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  • A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO LA

    Posted: Feb 26 2020

    FIVE THINGS TO DO ON YOUR FIRST VISIT TO LA:

    Los Angeles, the city of dreams and the land of the rich and famous. It’s also home to one of the MINKPINK offices where a bunch of our boss-babes work, live and leisure. With the inside scoop, we’ve asked them what their recommendation are for your first visit to the city of angels.

    THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN

    Visiting the infamous Hollywood sign is an absolute must-do for your first trip to LA. In order to snap an insta-worthy pic of you and the stunning cultural icon, it is important to pick your viewing spot carefully.

    The LA locals recommend heading to Hollywood Lake for an unforgettable view from down below of this must-see American landmark. Did we mention this spot can be accessed by car, meaning zero hiking is involved?

    For our gals who don’t mind a bit of exercise, another fab viewing spot is from Griffith Park which can be accessed through several different hiking trails.

    Each trail offers a specific level of difficulty so whether you’re looking for a full on workout, or a light stroll, don’t worry, there is an option for you.

    RODEO DRIVE

    In the heart of Beverly Hills, lies Rodeo Drive, the luxurious-fashion hub of Los Angeles. Whether you want to re-live the glamorous life of Julia Roberts’ character in Pretty Woman or create your own Beverly Hills adventure, you ought to start here.

    Rodeo Drive is home to the fashion equivalent of the Walk Of Fame.

    Big names including, Donatella Versace, Giorgio Armani and Tom Ford have all been awarded their own plaques on the Rodeo Drive – Walk of Style, so watch your step!

    Rodeo Drive’s legendary strip of haute-couture boutiques is unmatched, hosting some of the most recognised brands in the world.

    If you’re looking to come home with a jaw-dropping new wardrobe to make your besties totally jealous, you have got to let yourself explore the huge amount of stores Rodeo Drive has to offer.

    THE BEACHES IN MALIBU

    It goes without saying that Malibu is home to some of the most gorgeous coastlines in the world.

    With a never-ending stretch of soft, white sand and pristine waters as far as the eye can see, Malibu is the perfect beach day location.

    A local hotspot favourite is Zuma Beach. Known for its laid-back vibes, this Malibu treasure is perfect for beach-babes who enjoy mild waves and a relaxed atmosphere.

    Take the opportunity to sport one of your fave bikinis and capture a pic of yourself enjoying the fairy-tale like serenity that is Malibu.

    SANTA MONICA PIER  

    Santa Monica Pier is another great bucket-list item to tick off while visiting Los Angeles.

    If you’re looking to scope out aesthetically-pleasing views of the ocean, this is the perfect place to go.

    As soon as you step onto the Santa Monica Pier you’ll be met with a commotion of childish squeals, arcade noises and the unmistakable sound of waves crashing into the shore.

    With an atmosphere like this, it is almost impossible not to let out your inner child as you indulge in all the exciting things the pier has to offer. This includes an amusement park, trapeze school, arcade, aquarium and a large variety of restaurants.

    With all of these thrilling activities, it is easy to lose track of time, so make sure you dedicate a full afternoon to this fun-filled tourist hotspot.

    IN-N-OUT

    Los Angeles is best known in the fast-food scene for their iconic burger joint, In-N-Out.

    With several locations sprawled across the LA County, there is no excuse not to try this cult-classic before jetting back home. For first-timers, we guarantee you will be sold after your first bite.

    Don’t believe us? Perhaps you’ll trust the opinion of world famous chef, Gordon Ramsay, who was so chuffed with his first ever In-N-Out meal that five minutes after leaving he turned right back to order another.

    There is nothing quite like straightening up that In-N-Out paper crown to truly feel like a Los Angeles local.

  • NETFLIX'S MUST-SEE'S

    Posted: Feb 24 2020

    Our fave Netflix Series to Binge Watch

    In need of new Netflix’s recommendations? Don’t worry we’ve done the groundwork for you, after some very serious and research we’ve compiled a list of our office faves that are absolute must-sees.

    1. The Vampire Diaries

    If you’re after some drama and heartthrob romance you can’t go past The Vampire Diaries and don’t hate it until you try it. The whole Vampire concept seemed cringy and overused but trust us, you’ll become so obsessed as you watch an ordinary girl fall in love with the new mysterious boy at school.

     

    2. Outlander

    Along the similar lines is Outlander, a gripping drama that follows an intense love triangle that permeates time. Set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, Outlander will capture your heart and spirit following the wonderful and often dangerous adventures of Jamie and Claire.

     

    3. How to Get Away with Murder

    If you're after less romance, How to Get Away with Murder is captivating, you’ll binge-watch this one in a matter of time. It follows the story of Annalise Keating, a criminal defence lawyer and her aspiring students however their lives become deeply entangled when they all become involved in a murder. It’s amazing and up there with the best!!

     

     

    4. YOU

    Another gripping crime fiction you’ve got to see is YOU. Centred around a “dangerously charming, intensely obsessive young man who goes to extreme measures to insert himself into the lives of those he is transfixed with”. It’ll have you hiding behind your hands but not being able to turn away.  

     

     

    5. When they see us

    When they see us will have you on the edge of your seat. Based on a true story, When they see us follows the trial of formally known “Central Park Five”. It’s a heartbreaking story about the injustices suffered by five innocent children who are manipulated by police into admitting to the rape and assault of a jogger in Central Park.

     

     

    6. The Crown

    If you’re a bit of a history buff and slightly intrigued by the British Monarchy, The Crown is an interesting watch. It follows the life chronicles of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times; the series commences at the start of her reign and the events that lead up to her ascension to the throne. It gives unique insight and perspective into the role that The Crown plays in modern society.

     

     

    7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    But if you looking for a laugh and something lighter, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a classic. The comedy is based on a group of “quirky team of odd detectives who solve crimes in Brooklyn, New York City.” It’s a well-known favourite and one to watch.

     

     

    8. CHEER

    A shows that’s recently gained a lot of recognition is Cheer, which follows the ups and downs of the Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team Texas, as they train for the National Title. It’s seriously binge-worthy and no; it’s not like Dance Moms for Cheerleading, it’s a docuseries that sheds light on the sport and it’s toughness. It explores the topics of hard work, diversity and acceptance.

     

     

    9. Gossip Girl

    And we can’t forget about Gossip Girl. It’s popular for a reason and if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen it yet, you’ve got to get on it. Following the eventful lives of the hyper-privileged teenagers of Manhattans elite, their lives under a public microscope of an unknown and its addictive.

     

  • ON THE ROAD WITH @kendallbaggerly

    Posted: Feb 21 2020

    Kendall Baggerly is an Aussie travel blogger whose boho, beachside aesthetic has captured the hearts of her followers.

    Her travel journey involves her gorgeous man, Glenn, Vance the van – their home away from home and their unhindered spirit to take on whatever life throws at them during their road-trip around Australia.

    We were lucky enough to sit down with Kendall and chat about all things travel! This is what she had to say:

    What are your travel plans for the colder months?

    To stay away from the cold!!

    Since we are doing a full loop of Australia and travelling counter-clockwise, we will hopefully be escaping the colder months by the time winter arrives. We should be up in Northern Queensland enjoying the dry season by then.

    What would be your top 3 tips for someone who is thinking about buying a van or caravan and starting their travel adventures?

    1. Do your research! We researched a lot of vans and planned for this trip about a year or so out, and we still feel like we could have researched more. Whether through watching YouTube videos, reading travel blogs, or speaking with friends and family, it all counts as research!
    You'll be spending a LOT of time in the van you choose, so the more prepared you can be, the better. We took our van on weekend trips before we renovated it which helped us figure out exactly how we wanted the layout to work. This also prepared us for living on the road full-time.

    2. Give yourself more time – in all aspects. Whether it’s giving yourself more time to build the van or planning how long the trip is itself, you will soon realise that you'll need more time than you originally thought.

    3. Remember that your plans are pretty much guaranteed to change, and that's okay. I'd say our travels have gone to plan about 25% of the time, but for us that's all part of the adventure.

     

    Favourite place you have visited so far?

    Byron Bay has been one of our all-time favourite so far! The laid back vibes are contagious and we feel so at home being here in our van. In saying this, we also really loved Lennox Head as well, which is just south of Byron and much less crowded.

    Any embarrassing moments to share?

    Oh man, one time I was changing in our van and I didn't close the curtains because I thought I would be really quick...but right as I was changing a big family walked by and peeked inside because they thought our van looked cute. It definitely wasn't good for anyone involved!

     

    How would you describe your style of your travel blogging content?

    I would describe our blogging style as laidback but intentional. We like to travel slowly, and in doing so are more intentional with the things we do as well as the content we create. I want to share all aspects of our travel journey – the good and the bad – to give a real insight into what it is like for anyone who is considering doing the same thing.

    What is left to cross off your bucket list?  

    We've barely scratched the surface of our Australia trip so there is SO much left to do on my list! Uluru is a big one, as well as all of Western Australia. The thing I love so much about this country is how diverse it is, so I just can't wait to see it all.

     

    What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt about yourself since you started traveling?

    I've learnt that I need to stop setting expectations for places or experiences and just let them happen as they come. I think it's natural for us as humans to expect things to be a certain way, especially now that we have social media, but the moments I've enjoyed the most have been the ones that I didn't plan or preconceived in my mind.

    SHOP HER STYLE:

    The Love Crush Puff Sleeve Crop

    The Love Crush Maxi Skirt  

    The City Boilersuit

    Tropicana Balconette + Belted Bottoms

  • BEACH BAG ESSENTIALS

    Posted: Feb 18 2020

    It’s the middle of summer and the warm weather isn’t slowing down. For those endless days filled with salt and sand, there are some essentials you absolutely need as you hit the beach. Take a look at what’s in our beach bag this season:

     

    TOWEL

    An obvious and essential item for any beach bag, whether you're popping by for a quick swim or planning on spending the day soaking up the sun, you’ll need a towel. The bigger the better.

    Our fave: The Beach People

     

    SUNSCREEN

    Sun safety should be your first priority when spending time outside during summer and especially at the beach. The cool ocean breeze distracts you from noticing that your burning and with the information, we have about melanoma and skin cancer it’s naive and foolish to neglect to protect yourself. Keep a bottle in your beach bag and don’t forget to reapply throughout the day.

    Our fave: Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer® Face & Body Lotion SPF50

     

    COVERUP

    An open skirt or kaftan is a stylish way to seek shade and protect your skin from getting burnt.

    Our fave: The Terracotta Dweller Midi Dress

     

    BEACH UMBRELLA

    The sweet relief of sheltering under an umbrella, this is one that you won’t regret!

    Our fave: Sunday Supply Co.

     

    WATER

    Staying hydrated is an absolute must so don’t forget to bring a big bottle of water in your beach bag. There’s no better feeling than that refreshing moment after being in the salty ocean and taking a big gulp of freshwater. *ahhhhh*

    Our fave: SOMA Glass Water Bottle

     

    BOOK/SPEAKER

    Depending on whether your having a self-care day or venturing to the beach with a crowd you’ll want either a book or speaker to set the tone. Immersing yourself into an imaginative storyline to relax and unwind or bopping away to your fave tunes with friends are two ways to pass time while soaking up the sunshine and good vibes.

    Our fave: Such a Fun Age by Keily Reid // Ulimate ears Wonderboom 2 (is waterproof, floats in water and perfect for the outdoors)

     

    HAT

    Another protective item you’ll be grateful for! Sheltering your face from the sun especially while drying off or sunbaking on your towel is a welcomed relief.

    Our fave: Ultra Wide Palma Boater from Lack of Color

     

     

    SUNGLASSES

    The glare from the sand will have you squinting all day if you don’t come prepared so pack your fave sunnies to shield your eyes. Shop our range of sunglasses for some stylish styles that will keep you looking cute this summer!

    Our fave: Highness - Black Tan Tint - THE LION KING X MINKPINK, Heritage - Gold/Green Mono, Nine Lives

  • IT'S A DATE

    Posted: Feb 18 2020

    It’s that time of year where the air is perfumed by the sweet scent of red roses and the velvety aroma of chocolate. So maybe it’s time to with your partner, assemble your girl squad for some quality girl time or just indulge in some self-lovin.


    Whichever however you are spending this V-day, there’s plenty of love going around. Here’s what some of our MINKPINK babes are getting up to:

    “WELP, I’m actually heading to New Zealand and will be landing on Vday to meet a guy I’m seeing over there hehe”

    Adriaan and I are heading up to Big Bear for the weekend! We’ll be staying in a cabin, with our two dogs and doing lots of skiing & snowboarding!

    I’ll having a cheeky wine on the beach as the sun set (my ultimate fave thing to do!)

    Every year my boyfriend sends me sunflowers for Valentine's day. Florists always ask him why not roses, but he knows I prefer sunflowers (they make me happy!) I’ll be getting my hair done after work and as for the evening, I think my boyfriend has something planned.