On a sunny Sydney winters day we decided to check out the ever popular & very hip eatery called The Grounds of Alexandria located in Alexandria, a former industrial precinct from the 1920s. I heard a lot of good chatter about the place but was not expecting what I saw. The innovative concept was born from the entrepreneurial duo Jack Hanna & Ramzey Choker who had the vision (and the guts) to turn a concrete car park into a thriving urban space. The Grounds of Alexandria is a landmark destination offering a unique concept, enveloping chic coffee culture, dining and lifestyle. There is a coffee roastery, café, artisan bakery, lemonade stand and restaurant...with a sustainable Garden, known for its permaculture garden of heirloom vegetables, gardening education facility and fragrant flowers along with a winsome Animal Farm. My favourite place was the 'Potting Shed' a restaurant where hanging plants, terracotta pots and shovel plates make the atmosphere. I'm quite the traveller and love eating out but I must say that this place was one of a kind, uniquely unconventional.The earthiness of having to drink my lemon lime bitters out of a pretty terracotta pot and eating an amazing edible flower embellished salad, offering the most amazing gigantic hamburgers, desserts served in a shovel was all rather innovative. I also loved the air cacti hangers and neon lights scattered all around, I found it rather magical. The 'piece de resistance' was when we entered the Potting Shed and we were warmly welcomed by their uber friendly mascot, an indigo coloured Macaw, sitting on top of a huge liquorice coloured iron cage....generously offering all guests a chance for a quick selfie or a snapchat with her. Next door to the Shed was the sweetest flower shop that displayed the freshest daisies, baby breaths, birds of paradise and sunflowers wrapped in brown paper and placed in rusty silver buckets on a huge vintage cart. The Grounds of Alexandria is a one stop foodie lifestyle experience. If any of you guys are in Sydney, I 110% recommend you go.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney is right by beautiful Sydney Harbour and The Rocks, boasting the most amazing views of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. I visited it for the 'Telling Tales' exhibition which was curated by Rachel Kent, it made me explore the inventive approaches taken by international and Australian artists to narrative form. The artists used an array of materials such as hazy fog, hand-typed text and lights. The works of art pick apart conventional story-telling approaches to reconsider ideas focused around duration, structure and repetition. The art in MCA breaks away from a traditional linear format, the artists work offer a rather cyclical and open-ended stories and narration through non-verbal communication and mysterious narratives. Questions around authorship and truth emerge through some artists’ works whilst others embrace live durational events such as opera and shadow puppetry to convey their stories. The Colour of Saying: was one of my favourite works. I loved the fact that the museum was free, making it accessible to any one with a love for contemporary art, freedom of thought, lights or simply curious. The 'Telling Tales' exhibition started on the 2nd of June and lasts till the 9th of October and I highly recommend any Sydney siders or visitors with some free time to hop in and enjoy the fascinating and percipient works. The participating artists include: Bouchra Khalili, Lee Mingwei, Angelica Mesiti, Peggy Patrick, Shirley Purdie, Phyllis Thomas and Kerry Tribe, Safdar Ahmed & Refugee Art Project, Kate Daw, Emily Floyd, Mabel Juli, Jumaadi, Jitish Kallat.
I LIKE THE IDEA OF BEING HYPNOTISED BY A PATTERN, A PATTERN THAT CAN BREAK THE PROGRAMME OF HOW WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BEHAVE AND WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING.
-Brook Andrew, 2010
You ruin your life by desensitizing yourself. We are all afraid to say too much, to feel too deeply, to let people know what they mean to us. Caring is not synonymous with crazy. Expressing to someone how special they are to you will make you vulnerable. There is no denying that. However, that is nothing to be ashamed of. There is something breathtakingly beautiful in the moments of smaller magic that occur when you strip down and are honest with those who are important to you. Let that girl know that she inspires you. Tell your mother you love her in front of your friends. Express, express, express. Open yourself up, do not harden yourself to the world, and be bold in who, and how you love. There is courage in that.
— Bianca Sparacino
Hey beautiful people of the internet, hope you're all doing well. I recently returned to Sydneys best ever funpark 'Luna Park' and spent hours on endless rides but mostly enjoyed snapping shots of the very photogenic and Cony Island'esque park...especially as the rides aesthetically haven't changed since 1935, possesing a very vintage vibe. I arrived at Luna Park at 11 am and was looking forward to the 40 000 lights lighting up the Park at exactly 5 pm. What I found really cute was Luna Park offered a lucky park visitor a chance to light up these 40,000 lights...all you have to do is write your name on a little piece of paper and pop it in a box to get the chance to light up the whole park... din't win though but was able to join in on the countdown and see Luna Park turn into the perfect place to snap boké photos. The reflection of the 40 000 lights on beautiful Sydney Harbour was bewitching. So here are a couple of pics that I snapped of the park.
I'm currently in the gorgeous cosmopolitan city of Sydney. This year my summer holidays won't consist of enjoying the warm salty breeze of the ocean or enjoying an ice cold slushy at the beach but instead I'm enjoying Australia's mild winter, short sunny days, crispy cold nights and the city lights... from fab beachside restaurants to cosy cafes and a choice of a multitude of ethnic restaurants. I find it rather difficult to pack for long trips and always want to fill my bag with the prettiest and most fashionable items I possess, I packed a couple of cosy embellished knit sweaters, several chiffon shirts and a rather cool pair of silky culottes which is seriously not the best when travelling far and wide and especially for 2 months. When I actually arrived in Sydney, my staple pieces ended up being all the denim pieces that I packed thinking that I would only wear them on a casual day or when I felt like I had nothing else to wear but I actually ended up mixing and matching my denim pieces nearly everyday..from my denim shirt, a denim patch-work skirt, vintage jacket or skinny ankle cut jeans. Denim is one of the easiest clothing pieces to dress up or down and can be re-worn the next day with a completely new and different look without anyone noticing... therefore perfect for travelling! So if you need a travel smart choice... denim is the answer. So let us all embrace Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake's Iconic matching patchwork denim outfits as of the 2001 American Music Awards this summer holidays :)