Tuesday, September 25, 2012

More is more

Did you catch the Brownlow Medal on TV last night?  I did watch the red carpet special just to see what the WAGS were wearing - it's usually what I call 'glamorous' rather than classy.  Sometimes, it's way more sexy to keep it covered up girls!
Image via news.com.au
My favourite outfit of the night probably not surprisingly, was the black peplum dress worn by Jack Riewoldt's partner Carly Ziegler.  Simple, classic and a little bit vintage-inspired - I thought she looked absolutely beautiful.

I did spy another gorgeous dress on a woman briefly seen accompanying Matthew Richardson but sadly have not been able to locate any images of her.  The mystery brunette had a white Grecian-style gown on - again, very simple but also very lovely.  If any of you can work out who it is, let me know!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A feast for the senses

The Darebin Music Feast starts today and runs until 7 October - this year as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival and minus their annual High Vibes concert.  Check out their program if you're a lover of independent live music.
Image via Darebin Council website
There are also a couple of markets on this weekend - a fashion market at the Livingstone Centre in Ivanhoe this Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm for pre-loved and vintage clothing as well as the Suitcase Rummage market at The Thornbury Theatre from 11 am on Sunday.
Image via The Thornbury Theatre website
Finally, over 4000 people (more than some of the inner city design markets) attended last Sunday's Fine Design Market in Manningham and the next market will be held on 14 October and then on the second Sunday of every month during Spring/Summer.

All images above via The Fine Design Market

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Viva Italia

The Italian Film Festival at Palace Cinemas starts today in Melbourne and runs until 9 October.  In the north-east, you can catch films at Balwyn and Westgarth cinemas - I particularly love the renovated Art Deco interior at Westgarth and can remember watching one of the Italian films as part of this festival just after the cinema was refurbished over six years ago.  There are some really interesting sounding films on offer including Woody Allen's 'To Rome With Love'.
Image via Palace Cinemas website
Also starting today is Seniority - an exhibition celebrating the creativity, experience and excellence of senior artists in and around the Darebin community - in the Access Gallery at the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre.  It co-incides with the 2012 Victorian Seniors Festival and runs until 14 October.  Admission is free.  Check the website for opening days and times.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fun, fun, fun!

School holidays are on their way and I just wanted to mention some things on for creative kids over the break.
Wendy's Music in Rosanna, Diamond Creek and Reservoir is holding its Club W school holiday music camp over the two weeks from 9 am - 3 pm Monday to Friday for $70 per day.  Whether your child has ever done music or not, this is a fun one to build confidence and learn creative skills through music.
Image via Bec's Tree House Art School website
There are also a couple of places where kids can do school holiday program and art classes at The Art Factory in Balwyn North as well as Bec's Tree House Art School in Thornbury.  Bec's Tree House Art School also participates in the Banyule Festival every year.

Finally, Heide Museum of Modern Art has a school holiday program for kids including a comedy workshop, cupcake making and live reptiles amongst other things.

Nb. Miss Rosanna is Wendy's Music freelance PR consultant.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Road to Marrakech

Are the school holidays here yet?  I am hanging out for them - sick kids and tired parents aren't a good combination...

My muse is Morocco and I've discovered a couple of new blogs if any of you share my love.
Image via Mushmina blog
Mushmina is a fair trade accessories label based in Philadelphia in the US with products handmade in Morocco.  I've fallen in love with their beautiful bags which are available on Etsy.  Mushmina is also the story of two sisters (and social entrepreneurs) behind the label who've created this inspiring company.
Image via Chic Riads website
There is also the award winning blog My Marrakesh by Maryam Montague - a US ex-pat who now runs an eco-hotel called Peacock Pavilions amongst other things - in my next life I think I'd like to be her. There is also the Cool Marrakech Chic Riads art and design blog by twin sisters who run a couple of riads in Marrakech - Riad Ariha and Riad Chi-Chi - they all sound like fabulous places to stay if you're ever in Morocco and I will keep dreaming...

Friday, September 14, 2012

Looking mighty fine

There are a couple of markets on this weekend.  The Ivanhoe Makers Market is on tomorrow at The Livingstone Centre in Ivanhoe while on Sunday, the inaugural Fine Design Market is being held in Manningham.
Happee Monkee image via The Fine Design Market
The Fine Design Market is a new monthly independent design and arts market with some 50 stalls showcasing the work of emerging and established Melbourne designers.  This market has been the brainchild of two clever local ladies in Manningham - Michele Stagoll and Susie Lunt - and there is some gorgeous stuff on offer.
Kathykoo image via The Fine Design Market
Something Profound image via The Fine Design Market
I love that local design markets can now be found just around the corner from where we live!  Have a great weekend.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Musical theatre

Australian play Summer of the 17th Doll written by Ray Lawler starts at the Heidelberg Theatre Company tonight and is on until 29 September.  This is the story of two Queensland cane-cutters who bring Kewpie dolls for their barmaid sweethearts each year to Melbourne for an annual 5 month lay-off and is set in a year of change in 1953. It's on weeknights and Saturdays at 8 pm and on Sundays at 2 pm.
Image via HTC website
A 'Heroes and the Wild West' concert is also being performed by the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra this weekend at Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School and includes music from The Lord of the Rings, Superman and Star Wars.  One for all you sci-fi and western fans out there!  Bookings are essential - click on the link above for costs, times and booking details.
Image via HSO website
More tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A box with the lot

What a day it's been - I hope you've managed to feel the sun on your skin at some stage.  Just a couple of things to mention - today's Age Epicure has featured a number of organic produce services.  There are actually a number of organic shops around if you live in the north-east.  In Templestowe, there's Yarra Organics at Petty's Orchard (shop open Fri - Sun) which also has a cafe and is a place I've been meaning to visit for a while.  There is also Superfruit Organic in Ivanhoe, Dynamic Vegies in Eltham as well as Kew Organics in Kew.
Petty's Orchard image via Manningham Council website
Online, we've previously subscribed to Aussie Farmers Direct (based in Tottenham) which was a godsend when we had little babies and found it hard to get to the shops to buy groceries.  There is also Victoria Organic Delivery (formerly Greenline) based in Thomastown, Organic Origins in Warandyte and Organic Angels in Box Hill.

Shopping locally for fresh produce is always better and Mr Rosanna and I are still hoping to start doing the farmers markets when we get a chance.  Must nearly be time to start planting our tomatoes and basil...

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Spring Collection

Miss Rosanna is renewing her fitness regime, which has been sadly non-existent most of the second half of winter.  I went for a run around Rosanna park today and for those of you with kids, there's a super duper new slide at the Lower Plenty Rd end playground which looks like a lot of fun.

On the subject of all things green, it's Sustainable House Day this Sunday 9 September from 10am - 4pm and one of the open houses is at 102 Livingstone Street in Ivanhoe owned by Mick Harris.
Image via Montsalvat website
Skepsi@Montsalvat: Engaging Form is also on at Montsalvat until 16 September showcasing the work of some of Skepsi Gallery's 45 ceramic artists.
Lake Crocodylus (section) image by Patricia Spearritt, A Spring Collection exhibition
Finally, A Spring Collection - new works by a trio of female artists - Patricia Spearritt, Joan Kelly and Lucy Romano is now on at The Light Factory Gallery with the official opening this Sunday from 2 - 4 pm at the gallery.  Entry is free.

Nb. Miss Rosanna is The Light Factory Gallery's freelance PR consultant

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Spring has sprung

How beautiful have the past few days been?  I'm so glad winter is over and I hope you all had a lovely Father's Day.  While I had lunch with the in-laws, I did think of a couple of other venues if you're ever looking for somewhere child-friendly in the local area.
Image via http://www.watermarcbanyule.com.au/
Longstanding Bulleen institutions The Veneto Club and Yarra Valley Country Club have reasonably priced meals (the Veneto Club has a children's playground as well) and while The Veneto Club was booked out way in advance, there were still spots at the Yarra Valley Country Club when I enquired and you don't have to be a member to dine there.
Image via http://yvopenstudios.net.au/
A couple of events on this weekend - Banyule Watermarc in Greensborough is having its grand opening this Sunday while the Yarra Valley Open Studios is also on this coming weekend and the weekend after.  Enjoy that sunshine!