Melbourne Memento

Melbourne Memento



>> I'm not ashamed to say that much of my short jaunt to Melbourne after Sydney was spent holing up in my hotel the Crown Metropol where I may have gotten momentarily sucked into fruit machines at the casinos and spent a fair amount of time by the sky-high indoor pool.  This was veritable down time, where I can be a selfish slug and not have a full on agenda planned for every hour.  For those wanting a guide, Fashion Hayley has done a useful guide for On The Streets of Sydney and as a reader pointed out, the website Three Thousand is heaps helpful (yup, 'heaps' has entered my lexicon…).  From my perspective, I can only point out the obvious spots of Curtin House, Flinders Lane, Gertrude Street, Brunswick Street and the one place where I did any veritable sort of shopping was at Lost & Found Market where I picked up a patchwork patterned padded jacket that was like the de-puffed version of these floral cushioned coats, which I was very nearly bought on my trip to Reykjavik at Nostalgia on Laugavegur…


However I resisted at the time deeming the puffiness slightly overwhelming.  Lo and behold at Melbourne's Lost & Found Market, an indoor four-floor bazaar STUFFED with all manners of vintage, I found this specimen that was less puffy with more prints mixed in and in a way, a super loud, super garish version of the sort of jackets that my Chinese great aunts wear in the winter to keep cosy in the not-so-cold winters of Hong Kong.  I sort of love how there's a bit of everything here… Cath Kidston-esque roses, leopard print, paisley styled foliage… and best of all, considering everything else seemed pricy to me because of the strong Aussie dollar, $18 for the jacket was a genuine steal.  I may not have much to proffer by way of useful information but the conclusion is that even if the trip was fleeting and I was being a lazy slug, I did come away hearting Melbourne… 




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  1. Raspberry & Rouge

    2011-05-11 at 5:52 PM

    GORGEOUS! I love it!! So pretty!XO Raspberry & Rouge

  2. Raspberry & Rouge

    2011-05-11 at 5:52 PM

    GORGEOUS! I love it!! So pretty!XO Raspberry & Rouge

  3. Raspberry & Rouge

    2011-05-11 at 5:52 PM

    GORGEOUS! I love it!! So pretty!XO Raspberry & Rouge

  4. Amy

    2011-05-11 at 5:59 PM

    Amazing find! <3

  5. Danny Roberts

    2011-05-11 at 6:18 PM

    Amazing! Love the print 🙂

  6. salome

    2011-05-11 at 7:08 PM

    beautiful pics…..

  7. Joy

    2011-05-11 at 7:48 PM

    I always get your Chinese references…love that. The floral prints are so amazing.

  8. thefashionguitar

    2011-05-11 at 8:51 PM

    Love your Japanese-like outfit photo. It’s a gorgeous print/fabric/design!
    XO Charlotte

  9. Online Fashion Boutique

    2011-05-11 at 10:00 PM

    Wonderful Outfit very original!

  10. Natalya

    2011-05-11 at 10:25 PM

    LOVE this!! XOXO, www.

  11. Sarah

    2011-05-11 at 10:43 PM

    Get ye to ‘Dinosaur Designs’ it is Sydney based, but you will find it in Melbourne. x

  12. fashiontidbits

    2011-05-11 at 10:53 PM

    Good, because melbourne is truly beeeee-autiful my dear! So glad that you’re having fun down under.

  13. Lyn

    2011-05-11 at 11:32 PM

    Hey Susie,
    I’m glad you enjoyed your short trip to Melbourne. I live here and love it here. I hope whoever your hosts were, they managed to cram as much ‘Melbourne-ness’ into your time 🙂 (now that it is Winter, it’s all about skulking at cafes/bars/galleries trying to stay warm and dry).
    It sounds like you hit some of my favourite shopping spots anyway. Shag is another great vintage store in the city. And hopefully you had time to stick your head into GPO, where the more established of Oz designers have congregated.
    come back soon 🙂

  14. Gaby

    2011-05-12 at 12:12 AM

    omg you are too freakin adorable!

  15. january

    2011-05-12 at 12:32 AM

    that indoor pool is immense!!! i can see why you didn’t want to leave!!! i think i’d sleep there!
    january, x

  16. leonie

    2011-05-12 at 2:38 AM

    love how the pattern is funked up with leopard prints!
    btw do drop by my site as i have EXTENDED THE BRASHY x MONSTRE XI GIVEAWAY by a week. No harm trying your luck for a cool tshirt (:

  17. Lauren

    2011-05-12 at 4:17 AM

    Love floral? See how you can wear it with things you already own. Build your own closet at

  18. SeaofGirasoles

    2011-05-12 at 4:29 AM

    1 photo,what a views

  19. ArticulateArt

    2011-05-12 at 4:54 AM

    Those jackets have an oriental and western taste to it somehow (= fusion)! And that pool looks awesome!!!

  20. vanessa mercado

    2011-05-12 at 6:08 AM

    love the prints! you simply rock!

  21. Calvin

    2011-05-12 at 7:13 AM

    Wow.. crown! and glad you love Melbourne. you should check out High Street and Brunswick for the best vintage wears. hahaha.

  22. Shirley

    2011-05-12 at 9:24 AM

    I love the you way write. Amazing find. 🙂

  23. Petra

    2011-05-12 at 10:40 AM

    Ewh, that is a hiddeous jacket. The pool looks great though 🙂

  24. Carolinas Couture

    2011-05-12 at 11:04 AM

    AMAZING view from the pool, so jealous.

  25. Mila

    2011-05-12 at 12:45 PM

    Hotel looks amazing! And your outfit is so cute!

  26. PvdH

    2011-05-12 at 12:59 PM

    By the look of those pictures I would have also spent my holiday spoiling myself at the hotel. Now to the last pictures, spot on to the current mad fad of mixing prints! Loving the look with the leopard contrasting the softness of the florals. Spot on!

  27. Seo techniques

    2011-05-12 at 1:54 PM

    WOw love it it’s great

  28. lyrebirdgully

    2011-05-12 at 2:16 PM

    Susie, that skirt?/shorts? you are wearing underneath is/are the most amazing match for the jacket, almost too good to be true. Rivetting!

  29. Alex&Sabina

    2011-05-12 at 3:40 PM

    love , love , love ur blog!

  30. Alex&Sabina

    2011-05-12 at 3:40 PM

    love , love , love ur blog!

  31. Alex&Sabina

    2011-05-12 at 3:40 PM

    love , love , love ur blog!

  32. A Casa da V√°

    2011-05-12 at 3:47 PM

    Love the floral print, great choice!
    Hugs & kisses from Rio!

  33. susie_bubble

    2011-05-12 at 4:54 PM

    Lyn: I went to Shag in the CPD area but not the one in Chapel Street which everyone tells me is AMAZING. I also missed a stupendous Coogi/Alaia Shag sale on Tuesday night… rubbish! Yes, I’d love to come back!
    lyrebirdgully: It’s a VERY old Topshop skirt that is really much too short to wear bare-legged but oh well… I’m praying that these legs are still a-ok to go out alone in the world…

  34. heather

    2011-05-12 at 9:30 PM

    BLLAAAH so awesome. leopard turned chinese im in love, looks so rad

  35. Jasmine Jones

    2011-05-13 at 3:13 AM

    I love this article!! I love reading fashion and this is one of the great articles I have read so far. Keep up the good work.

  36. Susan

    2011-05-21 at 10:29 PM

    I love that jacket!

  37. Marthes

    2011-05-31 at 6:11 AM

    so glad to hear you enjoyed your trip to Melbourne 🙂

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