For the Christmas holidays me and my family went to the gold coast of Australia which is in the East. The goal was to be surrounded by nature and just relax!

I tried to do as little ‘work’ as possible as I needed to gather energy for the busy months ahead so the photos are more like snapshots. They will still give a good impression on what we did and  I wore though.

This is what I wore on the plane. First and foremost I want to be warm and comfortable so stretchy pants are always a must and an extra jacket.

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Pants Gap (old), t-shirt (&Other Stories) leather jacket Arma Collection, shoes: Marc O’Polo.

Our first stop was Noosa which is famous for its beaches.

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You can also spot koalas there in the wild.

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This is what I wore on my first day.

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White cotton summer dress, Cos.

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I purchased this printed blue kaftan in Noosa as it’s just so perfect for the beach.

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White leggings, Stella Carakasi, Kaftan , sneakers Marc O’Polo.

This a vintage Marni tunic/dress that I purchased in New York. It’s very light cotton so perfect for a warm summer day.

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White leggings: Stella Carakasi, Top: vintage Marni, shoes: Hoegl.

After Noosa, we travelled on to the largest city in the area. We had a pretty spectacular view from our hotel room!

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I love visiting new cities and what I love most of all is meeting new friends that I have connected with online. I ‘met’ Elizabeth through Instagram and it was so wonderful to meet her in person.

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Top and pants: In Good Company, shoes: Fly London.

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Of course the city is also the place to shop. Through social media I knew about the Australian brand Dogstar Clothing which is right up my ally.

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I loved this red architectural top.

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Pants In Good Company, top Dogstar Clothing, Shoes Fly London.

A few impressions of Brisbane.

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At the Queensland gallery of modern art.

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A man-made beach in the middle of the city.

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The city also provides the opportunity to wear fancier clothes. This was my outfit for Christmas day.

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Skirt, top and necklace: In Good Company, shoes: Prada (thrifted), bag: Mirjam Zwolsman.

Next stop Tenterfield, but I will tell you more about my Australia adventures and what I wore next week.

As you can tell, I did not go the purely ‘practical’ route for packing on this holiday. Instead I selected outfits that made me happy which, at the moment, happens to include a lot of white!

What do you like to pack on a holiday?

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