Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Well, well, wellingtons

kate moss in her wellies

Staying in one of the fashion capitals of the world, it has been my obligation to keep a keen eye open for what the style-driven women of New York call fashionable.

And one of my strangest observations has been that of the gumboot.

Formally seen on the likes of Paddington Bear and trout farmers, it is now apparently necessary to own a pair in this often rainy city.

Did I miss the memo on this? I know that celebs tote the look at any music festival in old mother England, but on the streets?

Well at least if I was to get a pair I could get some with my name on them- Hunter that is!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

New York New York!

(another Aussie/NY resident- Jess Hart)

We've finally touched down in New York!

I have looked forward to coming back here for so long and in our first two days of wandering it certainly hasn't let me down

Moving in to our own place tomorrow in West Village (went for a sneaky peak at it today), so we can live like real Manhattanites and eat lots of pop tarts and captain crunch. Pics to come!

Hopefully I may run into a couple of celebs in the area (comeon Miranda and Orlando, i know youre here somewhere!)

And gearing myself up for some serious shopping- theres just so much i dont know where to start!

Friday, September 24, 2010

love note

Dear Europe,

Thank you for your hospitality, it's been a blast.

See you again soon

xxx Taryn

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Exciting news

I am the proud owner of a Chanel 2.55!

Ok, so it's not that important but it was a thrilling day yesterday when i went to pick up my bag from the Berlin Chanel store- it had been sitting there for over a week while we went to Turkey (didnt want to risk it!)

It may not have been in Paris...but it did happen!

Monday, September 20, 2010


Treetop houses, budding citrus trees, cavernous mountains, endless ocean with bath-like water

Amazing free dinner and breakfast

Hammocks and day beds

$1 icecream

What more could you want?

(Olympos, Turkey)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Roast Turkey

(one of the two rings purchased in Morocco- sadly the other did not make it out the country)

(my current euro jewel collection- small but slowly getting there)

(my newest)

Anyone in my family will tell you that I am the worst at bartering...and I will freely admit it is not my strong suit. While normally stubborn as a mule, when it comes to buying goods without a fixed price I get all nervous, stumble over my words and usually give up, offering more than I had originally planned.

Even though it is common practice and expected in countries like Bali and Morocco, the thought of undervaluing and offending a merchant scares me- though theyre most likely to rip me off in the end anyway.

So arriving in Istanbul meant I had to pull up my socks and stick on some balls so I could go home with a special something.

Of course my ring obsession over took me and as soon as I spotted these 3-stone beauties I knew I’d regret leaving without one.

Jonno’s advice is always to go in and offer your best price, never budging, and if they don’t like it they can get stuffed. Well that didn’t work with the first shop keeper.

In the end I picked out the ring above, for a little more than I’d hoped but am completely happy with my choice.

We have one more day in the city after our coastal adventure to Olympos and I am going to give it a go again...more rings of course (and maybe a sneaky bracelet!)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Chanel...more to come

(at Chanel Soho store re-opening)

I know this picture has been on every other blog but Abbey Lee is just amazing!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Picnic problems

After a couple of days in Paris I very quickly learnt that one of the Parisians favourite things to do is to pack a picnic and head to one of the many beautiful gardens scattered around town.

So on our final day (and after days of amazing weather), we- myself, Jonno and my cousin and gracious host Jan- decided to pack ourselves a very French picnic and cycle down to the Luxemburg Gardens.

With a selection of cheeses, cold meats, salad, a crisp bottle of wine and some delectable macaroons we headed out, hopped on our bikes...and then of course, it rained. No, not rained, poured.

After a quick stop off in a coffee shop we snaked our way to the Louvre and decided to perch there with our picnic.

We lasted there longer than expected before security very nicely asked us to move on (after a photo of course).

At 3.30pm after four tries we finally plopped down under the rotunda in the magnificent gardens and did as the Parisians do.

Friday, September 3, 2010

The city of love...and Chanel

After 2 weeks of rain and cold winds, Paris of all cities has brought out the spectacular weather...just for us of course!

The city of lights was made all the more better when our hostel informed us on arrival that we had been upgraded to a private room from a dorm...private: a word that thrills me after 4 months of shared accommodation.

Our first day was not only spent pounding the cobblestones to Paris's most famous landmarks including the Louvre, Sacre Coure, the Moulin Rouge and the Seine river, but also provided a passage to seek out that 2.55 i've got my heart set on.

Chanel's most famous bag has been on my wishlist for longer than i can remember and I thought that Paris would be the perfect place to make the bank-diminishing purchase...only to find that they are out of stock of the leather and chain I was after!

It also doesn't help that the legendary brand has decided to increase its price by 20% (had i known this before July i would have bought it in Spain!)

So while it wastn'd the dream i'd expected, I will search out the bag in Berlin and New York...otherwise just buy a whole lot of shoes...and maybe an Alexander Wang bag (though i'm open to other suggestions!)