Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Melbourne Weekend: Chloe, Chanel & Cumulus

Thank you all for your lovely comments in my previous post! I had a lovely (yet rushed) weekend in Melbourne...Although I did manage to squeeze in a little bit of window shopping in. Loved this gorgeous mural next to the Chanel store:

click to enlarge (above and/or below) or click HERE for close-up of the tunic

Dress: Chloe beaded tunic (even though it is more of a 'romper' - don't laugh, Susie Poosie, with the bottom part joined in the middle, I wore it as a tunic, over a Witchery black tank stretchy dress...I quite liked the 'draped-to-the-side' effect that had, and it was more comfortable to walk in all day...
Bag: Burberry Malika hobo in tan (Christmas present from my gorgeous sisters)

How much is that 'doggy' (aka Chanel reissue) in the window?

Loved the heel on these Gucci shoes

Beautiful lunch at Cumulus with friends and 'bubbly'...the highlight of our trip

The sight of the bread at Cumulus always puts a huge grin on my face (you can click on the bread picture to enlarge)

Starting with slow cooked octupus with aioli & dehydrated olive...an absolute delight! I loved the little kick the sliver of green chilli gave to each delicious bite-sized morsel...

Grilled zucchini, barrel aged fetta, pine nuts and currants, went beautifully with the dish below:

Mustard crumbed pig's tail, garlic snails, picked shallots & watercress...Even though this may sound a little weird, it was absolutely delicious! So moist, full of beautiful flavour...I wanted more!

The whole slow roast lamb shoulder was incredible! The meat was falling off the bone and so moist & tasty, served with pickled red onions & lemon.

Berry & Frangipane tart (and I took some delightful little cookies with me in a paper bag)

The madeleines filled with lemon curd are absolutely to-die-for, and are more than worth the 15 minute wait...

The reason for my trip to Melbourne, was to attend a function where hubby was to receive a prestigious award. Remember I wrote that he was sitting some very important exams last year? Not only did he pass, but he received the highest marks in the country! Oh yes, I was/am very proud...

Weekend rundown:

Purchases: Nil. I almost purchased the Alpha60 pleated scarves at their GPO store, but could not decide between 2-3 different scarves, thankfully I can purchase them by mail order, I think I have finally decided which ones to get...

Outfits: packed in my suitcase: Witchery black stretchy tank dress, Phi black silk & mesh long sleeveless blazer/jacket, Nathan Jenden pleated wool dress, Chloe beaded tunic, Dries Van Noten silk sequinned clutch, Burberry Malika hobo leather bag in tan, Dries Van Noten 'nude' leather sandals.

Breathtaking moments: Loved the buttersoft leather skirt in Tan at Scanlan & Theodore (slightly draped and tulip-shaped)...but did not even attempt to squeeze myself into it, so as to not depress myself...am hopeful it is still in stores when my body is more 'leather-skirt friendly'. Also fell in love with several pieces at the Willow store, including a drapey yellow silk chiffon blouse, and the beaded belts/necklaces. Was slightly starry eyed when I spotted the Dries Van Noten bracelet from SS'10 at Belinda...stunning! They also had the green clutch below:


Shops covered:

Hawksburn & Armadale: on Malvern Rd (Hawksburn): Empire Rose, Willow, Belinda; on High St Armadale: Kirrily Johnston, Ksubi, Falke, Aesop, Scanlan & Theodore, Lee Matthews.

City: most stores I tried to go to were closed, so only managed to see a few at the GPO: Acne, Alpha60 and Willow.


Dinner (night 1) at the new Mexican restaurant Mamasita (1/11 Collins St)
- the place was so dark my pictures did not turn out well. I quite enjoyed the corn on the cob with queso, chilli, & lime (with the delicious sauces they bring to your table), I highly recommend the Quesadilla de Huitlacoche (mexican truffle) and the incredible roast lamb (which was absolutely delicious).

Breakfast: was at Mart 130 - cool set-up outside a Tram stop (hence 'Mart' is tram spelt backwards), although unfortunately the food was a bit of a let-down (I had a triple stack of pancakes with belgian chocolate sauce, toasted hazelnuts, banana & vanilla bean mascarpone - sounded much nicer than it tasted I'm afraid), I much preferred the breakfast I had at St Ali in South Melbourne during my last trip in January (I never got the time to post about that trip for the Australian Open, sorry!). Last trip I also had breakfast at Cumulus Inc, which was quite nice (although not as filling as St Ali).

Dinner (night 2): Thaila Thai (Lygon St, Brunswick)- one of my favourite 'cheap eats' in Melbourne, a dinner for 2 including corkage came up to $34, with enough leftovers for hubby to eat the next morning. Love this place!

Lunch: Cumulus Inc. - fabulous food!


  1. You look great! When is the big day?

    Love the Gucci shoes, BTW . . .

  2. Thanks! Uhm...not for another 4 weeks or so...getting closer, yikes! :) What about your trip to Japan? Getting excited?

  3. you don't even look that pregnant miss!! that chloe dress is amazing!!


  4. I love love the mint chanel bag, it's so pretty :)

  5. i love this post! love your chloe dress! and all the food photos, i will be visiting Melbourne in July, i will use yours as my reference guide. Hope you come out with more food and shopping guide! ;p

  6. Very cute outfit!!! Great pictures, oh god that meal looks exquisite and delicious!!!

  7. I am getting excited and nervous too . . . 14 hours on a plane each way is freaking me out!

  8. amo tudo! ja tinha saudades do seu blog! beijo

  9. WOW. You look absolutely amazing in the Chloe tunic!! And congratulations on your hubby getting the HIGHEST marks on his exam. You must be so proud :) xx

  10. Oh BTW- those madeleines stuffed with lemon curd... whoa. I'm drooling.

  11. Hi! New to your blog but LOVE this post and now I'm following! I absolutely love your wedding dress in your profile pic? Gorgeous! As are all these photos! Congrats to your hubs and Lemon Curd Madelines! I've made madelines but never heard this combo... sounds delish!

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

  12. Love the tunic! Looks so comfy and versatile yet glamorous.
    Am absolutely adoring the mint green Chanel bag and matching pumps... if only!

    - Anna Jane xxx

  13. oh no ! photobucket wont let me see the pictures

  14. I cant see the photos :((

  15. Sorry about that guys! I have upgraded again to Photobucket Pro (I knew it was running out soon, but forgot when), hope it's all good now...were NONE of the photos visible before?

    Apologies again!

  16. Oh im so envious. Your weekend looks so filled with eye candy and mouth candy...nom nom nom

  17. Wow!! That tunic is amazing!!!!! Love it!!

  18. Huge Congrats to your hubby - you must feel so proud. Loved this post thanks for sharing - you are so rockin' that Chloe tunic and your hair looks great. Enjoy your last few weeks as two. Demanding Anon (C)

  19. Mmm...I'm hungry now, food is looking delicious :)
    Bags are totally my style :) i want them :)

  20. I die for the gucci heels! Great tunic, too!

    Looks like a spectacular trip-- i'm jealous!

  21. Yummy! Every last bit of it!

    Congratulations to your husband on his award!

  22. Your photos are fantastic...now I'm really hungry. xo Mish


  23. The tunic and bag are absolutely gorgeous!!!

  24. Hi Brigs
    I love the tunic. Melbs looks lovely.

    Congrats to hubby - a fantastic achievement indeed.

    SSG xxx

  25. Gorgeous! All the food makes me hungry and it's nearly midnight!
    And Chanel -sigh- It never ceases to be absolutely amazing. That mural is beautiful.
    And I love what you did with your outfit, the effect definitely turned out lovely!

  26. You look so pretty. And congratulations to your hubby. Oh and yes, you should be proud of him. =D

    The Brown Mestizo

  27. The Tunic is beautiful, and the food pics are making me very hungry.


  28. COngratulations on your husband getting his award =) I hope to achieve that someday as well. Halfway through med school at the moment. I love reading your blog. Love your outfits.

  29. Hey Brig!

    Huge congrats to hubby - wonderful achievement! Adore the chloe tunic and you look stunning in it.

    Only 4 weeks to go! Exciting times for you and your fam!

    Sharon xx

  30. The mural really caught my eye, and it's only breakfast time, but the food looks out of this world!

  31. those gucci heels are to die for. Love your dress in the first pics! Great blog


  32. Ah lovely photos.x


  33. Wow!! That post is making me want to buy new shoes and eat sweets in crazy amounts! :-) xoxoxoxoxoxo

  34. L-O-V-E that dress and the food looks mouthwatering!

  35. THAT FOOD looks delicious. wow.

    yum. want those GUCCIS!

  36. You look so cool and chic in the Chloe tunic !!!
    Madeleines filled with lemon curd ? OMG, they look delicious !

  37. Aww! It's so nice to see your bump. Any day now!

  38. Lovely post Brig, looks like a great trip x

  39. Love all the pics, especially the food shots:-) Yummy!

  40. wonderful this publication, complete with what I like: clothes and food and enviable lifestyle. You are a lucky.
    I want to thank you because you are part of everyday style, always present and I'm sure if we lived in the same city, we'd be good friends.