Some of my favourite memories from when I was younger are from weeks spent in Melbourne. I was a part of the Australian Ballet School’s Interstate Junior Program, and my Dad would take me down for weeks at a time.
It was a bit of a culture shock for 10-year-old me. I had never really spent time in a city before and it was my first time catching public transport, seeing graffiti celebrated as street art, eating a crepe and seeing people walking around wearing everything from mohawks to business suits.
I fell in love. It’s hard not to: hidden cafes, amazing shopping, historic architecture, beaches, museums, art galleries and picturesque parks are just some of the things that make Melbourne one of my favourite cities.
This past weekend, I went down to have some much needed time-out with a few very special friends and revisit the city that stole my heart 15-years ago.
Skirt, Marcs (similar here), Sweater, Marcs, Coat, my own (similar here), Boots, Forever New (similar here), Beanie, Forever New, Bag, Zara (similar here), Choker, Mimco (similar here), Bangles, Mimco, Earrings, Witchery and Witchery
On Saturday I meandered around the city with my friend Sophie. We met as ballet student and teacher, but when life led her on a different path we became fast friends. Sophie is now living in Melbourne and studying at university, and she knows the city like the back of her hand. She had been planning things to do was determined to show me an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. I have to admit that I often find wandering through museums and art galleries to be really tedious, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The exhibition was “200 of Australian Fashion” and they had everything from wedding dresses of the 1800’s to sequinned body suits. If you live in or are planning a visit to Melbourne before 31st July, I recommend you pop in and see what all the fuss is about.
We spent the rest of the day wandering Hosier Lane (apparently I’m the only person who didn’t know this was a “thing” but it’s an alley full of the most vibrant graffiti) and eating our weight in La Belle Miette macarons and Koko Black hot chocolate.
Thank you Melbourne, for giving us mostly decent weather and providing the perfect playground for the day and to Sophie and Chelsey for the hugs and laughs.