New York conversations with Briar Rose Turner

Since moving to a snowy New York six months ago, Briar has landed a job designing jewellery for Vera Wang, discovered some of the city’s best cafes and rooftop bars, and accumulated quite the collection of statement shoes.

I’ve always admired my little sister’s zeal for life and adventurous spirit, so knew she was the perfect person to give an insiders guide to her favourite places to eat and shop in New York City.

When did you move to New York and why? 

I moved to NYC at the beginning of December 2017. The timing was right; I had a visa opportunity, I was ready for the next career step, and two of my best friends were moving as well.

What do you do in New York?

I’m the Jewellery Design Assistant for Simply Vera by Vera Wang.

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The best foodie spots in Melbourne

I recently spent a long weekend in Melbourne with my husband and despite the stormy weather, enjoyed three days of discovering some of the best foodie spots around the city.

We arrived with a long list of cafe, bar and restaurant recommendations from friends and the team at Good Day cafe and I’ve included our favourites below.


On our first day in Melbourne we headed to Higher Ground in the CBD for brunch. Open from breakfast right through to dinner, the cafe is housed in a converted old industrial brick building, with diners seated over several levels at a mix of communal long tables and cosy armchairs. I ordered the granola with seasonal fruit and buffalo yoghurt, which arrived beautiful presented and was a delicious light option to start the day. The menu also includes hearty options like: minced lamb fry-up with miso eggplant, eggs and dukkah, or spiced cauliflower with scrambled eggs and flat bread.

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Indulgent chocolate tart recipe

A few weeks ago my husband and I were over at friends for dessert and they served this amazing Jamie Oliver chocolate tart. It’s decadent, rich, features an orange and chocolate base, with the filling made from 70% dark chocolate. Serve cool by itself, or add a dollop of cream on the side if you want to add to the indulgence.

Trust me, you need to make this!

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