1 Day in Brisbane: Laneways and mainstays

brisbane ruver view cbd

 

Welcome to Brisbane!

Two weeks ago I was sunning myself in the Southern Hemisphere having the time of my life. We visited 5 different places in the 2.5 weeks we were there and out first stop was Brisbane, the third biggest city in Aus and the biggest in Queensland. Here’s what I saw and liked. It’s just a few places to start if you’re planning your own trip!

Ice cream sorbet

bridge over brsbane river ferry

Southbank

Brisbane’s Southbank strip is a cultural hub, encompassing the theatres, another university, museums, a big wheel and even a Vietnamese peace temple juxtaposed next to buzzing man-made beaches and the towering CBD opposite. It’s a pretty strange sight seeing kids splashing around in pools and bright yellow sand with a sky scraper in the background! Be sure to meander under the blooming arching pergola of bougainvillea which stretches for ages.

red brisbane music building

temple brisbane Nepalese Peace Pagoda carvings temple in brisbane Nepalese Peace Pagoda bell brisbane in bloom flowers lane

University of Queensland

Whilst a cities’ university wouldn’t normally be on my list to see, unless you’re visiting OxBridge, UQ is definitely worth an amble around. Catch the City Cat cruiser ferry down the Brisbane river to the south and hop off at the namesake port. Take a stroll around the lakes and into the Great Court to get a sense of the scale of the history (over 100 years) and legacy. Spot turtles and lizards next to the fountain and marvel and some of the modern architecture. Wish my uni had looked like that!

UQ university of queensland lake

CBD Brisbane

Winn Lane

If you’ve done your research, you’ll see Winn Lane come up as the indie hideaway to head for. Fortitude Valley, a thriving night time hub for clubbers hides a supporting emerging talent bed and artistic community. Growing from the ashes of last night are small and slightly secret shops, hip places to eat, florists and cute bars. Head to Winn Lane for Ben’s Burgers, which I didn’t try but looking at them, they couldn’t not be good, Kunstler magazine hut, The Outpost and Sunday Social and support the local talent.

winn lane stickers stairs

winn lane fashion shop kunstler magazine winn lane

kunstler magazine art shop indie

kunstler magazine shop

kunstler shop brisbane

bens burgers winn lane

winn lane record shop

Bakery Lane

Opposite the entrance that leads around to Winn Lane is Bakery Lane holding the incredible I <3 Brownies shop, which sells nothing but heart shaped brownies of every flavour, The Botanist cute home wear and flower shop, a modernist cafe and other boutiques. Above the units sit artists studios, incubating the talent of Brisbane. It’s only been around since January this year and feels fresh and cool. By the time you visit you’ll hopefully spot an even newer laneway (due to open very soon with even more indie goodness!

 

bakery lane cacti pot pink

Brisbane flower shop bakery lane

Brew

Want to get deep into the Brisbane hipster coffee life? Brew‘s your first port of call. Head fown the dodgy looking end of Burnett lane and head towards the a carpark (edgy.) Continue down and under ground for a flat white a friande cake. Watch the cool kids working away on their Macs whilst you chill on a wine keg. Up the other end of Burnett lies a few swanky post-work bars and a great looking restaurant called The Survey Co which is apparently a fantastic restaurant so head there after you’ve done a lap of the neighbouring shopping streets.

coffee shop carpark brisbane underground

underground cafe

Doughnut Time

Doughnuts are big business in Australia I quickly learned. BIG. As are the actually dimensions of the pastries themselves. Bacon topped one anyone? We opted for the good old salted caramel and boy was it good! There are two Doughnut Times in Brisbane but the original one on Alfred Street is the one. Queue up, yet the goods and go. Look out for a great interiors shop on the same street or walk to the corner to the Alfred & Constance bar. Open ‘until they run out.’

doughnut time shop front

doughnut time big doughnuts

Lots more from my trip to Australia to come!
Can’t wait? Take a look at my Instagram hashtag

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The Red Swimsuit

Byron beach bright red plunge swimming costume

byron beach sunset

white leather Daniel footwear sandals Byron beach

Byron beach kicking up sand

Byron beach backless cossie

Byron beach

glamorous Byron beach outfit

red togs on Byron beach

 

Byron Bay-watch Red

I’m writing this in my bedroom in London whilst noticing the drops on condensation forming on my windows and the fact that I can barely see the neighbours house for mist. It’s a bit nippy to say the least so putting together photos of me in my near-nudie is giving me chills. That, and the fact that I’ve actually ‘dared’ to reveal my pastey imperfect body in so little fabric. How terrifying. Oh screw it, who cares?!

These red swimsuit shots were taken on the best holiday of my life in a little place called AUSTRALIA. Yep, this little London gal got her first taste of the southern hemisphere last month and she bloody LAVED it. Take me back and all that. I’ve got so much to show you about my 17 day trip but lets start in the most Aussie way possible, with sunsets, beaches and a little bit of Baywatch (who am I kidding?!)in beautiful Byron Bay. Here’s to warmth, no cares and holidays forever! Happy November y’all!

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Byron beach sea

in the sun on Byron beach

Byron beach at sunset

red asos swimming costume and gold chain belt

Byron beach air bnb palm tree air bnb

Byron beach sunset golden hour portrait

Byron beach

Byron beach car and palm trees in Suffolk park

Byron beach sunset

 

What I Wore in Byron Bay:

Swimming costume – ASOS / Chain belt – Black & Brown at ASOS / Sandals – Daniel Footwear / Sweatshirt – Illustrated People (old) / Sunglasses chain – Frame chain / Earrings – Me & Zena

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The Summer -> Autumn Jumper

colourful and cosy

crouched in window blue and green knit jumper minkpink

sitting on window sill galaxy print leggings big baggy jumper hair clipped hipster style

minkpink batwing jumper arms kiss pout

minkpink jumper back hair flick

supersuper magazine flicking through pile

crouched on chair colorful new look space leggings galaxy

topman lightening socks and hair clip bright colours lime green orange

Jumper – MinkPink / Leggings – New Look Sale / Socks – Topman / Scarf – Vintage / Hair clip – found on the pavement in London!

My posts always seem to be in some way connected to the weather. Whether commenting that the topic in question is out of synch with what’s going on outside my window, or relating to a seasonal item of clothing, I always need to find some climatic excuse for my actions. Here’s one such post that’s got itself a little in a muddle. Who knows what season we’re in in London, particularly when we’re lusting after collections from Australia?!

All I know is that this jumper, kindly gifted to me by cool Australian brand MinkPink, comfortably bridges the tricky times. It’s roomy and cool for when you’re warm (sling it off your shoulder if you’re feeling particularly meow) or snug for when you want to cuddle up – like I did here! I like to bring out the hipster graphic vibe of the jumper in me and pair it with lots of other bright colours and plastic! But I can imagine it also looking hot with skinny jeans and booties too. I think I’m quite in love with jumpers at the moment (wearing one as I type) are you too?

Can I be in Aus instead please?

I thought i’d share some of Mink Pink’s campaign shots and video as I absolutely ADORE the photography and art direction! I remember first hearing about the brand because I fell in love with this photo, I’m looking forward to seeing what they shoot next! Keep a look out for what they’re up to on their blog.

Dreaming of summer already! 😉

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