Looking out over the heritage rooftops of Battery Point on a beautiful drizzly morning in Hobart. A fantastic way to kick off a long weekend.
This past weekend I traveled to Hobart, Tasmania to celebrate my best mate’s birthday and to enjoy everything that this beautiful city has to offer. We were in Hobart for three nights, four days, and I though rather than giving you a blow-by-blow of the whole weekend, I’d focus instead on seven of my highlights from the trip.
One – AIRBNB
I booked us into a gorgeous AIRBNB property in Battery Point for the weekend, and it could not have been a better choice. The beautiful building is over 170 year old and impeccably designed and modernised. I love staying in hotels when travelling, but when you’re with a group there’s something so much nicer about having your own home-away-from-home. The location was perfect, with plenty of little restaurants and boutiques in the street we stayed in, and a very easy 10 minute walk into the heart of Salamanca Place for the Saturday morning markets. I really couldn’t have wished for a better experience of the city.
I bought these jeans off ASOS the second that I saw them, and was just lucky that they were on sale at the time. In fact, I bought two pairs.
I’d been obsessed with owning a pair of elasticised jeans, also called ‘Jogger Jeans’, since I first encountered the idea with a particularly sexed-up offering from D-Squared. I was probably lusting after these and planning to make my own for at least three years before I got my hands on a pair.
Slight problem, then, that my best friend Margaret absolutely hates them.
Right now, Mags is overseas for six months, presently in China. So, while the cat is away, the mouse will play, and by play I mean wear these Jogger jeans to work in the following outfit:
Navy wool tailored blazer with orange lining – Euromerican Tailors Navy cotton tailored button-down shirt – Euromerican Tailors Orange polyester knit necktie – Uniqlo, Tokyo Light blue denim ‘Jogger’ jeans – River Island, ASOS Navy and orange sneakers – Puma
I’m not sure that this really worked as a look, but I am glad that I tried it out. I am convinced that the Jogger can work in more contexts than “At home where no one can see them ever.” as Mags would say. I didn’t even mind that one of my favourite colleagues compared these to pregnancy jeans; I’m just glad that I got to try the look out.
A year or two back I purchased a blue and white seersucker blazer from a Church Fete I was attending with my mother and grandmother. I saw it on the rack amidst hundreds of sad old faux tweeds, and fell in love instantly. My best friend Mags, not so much. Like several other items of my clothing (A skull-print singlet, a coral bomber jacket), she exhibited an instantaneous and almost violent dislike to the blazer.
In hindsight I can’t blame her really. It was, I’m fairly certain, a women’s jacket, which fit me poorly, and which I styled horribly. There were also several items in her wardrobe which I was less than delicate about (my apologies, Mags).
More recently I replaced the original Jacket with a blazer from Etsy. I was adamant that I needed a blue and white seersucker blazer to complete my wardrobe. Mags inspected this new blazer and gave it a begrudged nod of approval, however, I never truly believed that she approved. As such, I have not worn this blazer since buying it.That is, until I decided to wear it today with the following:
Blue and white seersucker blazer – Meeting Street, Etsy Orange wool vest – Etsy Blue and white checked shirt – T.M. Lewin, Thrifted Black resin and silver Medusa head cufflinks – Versace, ebay Brown leather belt – Country Road Lightly distressed ARC jeans – G-Star Brown leather Shoes with crosshatch detail – Raphael Steffens
I was skeptical as I was getting dressed this morning that this ensemble would work. I was convinced that it wouldn’t. However, when I was dressed and standing in front of the mirror, I suddenly felt that not only was the ensemble working, but that the blazer was in fact, somehow tying all the elements together. I’m giving the ensemble a 9/10. I’m not sure Mags would approve though.
I spent this past weekend in Sydney with the Pragettes (Mags and Meags), shopping, eating, and generally making a nuisance of ourselves. We sampled delights at the Chinatown night markets and at Adriano Zumbo’s dessert train, discovered the delight of EasyWay’s iced watermelon frappe, and had an exceptional dinner at Din Tai Fung. We spent almost an entire 24-hour period shopping, resulting in 13 new additions to my wardrobe, which I will shortly be detailing here on the Blog. After Mags was mauled by an enormous, blue, plush bear, we had hilarious photo booth stickers taken which now reside proudly in my agenda. And, most importantly, we had the opportunity to just hang out and act like the socially awkward freaks that we are.