Nevenka. Pretty, delicate, stylish and a little bit old school. These gorgeous dresses and gowns are created by Rosemary Masic. Some time ago I was encouraged to visit the boutique in Howey Lane to look at these dresses "made from elaborate and intricate old linen". Old linen? Are they nice? Intrigued I just had to check it out. I discovered a tiny little shop in a small lane way dotted with boutiques and cafes. I went looking for table cloths and found an enchanted world of luxe bohemian clothing, all unique, and all obviously created from great passion and vision. I often purposefully pass by to look at the gowns in the window, and to appreciate the creativity and talent behind them.
So what is the story behind this unique work? Rosemary launched her clothing brand Nevenka 2006, inspired to create something truly beautiful after the death of her mother of the same name. Nevenka the brand "is not only a tribute to love and loss; it’s a celebration of all things feminine and beautiful." She takes the old and gives it new life and purpose. The embroideries and embellishments replicated in her work are sourced from family heirlooms, and those found on her global travels, especially from Eastern Europe where her family originates.
Her clothes are treasures bringing the past into the present for continued purpose and joy. Many women choose Nevenka gowns for their "special" day. An ideal match. A unique gown from a rich past, to set someone off into a new life full of possibility. Perfect.
NEVENKA / 12 Howey Place, Melbourne / +61 3 9663 5873 / www.nevenka.com.au
Images: ℅ Nevenka Facebook page & Google images (Fashionising, Lady Melbourne)
ROYAL CROQUET CLUB
Oh stop it Melbourne you're just too much!
The Royal Croquet Club = bloody fabulous in every conceivable way! If I was to say there was a place that was perfectly designed, perfectly positioned, perfectly styled, with THE best branding and mix of food and drink with THE most delicious dessert with quite simply THE best presentation possible, filled with interesting and quirky people would you believe me? Possibly not…but it's all true. F*cking marvellous.
First stop Pimms. Cute as hell cup packed with cucumber, orange, lemon, fresh mint, Pimms, soda and ginger ale. Yum! Second stop food. We went for DOC. Always a big fan but not so much on this occasion. My order was taken by the cutest Italian of them all, but even his supreme hotness didn't distract me from the very average rice salad, but the lamb did come to the rescue to up the overall enjoyment Third stop Messina ice-cream. Oh my god. Honestly blew my mind. For someone who is a rare ice-cream eater this trumped all previous ice-cream experiences ever. One mouthful in I decided I would go in and get some every day until it ends at the end of the month. I haven't done that, but the joy remains, and I have the adorable tin it came in sitting on my desk.
In summary you really have to go!
ROYAL CROQUET CLUB / Birrarung Marr, Batman Avenue, Melbourne / www.royalcroquetclub.com.au
Images: Royal Croquet Club website and Google images (APL Photography, Broadsheet, Melb hot or not, Fun date ideas)
FOUND AT PHILLIP ISLAND
As if warm weather, beach, long walks, swimming and freshly squeezed 'Immunity' juice from Fresh Fix wasn't enough, I discovered some of Jai Vasicek's work today and I am definitely in love. Thanks to the girls at Neon Circus and Sarsaparilla and their genuis sourcing skills, a small selection of Jai's work found it's way into my day and I haven't stopped smiling since.
He has a love of the sea and spent much of his childhood sailing around the world. Looking at his work you can see and sense the influence of sea and culture, of religion, tribal impulses, Polynesia, South America, time past and present, all mixed together with colour, detail and joy.
Based in Byron Bay, Jai creates paintings, murals, cushions, tiles and crosses to adorn his own store Ahoy Trader, and provide specialty individual pieces to boutiques, home owners, designers throughout the country and abroad. "In-demand, on-trend and constantly evolving, Jai Vasicek is one of Australia's most exciting and collectable designers" one day into discovering his work I have no doubt that this is true, and know I will continue to follow and enjoy his work.
AHOY TRADER / Shop 1/3 Marvell St, Byron Bay / www.ahoytrader.com
NEON CIRCUS / 42a Thompson Ave, Cowes 3922 / +61 3 5952 1143 / www.neoncircus.com.au
SARSPARILLA / 42 Thompson Ave, Cowes 3922 / +61 3 5952 1143
Images: ℅ Ahoy Trader website and google images (I am Vagabonde, Kreo Homes, Queensaland Homes)
Bustling, relaxed and confident is Sensory Lab, and why not? It's a solid reliable product in a beautiful space.
I love the sage walls, grey and white tiles, industrial light fittings and marble table tops. I enjoy the high tables and community table seating options, as well as the reading material scattered around for those who'd like to catch up on the outside world. I'm too busy paying full attention to my cake to think about reading…well that's when I'm not with my fabulous friends. Bec when I'm there with you, you are all that matters (but hey isn't that cake YUM!).
For all of you that are seriously into your coffee, you'll be very happy at Sensory Lab and for those of us that don't drink dairy but are sick of soy, almond milk is an option, a very exciting option. They do a great chai latte with almond milk. Delicious.
SENSORY LAB / 297 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000 / 9645 0065 / www.sensorylab.com.au
Images: ℅ Google Images (Bean hunter, My travel diaries, Sprudge, The coffee guy, Venue)
Thinking about all I've written and said about Jayne Reid.