Brisbane Powerhouse boasts on point programming & glorious river views at one of our cities most iconic locations. One of Brisbane’s go-to venues; the Brisbane Powerhouse is not just for the ‘arty’ types but caters to a diverse range of audiences. This coming season MARCH – APRIL is no exception with an inclusive and exciting program. There is a wide variety for audiences to choose from; including Dance, Theatre, Comedy, Film, Music & Circus. Something for everyone on this season at 119 Lamington Street, New Farm.
All of ya Brisbanites with ya pumped up dancin’ kick’s, better dance, better eat faster than you can drink… For the first time ever, Fish Lane invites you to get involved in live music, epic local eat’s and quality drinks. Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming Fish Lane Festival!
When invited to spend a night at NEXT Hotel Brisbane and dine at Lennons Restaurant & Bar I jumped at the chance to sus out this new Brisbane hot spot. What I didn’t expect was the NEXT level service and style that the swish new Hotel has created.
With the motto “Designed to make your time count”, NEXT Hotel does just that and more with their re-engineered space, technology and service designed for the time-crunched modern business traveller, but also equally impressive for tourists or those on a mini-break in their own city.
Let me break down just some of the stand out things about NEXT Hotel.
“Enjoy our amenities before check-in and even after check-out” are not words you hear from many Hotels. Designed to work for you, and for you to work, the spaces on offer at NEXT Hotel for guests to enjoy include the Club Lounge, The Pantry, Gym & Pool, Shower pods, and my personal favourite, Sleep Pods. All available for you to use if you are waiting to check in or have some time to kill before your flight after check out, accompanied by complimentary wi-fi, naturally.
And while we’re talking about spaces, it doesn’t get fresher than Lennons Restaurant & Bar where you can watch the chefs prepare your order on the spot whether it’s a breakfast meeting, power lunch or social dinner.
What if I told you, you could download a NEXT Hotel app to gain absolute power over your stay? Well that is exactly what you can do, and by power I mean you can control the gadgets in your room including lights, music, and air conditioning. Use it to book room service, check in, check out and wait for it… use it as your room key! Yep, just open the app, hold it up to your door, and you’re in! If you don’t have a smart phone, you can do all of the above on the Samsung Galaxy S4 waiting in your room that is yours for the stay. You can take it out with you for the day, and use it to have room service waiting for you or have the room chilled to your desired temperature.
Wi-fi and expensive mini bar items; two things that often get you with extra costs when booking a hotel room. Not a problem when staying at NEXT Hotel as wi-fi is complimentary and so are 4 mini bar items, daily!
So you might have caught on by now that everything at NEXT Hotels revolves around you and your schedule, making it the perfect place to stay for a business trip, or simply for a staycation in your own city!
Info & Booking
NEXT Hotel Brisbane
72 Queen Street, Brisbane
Queensland 4000, Australia
+61 7 3222 3222
The dark room lit with neon lights created the perfect atmosphere for exploring. An intoxicating mix of talent on display. Creativity and soul seeping from every corner. The Met in Fortitude Valley played host to Raw presents Visionary and it definitely did not disappoint.
RAW: natural born artists is an international arts organisation. They personally select independent creative in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art.
With so many talented artists displaying their works it was a visionary feast for the eyes. Floating from one exhibition to the next was heaven. The chatter singing through the air as people debated over their favourites. There were I have to admit a few artists that demanded more of my attention and ones I will definitely be keeping track of in the future.
Larissa Lea Art – Artist
I found myself standing in front of one particular painting for nearly 5 minutes – I may have looked crazy. I was completely transfixed by the colours and the way they merged into one another. I do not pretend to understand art but something in this particular piece reached out to me.
Lauren Shelley – Photographer
Her photographs have the power to transport you into the moment the picture was taken. They manage to capture a beautiful sense of tranquillity and peace. I left determined to get back into surfing just to experience for a minute the feelings her pictures evoked.
These pictures being airbrushed seem to capture a different side of the icons she painted – she made them seem softer and more relatable almost. I was most drawn to the black and white images – which coincidently where the artists favourite too.
Cocktail in hand overlooking the venue from the balcony was the perfect way to end the night. I was not aware of all the hidden talent in Brisbane and thoroughly enjoyed experiencing it thanks to RAW.
This post has been written by Kristen from The Cycles of Summer…
Vintage-loving ladies you are invited to join our journey for the First Cycle of Summer.
Together we will cycle between the trees, around the river and by the cityscapes.
When: Sunday 1st of February
Location: New Farm Park
Time: Meet at 3pm for picnic. Cycle commences at 4pm!
A little about us:
A boy and girl met and fell in like, in the city of Brisbane. The girl loved and appreciated all things vintage and longed to experience the world by bicycle. The boy surprised the girl by lovingly restoring a retro cruiser for her. The boy named the bicycle Juliette. The girl and Juliette take scenic routes around their beautiful city.
Our website The Cycles of Summer was created to share the discoveries and insights you can experience when riding a bicycle. It was also created with the hope of developing a small community of Vintage Betties who ride bicycle. Together we will meet, cycle and picnic together in our beautiful city.
Be a stylish Betty….
Wear a vintage frock to our event and have the chance to win a sweet little gift for being voted the most stylish Betty.
Life is a picnic…
Picnics perfectly compliment bicycle rides. Bring your picnic rug and a sweet or savoury treat to share. We will provide light refreshments. Pack your basket full of your favourite treats and be ready to enjoy this special experience. Our picnic will provide the opportunity to get to know each other.
Images captured by Cassandra Eggert from Ivy and Pine Photography
Wearing a sweet vintage dress on a sunny day with a breeze is delightful. In that moment everything in life feels wonderful!
But when planning your outfit for a ride there are some things be mindful of – the length or your dress, the suitability of your under garments and shoes, and how comfortable you’ll be. A 1950’s summer dress usually has all the elements for stylish and comfortable riding. High wasted shorts with lacy tops or jumpsuits are also great options. As always, helmets are a must.
The Cycles of Summer: A blog for Vintage Betties, sun seekers and their bicycles
The Cycles of Summer is a blog for people who want to meet up with over pedal pushers for relaxing rides. We’re not interested in speed or lycra – we like to take our time, have a chat and enjoy the scenery. Our hope is that we will soon have a small community of ladies that regularly invite each other to cycle to markets, ride along coastlines, plan trips to GoMA, plan routes incorporating vintage shops and cafes, picnic together in parks, go on sunset cruises and cycles under the stars.
This blog is a great platform to connect with other Vintage Betties and share your thoughts on vintage culture, threads and bicycles.
We look forward to meeting and cycling with you on Sunday 1st of February. It will be the start of a wonderful journey.
If you live in Brisbane, have a retro styled bike and enjoy wearing vintage dress, then join our journey. It will be one full of sunshine!
Check us out: www.thecyclesofsummer.com
It’s mid-January (gasp!), so it’s time to evaluate your New Year resolutions and see if you’re on track…
I bet there’s a whole army of you promising to focus on your health, fitness and general wellbeing – whether it be eating a more balanced diet, using that gym membership, meditating for internal wellbeing, exercising daily or having more ‘me’ time. We all know how hard it is come January to start bringing those goals to fruition on the 1st, and it’s even harder 2 weeks in.
So how are you going, so far? Are you giving it your all and reaping the benefits, or are you struggling to get motivated and up-and-at-‘em? Whatever the case, a little bit of motivation (in the form of retail therapy of course) cannot go astray.
I know I’m very guilty of finding motivation to exercise in the form of buying new active gear. It’s a way of starting fresh and being inspired by active threads that support you and get you in the mood for a good sweat. From my own experience, it works a treat (plus it’s a justified shopping trip!). Here’s some of the best activewear in Oz that’ll inspire you to reach your health and fitness goals in 2015. Sweat it out in style babes.
Modern and stylish yoga attire inspired by the colourful leggings adorning Brazil’s active crowd. The Hatha range is designed on the Sunshine Coast and made ethically in Rio de Janeiro from high performance fabrics which offer flexibility and UV protection and are breathable, soft, lightweight and definitely no see through.
THE hub for all things activewear, Stylerunner is an online retailer specialising in the best, most stylish activewear from Australia and beyond. Made up of an inspiring curated selection of active attire from major brands including adidas, FELLA, First Base, lululemon athletica, Lorna Jane, Nike, Onzie, Puma, Running Bare and many more, it’s no wonder Stylerunner has jumped to the top of the flock.
FK X FIT
Street fashion label Finders Keepers has just launched a new activewear range that combines the brands style aesthetic with high performance activewear. At the moment there’s only two prints – floral and blue tartan – however it’s enough to whet the appetite for what is sure to come next (think leopard, pinstripe and more).
There’s no denying Lorna Jane Clarkson is queen of cool-girl activerwear, so jump on board the MNB bandwagon and stock up on neon brights, slogan tees, short shorts and all the active accessories you will ever need. The Move, Nourish, Believe blog running alongside the LJ brand is also a fabulous source of active living inspiration.
Vie Active is a luxury active-wear brand with a Bondi-cool attitude created for the way we live our busy lives. Quality and integrity is key and the collection of fun patterns will get you up and moving in no time.
Founded by Australian fashion designer Jodi Meares, The Upside was designed to allow people to move freely throughout the lives they create as we focus more on a healthy lifestyle. The classic muscle tank is the cool-girl piece for every active wardrobe and there’s a host of fashion-forward prints and shapes to take you from your sweat session to the rest of your day.
ABI & JOSEPH
Prints galore minus the OTT neon. The abi & joseph brand can be summed up in four words – performance, style, perfection, quality. It’s a range that inspires the modern woman to live an active, healthy lifestyle, and has an emphasis on cool threads for yoga and pilates workouts.
So what are you waiting for – shop some new threads and get your heart pumping and your body singing.
The wrapping paper from Christmas day has barely settled and already it’s time to start thinking about the next big item on the agenda – that being New Year’s Eve. Ahh New Year’s Eve. There are two types of people in this world, those who LOVE it and those who are less enthusiastic about it. If you fall into the latter category don’t fret! Here are a few of Brisbane’s NYE happenings that will have you saying hooroo to 2014 and hola to the New Year in plenty of style.
If you are looking for something with a little more class, Soliel Pool Bar’s Saint Tropez Event would be right up your ally. Right in the heart of Southbank, this roof top bar will offer prime views of the This six hour package including drinks, canapés, as well as roving entertainers, will have you ringing in the New Year under the stars. But with tickets at $250 a pop, this soiree might have you welcoming the New Year a bit poorer than anticipated. All worth it I’m sure!
What: Soliel Pool Bar’s Saint Tropez
Where: Cnr Grey St & Glenelg St, South Brisbane
Hunter’s And Gatherer’s Ball
Hunting out a bit of fun to herald the New Year? Then you should absolutely check out The Woolly Mammoth’s Hunters and Gatherers’ Ball. Don’t forget this one’s a dress up so don your faux fur and loin cloths for a fabulous night.*
N.B: there will be prizes for the best dressed, so my advice: go all out.
What: Woolly Mammoth’s Hunter’s and Gatherer’s Ball
Where: 633 Ann St, Fortitude Valley
If you’re not into braving the Southbank crowds and would prefer to sit back and with a Whiskey in hand and casually welcome in 2015, The Gresham is certainly you’re port of call this NYE. From 4pm you can ensconce yourself at the Bar for a more relaxed New Year’s Eve. And just a tip, their Cocktails are AMAZING
What: The Gresham
Where: 308 Queen Street
Price: Free Entrance + drinks
Fireworks at Southbank
So this is probably one of the more traditional things you can do on New Year’s Eve. But that doesn’t mean it won’t mean a great night out. If you are willing to brave the crowds and ring in the New Years surrounded by people (A LOT of people) then this is the spot to be. Great for families, you will be ensured a fabulous fireworks display and ring in 2015 with spectacular flair. And the best part? It’s absolutely free!
What: Southbank Fireworks display
Where: Southbank Parklands
Price: Free + BYO food and beverages.
Welcome to the second and final post on our recent road trip to the Hunter Valley. Here you will be able to check out some of the stops on the way that we felt were worth the mention and a visit! If you missed out on our first post about the Hunter Valley, check it out here.
First stop – Brunswick Heads
For brunch – Footbridge
Footbridge is about 200m from the gorgeous clear blue river at Brunswick Heads and a short walk from the Coast. It has a cool and relaxed vibe with bearded friendly faces behind the counter and nice fresh produce.
For threads – Sunshine Trader
Sunshine Trader is exactly what you would imagine. It’s a bright, beautiful store full of fun. I listened to the gorgeous and charismatic owner Sheridan talk to her new customers like they were all old friends. The store has been open only a couple of weeks and stocks local fashion, home wares, kid’s goodies and all manner of unique bric-a-brac. If you’re passing through Brunswick Heads, this one is a must-stop!!
(side note: we did actually stay at Coffs Harbour overnight but were kind of disappointed with the accommodation and food so won’t be reporting on that!)
Next Stop – Newcastle
For coffee and cake – Frankie’s Place
This retro little cafe was a good call to start our morning in Newcastle. We indulged in French toast with bacon and maple syrup, chai lattes and lemon cupcakes. It was like stepping straight into nana’s place with an eclectic collection of vintage chairs and decor.
For Gluten-Free Treats – Ma Belle
This sweet café specialises in all things gluten free. THE WHOLE CABINET WAS GLUTEN FREE. That is super duper rare! Even better yet, if you call ahead they will make you a delicious loaf of gluten free bread. Get on this my gluten sensitive friends!
Scout and Abicus are technically the same company from what I can gather. They are directly across the road from each other in Newcastle’s trendy Darby Street. I think they have a big sister – little sister type thing going on, with Abicus being big sis. I bought a gorgeous pair of Sol-Sana white leather sandals but could have bought much, much more. This place is definitely worth a look for threads. Abicus also has a fantastic music collection, where every album is worth taking home.
For threads & home – Blue Star Elements
I was somewhat hesitant as I walked through the front door of this little shop but I emerged half an hour later with it being an all time favourite. Blue Star sells labels like Elk for attire and plenty of Aussie designers of jewellery and home decor. Walk through to the back of the store and you enter a sun-filled outdoor area piled high with gorgeous plants, succulents and greenery potted in vintage and new pots, not one the same. This sweet store is a definite must-do in Newcastle. I WANTED ALL OF THE THINGS.
Thanks for tuning in to the final post on our road trip adventure. Plan your own and make some of these stops along the way!
Images courtesy of the amazing Gabriel Veit Photography.
Last weekend I jumped at an invitation to spend 24 hours at the Brisbane Marriott to bask in the hotel’s delightful services, devour food and relax in a luxurious room overlooking the Brisbane River.
I was uber impressed with the service and welcoming nature of all of the staff I encountered, and the facilities were nothing but the best. And don’t get me started on the Motion Bar & Grill! I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, complete with all of its embellishments. So much so that I got home on Sunday afternoon and, despite my looming to-do list, continued to relax and recharge because the last 24 hours at the Marriott had left me in a state of total bliss.
Here’s what I got up to…
6pm – The car was handed over to the concierge upon arrival and parked in a secure offsite location for the duration of our stay. Practical and convenient as everything we wanted/needed was either in the hotel itself, or within walking distance. A smooth check in sent us up to our room on the 23rd floor within minutes. Our #staycation had officially begun!
6.30pm – After gawking at the view and booking dinner we ducked out to hunt for pre-dinner snacks and stumbled upon some cheese, crackers and salami. Perfect!They went down a treat as we got ready for dinner at the Marriott’s hotel restaurant, Motion Bar & Grill Restaurant.
8.45pm – A late dinner reservation in the Motion Bar & Grill welcomed much contemplation when it came to picking just one thing off the short, but concise dinner menu. I wish I could eat seafood, because the neighbouring tables Seafood Tower of scallops, bugs, prawns, smoked salmon, mussels, oysters, crab legs, calamari and dipping sauces looked divine. Instead I opted for the safe, but equally tasty Lemon/Thyme Chicken Breast with carrot, parsnip puree, green pea and pan juices. My partner chose the sirloin with mushroom sauce and said it was the most glorious steak he had ever had (a big call coming from a carnivore!).
10pm – Finally, it was time to hit the hay in the heavenly king-size bed complete with 6 perfect pillows. I slept long and hard into the next morning without a single stir.
8.30am – Sunday morning was spent lazing around in bed and catching up on some work online thanks to the speediest hotel wifi connection I think I’ve ever encountered. Reading my backlog of magazines and oogling at the river view were morning essentials I happily ticked off my to-do list before packing.
10.30am – I had to coax myself into getting out of bed with the promise of a walk along the river and a fresh juice stop. Checking out was easy-peasy and our luggage was safely stored with the concierge team until our afternoon departure (another very convenient service the Marriott offers). After a short, balmy stroll down the river walk I found myself at the Eagle Street Pier before climbing onto a stool at Riverbar & Kitchen with a refreshing tropical juice cylinder in tow.
Midday – We headed back to the Marriott for the experience I was most looking forward to – High Tea! I LOVE a good high tea spread and the offerings at the Motion Bar & Grill resembled a perfect tier of sweet and savory goodness. Down went a selection of sandwiches with fillings such as free-range egg and lettuce, cucumber and dill cream, smoked turkey with cranberry, shaved ham and English mustard and smoked salmon with caper mayo before a selection of desserts from the pastry kitchen. The freshly baked plain and sultana scones were to-die-for, especially when paired with strawberry jam and a blissful white chocolate/vanilla/cream combo. A glass of French champagne rounded off the unbeatable High Tea spread.
1pm – Feeling full and satisfied we headed back to the concierge to collect our luggage and car. Within minutes, our car rounded the corner and appeared at the sliding glass doors with our bags already packed inside. Talk about good service!
Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to a treatment at the in-house day spa, however judging by the rest of the experience and quality of all other Marriott services, I can almost guarantee the awesomeness of the Dome Spa Retreat. There’s always next time!
All smiles and a thumbs from this happy #staycation-er!
We all know the saying “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content.” So go forth and spend your Sunday wisely – we’ve got you sorted when it comes to a couple of cheeky Sunday bevs and a good feed with your best pals in tow.
Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane
Blackbird Bar and Grill is possibly ‘the’ riverside hotspot every day of the week, Sunday included. The newly launched Sundays at Blackbird is complete with a beast on a spit that is carved into tasty sliders, boutique mix & match beer buckets, summertime cocktail jugs, a new bar menu with lots of casual dining options and a luxe afternoon vibe above the river.
100 Boundary Street, West End
For craft beer enthusiasts look no further than Archive Beer Boutique and its 22 rotating drought beers on tap and over 400 domestic and imported bottled beers. It’s the perfect place for an afternoon catch up over a couple of beers.
71-73 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane
The Fox Hotel has had a facelift recently, making the shift from teenage party hub to a more chilled out atmosphere with a quality food and drinks menu. Soho Sundays on Dandy’s Rooftop is definitely a thing when a spicy chorizo, sweet corn and feta pizza and mango Weisbar inspired cocktail is on the menu.
7 Browning Street, West End
Cobbler is a whisky and cocktail bar with a twist. Sure it has 300+ whiskeys from all over the world, but it’s the food menu, or lack of, that intrigues me most. Cobbler is BYO food! Yup, you heard correctly, you can take whatever food you wish to consume with you – a DIY cheese board, selection of desserts, takeaway from nearby restaurants… let your imagination run wild.
Corner of Alfred and Constance Street, Fortitude Valley
Alfred & Constance is synonymous with quirky hipster, it’s colourful, fun and unpretentious. There’s three bars and so many areas to explore – the White Lightning Tiki Bar, The Vanguard Beer Garden Bar, The Alcoholic Juice & Smoothie Station, the underground Fever Club and a number of foodie hotspots to fill the gap between drinks. And you get lei’d on arrival.
1 Musgrave Road, Red Hill
It’s the place to be on the northside come Sunday afternoon, with flowing drinks, hearty food and many areas to mix and mingle until your heart is content.
633 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
Although Woolly Mammoth is the new kid on the Valley block, the contemporary beer hall has gained a large following with its rustic off-the-bone menu, large selection of craft beer, crowd-pleasing entertainment and indoor activities to the likes of Bocce, Giant Jenga and Shuffleboard. Enjoy a Mammoth Sunday. They also provide a little something extra for the craft beer lovers.
51 Alfred Street, Fortitude Valley
Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess is a gin bar with all of the trimmings. Inspired by the British colonial outposts of the late 19th century, Dutch Courage specialises in gin cocktails and has a well-planned selection of share plates and tapas on offer. For those basking in Brisbane’s gin scene – this is the place to be.
Riparian Plaza, Promenade Level 71 Eagle Street, Brisbane
Spectacular Story Bridge views, plenty of seating, a colourful menu and drinkies abound, Riverbar and Kitchen is as casual as it gets without compromising quality and atmosphere. Come at me jug of Passionfruit Sangria!
Podium Level, Rydges, Corner of Grey and Gleneig Streets, South Bank
Poolside bars are the It-Girls of the Brisbane nightlife scene when it comes to hot days and sunset hangs. Although Soleil Pool Bar has only just opened, it’s set to become a Sunday go-to thanks to its luxe interior, tasty bar menu, summertime drinks list and inviting pool begging you to take a splash.