Lady Melbourne with the brand new Mini S 5 Door Hatch

A weekend with MINI

What better way to zip to the Yarra Valley than in a brand spanking new Mini Cooper S Hatch 5 Door?

Balgownie Estate | Yarra Valley

Right in the heart of the Yarra Valley, you’ll find Balgownie Estate nestled among acres of vineyards. Not just a cellar door however, Balgownie…

Coombe | The Melba Estate

Whether or not you’re familiar with Dame Melba, Coombe is a wonderful Victorian destination for its gardens, providore, museum and restaurant alone.

Weekend Getaway

I was remarking to a friend upon my return from a glorious weekend in the country how well one sleeps when away from the hustle…

Relaxing at Hepburn Bathhouse and spa in Daylesford, Victoria

Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa

Imagine taking a bath drawn straight from the mineral rich earth that is Hepburn Springs: forty-five minutes of private bathing in 100% mineral water, with bath salts infused with turmeric and rosemary.

Lady Melbourne enjoying dinner at The Lakehouse restaurant in Daylesford

Dinner at The Lakehouse

I’d not dined at The Lakehouse before, so when the invitation came my way it was a most definite ‘yes please!’

Lady Melbourne in bohemian luxe on a weekend getaway

Bohemian Luxe

A couple of weeks back I had the pleasure of a weekend away in the well being region of Victoria, the Daylesford and Macedon ranges. It was a complete back-to-nature experience so I packed light and took comfortable clothes in natural fibres with a little bit of bohemian luxe thrown into the mix.

Lady Melbourne in New Caledonia

Why You Should Go To New Caledonia

Speaking about New Caledonia, the most common response has been, ‘I had no idea…it was so close/it was so affordable.’

It seems that despite it being just hours from our shores, New Caledonia isn’t necessarily on our radars as a holiday destination. That’s not to say it’s some sort of undiscovered paradise – it’s not undiscovered, rather, I’d say, overlooked.

It seems that despite it being just hours from our shores, New Caledonia isn’t necessarily on our radars as a holiday destination. That’s not to say it’s some sort of undiscovered paradise – it’s not undiscovered, rather, I’d say, overlooked.

Lady Melbourne discovers New Caledonia

What to do in New Caledonia

So your flights are booked, fake tan has been sprayed and you have an overflowing suitcase full of kaftans. Aside from the obvious cocktails-at-sunset-by-the-pool, there is a lot to see and do in New Caledonia that might not seem evident from tourist paraphernalia.

New Caledonia: 5 Things That Might Surprise You

New Caledonia is an island paradise and one of Australia’s closet neighbours. You can be in France in four hours experiencing pristine beaches, speaking French and eating French food in a multicultural environment.

The Treasury, Petra, Jordan

Jordan Part III: Petra

Petra: There is an enigmatic and breathtaking quality written on the faces of the local Bedouin people, carved into the rock facades and scattered…

Doing yoga in Wadi Rum, Jordan

Jordan Part II: Wadi Rum

“The map of this desert? It’s in my head,” our driver yells over his shoulder as we trundle through Wadi Rum in the darkness.

Not on a road, or a track, but rather over sand dunes and in complete darkness. Complete. Darkness.

Jordan Part I: An Introduction

‘You went where?’

‘Is it….safe?’

‘Why are you going to Jordan?’

These are just some of the immediate reactions I’ve experienced when talking about visiting Jordan. I suppose from and Australian viewpoint it is a long way away, and it’s nestled pretty much smack bang in the Middle East bordering Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. When you articulate it, the ‘Is it safe?’ question seems quite sage.

Before I write about my trip, I thought an introduction was in order so I can answer some of those questions and put the trip into context.

Beauty Tips for Long Haul Flights

Flying long haul means different things to different people. Four hours on a plane may be your limit, or perhaps (and if you are Australian) you might be used to up to 14 hours for one flight.

Flying to New York from Australia for example will see you clock up 20 hours flying time. Kind of insane, right?!

As I’ve done my fair share of overseas travel this year I thought perhaps I’d share what I use pre, during and post flight to keep my skin, hair and nails in shape.

Jewellery from New York

As most of you would know I love, love, love jewellery and accessories having run my own accessories label for seven years. So I bought back A LOT of jewellery from New York when I was there in May/June.

New York through Instagram

As my time in New York comes to an end, I thought I’d reflect by sharing with you my Instagram feed. If you follow me then these won’t be new, but if you don’t then hopefully it will show you a different side of the Lady Melbourne life!

You can follow me @ladymelbourne

Manhattan by Sail

Have you ever sailed around Manhattan? I hadn’t considered it before my trip and I really didn’t want to end up on some boat or ferry crammed full of tourists (because you never consider yourself a tourist when you actually are just that) but my brother found this wonderful old topsail schooner called ‘The Clipper City’ run by Manhattan by Sail.

American Girls

By spending the last couple of weeks delightedly tripping about the streets of New York, I’ve come to realise that there is most definitely an American girl. I’m not sure you could say the same for Australia, I think we perceive that the ‘Australian woman’ is some sort of beautiful Frankenstein stitch-up of Jennifer Hawkins and Miranda Kerr, but it’s simply not the case.

And while I also realise that it is a sweeping generalisation to say there is an American type, I hope you will permit me to relay what I’ve seen and why I’ve seen it thus.

On the High Line, New York

You should most definitely consider a visit to The High Line while in New York, if for no other reason than because of the historical significance of the area to the city, and because of what it has become.

Sunset on a street corner, New York

Over the years I’ve heard people refer to the The Sartorialist’s ‘light’ in New York. I’ve always scoffed, for two reasons- no one has their own light, and the ‘lighting’ you see in photographs is more about the photographers eye and ability to capture it.

Why People Love New York

It occurred to me today as I was crossing the road, ‘What won’t I miss about New York?’

And while there is only one thing, it got me thinking about why people fall in love with this city, and why it is so commonly referred to as a place that gets under your skin.

Hello there, New York

I have been doing a lot of travel lately, which is why you’ll see the blog shift from Hong Kong on to New York. That’s right, I’m here for almost a month, working, blogging, eating, shopping and generally soaking up all this place has to offer.

Night Owl

There are times when you need a special frock and some jewels for an occasion, for some people it might not happen that often, for others every other weekend is an excuse to dress up.

Meeting Misha in Hong Kong

Then it was off to visit local Hong Kong designer Michelle Lai of the label Mishca. I really wanted to try and uncover local Hong Kong talent on this trip knowing that I was going to see my fair share of luxury because lets face it, it’s what Hong Kong does so well.

The Horizon Club at the Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong

When I walked into The Horizon Club on the 56th floor of the Island Shangri-La where we stayed, I have to admit, I’d never been anywhere like it before. As you can see, it is luxury done to a tee complete with linen napkins, silver wear, velvet upholstered chairs, wood panelled walls and chandeliers.

Hong Kong on the Horizon

Staying at the Island Shangri-La meant that we were able to capture some of the best luxury locations on offer in Hong Kong. On the rooftop there is an indoor garden full of orchids and tropical greenery with long, sweeping windows that enable a view of the harbour right around to the mountain side of the hotel.

Hong Kong Bound

A couple of weeks back I did a blog post about how The Gardener and I are off to Hong Kong to shoot for a couple of days. Well, we’re here, it seemed to take a lot longer than I remembered it would (Sydney first, then onto Hong Kong) but by god it’s good to be back!

Singapore Redux

Going through my photos of my recent trip to Singapore I realised that there is still so much that I haven’t shared with you.

Tanjong Beach Club, Singapore

This is what the Tanjong Beach Club website tells us about themselves:

“The only venue on Sentosa’s most picturesque beach, this all-day hideout has something for everyone. Nurse refreshing tropical fruit cocktails, have a game of beach volleyball or beer pong, lounge by the pool or dance under the stars.”

From Mexico with love

Earlier in the year while holidaying on the Gold Coast, it just so happened that there was a vintage fair on while I was there. Complete coincidence peeps, but who was I to refuse and invitation?

The Motel

What a weekend! On Friday night The Gardener and I went to the opening night of Bild Lilli at the Malthouse theatre and stayed over night at Vibe Hotel in Carlton indulging in the Look Polished package. A little stay-cation if you will.

High Tea

Finding myself at a loose end one afternoon I booked in to do high tea in their grand dining room and then set off to buy myself a dress. I wouldn’t consider rocking up for high tea wearing jeans in Melbourne, so why would I in Katoomba?

What I bought in Hong Kong

As you can see it’s not the shopping haul I had hoped for as I was mainly confined to bed, but then when I think about it there’s not a great deal I actually need so these little treats really are quite enough.

On the Street: Kowloon

I only have these two photos for you today, my ear infection eased so I was able to go out for lunch but it…

In which I’m permanently on a boat

Or in other words, I have barotrauma or an inner ear infection of which vertigo is a side effect. It’s a cruel mistress and there isn’t much you can do but stay in bed and rest until the inflammation in your ear subsides.

Hello Hong Kong

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been in Hongkong and I have to say it’s superb to be back albeit freezing cold.

Beautiful one day, perfect the next…

That’s an old marketing slogan for tourism Queensland but for most people who’ve been on a holiday along the east coast of Australia in Queensland it’s a fairly acurate description.


As mentioned in my previous post I spent a deeeeeelightful weekend away at Barwon Heads on the Bellarine Peninsula. It was peaceful, relaxing but one of the most exciting aspects(for me at least) was the great fashion boutiques I discovered. I’ll be honest, I thought Barwon Heads was a sleepy little seaside town the last time having been there when I was about eight.

Big Day Out on the Goldy!

As you all know from my absence last week from blogging, I’ve been up north spending time on some of Australia’s most spectacular beaches.
When I wasn’t barefoot in shorts and a singlet I was doing things on the opposite scale of the spectrum: Hair done at Oscar Oscar and then high tea at Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast.

Beach side perfection…

I’ve been on holiday for a week without internet connection- it’s been dreadful for the blog but really quite enjoyable to be completely removed…

Flamingos & puppies: Love in the Valley

Before we had to leave Brisbane for home this morning, Hayley and I headed to Flamingo cafe for breaky. If you are familiar with Frankie Mag then you can find a nice little write up in this months edition on page 60.
Anyhow, we’d met plenty of charming locals the night before who said it was the place to have a coffee and it lived up to every expectation that we had.


I was invited to visit Hansel while I was in Singapore, a local label run by the gorgeous Jo Soh. A local star in her own right I was curious to meet her but our timetables clashed so I’m now planning on my next trip to Singapore for a cocktail or two and perhaps a little interview.

The light, the light, oh the light

I can’t get over how beautiful the light is that floods my room here in Singapore every day. I don’t have a lot of time for words today, I’m preparing to fly into Sydney for Rosemount Australian Fashion Week. More craziness!

Beautiful one day, perfect the next

I have had a lot of time to blog whilst I’ve been here at Audi Fashion Week but I did want to make sure that these photos made it onto the blog.

I was lucky enough to be invited in store to Raoul to view the Spring/Summer 2010 collection and the darling people there let me choose an outfit to keep. Pictures of that will come, but the shoes, oh THE SHOES!

Sing Sing Sing!

Hey y’all, so did you know I’m in Singapore for Audi Fashion Festival? No?!
Well in that case welcome to Singapore!
I’m so thrilled to be here, I’d been off the plane not 2 hours before I was seated front row at the Herve Leger and Tiffany retrospective show. Beautiful does not do credit to the gowns that strutted in front of me, not to mention the accessories.

Haji Lane

I met the delightful Stephie from Fashion Nation on Friday night at the awards ceremony who was a fellow nominee. She asked if I…


I love going to Harrods, it’s so eccentric. Every room has a different feeling, like the architect was on acid when they designed the…

In the mix

I forgot to report on this beret that I picked up in my Primark haul, I won’t be wearing it here but I think…

Camden: I love thee

Bag,(not Chanel, but close) eight pounds.Scarf, Vintage Chanel, 10 pounds. Even the bill boards at Camden tube stop are cool. It’s been two years…

It’s a jungle out there: Primark

I thought upon approaching Primark’s Oxford St store, that the fashion scrum I found myself in* when the Stella McCartney range for Target was…

New and Old

Whilst strolling along the Champs Elysees and looking for a public toilet(which I have learnt are virtually non existent in this fair city) I…

Quintessential Paris….

I couldn’t come to this city and not go to Chanel, it would be like going to Rome and not seeing the Colosseum or…

Paris I love you!

First days in new (or old for that matter) cities are always rather frantic, I find myself trying to see everything at once. I…


Goodbye Prague, I hope we meet again some day!

Autumn in Prague

It’s hard when you travel to stay stylish and keep your outfits new and fresh so normally I look to accessories to do that…

Praha part II

I bought this wonderful pure wool coat today in Promod, which initially I thought might be a label exclusive to Prague but then realised…


So I’ve been lost in translation for almost a week now, that’s what happens when you travel and don’t have wi-fi access.None the less…

The Harbour

Here are some touristy shots for you to gander at, the light and the colours in Hong Kong are just amazing. The very top…

I heart Hong Kong

So, where to even begin! For those of you that live here or have visited you will know how dynamic and busy Hong Kong…