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Sep 17, 2014

Travel guide: Melbourne

Food:
- *Stagger Lee's
- *Top Paddock 
- 1000 £ Bend
- St Ali
- *Kettle Black 
- Auction Rooms
- Proud Mary
- Tall Timber
- The Grain Store
- Bowery to Williamsburg
- Silo by Joost
- Three Bags Full
- Spring Street Grocer
- *Naked for Satan (bar downstairs/dinner upstairs)
- *Chin Chin (dinner; they don't accept reservations) 
- *Nobu 
- San Churro 
- *Huxtaburger!!!!!!! (BEST FUCKIN' BURGER OF MY LIFE) 
- *Hardware Societe
- *Hammer & Tong
- Seven Seeds (best coffee)

Bars, etc:
- Gogo Bar (while waiting for your table at Chin Chin)
- Father's Office
- Asian Beer Cafe
- Workshop

Shopping is mostly in the Bourke Street area:
- Emporium (newly opened)
- David Jones 
- MYER
- The most massive H&M store
- Lots of other Australian clothing stores 

Must go:
- Brunswick Street & Gertrude Street: lots of brunch places, vintage shops, indie clothing stores
- La Belle Miette: macarons 
- St. Kilda beach: you take the tram from the CBD—If you go, eat at Republica, it's by the beach

If you're driving, head to:
- Brighton Beach
- Great Ocean Road
- Loch Ard Gorge
- Hunter Valley

If you miss Chinese/Asian food:
- Pho Dzung City on Russell St does the best ever pho
- HuTong (expensive though)
- Rose Garden
- Coconut House
- Menya ramen
- This Japanese place at the basement of Emporium (the name evades me, sorry!)

Travel guide: Sydney

Major shopping malls (on Pitt St):
- Westfield
- David Jones
- MYER
- A whole bunch of other Australian brands—Sportsgirl, Seed, etc.

Super cool shopping places (most are on Crown St):
- The Standard Store
- Somedays
- Incu
- Vanishing Elephant
- Maple
- O’connell Street Merchants
- The Collector’s Store
- *We are The Stables
- *Nique

Random places of interest:
- Sydney Opera House/ aquarium
- *Sydney Fish Market (absolutely amazing fresh seafood)
- Museum of Contemporary Art
- Thomax Dux (my favorite organic grocery)
- Nike factory outlet
- *Bondi beach/ Bondi Icebergs—if you’re in Bondi, check out: Tuchuzy/Ksubi (shopping), Pressed Juices, Bondi Whole Foods/ Porch & Parlour (food)

Cafe-ish places:
- *Gelato Messina (fantastic ice cream)
- *Black Star Pastry (amazing dessert... please try the watermelon cake)
- *Grounds of Alexandria (always crowded)
- Bread and Circus
- Bourke Street Bakery (beautiful pastry breakfast)
- Brewtown
- Kitchen by Mike
- *Four Ate Five
- *Porch & Parlour
- Paramount Coffee Project
- Excelsior Jones
- Corduroy (good coffee & avo on toast)
- Three Williams
- Venus Whole Foods
- Bondi Whole Foods

Dining:
- *Nomad
- *Cho Cho San
- Apollo
- Porteno
- *Farmhouse
- Buffalo Dining Club
- Luccio's
- Bar H
- Billy Kwong
- 121 BC
- Masuya
- Sakanaya (best Jap)
- Chat thai (best Thai & usually open late for supper)
- *Mary’s (super delish burgers)
- *El Loco (best, cheapest Mexican)
- Chur Burger

Feb 12, 2014

Leather skirt

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Monki top, My Mum Made It skirt, Celine slip ons, Goyard bag

Been crazy busy gearing up for the next big thing in my life... college. Meanwhile, heading out to run errands (and eat sashimi) is made effortless with closet options like this leather skirt from MMMI... + slip ons and I'm good to go. Many thanks to the genius behind the minimalist label x

p/s: They're having a 15% off sale right now, wouldn't miss it if I were you...

Jan 18, 2014

Bali photo diary

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Dec 15, 2013

Tropico

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Zara scarf 

What better way to emanate butterfly vibes than in this pseudo-Dries piece? I almost forgot I owned this gorgeous thing. Missing Bali and its beautiful ocean views already... thankfully I'll be out of here in a few days.

(photos shot by Kathleen Bei)

Dec 8, 2013

New hair

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My hair (no sorry, mane...) is incredibly hard to handle in this country's humidity. And then Backstage hair salon came to my rescue.

My locks underwent an Argan oil treatment to straighten the frizziness, as well as repair and nourish my dry, dull hair. Felt like my hair was completely weightless as soon as this bit was over. Had to check the mirror to make sure I still even had any hair left while secretly beaming inside over its airiness.

But why stop there? So I let Backstage pop my hair-dye cherry. There is no specific name for this distinct color yet so let's just say I am semi-strawberry blonde, semi-gold-chestnut-ash now, depending on the lighting. I feel like a new person, still doing double takes in the mirror sometimes... it's so novel to me.

I can't wait to think of what to do to my hair next. I bet you can't either. And since the season of endless parties is so close, Backstage has been so sweet to offer my readers 20% off all services* (with the exception of products/ Director services). Just like their Facebook page and quote my name pre-session and there you go. Happy holidays everyone.

*discount ends 31 Jan 2014

(photos shot by Kathleen Bei)

Nov 28, 2013

Double white

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Tout a Coup sweater, The Scarlet Room skirt, Alexander Wang wallet, H&M rings, Zara shoes

The Scarlet Room sent me a few pieces a while ago, and this is me finally utilising this cute miniskirt. Flying to tropical paradise in less than a day. Excitement!!!

(photos by Gerald Tan)