Monday, March 24, 2014

Feeling festive

While it's been festival season this past weekend here in Melbourne, I spent mine at children's sporting events and celebrating my little sister's birthday.  Cat (aka DJ Barely Legal) lives in the wicked west so we found ourselves this year at The Plough Hotel in Footscray and it's well worth a visit if you find yourself on that side of town.  On a corner block with lots of windows letting in natural light, it's a winner in terms of its fit out, food, service, decor and general vibe.  Lots of families in the back dining area while smaller groups and couples hanging out at the bar and the big communal table in the front section.  I love a good gastro pub meal and The Station Hotel in Footscray where we celebrated last year for Cat's birthday dinner is also a great place to go to.
The Plough Hotel (interior), Footscray
I also had a fantastic morning out last Friday attending the Virgin Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) marketing breakfast at the Sofitel hosted by Network 10 Executive General Manager (and Gruen Transfer panel member) Russel Howcroft - it reminded me of my past lives in fashion PR.  The two lots of international guest speakers were exceptionally good presenters - sensory branding specialists (and identical twins!) New York & Paris-based Dawn & Samantha Goldworm from olfactive branding company 12.29 and Craig Smith, Brand Communication Director from Ted Baker London.  The other highlight was having the ex-Age Fashion Editor Jan Breen-Burns sitting at my table.  It was great to see her and she now writes the voxfrock blog for all you fashion-lovers out there.  We were the only two people who put our hands up at the end to ask questions for which we received a 12 month subscription to Marketing magazine for our efforts (or should I say curiosity) and a turn on the microphone!
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After the breakfast, I zipped back to Rosanna where I had a complimentary personal training session with Nikki Ellis from Cinch Personal Training who did put me through my paces in her home studio next door to her free-range chickens!  Not wanting to discourage you but I have realised that as much as I've done regular exercise over the past 6 months, I'm still nowhere near peak fitness and strength.  The weight-training exercises I did with Nikki proved that to me - I've still got a long way to go and I think the older you get, the more you need to invest in your body if you want to go the distance.  After taking front and side on pics of me for analysis (which I'll share with you when I get my results), we did a series of exercises and repetition using a whole variety of props and pulleys she had rigged up for me all involving strength work.  Nikki is absolutely lovely - warm, encouraging, informative and authoritative which is what you want in a personal trainer.
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More tomorrow!

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