HOT: Dressed to Rule, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Southbank

The second half of my very informative (and one-on-one) fashion-focused tour with the NGV guide was to the Dressed to Rule exhibition. I never knew that the NGV had such a well-preserved collection of Chinese imperial robes, and this exhibition includes robes worn by members of the imperial court and even the Emperor, as well […]

HOT: Persuasion, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Southbank

I’m a keen devotee of BBC costume dramas and I’ve just finished a marathon screening of the delightful Lost in Austen – so I was pretty sure that Persuasion: Fashion in the Age of Jane Austen would be right up my alley. The free exhibition is a small and well-curated examination of the fashion cycles […]

HOT: Mr Tulk, State Library, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne

The State Library’s resident cafe, Mr Tulk, is not just a mere sideline to the books – I’ve often eaten at the cafe without stepping foot into the library, my only reading material a copy of The Age’s weekly Epicure section. The light-filled space is decorated with the jewel colours and scarpering curlews of Spike […]

HOT: Lost and Found Market, 12 Smith St, Collingwood

RM has been very patient with my new found penchant for retro lamps, so off I dragged him to Lost and Found Market. This indoor market is smaller than Chapel Street Bazaar but runs on the same idea – stall holders have a small space to display their secondhand wares, ranging from clothes, accessories, furniture, […]

HOT: Chapel Street Bazaar, 217 Chapel St, Prahran

Poking around a market is the perfect Sunday activity for me, and luckily RM was happy to indulge in my new-found passion for retro furniture. Chapel Street Bazaar, a treasure trove of unusual vintage everything, yielded not one, but two wonderfully restored and reasonably priced 60s lamps – a blue one for him, a red […]

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