Lipstick Matchmaker with Poppy King

Image via www.lipstickqueen.com

Image via www.lipstickqueen.com

Ready to brave a bold new lip look or unable to find the perfect lipstick shade to complement your complexion?

Poppy King is back in Australia and if you are a lover of lipstick then I strongly suggest you snap up the opportunity for a personalised lip reading and colour match by none other than the Lipstick Queen herself. (I still get complemented on the lipstick shade Poppy personally picked for me a few years ago!)

Beautifully rich, creamy and vibrant lipstick colours from wine to fuschia, from berry to coral (her lip liners are a personal favourite of mine also) available for purchase after your one-of-a-kind colour consultation at selected Mecca Maxima stores nationally.

Meet Poppy in Melbourne on August 15th, 12pm-4pm at Mecca Maxima Fountain Gate & Melbourne Central. Call Mecca Maxima on (03) 9661 1292 or visit the Facebook event page below for more information.

https://www.facebook.com/events/665498633550819/

You can also visit www.lipstickqueen.com to view the full Lipstick Queen product range.

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Melbourne À La Mode

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Melbourne’s most glamorous, eclectic and fabulous are coming together for 3 days of styling advice, creative workshops, fashion shows and shopping! All inside a glamorous space at the first ever Melbourne A La Mode event on this Thursday to Saturday at the George Ballroom, St Kilda.

This unique shopping event will include some of the most loved local brands including Lady Petrova, The Eternal Headonist, Dainty & Bold,  T. Serafina, Micky in the Van and Anton Venoir Fine French Antiques. For more information on daily times and workshop bookings go to www.hawkeyevintage.com

DATES: Thursday 23rd July – Saturday 25th July

LOCATION: The George Ballroom, 129 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

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The Good Food and Wine Show – Melbourne 2015

Explore, taste and learn the latest trends in cooking, eating and drinking from hundreds of local and international exhibitors, chefs and restaurateurs at The Good Food and Wine Show on during this Queen’s Birthday long weekend in Melbourne.

Some of the highlights this year include a great number of sessions, masterclasses and demonstrations covering not only food but wine, beer and cider. Visit the Cellar Door for informative sessions on wine, whether learning about different varieties and wine regions or engage in wine pairing sessions at the Dan Murphy’s Discover Centre. Don’t despair if you are not a wine drinker, just walk on down to learn about the latest trends and flavours in beer and cider at the Dan Murphy’s Beer and Cider Hall.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see, learn from and even meet some of the very best chefs and restaurateurs including Ainsley Harriott, Adam Liaw, Miguel Maestre, Sarah Wilson and Melbourne local favourites Frank Comorra (of MoVida) and Joe Grbac (of Saint Crispin). Lovers of Italian cuisine must check out the Gusto Italiano Masterclasses where you can learn how to make the perfect pizza crust from the chefs of DOC Pizza or for new ideas for your mid-week dinner planes, visit the Laucke Creative Kitchen to learn recipes from the 2011 My Kitchen Rules winners Sammy & Bella. Don’t forget to graze your way through the many exhibitors to see and taste new products and dishes and fill up your own stomachs with the offerings from the street food vendors and food trucks.

The Good Food and Wine Show will be on at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from Friday 5th June through to Monday 8th June. Tickets available via the website.

goodfoodshow.com.au

Times:

Friday 5th June: 10am – 6pm

Saturday 6th June:          10am – 6pm

Sunday 7th June:             10am – 6pm

Monday 8th June:           10am – 5pm

Where:

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

2 Clarendon Street

South Wharf, Victoria

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Hawkeye Vintage Designer Sale and Parisian Pop Up Shopping Event

Shop the finest in vintage clothing and sought after one-of-a-kind pre-loved treasures at the Hawkeye Vintage Designer sale on this weekend in Melbourne!

Hand selected vintage designer pieces from around the globe, magnificently housed for your shopping pleasure in the charming setting of Anton Venoir Interiors’ showroom, a lavish Parisian inspired abode. From Louis Vuitton handbags to Hermes bangles, Nina Ricci silk scarves to Versace shirts to Chanel and Dior jewels.

I was lucky enough to attend a preview and offer you a look inside, at some of the stunning items available to purchase at this weekend’s luxe vintage shopping pop up event:

Hawkeye VIntage Parisian Pop Up - Melbourne Darling

Hawkeye VIntage Parisian Pop Up - Melbourne Darling

Hawkeye VIntage Parisian Pop Up - Melbourne Darling

DATE: Saturday, May 16th

TIME: 10am – 5pm

LOCATION: 26/321 Chapel Street, Prahran 3181 (Entrance Via Wattle St.)

For more information, visit the official Facebook event page

Be sure to follow Hawkeye Vintage on Facebook and Instagram to be informed of more upcoming exclusive pop up shopping events!

 

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Taste of Melbourne 2014

Taste of Melbourne is a four day celebration serving up the best offerings from Melbourne’s exuberant dining scene. Join like-minded foodies in a fun and casual, festival-like atmosphere with the opportunity to try the top selection of signature dishes on offer from a wide selection of the most popular dining locations, in and around the city of Melbourne. Every foodie’s one stop spot to sample the outstanding array of signature dishes on offer from Melbourne’s hottest eateries, participate in food , beer and wine workshops, cooking demonstrations and classes and interact with and learn from the creative and prominent chefs behind the delicious culinary creations.

Just to start those taste buds dancing, here is just a small selection of the dining pop ups that will be present and the dishes that will be served up throughout the event:

Soft Shell Crab Souvlaki by Gazi

Soft Shell Crab Souvlaki by Gazi*

Wallaby Buns by Sake

Wallaby Buns by Sake*

Chargrilled Corn by Mamasita

Chargrilled Corn by Mamasita*

Lobster Rolls by Mr Claws

Lobster Rolls by Mr Claws*

Taste of Melbourne 2014 runs midday and evening sessions from Thursday, November 16 to Sunday, November 19th at Pelican Lawn, Albert Park Lake.

Tickets from $25, now available online from Ticketek, or available for purchase at the gates.

Full schedules, booking details and ticket information can be found on the Taste of Melbourne website:

www.tasteofmelbourne.com.au

Facebook.com/tasteofmelbourne |Twitter/Instagram: @tasteofmelbourne

*Images provided by Taste Festivals Limited ®

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DJB World Photography – Melbourne Photography Walk ‘Laneways, Rooftops and Street Art’ Review

Looking for a unique and interactive way to discover and explore some of the overlooked areas within the city of Melbourne whilst brushing up on your photography skills? DJB World Photography offers a fun way to discover and appreciate the quirky, colourful city of Melbourne through the lens of a camera for photography beginners. Let me assure you that I am probably the best example of an absolute beginner photographer, I can barely work out the number of automatic camera settings and functions on my camera let alone dare to brave the switch on my camera dial from automatic to manual. However, DJB Photography School aims to help its students do exactly that, offering a casual introduction to what could be the start of your new love for photography. DJB World Photography runs a number of different Melbourne photography walks and I attended the two hour sphotography walk ‘Laneways, Rooftops and Street Art’.

DJB World Photography Melbourne Photography Walk

DJB World Photography Melbourne Photography Walk

The session was run for two hours on Sunday afternoons in a small size group (eight people maximum). My session was led by the ever knowledgeable Rachael. Upon joining the group of attendees at the designated meeting spot on a Sunday afternoon, I was at first a little intimidated seeing the rest of their group with their serious photography gear, SLR cameras and big lenses. However, attendees are invited to bring whatever camera and photography gear they feel comfortable using. You can simply choose to bring along an iPhone if you wish and my Sony digital camera ended up doing the job perfectly!

We started off with an introduction on the manual settings, and the features of shutter speed, aperture, ISO and exposure levels, but keep in mind this was really the only time during the session we were taught about manual camera functions as this is not intended to be an instructed class about camera functions, but more of an introduction to manual settings and a guided tour focused on exploring different areas of Melbourne for creative photography. Although if you do have any questions about camera functions (as trust me, I had many!) Rachael, our guide was always more than happy to help. All of the locations we stopped at during the walk were perfectly selected as I found myself taking notes on where each was so I could come back and explore on my own. That being said, we were able to explore different areas at each stop at a very leisurely, relaxed pace and were never rushed to move on.

DJB World Photography Melbourne Photography Walk

DJB World Photography Melbourne Photography Walk

Whether you are looking to learn photography techniques, explore the often overlooked pockets of Melbourne’s CBD or meet new people, a DJB World Photography course offers an artistic new perspective on Melbourne city streets while allowing you to brush up on your photography skills.

For more information on DJB World Photography and the Melbourne Photography Walks on offer, visit the link below:

DJB World Photography- Melbourne Photography Walks

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and Melbourne Darling was not invited to attend the DJB World Photography walk as a guest. The opinions shared in this article are based completely on my own honest and personal views, thoughts and experiences.

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Little Girl Big Dream Masterclass

Little Girl Big Dream was developed three years ago by  Sarah Liu as a platform to connect and develop professional young women through their Dream Collective membership program consisting of a range of leadership training, professional development events, conferences and mentoring sessions with a focus on marketing, entrepreneurship and corporate leadership.

Melbourne Darling featured a ‘Spotlight On’ article on Sarah Liu for her dedication to encourage and motivate young business women to dream big and take action to follow and fulfil them.

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the Little Girl Big Dream Melbourne Master Class. The Master Class was a half day workshop focusing on professional development, networking and mentoring, facilitated by two very special guest speakers, industry experts Alexie O’Brien, former General Manager of Lululemon Athletics Australia and New Zealand and Juliana Nguyen, Marketing Director of Nike Pacific. I found the Master Class to be a stand out because the group was limited to a small number which allowed for attendees to meet and listen to two prominent, experienced and extremely knowledgeable business women in an intimate and comfortable setting for personalised attention. Despite differences across everyone’s individual work-life situations, career points and industries, the Master Class encouraged in-depth discussions for sharing career and work challenges and receiving thoughtful advice and guidance in return.

Little Girl Big Dream Melbourne Master Class

Little Girl Big Dream Melbourne Master Class

I sincerely respected the two special guest speakers for having the honesty and openness to strip back their stories and share personal recounts of their lives and their own personal successes and challenges. It was very humbling to hear how they began, who influenced them along the way and essentially how their values allowed them to find direction in their dreams and set out to achieve their career success.

Not only was I inspired by Sarah Liu, Juliana and Alexie but also the group of women that attended the Master Class were all so inspiring in their own way. It was wonderful to meet and be surrounded by so many talented individuals. The Little Girl Big Dream Master Class provided invaluable advice and career guidance, newfound inspiration and the opportunity to get to know and connect with a group of remarkable young women.

Little Girl Big Dream is an excellent source for young professional women seeking guidance, mentoring, inspiration or networking opportunities. For more information on Little Girl Big Dream, the Dream Collective Membership program and upcoming events visit www.littlegirlbigdream.com

 

Disclaimer: Melbourne Darling was invited to attend the Little Girl Big Dream Melbourne Master Class as a guest. The opinions shared in this article are based completely on my own honest and personal views, thoughts and experiences.

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Coburg Drive-In Food Truck Festival

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When popcorn and choc tops get a little boring my friends and I set a challenge for ourselves, what is the most crazy and delicious ‘outside food’ we can get away with bringing into a cinema? Pizza? Burgers? Burritos? Chicken? Churros?

Coburg drive-in cinema is now providing movie-goers with an ‘outside food’ free-for-all, offering the most tasty movie time bites at their monthly food truck festival, once a month during July, August and September on Wednesday nights from 5.30 starting tonight!

Grab a carload of friends, and purchase a ticket to any of the movie sessions playing on the night to join in the fun and watch a flick (or two) on the largest screens in the Southern Hemisphere from the comfort of your own car (car boot pillow forts optional) while chewing on your favourite foods from Iv’s Burritos, Mr Burger, Nandos, Señor Churro, Nem N’ Nem Vietnamese Hawker Kitchen and Señor BBQ.

Coburg Drive-In Food Truck Festival

Where: Coburg Drive-In, 155 Newlands Rd, Coburg VIC. 

When: From 5.30pm on Wednesday 30th July, 27th August and 24th September

Price: $17.50 each or $40 for a carload

Wednesday 30th July 2014 from 5:30pm

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The Shadow Electric Open Air Cinema Melbourne – Review and tips to help you plan your visit

The Shadow Electric is an independent open air cinema nestled amongst the quaint grounds of The Abbotsford Convent. Back for it’s third season, running from 21st November 2013 until 9th March 2014, the movie program features a selection of cult classics and art house flicks.

The Shadow Electric Openair Cinema

The Shadow Electric Openair Cinema

Open six days a week throughout the warmer months, the movie screenings commence each night at sundown. The cinema area is located in The Abbotsford Convent, in a courtyard area hidden around the corner from the Lentil As Anything restaurant. As soon as you enter The Abbotsford Convent from St Heliers Street, there is clear signage that makes the cinema area easy to find. It is strongly recommended to pre-purchase your tickets online, before attending. Tickets are generally priced between $18-$21 plus a booking fee, but also keep an eye out for special $10 screenings on Mondays.

All tickets are general admission so it is advised to arrive earlier to find your seats. I also recommend this, as it is a great opportunity to explore the grounds of The Abbotsford Convent, visit one of the interchanging food trucks on site, grab a drink at the bar or play a game of table tennis on one of the many ping pong tables located next to the bar area! It is helpful that all the deck chair seating is provided, so there is no need to pack your picnic rug and pillows! On that note, I would still advise you to bring a jumper and/or a blanket if you tend to feel the cold easily, especially with the unpredictable Melbourne weather! The choice of food truck changes on a rotating basis, and the popular not-for-profit Vegetarian restaurant Lentil As Anything is situated around the corner from the cinema space within the Abbotsford Convent. If you are more interested in sweets or other movie snacks, you can always bring your own food and drinks also. It is important to note that The Shadow Electric is a licensed venue and all movie screenings are strictly for audiences aged 18+ only.

 

Ping Pong tables at The Shadow Electric Openair CInema

Ping Pong tables at The Shadow Electric Openair Cinema

The grand 12 m screen was wonderful to watch. The picture quality was great, although I did worry a little when the wind picked up. The sound quality was also clear and strong. If you do pre-purchase tickets and are worried about the weather conditions, do keep an eye out on The Shadow Electric’s Facebook and Twitter pages on the day of the screening as movies can be cancelled due to bad weather conditions. The night I attended, the surrounding streets experienced a power failure which caused the screen to turn off during the screening. I was impressed with how the situation was handled, staff were quick to explain the situation to the audience and resumed the movie in no time. In fact, I even enjoyed having an intermission in what was actually quite a long movie!

The Shadow Electric’s laid-back atmosphere and beautiful environment makes for a very relaxed and enjoyable movie experience. The Shadow Electric is an excellent open air cinema to visit, particularly if you prefer their alternative movie selection over the new releases playing at mainstream cinemas. To find out more information on upcoming sessions and ticket bookings, visit The Shadow Electric official website. http://2014.shadowelectric.com.au/

The Shadow Electric Open Air Cinema

21st November 2013 – 9th March 2014

Abbotsford Convent

1 St Heliers St
Abbotsford 3067

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Lygon Street – Si Parla Italiano movie review Melbourne

If you only thought of Lygon Street Carlton as the place to get a plate of pasta and cannoli, then you need to head to Cinema Nova to watch the next screening of  the movie ‘Lygon Street – Si Parla Italiano’.

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Lygon Street – Si Parla Italiano Movie. Image Via.

The wonderful movie ‘Lygon Street – Si Parla Italiano’ restored my hope in Melbourne’s beloved Italian precinct. Just as I started to believe Melbourne’s Little Italy had begun sacrificing its vibrant offering of cultural dynamism in exchange of heading towards a gaudy tourist trap,  this fascinating documentary reminded me to see past the few annoying spruikers and handful of over priced pizzerias. Instead it encouraged me to recall the classic Italian delis and food stores, the number of restaurants still serving traditional Italian dishes, the old buildings and the fond memories I have walking past each of the changing shop fronts through the years.

From the arrival of the first Italian immigrants to the arrival of the Australia’s first espresso machine, this charming documentary narrated by Anthony LaPaglia uncovers a truly rich history that may have otherwise been lost through the generations of families, shop owners and development changes that have occurred in the area. The intimate and detailed interviews, stories and personal photos provide the audience with a highly engaging and insightful trip through time. Sharing stories of hardship and success, of assimilation and inspiration, this movie will provide you with a fresh perceptive of this iconic cultural and social hub.

Even if you were not there to experience the sentimental stories first hand, there is much to take away from this enjoyable viewing.  This movie provided me with a newfound appreciation of what has become a great deal more than just a popular Melbourne street. ‘Lygon Street – Si Parla Italiano’ not only allows you to relive the moments when Italian people migrated to Melbourne, but the moments when Lygon Street migrated to become a solid and special place in the heart of our city of Melbourne. ‘Lygon Street – Si Parla Italiano’ is now showing at Cinema Nova on Lygon Street, Carlton.

 

Lygon Street – Si Parla Italiano

Movie sessions now screening at Cinema Nova

380 Lygon St Carlton

Click here for session times

Click here for official movie trailer

Click here for official movie website

Official movie Facebook page

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