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good cafe guide 2014

good cadfe guide 2014



Want to know what my favourite day of the year is?


It is the day this book comes out. The Age Good Cafe Guide.  This is the third year that I have bought it, and I can say without a doubt that it has improved my life. Seriously.


Basically what I do is, I pick one highlighter colour, and I turn to the back (there is an alphabetical listing of all the cafes reviewed in the book) and I highlight all the cafes that I have been to. Then because I’m slightly kooky, I count how many cafes there are  (this new one has 311) and then I count how many I have been to ( I have been to 80 in this book) and then I start my mission. And then I get a new highlighter colour and highlight all the new ones I go to.


My mission is to drink all the coffee in Melbourne. No, not really. But actually each year I try and go to all the cafes listed in the guide. It’s actually really fun, and it’s cool because Matt Holden and his team do a great job and pick really good cafes.


So this new guide came out this week and I bought it at Dymocks for $9.95. If you can wait ( I couldn’t), you can buy it with The Age on Sunday for $5.00.





My cafe mission blog 

The Age Good Cafe Guide Awards 2014

Book Giveaway Winners



Thank you to all of you that entered the competition and a congratulations to the winners.

1. Kate – Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

2. Tamie – Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

3. Ariana Mehmeti – Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

4. Gabsaesthetics – Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

5. Emma by Jane Austen – No entries – No Winner

6. Stepahnie – In One Person by John Irving

If you could all contact me via email: so I can organise to get your book to you!


Book Giveaway


Hello. I am super excited to introduce this post.

I am having my first ever blog giveaway. My super lovely, generous friend Baz is replacing some of his books and has donated six books from his collection that I will giveaway. The giveaway is only open to people in Australia, sorry to anyone who is outside of Australia.

There are 6 books.

1. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

2. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

3. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

4. Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

5. Emma by Jane Austen

6. In One Person by John Irving.


So I will have one draw for each book, you guys are welcome to enter all six draws if you please. Basically add a comment below, stating the number/s (eg 1. for Brideshead Revisited) and why you want to win. I’ll be picking them at random to make it fair.

Entries are welcome from today; Saturday 21.04.2014 and will close at the end of the day on Friday 25th April 2014. Hopefully I can announce the winner/s on Saturday.




PS. The skulls and other objects are not part of the prize, just the books :).

What I Read in March

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March was not a good reading month for me, Uni got much too busy and the only reading time I had was on the train on the way to and from Uni. After the third week that didn’t even work out because I was so tired that I would fall asleep.

Anyway I did finish reading ‘The Wrong Girl’ by Zoe Foster and I started reading ‘Haunted’ by Chuck Palahniuk. Haven’t quite finished Haunted yet but almost there.

The two books couldn’t be anymore different but I love reading so I will read anything. That doesn’t mean I love everything I read but I will give everything a chance.

The Wrong Girl really surprised me. If you have followed the previous books I have listed here and read you can tell they are mostly classics, and not really romance or as they are often called ‘chick-lit’. However reading this was really nice. It was nice, light reading and a nice break between all the others. It was also relevant and dealt with similar issues that I am actually dealing with in my daily life, so I liked it for that.

Haunted on the other hand was suggested to me by my friend Rhys. This book is insane and intense. I think that if I hadn’t read American Psycho that I wouldn’t be able to stomach this one. The part I’m currently up to is so crazy, and involves cannibalism. I actually like it’s craziness, but I always wonder when I read things like this, I wonder how on Earth did this guy, Chuck Palahniuk come up with this, like seriously.



Ps. Book Recommendations are welcome.

the week that has been


I had the best week. I hope yours was also super. I decided to share it all in one post because I can never keep up with everything. How crazy.

The best part of the week was that Zoe Foster and I have become BFFL. (it’s not really true, but I wish it was). I posted about her and emailed her and did a watercolour illustration for her of her new book “The Wrong Girl” (which I actually also read this week and thought was a very good, relevant, fun, friendly and a very present day book) (Also at this point you’re probably thinking I am a crazy stalker girl and poor Zoe, but I’m not. I just like her. And think she’s nice. And that’s all.) and guess what she posted my illustration on her Instagram and made my whole life. Haha. It was actually so nice of her to do.


This screenshot is to prove that what I said is actually all for real. And so you can see my illustration.

At uni, I learnt how to make lace using illustrator.


At uni, we also were lucky enough to have a lecture by Simone Cipriani and Karen Walker.


I went to Gelato Messina with my friend Kate. This time I had the Salted Caramel with White Chocolate. Yum. It seems a visit to Messina is a weekly ritual now. Awesome.

On Thursday night I fell asleep at 5:30pm and didn’t wake up until 9:30am on Friday.

Friday I went to Zumbo and had the Dr Dot cake with my friend Maxine. We shared it. It was perfect. That was all before we went to the RiverIsland x The Iconic Fashion Show at Prahran Town Hall. Which was actually so fun. The funnest fashion show. It starred Ajak Deng. There was a massive, perfectly round pink balloon. Live singing by Kiyomi Vella. And a sparkling confetti shower at the end.

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I got super excited when I realised APC had opened at QV and decided to not ever eat again so that I could have “APC Money”, aka money to shop at APC.


And then last night I went to the National Graduates Showcase as part of VAMFF (virginaustraliamelbournefashionfestival) and was in awe, was inspired by the talent. Being in my second year of fashion design and watching those incredible pieces being walked down the runway was a very valuable experience as it’s pretty much the benchmark and I was basically thinking that is how good I need to be.

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Super cool right, i know.

I have been paying more attention to my beauty routine and have been noticing positive changes. With both my hair and face. Thanks to Zoe’s tips. I have used the L’oreal mousse which I sketched a few posts ago, and the dry shampoo and now i always have nice clean pretty hair. And somehow it’s actually healthier and shinier and softer than usual/ever. Maybe because I haven’t had to dry the crap out of it and also not having to constantly straighten it, maybe.

And my face, it’s also softer, my pores are not as visible and my makeup goes on better and my skin isn’t as dry or flaky as usual. So do yourself a favour and go on Zoe’s blog and read it, all of it because basically she has done all the hard work of finding and trying things out for you. It’s easy and also the products she recommends aren’t as expensive as the products that I thought I would need to use to have nice skin. I hope that makes sense.

I bought rosehip oil today to try and use as a serum and anti-eye-wrinkle. I bought it from David Jones, and the lovely Suzy was working there (I used to work with Suzy, she is supercool)  and told me it is amazing and incredible and she also recommends it too.

Thanks for hanging in there. Enjoy your Sunday.



Zoe Foster – Fruity Beauty Blog

Simone Cipriani

Karen Walker


The Iconic x River Island


VAMFF National Graduates Showcase