Because sometimes you just have to get away from the city and take it back to basics.


JD and I have been away a little bit lately – we’ve been lucky to be spending time together and our loved ones. One of my most recent trips was to the Blue Mountains with my family in-laws! We stayed at my parents cute cottage (they have it on Stayz here) for two nights. We played board games, Mario Kart on Wii U and went out for some incredible food. There’s nothing like good company, good wine and good food – it was the perfect escape from the City!! I am loving my move to Sydney, but there is nothing better than escaping from the hustle of normal life on a three day weekend.


(you must go to these if you’re in the area)

Zest in Leura

Leura Garage

Solitary Restaurant


Blossom Cottage Blackheath



It was so cold when we got there on Friday. We all drove in our car, which has a thermometer in it, so we were all trying to guess what temperature it would reach when we got to Blackheath. It ended up being 7 degrees at around 2pm, which was balmy in comparison to the -2 it reached over night!! I basically layer everything I had packed – turtleneck, woolen jumper, leather jacket, beanie and scarf… I was still so cold in these images, but it was worth it considering this incredible view at Medlow Bath!

I’m not sure if you have picked up on this, but JD is a keen skater. He’s been skating for as long as he’s been walking – well that may be a little bit of an exaggeration, but it’s not far off, trust me. I’ve mentioned in the past that he’s been teaching me over the past 8 years to skate – in fact you can see us skate in this video, if you already haven’t seen it. We thought it was the perfect weekend to take our new Penny longboards up with us, because the Blue Mountains have some great flat roads to skate on. JD skated way more than me – sometimes I just like to be the observer, especially when it’s -2 degrees.

I have some more trips to share with you soon! So stay tuned!


If you’re looking for your own escape – I have some fun news to share with you! There is a Penny Skateboards competition running at the moment, where you can win $10,000AUD worth of travel money thanks to the new Longboard.

To enter, just share an image on social media of where you’d skate the new Penny Skateboards Longboard and caption why in 25 words or less for the chance to win the trip of a lifetime. Remember to use #escapethere #skatethere and tag @pennyskateboards. Check out Penny Skateboards for more information – happy skating!




Uniqlo Jumper, Cooper St Jacket, J-Brand Jeans, Converse Sneakers


JD & me taking ones of JD!



Author: Ally Carey

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayCarey

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