We recently sat down with entrepreneur, creative and The Bali Tailor muse, Ash Grats, to hear of her recent European adventures.
Follow along and learn about the must do’s of her favourite Italian island, Sicily.
Please, tell us a little about yourself!
I'm a full-time content creator living on the Gold Coast, QLD.
You’ve been creating (beautiful) content for a while now! How did you get into the industry?
I've always worked in Fashion but the transition into content creation happened quite organically for me. I started off by helping out a friend shoot some content for Instagram on my lunch breaks. Despite the images being unrecognisable, this grew my following & I had quite a few brands reach out as a result. It grew from there and I ended up supplying content to a few brands on a regular basis, but it remained my side hustle until about 10 months ago when I decided to solely focus on content creation as my primary income. My partner James will tell you that he actually launched my career by being the best Instagram boyfriend (he's a photographer) but I would say it's a combination of both.
You’ve just been holidaying in Paris, what was your favourite part about the city?
I will preface this by saying that I love cities in general and feel most energetic & inspired when I'm in on, but Paris is unlike any other. You can have the best time just roaming the streets because everywhere you look there is beautiful architecture, history & interesting people. That's my favourite part – there's no need for activities, Paris is an experience in itself.
What are the pieces currently making up your Euro wardrobe?
Oversized shirts, silky wrap skirts & pareos, slip dresses & a few statement pieces. I've been living in loafers in the cities, and sandals by the ocean.
Where do we find the best meal in Sicily?
I know I should mention a seafood dish, but my favourite meal was by far the traditional pasta dish we ate at a small restaurant behind a cathedral in Palermo. From memory, it had tomatoes, anchovies, capers, breadcrumbs and raisins. Simple but so flavourful, we mopped up the whole plate & I've been thinking of it ever since.
Tell us, which are the must visit beaches in Italy?
The beaches within the Lo Zingaro National Park in Scopello are a must see! In Cefalù, we preferred swimming off the rocks on a calm day rather than setting up at the beach with the crowds. It seemed as though the locals/other tourists felt differently, so most days we had the most beautiful aqua rock pools to ourselves.