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(Our)Summer Down Under- In (the Aussie) winter

My first stop in Sydney is always…
Zinc Café in Potts Point. I need a good proper strong cup of tea and a tuna sandwich always..nothing is better than the tuna sandwich here, even when the menu changes...the tuna samba always remains the same! (77 Macleay St, Potts Point...they’re too awesome to have a website!)


Favorite hotel…
The Establishment for a luxe boutique hotel in the center of it all. Frasier Suites for some thing more long-term with the family.(And they have great pool! A must for traveling with kids)

Perfect day in the city...
Is at Andrew Boy Charlton Pool. It’s on the Harbor, you can watch the war ships go by and there is a kids and an adults pool. There is also a fantastic restaurant that you can go upstairs to have a healthy snack. It’s quite gorgeous! You get hot, you take a dip. It's a fantastic alternative to avoid the crazy busy beaches and a severe sunburn-and yes you even burn in Winter down under!! We are also super crazy for Nielsen Park, another spectacular Harbor beach with a restaurant!


Perfect day trip from Sydney....
Take the ferry to Cockatoo Island where you can camp out or just enjoy the sunset with a picnic. And you can never go wrong at Nielsen Park and the divine little restaurant..Watsons Bay on a ferry for some seafood is also a must!




Best shopping neighborhood and your favorite stores to hit....
I love Paddington, it’s home for me and has divine neighborhood shops. My favorite is Love Duck. Ainslie, the divine owner, is a cosmetic and lifestyle GURU and will give you the most amazing personal service ever. It's great for gifts, dresses and of course picking up some SMOKKS! The Westfield’s as well are one stop shops and you can find anything. I also love Country Road which is like the Aussie version of J Crew. They have fabulous kids' clothes too! 

The best Aussie souvenir...
For a tourist, it would be the UGG! We even bought them there, as they are actually half the price in Australia! But as a child of the motherland, I would have to say wine. You should also buy Murray River Sea Salt. It’s kind of a really big MUST. Bondi Wash products should come home with you as well....Aesop..a no brainer and anything Cadbury..Flakes being the best! 

Where to eat with kids...
Fratelli Fresh: We eat here in Potts Point, about fives every trip. It's just great! Also, the Fish Shop at Merivale. This place is really something you have to do in Australia, because you have to eat as much seafood as you can! (Potts Point is a divine boutique shopping area..and Spring Court is the best place ever to buy the chicest of sneakers)


Where to eat for a date night...
The Apollo: Amazing modern Greek food in with a cool atmosphere. You have to get the lamb, it is out of this world!
Billy Kwong: This fusion modern Chinese restaurant has mouth watering dishes that change daily with what's fresh at the market.
Icebergs: Eat delicious oysters while you watch the sun go down over Bondi as the waves crash into the salt water pool. It's truly breathtaking! I mean, I can’t even...

Sydney is such an incredible City- I miss it daily and feel so privileged in many ways to have lived in the 2 greatest cities in the world. Sydney and New York. It's a dream come true and for Pompie to be a dual citizen and have the same opportunity to live in both cites makes us all warm and fuzzy inside!

And one more thing- it's true..Aussie's invented Avocado toast (or smash as they like to call it) !! FACT!! hahaha!

Pompie wears:

https://smokks.com/collections/winnie-dress/products/winnie-dress-in-liberty-fabric-mitsi

https://smokks.com/collections/minnie-girls-smokk/products/minnie-smokk-in-liberty-london-sky-high-print

hair bows- http://evashouse.com

 

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Amazing Alyssa

Simply- the hardest working mother on the singles scene - well not really but really! Not single (now), however- a divine mother of the two most gorgeous girls ever, stylist, fashion editor, art director and your dating by design connoisseur that will not only have you dressed for success, but will have you in stitches with her dating stories..and I mean bend over side splitting laughter! New York times best selling author in the making!! (we vote for her whole heartedly) because she’s “scene” it all.
Her stories are as amazing as her styling and we are loving each and every summer tip she has to offer-
Oh and she smokks..(always a plus!) We love her and so will you ( I know that line gets so boring yet always so true.. and you will, you will!)..Alyssa Dineen we salute you- you are our summer 2018 style dating mothering guru! xx

http://stylemyprofilenyc.com  http://www.alyssadineen.com

-summer goals?
Aside from spending some time on Shelter Island with my daughters, I will be keeping very busy with my new styling business, Style My Profile. We have a lot of ideas and things in store!


-tell us more about that new part of your styling business...you can't dangle that carrot! please-!!

When I got separated and started online dating, I noticed people seemed challenged to communicate who they were on their on line dating profiles. That, combined with suddenly being the person all of my newly single friends would come to for dating advice, was how I decided to start Style My Profile. I love helping people get themselves out there again and presenting the best version of themselves. (We love this so much Alyssa-no one better for this advice!)
 

-the juggle is real…how on earth do you fit everything into your day?
I don’t! I do make lots of lists on my phone and set reminders for myself for everything. I plan each weekday out by the hour. As a single mother, business owner and very social person, I have to!

-who and what inspires you?
The women in my life: my mother, my girlfriends, my sisters, my daughters. My mother taught by example how important female friendships are and because of that I was able to get through a very difficult divorce with my incredible friends (and mom!). My friends are all doing such amazing things in our 40s and 50s: starting businesses, leaving difficult marriages, being single moms, finding love and happiness. They are all very inspiring!

-what advice would you give your younger self (and actually listen to?)
Ha! When I showed this question to a friend we got a laugh because mine is glaringly obvious. To put it simply, I would tell my younger self to value herself and then others will also.




-3 things every woman should own
So hard to narrow down to just 3…. But definitely well-fitting jeans, the perfect tee shirt (James Perse) and a great ankle boot.


-how do you handle your girls wanting to dress themselves?
My daughters have never really let me pick out their clothes, even as toddlers. They both value comfort over anything. I got over the fact that I wouldn’t be able to dress them how I want a long time ago! But when an event calls for something dressy they will rise to the occasion :)

-why smokks?
I love the easiness of a smokk dress. It’s great to pack for trips and fits equally well in the city, country or the beach. Throw it on with some sandals and a woven bag and it’s easy and chic.


-5 things you can’t travel without?
My boyfriend is in the hotel biz with many locations in central america so I’ve been lucky enough to travel to beachy warm places. Here’s what I always have in my suitcase:

1. A Malia Mills swimsuit **
2. MD Solar Sciences Mineral sunscreen from Onda Beauty **
3. A self help book (embarrassing but true!)
4. My Janessa Leone sunhat **
5. A Smokks dress of course!


-what's your daily routine
Always start with a latte that I make at home. Check emails and lists for the day. It used to always include some form of exercise but currently dealing with an injury— the one benefit of that is that I have more time in my day for other things. Then I’m either shooting in the city or meeting a private client to shop. Sometimes both!


-words you live by
Treat others how you want to be treated.

-how does your down time look
Lately it’s included looking online at home and decorating sites. We are renovating and redecorating and don’t have enough time to actually spend on this! With my daughters, we love getting cozy at home and watching movies together.

-favorite destination and why
That’s a tough one! I spent the turn of the century in Zanzibar which was pretty spectacular. I also love Costa Rica and traveled there for a month on my own right after college. It was such an empowering thing to travel to a 3rd world country by myself so I have a soft spot for that Costa Rica! I visited again last year with my boyfriend, over 20 years later, and it’s definitely changed but I was pleasantly surprised that it still has it’s culture and is not overly developed (yet).


-NYC fave restaurants
Lure is an oldie but goodie. My boyfriend's apartment is a few blocks so we go pretty often for oysters and wine. My friends and I like to go to Yves in Tribeca. Great French fries and cocktails! In Brooklyn my longstanding favorite is Frankie"s 457 for the cavatelli. The bonus of not having your kids all the time is going out to dinner more!

Alyssa wears https://smokks.com/collections/pennie-dress/products/pennie-smokk-in-liberty-london-worlds-collide-print-cotton-tana-lawn

 

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Seriously Susan

Desperately seeking Susan- Who wouldn't be!!...She's a brand communication strategist, a maker of -as she puts it "mostly good things, including art, poems, jewelry" and as I've witnessed "small people"!! This, she is brilliant at! And an even better blending family expert! A working mother who in her romantic time has managed to move from down town to uptown, merge 2 families, (now 3 kids) work, create, cook, love and arrange 3 smaller humans around school and social activity schedules-and get married this month! Let me tell you..we can all learn from this absolutely delightful, talented, warm, loving, romantic and carefree, taking on the world one day at a time woman!! Oh..and she throws a mean dinner disco party!! (And she does a really good back bend!)

I adore her and so will you! She would be Susan Hamilton Meier.

 

 -tell me about your transition from a downtown girl living in an uptown world....Downtown to uptown hasn’t been as different as I’d expected. Everything is still just a short ride away. I still go downtown everyday for work, kids school, restaurants, shops, etc. so it really just feels more like uptown is a pleasant refuge where I get to live in a place that’s a little roomier.

-your favorite 3 words you would use to describe yourself..
I’d like to describe myself as creative, clever, and insightful. I hope others see me that way too!

-raising children in NY is... challenging for me but amazing for them...

-best thing about being a freelancer is.... the “free” part!

-why SMOKKS....SMOKKS dresses are the perfect go-to - comfortable as pajamas but stylish enough to wear to he nicest restaurant or most important meeting. Also good at the beach of course..


-packing for travel is...always a PROJECT

-your approach to well being...
Well being starts with your attitude. If you are positive on the inside it will manifest itself in all the things you do. And that will express itself in your physical body.

-best advice on blending a family..... My best advice on blending a family it to set your expectations low in the beginning and take it slow. Just showing up, being present and open-hearted is a major accomplishment.

-the thing i love most about my kids is ... is how they are, in fact, my teachers. How are they so wise? It’s humbling and beautiful.

-Oprah 2020...not likely to happen, but it sure would be amazing to have a person we trust and relate to in the running.

You can find the is gorgeous woman at-

sh-brand.com

Susan wears- https://smokks.com/collections/izzie-dress and https://smokks.com/collections/pennie-dress/products/pennie-smokk-in-liberty-london-caught-print-cotton-tana-lawn

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