Melbourne Shopping Guide

Melbourne Shopping Guide

If you’re in Australia and wanting to pick up some investment fashion pieces do not get distracted by the flashy glam of Sydney. No, no, no! For the best Oz fashion fix, beeline straight to Melbourne.

Best known for its affinity with black, true Melburnian style is a distinctive mix of intelligent design with a laid-back, resort aesthetic. Flex that AmEx, here’s my guide to the city’s best shopping districts.

For the story on Luxe City Guides click here. Otherwise, read on… Continue reading “Melbourne Shopping Guide”

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Melbourne Brunch – Five of the Best

Melbournians are spoilt for choice when it comes to brunching. You can’t throw a stone in most inner-city suburbs without hitting a cafe serving up the most delectable brunching fare. And there is now so much more to brunch than just smashed avocado. International influences are now taking brunch to all levels of awesome across Melbourne.

So while everyone will have their own recommendations for the best brunch in Melbourne, here are 5 of the best, as sampled and savoured by yours truly… Continue reading “Melbourne Brunch – Five of the Best”

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The Royal Mail Hotel – Dunkeld

Visitors to Australia typically arrive into Sydney, go to Bondi, climb the harbour bridge and take some selfies in front of the Opera House. Then they typically travel north to see all the wonders that Queensland has to offer. Some will go inland to Uluru and Alice Springs, but not many head south to discover Melbourne. And even fewer head into country Victoria from Melbourne. Which is why The Royal Mail Hotel at Dunkeld is a rare and precious little gem, sitting relatively undiscovered by the tourist hoards at the foot of the Grampian mountain range, just three hours drive from Melbourne. Continue reading “The Royal Mail Hotel – Dunkeld”

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Rays of Light

So you might have noticed its been a little quiet here on secondsister.com for the last few months. It started with me breaking both of my wrists last September which severely slowed me down for a few weeks (and which you can read about here and here). Then in the lead up to Christmas I lost my darling mum to her long battle with cancer.

While it is still too soon and painful to write about such a huge loss and the amazing friends and family who stepped up and helped us through it, what I would like to share is the little rays of light that shone through in difficult times. Continue reading “Rays of Light”

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Melbourne, I Love You

Typical conversation in my adopted home of London:

Me: Hello. How are you?

Londoner: Hello, what part of Australia are you from?

Me: Melbourne.

Londoner: Really? I was in Australia once. I flew to Sydney, and then travelled all the way up the East Coast as far as Cairns. Beautiful country. I never went to Melbourne though….

I wish I had a dollar for every time I have had that conversation. I’d be getting around in a rather fancy pair of Gucci shoes by now, let me tell you.

Melbourne seems to miss a lot of the tourism that Sydney gets and that, my friends, is a crime! Melbourne is one seriously cool and sexy city.

Melbourne is known for its culture, live music, art, fashion, restaurants and (most importantly) coffee. There is too much to this vibrant city for me to cover in just one post, so lets just start with a wander around the City centre and through the Melbourne laneways labyrinth… Continue reading “Melbourne, I Love You”