Road Tripping

Road Tripping

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 [ This is my first post in the Kidspot Voices of 2015 #FordThinking Competition. ]

One of my absolute favourite things is grabbing my camera and heading off on a road trip-for-one. There’s freedom on the open road. It’s thinking time, creative processing time. And, living here, just outside of Byron Bay – the most-easterly point of Australia – we’re spoilt for beautiful scenery to inspire the senses along the way.

So when Ford Australia asked me test-drive their brand new vehicle, the Ford Everest Titanium for six weeks I didn’t hesitate to say yes! I had been looking for an excuse to drive up to Cabarita Beach, about an hour north of Byron, and my first Ford road trip destination was quickly decided.

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Thanks to the Sync 2 voice controlled navigation system built into the Everest I easily scouted some fantastic photoshoot locations; almost-empty beaches set against a turquoise ocean and ‘postcard sand’. Hemmed by a spectacular coastline, with remnant coastal rainforest, surfing breaks and picturesque beaches, Cabarita offers a different, more rugged flavour than Byron. Perfect to have up my sleeve for future shoots.

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After all of that glorious salt, sun and sand, I stopped for a drink at Paper Daisy and wandered around the grounds of Halcyon House, a sublime new boutique hotel that I’d been hearing nothing but praise for since it opened.

With interior design by one of my favourite Australian designers, Brisbane-based Anna Spiro of Spiro and Black, it was love at first sight. I’m such a sucker for beautiful places and this one is amazing. Instagram-perfect at every turn, I was spoilt for choice when deciding on a background for the quick #ootd (outfit of the day) selfie I shot for the top of this post.

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Road Tripping - The Luxe Edit


THE ROAD-TRIPPING LUXE EDIT : Lanvin Wedge Sandals from, 1 025 AUD / Rough Diamond Ring by Bario Neal, 3 570 AUD / Cat Eye Sunglasses in ‘Laura’ by Sunday Somewhere, 270 AUD / White Cotton Playsuit by Spell & The Gypsy Collective, shop similar / Bohemian Mistrel Statement Necklace by, 299 AUD / The New Ford Everest Titanium in Metropolitan Grey from

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A bit more scouting and a stop for coffee – the Everest Nav system actually responds to the voice command: FIND COFFEE! Hahaha, I thought that was awesome – and it was time to head home. There’s a command for that, too.

On the return drive, I played around with some of the other hands-free voice-controlled options: climate-control (18 degrees Celsius thank you very much), phone (I called my brother Monty, my Beautiful Lens food collaborator, to chase up our next recipe) and music selection (from my latest TBL playlist, of course! :). The Everest’s two USB ports, SD card slot and RCA port mean you can even upload your own images to be displayed as the 8-inch touch screen’s wallpaper. So cool.

But enough wordy descriptions. I actually shot my first little Beautiful Lens video on my iPhone throughout the day. So, how about I show you :)

Thanks to Ford Australia and Kidspot Voices of 2015Happy driving. Tell me where your favourite road trips lead in the comments below, and if you would like to see more videos – I want to know that too! Love,


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