Cape Town Travel Diary

Cape Town Travel Diary

Whenever I travel to a new place I usually have an expectation of what it’s going to be like. Cape Town however, blew these right out of the water.

I expected it to be beautiful, I’d heard the food was incredible, the landscape breathtaking – but I had no idea how hard I’d fall for this city. There is something magical about Cape Town, and that’s the best way I can describe it.  


Climbed Lions Head – This took us 3 hours. We’d been told it was roughly a 90 minute round trip and perhaps this is true if you’re Edmund Hillary, but for the rest of us you’ll need three solid hours. Take water, wear proper shoes and be prepared to break a sweat. This climb is no joke. Also, brace yourself for literally being “on the edge” – parts of this trail will have you 600m up with only few inches between your feet and the cliff. It’s fantastic.

Cable Car to the top of Table Mountain – You can hike Table Mountain but as we’d already done Lion’s Head we were happy to pay the 290R (about $20USD) and hop on the 5 minute Cable Car ride to the top. The view from up here will absolutely blow your mind.

Cage Diving with Sharks – First off, its advertised as “Cage Diving with Great Whites” but the Great Whites are few and far between these days, so we saw Copper Sharks instead and as I’ve never seen a Great White in the flesh, they weren’t missed. The experience was still incredible. We did our dive in the town of Gansbaai, which is about 2.5 hours outside of Cape Town.  

Day Safari at Aquila Private Game Reserve – This was an interesting one for me as it wasn’t actually a safari. Game Reserves are designated protected habitats and the animals are free to roam the 10,000 hectare conservatory that is Aquila, however it’s just not the real thing. We were told the ‘true’ safaris are inland, about a 5 hour drive outside of Johannesburg.

Coastal Walk from Camps Bay to Sea Point – This takes about an hour and is filled with great scenery. I really enjoyed doing it late afternoon.

Visited the Penguins at Boulder Beach – This was a learning experience as we hopped the fence to take pics with the little guys, and copped a 500R fine (about $35USD). The confusion is that you can walk onto the beach about a km up from where we entered, and play/take photos amongst the penguins from that end, so we didn’t realise that our short cut wasn’t allowed. At any rate, though the fine seems relatively low, the real concern is not upsetting the penguins or their habitat, so follow the signs!

Drove Chapman’s Peak – This is a must. It’s a winding road that is perched literally on the edge of the mountain on the western side of the Cape Peninsula, between Hout Bay and Noordhoek. Apparently the road can get quite congested, particularly at sunset, but I think we lucked out going around 10am – there were hardly any other cars. You can stop at view points along the drive. 

Visited Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden – You can do tours of the garden, or just pay the 70R (about $5USD) to enter the garden and walk around yourself. You can also take a picnic and spend the afternoon hanging out in some pretty insane greenery. Next time I visit Ill be taking a picnic for sure.


Elements Total Stay – Serviced apartments in Sea Point. The apartments were massive, brand new and centrally located in the heart of Sea Point, just a few minutes’ walk from the beach. I have to say the staff at Total Stay were incredible – so warm, accommodating and genuinely concerned that we enjoyed that we enjoyed our stay. Check out their website here.

AirBn – There are a ton in Cape Town, you won’t have trouble finding one!

WHERE WE ATE (and I recommend them all)

For Breakfast






Thyme at Rosemary’s (in Gansbaai after our Shark Dive)


The Bungalo

El Burro


Codfather Sushi


Llandudno – The beach itself is beautiful, the surrounding suburb is adorable and the sunsets here are my favourite.  Next time I visit Cape Town I will be renting an AirBnb in Llandudno.


Exploring Vancouver with Fairmont Pacific Rim

Exploring Vancouver with Fairmont Pacific Rim

A couple weeks ago, I packed my bags (my first attempt at travelling with just a carry on – what an unequivocal disaster that was) and headed west to the Fairmont Pacific Rim in downtown Vancouver for their annual Fashion Takes Flight Fashion Show. For three nights we were pampered with lavish dining experiences, a spa day, private excursion to Capilano Suspension Bridge, a seaplane tour of Vancouver’s pacific harbour and an award winning cocktail tasting experience that I only partially remember because the drinks were free (more on that later). 

Let’s start this off with a brief description the Omakase sushi longboard we ate at RawBar in the Lobby Lounge. It took four servers to carry it over to us and about 30 seconds for me to demolish it. Accompanying the sushi was a flight of cocktails created to represent each of the dresses showcased in the hotel’s lobby. The dresses are switched out frequently which means the cocktail flight is continuously changing. As I take my job very seriously, I sampled each of the ones on hand. 

Day two we headed to Capilano Suspension Bridge, which has been a long standing item on my bucket list. We were spoilt with private access to the park before it opened for the day. Standing on that bridge solo was pretty insane and I am so grateful for the experience. And for the absence of wind. 

Later that afternoon I headed to the spa, where I had lunch, a massage and an unscheduled nap. 

We kicked off our last day by having breakfast with all the Canadian designers who were in town to show their pieces at that evening’s show. I loved this part of the day – I always find it so inspiring chatting to people who are passionate about what they do. After some mimosas and avocado toast (heaven forbid I branch out with breakfast) we walked down to the dock below and boarded a Harbour Air seaplane for a tour of Vancouver Harbour from the sky. Another first for me, another incredible experience. 

The next couple hours went like this:

  • A horrifying realization that I forgot to pack an outfit for the fashion show (thank you carry-on)
  • A sweaty jaunt to Zara to purchase multiple tops in the hopes that one would suit my last pair of clean pants 
  • Another unscheduled nap upon returning my room
  • Sushi in the bathroom while doing my makeup and watching Below Deck on the TV built into my mirror
  • Another realization that the only shirt that went with my pants was actually see-through… but fuck it, I’m late and #freethenip
  • Arrived at the fashion show 23 minutes late
  • Drank 2 glasses of champagne and half a glass of Chardonnay because I hate Chardonnay 
  • Found my seat

We sat front row and had the best view of beautiful pieces from designers across the country, talent from Vancouver to Montreal. After the catwalk, we headed to the second floor for the trunk show where we had a chance to shop the collections in person.

This brings us to my favourite part of the trip and favourite feature of the hotel – dinner at Botanist restaurant. We enjoyed the full tasting menu and were served by the 11th best bartender in Canada. (I wonder if I’ve ever been the 11th best at anything, ha…)

The restaurant takes it’s inspiration from nature reflected through the jungle-themed decor, flower pressed menu and creative dishes. Accordingly, the cocktails each represent an element – air, water, fire and earth. The first drink came in a large glass bird meant to emulate the air. The second drink called “the cove” was in a large glass bowl symbolizing water. The third came in lantern, filled with smoke and symbolized the power of fire (it smelled like a bonfire… I just feel it’s important to add this detail). The fourth drink is a mystery thanks to the previous elements. 

A big thank you to Fairmont Pacific Rim for having us at their beautiful hotel, Tourism Vancouver for hooking us up with all the cool adventures and Harbour Air for showing us Vancouver from the sky! 

Links to Explore Below:

The Fall for Gold Package here

Botanist here

The Lobby Lounge here


Being ‘Comfydent’ With Yourself

Being ‘Comfydent’ With Yourself

*This post is in partnership with Hanes*

Well it officially snowed. So naturally here I am in my cold weather clothing…

There is a reason for that….

(Wearing the Hanes x Karla The Crop tee with the Stretch Jersey Leggings.)

I’ve partnered with Hanes once again to chat about why they are all about “Comfydence” – that is, focusing on self-expression and dressing for your lifestyle.

(Wearing the Perfect Coverage ComfortFlex Fit Wirefree Bra with Hanes Ultimate Comfort Cotton Hi-Cut Panties.)

I work for myself in an ever-evolving industry that didn’t exist a decade ago. No two days are the same, no two projects alike, and that’s one of my favourite things about this career.

By no means am I alone in this. There are more entrepreneurs now than ever before, more people building their empires, carving their own path, living their best life… I’m really throwing out the metaphors here but you know, such is the millennial dream. And with this comes a huge range of different lifestyles, which our friends over at Hanes are working hard to support. 

Hanes, and myself, believe that comfortable pieces are the basis of an always reliable “ootd”, and a reliable outfit is a big contributor to your daily confidence. We all know that when you feel good, you do well.

(Wearing the Hanes x Karla The Crop tee with Hanes Ultimate Comfort Cotton Hi-Cut Panties.)

My life consists of shooting campaigns, creating content, going to events, networking and of course travelling wherever and whenever this job takes me. On top of that, I’m trying to learn how to cook, get my workouts in, actually date and sustain a social life. Oh and read (cause I joined a book club and it’s so great). Needless to say, comfort is everything.   

Hanes meshes comfort and confidence to give you all the “comfydence” you need to tackle the day whether you’re dropping the kids off at school, running your own business or taking over the world. They’ve got you covered for life inside and out.

Feeling inspired? I’m excited to share that from now until 11/28/18 you can get $10 off your $60 purchase of comfy Hanes pieces on with my code LFTEN.*

* $10 off $60 or more excludes Donated Styles, Champion Life, Europe, and Limited Edition Collections. These products do not count towards the qualifier. Will not stack with other promos. U.S. deliveries only. Valid 11/16 – 11/28.



Finding The (Im)Perfect Vintage Levis

Finding The (Im)Perfect Vintage Levis

Vintage denim has been all the rage for multiple seasons – starting with the come-back of Mum Jeans and their butt-hugging qualities. The hunt for the perfect pair is real (and time consuming) but when you find ‘the one’, it’ll be the best long term relationship you’ve ever had.

First and foremost, buying vintage is better for the environment. Fashion is the second most polluting industry – right there behind oil (which I will write a blog post on soon). Buying vintage you’re contributing to sustainable fashion by extending the life of an already produced garment – one less item in the landfill and one less “new” item off the shelf.  

Let’s start first by retracting the term ‘perfect’. The beauty of vintage is that it’s imperfect. Every fit, wash, fade and cut can’t be compared to your new age denim. Over time sizing standards change, brand measurements fluctuate – what once was a 2 is now a 4, a 28 is now 25 – it’s a shit show out there so ignore the size tag all together. It’s lying to you. 

Nothing beats trying on in person. Go to your local vintage store grab a stack and be prepared to break a sweat. My expert advice here is to trust the old eyeball. Hold them up, do they look like potential sausage casing? Vintage is meant to be a relaxed fit so you want some space in there. You can also wrap the waistband around your neck like a necklace and check that the ends overlap. If they don’t they’re def too small. 

If you’re buying online look for the waist and inseam measurements then measure the area of your body where you want them to sit i.e. if you want them higher on your hips you need a long inseam, lower on the hips, you need a larger waist.

Lucky for us there are a number of online sites to help find our match (god, I need to get off the dating apps). As someone who does not particularly enjoy shvitzing in the change room while I grunt my way into 10 different pairs, let me direct you on over to these sites:


What Goes Around Comes Around

Urban Renewal (Urban Outfitters)

Denim Refinery 


Vintage Inspired Styles.

I’ve included the below if you just can’t find your size. These pieces are vintage inspired with modern fits.

I Want To Live In Paris

I Want To Live In Paris

Wherever I find myself in the world I usually have one leading thought. “I want to live here”. I’m so easily infatuated by places and cultures, like that girl in middle school who doodled every boys name in her notebook – except I’m doodling cities. 

Honestly though, Paris is like a drug. Everyone has style (and not like “cool outfit” style, like “holy shit that girl is chic” style). Every corner is a post card, every boy is attractive and everyone chain smokes while drinking glasses of red – managing to maintain the complexion of a twelve year old model. How???? I have three glasses of wine with dinner and I’m like the crypt keeper crawling out of my bed the next morning. 

I spent four days in the city this time. We stayed in Le Marais, one of the oldest parts of Paris and home to the cutest cafes, cutest boutique shopping and cutest boys. (Honestly I’ve never swiped right so many times in my life). There were quite a few plant based options for food which I was pleasantly surprised by. Hank Pizza & Wild And The Moon are both on Rue des Gravilliers and both worth checking out… though I still inhaled baguette with brie every day I was there, because why the hell not when you’re in Paris? 

I actually find this paradox hilarious. On one hand I’m planning my French transformation where I’ll be impossibly skinny and chic, with no makeup and naturally beautiful hair. On the other, there I am in the corner inhaling baguette and cheese with my girlfriends, debating that 3rd bottle of wine. Can’t win ’em all. 

Anyways, maybe I’ll move to Paris… 

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