A blaze of glory

The lady in red, aka Shaynna Blaze didn’t disappoint at today’s sold out Banyule Women in Business Lunch at The Centre Ivanhoe.  I missed last year’s lunch with keynote speaker Mia Freedman due to La Trobe University celebrating its 50th Anniversary that same day but was glad to make it to today’s event.  It was different in style to previous events I’ve been to in that it was a more casual conversation on the couch with a host instead of a more formal solo address from a lectern.

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L-R: Jane Lindsay-Waschl, Renae Barrass, Shaynna Blaze and me

After some minor technical hitches which Shaynna handled with aplomb, the discussion was a good one giving us insights into her professional journey from having run successful businesses with her then husband in her twenties along with raising two children, becoming a single parent and working as a jazz singer (and band booking agent/PR) to supplement her interior design income to being tapped on the shoulder and asked to audition for Selling Houses Australia, before having Channel 9 approach her to be a judge on The Block.  Selling Houses Australia is Foxtel’s number one show and has run for 11 years, which is a huge amount of time in media land.  It’s nice to see someone so down to earth and likeable enjoy such success.

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L-R: Nikki Ellis, me and Dani Ahimastos

I’d assembled a table including my two blog sponsors, Dani Ahimastos from Hunter Lane Cafe and Nikki Ellis from Cinch Training and other friends including interior designer Renae Barrass, Jane Lindsay-Waschl from Admonter Floors and ceramic artist Lene Kuhl-Jakobsen.  Banyule Business run some great events if you are a small business owner and I was asked to do a filmed vox pop after the event which will appear sometime soon on their Facebook page.  It’s already been a long week for me so I hope I managed to cobble something half way decent to say!

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Shaynna on stage – The Centre Ivanhoe

I’ve spent quite a bit of time in the local area over the past week including grabbing takeaway coffee from SixtyFive Espresso (who sell Brunetti pastries and cakes) at Greensborough Plaza to a bowling party at Oz Tenpin in nearby Bundoora.  There’s also a bit happening locally with Andrew Potocnik’s #urbansalvage #zero waste exhibition opening at Bulleen Art & Garden’s Bolin Bolin gallery tonight and the Heide Makers Market in Bulleen on Saturday.

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Oz Tenpin Bowling – Bundoora

I also picked up a brochure for the Holi Festival of Colours which is taking place at Bundoora Park this Saturday if you are staying in Melbourne for the Labour Day weekend.  I don’t know about you but I’ve had my foot to the floor since returning to work in early January and am definitely looking forward to a break this weekend.  Enjoy.img_7012.jpg

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The Royal Rabbits of London

It’s the name of the beautifully illustrated children’s book, which I bought as a gift for one of my youngest son’s friends the other week.  The book is the debut children’s novel by author Santa Fiore, which was co-written with her historian and writer partner Simon Sebag Montefiore.  The front cover caught my eye as well as the story about the smallest rabbit being the biggest hero and life being an adventure.

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Image via www.simonandschuster.com

Winter is on its way and it was pretty cold yesterday.  Mr Rosanna and I actually took our children bowling for the first time with some other families and it was a lot of fun!  OZ Tenpin Bowling in Grimshaw Street Bundoora was actually booked out with competition on so we found ourselves instead at AMF Keon Park in industrial Thomastown.IMG_5795

We actually loved the quiet of the centre (above) which we had almost to ourselves when we arrived although more people started spilling in as we left.  There is something timeless about old school bowling alleys like these with their arcade games (anyone up for a pinball machine game or air hockey?) and hot chips for the kids.  It was a great way to spend a wintry day indoors.

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Image via www.nillumbik.vic.gov.au

A few things to mention today.  The Nillumbik Prize 2017 Exhibition opening is on at Montsalvat in Eltham this Thursday 1 June and I was also reading with interest about the opening of the Mister Morris Studios in Preston, which still has some vacancies if you’re an artist, designer, maker or some kind of like-minded professional looking for a creative space.

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Image via www.popandscott.com

Meanwhile if you’re a fan of Pop & Scott, they are holding a Melbourne sample sale with up to 80% off this coming Saturday and Sunday at their Melbourne showroom at 27a Hayes Street in Northcote.