Night markets at Illuminites!

illuminites-11Tis the season for street festivals it seems! We decided to ditch the usual fine dining dinner for our anniversary (plus we’d already blown a fair bit of money on some Michelin stars in NYC so we’ve been good to our wallets and gallbladders lately) to check out Illuminites Night Market at the Perth Cultural Centre. There were over 50 stalls – only three of them appeared to be food so I did impatiently have to wait about 45 minutes for some takoyaki (Japanese octopus balls – taste better than they sound). But I was finally let loose amongst the stalls, blood sugar and happy mood restored, and they did not disappoint. I have to say my favourites were The Bunny Shoppe and The White Square. There are a couple of pictures of my swag below – can’t wait to bust them out! Go here to find out more details about Illuminites and the stalls!illuminites-6 illuminites-1 illuminites-2 illuminites-3 illuminites-8illuminites-9illuminites-10illuminites-7illuminites-5illuminites-13illuminites-12illuminites-14 illuminites-loot-2

The swag – 1. neon yellow spike necklace from The Bunny, 2. wee black dinosaur brooch from The White Square, 3. cat ears ring also from The Bunny

The antidote to night shifts…a carnival!

leederville-bubblesI’ve been on night shifts this whole weekend (working 10pm to 8:30am) and I don’t know why but I tend to get really sad and moochy when I’m on nights…This weighty, sticky inertia just sets in and I need to muster up huge amounts of effort and enthusiasm to do anything – my hair remains unbrushed (why hello Helena Bonham Carter!), food that requires anything more than a one minute pirouette in the microwave is way too difficult, socialising is totally out of the question (unless you like to see my sad sad face and don’t mind receiving grunts to all your questions), and even my toothbrush feels heavier (don’t worry, I can assure you I somehow¬†do find the will to brush my teeth!). I’m a pitiful sight to behold really.

I knew that the Leederville Carnival was coming up on Saturday but knew that I’d be in my catatonic, PJs-or-scrubs-all-day mode, so I’d pretty much written off going. I woke up in the afternoon around 3pm and proceeded to do my usual energy-conserving shuffle around the house, coffee in hand, when Jinn burst into the house so full of verve and zest for life that it almost hurt my bleary eyes, and demanded that I must take photos of him while planting some daisies (I tell you, this blog has made us even weirder than we were before). After much sighing, grimacing, and declaring that every part of my body was sore in a cephalocaudal order (read head to toe) I dragged my sorry pyjama-clad butt outside and very begrudgingly started taking photos of said daisies.

Bit by bit the warm afternoon sun, the quiet cheery calm of our garden, and the sight of Schnooks lolling about the grass showing off his contorting abilities started to work on me. Heck, even Jinn’s initially annoying enthusiasm started to rub off on me. And then (despite my greatest efforts to cling to my inner Grinch) – I was smiling. The Red Sea parted. Berlin Wall fell. We found life on another planet.

So with that we took ourselves off to the inaugural Leederville Carnival which was held along Oxford St, one of my favourite parts of the world, having spent many an afternoon or evening here enjoying a snag, checking out the new cafe (Foam!), or shopping at my favourite stores (Harry & Gretel, Urban Depot AND Atlas Divine – wallet beware!). Aside from the usual shops, there were stalls run by Bluebird Vintage, Miss Brown Vintage, and foodies plying Mexican food, doughnuts, and Japanese dumplings just to name a few! Go here for a closer look at the festival. I only intended to stay a couple of hours but the stalls upon stalls of vintage goodies and locally made craft wouldn’t let me leave and so we remained until the close of the festival around 8pm. But that’s when it got better…

There’d been a party bus parked in the middle of the carnival, DJ perched atop, that had been pumping out funk/reggae/soul tunes to the happy crowd all day. We were wandering past it when a mob of high-vis clad (read fluoro yellow vests) men started clearing people and pushing around bins to collect rubbish, signalling that the festival was over. Then suddenly, in a massive haha-fooled-you move, brass instruments and drums appeared in their hands from their bins, and even a sexy bass-playing girl spectacularly materialised out of a giant wheelie bin! Spontaneous crazy dancing from the crowd ensued, Santa paid a quick visit and caused the kids to go into a lolly-catching frenzy, and a soul-mama sang some fine tunes closing out a fantastic fun-filled day in the perfect fashion!

And then I went to work. But with a smile rather than a scowl, a swag containing my newly acquired vintage tooled leather handbag, and a belly full of burritos, popcorn and good coffee. ūüôāleederville-road leederville-breakdancerleederville-pottery leederville-polaroids leederville-donutsleederville-crowd leederville-audience leederville-chalk-2 leederville-chalk-santa leederville-chalk-1This girl was aMAzing – her dad is an artist who focuses on abstract art and you can see she definitely inherited the talent! She was drawing and colouring with such confidence and what looked like practised ease, I felt I was in the presence of an established artist.leederville-dj leederville-fake garbos-junkadelic leederville-lion dance flame throwerleederville-lights and streamers

Oppa fifties style! (Hey sexy lady!)

https://i0.wp.com/www.laurengabrielson.com/product_images/uploaded_images/locations-img.jpgWhen we were recently in New York we stayed in an apartment along a quiet street in SoHo/NoLIta. We happened to be living right next to the store of a local designer, Lauren Gabrielson. Her vintage-inspired dresses and buttery soft coats (along with a generous helping of lace – my fave!) sucked me in immediately. However, since we still had two weeks in New York, I restrained myself thinking that I’d possibly find something else I liked better during our stay.

It was hard to walk past that store window everyday, the dresses with their gorgeous fifties-styling paired with modern bright pops of colour seemed to bat their lacy eyelashes at me. Then, I did it – on our second last day in New York, the thought of leaving the city without one of those dresses was too much for me to bear. I narrowed the field down to two dresses, one demure and one with a bit more “ka-pow!”. I’ll leave you to decide which one I picked…

P.S. The makeup is a bit heavier than what I’m used to, it was done for the wedding I attended over the weekend. I was torn between liking the “drama” of it all to “woah, who’s the scary eyebrow lady.”¬†dress-4dress-11dress-8dress-6dress-10***What I’m wearing – silk and lace dress by Lauren Gabrielson, red bow belt bought from Artists & Fleas Chelsea Market pop-up store, diamante bow heels by Franco Burrone (check these out!), diamond and semiprecious stone earrings borrowed from Mumsy (read stolen/permanent loan)

***Hair by Jane Cooper and Tracey Brown from Toni & Guy Subiaco, makeup by Lisa Chester

***First image taken from http://www.laurengabrielson.com

Bits and bobs + Happy Wedding Weekend!

The week just gone has been hectic! When my shifts don’t match up with Jinn’s, we hardly see each other. Luckily, the last weekend was fantastic.

1. We had a great time catching up with friends on Saturday at a barbeque at South Perth foreshore. Not only was the company excellent, but the view of Perth from over the river is spectacular. (Happy birthday Manal!)

2. Our nephew Nathanael gave Jinn some of his highly treasured Kung Fu Panda sticky plasters as a present for his birthday. And Jinn needed them Рheartfelt and practical!

3. Some behind-the-scenes pics from the photoshoot with Steven.

4. Schnooks was intrigued.

5. We had a one month ‘birthday’ party for our new niece Gabrielle. Proud Grandmumsy + bub.

6. Jinn and Nathanael up to the usual guff. They’re roughly the same mental age.

7. The beautiful one month old Gabrielle!

8.¬†Happy Weekend! We have a huge wedding bonanza of a weekend coming up with Jinn’s sister getting hitched. There are almost 30 people descending upon the Teh family home from Malaysia – lots of celebrations, ceremonies,¬†shenanigans and bad dancing in store for us. (Did I just hear you say “Oppa Gangnam style!”?)

Roll over Ruck Rover…(+ Little Willy’s)

Perth City has undergone somewhat of an overhaul over the past two years, and in no place is it more evident than William Street, Northbridge. It once used to be a road lined with strip joints and bad restaurants, and I would certainly never have wandered down it alone after 8pm or so (and even if accompanied, at a very brisk pace!). Now the gorgeous old buildings have been restored to reveal their gorgeous late 1800s faces and are attracting more and more lovely new occupants! Tiny shops filled with racks of pretty vintage clothing, hole-in-the-wall coffee bars, and hip new restaurants are now filling up the spaces.

A more than welcome newcomer, Ruck Rover, has moved from its old home in Mount Lawley to join the now trendy crowd along this street. They stock a cute collection of clothing for guys, girls and children, as well as a wide range of gifts that would have nearly everyone on your Christmas list covered. Funky and brightly coloured beaded necklaces for your sister or BFF (I caved and bought one for myself!), polaroid cameras and film for any hipster in your life, sweet diaries that would impress any obsessive compulsive mum, and even homewares for the newly moved out.

I personally left with the aforementioned necklace, some earrings, a bunch of gorgeous greeting cards and the 50th issue of Frankie (yay for Frankie!). The place is dangerous I tells ya. Wandering further north up William Street we somehow also managed to acquire a new print from Outre Gallery by Matte Stephens, and an old Nina Simone record (an original pressing!) from Noise Pollution.

We may have travelled onwards but I hadn’t worn sensible shoes (now¬†there’s a money-saving tactic!) so we stopped by Little Willy’s to enjoy their fine coffee and homemade pink lemonade. Now there’s a perfect ending to a perfect afternoon.


***What I’m wearing – ivory scallop lace top by Madewell, fuchsia petal skirt by Leifsdottir, black and tan wedges by Country Road (similar here and here), earrings by Kate Spade (similar), lip tint by Tarte in Spirited

***What he’s wearing – chambray shirt with dog embroidery by Pigeonhole (they don’t have the dog one anymore but they do have the duck one – here!

Get your festival on…Beaufort Street style!

Wall art by Robert Jenkins

Hope some of you made it to the Beaufort Street Festival! It was a fun day with plenty of different sorts of activities – food, wine, music, art, fashion – seriously you’d have to be some kind of grouch not to have had a good time. Here’s a pick of a few things we did.

It was initially a rather sweltering 34 degrees but it was not long before a sweet breeze picked up and made the heat more tolerable. We ducked into the area hosted by the Ellington Jazz Club to hear Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics play a feisty set – mama’s got one hell of a voice! They just looked like they were having way too much fun on that stage, even with the boys dressed in full suits in the heat!

After thirstily downing a delicious and heat-defying raspberry and apple icy pole (Jinn had lime and mint – jealous…), we wandered further down the street, resisting the temptation of the stalls full of multicultural treats – paella, tacos, goslemme, murtabak, okonomiyaki – yes, we had to be very strong! Someone was blaring Justin Timberlake’s Senorita song…no wait, someone totally aMAzing was singing JT, and completely blowing our minds! He sounded just like him (if not a bit better, i.e. less whiny) and he had a sweet band backing him consisting of a keyboardist and drummer. And they’re all music teachers…whaaat? Yeah, they were advertising a teaching company – sign me up boys! If anyone can make me sound/play like that, I’m in. You can find them here.

Sadly I couldn’t stay any longer as I had a hen’s party to go to, but that didn’t stop me having fun! These festivals/street parties are becoming more common here in Perth in the warmer months and I for one am all for it!

Photo art by Keith Clements

See you there next year!

***What I’m wearing – navy blue playsuit by Gorman, tan embroidered belt also by Gorman, tiny yellow flower earrings by someone that escapes my memory (similar), brown leather sandals by Jeffrey Campbell via Urban Outfitters (similar), tortoiseshell sunglasses by Robert Marc

***What he’s wearing – yellow printed t-shirt by T-bar (similar), Brooklyn Nets cap by Adidas, sunglasses by Cheap Monday via Kaeho

Happy weekend! + tiny planets + nose acrobatics

Happy weekend y’all!

This photo was taken at Central Park and “morphed” into a wee planet by the iPhone app “Tiny Planets“. You get some pretty cool effects! I find it works best with a panorama that includes the ground and sky.

Now if you’re in Perth don’t forget to go to the Beaufort Street Festival! It’s on this Saturday from 12pm onwards and definitely promises to have something for everyone – food and wine, fashion, music, and activities for kids too! Check out their website here for their full program and for how to get there.

See you there!

Tuck into this! (The Silver Spoon#1)

A place I’d been meaning to try for a while is the Tuck Shop Cafe (plus Pie-House and Delicatessen!). It’s tucked (yes, pun intended) away in a slightly unlikely part of Northbridge along Newcastle St.

We went early-ish (around 11:30am) and because the menu had some great breakfast/brunch/lunch options that ALL sounded super delicious I had a great deal of trouble deciding what to eat! In the end I settled on the smoked cod, leek and grain mustard potato bake with parmesan toastie, and Jinn on a good ol’ BLT.

Some places just don’t live up to the hype…but this place did! The food tastes as good as it looks – my smoked cod bake was creamy deliciousness with just the right amount of “leeky” aroma, and the poached egg on top spilled its runny golden yolk into the bowl just to make you die with yumminess that little bit more. (Aargh! Adjective overload!) The BLT was filled with generous amounts of crispy, salty bacon and a lovely tomato relish, offset by some fresh iceberg lettuce, and was served with a bowl of handcut chips which Jinn described as (no kidding), “The best chips I’ve ever eaten”. So smooth and perfectly cooked on the inside, so crisp and golden on the outside.

Verdict? The food and coffee are both worth seeking this little place out! The menu has a good combination of breakfast staples (eggs on toast, granola, pancakes) as well as inventive, delicious-sounding substantial meals. I hear the pies are legendary and I will most certainly be back to give them a try!

All gone!

The Tuck Shop Cafe, Pie-House & Delicatessen / Unit 1/180 Newcastle St, Northbridge, Western Australia

***What I’m wearing – chambray button-down shirt by Madewell, bow tie from past season by Urban Renewal via Urban Outfitters (similar)

 

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