Category: Melbourne’s own

Roll up, roll up! It’s Show time!

show alpaca

The Royal Melbourne Show was the highlight of my year as a child. My brother and I would have circled the showbags we wanted from the newspaper’s Show Guide – never missing out on the Bertie Beetle bag – and be bursting with excitement about the day’s adventure. The photographs taken each year of us in the Animal Nursery are among our most treasured for capturing a moment in time. At the Show I feel like a kid again – but it’s quite surreal that I’ll be taking my own children to the showgrounds this year. And I can’t wait.

(more…)

Gifts for mum & bub all wrapped up

img_1901

Having a baby is a big deal. Huge. And while it’s not about the gifts you can give a new mum and her precious bundle, it certainly is important to get it right if you do go to the trouble of finding something special.

I’ve always tried to look for quality pressies and go by the motto that I only buy things for others that I would want for myself. So when some parcels arrived for Finn and I, I know they would be appreciated by the person I choose to spoil because I absolutely loved them.

(more…)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

It’s Millie’s third Christmas this year, but the first time she has understood what all the fuss is about.

IMG_3875-1.JPG

We’ve been to see Santa for a photo at Malvern Central (where Millie told Santa she wanted a “pink present” and a “new one Thomas”), visited the impressive Lego Christmas tree at Federation Square, the CBD and City Square lit up at night and lights on houses in the ‘burbs in our nearby streets.

(more…)

Community focus for Epping’s festive fun fair

There’s a community fair starting today that will focus on the two of the best things in life – laughing and eating.

Pacific Epping shopping centre in Melbourne’s north will offer something for every member of the family at the Pacific Epping Community Fair.

From today and running through to Sunday will be free family activities alongside shows from comedian Joe Avati, popular chef and TV personality Alice in Frames, and MasterChef winner Emma Dean.

(more…)

Local Label Love: Pappe

A gap in the baby and toddler clothing market for quality, hardwearing outfits with a design edge led Melbourne mum-of-two Karena Simpson to do something about it.

Pappe is a new high-end, luxury Australian fashion label and it is simply beautiful. The premium fabrics used in the Pappe garments are hand picked for softness and longevity – and it shows.

IMG_3386.PNG

Shopping for her two boys, Karena couldn’t find anything that met her high expectations for design and sophistication. Keeping with the brand’s signature to make clothing with a timeless, minimalist aesthetic, each Pappe garment is meticulously designed, sampled and tested.

(more…)

Where Santa goes to shop

There’s 40,000 square metres of Giftorium goodness across all Myer stores this year, leaving little chance for anyone not to find the perfect pressies this Christmas.

Offering more than 2.5 million products, Giftorium has toys, homewares, games and puzzles, fashion and cosmetics all grouped into seven themed areas. I plan to take my list to level 6 of Myer Melbourne and tick off all my Chrissy shopping in one afternoon. I’m super confident it can be done!

IMG_3212.JPG

(more…)