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Time to do your Christmas shopping

You either love it or hate it, Christmas is a fantastic time of year for focusing on the people you care about, reflecting on the year that’s been and relaxing before the new one begins. We’ve made the task a little easier by recommending some of our favourites for getting your joyful, joyful on in preparation for the happiest season. Festive Decorations If you’re inclined to skip the queues on Bourke Street Mall and look locally for unique decorations, Christmas Kingdom is the place to be. With 3 locations in Mentone, Flemington and Ringwood, you’ll find an enormous selection of ornaments, lights and collectables. Christmas Feasts Whilst you can’t go past the iconic Queen Victoria Market for unreal Christmas table produce, wander around the corner to the DOC Delicatessen (Lygon Street, Carlton) for an impressive cheese and wine selection, and the Spring Street Grocer for specialty sauces, spreads and condiments. The Perfect Gift Whether you’ve got tricky or simple recipients, a select few to shop for or a horde or thousands, keep your mind open …

East Malvern​ Food and Wine Festival

Mark your diaries because the 2nd annual East Malvern Food & Wine Festival will be held again on this Sunday 19 November 2017 from 10:30am to 5:30pm. Last year more than 3000+ Melbourne foodies and wine lovers flocked to picturesque Central Park, East Malvern for an amazing day, sipping and savouring over 100 wines and an extensive array of invited local and regional culinary exhibitors and artisan producers of international cuisines. This year a vast range of exquisite wineries from more than 15 Bendigo and Heathcote regions including Balgownie Estate, Red Edge, Silver Spoon, Lome Vineyard, Burnt Acre, Noble Red, Coliban Valley, Mount Burrumboot Estate, Glenwillow Estate, Mount Camel Winery, Tellurian Wines and Farmer and the Scientist will be showcased. There will also be a new local craft beer and cider producer alley featuring Two Birds Brewing, Barrow Boys Brewing, Bad Shepherd Brewing Co and Captain Vanzibar. So come and enjoy a unique and intimate experience, meet the passionate winemakers and brewers and learn about, taste and purchase their premium award-winning wines and ales. Feast from local Melbourne favourite food trucks and pop-up restaurant stalls including Richmond Oysters & Seafood Tapas, That’s …

Summer with Chandon and Seafolly

Get ready to pop a bottle and slip into your favourite Seafolly, because this summer two of Australia’s most loved brands – Chandon, Australia’s number one premium sparkling wine and Seafolly, Australia’s most recognised fashion swimwear brand – are coming together to create the ultimate limited edition Chandon x Seafolly Summer Bottles, Spring/Summer Swimwear Collection and must-have summer accessories. Chandon has a proud history of developing innovative partnerships born from bringing together Moët & Chandon’s French winemaking know-how with the pioneering winemaking techniques of Australia to create the number one sparkling wine in the country. Inspired by a sense of fun and vibrancy synonymous with both Chandon & Seafolly, the dynamic duo will bring the spirit of summer to life by introducing two limited edition designs. Palm Beach, this season’s Chandon Brut NV design, is inspired by a stroll along a palm-lined beach and Modern Love, a playful pink floral print featuring the vibrant botanical blooms of a coastal garden wraps the Chandon Rosé NV. The bottles will go on sale in selected bars and bottle shops across …

Get ready for Melbourne Cup Day

It’s a buzz unique to Melbourne that begins to heighten around September – the Spring Racing Carnival capped off by the race to stop the nation, the Melbourne Cup. There’s a thrill to finding something to wear that’s entirely you, and completely unique, as difficult as it can be in a sea of threads. Read on to get access to four exclusive Melbourne boutiques that hold the winning ticket to one of a kind dress and accessories to complete a race day look. Grace Melbourne Touted as a ‘fashion mecca and destination for lovers of style’, this Toorak based store with enviable online presence stocks a range of international labels as well as the custom Grace collection. Lock in your look with their chic range of cool, casual accessories. Where: 595 Malvern Road, Toorak 3142 M.VE Boutique An affordable, accessible range from some favourite brands such as Bec & Bridge, Shona Joy and Misha Collection. The team restocks their styles and range weekly, so you’ll need to get in quick in order not to miss …

Big Fashion Sale

Cult designer clearance event Big Fashion Sale is back in Sydney and Melbourne this October.Bigger, bolder and better then ever, the sales will feature a selection of top Australian and Bigger, bolder and better then ever, the sales will feature a selection of top Australian and International designers, discounted up to 80%. Featuring a fresh line up of brands, the Big Fashion Sale will house over 50 premium Australian and International fashion labels with discounted prices set to delight even the most the seasoned shopaholic. There is something for everyone with prices starting as low as $20, and a selection that ranges from Ready to Wear, footwear, swimwear, jewellery and accessories. Featuring a custom paper insta photo booth installation by paper artist Benja Harney from Paperform – this is a premium sale experience unlike any other that you won’t want to miss! Get ready to snap up celebrated Australian designers and prestigious International labels, including: Alexander McQueen | Anna Quan | Aquazzura | Deadly Ponies | Dries Van Noten | Erdem | Ex Infinitas | First Base …

The Glen’s Your Market Festival

To celebrate the launch of their new fresh food market hall, The Glen in Melbourne’s south-east is gearing up to host their Your Market Festival with the culinary event highlighting Melbourne’s thriving and diverse food culture. The free festival from Thursday 19 October to Sunday 22 October includes four days filled with cooking demonstrations, kids entertainment, giveaways and tasty samples to enjoy. MasterChef contestant and renowned ‘golden ball dessert creator’ Michelle Lukman, Chef Adam D’Sylva from CBD restaurants Coda and Tonka and “The Wholehearted Cook” Dani Venn will showcase their famous and favourite recipes and share their tips to recreate their delicious dishes at home. Across the weekend kids will love rolling up their sleeves and getting involved in workshops with Andy Trieu, the Kitchen Ninja from SBS’ Kitchen Whiz and there will also be fairy floss, a food-inspired balloon artist and colouring stations thanks to Crayola. To make cooking at home even more convenient, The Glen’s complimentary Produce Butcher will also be on hand to help with chopping, dicing and preparing fresh fruit, vegetables …

Keep it local at Bowerbird Bar

Unlike the Tiki bars and vintage dives left right and centre, the seemingly innocuous Bowerbird Bar on Bridge Rd steps into the “themed” bar space of Melbourne with very low key aplomb. “Everything here is Victorian sourced”, manager Max Ware tells me after delivering our second round of cocktails “Not only are all our drink options Victorian made, but the tables, shelving, tableware and stools are from Victorian designers, or reclaimed from a local area” Even the rhombus trivet coaster beneath my frosted silver goblet are designed by Melbourne local Lauren Steller and made of recycled aeroplane tyres, a material that would once go directly to landfill. While I see the theme and appreciate the earth friendly nature of it, it’s not until my companion Mel (a wildlife officer, usually belly deep in a creek) points out to me the cleverness of the name – A Bowerbird goes and collects things it finds beautiful that are often throwaways from modern life, to bring back and decorate its nest with. Well played, Bowerbird bar. Second hand …