STAY // Atlantic Guest House, Byron Bay

Jun 23, 2014

Photos by Natalie Hayllar {eat read love}

STAY // The Atlantic Byron Bay, Unique Accommodation with So Much Style
I have been looking for an excuse to book a holiday here for so long and now I can safely say that The Atlantic really is the perfect place to stay in Byron Bay. A unique coastal estate in the heart of Byron Bay with three unique and beautifully styled beach cottages. These original cottages have been transformed into Caribbean style plantation houses, joined by beautifully manicured gardens and timber decking.  I had the pleasure of staying here recently for the wonderful Paper Runway Splash workshop. At the heart of the property is The Lodge, a luxe two story white plantation house with an eclectic mix of art, books and divine coastal style. The gorgeous old rustic bike and basket sits proudly out front of The Lodge and the kitchen. The Coconut Cottage is bright and beautiful with a private deck, indoor/outdoor kitchen and BBQ area. I loved the Ahoy Trader artwork as seen above. The charcoal and white cottages of Driftwood with the iconic American Airstream Silver Trailer set amongst a beautiful palm garden and lawn is my favourite part of the property and I would love to return to stay in this very cool trailer. With accommodation styles to suit all budgets and occasions, you will love the central location, an easy walk to the shops and cafes of Byron and easy trip to the beach and nearby lighthouse. And if you have time be sure to wander up to Top Shop for some lunch or take a drive into the hinterland to visit Harvest Cafe. Loved it and can't wait to return, next time for more than just 24hours!

For bookings visit Atlantic Byron Bay or call 02 6685 5118 and be sure to mention you found it via eat read love. 

{So great to meet you all and thanks for such a fab Byron evening - Nikki Buckland, Paper Runway, Simone Barter, Style Life Home, Kate & Chris James; Total Balance, Penne from Adventures with Lulu; Desley from Twig & Grace; and James Gordon for putting on such a brilliant paper art workshop. More on that coming soon to the blog}

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EAT // Harvest Cafe Newrybar, Byron Bay Hinterland

Photos by Natalie Hayllar {eat read love}

Harvest Cafe in the gorgeous Byron Bay Hinterland is a must stop for anyone visiting Byron Bay. I haven't been to Byron for a while so I asked a friend 'what I do with 24 hours in Byron Bay', the response, "You visit Harvest cafe of course". This gorgeous little deli, cafe and bakery is located in historic village of Newrybar, a scenic 20 min drive from Byron Bay and a one stop shop for the freshest local produce, restaurant and cafe dining, local artisan wares and kitchen garden and farm. Harvest Cafe sprawls across three lovingly restored buildings. honouring local and organic where possible. I didn't have a long time here so decided to skip lunch and head straight for the dessert menu, quickly settling on a relaxing glass of Pinot Gris by the open fire and a delicious Affogato before making my way to the gorgeous Atlantic Byron Bay for the night. So be sure to take the drive into the hinterland and stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Harvest Cafe. You will love it! 

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EAT // The Potting Shed, The Grounds of Alexandria

Jun 19, 2014

Photos by Natalie Hayllar {eat read love}

The Potting Shed at The Grounds of Alexandria is a wonderful new relaxed dining space, and a lovely addition to the already buzzing inner city haven. 

I have posted about The Grounds many times on the blog, way back in 2012 when it first opened, and now a regular visitor to this favourite 'not so secret' garden. What I love about every visit is the natural evolution of the space,  there is always a nook for the kids to discover. I love seeing how much the gardens have grown in two years, now overflowing with creeping vines, organic veggies, edible flowers, herbs and a couple of cute chickens and lambs in the back corner. The old brick work chimneys standing high above the garden are a friendly reminder that the city is not too far away from this little inner city oasis. Without these you might forget where you are.  

I imagine The Grounds now looks exactly as it was planned to be - the vision of Ramzey Choker, Jack Hanna and Caroline Choker to create an inner city sanctuary, now bustling with people every day of the week, overgrowing with new vines and herbs, rustic BBQ dining, cake stalls, markets, florist, and farm animals. And now with a new dining space reflecting the essence of The Grounds but with a slightly different vibe and menu. The potting Shed is a slightly more relaxed space with hanging pots, seasonal menu, wine and cocktails and perfect for a brunch meeting, working lunch or a family get together, tucked away from the bustling centre courtyard. 

Midweek is perfect for me and my little boy to explore The Grounds - less chaotic than the weekend and parking not such a hassle. We didn't have much time to line up and wait for a table so the outdoor BBQ menu was great - rustic avocado and fetta on sourdough, roast beef roll, roasted corn on the cob and a sneaky lemon meringue from the bakery to indulge with our coffees in the cafe garden. 

See you again soon The Grounds and congrats on creating a truly lovely space for Sydneysiders to enjoy.   

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EVENTS // Vivid Sydney - Blog Society: The Retreat, Sydney

Vivid Sydney: The Blog Society Retreat kicked off on a sparkling Sydney morning on May 24 at the iconic Museum of Contemporary Art.  Sydney bloggers were out in force, to learn more about the business of blogging, hearing personal stories from some of our best and well known Australian bloggers. There was also time to get a deeper understanding of the importance of getting your SEO right, the power of social media and monetizing your blog. All really useful stuff. I love being a part of this ever expanding community and get to talk to some of my online friends face to face. The Retreat was the perfect opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet new friends, some of which I had admired from a far, some of which were keen to collaborate on future events. 

I was fortunate (and lets face it a little nervous), to moderate a session on “Social Media, Blogging & Creative Business” with a panel of four inspiring and creative women – Lisa Tilse ( The Red Thread), Brook McArthy (Yoga Reach), Steph Stewart-Wilsin (Lipstick & Cake) and Cheri Flewell Smith from Ms Critique  all amazing, all unique, and with their very own story to tell. I wanted to share a little about each of these awesome women so that you might be able to follow them and their fabulous work in the future.

- Lisa Tilse, The Red Thread is a blogger, graphic designer, maker, fabric and pattern designer. Lisa has had her work and craft tutorials featured on numerous popular blogs, in over 50 magazines around the world, as well as contributing to a series of craft books. Lisa’s new digital magazine SCOUT is a reflection of her passion to create and to inspire others. Lisa has always lived a creative life and through her blog and work loves to inspire you to embrace and celebrate creativity - in yourself and in others.

- Brook McArthy founded Yoga Reach in 2008. Brooke is a writer, professional communicator, yoga teacher and mother to two little girls.  In between university studies, travels, and a two-year stint as a small group tour leader in south-east Asia, Brooke has worked in Public Relations learning the importance of staying ‘on message’, of clear and compelling communications, and the excitement, immediacy and measurement of online communications. Brook blogs about communication, creativity, yoga and social media as well as running e-courses, intensive face to face courses and coaching.

- Stephanie Stewart-Wilsin is the editor of Lipstick & Cake, the go-to lifestyle site for women, covering food, beauty, travel and lifestyle topics. Here you can find delicious recipes, read about the latest beauty news, tips and tricks. A place to be inspired to book the trip you’ve always wanted to go on and learn about the clever brains behind many of your favourite brands.

- Cheri Flewell-Smith of Ms Critiquea beauty, luxury and lifestyle blog that aims to chronicle the pursuit of a fabulous lifeno, not the kind you see on the Rich Kids of Instagrambut rather a curated cultural edit of newness. Attainable and aspirational. The experiences you can afford right now, with a sprinkling of the things you look forward to enjoying in the near future. An advertising art director by day, no longer content ‘just making ads’ Cheri has started tapping into three key research trends - more people looking for instant gratification; demanding full media transparency; and on the hunt for the next big thing. Hungry for ‘new’, Cheri’s goal is to be a  ‘Champion of Newness’, a one-stop shop for those with an insatiable appetite for news on the latest lip-gloss, greatest gadget, 
newest nightclub and hippest happenings as they happen—all over the world.
Oh and did I mention the speaker line up. Monetizing Your Blog with Etsy, Steph Bond Hutkin of Bondville, Christina Butcher of Hair Romance, and Rachel MacDonald of In Spaces BetweenIns & Outs of SEO with Kristy Hughes, Saatchi & SaatchiSocial Media, Working With Brands with Lorraine MurphyThe Remarkables

 It was an amazing day and an honour to be a part of it in my beautiful city of Sydney. Thank you to my blogging soul mate Jaclyn Carlson for asking me to part of this wonderful event. It was the same time exactly one year prior that I was with Jaclyn when she launched Blog Society at the VividSydney festival. I am immensely proud of all that has been achieved in such a short time and so grateful for providing so many opportunities to connect with our blogging and creative community.   

The beautiful images are by Samantha Macabulus

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