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Monocle Cafe London

18 Aug 10 Cute Cafes from Across the World

Cafes are more than just our daily source of caffeine. Their four walls often create a haven from the outside elements and an escape from the responsibilities of home and work. Until a few years ago I didn't even like coffee but still made trips to the local cafe simply to sit and watch the world go by (and get my afternoon hot chocolate fix). Here in Sydney the cafe scene has absolutely boomed, with coffee spots popping up in unassuming warehouses, often roasting their own beans on site. All of that competition has seen each new space offer up more than just a good drop. Meticulously-styled interiors are paired with traditional comforts to create an authentic space to immerse yourself in. When traveling, cafes are a great way to experience life like a local and learn about a culture with some good ol' people-watching. So that you can find the best spot to make yourself at home in, I've compiled 10 cute cafes from across the world that have taken coffee nooks to a new level. From Paris, to Amsterdam and New York, there's bound to be a cafe that lines up with your bucket list...
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Ubirr Rock sunset view

08 Aug Sunset at Ubirr Rock in Kakadu

As soon as I locked in my trip to Darwin in the Northern Territory I knew that sunsets would be high on my list of priorities. Apart from the popular Mindil Beach view where the sun sets over the water, I was also keen to experience a glowing red sun from Kakadu itself, where the land is seemingly sunburnt. Being a couple of hours from Darwin, it was going to be hard to find the best sunset spot before dusk, especially considering how often we stopped for photos (and a crocodile tour) along the way. What we didn't expect, after completely winging it with a painted roadside map, was to find a vantage point as spectacular as Ubirr Rock. From the start of the walk, glowing red dirt marks the way to Aboriginal rock art which adorns this sacred site. A stroll along the rock face sees the huge escarpment reveal itself towering over the wetlands below. We spent the afternoon walking up the rocks and ultimately watching the sun glow red before setting behind a burning countryside.
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Lo and Sons stylish camera bags

01 Aug Stylish Camera Bags for Women

Choosing whether or not to take your SLR out for the day often comes down to space in your bag, especially when you're trying to travel light. Personally, I cringe whenever I look back at photos I've taken on an iPhone and so, have vowed never to venture out without my SLR when traveling. This often means taking two bags though. One of which is my handbag, carrying my travel wallet, sunscreen, tissues, hair ties...you get the picture. And the other is a dedicated SLR bag that awkwardly swings around and smashes people in the side when I'm navigating the crowds. Thankfully there are a few brands, mainly founded by amazing female photographers, who have shared in our frustrations and designed the perfect solution. Sleek, uncomplicated exteriors paired with compartmentalised padding make for camera-friendly handbags that double as everyday essentials. Come and see the best stylish camera bags that you can shop online...
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black lace dress sleeves

21 Jul Black Lace Dress in the Winter Sun

Lace, in its delicate and light form, usually emerges from our closets in spring and summer when the warm weather calls for barely-there fabrics. In winter it often appears in the form of a trim or partial overlay that can look like an afterthought. A full lace dress however, makes this fabric the hero piece, providing the perfect staple for a feminine wardrobe. This season, winter dresses have (thankfully) been more stubborn in their transition from the warmer months, with sheer fabrics and lace replacing heavy woolen styles. A black lace dress in particular bridges the gap between seasons, with its darker shade and sturdy construction. Today I'm sharing my tips for styling a black lace dress when you just don't want to let go of the sun...
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11 Jul Creating the Perfect Travel Photo Wall

A dedicated travel photo wall in your house is a great way to cherish travel memories and create a talking point for visiting family and friends. With the rise of digital media, most of our photos are stored solely online, leaving nothing tangible to collect and display when you return home. Like a lot of trends though, things eventually come full circle and the advancements in mobile editing have in turn introduced mobile photographers to the aesthetic values of film and the print medium. Filter packs that emulate film stock are arguably the most popular choice for Instagram users and third-party printing apps allow you to develop an image that would otherwise exist only in digital form. With so much emphasis on creating a recognisable 'look' through our online feeds it is only fitting to bring your photography prints into the home, a place where your lifestyle and tastes are already apparent. With lust-worthy photo walls flooding Pinterest it is important to not underestimate the potential of your own travel imagery (whether professional or not) to transform blank walls into a chic homage to travel. Through photography, typography and language there are plenty of simple ways to create a cohesive and personal travel photo wall in your own home... 
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