Life of a Gypsy | We chat with a gypsy nomads @tripinavan

Life of a Gypsy | We chat with a gypsy nomads @tripinavan

Tell us a little about who makes up the travel brood of @tripinavan

We are a family of five - Me (Bec), husband Justin and our three ratbags Jack, Billy and daughter Charli. We set off on a lap around Australia in Dec 2015 and well, the lifestyle simply stuck. Now nearly 3.5 years on, we are still living the simple life caravanning around this amazing country.

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What sparked the idea to live a life of on the road adventure?

It was a change in job circumstances for my husband, the coal mine he was working at closed down and his new job was completely way off with the work life balance. Meaning, I was home with three kids under three and he was working crazy hours barely seeing the kids. So Justin put the idea of travelling Australia to me and due to just having a baby, I said no, however after a few weeks I came round to the idea.

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Shop Bec's Dress here ~ Shop Charli's Mini dress here

Where to next?

Next? I have no idea and that’s the beauty of travel. It’s on your own terms! At the moment we are exploring Western Australia and will move on to the Northern Territory and over to the East Coast.

Most memorable places your stayed in so far and why?

There have been way to many memorable places and we are asked this question a lot. It could be in a dust bowl in the middle of nowhere, but a campfire and amazing sunset can be your memorable moment. For us its not the memorable places but the memorable moments.
We love the WA coastline, its untouched, pristine, crystal clear with the most amazing blue water and they have all this gorgeous marine life. Ningaloo Reef is pretty special.

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Shop Bec's dress here

What’s been the most surprising and rewarding experience about your journey so far?

The most rewarding experience is the family time. Although some days are hectic with three kids on the road full time I’d just never give it up. What it’s doing for them emotionally is incredible and the family bond we’re creating is unbreakable. What has surprised me is how much I love simplicity, living this slow paced life has made me appreciate things a lot more!

How long do you plan to be on this adventure?

Who knows how long this adventure will be for. I cant believe it’s been 3 and a half years. As long as we continue to earn an income, not touch our savings and everyone is happy, we will continue for another year or two (or three).

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What advice would you offer to anyone who wants to pack up and hit the road?

My advice would be to buy a caravan/bus/camper trailer that suits your family’s needs. For us, hitting the road with kids aged only 6 months, 2 and 3 years old, it was a must to have an ensuite in our caravan. Prepare yourself for an adjustment period and remember its a lifestyle not a holiday. Initially its a holiday, but you’ll need to find a good balance.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced living a life on the road?

Our biggest challenge has been remembering to make time for ourselves. We can get caught up in doing everything as a family but it’s important to make time for yourself and grab a break when you can.

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Shop Bec's Dress here ~ Shop Charli's Dress here

Most important items for a life on the road?

Most important items, well it wont be what you think. But having a really good battery and solar set up has been a game changer for us. It gives you so much more freedom and convenience. However something materialistic would be my Birkenstocks and Akubra as I wear them both every day.

Travel tips for travelling with children?

Travelling with kids is really beneficial and challenging at times. My best travel tip is to keep them on a routine as best you can. Kids thrive on routine and we make sure they are always in bed asleep by 730pm. Things just flow nicely when everyone knows what’s happening.

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Tips for self-care while travelling?

For my self care I always try to take care of my skin as I am always in the sun. I have a good skincare routine and use lots of Jojoba oil and do a hydrating facemask often.

For you, happiness is?

Happiness is family, travel and exercise. Keeping active is a must for my happiness and being able to travel with my family really does make me happy! How lucky am I.

Currently I Am...

Drinking... Wine
Cooking... Lamb
Watching... Netflix
Listening... to a Spotify playlist Reading oh I need to do more of that
Dreaming ...of delicious foods containing Gluten Wearing my bathers
Planning... our whereabouts over the next month.

 

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Stockist Love | The Creative behind White Bohemian

Stockist Love | The Creative behind White Bohemian

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Mahiya Stockist & fellow Gold Coast local, we chat with White Bohemian founder Sharon Fletcher about her love affair with Fashion 
When did you create White Bohemian?
I created White Bohemian 7 years ago
Have you always had a love affair with Fashion?
I seem to relate Fashion with the current ‘on trend’ styles and have never truly felt our Boho/Hippie styles fit in to this category.  I suppose its a type of Fashion as its originally from an era but to me its always carried through and is an expression of yourself and your lifestyle. Growing up, I would always go to Mums wardrobe and  sneak her 70’s kaftans and cotton floral Hippy dresses on.
   
What do you love most about running White Bohemian?
My staff and my customers, they make it so easy and enjoyable as they are so lovely and we have many customers that have become friends and I love seeing the bonds they form and seeing our customers happy with their new purchases.
  
Most coveted look of the season?
Anything Linen!
  
Most favourite piece you’ve ever purchased?
It has to be my Vintage finds, I have a few treasured vintage dresses.
  
Where do you draw your daily inspiration from?
Im always inspired by Summer, I love the beaches, the blue waters, the white sands, white sea shells and any tropical getaways.
   
What’s the best piece of advice that you ever received?
Pink Gin and Tonic is delicious!
  
Best piece of styling advice that you can offer?
Wear what you love and what you feel comfortable in as it shows in your personality.
  
What lies ahead for White Bohemian?
I hope continuity, I am happy to move forward and focus on my loyal followers and continue to search and find treasured styles for your wardrobes.
  
As a business owner, what does self-care look like to you?
Self-care comes in many forms, however, for me it is ensuring my life has balance.  Balance for me is being Mum, Wife, Business Owner and Me, ensuring its as even split as possible the I find mentally I am happy.
  
For you, happiness is?
Seeing my family happy , hanging out with the girls or…… sitting in the sun with a glass of Champagne in one hand and a book in the other.
  
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Dream dinner guests and why? (living or passed)
Drew Barrymore id have to say, she has been through so much and come out the other side, she has a sense of humour and the inner wild child I love!  I think she would be a fun dinner guest, I imagine we would end up dancing around the living room after a couple of bottles of wine! 
  
For our own curiosity, and as an on-going source of inspiration, we always like to find out as much as we can about our featured guests, can you humour us with the first thing that comes to mind for each the below?
  
Currently I am...
Drinking… Always
  
Cooking… Minestrone soup (honemade)
   
Watching… Games of Thrones (finally, its taking me 3 attempts to get past the gore)
  
Listening… to anything really
  
Reading… Sapeins
  
Dreaming… Of summer getaways always
  
Wearing… a warm snuggly cardigan and ugg boots
  
Planning… A European summer road trip next year
  
Our Life on the Open Road | by Love Mae

Our Life on the Open Road | by Love Mae

A little while back, the gang at Love Mae did a little feature on our family for the their Journal. Looking back at how small Ziggy was gives my heart little pangs for the baby that is now a little boy! How time flies when your living life on the open road!
Read a little of our feature below, or visit the full feature here
our life on the open road captured by love mae
Their fashion and lifestyle brand Mahiya may celebrate Boho LUXE, but for gypsy souls Ryan and Alex, the enforced simplicity of Life on the Open Road has awakened a love of living with LESS. We jumped on board for tales of their choose-your-own-adventure van life, teething toddlers and the joys of the 5-minute house clean!
Created in 2013, Mahiya translates to ‘My Love’, how did you come to find and be inspired by the name Mahiya?
We searched for awhile to find the perfect name that was exotic, different and a reflection of our products. We wanted our label to be a labour of love so Mahiya was the perfect fit. Mahiya is my love in Sanskrit, which is the language of ancient India.
A husband and wife business partnership, how did the two of you meet and how did you come to create Mahiya together?
We met at a mutual friends Christmas party nearly 6 years ago and we have been together every day since! At the time I had another label with a friend and I was looking to move on and do my own thing. It all just kind of happened on a trip to Bali where we decided to try a new direction and give it a go together. Luckily it has been a match made in heaven as we both have our different strengths. I have a design & photography background so I oversee the creative side of Mahiya, and Ryan has a business background so he looks after that side of the label.
 our life on the open road captured by love mae
Devotees of the Bohemian lifestyle, Bohemian & Gypsy elements flow through into your designs, what drives your design inspiration?
My mum was a bit of a hippie back in the 70s so I always loved the Bohemian style and lifestyle growing up. It all comes kind of naturally as I really just create things I would personally love to wear and use. Inspiration comes from so many things and can come on anywhere. The colours and exotic textures from different countries definitely inspire as beauty is everywhere.
You’re at the beginning of a 12-month adventure around Australia with 13-month old Ziggy. Tell us, how is life on the open road so far, and how is little Ziggy adjusting?
To be honest it has been a big adjustment for little Ziggy who has slowly got into the swing of things, he is finally getting used to his new home on the road. Unfortunately he has had about 5 teeth come through since we left so there has been a few sleepless nights but nothing compares to being in so many beautiful places and getting to enjoy this gorgeous country of ours. We are totally loving living with less, we are such consumers and are always wanting more but its so nice to have everything we need and know that nothing else will fit. The best bit is realising we don’t actually need much.
our life on the open road captured by love mae
What do you love most about caravan life and what parts of the country you are most excited to arrive at?
There are so many great things about van life. We spend so much more quality time together as a family without the distractions of everything that goes on at home. I also personally love only having our small space to clean! It’s heaven...5 minutes and our whole house is clean what’s better than that!
We are super excited to visit the Great Ocean Rd, Ningaloo, Esperance and Broome - WA is definitely at the top of our list.
Your Caravan is one of the most well styled Caravans that we’ve seen!
For our own curiosity, and as an on-going source of inspiration, we always like to find out as much as we can about our featured guests, can you humour us with the first thing that comes to mind for each the below?
our life on the open road captured by love mae
Currently I am...
Drinking | Scotch. Our love for this really took off at the start of this trip...nothing like a scotch at the end of a long day with a 13 month old! Amen
Cooking | BBQ everything! We don’t have an oven so it’s lots of yummy meats and salads most nights
Planning | The trip ahead. How do you choose locations where there are so many beautiful places to see?!
Listening | Ziggy Alberts, Katchafire, Vance Joy, a bit of everything really
Dreaming | Of all the amazing sunsets we are going to see this summer!
Wearing | Mahiya (of course :) ) + our favs, Olas and Lobster Shanty
Watching | Ziggy exploring all his new surroundings and touching everything he shouldn’t lol
Reading | Articles on "Am I going crazy? - or are 13 month olds just hard bloody work?"
Wishlist...
To hear... Live Music
To see...Whale sharks in Ningaloo
To hold... Our family and friends back home x
Visit Mahiya here, ⭐︎follow the Mahiya journey here ☽ follow Alex & Ryan's adventures here 
our life on the open road captured by love mae
Tara Pavlovic | Mahiya Muse & Artist in the making ♥

Tara Pavlovic | Mahiya Muse & Artist in the making ♥

You became a household name as stand-out favourite & winner of Channel 10’s Bachelor in Paradise, but despite the TV exposure, the show never really showed much about the true you...can you share with us a little more about you and your everyday life?

Sure! I live in Burleigh heads with my partner (Nick) and I work as a nanny in around the Gold Coast. I absolutely love what I do, and where I live. I start my day with a 6am workout at Xtend Barre in Burleigh Heads, grab a coffee and usually head straight to work from there. After work I come home, sometimes have a sauna and swim with Nick and then we cook dinner. Nick is usually on the BBQ in charge of the meat and me in the kitchen in charge of the salad. Most nights I’m in bed by 8:30!

 

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TV life aside, what are you most looking forward to in 2019?

I am looking forward to working hard, saving hard and hopefully by the end of the year we will be ready to buy our own home. I also have a project I am working on, so I am really excited to see how that goes. I wake up every morning so pumped to see what the day brings, I love my normal everyday life.

 

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We loved seeing all of your photos from your Europe trip in 2018, it’s such a beautiful place! Can you share with us some of your favourite spots?

Europe was AMAZING. I really loved Amsterdam, it was so quirky and different. The shopping there was absolutely AMAZING too. My favourite place though was Croatia (I am Croatian, so I could be being biased). We went from Dubrovnik, to a small village where my family of from called Mali Ston. Mali Ston was my favourite place in the whole of Croatia. I saw family who I had never met before, but other than that, it isn’t a massive tourist spot, so it was so quiet and untouched. There is also so much history there, including the Walls of Ston - built in 1333. After the Great Wall of China, they are the longest defensive walls in the world- and they are right in my families back yard!
Apart from the history aspect, the small family owned restaurants there were to die for. We ordered muscles and we saw the chef pull them out of the water right in front of us. I have never had fresher seafood in my life.

 

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Based in Mahiya’s own home town, what do you love most about living here on the Gold Coast?

I love the ease and how laid back the Gold Coast is. I moved here from Sydney around 2 years ago, every time I go back to visit, I think to myself "how did I live there?!" The traffic is better here, parking is free (or cheap), there aren’t tolls every 5 minutes, rent is cheaper, the beaches aren’t super crowded, the weather is better, and I find the people are nicer too. People here have time to smile and say hello, they aren’t always rushing off to work. Also, I LOVE the fashion sense here,
it’s so me.

 

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What keeps you grounded and inspired in everyday life?

I am surrounded by amazing down to earth people in my day to day life. Working with kids and the people I surround myself with show me what is important in life- family, friends and love. I am inspired by the families I am around to work hard and to hopefully one day have a beautiful family of my own.

The best piece of life advice you’ve ever received?

 Trust your instincts and listen to your feelings.

 

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Can you share with us your favourite style tips? What’s your everyday go-to look?

Because I am running around all day with work, my hair is always up in a topknot because I get so sweaty! I love to wear an easy jumpsuit or workout gear to work because it is super easy to move in. When I’m not working, I love a maxi dress or a maxi skirt with a cute cropped Tee or singlet.

 

What does your everyday beauty & self-care routine look-like? 

In the mornings I make sure I put on sun cream because I suffer with pigmentation on my nose and cheeks. If I’m bothered, I pop on some foundation over the top with a bit of bronzer. At night I use the Eco Tan range to cleanse my skin. I swear by it. My skin has been amazing since I started using it.

 

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What’s the one thing that people would never guess about you?

I love art. I actually am half way through a fine arts degree but stopped when I went on The Bachelor! I am going to start doing my art again now that I have more time.

 

What mediums do you love to work with & what are your plans when you finish your degree? 

I love drawing with felt tip pens, especially perspective drawings. I also love experimenting with acrylic paint mixed with other mediums. I’m a sucker for anything colourful too. I’m not sure if I want to finish my degree. Life has taken me in other directions and I feel like I learnt enough to use my knowledge on future projects without needing the degree. 

 

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What is your favourite art period & which artists inspire you most?

I really like the surrealism art movement. I find the artworks from that time so quirky and imaginative. My favourite artists from the time are Salvador Dali and René Magritte (the two most obvious choices!)

 

…... Can we ask about any details of your new project, or is it top secret?

I don’t want to say too much because it will take a bit of time. But lets just say, I will be putting my art skills to the test!

 

You can follow Tara on Instagram via @tarapavlovic ❤
 
 

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