So much to write about when its hitting the warmer months cause there is so much more happening!!! I’m blogging from the airport- such a weird experience! Everyone is so interested on what you are doing on your laptop, I’ve caught more than one glance of someone looking over my shoulder!
Spring Hill Peony Farm
Yes this is a whole post on one flower. If you know me at all, you would know I am mildly obsessed with the beautiful peony. The problem many years ago was this stunning flower was at least $50 a bunch which I can not justify for a ‘I just love flowers so much I will buy a bunch every fortnight’. I came across the peony farm when they provided flowers for a magazine shoot and it was in the small print so because they were a working farm I rang them up and found out that I could go and pick my own!
Just over an hour out of Melbourne and roughly 15 minutes out of Kyenton is Spring Hill. It is a beautiful part of the country and heading to the peony farm leads you down small roads that you would not have usually taken!
The farm holds open days where you can come and pick your own or buy ready picked bunches. This Saturday, 25th November through to the 30th November the farm is open for you to come and pick your own flowers. From memory it is about $15-20 for a decent bunch and you can take your pick of whites, soft pinks and fuchsia varieties (uyou can tell by my pics below that I favour the fuchsia!) Bring your own secreters or borrow theirs. I like to go towards the end of the day after I have spent the day exploring the area. This year the open days on the 24th and 25th are more than about just the flowers with food and wine stalls and the opportunity to picnic among the peonies. The farm now includes the ‘Little Church’ which is a gorgeous restored church and site for events and I believe now the entry point for flower picking.
I usually go up a couple of times a season- the season is so short (about 6 weeks) that we have to make the most of it! What I have learnt is if you can’t make it up during the week then aim to pick your flowers towards the very end of their opening hours. Less people. Probably less flowers too as they will have been picked over but there is plenty so this is not a problem. Last year a carful of us had a girls day out and ended up at the farm right on closing on their very last day of the season, we literally filled the car boot and they didn’t charge us!! Needless to say we are all going back again next weekend because we are all addicted to these beautiful flowers and a fun day out!
If you can’t make the trip up to the farm, you can find Spring Hill peonies at farmers markets around Melbourne! Check out their site and Facebook page for locations.
Spring Hill Peony Farm site here
Facebook page here
And now some photos of the wondrous things! ( If I go during the week I take my dog Lucy with me, hence the dog wandering the photos!)
Filed under Home, Places, Women
Coming into summer, there are SO many events in Melbourne, I think I’ll be doubling up for the next few weeks with events that are totally worth checking out!
Night Noodle Market- Melbourne
So the Night Noodle Market shave already been running in Sydney for years. Now it is our turn! From November 18-30th, every night there are Asian street style market stalls set up for dinner including stalls from some of the best Asian restaurants in the city. Food from a range of Asian countries will be represented, you may have to make multiple dinner trips in! Newcomer to Melbourne is Gelato Messina, who make the most amazing flavours of gelato I have ever seen and tasted. (About to open a store in Fitzroy! Maybe I should have written an entire blog entry just on them! I love gelato!!)
Some of the restaurants that will have stalls at the market include Chin Chin, Paperboy Kitchen, Hoy Pinoy and Dumpling Plus. These names don’t mean much to you? Check out the full menu here as part of the Melbourne Good Food Guide. Everyone in the comments here are whinging about the prices compared to ‘street food’ in Asia which is super cheap. When you are getting together some of the best chefs and restaurants in the city I am not expecting to pay $2 for my dinner, but I think they are also missing the point of this being a bit of fun, something different. I love a bit of chaos and atmosphere! Heres hoping the weather improves so we can enjoy it fully!
Night Noodle Markets are being held in the Alexandra Gardens from the 18-30th November times vary but from around 5-9 each night with some nights starting earlier, some open later. Check out the Good Food Guide or Broadsheet Melbourne for exact times.
(photo from Broadsheet Melbourne)
Filed under Shopping, Stores
Welcome to the beginning of the new site! Ok so it is just the branding done for now but over the next while I hope to bring many exciting new things! I’d love your feedback on the new branding- I certainly never knew so much thought and consideration was put into graphic design! Luckily I had a friend working on it for me and when she explained the thought behind the concept is great! The font is like a cut gem- because this blog is about finding and sharing ‘gems’! Let me know what you think!
Quickly just another small post on somewhere worth visiting this weekend-
Earlier in the year I wrote about The Super Cool (check it out here) and if you have checked them out since then you would know that they have pretty unique props and visual merchandising (not to mention the awesome stock they sell!). This weekend The SuperCool are having a garage sale out of their South Melbourne Market stall and selling not only old stock but old visual merch props! This means vintage crates, rocking horse, ladders and suitcases amongst other vintage inspired items! It will be so worth checking out to grab some unique items!
Find this sale at The SuperCool- South Melbourne Market October 12 &13th, 8am-4pm!
Tiniest post- I have been working on overhauling the site and other exciting things which is why its been a bit quiet! Hoping to start implementing the changes as of next week!!
Melbourne this Friday night and Saturday the Finders Keepers market is back in town. A few of you told me how much you loved it last time- it is so worth checking out and even get your Christmas shopping done?! You can find out what sellers will be there here. Sydney and Brisbane your turn is in November and December.
Firstly, Melbournians, mark the 4 & 5th of October in your diaries and save your pennies- Finders Keepers market is back! Sydney your turn is on the 16 & 17th November and Brissy you’re 6 & 7th December. I had great feedback from the people who went to the last market, it is very much worth the trip! You can visit their page here and see who will be there!
Secondly- I’m about to introduce a concept here you might not have thought of. Kind of might eliminate some of you (sorry) but wondering how many people have discovered shopping for clothing in the kids section? I’m not talking clothes that actually look childish or shopping in Target or anything like that but good quality brands and couture that you can snatch up at a pinch of the price of adults sizes! Size 14 kids roughly translates to about a size 8 women’s and with some smart choices no one would ever know! Of course the pants are made to fit mostly a straight up and down figure (counts me way out) but mostly tops and dresses are fine. I work in a boutique with higher end children’s clothing and it is amazing how some tempting pieces are knowing that I can fit in them! So if you have a smallish frame, why not check out kid’s sizes? It changes the whole ballgame! Here is one example of a label that I love in both the women and children’s range. I own a few pieces from their girls range and am always asked where I got them! I was never going to tell… until now.
Scotch and Soda are an Amsterdam based label that is slowly creeping in over here. They have men’s, women’s, boys and girls- and the girls range goes up to size 14-win! (Next year they are even taking the range up to a 16!!) The women’s- Maison Scotch and the girls- Scotch R’Belle carry some quite similar pieces each season which makes this switcheroo all the more acceptable! The ranges by Scotch are always unique and their attention to detail is amazing. It is one label in which you might have to check out their lookbooks for unique ideas on how to style their pieces, because they are almost genius at pairing pieces together that no one would ever think of- regularly clashing patterns and colours.
Scotch and Soda can be found online here (I can absolutely guarantee that the items pictured look a lot nicer in person than on the internet!!) or at David Jones, which makes it easy to pop into the children’s department to peruse and try on! The girl’s range can also be found online here at Juniorbrands. Make sure you check out the men’s or women’s ranges- there is a store on Collins Street in Melbourne, and other major capital cities have either a concept store or pieces of the collection in smaller stores.
Have you ever shopped in the kid’s section?
This is the R’Belle jacket I bought this winter season, it is a cropped blazer that is so fun and looks great on! I get so many compliments on it! No one ever knows its a kids jacket….