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Sydney in one day

I visit Sydney, only to leave, wishing I had another week there. Splitting my focus between a lifetime of very cherished family, old friends and a busy business its back-to-back.
If I was to spend one day as a first time visitor in the Emerald city, here is what I would do :

Sunrise Ferry Ride – Watsons Bay to Circular Quay.
Jump on a Ferry and ride around the harbour for the very best view of the water and Sydneys incredible real estate. For a more traditional cruise, take an older north shore ferry.
stop by Watsons Bay Hotel for lunch.

Taronga Zoo
Not just for little people, it is quite possibly the best zoo in the world, with a spectacular view of the Opera House and Bridge. A must see are the Bird and Seal shows.

Sea Plane to Palm Beach.
Every city has its Santa Barbara or Hamptons and one of Sydney’s top escapes is Palm Beach. The sea plane departs from Rose Bay Marina and the flight takes you up the coastline north of Sydney.

Cocktails at Icebergs, Bondi Beach
I love Icebergs at anytime of the day,but honestly, the best time is the afternoon, when you can still enjoy the turquoise water of Bondi beach and see the surfing action.

Rachael wears our new Natural Collision collection available now on our e boutique.

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Sunset Surf

The elements I most miss about living in Australia are the beach, surf and salt air.
Needless to say, I’m a hopeless surfer but love the beach and waves on a Winters day and when the water is 19c and warmer than the sea breeze, its definitely better in, than out. The deserted beaches at sunset feel like a lifetime away from downtown New York.
I grew up on the island of Tasmania and spent the most part of 13 years at Bronte beach, or by Sydney harbour. Water is a constant in my life and inspires our designs every day.

The surf also gave me an opportunity to road test our new archway collection cuff, launching in August online. I love it.

Credits :
Photographer : Dave Wheeler
Hair and Makeup : DLM Yolanda Lukowski
With thanks to Mark for the Mini Simmons Board www.pccboards.com.au
Paddle Suit The Upside, Bikini Lisa Marie Fernandez, Cuff worn throughout Rachael Ruddick. Black Neoprene beach bag Rachael Ruddick and East West Shopper in Oxblood Rachael Ruddick

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Lead the Way – About our Archway Hardware

Inspired by retro beach side surrounds and city to surf escapes, our archway has become a synonomous feature across the Rachael Ruddick collection.
Handcrafted in New York city, we worked together with a renowned jeweler to create the curve, using turned 3 mm brass tube. The result is subtle but impactful. The archway frames the Soho collection and our leather universe from a pop colour through to a deep texture.

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Where are you from? how long have you been in New York for ?
I am from Dallas, Texas. I have been in New York about 8 months.

where does modeling take you ?
The most exciting job I have worked on was shooting for Surfing magazine swim suit issue in Aruba.

you have lived in Sydney, how long were you there for and what did you love about it ?
I have lived in Sydney twice. The first time I was there for 2 months and the second time for 7 weeks. I love everything about Sydney. It is so beautiful, the food is so fresh and the energy is amazing!

where do you live in New York ? what do you love about the lifestyle ?
I am currently living in Tribeca. It’s a great little neighborhood with nice restaurants and never a lot of traffic. Something I love about NYC is how you can get anything delivered to your door at any time of day.

How would you describe your professional interests?
My personal interests are fashion and music. Before I became a model I wanted to study fashion.

What’s your background in modeling? When and why did you get started?
I started modeling in 2008 in Dallas with Kim Dawson agency. I competed in their annual model search.

Who are some of your favorite models and designers, and why?
One of my favorite models is Izabel Goulart. I love her style and attitude. She is also very fit which I admire. One of my favorite designers is Alexander Wang.

Which fashion magazines, websites, blogs, and catalogs do you visit most often?
A website I visit most often is models.com I like to keep up to date on what’s happening in the modeling world.

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Supernova : Retro Poolside Inspired

Shooting a Spring Summer campaign on a NY ( very heavy ) snow day can, quite simply, be called, unique. Not quite inspiring, but we can only imagine the Summery glow that a warm day should conjure.

We headed to Brooklyn for our Supernova campaign shoot with our team and shot in a residential warehouse. The collection, inspired by the casual poolside cool of Jane Birkin in La Piscine, our design team introduced a new Window Pane monochrome print and a retro archway hardware piece to the new Soho collection, which have become key influences in the Rachael Ruddick collections since. Hardware includes nautical knots, rope and hooks with direct references to the brands’ waterside origins.

our team:

Photographer : Soraya Zaman

Hair and Make up: Sophie Roberts

Model : Rachel Thomas, The Society Management


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Spotlight On : Effortless style by Jane Birkin

The effortless, feminine and bohemian style that made Jane Birkin an eternal style icon is still influencing us today. The looks she sported poolside in Jacques Deray’s 1969 classic, La Piscine, influenced the clean, minimal yet feminine lines of the bags and accessories in the RR Supernova collection for Spring/Summer.

Birkin’s look, casual yet utterly chic, demonstrated the power in easy, simple clothing: the white t-shirt, the perfectly worn-in jeans, the simple slip. Easy chic is exactly what we want to channel as we eagerly await the warmer months to come.

1. Via bosstonstyle.wordpress.com
2.  Via barnabyjack.blogspot.com
3.  Via instyle.com
4. Via splitthelark.net

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The must own bag this season is definitely the Cross body Evening bag, worn from work to night in sizes from minaudiere through to sizable day bags and the most coveted are trimmed in gold frames, embellished leather, clasps and chain.

We suggest you select based on strap length and adaptability – quite simply, its key to be able to wear the same bag as a cross body as well as a more formal over the shoulder bag for the ultimate lady look. We love chains and rivets, as seen on our Soho cross Body Evening bag, as these provide the perfect amount of dash to an outfit.

Here’s our edit. RR XX

Photo Credits : 1/ Stockholm Street style 2/ Stockholm street Style 3/ Soraya Zaman for Rachael Ruddick 4/ Hanneli Mustaparta on thestreetmode.tumblr.com 5/ Soraya Zaman for Rachael Ruddick 6/Soraya Zaman for Rachael Ruddick 7/ Lena Perminova instagram 8/ Hanneli Mustaparta on thestreetmode.tumblr.com

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Spotlight On : Max Kater

I first met Max Kater and her husband Peter at a dinner in Sydney. Max has an enviable elegance in the way she does everything, from her sense of personal style, to her home decoration and of course the environmentally friendly and classically styled range of home-cleaning products she developed – from basic surface cleaner to suede and leather care sprays.

With the goal of creating safe and effective home cleaning products, Max and Peter established Murchison-Hume in Sydney in 2008. They moved from Sydney back to her native LA a few years ago to grow the company and the rest is history !

What do you love about your home town LA ?

MK: People always say the weather, but as a native, we sort of take that for granted. The real beauty of LA is that she is like a seasoned actress. She is whatever you want her to be: urban & urbane, quaintly country, beachy & laid back or a bit of everything! Los Angeles is a city that acts like a village.

what is your fondest memory of growing up in California ?

MK: I grew up in Deep Suburbia, so my fondest memories are of running (barefoot) through the connected paseos (connected pathways) to our club every day for a swim carrying only a towel and my pool tag!

what are your 3 favorite places to get away to ?

We like to go to different places and they are all within striking distance of LA, but recent favourites are Mammoth Mountain (for skiing) Palm Springs (serious pool-hopping) and Sydney (we still call Australia home).

 Name your top must visit restaurants in LA.

Cecconis is my hands down favourite for a glamourous, LA style night out with friends, I recently discovered the Terrace at the Sunset Tower Hotel for major star-spotting (had a girly chat with Katy Perry in the Loo) and for a family-friendly lunch or dinner, I love the Farmers Market at The Grove because the boys can have a corn dog, I have some sushi and Peter can get something vegan. Plus there’s shopping. It’s win-win.

 when did you have the ‘ light bulb ‘ moment which brought you to establishing the amazing brand Murchison-Hume ?

MK: It wasn’t really a moment per se, more of a Perfect Storm of things that put it all together for me. My youngest, Charlie was diagnosed with my allergic sensitivities, a chic, Parisian friend sent me a long email about the dangers of most household chemicals and after years of working with beautiful things as a Fashion Editor, I was seriously over all of the daggy products I had to use each day in my new role as a stay-at-home Mother. Cleaning products needed a serious makeover and I was up for it.

which product in the range are you the most passionate about and why ?

Oh, that’s a good question! It actually changes daily, depending on what my needs are. But since I am the proud owner of a new pair of rather fabulous suede shoes, I’m going to go with Spray Valet. It works a treat on the handles of my favourite RR Traveller.

what exciting plans do you have on the horizon that you can share with us ?

MK: Ooh, another good one. We’re always cooking up something new in the Murchison-Hume studio. We say we design products for the way people really live. We’re just about to launch a little Travel Set, with everything you need to stay well groomed on the go. It comes in a little linen pochette that one could easily drop into any RR bag with a strap! Lovely.

The Murchison Hume Bag Butler for leathercare and Spray Valet for the protection of suede are available at www.rachaelruddick.com and check out the Murchison Hume range at www.murchison-hume.com



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