Meet Nicky Lark from CalmlyKaotic and discover her top travel tips!
Can you give us a 10 second intro to (yourself)?
I’m a style obsessed graphic designer, marketing grad, wife, kind-of-photographer, wanderluster, ultimate multi-tasker and glass half full type. I’m also an influencer-slash-blogger and a sucker for a good chai tea!
Just diggin' the denim 💙 This jacket is actually from the archives, aka ultimate vintage - stolen from dad's wardrobe. But I've compiled a cheat sheet for the best denim finds currently in store around your local @westfieldau - including an oversized denim jacket just like this one! On the blog now ✔️
Where do you live and what do you love most about living there?
I live on the South Coast of NSW, just south of Wollongong. Like much of the Aussie coast we’re blessed with pristine beaches within walking distance and a slower pace, while being only 1.5hrs from the hustle of Sydney and everything that the city has to offer; amazing scenery, shopping and world class restaurants.
How does Australia compare to places you’ve been around the world?
I’m still yet to find a beach around the world that compares to my many local beaches!
What does a day in your life look like?
I’m a freelance Graphic Designer and Fashion/Lifestyle blogger so most days you’ll find me sitting in my home office at the computer! I schedule trips to Sydney regularly however so on those days I’ll combine work + pleasure by having meetings at my favourite cafes around the city and trying to squeeze in some photoshoot collaborations with other bloggers or photographers.
What has been the most memorable moment of your career and life thus far?
There are many! Personally my wedding day. Professionally in my role as a freelance graphic designer I find every new branding project rewarding – helping people bring their ideas to life & realise their dreams in business. In my role as a blogger/influencer I was recently named as a finalist in the Fashion category for Rising Social Star AU which is really exciting.
Best piece of advice you've ever received?
Be comfortable. That goes for style, career and travel. In style wear something that makes you feel confident and comfortable in your own skin. In your career trust your instincts, if something makes you feel uncomfortable or unhappy change that situation. And in travel, spend money and travel well, we only live once so travel in comfort and enjoy every moment. Work to live, don’t live to work!
Any travel hacks that you can let us in on?
I got a prepaid sim before heading to the US for a month. For about $120 it included unlimited data and was delivered to my door prior to our departure, which meant it could be popped straight into my phone when we hit the tarmac at LAX. It meant I was back online as soon as I took my phone off flight mode, and I didn’t have to rely on wi-fi or pay through the nose on roaming fees in order to keep up with Instagram (and check in with family!)!
Number 1 tip for a restful flight?
I practice Vedic Meditation and meditate a lot on long haul flights. It allows me to feel rested upon arrival. Also a good block-out eye mask does wonders!
What’s one thing you do on holidays that you wouldn’t normally do?
Sleep in, swim a lot, spend the whole day off the computer & eat-out three meals a day!
What do you love most about travelling and where is your favourite place to visit?
I love immersing myself in a different culture; the food, the people, the history, the languages. Seeing cityscapes and villages that are so vastly different than what we know in Australia. I love summer and while you can’t beat an Aussie beach there’s something about the coast of Croatia, Italy, Greece… Our next trip is scheduled for Spain & the south of France. I can’t wait!
Any travel mishaps?
In Italy, while running late for a flight a friend and I once got a cab to the wrong airport. After rushing to get a new cab to the correct airport we arrived just in time but I was hastily rearranging things between my carry-on and luggage before checking in, which must have aroused suspicion with security. I was plucked out of the crowd and moved into a small room where I was interrogated in Italian! I had no idea what was being said! They brought in my bag and made me open it up, when they realised it was just full of dirty clothes I was sent on my way! Somehow we still made the flight so all was good with the world, but it was a very tense moment in time! It pays to be organised.
What are 3 things that travel has taught you?
Travel has given me perspective on life – it’s there to be lived! It’s taught me to be grateful for everything we have in Australia and it’s taught me to be present. In my world of graphic design and social media travel forces me to take a step back, it reminds me to look around and enjoy diversity, culture, and all of the moments both big and small.
Where can we find you?