February in Melbourne – What’s on?

Melbourne is a buzz with events and festivals this time of year, but all too often we find out about them at the last minute, or worse once they’ve finished up.

If you’re like me and love getting in and amongst all that Melbourne has to offer, here is my round up of what’s on in February. I’ve got you covered just about every day of the week.

Melbourne Barbeque Festival
BBQ Fest
All things southern American style BBQ – I’m talking smokers, ribs, smokers and more ribs. Hell yeah!

Sunday 1 February 2015
10am – 10pm
Queen Victoria Market
Free Event
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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Even though this is one of the most contentious days of the year, where the romantics fight it out with those that believe it’s a commercial stunt, for the most part, everyone likes receiving a little something something on Valentine’s Day. So for those of you who want pick up something special for your significant other here are some ideas (I hope my husband finally checks the blog this week, hint hint).

For that person that loves to look after their skin, pick up one of the body balms and scrub packs from Frank Body. These are seriously amazing, my skin has never felt so smooth, even the hubby likes using them.

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Royal Croquet Club Melbourne

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I finally made it!! After days of watching these amazing post fill my Instagram feed and suffering from serious food envy, the stars aligned and we had a free night to visit the Royal Croquet Club.

The lucky night was Australia Day eve and the place was buzzing. Luckily for us, we met some great friends there, who fortunately, are much more organised than us and got there early enough to snag a table right in front of the big screen, so we also got to enjoy some great food and the tennis. Now I know the whole point of this little shin dig is to enjoy the croquet, and yes the croquet is quite a draw card, but with the Kyrgios/Seppi game in action, we didn’t want to leave our table, unless there was food and drink involved. Luckily for us, there was lots of both. Continue reading

Foodie Corner – Little Creatures Dining Hall, Supernormal

Little Creatures Dining Hall
222 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy Vic 3065

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Little Creatures is situated on busy, hip and popular Brunswick street, in a huge converted warehouse, I’m talking high ceilings, large hanging pendant lights, raw painted walls, and everything unfinished in a very funky way (my favourite feature was the ATM hidden in an old Kelvinator fridge).

We visited with a group of friends for a Sunday session and attempted to make  booking in advance but were told we couldn’t, so we rocked up on the Sunday and luckily enough got seated in one of their booths straight away. We had a couple of kids with us, so the booth suited us perfectly.

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NGV – Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition

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I love Melbourne, like really love Melbourne. I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world and experience some of the worlds most amazing cities, but I always love coming home.

One of my favourite things about Melbourne is that there is always something going on, whether it be sports, a foodie festival or a great exhibition, there is always something to do. I try my best to get out and experience everything this great city has to offer, so this week I finally made my way to NGV to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition and it was just brilliant.

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Foodie Corner – The Grain Store, The Station Hotel

The Grain Store
517 Flinders Lane
Melbourne Vic 3000

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I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love the Grain Store (read my other post here) and really what’s not to love, it looks great, the service is fantastic and the food is absolutely delicious.

Now, even though I’ve spent the last year lunching all over the city, until this week, I was yet to enjoy lunch at the Grain Store (I know, the horror!). It has been on my to do list for ages because it has a great reputation, particularly for breakfast and lunch, but I’m not a fan of heading into the CBD during the week, so it’s taken me a while to tick this one off the list. Having said that, I’ve visited for dinner and it was just superb, so based on that I expected big things from lunch at it didn’t disappoint.

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All About Accessories

I have a bit of an accessory addiction, well maybe a huge addiction (meh, same same), but I just love how I can refresh an old outfit by just changing my necklace, earrings, belt or handbag. I load up on new accessories each season and this summer has been no exception. It doesn’t have to be an insanely expensive exercise, I tend to pick up a mix of classic investment pieces and affordable fashion pieces which won’t cost you the world.

Here are some of my favourite pieces at the moment.

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AJE                  |                  Elly Lou

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Foodie Corner – Chez Dre

I’ve had an insanely busy week trying to organise my birthday festivities (I couldn’t turn 30 and not celebrate) that’s why I haven’t really given the blog any love this week, but in all the chaos I did manage to get out for lunch one day this week, so here is my round up of the ever popular and reliable Chez Dre.

Chez Dre
Rear of 285-287 Coventry Street
South Melbourne Vic 3205

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Chez Dre is what I’m going to call the premier Patisserie Boulangerie in Melbourne. It really is the ultimate all rounder, it has great breakfast and lunch menu’s, and also offers and amazing array of pastries and cakes.

Accessible from two different laneways off Coventry Street (use the court yard entrance if you are travelling with a stroller, I found that I couldn’t fit mine through the other entrance) you could be excused for thinking that Chez Dre would be a relative small and understated café, however what you will find is quite the opposite. It occupies quite a large and well fit out space, both inside and out, however be warned it fills up quickly at peak times and there can often be a wait time for a table.

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Foodie Corner – Hey Jude Café, Parisian Patisserie Boulangerie

Happy New Year! It’s been a crazy week with all of the new year celebrations, so I’ve kept all of my outings casual and local.

Parisian Patisserie Boulangerie
19 Keilor Road
Essendon VIC 3040

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Down the Bulla Road end of Keilor Road you’ll find this pretty little French inspired bakery situated in and amongst a mixed bag of shops and offices. With its fresh white signage and décor, from street level the best way to spot it is to look for the vintage white bicycle parked outside.

Before you even walk into Parisian you are tempted by their sweet pastries and cakes through the window, just wiling you to come in and break your diet with a macaron or pain au chocolate. I of course don’t require much coercion when baked goods are involved, I just about leaped through the door with excitement (seriously, it’s like letting a child free in a lolly shop). Before  I walked in the door I gave myself some boundaries – to only purchase one pastry and leave. The problem is it’s so easy to ignore self inflicted boundaries when there is no one else around to keep you to it, so of course I picked up more than one pastry. Seriously? How was I supposed to only pick one when they all look so good! I’ll worry about the diet later.

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Turning 30

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Yep, it’s happening, I’m turning 30 this month, and you know what? I’m actually ok with it. Well obviously I have to be ok with it because there’s nothing I can do to change my age, but when I say I’m ok with it, what I actually mean is I’m embracing it with open arms.

You hear all of these stories of people approaching the big three O having breakdowns, not wanting to celebrate but wanting to drown their sorrows. To be honest I really thought i’d feel the same way. I remember being a teenager and looking at people in their 30’s, thinking that they were so old. Now I’m one of those people, but I don’t feel old (that is until I talk to an 18 year old and think OMG, you have so much to learn about the world.), if anything I feel the best about myself than I ever have in the past.

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