Marion Hume is a journalist, ethical fashion consultant and co-founder of runawaynow.com. She’s spent the last two decades in the fashion industry; travelling the globe and reporting from anywhere fashion happens, be it Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Marrakech or the slums of Nairobi.
Favourite destination: Sydney, Australia.
Best place to eat: Sydney is full of great places, but one you shouldn’t miss is The Icebergs Dining Room, the super-slick eaterie above Bondi Beach where it’s not only acceptable to wear dark glasses to lunch, it’s essential. The Icebergs Spring salad is fresh and flavoursome.
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Best place to drink: The Opera Bar at Sydney Opera House. Who cares if that sounds like a big old cliche – the views are wonderful and Sydney is all about the view. Apparently, the signature cocktail is “Dirty Carpet Disco” although I just have good Aussie white wine!
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Best place to sleep: Watsons Bay Hotel; it’s way out on the tip of Sydney Harbour, but the commute by watertaxi to the CBD (Central Business District =centre of town) is sensational and the view of the city, twinkling in the distance across the water is fabulous.
Best time of year to visit: New Year’s Eve! On a boat, on the harbour for the best fireworks on earth.
Things to avoid: The Harbour Bridge climb – I know people love it, but nothing would possess me…
Off the beaten track finds: Do a ghost tour at the old Sydney Quarantine Station. I know how ridiculous that sounds, but it ain’t Disney; which is to say, you will be scared out of your wits.
Best outfit or fashion item for destination: Bikinis by local sisters, the Zimmermans, if you have the bod for them; Havaianas, (although they are Brazilian, they feel so Bondi); dress-wise, anything with two spaghetti straps and a small piece of cloth. Karen Walker sunglasses, especially the really huge ones because the sun in Sydney is fierce.
Beauty tip: Melbourne brand, Aesop’s fabulous face cleaner and geranium leaf body cleaner makes me feel alive again after 24 hours in the air. I always carry the travel sizes, then stock up on large sizes to bring back to London.
Holiday packing tip: Take hard-to-find French and British labels; Sydney girls are ultra-switched on to fashion and love to see something new. Take a spare suitcase to stock up on great Australian labels which will look original in Ibiza next summer. But don’t go overweight. Airport check-in staff make you either pay through the nose or dump the excess before you fly home.
What I bought: Aesop, always Aesop (in the jumbo sizes that cost the earth in London)
What I listened to/read/learnt: Go to Paris cinema at Fox studios for the best Australian movies; creepy “Sleeping Beauty” is set in Sydney. Read anything, everything by Tim Winton and go to the ABC store in The QVB in the hope they are stocking the DVD of “Cloudstreet”, a heartbreaking TV mini series based on his greatest work.