Monday, March 28, 2011

shopping sydney style

The lovely Aussie Sal (who sadly deserted her Hong Kong girls for Sydney last year) is an extremely stylish dresser, she runs her own label Lola & Syd and rocks a great pair of heels whilst guzzling wine outside Wagyu, oh I miss her :( I asked her for a few insider tips on the best places to shop in Sydney...Sal says...

Glorious autumn days are flowing one after the other in Sydney town so now is perfect time to get out and explore. The city has loads of great areas that offer plenty of fabulous shopping, and you get to enjoy the blue sky magic while you stroll from one boutique to the next. Spots you don’t want to miss -

Surry Hills – A haven for vintage shoppers, Crown St in Surry Hills offers the best of Sydney second hand. Try Grandma Takes a Trip for fab, floral, 50s numbers, Route 66 for cowboy chic, or raid the racks at Zoo Emporium for a hidden gem. Shoes lovers should head to Niki Shoes for fun flats and smart heels, and Dress Me Darling if you’re looking for a pair of bedazzled 5 inch numbers, with a cocktail get up to match. If you’re all frocked out head to David Met Nicole for home wares treasures galore, Orson and Blake for simple yet stylish bits for the home or Remy and Lee’s on Bourke for a homemade muffin and coffee refuel.

Paddington Oxford St/William St – So many shops, so little time. Begin in Oxford St (just below Glenmore Road) and work your way up! My personal favourites include Sass & Bide, Scanlan & Theodore, Willow, Gorman and the ever faithful Sportsgirl for clothes, Harlequin Market for fabulous vintage bling and Dinosaur Designs for to-die-for resin jewellery and home wares in all the colours of the rainbow. William just off Oxford houses the best Sydney has to offer in one divine little street so you can check them all out! Oh, and on Saturdays be sure to take a stroll though the Paddington Markets, where many a young designer has launched their career.

Bondi – All you’ll need to channel hipster cool. Tuchuzy has a great range of young brands like Ellery, Bassike and Rag & Bone to name a few, head to Max’s shoes for an on-trend bargain, Camilla for kaftan glamour and Milk Bar for fab Australian designers. If you are looking for a one stop shop head straight to Westfield at Bondi Junction and go like the clappers!

Balmain – head west for village shopping in Darling St. Duck Egg Blue has a gorgeous collection of home wares and a select range of clothes from local and international designers. Denim specialists Maple have all your jeans needs covered, while Alfie’s Store will deck you in understated yet stylish gear for casual occasions.

And if you happen to be in the CBD make like Rhianna and beeline for the new Pitt St Westfield…retail heaven under one roof.

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