Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema Opening Night: Sundae Sessions Charity Launch and Reader Giveaway!

Ben and Jerry's Openair Cinema

Ben and Jerry’s Openair Cinema

Summer is coming and what better way to celebrate the start of summer than to be surrounded by delicious ice cream whilst listening to your ultimate summer soundtrack being played live right in front of you, all before settling in to watch your favourite movies in the warm outdoors!

If that sounds like your perfect summer night, you’re going to want to check out Ben and Jerry’s Openair Cinema, back again this Summer!

Ben and Jerry’s Openair Cinema is kicking off their summer season on Sunday 1st December at St Kilda’s South Beach Reserve with one very exciting opening night party / charity event / live gig / movie screening all rolled into one! There will be a live music act by Gyspy & the Cat, complimentary Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to keep you cool as well as free seating hire so you can get comfy for a screening under the stars of the new romantic comedy About Time.  In addition, all ticket sales proceeds are going to WWF’s marine turtles initiative.

Tickets on sale now, available to purchase online for $37 and thanks to Ben and Jerry’s Openair Cinema we also have a double pass for one lucky reader!

To enter, you need to complete the following three steps:

1. Like  Melbourne Darling’s Facebook page

2. Like St Kilda Openair Cinema Facebook page

3. Click here fill out the Email Signup to keep up to date with Melbourne Darling!

Good Luck!

Entries close on Thursday, 28th November. Winners will be notified on 29th November.


Melbourne Darling xo

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Melbourne Darling’s Top 5 Picks for the Queen Victoria Wednesday Night Market

The Queen Victoria Night Market is back to excite your Wednesday night plans from now until the end of Summer. But before you race on down and make a bee line for the spiral fries like everyone else, read my wrap up of the top  5 things to do at the Wednesday Night Market this season:

1. Hammer and Tong’s Soft Shell Crab Burger

Last week I reviewed Hammer and Tong and their ever popular contribution to Melbourne’s gourmet burger scene with the Soft Shell Crab Burger. Well firstly, I advise you make the first thing you do when you arrive at the Night Market is to pinch yourself a table early, while you still can. I find the Night Market only gets busier and busier each year and the later the night gets, the increasing number of people flock to the dining areas and begin their hunt for a seat.  So before you go exploring the market stalls, I suggest you find a table with your group first and eat early in the evening.

That being said, if you were looking forward to trying the Soft Shell Crab Burger for yourself, the Wednesday Night Market is a great opportunity to do so. Hammer and Tong’s market stall is especially dedicated to pumping out those delicious burgers all night, so you’re getting the same delicious meal as you would if you were to order it in their restaurant, but for a few dollars cheaper too!

Hammer and Tong Soft Shell Crab Burger at the Night Market

Hammer and Tong Soft Shell Crab Burger at the Night Market

2. Vintage Hub

Among the sea of regular market stalls at the Queen Victoria Night Market – cheap sunglasses, handmade soaps, band t-shirts and jewellery - coconut watches anyone? This year it was refreshing to see the addition of the ‘Vintage Hub‘. Hosted by Vintage Garage, The Vintage Hub is a cluster of stalls selling an assortment of all things vintage from pre-loved and reworked clothing to retro homewares. Check out Grandma-Funk for her one-of-a-kind collection of vintage European leather patch jumpers and Vonruby for a gorgeous Vintage hairdo and makeover.


Vonruby Vintage Hair and Makeup at The Night Market

 3. Live Music

Your perfect summer evenings at the Wednesday Night Market are made complete with festive tunes hosted by Multicultural Arts Victoria. Each week features a selection of the diverse mix of performers. From my experience, some bands are extremely funky and engaging and will invite the crowd to get up and dance. A couple of sangria’s later and you may just be more than eager to get up and join them! You can view the full program of gigs for the 2013-2014 season here.

4. Dessert

After all that walking and talking (and perhaps after the last point, some dancing too?) you would have most likely worked up your second (or third) appetite for the night, and with so many exciting and exotic variations of food on offer, you’d be glad you did! There are so many food stalls you are bound to find something to tickle your fancy, but if you are having trouble deciding, try the Creme Brulee or Lemon tart macaron from Macaron De Paris, the Dutch Pancakes or the French Crepes (just look out for the giant tubs of Nutella)

Macarons from Macaron De Paris at The Night Market

Macarons from Macaron De Paris at The Night Market

5. Sangria!

It just wouldn’t be right if you didn’t put Sangria on your list of things to do at the Night Market! Not only do Running Bull Sangria offer a red and white wine variety, but they now have a couple of stalls set up around the market space, so you can sip on your fruity wine mix whilst browsing the market stalls in delight until…

oh! Whats that? You’ve finished your cup already and you’re already on the other side of the market by now? Oh look! There’s another sangria stall conveniently located two stalls down! And on it goes…

(Or for a non alcoholic sipping treat, try the original Lemonade stands instead!)


Running Bull Sangria at The Night Market

The Queen Victoria WednesdayNight Market

Every Wednesday night from 5pm-10pm

November 6th – February 26th (excluding December 25th & January 1st 2014)

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I Scream Nails for Miss Shop Cosmetics Nail Art Masterclass

Still regretting you missed out on the I Scream Nails and Sportsgirl Nail Art Workshop?

Regret no longer, I Scream Nails are back, offering a Nail Art Masterclass in conjunction with Myer’s Miss Shop department! Masterclasses run tomorrow, Saturday 26th October at the Myer Bourke Street store. There are three session times at 10.30 am, 1pm and 3.30pm where you can master the (nail) art of the leopard print design. The cost to attend is $20, but is redeemable on product, which can include the new Miss Shop Nail Art pens.

What are you waiting for? Get those fingers dialing Myer on 03 9661 1259 to book your spot ASAP as there are limited places available. Don’t forget to show off your fab designs!

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Style Notes – Spring Racing Carnival 2013

Spring Racing Carnival is in full swing and Melbourne Cup is just around the corner, but every Melbournian knows that it’s just as much about people watching as it is watching those horses. Spring Racing fashion can end up being a bit of a gamble in itself if you’re not entirely sure on what to wear, but these simple style suggestions should see you taking a punt on the fashion sweepstakes with great confidence.

Here are my top five bets on Spring Racing style:

  1. Key trends this season will be futuristic fashion with sharp monochrome pieces or graphic prints and patterns, pinches of metallic statement pieces and detail in unexpected twists and turns. You may find yourself not just saving the black and white for Derby Day this year.
  2. There will also be a fusion of futuristic fashion with ladylike details such as higher necklines, pastel colours, shift dresses and girly accents like diamonds and pearls as well as flower crowns!
    Wayne by Wayne Cooper Harlequin Chain Detail Dress. Available here.

    Wayne by Wayne Cooper Harlequin Chain Detail Dress. Available here.

    Jayson Brunsdon Black Label Transparent Floral Body Con Dress. Available here.

    Jayson Brunsdon Black Label Transparent Floral Body Con Dress. Available here.

    Seduce Diamond Girl Shift Dresss.  Available here.

    Seduce Diamond Girl Shift Dresss. Available here.

    Seduce Hypnotize Dress. Available here.

    Seduce Hypnotize Dress. Available here.


  3. Put those statement necklaces and earrings away girls! Unless your head wear is extremely simple or understated, you don’t want to overdo it with large earrings or a necklace that would clash against your choice of headpiece. A splendid cocktail ring or a collection of dainty and elegant gold, rose gold or silver rings may be all the bling you need to complete your race-ready look. I love Samantha Willis’ Fine China cocktail ring collection which uses white opal as the centrepiece, set off with a vintage, art deco flair.

    Samantha Wills Fine China Art Ring. Available here.

    Samantha Wills Fine China Art Ring. Available here.

  4. Its seems that this season you cannot get away from the two-strap stiletto heel, it is hard to find a single shoe store that has not started selling their own take on this popular style. With that in mind, do not forget you’ll most likely be sinking those thin little heels in grass all day, so my advice is to ditch the stiletto and go for a dressy pair of wedges (like the below metallic silver pair) or at least go for a thicker heel that will make it much harder for your tootsies to start sinking like they’re in quick sand! If you still have your heart set on wearing a pair of stilettos, take a look at Starlettos. Starlettos are rubber heel protectors you can slide onto the bottom of your stiletto heels to literally stop that ‘sinking’ feeling.
    Love Nikki by PeepToe Madrid. Available here.

    Love Nikki by PeepToe Madrid. Available here.

    Jo Mercer Chance. Available here.

    Jo Mercer Chance. Available here.

    Gorman After The Chase Heel. Available here.

    Gorman After The Chase Heel. Available here.

  5. My money on the millinery for this racing season will follow on from the key trends, in that we will see the futuristic and modern fashion trend through strong shapes and monochrome colour in fascinators or alternatively, soft pastel colours, flower crowns and Gatsby-esque 1920’s style headpieces. My word of advice is, don’t go for over the top, crazy expensive choices in headpieces (exhibit a). Instead, go for unique or custom-made. Looking at previous fashion on the fields’ choices, it’s not hard to see that most of the time, less is more, or more modest and elegant pieces beat over the top, eccentric headdresses that just start to look costume like. If your choice of millinery starts becoming a sculpture in its own right, think about how heavy and annoying that thing if going to be perched on top of your head for one long day. Instead, I strongly recommend not just picking a fascinator ‘off the rack’ from any department store or accessories stop, but if you are creative enough, head down to your local craft store such as Spotlight or Lincraft and make your own! If you’re not too much of a creative or crafty type, check out local designers selling gorgeous one off pieces. You can find styles that certainly won’t cost a fortune and be guaranteed a truly unique piece you won’t see anyone else sporting on raceday! Local Melbourne designer Horus and Harper have a selection of dainty headpieces with an ethereal quality you can buy via their Facebook page, as with Brock and Eddie who stock a gorgeous selection of modern, colourful and truly chic fascinators. For beautiful flower crowns, head to Lady Petrova, or for an especially authentic flower crown, head to a florist like the lovely Jaclyn Roma who can pick out flowers and a design to perfectly match the rest of your outfit and create a flower crown especially for you!
  6. Brock & Eddie Millinery. Available here.

    Brock & Eddie Millinery. Available here.

    Horus and Harper Headpiece. Available here.

    Horus and Harper Headpiece. Available here.

    Lady Petrova Flower Crowns. Available in store or enquire online.,

    Lady Petrova Flower Crowns. Available in store or enquire online.

The Spring Racing Carnival is a great excuse to try something new or be a bit experimental in your fashion choices, so have fun with it! Don’t forget to add a generous dose of SPF in your make up to ensure you don’t end the day with unsightly sunburn and whatever you decide to wear,  make sure you’re comfortable! You don’t want to look back on your day with your only memories being of how annoying that heavy fascinator was or sinking pair of heels were. Above all, you not only want to look gorgeous, but feel gorgeous too! Hope you fond these simple style tips helpful when putting together your race-ready outfit, now giddy up and happy shopping!

Melbourne Darling xo

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Melbourne Darling’s Weekend Picks 12th and 13th October

What a beautiful weekend it is turning out to be in Melbourne!

Here are some of the fun things to do in our glorious city this weekend:

Melbourne Festival

It would probably be a crime if I didn’t mention the event simply named the ‘Melbourne Festival‘ on this Melbourne based blog, because funnily enough this ‘Melbourne Festival‘ does not have anything to do with showcasing the best of black clothing,  the best of Melbourne coffee, or a celebration of our crazy, unpredictable weather. Instead, the Melbourne Festival, is an arts festival showcasing the best of local and international displays of dance, theatre, music, visual arts and multimedia through a series of events running from 11 – 27 October for 2013. You can take a look at the program guide online here.


GO Festival

This one is for the ladies, the GO Festival (Girl’s Only Festival) is a women’s lifestyle expo happening this weekend. The expo features an extensive range of exhibitors with everything from health and wellness services to beauty products to homewares and more. Along with a varied selection of  ’100% female focused products and services’ on offer to purchase, there will also be a range of free health and wellness workshops, cooking demonstrations and massage centres.

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th October 2013
10am – 5pm

Expo Hall – Building 3,

Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale VIC

Day Pass:
Presale: $15 + $1.50 Booking Fee
On the day: $18

Presale: $12 + $1.50 Booking Fee
On the day: $15


Saturday 12th October:


Suitcase Rummage

The Suitcase Rummage is on again, 11am – 4pm Saturday 12th October at Northcote Uniting Church Hall, 251 High Street, Northcote.

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Sunday 13th October:


The Big Kahuna Swap Meet

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You’d be surprised by how many songs out there are written about a man and his love for his sneakers… OK so maybe they are all Hip-Hop rappers, but obviously there are many people in Melbourne who share the same sense of adoration for their sneakers, and if you are on of these people, then you need to get on down to The Big Kahuna Swap Meet this Sunday!

Sneaker Freaker Magazine and Globe skating brand are coming together to host one massive sneaker street party! What is a sneaker street party you ask? Don’t worry, it’s not a group of people playing their music from a beat box dancing in a street with dodgy sneakers thrown across electrical wires if that’s what you’re thinking (or was that just me?)

The Big Kahuna Swap Meet will not only have sneaker swap meet, where you can find yourself a fancy new sweet pair of kicks, but also includes a car and bike show and a vinyl record sale, as well as DJs and food trucks. Now a Sneaker street party sounds pretty fun right?

Here’s a song to get you ready for The Big Kahuna Swap Meet, a little song about one man and his love for his Adidas sneakers…

Find more details at their Facebook event page: The Big Kahuna Swap Meet
Sunday Oct 13th, 10am–3pm

1 Fennell St, Port Melbourne.

Free entry


Sunday Session at Mr Wow’s Emporium

Last month it was Mojitos & Cuban Sandwiches, this month it’s Tacos and Margaritas!

Mr Wow’s is at it again, serving serving booze and chews from afternoon til snooze!

Sundsy 13th October from 4pm

Mr Wow’s Emporium, 97b Smith St, Fitzroy.



The Fine Design Market

The Fine Design Market  is a fairly new independent craft and design market featuring a high quality selection of the best local designer goods. Occuring on the second Sunday of each month, for more information on the designers and stalls you can find here, head to their Facebook page.

10am – 3pm Sunday 13th October,
MC2, community precinct
Manningham City Square,
687 Doncaster Rd,Doncaster

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Ask Melbourne Darling: Where can I find the best wedding shoes?

Dear Melbourne Darling,

Where can I find the best wedding shoes?

(I’m looking for something metallic/silver?)

My main advice when shopping for bridal shoes is to invest some time to look around as many different stores as you can. Even if some stores are not ones you would typically  think of for bridal shoes. I recommend trying on as many styles as you can as. This will quickly help you determine which styles you like and which suit you, especially since many shoe styles can look dramatically different sitting on a shelf  opposed to when they are worn on the foot.

As always, the style of shoe is dependent on the style of the dress, so I am going to make some general shopping suggestions to help any bride to be (and bridal party) to help with your shoe hunt for the big day.


  • David Jones and Myer – Bourke St

These department stores are a great place to start off with, especially to get a feel for the different types of styles and designers available. I recommend the city locations as the flagship stores tend to have the biggest and best selection available in comparison to their suburban counterparts, although Chadstone and Highpoint are your second best locations.

  • Miss Louise

The go-to place in Melbourne for a wonderful selection designer shoes. A fancy little spot showcasing a stunning selection of  high designer heels.

Swarovski Crystal Sandals Nude By Giuseppe Zanotti. View Online

Swarovski Crystal Sandals Nude By Giuseppe Zanotti. View Online

Shop G4, The Westin/205 Collins St,  Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone: (03) 9654 7730


View shoe selection online

  • Hermanns

Hermanns are the sole distributors of Stuart Weitzman, Edward Meller and own the Giallo stores with most locations in the CBD, Chadstone or David Jones. (Edward Meller and Giallo are a bit too casual but Stuart Weitzman do feature a few ultra-modern and fashion forward designs. So if you like their styles online, I’d suggest visiting a retail store)

Stuart Weitzman for Hermanns

Asteroid Shoes by Stuart Weitzman (used in the stage production of Cinderella) Image Via

Asteroid Shoes by Stuart Weitzman (used in the stage production of Cinderella) View Online

Chadstone Shopping Centre and

175 Collins Street,

Melbourne, 3000.

Phone: (03) 9522 9709

  • Loula

149 Toorak Road,

South Yarra, VIC 3141, Australia

Phone no: + 61 3 9820 8006

  • Dolci Firme

162 Collins Street

Melbourne 3000 VIC

Phone: (03) 9650 1522


299 Toorak Road

South Yarra 3141 VIC

Phone: (03) 9827 2166




  • The Iconic

Offers a wide selection of shoes to choose from as well as free overnight shipping for all orders over $50 and free returns for 100 days.  For bridal heels specifically in silver and metallic, I’d have a look at the following selection of strappy silver heels:

and take a look at these beautiful silver Guess heels:

Hilonas by Guess. Image Via

Hilonas by Guess.  View Online 








As well as these metallic Verali heels:

Gill by Verali. View Online











  • Cinderella Bella

(This business used to have a great store in Melbourne for designer bridal shoes, but operate through their online store only. While their selection has dramatically decreased, if you’re lucky you might find a suitable style from the limited sale items that remain on their site.)


I also found these two styles by Jimmy Choo from the Jimmy Choo Australia website to be a steal of a price and a gorgeous style for a  fun, stylish and modern bride:

Silver Glitter Leather Sandals by Jimmy Choo. View Online

Silver Glitter Leather Sandals by Jimmy Choo. View Online 













  • Panache Bridal Shoes Australia

A more traditional selection of bridal shoes




Finding you’re not happy with the selection of heels you come across on the shop floor or have your heart set on a particular style you haven’t been able to find? A pair of custom heels for your special day could be your best way to go. You may even find that a custom pair are not as expensive as you’d think.

  • Novat Shoes

Don’t be disheartened by their limited, more traditional and slightly dated styles online, be sure to check out their retail store in Thornbury as only a small selection of the styles they hold are featured online. It’s also worth the visit to ask about their custom shoe design service.

594 High St

Thornbury 3071

Phone: (03) 9484 5736

Mob: 0438 319 258 -Bianca Novat


  • Shoes of Prey

Online custom shoe store where you get to play the part of shoe designer and  be as creative as you wish. Whip-up your own design from your computer and have them delivered straight to your door.




Often overlooked because they are not your typical bridal shoe stores, an offering from the high street may pleasantly surprise you. Links to each website provided below, where you will be able to find information on your most convenient store location:







My suggested itinerary would be to make the city your first stop, as it’s the best place get a feel for the types of styles available and the designs you like.

Start off at David Jones and Myer then head to Miss Louise and Stuart Weitzman then while you are still in the city, make a stop to the high street brand stores as they are alllocated fairly close to each other.

From there you can head to the Preston / Thornbury area to visit Novat shoes (check out their store or look at their custom made options) and then to the Tony Bianco outlet, Diana Ferrari and Florsheim outlet. That way, when you’re ready to look online you would have already tried on a number of paris which will help you make it easier to distinguish which styles would suit you when browsing online.

Happy Shopping!

Melbourne Darling xo

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Melbourne Darling’s Weekend Picks 4th – 6th October

I cannot believe it is October already! Not to scare you but there is 11 weeks until Christmas, 13 weeks until we are officially in 2014, not to mention that we are already one month into Spring! So if you thought September was a busy month, get ready darlings, because October is going to be jam-packed with fun!


Girl’s Night In

October is officially National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and what better way to show your support then to host your very own ‘Girls Night In’ this October!

Register your event via the Cancer Council Pink website and get your girlfriends together for a fun night while raising money for this worthy cause and don’t forget to Think Pink!

Register to host your own Girls Night In online.

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Garage Sale Trail

Now that we are in the middle of Spring, there is no better time to spring clean your homes and wardrobes, and with the Garage Sale Trail you may even find yourself making some extra cash along the way.

The Garage Sale Trail is a national event that organises individuals to hold Garage Sales on the same day around Australia, and this year, the day will be Saturday October 26th. With three weeks away, why not register yourself to host a garage sale, it could be the motivation you need to finally get around to de-cluttering your home!

Register to host your own Garage Sale for Saturday October 26th online.


Lavazza Italian Film Festival

Set your sights on Italy this October, even if it is only for the duration of one of the diverse range of movies the Lavazza Italian Film Festival is presenting this month. It certainly is one event that will make you fall in love with all things Italian and from the collection of films on offer this year, there looks to be something for everyone. There are a selection of dramas or for something a little different go for The Worst Week of My Life for some laughs, The Lithium Conspiracy for a captivating thriller,  The Human Cargo for an eye opening documentary. Alternatively if you can’t make up your mind or are up for any genre, it’s hard to go wrong with their opening night pick The Great Beauty which featured at Cannes.

The Lavazza Italian Film Festival runs from October 2nd to October 27th at the following participating cinemas in Melbourne:

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Level 2, Como Centre, Cnr of Toorak Road
& Chapel Street, South Yarra
(03) 9827 7533 (Tram 8, Stop 31)

231 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn
(03) 9817 1277 (Tram 109, Stop 46)
294 Bay Street, Brighton
(03) 9596 3590

89 High Street, Northcote
(03) 9482 2001 (Tram 86 & 112, Stop 27)
Umbertos Bar
Pizza Miene Liebe

Lower Ground Floor, Collins Place,
45 Collins Street, Melbourne
(03) 9650 2100 (Tram 109 & 112, Stop 8)
The European
+39 Pizzeria

To enhance you’re Italian experience with an Italian dinner before your movie session, if you are attending a movie session at Palace Westgarth, I can recommend Umberto Espresso Bar in High Street Thornbury for an authentic Italian dinner or Pizza Miene Liebe for fantastic pizza close by. Alternatively if you are wandering into the city to Kino Cinema, you can’t go past Pellegrini’s for a comforting Italian dish, The European for something a little more fancy and a romantic atmosphere or +39 Pizzeria for tasty pizza.

For more information, head to the official website.



This event is for all the Hip Hop Honeys out there…

I specifically remember being a young girl, flicking through an older cousin’s old high school yearbook and being fascinated by the page of senior year students and their ‘life motto’ written underneath each of their photos. While most of these quotes were inspirational sayings of famous figures or motivational words of wisdom, the one that stuck with me that I still remember to this day was one girl’s life motto that simply read ‘Just get Jiggy with It’. Maybe it was because I didn’t understand what on Earth it meant but the repercussion of this memory is that I get a mental image of the pensive look on that girl’s yearbook photo to this day, every time I hear that phrase …

Honestly, even with a little help from Urban Dictionary, I’m still a little confused by what exactly it means to ‘get jiggy with it’… but what I can tell you is that Sugar Nightclub make it very clear they know how to get down like Will Smith and ‘get Jiggy on Fridays’ with their new Hip Hop & RnB night.

Jiggy’ on Friday nights celebrates its opening night tonight, Friday 4thJonn Hart October. The new regular Friday event guarantees to be playing a mix of new and old school RNB and Hip Hop favourites every week from 9pm. Attendees of the launch party tonight are also promised a performance by rapper Jonn Hart of Who Booty’. If you and your guurls love a bit of booty popping than this looks like a fun new place to twerk dance the night away.


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Jiggy Fridays at Sugar Nightclub

8 Jackson Street

Toorak, Victoria, Australia 3142

Guestlist / Function Bookings email

$20/$25 cover charge

Free Parking available on Toorak Rd & Jackson St


Finders Keepers Market

With the promise of warmer weather, you can expect to see the start of some fun night markets popping up across Melbourne from now through summer. The Finder’s Keepers Market is a wonderful design and art market, not only selling local designer goods and quirky pieces, the Finder’s Keepers Market ensures an enjoyable outing with DJ sets, great food, alcohol and of course, good coffee. I personally want to check out the Frankie Vintage Emporium as well as a range of other exciting stalls and unique pieces on offer from the likes of Sophie.B and The Lost Words


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October 4th 6pm – 10pm

October 5th 10am – 5pm

The Royal Exhibition Building
9 Nicholson Street, Carlton

Entry Fee: $2 entry fee, children under 12 enter free.

For more information, refer to their website or event page on Facebook.


Kinki Gerlinki Garage Sale

If you are like me, you love Kinki Gerlinki but may find that your wallet sometimes finds it difficult to keep up with your frequent moments of  lusting over yet another colourful patterned print dress or pom pom and petal embellished accessory. The good news is that the Kinki Gerlinki Garage Sales are unmissable events for lovers of all things Kinki… Gerlinki that is! A great opportunity to revisit the items of your affection or maybe even discover some new lust-worthy pieces at bargain prices.

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October 5th and 6th

9am – 5pm

209 Sydney Rd
Brunswick Vic 3056

You can find more information on their Facebook event page.




Hip Hop High Tea

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You heard right. Grab your shorty and head on down to sip T like a G!

Celebrating all things East Side, this Hip Hop High Tea follows on from their sell-out first event, so get your bookings in quick! Offering ‘dope eats, teas and beats’ dine on a  selection of Japanese tapas while listening to some great Hip Hop and Soul tunes with an Eastside influence as well as live Hip Hop performances. Have a listen to their soundcloudteatape’ to get that vibe ready.

Sat Oct 5, 4–6pm

Horse Bazaar,

397 Little Lonsdale Street,

Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Bookings $30 plus booking fee.

Buy your tickets online here.

For enquiries or advising of any dietary requirements, contact:

For more information, head to their Facebook event page or website:

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Style Notes: My ‘Neck Minnit’ Moment


Don’t you hate it when you buy an accessory or clothing piece you absolutely love because it’s so unique and special and you want to believe you’re the only person in the world that owns it, NEK MINNIT you’re finding replicas hanging on every rack from to Cotton On to Valleygirl.

Well a similar situation occurred to me recently, it literally was a ‘neck minnit’ moment because it involved my current favourite necklace. This simple and dainty antique gold ‘Freestyle arrow‘ necklace I purchased on a trip to the U.S last year at an Urban Outfitters store and I adore it because it’s striking and eclectic whilst still being subtle and understatedly chic.

It a good choice for layering with other dainty gold necklaces if you’re feeling a little bare wearing this lightweight necklace on its own, but I think the unique design of this piece also creates enough impact when worn alone. The extra-long length makes it a great accompaniment to combine with high necklines, and the arrow or ‘v’ pendant draws the eye down and inwards to create a very flattering effect.

Urban Outfitters Freestyle Arrow Necklace (in SIlver)

Urban Outfitters Freestyle Arrow Necklace (in SIlver)


Lovisa FGold SG Long Open V Necklace (Style No.50321995) $12.99


I love this gold arrow necklace and enjoyed its uniqueness and the complements I received on it because I had never seen a similar style around, until now!

Imagine my surprise when I saw little replica freestyle arrow jangling about on the display wall of a Lovisa store the other day!

So instead of feeling annoyed about my fashion copycat ‘neck minnit’ moment, I wanted to tell you all the reasons why I love this necklace, in case you like it too! So lesson learnt, sharing is caring and if you like the style, and have a few high neckline items you can imagine pairing with it, you can now pick one up from your nearest Lovisa store for $12.99 and enjoy it as much as I do!
If you decide to purchase one, send me a snap of what outfit you pair yours with!

If you have trouble determining what necklaces to wear with which necklines, check out this great reference from Inside Out Style:

Choosing Necklaces for Necklines

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Melbourne Darling xo

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Uniqlo’s Melbourne store location confirmed!

Just as Melbourne shoppers are be celebrating the soon to be arrival of H&M, Inside Retail has reported that Japanese fast fashion and casual wear retailer Uniqlo has also confirmed the location of its  first store in Australia to be in Melbourne, more specifically, inside the ‘Melbourne Emporium‘ centre.

Melbourne Emporium is currently under development, but the location lies within the block between Melbourne Central and the Bourke Street Myer / GPO building (between Lonsdale Street and Little Bourke Street) and Uniqlo is said to be occupying a 2180sqm store within the shopping destination, spread across four floors. Uniqlo offers a wide variety of styles for men, women and children, captivating collaborations with well known designers and brands, and the most affordable knitwear collection. I attest that this is sure to be an exciting new addition to the Melbourne shopping scene!

For more details, you can read the full article here.

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Melbourne Darling’s Weekend Picks Saturday 28th September – 29th September



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Saturday 28th September

Grand Final fever is in the air and Melbourne streets will be buzzing amongst a prominent wash of white and purple or brown and gold today! For many Melbournites, today will be all about getting together with your friends or family and tuning in to the big game, whether its from the grandstand, or tuning in on the television or radio, may the best team win!

Alternatively, if football isn’t really your thing ….I won’t tell… here’s a little secret from me, it also tends to be an awesome day for shopping! But, like we needed an excuse right?

Trailer Park:

If you haven’t yet tried one of Melbourne’s popular food truck yet, I would strongly suggest Trailer Park as the place to go. No longer do you need to hunt down the location of a great food truck to try, as Village Melbourne has come up with a way to bring the best food trucks straight to you! Every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-8pm, you can find a top selection of food trucks assembled all in the one place, in an open dining garden experience. Trailer Park has been popping up on weekends since August, and this weekend will be there LAST permanent weekend, before coming back for one last hurrah in the second week of October.  The food trucks alternated on a monthy basis, and while August featured the Beatbox Kitchen, Cornutopia, Gumbo Kitchen, The Curry Truck and The Brûlée Cart, today and tomorrow you can expect to see White Guy Cooks Thai, Souvlaki cart, Mutter Krause, Chingon and Rue de Creperie

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Trailer Park at:

Village Melbourne

557 St Kilda Road

Melbourne, 3000


Sunday 29th September

Bend & Snap Market

This funky indoor local design market that occurs monthly, on the last Sunday of the month at Thousand Pound Bend.

Thousand £ Bend,

361 Lt Lonsdale St

Melbourne, 3000


Suitcase Rummage

The Suitcase Rummage is on again, with its quaint concept of sellers bringing along their second-hand goods or own designs to sell in suitcases. This Sunday, the Suitcase Rummage will be taking place at the North Melbourne Town Hall as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Suitcase Rummage

12pm – 5pm

North Melbourne Town Hall,

521 Queensbury Street,

North Melbourne, 3051



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