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Festival Fashion

posted by Maddie Vlismas July 19, 2017 0 comments

You might already be in Byron as you’re reading this, or currently driving *ahem stuck in bumper to bumper traffic trying to get there… but  ‘that weekend’ in July is finally upon us! That glorious weekend aka Splendour in the Grass. If you’re going: get ready, this festival fashion is for you! If you can’t make it this year: sorry – we’ll try not to rub it in too much.

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A tourist in Brisbane

posted by Emmy O'Neill June 23, 2017 0 comments

A little weekender in the city is sometimes just what you need to be reminded of the beauty of Brisbane. Being a tourist in your hometown is the best way to fall in love your city and cure the ‘travel bug’ feeling. You know that longing, that desire to travel; it happens when you haven’t been on a holiday in a while…

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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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Staycation at Marriott

posted by Emmy O'Neill March 3, 2017 0 comments

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of a little #staycation with hubby at the Brisbane Marriott to escape the chaos of everyday #mumlife. Truth be told we were incredibly excited (aka couldn’t freaking wait) to drop off the tribe and head into the city for a little #datenight sans babes.

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REBOOK TO PARADISE

posted by Emmy O'Neill February 22, 2017 0 comments

Day-dreaming about total coastal bliss – crystal clear waters, white sand and relaxation for days. Imagine a seven-night holiday in the MALDIVES in complete relaxation mode. Sometimes dreams do become reality and in this case, it is as simple as ONE – TWO – REBOOK to Paradise at Toni & Guy Brisbane.

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Spotlight On: Yasmin from Sundays In Paris

posted by Jacquelyn Cox August 18, 2016 0 comments

Planning a Paris getaway? Or just want to take a moment out of your day to dream about the city of love (like us…)? We’re kind of smitten with the Instagram-worthy travel book “Sundays In Paris”. Not only is it chic and stunning to look at but it is giving us a case of the serious travel bug! We caught up with travel guide “Sundays In Paris” creator Yasmin to find out about her love for Paris, her love for Brisbane and what’s next!

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Can you tell our readers a little about yourself and your background…

I grew up in Adelaide and moved to QLD to study Arts/Law at Bond University in 2010. I found myself in Paris in 2013 after studying French in Lyon as part of my Arts degree. After starting in Sundays in Paris, I moved to Brisbane where I actually work full time as a Solicitor in Banking and Finance (which I think most people don’t know!).

 

What inspired you to start putting together the Sundays In Paris City Guide?

I’m always on the hunt for good coffee and food when I move to new cities or travel. Being Australian I love going out for coffee and brunch on the weekend, we have such a great weekend culture here so when I moved to Lyon and found everything shut I struggled! When I moved to Paris 6 months later I was very excited about Sundays in Paris (being a bigger city lots more was open). I soon found myself talking endlessly about places to try for coffee and brunch on Sunday when my friend RJ suggested I start a website.

I was working freelance jobs at the time so I was always working from my laptop in cafes and began documenting each place on Instagram, one thing led to another and in May of this year I was lucky enough to publish it all into a book ‘ Sundays in Paris City Guide’.

Since I started the city guide in 2014, it really has developed into a community project involving people from all over the world who share the same love for Paris that I do. The project has turned Instagram followers into some of my closest friends and has allowed me to collaborative with some amazing and creative people. I’m endlessly grateful for the experience which sometimes feels like a dream!

 

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What are your ultimate top 3 things to do/places to go/meals to eat in Paris?

  1. Coffee – the speciality coffee scene has really developed in recent years so there is now a long list of places to get a great cup of coffee but top of my list is Boot Cafe for its uniqueness. An old cobblers shop turned cafe, it’s so charming. The Hood has recently opened and is one of my favourite new spots.
  1. Food – the options are really endless when it comes to where to eat in Paris (even now on Sunday!). Ober Mama is a great place for a casual dinner, it’s definitely up there with the better options for Italian in Paris. Buvette is my go-to place for Brunch because of the croque monsieur.
  1. Wander – the best thing to do in Paris is wander. The first few months I lived in Paris I would walk endlessly around the city – make sure to visit Place des Voyages, walk along the Canal Saint Martin  (pit stop at Ten Belles for coffee) and Palais Royal for a beautiful backdrop and coffee at Café Kitsune.

 

How would you spend a typical Sunday in Paris?

The markets at Bastille are my first point of call in themorning. I then would normally meet friends for coffee (Fondation Café, Fragments and Boot Café are regular features). Then onto brunch, a Sunday ritual for me, I have my staple places like Holybelly, Bespoke and Buvette but I’m always on the look out for new places opening up in the city. Recent additions include the likes of Hardware Societe up in Montmatre.

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Now back to our beautiful sunshine state, what are your favourite things about living in Brisbane (restaurants, shops, neighbourhoods, cafes, things to do etc)? 

I love the laidback lifestyle that comes with living in QLD. I live in Teneriffe so being close to the water and the woolstores are my favourite part about living in the neighbourhood as well as the endless list of great cafes and restaurants in close proximity.  I love being able to wake up on the weekend and visit the Powerhouse markets before jumping in the car and heading to the Sunshine beach or Mermaid beach down on the Gold Coast.

 

What’s next for you? 

More books, I hope! I’m looking to write a new city guide perhaps for New York or London so watch this space.

 

Fall in love with Paris on their Instagram here or buy your own travel guide on their website here.

Valentine's Day With Hotel Jen | Brisbane Threads
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Valentine’s Day With Hotel Jen

posted by Gabi Tang February 9, 2016 0 comments
When I was asked if I would like to enjoy a staycation at Hotel Jen Brisbane for a sneak preview of their upcoming Valentine’s Day packages, I couldn’t say YES fast enough! A night in hotel luxury with a three-course meal and breakfast in bed? Yes please! Excitement ensued and then came the thought – but who would I share my lovers experience with? As a single gal, I don’t have a partner to share it with so, I invited my best friend to join me instead!
Hotel Jen is a relative newbie on the inner-city hotel scene, taking over a year ago from where Traders Hotel used to be. Part of the Shangri-La hotel family, the hotel has a contemporary design and fit-out, complete with friendly staff and a great central location. After checking in easily and quickly on Saturday afternoon, we eagerly took the elevator up to our Deluxe Room on the 8th level. It was a corner room, with large windows overlooking King George Square and allowing glimpses of the Brisbane River, only slightly dulled by the gloomy rainy weather. We were impressed by the large space which housed a chaise, dining table and chairs, a large screen television, ample storage and, of course, a giant bed! The bathroom was also large and had all of the basic amenities included – handy as I hadn’t packed any in my rush to get ready!
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Upon check-in, we were told about their rooftop beehives and chef’s garden so we decided to take Scott up on his invitation to be shown them. We were taken up to the rooftop balcony on Level 6 and shown the adorable pastel beehives, set up by Jack Stone of Bee One Third, from which honey is regularly collected and served at the breakfast buffet and in several of the lunch and dinner dishes. Alongside the buzzing bees is a large rooftop garden with impressive plants growing eggplants, limes, tomatoes, an array of herbs and more.
Afterwards, we quickly got ready for our three-course dinner at Nest Restaurant, the Asian restaurant connected to Hotel Jen. We were shown to our reserved table and told we could order any three dishes off the menu; with delicious sounding options like Pork and Coriander Dumplings, Nest’s House Honey Peppered Beef and Nest’s House Creme Brulee, we had a tough time deciding! To help our decision making, we kicked off our meal with some amazing cocktails, expertly made by the in-house bartender.
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After some serious consideration, we opted to share the Deconstructed Barbeque Beijing Duck Rolls, Thai Beef Salad, Pad Thai and Malaysian Vegetable Coconut Curry. The duck rolls were fun to make ourselves so I highly recommend them but it was all delicious and so generous that our stretched stomachs were aching by the end. However, space for dessert can always be found, so we capped off our evening with the Apple Rhubarb Crumble and Warm Chocolate Fondant – to say we were stuffed is an understatement! Somehow we rolled ourselves up to our room where we fell into the deepest sleep.Valentine's Day With Hotel Jen | Brisbane Threads
The next morning we woke and made ourselves coffee using the automatic pod machine alongside thoughtfully supply takeaway cups for those on the run. Luckily we had the luxury of staying in as breakfast was being delivered to us! A knock on the door saw the arrival of our special breakfast – Smoked Salmon Benedict, a cheese platter and apple juice plus a special gift from Love Lockets. What an amazing start to the morning!
Alas checkout time rolled around and we returned to reality, but what a wonderful way to spend the weekend!
Check out our image diary of the 24 glorious hours we spent at Hotel Jen:
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Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema + Giveaway

posted by Teagan West September 30, 2015 3 Comments

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema is back, with music by day and movies by night set to light up South Bank’s Rainforest Green from October 2 to November 15.

Enjoy gourmet food, drinks and relaxing music before your film. Then once the sun sets, a mix of the latest and greatest movies will light up the cinema under the stars for a truly memorable experience. From Trainwreck, Miss You Already and Paper Towns to Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Everest and The Intern, there’s something for every film buff. Movies screen from Tuesday to Sunday for the entire season, with ‘Sundae Session’ including free Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream (YES!).

To celebrate the return of the Ben & Jerry’s Opener Cinema we have two double passes to giveaway to the Grease Sing-a-Long on Tuesday 20 October. To win, just tell us in the comments below why you’d love to win the tickets. We’ll choose the two most creative comments to win the double passes. We’ll also be giving away some double passes on Instagram too, so keep an eye out for that.

Tickets for quite a few sessions are selling fast so check out the spring lineup here, book online here and enter the discount code THREADS at the checkout for $3 off general admission tickets. It’s our little gift to you. Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinema | Brisbane Threads

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Hotel Urban Staycation

posted by Teagan West September 15, 2015 0 comments

A couple of weeks ago when we were guests at Hotel Urban in Spring Hill for a weekend staycation – A whole weekend! It was pretty darn good. We couldn’t let the experience go unnoticed, and of course we had our camera in hand as we made like tourists in our own city. There’s something special about staying in a hotel, even if it is 20 minutes from home. Here are a few of our favourite things about Hotel Urban:

The Location – Spring Hill is a great location because it’s outside of the CBD so there’s minimal noise, traffic and goings on in the streets surrounding the hotel. If you want to go to the city or South Bank it’s a short cab or Uber (about $7 for an Uber to South Bank) or a walk if you’re up for a bit of fresh air and exercise.

The Breakfast Buffet – It’s no surprise that we love breakfast here at Brisbane Threads, so we were delighted when a complimentary breakfast for two was included in our stay. After a lazy sleep in we wandered down to the dining area on the ground level and made our selection from the awaiting hot pots and fruit bowls. Breakfast was nothing fancy, but it was a standard hotel brekkie done well. The hot buffet included eggs, bacon, sausages and baked beans accompanied by a selection of breads and a few pastries. The continental breakfast portion included muesli, cereal, yoghurt and yoghurt toppings and sliced fruit, all prepared to the hotels high standards.

The Pool Area – As we staycationed at Hotel Urban in Winter, we did’t get a chance to make the most of the pool and outdoor entertaining area. From what we did experience, the area is roomy, filled with colour and is relatively private considering the inner city location. At one end of the pool area is a large gazebo with couches and a table, the perfect place for your early morning coffee or to unwind at the end of the day.

The Rooftop Terrace – Open at select time periods and on certain nights, Hotel Urban has an exclusive rooftop terrace with brilliant panoramic views of the city and beyond. If you get a chance, ask reception is it’s open and have a peek. Hotel Urban | Brisbane ThreadsThe Decor – We’ve all heard about the trendy decor at NEXT Hotel and TRYP, but did you know Hotel Urban has some swag of its own? The rooms are standard hotel suites, but the communal areas and the reception are something else. In every direction there is a feature artwork, a statement piece of furniture or a strategically placed vogue magazine and fresh flowers combination. The walls of one particular stairwell are also covered with street art and graffiti.

Matching Toiletries – The complimentary shampoo, contribution, body wash and moisturiser took pride of place on the bathroom counter, sitting in their matching glory in a small paddle next to the basin. It’s hard to describe, but it was the cutest addition to the bathroom. Soap never looked so elegant!

Gazebo Bar & Restaurant – We were guests at a foodie event at Gazebo Bar & Restaurant prior to our staycation at Hotel Urban to sample the new season menu, so we can certainly guarantee the food at Hotel Urban is supreme and is made to a very high standard considering the bad reputation many hotel restaurants get. Our favourite of the tasting session was the skewer of chorizo and haloumi, followed very closely by the colourful dessert platters filled with macarons, sweets, rhubarb crumble, chocolate pieces and fresh fruit that we perched around the room. All dishes were presented well and were packed with flavour.

Crisp White Sheets – This is standard procedure for any hotel, but there’s just something about crisp white sheets that makes me relax and feel like I’m a world away from home. Hotel Urban’s are no different, transporting me to my happy place (zzz’s) with the help of some comfy pillows and a lightweight quilt. While we’re on the topic of crisp white bed sheets – don’t they make the best flatlay work station!? Hotel Urban, Spring Hill | Brisbane Threads

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Best Of Melbourne Food | Brisbane Threads
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Hey Melbourne Food, Please Come To Brisbane

posted by Michaela Petrofes August 7, 2015 0 comments

In the name of ‘foodies’ everywhere, I hopped on down to Melbourne last month and faced the freezing cold temperatures in the name of delicious Melbourne food (and shopping!). With my trusty and fellow food lover beside me we sought out Melbourne’s uncelebrated food and drink treasures and have our top 3 picks for you to try the next time you’re, you know, in the area! (or better yet, they could come to BrisVegas… hint hint).

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Café 51 is South Melbourne’s hole in the wall burger joint, literally. With burgers starting from just $2, it was this uni students dream come true! Sticking to my guns I ordered their bacon cheeseburger while my fellow foodie ordered the mother of all burgers – The Mac Daddy. While my classic was every burger lover’s dreams come true, The Mac Daddy was everything and then some! Packed between two buns is mac and cheese, ‘dirty cheese’, beef patty, potato cake, slow cooked beef brisket, more ‘dirty cheese’ and a mountain of the crispiest bacon all smothered in ketchup, mustard and mayo. For safe measures there was a Café 51’s signature deep fried chicken breast, cooked in their house made crumb, added to top it all off. Need I say more?

If you like beer, ice cream and redskins… Moon Dog Brewery is waiting! Located in Abbotsford, Moon Dog specializes in beers that aren’t your every day run of the mill. If you’re a little picky when it comes to your beverages, the staff at Moon Dog will happily let you sample any of their beers on tap to see which one is your favourite. Being a sucker for sweets, we went with the Splice of Heaven IPA and the Imperial Redskins Stout and they tasted exactly like their titles! Splice of Heaven was tropical and creamy – a splice in drinkable form if you will. Imperial Redskins was a surprisingly dark beer but non the less amazing in taste. Not to mention the staff unwrapped 20,000 redskins by hand to get them into the brew! We’ll certainly cheers a redskin beer to that any day!

The only way to end the trip was to taste more of Melbourne’s burger scene, of course. Bringing the food coma holiday to a delicious end was 8 Bit in Footscray. 8 Bit is a funky burger joint that’s inspired by all things video games, given the venue has a very fun and up beat vibe! While their hotdogs were extremely tempting we couldn’t pass up the mouth watering burger list. Being a lover of the classics, I went for the perfected ‘8 Bit With Cheese’ while my counterpart ordered the ‘Double Dragon’ – featuring, as you might’ve guessed, double beef, double cheese and double bacon along with pickles, lettuce, mustard, 8 Bit sauce and the added chicken for safe measures. While both burgers were amazing and I’m already planning my next trip back to munch on some more, the real winner here were their loaded fries! French fries mixed with chilli beef, cheese sauce, bacon, pickle relish, grilled onions and jalapenos with chipotle mayo is enough to make my stomach rumble!

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Of course, Melbourne is riddled with cute cafes, laneway bars, burger joints, food trucks and culinary delights on every corner, so we couldn’t include all of our favourites, just the ones we really really want to come to Brisbane! We’ll see you three soon, yeah?

Do you have a favourite restaurant or foodie hub in Melbourne that Brisbane travellers must know about? Pop them in the comments below and share the gastronomic love. 

PS – how adorable are these images of Melbourne (cover image and top) from the good folk at Travelshoot, a Brisbane based business that connects travellers with local photographers to make the perfect travel memory (and a pretty rad new FB DP!). Tavelshoot has connections with photographers around the world, so whether you are in Paris, New York, Byron Bay or Melbourne, check them out if you want a little more than a selfie on your travels.

For more Melbourne foodie destinations, check out this article by our friends at Hotel Combined, it’s got 26 of the best Melbourne hotels with restaurants, so you can eat, sleep, drink and play without leaving the building!

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Oxygen Apartments Competition

posted by Danielle Lewis March 30, 2015 1 Comment

WIN with Oxygen Apartments!

To celebrate the launch of the first edition of The Insiders Guide to #Brisbane, Brisbane Threads and Oxygen Apartments are giving one lucky person a weekend away with 5 of their friends in the luxurious PENTHOUSE apartment and a bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne to kick off the festivities.

To enter simply use the competition box below. There are loads of different ways to enter for more chances to win!

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Terms and Conditions

1. Entries close Midnight April 30, 2015. Competition will be drawn at random on May 1, 2015. Winner will be notified by email.

2. Prize must be used by December 30, 2015.

3. Weekend must be booked no further out than 10 days of stay.

4. During their stay winner is bound by the standard terms and conditions at Oxygen Apartments.

5. All entrants will be subscribed to the Brisbane Threads newsletter and Oxygen Apartments newsletter.

 

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