10 Things To Do In Brisbane In July

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01 July, 2015

There seems to be quite a lot of food-related events going on in Brisbane this month which is great because I LOVE FOOD. Also, I know these lists are very location and time sensitive so I'm thinking of making a more generic "what to do on the weekend" post so all of you can play along at home, wherever in the world that may be. In the meantime, Brisbane, start penciling these dates into your diaries.

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 Cinémathèque 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 ManThe 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!

Pineapple Express Cafe

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28 June, 2015

Usually the idea of going out for breakfast at 8am on a weekend is beyond me but when it came to visiting Pineapple Express Cafe I'm glad I got in early. When I arrived all the seats inside were already occupied and by 9.30am this placed was packed with diners and people grabbing their morning take-away coffees. Pineapple Express Cafe opened earlier this month and is a welcome addition to the Portside precinct. The cafe interiors are bright and cheery (the fit out was done by Tú Projects, who have worked on a bunch of restaurants around Brisbane) however seating is quite limited when busy. I would have liked to have gotten some shots of the interior but it was pretty packed and I didn't want to be a creep. You'll just have to take my word for it or visit it for yourself. I opted for the old favourite of avocado on toast (with feta and dukkah) but being a superfood cafe, there are smoothies and acai bowls up to your eyeballs. Also: Cocowhip. If it wasn't a chilly morning I totally would have had all of the frozen things. While the avocado on toast wasn't the best I've had in Brisbane, at $10 for two slices it's by far one of the most affordable. They also offer some healthy lunch options and if I lived or worked nearby, I could easily see myself becoming a regular customer.

Crescent Moon Earrings

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24 June, 2015

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These crescent moon earrings from Molten Store have to be my new favourite accessories. I have  a soft spot for celestial-inspired jewellery and as soon as I saw these earrings at Molten Store, I had to have them (although they're only at the James St store in Brisbane and they don't seem to be stocked online). I like the look of earrings and cuffs that travel up the ear lobe because they can give off the effect of multiple piercings, which I always thought would be cool to have. These ones don't quite have that effect but I think they're pretty sweet nonetheless. Although when I first put them in they sat awkwardly so I thought that they might have been drop earrings after all, but I got there in the end. They could probably work as both. You can kind of see how they sit, below.

Kuwaii AW15

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16 June, 2015

If you like your things to be colour coordinated then you're really going to like the autumn/winter collection from Aussie label Kuwaii. The Re-Mix AW15 collection is a mix of fluid lines and boxy silhouettes with accent shades of coral and royal blue set alongside understated navy and grey hues. Every look in the lookbook is eye-pleasingly monochrome, which helps to highlight certain textural and tailored elements. You can see and shop the collection on the Kuwaii website.

Cotton Ink

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11 June, 2015

Australia is often referred to as multicultural but I'm the first to admit that as someone who is Eurasian, I had a fairly Anglo upbringing. Despite being born in Indonesia and having a large Indonesian family, I'm fairly out of the loop when it comes to modern Indonesian culture. While I've always identified as being Australian, cultural identity is such a multifaceted topic and one that I could only begin to scratch the surface of in a brief blog post. And since I'm here mainly to talk #fashun, I'll leave the thoughts on self-identity and culture for another day. On my last trip to Indonesia I not only had to navigate the massive changes in both infrastructure and culture but also this new Indonesia I was experiencing as an adult, not a child. Luckily I had my ever helpful cousins to guide me (turns out hipster culture has permeated most corners of the globe). Since then I've been taking note of any interesting Indonesian brands, stores, and places to check out on my next visit. One such brand is COTTON INK, which I came across on Instagram. I was instantly drawn to their aesthetic - casual tailored pieces mixed with geometric patterns and traditional batik fabrics. I've been eyeing off their blue batik tops but unluckily for me, they're all sold out online.