Happy Australia Day! My expat friends seem to come back for all the same reasons; the beach, family & lots of drinking! Here are the stories behind my instagram holiday pics & what their highlights were this summer in Aus? Come back soon, we miss you already!

Stylist, Michelle Jank
Take off my heels, stand barefoot on the grass, see my beautiful friends and family, the baileys, do my homecoming ritual. Go to the flower markets at 4.30am with my inspiring dear friend Saskia from Grandiflora, see my brothers bar Arcadia doing so well, lots of time with my birds Ella and DD on my shoulders. A top up of love and beauty for the year ahead…

Model, Ruby Jean
Spending a beautiful Christmas with my family and spending lots of time with my sister. Oh and shopping the summer sales!

Editorial Fashion Director of Net-A-Porter, Gabriele Hackworthy
Driving to Palmy in the StyleMeRomy mobile, windows down, music blaring, singing along to the DJ Zen’s mix of Jolene and followed by lunch at the Boathouse. A perfect summer’s day out.

Photographer, Lincoln Pilcher
Cruising Pittwater in my beloved old tinny with an esky full of Sydney Rock oysters & a bottle of ros̩! Pit stop at Mackerel beach for a dip Рtake me there now!! Signing off from snowy NY.

Calvin Klein’s Malcolm Carfrae with models, Jordan & Zach Stenmark (IMG)
Malcolm: The highlight of my Summer vacation was catching up with good friends like Romy and enjoying the best of Sydney’s restaurants and beaches. Unwinding for a few days in Pearl Beach was bliss – just far enough away from Sydney to feel like a genuine escape.
Jordan: The highlight of my summer was definitely spending time with my family and friends, going to movies, sharing great meals and watching my younger brother play in a Basketball Tournament.
Zach: My highlight of the summer apart from surfing most days was watching the NYE fireworks from a ferry on Sydney Harbour. It was awesome.

Stylist, Morgan Pilcher
The highlight of my summer vacation was seeing my Mum and Dad and spending time with them as I live so far away.
It is also always amazing catching up with all my old friends and of course getting to swim in the ocean everyday as I was coming from the cold New York winter. Being able to be barefoot the majority of a holiday is such a luxury to me.

Justin O’Shea & Anthony Kendall of
Justin: Highlight was ping pong New Years tournament, watching The Hives play at Southbound festival and finally finding a pair of leopard swimming shorts. And of course hanging out with Terry’s bird and meeting the stylish SMR at the event in Sydney!
Anthony: For me my summer highlight of Sydney was the cocktail party had at Terry Kamjo’s and then Perth – swimming at Cottesloe beach every morning, lunching at Il Lido, then white wine on the lawn.

sass & bide’s International Communications Manager, Nicci Hunter
Endless afternoons at the beach with family, friends, and my dog carlos – I dream of these days when away!