Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Breakfast at Arbory Bar & Eatery

Dining on the Yarra in Melbourne is something pretty amazing but most of the restaurants you go to are on the south side along Southbank and in the casino complex so the views you get are looking towards the city. There aren’t many restaurants on the north bank of the Yarra, so it is interesting to see the river from a different perspective.


Arbory is located right next to Platform 13 of Flinders Street Station and it has literally been built on top of the old Sandridge line (now known as Port Melbourne) platform which closed in 1987, the space hasn't been used since. The deck is over 100m long about the same length as the old platform and it has stunning views of the Yarra River, Southbank, The Arts Centre and the Swanston Street Bridge. You can also watch the comings and goings on the platforms of Flinders Street Station, so if you are anything like me you'll be distracted from your conversation watching trains arrive and depart.



I visited Arbory on a cold and rainy Mother's Day morning so it wasn't the best day to go since it is an outdoor eatery. When we got there, we sat under one of the many large umbrellas, which are more than satisfactory to keep the rain off you, and they lit an outdoor heater as soon as we were seated so we were warm enough (I think there is one heater per table, so no need to worry about being cold if you visit on a wintery day!)


Coffee was served straight away and warmed us up!


We went for there for breakfast and so were able to choose from the Eat Early menu. I ordered the banana pancakes, which was very filling! It was crispy on the outside and fluffy in the centre with a sliced banana throughout with added maple syrup to taste. It was delicious and I do love my sweet breakfast dishes for some reason so when I go out for breakfast I like to treat myself to something like pancakes because why not? Mum had the sweet corn fritters served with avocado and feta and said they were delicious, my brother ordered sourdough toast with mashed avocado and he was very impressed.




I would like to return to Arbory on a warm night as I think it would be the perfect place to enjoy a meal and a few drinks whilst watching the Yarra at night. But as the warm weather is a few months away I don't think I can wait that long so I might just have to make a return visit before then to try their lunch and dinner menus!

Arbory is open from 7:30am - late - every day of the year 

Arbory website  

I highly recommend this place and after all transport is just a few metres away if you happen to have a few drinks! Definitely go check it out for yourselves!

Let me know what you think if you go there. Have a lovely week!
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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Pink Lake



Outfit Details
Jeans - Topshop
Top - Zara
Cape - River Island
Sunglasses - Chanel
Boots - Windsor Smith



I saw this place while venturing over the Westgate Bridge to my Bollywood dance rehearsals and knew that I just had to have a closer look. Before this I didn't realise that Melbourne had a pink lake, apparently its due to the algae in the water but it looks so amazing. I've wanted to go to the one in Western Australia for the longest time but this one in Westgate Park will have to suffice for now. It just felt so peaceful there even though the Westgate freeway and the city are so close by. I went there early in the morning on a beautiful autumn day and went on a bit of a walk around the lake with my camera and explored around the lake.

I'm wearing my new cape from River Island, it kind of feels more like a blanket than a cape! At first I wasn't sure how to wear it as I'd bought it online and presumed it would have armholes, but it doesn't. Anyhow I figured it out, its' been useful at keeping me warm on cold nights and the neutral colours mean that it goes over almost anything I wear. This day I paired it with skinny black jeans from Topshop, a neutral top from Zara and my black cut out boots.

Hope you all have a great week and if you're in Melbourne definitely go check out the pink lake!
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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Waterfalls and autumn



Outfit details
Jumpsuit - Topshop
Coat - Missguided
Bag - Rebecca Minkoff
Shoes - Kurt Geiger (bought a couple of years ago in London)
Ring - Tiffany & Co



Recently most of my spare time has been filled up with house hunting and also furniture hunting. I've been going crazy on Pinterest searching for ideas to decorate a place that doesn't physically exist yet! If every thing works out some time next year I will have my very own apartment, I am so excited! More on the topic of furniture hunting and apartment decorating coming up in the near future...

So I'm loving the perfect autumn weather we are experiencing here in Melbourne at the moment, we are having warm, sunny clear days with cool mornings and nights.

I bought this navy jumpsuit from Topshop a month or so ago and tried wearing it a few times but nothing I styled with it really worked. Then I came across this Missguided waterfall coat and I thought it would be perfect for pairing with the jumpsuit as the longer length works really well. It brings this whole outfit together dressing it up without being too dressy, also it is a handy coat to go with lots of other outfits for autumn as well as for winter! Teamed with my navy Rebecca Minkoff bag and Kurt Geiger heels this outfit is great for going to a show, the movies or out to dinner!

Sorry the photos are a little on the dark side, the lighting isn't the best in the hallway and it was raining outside ... despite what I said about the perfect weather it was raining on this day!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Famous for Fashion High Tea

I love fashion week! I love the glamour, excitement, inspiration and of course the clothes. But for the past three years the Virgin Australia Fashion Festival in Melbourne has clashed with the opening gala of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival which I have been lucky enough to perform in. So fashion week usually sees me in full dance rehearsal mode which I absolutely love. This year I was so lucky to perform along with my fellow Bey Dancers in front of 3000 people at the Palais Theatre. So much fun!

So I was only able to attend two Fashion Week events. The first was a Fashion Industry forum with several high profile fashion people including blogger Margaret Zhang and Cathryn Wills from Mimco. This was very informative but perhaps directed more towards someone who has a product to sell, even so I enjoyed it and found it interesting.

The second was the Famous for Fashion Event which was a runway event combined with a High Tea ... the perfect combination in my opinion. It was held at the beautiful and charming old Malvern Town Hall. There was a cocktail on arrival then we were seated at round tables and served high tea. There was a glorious selection of food and a choice of teas provided by Dilmah. The best bit was the selection of sweets provided by Burch & Purchese. Once we had eaten, we watched Peter Alexander inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Then the fashion show began, I was lucky enough to be sitting right next to the stage which was excellent for seeing the clothes close up as well as for taking photos! I thought all the collections were stunning and highly wearable. My personal favourites were the grey coat and the outfit with the yellow coat (both pictured below).

I really enjoyed this event it was a fun way to spend an afternoon, hopefully I will be able to go next year! Afterwards I felt inspired to start shopping for my winter wardrobe!

Let me know what is inspiring your winter wardrobe! Hope you all have a great week.












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Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Day at the Australian Open














I hadn't been to the Australian Open for ages, I think I have been about three times in the past 15 years! I have been really wanting to go but work commitments always made it difficult and when friends were going I wasn't able to because of work.

So when my store manager came up to me and asked me if I would like 2 free ground pass tickets to the Australian Open on Australia Day I jumped at the chance. I hadn't planned anything for Australia Day yet so I thought 'why not go to the tennis?' I went along with my friend Dannielle, who also had no plans for that day! We had been meaning to catch up for ages so it was good to see her after so long and also have a fun day at the tennis!

The morning was raining heavily, and the weather was really confusing me as to what I should wear but I ended up wearing jeans, a t-shirt and my kimono over the top. Shortly after we arrived the sun came out but the wind was still cold so I think I dressed appropriately... although I forgot to take a hat ... could have used it many times but oh well!

So on to the tennis ... the day started a bit slowly, I think because the outdoor courts were a little too wet to play on so we had to wait a short while before we saw any action. But it gave us the chance to wander around and check out the stalls, the merchandise and the food, which were all interesting and worthwhile looking at. Soon we headed on over to the courts where we saw some of the main players warm up and practice. We wandered around the different courts and found one of the most entertaining game I've ever seen! It was a veteran's game the legends double and it was a lot of fun, although they were still competitive they were there for enjoyment and they were definitely interesting to watch!

After watching a few games we decided we needed coffee and something to eat, we headed back to the food stalls and found a place to sit and watch some live music, which was also very good and entertaining!

Another thing that we found that I didn't know existed was a court where members of the public can sign up to play a match on a court ... very interesting and sounds like fun!

So after a day of walking around and watching some interesting tennis we decided we were very tired around 5 pm and decided it was time to go home.

All in all a fantastic day out and a good way to spend Australia Day! I would recommend going to the Australian Open next year if you are looking for a fun day out.

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