You can see and shop the collection over on the Chorus website.
I’ll still be sharing brands and labels I love, with a focus on independent and local designers, but I’m also hoping to pick up my cameras and experiment with film photography a bit more (I say that every year but there’s always a chance it’ll stick). I’ve definitely fallen victim to the ease and convenience of the smartphone/Instagram combination. I’m also hoping to tweak the blog layout in the coming months, to make it more responsive, so bear with me in case things go a bit awry or completely to shit.
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– Linen Billow Top by Hunter
– Karen Walker One Splash Sky Blue Sunglasses (similar here)
– Country Road Wide Brim Fringe Hat
– Kleur City Bag by Elk Accessories
– Her Frances Bikini in Forest Green
– Off Duty Tote by Jasmine Dowling from Club of Odd Volumes
– Assembly Natural Denim Shorts (I already own the dark denim version and have basically been living in them)
– ASOS Canvas Lace Up Sneakers
1. Mini Chocolate and Coconut Popsicles from Posh Little Designs
2. Dairy-free Chocolate Ice Cream Pops from Vanelja
3. Roasted Blueberries and Cream Matcha Popsicles from With Food and Love
4. Chai Spiced Coconut Fig Popsicles from Tasty Yummies
If you have any favourite popsicle recipes, feel free to mention them in the comments. I’m all ears!
1. Test out your camping gear. Make sure your tent can withhold a thunderstorm. Summer storms are rife around these parts and you don’t want to be caught off guard. We were lucky in that our cheap tent from Kmart held the rain at bay (#blessed) but others around us with seemingly solid tent set ups weren’t so lucky.
Top tip: wear footwear that you can easily remove as there are a few installations that require you to remove your shoes in order to participate (I was wearing buckled sandals and couldn’t be bothered constantly taking them off and putting them back on).
5. Choi Jong Hwa / Cosmos 2015
6. Min Thein Sung / Another Realm (horses) 2015
7. Asim Waqif / All we leave behind are the memories 2015
Dining – A bunch of new cafes and eateries have opened up around Brisbane recently (there are way too many to mention here) and these are the ones I’m most keen to check out.
The Bleachers: 153 Boundary Street, West End
The Bleachers is the latest venture from the same guys that bestowed Ben’s Burgers upon us. While burgers will be a mainstay, there will also be a changing seasonal menu and a soft serve machine.
Morning After: Cnr Vulture and Cambridge Streets, West End
I’m always on the look out for new and cute cafes and Morning After looks like a winner. I have to admit the striking Scandi-inspired design of the cafe was what initially drew me in but the menu looks pretty damn tasty too.
Nodo Donuts Cafe: 1 Ella Street, Newstead
The makers of “the world’s friendliest” and Brisbane’s tastiest (IMO) gluten-free donuts have opened a standalone store in Newstead. You know what that means? No more chasing these bad boys around their roster of cafe and market appearances for your donut fix. In addition to donuts, there will also be a range of treats available for those with various dietary requirements. Hooray!
Shopping – If you dislike markets then this list probably won’t interest you at all Â¯_(ãƒ„)_/Â¯
Finders Keepers Markets: 7 – 8 November at the Old Museum
I pretty much have a standing date with the Finders Keepers Markets. Last time I went it was super crowded and you could barely move let alone look at the stalls but I’m willing to overlook that experience on the off chance that things will be different this time around.
Summer Night Markets: every Friday from 13 November to 22 January at the Old Museum
Longer days and balmy weather means more outdoorsy evening events like the Summer Night Markets. Held in the same grounds as the Finders Keepers, these markets will be host to food trucks and stalls, locally grown produce, craft beer, local wine, and artisan stalls.
Vieille Branche Christmas Market Day: 21 November at Vielle Branche, Albion
What? You didn’t utilise the Finders Keepers or Summer Night Markets to pick up Christmas presents for your friends/family/secret Santas well ahead of time? Well luckily for you Vielle Branche are holding a Christmas Market day with stalls by the likes of Kara Rosalund, NICO Underwear, and The Notedly.
The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8): 21 November – 10 April at QAGOMA
The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art is the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art’s flagship contemporary art series. It’s the only exhibition series to in the world to focus on the contemporary art of Asia, Australia and the Pacific. APT8 will run across both galleries and is free to view. You can see a few of my photos from the last APT exhibition in this blog post.
Melbourne based ceramics label Takeawei creates fun, functional, hand crafted ceramics for the home. Designer Chela Edmunds mixes organic shapes and textures with bright colours and a sense of humour to create the signature Takeawei aesthetic. Check out more of Takeawei on their website.
Bridget Bodenham lives and works in in country Victoria making ceramic serving ware, tableware, utensils and jewellery as well as planter pots and vases from her converted shipping container studio. Her distinctive stoneware designs are also often offset by playful gold accents. You can see more of her work here.
Susan Simonini is a Queensland-based designer who uses hand building techniques to create her range of earthy ceramics. If you’re in Brisbane you can usually find her selling her wares at the Finders Keepers Markets (hot tip: the next markets are on next weekend), otherwise check out her website and Etsy store for more details.
Connie Lichti is a Melbourne-based artist who has been making pottery for over 15 years. As well as creating her own playful range of ceramics, she most recently collaborated with Gorman for their Home Time homewares range. You can see more of her work on her website as well as shop online via her Etsy store.
Brooke Thorn ceramic tableware is hand made in Melbourne. The eye catching “Serving Suggestions” range, featured here, is designed to be functional and simple with a dash of colour. Visit their website to see more collections as well as to find a stockist near you.
Marloe Morgan Ceramics is a design & ceramic studio based on the Gold Coast, Australia. MMC creates functional tablewares and offers retail, bespoke & hospitality lines crafted using only the very best Australian stoneware. MMC will also be at the Finders Keepers Markets in Brisbane next week and you can check out their website for stockists.
Milly Dent was probably one of the first designers that made me sit up and take notice of local ceramic makers. Her works are easily identifiable thanks to her distinctive marbled indigo patterns and geometric shaped vessels. If you’re in Brisbane you can find usually find Milly Dent stocked at Nook in West End and Showroom in the city. Otherwise, check out the Milly Dent website to see more of their designs.
Woo Ceramics are hand thrown and glazed in Sydney by Jemima Woo. The pieces are designed for everyday use and range from coffee beakers to large serving bowls. You can shop Woo Ceramics online and they will also be debuting at the Summer Finders Keepers Markets in Sydney.
I’ve come across many more ceramicists while putting together this post but these are the ones that have caught my eye in particular. And, to be perfectly honest, if I were to include them all we’d be here all day! There are no doubt plenty more wonderful designers working their magic in Australia so if you know of any that deserve a shout out feel free to do so in the comments.
Top image credit: The Design Files
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Sun Buddies ‘Type 02’ Sunglasses
Federica Moretti Pom-pom Cap
Lanvin Printed Notebook
Alexa Chung for AG Jeans Denim Skirt
Avril Gau ‘Rosy’ Pumps
Karl Lagerfeld ‘K Chopette Love’ Clutch Bag
KTZ Striped Knee-High Socks
Stella McCartney iPhone 6 Case
Alexander Wang knit top layered over Vivetta ‘Hands’ Collar Shirt
What you need:
– Plain key ring (you can just repurpose an old key ring or buy them from eBay/craft shops)
– Pom pom maker (not necessary but they are seriously life changing)
Has anyone else noticed that embroidered patches are coming back in a big way? While haphazardly patched up jeans and jackets were once the realm of punk and alternative fashion, this no longer seems to be the case. The look these days is decidedly more preppy with current season collections from local favourites like Gorman, Salasai, and House of Cards all featuring garments with patched details. If you’re feeling crafty, you could just grab a plain piece of clothing and DIY your own design. You don’t have to look particularly hard to find cute and quirky patches either – just look at the ones I’ve found here! If iron on patches seem like too permanent an option, don’t forget you can also find temporary alternatives in lapel pins and brooches.
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Swan Patch by Rosehound Apparel
Love Patch by Coucou Suzette
Sportmax Embellished Skater Dress
Iron on Patch Set from Gorman
Zara Denim Jacket (seemingly sold out but you can find similar jackets here, here, and here)
Puberty Blues Cap by House of Cards
Sad Songs Patch by Stay Home Club
Unicorn Patch by Rosie Wonders
Pizza Patch by Kitiya Palaskas
The Imperial Russian Ballet Presents Swan Lake: 3, 4, & 22 September at QPAC
It’s the ballet that needs no introduction And it’s being performed by one of the most formidable companies in the game. It’s a no brainer, really. Get in quick as tickets are bound to sell out.
Brisbane Writers Festival: 2 – 6 September at various venues
Seek out some literary inspiration at this year’s Brisbane Writers Festival. The program is wide and varied, with events ranging from discussions and Q&A sessions to workshops and book readings. There’s even a program for kids (start ’em young, I say).
BIGSOUND: 9 – 11 September at various venues
BIGSOUND is Australia’s premier music industry conference and artist showcase. During the day the conference features significant keynote speakers and industry panels. At night, the artists come out to play with a jam-packed live music lineup at various venues throughout Fortitude Valley.
Sourdough Workshop: 9 September at Wandering Cooks, South Brisbane
As far as breads go, sourdough is one of my faves. Who can resist some smashed avocado on a fresh slice of the stuff? Not me, that’s for sure. Learn how to create a loaf yourself thanks with this workshop brought to you by Wandering Cooks.
Brisbane Festival: 5 – 26 September at various venues
For the month of September Brisbane becomes a canvas for the arts. With an aim to engage audiences with artists, Brisbane Festival has everything from live music to theatre and art installations. And it all ends with a bang, quite literally, with a night of fireworks aka Riverfire.
And it’s not quite Brisbane, but if you’re up for a road trip then make your way to Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers from 18 – 27 September to really get into the swing of spring.
Nail polish gifted by Kester Black. All content and imagery are my own.
How I Spent My Weekend In Townsville
– Started the day by grabbing a green smoothie and pretzel-shaped doughnut from Otto’s Fresh Food Market (inside the complex next to the ice skating rink and cinema pictured below – of course the very first photo I take isn’t of palm trees or beaches but the back of a dilapidated ice skating rink.)
– Had lunch at The Courtyard in City Lane. Nothing grabs the youth market quite like a laneway establishment.
– Caught the last weekend of The Strand Ephemera which saw different artworks and sculptures scattered along the length of Townsville’s famous esplanade. The shiny lifeguard stand was probably my favourite. Even without the artworks, it’s a relaxing walk and I’d recommend taking the steps up to Kissing Point for uninterrupted views out to Magnetic Island.
– Went out for drinks at Rambutan which is one of the nicest rooftop bars/backpackers hostels I’ve ever been to.
– Headed over to Magnetic Island, which I did on the second day of my trip and will post about very soon.
Winn Lane Fashion and Record Market: 1 August at Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley
If you’re in Brisbane and reading this know that you only have a small window of time to make it to the Winn Lane Fashion and Record Market that’s on today. TODAY! UNTIL 2PM! GET MOVING! There will be record pop ups from A Love Supreme and Phase 4, a cafe pop up from Alphabet Cafe, as well as your regular Winn Lane tenants.
Royal Queensland Show (Ekka): 7-16 August at the Brisbane RNA Showgrounds
The Ekka is a Brisbane institution. While the grounds are undergoing major changes, some things never change. Like the taste of the strawberry sundaes, the dizzying commotion of Sideshow Alley, painstakingly deciding which show bags to buy (always the Bertie Beetle bag). The only downside is the ticket prices. I miss the days where I used to get in for free (being a band nerd in high school had some perks, okay?)
PITPASS exhibition by Savannah Van der Niet: 8-16 August at Jet Black Cat Music, West End
Savannah Van der Niet is a Brisbane-based photographer who works predominantly in the field of 35mm film. She has been an official photographer for Splendour in the Grass and Laneway festivals so chances are you might already be familiar with her work. PITPASS encompasses live photography and previously unreleased press shots and and festival photos.
Mater Breast Ever Brunch: 21 August
What’s better than brunching? Brunching for a cause, that’s what. Get together a bunch of friends or workmates and hold a brunch to raise funds for Mater’s Chicks in Pink charity. While the main date is advertised as being the 21st of August, you can pick any day in August instead to hold your brunch.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane: 23-28 August at various locations
MBFF Brisbane celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year. Events range from your standard group runway shows to high teas and Q&A sessions. My picks would be the Fleet Fashion Boutique, which will stock the works of QUT students and alumni, and the NEXT Hotel Next Gen group show.
What you’ll need
– Container of your choosing (this was an old Ferrero Rocher container but you can find similar ones at Kmart etc.)
– Crystal (mine is a clear quartz point from Feel Crystals)
– Strong glue (I used super glue but you could also use epoxy or other kinds depending on your choice of materials)
– Wire cutting scissors
The process was as simple as wrapping the crystal in wire, securing the wire, and then gluing the crystal to the container. Because the wire on the bottom of the crystal created an uneven surface, gluing was a bit messy but it all worked out in the end. I chose to wrap it in wire to make the clear quartz stand out against the clear container. If you want to save yourself some hassle (and very scratched up hands) just glue the crystal straight onto the container. You’ll want the bond to be strong enough to use the crystal as a handle. I ended up using my container as storage for my lipsticks.
Also, photographing clear things was one of the dumbest ideas I’ve ever had. I pretty much gave up after a while.
– Lack of Color straw hat
– Striped dress, suedette jacket, and backpack c/o boohoo.com
– Nike Roshe Run trainers
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– Floral arrangement by Natasha Kolenko via Design Sponge
– Pink deck chairs from Canelle et Vanille
– Gluten free beetroot cake with date sugar from Our Food Stories
– Renovation of an apartment in Turin, Italy
– Pink satin dress from Rochas Resort 2016
Cult Japan: 3 July – 2 September at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
If you’re a lover of Japanese film, be sure to make your way to the CinÃ©mathÃ¨que at the GOMA this month. ‘Cult Japan’ will celebrate the “strange and outrageous in post-war Japanese cinema”. The program will also include a retrospective of work by Hayao Miyazaki, Japan’s most celebrated animator and director.
Finders Keepers Markets: 4 – 5 July at the Old Museum, Herston
If you’ve been keeping up with this blog regularly, you’ll know that the Finders Keepers Markets are my jam. Set within the grounds of the Old Museum, there’s market stalls, food trucks, and live music aplenty.
Teneriffe Festival: 4 July, Teneriffe
To celebrate the suburb’s history and diversity, this one day festival will see several streets closed off in Teneriffe to host a variety of market stalls, live music, fashion, and historical displays.
The Photograph and Australia: 4 July – 11 October at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)
Making its way up from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, ‘The Photograph and Australia’ looks at the connection between photography, place, and identity. This exhibition consists of 650 works from both renowned artists and unknown photographers.
Brisbane French Festival: 10 – 12 July at Southbank Cultural Forecourt
Fancy yourself a Francophile? Then head to the Southbank for the Brisbane French Festival. There’ll be everything from cabaret to French markets stalls and fashion shows.
Reel Fashion: 10 July – 16 October at Palace Centro, Fortitude Valley
Every Friday night, Palace Centro Cinemas will screen an iconic fashion film. The program includes a range of films like the Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (if you haven’t seen it GO), A Single Man, The Great Gatsby (1974), and Pretty in Pink.
Scandinavian Film Festival: 16 – 26 July at Palace Centro, Fortitude Valley
Screening exclusively at Palace Cinemas, the Scandinavian Film Festival will showcase a range of dramas, comedies and thrillers from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Iceland.
Regional Flavours: 18 -19 July at South Bank Parklands
Sample the best of what South East Queensland has to offer at South Bank’s Regional Flavours festival. There will be plenty of food and wine on show, as well as entertainment from celebrity chefs and industry experts.
Brisbane Night Noodle Markets: 22 July – 2 August at South Bank Cultural Forecourt
The Night Noodle Markets will once again return to South Bank as part of Good Food Month. There will be restaurant stalls, themed bars, live music, and even weekend Yum Cha.
James St Food & Wine Trail: 30 July – 1 August at James St, Fortitude Valley
The Food & Wine Trail will see a diverse culinary program take over the James St precinct. My tip would be to head along to the Urban Picnic to sample street-food style fare from some popular James St food retailers.
Other noteworthy events like the Story Bridge 75 and Bakery Lane’s Dinner Under the Stars are already sold out but if you’ve managed to grab tickets to either of those then good on you!
This post was in partnership with TÃº Projects, who did the fit out for Pineapple Express Cafe.
– Milly Dent x Theseeke Clay Mask Gift Set from Theseeke
P.S. I created the animated GIF using this tutorial by Pugly Pixel
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– Redecker olive wood salad servers
– Keep Cup brew reusable coffee cup: I use my Keep Cup all the time, not only at home but out and about.
– Camphor Laurel cutting board
– Ball mason jars: so they’ve gotten a bad rep as being a hipster cliche, but they’re still pretty useful around the home
– Tin of twine jute: for use around the house and garden but mostly for decorative gift wrapping ðŸ˜‰
– Redecker wooden clothes pegs
– Hessian sack with tassels
– The Environmental Toothbrush
– Little Veggie Patch Co heirloom seeds
– Stainless steel straws
Chocolate, Banana, and Coconut Muffins
Makes 12 (I ended up making 18)
– 2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
– 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
– 1 cup brown sugar
– 1/4 cup cocoa
– 2 eggs, lightly beaten
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– 1/2 cup coconut milk
– 1/2 cup vegetable oil
– 2 cups mashed banana (I used 4 bananas)
– 200 dark chocolate, chopped
– icing sugar, for dusting
1. Preheat oven to 180Â°C. Grease muffin tins.
2. Place flour, coconut, sugar, and cocoa in a large bowl and mix to combine. Add the egg, vanilla, coconut milk, oil, banana, and chocolate. Using a butter knife, mix until just combined.
3. Spoon the mixture into muffin tins. Cook for 25 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer (if you’re testing with a skewer remember that if it doesn’t come out clean it could just be the melted chocolate, so try a few different spots to make sure).
4. Set aside to cool for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar to serve.
Original recipe by Donna Hay
– Pure linen quilt cover from I Love Linen
– Duvet and pillow case set from Scottie Store
– Linen duvet cover from CULTIVER
– Linen duvet cover from IN BED Store
– Linen quilt set from In The Sac
– Blind & Fold linen quilt from Mr Kitly
[Top image taken at a floral workshop with Primula Floral Styling – regrettably not my handiwork]