A weekend to remember #MyHyattMemory

Before last weekend, I had never considered taking a staycation as I’ve always thought the whole point of booking accommodation is to getaway and have a break from the city you live in.

Before last weekend, I had never considered taking a staycation as I’ve always thought the whole point of booking accommodation is to getaway and have a break from the city you live in.

However, as life has been hectic and spending uninterrupted time with my little family has lately been somewhat of a rarity, the timeliness of a staycation was frankly just what we needed and as fate would have it, we were invited for a weekend’s stay at one of Canberra’s most luxurious destinations – the Hyatt Hotel Canberra.

Now I am not going to lie, there was a part of me that worried about bringing along a (very loud and energetic) 2 year old and wondering whether 5 star accommodation was the right place to try and spend some much-needed quality time but Hyatt Canberra was truly the perfect host.

Checking in, our room was spacious and lit with natural light coming in from the balcony, we didn’t feel the stuffiness you can sometimes feel in a hotel room. There was plenty of room for my little one to run around but also a nice sitting area where we could sit and read books or watch a movie. The bed was plush and comfortable and the bathroom was grand with a huge tub which was quite popular with Mr 2.

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Once we settled in, our first stop was The Tea Lounge for high tea. I personally love the Hyatt Canberra’s classic high tea and was excited about taking Mr 2 to experience it for the first time. I have often attended for baby showers and birthdays but I can tell you indulging in the delicious mini cakes, pastries and finger sandwiches was just as nice on a regular Saturday afternoon. The bite sized servings were perfect for little fingers and the teddy bear babycino was a big hit. My husband and I enjoyed the sweet and savoury treats just as much as Mr 2 but with the added indulgence of a sparkling rose (or two) and perfectly brewed coffee.

We then made our way outside to the lake near the Nara Gardens which was a 5 minute walk from the Hyatt. We ventured down whilst the afternoon sun was still out and with enough time to sit on the grass, get some fresh air and let the little one run around and climb trees (hello sugar high!).

After a relax in our room we headed to the Ambassadors Lounge for drinks and canapes with a little hesitation as to whether or not the experience would be more stressful than enjoyable with a 2 year old in tow but to our delight we had a lovely evening. The staff were warm and friendly and had a high chair and an activity pack on the ready which kept the little one entertained, along with several servings of his favourite snack – sushi, while we enjoyed lounging over a few quiet drinks and delicious canapes.

The next morning we had a choice of further indulging in a decadent buffet breakfast at the Promenade Cafe but we opted for a relaxing continental breakfast at the Ambassadors Lounge where we enjoyed fresh fruits, yoghourt, warm scrambled eggs and fresh pastries by the fire. This was one of our favourite moments of our staycation as it was so relaxing and cosy and such a nice way to start the day instead of our regular morning rush.

The entire weekend was one to remember and will be a lovely memory for years to come. Thank you so much to the staff who made us feel so welcomed even with a loud 2 year old in tow. We can’t wait to book our next family staycation.

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#SS17 for Canberra Outlet Centre

A few weeks ago I got to work on the exciting #SS17 campaign for Canberra Outlet Centre alongside some of the best local stylists including my girls from The Fashion VaultJanette Lenk & Daniella Jukic, Tracy Davis and Nicole Dwight.

When I received the brief I was so excited about the prospect of working in collaboration with other stylists. Now some may think that the styling world is competitive and it can be, however I personally love collaborating with like-minded creatives as it always leads to the very best results . This is one of the reasons why I love working on thefashionvault with Janette and Daniella where we regularly put together shoots based on a variety of creative concepts.

Claire Read, Marketing Manager of Canberra Outlet Centre is the mastermind behind this campaign. Her vision was to have a team of creative stylists curate the amazing brands the centre has to offer and to curate looks inspired by our individual style.


I loved the concept but not only did I want my looks to represent my style aesthetic, I drew inspiration from a vision of an off-duty Audrey Hepburn walking the streets of Paris in the 1950’s to create a mood, a feeling of the first few moments of the new season when it really starts to feel like Spring.

Here is a sneaky behind the scenes peek.

Keep an eye out on the campaign images which are due to be released in  a few weeks.

Sofia xo (2)