Eastland's Beauty Garden @ Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thursday 23rd June

Behold the Beauty Garden! 150,000 dried flowers, hang over the space. 
Vibrant and brilliant! I spy baby's breathe and roses.

Eastland to me looks like something from a developer's board, huge, clean and modern. An emphasis on huge. Easy to get to it's just opposite Ringwood Station, with an underground feel, that or we're on a hill.

With the Beauty Garden, an arcade of beauty shops + pressed juices "a space dedicated to health and beauty rituals,", just opening last night there were a series of seminars offered today, as well as valet parking and a VIP lounge. 

Flatlays don't come to me naturally, though we're practicing! 

There's valet parking (Gate 5) and parking's free for now. Step through the doors to visitor's services and the lounge, for a refreshment or two. Hot chocolate with cheese and petit fours. Yum! Perfect while I plan out which shops I'm going to hit, and call to check and hold stock.

Huge halls and ever higher ceilings! 

A seminar on contouring, the first time I've seen it happen in real life. So many steps and products... what is baking?! O.o Jenny's an artist and this was a live art installation, it's amazing what make-up can do.

Before & After. She looks amazing!! How often does one have the effort to do this though? Maybe just for weddings/photo shoots? I'd love to do this every day but don't have the attention span. 

Showbags! Yay! Flatlay v.1

Version 2.0 Inside the tube is a body wash. Packaging adds value.

So it turns out even though I found a show wide enough for my feet, gravity comes in and my toes get all squished! What I need is a wedge or platform, with minimal slopes. This boot was $30 from MRP.

Stocking up for summer, we bought this semi-see through shirt in blue and black. No I don't work at the bank. XD 

What did we buy? I had some giftcards to use so didn't spend anywhere near as much as you'd think I did (which is also my approach to life). Merino from Glassons (30% off code, comes to $30 aka the original price), ties ($3, -$50 giftcard), a top and boots from MRP (the boots are surprisingly my size, as my feet are flat and wide) and a perfume I've been tracking for a while! 

Fig EDT 50ml, $40 from TBS, was $50 since Christmas. Comes with a handbag sized spray and body lotion. Italian Summer Fig Dome. The perfume on its own is $37. 

It mightn't last all day, but it does smell oh so lovely! 

Nice and warm inside, the space was very big with high ceilings and all, though it wasn't busy. Is it usually like this? As we're from the city and so everything's there, we don't leave the city much. 

Outside it was raining, so wet and refreshing! I love the rain. The whole house smokes and so fresh air isn't easy to come by unless you go to the park. 

Have you been to Eastland?

Monday 20th June

Time Out Magazine is one of six of Melbourne's event/things to do guides (theatre, restaurants, bars, movies, shopping, events, activities, things to do, music, art, clubs, tours, dance & nightlife). Tonight we join them in celebrating their 50th edition at Loop Roof, a rooftop bar with a garden! Watch out for the cactus!

Starting off we had Espresso Martinis, the drink of the moment, coffee before noon meets martini after lunch. A pick me up with a dash of fun and feisty. 

The Venue

Keep Off the Gardens!

Potato & Mushroom w Caramelized Onion - Yum! The perfect balance of flavour.

Scallops. Always lovely in their shells. 

Pulled Beef

Deep fried oyster was a first for us, tastes like, well batter. 

Sliders! Juicy patties, American cheese in a cute size, we loved them!

Over the course of the night we had the delight of sampling what Loop Roof had to offer, the highlights were the sliders and wings (not pictured). It was quite dark, and so my +1 took pictures for us (I can't hold still). The one time I didn't bring wet wipes and there were sticky bbq wings. Delicious though and we can't wait to return for them!

Congratulations Time Out on your 50th Edition!

Have you been to Loop Roof? Who do you follow to keep up to date on what's happening?

Loop Roof Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Shopping for Swans @ Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday 20th June

Laundry, walk the dog (patting included, he's so cute!! even if he's potentially taller than me on his hind legs) and lunch while watching Revenge. Victoria Grayson vs Jessica Pearson (Suits) who will win? 

Lucy wanted a little hug, so we went to an event, bought a barrel of coconut water, and an imaginary guy (Emily's latest beau) asked me to marry him (I said maybe) at work. 

This workplace in particular I'm concerned I'll get comfortable with, as it'll fund my life (we'd hope) which might kill my ambition. Leading or rather not leading me to ever getting a paid job in events. Sure I've received job offers, but not for paid jobs.

It was all a dream. We have the most intense ones, and often wake up angry. In our family you don't have to be awake to be in a fight. 

My Plus One App - here's an ideal for an app. Location based, seeking a +1 for a party, trip to the bar/theatre. Pick a gender you're seeking. Not friends or dates, just meeting new people.

Monday night was a strange but pleasing change this week, with a birthday-esque party instead of dance. As I don't drink/have many friends its been years since I've been invited to a party.

Tonight we're celebrating Time Out Magazine's 50th Issue! This calls for espresso martinis and canapés at Loop Roof, near Parliament. A rooftop garden bar with great wings! The pulled beef and sliders and pretty awesome too. 

In the list of 50 things to do before you die, no.9 is to see a football game. Le beau joked how funny it would be for me to go. As an usher I tell people to shush, stay in your seat, control your children and no flash photography. From what I've seen football is much like baseball in that the crowd yells, cheers and drinks. It's all a bit loud and too much for me.


Opportunity costs. In doing one thing its costing you another. 1pm city uptown, 3pm st kilda and dinner out. Alas I had work, and so picked work over Aqua S's first 100 free soft serve, and free sliders at Cold Rock. Bloggers were invited to a preview of the later a few weeks ago, but we weren't one of them. Blogging can be like high school (from what I've read/heard, though never actually experienced) and I hate it. 

The other girls/boys at work are nice, and there are cute guys. :P Came across santa hats... I don't want to wear them during Christmas/July. I'll be bring my own headpieces. Creating them is a passion of mine, and I aspire to have a hat room one day. 


Eastland. Tea, workshops and shopping!


Is it Saturday? Lately Thu/Fridays have been our weekends, and so it does get a bit confusing. This week we're working the afternoon/evening shift, there are three: morning, day and evening. The later means I can't go dancing, while the middle means I'm too tired to go. Work hurts my feet and shoulders.

Today was spent in bed avoiding the pain, shoulders mainly. The weight of the world upon them. Muscle strain said the dr. 

That's not the right picture...

The evening was spent at the theatre, enjoyable, ok and good. Nothing I'd recommend though. The middle show was disappointing, too much spent on marketing and not much else there, there wasn't much substance though there was poly/satin and rhinestone touched dresses with bustles. Lately solo show have been meh or ok, it's the comedy ones that are worth while.  

The train doesn't come that often and so we wait inside at HJ the fries have changed from fries (the thin McD ones) to KFC, HJ now sits in the middle. Fluffy and crispy, not like KFC. 

Looking nothing like this, need to work on presentation.

Midnight snack, winter offers at the Pancake Parlour, pay what the temperature is. $5.70 for a cheesecake crepe is perfect! I can't imagine paying $15-17 for this! We love this place but it's overpriced unless there's a special offer.  


The other week we saw apart of 'Swan Lake' the act where the Black Swan, Odile seduces the prince leading to the death of his "true love" the White Swan. Innocence and purity vs seduction. Well the second does sound more appealing. :P

Tonight we saw 'Black Swan', not something to be seen at night before bed. Perceptions of reality, the stress of the job is getting to her and it seems Nina has schizophrenia. Beth seems to be a reflection of herself as Older Nina, where she has been replaced. Is the Black Swan real? I'd say yes. But there's two, there's the actual other girl, who is likely to be after her part (girl world) and then there's the schizo Black Swan, which is within Nina, breaking free of her mother's control and her innocence.

Will Cora be a good mother? Still nope. Regrets? None. We miss her without her magic, though you don't need magic to meddle! Cramped up in a small apartment in NY is very different from the castle/country manor in the Enchanted Forest.

Cinematography matched Nina's state of mine with a dash of paranoia. That or the version I saw was recorded with a camcord and we were left feeling a bit unbalanced and strange. The camera didn't sit still like other movies, instead it follows her around.

How was your week?

Strollin' Along Southbank @ Sunday, June 26, 2016

Just a few pictures we took on a stroll.

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