Lusting over Slim Aarons prints

Renowned for photographing the rich and famous throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s, Slim Aarons imagery captured a bygone era of glamour, serenity and innocence. I’ve longed to own one of Slim Aarons prints for a number of years now - here’s a look at some of my favourites.

Coco Republic stock a small but quality selection of Slim Aarons prints – both framed and on canvas in a number of sizes. The good news is that they’re currently on sale, making it a great time to invest in one of his classic prints.

Having photographed the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Joan Collins, Mick Jagger, Grace Kelly, (the list goes on and on), he was invited to all of the celebrities’ parties as one of them. He was an insider who they trusted and consequently captured his subjects in their natural surrounds - no stylists, no lighting equipment, just Slim and his camera.

Attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places, was his mantra.

 A range of Slim Aarons prints available through Coco Republic

A range of Slim Aarons prints available through Coco Republic

My Top 5 Favourite Hotel Pools

 Hayman Island's new Aquazure Pool

Hayman Island's new Aquazure Pool

More often than not, I judge a resort not just on its rooms and service, but on the quality of the pool. I’ve been lucky enough to stay at a number of beautiful hotels in my time, and thought it would be fun to round-up my top five favourite hotel pools. Let the countdown begin...


5 THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL, LA

Sometimes size isn’t everything. The palm tree lined pool at The Beverly Hills Hotel, renowned for its old Hollywood glamour, pushes this one into a respectable number five position on my list of all-time favourites. But it’s not just the tropical wallpaper walls of the private cabanas that had me salivating, it’s the underwater music that really wowed me. I’ve never come across this before and it just makes it an ultra special experience – something I’ll never forget.


4 ELEMENTS OF BYRON, BYRON BAY

Byron Bay’s newest five star resort, Elements of Byron, is a popular destination for both local and international travellers – and it’s not hard to see why. The lagoon pool is big enough – you won’t have a problem finding the perfect nook to swim or lounge. Poolside bures and settees, hanging lounges (in the adults only area), a heated spa, and paddling pools for the kids make it a very well thought out space suiting everyone’s needs. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, or a thirst, you’ll have no trouble catching the eye of attentive wait staff at the full service, poolside Barefoot Kiosk.


3 THE SAGUARO, PALM SPRINGS

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Sure it’s not the biggest, but it certainly is the most colourful, and with a to-die-for view of Palm Springs’ mountains, this brings The Saguaro Hotel’s lively pool in at the number three spot.

I’ve been lucky enough to stay here twice, on my first stay it was super easy to find a sun lounger (we stayed on a weekday), plus there were plenty of laid-back tunes to help you switch into holiday-mode. Second time around there was a DJ playing some awesome tunes (see my short video opposite), and it was jam-packed with holiday-makers – oh and not a spare chair in sight! I loved it though, it’s a very trendy place and even though the rooms aren’t the best, the pool’s atmosphere more than makes up for it.

Palm Springs’ warm temperatures all year round and very few rainy days, make it an ideal paradise and holiday destination. Surprisingly summer is the cheapest time to book accommodation (as it’s insanely hot), so keep that in mind if you don’t mind the desert heat. I actually like it - it’s a dry heat - much better than the sticky humidity going on here in Brisbane at the moment. 

Palm Springs warm temperatures all year round and very few rainy days, make it an ideal paradise and holiday destination. 


2 CROWN METROPOL, PERTH

When it comes to size, Perth’s Crown Metropol is pretty darn big. Featuring one whopping swimming pool, plus three other smaller size pools (including a fun kids’ pool complete with water slides), it’s lined with tropical gardens, crisp white sun loungers and luxe cabanas (which you can hire). I definitely recommend hiring a cabana, it means you’re not looking for a chair (especially in the peak periods) and you can just relax out there all day.

The poolside kiosk is not far away, however with an abundance of wait staff circling the area, you can order food and drinks without ever having to leave your prime poolside position. My kind of bliss.

Without a doubt this is Perth’s best hotel pool, and with rooms priced from $298, it represents excellent value for money compared with other luxury accommodation.


1 HAYMAN

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Sitting in the number one position, is Hayman. Without a doubt their gigantic pool is mesmerizing. When I stayed it was prior to their renovation and the new additional Aquazure Pool (pictured above, opposite and directly below). For this reason alone, I’d love to go back – I’ll just need to sell my left kidney in order to foot the bill, in the meantime I’ll just have to make do with staring at these images. Featuring a spectacular infinity-edge pool with breathtaking views of the Coral Sea, there is also luxurious private cabanas and stylish day beds dotted along its perimeter, oh and did I mention the poolside bar. Of course though their original Hayman pool is just as divine and is the size of seven Olympic pools, guaranteeing plenty of space for everyone. Did you know it’s the largest pool in the southern hemisphere? When it comes to pools, bigger is always better – especially when you’re sharing with lots of other hotel guests.

Of course though this is just my favourites from the places I’ve visited. I can’t wait to hopefully discover more fabulous resort pools this year. May 2017 be the year for lots of travel.

Shop online with OZ Design Furniture

Redesign your home with a range ofmodish summer styles, from the comfort of your living room with OZ Design Furniture’s new online store. With Australia-wide delivery and summer collections right at your fingertips, shopping has just been made super easy.

Keeping up with the latest décor trends has been made stress-free thanks to OZ Design Furniture. With summer styles of furniture and homewares in store and online – there’s no better time than now, to refresh your interiors. For all of the time-poor renovators or busy Christmas shoppers out there, OZ Design Furniture are making things really convenient with their new online store. Shopping at your fingertips with Australia-wide delivery – now what’s not to like about that? I personally am doing most of my Christmas shopping online to avoid the shopping centre cues.

What I love about OZ Design is that they stock a great variety of homewares/furniture in different styles - from calming coastal, to neutral Scandi, to global eclectic - there’s pretty much something for every taste. I’ve posted a few images from their collection here, so much eye candy, and so much inspiration for your next redecorating/renovation project! Visit www.ozdesignfurniture.com.au to shop the range.

Christmas gift guide: secret santa

It's always a struggle finding the right gift when it comes to Secret Santa. If your budget is under $30, we've rounded up a few bright and colourful gift ideas. All with a fun, summer colour palette.

NOTEBOOK SET  /  COFFEE CUP  /  PLANTED MAGAZINE  /  POUCH  /  CANDLE
FLAMINGO SWIZZLE STICKS  /  POM POM KEYRING  /  CHOCOLATEBAR
COCKTAIL UMBRELLAS  /  WINE  /  SALAD SERVERS  /  VASE  /  LUGGAGE TAG

Christmas gift guide: garden lover

Today’s gift guide is for the garden lovers out there. For the person in your life that adores the great outdoors, and who obsesses over anything plant-related. Lush leafy greens are their thing - so don’t deny them of what they love - feed their inner green with these treats.

BOOK  /  MISTER  /  CUSHION  /  MOSSARIUM  /  PARTY LIGHTS  /  PLANT STAND  /  WATERING CAN
PLANTERS (LARGE + SMALL)  /  HAND CREAM  /  ROCKING CHAIR  /  GIFT WRAP

Christmas gift guide: Chic Entertainer

What to get the hostess with the mostest? These glitzy finds in gold and classic monochrome will dazzle any chic entertainer. A sexy black clutch, a journal for penciling in all of those fab parties, and a bottle of bubbly booze are sure to delight, darling!

BOOZE DECANTER  /  DELUXE GIFT SET  /  WRAPPING PAPER + BELLI BAND + BOW
BOWL  /  TRAYS (SMALL + LARGE)  /  COASTERS  /  CLUTCH  / 
SALAD SERVERS  /  2017 PLANNER  /  WINE GLASS  /  SPARKLING WINE

Christmas gift guide: Daydreamer

I dedicate this gift guide to the daydreamers out there – the ones that lust after soft muted colours (for both wardrobe and home), and get overly excited by luxe tan leather accessories. They love to lounge about the home, but are often daydreaming about their next holiday escape.

PRINT  /  VASE  /  SHORTS  /  PETITE BOWLS  /  TRAVEL BAG  /  LUGGAGE TAG
CUSHION  /  BOOK  /  CLUTCH  /  SALT & PEPPER GRINDERS  /  HEELS