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Why I love my Sirocco Fedora...

What makes a truly great summer hat?  

I think my Sirocco fedora fits the bill for a number of reasons and here they are:-

  • It's all-natural and made of a beautiful hand-woven and polished natural straw - the material itself goes with most casual summer fashion!
  • It's handmade and from the sourcing of the headbands to the final finish, it's made with love and attention to detail.  
  • It looks like luxury for everyday and it is!
  • I'm not a big fan of synthetic materials for summer - too sticky and sweaty!  The Sirocco breathes in hot weather so the heat of your little head can escape.
  • It's lined with a soft cotton lining.  Ditto!  Heat begone, welcome summer breeze.
  • It has a soft elastic headband that stretches and is really comfortable to wear without feeling tight.  And you get a good bit of comfy cling so it doesn't blow off in bit of wind or when you are at the beach.
  • It comes in 3 head-fittings so even if you have a very big noggin, the hat and head fitting are very accommodating!
  • And you can choose from a variety of headband styles and a long, short or no fringing.  Easy.
  • And while I love nice things, I'm really not a fan of traipsing around the shops.  So you can buy it online and with free shipping in Australia.  Problem solved!  Shady summer!  

With a smile,

Travels with my hat - Art Deco glories of the new Primus Hotel in Sydney

 

 

So this last weekend, I had the good fortune to visit the new 5-star Primus Hotel at 339 Pitt Street, Sydney City.  Located close to Chinatown, the Primus building used to house the government offices of the Sydney Water Board, and the imposing facade remains much as it was.  You can't tell too much from street side.  

But step inside and she has transformed.  

 

 

Retaining a glorious scale throughout the hotel foyer, the high ceilings and pared-back interiors let the Art Deco lines, architecture and materials shine through.  What a beauty.  Red and pink-mushroom velvet upholstery compliments the imposing columns of red marble.  They are enormous and I don't know whether it would actually be possible to still source such magnificent marble in the present day.  

The open-plan Wilmot restaurant under Executive Chef, Ryan Hong, looked superb but not fussy - who can be bothered with fuss anymore?  And the foyer bar was inviting with the elegant but relaxed and personal feel of an old-school gentleman's club.  They'll be starting High Tea in April apparently too. 

 

The thing is, there weren't many people there and I don't think Sydney really knows about it...yet.  News of the Primus has just hit the pages of the Qantas InFlight Magazine, so maybe that's about to change.

However, in my opinion, the best part about this hotel lies up on the 7th floor.  The stunning pool, bar and outdoor lounge have way-usurped the Ivy for poolside glamour in Sydney.  

  

 With touches of green foliage, flowing water and those little mosaic tiles in the perfect range of blues, this area is part Palm Beach and part Bali on a perfect day.  

   

The poolside menu, the service and the experience of the whole day were spot on.  The Virgin Mojito was to die for and I've never said that about a virgin before.  And the Club Sandwich with smoky tomato sauce and fries were unbeatable.  

Heaven is on the 7th floor of the Primus.  Get there.