Thursday, February 24, 2011

just you and me on a lazy sunday's afternoon.

Hey everyone!

I must say the last few days has been a very humbling and overwhelming experience from the blogging and Internet world. Thanks so much to all of you who have started following my blog!

I was also happy to find out that I was featured on the Matiko website on their blog for the black suede wedges I have been wearing so often in my previous posts in Melbourne. They have an online store coming soon, so be sure to check out their stuff! If you want to get your hands on a pair now, check out the Solestruck website. You can visit Matiko by clicking here.

Now with the awkward self promotions aside, let's get down to business with today's post.

Valentine's Day, for Rick and I, was a flurry of packing, exploring the city lanes of Melbourne within the last few hours of our stay. We were constantly walking and was so eager to get every last bit of Melbourne into our systems before we left, that we hardly had time to do the traditional Valentine's Day routines. So to make it up to me, Rick surprised me with a little lazy Sunday BBQ, down by the Newington Armory, a little outdoor social area we found during one of our fixie riding expeditions.

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He'd prepared our infamous cured meat, cheese and pesto platter, chicken tenderloin, beef and vegetable skewers for the BBQ, pear and chocolate cheese cake, homemade guacamole and baba ganoush dip with corn chips and a bottle of Moet Chandon Champers.

Newington Armory is an amazing area, especially during sunset. It is by the lake, but in a secluded area. It used to be an old factory port area and there are still old rustic cranes sitting by the riverside. There are free BBQ areas for families to use, water features and a rope playground just for the kids.






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I love the lighting of the photos during a sunset. On this particular Sunday the sky was particularly red, and as a result the sky was a mixture of purple hazes and red streaks that faded into the darker sky. We were able to capture some amazing photos of the sunset again.

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(Top: Vintage, Leather Shorts: Dotti, Backstage Wedges: Jeffery Campbell)

It was definitely a great way to spend the Sunday afternoon. My sister recently came back from Shanghai and picked up a few H&M and Zara items, brands we are lacking here in Australia at the moment. Maybe my next post will be an excerpt of the lovely items she picked up?

Until next time lovelies!
See you guys soon!
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Sunday, February 20, 2011

melbourne part two, crown's infinity pool.

The Crown Metropol has a pool on level 27, over looking Southbank in Melbourne. Designed by Bates Smart Architects, the pool certainly makes the hotel and lives up to Bates Smarts' great design portfolio. The Infinity Pool is a 25m pool, with a sheer edge, looking as if there is a clear piece of glass sitting on top of it. Next to it is a day spa pool with a massive tap constantly pumping water into the spa. With the way some of the photos turned out, I felt like Alice in Wonderland, all miniature, sitting next to a massive tap and pool.

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(Bikini: Zimmerman)

Rick and I spent a lot of time in this area as it was so relaxing just sitting in the pool, talking and watching the sun set over Melbourne.

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On Sunday morning we got up early for a couple's massage in the Crown's resident spa, Isika. It actually took me a while to make a booking and get the right type of massage for us, but when I finally did get it, and the experience it was totally worth all the effort. Unfortunately we weren't able to take photos so I can't show you guys the spa room.

We headed to the Queen Victoria Markets straight after for some brunch and pick up some fresh deli food. The food is amazing and if you are ever down in Melbourne, it a stop I would definitely suggest you visit. We also happened to be in time for the St Kilda festival and headed there to visit Sasha (my mate) at work. It was way too packed for my liking and the weather suddenly was so hot, I was completely not dressed for the occasion.

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We had dinner down in Southbank near the Crown Entertainment Complex and took some night pictures and an outfit post for my blog. The photos aren't clear at all, but I think the colours and the blur create a rather dreamy effect.

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(Lace Cut Out Top: Dotti, Leather High Waisted Shorts: Dotti, Wedges: Matiko, Lace Clutch: Dangerfield)

On our last day in Melbourne (Valentine's Day) we started the morning having a buffet breakfast in Gordon Ramsay's restaurant: Maze. We then spent the day wondering the little alley ways of Melbourne, discovering the art, history, culture and architecture of the beautiful city.

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(Top: St Lennys, Maxi Skirt: Rip Curl, Bag: Oroton, Rings: Vivenne Westwood)

The Shot Tower in Melbourne Central is a never fail photo opportunity. So concluded our Valentine's getaway weekend in Melbourne. It was such an experience. something I will never forget and a much needed getaway, just Rick and I before he leaves for Japan.

I hope you had a great weekend guys!
And thanks to all the followers who started following my blog over the last few days!
Your comments also has made my weekend a great one!

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Friday, February 18, 2011

melbourne, i love.

So as promised here are a few photos from the weekend away I had with Rick as a little valentine's day treat and getaway from Sydney. I have so many photos to share with you all, so I've decided to break the posts into a few different posts.

The day started with an early morning flight into Melbourne, with transfers straight to our hotel. We had booked at the Crown Metropol, the newest hotel to the crown group. Being a five star hotel, it sure did live up to all its grand expectations. The pool area was amazing and I think it deserves a blog post dedicated to itself.

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(Hat: Dangerfield, Corset: Valleygirl, Singlet: St Lenny's, Shirt: Don't Ask Amanda, Skirt: Rip Curl, Bag: Oroton, Wedges: Matiko, Necklace: Recreational Boutique, Duffle: Vintage from Japan)

We were pretty tired from the flight, and by the time we checked in, settled down and explored the hotel, we didn't want to wander too far as we had dinner plans in Southbank. So to kill time, we decided to be tourists and went to visit the Melbourne Aquarium.

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It is a lot smaller than Sydney's one, but had fun exploring either way. We got a few shots of the colourful animals and the cute sea creatures.

We had dinner reservations at the Conservatory for a buffet, seafood and dessert dinner. The food was really great. Really fresh and really yummy! We just caught the sunset after dinner too and was able to take a few outfit shoots for my blog as well.

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(Lace Romper: Forever New, Wedges: Matiko, Lace Clutch: Dangerfield)


After dinner, we spent the rest of the evening hanging out at the infinity pool on level 27 of the Crown Metropol, watching the sunset over the city of Melbourne.
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So that ends our day one in Melbourne, loaded with plenty of photos too. (Apologies for all the self shots if its a bit too much), hopefully over the next few days I'll be able to do a post with the pool area, with Rick and I and more into our valentine's day weekend escape.

Until then, enjoy your weekend lovelies!

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