The Edit

As much as I love a good print, a majority of my wardrobe is made up of basics. I own a ridiculous number of striped tops and white tees, and there’s something so comforting and appealing about having a pared back wardrobe. This is why the The Edit, by boohoo.com, has caught my eye. I haven’t really paid much attention to boohoo in the past but their AW15 campaign is pretty on point for those looking for key pieces to add to their autumn/winter wardrobes. The Edit consists of ten ‘must haves’ that not only include personal favourites like the denim shirt and skirt but also the camel coat, the cable knit sweater, the waterfall jacket, and the duster coat. Check out the rest of the campaign images, below, or head to the website to shop the collection.

Images c/o boohoo.com

7 Things To Do In Brisbane In March


Every month there seems to be a bunch of stuff going on in Brisbane but I always happen to find out about them far too late. So this month I thought I’d take a proactive approach and search out what’s happening around town in advance. Read on for my pick of things to look forward to in Brisbane this March.

Park the Truck: 6 March at the Roma Street Parklands

The first Friday in March will see the inaugural ‘Park the Truck’ food truck meet roll into the picturesque Roma Street Parklands. Food truck vendors will include The Bun Mobile, Goat Pie Guy, Oi! Taco, King of the Wings, Vira Lata, Fire ‘n’ Dough, Fiery Deli, German Hut, Juicy Jungle, Chip Tease, Little Black, Flinders Coffee, and Yummy Fruit Ice-creamery.

Marie Claire Up Late: 12 March at James St, Fortitude Valley

Shop up a storm at the Marie Claire Up Late event on James St. You’ll not only be given after-dark access to stores but you’ll also be able to meet the designers behind some beloved Australian brands. Designers in attendance will include Lisa Gorman, Gail Sorronda, and Ingrid Verner. There will also be plenty of special offers and discounts to keep you (and your wallet) occupied throughout the night.

Alliance Française French Film Festival: 13 March – 1 April at Palace Cinemas

The French Film Festival is a firm fixture in my calendar. Taking in several destinations around Australia, it’s the largest festival of French films outside of France. The festival curates a selection of contemporary French films including dramas, comedies, documentaries, and more.

Once Upon a Wine: 13 March starting at Jak + Hill in Spring Hill
Once Upon a Wine are a series of events organised by The Vino Geek. The night will include four Wright Roberston (New England) wines matched to a four course dinner. Good wine and good food – what more can you ask for, really?

I have been looking forward to this exhibition ever since GoMA announced it last year. ‘Between Two Worlds’ will showcase an extensive range of Lynch’s paintings, photography, and works on paper. The Gallery will also be screening a complete retrospective of Lynch’s films, videos, and works for TV throughout the duration of the exhibition. Unfortunately I missed out on tickets to see the man himself “In Conversation” at QPAC but there’s no way I’m going to miss seeing this exhibition.

The High Tea Party: 14 and 15 March at the Hilton Brisbane
Not your ordinary high tea, the High Tea Party at the Hilton will be a modern take on the classic tradition. The event will include beauty treatments, boutique shopping, workshops, fashion parades, and complimentary pamper sessions. Guests will also be treated to a gift bag to take home.

Your Pick of Live Music: various venues throughout March
Brisbane has a pretty good live music scene and there are a tonne of artists making their way to the river city this March. From local bands to big international names, there’s something for everyone this month. Some of the touring artists include Mogwai, London Grammar, First Aid Kit, Client Liaison, Ed Sheeran, Rufus Wainwright, DJ Shadow, Drake, Kele, DZ Deathrays, and Yelle. If you’re after last minute tickets you better hop to it because many shows sell out months in advance.

Kester Black Nail Polish Remover

It’s already been established that I really, really like Kester Black stuff. When they offered to send me a bottle of their new water based nail polish remover I jumped at the chance to try it out. Nail polish remover is basically a necessary evil but Kester Black has flipped that notion on its head with their latest offering. Like other products in the Kester Black range their water based nail polish remover is Australian made and Choose Cruelty Free, Cruelty Free International, and Vegan Society accredited. It’s also acetone and acetate-free, non-flammable, and contains goodies like aloe vera and vitamin E. I’ve used acetone-free removers in the past but more often than not they’ve left my nails looking a bit worse for wear. This Kester Black nail polish remover, however, left my nails in good condition. One lightly soaked cotton wool ball easily removed a hand’s worth of nail polish (two coats + top coat) and the white peach fragrance is just the icing on top of an already pretty fantastic, albeit inedible, cake. I also made a little video, plus a pros and cons list, which you can check out at the end of this post.

Kester Black Nail Polish Remover
(For those playing at home, the music is a looped intro to Saturdays by Cut Copy)

– First up, most importantly, it works. So that’s always a major ‘pro’.
– It’s gentle on nails and skin, and nowhere near as abrasive as some removers can be.
– A little bit of nail polish remover goes a long way. I used one lightly soaked cotton wool ball per hand, but probably could have stretched it more.
– The white peach fragrance smells pretty damn good. Although, as much as you’ll be tempted, it’s probably best not to sniff it straight from the bottle.
– It’s a cruelty free product, so good vibes all round.

– It does take a bit of rubbing to start getting the nail polish off, as you can see in the video. However, as the remover is quite gentle, the rubbing action doesn’t really strip the nail or damage it in any way.
– At $20 a pop it’s much more than what you’d pay for a supermarket/chemist nail polish remover.
– Those outside of Australia might have some difficulty trying to get their hands on a bottle.

Overall, this nail polish remover gets two (nail polish-free) thumbs up from me. I’ll definitely be sticking with it in the future. In the meantime, you can head to the Kester Black website to shop online or find a stockist. 

búl AW15

Can you believe that autumn/winter collections are already starting to drop here in Australia? I doubt the temperature in Queensland has even dipped below 25 degrees celsius lately so seeing coats and knits filtering into stores is quite baffling. While piling on the layers might be some while away, I am taking some inspiration from the upcoming seasonal colour palettes. Lots of monochrome, pale hues, and the odd splash of colour seems to the be standard. One collection I can’t seem to get out of my head right now is the AW15 collection by Australian label búl. At first glance it all looks simple enough but it’s the clean lines and relaxed tailoring that really stands out. These are a few of my favourite looks and you can see more of the collection on their website.

Images c/o bul


Wicked in Oz
If you live in Brisbane you might have noticed that the city has been looking a little bit greener of late. And it probably, most definitely has to do with WICKED coming back to town as part of its 10th anniversary tour. I was fortunate enough to be given tickets to attend the opening weekend of WICKED at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). I love a good musical and have always had a soft spot for anything Wizard of Oz related – I watched the Judy Garland version of Wizard of Oz on VHS so much so as a child that I eventually wore down the tape – so it was pretty much a given that I was always going to enjoy WICKED. Being an immensely popular production, many of you are probably already familiar with the musical but if you aren’t then I would definitely recommend taking a trip to the wonderful land of Oz.

Wicked in Oz
Wicked in Oz
Wicked in Oz

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