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Beaufort Street hosts an open invite party!

19 Nov

Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley has long been one of the trendiest streets in Perth. It is a street where, no matter what your style, you are bound to feel a sense of warmth and belonging. For the muso's, the artists, fashionista's and culinary connoisseur's, there is something for everyone along this stretch and the list of attractions to the area continues to grow!

From the early days of the Astor theatre, whereby the men and women of Perth would dress in their finest to attend shows playing in the trendy suburb of Mount Lawley, this street has long made its mark on the style maps of our gorgeous city

Today, Beaufort Street still manages to pull a very stylish crowd and it is without surprise that in 2012 The Beaufort Street Festival celebrated it's third year with record numbers!

In the weeks leading up to the event, Beaufort Street hosted a 'Roving Dinner' put on by four of the streets much loved venues. Tickets to this event were snapped up so quickly that a second Roving Dinner was held.

The James Squire Bar put on a week long celebration prior to the Festival and many other venues and retailers announced other events which were posted on the web; http://www.beaufortstreetfestival.com.au/

So with the sun shining, Saturday just gone was a gorgeous day for the eagerly awaited, Beaufort Street Festival.

Beaufort Street was closed to traffic and crowds flocked to take in a piece of the action, starting from 12 noon.

Keen to check out the STM Fashion Stage at Bamboo Bar, I planned my journey so that I was sitting down with a cool drink, ready for the 3pm show.

Featuring fashions from local retailers and models from Viviens…. this show was HOT. The styling on the runway together with an amazing job by hair and make-up team made this show one not to miss.

STM Runway at Bamboo Bar

It was a good thing the parades were repeated throughout the afternoon as I was stopped several times by people wanting to know where they could find the STM show and land their hands on one of the STM goodie bags I was carrying!

The street closure allowed us to make our way up Beaufort Street taking in all the sights and sounds as well as the opportunity to find bars and restaurants that we often drive past unnoticed.

We stopped for a drink and bite to eat at one of our favourites 'Must Winebar' who served Sangria premium beer and Moët by the glass at their make-shift garden bar.

Much loved Mt Lawley Art exhibits all over…
Must Wine Bar's garden bar

With so many participating venues to choose from, it was evident that the festival provided an excuse for groups of friends and families to meet up and enjoy the afternoon together.

With pop up bars and stages all around the festival precinct we managed to discover some great local bands and try some of the trademark drinks mixed by one of the many Mexican restaurants now on Beaufort.

Margarita slushies – won my vote!

The sun shone brightly on The Beaufort Street Festival this year and I'm sure that given the success and record numbers of 2012, next year will be even more fantastic…..rain, hail or shine!

Article featured in the Sunday Times following the Event
 

George Street secret

6 Oct

Some time ago, a friend with a common passion for fashion, pointed me in the direction of George Street, East Fremantle.

She was correct in thinking that it was a place I would enjoy visiting. It has a small, but quality collection of fashion boutiques, giftware and coffee shops and it is one street that has become a favourite destination of mine.

I always manage to score a great cup of coffee and get a fix of some amazing labels at the couple of beautiful boutiques that line the street……. and if I head there with my boys, there is even a unique park that manages to satisfy their bursting energy and put a smile on their face!!

So today with blue skies on the forecast, and a 10am coffee date with 1 Imby, 1 Ashe and 1 very new baby Parker….. George Street was our destination.

Hubbles Yard is a quiet little corner cafe that never disappoints for a great coffee and some home-style food. Coffee, tea and a couple of sweet slices were on our table this morning and with the the sun streaming in and great company, it was the perfect place to be on this Saturday morning!

Along George Street you'll also find a fantastic delicatessan that does coffee, Limones for beautiful meals and The Wine store if you fancy a tipple!

Following morning tea, always comes a browse of the gorgeous gift shops. You will never fail to find a beautiful gift in any of these stores with their selection of giftware being of a high quality. I particularly love to give the gift of a scented candle, my favourites are Voluspa and Glass House and these are stocked at a few of the George Street stores and boutiques.

Pottery, leather goods, jewellery art and children's wear are among other unique gifts you'll find among the shops of George Street.

If you haven't yet ventured to George Street in East Fremantle, it is worth a visit. It's a quiet street that has a welcoming vibe and no matter what you're into, you are bound to find something that pleases your senses and warms your soul.

Take someone you love for a visit, or find your happy place in a quiet Street that is – George Street, East Fremantle!!

 

Devine days in Hampden

16 Aug

Hampden Road, Nedlands. Been there lately?

If you haven’t been for a while it is definitely worth a visit!
No matter what time of day you visit Hampden Road, it usually has some kind of buzz – whether it be uni students on their coffee break, workers stopping for a drink, residents enjoying a sunny weekend breakfast or grabbing something unique from one of the gorgeous gift stores – it has it all in one small hub!

Whilst there are a few good cafe’s and restaurants along Hampden Road – my favourite would have to be La Lola Trattoria (http://www.lalola.com.au/) where you can find exquisite Italian food. You can’t book for dinner but its definately worth the wait as the food and service are excellent!

The thing that I love about any trip to Hampden Road is a visit to one of the two florists -both with equally beautiful shop fronts.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been to Poppy’s just for a browse of beautiful things (although 9 times out of 10 walking out with a small arrangement for myself or someone I love!). I love buying flowers for my home as they finish off any room – they are just one of my indulgences!

So after a recent trip to Hampden Road for coffee & cake, I visited Devine Flowers for my fix of flowers………
Their shop front is decked out with the most gorgeous flowers for winter! Although it was grey and dreary outside, the flowers at Devine made my eyes sparkle and I felt like a child in a candy store. Their display did actually have candies in tall glass jars too so I really was in heaven!

I couldn’t resist sharing these beautiful images with you – taken at Devine Flowers in Nedlands!

So this Saturday morning – book your trip to Hampden Road. Pick a cafe in the sun, buy a good coffee, take good company and leave with flowers for someone you love x

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