Beach Cottage Goes to France in Sydney, the fringe & a giveaway
Fri 21st, Jun, 2013
Good Morning Beach Cottage ladies, would you like a little walk around a lovely place in Sydney this morning, which boasts some of my favourite old Sydney buildings and houses, some beautiful places to grab a coffee, my new fringe and do some shopping at the same time?
Yep? Well settle down and come on in because at the weekend I arranged the manic sport that goes on in this family on Saturday mornings to go ahead without me, pulled on my boots, grabbed my Me-Time scarf and headed off to go and sample a little of what Surry Hills has to offer.
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I was experiencing one of MasterCard’s Priceless Sydney’s offers and I had the tough old time, cough, of having to go to one of Sydney’s loveliest shopping districts, soaking up the café vibe, meeting up with a stylist and walk around gushing over homewares.
It’s almost shameful how good life can be when it’s just a case of mooching around with a coffee in hand for a few hours in the sunshine with nothing much to worry about other than what you are going to come across next.
So, I was meeting up with lovely Fleur (always adored that name so I had good vibes before I met her) from Mr Aristotle’s Chic in the City who runs shopping tours… dream dream job right? I was on the life and home tour with a healthy dose of vintage thrown in for good measure.
We started off on the right footing at the meeting place, Sparkle Cupcakery, ooooh lala, I have walked past this place a few times when I have been in Surry Hills in the past and for one reason or another never made it in…big mistake…the cupcakes are delicious, the coffee divine and the staff very very lovely….I had one of their cupcakes for morning tea, delicious and the coffee hit the mark too (you know when sometimes you go to a cake shop and the coffee is meh? That’s not the case here).
After coffee and a good old chat with Fleur, who told me all about her lovely business, and some stories about how her business came about and her passion for taking people who are in Sydney to its hidden gems, we stepped out into a beautiful Australian Winter’s day and got the party started…
The tour had been tweaked to the things I like… I love a bit of tweaking in my life and I was a tad on the apprehensive side that it all might be way over my head and all designer and, well, you know what I mean. Well it wasn’t, Fleur was spot on and it was just right and so so up my alley… if you want designer she’s the girl for you, but if you want old, raggedy, vintage and a leelte bit of French then she’s your girl too. Hello vintage cheeseboard, come to mumma.
We walked around with me gazing and lusting after buildings and again falling in love with Sydney and we popped in here and there to places she thought I might just love…I did for sure…
I love gazing in some shops at how things are put together and get a lot of inspiration that way…here it is in abundance at every single turn, no chain stores here, but many speciality owner-run and independently owned boutiques with people passionate about their business, working their socks off to bring it all together and wanting to get to know you – a bit different to the recent experiences I have had at the mall here on the beaches, I can tell you.
The three hours flew by in a host of chat, picture taking and fun…this really is good me-time, I know we are always talking about it on here but it’s great to get out and do something just for you…
My fave two shops had to be the Frenchies – I will admit that from a person who used to live in a place where you could hop over to France for lunch, it is on the odd side for me, literally on the other side of the world, to be surrounded by French stuff, but this girl who loves white is not complaining.
The people in Ici et La were lovely as was the resident canine
…. and a mooch around Elements I Love, with its unique mix of Indian and French wares well yes, I love them too.
I found myself contemplating this rather huge boulangerie sign, I mean it’s even already leaning casually around as if it were made for me.
And then, well then there was the little red car, say no more other than this would go very nicely on the beaches I believe.
Here are some of the other things I absolutely loved, be still my vintage beating heart…take a big big breath ladies, these are Beach Cottage coastal vintage style gold…
Beautiful old lights…and lots of other goodies
And what did I come home with…ahhh well more on those soon, did anyone say cheese on a vintage cheeseboard and a bottle of milk a la Francais?
But now for the good bit and a Beach Cottage Giveaway!
For the chance to win a fabulous shopping tour and see a bit of Sydney’s inner most secrets for two plus $500 to spend each, hello, all you have to do is tell me in the comments
What would you love to gawp at and do on a shopping tour of Sydney’s best kept secrets – would you love to take in the old architecture while you shop, sip a coffee and spend or kick back and enjoy a few hours just for you in boutique heaven?
I hope you enjoyed this, I know someone who did!
This shopping tour is brought to you by Mr Aristotle, part of Mastercard’s Priceless Sydney program where you get the chance over on the Facebook Page to win any of the other four experiences too. To enter visit Mastercard Australia on Facebook.
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