May 23, 2016

What I wore: Port Douglas holiday part 2

If you've only just stopped by, you might like to click back to this post, it's Part One of What I Wore: Port Douglas holiday... this one is a little more pictorial, because I've been busy and working hard, and have no words left.

Now, it wouldn't be a tropical holiday for me without some poolside relaxing. Yes, we have a pool at our home, but it's nowhere near as relaxing lounging in the water when you have a houseful of chores just metres away. I love laying by a pool that is a LONG way from my dirty laundry and a dishwasher that need stacking, so holiday pool time is my favourite.

I love swimsuits. For a curvy girl with bumps and dimples in all the wrong places, I give little thought to how people see me when I'm on the beach or lounging by a pool. I hope that never changes. (That said, outside of a watery environment, I'm crazy-insecure about my body. Go figure.) This gorgeous new Capriosca Cancun Twist Bandeau One Piece* with the moroccan tile-inspired print is probably my favourite one-piece of ALL. TIME. SERIOUSLY. The team at Sequins and Sand are so helpful too, you can email or call Anita and the team and get so much great advice on sizing and fit, which is so useful when buying swimwear online.
I adore the glam print, the ruching, the DD shelf bra that actually does what it's supposed to, and most of all, the removable and adjustable straps. I mean, you guys surely know how I feel about tan lines. I was so hesitant to take the straps off, because there's nothing cute about hauling a bandeau top up over and over again by the pool, but the shaping of the cups means that I didn't even need them! And that means I can wear this swimsuit under so many of my strappy, strapless and off-the-shoulder beach and pool dresses. Hip hurrah!

On our actual wedding anniversary, we had a super-relaxing day of strolling around Port Douglas. I wore one of my favourite off-the-shoulder tops (of course I did, I'm original like that) with super-tropical-cute palm-print shorts from Witchery. These shorts are brilliant for Summer holidays, because there's no ironing required, and they wash and dry so quickly that you can wear them more than once... which I obvs did.

When on holidays, wear no makeup and let your hair air-dry. Please, for the love of relaxation, do it.

Speaking of relaxation... my husband enjoyed his first pedicure ever! I'd been telling him for ages just how relaxing they were, and my dad (who doesn't exactly has attractive manfeet) has been waxing lyrical for years to BB about the pleasures of someone else attending to your feet, and I finally managed to persuade him to give it a try. BB has quite nice feet, I think, so I knew he'd have nothing to be self-conscious of.

And now he wants to get one at least monthly. Can we just say 'I told you so' already?

By the second last day of our trip, I was all but forgetting to take photos of our holiday, I was just in full-blown vacation mode. It wasn't until I saw other people snapping away on the Cairns-Kuranda SkyRail that I remembered!

Kuranda Scenic Railway Station is flipping adorable. It's just like the railway stations you imagine from the books The Railway Children, but with excellent coffee available. Nawwww.

This lame tourist photo at the railway station features pretty much the exact same off-the-shoulder top and shorts situation from a previous day, albeit with the coral version of the Katies top. What can I say? When I find a good thing, I stick to it.

Taking the obligatory arm-out-the-window photo as we rounded the bends of the Barron Valley meant that I had quite the conniption as BB risked the life of my iPhone.

Food, food, food. One of the highlights of any trip to Port Douglas for us is dinner at Bucci Italian. The blue cheese and cauliflower arancini were a hit, and the roast pumpkin gnocchi (below) served with little dollops of the most delicious goat's cheese... I can't even.

After all that cheese, I was feeling VERY cheesy and loved up. (You knew there was a bad cheese pun coming, admit it.)

Apparently I'm going through an off-the-shoulder phase. Who knew?

What it's actually all about for me. You can take away the sunbathing and afternoon cocktails, the excuses to wear tropical-print clothes, the food (although please don't take away the food), and my anniversary trip to Port Douglas is really just all about spending time with this silver fox. 

Happy Anniversary, BB. You're the cheese to my pasta. 

* Thank you so much to the team at Sequins and Sand, for gifting me this gorgeous swimsuit, and helping me find my perfect style and fit. Big big love.

May 09, 2016

What I wore: Port Douglas holiday part 1

We have returned last week from our annual anniversary holiday to Port Douglas, and I'm almost finished the holiday laundry pile! (It's always the very first thing I get started on the minute we get home... because if I don't, it can take months!).

I say annual, although we hadn't been to Port Douglas for three years prior to this trip. After BB proposed on Four Mile Beach in 2011, and we got married in 2012 in the beautiful beachside Rex Smeal Park and held our wedding reception in Harrisons Restaurant (the only hatted restaurant in the region!), we decided that we'd love to come back for every anniversary. Late April is a gorgeous time to visit Far North QLD, and it's never Easter or school holidays, so we're able to snag some pretty good flight and accommodation deals. After enjoying a relaxing PD holiday for our first anniversary in 2013, we were persuaded to join friends on a cruise trip for our second, and then our third anniversary fell right when BB was unable to take a break due to a really good work opportunity. Whilst I certainly wasn't upset or mad, we were both disappointed, and when we booked the trip for this year, we were both super-excited to head north and celebrate anniversary number four... until the realisation that we couldn't take our puppy Stevie sunk in.

We have had short breaks away from Stevie since she joined our family in January last year, and she accompanied us on our Outback QLD trip in Winter; but neither of us knew just how hard it would to be say goodbye to her for a whole week. We were confident she'd have a wonderful time visiting her grandma and grandad (my parents), but GAWD we both had to reel in the emotions a few times when we started missing her. 

I'll try to blog about our holiday chronologically, but let's be honest, I always forget to take photos when I'm on vacation, and sometimes we were just having way too good a time for me to start snapping away! Maybe I'll just share some highlights for you all...

Our first full day on holiday in Port Douglas, and we started our morning with a long (almost 8km!) walk before freshening up and getting changed to hit Macrossan Street for a stroll and lunch. I wore Suzanne Grae off-shoulder top (this Florence Broadhurst-inspired print is so fun), Jag chambray shorts, Harris Scarfe sandals and my favourite Louenhide crossbody bag (now on SALE for $29!). Oh, and PINEAPPLE earrings because QUEENSLAND

Shopping in Tommy Bahama is pretty much the only time I join my husband shopping - he always knows what he's after, and rarely needs my help - but in Tommy Bahama, I love to bring him the brightest Hawaiian print shirts and crazy Bermuda shorts. The change rooms are always freaking awesome too... like a little tropical corner of George Clooney's house in The Descendants.

On day 1, we hit Port Douglas' newest bar, Barbados Port Douglas, because I'd been salivating for weeks in the lead-up to our holiday over their signature cocktail menu. The Weniki Tiki cocktail I chose didn't disappoint - house-infused Belvedere Vodka, Passoa, coconut cream, pineapple juice and shredded coconut made for the perfect tropical welcome drink!

Overlooking the beautiful waters of Port Douglas, Barbados Port Douglas will fast become the go-to bar for locals and tourists alike. The bar's lime-washed timber furnishings, navy and white stripe awnings and umbrellas, and the small touches like embroidered canvas coasters are reminiscent of a Queensland-style beach house, but with a luxe Hamptons twist.

Even though this was ostensibly a romantic holiday for BB and I to celebrate our anniversary, we managed to get a little social and head out for dinner with our friend Jemma, who recently moved from the Sunshine Coast to Cairns. She drove up the coast road to Port Douglas and we enjoyed a beautiful meal at Star of Siam (probably the best Thai restaurant in QLD), even though Jem and I dared BB to eat the whole chilli garnish on his plate... sorry honey! I wore a stunning and oh-so-comfy Passion Q off-the-shoulder dress* from White Haven Emporium, with Samantha Wills earrings and a necklace purchased on our last visit to the fantastic Port Douglas markets. 

This dodgy-as photo does this frock NO justice... I blame the cocktails and beers that BB and I enjoyed at dinner. I really should start remembering to take outfit photos before dinner, shouldn't I?

The following night we dined at Watergate Port Douglas, where the duck pancakes are possibly the world's greatest entree; and I wore a dramatic print dress from Sequins and Sand. This Achilleas dress* is a showstopper, there's no ironing required (a travel requirement for me!), and the Greek design and draping fabric really shows off the striking print to perfection. It's so new that it's not even featured on their website yet... but keep an eye out for this stunner!

I'm a big fan of white cotton off-the-shoulder frocks, and this new Iris Dress* from local resortwear designer Anannasa is the perfect transition piece for me to wear one of my favourite styles in Autumn. It's a little longer than most white cotton dresses, which means that you can belt and blouse it nicely, and the longer sleeve is super pretty. This style was SO easy to throw on over my togs to go downstairs to the pool, and is definitely cute enough to dress up and wear out for dinner - the ideal holiday frock, really!

I'll share a few more outfits in my next blog post, and you might just spot a trend that I obviously can't let go of!

*Super-awesomely gifted. You should really know by now that I won't wear anything I don't love, so consider these pieces fantastic!

So are you like me, already planning next Summer's holidays?Do you have a holiday tradition like we do?