queenstown favourites

April 18, 2017 |Comments

Queenstown sits on the shore of the South Island’s crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps, and is one of New Zealand’s premier holiday destinations. It is a fabulous base to explore the region’s historic mining towns and vineyards, and for all you adventure seekers, a great place to go bungee jumping and skydiving (that I haven’t found the courage to do).
And since everyone was asking, I’ve rounded off my favourite spots around Queenstown, including my stay at The Spire Hotel. If you like this expansive view of Lake Wakatipu (below) as much as I do, you’ll be happy to know it is literally a few steps away from the hotel.

 

Quite frankly, my place of stay at The Spire Hotel was so luxurious yet cosy that I struggled to leave my room every morning. It comes as no surprise then, that the hotel offers award winning luxury Queenstown accommodation where genuine hospitality, serenity and style uniquely combine. With just 10 suites and a characterful cocktail bar, it’s the destination of choice for those with an eye for detail and an appreciation of stellar service. To top it off, the hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of Queenstown’s vibrant cultural scene, including shops, cafes, nightlife and four season lake and mountain resort activities.

Most of all, we had great views of the church spire that gives the hotel its name, while king-size beds, luxe linens, stone-clad fireplaces, design classics and large private balconies feature in all suites. And the service is as inviting and welcoming as the room upon arrival: already lit fireplace, free bottle of champagne and chocolates, warm rug to snuggle up with a book, and there’s even a bath so big it soaks up all my aches. Do note though, the hotel might take a bit of finding as it is up a pedestrian lane, but valet parking is included so drop it off at the nearby loading zone and let reception know (they will grab your luggages and park the car for you promptly).

If you want to explore thrill-seeking tours or a family day trip, The Spire Hotel will even plan it for you. In fact the general manager, James, tried hard to push for a helicopter ride during our stay except the weather was almost unforgiving, but an organised lunch at The Grille by Eichardt’s made up for it. Serving sincerely memorable experiences mere footsteps from The Spire Hotel and the shores of Lake Wakatipu, this outstanding dining hub warmly welcomes both locals and visitors alike, where home-grown, free-range, and locally sourced produce is at the forefront of an authentic dining experience in Queenstown’s premier lakefront restaurant.

Pictured above: Seasonal bluff oysters, homemade parpadelle with special-of-the-day prawns and Eichardt’s wagyu cheeseburger. 

 

The lookout from Bennett’s Bluff (above) is one to catch at sunrise, as we did, but bring lots of warm layers as it can get quite chilly at six in the morning. How to: less than half hour drive from The Spire Hotel.

The highest highway in New Zealand, the Crown Range Road connects Wanaka and Queenstown. As above, the view from Crown Range summit lookout is one not to be missed. These were taken during sunset and we were lucky enough to catch a dreamy stream of light in a passing moment. How to: less than half hour drive from The Spire Hotel.

 

We rode up Skyline Queenstown Gondola, the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere, to the top of Bob’s Peak – a must-do in Queenstown. Marvel at the incredible view (above) from 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. How to: less than ten minutes walk from The Spire Hotel.
Lastly, Coronet Peak (below) may be well received during winter months when snow activities are available, but the view during autumn isn’t much to complain about too. How to: less than half hour drive from The Spire Hotel.

 

 

check mate, gingham

April 11, 2017 |Comments

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Truth be told, I have this wrap top in three colours and that should say a lot, though currently I’m also eyeing their one shoulder ruffle top since there’s a promo anyway. Best paired with flared pantswide legged denim or even ruffle tiered skirts (I love a blanc number from Ulla Johnson or a woven piece from J.O.A), a top that you can wear two ways, whether on or off shoulder, is always a good one to invest in the long run. Moreover you can always switch it up, for one I prefer going casual by swapping trousers for denim shorts (I’ve been wearing One Teaspoon and Levi’s for years and years now), and you’ll see how easy it is to pull off a fancy gingham top with simple sandals and a sling purse.

sinatra blue

March 27, 2017 |Comments

A statement coat should be one to ruffle your feathers – or anyone else’s, for that matter. As I floated down the busy streets of Perth city, I half expected someone to spit on my jacket and make a run for it, and I also thought a giant dove might come swooping down, but none of that happened. What did happen though, was when I wore this feather jacket to the casino later that evening and security (who ID’ed me) gushed about how great I looked. Of course I thanked him and before I left he told me, “Oh, really that coat is just incredible. Amazing.” And he’s right, it’s so lovely that I did indeed wear it out the same day it arrived in the mail.

Wearing – LPA feather jacket 118 in sinatra blue from REVOLVE / White tee – shop similar Linton tee from Privacy Please / Distressed denim flares – shop similar BLANKNYC uneven hem straight in app happy jeans and MOTHER the insider crop step fray in chatterbox / Newsboy cap – shop similar Genie by Eugenia Kim jessa hat and Eugenia Kim elyse hat in black
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An easy breezy feather jacket can be tossed on over an oversized tee or denim for the sort of easy chic we are constantly seeking. It’s even so lightweight you could probably fit eight of these into a check-in luggage and still manage to fit everything else in. I love that feathers inject as much texture into an outfit as faux fur does. The result is fuss-free, understated and completely effortless.


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