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About Jillian

A design student who loves all things fashion, lifestyle, travel, food, graphics and type.

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

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What I love about summer is enjoying days like these. Good weather, good food and good company. This week, we’ve been blessed with beautiful Sydney weather, so my friend and I decided to take advantage of it and hit up Watsons Bay for the day! We wanted to try out this food hub by the water that everyone raves about here called Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. We had to see for ourselves.

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It’s a 20 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay and once you hop off, it’s right outside; a short one minute walk. I loved the ambience and chill vibe of the place and they played some cool music to set the summer-y mood. I loved that you got to enjoy the view whilst enjoying your meal.

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My friend ordered the Hot Smoked Trout Salad with avocado, walnuts, apple, celery, citrus dressing. It was packed with flavour and you could really taste the smokiness of the trout.

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I ordered their Roasted Atlantic Salmon with cucumber salad, pomegranate & lemon infused olive oil yoghurt. And yes, it did taste as good as it looked.

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One thing I wasn’t the biggest fan of was how confusing ordering food and drinks were. There were no waiters to take your order, we had to go to the bar to order… and there were quite a few drink stations on site. But nonetheless, we both enjoyed our food, the weather and the view.

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Because we were there, it was a must to go to the beach. We headed to Camp Cove beach, a family-friendly environment, just under 10 minutes walk from the ferry station.

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We enjoyed a couple hours here just relaxing, listening to music, reading and snacking on fruit before we headed up near the rocks and witnessed this gorgeous view… Well done Sydney.

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After more relaxing from this vantage point haha… we did the Watsons Bay coastal walk. It was so amazing to see the oceans and to feel the strong, cooling winds on the hot day we went.

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By favourite part of the walk was seeing the Sydney skyline from the cliff. The sight of this makes me love the city I live in. I would LOVE to come back to this view at sunset one day.

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Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
1 Military Road,
Watsons Bay NSW 2030
Hope you are all having a lovely week so far and I’ll see you guys in my next post :)

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Hong Kong Photo Diary

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I think it’s safe to say that I ended 2015 with some great memories. Last month I was able to spend a short six days in Hong Kong and it was such a great experience! This was my first time visiting Hong Kong (being in HK airport for transit one time sadly doesn’t count – despite how much I loved their airport).

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I loved the hustle and bustle of this city and it seemed great in the beginning, but this super high-density living, fast paced and crowded hub is somewhere I cannot imagine myself living in long term. It’s insane over there.

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Obviously I couldn’t pass up on the desserts?!

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Apart from HK’s congee, their roast goose was BOMB. We had to go for second rounds before we left. Heck yeah. The one pictured below is from a restaurant with a 1 Michelin star rating.

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One of my highlights was definitely overlooking Victoria Harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui. Again, it was SUPER crowded, but the view and atmosphere made up for it.

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Victoria Peak was pretty cool… another highlight was riding in Hong Kong’s oldest mode of transport; peak tram. The fog was pretty stubborn that day, but that didn’t stop us from having a good time!

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En route back to Sydney…

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Surprise! I made a short video with all my compiled footage from the trip! This is really nerve-wracking for me because it’s my first time editing a video and I know I’m a real amateur with this stuff, so it’d be great if you could show it some love… and maybe some advice! Also, I had issues with the music and the original song had some copyright issues, so I had to settle for the current one. Hope you enjoy :)

Photography: Jillian Sun
Camera: Fujifilm X-T1 and iPhone 6

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January Wish List

January 2016 Wish ListHappy 2016 everyone!

I can’t help but be cliché… but can you believe it’s already the new year? Last year felt like it was over within 2 seconds. To be honest, I haven’t given myself much time to prepare for 2016! I don’t have any New Year’s Resolutions or plans for the remaining few months of my uni holidays (probably would like to just stay creative, apply for some internships and create some awesome new content for the blog). But some things I do know… the things Jenny & I have been wanting this month!

We’re starting off the year with a wish list post (it’s been a while since we last did one… sorry). We’re loving neutral tones this month and simplistic accessories that finish off any outfit with subtlety. We’d love to know some things on your wish list this month… or perhaps some cool brands you’d like to tell us about? :)

Also, my Hong Kong Photo Diary will be uploaded to the blog very soon!

Shop our wish list:

1. LACK OF COLOR / The Spencer Boater Straw Hat / here
2. TONY BIANCO / Lyla Skin Heels / here
3. MANSUR GAVRIEL / Calf Coated Bucket Bag in Sand / here
4. JOLIE & DEEN / Hollow Circle Necklace in Gold / here
5. MARC BALE / Rose Gold – Black Leather Watch / here
6. CASETIFY / White Flowers Phone Case / here

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Holiday Printables

It’s already December…what? If you’re leaving all things festive to the last minute like me, I’ve got you covered in the greeting card/gift tag department! I’ll be releasing more card and gift tag designs every day this week so definitely watch this space!

The first design I’m sharing today is the ‘Peace Love Joy’ gift tag, a perfect addition to any gift this festive season. It was fun designing this one! To download, just click the button below:

‘PEACE LOVE JOY’ GIFT TAGS

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So these are available for you to download for free and print at home to give to your family and loved ones :) All my designs will be uploaded by the end of the week! I hope you all enjoy them as much as I enjoyed designing them! I will definitely be doing more of this stuff for the blog, for you guys.

‘SEASON’S GREETINGS’ GREETING CARD

Season's Greetings

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‘MERRY & BRIGHT’ GREETING CARD AND GIFT TAG SERIES

Merry and Bright

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So, I’m jetting off in 6 days to Hong Kong and Malaysia! It’ll be my first Christmas away from home in a long time, which is sad, but exciting all at the same time. I’ll be meeting Jenny’s daughter, Sienna for the first time which I’m really looking forward to :) I’ll also be documenting my travels and posting them on Instagram and here, on the blog, so be sure to watch this space in the duration of my overseas endeavours.

‘BE MERRY’ GREETING CARD AND GIFT TAG SERIES

Be Merry

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‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’ GREETING CARD

Merry Christmas

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This one comes in blue too :)

I hope you all have a fabulous last month of 2015. It’s so crazy to say that. It’s been a hell of a year. Thank you all for following our content and letting us express ourselves here on this space we created. We hope we continue to inspire you with our posts, our pictures and our passions (I did not plan that alliteration at all).

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Cafe Review: The Paramount Coffee Project

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So I’ve noticed that the food section of the blog is lacking TERRIBLY in content, so I’ve decided to attend to this issue right now. In my uni holidays, I went on a few food adventures and my first one was at The Paramount Coffee Project located in Surry Hills. The ambience is really lovely there with a lot of natural, open light, and friendly staff. I’m just kicking myself for not taking photos of the interior :( Their menu sounded great all round and there was a large variety of dishes to choose from, which made our decision of what to eat really difficult.

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For drinks, I ordered a hot brew of Pheonix Oolong tea ($4.50), which is one of my favourite to drink in the Winter time, however, was slightly disappointed when it was hot enough, therefore, it wasn’t brewed properly. Still tasted nice though!

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Our main dishes consisted of Fried Chicken Waffle with Japanese Curry and the all famous Crumbed Eggs of Toast with mustard braised hock and kale, which was DIVINE. Actually, both dishes were enjoyable and tastes great! If I could change anything, it would be to bring up the spiciness of the curry, because it was extremely mild. Overall, I would definitely go back to this place and try other things on their menu.

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Address:
80 Commonwealth Street,
Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010

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