Monday, April 25, 2016

Stylediaries :: Review Australia's Autumn/Winter 16 collection: Vintage inspired blooms

Bright blooms and the profusion of flowers that are usually associated as a lavish metaphor for the promise of spring carries through into the Australian Winter in 2016, which some Northern Hemisphere folks will claim, “Your winter, is not really winter”. Review’s Autumn/Winter 16 collection released in April features a garden explosion of florals, featuring romantic cascades of signature floral prints and playful prints with distinct retro vintage inspired blooms, rich wine hues and hints of cinnamon.

Skirts that caught my eye are a flattering A-line that fits virtually any body shape that can be matched with super-cute crop knits in playful colour pallets that are lightweight and sit elegantly and slightly off the shoulder.

The hues in the April designs are deeper in tonal colour intensity to Review’s March Key Looks collection which are defined by a distinct pastel and softer palette and nostalgic floral prints.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Grain Bar Cured and Caviar Pairing Experience

I am an amateur when it comes to spirits matching and the Cured and Caviar pairing menu at Grain Bar in the Four Seasons Sydney Hotel was as much an educational as it was a gastronomical experience for me. I met Grain Bar’s Bar Manager, Alexandra Dahlenburg and had a chat with her to learn more about their new Cured and Caviar pairing menu. The ‘sip and savour’ menu has been curated by Alexandra and the venue's Head Chef Jared Reeves. The idea behind the pairings is to showcase the work of master distillers and appreciate the time and passion that goes into producing premium spirits. All meats for the pairings are cured in-house. The pairing menu sparked my curiosity and being located in the heart of Sydney CBD, this is a great venue to hang out afterwork to try something that's not just your run of the mill 'Friday night drinks' at a pub.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Turandot with Opera Australia: Food & Opera experience

I must admit I’m a late comer when it comes to appreciating opera stage performance. Unlike musical theatre, when opera is sung in Italian I don’t understand it. But these days, there are subtitles so your eyes will look over at the subtitles, then back at the performers and the stage so you can grasp the story that is being told. I admire the talent that goes into opera as it’s not only learning to perform but it’s learning another language. My appreciation of opera also comes as I’ve got to know Jenny Liu, Opera Australia artist who I first met when she played one of the main roles in the musical The King and I a few years back. I thought it would be interesting to get her insights too into the current season of Turandot (pronounced “Turando” so no “t”).