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    Tluxe Blog — culture tips

    Secret Sydney...

     

      

     

     

    There's more to Sydney than Bondi and the Harbour Bridge and today we'd like to share with you one of our favourite harbourside hideaways, Wendy Whiteley's garden. It's amazing on many levels: the water views, made famous by Wendy's late husband, Brett Whiteley's paintings; the sculptures dotted along the winding, leafy pathways; and the fact that Wendy has created this paradise herself, with a little help from a few volunteers and gardeners, on disused railway land, simply because she was tired of overlooking the weeds and rubbish, which formerly littered the site (her house is on the hill above the park, the one with the turret). And yes, it's still owned by the railway, and after many years, Wendy can still be seen working in the garden, which she admits has become a sort of obsession. To discover this magic little hideaway for yourself, simply follow the footpath from Luna Park in North Sydney, along the harbour to Lavendar Bay and turn right. And don't forget to take a picnic basket. Enjoy.

    New Year, new ideas...

     

    Happy New Year you lovely people! Hope you're all enjoying one of our best summers ever - and are finding plenty of sartorial inspiration in our January sale. For those of you who may feel the need to escape the heat (41 degrees expected in Sydney tomorrow!), skip the crowds at the beach for a little cultural inspiration in the air-conditioned coolness of Sydney's MCA and the fantastic Anish Kapoor exhibition, which is on now until April 1st. Kapoor is one of our personal all-time favourite artists and this is a chance to immerse yourself in the perception-changing colour of his work up close. So do don't miss it!

    Soundtrack to the week...

     

    Today we're enjoying the cool after a hot and steamy Sydney weekend. We're wearing one of our super fine organic cotton Portofino T-shirts with a pair of Palm print silk trousers while mostly listening to the dulcet tones of Terry Callier, which is sitting so well with the laid-back summer vibe we're feeling at the moment we're making his classic 1972 album, What Colour is Love, our soundtrack to the week. Enjoy.

    The perfect day


     
    A bit of fog

     
    A bit of wind

      
    And a whole lot of disco

    This week we’re loving Sydney’s biennale. A great excuse to jump on a ferry, feel the wind in your hair and culturally saturate yourself for a few hours as you wander through the industrial wastelands of Cockatoo Island. Our top tips? Fujiko Nakaya's fog sculpture and Tiffany Singh’s bamboo wind chimes, both of which leave you with a pervading sense of calm.

    And as the sun sets on our ferry ride home the soundtrack to end our most perfect day would have to be Ashford and Simpson’s Bourgie Bourgie, as played by Larry Levan at the infamous Paradise Garage. Not a bad way to start the week. Enjoy!