For the uninitiated, Byron Bay is one of Australia’s finest regions for food, beach and culture. The Byron at Byron distills the region’s unique mix into a compelling and utterly unique resort. We stayed in the Deluxe Spa suites, and once we arrived, we felt no urge to leave. Designed by Haysorn Architects, the rooms are a marvel in space maximisation and design aesthetic.
Learning to surf is hard. There’s reading the waves, respecting the line-up, and not freaking out when a big set rolls in. But the biggest challenge of all is finding gear that’s not just functional but fashionable. Call me superficial, but I don’t want to hit the beach wearing some generic ensemble that clashes with my board. So you can imagine my delight when I came across a super cool range of women’s wetsuits by Byron Bay-based label, Tallow.
Our friends over at the Australian-based The Art Park have given us a wickedly cool prize pack featuring 4 men’s tees, 2 women’s tees, 3 caps and 2 Art Park journals to give away to one randomly selected LAEM subscriber and Facebook friend. To enter, Like us on Facebook (if you haven’t already), Like them on Facebook, then leave a comment under this post with the name of the city you’re in.
My mum was born on the 11th of November at around 11am, so I’ve grown up with the 11:11 phenomenon. Basically, she’s one of those people who always happens to check the time when it’s 11:11 o’clock. Some people explain it as a coincidence; others believe it to be an auspicious sign or the signal of a spiritual presence. As a child, I never really questioned these continual occurrences; I though that 11:11 was just her thing. Well it turns out it’s also thousands of other peoples thing, and one of them owns an amazing boutique in Byron Bay called 11:11 O’Clock.
My boyfriend is your typical guy who likes wearing nice clothes, but has no patience for shopping. So when a recent shopping trip in Byron Bay went into its second hour, I knew I was heading into dangerous territory. I knew I only had about two more minutes before he’d reach his man-shopping threshold, so you can imagine my surprise when from across the store he called out: ‘babe, do you like these shorts?’ And sure enough there he was, elbow deep in a stack of brightly printed boardies by Aussie label, Toggs.
How hot is this cut-aged copper bracelet decked out with heart-shaped charms? Icon Brand’s designs of late are definitely heating up raw aesthetic appeal. I’ve got my eye on their bullet, rosary and dog chains. You got to love this 1977 Byron Bay-born company that still continues to deliver quality goods.
As the final festival devotees gather their bags, pick up their muddy gumboots, and make their long journey home, the hills of Byron Bay seem eerily quiet. Over 17,500 music fans poured into Belongil Fields for the three day Splendour in the Grass event to watch music juggernauts Devo, Sigur Ros, Wolfmother, The Presets and The Cold War Kids do their thing.