Everything else Melbourne

Templestowe

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I’m no expert on vintage brands or styles. I don’t even know much of anything about current brands and styles. But I like what I like, and I like what Melbourne has to offer.

While there we stayed in the heart of Melbourne’s gentrified bohemian scene – Fitzroy/Collingwood. The area is dominated by excellent cafes and vintage shops. I spent $100 on a second hand dress from Vintage Garage in Collingwood, mostly because I loved the pattern and it fits perfectly, but also because I really loved the shop. It’s curated by a number of collectors and arranged beautifully with rows hanging clothing racks and glass cabinets displaying all manner of accessories and collectibles.

Vintage Garage really was a delight to shop in and we were left to explore the store as long as we liked.

A few streets over in Fitzroy is Brunswick Street’s Red Cross store. It stood out enough that I made a note on my phone to remind myself of the great selection, cute staff, and good music.

You really can’t go wrong if you just spend a day exploring everything on Smith and Brunswick streets.

The majority of my Melbourne purchases were made at a couple of Savers stores. Savers is a long established warehouse style recycled clothing chain with most of its branches in Melbourne. I first visited the branch in Footscray and found a blouse that I’ve worn a lot since. But one of the Kiwi staff from the Proud Mary cafe suggested I catch a tram to the Brunswick branch. (Note that Brunswick St and Brunswick are completely different areas. Every fucking name in Melbourne is duplicated at least once and it can get very frustrating and confusing!) I’m so glad I did! I picked up a huge amount of swag, including 2 pairs of shoes.

National Gallery of Victoria

I do like art, but I can’t spend a long time staring at a single painting or a small collection. I get bored. But the National Gallery of Victoria has free entry and once inside I realised I do actually love art, mostly 19th century, mostly dark.
While exploring the National Gallery I fell in love with the salon style Victorian Room. In a top corner hung Anguish by August Schenck, one of the most beautiful and distressing paintings I’ve seen.

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Markets

The Queen Vic Market is a must visit if you haven’t been before. The food is excellent and the trinkets will make you appreciate just how much crap you could possibly have in your life. If you’re looking for cheap clothing you’ll find it here. And at $5-$10 off inner city prices (for the exact same item).

For something more special you should check out the Rose St Artist Market. It’s a handmade market open on Staurdays in Fitzroy. We left with a Carey Potter painting and a Write to Me stationery brochure.

Extras

  • If you like movies then you have to see something at Astor Theatre. It’s big and old and beautiful and has a resident cat.
  • Olympic Donuts at Footscray Train Station cannot be beaten.
  • The pho at Hien Vuong (Pasteur), 146 Hopkins St, Footscray is excellent. The large size bowls are ridiculously HUGE.
  • Dumplings from Shanghai Street Dumpling, 342 Little Bourke St are worth waiting in line for.
  • Rooftop Bar on Swanston St is moderately priced and has excellent views. The novelty of being so high up without being pushed around by the wind was not lost on this Wellingtonian.
  • The State Library of Victoria is quite stunning if you’re into architecture. We didn’t look at any of the books but spent some time looking at the exhibitions.

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Green
Alley
Girl and Elephant graffiti
Yarn bombed
St Kilda
Roller Coaster
Carousel
Luna park and wolf
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Baby dino
State Library of Victoria
Books
Birdman Eating
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Sebastian
Burgers and Fries
GOD
Train Station
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Sunrise in Collingwood // Fitzroy // Vine covered house // Bars in alleyways // Graffiti // Yarn bombed bike // St Kilda // Luna Park // Melbourne Museum // State Library of Victoria // Birdman Eating // Alleys // Sebastian // Burgers and Fries at Rooftop Bar // St Paul’s Cathedral // Flinders St Station

A Place of Sparkle and Wonder

Last weekend while out shopping with Chickie Little and our significant others we came across a wonderful place. A place full of trinkets, organised just enough that you can find what you’re looking for, a place where the price is right. An emporium so full of wonder it exclaims that there is something for everyone inside. We all scoffed and bet that The Boy wouldn’t find anything, but we were wrong (he bought some wheels)!

This magical place is Pete’s Emporium, in Porirua, about 20 minutes north of Wellington City.

It’s a little known fact that emporiums are one of my favourite places in the world. A favourite shopping destination second only to supermarkets (food emporiums if you will). I can shop for hours, sorting through the junk and inspecting the treasures, deciding how many of each brightly coloured button I’ll choose.

I ended up getting a few brightly coloured treasures for my jewellery making, including some pink and blue bunches of grapes. After much wrestling I managed to turn one pair of each colour into earrings. Get them in pink or blue in the shop now. :] The hooks are sterling silver so your ears stay pretty.

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Indie Finds – Ponies

New regular post. :D In Indie Finds I’ll be listing some of my favourite finds from independent artists and crafters.
First up is a collection of pony finds. I love My Little Ponies, and have mini collection on one of my desks at work.
Ponies are always portrayed as nothing less than adorable. Just look as these cute finds…

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  1. Sterling Silver Horse Ring – monkeeboo $40 USD
  2. Wild Pony Wire Earrings – WildPonyBrand $20 USD
  3. Pink Pony Card – Imaginart $3 USD
  4. Funky Junq Recycled Aluminum Soda Pop Can Art MAGNET COCA COLA HORSE COKE – FunkyRecycling

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  1. Ninja custom my little pony – fugsly $57 USD
  2. My Little Alien – Mari Kasurinen
  3. Push me Pull me custom my little pony – fugsly $55 USD
  4. My Little Edward Scissorhand – Mari Kasurinen

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  1. Bloo Pony – Starrby $20 USD
  2. The Lampwork Pony Bead – dianadear $28 USD
  3. Cotton Candy Horse PDF Pattern – djonesgirlz $6 USD
  4. RAEWADOLLY Amigurumi Pony, Okie Pokie Dokie – raewadolly $18.99 USD
  5. Another absolute favourite is the My Little Pony Underbust Garter Corset – sweatshopbytiqcom $119.99 USD. Photo NSFW.

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Daily Outfit – 25 November 2008

One of the “new me” outfits I purchased this weekend just gone.  The shopping trip was great, we spent from about 12.30pm till 5.30 pm at the mall in Lower Hutt scouring the chain stores and managed to score some good sale items.

I am particularly in love with my new check dress from Portmans. I’ve had my eye on it for a while so when I saw that it was $50 off I was stoked. It’s sleeveless and has a huge skirt that is able to be held up to my sides making a semi circle. It’s polyester and reminds me of raincoat material so it holds shapes really well and swooshes when I walk. It’s awesome. But you’ll have to wait for another day to see it.

There is still a lot more shopping to be done, I hope that the city, and in particular Cuba St, will hold some cute stuff. I see a lot more skirts in my future.

What I’m wearing

  • Crazy eyes – Courtesy of my mother
  • Knobbly knees – Courtesy of my mother
  • White skin – Courtesy of my mother
  • Black shirt dress – Jacqui E
    I plan on changing the buttons on this dress to something more eye catching. Don’t count on it happening anytime soon though.
  • Pink belt – Supre
  • Black knee high socks with lace detail – Farmers
  • Sneakers – Babycham

As always you can click on the photos to see just how much the wind storm messed my hair.