When I sat down at the end of last year to reflect on the list of things I was thankful for, one that quickly popped in my mind was how blessed I was to have made a tonne of friends through this blog, especially through Post-a-Parcel. I love the idea of connecting to people, whether it be through a shared love of DIY, design, crafting, food or perhaps just the familiarity and hardships of everyday life. What I've also come to realise is that there is such a long list of creative, talented and generous ladies around the world that continue to inspire me day in and day out. Everytime I stumble across one, I'm bound to discover another. Ah, and that's when the invisible light bulb lit up above my head...
Why not get to know these ladies better? Why share what they do and showcase the beautiful cities they live in? This is what 'Around the World' will be about. Every week (hopefully for a full year), you guys will be able to meet a creative lady from one part of the world and get to know a little bit about her everyday life.
To kick off this series, I decided I must absolutely have a representative from Sydney and it wasn't hard to think of one lady I'd love to get to know better - Erika Raxworthy.
I can't even begin to tell you what a wonderful, talented and lovely lady Erika is. If you haven't stumbled across her blog, do me a favour and please add it on your to-read list. I mean, seriously, just look at this little gathering she styled and hosted. Her style, her recipes, her creativity, her photography... seriously, I am a huge fan. So guys, meet Erika!
Tell us a bit about yourself //
I'm a designer / stylist / photographer / crafter / home baker / whatever you want me to be from Sydney. Every day is quite different which is what I love most about my job. Some days I stay in my pyjamas until 2 pm (or later) editing or designing and others I am out and about shooting or styling.
What part of Sydney do you like most and why? //
I would never pick favourites but I guess I tend to spend most of my time in Surry Hills. It's got pretty much everything I love - food, cute shops and lovely alleyways to wander about in.
Where are your favourite hangouts? //
Warning: these are all going to be food related!
Sample Coffee and Four Ate Five are my go to's when I'm grabbing a coffee before work in Surry Hills.
Our favourite place to go to for casual dinner is this really old family style restaurant in Gymea Bay called Big Mexican Rancho. It's decorated in pretty awful (the kind of awful that is good again) retro Mexican decor that my husband reckons hasn't changed since he started going there when he was a kid. They do HUGE meals that are totally not fancy and hits the spot every single time.
Not local but we always stop at Grandma's Little Bakery in Collector when we drive to Canberra.
I also love Bread and Circus in Alexandria and Pasta Emilia in Surry Hills. And special mention to Black Star Pastry, Gelato Messina and Bourke Street Bakery. Because duh.
I'm not a huge drinker and would much rather go out for food but I recently went to White Hart in Neutral Bay for a Cocktail High Tea - it was a real experience to say the least. Definitely would recommend it if you want something a little different for a special occasion.
Tell us a bit about your creative space //
Honestly, I do most of my work from my couch but am very lucky to have a sunny second bedroom which has been turned into my little 'studio'. It tends to look like a bomb sight most days as I'm always part way through some project but the room has great light for photos and a door to shut at the end of the day to hide the mess.
What do you like to do in your spare time? //
Nap and watch bad TV. Is there anything more satisfying? I do also love bike rides and pottering about in second hand shops looking for treasures.
Your favourite day of the week and why //
Sundays - it's when I'm most likely to just be home (watching bad TV of course).
Name 3 people that continue to inspire you //
This is one of those questions that should be so easy but I just go blank every time I get asked. I'm sure I'm forgetting people but here goes:
Luisa Brimble - Luisa is a photographer that I have been very lucky to work with and she is SO talented. What inspires me about her though is the way she dreams really big and the way she connects with other creatives. She also has this insane energy that is so infectious.