Meet Fazeek, a Melbourne-based textile homewares company specialising in linens with a hand-printed touch. The eagle-eyed among you may have already seen one of their napkins featured here on the blog and over on my Instagram. Since starting up in 2014 with a collection of napkins, Fazeek have now expanded their collection to include several new products ranging from tablecloths to cushions. Head over to their website to see more of the collection and to shop online.
/01 October, 2015
It seems like there's a film festival of some kind held every month in Brisbane and October is host to several of them. First off the ranks is the Italian Film Festival followed by the China Australia Film Festival, Greek Film Festival, and British Film Festival. Stock up on round-the-world tickets of a different variety.
Openair Cinemas: 2 October - 15 November at the Rainforest Green, Southbank
Summer is in the air and that means it's the perfect time for outdoor cinema. First up this season is Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas at Southbank. The films on offer include a mix of blockbusters like Everest, The Martian, and Pan, and classics like Thelma & Louise, Grease, and Dirty Dancing.
Oktoberfest Brisbane: 9 - 11 and 16 - 18 October at the Brisbane Showgrounds
Held over two weekends in October, this is the largest Oktoberfest in Australia. Nobody seems to mind it being held a few weekends after the actual Oktoberfest in Germany, as long as the beer is flowing and the good times are there to be had. I've gone a few times over the past couple of years and while I am fond of beer and pretzels, I've found the entry prices a bit steep and you're usually hard-pressed to find a table during peak times.
RESORT James St: 15 - 17 October at in James St.
RESORT James St. is back again this year and the shopping precinct is ready to party. Get an insight into the minds of some of fashion's best and brightest and grab a ticket to the RESORT Trailblazers talks with blogger extraordinaire Margaret Zhang, jewellery designer Holly Ryan, and Lisa Gorman of Gorman. Or you could squeeze in a bit of late night shopping with the RESORT After Dark event presented by Elle Australia.
Valley Fiesta: 23 - 25 October in Fortitude Valley
The Valley Fiesta is without a doubt Brisbane's most iconic street festival. Every year we're treated to a jam packed program of free live music, markets, and food-related events. Musical acts this year include Alpine, Last Dinosaurs, Art Vs. Science, Asta, and The Cairos.
Garage Sale Trail: 24 October at various venues Australia-wide
The Garage Sale Trail is the biggest community and sustainability event held in Australia. A whole day dedicated to garage sales (or treasure hunting, as I would prefer to call it)? Count me in. You can register your own garage sale or use the website to locate sales in your area and create your own garage sale trail for the day.
Chet Faker: 31 October at the Riverstage
Finish off the month by treating yourself to the sweet sweet sounds of Chet Faker. Playing his biggest venues to date, audiences will be treated to songs from his debut album Built on Glass as well as never-before-performed-live material. It's an all ages gig (although there is a licensed area but that's a bit further back from the stage from previous experience) and tickets are around $80.
/26 September, 2015
Eye motifs are everywhere right now. Sure, they're nothing ground breaking and eye symbols have been popping up for centuries. You've got the Eye of Horus, the All Seeing Eye, the Hamsa, evil eyes, etc. But ever since Kenzo introduced their ubiquitous eye motif a few years ago it has seemingly gone gangbusters in the fashion world. Is this another illuminati conspiracy or just the fashion powers-that-be telling us that they're watching and judging all our fashion choices? Who knows. I jumped on the bandwagon with my Falconwright eye clutch earlier this year and more recently have been eyeing off several pieces of Eyland jewellery. Here's some more eye-catching clothing/accessories/homewares because who am I to displease our fashion overlords?
Clockwise-ish from top left:
Eye clutch bag by Sunita Mukhi
Round eye cushion by Arro Home
Emerald Evil Eye clutch by Poppy Lissiman
/13 September, 2015
Ever since I bought a pom pom maker, pom pom production has gone up 100% around these parts. Yes, I was just as amazed that such contraptions existed - who knew I had been slumming it making pom poms the hard way all these years? So in my current pom pom making frenzy I decided I'd give making a pom pom key ring a go. This is a relatively simple DIY and making the pom pom is pretty straightforward if you're using a pom pom maker. If you don't have one or prefer to make them the old school way then I'd suggest checking out this tutorial by Fancy Free. If your keys need a pom pom flavoured makeover then read on!
/11 September, 2015
When it comes to hobbies, I think "eating my way around Brisbane" has to be up there as the most consistent. If you're a regular at Brisbane markets then you're probably already well acquainted with I Heart Brownies. For those not familiar, let me introduce you to the tastiest brownies I have ever eaten. The best part? They're all gluten-free and come in a range of flavours - ranging from the OG chocolate to salted caramel and cheesecake. There's also a dairy-free version, in case you needed more of a reason to *heart* brownies. And you don't even have to hang out for the markets anymore to get your fix as their cute-as-a-button standalone store in Bakery Lane has all your brownie needs covered, seven days a week.