A world class boutique hotel comes to the coast

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It’s not every day that a world class boutique hotel opens in a sleepy beach town in coastal Australia, but when I heard about the 1960′s block of units that were given a new lease on life by Brisbane hoteliers (with the creative hand of Anna Spiro no less), it wasn’t long before I was in the car heading south to discover the internationally inspired slice of paradise for myself.

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Turning a setback into a comeback

Have you ever wanted something so intensely that it seemed impossible to imagine it not coming to fruition? You endlessly pour every waking hour of excitable energy dreaming, scheming, planning, practicing and visualizing. When there is something that we want, the fire of passion burns so intensely that it feels as if nothing could possibly stop us, that is, until we face a major set back.

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A gathering of real-life mermaids

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It’s not every Friday that you spend your afternoon sipping softly pastel blue coloured cocktails and scribing ocean inspired quotes in watercolour calligraphy onto textured paper as the effervescent chatter of likeminded women rings sweetly through the air. However with thanks to local digital publication The Lane, who hosted the elegant lunch soirée in celebration of both their June water Style Guide (and a 5th anniversary to match), we celebrated in true sea-side style.

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Mind your business


Ahh, technology, how I adore thee. I can go on my morning walk while listening to classic French literature on Spotify. I can shop online, attend online yoga classes, sit in on global web seminars, even build an entire business online and work from wherever I am in the world. Don’t even get me started on Netflix + Seamless = <3.

But flourishing in the digital age comes with its own challenges. From shattered iPhone screens, losing years’ worth of photos and data on broken hard drives, to waterlogged laptops, trust me I’ve endured it all. Through the tears, the huge bills, the endless hours on the phone with IT help and the total meltdowns (myself and my computer included), I’ve learnt one all-important lesson.

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