BECAUSE, MELBOURNE’S LANEWAYS.

Can you believe that it is nearly Christmas? It seems like only yesterday I was recovering from last Christmas and shaking my head clear from my wedding madness. What happened? It seems like the entire year was sucked into a massive vortex – and I can’t seem to find the head or tail of it! Truly utter madness!

Fortunately, I have this little blog, a tiny vortex that allows me to look back on my crazy year – I get to observe how often (or not) I managed to share my tiny life experiences and thoughts with you all in the internets – and in a narcissistic way, I absolutely love that. Let’s face it, websites are for people to show off – and a little bit of me really loves doing that. Okay, a lot of me. I really like showing to people the amazingness that this world lends to us. Often we’re shattered by things in our lives that shadow all the positive things – and I hope this tiny little incredibly narcissistic spiel helps share a tiny slice of sunlight that blanks out that grey. Anyhow, let me stop my maddening rambling and instead share a little bit of my experiences of Melbourne’s alleyways.

ImageWe landed in Melbourne on a surprisingly warm day and our Melbournite buddies (and one Brisbanite who also happened to be in town) were eager to get us eating almost immediately at Hardware Societe – down Hardware Lane – yet another lane packed with amazing cafes and stores. Let’s just say I was excited. So excited, in fact, that I did not realise that I had not packed an SD card. I am probably the worst traveller known to mankind. My husband agrees with this with much nodding and sighing. In any case, no photos of the amazing food that Hardware Societe bore – instead, once I managed to get an SD card in my camera, it was already lane way/alleyway seeking time.

ImageFor those who don’t know, Melbourne is somewhat famous for several things – one of those things is astonishingly good coffee-culture (we’ll get to that later), the other is the amazing sprays of street art that bedeck many approved outdoor locations – anything from stencils, paste-ups and murals. This, of course, does not include graffiti or tagging which is illegal (and also a bit of waste of space, time and paint).

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACentre Place – running between Flinders Lane and Collins Street, this maddening little laneway is home to a stack of vibrant bars, cafes, restaurants, boutiques, sushi bars and shops – oh yes, and street art.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere’s something about street art that I absolutely adore. The grunginess? The authentic feel to it? Perhaps, it’s the subliminally political chants that underlie much of the paint-clad walls.  I love the raw-ness of it all, the fact that the streets that are clad in emotion and effort and pain and complexity remind me of every The XX song ever created. Perhaps that’s it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHosier and Rutledge Lane, opposite Federation Square – this bluestone cobbled lane is the location of some of the finest street art money can’t pay for – and has to be one of the most intensely wonderful places to check out the street-art scene. It’s often filled to the top with tourists and people having wedding photos taken and it is a woman of many outfit changes – take shots of your favourite paintings/installations because you can pretty much be guaranteed that they won’t be there next time you visit!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe managed to visit Hosier Lane after the mantle of the moon fell, thus giving the whole area a distinctively creepy feel. Also, it smelt strongly of urine. But yeah, creepy. But creepy-good, if you know what I mean.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARandom acts of arty projection on Higson Lane’s rendered brick walls.

There are so many other places around Melbourne that offer some amazing works of art – I pinched these off the City of Melbourne website:

  • Hosier and Rutledge Lane, opposite Federation Square
  • Caledonian Lane, off Little Bourke Street
  • Union Lane, off Bourke Street Mall
  • Rear of 280 Queen Street in Finlay Avenue
  • 21 Degraves Street
  • Cnr Flinders Lane and Cocker Alley
  • 122 Palmerston Street, Carlton
  • Centre Place, between Collins Street and Flinders Lane
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BECAUSE, MELBOURNE’S LANEWAYS.

SHOPPING: POM POM LOVIN’

I’ve spent many of my younger years living a love-hate relationship with pom poms. They’re cute, they’re fluffy – you can make animals out of them! I mean, that’s pretty cool, right? Well, the downside is that I can’t actually make pom poms. I think I am genetically incapable of making pom poms. Which, when I think of it, is a bit of a white lie. I’ve seen my mum make pom poms. I think I just need to accept my own failings as a human being and leave the pom pom making to the pros.

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On my trip to Melbourne, I managed to come across these adorable rainbow coloured felt pom pom coasters – being too exxy to create myself, I leapt on them with glee! I picked up a pack of 6 Felt Carnival coasters from Monster Threads – who also happen to sell an amazing range of Australian-made (and/or handmade) goods of amazing levels of cuteness! Apart from stocking their own variety of self-designed graphic tees and merch, they also sell a huge range of apparel, accessories, homewares and stationary. They also maintain key partnerships international brands, like Dylan Kendall,  bucketfeet artist shoes, MOMOT paper toys and many other hyper-creative companies.

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MONSTER THREADS
Location: Shop 9 Centreway Arcade 259-263 Collins St, Melbourne
Contact: (03) 9662 4580

In any case, after adding these little felt pom pom coasters into my home, I’ve been sorely tempted to add way more to our abode. Worse still, Etsy is not making things any easier. Yeesh, seriously people, freeze my cards please.

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The FRANKIE Necklace Color Study No. 32 | Handmade with Felted Wool Pom Poms, Cotton, Leather, and Brass | $53.63 AUD

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100 cm Felt Ball Rug | Felt balls, double-sided | $201.12 AUD

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Felt Ball Garland Party Decoration | 50 felt balls, 3 metres | $29.00 AUD

SHOPPING: POM POM LOVIN’

WARDROBE: WHAT TO WEAR IN MELBOURNE.

We’re well due for a trip to Melbourne soon – and yes, we plan to head out late August – so my guess is, since it IS Melbourne, it’s going to be bloody freezing with temps ranging between 7°C – 15°C. Well, okay, I consider 7°C – 15°C bloody freezing – I like to blame my Malaysian heritage. So, also it’s pretty hip. Also, people wear plenty of black. Also, we’ll only have on-board carry for luggage. So it looks like a major reshuffling of my wardrobe is in order. Time to wear-out Polyvore and come up with something reasonable for 4 days/3 nights worth of wear.

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1.    Ray-Ban RB4105 Folding Wayfarer ® Sunglasses
2.    Ray-Ban RB5184 New Wayfarer ® Eyeglasses

1.    Sportsgirl at VOSN
2.    American Apparel Bull Denim Woven Cotton Cities Bag with Strap

1.    Chevron infinity scarf 29 AUD ($27)
2.    Mackage Debora cotton-canvas and leather biker jacket 640 AUD 350 AUD ($324)
3.    Marc by Marc Jacobs Henry Skeleton 270 AUD ($250)

1.    Eat A Lot Sleep A Lot Sweatshirt Crew Neck Black 35 AUD ($32)
2.    Holmes & Yang Ten blouse 645 AUD 160 AUD ($149)
3.    ASOS Lace Swing Dress With Kaleidoscope Pattern 53 AUD (£32)
4.    UNIQLO Women Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck Sweater 32 AUD ($30)
5.    Rag & Bone New Basic Tee 355 AUD ($325)

1.    KSUBI Straight Up Trashed Boyfriend Jeans 315 AUD (£190)
2.    ASOS Tights With Mock Ankle Socks 13 AUD 5.80 AUD (£3.50)

1.    Acne Black Clover Flat Ankle Boot 610 AUD ($560)

Plus as many UNIQLO Heattech shirts as I can stuff into my bags.

WARDROBE: WHAT TO WEAR IN MELBOURNE.