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SPOTLIGHT ON: KIT WEBSTER

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

Today I’m having a quick chat with Melbourne based multidisciplinary artist Kit Webster about all things art, style inspiration, travel and of course coffee!!

Kit has been collaborating with Westfield Chermside for their ‘Festival of Lights’, which is being celebrated this coming weekend from today Thursday 3rd August – Saturday 5th August. The ‘Festival of Lights’ is celebrating Westfield Chermside’s NEW dining, entertainment and lifestyle precinct.

Brisbane locals can enjoy Kit’s visually impressive work under the ‘Urchin’ from 6pm – 9pm every evening.  Over the duration of the ‘Festival of Lights’ the precinct will also have interactive projections, kid’s activities, live entertainment, fireworks and much more.

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Autumn Winter Fashion

posted by Cassandra Symons May 3, 2017 0 comments

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After what has seemed like the longest and hottest summer in living memory… I was thrilled to attend the Autumn Winter 17 Fashion Launch at Westfield Carindale earlier this year. Hosted by Nadia Bartel with Annabel Falco and with Brooke Falvey I was excited to see the new season trends.

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A luncheon for the fashion obsessed.

posted by Aimee Moy April 13, 2015 0 comments

Westfield Garden City’s new lavish towns square was the LA-esque back drop for Fridays fashion luncheon hosted by Sara Hatten-Masterson. Sara, Westfield Garden City’s head stylist accompanied by previous Vogue editor Kirstie Clements spoke exclusively about affordable autumn trends and what we can expect to love for the current season.

The Palms hosted the two-course event and they did not disappoint, the delicious fashionable food was only second to the fashionable attendees. A few words with Brad Jolly, the owner of The Palms, informed of his interest in combining the retail side of Westfield Garden City with the fine dining that is now on offer. Wishing to evoke the whole experience for shoppers; after all who isn’t a little famished from pounding the shopping centre hallways? If comments like “How did they get that beetroot rectangle?” and “everything on this plate begins with the letter P,” doesn’t entice you, it should!

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After devouring a delectable entre and refilling our flutes, the affair was off and runwaying, pun intended. Kirstie on her upcoming book “Impressive, how to have a stylish career” spoke of being thrilled to chase other endeavours and how she wants to bring to light the misconception that many people have of the fashion industry. Sara and Kirstie banter about the current trends walking from the paved streets of Europe to the cemented ones of Brisbane. The first model sashays through the tables in a hippie-lux ensemble with light layering; clashing snakeskin print against a very 70s colour palette. Inspired from the runways of Balmain and Pucci, think 70s gypsy vibe with a modern edge. The shirt-dress is a key shape for this trend and light layering makes it easy to factor in the Queensland weather. The second outfit consists of knitwear, which naturally is huge for autumn. Wearing a knitted funnel neck tunic over skinny jeans and a thick knit scarf loosely hung around the neck the model showcases inspirations from the Celine and Chloe runways. Kirstie and Sara agree that the tunic and funnel neck styles are versatile enough to be worn over a skirt, or if daring enough over some relaxed culottes. There’s a lot of grey scale knit floating around this season and again with the 70s vibe, don’t be afraid to try the bell-bottom or flare pant shapes, which are very relevant right now. Double denim still exists people, don’t be afraid to clash denim tones either, or include some playful patchwork. Leather jackets are always a staple, but again the 70s inspired colours have leather leaning towards burgundy and browns. Stripes are staying around too, the third outfit showcased a pencil skirt and cropped top combo. Lengths appropriate enough for almost all occasions; if you’ve got the bod why not tactfully show a little strip of skin here and there? RED, in capitals because Kirstie is adamant that fashionable Europe is flooded with the colour at the moment, all we must do it wait! Pair red with muted greens and mild prints so it stays that focal point and feature item. The final look in display was the sleeveless coat knee-length over a mini-skirt. There was a mix in texture too with a faux fur stole wrapped around the shoulders.

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As a wrap fashion for Autumn is focussing on less complicated clothing. The simplicity of normcore to the authenticity of print clashing: play around with the lengths of tops and the lengths of bottoms. Layering is your best friend this season, instead of that large coat have a go at incorporating a few smaller layers that can be casually dispatched when the weather is unpredictable and wrapped around the waste for a super causal feel. Kirstie pushes that for every budget we should aim to buy the best products we can in our price range. This means quality of Quantity, and natural fibres over synthetics.

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Westfield Garden City is Back!

posted by Teagan West October 15, 2014 0 comments

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Southsiders rejoice! Westfield Garden City at Mt Gravatt is back and it’s bigger and better than ever!

Our local shopping mall has undergone a $400 million makeover and oh boy, you can tell. The redevelopment welcomes an additional 1400 car spaces, 100 new specialty retailers, a resort-style dining precinct, a fresh food market and a host of new restaurants to sink your teeth into.

Department stores Target and Myer, opened officially by Jennifer Hawkins last weekend, have also joined the collective alongside David Jones, Kmart and Big W.

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The most spectacular transformation though, is the new Town Square dining precinct and its ability to immediately transport you from the concrete jungle of a suburban shopping complex. A giant pool and bridge network, tropical flora and inviting lounge chairs have transformed the run down entertainment area into a lush subtropical oasis to rival the likes of Sanctuary Cove and Marina Mirage.

And a treat for the ladies, keep an eye out for the #GCpoolboys. Trust me, you wont be able to miss them!

Town Square’s array of casual dining options will make the new dining precinct your go-to spot for weekend breakfasts, lunch in the sun, coffee and cake, a dinner date or cocktails with the girls.

Choose between the revamped Beach House Bar and Grill, old favourites Hog’s Breath Café, Grill’d and Pancake Manor or newbies Hatch & Co., Kinn Thai, The Palms Mediterranean Bar and Grill, San Churro and more.

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And while we’re on the topic of food, we must discuss 8 Street – an incredible Asian laneway that resembles the busy food markets and street laneways of Southeast Asia.

More than 10 different Asian eateries have taken their place in the hawker-style area that is bursting with fragrance and flavour as takeaway meals are made to order. It’s a permanent, all-day dining laneway complete with ramen soups, Asian burgers, Japanese pizza, Malaysian noodles, Asian BBQ, shanghai dumplings, wonton soup and more. I personally can’t wait to perch myself on a barstool and get amongst it all!

8 Street is perfect for lunch on the run if you work in the centre and for shoppers, is a great place to rest your weary feet (especially those of your accompanying male: nothing says refreshed like a large selection of quality local and Asian beers).

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I’ll be dining at Garden City a lot more in the coming months as I work my way around Town square and 8 Street and wait patiently for Vapiano’s to open!

Here’s my top 5:

  1. Town Square and 8 Street – they’re a Southside gourmands dream come true
  2. The brand spanking new Target store with its own coffee shop and limited edition Missoni collection. Need I say more?
  3. Workout wear inspired by the yoga movement at abi and joseph
  4. Stocking up on bright hues at the (soon to be open) M.A.C store
  5. Sweet treats at the Noosa Chocolate Factory

Stay tuned for individual restaurant reviews!

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Last Minute Father’s Day Suggestion and Competition!

posted by Danielle Lewis August 29, 2013 0 comments

Chakchouka

UPDATED 6th September 2013: Congratulations to the winner Kelly Wong!

If you are anything like me you will wake up on Sunday morning and have a panic attack … because you forgot it was Father’s Day! Well luckily you are reading this article… because that means you have 2 cheeky days up your sleeve!

And our good friends Fruits of Life at Westfield Garden City have offered up their culinary expertise to make us all look like stars come Sunday!

We all know DAD love nothing more than the family around and a full stomach.. and this Chakchouka (fancy name for baked eggs, and a favourite in North Africa) is sure to leave him smiling all day… and you in the good-books for a little longer.

Plus… if you manage to read through the recipe without drooling all over your keyboard and blowing up your computer… the lovely folk at Westfield are giving away a $100 Westfield Gift Card to make your Father’s Day even MORE perfect. Simply enter your details in the form below.

CHAKCHOUKA:

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

·         60 ml rice bran oil

·         6 ripe tomatoes, cut in half

·         1 small yellow capsicum, cut into strips

·         1 small green capsicum, cut into strips

·         1 small red capsicum, cut into strips

·         1 red onion, cut into rings

·         1 large red chilli, finely chopped

·         1 teaspoon ground cumin

·         1 teaspoon sweet paprika

·         1 teaspoon sea salt

·         8 eggs

·         3 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley

·         Chargrilled bread, to serve

Method:

1.    Preheat the barbecue grill to high

2.    Put the oil in a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, capsicums and onion and toss the vegies around to coat them in the oil.

3.    Working in batches, tumble some of the vegies over the grill and spread them around so they don’t overlap.

4.    Cook the vegetables for 8-10 minutes, turning them often using metal tongs until they are tender and scored with grill marks, then transfer to a bowl.

5.    Cook the remaining vegetables in the same way

6.    Sprinkle the cooked vegetables with the chilli, cumin, paprika and salt and toss together.

7.    Lightly mash using a potato masher, so the tomatoes especially are well crushed.

8.    Spoon the mixture onto a heavy-based baking tray.

9.    Put the tray on the barbecue grill and allow to heat up and sizzle

10.  Form eight evenly spaced little wells in the mixture, then crack an egg into each one.

11.  Close the barbecue lid, if your barbecue has one, or place another baking tray over the top.

12.  Cook for 8-10 minutes, just until the egg whites are firm.

13.  Sprinkle with the parsley and serve hot, with chargrilled bread.

Recipes courtesy of Westfield Garden City – for more fresh food tips and recipe inspiration visit westfield.com.au/gardencity

 

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Westfield Garden City Spring Summer Festival

posted by Danielle Lewis October 17, 2012 0 comments

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I am so excited.. The Westfield Fashion Festivals have been roaming around Australia and Garden City is the next cab off the rank starting on Thursday 18th of October!

Discover the new season style and trends for your wardrobe, home, health and lifestyle at the Westfield Garden City Spring Summer Festival! You are invited to enjoy celebrity performances, fashion shows, VIP events, workshops, sampling, sales and much more over 4 BIG days!

When: Thursday 18th of October – Sunday 21st of October
Where: Centre Court, Upper Level
Cost: FREE

Check out a preview of all the action here…

And head to the website for more details… can’t wait to see you there! x

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Ask a Stylist: Buy. Keep. Store

posted by Danielle Lewis September 5, 2012 0 comments

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With Spring/Summer approaching, our wardrobes are getting a little out of hand… new pieces are coming in.. the old ones are being shoved to the back and deciding what we can mix with our new pieces is sending us batty! Time to bring in the experts!

Have you met Laura Stead? She is one of the gorgeous Westfield Chermside stylists who’s life purpose is to make your wardrobe and this season’s fashion make sense!

We posed the question to Laura: What SS pieces should we be buying, what pieces should we hold on to for Spring and what can be stored away once Winter is gone?

Here is a little insight from the stylist herself…

Top 5 pieces from SS12 trends shoppers should look for:

  1. Western-inspired piece – denim goes back with everything in your wardrobe, and will go from staple to trend next season thanks to Western. Personally my favourite is the denim shirt!
  2. A floral statement – blooming bouquets will be everywhere for spring summer, and are perfect for the warmer weather! Pencil skirts, tailored blazers and button-downs will be the most popular
  3. Sporty luxe trousers – stylish, comfortable and perfect for updating your basics and block-coloured blazers
  4. A fabulous retro ladylike dress – ladylike is back for another season and will be here to stay! Invest with a gorgeous dress and be ready for the racing season too!
  5. Stacked on tribal jewellery – bangles and oversized necklaces pick up on the boho trend we love every spring summer and are the most inexpensive way to experiment with new trends

Top 3 pieces shoppers should keep from AW12 for SS12

  1. Coloured jeans – are here to stay for another season! For SS12, you’ll be able to choose between neon brights and pastels, for all personal styles. Everyone should own a pair because you can wear them as a statement with all of the basics in your wardrobe, or use to mix with other trends like colour blocking.
  1. Peplums – were made famous in AW12 for their figure-fixing structure, ability to dress up and down and clevel frill that hides our tummy. They’ll be back in SS12 in the form of tops, skirts and dresses in neutral and block colours and the most popular prints.
  2. Metallic accessories – if you’re looking for a quick and stylish way to experiment with trends, metallic accessories is the way to go! Take baby steps with a sequin clutch or glittery heels before working your way up the ranks to sparkly blazers and skirts.

Items that should be stored – how should they be stored?

  1. Statement coat – AW12 was all about the statement winter coat, but of course we won’t be needing it for spring summer! If you invested in a classic coat, or something more “out-there” that just screams your personal style, be sure to store it away until next winter! Take it for a dry-clean, before storing it safely in a suit bag hanging in your closet.
  2. Chunky knits – were one of the biggest trends, namely because they are effortlessly stylish, and comfortable for busy fashionistas! Needless to say, something this handy will always come back in style! Store in clean, dry Space Bags or other vacuum bags to hide from dust over the next few months.
  3. 1960’s – was our favourite era this winter, in particular swing coats, woollen dresses and opaque stockings. As we move through to spring summer, it’s likely we’ll be steering more towards the 70’s and its boho vibe, but next year we will be seeing the cosy fabrics and tailored shapes of the swinging sixties once again.
Spring Summer Trends:

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