Category Archives: Cafe

my legendary girlfriend

 

 

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My Legendary Girlfriend is a cafe on 157 Domain Road, South Yarra.

 

This is one cafe I never get takeaways from. Why? They give you a little quote with your coffee, it’s usually placed under the glass. You only get a quote if you sit inside. Plus they also have cool artwork on the walls and the pattern on cushions on the benches in the back looks really nice.

Illustrations: 1. pattern on cushions. 2. latte (they have bright orange saucers) 3. quote under my cup. ( I started collecting them and they’re stuck around my monitor and walls. )

 

Other quotes I have collected so far:

“To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”

– Elbert Hubbard

” People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

– Zig Ziglar

” What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jx

credits: illustrations by me.

Links:

My Legendary Girlfriend

– My Legendary Girlfriend on Urbanspoon

comme inspired

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I think I forgot to mention that in January I got a job as an assistant designer with a menswear suiting company. yay me !. It has been super, it has been fun, I have been learning so much, and I especially love that it is based in Fitzroy. Fitzroy is such a cool place. There is so much going on, so many cool stores, cool cafes, restaurants, and the people, such a cool mixed bag of personalities.

The studio we work in is on the second level and we can look down onto Smith St, it’s so fun people watching. There are also regulars that you look out for and super fashion people that you always want to catch a glimpse of just to see what they’re wearing on that day.

My favourite place to go to for coffee and to hang out is De Clieu. The coffee is superb, the food is delish (especially the muesli) and the coolest people go there. When I was there the other day I saw this really cool Japanese couple walk in and order takeaway coffee. I wanted to stare at them, but I didn’t want them to see me staring. The woman had a Rei Kawakubo hair style, they both wore Comme Des Garcons looking clothing which probably is comme des garcons, the guy had the cooolest glasses. I was so inspired by them, that I texted my brother to tell him about them and as soon as I got to work I told the design team about them. Which was interesting because they knew exactly who I was talking about! How about that! They told me that the couple own their own store on Gertrude street called Ess Laboratory and that they have a cute child with the same haircut as the mum.

I totally stalked them online, and will go visit the store in the next week! Anyway, above are some sketches I did, the first is of my De Clieu takeaway coffee that I sketched without looking at the page. And below that is a sketch I did of the ESS Laboratory couple I saw in De Clieu.

In an attempt to draw more I have started carrying around my sketch book with me, and using it as a journal to sketch and document my world. It’s actually super fun! I will try to share as much of is as I can!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Jx

Links

De Clieu

Comme Des Garcons

ESS Laboratory

The Kawabata’s

Rei Kawakubo

top paddock

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Today I had the day off and had the best time.

I caught up with my sweet friend Kate (who you can see in the first picture). We went to Top Paddock for breakfast. Kate had the hotcakes, which are my favourite. And I had the porridge ( in the second picture). I didn’t have hotcakes today because I am trying to eat healthier. Kate and I went into Space furniture store ( I go in there every time I go to Top Paddock) and probably spent an hour sitting in some new, fancy, expensive arm chairs and had very inspiring conversations.

I wish I can be rich enough to be able to shop in that store one day.

After that we went for a bit of a walk, the sun was out today which made it extra lovely.

 

 

Jx

 

Links:

Top Paddock

Space Furniture

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.

 

Jx

 

LINKS

My cafe mission blog 

The Age Good Cafe Guide Awards 2014

Touchwood

Touchwood

480 Bridge Road Richmond VIC

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I had a break this week from uni so I had time some spare time to spend with my friends and go out and check out some new cafes. I hung out with my friend Baz on Monday and he suggested Touchwood, he had been there over the weekend and said he wouldn’t mind going back.

It was great because there was not queue, I think you can wait up to 20 minutes for a table on the weekend not that that would have been a problem for me anyway because I always carry around my book with me and waiting time equals reading time, so I am always happy.

There is so much space in Touchwood, and it’s filled with light which creates a calm and relaxed atmosphere. Baz and I sat up near the counter on the long communal table which was nice, I like sitting in places that give me a good view of everything around me.

Baz ordered the Morning Grain Salad – Quinoa, freekeh, wild rice, rocket, toasted almonds, chai soaked raisins, cumin yoghurt, poached egg $16, and I ordered the Banana and blueberry wholemeal waffles, organic maple syrup, banana ricotta and strawberry dust $16.

Both great choices and very satisfying. I enjoyed the waffles especially because they were wholemeal, so they were lighter and healthier so no bloating than usual waffles and all the ingredients worked really well together. I had two coffees and enjoyed both.

We also had some interesting conversation about social media; what we think about it, what platforms we like to use, how we use it, how much we should/share, how it makes us feel, the importance of it, etc. We both felt the same way in that we actually do love to use it, that it is fun sharing what we’re up to with our friends and ‘followers’, that it is great being able to connect with so many more people, and that it actually does add value in our lives. I would love to continue a conversation on social media with anyone and would love to know your views.

Jx

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Touchwood on Urbanspoon

 

Links:

Touchwood Website

Touchwood Facebook

 

– Photography by me

the week that has been

Hi.

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

Jx

Links

Zoe Foster – Fruity Beauty Blog

Simone Cipriani

Karen Walker

Zumbo

The Iconic x River Island

APC

VAMFF National Graduates Showcase

twenty & six

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About a week ago I visited Cafe Twenty & Six, my friend Baz recommended it to me and told me the food is delicious.

I was super tempted to have the Aphrodite ( Brioche french toast, poached peach, creme patissiere, roasted almond ice cream) but I was good and opted for a healthier breakfast because I really need to start making better food choices and minimise some of this extra ‘winter weight’ that seems to have appeared out of nowhere.

I ordered ‘The Cleanse’ ; Green apple and strawberry bircher muesli w/rosewater, puffed grains, toffeed hazelnuts. Yum. So good and so fresh. Obviously I had a latte as well, these days I have converted to having regular lattes not skinny ones. And guess what, it is so much tastier and better for you. I might talk about my milk ideas some other time, if I remember to.

There is a cute courtyard out the back that you can sit in, but I sat inside because they were about to change over to there ‘Bluebonnet BBQ’ ( Not sure whether they are still doing that but it was on from 12-9 Friday and Saturday.

I had some men that were sitting next to me having coffees and I couldn’t help but overhear their conversation. One of them was telling the others to take notice of the milk crates on the wall (you can see them in my first picture), he was like, ‘at first they look like ordinary crates, but take a closer look, they are laser cut wood, great art work, something like that would cost quite a bit.’ He also told them to check out the table legs, I wasn’t able to get a photo but when you go, take a look, from memory they look like metal pipes.

I also loved that you don’t have to pay for parking. North Melbourne unlike Richmond has free parking for up to one hour. And there was plenty of it.

I think I have to go back for the pancakes.

Jx

What: Twenty & Six

Where: 594 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne

Call: 03 9329 0298

Hours: Mon/Wed/Thur/Fri – 7:30am-3:30pm & Sat/Sun: 8am – 3:30pm. Closed Tuesdays

Links

Twenty & Six

Menu

Twenty & Six Espresso on Urbanspoon