Monthly Music Picks | September

I wanted to start this little series to go though the music I’ve discovered this month, as well as my favourite oldies that I’m still loving. Here are my picks from the last month!

 

Cardi B | Bodak Yellow

Everyone’s talking up Cardi B at the moment and for good reason. Her single Bodak Yellow is super catchy and her whole style is reminiscent of Nicki Minaj.

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DRAM | Cash Machine

DRAM is a new fav of mine recently. His style is very Chance the Rapper and Cash Machine is a great, poppy R&B tune.

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FKA Twigs | Two Weeks

I have been listening to ‘Two Weeks’ non-stop lately. FKA Twigs’ voice is so beautiful. Her music is described as ethereal electronic R&B on Spotify and that is the perfect description for it. Other favourites of hers are ‘Ache’, ‘Kicks’ and ‘Video Girl’.

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Frank Ocean | Chanel

I’ve loved all the singles Frank Ocean has been releasing lately, especially ‘Chanel’. The lyrics are fantastic and so is the beat.

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Run The Jewels | Oh My Darling Don’t Cry

Iv’e been listening to rap duo Run The Jewels a lot recently in preparation to see them later in the year and this song always gets me pumped up. It’s fast paced with a great bass in the background.

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SZA | Doves In The Wind

SZA is a new discovery for me this month. I’ve been really into chill R&B music lately and her music is perfect for that. ‘Doves In The Wind’ is a particular favourite of mine because of Kendrick Lamar’s feature. But ‘Drew Barrymore’ and ‘Go Gina’ are other great ones off the album ‘Ctrl’.

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Let me know what you guys have been listening to below!

Leah x

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Melbourne Fashion Week

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Top: Princess Polly | Pinafore: Maje | Jacket: Zara | Sneakers: UNIF | Shoulder bag: Saint Laurent

 

This week was one of my favourite times of year – Melbourne Fashion Week! I love seeing not only the fashion on the runway but also in the crowd. I went with a classic Melbourne look, pairing a black pinafore with a mustard turtleneck and sneakers. And I had to add my YSL shoulder bag to accessorise.

How to Spend 24 Hours in Amsterdam

Our little bonus stop on the way home was in Amsterdam! We only had a day there so it was a bit of a whirlwind visit but it was fantastic to get a little taste of the city. So I thought I’d share how I spent one day in Amsterdam and my tips.

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Culture

Amsterdam has multiple museums and cultural sites to go and visit and with one day I would say stick to one, max two so you can really enjoy them instead of just rushing around. We went to the Van Gogh exhibition which I would highly recommend!

There were massive lines at all the museums which we were lucky enough to avoid with pre-booked tickets. We made the mistake of not looking into tickets early enough and missed out on the Anne Frank House which you have to book for two months in advance. So if you don’t want to spend your entire day in lines, I recommend looking into what you want to do early and book!

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Shopping

We were very lucky and happened to be in Amsterdam on Thursday – their late night shopping day! Everything closed at 9 leaving plenty of time to walk around and do some good shopping.

There are a bunch of different areas in Amsterdam that cater for different styles of fashion. There are beautiful little boutique stores on ‘The Nine Streets’. If you’re looking for the classic H&M and Zara-like stores, head to Kalverstraat. For slightly pricier brands like All Saints and & Other Stories, Heiligeweg has you covered. And for the big spenders Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat has brands like Sandro, Maje, and the classic designers like Dior. There are also a bunch of department stores around like Magna Plaza and de Bijenkorf. Lastly, a little bonus stop was the streetwear/hype store Concrete on Spuistraat that is definitely worth a visit.

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Food

Amsterdam has fantastic food and coffee and we definitely made the most of it. My favourite place was a cafe around the corner from our hotel (Le Pain Quotidien on Spuistraat) that had the most beautiful smoked salmon and ricotta breakfast.

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I had an absolute blast in Amsterdam and will definitely be returning next time I’m in Europe. One thing I loved was just walking around the city through the canals. And with that the Europe trip was over – I can’t wait for the next time I can travel!

I’d love to know your favourite travel destination you’ve been to or want to go to in the comments!

Leah x

Athens | Greece

Firstly I want to apologise for the massive break – ever since I got home I have been crazy busy! I still wanted to share the last of my travel pics so here is the last of the Greece trip!

 

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The last stop on our Greece trip was Athens! I loved Athens, it is so busy and bustling, and just generally fun to explore. Athens is laced with history and architecture which is so nice to see around the more modern buildings.

 

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Every Sunday, they have a special changing of the guards procession at the Parliament that I was lucky enough to see.

 

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The Temple of Zeus is situated in the middle of the city and is beautiful to go visit.

 

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The Acropolis is another beautiful landmark to see. The Acropolis Museum is fantastic to visit to discover some of the history behind the monument, which can be viewed from all around the city.

 

So with that my Greece trip was over! It was such a beautifully relaxing time filled with lots of beaches, historic landmarks and of course, food. I can’t wait to go back!

 

Leah x

Milos | Sifnos | Folegandros | Santorini | Naxos + Paros | Mykonos | Athens

Mykonos | Greece

Mykonos was glamorous and crazy busy. It still had the Greek feel but also had a lot of different cuisines.

 

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The town was packed with people and shops. The shopping was fantastic with lots of Greek designers, but I would recommend trying to shop at smaller islands if you’re visiting them as well, the prices in Mykonos can be insane. It is also incredibly windy this time of year so if you go I also recommend bringing a light jacket!

 

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Mykonos beaches were fantastic. We found this little beach that was unorganised and only a handful of people were there.

 

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On the opposite side of the spectrum, there are the Mykonos beach clubs. We decided to treat ourselves one day and went to the Principote Beach Club. They have fantastic beach beds, food and drinks service and great music all day – it was a fantastic experience!

 

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The town also had some cool bars and restaurants with interesting decor!

 

Leah x

Milos | Sifnos | Folegandros | Santorini | Naxos + Paros | Mykonos | Athens

Naxos + Paros | Greece

Naxos

Naxos was beautiful – the biggest island of the Cyclades. The town reminded me of a little Athens and was bustling with Greeks on a mini vacation to the islands.

 

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The gate, ‘Portara’, which is thought to be the entrance to Apollo’s Temple is situated on a hill just outside of town and is beautiful to see at sunset.

 

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There is also a beautiful castle if you venture into the little alleyways in Chora.

 

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Naxos is a very barren island with beautiful blue water that is striking against the rocks.

 

Paros

Unfortunately I was a bit slack with taking photos in Paros but here is a bit of a taste of it.

 

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The main town Naoussa is lovely to walk around in at night. It has fantastic shopping, restaurants and places for dessert!

And if you’re looking for food other than Greek food the little hidden gem BuonVento is the best Italian restaurant I have ever been to (outside of Italy that is).

 

Leah x

Milos | Sifnos | Folegandros | Santorini | Naxos + Paros | Mykonos | Athens

Santorini | Greece

I stopped off in Santorini just for a few days and it was not at all what I had expected. It was relatively quiet and not as blue-domed as I had hoped – I found that Milos and Sifnos had more blue domes than Santorini!

 

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It was nice to visit Imerovigli and Oia which had a lot of little alleys to walk through. I also had to add a pic of a store I found that stocked Chiara Ferragni – I have never seen her stuff in person and was so happy when I did!

 

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The Red Beach was lovely to go and look at but it isn’t recommended that you swim there as the rocks from the cliff fall!

 

Leah x

Milos | Sifnos | Folegandros | Santorini | Naxos + Paros | Mykonos | Athens