Vacay Recap: ShiftCon Wellness Conference & Healthy Eating in Australia!

Recap: ShiftCon and Australia Trip

I’ve been a little MIA for the first half of February, and for good reason! I spent four lovely days in California at ShiftCon, a social media conference aimed towards bloggers, brands, and professionals in the wellness space. And immediately after that, my husband and I flew to Sydney, Australia for vacation. I’ve been dying to share the deets of the trip with you, including souvenirs, healthy eating spots, new brands I discovered, and more! Let’s do it.

This blog post is pretty jam-packed! So if you want to jump to a certain section, just click one of the links below:

(Trying to) Pack Lightly 👜

Before we dive in, here’s a quick rundown of some of the items I packed for my trip to sunny California and down under:

ShiftCon Social Media + Wellness Conference 🌱

I’ve never been to a conference like ShiftCon, so it was quite an experience! I’m more of a shy and reserved person, so lots of people can be really overwhelming to me, but I tried to make the best of it and meet lots of new faces and get the most of the conference.

ShiftCon Eco-Wellness Influencer Conference

About ShiftCon

ShiftCon is an eco-wellness influencer conference focusing on food, wellness, health, sustainability and platform growth. Shifters are part of an online influencer community that seek healthier and more sustainable lives, promote brands that mirror their values, and help causes that speak to their soul. Our influencers span between newbies, light, and deep green. Shift happens. Be part of it.

Bloggers I Met

Brands I Met

The Swag Bag

You will not believe the amount of swag I was sent home with from ShiftCon! So much that I actually had to ship a box back home because it didn’t fit in my suitcase 😂 some of my favorites from the bag:

My Favorite Workshops

  • Ditch the Box: Learn to Make Your Own Everyday Beauty Products–Head to Toe (by Mary Makes Good)
  • The Pivot–How to Communicate Principals, Personal and Plant-Based Proteins on a Changing Landscape (by Robyn O’Brien)
  • Five Ways to Monetize Your Influence (by The Organic Bunny, Body Unburdened, and Carron Coleman)
  • Now Smell This: Exploring the Hidden World of Fragrance (by MadeSafe)
ShiftCon Workshops
The Hidden World of Fragrance workshop

Overall, it was so awesome to finally meet a lot of brands and bloggers that I knew from Instagram and the online world. While ShiftCon provided a lot of organic, non-GMO meals, I had to venture out because SoCal has a lot of great healthy eating options. Some local spots I loved:

Healthy Food in the SoCal Area

  • Mother’s Market: a cute little organic co-op
  • Puesto: a modern Mexican restaurant, their coconut milk piña colada is AMAZING. Lots of organic, dairy-free, and gluten-free options.
  • Sidecar Doughnuts: okay, these aren’t healthy necessarily, but they are hand-crafted and offer gluten-free doughnuts! 🍩
  • Vibe Organic Kitchen + Juice: the breakfast buzz coffee smoothie was incredibly delectable ☕
Vibe Juice
Breakfast buzz smoothie from Vibe

Detox Market Trip to LA

A few ladies were speaking at The Detox Market in LA for a blogger Q+A panel, so some of us took a little detour from the conference to check it out.

The Detox Market Blogger Event
The Detox Market blogger Q+A event

It was cool to see Suzi, Janny, Molly, and Lisa speak about their experiences with blogging and navigating the world of clean beauty and non-toxic living. So inspiring! I left with a little goodie bag that included this new lip gloss that I’m totally loving.

Healthy Food + Green Beauty in Australia 🇦🇺

Alright, now let’s travel halfway across the globe to Australia! My husband and I have a friend from college that lives in Sydney and we stayed with him, he also served as our tour guide which was SO helpful! We also took a 3-day trip to Melbourne during our stay 🐨

Aside from all the touristy things like Sydney Opera House and seeing kangaroos, I want to focus on the healthy food options and green beauty brands I discovered in Australia! If you want a full list of everywhere we went, check out my FourSquare list.

Healthy + Organic Food in Australia

Berry N' Beans Bondi
Organic avo toast at Berry N’ Beans Bondi
Coconut yogurt and almond milk chia pudding, blood plum, figs, almond flakes, and lemon balm from Brick Lane
My Daily Acai
My Daily Açai
Orchard St
Smoothies from Orchard St.
Triple Matcha Donut Shortstop
Triple matcha donut from Shortstop Coffee + Donuts
The Grounds of Alexandria
Arepa from The Grounds of Alexandria
Yulli's Vegetarian Restaurant
Sweet potato donuts and veggie dumplings from Yulli’s

Green Beauty + Natural Skincare in Australia

  • Dr. Earth in Newtown (Sydney) is a natural grocer that also carries many natural skincare and makeup brands. Here’s what I bought:
  • Green Organics (Sydney)
    • Natural makeup and skincare store that carries a ton of brands such as: Axiology, Dr. Bronner, Inika Organic, Juice Beauty, Kjaer Weis, La Mav, Lily Lolo, Orgaid, RMS, Tata Harper, Vapour Organic, and Weleda. It was SOOOOO hard to resist buying anything from here!
  • Pure Botanicals (Sydney)
    • A holistic clinic that offers services like naturopathy, massage, acupuncture, etc. but also makes its own skincare products. They also carry some natural retail brands like Antipodes (I purchased their Translucent Skin-Brightening Mineral Finishing Powder and love it!).
Pure Botanicals
Pure Botanicals store
Recap: ShiftCon and Australia Trip
Green beauty + skincare products from Dr. Earth and Pure Botanicals

I sure hope you enjoyed the trip recap! 🌏 Have you been to a wellness conference before, or what about a trip to Australia? Let me know in the comments. Cheers, mates!

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Written by: Becca

Becca is a blogger, wife, and dog mom living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Having seen firsthand the benefits of switching to a natural lifestyle herself, she's passionate about helping women make the switch to clean beauty products, organic skincare, and a holistic way of life (without the stress of being perfect about it!).

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