#BohemianMelbourne

It’s been hot in Melbourne lately. One great way to beat the heat is to step into the beautiful State Library of Victoria. There’s always something good going on there and this summer there’s a fantastic exhibition that shines light on Melbourne’s cultural misfits. Bohemian Melbourne celebrates the lives of writers, visual artists, rock stars and other rebels who made art their lives and their lives an art form. Explore history’s backstreets with their cafes and studios to…

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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier #jpgngv

In the first international exhibition devoted to the celebrated French couturier, the National Gallery of Victoria presented The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, featuring seven galleries with more than 140 superbly crafted garments in addition to photographs, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from runway shows, film, television, concerts and dance performances. I almost missed this amazing exhibition, which ended the 8th of February, and I’m thrilled I didn’t. Despite not being…

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Glamping with Martinis & Marshmallows

Since I’ve been in Australia, I’ve been told a few times that my idea of camping isn’t “real camping”. By camping, I mean a nice tent, good bedding, hot food, and, hopefully, toilets and maybe even showers. I remember with great fondness the festivals I attended with friends back in Florida where we cooked full meals and dined together under a canopy before gathering around a fire with wine and mead to talk late into the night…

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Strictly Ballroom #StrictlyStage

Strictly Ballroom is the film that catapulted director Baz Luhrmann and his set and costume designer wife Catherine Martin to fame. It was the film that first brought Australia to me when I was a teenager living in Miami. Now that I live here in Australia, I’m fortunate and excited to experience it in a whole new way. This much beloved film has been turned into a brand new stage show and it’s ready to wow Melbourne with a…

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New Year’s Resolutions: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

I like setting New Year’s resolutions. I do it every year and I try to be pragmatic in how I approach them. I treat them more like goals than promises. I make a list and plans and check them through the year. If I don’t accomplish something, that’s okay, I don’t feel guilty about it. I just feel good about what I did accomplish. In 2015, I resolve to learn the skills I’d need to…

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Christmas in Melbourne

It’s summer so you know what that means – Christmas! The Melbourne CBD is alive with the scorching sun and the bright sights and sounds of Christmas. It felt strange celebrating Christmas during the summer in my first year in Melbourne. Being from Miami, I never experienced a white Christmas, but the vibe was different. Even though it’s mild, winter in Miami does feels different from summer and all the traditional winter solstice events and festivals of…

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Blogging & Life Lessons with Gala Darling

Gala Darling is one of my favourite blogers and I had the pleasure to attend her Radical Self Love Ritual event in Melbourne last night. It sounds esoteric and frou-frou, but Gala is just a person that knows that happiness is a process, not a destination, and getting what you want out of life requires dedication and strategy. She is a practical businesswoman who turned her passion into a wildly successful blog in which she writes about personal…

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Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

When Lena Dunham announced, in the role of her alter ego Hannah Horvath on the HBO series Girls, to her parents that she may be the voice of her generation – or a voice of a generation – I couldn’t help but laugh. Hannah is basically a slacker who thinks she’s lived enough life to write a memoir at the tender age of twenty-something and arrogant enough to believe someone will want to read it.  Yet the show she’s in…

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Dear Australia, It’s Okay to Celebrate Halloween

It’s my third Halloween in Australia. It’s not a popular holiday here, but according to the Australian social research company McCrindle, Halloween is growing in popularity with every generation. Those in Generation Y (aged 18-31) were far more likely to have celebrated Halloween in the past than Generation X (aged 32-46) and the Baby Boomers (aged 46-65). When asked whether they had ever celebrated Halloween before, 53% of Gen Ys had, compared to 45% of…

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Halloween & Day of the Dead Prep Party

It’s my third Halloween in Australia! It’s not a very popular holiday here, but I’m fortunate to have some people in my life who love Halloween and the Day of the Dead. Back in 2012, Theo and I hosted a pumpkin carving dinner party at our house and since then we’ve been gathering with my sister-out-law and her children to get ready for the big occasion. Last year, she made sugar skulls and we all gathered…

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Worldwide Photo Walk 2014

Last year, Theo and I attended the Worldwide Photo Walk and we loved it so decided to do it again. As the name suggests, Scott Kelby’s Annual Worldwide Photo Walk takes place in cities around the world. Photographers of all walks of life and skill levels gather to explore, shoot, and just hang out. Our local organiser was, once again, Robert Groom. Robert is a super nice, very skilled and creative photographer, and I know I…

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