Happy Weekend!

29.5.16


Happy long weekend everyone! Hope your week has been as productive and exciting as mine! I'll be heading off on a mini break this weekend.. have a fun filled long holiday!

Here are the links that I've been reading this week.

The Grace and Frankie Beach House: please can I move in?! I really, really want a slice of the Grace and Frankie real estate action!

Pentagon still uses floppy discs: this takes me back to my first computer!

Jolt your corporate board with a millennial: wondering what benefits a millennial can bring to a board? This article explains all.

#AusVotes: hooked on the Australian elections? The Twitter Aus feed has a great range of infographics and stats about the campaign!

London through Instagram

27.5.16


If you're a follower of my Instagram feed, you'll know that I am currently working in London. It's an exciting project, combing my love of digital and politics into one- and something that has never been tried out before! I'll be sharing more details over the coming weeks, but for now, here are some of my photos from in and around the city!





Sugar rush with Sugarwish

25.5.16


Candy fans rejoice: you can now get your fix delivered straight to your door! I have a raging sweet tooth. From ice cream to chocolate, candy to cake, a little bit of sugar makes my day that much brighter.

Sugarwish is every sugar fan's dream. A candy gift that begins with an ecard, the link takes the lucky recipient to the store where they can pick and mix their ultimate candy collection. With different tiers and collections available, you can make the gift as personal as you like...or send one to yourself!

My Sugarwish box contained four awesome treats: champagne bubbles, peppermint taffy, green apple drops and dark chocolate almonds. Heaven.

Presented in a great gift box and with other candy treats available to purchase, Sugarwish is a perfect gifting option and a special way to treat yourself!


Thanks to Sugarwish for sending me a sample box to try.

A flying visit to New Zealand

23.5.16


During my time in the Southern Hemisphere, I made a quick five day trip to Christchurch, New Zealand. I was last in CHC in 2010, a few months before the first earthquake that really turned everything upside down.



It was both interesting and sad to revisit Christchurch. Much of what I remember has physically gone- the towering Cathedral, historical buildings and the convention centre all reduced to piles of rubble and ruin. The Millennium Hotel, my base for the 2010 trip was boarded up, with stacks of chairs and tables visible at the windows. Many of the shops and restaurants have since been demolished, and whilst rebuilding has started, Christchurch still has a long journey ahead.

I also took a trip up the gondola, something which I missed out on last time! The views were outstanding on a fantastically sunny day!


Check out some of my other Christchurch pictures here.

Happy Weekend!

22.5.16


It's been another exciting week for me in London! My project kicks off the next stage on Monday, and I'm excited to share the details in a few days time!

In the meantime, here are some of the interesting links I've been checking out:

7 Slack hacks to make you more productive: I may or may not be obsessed with this way of team communication

The doteveryone Digital MP program: find out a little bit about what I'm working on!

Artist makes posters of DC neighbourhoods: see the nation's capital in a new way!

Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

20.5.16


I stumbled across the Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and am I glad that I did!

The exhibition is the first to explore the work of this internationally acclaimed Australian fashion designer.

Featuring ensembles, accessories and archival material from the Museum’s collection and Dinnigan’s personal archive, this exhibition presents her signature lace and embellished designs in a series of striking themed sets.


Realised by Anna Tregloan, an award-winning stage designer and artist, the scenes bring into focus Dinnigan’s unique creative perspective; they highlight the romantic, feminine designs that have seen her work sought after by a star-studded clientele including Taylor Swift, Dita Von Teese and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Each dress was more beautiful than the last, and the use of light, streamers and moodboards told the story of Dinnigan, her work and clients in a spectacular way.



Some of my favourite pieces were those worn by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Princess Mary of Denmark and Nicole Kidman. An amazing part of the exhibition was the moodboard room, where Dinnigan's creative colour coded processes were on show. A mix of invitations, letters and personal mementos really told the story of Dinnigan and her creative process.

The Julie Bishop dress
If you're in Sydney anytime until September 2016 definitely check out Unlaced!






The Australian War Memorial

18.5.16


During my time in Australia I took a trip to Canberra to visit the impressive Australian War Memorial. Joining the Australian Parliament to occupy the heart of the city, the Memorial commemorates the sacrifice of Australians who died in conflict alongside an extensive museum and archive collection.

The Memorial forms the core of the nation's tribute to the sacrifice and achievement of 102,000 Australian men and women who died serving their country and to those who served overseas and at home. A central commemorative area surrounded by arched alcoves houses the names of the fallen on the bronze panels of the Roll of Honour. At the head of the Pool of Reflection, beyond the Flame of Remembrance, stands the towering Hall of Memory, with its interior wall and high dome clad in a six-million-piece mosaic. Inside lies the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier, an official war grave and national shrine.


My visit to the Memorial was personal in many ways. Whilst researching my family history I came across the sad story of a third generation cousin who emigrated to Australia, signed up to fight in World War I and was killed during the conflict in France. The name of John Edward Williams is inscribed on the wall, and placing a poppy beside his name and that of his comrades was very moving.



A visit to the Memorial will help visitors to understand Australia's past and its future, as well as its spirit. I'll be returning next time I am in Canberra.

For more photos of my visit to the Australian War Memorial click here.

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