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MELBOURNE – SHOPPING

melbourne shop1Whoohoo!! Time to get wild! And by that I mean shopping!

Anyone you meet who’s either been to Melbourne or dreamt of going will tell you that you’lll most definitely have an awesome time shopping … unless you’re my brother. “Who goes to shop in Melbourne!?” – Yah! I know right. I got quite mad when he quipped this! Even if he was joking! >:[

I take my shopping very seriously! This is my curated list of Melbourne shopping. Said list could have been longer if we had more time there.

First up.

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Chapel Street Bazaar 
217 Chapel Street, Prahran

Chapel Street Bazaar was one of the first few shopping places we went to. It is a secondhand store sectioned into individual stalls. At first glance, you wouldn’t notice this and would think it’s just one MASSIVE treasure trove but if you look closely, you’d realise the different labels tagged to pre-loved items. One thing to note is that you will most definitely get lost in here because there’s just so many things to discover. I navigated my way through using Google Maps. I’m kidding. But I should have … because I’m certain I didn’t cover every inch of the store. Due to the wide variety of items in here, which are mostly knick knacks, homewares and furniture, the price range is rather vast.

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I was incredibly fascinated by this arrangement
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Playing dress up at the store, pretending I’m in a You’re Invited To Mary-Kate and Ashley’s Party series

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There’s so many interesting things to see here at the market! I had a lot of fun showing my sister things from my childhood and fussing over toys we were both familiar with. Having a lot of things to survey can also be overwhelming, so though I really intended to, I left empty-handed at this store. My mom on the other hand, walked away happy with some lace placemats.

melbourne shop5Swan Emporium
248 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

I had heard a lot of great things about Fitzroy – on how it has great shops. I walked in to Swan Emporium because I was attracted to the colours I saw inside the store! It was so bright and wonderful.

melbourne shop10Calendars by Rifle Paper Co.

I was thrilled when I saw these Rifle Paper Co. calendars. I am a huge fan of type and illustrations and practically squealed – before letting out a little whimper because I absolutely cannot afford to pay $40 for a stack of paper that’s most likely going to collect dust … even though they are so beautiful.

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Besides loving typography and illustrations, I am also a full-on magpie. I was instantly drawn to this bowl of sequined ornaments!

melbourne shop13Dressing Room at Swan Emporium

The store also has a saccharinely sweet range of pretty clothes! I fell in love with this dress below.

melbourne shop14 Trying out the Underneath the Blossom Tree dress – $69

I really really liked the dress but it was a tad too small for me (Imagine if I had bought more Chez Dré cakes!!) My heart shattered. I was ready to part with $69. When I first jumped on to the site (on the very same day), I saw that my size was also out of stock there! But I’m happy to report that all sizes (except sz 10) are now back up online! If you are interested (;

I did however manage to purchase these deers online …

melbourne shop9Deer Christmas Decorations, $12

I posted this same snap on Instagram asking if I should buy any of these deers. There was a resounding yes – but it was too late! I was out of the store by then. I kept thinking about them day and night, going back to my photo gallery and just staring at it, getting lost in their eyes … (freak!) So the moment Swan Emporium posted their ‘New Ins‘ on Facebook (see this is why I LOVE social media), I jumped at it straight away! And I didn’t regret my choice at all! Look at how cosy they are:

melbourne shop15Cosying up to Typo skull and watermelon painting by Carris Creatures

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Lost + Found Market
1-5 Perry Street, Collingwood

Lost+ Found Market is a lot like Chapel Street Bazaar, except that there’s a lot more clothes than knick knacks here. Tons and tons, and tons of vintage clothes. I was spinning with delirium.

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Even though there were a lot of awesome home wares I’ve come across in Melbourne, they were not my top priority. Clothes, shoes and accessories were (sadly but unsurprisingly) and … I was afraid if I’d bought these pretty decorative items, they’ll add weight to my luggage. It turns out that my luggage barely hit the maximum allowance! Dammit.

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A bargain queen always assesses the price tag first
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I told you I take shopping very seriously
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Me in delirium

It was a hot, hot, hot Summer’s day when we visited Lost + Found. I took a while to scavenge through the store leaving my poor family downstairs gasping for (stuffy) air. I’m eternally grateful for their patience as I managed to get an awesome 90s stripe jumpsuit and a hot pink 80s dress! They weren’t particularly bargain-worthy, but I thought, “Hey, it’s my last day in Melbourne. I don’t know when I’ll be back. I’ll probably never see these clothes again so … YOLO!” Uhm, yeapp. So I walked out being almost $100 poorer. 

melbourne shop24Camberwell Sunday Market
Station Street, Camberwell 

If there is one advice I could offer about the Camberwell Sunday Market, it’s to head there early enough so you can have plenty of time to browse through the whole two carparks but not too early so as to miss out on the last minute bargains. Simply put, try to get there at about 11am. Trading ends at 12:30pm.

There’s SO many things to look at here. I know I’ve been like a broken record repeating this throughout the post but honestly, there’s no better way to describe it. It is like a ridiculously huge junkyard with awesome stuff. And the most random things. During closing time, a stallholder was fiercely trying to sell off his last items – a big box of old magazines. Now, think about it. Why would anyone want a huge stash of old magazines (where there could possibly be a hell load of silverfish stuck in them)? Well, apparently a lady did. For $1. Or maybe it was because it was just a dollar that she got it? Out of good will? Who knows?

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I didn’t take pictures of clothes here because well … I was too busy studying them. I grabbed my buys at the last minute so I guess I had really good bargains: a fairly new Zara blazer for $15, a polka dot top for $4, and two brand new in packaging dress for $31. Whoo!

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So very happy!

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Lark Store
94 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

Lark is probably the smallest out of this whole list but it is easily my favourite. Lark is full of glitter, colours, girly things, kitschy things, things I can wholly associate with. I felt right at home!

melbourne shop31Hello Doormat, $75

I first learnt about Lark through @honeyandfizz on Instagram (don’t you just love social media!?) when she bought this very doormat for her home. Her Instagram feed is lovely too by the way. Her home styling is sick. The kind of sick where it’s all light and bright and full of colours. You know, my kind of sick. Anyway, I have been stalking @larkstore ever since and was dying to get myself one of these doormats! That was before I actually got there and Mr. Conscience asked, “Do you truly need a $75 door mat to welcome people into your home and get stepped on just because it’s so pretty? And I know you love type and all but seriously? Your wage isn’t that fantabulous yet,” he challenged. Mr. Conscience has a point. And also he sounds gay. Fantabulous.

But honestly, Lark is full of pretty things that I can’t rationally afford just yet. That doesn’t stop me from loving it though.

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These colourful ceramics were so hard to resist! If only there weren’t so fragile, and so expensive.

melbourne shop30Decked out in buys from stores not featured in this post but are just as awesome.
Necklace and sandals from Quick Brown Fox Clothing | Bag from Decjuba

If everything to you is expensive, what did you carry in that big bag? I hear you ask. Well, I got this as a gift for my gardening-loving friend and a spotty washi tape. I kinda just wanted to get something you know?

Last but not least, an honorary mention to Pavement.

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Various locations

My sister and I stepped into Pavement by accident. Or maybe it was destiny because it was a really good kind of accident. Pavement is actually a store for children between 8-16 year old. The clothes are uber cute and wearable for me (perks of being a shorty) and the stuff there are so girly and just amazing. I immediately felt like I’m 10 all over again. They also do stationery, accessories and perfume/spray ons (that smell really good by the way – better than those celebrities perfumes, if you ask me!) If I had a kid, Pavement would be my go to place! I am also happy to mention that there are stores in WA! Ahh!!

Shopping in Melbourne was really a great experience for me. I just wish I had more time to discover a whole lot of other amazing places too. I’ll be back for sure. For now, I would highly recommend jumping on one of these sites to get your last minute Christmas shopping done!

x hannah

Images are taken using my iPhone or by my brother, Hafiz

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#MEGHANPLOWMANWORKSHOP

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Last Saturday, I had the opportunity of attending an Instagram workshop organised and conducted by the incredibly talented Meghan Plowman at The Tenth State in Crawley.

I know what you’re thinking … a workshop for Instagram? Are you serious!? 

Yes, in fact, I really am. While Instagram is the popular app where you find pictures of #food, #cat, #dog, #sky and of course, #selfies, it is also at the top of my go-to place to find #inspiration. Styling inspiration to be exact.

Still unsure why would anybody attend a freakin INSTAGRAM workshop? You’re not the only one. My boyfriend was puzzled too.

meghanplowman2 Workshop includes free goodies, free coffee and free cupcakes (not pictured)

When I first downloaded Instagram on my phone 3 years ago, I never imagined how big of a thing it would become. No, seriously. I honestly only downloaded it because there wasn’t much of photo editing apps available at that time and Instagram filters were one of the firsts for me! I barely followed anyone and had any followers – it was solely for me to make use of the filter features. Looking back at them now, I think Eugh!!  Photos in X-Pro II – gross! Earlybird? Hipster wannabe! Kelvin … what in the world …
You have to see it to believe it. Do a compare and contrast and you’ll know what I mean.

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Default Instagram filters no more!

Now, Instagram is an exceptionally powerful tool in terms of getting buzz and increasing hype. Instagram is such an easy, convenient app, especially when compared to Facebook. Posting photos are easy as and showing appreciation towards them is as simple as a “double tap”. I’m sure I speak for many when I say that I’m so addicted to Instagram that sometimes I would “double tap” to like photos … on Facebook. No, it doesn’t work. But that’s exactly how powerful Instagram is.

Even if you don’t have an Instagram account, as long as you’re hooked on to a social media platform you’re bound to see an Instagram post somewhere – thanks to the “sharing” feature on all these social media avenues.

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Some of WA’s creative mummies at the workshop

I attended this workshop alongside other creatives and businesses. We want to make our pictures pretty for a reason! Businesses gain so much from Instagram not only in sales and a wider customer base but also to build rapport with customers themselves. Creatives get to keep in touch with other creatives and along the way gather inspiration from their palm-sized screens and make more magic!

Most of the photos on the blog are taken using my iPhone – and that’s exactly what I use my Instagram for as well. To take pictures and share them. A little like ‘on-the-go’ blogging (let’s not bring in Dayre just yet).I rely heavily on Instagram to get connected. The app makes it so easy to be in the loop of things, and even make new friends! It’s awesome.

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Meghan’s workshop helped to instil this for me (and for the rest too, I’m sure of it). She gave us tips on how to use Instagram cleverly to help our career goals. Also, to not be a pain in the ass (LIKES 4 LIKES!!! SHOUT OUT FOR SHOUT OUT!!!)

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Surprisingly for me who’s already on Instagram 24/7, Meghan’s workshop made me even more addicted to the app. I never thought it would be possible. So now I’m on it 25/7. I even took a picture of the freakin candle in the TOILET at The Tenth State!! It smelled really nice.

meghanplowman6Pushing my addiction further

But like I said, Meghan is an incredibly talented lady. And I would highly recommend her workshops in the future.

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It doesn’t actually. Just an excuse for me to post up another picture.

x @thepocketissue

ps. that’s “the pocket issue”, not “the pocket tissue” :D

All images taken using my iPhone

HEARTLAND

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“Heartland” is the AW 2013 range by Singapore’s womenswear brand, hansel. Designer Jo Soh was largely inspired by HDB buildings, which are essentially the island’s public housing system. Most of us Singaporeans live in HDB apartments or at least grew up in one. They are the nation’s solution for a country challenged with limited land area.

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Life living in a HDB is incredibly vibrant as you experience different cultures melted under a big roof. Boasting a sense of quirky minimalism, I found the Heartland campaign to be a rather accurate interpretation of this with a whole lot of nostalgia thrown in.

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If you have never been to Singapore, I would strongly recommend to take a walk around the “suburban” residential areas of the country – it’s a far cry from the bustling and sometimes claustrophobic nature of Orchard Road. Most of the time, heartlands are your go-to places for hidden gems – from food to beauty services. In fact, in Singapore, kitschy cafes are fast sprouting in the nooks and crannies of these HDB estates. So it is actually befitting for a stylish and sprightly brand such as hansel to take on this concept for their latest collection.

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And let’s just say, I never thought I’d sport someone chic wearing printed blocks of flats on her tee or dress … especially not the HDB flats! It just isn’t cool! But hansel has hit home with this range, tugging at our old aching hearts that would cling onto any remnants of our youth.

What do you think about this collection? Would you wear any of these pieces out? I personally like the monochromatic skirt and top best! You should also hop on over to their website and check out their other campaigns – cute as hell!

All images taken from hansel’s facebook page

GARAGE SALE TRAIL

I’m having a garage sale this Saturday, 26 October and would love for you to come!

Details are on this poster:

garage sale trailco-designed by my friend Amanda

I’m also taking part in their poster competition … check it out here: http://bit.ly/pocketsale and like my entry!

x Hannah

PINK FLAMINGO

machell backdropA backdrop I’d love to install in my living room by Machell

My Saturday was all kinds of wonderful having spent the afternoon with my gal pal Emma at First Comes Love, a bridal fair initiated by Studio Bomba, amongst the rustic grandeur of St George’s College.

It was like my Pinterest boards came to life as I meandered through the different halls filled with kitschy booths and equally colourful vendors. Our experience was made even more eventful when of us bumped into an ex … with his bride-to-be. How awkward!! Right!? To be honest, I don’t think we would’ve wanted to spend the day any other way … it was a classic chick flick plot!

So we walked away feeling completely inspired (half of the time a little flustered from trying to avoid the duo). Bridal fairs aren’t just for brides, you know? It was a perfect excuse to swim yourself around pretty works of art! Though I personally understood the stress that a bride would have to go through … everything looks amazing – how do I even choose how to decorate my reception – do I go with ivory serviettes or cream? The Marie Antoinette theme or the secret garden? Which photographer do I use? The one who gets me or the one within my budget? Ahh! So hard! No wonder Bridezillas exist!! Funnily enough, growing up, I have never actually dreamt of a big wedding! If I could, I would just sign the papers and go off. Ha ha ha! 

Now however, I do wish I can at least have Paletas served at my wedding. What do you think?

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Thereafter, we walked over to our Alma Mater to reminisce the dear old days. Emma and I actually first met at our French class 3 years ago! It was really good to be back – and not having to mull over assignments and tests. Wait, it actually felt incredible!!

uwa umbrellaTop – ebay, $13.90 // Skorts – Chicabooti, $25.99 // Umbrella – Ikea, $4.95 // Shoes – Melissa, $109 // Bag – Coach, gifted

Would you enter a bridal fair even if you were not getting married? Or would you avoid it at all costs so you won’t get depressed?

x Hannah

All images taken by Emma on my iPhone. Images are crappy due to lousy, temperamental weather and not to be held responsible by Emma’s skills. 

TOP 5 BIRTHDAY PRESENTS

My birthday is less than two weeks away.

The other day, Iylia (my boyfriend), asked me, “So what do you want for your birthday”? I kept silent for a while … before stomping my foot and blurting out, “I’ll tell you what I want – what I really, really want!” spiraling into a whole long list of serious wants and him staring at me blankly wishing he’d never ask.

Did you really think that went down? Well okay, it didn’t – because all I really said was, “I don’t know … I can’t think of anything that I want or need right now.”

Before I continue, I’ll just say that most of the things I want, I buy it myself. I have never really practised the whole concept of asking for things that I lust for. I feel much more comfortable getting it using my own money. But the more I thought about it, the more I realised that there are  in fact things that I currently want to have – just that in my head, I’ve always pictured saving up to purchase them myself. And I guess birthdays make for a good excuse to get it without your hard-earned money.

This list might be useful for you too if there’s a birthday coming up and you don’t quite know what to buy for your pal. They’re ideas that can be used for both girls and guys … well, mostly. Unless your guy buddy likes cross-dressing in his free time. In that case, this might be right up your alley (especially #4 – great for creating cleavage apparently?)

At the very top of my list is:

1. BLOGSHOP

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BLOGSHOP is essentially a Photoshop bootcamp run by Bri Emery of designlovefest and Angela Kohler of Angela+Ithyle. It takes place over numerous cities including Stockholm and Rome. They actually came down under late last year but I didn’t have enough money at that point to purchase a class and a ticket to Melbourne or Sydney (not forgetting accommodation and travel fares…). Classes go for US$772 each.

I have actually dabbled with Photoshop back in high school when I did Art, as well as in Uni for my media classes. But to be honest with you, all those years meant NOTHING to me. To put it simply, I suck at photoshop. No really, I do. I get lost in those different layers that you need and the lasso and magnet and whatever else … With that being said, I do think that photoshop is an incredibly useful skill to have in the line of work that I am in and want to work towards. Also meeting and being taught by BRI EMERY!?? Uhm, nothing beats that. And I’m hundred percent positive that I will finally master it.

So classes go for $772 … and that’s okay. I am willing to pay for half of it, as I would for my airfare (when I am done starving myself and sell all my belongings, ha ha). But Houston, we have a problem when my dad doesn’t allow me to travel out of Perth or Singapore – on my own, or even with my girlfriends. And nothing can change his mind. Sigh. Moving on …

2. FITNESS CLASSES

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I have recently started doing Bikram Yoga. I’m actually loving it so far regardless of getting dizzy spells for one hour and a half. You feel like death during class and you produce so much sweat you wonder if it’s really you peeing instead? Okay, I kid. It’s really rejuvenating, I promise you. And really stinky too (not you, the other yogis … also the carpet and mats ha ha) – that I can promise you as well! I get so much adrenaline after each class that I’d start talking non stop – mostly crap, but still, bursting with energy … a goodnight’s rest is also guaranteed because you would’ve been super exhausted by the end of the day!

I am currently on a 10 day trial but I do want to continue after that … so I wouldn’t mind some kind of sponsorship for it. Even if it’s a voucher for 2 classes ($18 per class or $85 for 5 sessions at my local studio), I’m all right! Ha!

I’d gladly take a contemporary/hiphop dance or kickboxing classes too. I’ve been wanting to do them in a long time!

3. BEAUTY BITS

makeup ysl benefitYSL Touche Éclat ($55), Benefit Porefessional ($53), Benefit Tints ($55 each)

You want to talk about lust? These babies are what I’ve been lusting after. I wear make-up on most days but because I am such a bargain-hunter, I don’t use any of these … simply because I feel like I can’t part away with that much money to be put on my face. In fact, the stuff I use are all from drugstore (in my case, Priceline – oh gawd, I LOVE Priceline!!) …

drugstore makeup bourjois maybelline innoxaInnoxa Pure Silk Skin Primer ($24.95), Maybelline Fit Me Concealer ($14.95), Bourjois Blush ($20)

Don’t get me wrong … the stuff I have are great! Especially for the price you pay. I would personally recommend the Innoxa primer out of this lot because it feels expensive, glides on smoothly and functions very well as a primer. But it’s nice to have something luxurious once in a while too, right?

4. NUBRA

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Do you own one of these? Have you even heard of it? If you answered no to any of these questions, I suggest you hop over to the site now and maybe get yourself a pair! I got mine about a month ago and have been itching to purchase another one even though there isn’t a need for it. It feels liberating! Makes you reminisce about your carefree pre-pubescent days … if you know what I mean.

5. AIRFRYER

airfryerPhilips Airfryer at $329.95

Shizzle ma nizzle … an AIRFRYER!? Ah, the one true sign of aging aka domesticity or maybe not since I need an airfryer instead of actually just using the wok or pan like all other good domesticated women do. To be honest, my mom had already gifted me with this back in August when my family came to visit. I have a deep fear of deep frying as a result of bad science (think water and oil .. x2) so this was heaven-sent! I do love it! Just that I’m quickly learning that airfrying isn’t for everything … like puff pastries and banana fritters. Damn. And there I was thinking it was magic.

How do you like my Top 5 Gift list so far? Yay? Or Nay? I’ll come clean, I can probably come up with a lot more things to add to this list, but I just feel they are insignificant enough. Or nearly impossible. Like hiring someone to blow dry or style my hair each morning. Maybe even traveling to New York City like my dad promised me for my graduation last year. Or more feasible things like, silk bedsheets … or new shoes. I can never get enough of shoes. Maybe what I really need is a walk-in wardrobe? A girl can dream … or pin stuff onto Pinterest.  

What are some of your best presents you’ve received or gifted? I’d love to know!

x Hannah

All images taken from Pinterest and all prices are in AUD unless stated otherwise.

PIN IT

Lately I have been really addicted to Pinterest. It’s such a great way to get inspired. Or waste your day away looking at pretty things (hey at least you’re visually stimulated!). It’s also a good way to “track” my style. I don’t normally go with trends but so very often, I find myself getting attracted to certain things within a particular set of time – as though there is a specific “trend” I’m after in my subconscious.

Such as these cool kicks:

pinterestkicks1. Mirrored Gold Heels from Anthropologie 2. Patent Loafers from Charles and Keith as seen on Aetienne 3. Metallic brogues from Zara 4. Stripe Platform Sandals from Chanel

In the past, I have made some really bad choices in footwear. I would post some photos of them but ugh, they really were too ugly (think badly designed, far from chic clogs and fake Birkenstocks – eugh)!! But that was ages ago, we’re all not perfect and we make mistakes in life. So it’s really useful to know that with Pinterest I am on the right track in my fashion choices. Also, notice the apparent metallic and stripes trend that’s on in my head? Totally unplanned.

My other current favourite looks are anything bright, an all-white ensemble, jazzing up a super casual tshirt with blings and mixed prints!

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What are your current favourite trends?

x Hannah

ps. I also use Pinterest to heavily source for inspirations for my home, gifts, baking and an upcoming wedding! (not mine) Follow me on here and get inspired!

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