Year: 2017

The Larapinta Trail

There’s nothing quite like climbing red mountains at dawn, showering in green canvas tents with dodgy flaps and “chewing the fat” fireside, under the expanse of a milky blanket of stars.  I’d never entered the Red Centre. Well, not Australia’s Red Centre anyway. It was high time I connected with the earth beneath me and dropped out of internet range for a stint. So last month with 7 friends, I trekked the Classic Larapinta Trail with company World Expeditions, starting at Alice Springs. All I knew of Alice came from absorbing the movie Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, so I was at least prepared for an abundance of red rocks (minus the cocks in this case). The extreme dryness, extreme heat and extreme cold were foreign to me, so the existence of wildflowers and abundance of bush tucker in this harsh landscape enthralled. Our six day expedition followed the line of the Northern Territory’s West MacDonnell Ranges and involved hiking 10-13 kms per day, too easy when your back pack only contains water and blister protection …

Interview: CRASH Jewellery

If you’ve ever fancied owning a luxury car – a Porsche or Maserati perhaps – but just can’t quite afford one, jewellery designer Christi Schimpke of CRASH Jewelry has the perfect solution. She designs and makes sustainable cuffs, bangles, earrings, necklaces, rings and cufflinks from the metal of late-model luxury cars such as Maserati, Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and more. What a great idea! With a husband who runs an automobile collision repair shop, Christi was in an ideal position to see the amount of cast-off sheet metal and parts being replaced on such luxury cars and work out ways in which to upcycle them. It’s an idea that has taken off since she began four years ago. So much so that her pieces were featured on the runway in the 2016 Style Fashion Week LA with clothes by the designers Fuschia Couture and I-Am-Zoe. Please introduce yourself. Tell us about your background and how you’ve got to where you are today. My professional background is/was in art history. I have my masters in Italian Renaissance …

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s Father’s Day Down Under on Sunday September 3, so we thought we’d compile some gifts ideas to turn Father’s Day on it’s head. And if it isn’t Father’s Day in your part of the world, maybe this will inspire you to buy something unique for the men in your life – for their birthday or for Christmas. From top left to right: The Standard Apron from Jeanbag, handmade from recycled denim jeans; Kappa Wood Watch made from 100% natural wood and non-toxic materials by Panache Living; The Knife Block crafted by Tasmanian designer Duncan Meerding; Drew the Table Lamp in black by clever designers Michael and George. From top left to right: Upcycled Cork Rubber Toilet Bag from Ecoupcycle Studio on Etsy; Bacon Wallet for bringing home the bacon from Third Drawer Down; Rap Lyrics Fortune Cookies by Fortune Cookie Flows; Rounded Base Bar Whiskey Glasses from Cool Hunting. Happy shopping!

What’s for breakfast?

Instagram is second to none for stimulating salivary glands, so this week we’re sharing some of our favourite breakfast instas to tantalise you. Clockwise from top left:  @symmetrybreakfast – Shanghai based breakfasts cooked by Michael for Mark. You are either a person who embraces order or you’re a fan of chaos, whichever way these images guarantee a smile. Breakfast is a smoked salmon rice bowl with avocado, nori, tamagoyaki, fish eggs and pluots (half plum, half apricots). @whatforbreakfast – Berlin resident Marta Greber loves to eat good breakfasts and loves to travel from time to time. Her photography is exquisite in its simplicity, evidenced by this bird’s eye view of banana porridge with caramelised pears. @thehealthyhunter – Holly from Melbourne is a food blogger, recipe developer and health enthusiast. Breakfast is not just your average smashed avo on toast, there’s always a delightful twist. All Holly’s delectable recipes are posted on her blog – link in profile. @breakfastinsydney – Liz Lyons shares food recommendations in and around Sydney, such an enviable job and a clever …