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Chanel Photos

Posted: December 23, 2011 in Beauty, Fashion, Places
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It seems that everywhere I turn this week, Chanel is there.

There was this Chanel No. 5 bus stop ad on St Kilda Road, which I also saw in Doncaster and Collingwood…

…then I went to my friend’s 30th birthday lunch at The Italian where we gifted her a bottle of Coco Mademoiselle perfume…

…then I saw this gorgeous cake at Dolce Espresso at Westfield Doncaster (I bet they sell like crazy!).


Giddy up! Yep it’s that time of year again – Spring Racing Carnival!

Got your dress? Got your hat? Got your accessories? How are you doing your makeup and hair? Manicure sorted? There’s always so much to do to get raceday ready, so why not take some of the hassle out and get your hair done by a pro? 

Salon M in South Yarra are offering a special for ALL raceday bookings – 10% off blowdry (normally $55) and 15% off updos (normally start at $82, prices vary depending on level of complexity) plus a free glass of bubbly! Sounds like a great way to get the party started!

About the salon

Salon M has been established for more than a decade, and is famous for it’s glamorous signature blowdrys – classic, chic ‘girlie’ hair. The salon also has a team of highly talented in-house colourists and stylists. Salon M uses Label M products and pride themselves on listening to what the client wants. The decor is modern and feminine (see pics below) and the staff are just lovely!

Visit Salon M’s website for more information and follow them on Twitter for the chance to win their weekly blowdry giveaway!

I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation from a colleague to attend the Australian Open Women’s tennis final at Melbourne Park a few weeks ago. We stopped in at Taxi Dining Room at Fed Square for a five-course tennis degustation menu, especially designed to get diners in and out of the restaurant in time for the main match.

Taxi Dining Room describes its cuisine as ‘Japanese fusion’ – it’s not cheap but the quality of the ingredients is excellent and the service outstanding. The five-course degustation was $110 per person. It sounds overwhelming but the portion sizes are smaller, which means that you get a taste of everything without feeling too full. Here are some pics of what we ate – take note of the gorgeous crockery!

Yellowfin tuna sashimi with spring onion and caviar

Beef gyoza with picked cucumber garnish (note: there is no photo of this – I ate it before my friend could whip the camera out!)


Fillet of Atlantic salmon with sorrel & King prawn salad, shellfish dressing

Crispy Szechwan duck with lime pickle, Vietnamese salad & sesame tamarind sauce

Peach souffle with white chocolate centre and peach sorbet

 This was the second time I have been to Taxi and once again, it was simply magnificent. One thing about Taxi is that all the dishes are fairly simple concepts, but they are lifted by a sensational sauce or a deliciously refreshing salad. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion, especially the set menu as it allows you to try a variety of dishes selected by the chef to ensure that they complement each other perfectly. Make sure to get a table with a view of the Yarra River!

For further information and bookings, check out

Between Christmas parties, birthday lunches and catching up with friends, I’ve been eating out a lot over the past few months! Check out my top picks while I head to the gym to burn off some excess calories:

Red Spice Road

27 McKillop Street, Melbourne

Go there for: An upmarket south-east Asian dining experience that provides sensational value for money.

My favourite: The lunch banquet – $30 for five different dishes  to share (I had the pork belly, thai beef salad, barramundi curry, prawns and tofu), accompanied by steamed jasmine rice and an appetiser of betel leaf with shredded chicken, chilli and kaffir lime. Delicious!

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66 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Go there for: Undoubtedly the best wood-fired pizzas in town! Get a table outside so you can people-watch on Flinders Lane.

My favourite: The Marostica pizza – olives, sausage, pesto and vine-ripened cherry tomatoes (see pic below). I’ve never bothered to order anything else!


La Camera

Mid Level, East End, Southgate

Go there for: Friendly, relaxed atmosphere, hearty Italian food and beautiful views of the Yarra River from the balcony.

My favourite: The La Camera risotto – bacon, mushrooms, spinach, pesto, tomato and parmesan with a touch of cream. I also like the $10 lunch specials!

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Level 35, 25 Collins Street

Go there for: Spectacular views of the city, great food and excellent  service.

My favourite: The $59 Christmas buffet – I took full advantage of the carvery (cider glazed ham and stuffed turkey) and tried out every miniature pudding, cake and mousse on the dessert cart!

Picture courtesy of Tourism Victoria

Daylight savings has started and the nights are slowly getting warmer, which means it must be almost time for Moonlight Cinema to start again, right? Going to an open-air cinema is one of my favourite things to do in summer – it’s the perfect excuse to catch up with friends in a relaxing, scenic environment. While The Rooftop in Swanston Street is a popular choice for the latest and greatest films, I prefer Moonlight Cinema for the scenery – it’s located in the perfectly picturesque Royal Botanical Gardens, complete with the infamous bats swinging in the treetops overhead!

Where is it?

Royal Botanical Gardens, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne (Melways reference 2G A12)

Accessible by car or public transport (catch the number 8 tram from the city and get off at Park Street).

How much does it cost?

$18 for adults, $16 concession, or $11 if you join the Movie Club.

What movies do they show?

A mixture of old and cult classics as well as the latest releases.

My picks? Grease for a good ol’ fashioned sing-along, Toy Story 3 for the nieces and nephews, Top Gun to please your man or The Town for action, suspense and the gorgeous Ben Affleck!

You can view the full 2010/2011 program here: 

What time does the movie start?

As soon as the sun goes down.

My tips for a great night at the movies:

  • Get there at least an hour before the movie starts so that you can get a good possie on the grass. The idea is to set up camp early and enjoy some drinks and nibbles with friends before sundown.
  • Save time by pre-booking your tickets online at
  • Hire the beanbag – if you want to be comfortable, it’s the best $7 you will ever spend!
  • Bring snacks and drinks (yes, you can BYO alcohol!) or money if you’d rather buy from the venue, insect repellant, a picnic rug and a blanket.

The 2010/2011 season commences on Thursday 16 December – visit for more information.

My Melbourne: Views

Posted: October 29, 2010 in Places
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Catching some rays in Southbank last week! 🙂

Hooray! Koko Black on Collins Street has finally jumped on the high tea trend with its new Queen of Hearts menu!


“Koko Black Collins Street is undergoing a transformation. Beautiful curtains, a stunning back counter display, pavement seating and longer opening hours are just a few of the small touches designed to enhance the experience at this salon. However the significant news is the launch of the Queen of Hearts menu, Koko Black’s interpretation of the revered high tea, created by Koko Black Head Pastry Chef Adam Tippins. Sweet and savoury items come together with our signature chocolate beverages to deliver a daily high tea like no  other, served on beautiful Wedgewood ‘Queen of Hearts’ tiered plates. Savoury options will include shortcrust flaky pastry tarts of leek and ricotta, hot pressed sandwiches of pastrami and gruyere while sweet options include a chocolate opera cake, Alice lamington and fruit galette. The patient among us may wait for the Queen of Hearts to come to their nearest Koko Black over the coming year, but for the rest of us, a detour to Collins Street will be royally rewarded.”

Yum, can’t wait to try it out!!

Koko Black is located at 52 Collins Street, Melbourne and is open Monday – Friday 7:30am – 6:00pm and Saturdays from 11:00am to 5:30pm.