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Travel tips for Sydney, Australia

Travelling to Sydney

We are going to Sydney and I’m SO excited, I haven’t been there for two decades! It looks like my 4 feel-good things to achieve this year are onto a good start (have you written down yours yet?) When Steve and I fell in love nineteen years ago and decided to spend our lives together, besides the fact that I was super fit and he had hair :-), we agreed to live our lives like a big Adventure and one of the things we wanted to do, was moving to Sydney. So we’re not moving there (yet!) but I’m relishing the idea to experience Sydney again as a local, in case one day we decide to move there, sell our home in London. That’s why I need your help… I would love to get your travel tips to make the most of Sydney as a local. I know a lot of my readers come from Australia and I would be hugely grateful if you could share some travel tips on which areas to stay by the beach. I’m thinking Bondi beach, North Bondi but there …

Weekend in London, things to do, things to see

10 cool things to do in London like a local

Steve and I have been travelled back and forth between London and France for a few months now while Mila is at school in France but it felt really good to be all back at the same time in our home in London. Catching up with friends, brunch, playdate, sleepover, pub, shopping, museum, we did it all and here are 10 things you can do in London like a local in one weekend (with kids!). 1/Have diner at the pub As you may know, we (French) take young children to restaurants kids, which is not very common in England, but as a result, she has learnt from a very young age to behave in a restaurant or public place. As a foodie, I think there is no better feeling than hanging out with our friends and their children in a warm pub in Winter, having a roast when it’s cold outside. Friday night, we went to The Duke of Sussex in Chiswick (10 min bus ride, great food & customer service!) but there are a few other nice gastro pubs in West London, all …

Weekend away by the sea, Airbnb, France, Atlantic Coast, Bay of Arcachon

Weekend away in the Bay of Arcachon

It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful the Bay of Arcachon is, even in Winter. Last weekend, the weather was just glorious and so mild for November, it felt like a gift.

Inspiring place to eat in London: Story Deli Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

Story Deli in London

My favourite place to eat pizza in London is Story Deli because visually, I think it’s one of the most inspiring places to be. As a lover of white interiors, textures and vintage, Story Deli feels like a second home to me. Over the years, Story Deli has moved around East London and is now located at the end of Bricklane on Bethnal Green Road. The new Story Deli is a lot more pared down than it used to be, like a more balanced, grown-up version, yet still so beautiful (you can glimpse the old one here). It has fewer tables than it used to have, the distressed white floorboards at the old location have been replaced by a concrete floor, space has still heigh ceilings and as today was a nice day, I particularly enjoyed the natural light flooding from two large sky windows. We (Steve, Mila and I) usually go there at weekends which is always packed so it was a real treat to have a late lunch today (Thursday) with my friend Catherine and share the space only with a …

TRAVEL: 4 BOUTIQUE HOTELS, ARCACHON/CAP-FERRET

I spent all my childhood holidays in the Bay of Arcachon with her (who was feeding us with Nutella and ice creams after the beach…happy times!) First in Biscarosse, when she was Director of holidays resort (and I recently realised how terribly modern she was being in management in the 60s with 4 daughters in tow), and then in Arcachon where she retired in 1977. It’s a really beautiful region with amazing sand beaches and landscapes and if you’ve never been, have a look at the photos I posted on Instagram from my recent trip… The first time, our home in France was photographed by YOU magazine in 2007, I had a hard time finding a decent design hotel to recommend to the team. There wasn’t much around and the few 4 stars hotels around, had just vile interior design with horrible bedspreads. I’m glad to say that things have changed for the best in the past seven years and here is a list of my favourite design/boutique hotels around the Bay of Arcachon to drink/eat/sleep. La Co(o)rniche | …

MY BEACH CHECKLIST + YOGA DOWNLOAD

We are heading to our holiday home in France on Friday evening and I’m seriously counting the days!The #bodieandfourenovations are going well (see Instagram) but we took… the chimney breasts off the ground  floor, first and second floor yesterday and the dust is getting a bit too much. Our house has holes everywhere and I’m officially living in a big piece of Gruyere now. Here is a list of the things I always pack when heading to the beach. I think I’m pretty low-maintenance when it comes to packing as I always use my time at the beach to slow down, eat well, work out and generally keeping things simple. Anything else missing from my list is because they can be obtained easily from any local supermaket BEACH CHECK LISTAccessories– Sunglasses (I’m selling a brand new pair of Chanel sunglasses here).– Straw hat. We always leave heaps of straw hats in our French home and I usually get them from the local market.– Iphone + EU plug + battery charger + USB cable + spare adaptor UK to EU– Camera + battery charger + USB cable– Cotton Beach bag (large & …

My Styling work for Laura Ashley, Waihi beach, New-Zealand 1 (C) Karine Köng www.karinecandicekong.com

Mila for Laura Ashley

Just before Christmas, Laura Ashley contacted me to take part into their new campaign challenge “15 uses for a throw“. As we were about to leave for New-Zealand to spend time with family and I had very little time left, I packed the beautiful throw I received and took it to the Coromandel Peninsula (a beautiful part of New-Zealand on the north island).

Crush on Hannah Lemholt’s photography, NYC, The Simple Things…

We’re off to HERE (Hell yeah!) on Friday and as usual I’m trying to fit a 5-day week into a 4-day week without getting stressed out, organising the photo shoots we will be doing for The Simple Things magazine, preparing my meeting with my Publishing Agent (read the great news here) and organising our family holidays…Well, it’s not really working out…. I’m mega super stressed this afternoon but it’s OK. I know I’ll feel like a little Buddha after Bikram Yoga (last night I managed the toe stand pose for the first time in 2 months) and I will eventually get things done right on time (or kind of).I had this big plan to schedule wonderful, inspiring posts for you guys next week but let’s face it…it’s not gonna happen :-))) I may be able to schedule 1 or 2 in advance if I’m lucky but next week, I’ll probably more on Instagram than behind the laptop writing blog posts.In fact, I’m not even sure I can be bothered to take my laptop with me! These past few years, …