Travel Inspiration Thursdays

There is nothing I love more then planning a trip and going away to explore another town, city, country or culture. I find it gives you a whole new perspective on life and broadens your world view. In light of this, each Thursday I will publish a travel themed post – from shots of places I’ve been or places on my wish list, anecdotes or stories or advice such as packing tips and tricks.

I often get the urge to pack a tote bag or suitcase and be on my way, traveling doesn’t just have to mean an international flight… explore your own country too. I used to head up the coast for a few nights a year, always at random and stay with a friend who lived along the way. I have also visited different places within my country of Australia (still have a few to go).

I’m no expert, but I love to travel and with that, comes experience and lessons learnt. In the coming weeks I will write about finding the ideal day bag for your travels, five things that must be in your carry on for long haul flights,  why you should limit the amount of shoes you take and tips for preventing swollen legs and promoting good circulation during long haul flights. If you think of a topic or question you would like answered please comment or email.

Below I have included some snapshots I took on my first international trip – a Contiki to the USA, called Best of USA first stop Los Angeles, then on to San Fransisco, Las Vegas and New York City. For today’s post I have used L.A shots – I didn’t love L.A as much as I thought I would,  Hollywood isn’t like in the movies or an episode of The Hills (goes without saying but there was still a small glimmer of hope in me that it would), don’t get me wrong, I had fun there and would go again (and I am in 7 months) but the areas I loved were Santa Monica and Venice Beach with it’s famous freakshow boardwalk.

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The beautiful rooftop garden at The Double Tree by Hilton in downtown Los Angeles – it started my love for rooftop bars and gardens + helpful staff who gave out warm chocolate chip cookies!

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The iconic tourist thing… you have to do it, don’t be afraid to take the shot or sidle up to something that is symbolic to you. You are a tourist so embrace it! I had to get a shot with Marilyn’s star I’ve idolised her since I was young.  I enjoyed Hollywood Boulevard and going to a ‘mall’ that could put most of our shopping centres to shame! (Hence the shopping bag) It also provided a clear shot of the Hollywood Sign.

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My whole trip reinforced my love of street art, but particularly in Los Angeles. The elephants are from a Korean BBQ place we went to and the art of the woman is from a section of wall along Venice Beach Boardwalk (unable to credit artists as they are unknown, if these works are yours or you know the artist contact me and I’ll happily credit them)

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Santa Monica Pier with quirky vendors, beach and souvenirs

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Venice Beach with lifeguard house just before sunset

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Watching some performers on the boardwalk… they were a troupe from Chicago who stated “we joke about racism because racism is a joke”, they had a humerous way of making a stand that got the message across to a large and varied audience.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at some snapshots Los Angeles, all photos taken by Sarah, Kooklah creator and writer. Don’t forget you can follow on instagram for a daily insight to my life (handle is @saregiak), follow Kooklah on Facebook and either like/share/comment on this post. Enjoy your day + invest in some travel daydreaming, I know I will be!

Sarah ☆ KOOKLAH

Found! Amazing beauty site & a fantastic philosophy..

It’s late at night and I am trawling through beauty sites, heading from one post to the next. I then stumbled across Beauty Heaven‘ – what a name for starters! This site is managed and contributed to by professionals in the beauty industry and has product reviews, how tos and advice, as well as news and other interesting articles.
I am really looking forward to exploring this site more – will definitely be trying there how tos and contributing to reviews of products (you can do this by becoming a member – read more here).

There is something for everyone here, and if I hadn’t been clicking on random links leading to new posts I would never have found this amazing piece of advice I just read from Bobbi Brown the founder and creative director behind Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. What captured me was “I’ve always believed in showing women what’s right about them, instead of what’s wrong” , such a simple sentiment but so wise! Dress and style yourself to highlight the aspects you love – you will feel amazing and that will show! To read Bobbi’s interview with Beauty Heaven click here.

I then headed to Bobbi’s Australian webpage and found this philosophy echoed in the opening lines of her story, “makeup is a way for a woman to look and feel like herself, only prettier and more confident.” If you have some time, the story of how she started in the industry in America and formed her company is pretty fascinating (click the link – Bobbi’s Story). I had no idea her breakthrough involved an American Vogue cover, Naomi Campbell and selling 100 lipsticks in her first day of retail.

When I was travelling in the USA I picked up a Bobbi Brown eyeliner product and have been waiting for a special occasion to try it out. This weekend I will definitely be doing some makeup trials with it… and if I love it, will expand my collection of products.

Have you recently been inspired by someone’s story or philosophy?

Kooklah Xx

What to pack & what not to pack??

So the big USA trip is 11 days and a few hours away and I have begun to cement my list to pack.
My main focus, of course, is clothes (and, well, let’s face it- shoes, accessories), with many trips, you just have to pack for one type of weather with an item or two packed away in case the weather improves or worsens.

My trip… is going to be in varying weather. Here is an overview:

Los Angeles: 18-28 degrees (but heading to fall so probably not high 20s)
San Francisco: 13-23 degrees
Las Vegas: 20-34 degrees
New York City: 9-24 degrees

So in reality I am packing for weather typical of all seasons.. Instead of taking a few jumpers, summer dresses.. I am taking clothes that I can mix and match, layer and turn into winter or summer appropriate outfits in hardly any time at all. For example, going out dresses that can be worn in warm conditions but also paired with a cardigan/jacket and stockings for cooler nights, jeans with flowy tops and light layers instead of bulky items. This includes a fully lined but lightweight trenchcoat that will easily provide cover from cool breezes or warmth over ‘winter’ type layered outfits..

What is your must have outfit or clothing item for travel?

Kooklah Xx

Stay tuned for a list of what I pack (and then when I return I will post if I used it or not!)