So with my time in Australia coming to an end shortly (trust me its hard to write those words) I have been really excited to see what would arrive on my desk before my time at the agency ended this week. Looking through my usual list of blogs I visit, I was delighted to see Rosie Huntington Whiteley pop up on my screen, covering the January/February 2015 issue of Harper's BAZAAR Australia. Its the perfect cover image for a summer issue and I for one, cant wait to get stuck into it. Sadly it looks like it will be my last Harper's BAZAAR Australia for a while since I cant seem to find any magazine subscription sites that facilitate international delivery. If any of you know of any sites where I can organise international delivery - shoot me an email at email@example.com.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
So I had been saying for months to a few friends that we needed to organise a trip to Three Bags Full. You see, there was a brief moment in time when it was top of the list when it came to brunch spots in the city and sometimes I, myself would venture there on the 109 tram from Port Melbourne. Quite a journey for a few poached eggs and a coffee I must admit, but the coffee and brunch menu is good, very very good.
The cafe is without a doubt the top brunch spot in Abbotsford and is housed in the renovated Denton Hat Mills factory just off Victoria Street in the heart of what many call the 'Little Vietnam" of Melbourne. Abbotsford is a suburb of Melbourne, two kilometres east of the central business district, bounded by Collingwood, Richmond and Clifton Hill and separated from Kew by the meandering muddy Yarra.
The area takes its name from the estate of John Orr, which in turn is named after a ford in Scotland's Tweed River, used by the Abbott of Melrose Abbey. It has become extremely popular over the last few years for those wanting to live close to the city without the suffocating feeling of living in a major cosmopolitan city like Melbourne.
Its very rare that you rock up to Three Bags Full and find a free table, its not that kind of place. When we arrived there was a short wait but nothing major. Directed towards a spot next to one of the gigantic industrial windows, I immediately ordered an extra hot latte and Kevin, a juice made up of celery, beetroot, carrot, ginger and lemon. I ordered poached eggs with a side of avocado and Kevin, the vegie breakfast. As I mentioned about Industry Beans a few weeks back, when the simplest of dishes are done perfectly, presented well and taste pretty damn good - you're onto a winner. I love this spot and although I probably wont get back there again before I leave Melbourne this Christmas I would encourage everyone to take a trip there.
Three Bags Full
Corner of Mollison Street & Nicholson Street,
Thursday, December 4, 2014
WINTOUR&GUINNESS ATTENDS THE EXCLUSIVE LAUNCH OF ARQUISTES LATEST FRAGRANCES AT PEONY HAUTE PARFUMERIE
Cocktail time, March 1930, London. A group of architects gather for cocktails at Mayfair’s smartest Art Deco smoking room. As they settle in the warm interior of dark woods, leather and velvet, London’s bright young things burst in, frosted martinis in hand, surrounded by a cloud of laughter, white smoke and fine vanilla.
This could sound like a scene from one of my dreams and yet despite having always wanted to pop into Claridge’s for a few gin martinis or a spot of afternoon tea, time was never on my side when I lived in London. Actually, let me correct that. Time was always on my side, it was just my graduate bank balance that wasn't.
Recently, Peony Haute Parfumerie held the exclusive launch of the latest fragrances from luxury fragrance brand Arquiste at their beautiful Hawthorn location and I was delighted to be invited along. I had spoken many times on the blog about the brand and its founder Carlos Huber, so it was an amazing opportunity to finally meet and speak to the man himself in person.
Carlos had travelled from his base in New York to launch the latest fragrances to join the Arquiste family, L’Etrog Acqua and The Architects Club. Beginning his trip in Melbourne, it later took him to New Zealand and back to Australia, where he launched them at the exquisite Becker Minty in Potts Point.
The beautiful Jill, who owns Peony, had put on the most amazing afternoon of delicious treats ranging from the most incredible mini chicken sandwiches, to Necter & Stone chocolates, to vanilla bean macaron and endless flutes of champagne. Add to this a whole afternoon of listening and talking to Carlos about Arquiste and his time in Australia and you have one pretty amazing evening.
I invited two friends to the event that evening, both of whom are enthusiastic about fragrance and it was great to have the opportunity to explore new brands I wasn't too familiar with and learn about the fragrances they were passionate about. I spent alot of the evening listening to Carlos tell the story behind each of his fragrances eager to add another one to my collection. After trying out L'Etrog Acqua and The Architects Club, I decided to grab myself a bottle of The Architects Club, feeling that its woody, vanilla scent would be perfect for warming up a chilly Irish night.
Peony Haute Parfumerie itself, is one of the best fragrance boutiques I have visited over the last few years and Jill's passion and expertise in finding the most exquisite brands is second to none. An afternoon wandering around the store is definitely on the cards before my move back home and I would highly recommend a trip there if you haven't been.
We are all aware of Gigi Hadid and her global assent to being one of the top fashion models of 2014 alongside the likes of Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne, however Gigi isn't the only Hadid rising the ranks of high fashion modelling. Younger sister Bella, the second daughter of reality TV star Yolanda Foster and property developer Mohammad Hadid was picked up by IMG Modelling earlier this year and the above is Bella's first turn as cover star. Shot by Alexei May, Jalouse magazine is a French style, celeb and glam with cutesy grunge and gritty photography. Be it the most beautiful celebs in black-and-white spreads or upcoming artists and journos, an eclectic and ever-changing bunch get page space to show off their avant-garde wares. Informing as well as entertaining, Jalouse is a sexy gem of a fashion/lifestyle publication for uber chic-ettes and designers who need their inspiration fix. I've been very excited to see what direction Bella will go in her career, and like Kylie Jenner she just may overtake her older sister in the popularity stakes.
MINGLE ALL THE WAY THIS FESTIVE SEASON WITH MEGAN HESS FOR GLASSHOUSE FRAGRANCES CHRISTMAS COLLECTION
Christmas is such a magical time in Ireland and I am so excited to be spending the festive season with my family and friends back home this year. While an Australian Christmas lacks the characteristics that make up the typical festive season, this year you can bring a little of that northern hemisphere magic down under with the fantastic new collection from Glasshouse Fragrances. The limited edition collection is part of a collaboration between my good pal Megan Hess and Glasshouse’s co-founder and creative director Nicole Eckels, and features triple scented candles, luxury fragrance diffusers and deluxe gift sets that embody everything enchanting about Christmas.
This festive season Glasshouse Fragrances have come out with two signature fragrances which for someone like me brings me right back to my childhood with the beautiful smell of fresh pine in my living room or the smell of freshly brewed mulled wine in the kitchen.
Inspired by plum puddings, Grandma's treats and festive fruits, Night before Christmas combines Blackcurrant, Plum, Lemon and Lavender to remind you of everything that's magical about Christmas. While memories of snow-covered rooftops and Santa-inspired snowmen are aroused with WhiteChristmas, a fragrance that combines Cedar Leaf, Fruity Clove, Eucalyptus and Pine to add a cold climate feel to festive celebrations.
It’s not long now until the festive season begins so make sure to pick up a piece from the Megan Hess for Glasshouse Fragrances collection for yourself or that special person this Christmas.
For more information check out the Glasshouse Fragrances website here.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
The Night Noodle Markets took Melbourne by storm in 2013 and now they are back, bigger and brighter than ever, in a brand-new location along the Yarra river at Birrarung Marr. The banks of the river are fully alive with all the colour, sounds and smells of an authentic Asian hawker market plus the buzz, hype and vibe of a huge outdoor festival. This has been my first year to take a trip to the market and boy do I wish I had of gone last year after what I tasted at this years event.
With more than 50 food stalls and food trucks, all of Asia is represented: from Korea, Vietnam, China and India to Malaysia, Burma and Nepal. Popular newcomers include Kong, Red Spice Road, Charlie Dumpling and Mr Miyagi to name but a few. The hardest part of the evening is to choose what to eat considering the vast size of the market and the amount of people attending. Kevin and I took our friends Gerben and Niamh there for the evening after a long day of sightseeing - eager to show them Melbourne's great food scene.
And all my favourite eateries returned this year, including Chin Chin, Mamak, Izakaya Den and Longrain - while chilled out music was provided by some of Melbourne’s top DJs. When we visited we ran to Wonderboa first to pick up some of their twice cooked pork belly boa. Melt in your mouth soft, these Asian style 'tacos' were bursting with flavour and unbelievably more-ish. Moving onto New Shanghai we grabbed a few boxes of steam pork dumplings before grabbing a few gin & tonics form the Tanqueray outdoor bar. They were badly needed in the hot hot weather.
With the crowds coming from all over Melbourne and the lines becoming increasing long, we decided to give it a day around half seven, but not before hitting the Gelato Messina tent. As expected the line for Messina was absolutely crazy. I wouldn't have expected any different but these guys have the art of fast food sorted with one of the most efficient kitchens I've ever seen. We all starred at the menu trying to decide but in the end we all ordered the Street Hawker.
All four options sounded amazing but there was just something about the Street Hawker that did it for all of us. Lime & chocolate brownie, peanut gelato, coconut & caramel jam, fortune cookie clusters and a giant peanut cookie. Yes, you're right, it does sound like heaven and it was. It was the perfect way to end a great night with great friends.
The Night Noodle Market finishes on the 30th November, meaning today is the last day. Get there quick.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Who are the people set to redefine the future of style and youth culture in 2015 and beyond? Well according to Dazed magazine one of them is none other than Kendall Jenner. Polling their global network of collaborators and influencers, the winter issue of Dazed showcases 100 personalities changing the face of fashion, film, art and music, led by three amazing covers featuring
Changing the face of fashion’s future, reality star turned catwalk phenomenon fronts three covers photographed by and styled by , where inside the issue, she tells the magazine about her meteoric rise and silencing the haters in a cheeky recreation of the Burn Book scene from Mean Girls. Cant wait to see this when it lands in Oz.
For more information on the new issue head to the Dazed Digital website here.