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Hello Spring

posted by Ilinca Solomon September 1, 2015 0 comments

The past few weekends have given us a bright glimpse of what the future holds for Brisbane’s weather in the coming months. I’m talking bright sandals, floaty shapes, short shorts, cute crops and headbands to rival Blair Waldorf. Not to mention pedi appointments, sweet fragrants, an abundance of flowers taking over market stalls, late night handheld strolls and that ever present lingering hint of hay fever. The days are getting longer, the nights warmer and our style more colourful than ever. It’s time to tuck away those oversized jumpers, flannel pyjamas and knitted scarves and say a bright Aloha! to the new season; spring has swiftly sprung. Change up your winter look with these new season additions and welcome the new season with picnics in the park, road trips to the beach and rooftop cocktails on the weekend.

Makeup – Spring storms in with an aura of newness and naivety, so keep it light and fresh. Truffle pink blushes, bronzed eyes and coral lips are a go-to colour palette for the season ahead. Remember the phrase less is more? Sorry to break it to you pretties, but Mum is right, and less is always more when it comes to spring makeup. If you’re stuck for inspiration, duck into a Mecca Cosmetica and stock up on a mix of colours and dreamy pallets to try this season. For the finishing touches, opt for a floral scent – how very seasonal.

Accessories – It’s finally time to ditch the heavy, woollen layers in our wardrobes and substitute them for silky shawls and lightweight scarves. Pastel colours fit the season and match almost any style, so change up your black and white look with a floral scarf in pastel hues or a bright and colourful statement necklace. Molten Store on James Street in Fortitude Valley have a bold, cool and very trendy collection on offer if stylish statement is what you’re after.

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Wardrobe – Channel your inner Taylor Swift this season (don’t deny it, the girl does have impeccable style and you probably want to be more like her) and evolve your style to include crop tops and skater skirts. The options are endless and there’s so many combinations to try. Opt for a matching set; audacious and cheeky patterns; stand out, solid separates; clash textures such as knits and silks…you name it, you should do it! Aside from the crop, this season has brought back the blouse too and my, what an entrance it’s made. Silk, denim, cotton, and chiffon – we are crushing on this statement piece. Wear it tucked, half tucked or make like the off-duty models and wear it messy and untucked. Nude, cream, and blush pink are the perfect hues will take you from day to night this Spring.

And let’s not forget about your gorgeous pins. By now, your legs must be feeling like they’ve taken part in the witness protection program, so show them some love and exfoliate the winter blues away and splash some tan over them. Step out in a shirt dress, cute playsuit, cotton shorts or high waisted culottes  and parade those pins around with the confidence so they receive the praise they deserve! This is the perfect time of year to make a bold statement, so for those courageous gals who like to add a twist to your fashion staples, look no further than the fringe skirt! It’s fun, fresh and oh so flirty! For a full style guide of the season ahead, check out this post.

Go-To Patterns – Now, let’s talk about the ever-coveted style of stripes. Stripes have taken over the streets of every major capital city in the world, from luxury designers to fast fashion retailers and not to mention the runway shows ! The dominance of this linear print on cotton pants, 50s style skirts, singlets and sexy shirt dresses definitely adds a bang to your wardrobe, particularly when worn monochrome shades – hello minimalistic chic! Not to mention it’s the ultimate street style patterns and adds an air of cool to your look. Of course, floral is the other coveted pattern of the season ahead, so whether it’s graphic, abstract or pretty blooms, if it’s floral, it’s oh-so-in.

Beauty – The return of sandals and strappy heels means it’s time to get a pedicure and keep that appointment regular, girl! Go for bold, because heck, you deserve it! From gladiator and strappy to slip on slides, there’s so many new-season styles to tickle your fancy and match with those floaty hemlines and striking stripes.

Now What – Now that your look is sorted, it’s time to fill up your social calendar to celebrate the first of September. Think picnics on the grass at one of our favourite parks, outdoor activities with your pals, market browsing for fresh fruit and veg, brunch in Brisbane’s bustling cafe scene, long walks on the river to get your heart pumping, fruity cocktails to quench your thirst, exploring rooftop bars, late night doughnuts, eating your way through the Eat Street Markets, salsa dancing in Cloudland… and the list goes on and on. To say we love our city in spring is an understatement.

Spring not only brings an aura of innovation and change, but that of possibility too! So take the plunge Brisbane Beauties and own that style and make the most of the glorious weather that is to come with a spring in your step.

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Lifestyle

Fun Group Activities In Brisbane

posted by Ilinca Solomon August 21, 2015 0 comments

Sure, we’re all adults around here, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun on the weekend when we hang out with our friends. If you’ve finally managed to gather the troops and assemble for some quality time together, you better have a good plan in place for your platonic group date. Here are your choices for fun group activities in Brisbane.

Bar Chat

A Sunday afternoon drinks session with your crew is not complete without some good quality bar chat. If the conversation lulls or you just want to have a bit of fun (read: get silly) on your weekend, make like the love birds and play 20 questions, but make them quirky and fun (no loved up puppy dog eyes allowed). Break the lines of creativity and ask something funky like “If you could have a title sequence what would it look like?” or “What do you think your life’s theme song should be?” If you let loose and have fun with it you’ll likely be the group lolling about in bliss at the bar, and who doesn’t want that.

Escapism

If you’ve got some people in your group who are competitive or like a little brainteaser, put your mind to work and head to Escapism to analyse each other, rather than your surroundings! In this new experience to hit Brisbane, groups of 2 – 6 people are given the choice of three rooms and are dared to nuzzle their way out with a string of tricky, hidden clues. It’s fun, and gives you time to really get to know one another (you’re trapped in a small room for one hour!).

Saturday Markets

The expert’s say that food is the passage to the heart, so why not get an early start and gather at your local farmers market for breakfast followers by hunting and gathering for the week ahead. You can share and enjoy a variety of scrumptious bites while you wander around in the sun. Pick out a bunch of flowers to take home and stock up on artisan bits and pieces for round two at someones humble abode. Farmers markets produce make the best cheese platters! If you’re looking for a market near you, check out this post on Brisbane’s best farmers market to find your local.

Cooking classes

If you’ve got some gourmands in your tribe, test their skills in the kitchen with a cooking class. Brisbane has a range of them scattered throughout the city, like The Golden Pig in Newstead and James Street Cooking School in New Farm. Learn to cook a range of dishes from brunch, curry, Asian influenced dishes, pasta and dessert. Afterwards, you can enjoy your creations with a few classes of wine as you laugh off mistakes – there’s always one who burns toast.

Bike Riding

Bike riding is not just for loved up couple touring Europe – it can actually be really fun in your home town too, especially with a groups of mates (sans lycra of course). Take a leisurely ride along the river with the wind in your hair – the river loop of west end, southbank, kangaroo point, new farm and the botanical gardens are all perfect for a bike ride follower by group picnic in the park. If you’re more interested in the fitness aspect, challenge yourself to an gruelling workout and tackle an epic route.

Mad Dance House

A sure fire way to break the ice and relax is through dance. Mad Dance House offer a range of styles from zumba, trampolining, hip hop, salsa and ballet, so there’s no better way to get active while laughing your head off at friends with no rhythm. If there’s still good times to come, keep the theme alive and head out to dinner and drinks – Cha cha cha your way to a Cuban restaurant if you have just tried salsa, or spoil yourself in one of Brisbane’s countless American joints (there’s a list here) if you have just learned to hip hop.

Cloudland

Say goodbye to Thursday nights in, and say hello to Soul’sa at Cloudland from 8:30pm, when the unique metropolitan haven turns into a Latino influenced, jazzy Cuban music dance hall. Invite your pals to switch their tempo to double time and groove the night away. Even better if you aren’t looking to break the budget before the weekend has begun, the live music and dance classes are free… you might just have to splurge on a tequila or two to keep you cha cha cha-ing all night long.

Playing with food

For all the dreamers out there, dessert is always a good option. Cowch, has it all. The sweet ambiance, the fire, the delicious and mesmerising hot chocolates and dessert creativity, all in one. Pick from a range of flavoured ice cream blocks, choose a topping of white chocolate, milk chocolate or dark chocolate, then pick your accompaniments from a large assortment of fruit, chocolate and lollies! It’s everything your heart desires in a single serving!

Bowling Fun 

We know what you’re going to say, this is so 2005. But believe us when we say bowling is still fun! Combine tasty cocktails, thumping music and dorky shoes and you’ve got Strike Bowling Bar in the Wintergarden, perfect for lots of laugh and a little girls vs boys competition.

Sporting Vibes 

Keep it super casual and head to the football for a night out with half of Brisbane. Pick a code – AFL, NRL, Union or Soccer – wear the team colours and get merry as you cheer them on to victory (hopefully). You don’t even have to like sport to enjoy a night at the football, the vibe is electric and you definitely see the vibrant side of the city’s folk.

What is your favourite group activity? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below and we’ll add it to the list!

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Fashion

BT Style: Must Have Jackets For Winter In Brisbane

posted by Ilinca Solomon July 16, 2015 0 comments

Most fashion gals crave the winter season for the seemingly endless layers they can add to their stylish everyday outfits. Here at Brisbane Threads we are no stranger to the waiting game when it comes to the winter months and our favourite coats, jackets and vests. And now, smack bang in the middle of winter, we can finally strut the streets as if we belong in the pages of Vogue (we think so anyway). It’s finally time to layer up, and I can hardly contain my excitement! If you’re not as eager as us, we’re here to give you a helping hand and styled 6 must have jackets that will keep you cosy and in good company through the chill of the coming weeks. Which jacket is your go-to style for winter? 

DENIM JACKETS – The denim jacket is my everyday go to jacket – so incredibly versatile, especially when you pair it with jeans for a bit of a hipster double denim look. Perfect for your Saturday morning errands, from breakfast and a visit to the markets to lunch ladies and a shopping trip. Pair it with a bold coloured shift dress, a bold lip a la Taylor Swift and don a pair of ankle boots and your multipurpose outfit is sorted. For the night crawlers, this jacket continues to work its magic, whether it be a girl’s night out, dinner and a movie or par-tay! Keep the bold lip and ankle boots, slip on a leather skirt and a chiffon blouse and voila, minimum change for maximum effect!

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LEATHER JACKETS – Leather jackets are the nice girls guide to being bad-ass. Try an olive hue or charcoal black to make it more of an everyday statement piece and rock it from day to night. Wear it draped over your shoulders with black or white jeans, a tee and flats for a chic day time look and when the sun sets, switch to an audacious, bold fitted dress that will make jaws drop and traffic stop.

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FUR COAT – Channel your inner Cruela DeVil, minus the streaked hair and vengeance and vengeance against all things cute and cuddly and rock the soft (faux) fur coat this winter! It truly feels like leaving the house while being tucked up in a cloud of warmth! I pair mine with ripped denim, silk blouse and black ankle boots for a casual Friday work outfit because its perfect for those occasions when Friday knock-off drinks turn in to dinner with the gals and a night on the town! This is the ultimate outfit to take you from day to night in ultra chic style. This coat is also perfect for cocktail and formal occasions throughout winter. Whether the dress is long or short, couple your faux fur with a nude lip for an afternoon soiree and shift to red by night and you’ll be ready to take on the world. Just be careful not to wear too much jewellery, remember less is more, and this jacket definitely screams MORE.

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BLAZER – AH the trusty blazer. As if you could make it through a winter without this staple wardrobe piece. A blazer is the perfect transition from work to play in the seconds by swapping your work flats to pumps and lip gloss to lip stick. Pair it with a pencil skirt and blouse for tailored office attire, or for a more casual look, opt for a pair of boyfriend jeans and a printed scarf. No matter how you like it, long, cropped, collared, with pockets, stripy, classic or as bold as can be, this jacket is fabulous (and you probably should have 10 of them!).

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VESTS – Whether fur, puffer or cotton, vests are the perfect layering addition to any outfit, especially for us lucky Brisbane folk who can get away with it more than others. It’s a way to have fun with an outfit, and they’re the best kinds of outfits! A vest transforms a regular ensemble to a fashion-forward look faster than you can say Chanel. You can tailor this bold piece to suit your style, whether that be casual or a bit more fan-cy with embellishments and texture. Try a fur vest with a leather skirt and a t-shirt, or a puffer vest with converse and ripper jeans for the ultimate model-off-duty look.

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TRENCH COAT – Ah the trench, the building block to a great outfit! Whether you pop your collar, tie the front straps or leave it buttoned for the ultimate ‘I’m rushing somewhere but looking fabulous’ look, this is the coat to get you places and feel warm while you’re doing it. Team it with your staple LBD for a classic dinner look, or throw on a pair of skinny jeans, a blouse and a pair of boots for a more casual and chic feel.

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Now it’s over to you guys… what’s your must-have jacket for winter in Brisbane? 

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Food

Healthy Desserts In Brisbane: A Guilt-free Round-up

posted by Ilinca Solomon June 22, 2015 2 Comments

With winter having graced us with its promise of hearty soups and stews, an aura of comforting desserts lingers in the cool breeze. But don’t fear, you fit Brisbane foodies, because here is a solution that will see you having your cake and eating it too… it’s a round up of healthy desserts in Brisbane that will keep you happy and healthy. It’s a win-win.

There are a few enchanting and mystical places in Brisbane that master decadently delicious delicacies and oh-so-newsworthily nutritious desserts, all the while being guilt-free indulgences that satisfy our sweet tooth without making our stomach ache. Whether you’re one of our gluten-free or dairy-free friends with specific requirements, or perhaps just a pal looking for a healthier alternative, there is a small (and growing) army of desserts in Brisbane that tick all of the boxes for guilt-free indulgence.

So without further ado, here is a round-up of healthy desserts in Brisbane (trust us, we have done a lot of research (proof here)!).

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Botanica Real Food – Botanica’s front window gives the impression of grandma’s house, where all the treats are stacked and arranged on striking saucers, in a lovely array among bunches of flowers and fresh loaves of bread. It’s as if all the aromas meddle and dance around our heads in a symphony of teasing, tormenting and temptation. The good news is, Botanica’s bundles of sweet goodness are gluten free, so help yourself to that swanky vegan brownie with coconut caramel (did I mention dairy and egg free), or opt for the chorus of muffins and cupcakes jam-packed and overflowing with berries or dairy free Callebaut Chocolate fudge cookie.

Pana Chocolate have conjured a concoction for the modern day chocoholic. Pana Chocolate have really thought of every little flavour combination that your mouth could possibly dribble over when it comes to chocolate. Think coconut and goji, cinnamon, pure cacao, fig and wild orange, rose, mint and sour cherry and vanilla. Pana Chocolate is not only free from preservatives, gluten, refined sugar, dairy and soy, it’s also low GI, vegan and produced using minimal heat! It is also bursting with antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals! And, as if we don’t already feel like devouring block upon block of this delicious chocolate, the profusion of rich and flavoursome ingredients are all handpicked where they are produced; Cacao pods from Bolivia, Coconuts from the Philippines, Cacao Butter from Peru, Dark Agave Nectar from Mexico. Oh how well travelled we will all soon become!

Speaking of culture, have you ever dreamed of eating macaroons in Paris? Dream no further because Marche Du Macaroon are bringing the dream alive, and everyone can fulfill their fantasies. Marche du Macaroon is the new Brisbane go-to home for gluten free macaroons that taste as good as they look. Soft, tender, rich and oh so sweet, these not so innocent macaroons really do take you back to that sweet cafe in Paris where you met Prince Charming (in your dreams or in reality). With many flavours to choose from, you are spoilt for flavour, so why not pack some for the road (if they last that long)!

If you’re a sweet tooth, breakfast food lover, super food enthusiast or icecream connoisseur, you need to try Kiss the Berry (it’ll make you literally want to Kiss that Berry!). After you master the pronunciation of acai and take that first mouthful of tangy, sweet, sorbet like berry into your mouth, you will be reaching for a loyalty card and frequently join the cult of acai aficionados who have taken residency around Brisbane. For something extra sweet without the naughty, the Snickers Bowl deserves all of the praise for its marvellous blend of acai, banana, raw cacao, almond butter, almond milk and coconut water, and topped with banana, raspberries, coconut and cacao nibs. I know what you are thinking…something called ‘snikers’ and so delightful can’t feasibly be good to the waistline, can it? Well my lovely foodies, eating your words will never taste as delicious as this!

While we’re on the topic of icecream alternatives that taste like the ‘real thing,’ lets talk about Coco Whip. There’s no need to hide behind those baggy jumpers this winter or go without icecream on date night, because Coco Whip (available at selected cafes in Brisbane) is a completely natural, vegan, gluten and dairy free masterpiece! This soft serve delicacy is a fabulous substitute to a tub of Ben and Jerry’s (although we love it so much), and we can guarantee you will love the new passionfruit cheesecake and choc mint coco whip flavours. These frozen desserts are made from coconut water and organic bio-fermented coconut powder and are low in sugar, high in antioxidants, protein and healthy fats! Zero guilt dessert, here we come!

While Brisbane is booming where doughnuts are concerned, Nodo Donuts is a superhero for working to keep the foodie trend alive, our tummies happy and our abs ever bulging (that’s right, abs AND dessert!). Their philosophy ‘Eat Donuts For Breakfast’ redefines their clever moniker with their gluten free, baked not fried, drool worthy circles of wholesomeness and happiness. You can source these gems at Press, Reverends, The Single Guys and many more, as well as at numerous markets around Brisbane. And because Nodo really are the friendliest donuts in the world, they are spreading their glowing happiness, and mood augmenting foods to their own Brisbane bakery in Newstead come August.

And finally, I Heart Brownies is a force that must be mentioned. The team at I Heart Brownies are committed to the double entendre of feeling your best; firstly because the brownies are so god-damn delicious you can’t help but bear a huge grin after scoffing one down, and secondly, the ingredients are sourced via sustainable means and are gluten free, making you feel good from the inside out. Move over fads and diets, there is a new dessert darling in town that is full of fudgy wholesomeness with dairy free dark chocolate hiding inside. It’s just another healthy way to satisfy your chocolate cravings.

If we lost you at gluten free and organic ingredients fear not, because there are still A LOT of naughty treats on the Brisbane foodie scene, so give yourself a break from the healthy routine and give that undeniable sweet tooth a fix of the good stuff (you know, the really really bad stuff also known as sugar). Our favourite undeniable sweet treats are cronuts from The Chocolate Komberry Co., nutella doughnut from Doughnut Time, white chocolate and macadamia Ice-cream from La Marchetta and the Nake Pops from Cowch.

Still can’t find something to satisfy your cravings with round-up of Brisbane’s best – perhaps you want to make your own? Here’s a little Romanian treat I make when I feel a little homesick.

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