A FINNISH BIRTHDAY

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Last week we were invited to Marimekko‘s Sydney flagship store on King Street to take part in the global festivities celebrating the 50th anniversary of its classic Unikko poppy print.

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In keeping with the brand’s colourful prints, the store was transformed into a multi-coloured disco for the evening.  It was smiles all around amongst the changing lights, mirror-balls and awesome tunes being spun by some of the guys from Architecture in Helsinki (gotta keep it Finnish!).

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Throughout the evening, guests nibbled on Finnish-themed canapés from Café Paci and sipped on Marimekko Royale cocktails.  I was particularly excited that little bowls of Tyrkisk Peber/Turkinpippuri candy were making the rounds – I’m not sure if they were much of a hit with the other guests, but they were certainly a hit with me!

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And what’s a birthday without a cake? A giant Gelato Messina ice-cream cake adorned with the Unikko print, that is.  Delicious! Maggie from La Petite Mademoiselle and I decided to take our cake outside the front of the store and chilled on the huge beanbags that were there for the evening … and contemplated how far we could run carrying said beanbags

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If you’re unfamiliar with Marimekko, pop on down to the store! I’m definitely planning on returning as I’d love to browse the entire range during the daytime.  There are so many cute items in the homewares range and it’s hard not to want to buy everything.

Marimekko Sydney Store
66 King Street
Sydney 2000

ADIDAS ORIGINALS X TOPSHOP LAUNCH

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Last Tuesday we got to get our hands on the goods from the hotly-anticipated Adidas Originals x Topshop collboration at the Adidas Originals store in Westfield Sydney.  The collection is every bit as pretty in store as it is in the promo pictures.

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Throughout the evening, we sipped on Sofi Spritz and Gaymers Cider and munched on goodies from Snag Stand as we perused the array of Ts, sneakers, sweats and tracksuits from the collection.

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Reen and I kept things casual while reppin’ Adidas – Reen with her tshirt, and myself with my sneakers.  If we had to pick our favourite items for the collection, it would be the green Venice tank top, the white oversized sweatshirt and the running shorts.  At the time of writing this, the Adidas online store had only ONE of the Venice tanks left.  People are going nuts for this collection!

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At the end of the night, we all got to take home a gift card.  I’ve decided to save mine for a rainy day 🙂

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The collection is available online and in stores. Get in quick because things are selling out fast!

– Lee

LOVE BY THE HARBOUR

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Valentine’s Day has never been a big thing for me, namely because I’ve spent so many of them side-eyeing all the loved-up couples in my near-perpetual state of singledom.  Luckily this year, my Valentine’s Day turned out to be not too shabby, all thanks to Neiman Marcus and an invite to a wonderful breakfast at the Park Hyatt in Sydney.

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The drizzly weather did nothing to dampen the spirit of the morning, with card crafting and a cupcake decorating station amongst the delicious sweet and savoury pastries and fresh fruit cocktails.

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I was faced with the dilemma of who to make the card for as I was scoffing down one of my decorated creations (before realising that we could put our cupcakes in a cute little box to take home/gift to a loved one – then I had the dilemma of who I should gift my cupcakes to).

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I don’t think I’m terribly good at cupcake decorating nor papercraft/scrapbooking.  The card making was a real head-scratcher for me!

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By the time I had arrived at the breakfast, I had sweated off all my makeup thanks to the ridiculous amount of humidity and my hurried walk from Circular Quay station.  I decided to bring a bit of street amongst all the beautiful dresses at the table (i.e., clearly I did not think this outfit through!).  I’m wearing a Romance Was Born dress, Arthur Galan AG pants, and Saint Laurent sneakers. Photo credit to Patrick Stevenson of Hobo.

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Neiman Marcus kindly gave us a little something to take home – a cute little Michael Kors bracelet! At the end of it all, I decided to make the card for myself along with a little inspirational message and I gave my lovingly-decorated cupcakes to the other single ladies in my office. Neiman Marcus have an Australia website so you can now shop your own bracelet,  and so much more today.

Lee

POOL COLLECTIVE

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Last week, we attended the opening night of issue 05 of The Pool Collective at Darlinghurst’s Black Eye Gallery.  The Pool Collective is a group of photographers that release a quarterly iPad publication of their works. You can check out the free download here.

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What made the exhibition great was the level of interactivity – attendees could browse the issue that featured photos, text, interviews and video on the numerous iPads that were framed and mounted to the walls.  Photographs from the issue were also displayed in the more traditional framed style. Guests sipped on Smirnoff cocktails and Asahi beer.

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The Pool Collective Redux is on until December 23rd at the Black Eye Gallery.  Take a break from the stress of Christmas shopping and head on down to the gallery for some quiet time, because it’s free!

Black Eye Gallery
138 Darlinghurst Road
Darlinghurst 2010

-Lee

THE BEAUTIFUL GAME

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Last week, we were invited to the opening night of Simon Harsent‘s The Beautiful Game exhibition at Darlinghurst’s Black Eye Gallery.  This is a bit different to what we usually bring to you readers, but I couldn’t turn down an opportunity to attend something football-related!  The 2014 FIFA World Cup feels like it’s just around the corner and this was the perfect event to kick-start my excitement for it all.

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The now New York-based Harsent has combined his passion for photography and football with his photographs of stadiums devoid of players, referees and cheering crowds.  The photographs themselves are both beautiful and haunting.

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Guests spent the evening sipping on Bulleit Small Batches (totally yum) and trying their luck with ingesting Picklebacks (ummm … INTERESTING?).

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Photos courtesy of Black Eye Gallery – the rest of the photos from the evening can be viewed on their Facebook page.

The Beautiful Game is on until October 27.
Black Eye Gallery
138 Darlinghurst Road,
Darlinghurst, Sydney.

 

-Lee