The Black Dress Edit

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15 April, 2015

Black dresses. They're a wardrobe staple, right? Funnily enough, despite the amount of black in my wardrobe (tops, skirts, jackets, jeans etc.), I don't currently own any black dresses. I may have owned some the past but in most cases would have bought them on the spur of the moment and worn them once or twice before eventually culling them. So now I'm looking to fill that gap in my wardrobe. These are a few black dresses from some fab Antipodean brands that I'd be more than happy to have on high rotation in my wardrobe. You can click on the images above or links below to shop the pieces.

Kinki Gerlinki 'Bossy' dress
APOM 'The Lotta' dress
Soot pleated swing dress

9 Things to do in Brisbane in April

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08 April, 2015

Doughnut Time
I'm a bit late on this month's list of what's on in Brisbane but now that Easter's out of the way here are some things to do for the remainder of April.

Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land until 21 June at GOMA
This is the first major exhibition of New Zealand contemporary artist Michael Parekowhai's work. Best of all, the exhibition is free and you can see some photos in one of my previous posts.

Banff Mountain Film Festival: 13-17 April at the Powerhouse Theatre
The Australian leg of this iconic film festival tour consists of two and a half hours of mountain-themed short films. This one's for the adrenaline junkies and wanderlusters.

Crochet Step by Step: 15 April at Rouge Coffee
If, like me, you never took any notice when your grandma offered to teach you how to knit and crochet but in hindsight you should have paid ALL OF THE ATTENTION then this workshop will help right those wrongs. Tea cosies and snuggly beanies ahoy!

Twin Peaks Trivia Night: 15 April at the GOMA Cafe Bistro
Bad news is that David Lynch is out of the upcoming Twin Peaks remake. Good news is that you can test your knowledge of Laura Palmer's murder and go in the running to win David Lynch-themed goodies at the Twin Peaks trivia night being held at GOMA.

Brisbane Twilight Markets: 17 April at King George Square
I'm a sucker for markets and also late night shopping in the city so this kills two birds with one stone, as well as my wallet.

4ZZZ Street Soundzzz: 18 April at 4ZZZ HQ
If you're under 25 and interested in learning more about Brisbane's iconic community broadcaster then head to Street Soundzzz for station tours, workshops, markets, and live bands.

Friday Nite Snackdown: every Friday night at Fish Lane
If you like Fridays, snacks, puns, and pitting foods against each other to see which will reign supreme on your tastebuds then end your week at Fish Lane for Friday Nite Snackdown, presented by Wandering Cooks.

Kokedama Workshop: 26 April at Showroom, Paddington
Spend the afternoon making your own moss balls under under the direction of Caroline from Wilde Flora. Classes cost $95 and include two handmade kokedamas to take home as well as a cuppa and some nibbles.

An Evening With Noel Fielding: 27 April - 7 May at QPAC
Most shows are sold out but if you stalk the ticketing page you might just get lucky!

(Top image taken at Doughnut Time/Alfredo's Pizzeria but doughnuts and pizza are every month foods, amiright?)

Carry On

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03 April, 2015


I'm heading down to Sydney for a long-ish weekend in April, and as such am only bringing carry on luggage*. Finding the right carry on bag is always tricky for me and the last time I travelled I used a large bowler-style bag. However, this time I'm thinking of sticking to a backpack like the Kånken backpack from Fjällräven. It's roomy enough to fit a few changes of clothes and light toiletries without being cumbersome to carry. I'm heading down for an engagement party so will need at least one dressy outfit but for the rest of my stay I'll largely be wearing casual tops/jeans/skirts. It's a given that I'll be wearing bulkier things like jackets and boots on the plane, leaving room in my carry on for lighter objects. I'm terrible at packing light and have enough trouble deciding how many cameras to bring (I'm thinking of leaving the DSLR at home but argh!) so this will definitely be an exercise in restraint. Apart from things like clothes, tickets, and personal effects, these are a few of my travelling essentials.

- A sturdy carry on bag with zip closures. The more compartments the better.
- Film camera. I always try and take one film camera with me, in addition to my iPhone 6 and/or a digital camera.
- The Horse Watch. I always wear a wristwatch when travelling. Obviously so I can keep track of the time but also because it can be pretty annoying having to constantly fish your phone out to check the time.
- Side bag. So I can keep the important stuff like my wallet, phone, tickets etc. on me at all times.
- Travel-sized toiletries. One of my favourite parts of travelling is buying all of the miniature things.
Socks. Because bare feet on planes/trains/buses are gross.
Headphones. There's nothing worse than having time to kill and realising you don't have any headphones to plug into your phone/tablet/laptop.
- Pouch. It's always handy to have something to store loose items in. This one really speaks to me because it's pretty much the only way I can get on a plane. I'm not super anxious about flying and I always enjoy the view but at the end of the day it's just not my favourite thing to do.
- Not pictured: patience. Sometimes everything goes to plan. Sometimes it doesn't. Stressing out doesn't help so you might as well just sit back and try to enjoy the ride.

*That said, I made sure that my return flight includes checked baggage just in case I decide to buy all of the things.

What's On at GoMA

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31 March, 2015

Michael Parekowhai exhibit at GoMA
I went to the Gallery of Modern Art on the weekend to check out a few of their latest exhibits (you can see my last trip to the Future Beauty exhibit here). The big drawcard right now is the David Lynch: Between Two Worlds retrospective but there's also the recently opened Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land exhibit, the Japanese Art After 1989 exhibit, and the gallery's collection of Indigenous art on display as well. While the David Lynch retrospective is on the unsettling/moody/messed up side of things, the Michael Parekowhai and Japanese art exhibits are a good remedy to that. I've already shared some photos over on Instagram but here are a few more that I snapped on my iPhone.

Leonard St. AW15

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20 March, 2015

The autumn/winter collections are coming in thick and fast. One of the latest to hit my inbox is from Australian label Leonard St. Known for their use of bright colours and bold prints, their AW15 collection definitely delivers. The key prints in this collection include the Eagle Floral, the Travel Print, the Abstract Floral, and the 50s Spot. The colour palette for this collection is distinctly autumnal, with lush greens and rich maroons sitting pretty against black and grey basics. The AW15 collection is currently available in stores and online, and you can see more of the collection over on the Leonard St. website.