A Perfect Day In Fashionably Fun Gold Coast

October 19, 2013

Here’s a recent adventure I went on – a perfect fashionably fun day in the Gold Coast!

9am: Find a market. I think markets can really help you see the soul of a place. Find a market that the locals like going to and follow suit. After a few days at the Gold Coast I became a little bored, I wanted to experience a little more culture and community.(Tip: instead of spending all of your time at Surfers Paradise, why not hang out where the locals like to and stay in Broad Beach or Burleigh Heads)

It was precisely this lack of cultural and community events that led to the creation of The Village Markets (TVM). I highly recommend that you plan this perfect day around the dates that The Village Markets would be on. This market often has over 100 stalls showcasing fashion, arts, music and food and beverages. My favorite stall was the Peony Swimwear stall, the designer Becky was there and it was wonderful being able to have a chat about her label, the struggles of boutique designers and the relevance and importance of markets. Lovely start to the day!

11am: A stroll along James Street at Burleigh Heads. It was only by chance that I ended up walking along James Street, but I instantly fell in love with all the little shops and food emporiums. My favorite was definitely Golosi – a beautiful mixed aroma of food, baked goods, flowers and candles heightens your senses as you walk in.

12.30pm: The Fashion Space. Leina Broughton is a New Zealand born designer who works out of The Fashion Space. Leina’s aesthetic focuses on fit, quality and style. I had a play in a few of her clothes, but this polka dot number really got my attention. You can shop her collection online here. The Fashion Space itself is such an interesting space, part retail, part studio and very collaborative and interactive, well-worth the visit.

1.30pm: Time for some pampering. After all that walking around, shopping, snacking and coffee drinking, I really needed some time away from all the hustle and bustle. I figured this would be the perfect time for some pampering. A massage, a facial, perhaps a manicure and a pedicure? Or maybe even having your hair styled. Because I wasn’t familiar with salons and spas, I headed to the Robina Town Centre  and stopped by Pure Indulgence for a French manicure. I’m not a big fan of shopping centres but while at Robina, why not stop by the Designer Forum. It is a beautifully curated store featuring many Australian designers. You can also shop the Designer Forum online.

3pm: High Tea at the Sofitel Gold Coast. The Sofitel is one of my favorite hotels, so I was curious to see what their high tea experience was like. It wasn’t amazing, but there was nothing particularly bad about it – it was your basic high tea. Instead of high tea at the Sofitel you could always go to Palazzo Versace.

5.30pm: Beach Time. The QT hotel would be my hotel of choice, it’s quirky and not too ‘grown-up’.

The staff are friendly and there was a lot of attention to detail. It’s very close to the beach. I enjoyed lovely moments to myself at the beach in the afternoons. After a drink (and spicy wings – they are the best ever!) at the Stingray, it’s time to have a shower and a quick change of clothes before heading out to Black Coffee Lyrics…let the night begin!

Thank you to Tourism and Events Queensland and Shop In Style Escape for inviting me to experience your beautiful city! 

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