Bright Autumn Festival

Bright Autumn Festival

Bright by name, bright by nature. The picturesque Victorian township of Bright is an autumnal paradise set afire with colours of the changing season every April, offering mild sunny days and cosy evenings just perfect for a smoky wood fire, glass of red, and abundant cheese board. We travelled to Bright one week before the gala weekend, which is usually held in the final weekend of April. Good timing combined with a rainy weather forecast meant that the town was relatively quiet, making our weekend trip all the more tranquil.

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Be Persuaded Regency Exhibition, Melbourne

Be Persuaded Regency Exhibition, Melbourne

To mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, the Dressing Australia – Museum of Costume is presenting a rare and wonderful exhibition bringing the era of Jane Austen to life with original items of the time. Be Persuaded features fashion, accessories and ephemera from the 18th century, rarely on display outside of major museums. Despite her fame, Jane Austen remains a mysterious figure in so many ways. This beautiful exhibition offers a glimpse into the world in which she existed, highlighting the symbolic role that fashion played in the Regency period.

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Melbourne Flower and Garden Show

Melbourne Flower and Garden Show

Stop and smell the roses are words I live by. Nothing in life has given me greater joy than spending time in my grandmother’s garden talking to the flowers and addressing them by their names as if they were all pretty ladies. Knees covered in dirt, making daisy chains in the grass and plucking petals from roses.

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Triennial at the National Gallery, Melbourne

Triennial at the National Gallery, Melbourne

Triennial was the most recent show stopping exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. My diary has been so busy lately that I nearly considered giving this exhibition a miss, but at the eleventh hour a friend invited me and thank goodness she did! Triennial was superb, albeit different to my usual tastes, but it would have been a shame to miss this thought provoking collection of global art.

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The House of Dior: 70 Years of Haute Couture

The House of Dior: 70 Years of Haute Couture

To celebrate seventy years of The House of Dior, the National Gallery of Victoria hosted an exclusive exhibition of Dior Haute Couture from 1947 to 2017. The exhibition was laid out like a timeline, beginning with the classic silhouettes and simple designs of the 1940’s all the way through to the experimental avant-garde designs of the modern era. There was a noticeable fluctuation of style as you progressed through the exhibition. From the iconic designs of Christian Dior himself, to Yves Saint Laurent, John Galliano, and the first female head designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

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Mother’s Day High Tea at The Windsor, Melbourne

Mother’s Day High Tea at The Windsor, Melbourne

The Windsor Hotel is undoubtedly the home of Melbourne’s grandest afternoon high tea. Mum and I plan a special girls outing there at least once a year, often we are celebrating a special occasion and other times the special occasion is just life. This time around it was all about my gorgeous Mum, Annie, in celebration of Mother’s Day.

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Christmas at The Windsor Hotel, Melbourne

Christmas at The Windsor Hotel, Melbourne

Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere is a little different to the wintery images most people associate with the festive period. We enjoy sunshine instead of snow, chilled beer instead of mulled wine, and fresh seafood instead of turkey with all the trimmings.

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The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition, Melbourne

The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition, Melbourne

Ripponlea House and Gardens in Elsternwick are one of Melbourne’s best kept secrets and a place that is very dear to my heart. A grand estate built in 1868 as a luxury family home, which remained so for over a century until the house was passed on to the National Trust of Australia in 1972.

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Keukenhof Tulip Gardens

Keukenhof Tulip Gardens

Located in Lisse, the tulip capital of the Netherlands, is Keukenhof – the most beautiful spring garden in the world. 79 acres of gardens filled with 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. Keukenhof (translation kitchen garden) is the loveliest place to get lost amongst the flowers.

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Marilyn Monroe Costume Exhibition, Bendigo

Marilyn Monroe Costume Exhibition, Bendigo

When Bendigo Art Gallery announced that glamorous costumes of Marilyn Monroe would be showcased in Australia I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see a piece of the world’s most famous blonde bombshell, in the middle of country Victoria of all places! Marilyn remains the enduring poster girl of classic Hollywood, from humble beginnings as Norma Jeane Baker to the ultimate screen siren. This beautiful exhibition, presented by Twentieth Century Fox and the Bendigo Art Gallery included 20 original costumes from some of Marilyn’s most iconic roles

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