The show must go on…

…and it did at soundvision on Saturday night at La Trobe University, despite the pouring rain that occurred during the more family-friendly hours of 4 – 6 pm.  While it was a shame for my colleagues who organised the event, lots of people still turned up after the rain had stopped to see acts including Emma Donovan and The Putbacks, The RAAH project and The Bombay Royale.  That’s Melbourne weather for you in the Spring time – it can be anything from freezing cold to blistering heat to pouring rain as we saw on the weekend.IMG_6555

Speaking of Spring, many of us have started hitting the gym or the track in an effort to get fit for summer which includes baring more of our bodies.  My local beauty therapist at Pretty Intense has been busy since the end of Winter with more people spending money on grooming and preening.IMG_6556

They stock a lovely local product made on the Mornington Peninsula called Olieve & Olie, which I have my eye on as Christmas gifts.  While I do love high-end products like Aesop, they carry a pretty hefty price tag and I’ve also been given some more affordable skincare created by Melbourne naturopath Jacqueline Evans.  I also like the ‘man candles’ from another local company L’Ascari which come beautifully packaged (they also do solid cologne and fragrance) while I have also placed a recent order for some new nail polish from Australian-made, cruelty-free and vegan Kester Black.IMG_6554

When I worked as PR for Aveda many years ago (which incidentally was also founded by an ex-male hairdresser turned skincare entrepreneur), they didn’t produce nail polish in their cosmetic range due to the amount of chemicals in most commercial products.  It’s been great to see that more environmentally-friendly nail polish like Kester Black is now available.  There’s not long now until Christmas although we will still hold out in our family until December to start hanging our decorations and putting the tree up…

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Pink moon

Apparently, this was the full moon we had last week although it doesn’t refer to the colour of the moon as such but a spring flower – the moss pink herb.  It’s also the name of a Nick Drake album that Mr Rosanna and I have.  I hope you had a happy Easter – it was also Greek and Jewish Easter at the same time so lots of celebrating all round.  If you managed to get away over the break, I hope you had a great time.

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As for my family, we had a staycation here in Melbourne but enjoyed catching up with both sides of the family for hot cross buns and Easter dinners.  It’s taken Mr Rosanna and me a lot of time to set up our boys’ separate bedrooms so for us, there’s been trips to Westfield Doncaster and Ikea Richmond and I daresay we’ll be traipsing out to Freedom Northland at some stage too – it’s been quite a process and we are also still de-cluttering.  I’ve started reading Marie Kondo’s ‘The life-changing magic of tidying up‘ and trying to enact some of her suggestions such as starting with getting rid of clothes before moving on to books.

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I also bought myself a copy of Zoe Foster Blake’s Amazinger Face not so long ago but have yet to find time to pick it up and read it.  At the risk of sounding very vain (!), you can take the girl out of beauty PR but…well, you know the rest.  It’s such a small world in Melbourne that I have re–connected with one of my ex-Aveda colleagues Donna as we both now work at La Trobe University.  While one part of me will always be interested in beauty on the outside, it’s more important to be beautiful on the inside.  In my take on Yves Saint Laurent’s famous words… beauty fades, but intelligence is forever.

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While we were at Westfield Doncaster, we managed to co-incide exiting the cinema with the 1.30pm yum cha session at Secret Kitchen and have managed to have brunch there and Golden Dragon Palace in Templestowe in the past fortnight.  I always like the 1.30pm sessions if you can hold out that long, as you don’t get kicked out early given it’s the last session of the day.  Secret Kitchen has lovely views if you do book although Golden Dragon Palace has the better food.  If you’re at all squeamish about live seafood in the fish tanks then Secret Kitchen is also not the place for you.  Have a good week – it’s a short one!