ROMAN HOLIDAY LOOKBOOK

So Archer and I may have just booked a last-minute, post-Christmas, whistle-stop trip to Rome.

I adore Rome, especially in the winter. Everything about this trip just felt right, so in a very seize the day frame of mind, we booked it!

Now it’s time to workshop some gorgeous winter outfits. And yes, I do realise I just said that on the middle of a 32 degree day in good old sunny Queensland.

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1 – Regular readers will know of my love for all things khaki, British tan and navy. I feel like this Scotch & Soda jacket has a little bit of a Mochino vibe going on and is therefore very Rome appropriate.

2- My friends will probably laugh at the idea of me in flats, but I’m quite liking the athletic look right now. I flirted with the idea of Nikes, but I think I’ll stay loyal to Adidas and these particular kicks for the foreseeable future.

3 –   I love this Equipment shirt. I know it’s pretty expensive, but the description does say its a ‘versatile staple’.  Can’t argue with that. And it feels great on.

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4 – When it comes to Jeans, we’re all about Melbourne label Nobody Denim right now. These beauties are super comfy and a great fit.

5 – It’s not every day that a Brisbane girl gets to wear over-the-knee boots, so these Wittner Ebbony Boots will definitely make the suitcase cut. Wearing these to get some espresso on the Via Veneto = the perfect day.

6 – And finally I feel like if there’s a time and a place for this Cue silver bomber jacket, it’s Rome in winter. And it’s on sale, which can only be a good sign.

Happy Holidays everyone xx

LONG WEEKEND PERFECTION – PORT DOUGLAS

A beach weekend is always a good idea. But if you combine that with the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, it moves out of good idea territory and into get your togs and book it to the airport right now territory.

Port Douglas. A truly incredible town, so stunning and so fun and the only place on earth where two World Heritage Sites actually meet.

So when the question pops up – should we long weekend in Port Douglas? The answer is an easy one (You Already Know feat. Port Douglas, bethandarcher.com).

First up, it’s super easy to get to. Carins is just a two hour flight from Brisbane (three hours from Sydney) and just like that, you’ll feel the tropical north the second you get off the plane.

The drive to Port Douglas takes about an hour and is super picturesque.   You’ll also love the fact that it’s super straightforward – just follow the main road leading from Cairns up the Coast for an hour and you’re there.

Make a quick detour to Palm Cove (about 20 minutes into the drive) for amazing brunch spots and views like this.

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THE BEST PLACES TO STAY IN BYRON BAY

Today’s question – where to stay in Byron Bay?

For a relatively small town, Byron sure packs a punch. Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful beaches, bars and restaurants.

And there are almost as many accom options as there are cars trying to get a park at Wategos.

So where to stay when you’re lucky enough to be in this extra-gorgeous part of the world?

Here are our 2 favourite options, both set in stunning natural surrounds. One – high end, the other fantastically budget friendly.

We’ve been staying at both of these places for years now and we always have great experiences at both.

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