An Australian Summer

Evoking feelings of wanderlust and relaxation feels paramount to this year’s summer holidays.
Embracing our local shores, we speak to some of our #OWwomen about their perfect Australian Summer 🖤 OW x
 

Rachel Watts
Our very own Yummy Mummies star! Melbourne Mother of two with the most contagious smile & eye for fashion.
Favourite summer holiday location in Australia?
Our beach house in Blairgowrie. 
Favourite salad recipe for a BBQ?
Beetroot and Feta with spinach leaves.
Favourite summer activity with your children?
Ohhhhh toss up between beach days and pool hangs! 
Favourite rooftop bar?
Sorrento Hotel.
What is the best part of our Australian summer?
Lamingtons, pavlovas and a sausage in bread with tomato sauce (can you tell I love food haha).
Rachel is wearing the  Bengal Blouse & Devi Skirt.

Melbourne Mother of two, interior expert, fashionista and supporter of OnceWas from its foundation. 

Favourite summer holiday location in Australia?
Hiking around Cradle Mountain or Freycinet in Tasmania.
Favourite salad recipe for a BBQ?
Avocado & mango salad (mangoes, avos, cherry tomatoes, red onion, lemon juice, & cilantro).
Favourite summer activity with your children?
Camping, taking them for a ride on my Stand Up Paddleboard, going for a family cruise on our boat (we even bring the dog!) 
Favourite summer bar?
I love Lui Bar 
What is the best part of our Australian summer?
I love the hot weather, days at the beach, & being able to head off in our camper trailer whenever we like over the summer holidays. 
Catja is wearing the  Devi Dress in Taj Tapestry.


Roopa Gulati
Stylist, Wellness Advocate and Cancer Survivor from St Kilda, Melbourne.
Favourite summer holiday location in Australia?
Byron Bay or Noosa.
Favourite salad recipe for a BBQ?
Love a fresh walnut, pear and rocket salad.
Favourite summer activity with your niece & nephews?
I love going to the beach and building sand castles with them.
Favourite rooftop bar?
The Emerald Peacock.
Roopa is wearing the sold out Devi Dress in Mimosa Flower. This design is now only available in Spice Loom & Taj Tapestry.
Deanne Buhagiar

Our fashionista & Mother of two from Queensland with an incredible eye for beauty and wellness.

Favourite summer holiday location in Australia?
Noosa or anywhere near the beach
Favourite summer activity with your children?
A long day at the beach - packing a picnic and the boogie boards. 
Favourite rooftop bar?
Maya Mexican Brisbane!
Favourite salad recipe for a BBQ?
Curried Potato Salad (2 ½ pounds yellow or red potatoes, scrubbed and diced (1/2- to 1-inch), ¾ teaspoon salt, divided, ½ cup mayonnaise, ½ cup low-fat plain yogurt, ¼ cup finely chopped onion, 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 2-3 teaspoons curry powder, ½ teaspoon ground pepper & 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped)
Deanne is wearing the Sati Dress.

Penelope Cadzow

Successful personal stylist & Mother of three from Mossman, NSW.

Favourite summer holiday location in Australia?
Byron Bay! We got engaged at the lighthouse, married at Watego's Beach, and have returned every year since for holidays - now with 3 kids in tow! The beaches are stunning, cafes and restaurants are delicious, and a variety of stores & fashion to enjoy shopping too! There is something for everyone.
Favourite salad recipe for a BBQ?
Definitely a Chicken & Mango salad with a lemon zest dressing. It's light, fresh, tangy, and perfect for hot summer days at the beach or balmy evening BBQ's with friends!
Favourite summer activity with your children?
The beach. We are like that family with ALL the equipment - but it's worth it! We pack lunch and snacks and the kids will spend hours surfing, swimming, playing in the sand - and enjoying nature! I feel so lucky to live in Sydney and have access to so many incredible beaches on our doorstep - from Balmoral to Freshwater, Avalon to Palm Beach.
Favourite rooftop bar?
I have always loved the Opera Bar for the view, it's not rooftop but it has the most amazing view looking out over the harbour, while enjoying an Aperol Spritz! I love being amongst all the hustle and bustle of the people of all walks of life, while sitting between Sydney's iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
What is the best part of our Australian summer?
BBQ with friends or a picnic on the beach always feels so Australian, and such a big part of our Summer lifestyle. The kids play and swim for hours, munch on classic sausages in bread and icy poles, while adults chat and and relax - it never feels rushed. We just always make sure we are all lathered in sunscreen, the Australian sun is hottttt!
Penelope is wearing the Bengal Blouse & Castro Pant.

Cat Sanz

Styling and brand coach & mother of three.

Favourite summer holiday location in Australia?
The great ocean road, in Lorne is my favourite summer location in Aus.
Favourite salad recipe for a BBQ?
Mixed leaf, red onion, capsicum, cucumber, kalamata olives, avocado and cherry tomatoes with a simple lemon, olive oil and salt dressing.
Favourite summer activity with your children?
Heading to the beach, building sandcastles and jumping waves.
Favourite rooftop bar?
Siglo.
Cat is wearing the Devi Dress in Taj Tapestry.

Britney Woods

Former stylist for Harrods (London) and Who Magazine & co-owner of ‘Les Bois’ a curated selection of hand-poured wax candles and homewares.

Favourite summer holiday location in Australia
Broome.
Favourite salad recipe for a BBQ
Layered garden salad.
Favourite summer activity with children?
Splashing in the rock pools at our local beaches. 
Favourite rooftop bar?
Rhonda’s, Terrigal Beach. 
 
Britney is wearing the sold out Devi Dress in Mimosa Flower. Worn open or closed, this design is now only available in Spice Loom & Taj Tapestry.


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