Best Fashion Shops in Australia

Whether you're an Aussie looking for a new outfit, someone coming to visit the land down under, or someone anywhere in the world just looking for fresh fashion inspo, here are my favourite Australian fashion shops and my current favourite pieces from each...

1. Glassons

Copyright: Glassons

Can't even tell you how much I love this shop. Of all the fashion stores in Aussie malls, Glassons is definitely my favourite. I've bought more from Glassons while over here than I have Topshop, which is significant because Topshop is my favourite shop in the UK (or one of them, alongside Urban Outfitters I guess). Glassons is just so perfect for anything that looks a bit cool, a bit edgy, and very fashion-forward. They know the trends but they adapt them into such a cool girl, youthful style. They're also the best place for basics that aren't too basic if ya know what I mean - so for example, when you have that perfect pair of trousers (case in point, the striped ones below that I actually own lol) and you need a cool top to go with – Glassons is the place to go. Their crop tops, vest tops and blouses are all so nice and not at all basic.

2. Myer

So Myer is a department store and a great place to go for brands – and I don't necessarily mean expensive, high-end ones. Myer stock the likes of All About Eve, and Bardot, as well as my favourite Aussie vintage brand, Miss Brown Vintage.

Hat: $44.99 Bardot

3. Dotti

A cheap 'n cheerful shop, Dotti is the place for a bargain statement jumper, a bag that won't break the bank or an of-the-moment skirt.

4. Sportsgirl

Mainly for their accessories – but as you can see by the trousers and jacket, the clothing isn't all bad either.

5. Universal Store

Another one full of really cool brands from Mink Pink to Tommy Hilfiger, Vans and Dr. Martens. Plus some obscure ones, meaning you're bound to discover a new fave in here.

Let me know what you think of these picks, or if you have any favourite shops I haven't mentioned! :)

Top 10 Things I Miss About Britain

A scene witnessed in my local supermarket the other night inspired this post. A British girl was stood in the crisp aisle, staring around looking quite amazed and shouting into her iPhone “They do multipack crisps!”. You would think, judging by her demeanour, that they did multipack gold.

This, I realised (not being a crisp fan myself, soz) was one of the many things Brits really miss when they move to Australia and it made me think about the things I miss the most. Here are my top ten:

British girl autumn floral midi dress
Ah the Topshop clothes & historic architecture..

1. Sugar-free dilute juice (I’m looking at you Robinson’s – where are ya?!). It’s nothing special, but it’s something I expect to see on the shelves of a supermarket, and more importantly, in my cupboard. I ain't wasting calories on the full sugar crap.

2. British chocolate
Luckily I'm not that fussy when it comes to chocolate, but I have had to stick to Dairy Milk Oreo as my main chocolate bar of choice because you can definitely tell the difference with plain Dairy Milk. They make it to a different recipe here so that it takes longer to melt in the sun. Practical, but in my experience it still melts and just doesn't taste anywhere near as good. A lot of Brits get it imported and I do not blame them.

3. Old buildings
I think the oldest building in Australia is Cooks' House which was shipped all the way over from Great Ayton, 20 minutes from where I come from. And this is how excited I got about it:

A serious case of a gal being away from British heritage for that bit too long

4. Beer gardens
You can't beat a sunny beer garden with a cider in hand. One time we found a place called 'The Beer Garden', which was very exciting until we got inside and realised THERE WAS NO OUTDOOR AREA. WTF Australia?! False hope or what.

5. British fashion
So yes, there are stylish people in Australia, but Aussie style is just not the same. It's too laid back and understated for me, I need some British flamboyance back in my life. They also don't get the buzz about Topshop so a lot of branches across the country are closing. There's something so sad about a derelict Topshop.

6. British fashion shops
So by the previous point you can see there are some, but the lack of Urban Outfitters especially, and Primark is heartbreaking. Plus, Topshop is so expensive over here.

7. The sense of humour
It was strange, but I found myself acting totally different around a Brit girl at work than I do the Aussies. I felt like I was being totally myself, sarcastic etc. No clue who I'm being around the Aussie's though. It's probably a similar difference to how you act around your boss v your best friend at work.

8. Being in the same weather zone as all my favourite fashion bloggers
I miss scrolling through Instagram and seeing my favourite bloggers in amazing clothes that I could then purchase online in one second. I'm loving all the summer clothes people are wearing but they are not going to work in Melbourne's two degree temperatures (yep – not kidding).

Love this outfit by Megan Ellaby, but not okay for Melbs RN 

9. Normal Weetabix
As a cereal fanatic, Australia's answer to Weetabix 'Weet-bix' really gets to me. It's not the same. It's like the cheapest version of Weetabix I once bought in Tesco as a student and immediately regretted. You know the one with corners instead of smooth, rounded edges? The compact cardboard-like square thing? Probs not tbf, as you would never have bought this crap.

10. Cheap Subway salads
I don't know if it's changed in the last nine months, but I used to pay about £2.20 for a tuna salad from Subway. Here, it's about $8-9. Heartbreaking.

Despite missing aaaallll these things about the UK, I'm sure there are way more I'll miss about Oz when I return, such as some of the things in this post. I can already tell Sushi Hub and Sumo Salad are going to be major players. Stay tuned for the moany post from the other side of the world. x

Fitness & travel: motivation

You might think it's hard to keep up an exercise routine while travelling, especially budget, backpacker-style travelling, which often involves copious amounts of alcohol and the cheapest food you can lay your hands on. However, I have been travelling for over nine months now, and I can tell you it is possible. I struggled for motivation initially. I used the excuse that I didn't have a gym, I was going out and drinking most nights... Therefore it's hopeless. I told myself I was going to have to give up on fitness. Yet, as it turns out, this is totally the wrong attitude and you can definitely stay fit and healthy without a routine, gym, or even steady location to live in. All you need is your own willpower. So here are my top tips and advice - from my experience - on how to achieve it.

Disclaimer: this is a posed run, one normally looks much more bedraggled and lipstick-free

1. Create a specific goal-related routine that you can complete anywhere, any time 
So for me, I generally always want a toned stomach, perky bum and to basically be all-round toned. So I decided to make my routine a good 20-30 minute run/jog, 100 squats and 100 sit ups. Plus my abs and bum apps if I had extra time (which are available here for free). But you can make it anything you want - my friends, for example, do the Couch to 5K routine, which aims to improve your fitness levels and have you doing a 5K in about 10 weeks.

2. Stay focussed
Once you've set your goal and created your routine, choose a specific time each day to do it (preferably in the morning, so no distractions present themselves and stop you from carrying it out), and make sure you think about it and get it done each and every day. It's even a good idea to put a reminder or alarm on your phone.

3. Find a location to complete your routine as quickly as possible
As soon as you arrive at a new destination, or even when driving in on the bus, scout out a good area for your routine. So if it's a run, look for a nice pathway along the beach or through a park, and if it's toning exercises look for a nice patch of grassy land (a park or beach are also great for this).

Hike - it rewards you with good views too. This is Mount Batur in Bali

4. Take days off the drinking and excessive eating occasionally
As much as I love Kate Moss and her 'Why the hell can't I have fun all the time' attitude, for me, personally, my fun can only be continued if I have a few 'detox days'. In every area of my life, not just exercise and diet. Variety is key.

5. Look to Instagram
It's free and full of fitness fanatics to motivate and inspire. If you don't want to follow lots of fitness accounts that will spam your feed, just search hashtags such as #fitfam or #fitness whenever you want that extra bit of motivation.

6. Join in all 'active' activities on offer 
Climb mountains, explore on foot, walk instead of Uber (you'll save money and burn calories, what's not to love), free day? Go on a bike ride or surf or hike... every country and every environment will offer a fun outdoorsy exercise experience. Even if it's just swimming in a pool

Get on yer bike

7. And finally, if you really just bloody love an exercise class and need that 'stranger shouting at you' vibe to get going...
There are tons of pay-as-you-go classes. Just Google 'fitness classes [insert location]'. My faves were:

Brisbane - Lagree Fitness at Studio 45 - I heard Meghan Markle swears by it and fake marketing ploy or not, I was there

Melbourne/Sydney - (and almost everywhere else in Aus) - F45 - a 45 minute workout that is guaranteed to have you covered in sweat. Whether that's your own or other people's, as the room itself gets so gross, idk, but it made me feel faint and ache so make of that what you will

Seminyak, Bali - Motion Fitness - a really fun studio with a fab variety of fitness classes for about £7.50 a go.

Let me know if you have any more tips!