Wet wet wet

Echuca has been a place I’ve associated with the Riverboats Music Festival not floods and only somewhere I’ve previously visited for work many years ago for a Heinz product launch by the acting Premier (who choppered in from Melbourne) when I was still working in PR. I have my fingers crossed for the folks up north that they stay dry given the big wet enveloping and inundating so many.

We launched our First Nations Conference 2023 (taking place in Brisbane from 1 – 3 March next year) last week and it was all hands on deck in our team at ANZSOG. There will also be a virtual element to it for those who can’t travel to the in-person event which will be very exciting when it happens next year.

I’ve worked pretty hard the past six months and been dreaming of a getaway. While I may not be able to afford to travel, it’s not stopped me romanticising about more glamorous destinations in the sun and I think travel therapy is something we all benefit from. Australian lifestyle brand Saarde’s Amalfi-inspired lounge wear (above) has captured my imagination given the wet Spring. Living la dolce vita!

Given our current weather, life looks more more like NZ umbrella brand Blunt‘s images above and I love these rubber sandals (below) by Australian shoe brand Bared although gum boots may be more practical at the moment. After buying a series of cheap umbrellas that subsequently broke, my Blunt umbrella still works beautifully since I bought it a few years ago, so better to buy once and buy well if you can afford it.

It is a hard slog until the end of the year so I’m thinking of you if you’re in the same boat as me. I haven’t yet started my Christmas shopping but it’s a good idea if you haven’t already turned your mind to it – it will be gift vouchers this year for my children, nieces and nephews who are all now of a certain age and once Spring Racing Carnival is over we will all start counting down.

I missed posting about the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2022 and Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2022, which both finished yesterday but my highlight this past weekend – besides celebrating my mum’s milestone birthday from last year – was seeing Tame Impala perform at their sold out concert on Saturday night at Rod Laver arena. Mr Rosanna and I were up on our feet by the second song and stayed dancing until the very end including their encore.

Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker on stage

The concert was delayed from 2020, re-scheduled to 2021 and then again to now and it was a pretty rapturous (and patient!) audience who were offered a real treat in terms of tripping the light and sound fantastic. It might have been a slow rush but it was well worth the long wait (and mesmerising performance) for live music fans in a truly atmospheric stadium environment.


A laugh and a half

After having a few fairly intense past weeks on both home and work fronts (this year continues to surprise me), it was nice to let my hair down this weekend celebrating one of my uni friend’s birthdays at the The Comic’s Lounge in North Melbourne last night. Ten of us met there queuing on the stairs to get in where we had a booked table (thankfully in the middle not at the front) and where they do a good pub line up of fish and chips, pizza and chicken parmigiana etc. which most of us ordered before the fun began.

Kloke oversized shirt

We were treated to a warm up act by the host and then three sets of performances by six different comics which had us laughing at our tables. It’s been a long time between drinks for performers and the venue itself came close to shutting for good over the pandemic. Gold passes to see unlimited shows for a year are $70 each and some of the comedians were spruiking their wares at the end – if you can support them, I can highly recommend for a great night out.

Saarde natural/nutmeg towels

It’s been super cold and lucky you if you have headed to the mountains this long weekend to enjoy the bumper snow that’s fallen. Our house is our holiday, beach house and investment property all wrapped into one at the moment so we won’t be going anywhere for a while! Given the dark, it’s been great to see a number of inspiring-sounding indoor experiences including Bruce Monro’s light installation From Sunrise Road from 25 June at Heide in Bulleen, The Picasso Century at the NGV and Light: Works from Tate’s Collection at ACMI which both started last Thursday and Vincent van Gogh currently showing at digital art gallery The Lume Melbourne.

Frankie4 sneakers

While we’ve now found our forever home, I still enjoying looking at houses and this showstopper in Merton Street Ivanhoe has caught my eye as well as the quiet charm of these two houses in Valentine and Green Streets in Ivanhoe. The former looks like the home of a creative couple and I love the parkland access of the latter. Not all houses have to be obvious to be attractive in much the same way as people.

Bared ballet flats

If you’re a fan of Angus and Celeste, their sale is currently on and while I’ve not had the budget to indulge – I love this oversized shirt with green detailing from Kloke (above first image) as well as some of the middle eastern-inspired homewares from Saarde. While I have returned to wearing platform or block heeled shoes (no higher than 6cm), most women in the city are still wearing flats and they are a lot more comfy! I’ve got my eye on these Frankie 4 sneakers and Bared work flats for summer. Stay warm peeps.