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Hi! It is now almost two months ago since Mona and I have been to Georgioupoli on Crete! Even though we didn't have the best weather that day, it was really beautiful, so necessary to share with you guys. So this post completes my trip to Crete 😢 I just hope that I could kind of help you out for your traveling with these posts, if you have any questions just contact me through commenting, DM or sending me an email!

Georgioupoli is a small town at a bay on northern Crete. It actually has an interesting story, which all starts with the town being build on a swamp (there were probably good fishing opportunities or something, otherwise they wouldn't have settled there). Of course they had a lot of problems through this shitty wet ground, like their houses being flooded or houses collapsing. But then the town mayor Georg had the idea to import eucalyptus trees from Australia! Gum trees have a massive usage of water, which then helped to drain the swamp. The mayor of course got to be their hero and the town got named after him. Now this town is just full with huge eucalyptus trees. There are actually shops build around those trees, so that when your in a shop you'll suddenly see a tree stump 😯 I loved that about this town because it just makes it so individual from all the other places!

But not only that makes this town special, the town has a river which ends in the sea! This isn't that common in Greece, and from all the places that had this feature, Georgioupoli was the best to reach for us. When we got to the town though and to the beach we couldn't find the river! And we had so wanted to do a river boat trip, which was advertised in the tourist guide. Kind of disappointed by that we sat down by the beach and just enjoyed being there. The water was calm and clear, total opposite to the what we had had before. You could see fish swimming around and there where volcanic rocks you could go on. When we went for a beach walk later that day we then finally also came to the "river". It was more a larger creek if you ask me 😂 but we had some fun with it walking through the cold water resisting the stream.

For dinner we decided to stay as the place has such a nice warm atmosphere. We ate at the paradise traverna and then took the last bus home to Rethymno.

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Hi! When I was checking out støy.com for this season (more online shopping but shh) I found these! Aren't they just so cute and gorgeous and perfect?! Just imagine the the rusty red leaf one for autumn 😭 (the smiley because I am in my autumnal mood but in a hot spring situation). Or the green one for summer! The powder one I do not think I have to explain why I need it... 🤤

For family at home, this is a Christmas present please!!!

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Hi! Went to Gold Coast for a day! The city of my Teenie years series H2O! Pretty much the reason why I was going 🙈.

Surfers Paradise is the Centre of the city and was really not my scene. Quickly build high buildings, fast food restaurants, clubs and bars on a low level. And I mean that's what the Centre actually is designed after, to provide what student trips that involve drinking, partying, going to theme parks, getting a tan and maybe do some surfing, want.

But the beach though! That one is beautiful. Its really broad, and seems so endlessly long. The orange color of the sand, the wild ocean and the fog that comes from it is just spectacular! I would advise you to go to Main Beach, far away from the Centre, as it just looks stunning seeing the skyline being slurped up by the fog. I rented an electric scooter (on Orchid Avenue, and you do not need a drivers license for this) and just drove away to Main Beach. I really advise you to do this, it just gets nicer the more you move away from Surfers Paradise! Especially the parts where the residentials all have access down to the river. Ugh, so good! If you've watched the series H2O you know what I am talking about. And if you loved the series it is a must for you to come here because it really is like being on set... ok I should stop being such a fan girl.

From Brisbane it is super easy to get here, just take the Gold Coast line, which is the same train that comes from Brisbane airport. You'll get to the station Nerang, where you'll take the bus route 740 to Surfers Paradise. It will take you a approximately one and a half hour.

I had a really nice day, I would come again, but only to explore more around Main Beach, or to see more what's inland of the city. I had a really good lunch at Costa D'oro on Orchid Avenue for a really good price, and a good time meeting people and being at the sea. Not a bad day!

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Hi! And there was a Big Bang 💥 if you've followed me for quite some time you'll know that I am thinking about getting bangs for more than a year know. Why haven't I done it? Pretty much because of these two reasons:

I had bangs before and it was a lot of work and not my best hair moment

In summer when it's hot it must be really irritating

So, now it's going to be summer here in Australia, which is like super hot, and I have an appointment for getting bangs. I am doing this in the most unconvinient time possible. Why now then?! My hair is killing me. It has gotten really long and I hate how oval and long stretched my face gets with long hair. But I really don't feel like going back to short hair either. Also, I am that kind of person who wants to explore new cuts, even though hair is the topic I am not really interested in. It just needs to be easy and look good. Getting bangs is therefor probably pretty much out of my comfort zone. I guess that's my thing at the moment, challenging myself to step out of any zone I built for myself. And that's another reason why I am getting bangs. I have changed a lot these months, and I feel like I now am in need for a change from the outside. Jep, I am a total getting-bangs-cliche. Fuck it, let's do this!

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Hi! After four really cold days in Sydney, I decided to go north into the warmth. Sounds weird from the European perspective but jep, going north makes your life 10°C warmer. I stayed a month, and weather wise it was too good to be true. I only had approximately five days where it was cloudy! And every time the sky was clear and we had the perfect temperature of 27°C, you could hear Aussies all over talking about how beautiful the weather was.

So I was there during spring, and even then I had some days where it was too hot to go outside! Do not go there in summer when you aren't already climatized for warm weather!

I had a really nice place to stay (AirBnB post will be up soon) which made a big difference to how I saw Brisbane. If I had been in a small disgusting place I wouldn't have liked the city, let me tell you that! Brisbane just doesn't have a vibe to it. Only the suburbs like West End or Paddington are charming and give you some sort of a feeling. It just isn't that extreme. Is it a city to have on the list when traveling in Australia? Probably not.

Through Brisbane the Brisbane River flows (surprise), on which every weekend all sailers are sailing. All the way around there are ways for people who walk, run or take the bicycle, enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Also you can pretty much go everywhere from those ways, to different suburbs, to the city or over the river. The time I went home from a trip, I would often sit down on a bench and write in my diary, enjoying the sunset. But be careful where you sit, there are billions of ants!

Brisbane City is just like any other city and doesn't really charm you. The most interesting place was probably in front of the court house (George Street) with the eyes art installation. You'll get there a really good lunch deal for 15$ at the Coffee Club, it was pretty much the only place where you could get something for your money.

Then there is of course the Queen Street Mall. Here I did some wishful window shopping at Burberry, Chanel and Gucci... When you get out of that peaceful aesthetically pleasing place you'll find yourself in a long shopping street with High Street shops like Topshop, Zara and some i didn't know from Australia. There are cafes as well, here a salad will cost you 25$ though!

And thats pretty much it! You can go to the Museum of Brisbane at King George Square, which I actually had planned but then didn't do because of the good weather. So when you're in Brisbane, you'll probably at least once go into the city (it wouldn't feel right otherwise), but just don't expect that much from it!

So this is where I lived! Its located south from South Bank and is pretty much my favorite place in Brisbane. Even though it is a residential area, you've got three long streets Montague Road, Hardgrave Road and Boundary Street with a lot of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. West End feels "hyggelig", with its old Queensland Architecture and "western style shops". #bestdescriptionever #youjusthavetoseeforyourself

Go vintage shopping on Hardgrave Road and have yourself an organic lunch at Sol Breads at the corner of Volture Street. I recommend the brownie with a juice! And then on Saturdays there's a market at Davies Park from 6am to 1pm, which sells next to a lot of fruit and vegetables, jewelry and fashion. They also have really good food stands, I got a pain au chocolat from an actual french stand. When your finished at the market and you need some art supplies or want to look for some art classes to participate in, go to the Art Supply shop across the road. Thats a shop I want to have around the corner from where I am living, it is so cool!

Going out for dinner, I have actually only tried greek restaurants 🙈 West End is actually where a lot of greek people came after world war two, because of poverty at home and possibilities there. So its almost a cultural experience of West End eating at a greek restaurant. My favorite one is the "Little Greek" at the crossing Boundary Street with Browning Street. On Browning Street there is a really nice bar as well called Cobbler, where they are playing jazz music on Fridays (maybe as well on Sat?). The espresso martini does cost you 20$ though...

Brisbane has two botanical gardens, one at the beginning of Mt Coot-tha (which is probably much better) and one at the end of the city and opposite of South Bank. It is more a park than an actual botanical garden if you ask me, but it is a really nice park! It also has the Riverstage on its tip, which is an open air concert area. I saw my favorite band London Grammar there which was a highlight! Just don't forget your mosquito spray!

This cute little suburb is on the city side of the river and has next to really nice residences on hills the Suncorp Sport Centre to show. I didn't go there for any sports though, I went there because my travel guide told me Paddington would be full of vintage shops and retro finds. This is not entirely the case though. I found exactly two vintage shops 😂 They were very good though! Retro Metro gives you international pieces and fifties dresses, and RaRa Superstar is more eighties and nineties oriented with self made pieces (they also provide free alterations with a purchase!). You've got to pay more though, than in the vintage shops of West End, there it was from 4-15$, here its 15$ and up.

Eating wise I had a delicious avocado toast and a banana smoothie at Kettle & Tin, with a view over a hill with houses and an old industrial building. All of the shops are on the street Given Terrace. Overall it is a nice place to visit if you've got the time, but not essential to your stay in Brisbane!

The Mount Cootha Lookout and the Natural Reserve is a great day trip to do when your in Brisbane and feel like wanting to go into the nature. Here you can take a lot of different trails, a lot of them will have waterfalls on your way in summer. You will be totally in nature and you can see a lot of animals. Also there are a lot of picnic areas where there are some facilities to have a barbecue, you can also get there by car if you do not want to hike. The lookout has a nice restaurant which on Sundays offers a nice english tea time, and on every other day lunch and dinner with three courses. You look over whole of Brisbane and when the air is clear you can even see the Moreton islands!

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Hi! I have to say sorry with slacking the blog at the moment! It's actually not that I am not creating content, I am just creating some that isn't that quick to finish of and therefor it all is kind of hanging around waiting to be posted. I will be getting in the right structure soon I hope!

I have now finished my stay in Brisbane where I was a month, so there will come a big what I did in Brisbane post! I had a fantastic AirbBnB and weather there, blue skies were pretty much guaranteed. I am now in Noosa, a Surfer town in the north of Brisbane, and after having a cloudy day yesterday (which was my first day) it is raining today and tomorrow, so my whole stay... Perfect timing! But what I have seen yesterday was so amazing, the nature and even the architecture just gives you that layed back easy breezy feeling. Pretty stupid though, I didn't do many pictures of the architecture yesterday, so when I do the weather behind it will just suck. I don't think it will harm the overall vibe here though. I have never seen anything like this town and "normal" little things like kids going of to surf, families meeting down at the beach and just staying there until the sun goes down. You'll get more details in a post to come 🐶

By the way, do you have any tips on doing like fashion pics when your all alone? I find it really hard... I generally think it's hard being fashionably here in Australia, the only place where I felt you could pull something of more chic and interesting was Sydney. You'll get a lot of mirror selfies I guess and not as many as its just uninteresting showing that I am wearing shorts with a white T over and over. But I really want to create more fashion content so if you have any tips and tricks how to make that content alone whilst traveling, comment down below!

Get ready for more content coming, and I hope you all are doing well!

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Hi! You probably have seen the outfits of the Max Mara show this season. The blond woman all in red. If not, you've seen it now. Do you feel as inspired as I do?! And do you want this look so badly like I do? Maybe it's time for my ovulation, there's probably no other explanation for my craving to wear that much red*. Like red on red. Is it just me or does all in red look more casual and effortless then pieces of red?! Ugh, I just need this look...

*Yes, women tend to wear more red during their ovulation. Yes, it is scientifically proven. Yes, we are only mammals.

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Hi! Visiting Crete and being in Iraklio, pretty much indicates that you are going to go see the ruins of the Minoan palace in Knossos. Pretty damn predictable. So let me tell you a little bit about it. The first palace is dated to 1900 BC and after several earthquakes which destroyed the whole palace the Minoans rebuilt the whole place. This time just bigger (the palace had five floors!), pompous and almost earthquake save. The Minoans where advanced people, besides being statistically sophisticated they where profs at hygienic stuff like building a canalsystem and shipping. They had two harbors (one of them is now Iraklio) and had the strongest fleet. Also Knossos was a religious capital, and believing in that one mythology made them play the "Hungergames". Yes, I am talking about the movie with Jennifer Lawrence. So what happened was that young girls and boys had to jump over a bull. Grab it by the horns and land on the other side of the bull. And not get killed, which happened more often though. 🐃 So yeah, that's not the time you want to live either. The palace was given up after a fire set by other greeks invading the island around 1400 BC.


Now to what I actually think about this tourist destination. I am glad I am still eighteen and didn't have to pay 15€ to get in. And it doesn't make any sense going there without taking a guide. Like we did. Of course we snuck unto some groups, but we didn't really want to allow us the whole tour. Aren't we just 😇?! Without a guide the place was pretty much just a ruin, like all the ruins you have seen before. The information boards are boring, not that informational and often you don't know what they are talking about. The surrounding was amazing, the light, sounds, etc., but just don't save on not taking a tour guide! The Knossos money management was clever to make it necessary.

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Hi! This year the color cream was having a huge comeback in summer and I wanted to share with you some pieces I bought and how you can actually style the color cream. I think it is super as a base for an outfit that plays with colors.

Now as it is the end of summer, a lot of these items are on sale, or not available anymore. I have now linked some different pieces that go with the theme, mostly from the same brand as where I got my piece from. I know this is bad, thats life when you shop after sale pieces...

Hope you enjoy the post anyway and maybe get inspired on how you can style a cream piece. Enjoy the last remaining summer days and have some vanilla ice cream 🍦

Top (Zara) // Shorts (Soaked in Luxury) // Bag (Hatzis Leather) // Shoes (Converse) // Sunglasses (Marc Jacobs (​Victoria Beckham))

T-Shirt (Adolescent Clothing) // Skirt (Zara (Reformation)) // Bag (check out how diy)

Chemise (Calvin Klein) // Bomber Jacket (Ganni)

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