As the demands of life get busier and we try to fit more and more into our days, many people are finding themselves looking for that sea change earlier in life.
Years ago, the Central Coast was seen as a place for ugg boots and focaccias, but times have seriously changed. With the rising prices of day to day living in Sydney creatives are seeking space and an alternative lifestyle to fulfil their dreams. Travel is a priority for continuous inspiration and the Central Coast is providing an alternative sabattical for many.
ByWeave is one of those true creatives who is using the Coast as her anchor. Whilst travelling the world and creating her fashion line she uses the online retail space The Iconic as the main outlet for sales, attracting a global audience daily.
In April, alongside Bohemian Traders, bombini Restaurant, Elle Ferguson from They All Hate Us and many more, Weave will launch her new collection at the Inaugural Coastal Fashion Week. She has partnered with Carrera Jones a Yogi from Bondi that also made the move from the East to the Coast, to create a new Loungewear and Yoga inspired collection, called Ukiyo:co and Ukiyo Yoga.
In celebration of the upcoming Coastal Fashion Week, Weave shared with The Carousel her top five must visit destinations if you are looking to spend a day, a week or make the big move to the beautiful Central Coast.
1: Bombini Restaurant.
My favourite place to dine out, after opening a relaxed pizzeria upstairs in the outdoor open area, it’s become a staple mid-week champagne and pizza night out with the girls. Alongside the casual vibe, Chef Cameron Cansdell also creates a luxurious dining experience in the main restaurant for those special nights out.
2: Bouddi National park
Where I go to gather my thoughts, to breathe in the spectacularly fresh air and gaze up at the magnificent Angophora tree sculptures. My favourite little secluded beach here is Maitland Bay, a small and protected cove that is always featuring sculptures made by the kids out of washed up drift wood.
3: Long Jetty
A small seaside town that is full of quaint little second hand stores, quality food, such as Common Ground eatery, a record store and second hand furniture from the seventies! Always finding treats every time I visit. Not to mention just sitting on the coasts longest long jetty for a beautiful sunset and display of spectacular feeding water birds.
A hidden treasure, the rose between the thorns! Well worth fighting the concrete car park to find this beauty. Michael Fantuz has created an authentic Italian eatery that has the most incredible selection of reds to rival South Australia. Spinning freshly made pasta in a pecorino wheel at your table, or watching the flamb’ed scampi flip in the air, the food and atmosphere here won’t let you down. It’s unpretentious, it’s quality, and It’s well worth a visit on a Friday or Saturday night.
5: Avoca Beach
This beautiful little spot has grown so much since I arrived here. Hopefully it won’t grow too much more, as the beauty of it is its tranquility. The ability to live in absolute peace in the forest, visit spectacular world class beaches and watch the international surfers take on the swell, has been life changing on every level. Lots of wonderfully talented musicians and artists are calling Avoca home, due to its ambience and ability to still get a good coffee! Pop in to see Carerra at Yoga with CJ for a session of goodness with a lady full of sunshine and pure heart at 177 Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach before you settle in to the most beautifully created foods from the garden to plate at Likeminds. Here the owners grow their own herbs and every plate is created with the most exceptional love.
Weave has brought together an impressive line up of people to work together and create an annual celebration of the creative forces that all now call the coast home.
Ex Bell’s head chef, Cameron Cansdell and wife Hayley Hardcastle will play host to the week long event at their Avoca restaurant Bombini. See below for key event dates, and to find out more visit Bombini on Facebook or on Instagram.
Key event dates:
- Wednesday March 22: Coastal Fashion official launch PLUS exclusive preview of By Weave new casual daywear collection
Ticket price $60, including canapes and drinks
Fashion, art and food – a night of inspiration for the official launch of Central Coast Fashion Week, and an exclusive preview of By Weave’s new casual daywear collection Ukiyo. There will be a series of photographic stills taken by some of the country’s top photographers, as bombini is transformed into a fashion exhibition space to launch the line.
Live music on the night by local girl MICROWAVE JENNY, and hosted by Central Coast lifestyle and fashion photographer, Jacs Powell.
- Thursday March 23 to Sun March 26 – Meet the creators at ‘The Closet’ fashion marketplace
12pm to 8pm, Thursday March 23
10am to 4pm, Friday 24 to Sun 26 March
Fashion trumps food for the week, as bombini’s The Pantry is converted into a fashionable marketplace, selling a hand-picked selection of clothing and accessories from By Weave, Bohemian Traders, Ukiyo, Skin & Bone, and Ragamuffin Jewellery. On-site champagne bar.
- Friday March 24: Morning yoga session, and launch of Ukiyo yoga-wear
9:30am to 11:30am
Ticket price $30, including 1 hour yoga session hosted by Carrera Jones, followed by morning tea
Enjoy a blissful morning of yoga from the bombini terrace, followed by the launch of new yoga wear label Ukiyo from By Weave’s collaboration with local yogi Carrera Jones of Yoga With CJ.
- Saturday March 25: Denim takes to the catwalk! Hosted by Bohemian Traders and special guest – Elle Ferguson of They All Hate Us
12pm to 3pm
Ticket price $120, including two-course lunch and champagne
An intimate fashion catwalk event over lunch, to talk denim – what to wear, how to wear – an interactive session to talk denim for your body type, plus catwalk fashion to preview the hottest looks for this year.
- Sunday March 26: Curate your look – style tips from the experts, talking hair, make up and beauty
10am to midday
Ticket price $30, including Mimosa cocktail, house-based treats, tea and coffee
Special guest – Renee Marshall, owner of Allure Hair Bar, and Tira Jaye, professional make-up artist
You have the wardrobe, now get the expert tips on how to perfect and finish your look. Allure Hair Bar owner, Renee Marshall, will demonstrate a few simple home hair styling tips to perfect at home. Make-up and simple styling tips on the day from Tira Jaye.