Bespoke Press Gift Wrap


19 November, 2015

Bespoke Press Gift Wrap
I'm of the school of thought that if you're going to give someone a present then you might as well go all out, fancy gift wrap and everything. None of this last minute scrounging around for wrapping paper or shoddy gift wrapping business. Bespoke Press make some of my favourite wrapping paper, hands down, and I picked these beauties up at the Finders Keepers Markets the other week. However, I'm always torn between using them asap and keeping them for myself because they're so damn beautiful (I'm already making plans to frame the watercolour whale print one). The best part is that these are double sided so it's like getting two sheets for the price of one. The trouble lies in deciding exactly which side to display.

Sydney Film Photo Diary


11 November, 2015

Bronte Beach
Remember when I went to Sydney earlier in the year? Yeah, well I finally got the roll of film I took down developed. Some six months later. This is turning into a real bad habit of mine. This was the first time I'd ever used Lomography film and while I was initially underwhelmed with the results, they've slowly but surely grown on me. I didn't take as many photos as I thought I had (isn't that always the case with film photos?) and the ones I did take were pretty typically 'Sydney'. Anyway, scroll down for photos of Bondi, The Grounds of Alexandria, the Opera House, and a bit of a light installation.

Kester Black Hand & Body Wash


09 November, 2015

I really enjoy watching brands develop over time and seeing how they expand and develop their products. When I first started using Kester Black products, they pretty much dealt exclusively in nail polish. Over the years they've expanded their cruelty-free product range into soaps and water based nail polish removers. The latest additions to the Kester Black range include Lucky and Pardon - a duo of soap-free liquid hand and body washes. Like what you'd come to expect from the brand, these hand and body washes contain certified organic ingredients, are palm-oil free, and are vegan-friendly. Kester Black continues to impress not only with their product launches, but by collaborating with artists and designers to create strong campaign imagery. These slightly psychedelic images have been produced by Eve Wilson and Natalie Turnball (with a few Photoshop markings added in by moi). You can purchase the new liquid hand and body washes online from the Kester Black website or from selected stockists.

Images: Kester Black

Brisbane in November


03 November, 2015

Hello, yes this post is a few days late because November snuck up on me and SERIOUSLY HOW IS IT NOVEMBER ALREADY? That means in a few weeks it'll be December and before you know it Christmas and New Years Eve and ARGHHH 2016! When I'm not panicking about WHERE ON EARTH THE TIME ACTUALLY WENT, this is probably what I'll be doing this month:

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  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

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.

Handmade Australian Ceramics


27 October, 2015

When it comes to homewares, there's a real growing market for handmade ceramics. Right now I'm all about stoneware and earthenware tumblers - there's something so inviting about wrapping your hands around a warm mug of coffee/tea/hot chocolate. In my search for the *perfect* tumblers I've come across quite a few excellent Australian designers. And since sharing is caring and enabling shopping addictions etc., read on for my round up of Aussie makers who are creating some top notch ceramics. If you've got any favourite ceramic brands or know of any worth checking out be sure to pop them down in the comments!