Canberra

Caviar Masterclass – QT Canberra for Good Food Month

Caviar Masterclass – hosted by Lisa Downs in the QT Canberra Lounge, a tour de foce of the worlds most well known luxury ingredient.

 

Caviar is one of those ingredients that is heavily laden with cultural imagery and meaning that automatically sends our minds into a montage of experience. Love it or hate it, the delicacy of lightly salt-cured sturgeon eggs holds a lofty place in the world’s cultural subconscious as the ultimate luxury food.

It shouldn’t really be any surprise then that someone as luxury-obsessed as I am would jump at the opportunity to attend a Caviar Masterclass held at QT Canberra as a part of the 2018 Good Food Month events taking place in Canberra.

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Art Buff – A naked night at the National Gallery of Australia

Could you disrobe in front of a hundred strangers? If you had asked me a week ago I would have said no; but that is exactly what I did last night at the Art Buff event at the National Gallery of Australia.

 

Art Buff is a term I would ordinarily associate with rakish entrepreneurs investing in an up and coming artists work, or an aged high-society dame who buys what she likes because she can afford to. It doesn’t usually make me hyperventilate in terror at the prospect of exposing myself to over 100 total strangers in a public place.

However, after last night’s Art Buff event, co-hosted by the National Gallery of Australia and Vice – that is basically all I am ever going to associate now.

I had heard of the previous naked tour that the NGA held, and my hyper critical internal monologue immediately launched into an explanation of why I would not go. You’re too fat, too squishy, too white, too pink, too flabby, too thick, too hairy, too old, too weak, too scared… On and on and on. I’m nothing if not adept at tearing myself down and reminding myself that, yes, I’m gross

Enter my good friend Amy, and a proffered plus-one position to attend the latest naked romp through the NGA for the Hyper Real exhibition. (more…)

Zilpah Tart – A Fashfest First Three Years In The Making

The proud owner of the first Zilpah Tart necktie, featuring the gorgeous ‘Lucent Blue’ print. The bold pattern of the necktie actually works beautifully in an otherwise understated menswear look, and brings to mind the patterns of 1980s business attire.

 

Zilpah Tart has held a special place in my heart for a few years now. I love to see our local Canberra design talents develop and achieve great things, and you would be hard-pressed to find a label that is achieving as much as the creations of designer Yumi Morrissey. Bright colours balanced with sleek, feminine styling – Zilpah Tart conjures for me a sense of union between Dianne Von Furstenberg  and Emilio Pucci.

I have always resented a little that Morrissey focuses solely on women’s wear, and more so in recent years with the introduction of her signature exclusive fabrics featuring Canberra scenery and landmarks. Naturally most men would probably shy away from the bright colours and fractal patterns of the exclusive fabrics, but I’ve always had something of the peacock to me, and I have lusted after the gorgeous Canberran designs for some time.

This year, I’ve got a taste of what I have been missing out on with the creation of a very special necktie featuring the Lucent Blue print from Zilpah Tart – a menswear first for the label from the 2017 Autumn/Winter Illuminate collection. (more…)

Fashfest 2017 Tickets On Sale

 

I am so thrilled to announce that tickets for Fashfest 2017 – Canberra’s largest annual red-carpet event – are now on sale through www.fashfest.com.au. Fashfest 2017 will be held from 28 to 30 September, promising us three nights and six distinct shows of total fashion experience.

The 2017 programme showcases the work of more than 40 fashion designers—local, national and international—some putting on their own collections and some forming group shows. The event will be supported by fifteen live musical and DJ acts, bringing the designer collections to life.

Tickets start from $49. VIP and Platinum ‘experience’ include exclusive, guided backstage tours. Discounts available for two show packages and bookings of six tickets. Fashfest will be held at the National Convention Centre Canberra. The first show on each night starts at 7pm and the second at 9. (more…)

Beauty Redefined – Canberra Centre Launches Beauty and Wellness Precinct

A weekend-long launch for the Canberra Centre brings beauty and wellness to the revitalised Monaro Mall precinct.

 

Over the past weekend the Canberra Centre opened the doors of the newly refurbished Monaro Mall to unveil a world-class beauty and wellness precinct to scores of eager shoppers, with a series of masterclasses and a litany of opening-specials.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the opening festivities, and so on Thursday morning when my alarm went off at the ungodly hour of 5:00am; sleep-muddled and more than a little cranky I rolled out of my warm bed in order to get myself to there.

At 32 years of age, there isn’t actually a lot that I will get myself out of bed this early for anymore.

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Fashfest 2017: A nervous morning at Canberra’s biggest model casting

Serious business – hopeful models strutting their stuff at the 2017 Fashfest model casting last Sunday.

On Sunday morning I was up early, dressed, showered and on the road by 10:00am. While I didn’t have far to go, I was nervous.

It was not the paralysing sort of nervous that usually has me curled up in a ball on my lounge watching re-runs on Netflix to distract myself. No, this was the frenetic sort of nervous. The type of nervous reserved for first dates, public speaking, or the dentist waiting room, manically searching for any task to try to wrangle my nerves under control.

But I had a task already – I had to drive myself to the 2017 Fashfest Model Casting at the National Convention Center Canberra. (more…)

Meet the Makers – Cellarmasters event at QT Canberra

What would you say if I told you there was going to be more than 20 leading Australian winemakers, with over 100 Australian wines available for tasting, all in one place with fantastic food; and you could win yourself a double pass to attend?

Cellarmasters and QT Hotels are bringing the fantastic Meet the Makers event to QT Canberra on Friday 19 May 2017, and I have five double passes to give away to Ink & Leathers readers!

Meet the Makers is a fantastic combination of winetasting and speed dating that gives customers the opportunity to actually speak with the brilliant minds behind their favourite tipple. You might have a favourite wine from a Vineyard that’s a little too out of your way to visit in person, or you might be like me and refuse to drink anything that isn’t a desert wine. Meet the Makers give you the opportunity to actually discuss the wines available on tasting with the people who produce them, from vine to glass as it were.

Cellarmasters have been running the Meet the Makers events for 4 years now, and the popular events are now finally on their way to Canberra. As we’re in the midst of Autumn, I can’t think of a better way to spend a chilly Friday night than sampling a selection of wines in good company, with great food and the opportunity to pick the brains of some of the industry’s greatest.

But, how can you win yourself a double pass? (more…)