Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all managed to have a chance to stop over the Christmas break. For the first time in quite a few years, we stayed in Sydney for our holiday. I’m happy to say I’ve still managed to embrace that rested holiday vibe (my salt water frizzed hair is testament to that). We turned off the emails, and hit the beach most days. I’ve been seeing the quote Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat. pop up on Pinterest lately – and it’s pretty much what we got up to the entire time. Sunday has been spending so much time in the water, she’s even managed to ditch the bubble (proud Mum moment). Above are my iPhone photos that I’ve shared on Instagram over the break. Quality time with family, quality food in my belly and quality sunshine on my skin. I want to do it all again!
I don’t usually make new year resolutions (as I know I’d be terrible at keeping them), but for a change – I had a think about things that I’d like to keep the same for 2015:
1. Keep on drinking more water
2. Keep asking questions (even though your friends nickname you the interrogator)
3. Keep your hair short, you never wear it out when it gets longer
4. Keep things slow for Sunday in the morning, she likes to wake up/get ready at her own pace
5. Keep believing in your little business
I’d love to hear anything you’d like to ‘keep the same’ for 2015?
Tomorrow, I have my first meeting for the year – a house decorating project I am very excited about. I’m diving in to work head first, I’m feeling refreshed and motivated to get this whole 2015 thing moving!
I’ll be back here soon,
PS. Thank you for all entering the Sleepmaker competition in December. Monique – you are the lucky winner. I just replied to your comment, but hopefully you are reading this too. Please email me your postal address so the bedding pack can be sent out.
I have been helping a Manly seaside hotel freshen up their hallways and lift foyers recently. While the walls and trims were receiving a fresh coat of white paint and the carpet was being replaced with a commercial grade and neutral grey, I commissioned the lovely photographer Gui Jorge to spend a day in Manly to take photos. I’m all too aware of ‘hotel art gone wrong’, so now the hotel has a unique library of high-res images to hang on their walls. I picked up the first run of prints, 18 to start with – over sized and glossy (over a metre in width) and delivered them straight to the framers. I plan for these images to really stand out from the gallery style walls, and be a talking point for passing guests. I’ve chosen a contemporary frame style – a simple white timber moulding – with no mount board, and the photographs will be set back from the glass. I’ll try and share some photos of the finished corridors (including some beautiful furniture from Fred International) when it’s complete, it’s been a fun job. Briar x
I’ve had a few emails asking for some recommendations on where to stay + dine in Bali, so I thought I’d share a ‘favourites’ list – which has been updated since our first visit. To be honest, the options are totally endless – so these are my top tips, but by no means the be and end all. The Luxe Guide to Bali is fabulous, as is the ‘Little Luxe’ version (with tips for travelling with kids). Little Bali Love is also a super handy go-to website if you are travelling with kids.
We stayed (for a second time) at the lovely Uma Sapna in Seminyak. Very spacious villas with private pools, comfortable interiors and gorgeous bathrooms (choose from one or two bedroom options). We also had three nights of luxury at Alila in Ubud. It’s pretty fancy pants, and probably enjoyed the most without a spirited toddler in tow. I hear their posh sister hotel Alila Uluwatu is beyond amazing – bookmark that one for the (second?) honeymoon.
Eat + Play:
Travelling with Sunny, we based the majority of our holiday around one place – Seminyak…
We loved our lunch so much here, we came back for dinner. Enjoy a really delicious modern seafood meal while looking out at a very peaceful rice paddy. Check out more photos on their website, it really is beautiful.
A bar/restaurant that is a short drive out of Seminyak, with the much-instagrammed mural by Lucas Grogan. Old Man’s serves good pub-style food with very cold beer…all while looking out at a gorgeous surf beach, Batu Bolong.
Photos: 1. The candlelit entrance at Motel Mexicola 2. The Lucas Grogan mural at Old Man’s 3. Drinks at Potato Head Beach Club 4. The cool interior of Sisterfields 5. Kit and her mum Rachel loving the pool at Alila, Ubud.
It’s been a while between posts. We have recently returned from a truly fabulous holiday in Bali. If you follow on me on Instagram (sunday_collector), you would have seen the steady stream of squares that captured some of the food we ate, the pools we swam in, and the very cute friendship between Sunday and her little travelling companion, Kit. I have a few more photos that I plan to share (taken on my proper camera), but I thought I would kick off the week with a few photos of the eclectic loot I returned home with. I spent one afternoon exploring a ‘locals’ market in Denpasar, and came across a store that I can only describe as a ‘Balinese Officeworks/Bunnings from the 1970’s’. I can’t even tell you the name (as it had no signage), but the local I was shopping with informed me it was a general store that had been there for over 45 years where the locals buy in bulk. I feel like I only hit the sides, but was happy with my bag full of quirky things like notepads, twine, scissors and envelopes – all for the grand sum of AUS $22.00. The shopkeepers thought I was mad, I’m sure.
I was all geared up to pick some pretty dresses in Seminyak one morning, but I’m not going to lie, the (ladies) fashion in Bali is pretty disappointing (bar some great leather goods, mainly bags etc). Although, wow – did little Sunday manage to clean up! We had a spree at my favourite label for girls (which is based in Seminyak) Coco & Ginger. I love that Sunday is reaching an age where she’s appreciating her little outfits, pointing out the ‘fwowers and leeeafs’ in the fabrics, and having an opinion with her shoe selection every morning (heaven help me with a teenage Sunday)!
I’ll be back later in the week with some tips on where to stay and where to eat – the options are truly endless…
You may have noticed that Mexican Cantinas are popping up in Sydney at the same rapid rate Thai eateries appeared in our suburbs 10 to 15 years ago. I’m not complaining – I love Mexican food and have posted about it enough on here I could almost create a sister blog to Sunday Collector dedicated to guacamole and fajitas. I digress…
Cranky Fins Holidae Inn has opened it’s shutters in Palm Beach…and if you’re not local, it’s definitely worth the extra drive along the Northern Beaches. I’m talking Haloumi, Pork & Fish soft shell tacos with a chilled Corona or a margarita, all served in an open space – with a relaxed and friendly vibe. The eclectic range of paintings, props and signs hanging on (and off) the walls bring a colourful air of playfulness to the space which is a short walk to the beach (It actually feels like you are somewhere other than Sydney). We had a lovely lunch at Cranky Fins last weekend and we were impressed by the fit-out, the friendly staff…and the crunchy school prawns. Did I mention the chocolate peanut butter fudge ice-cream sundae? I didn’t indulge as I was too full, but it looked so incredible at the table next to us…just another excuse for me to head there for a second time.
Take the girls, or take the kids – I’m pretty sure everyone will love Cranky Fins!