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Are you ready for Bris Fest?

posted by Madi West August 25, 2017 1 Comment

Get ready Brisbane, the Brisbane Festival has revealed their epic line-up and we cannot wait!

The three-week city long celebration will be run from the 9th September until the 30th September and we don’t think you’ll be wanting to miss this one. Jam packed with productions from the arts, theatre and various musicians this is the Brisbane Festival not to be missed.

The highlights are the big music draw cards; London Grammar and Angus & Julia Stone, making their legendary appearances during the festival which are both absolute musts on our hit list’s this year. London Grammar is performing at the Riverstage on the 23 September and Angus & Julia are performing on the 21st at The Tovili. These two shows are going to make for two very killer nights….. THANKYOUUUU BRISBANE FESTIVAL!

Let’s talk about The Tivoli 

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Regional Flavours is Back

posted by Madi West July 14, 2017 0 comments

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT INCOMING! Queensland’s premier food and wine festival ‘Regional Flavours’ is back by popular demand and boy do they have a good line-up this year.
This weekend, July 15-16 from 10am to 5pm in South Banks Parklands is a festival you don’t want to miss out on. Regional Flavours is a Queensland icon as is draws focus to the regions quality food, beer, and wine……. Need we say more?

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Sleeping In Style

posted by Madi West March 9, 2017 0 comments

When I think of James Street there is no denying that thoughts of style, luxury and of course FASHION come to mind.

James Street has been known for years to us Brissie locals as the New York of Brisbane. The location where your bank account can take a serious hit both day and night, swapping between spending some serious dollars on fashion in the morning to having a cocktail or five at night.

Never before have you been able to stay the night right amongst all this hype that is James Street, however now with the addition of the only hotel on the block you can. SAGE Hotel is a unique fashion forward hotel located in the middle of everything and we had the pleasure of staying the night.

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Wining and Dining with The Croft House

posted by Madi West December 14, 2016 0 comments

As time goes on, there are a few things I am noticing that come with age. One is that I am inevitably (ad obviously) getting older, and the other is that my taste buds are changing… AND I LOVE IT! From a girl who struggled to sip on a glass of wine and never appreciating the glory of a good cheese board, I am finally showing a liking to the finer things in life. Hello cheese and wine! So when the opportunity came up to try a spread at The Croft House, my tastebuds went into overdrive before we even arrived at the venue.

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Bad Brows Be Gone – My Trip To RY Brickworks

posted by Madi West September 27, 2016 0 comments

If you’re anything like me, you’ll understand the pain that comes with maintaining a basic beauty routine – the hair removal, the ever-changing makeup techniques, the skin breakouts, the random weight gains, the struggle to find motivation to exercise and drink enough water, finding clothes that flatter your shape (because let’s face it, no one is a perfect size 6, and that’s totally awesome), awkward fashion trends… the list goes on and on.

I was never really blessed with natural skills in hair and makeup (hallelujah for the top knot), which is why I’m one to truly value the skills other women (and sometimes men) have in the beauty space, and especially when it comes to eyebrows.

I have bushy caterpillars above my eyelids and always seem to “nail it” on one, and completely miss the mark 5 seconds later on the other brow. I’ll master it one day, but so far, no good.

But alas ladies, there is a cure and that comes with eyebrow tinting and reshaping. Recently I visited the lovely gals at RY Brickworks who pampered me with a full on eyebrow treatment, and you can take my word for it, my eyebrows have never looked so good.

The process was quick and easy, and so comfortable that the hot wax just didn’t faze me. I rose from the chair with eyebrows to rival Cara Delevingne, and I was stoked. Plus, my new brows joined me on a holiday to Bali, where humidity, the ocean and makeup just don’t go well, but I can assure you my eyes were naturally on fleek for the entire 14 days.

So if you want to wake up in the morning with your eyebrows on point too  and not worry about the painful process of mismatched eyebrows, book yourself an appointment at RY Brickworks at Southport and take a drive down the M1 to find your brow mojo. You won’t regret it ladies… you’re welcome in advance.

While you are down on the Gold Coast getting your brows done, why not make a day of it with breakfast at a hip café, followed by a market jaunt, dip in the ocean of thrill-seeking experience. Check out our top 13 things to do on the gold coast here.

Ry Brickworks is located at3c/107 Ferry Rd, Southport QLD 4215, call on 07 555 10764 and learn more about the salon and their services here.

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48 Hours With The InterContinental Melbourne, The Rialto: Part Two

posted by Madi West June 22, 2016 0 comments

Living in Brisbane there is no doubt in my mind when I say sometimes our city lacks a little oomph. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Brisbane girl through and through (hello Queensland weather!), but some other cities just have something more, and I love exploring that!

So when the opportunity came up a couple of weeks ago to explore Melbourne with The Intercontinental Melbourne, The Rialto on a jam-packed schedule of sightseeing, eating and shopping, I couldn’t resist. You can see our complete photo diary of the trip here in 48 Hours With The Intercontinental Melbourne, The Rialto: Part One (I’ll warn you know, there are A LOT of food pics!). So in this post, you can read through our experience and itinerary and watch a special little video I put together (be nice, it is our first video diary ever!).

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Love Tacos and Burritos? Here Are THE Best Mexican Restaurants In Brisbane

posted by Madi West June 18, 2016 0 comments

I am yet to cross Mexico off my bucket list (it’s close to the top after our editor went last year… the Instagram snaps oh. my. gosh), so, I’m on a mission to find THE best Mexican restaurants in Brisbane, because that is the closest I’m going to get at this point. I love Mexican food, and Brisbane has some pretty great Mexican restaurants to fuel this addiction. Here is the ultimate list of the best Mexican restaurants in Brisbane for your eating reading pleasure. Now all you need is the tequila and an empty stomach!

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Brisbane’s Best Acai Bowls

posted by Madi West January 30, 2016 0 comments

It’s here…. We have hit the middle of summer, which means from now on, it is a downhill spiral away from warm weather, beach trips far and wide and Acai Bowls in Brisbane. While we’re certain acai bowls won’t disappear for good, they’re just not as good when you’re feeling chilly and decked out in jeans and a jumper. I for one, have definitely not satisfied my acai craving (which seems to be ever-present) and need a daily fix, so I will continue to get these bad boys all year round. In a bid to keep summer alive, we asked our team where Brisbane’s best acai bowls can be found, and then devised the perfect list of acai bowls in Brisbane for you all to enjoy. You can all thank me later!

Miss Bliss Whole Foods Kitchen – 85 Vulture St, West End QLD 4101

Kiss the Berry – Brisbane City: Shop 1 / 99 Creek St, Brisbane QLD 4000 and South Bank, The ABC Building, Shop 65 / 114 Grey St, South Bank QLD 4101

Press’d – 52/53 Commercial Rd, Newstead QLD 4006

Cowch – 2/179 Grey St, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Blacksmith Specialty Coffee – 8 Bothwell St, Mount Gravatt East QLD 4121

Beach House Health Bar – 5/167 Grey St, South Brisbane QLD 4101

The Roastery Café – 25 Glenelg Street, South Brisbane, Brisbane QLD

Sol Natural Foods – 6/826 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

Denim Co. – 9A Little Stanley St, Queensland 4101

Blurred Coffee Lounge – 29 Lamington Street, New Farm, Brisbane

Picnic Café – 12 Martha St Camp Hill, Brisbane

Acai Brothers Superfood Bar – 683 Old Cleveland Rd, Wellington Point QLD 4160

Coco Bliss Superfood Bar – 1a/204 Oxford St, Bulimba QLD 4171

Raw Juicery – Brisbane City, 280 Adelaide St Brisbane City; Bulimba, 61 Oxford St Bulimba; Indooroopilly Shopping Centre and Westfield Chermside

Primal Pantry – Macquarie St & Florence St, Queensland 4006

Pineapple Express Super Food Cafe – Shop 9, Portside Wharf, Hamilton

Charlies Superfood Vegan Bar – 51 Cleveland Road, Greenslopes

With this list in hand, your acai bowl cravings will forever be satisfied. Enjoy BT lovers, I know I will continue to do so!

Did we miss your favourite acai bowl in Brisbane off the list? Leave a note in the comments below and we’ll add it to the list for all to enjoy. And don’t forget to share this post with your fellow acai-loving pals so you can taste all of the acai bowls in Brisbane together. 

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Beauty Tuesday: MooGoo Skincare & Dusty Girls

posted by Madi West November 17, 2015 0 comments

“If you wouldn’t eat it, then why put it on your face?”

It is a simple sentence but one that really stuck with me, and is one that MooGoo Skincare live by through all of their products. I am more than impressed with their entire range that is made of natural ingredients and is safe for your skin, and every product is free of animal testing….. can this girl get a heck yes!

Coming into the warmer months with summer finally on our horizon, my pale, dry skin is looking a little worse for wear. My legs are as dry as a bone and don’t even get me started on how white they are. That’s why I am absolutely loving the MooGoo Skincare ‘How Now Brown Cow’, a gradual tanning full cream lotion for the face and body, with a pretty cool product name might I add. The consistency of this product is amazing and did I mention the smell – it’s subtle and plain with a hint of vanilla and does not have that icky smell that tanning products usually have (who would’ve thought we would see the day of nice smelling fake tan!). I have been looking for a good tanning moisturiser for months now that I can trust to be 100% pure, so if you are the same as me, look no further, because this bad boy has you covered for the months to come. While we’re on the topic of moisturiser, the Skin Milk Udder Cream is also a must have. I have been using it for my hands and face just before bed and it’s the best addition to my night routine. MooGoo know how to moisturise and rejuvenate your body that’s for sure!Beauty Tuesday MooGoo Skincare | Brisbane ThreadsIn addition to the MooGoo Skincare is their affiliated make-up range, aptly named Dusty Girls, that is made with the same organic ethos as the MooGoo range. This was something I was and still am very excited for and was even more excited and surprised with the quality and colours that this makeup range contains. From bronzer to blush, eye shadow, mascara and lipstick, Dusty Girls Makeup has you covered in a range of colours for every occasion and complexion. But can they compete with the corporate brands? YES! I’ve fallen in love with the ‘Guava Pink’ natural lipstick that is 100% vegan and ‘Going Buff ‘Natural mineral eye shadow that has, in a matter of days, become a part of my everyday make-up look. It just keeps getting better and better and I am not guilty at all of starting the conversation about natural and organic products at all.

Finding the best organic skin care and makeup can be a tough battle, but I’m so glad I’m open to trying new things and discovering brands I didn’t know existed. If you want to see it for yourself, head straight to their website to learn more about this brand and maybe even add a couple of things to your cart. You can thank me later – or just stop back here and tell us what you thought! Beauty Tuesday MooGoo Skincare | Brisbane Threads

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Shopping For Bargains at Harbour Town

posted by Madi West November 8, 2015 1 Comment

Shopping is every girl’s favourite past time and there’s no denying that we indulge in some retail therapy every so often (who are we kidding, it’s weekly). We love swiping that card and bringing home new threads to trot around town in, because YOLO (amiright?).

However, being a university student however often makes it difficult to tend to these needs as I am constantly stretching money and choosing between coffee for three weeks, or a new top that is perfection. So, I like to consider my say a master of shopping on a budget and have the power to live within my means without missing out on anything. How, you beg? Shop for bargains people!

Harbour Town on the Gold Coast has always held a special place in my heart, so when the lovely folk at Harbour Town invited us down for a visit we jumped at the opportunity. Shopping at places were you are surrounded by sales and discounted sections actually saves money, even if you end up spending. Well, that’s how we see it anyway! We all love a good bargain so we got in the car and went on a mini roadtrip to Harbour Town to replenish our wardrobes for the coming season and stockpile for the next.

Our favoruite places to shop at Harbour Town:

Cotton On & Cotton on Body – Cotton on never seizes to amaze me. Every time I walk in I walk out with a bag full of treats. At the Harbour Town outlets, you are sure to stock up on underwear and bras, sleepwear, loungewear and sport gear as well as getting all your favourite basics and denim at great prices. I stocked up on so many pairs of colourful socks and also left with a new pair of jeans, comfy couch pants and a couple of other bits and pieces. I am not ashamed of a good Cotton On shopping trip.

Jeans West – Not a usual pick for us, but the Harbour Town Jeans West store does always deliver on out-of-season threads, such as casual knits and jeans in summer, and lightweight tops in winter. From our visit last month I am well and truly stocked up for next winter, however premature that might be.

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Seed scarf.

Seed – Seed is usually a store that I avoid like the plague as I know that walking in there could be very dangerous to my bank account, but at Harbour Town that all changes! Not only was the majority of the store on sale at the time, but there was a further 30% off a lot of pieces as well! Let’s just say we were in heaven, and the bank account definitely approved!City Beach – Whenever I walk past CityBeach, it makes me feel anxious because the store is always full of people and clothes interchangeably, and there’s a good reason why. Never one to shy away from a good bargain, I always brave the crowds and go on a little rummage  to find the best things. I’m usually always impressed. You really can’t go wrong in this surfer-girl wonderland with flash sales and bargain bins galore.

Typo – Do I need to say anymore? As a self confessed stationary addict, I will buy anything and everything, so if it is on sale it is even better! Shopping at Harbour Town makes this addiction slightly more bearable for the good ol’ savings account.

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Portmans sleeveless knit, Seed shorts, Jo Mercer heels. All from Harbour Town.

Portmans – I am guilty as all sin when it comes to Portmans, and I just can’t help myself. It’s one of my all-time favourite shops of the precinct, and you’re always guaranteed to walk out with a couple of bargains. I always spend time looking through each and every rack, gathering a pile of everything in my season before heading to the change rooms for a try-on marathon. Portmans is great for work wear that is stylish, comfortable and appropriate, and there’s also a lot of nice pieces for your weekend wardrobe too. If you haven’t been, you guys need to check it out!Lorna Jane – Everything for your #activeliving #movenourishbelieve journey can be found inside the doors of Harbour Town’s Lorna Jane store. If you’re afraid of fluro and lycra then this might not be your thing, but otherwise there’s some great buys to be found at heavily discounted prices. Sports shorts for $35, crops under $50 and a collective of the signature LJ styles at discounted price points. Inspiration overload.

Victoria’s Secret – Sure, it’s a little bit cliche, but since it’s the first store in our neck of the woods, it’s a bit hard to deny the curiosity of the international lingerie label. Bargains not so much, but it makes me giddy with excitement all the same.

Sports Stores – Between Nike, Asics, 2XU, Adidas, New Balance, the Canterbury Outlet, Puma and Speedo, if you’re in the market for some sports gear this is the place to find it without breaking the bank. I’ve previously purchased Nike and Asics runners at Harbour Town for a fraction of the price you would find them anywhere else, and there’s also some great sale racks to help you reach your health and fitness goals.

So that’s it, a very poor girls experience at shopping on a budget in a magical wonderland of sale racks and bargain bins. No shopper’s remorse from this savvy gal! Harbour Town on the Gold Coast | Brisbane Threads