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good cafe guide 2014

June 20, 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


June 12, 2014


Baby, I’m faded.

What a great track, it’s been my favourite this week, the baseline is superb.

I’m not actually faded, although that could be fun, but maybe I faded for a while. It’s hard to focus on everything at the same time. My priority has been gym, gym, gym. Gym.

Enjoy the music. How addictive is it!





- Faded: Urban Dictionary


June 4, 2014

mood board

range board




I hope you’re all well and happy. Thank you all for reading and following on and for all your comments. Yesterday was the first day of my winter uni holiday and it was a great day. It is so nice being able to make plans with people and plans to actually do things and get things done. My first priority is rest, and then after that organisation. My room has definitely seen better days.


The images above are of my complete Mood board and Range board. I just wanted to show you them completed. I did the range by hand, I did the drawings and then scanned them into the page. I had my design panel interview on Thursday past and I think it went well. There were two teachers and two people from industry. I just showed them my boards, folio, research and my final designs and explained everything.




May 27, 2014




thought copy

I usually work in a department store on the weekends. This particular weekend was very quiet, my friends an I thought it was due to the announcement of the new budget . People are keeping their money and not spending until they know what is going on.  Anyway, because it was quiet I had a moment where I was able to just stand around and observe. I just took in everything around me and just started thinking of all sorts of things. I took note of some of my thoughts (pictured above).

I was just observing a couple, probably in their mid to late thirties, and I started getting curious about them.

Some of my thoughts as listed above are;

- Do you look at people and wonder what their life is like:

- What will they do once they get home?

- What are their daily struggles?

- How did they meet?

- Is one of them dominant over the other?

- Are they happy?


I always find it funny/interesting, how us people, we’re all the same, but also quite different. And we do the same/similar things but live completely different lives. Something to think about.



raincoats range

May 25, 2014

range board raincoats.JPG



Imagine stress levels scaled from one to ten. One being no stress, and ten being super stressed. I think i’m at twenty-five. Haha. I’m not panicked or freaking out. I just have this running list of things I need to do going in my head. My main problem is that I am running out of time, I don’t have any days off and I basically have one thing due everyday.

At the moment I am working on a group project which is due on Tuesday. The project is to make a business plan on a hypothetical business. We need to also write a report and present our business plan to a panel. Our business is a company that sells cool raincoats, we called it Solstice Co. The image above is the range board I am making right now. When it’s done I will print it on A3 paper and put it onto foam board, which will be standing alongside some other boards and will be on display at our presentation.

One more week and then holidays.



Mood Board

May 23, 2014

mood board 8


I mentioned mood boards in my last post, so here’s the mood board for my collection. This is version 8 out of maybe 12. It’s still not 100% complete. I still need to think of a name for the collection, so that will need to go on the board along with the season. So, like, AW 15.

What’s on my mood board? What is a mood board? Why are those images on my mood board? I’m a mind reader, aren’t I.

Mood board aka Inspiration board. Basically I have a brief that’s given to me by my lecturer, this one was something like, create a uniform for a bar in Melbourne, create a minimum of two pieces. You must reference an historical precedent, include surface disruption and something else but i’m not sure what it was.  So then I do research using the brief as a guide. I looked at a million things. I started with researching William Shakesepeare and the 15th and 16th century, and then after some fun bar hopping I chose Bar Americano as my client. This research led me to the idea of deception. Why deception? Long story, but quickly, there has been speculation that the portraits of William Shakespeare are not of him and are in fact of an imposter. Also I looked at a phrase Shakespeare coined; “All that glitters isn’t gold”. Things aren’t as they seem, equals, deception. And then Bar Americano, the idea of the bar comes from the 1920’s when there was alcohol prohibition in America and all the bartenders moved to Paris from New York and were making American cocktails using European ingredients, deception! So that’s just very brief.

And then in terms of surface disruption I looked at things such as, applique, embroidery, pleating, and then started playing with ripping, shredding, grating fabric, basically distressing the fabric like they do with denim jeans.

So to explain my mood board the image is of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. He was born in the same year as Shakespeare, I think he could’ve attended Shakespeare’s plays, or Shakespeare could have even written about him, I just liked his clothing better than Shakespeare’s so I drew inspiration from him. A lot of my designs have been influenced by the fashion of that particular time. The black/navy/white, swirly image is a photo of my denim ripping experiment. And the dark part on the left is a photo I took of the wall outside Bar Americano.

So that’s my mood board. Let me know what you think and also if you can suggest a name for my collections so I can have a starting point. One more week and then holidays and normal sleeping patterns can resume, and I get to see my friends again.



On The Run Tour: Jay Z + Beyonce

May 22, 2014


Incredible. I don’t think it is possible for me to love these two any more than I already do. I actually wish that I could be Jay Z. I’m not joking. I also really wish that this tour was coming to Melbourne. I don’t think it will but I still have some hope.




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