The Love Vintage and Retro Fair Melbourne

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The most exciting and entertaining vintage shopping event is nearly upon us! The Love Vintage and Retro Fair, being held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne this weekend!
Make your way through the extraordinary collection of vintage fashion and home ware dealers and shop for the best quality selection of vintage treasures. See the classic cars on display, fashion parades, special guest speakers and burlesque shows or take part in a vintage styling makeover and photoshoot, and try out a burlesque workshop! See the full program of events here and a full listing of exhibitors and retailers here.

For anyone who loves being inspired by the fashion and lifestyle of the dazzling eras gone by, the Love Vintage and Retro Fair is an event not to be missed!

Let the good old’-fashioned fun begin!


Opening Hours:

Friday, May 16th 5.30pm – 9pm

Saturday, May 17th 10am – 5pm

Sunday, May 18th 10am -4pm



Royal Exhibition Building

9 Nicholson St

Carlton VIC 3053

Carlton Gardens, Melbourne



Adult $15 (at the door)

Age & Disabled Pensioner $12

Senior Card Holder $12

Student $12

Children 10-16 years $7

Under 10 years free

Or buy your Early Bird tickets online here!

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The Kooky Kraft Klub Fashion Bazaar

The beginning of a new year always makes me feel eager to inject some freshness into my wardrobe!

If your wardrobe is in need of some stylish new additions but the repetitive offering of high street stores and Boxing Day sales have left you feeling uninspired, than you’re going to want to head down to the Kooky Kraft Klub Fashion Bazaar!

On Saturday 19th January, the Kooky Kraft Klub in Yarraville will be  transformed into an impressive fashion marketplace to help you kick off the new year with some unique fashion finds! At this one day only event, you can discover a fantastic array of stalls selling quality second-hand, designer, brand name and vintage treasures including women’s clothing, shoes, jewellery and accessories.

The event is free entry and stalls are cash only. Changing rooms are available onsite as well as a nail artist who will be available for bookings on the day!

Kooky Kraft Klub Fashion Bazaar

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The Kooky Kraft Klub Fashion Bazaar

Sunday 19th January, 2014

10am – 4pm

83 Gamon Street, Yarraville

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Natio End of Year Warehouse Sale

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The Natio Head Office in Heidelberg West is opening its doors for one last Warehouse Sale for the year this weekend! Open today, Friday 13th and Saturday 14 December from 9am-3pm.

Natio produce a great selection of mineral make-up, nail polishes and gift packs and always feature the best berry shades in their cosmetic collections. I am also a big fan of their illuminators and eye brighteners, not to mention that their men’s skincare range has a loyal following by many Melbourne men!

At the Natio Warehouse Sale you will find a range of current and discontinued Natio skincare, cosmetics, men’s, bath and body products and gift packs all up to 70% off RRP!

Natio Warehouse Sale


13-14th December

110 Dougharty Road, Heidelberg West VIC 3081

Payment by cash, visa, MasterCard and Eftpos.

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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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Melissa Shoes Warehouse Sale: This Weekend!

The quirky Brazilian footwear brand iconic for their playful and fashion forward plastic shoe designs and their designer collaborations with Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jason Wu and Karl Lagerfield, is now offering a massive warehouse sale that’s bound to be a plastic paradise! Stocked with previous season collections and one-off samples, as well as jelly shoes from Melissa’s little sister brand, Mel ‘dreamed by Melissa’ all up to 75% off.

If you have had your heart set on these bubble-gum scented beauties, this is a sale not to be missed!






    WHERE: 289 Geelong Road, Kingsville, Melbourne

    WHEN: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September. 10am – 4pm.





If you have yet to become acquainted with this unique footwear brand, you can visit their flagship Melbourne store ‘M Dreams’ located in the QV building. They have a fantastic selection of summer shoes that are as comfortable to wear as they are gorgeous to look at.

My favourites at the moment are the multi coloured ‘Aranha Hits’ jelly sandals and ‘Peace III’ t-bar, peep-toe and towering wedge all in one; what more does a girl need in a perfect summer shoe? My pick is for the nude or white gloss but any of these classic colours could see you through a summer of different outfits!





Check out Melissa’s Karl Lagerfield Glitter Ice Cream  heels ‘KL Incense’ I tried on the other day, now these are some seriously fun summer party shoes!






For more information head to or


Melbourne Darling xo

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Chadstone VIP Shopping Party Wednesday 18th September

SambLook out shoppers! Chadstone Shopping Centre is hosting a VIP Shopping Party tomorrow, Wednesday 18th September 9am-11pm with a range of enticing offers, complimentary goodies and in-store activities!

If you have already attended any VIP days hosted by Melbourne Shopping centres this month, you will find that a retailer will offer the same discounts across all shopping centre VIP events, (usually a discount of about 20-30% off RRP depending on the retailer) so if you’re lusting over a new item for the warmer weather, this may just be the extra incentive you’ve been waiting for to snap up your perfect Spring Fling wardrobe piece!


For a full list of offers and activities, click on the following link.

Melbourne Darling’s top stores to visit:

  1. Peeptoe Shoes: 30% off storewide
  2. Sambag: 15% off Sambag SS13 collection
  3. Santini: 25% off full priced merchandise
  4. Forever New: 20% off merchandise
  5. Florsheim: 30% off full priced footwear and handbags
  6. Sportsgirl: 20% off full priced merchandise and 30% off reduced merchandise
  7. Alannah Hill: 20% off merchandise
  8. Colette By Colette Hayman: 25% off full price merchandise


Melbourne Darling’s Top Buys:

  1. Alannah Hill Summer Fling Top
  2. Forever New Christie wrap zip skirt
  3. Forever New Sophia Printed Hotpant
  4. Peeptoe Shoes Miss Golden State (also comes in a versatile nude and silver colour)
  5. Peeptoe Miss Hollywood
  6. Peeptoe Shoes Textured Bow Ring (also comes in a gorgeous Rose Gold colour)
  7. Sambag Mia Rose Gold Cracked Metallic Leather Sandals
  8. Sportsgirl Mini Stevie Bag (also comes in a lovely stone shade)
  9. Colette by Colette Hayman Key Ring

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Melbourne Central One Day Shopping Festival

Melbourne Central One Day Shopping Festival

Melbourne Darling’s Top 5 picks for the Melbourne Central One Day Shopping Festival:

  1. Treasure Hunt – If you’re super keen on getting the most out of the One Day Shopping Festival, and plan to get down to Melbourne Central early in the day, then make your first stop the Information Desk where the first 200 shoppers can receive a treasure hunt pack with discounts and goodies to help shoppers get the best buys of the day.
  2. Cotton On, Typo and Rubi Shoes – All offering 30% off. With that extra incentive, its time to finally snag one of Typo’s StagHeads I’ve had my eye on since they arrived in store a few months ago. Then its time to make my way to Rubi Shoes for what I think is the best buy for this summer’s footwear craze (no not jellies, the other footwear craze – clogs.) At $39.95, the Palm Springs Heel are already a steal, but at 30% off at the reduced price at $27.90 you simply cannot go wrong with buying a pair of these wooden clogs, and with a fantastic range of colours to choose from, these shoes should come with a warning: You may just  find yourself buying more than one pair! )
  3. Valleygirl – Valleygirl is one store not be overlooked this Spring. Their feminine, playful and colourful new collection will put a spring in your step and their prices are fantastic, not to mention the 30% off they are offering for today!
  4. Witchery -  No doubt the store that I believe has the best Spring fashion offering in Melbourne, Witchery has an abundance of wonderful pieces that hit the mark when it comes to soft, classic and neutral colours that are classic enough to see you through different seasons yet manage to add that small pinch of  difference with the refined edginess and hint of futuristic fashion as seen in the asymettrical features, laser cuts and leather additions to their designs.
  5. Gorgeous Cosmetics – These gorgeous people know their fake eyelashes and lipliner! Their Scarlette lipliner is a favourite of mine, its long lasting, easy to use and the perfect colour that allows you to get away with using it for a variety of pink and red lipsticks. I’m taking up this opportunity to stock up on this fantastic lipliner with 40% off.

Check out Melbourne Darling’s top buys:

The Melbourne Central One Day Shopping Festival is on September 4th, 2013. For more information and a listing of all offers and events, visit the Melbourne Central site.

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Lulumon Athletica’s Melbourne Warehouse Sale

Calling all Gym Bunnys and Sweaty Bettys!

If your exercise wardrobe has had its own workout this winter, now is a great opportunity to stock up on all your favourite comfy yoga clothes and stylish exercise gear at the Lulumon Athletica‘s Warehouse Sale!

Where: Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre (Bay 1 &2), 2 Clarendon St, South Wharf, Melbourne.

When:  Thursday, 5 September (10am – 6pm)
Friday, 6 September (10am – 8pm)
Saturday, 7 September (10am – 6pm)
Sunday, 8 September (10am – 5pm)

Lululemon Athletica Melbourne Warhouse Sale

See Lulumon Anthletica’s blog page for more details and keep updated by joining the event on Facebook here

Now theres a reason to give those shopping arms a workout!


Melbourne Darling xo

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