourite place to stay in Paris. It’s a gorgeous 17th century building, covered in ivy and looks straight out of a movie. It’s located in the Marais in the 3rd arrondissement which is one of the most picturesque spots in the city.

2. Grab a drink at The Bar Hemingway

A favourite of writers such as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald this is the place to grab a drink if you’re after a warm, cosy atmosphere and a killer cocktail.

Lunching at Lou Lou with Luke

3. Lunch at Lou Lou

The beautiful outdoor setting is one of the major drawcards of this restaurant. It’s a lovely spot for a long lunch and is near the Louvré so it’s a great place to eat after a morning spent at the museum.

4. Visit the Hotel Plaza Athénée

Luke and I stayed here for our honeymoon so it’s a special place for us. We just had to visit and have a drink there to reminisce. It’s located on the famous Avenue Montaigne which is heaven for any fashion lover.

The Galeries Lafayette

5. Shop at The Galeries Lafayette

Shopaholics will love this upmarket department store that stocks every designer brand you could think of. If that’s not your thing the building alone is worth a look. I particularly liked this spot for the kids shopping. The range is amazing and extensive (there’s even a Disney store that would put a smile on any child’s face) and it’s hard not to want to buy everything in sight.

6. Visit the Ritz Paris

This exclusive hotel has had a major refurbishment and is absolutely amazing. The big drawcard for any beauty lover would have to be the new Chanel au Ritz Paris. It’s a day spa that has everything you could possibly want in a pampering session such as massages and facials but is given the luxe touch that only those famous interlocking Cs can bring.

 7. Browse Galerie de Valois

It’s a roll call of designer stores at this shopping locale including Acne Studios, Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang, Oliver Peoples and Christian Louboutin. If you’re in the mood to stroll combined with a little retail therapy this is the place to go.

Amazing meal at L’Avenue

 8. People watch at L’Avenue

If you want to enjoy some people watching (especially of the famous variety) this is the place to do it. The clientele is always impeccably dressed so as an added bonus it’s great for admiring the often lauded Parisian style as you enjoy lunch. I spotted Anna Wintour there during my trip so you know it gets the tick of approval from the fashion set.

9. Check out Le Bon Marche

This super exclusive department store is owned by luxury giant LVMH so the retail experience is next-level. The space is just so unbelievably chic that simply browsing is a joy in itself.

The Thinker at Musee Rodin

10. Admire the art at Musée Rodin

Home to one of the most famous sculptures in the world, The Thinker, a visit to this place is a must for any art lover. The gardens around the museum are also gorgeous and well worth a look.

11. Eat at La Société

Great ambience and impressive interiors make this one of my top Parisian spots for dinner and drinks. Just be sure to leave enough room for this meal as you’ll be tempted to taste everything.

Dining at Hotel Costes

12.  Dinner at Hotel Costes

We go here for dinner every time we visit Paris. It has great food and is a fashion industry/celebrity favourite so it’s also another excellent spot for people watching.

13. Head to the Brancusi Art Studio

A replica of the atelier of the artist Constantin Brancusi was first produced in 1977 opposite Paris’ cultural centre, Centre Pompidou. It subsequently flooded and closed before being reconstructed in its current incarnation by famed Italian architect Renzo Piano. If you’ve got time, it’s well worth a visit for the immersive museum experience.

14. Splurge on dinner at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée

If you’re celebrating a special occasion such as an anniversary or milestone birthday whilst in Paris I’d highly recommend dinner at this restaurant.  The food and dining room is on another level.

15. A day trip to Versailles

Escape the city and do a day trip to the Palace of Versailles. The architecture is spectacular and everywhere you turn is Insta-worthy.

If you’ve visited Paris what are your favourite spots or things to see and do?