State of Escape

It’s the name of the Australian made and designed neoprene handbags that have been pretty popular for a while now.  It also sums up my state of mind this week after being sick pretty much the whole time save for a quick dash to the Botanic Gardens to witness a family wedding ceremony.  Aargh – FOMO – fear of missing out!  I’m on my way back up but it’s been a long week.

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Wolgan Collection image via State of Escape

Back to the bags – they aren’t cheap at $300 or over (I do love the now sold out Pewter/Ochre combination specially made for the Emirates Wolgan Valley health retreat in NSW) but I think they are highly practical for every day (they can be washed in the machine!), gym or beach use and a number of mothers I know now have them.  If you’re after something cheaper, Chuchka and Prene bags also have some great styles and colours.

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Noosa bag image via Cabana Lifestyle

If you are wanting something purely for the beach – Cabana Lifestyle has a range of more affordable waterproof beach totes and would make a nice Christmas gift.  As much as I have some lovely cloth bags and basket bags for the beach – practical bags such as these are a lot more durable and I still use the same Crumpler Messenger Bag I bought as a nappy bag over 10 years ago.

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Rejuvenate kit image via Sodashi

Interesting too to read about Sodashi skincare – an Australian brand meaning ‘wholeness, purity and radiance’ in Sanskrit which is also stocked at the Wolgan Valley retreat.  Again, it’s not cheap but the beauty junkie in me is always interested in finding out more about natural Australian skincare products.

Some local events which start today – the Night Noodle Markets if you’re heading into town.  Be warned that they are very popular and expect to queue for food if you go.  They are also cashless so take cards with you if you decide to venture in.  You’ll find roving performers, DJs and live music all on offer if you make the trip.

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Image via Montsalvat Facebook page

Closer to home, Puesta del Sol starts at Montsalvat tonight –  a mash up of food, drinks, live music from Flamenco group La Rumba and art all poolside in Eltham as the sun goes down.  The Rotary Eltham Festival is also on this Saturday, as well as the Heide Makers Market in Bulleen while the Makers & Shakers Market is being held on Sunday at the Coburg Town Hall.  Stay well people.