Customise your clothes at Le Coq Sportif in the Rocks, Sydney

I am so excited to report that you can now go into a charming Le Coq Sportif French sportswear store in the Rocks, Sydney and design your own jersey or Tee.

I love the Rocks, especially in winter. There is a certain romance around the place so I snapped some pics before going in the store.


As a blogger, I was invited last week to have a look at the new store and also to get a bit creative and print a chosen design on my selected clothing piece. It was a great welcome because there were amazing macarons from Baroque (one of the first places that ever had macarons in Sydney!) and of course French cheese!

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Since its winter I decided to go for the grey long sleeve jersey. The clothing is unisex and you can select from a few sizes.

IMG_6607The next thing I did is choose the print on the front, out of a book of selection prints.

IMG_6609 IMG_6610I chose Paris Le Coq Sportif, I’ve been mesmerised with that city ever since I visited and thought it would be cool to pair the city and the French brand together on a jersey in Sydney!
Then you can select a colour of the label. I opted in for pink, but you can also choose from the staple colours like black, blue and even yellow.


Baptiste, the guy at the shop was very good! I watched him carefully cut out the labels and use the press machine (for 20 seconds!) to attach the stickers to the shirt.

IMG_6619I then got my LIVE SHOP TRAVEL blog name printed on the back in small letters. That was truly a personal touch :)

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I think its such a great idea when companies offer customisable services. As something to give as a gift, a special memory or a souvenir, I think it is just perfect!

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I hope you will visit the store in The Rocks, you will see how charming it is and hopefully Baptiste is still there to design your tee or jersey!


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Le Coq Sportif brand originated in France in 1882 and has a rich cycling heritage.

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They are globally famous for their sports apparel and often sponsor championship teams and team uniforms. I really like their selection of shoes and women’s wear. The style is quite classic and there are a lot of unique designs.




Can We Help Stop War?


I am reposting a lot of this information from the So Nailicious blog. With a peaceful protest we help to spread the message of stopping violence related to war. #stopthewar

“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” – Thomas A. Edison.

From Maria (Editor, So Nailicious)

Ok, guys, this post will be different. So if you feel like it’s not your thing, please come back tomorrow – we’ll talk about nails, ombre lips and other cool staff. But if you’re feeling dispirited by recent world events and you’d like to make a difference, please read on.

One more thing before we begin… please note that this post is not written to blame anyone or discuss who is right and who is wrong. This post is here simply to appeal to humanity as a whole, to all nationalities, religions and beliefs, to unite and protest peacefully against war. To ask all parties participating in current military actions in Ukraine and Palestine-Israel to cease the fire. To stop the war.

As a mother, as a writer, as a citizen of this world and simply as a human being I feel it is necessary to do whatever we can to stop it. So many popular bloggers support and write about various charities, which is fantastic. But unfortunately I have not seen any bloggers or celebrities trying to raise awareness about the tragedies in Ukraine, Russia, Palestine and Israel. Why? Is it too controversial? I was talking to some charities, here in Australia and none of them are helping children in these countries.

So I’ve been wondering what we ordinary people can do in this situation. Well, it appears we are capable to make things better! There are plenty of examples in history when people (people, not governments) changed the tide of the history without any violence by acting as one. Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela all brought about significant changes for the greater good.

The impact of peaceful, non-violent protest cannot be underestimated. If as a result of us taking action at least one life can be saved, we have spent out time wisely. Perhaps we can save even more! It all depends on how many of us participate. Without any further blaming or seeking revenge let us simply say “Stop the war!”. Enough is enough. There is nothing more precious in this world than the future of our children. So let’s stand up as a community and protest against the war. Not against other people, nations or beliefs but against war.

HOW YOU CAN JOIN: Join the action by posting on your social media, because that’s one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal. That’s where we can be influential. Post an image with a simple message “Stop the War!”on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or blog. If you can share this post (via email or any other way) with people who also care, that would be fantastic! The more people involved the better!

WHAT: It can be a poster (like mine) or any other image of something light blue to symbolise a clear, peaceful sky (nail art, collage, flat lay) that includes the phrase “Stop the War!”. If you need to learn how to add a text to an image, here are some great apps. You’re more than welcome to use my image, there’s no watermark on it. Whatever you think is best suited to carry our message.

HASHTAG: we’ll use the same hashtag #stopthewarPlease note, with our message we’re not making distinction, we appeal to all sides and all nations.

CAPTION: please add a caption to your image with a reason why you think the war must stop. Please, avoid blaming anyone or making any statements that potentially can be seen as negative or directed against a particular side. Our aim is a peaceful protest against the war, not another swirl of hateful debates.  If you speak any other language, please explain in your native language the purpose of our action.

WHEN: 20 – 26 July 2014.

ADDITIONAL: On next Sunday, 27 July 2014, I’ll post a round up of our activity and re-post some of the best messages/images on @So_Nailicious Instagram too.

Guys, remember that every voice counts – the more of us take action, the more likely we’ll make an impact! Let’s do it!

Please join the cause and spread the message!





What and how to pack for a beach holiday :) Tips from experts!

It’s that time again! Holidays! Quite timely actually as Sydney is getting cold, we’re off to sunny Cabo, Mexico in a few weeks. I am uber excited and I’m looking at beach holiday packing inspirations from my favourite celeb blogs.

1st of all because the projected weather forecast for August is SUN and 30-40 degree heat, its important not to overpack. The hotel we’re staying at also talks about dress code and apparently at dinnertime you have to wear smart casual wear, that is guys can’t wear sleeveless tops or shorts.

Here is what GOOP recommends:

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I love this! SO simple and the white colour for the beach is perfect. I need to dig up all of my white dresses!

What to wear on the plane is important and again the white theme prevails.

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It is a bit different for us thought than for those flying from America to Mexico because my plane trip is 13 hours to San Francisco with a layover in Los Angeles and we don’t get into Cabo till night time. So for that I prefer another plane riding outfit.

It’s important to layer as there are changes in temperature on and off the plane.

my plane outfit as part of the entire look for the trip, so I wear comfy clothes that I can easily incorporate into other outfits.

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1. Leggings – warm and comfortable – you need a stretchy fabric on the plane.

2. T-shirt and a long sleeve shirt – you can easily go from tee to long sleeve and the other way around, depending on changes in temperature.

3. Blazer – look smart casual no matter where you go. The Blazer will smarten up any outfit and also help with layering

4. Scarf – for some colour and big enough to cover you up when it gets chilly in the air. I usually bring my big pashmina blanket scarf acquired in Paris. It defo doubles as a blanket on the plane.

5. Flats and Boots – Flats for the plane and boots when you land. Make sure these are comfy. In this instance I’m going to pack sandals or thongs so when I land in Mexico, I can change into those off the plane (beach ready!)

Here are some top travel tips from fashion and style experts:

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Share your packing holiday tips with me in the comment section :)