My naked pants!

5 Jan

lululemon tightsI’m not scared of a bit of aaahctivewear and have found Lululemon gear suits me best. Recently when I travelled over to Lord Howe Island for a few travel assignments I had the opportunity to road test some new ‘naked sensation’ pants from Lulu.

All my other tights are shiny lycra, but these were a matt, cotton finish. Their naked name comes from the feeling – they do feel like you’ve got nothing on, so for the exhibitionist in you, they’re perfect, but if you have those kind of nightmares where you forget to put your pants on they might not be a great idea. Kidding. They’re great.

The style I have is Align, and they retail for $119AUD. Certainly not cheap but with all my Lulu gear, they’ve lasted so much longer than any other brands I’m happy to fork out the extra. They’re comfy on the plane (especially with a toddler crawling all over) and I really enjoyed using them on our hikes on the island. Check them out.

Lululemon Naked Sensation Pants

Thanks to Lululemon Australia  for the pants.

Jetstar Asia: Skiing Niseko vs Nozawa

3 Dec

Cross country skiing Steph and SaoriAs you’ve probably guessed I love skiing, and I’ve had a great time skiing in Japan over the years. This piece, for Jetstar Asia is comparing the big boy of Niseko with the traditional little resort of Nozawa Onsen. Both are great, but for very different reasons. Check out my story Two Sides, Two Rides to find out why.

Blue Mountains Wild Adventures Canyoning and Abseiling

17 Nov

Canyoning Abseiling Blue Mountains

Love to get wild in the Blue Mountains?! Then jump on an awesome canyoning or abseiling day or half day trip with Blue Mountains Wild Adventures to experience the best spots the World Heritage listed National Park has to offer. James and his guides are fantastic and go to heaps of great sites like Claustral Canyon, Juggler Canyon, Tigersnake Canyon and Empress Canyon, as well as Malatia Wall for abseiling and run tours of the iconic Six Foot Track. I’ve done Juggler and it was SO MUCH FUN! Check out this little video of a Blue Mountains Wild Adventures group in Butterbox Canyon.

Malatia Wall Abseiling Blue Mountains

Head over to the website (brand spanking new one)  or call James on 02 9389 0535 to book. They’ll pick up from Sydney or Katoomba and all gear is provided.

Canyoning Blue Mountains

Sky Business: Talking travel to Lord Howe Island

28 Oct


This week I had a great time talking about my recent trip to Lord Howe Island on Sky Business program, Business Class, you can check out my handiwork here. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, it’s such an incredible place and so close to our major cities, being a two hour flight from Sydney and Brisbane.

News.com.au: Australia’s most amazing island, according to David Attenborough

19 Oct

Misty Mount Gower

I recently travelled the two hours offshore to Lord Howe Island to experience what David Attenborough calls “extraordinary”. That was enough to get me out there. It was such an incredible place and well worth the effort. You can read the story I wrote for news.com.au here. Thanks to Lord Howe Island Touriam Board and Pinetrees for being wonderful hosts.

Amazing Grace by Gurrumul and Paul Kelly

7 Oct


It’s Mental Health Awareness Week this week in Australia, in the lead up to World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October. On Monday two of our finest artists, Gurrumul and Paul Kelly teamed up on ABC’s Q&A program to perform Amazing Grace. It was a moving performance, particularly given that Gurrumul sang in language. Watch a pre-recorded version of their performance here.

Le Fou (The Crazy)

1 Oct

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I’ve recently become a little obsessed with watching short videos to punctuate my writing work. I love The Nowness, a website full of contemporary short films, and today I loved this one. Le Four (The Crazy) tells the story of Senegalese child gangs through krump dance. Yep, you read that right. Random, but fascinating. The dancer is Dexter and it was directed by Christopher Michael Tew.

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