MEXICAN DREAMING

Art, Buyer's Edit, Home, Food & Body

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It’s difficult to believe that only months ago we were wearing little more than a pair of sandals and a cotton slip dress. But, if there is one thing to keep us dreaming about balmy summer nights, outdoor dinner parties accompanied by endless glasses of Sangria and slipping away to the beach for a weekend without enduring negative temperatures and potential hypothermia, it’s a bit of Mexican Dreaming.

So, if you’re finding yourself constantly reaching for the dial on the heater or sneakily searching flights to Cancun, we suggest you indulge in a little Mexi-inspo, too. For us, the love affair started with a couple of taco’s and a painting by Frida Kahlo. Quickly however, we discovered that the bright, fiesta-themed warmth can be kept year-round simply by engaging in a little redecorating.

Mexican Inspired interiors have been creeping their way up our ‘one-day-my-house-will-look-like-this’ list for quite some time. It’s one of those very few cases when less is not more, colors and textiles are permitted to clash and rustic DIY paint jobs are essential.

So, if the winter blues are threatening and you’re feeling in need of a vibrant change, maybe pretending you’re on the set of The Block is the best place to begin. To get the creative-ball rolling, we’ve decided to share a few snaps of our favorite Mexi-Inspired design ideas. And, when it comes time for a few decorative purchases, our ‘Hola Amigo’ tea towels, colorful Pom Pom Garlands and cushion covers in every pattern, color and print have got you covered.

Visit us in store or online to see why we’ve gone loco for Mexico. Join the craze and brighten your day.

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Cushion Clash! The best thing about this trend is the more clashing, the better. Let your imagination run wild. Get the look: Check out our endless range of cushion covers: Stripes, zig-zags and every other print in between.

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FEATURED ABOVE: Hand Screen Printed Cushions by Sunday The Label. Assorted colors and styles available in-store and online.

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Cactus Garden: The best things about these little guys is they’ll grow in anything! Find an old pot, trough or basin and let the collection begin.

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Not huge on the color? Try the trend in black and white. The triangle pattern and unsaturated hues says ‘sophisticated Mexican.’ Get the look: try our Ikat Zig-Zag Canvas Box’s (great for housing pot-plants or other miscellaneous items) or the Zig-Zag Print Cushion Cover in Black and White.

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FEATURED ABOVE: The Ikat Zigzag Canvas box available in small, medium and large (in-store only), Hola Amigo Hand Printed Tea Towel and Pom Pom Cushions in Crying Cross  and Ikat Zigzag.

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Tile frenzy: No pre-planned design required. Whether it’s a feature wall, bathroom bench or border to a mirror, grab the tiling cement and don the old overalls – your imagination is all that’s inhibiting you.

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Take a seat: Your guests are going to need someplace to sit while the tequila is being sipped and the feast is being prepared. An eclectic collection of colorful stools is practical and eye catching. Get the look: Check out our range of Pastel Dipped Stools. The assortment of fun colors would make them a perfect addition to any room of the house, indoor our outdoor!

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FEATURED ABOVE: Pastel Dipped Stool in white, black, mint, peach and yellow. These amazing oak wood stools are made to last and aesthetically appealing!

Hola, from the Amigos at The Dressing Room!

 

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Mad about Mum

Entertainment & Leisure, Fashion, Hair & Beauty, The Dressing Room

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It’s been a pretty topical question in and around the shop this week. Mothers, daughters, husbands and sons will waltz through the door, eyes peeled for the perfect gift,  musing: ‘What exactly am I going to do for mum this Mothers Day?’

Conversations about flowers, chocolates and new perfumes have had us thinking: is there a gift large enough to thank mum for being mum? After packing school lunches, ferrying us from soccer practice to ballet and being that ever-present shoulder to cry on, we think not. But we’ve managed to pull together a few ideas that will help to show mum just how amazing she is.

  • Take her on an adventure. While it’s easy to get comfortable in our urban surroundings with coffee at the fingertips and retail therapy around every corner, taking the road less traveled out of town always leads to some fun discoveries. Whether it’s wining and dining in the Yarra Valley, stepping out of reality and into a Daylesford Spa or packing a picnic and taking a hike through one of our national parks, jumping in the car with little more than a map shows that despite the activity, spending time together is one of the most valuable gifts.
  • Host a High Tea. What could be more fun than making Mothers Day a group affair? Throw on the apron, send out invitations and bring the tea set out of the china cupboard because it’s time to play hostess with the mostest. One thing your mum will love just as much as spending time with you is sharing her special day with friends. The more the merrier we say!
  • Get crafty. There’s nothing that says ‘i love you’ more than some serious creative effort. Whether it’s a home made card, knitted scarf, hand painted vase, photo collage or her favorite home cooked meal, major brownie points are up for grabs in the crafty department this Mothers Day. It’s one of those instances where ‘thought’ speaks louder than ‘bought.’
  • Have a girl’s night in. Nobody is ever too old for slumber parties, especially when they involve old school chick flicks, avocado face masks and salted caramel ice cream. Invite mum over, pull on the PJ’s and get stuck into the pampering. Nothing will make mum feel 17 again like a good gossip and a sleepover party.
  • Visit The Dressing Room! Still stuck for a gift idea? Luckily, we love our mums just as much as you do! Pop in to the shop next week or visit our online store at any time to check out the super cute range of clothing, homewares, accessories and other treats bound to put a smile on any mums face. And don’t forget to enter our Mothers Day giveaway! To win a Dressing Room gift pack valued at $150, upload a photo via Instagram of you and your mum OR you with your child, hash tag #tdrmum @thedressingroom to be in with a chance to win!

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Happy Mum’s Day preparations!

The Dressing Room.

Melbourne International Film Festival

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Who would deny we live in the best city in the world . . .Melbourne. With always something new and exciting to do, different food to eat, great places to shop 😉 there is never a dull moment that goes by! The time has come again to celebrate and rejoice in film with the Melbourne International Film Festival almost here! For all the film enthusiasts in Melbourne this festival is for YOU! With 310 films from over 50 countries to choose from, you’re sure to be busy getting through all your favourites.

explore-itineraries-three-great-days-melbourneIf you’re not quite the film fanatic but know someone who is, you can give the gift of film with an eMini Pass for the festival. This will enable the user to book 10 sessions online with an additional 3 sessions to be used before 5pm on weekdays.

1005050_10151768294140039_462666257_nThis years festival is running from July 25th – August 11th with lots of scheduled times to select from.

Never a let down and always entertaining, for full details of this years MIFF visit the official website:

www.miff.com.au

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Builders Arms Hotel

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A recent visit to the Builders Arms Hotel on Gertrude Street Fitzroy had us running to our keyboard to share this place with you!

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The tricky part was deciding what to order, wanting to order everything!!! Over all everything we did try was satisfying,

I would easily order it all again! Portion sizes for individual and share plates were all reasonable (didn’t leave hungry).

What we recommend to try:

  • Crispy pork and school prawns
  • Chickpea salad, marinated carrot, green chilli and shanklish
  • Red duck curry
  • Peppered Fillet steak, potato puree
  • Roasted potatoes, garlic
  • House chips

Potatoes_LR Tulip-Shadow_LR1One of the master chefs behind the dishes at the Builders Arms Hotel is Andrew Mc Connell. He  has also managed to impress us on a visit to Golden Fields (another great place we recommend) where he also is to credit for the amazing dishes there. Other restaurants he is linked to that you may have heard of include Cumulus Inc and Cutler & Co.  Everything he touches turns to gold 😉

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Albert St Food & Wine

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We love supporting our local businesses ESPECIALLY when it comes to food 😉

Albert St Food & Wine

Albert St Food & Wine brings to the neighbourhood  talent, passion and a love for local produce. Keeping it close to home doesn’t stop at the produce for this all day eatery with the furnishings also made locally using salvaged materials.

If you love food and you love wine then we highly recommend you check it out!

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Albert St Food & Wine
Corner of Albert St & 382 Sydney Rd
Brunswick
Victoria 3056

ph: (03) 8354 6600

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Brother Burger

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We were told about this place by a friend and had to share (we’re still yet to try but heard it’s a must)!

Don’t be mislead, this isn’t your average burger joint! Anything but average with their 100% Wagyu beef patties and the large selection of Australian, independent craft beers on tap. You can order take away but it is said that you must dine in to get the full experience.

Side of 413 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy Victoria 3065

03 9419 0088

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“GOOD TUNES GOOD FOOD GOOD BREW GOOD VALUE GOOD TIMES” . . . so it MUST be GOOD 😉

Photography: Kristoffer Paulsen

Photography: Kristoffer Paulsen

Check out there website below for opening hours:

www.brotherburger.com.au

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Mother’s Day: Where To Go

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Mother’s Day is only a few days away which means it’s time to get organising if you have not done so already!

There’s lots going on in Melbourne to celebrate Mother’s day, if you’re stuck for ideas on what to do with Mum be sure to check these out:

Mother’s Day Breakfast at Melbourne Aquarium –

Melbourne-Aquarium

 Location:

Melbourne Aquarium
Melbourne Aquarium King Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Contact details:

03 9923 5915
functions@melbourneaquarium.com.au
www.melbourneaquarium.com.au

Mother’s Day Lunch at Left Bank

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Location:

Left Bank Melbourne
1 Southbank Boulevard
Southbank 3006

Contact details:

03 9682 4500
events@leftbankmelbourne.com.au
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Morning Tea & Afternoon Tea at ARIA Bar & Lounge

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Location:

The Langham Hotel Melbourne
1 Southgate Avenue
Southbank 3006

Contact details:

1800 641 107
rest.res@langhamhotels.com.
www.ariabar.com.au.

We hope all the Mother’s out there feel a little spoilt on Sunday 🙂

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Food & Wine, That’s Melbourne!

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In 2013 the Food & Wine festival brings to Melbourne all things ‘earth’. The current festival (which kicked off on the 1st March) focuses on global flavours, local producers, food sustainability and the provenance of food and wine. With a LONG list of events still to come, lets just say any diets on the to do list need to be put on hold for the next week!!3b593ab0068c1976799ea897e488d51e SAMSUNG dessert2 feature-image2 food-and-wine-festival-events-under-fifty-dollars Fraser-Island-Sunset-Nibbles1 Melbourne-Food-and-Wine-Festival-2013-01 Picture 1245 timthumb.php

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is running until March 17th!

For more info on events and locations visit the website:

www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au

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