QV Hideaway // MSFW

Thursday, August 28, 2014

"A forest sanctuary nestled in the heart of the CBD." 
If you're anything like me, an escape to someplace new or enchanting- be it a hidden lane way bar or a secret rooftop- hits high on your adventure radar. Well, we're in luck. From the 29th August - 21st September the cult hangout space and official venue for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is none other than a luxe forest hideaway nestled in the heart of QV Square. This woodland sanctuary will transport you to a magical forest, complete with lofty trees, vibrant tulips an enchanted tree at the heart of the hub.  

If you're intrigued, then you'll be even more impressed with the curated program on offer. Personally, I've penned myself in for the cocktail making class. Because let's face it, a drink or two certainly fuels our creativity. Hope to see you there! 

QV Hideaway Event Schedule 

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Opening Night – 29 August- 5pm-10pm 
Celebrate the opening of Melbourne’s foremost spring fashion event with a late night shopping event at QV, with exclusive deals from its fashion and beauty retailers. QV Hideaway will be transformed on the night, with a sumptuous dessert buffet, signature cocktails and live music. For full details of the evening visit qv.com.au/hideaway  

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Curated Runway – 5 September- 6.30pm- 8.30pm 
The ultimate ode to spring, QV Melbourne invites customers to experience the Hideaway with our very special MSFW Curated Event. Enjoy a fully immersive experience, marrying a unique runway performance, with an indulgent tasting journey and a salon show premiering the best of the new season fashion for Spring/Summer 2014 from premium QV retailers. Bookings are essential at qv.com.au/hideaway

Free Hair Styling Consultations – 2, 9, 16 September – 12pm - 2pm 
The experts at QV Hair are providing free hair styling consultations, so you can achieve the perfect looks to accompany your fascinator at Caulfield and Flemington.

Free Makeup Consultations – 4, 11, 18 September – 12pm - 2pm 
Makeup specialists, Shiseido are holding free makeovers so you can stay on top of the latest beauty trends for spring.

Express Eyebrow Shaping – 1, 8, 15 September – 11am- 12pm 
There will be no raised eyebrows at the QV Hideaway - unless they’re styled that way. QV’s Goddess of Nails & Beauty will hold free eyebrow shaping workshops every Monday.

String Garden Workshops by Flower Temple – 3, 10, 17 September – 6:30pm  
Learn to create your own hanging oasis with help from the floral masters at Flower Temple. Book you place at qv.com.au/hideaway

Cocktail Master classes – 12, 19 September – 6:30pm 
Join the 2014 flair bartender of the year, Clinton Weir for a masterclass in spring themed cocktails. You’ll be spinning cocktails better than Tom Cruise by the end of this interactive evening. Bookings can be made at qv.com.au/hideaway

QV Hideaway Café – Daily 30 August – 21 September – 12pm - 5pm 
QV’s master baristas, Milky Joe’s are crafting a pop-up café beneath the forest canopy in the QV Hideaway, the perfect place to unwind with a latte.

Good Eyebrows are Everything

Friday, August 22, 2014

Long before Cara Delevigne was the poster girl for power brows, it was the leading ladies circa 1980- think Brooke Shields and Mariel Hemingway- that catapulted thick eyebrows into the spotlight. Before that, women across the world turned to the burlesque beauties of the 1890's for inspiration. 

Good brows are everything. Not only do they frame your face but they help us express emotion.  If you take the time to craft well-defined, fuller brows you will also notice that you won't need to wear as much makeup. 

Personally, I've never really given my brows much TLC. However, all that changed last week when I visited the Eyebrow Queen. Brow Artists, Carmen and Diana, have established themselves as Melbourne's most sought after eyebrows artists- transforming the faces of models, actors and celebrities with their unique and personalised brow shaping techniques. After years of inconsistent, over waxed brow jobs I think I have finally placed my brows in good hands. If you're struggling to master the art of the perfect arch, make sure you pay a visit to the Queens- those HD Hollywood brows will be yours in no time! 

The Eyebrow Queen 
Suite N/ 1st Floor 
450 Chapel Street
South Yarra 3141 

(03) 9827 7164
0425 730 798


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Look Up, a short film by London writer Gary Turk, explores the real silence involved in the use of social media using a series of poetic versus. The brilliant clip went viral with nearly 20 million views in just over a week. Turk says that social media is actually making us less sociable and more isolated from the outside world. "I took a step back and opened my eyes that this media we call social, is anything but, when we open our computers it's our doors we shut," said Turk. 

I completely agree with Gary's observations. Each morning I'm going to predict your routine goes a little like this: snooze alarm, scroll through Instagram, check Facebook, refresh email, open Instagram again. We're all guilty of this. As a blogger, I do understand the power of social media. The platforms that we frequent daily hourly have catapulted everyday people into the spotlight. Furthermore, bloggers are now fronting campaigns and reportedly earning up to 100k a year (no kid!).  However, the poignant short film makes us think about the many occasions in our life where human interactions are lost due to looking down at our mobile phone. 

Last weekend, I ventured to the Dandenong mountains with Charmaine, the creator of Bias Supply and Jessie Brinkman, an exceptionally talented photographer who splits her time between Melbourne and exploring the rest of the world- @jebrinks if you're looking for a dose of travel envy/ inspiration. We braved the sub zero temperatures (okay, maybe it wasn't that cold) to stand amidst the magical fog while the rest of Sunday were trying to shake their seedy hangover. Hopefully these images inspire you to switch off the TV, put down your phone and discover someplace new; a cafe, a park or maybe just the book that's been sitting on your bedside table for six months. 

And remember, don't forget to look up… 

Photographer: Jessie Brinkman 
All clothes by: Bias Supply 
Jewellery: Sucre Noir

The Classic Camel Coat

Friday, August 01, 2014

The classic camel coat will always have a place on the street come winter. 
It’s that time of year when purchasing a new winter coat sits ominously at the top of your to-do list. Until now, you’ve been under a delusional spell: winter just isn’t coming this year. Well, it’s time to wake up and realise that your doona cover just won’t cut it as your choice of warmth inside the office (I'm actually saving you from public humiliation here). 

Cue to the camel coat. Perennially chic, this wardrobe staple will work wonders when teamed with navy, black or cream. For a classic everyday look, wear your camel coat with cigarette trousers and a white shirt, or to add  a modern edge try layering a denim shirt or leather jacket underneath.
Target Coat, Target dress, Rubi Shoes fedora, vintage boots.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

On location with Hairhouse Australia 

I often find myself explaining my hair regimen, sometimes on a daily basis. Well, let me tell you it hasn't been an easy feat. It's taken me 25 years to understand my hair. After years of chemically straightening, relaxed perms, blow-waves and about 1,000 products later I've finally found a routine that works. If your hair teeters on the edge of African-Ameican curls (seriously, where did they come from?), or you're just looking for a new way to style your tresses, then feel free to steal a few pointers from my routine… 

Step 1: Purple shampoo, Hair mask (I almost always wash my hair with a mask). 
Step 2: Comb through the mask & rinse. 
Step 3: Wrap my locks inside a towel and twist to the side. This is the most important step and it keeps the natural curl intact. 
Step 4: Run Muk (Hairhouse Australia) from the roots of my hair to the ends with my fingers. 
Step 5: Air dry. If time doesn't permit however I will use the blowdryer, but it often stretches out the natural wave- so avoid if you can!  

It's. Actually. That. Simple. 

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