Gaijin Lunch Bar, Little Bourke

I like to eat Asian food because it is nearly always three things: filling, delicious and cheap.  Gaijin Lunch Bar is no different.  Located on Little Bourke Street in the CBD, this little cafe is cute and rarely over crowded.  It’s a perfect spot for a quick lunch or a pre-night out dinner and drinks.  It’s very well priced, my lunch including a drink came to about 11 dollars.


Marlee and I came here for lunch earlier this week.  I’ve got a break inbetween temp jobs so am currently enjoying being a lady of leisure and going out for lunch and stuff.  We even cracked open the Prosecco later in the evening.  Marlee’s actually blogged about this place too – read her post here.






I had the Chicken Udon.  Good, simple Asian cooking.  The staff here are lovely too, so friendly and accommodating.

Gaijin Lunch Bar
361 Little Bourke

Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs & Wine Tour

Today I met up with old Uni friend Lucy to venture down the Mornington Peninsula for hot springs and wine tasting.  We booked with Chillax Tours via a deal we found on Living Social.  Our tour guide was the extremely laid back Jason, he took us to the hot springs first for four blissful hours of soaking and lounging, then on to two wineries in the area – T Gallant Winery and Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove.  Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of the springs because I didn’t want to get my camera wet, but let me tell you they are well worth a visit.  So relaxing and peaceful.

The Mornington Peninsula is a really beautiful part of Victoria.  I’m very lucky to have a friend living here who I’ll be revisiting in a couple of weeks, I can’t wait to explore more.


At T Gallant we were treated to a range of whites, rosés, reds and moscatos.  Mt favourite was the Romeo which was so sweet it was almost like port rather than red wine.  I treated myself to a glass, it would have gone well with cheese.




Then on to Montalto.  Personally, I preferred the T Gallant winery.  They had live music, a very happy atmosphere and what looked like amazing food.  Montalto was a good competitor though, because as well as wine and food, it also had a range of olive oil sample with fluffy, crusty bread.





The above range of Moscato wines were honestly the nicest Moscatos I have ever, EVER tasted.  So naturally Lucy and I are ordering some tomorrow from their website.
A wine tasting tour was one of my ‘must do’ tasks for Australia, the wine here is great and worth making the journey out of the city for.


Lady Petrova, Melbourne

Last weekend Marlee and I soaked up the last magical dregs of MSFW by visiting the new designers market, the student art exhibition and Lady Petrova‘s store off Flinders Lane.  I’m giving Lady Petrova her own post because… well, she’s awesome.  I was feeling a bit panicky as I really want to purchase something from her store, if anything just as a Melbourne keep sake.  Luckily for me, she told me her new online store will be opening soon so I don’t have to scramble together the dollars before I fly back to the UK.

Her shop is pretty much the ultimate girly girl’s haven.  I love that she embraces such extreme femininity head on.  Just being in her store always puts a smile on my face.


Something dangerously desirable is lurking in this photo… dun dun
…dun dun…
Tea and cake was on offer


I know I’ve said ‘quintessential Melbourne’ WAY too many times now but this store is another little snippet of it.  It’s close to the other ‘quintessential’ spots I’ve mentioned soooo if you’re in Melbourne and short on time have a peruse of Petrova’s stock, then have dinner at MoVida and then wash it all down at Gin Palace!  Perfect day out!

Lady Petrova
Shop 3
237 Flinders Lane
(03) 9650 6285

Made In Melbourne @ MSFW

I wouldn’t say I’m the most fashionably dressed person on planet earth, but what I would say is that I love clothes.  I really appreciate a good outfit, either on myself or other people.  I love people watching and one of my favourite blogs is The Sartorialist.  As for shopping, I am never EVER done (and never will be).  So when the ever informed Marlee at String Of Events invited me to the Made In Melbourne runway show I instantly said yes.  It showcases Melburnian designers only, so it’s a great event for local talent.

I’ve never been to a runway show before so I was extremely a tad excited.  It was held on Siddeley Street overlooking the Yarra, a beautiful spot especially in the evening.

We arrived, checked in, got drinks, nabbed good seats and waited for the show to start.


I thought this lady’s outfit was awesome so took a quick snap
I spy…. Lady Petrova again!
There were collections from sixteen designers on show, among my favourites were ELandTINO, Coelho and Danielle Tabet.  El from ELandTINO (who was also at the Pop It event we went to on Monday) met us just before the MIM show and she was just lovely.  I’ll definitely be heading to their website to peruse more designs!










I loved every minute of the show.  The models were beautiful, the clothes were elegant, the atmosphere was happy, the music was awesome and the whole experience was really good fun.  More fashion shows please!



Thanks to Marlee for sharing her pics with me, some are hers and some are mine.  It was hard to get good ones close up.  I could go on to what I liked about the clothes and why, but I won’t.  I just love clothes.  Like, actually love them.  So this evening was a wonderful experience and one that I hope to repeat in the future.

POP IT #MSFW, Melbourne

Today saw the beginning of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (that’s #MSFW to you Twitter), something I have been very excited about for a long time.  Unfortunately I can’t go to as much as I would like because I have to, like, work and eat and sleep, but you know, I’ll fit in what I can.  This evening Marlee (String Of Events) and I went to the grand opening of Pop It at the Kitten Club on Little Collins Street.  It’s a pop up event that’s here all week, showcasing the latest lovely garments from a range of Aussie designers.

The thing I love most about Australian fashion is that it’s fun.  It takes risks and isn’t afraid to say, you know what I would just love?  Some dinosaurs on my knickers, that’s what.

Or even some birds or flamingos on my suspender belt.


Not so sexy now eh?  I would definitely have bought all three of these if I hadn’t cleverly (or stupidly?) moved my money into a different account so that I couldn’t spend it.
In all seriousness, from what I’ve seen of Aussie design, it’s colourful, bright, energetic and as said before a lot of fun.  I feel like a of British designs are more conservative and occasionally preppy – which, don’t get me wrong, I love.  But I also love the Aussie attitude to fashion.  It’s a bit more carefree.

Anyhoo.  The facebook page described this event as jungle themed and they certainly went to town with the decor.  We were greeted by a sign welcoming us to the jungle and goodie bags, live music and a forest of clothing rails.




We got stuck in to browsing and photo taking, and then decided to head to the bar downstairs for a cider.

Sneaky pic of none other than Lady Petrova and her friends dressed up wonderfully as usual



A giraffe was in our midst




At the bar, where we sat next to Lady Petrova (and were too shy to talk to her)

The goodie bag we acquired was awesome too, solely because it came with a fashion photography coffee table book.  I’m going to do a separate post on it after I’ve found time to actually read it.

A great start to the week.  I can’t wait for what else is in the pipeline!