Posts by: "Aprilia"

There are days when you feel like dressing up and looking schmick, but there are also days when you want to put in very minimal effort into how you look and just feel comfortable. The latter is often how I feel on a regular basis.

For those of you who are somewhat familiar with my personal style, you’ll know that I’m all for comfort when it comes to dressing. Most days, you’ll likely see me in a pair of jeans, t-shirt, sweater/jacket/coat (whichever is weather appropriate) and a pair of sneakers. On the off day (basically, when I need to be client-facing), I might take a leap and swap the sneakers for a pair of boots (extreme, I know).

Thanks to Somedays Lovin, Arrow Divine and Shambhala Resort, I was invited to take part in their Off Duty style challenge where I was to select a piece from Somedays Lovin’s collection, and style it in my own ‘off-duty’ look. As boyfriend jeans are already a uniform staple in my wardrobe, where I have 4-5 different variations to choose from… I really couldn’t go past this pair of slouched, distressed boyfriend jeans to style and add to my existing (and growing) collection.

Paired with sneakers and an oversized sweater, this is my ultimate go-to comfortable look for those days off-duty.

Wearing: Somedays Lovin Boyfriend Jeans, EVIL TWIN Sweater, Converse Chuck Taylors, Celine Audrey Sunglasses and Bag

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Manly-Dam

One of my favourite things about living on the northern beaches of Sydney is that there are a number of walking tracks that are not only close-by and easy to access, but are extremely beautiful too. Last weekend, some friends and I ventured out to walk the Gulgadya Muru walking track, located at Manly Dam.

Manly Dam (also known as Manly-Warringah War Memorial Park) is an extensive, tranquil bushland valley containing Sydney’s largest freshwater lake created by the damming of Curl Curl creek in 1892. It wasn’t my first visit to Manly Dam; being less than 10 minutes drive from my apartment, it’s often been one of my go-to spots in the summer to enjoy a picnic and a swim in the lake. While I live quite close to the beach, the dam can be much nicer on a windy day due to it being quite protected.

The walk itself averaged out to be approximately 8km and took around 3 hours to walk at a pretty easy pace, not to mention that we also stopped a couple of times to take a few snapshots and generally, soak up our surroundings. I would consider the track to be quite a relaxed walk however, there are a few stairs and rocks to climb over from time to time. It’s also important to note that some parts of the track are shared with mountain bikers, so just be cautious of incoming riders to avoid any collisions!

Scroll down to see some of the highlights from the walk, and for a map of the walking track.

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Plant life in the dam

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Bees making the most of the winter sunshine, gathering pollen from native flora

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Just a couple of the many flowers throughout the walk

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Close-up shot of a little lizard – he was basically camouflaged amongst the tree’s bark

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Bees need to stay hydrated too!

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An old cicada shell, still latched onto a tree

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Just one of the spectacular spots on the walk

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The outline of the track – click on the map to see a larger version!

How to get there: There are several entry points to Manly Dam, however the only vehicle access is through the main entrance at the end of King Street (off Condamine Street, Manly Vale). From this entrance,  Sir Roden Cutler V.C. Memorial Drive provides access to the four picnic areas and carparks.

Attractions: Rock pools, a waterfall, native flora, insects and even echidnas (if you’re lucky)!

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Rome was the last stop of my European adventure and it ended up being the city that I spent the most amount of time in (staying for a week all up in Rome). We ended up doing a couple day trips from Rome, but had also set aside a couple of days to just check out the city itself.

Now, I don’t remember exactly everything I did in Rome but I definitely recall covering a lot of ground! On the days spent exploring Rome, we literally just wandered and wandered… the way I love exploring a new city is simply getting lost!

Some of the things we ticked off in Rome include checking out ancient sites such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon (as well as the rest of the Roman Forum), throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain (when in Rome, right?), shopping in Piazza di Spagna and eating almost every meal in Trastevere, simply because the food was just too good. But what I loved and found most unique about Rome is that everywhere you walked and looked, there wasn’t an ancient ruin too far by… which was absolutely surreal being able to see modern architecture standing alongside buildings that have been around for more than 2,000 years! Definitely a city like no other.

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Fontana di Trevi

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The cobblestone streets of Trastevere

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Without a doubt, Trastevere was one of the best areas to eat in Rome

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The River Tiber – definitely make the effort to cross the Tiber and visit Trastevere!

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Scooters are definitely not uncommon in Rome!

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The Pantheon – obviously quite a touristic location but nonetheless, still very awe-inspiring

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For those of you who don’t know much about the Pantheon, it is actually a church being quiet inside is a must

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The Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome

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Beautiful old buildings lie tucked away in one of the back streets of Rome

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The Piazza Venezia (behind that building lies the Roman Forum)

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The Colosseum – it’s unfortunate that the majority of it was covered with scaffolding!

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An obelisk brought from Egypt by Emperor Augustus in 10BC – now sitting in the Piazza del Popolo

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Canneloni A S. Eustachio had the best coffee I had tasted in Italy – do it like a local and stand at the counter whilst you drink your espresso!

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Rome by night is beautiful, just be cautious and aware of your belongings!

Where we stayed: H10 Roma Citta – a little far from the main areas of Rome as it is ‘beyond the river’ (the translation for Trastevere), but quite close to Trastevere which was one of my favourite areas!

Must-Eats: If you want a great meal, visit Trastevere – there are lots of quirky and cosy wine bars and restaurants that serve up delicious food! One of my favourites was Tastevere Kmzero - you are given whatever they have on the day (there is no menu) and it is just so good! Pizza Florida on Via Florida was also a great place for some cheap and tasty pizza slices (you pay by the weight of the slice)!

Must-Sees: The usual sites like The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Colosseum were of course a must to see, but I also loved visiting the Villa Borghese and walking through the park on a beautiful, clear day! There are also bicycles for hire to cycle around the park, so bring your drivers license or ID (they need it whilst you take the bike out incase anything happens). The Roman Forum was also massive highlight for me, so much that I’ll have a whole ‘nother post dedicated to it, so stay tuned!

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