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HOT: Robotica by Kyle Weyburne, Rose Street Artists Market, 60 Rose St, Fitzroy

Most of the time I’m a sweet, unassuming, ladylike girl who is never critical, sarcastic or competitive. But get me near a Scrabble board and I transform into a ruthless Gordon Gecko type who crows triumphantly at every 7-letter word placed on a triple-word score. These Scrabble cufflinks are from Rose Street Artists Market regular […]

HOT: Valhalla, Arts Centre Forecourt, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

In Norse mythology, Valhalla is a majestic, enormous martial hall housing the chosen dead. I didn’t know this fact when I entered Valhalla, Callum Morton’s new work for the Melbourne International Arts Festival. I knew that the desolate, pock-marked, concrete crumble was a three-quarter scale replica of Morton’s childhood home and I knew that some […]

HOT Chat: Alex Hume of Eco Fashionista

This week’s HOT Chat comes from Eco Fashionista. Alex Hume chatted to me about fashion, living eco-conscious and being a business-owner with a young toddler. Alex, how did Eco Fashionista come about? Eco Fashionista was launched almost a year to the day my son Max was born. Max’s arrival (and the huge sense of responsibility that arrived […]

HOT Alert: Week of 12 October 2009

My foodie friend from London and the Jetsetting Parents are in town this week, which means fewer social events and a LOT more restaurant reviews. Look out for posts on Grossi Florentino Grill, The Press Club, Yu.u, Mr Price’s Food Store and Nobu. Also, don’t forget on Wednesday 14 October it’s National Ride to Work Day. In Melbourne […]

HOT: Leonardo’s Last Supper, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne

The beginning of Peter Greenaway’s multimedia interpretation of Leonardo’s Last Supper certainly replicated my experience in Milan. Lining up, waiting, herded inside, more waiting… When we entered the dark room of the North Melbourne Town Hall the famous painting was projected onto one end, and the other painting in the refectory of Santa Maria delle […]

HOT: frankie Photo Album Launch, 1000 £ Bend, 361 Lt Lonsdale St, Melb

Thank goodnesss for frankie, an intelligent, quirky and stylish magazine, far removed from the dross of Who, Hello and That’s Life. For the first time, frankie are publishing the limited-run The Photo Album, a coffee-table collection of photographs from amateur and professional photographers. All of the images share the muted, off-beat, nostalgia-toned aesthetic of the […]

HOT: Spring Fair, Collingwood College, Cnr Cromwell St and McCutcheon Way, Collingwood

I haven’t been to a school fete in years, so I don’t know how the Spring Fair at Collingwood College stacks up compared to other school fetes these days. Let’s just say back in my day (old age, coming right up) we weren’t selling sushi and chickpea curry. But then Collingwood College is an amazingly […]

HOT: Valentino: The Last Emperor, Kino Cinemas, 45 Collins St, Melb

HOT: Valentino: The Last Emperor, Kino Cinemas, 45 Collins St, Melb

In Valentino: The Last Emperor, legendary Italian haute couture fashion designer Valentino pronounces that he knows what women want – women want to be beautiful. After watching a documentary filled with Valentino’s jaw-droppingly glamourous dresses, I confess I think this short perma-tanned gay man might just be right. Stuff paid maternity leave and workplace equality […]

HOT: Spirit of the Black Dress, Georges, 195 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

You think Melbourne fashion, you think black. So it’s only natural that the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week program includes the inaugural exhibition The Spirit of the Black Dress, a collection of ten interpretations of the wardrobe essential from various up-and-coming Australian designers. The final ten dresses, selected by designer Joe Saba, trend forecaster and creative […]

HOT Alert: Week of 7 September 2009

Over the years I’ve had numerous comments that there aren’t enough NOTs in the blog. My response always is that I choose where I go (unfortunately, I don’t get paid to write), so I’m naturally not going to choose to do something that I suspect will be dodgy.  I liked Andre’s response; ‘well, that means […]

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