Chatting with Mamamia and Body+Soul
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1y ago
When I started This Island Life 10 years ago it was just meant to be a hobby. Another creative outlet for me to share my writing and my passions. It was before platforms like Instagram even existed, so I never dreamed that it would turn into a business. I count myself extremely fortunate to be able to work as an influencer and content creator. But that all came crashing down when the coronavirus crisis started sweeping the globe earlier this year. While the influencer industry is just one of the many industries affected, it’s a space that people are continually curious about – especially as a ..read more
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Sustainable swimwear by Vitamin A
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by Laura McWhinnie
1y ago
There are some bikinis that stand the test of time, summer after summer. The ‘Neutra Bralette’ and ‘Neutra Hipster’ bikini by Vitamin A is one of those. While it’s the perfect shade of pastel aqua and is made using buttery soft fabric, that’s not the only reason I have it on high rotation. This Vitamin A bikini is the perfect example of sustainable swimwear. Made from a blend of recycled nylon and Lycra – 83% Recycled Nylon and 17% Lycra to be exact, the brand is focused on reducing their impact, using their voice, raising awareness and generating change. In 2020, Vitamin A partnered wit ..read more
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Paradise found at Kuramathi Island, Maldives [Hotel Review]
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by Laura McWhinnie
1y ago
After a dream proposal on a neighbouring island, we island hopped over to Kuramathi Island where we discovered it was the perfect place to continue our engagement celebrations. Still buzzing from our post-engagement high, we boarded our speedboat transfer from at Velana International Airport to make the 90-minute journey across the Indian Ocean to what would be our island home for the next five nights. I’ve stayed at a few resorts in the Maldives, but Kuramathi was set to be different. Not only is it one of the biggest islands in the Maldives, it’s so large it has three main international buf ..read more
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New activewear by MyProtein
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by Laura McWhinnie
2y ago
Sponsored by MyProtein. My introduction to MyProtein’s new Composure Collection couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve always loved good quality activewear (especially a matching set), and MyProtein new range is a great option in a crowded market. While I usually exercise six to seven times a week, everything was put on hold back in October when my sweet baby Ryder was born. I had an emergency caesarean which meant I had to wait a full six weeks after his birth before I was given the all clear to start exercising again. Having never had major surgery before, I was nervous to get back to my ..read more
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5 Eyewear styles for summer
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by Laura McWhinnie
2y ago
Sponsored by Vision Direct. If you’re obsessed with accessorising and are always looking for ways to take your style to the next level, this guide is for you! As days get warmer and we emerge from our winter lockdown hibernation, treat yourself to a new pair of sunnies or specs to keep you on-trend and your peeps protected. The eyewear trends straight from the catwalks this year sees a shift from the micro-sunnies we saw celebs like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid sporting, to larger, more shielding ones. We’re seeing a return to well-known, forever favourites like aviators, cat-eyes, and othe ..read more
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Chatting with Mamamia and Body+Soul
This Island Life
by Laura McWhinnie
2y ago
When I started This Island Life 10 years ago it was just meant to be a hobby. Another creative outlet for me to share my writing and my passions. It was before platforms like Instagram even existed, so I never dreamed that it would turn into a business. I count myself extremely fortunate to be able to work as an influencer and content creator. But that all came crashing down when the coronavirus crisis started sweeping the globe earlier this year. While the influencer industry is just one of the many industries affected, it’s a space that people are continually curious about – especially as a ..read more
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The day-to-night-to-bed silk slip dress
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by Laura McWhinnie
2y ago
When I travel to Europe, it’s usually for at least a month. So when I pack, I need to make sure my suitcase is filled with multi-purpose pieces that can be just as at home sightseeing as they are on a romantic date night back at the villa. That’s where this day-to-night-to-bed silk slip dress from Sydney-based label Ms. Kensington comes in. This versatile lingerie slip doubles as an out-of-the-bedroom dress. It’s mid-length, and lined and darted at the bust and bias cut to flatter your shape in the most effortless way. When you wear this dress, it literally fits like it’s been custo ..read more
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Five things to do on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula
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by Laura McWhinnie
2y ago
In February and March this year, right before COVID-19 put a halt to travel plans, we headed over to Mexico’s incredible Yucatán Peninsula for 10 days of ancient Mayan ruins, jungle swimming holes, delicious Mexican food, and azure Caribbean waters. Mexico had been on my bucket list for as long as I could remember, so to experience everything this beautiful stretch of coast had to offer as what is most likely to be our final destination for 2020 was truly special. We flew in and out of Cancun and hired a car for an epic road trip down the Yucatán Peninsula. We drove straight to Tulum where we ..read more
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10 TIPS FOR TRAVELLING TO EUROPE ON A BUDGET
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by Laura McWhinnie
2y ago
Anyone who has been to Europe knows that travelling to this beautiful part of the world doesn’t come cheap. So to help you travel on a budget while still having the trip of your dreams, here are 10 money saving tips to use when you’re booking your trip and travelling around Europe. TIP 1: BOOK ALL TRANSIT IN ADVANCE Book your flights and train tickets well in advance. Even short flights and train trips can skyrocket in price if you leave booking until the last minute. If you get in early and are reasonably flexible on your dates, you can fly from Australia to Europe for around $1,000. Locking ..read more
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Sailing the Ionian Islands with Mariner Boating
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by Laura McWhinnie
3y ago
If you follow THIS ISLAND LIFE on Instagram, you’ll know that in September 2019, we headed back to the Ionian Islands in Greece for the trip of a lifetime. We teamed up with Australian sailing company Mariner Boating, for a bucket list adventure where we island hopped from Preveza to Zakynthos by yacht. These are the islands my family are from and there’s no better way to experience them than from your own private yacht. So to get you dreaming about sailing your next summer in Europe, take a look at a dreamy little video we made of our Greek Island adventures. THIS ISLAND LIFE X Mariner Boati ..read more
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