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Sleeping at Spicers Balfour

posted by Emmy O'Neill December 18, 2017 0 comments

As the new year fast approaches we usually start to turn our thoughts to our 2018 resolutions #amiright. We at BT think that spoiling oneself should be high on everyone’s list. Well, we have a great idea for you!

And this time you can avoid the bumper-to-bumper M1 to the Gold Coast or the even-longer Sunshine Coast, but rather pack your suitcases and head to New Farm. Yes, New Farm!

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Are you the next W Insider?

posted by Emmy O'Neill November 2, 2017 0 comments

We are all bursting with excitement as the highly anticipated W Brand is making it’s return to Australia, opening an oh-so-freaking-fabulous-five-start hotel W Brisbane!! Brisbane this is the first five-star hotel we’ve had in the CBD in 20 years!

To celebrate the launch W Brisbane has partnered with Brisbane celebrity Abby Coleman to hunt for Australia’s first W Insider. What is a W Insider we hear you ask? Imagine a full time position, with a salary, showcasing everything that is cool about Brisbane. All the latest and greatest fashion, foodie, lifestyle finds. The W Insider is a twist on a traditional hotel concierge; but for the cool kids.  Continue Reading

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Sleep with a friend, without sharing a bed.

posted by Danielle Lewis September 25, 2017 0 comments

Oh the perennial problem, travelling with friends and family to a festival, weekend away or holiday only to have to cosy up in the double bed. And while I love my BFF, I’d also love NOT to have her elbow in my back while I sleep.

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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