For a couple of girls with limited hiking experience (limited being the generous term), Grace Rosenblatt and I did not know what we were getting ourselves into when we booked flights to Tasmania.
For those of you who don’t know––and I’m not judging if that’s most of you––Tasmania is an island off the southern coast of the Australian mainland. And, when we first landed, we were convinced it was populated by more sheep than people.
In the days leading up to our trip, we booked tours around the major ‘bucket-list’ destinations because of the beautiful views and cool photo ops. However, the hours of hiking ahead of us to get to those picturesque places apparently never crossed our minds.
As you can imagine, sending the two least direction savvy people off on intense hikes led to a few hours of off-trail hiking, about 12 ‘I almost just died’ moments, and a bunch of sing-a-longs to mask our fear. The breathtaking views at the top of Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay, however, made all the scrapes and twisted ankles worth it.
Packing for a weekend trip can be challenging for any fashion lover––it’s in our nature to overpack! In my experience, it’s best to pack light dresses and rompers to make outfit planning easy. After long a long day of adventure, it was nice to come back and have a cute, easy look to throw on for dinner in the city of Launceston. My favorite summer dress and platform sandals was the perfect option––and a nice break from workout clothes and sneakers.
If Grace and I learned anything from our weekend adventure, it’s that anyone traveling to Tasmania should probably train for a half marathon before, and if you’re unsure about a hiking path, ask someone before you go two hours the wrong way!
Monday was never a day I was particularly fond of. With the exception of holidays, and the years my birthday falls on Monday of course, a regular Monday signals the start of another workweek. In other words, it’s goodbye Netflix and hello textbooks––for us students at least.
This past Monday, however, restored some of my faith in the once-dreaded weekday as I had the opportunity to interview with Harper’s Bazaar Australia. I am thrilled to share I will be interning in the fashion closet at Harper’s in Sydney!
While the days leading up to my interview consisted mostly of familiarizing myself with Australian fashion icons and designers and reading (and rereading) Harper’s Bazaar articles, the daunting question remained: what was I going to wear?
I settled for a neutral look, combining a bit of New York (a chic blazer and oversized sunnies) with Aussie style (linen pants and platform sandals).
Picking the perfect interview outfit can be intimidating for anyone; after all, first impressions are lasting impressions. Interview fashion varies across professions, but many of the core ‘rules,’ such as dressing in a classy and non-distracting way, remain the same. However, this does not mean you should sacrifice your style! I think two key elements in interview fashion are choosing a look that reflects your values and your confidence. Your outfit should be empowering so you feel ready to ‘wow’ the interviewer and land the job of your dreams!
In the week leading up to Australia Day, the girls and I tried to get a handle on the best ways to celebrate. While we expected something like July 4th, Aussie Day vibes were more Labor Day as locals enjoyed a day off with a cold beer and a BBQ at home. Nevertheless, bars and beaches were packed with young people trying to participate in the festivities.
After extensive research––mostly consisting of asking every local we passed what the hotspots were––we decided to grab mimosas (and burgers) at the Glemore Hotel. The rooftop was quite a scene with a beautiful view of the Opera House.
Next we headed to the Bucket List on Bondi. This vibrant bar was basically a fashion show as everyone sported his or her best summer look––turns out Australia Day is not for the unfashionable. While some ladies rocked denim, many wore sundresses and sandals or sneakers.
Planning the perfect Aussie Day outfit definitely took some thought. Not knowing where the day would take us, I decided on a light, linen wrap-dress, platform sandals and a bathing suit underneath––just in case the beach was too hard to resist.
Still trying to get the hang of Australian culture, but there’s no better way to do so than immersing myself in it. Australia Day was definitely a good start.
After bailing on surf camp––trust me it was for the best––some of the girls and I decided to plan a last minute weekend getaway. Since hitting the beach with your besties is always bound to be a good time, we headed to Byron Bay for a girls trip.
What started out as a day of rain and long bus rides turned into a weekend of mojitos, sing alongs and shopping––sorry mom! Despite the bad weather, the town was worth exploring if not for the cute boutiques than definitely for the food (thank you Miss Margarita’s for teaching me what a proper fajita should taste like) .
Against all odds (and weather predictions) the sun was shining bright on our last day in Byron. So, after a delicious breakfast of coconut yogurt and avocado toast at our weekend-favorite spot, Balcony Bar & Oyster Co, we grabbed some sunscreen and practically sprinted to the beach.
One thing I loved about Byron was the beach-town feel and hipster community. On my last day, I channeled my inner wild-child, and went for a more earthy look––topped off with cool sunnies of course!
If you’re in Australia for a while, Byron Bay is definitely worth a visit. If the beautiful beaches, great shopping, and delicious food don’t appeal to you, then look up the bar Cheeky Monkey and you just might change your mind!
Yesterday, the girls and I embarked on the famous Coogee to Bondi walk. This four mile walk along the coastline––which we only thought was two miles––left us regretting all the times we skipped out on gym days last semester. Nevertheless, the stunning scenery made our trek worthwhile as we stopped to sit and swing our feet over endless water, admire the view, catch our breath, and get the perfect Instagram (obviously)!
Ending at Bondi Beach was the perfect reward. While Bondi is sometimes criticized for being ‘too touristy,’ it’s definitely a must see and my favorite beach so far. The sand felt like powder, and there’s plenty to do––and buy––both on the beach and across the street.
The town is full of cute beach boutiques with everything from beach blankets and sunscreen to swimsuits and linen dresses––although I am still on a hunt for the perfect straw bag.
Anyway, a hike/beach day means a sneaker-swimsuit duo is bound to happen. Yes, it’s an unconventional pairing, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be cute! Check out my look below:
Adventure number one, and I am already head over heels for this country! The girls and I jumped at the first opportunity we got to go to the beach (goodbye Boston snow), and Coogee Beach was the perfect pick. The white sand was crowded with locals and tourists, but it wasn’t hard to find a place to plop a towel down and get some sun––or a lot of it! The water was cold, but worth a good dunk when we started burning up––which I’m learning is inevitable in the Aussie sun. For a break from the heat, restaurants, gelato shops, and beach boutiques are a quick walk across the street.
And, let’s not forget about beach fashion––a cute swimsuit is only half the look. When searching for coverups or beach inspo, look to neutrals, linens and, of course, pompoms! Also, wrap skirts and wrap shirts are great options because they are easy to throw off and on. Here’s my look from my Coogee Beach day:
I am a true believer in the saying “everything is better by the beach,” and the fact I am spending my next four months here…learning…is going to take a while to comprehend.
Missing all of my people back home and around the world.