Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Planning a weekend in Melbourne

Next Monday is a bank holiday in NSW. I have been working for a bank for over 12 months, but last year I forgot about the bank holiday and booked a client meeting for 9am, which couldn’t be rescheduled as the client was travelling from interstate and in Sydney for only 1 day. After missing my first bank holiday, I decided to make the most of it this year. I am taking an additional leave day on Friday and Harry and I are heading to Melbourne for a long weekend.
 
We are planning 4 jam-packed days, featuring fabulous food, ancient Egyptian history, architecture, cocktails, vintage bicycles, a French film and a little shopping.
 
Our list of things to do includes:
 
Friday
 
A morning spent exploring the city’s boutiques.
 
Lunch at Seamstress Restaurant & Bar, housed in a 100 year old former textile factory, warehouse and one-time Buddhist monastery.
 
 
A visit to the ‘Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs’ exhibition at Melbourne Museum.
 
 
Cocktails at Atrium Bar at Crown Casino.
 
 
Saturday
 
Breakfast at Le Traiteur, which means ‘The Caterer’ in French.
 

A ride from Melbourne’s CBD to St Kilda Beach, through Southbank and Albert Park, on vintage bicycles rented from The Humble Vintage.
 
 
Sunday
 
Keep the bicycles and a day spent exploring the best of Melbourne’s architecture, with a collection of 75 contemporary, historic and sustainable buildings and spaces open to visitors for one weekend only for the annual event, Melbourne Open House.
 
 
With a break at 1pm to watch ‘Tales of the Night’, an animated French film, at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
 
 
Monday
 
A morning spent (and perhaps a bit of money spent too) at Chadstone Shopping Centre, the first freestanding regional shopping centre in Melbourne and now the biggest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere. 
 

Back to the city for lunch at PM24 for a contemporary take on French cuisine.
 

We are staying at The Victoria Hotel. It’s nothing too fancy, but it has a great history as one of Melbourne’s first hotels, opening in 1880 (as pictured below). The rooms are decorated in a simple heritage style, but they are recently renovated and the hotel is very conveniently located in the middle of Melbourne’s CBD.
 
 
P.S. It’s my Mum’s birthday on the bank holiday Monday too. I had better bring her back something nice from Melbourne.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Thoughts for Norway

I woke up this morning to see the terrible news of the attacks on Norway’s capital.  My thoughts are with the people of Norway today.
 
The image below is of Ålesund in Norway, a place I hope to visit someday.
 
Above image from The Cool Hunter

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Etsy finds: typography

I am currently a little obsessed with all things typography. I have bought quite a few typography prints lately. Here are some of my favourite items on Etsy at the moment, all featuring typography, but not in printed form.
 
Above: vintage metal hanging letters from Lackluster Co.
 
Above: ooh la la felt appliqué pillow from Alexandra Ferguson
 
Above: vintage porcelain letters from Lackluster Co.
 
Above: in and out file box from Kitsch Café
 
Above: vintage letterpress blocks from Harmonie Park
 
Above: antique spoon garden markers set from Hammermann
 
Above: love necklace from Truche

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Girly glamour in London

I discovered this gorgeously over the top girly residence via this post on Desire to Inspire.
 
This glamorous London property is available as a shoot location for stills photography via 1st option.
 
See many more images of this fairytale space here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Project Runway: black jersey dress

I somehow missed the fact that Season 3 of Project Runway Australia started last Monday. I caught up late last night, watching episodes 1 and 2 back-to-back.
 
I loved the winning design in episode 2.
 
 
This beautiful gown was made in black jersey (which is a very flattering fabric, stretchy but not at all clingy) and a heavy geometric black lace for the cap sleeves and back. I would definitely wear this dress.

Monday, July 11, 2011

A weekend in the country

I’ve had a pretty exhausting past couple of weeks. With a lot of time off sick, the work has been piling up and I have been doing some pretty long hours in the office.
 
I decided I needed a break and Harry suggested we take a drive and head out of the city, so off we went to Bowral (only 1½ hours from Sydney) on Saturday.
 
It was a freezing 5°C when we arrived, so our first stop was for hot coffee and toast at the Milk Factory Gallery Café.
 
We then wandered the streets of Bowral, stopping at some interesting little stores, like Sidetracked Depot
 
 
 
 
We ate lunch at the Elephant Boy Café, which has a great atmosphere, with walls of bookshelves filled with vintage books and jars of curry sauces.
 
After lunch we visited some of the Southern Highlands wineries. Our favourites were Tertini Wines, McVitty Grove Estate…
 
 
…and Centennial Vineyards.
 
 
We came back with quite a few bottles of wine, some camembert style cheese from Small Cow Farm and a bunch of gorgeous fresh produce from a local growers market, including baby asparagus, crunchy pears, passionfruit and kiwifruit.
 
It was a lovely relaxing day and so nice to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city for a day.