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    Tluxe Blog — Bondi

    Culturally saturated

     

     

    Festival season is upon us. Saturday we popped down to the Surry Hills Festival for a quick Pimms and a dance in the sunshine. Next weekend we hear it's Newtown's turn to pump up the volume, and for the foodies among you this week is your last chance to taste the goodness of the Crave International Food Festival. Oh, and there's the Architecture Festival too, with its tours and free consultations from an architect on your own home. Even our Sunday morning stroll along the clifftops from Bondi to Bronte has gone all cultural with the arrival of Sculpture by the Sea. Our favourite pieces from this year's artists are pictured above. The Tluxe insider's tip? Get there early to avoid the crowds, breathe some of that fresh salt air, and finish up with breakfast in Bronte. Just another reason to love Sydney in the sunshine. Happy Monday!

     

    We love... Bondi surf culture

     

    Ben Buckler (North Bondi) sunrise 6.18am by Eugene Tan

     

     

    Bondi 'swimmercam' 7.00am by Eugene Tan


    When we want to know what the sunrise looks like at Bondi any day of the week, or are on the lookout for some beach-side inspiration our first port of call is photographer and surf obsessive Eugene Tan's website, Aquabumps. For a sample of early morning beach life on one of Australia's busiest stretches of coastline, Ug (as he's known) offers up smart, and often entertaining commentary, and beautiful, beautiful photography. Pictured is a taste of what Bondi looked like this morning. Thanks Eugene for making our day that much better.

     

    Let's go outside...

    Get out and about if you’re in Sydney this weekend and grab some fresh air, sunshine and a little artistic inspiration. If you fancy the beach, stroll along the cliff-tops from Bondi to Tamarama to experience Sculpture by the Sea (pictured directly above). Our advice? Get there early to avoid the crowds, take in the art, and finish up with a dip in the ocean, and breakfast in Bronte. Could there be a better way to start the day?

    If you’re more of a late riser, your other outdoor art option is the Outpost street art event that’s taken over Cockatoo Island. Not only is there some great works from both local and international artists, including some never-seen-before works by the famous Banksy, you get to enjoy the harbour views and even a cheeky cocktail or two as the sun sets, care of the island’s Ping Pong bar, which is open until 9pm Friday and 10pm Saturday. Don't you just love the sunshine of summer?

    Inspire me... luxe for less

    Shoestring Chic is a new book by Paris-based Australian illustrator and author, Kerrie Hess, who recently sketched for Chanel. Her tips on how to look like a million dollars on a budget include a smart guide for cash-strapped travellers to Paris, who want to stay somewhere chic without the five star price tag.

    It’s inspired us here at Tluxe to look closer to home for our own ideas on little luxuries that won’t cost the earth but make life sparkle.

    1. Picnic at a harbourside villa: Spring is on its way. Grab a bottle of champagne and some delights from your local deli and head down to Strickland House in Sydney’s Vaucluse. Its secluded, in-the-know location features million dollar harbourside views for little more than the cost of a sandwich.

    2. Make Wednesday night your new Saturday night: There’s a whole new world of opportunity outside of weekends. Weekends are expensive - movies, gigs, restaurants are all more likely to have a higher price tag on weekends. So why not make Wednesday night out a routine? For Bondi locals especially, it’s the best night of the week.

    3. Buy less but buy better quality: We love nice things. Instead of spending regularly on tee-shirts that instantly fall out of shape, buy one good dress or shirt every few months. Buying less means you can invest in quality. If you have particular things you really like, then saving up and buying a decent version of them is cheaper in the long run. And it will still be around to give you joy in years to come.