Hello, Newtown!

Newtown is a go-to location for some of Sydney’s best counterculture, so it's a natural place for a Bailey Nelson store. Nestled among the distinctive bars, galleries and shops of King Street, we feel very at home in our fun new neighbourhood.

Those who have had their eye on Bailey Nelson since we first started out will note that this is actually our second location in Newtown. A couple of years ago, we lived just down the road from our new store, above Brewtown Newtown. And it’s good to be back!

In what we feel is one of our most exciting and innovative endeavours yet, the store’s interior has been brought to life with a custom mural by Elliott Numskull Routledge. A unique creative force and long term inner-west local, Elliott has injected some of his signature individuality into our store, which we think channels both our BN style and the eclectic vibe of the suburb. We're so excited to share the latest addition to the Bailey Nelson family. 

We would love you to join us for the official store opening. It kicks off this Thursday at 10am, and in case you needed another reason to get down there early, the first 50 customers will also receive a custom tote bag designed in collaboration with Elliott.

We can't wait to see you. 


Sam Fitzsimmons - Broad Bean Cafe

Rich browns and warm hues give the cafe a sense of homeliness on even the gloomiest Melbourne day. I was welcomed with wide eyes and even wider smiles when I went to meet Sam Fitzsimmons. A cool, calm and collected young man with big dreams. 
Firstly, you've got a lovely team. I saw that the customers couldn't help but to join in the fun, your light hearted energy is contagious.
Thanks for saying that about the staff. They're all so lovely. I guess the thing that sets us apart from other Grocer/ Cafes is that the staff and customers interact a lot. The staff are taught to know about a lot of the products we stock so as to be as much help as possible to the customers.

I could rattle off 10 things I love about this cafe (number one being the range of organic chocolate). What's your favourite thing about coming to work every day?

The best thing about coming in to work for me is the coffee! I love having a chance to do something I am passionate about every day and to get paid for it. The owners are very open to any suggestions I have surrounding the service of coffee and it's a good feeling to have your input respected and valued.

I might be making assumptions here, but has all the knowledge you've collected at Broad Bean made you a better chef at home? 

Everyone in my home loves cooking and we take turns each night to cook meals for each other! We even have a monthly pie-night which happens on the 1st Sunday of each month. We take turns cooking for this and it's a wonderful affair. I've definitely gained confidence in putting fun, healthy meals together due to being surrounded by such wonderful produce on a daily basis.

Any favourite sweet treats?

I love the sweet offerings we have on display, and they're all raw, vegan and refined sugar free! I try not to indulge too often which is quite hard, but if I had to choose one, I would definitely say the raw caramel slice.

Now, you mentioned your musical interest. Can you tell us about that?

I'm very passionate about music! I love listening to music whenever I can. I also work part time for a recording studio in South Melbourne doing many different things. I have thrown my hat in the ring for different roles at music festivals too. I've managed stages, been an Artist Liaison amongst other roles. I used to also book entertainment for a nightclub in Sydney which I loved!

Who is your greatest inspiration/ influence? 

I am very inspired by a man named A.B Facey. He wrote an autobiography titled, "A Fortunate Life," and it tells his story of growing up and facing wild adversity of which people in Australia rarely see nowadays. He began working at the age of eight, lent his hand to many different professions and experiences, faced suffering and outlived his wife and sons, yet always remained positive. He was asked why he named his book "A Fortunate Life," and he said "I truly believe that is what I had." I try to remember that if I'm ever feeling down about things that I have had an incredibly fortunate life, too, and I will always be thankful for that!

Any other hidden talents or interests?

I'm an avid cyclist. I ride to work every morning. Rain, hail or shine; which can all happen in one day down here in Melbourne! I love the freedom and ease of cycling and it's free exercise. I'm currently transforming my shed into a home bike workshop which is a fun side project for me.

So, whats next for Sam?

I've always got a few irons in the fire regarding my future. Hopefully there's big things on the horizon, but for now, catch me pouring hundreds of lattes a day down here in Southbank :)

IG: @yvngsally

Words and photography: Nogani Moore 


The name TomMarkHenry may evoke images of a dapper businessman, but the Sydney-based interior design and architecture firm isn’t run by one, or even three men - rather, by three powerhouse women (or one superhuman, but we’ll get to that).


The brainchild of Chloe Matters, Jade Nottage and Cushla McFadden, TomMarkHenry has skyrocketed since its inception in early 2014, with an impressive resume of bespoke residential and commercial projects which can be found all over Sydney.

After bidding farewell to their own separate self-run companies, Chloe, Cushla and Jade decided to come together, combining their powers to create the now dynamic and thriving TomMarkHenry. Each member brings crucial skills to the company as equal partners, and forming the brand as a collective has allowed them to achieve things that just couldn’t have been done as a solo venture.

“Having three different perspectives is not only beneficial to our clients but for ourselves as we challenge each other and push the design boundaries further. Obviously this comes with its challenges as ideas and opinions can differ, but ultimately this means we have three minds working and pushing the brief until we reach a harmonised solution. We also bring different personalities and experiences to the table that together formulate a complete super-human!” says Cushla.

Jade believes their strength lies in both these innate differences, and stylistic similarities. “When we first started out I’d say our tastes were a lot more diverse, but since working together, they’ve become more refined and have become slightly more similar, there are still subtle differences and we all really offer something different though.”


Here at Bailey Nelson, we love companies grounded on timeless and high-quality design - and TomMarkHenry is a perfect example of this. According to the trio, the real trick is maintaining classic and sustainable design principles while still managing to acknowledge industry trends.

“Our main concern within our design projects is responding the given brief and space appropriately. We take into account the client’s requirements, budget, timing, suitability and the space etc and if our response to the brief includes an element that would be considered on “trend”, this comes as a result of that being the right fit for the project...we keep our work timeless by ensuring that first and foremost we are influenced by the specific needs of the projects, not by industry trends.”

So with this in mind, which elements of design will never go out of style according to TomMarkHenry?

Cushla’s focus is working with classic materials.

“You really can never go past the beauty of natural stone. This has been around literally forever and there are so many amazing variations of it that we can’t ever imagine a time when people would turn their noses up at natural stone in some way, shape or form.”

And to Jade, it’s all about the space in between.

“In term of design techniques, classic proportions will always be relevant regardless of the colour palette, working with traditional proportions should be something to stick with in design moving forward.” 

With a massive number of residential properties, as well as commercial businesses, offices and hospitality projects under their collective belt, it’s easy to wonder how these projects differ and which spaces are the most enjoyable to work with. While Chloe has a residential background and takes on most of these projects, Jade and Cushla are more inclined to lean towards commercial.

“I guess I prefer commercial and hospitality because you’re offering an experience, people don’t actually have to live in it so it allows you to be free with your material choices and be a bit bolder.” says Jade. “But every project offers something new, we get just as much joy out of a 60 square metre site as opposed to a huge project.”

And when it comes to residential properties, there’s a surefire favourite room.

“Hands down, the kitchen! No matter what, people always congregate around the kitchen. It must be something about the preparation of food!” says Cushla.

As rent and housing prices rise (especially in Sydney), a lot of people are opting for smaller living spaces, and their number one tip for utilising small areas and creating the illusion of space is to simply “go up”.

“With floor space becoming so hard to come by, you really need to utilise every available inch within your home to maximise space, especially the volume. If you can’t go up, it’s important to utilise every available inch of space without making the space claustrophobic. Try to find clever storage solutions without making the space feel full, then furnish with larger and fewer pieces. Everyone always thinks smaller pieces and more of them in smaller spaces work, which is not the case.”

The last few years has seen the ensemble take on a tonne of unique and diverse projects including a high-end butcher in Double Bay, a Mexican food kiosk in Barangaroo and the first two co-working spaces for WeWork in Australia - and it’s looking like the year ahead will be just as exciting.

“We can’t wait to reveal a nail salon that we are designing at Barangaroo. This is another one where we are pushing the boundaries of what a nail salon should look like. It’s pink, very soft soft, feminine and relaxing, but also unexpected.” 

“We also have some beautiful residential projects coming up, including a major renovation of a house in Vaucluse, 2 houses in Clovelly and an apartment in Bondi.” says Cushla.

“Our dream project would be a boutique hotel. We see this as being the perfect merging of our creative ideas behind hospitality, retail, residential and even workplace design with the rise of the nomadic work/life approach. We’ve had a wealth of experience designing in all of these typologies so would love the opportunity to combine all we have learnt along the way into the one project.”

And speaking of dreams, for those aspiring interior designers who are trying to forge their place in the industry, their advice is simple.

“It takes passion, ambition and drive but stick at it and it’s all worth it. Be genuine and confident. It’s not going to happen overnight, so be patient, but also, dream big!"

Photography by Ben Murphy



Luen Jacobs

If throwing parties, creating zines, playing Sydney’s DJ circuit and digging for new tunes at Triple J and FBi Radio sound like your idea of sweet gigs, you’re going to be jealous of Sydney’s Luen Jacobs.

Originally from Brisbane, she started out at just 19, deeply entrenched in the local live music scene and throwing parties. A few years later, she moved to Sydney and launched Hand Games; a punk and indie focused mixtape accompanied by blowout nights. In the years since, Luen’s taste has transformed as her career has matured, undergoing a stylistic shift and starting a new project called TAXX which reflects her deep love of dance music. While the musical genre’s she represents have evolved, moving further into the realm of beats and dance, her vision of promoting talented and lesser-known artists remains.

Luen’s path from music curator to party-thrower to DJ to presenter has been a typically nonlinear creative journey, one grounded in dedication and a burning passion for promoting local artists. And in true Gen Y slashie style, she now dabbles in all of the above, along with recording her own music and working on side projects. As well as her obvious talent and industry know-how, she puts her bourgeoning DJ career down to a tonne of practice and persistence.  

“I was so keen about 5 years ago and did my training at FBi, but after two night time shifts absolutely blundering my way around the studio like a nervous wreck, I decided it just wasn't something I was good at and I should pursue other interests.”

If you follow Luen on social media, you would have noticed a selfie or two in front of her DJ decks or radio panel at some point. And if you’re technologically-impaired like me, wonder how anyone makes sense of the complex sea of buttons, knobs, screens and mixers (I don’t think any of those are actually the correct technical terms) in front of her. To clarify for any aspiring presenters out there:“A couple of years later, I started guest curating playlists at triple J unearthed and had an amazing side kick, Lachlan Macara who helped me to feel comfortable and in control behind the microphone. After that, I felt powerful and slowly got back into it. I love radio and what it represents and am glad I gave myself a second chance.” 

“There's a screen just for net and research, one for text line, you have one to search music in the system and one that acts as a cart so you'll load your music and your little bits of info 'stings', and that's where you trigger everything that plays live on air. If you have a producer, you'll have a one-way screen that they can type messages to you on, and is constantly updated with info about your callers etc. Every studio is different though!”


Luen is pretty positive about the future of the radio industry and feels that with the rise of podcasts and DIY radio, it’s having a bit of a comeback moment. Platforms like Spotify and Apple Music have allowed people to have a digitally curated listening experience, but a more familiar connection is what she thinks people are longing to rekindle.  

“I reckon people are so overwhelmed with unlimited access to everything that's ever been recorded ever, we are craving human curation. We want to be educated on music from someone real who has personal taste - who is not an algorithm.”

This personalised curation is what she aims for in her DJ sets, and she also gets to add a bit of her own flair to her regular presenting spot at Triple J on Saturdays from 1 – 6am. So who is she currently listening to?

“I'm obsessed with a DJ from Cologne called Christian. S, he makes dark house and techno that feels super minimal yet mythical, his rhythms are insane. Locally from Sydney, I love Hubert Clarke Jr, he runs a record store called Otis and is influenced by hip hop but makes really warm old school style house. It's so good to play on a dance floor.”

“Wanna vibe out? Hit up Hiatus Kaiyote from Melbourne. They are some of Australia's best musicians, Nai's voice will transport you. Jad & The is cool, Love Tool and Zulu by him are my favourite songs - African influenced house and disco. His podcast Beats Of No Nation is also a radio show I listen to regularly for new soul, funk, disco, house and everything in between. He's from Brisbane living in Berlin now.”

“Nearly every show I do on triple J I play a song from Jaala. But the recordings barely do justice to her live show. Cosi demands the stage with so much casual sass. She is my idol.”

Music-wise, Sydney is copping a lot of criticism right now, with lots of young creatives choosing to flee for states with less restricted nightlife and fresh opportunities. But Luen still holds the city where it all began for her close to her heart, suggesting that Sydney’s environment is conducive to a tightknit and growing community of creative people.

“There’s lots of support. You can always ask someone for help, and people are taking back the power to put on their own shows and book their friends for small scale gigs. It takes the pressure off those starting out when everyone around you is supportive and doesn't expect you to be the best. It's about learning and growing into yourself slowly, I think Sydney allows that.”

And this support is extended to those who inspire her various endeavours.

 “I'm usually influenced by my friends and people who love what they do who are close to me – in all industries. When people are passionate, I get so excited and it rubs off on me.”

Astonishingly, when asked about Australia’s most notorious party icon, Corey Worthington, Luen isn’t familiar with the infamous legend.

“Is that the guy who threw the house party then never took off his glasses?”

Clearly she hasn’t drawn any inspo from his antics when it comes to party-throwing etiquette, but luckily for us, she does have some pearls of industry/life wisdom to share.  

“Be respectful people. Be nice, treat others how you'd want to be treated yourself. People have long memories. Don't think being a d***head won't come back and bite you. To throw good parties just be true to your taste and try to find your people, keep at it and start small. Things will happen!”

Keep up to date with Luen's mixes and upcoming DJ sets here

Photography by Ben Murphy



Genevieve and LaurenWalter and George are real though. ‘The name [WalterG] comes from our grandfathers, Walter and George. They both passed away within a year of each other and we both inherited a small amount of money, but it was enough to start our business. The name was a little nod to them’.You can buy WalterG textiles from Sydney to New York; beautiful prints in coastal colours with vintage designs – but there is no ‘WalterG’, something that confused some of the company’s earliest suppliers. ‘Everyone thought we worked for someone called Walter who ran some big business empire’, remember Lauren and Genevieve, who co-founded WalterG in 2011. The name might have been the best planned aspect of the business (‘we didn’t even really do a business plan’). The rest, it seems, was a mixture of serendipity and huge amounts of hard work.

In the late 2000s, Lauren was staying in India completing an mandatory internship for her degree. ‘I was living in Hong Kong at the time’ says Genevieve, ‘and went to visit her as a friend on holiday. We fell in love with it and a week before Lauren flew home we emailed “hey, what do you think about starting a textile company?”’

Despite the fact that neither Lauren or Genevieve had graduated or run a company before, the answer was obviously ‘”Wow, sounds awesome, love to. How do we start?”’.

The answer, of course, is complex. Genevieve and Lauren explain that ‘It was probably a year before we started because we both had to save a bit more money and finish our degrees… At the end of the day, as a stock-based business. You can have all the dreams in the world but you kind of need cash’.

The stars ultimately aligned for Lauren and Genevieve. After a government grant and graduation, the money and timing came together which let Lauren and Genevieve move to India to for six months to ‘learn it all’.

Sanganer, a historical centre of textile production in Rajasthan where Lauren and Genevieve lived, presented huge challenges. ‘”It was just like ‘we’ve got this much”’, they recall ‘so we’ll have to live off this $2.50 a day so that we’ve got money to put into the stock’.

There were also incredible opportunities in Sanganer though. ‘It’s been a home of block printing for hundreds of years. Lots of natural dying happens there and in some of the surrounding villages. A lot of people who live in that area have something to do with block printing or block carving.’

LaurenLiving in Sanganer also meant a chance for Lauren and Genevieve to meet the local women who work in the textile industry. Though a lot of large firms are own along typical patriarchal lines, traditional block printing provides an independent income stream for many women in the area. ‘A lot of women work in block printing over there, which is fantastic because it’s something that women can do with a little room in their house… They’re able to have a traditional housewife role but have an income as well, which is great.’ 

Founding a company is very different from making it successful though. Lauren and Genevieve found out the hard way there is a limited market in Australia for naturally dyed textiles though. Brighter colours are more in vogue but there has been a resurgence of appreciation for the handmade, high quality goods that WalterG (and Bailey Nelson!) provide.

The United States also represents a huge opportunity. Genevieve and Lauren note that the country is really enthusiastic about Australian style. ‘They’re always saying to us “we’re loving everything that comes out of Australia, it’s so different”, but being in this country we take it for granted a little bit’.

It’s easy to understand the Americans’ love for WalterG’s textiles. As a country with a long heritage of making fabrics and a cold climate in Northern states, beautiful throws, blankets and bedding are essential for a lot of households.

As with Lauren and Genevieve’s time in India, entering the United States presents a lot of challenges for the three woman team behind WalterG. ‘We’re getting to the stage where we might need more people, but for the moment we’re just seeing how it goes.’ In what could be an unpaid ad for Microsoft or Google, Lauren and Genevieve attribute their ability to manage a company and live life at the same time to apps that let them work remotely.

The business world might be changing rapidly, but the story of WalterG shows that traditional ways of patterning and making textiles still have a place in people’s hearts, and homes.

Core Values

We’re huge fans of acetate. As a natural, flexible material it can be moulded to suit any face shape but when it gets hot, acetate feels the heat. On scorching summer days, old acetate frames can even start to droop.

Early optometrist solved that problem by embedding wire cores into the arms of acetate frames. It’s a method that we’re proud to still use today.  

We’re not satisfied with replicating those who have gone before us though. Bailey Nelson frames in translucent tones now feature custom wire cores. 

Our designers worked with a seventy year old Italian-French firm to perfect the process. BN cores are moulded from nickel silver, then tumble polished until they gleam. Every core is plated in a gold or silver tone, matching the overall aesthetic of the frame. 

Once it’s heated to exactly 35 degrees – hot enough to pierce the acetate, cool enough not to damage it – the core is shot through the acetate arm.

Don’t let the term ‘shoot’ fool you. It’s a precision process that places the core flush with the end of the arm at the temple and a few millimetres from the ear piece. 

Bailey Nelson cores have unique detailing too. Our name – just in case you forget who made your fresh specs – is on one arm and a set of small shapes grace the other. These icons: a diamond, oval, square, heart, triangle and circle represent the diverse ways a human face is shaped.

You’ll see our cores shining in crystal, smoky grey, amber and rosé frames.

Photo by Ben Murphy.

Meet the Team: Volume 12

Phuong is our superstar optometrist down in Adelaide, at the Rundle Mall boutique. Come for a whirl through 12 questions for volume 12 of our 'Meet the Team' series.

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BN: What are your passions outside work?

PT: I like keeping fit and love social activities that involve a little bit of outdoor exercise. I do aerial fit which is a lot of fun. I get to swing on silk through the ceiling and I do a bit of hiking here and there too.

BN: If you had to leave your house in a hurry and not come back, what three things would you take?

PT: My mobile phone and my passport. I’ve only got two – that’s it.

BN: A very practical answer. If you had to have a fictional character over for dinner, who would you pick?

PT: That’s a hard one. I reckon the flying carpet from Aladin. It’d be really cool. I’d be able to find out where he’s been, what he’s been up to. He could take me for a ride, too. 

BN: If you had to have a historical person come over for dinner, who would you pick?

PT: I’d actually probably invite my grandma who I’ve never met. She passed away before I was born.

PT: Family and health.BN: That’s a such a touching answer! On that note, what are you most grateful for in life? 

BN: Are you optimistic about the world?

PT: Yeah, probably. Obviously there’s lots of stuff going on but if you just focus on what’s good around you, the people around you then you can be pretty optimistic. 

BN: What’s your ideal outfit?

PT: Shorts, T-shirt and sneakers. Pretty boring I know! 

BN: What’s your favourite happy movie?

PT: Happy Feet

BN: What’s your favourite sad movie?

PT: Lion. It’s the new one with Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel. It’s happy-sad I suppose, but there’s a lot of tears going on in that movie. It’s a true story about an adopted boy from India who goes to discover his history.

BN: What’s the best present someone can give you?

PT: A holiday! I love travelling. I’m going to Nepal soon actually. Next month there’s an eye camp. I’ll be there for two weeks doing basic optometry because there isn’t much equipment available. We use old classrooms and letter charts, as well as our own retinoscope and opthalmoscope.

I’ve been a few times. I go with the same people, so it’ll be fantastic to see them all again. I’m visiting some of the same places that I’ve been to in the past too, so it’ll be good to see how it’s changed since I was there a few years ago.

I’ve got a day free so I might do a day hike in one of the trails. That should be really good. I did white water rafting and that was fun.

BN: That sounds like an incredible trip, and really good work too. If you could change one thing about Adelaide, what would it be?

PT: The dry zone! I’d take out all the dry zones so that people could drink on the street. I’m so bad, but I love having a wine at the beach, but you can’t do that because it’s a dry zone. We have so many rules in Adelaide!

BN: If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?

I’d say not to worry about what other people think and just go for it!

BN: Good advice! Thanks Phuong!

Photography by Sia Duff


Meet the Team: Volume 11

Andrew didn’t have a burning desire to be an optometrist, when he started studying in the mid-1990s, but a talent for maths and a family background in medicine drew him towards the profession. Twenty years later, he looks back at the winding path that has taken him around the world and, eventually, to Bailey Nelson Takapuna.

“I graduated in 1998 in Brisbane and I’ve been all over the place since then. I just went here, there and everywhere. I went all around Australia; moved over to Dublin for a couple of years, in Ireland. Then, back to Australia for a while and now over in New Zealand”.

Favourite place to practice? “I really enjoyed working in Dublin because it was a bit different – exotic, y’know”. After years travelling, Andrew and his wife are ready for a more stable pace. “We’ve got two young boys now”, Andrew explains, “That’s forcing us to get a bit settled”.

Takapuna, in Auckland, is a pretty beautiful place to be settled.

“It’s not a typical Australian-type beach with big waves and body surfing, but for central Auckland it’s great. Young families can take walks along the beach, you can go paddle boarding, sunbake”. It’s there that Andrew practices as the optometrist for our Takapuna boutique. “The store is themed around the beach. It’s got natural floorboards reflecting the sand and a blue tone on the ceiling. It’s a lovely little store”.

Yet Andrew was not always as committed to optometry. “Before I heard about Bailey Nelson, I was having a bit of a crisis of passion… To be honest, I was looking around, trying to think of different careers that I could pursue to try to get a bit of passion back into my life." 

“I must admit, a lot of my passion for optometry has been reignited by BN”.

With two young sons, work and family are Andrew’s biggest commitments, but his passion has always been films,  “All aspects of them: watching them, the process that goes into making them and the history behind them”.

In a past life, Andrew and some mates made a film themselves. “I certainly wouldn’t show it to anyone, but it was a heck of a lot of fun to make, that’s for sure”, Andrew laughs.

As an Australian, Andrew loves Lantana – a 90s drama about the underside of suburban Sydney. “Now that I’m here in New Zealand, Peter Jackson features pretty highly”.

“The Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a fantastic film. It has increased the scope of New Zealand films around the world”.Andrew isn’t thinking of The Hobbit though. Instead, he loves Jackson’s “really early ones, when he didn’t have big budgets. If you get a chance to watch one, they’re amazing. There’s one called Brain Dead and another one called Bad Taste… There’s more of a comedy element to his splatter films, in the sense that they’re so ridiculously over the top that there’s no sense of realism at all”.

It’s a feeling we understand in a different genre. Australia’s never been known for eyewear before, after all, but with people like Andrew, we’ll get there.

New Home in the Small City

Canberra City

Like a neighbour popping next door for some sugar, we've shifted around the corner in the Canberra Centre. We left our old digs near the food court for a boutique near Coles on the ground floor. It's a pleasure to be in the new space, which features acetate wall tiles (the same material forms most of our frames) and plush chairs. We're open 9-5:30, Monday to Thursday, 9-9 on Friday, 9-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. Come say hi!

Meet the Team: Volume Ten

Shub (short for Shubhneet) is the exuberant optometrist at Bailey Nelson Ponsonby. She sat down on a quiet January afternoon to talk with the Journal about adventuring in Auckland and beyond.

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Shub’s been with Bailey Nelson for just three months, which coincides with her move back to Auckland after a sojourn in Wellington. ‘I’ve got family here so I decided to come back for them. I grew up in Auckland.’

Shub didn’t come back for the city though, and ‘definitely not for the traffic’. ‘It’s more the people’ she says. ‘I love the beaches, though, I think that’s what I missed most when I lived in Wellington; the good hot summer weather’.

Some of Shub’s favourite beaches are a long way from the standard tourist fare. ‘I like the Waitakere Ranges. Even though [the beaches] are black sand, there are great hikes that you can do around there’. For resting on the white sand, Shub suggests Kohimarama, especially because ‘It’s quite close to the [Bailey Nelson] Ponsonby store and there’s a good ice cream shop nearby’. We're especially passionate about the latter.

Shub Image 2Hiking has become a bigger part of Shub’s life since returning. ‘I’ve done the Tongariro Crossing. It’s a 19km hike. I thought it’d be quite flat but it’s literally like climbing a mountain.’ For context, Tongariro is an active volcano. ‘It’s pretty slow going up, but it’s a little bit faster coming down. Your feet hurt from the impact when you’re running downhill though’, Shub says, but there's a payoff: ‘You get to see the Emerald Lakes – they’re beautiful. Although I did it on a cold, rainy day so I’d like to do it on a sunny day so I can enjoy the view of the lakes.’

‘After doing the Tongariro Crossing, that inspired me to do more in terms of hiking and training. I’m training for Round the Bays, it’s an 8.5km run around the Auckland bays. I did it a couple of years ago and the year before that. Now that I’m back in Auckland I’d love to do that and the Colour Run.’

Outside of NZ, the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World are in Shub’s sights. ‘I think I’d like to go to the Great Wall of China. Or, actually the pyramids!’Shub Image 3

You get the sense that Shub would like to go there with family. ‘My dad’s always like ‘what are your plans, what are you doing’. He’s always someone who has inspired me to do a lot better outside of work… He’s come from a business-y background. I think Dad always wanted to be in the medical profession, but never mentioned it to me. I was just always very science-y, and I wanted to do something to do with science. I also wanted to see patients – that was my goal.’

We’re delighted that we could help Shub make it there. She knows that her parents are proud ‘but I don’t think they say it as much as they should’, she laughs.

Photography by Emily Powell


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