Saturday, October 22, 2011

Jon & Mimi Wedding Reception Cocktail Party

Saturday night Mick & I had the privilege and honour of being invited to Jon & Mimi's New Orleans theme wedding reception cocktail party. I won't go into my horrendous attempt of sewing myself an emerald green cocktail frock to wear and I certainly won't post any pics of me in it. Needless to say I look like a bad home economics sewing disaster from 1984! BAD.
It was such a lovely night surrounded by some of the most GORGEOUS & stylish people ever.
Mimi (of course) looked so beautiful in her vintage frock & Jon also scrubbed up alright! :)
After a meal of yummy yummy New Orleans jambalaya we hung out a bit in 'switchblade alley" (or the hallway) & caught up with everybody.

Then it was time to cut the cake. With the lights down low & the lamp behind them the happy couple looked like something out of a Carey Grant and Audrey Hepburn film. Seriously, Jon & Mimi are just two of the most lovelist people ever and both have a wicked sense of humour that I love.


Happy Birthday to ME!

Well, Saturday was my 39th Birthday. Crikey! I can't believe I am 39. I certainly don't feel 39 (ok some days after a big night I feel even older). For my birthday I got to pick out a beautiful pair of earring from the funky funky jewellery store in Fortitude Valley called Stone and Metal. They are very deco with pearls. I love them. If you like your jewellery with a very unique vide this place is very cool.
Afterwards we headed into the city to Mary St to a Japanese(?) restaurant called Shabuhouse. I had read a review of it on the website called The Thousands. It is a great website that does reviews on really really unique & eclectic shops, restaurants, clubs etc. It got good reviews & Mick & I LOVE Japanese food so we couldn't wait! It (as the name suggests) specialises in Shabu Shabu which is a soup.
Shabu-shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ , also spelled syabu-syabu?) is a Japanese variant of hot pot. The name Shabu Shabu is derived from the "swish swish" sound of cooking the meat in the pot. The dish is related to sukiyaki in style, in that both use thinly sliced meat and vegetables and are usually served with dipping sauces, but it is considered to be more savory and less sweet than sukiyaki. It is considered a winter dish but is eaten year-round.
The interior of the restaurant is very cool. Lots of pinewood & really cool room dividers with lots & lots of plants. The table has holes in it to put your broth pot & little switches on the side to control the temp.
I got the Beef & Mick got the bento box for starters & the Seafood for the main. We also had two cold herbal teas which were very pretty & refreshing.

So, with J-Pop playing on the big screen telly above our heads we cooked up our shabu shabu.
Unfortunately, it was really Korean cooking Japanese & I found my meal to be really really bland. My broth was supposed to be fish (dashi) stock but it just tasted like water! The food was fresh & the meat was lovely but no flavour. We left feeling a bit let down. The staff, venue & pricing was all good but it was let down by the blandness of the food. It was still nice to go out for lunch though!

To drown our sorrows we hit the awesome yummy bubble tea place "re P.I.T" . Mick had his usual honey bubble tea with black balls & I had a coconut smoothie with lychee jellies. So yummy! It was a lovely day out for my birthday. Not bad for an old broad!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

High Tea & Curry - Part Two

After a walk around the Queen St Mall I finally bought myself a pair of Levi 527s from Just Jeans! Because I am a short arse they were super long for my tiny legs. No problem! Just Jeans has a deal with a clothing tailor across the way. For just $8 you can get your jeans taken up within an hour. Awesome.
So we dropped my fancy jeans off & headed to Elizabeth St to have Korean BBQ at Madtongsan.
The only seats available were upstairs where is was hot & stuffy. The place was packed!
Luckily I got a seat under the air con that was struggling to cool the oppressive humidity.
Thankfully my yummy chilli chicken & Lemon Ice Tea made up for the manky conditions (though Mick wasn't real impressed by his meal). Would I hurry back to eat here? No.
Normally we eat at the Japanese Curry place opposite. I think we'll stick to that. It is unreal!

Hi-Tea & Curry - Part One.

Before TBF (the big fella) went out to the boonies we had a date in the city. Of course, any date between us always revolves around food. Great for our taste buds not so great for our waist-lines.
Our first stop was this fabulous tea house called Room with Roses upstairs in the Brisbane Arcade.

I would LOVE to host a High Tea at this venue.
The room is just beautiful with fresh roses on every table & quiet music playing.
Mick & I both settled on having a nice pot of Earl Grey Tea & dessert.
The desserts are INSANE.
We both love lemon based desserts. I can't remember the names of them but mine was HUGE.
It was like a big pavlova with masses of cream & lemon meringue. About 5 million Weight watchers points.
I managed to eat about half but it was too much! Do not go near this place if you are on a diet.

It was just devine. I can totall see a whole bunch of us vintage ladies here... in our finest garb with furs & hats, little fingers pointed up sipping tea & discussing fashion & style.

5 O'clock Shadow Barbershop

Mick's never-ending quest to find a decent barber is finally over. Imagine our excitement when just around the corner from us in Oxley Ave in Margate a groovy barbershop opens called 5 O'clock Shadow.
Naturally, The Big Fella was quick to set up an appointment.

5 O'Clock Shadow Barbershop is run by Simon who has been cutting since 1997 and specialises in quiffs, rockabilly cuts & specialty cuts pretty much anything you like!

He has decked out the shop with a very very cool retro hip vibe.
I particulary love the BARBER graffitti sign writing outside.
So if you're a hep-cat who is looking for someone who actually KNOWS how to cut your hair so you can achieve the pompadour of kings... look no further.
Plus you may even get a nice cold one while you wait.

Mon:12:00 pm-5:30 pm
Tue - Wed:9:00 am-5:30 pm
Thu:9:00 am-7:00 pm
Fri:9:00 am-5:30 pm
Sat:9:00 am-2:00 pm

325a Oxley Avenue, Margate, 4019

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Redcliffe Girls Night In

Saturday night Mummsy & I met up with the lovely Karie from The-Click-Clack-Lounge and Lisa from Atomic-Martini-Vintage to attend The Redcliffe Girls Night In. As their blurb says "
They are a group of women who support The Cancer Council by doing a " Girls Night In " every year in October. They collect donations and have auctions, raffles and lots of fun. They aim to raise more money each year while supporting the local community and businesses.
It is run by Leeann (my neighbour), Clare & Angie who were dressed as "The Pink Ladies" & looked so cute! I LOVED their glasses!
So about 100 women all descended upon Angie's house with a common goal. To have fun & raise lots of money. The theme (obviously) was pink & the majority of women complied. I didn't own anything pink but did have a vintage frock with pink in it. I added a pink hair flower & naturally a pair of pink Hi-Fallutin earrings to complement. Mz Lisa looked awesome (slightly airhostey?) in bright fushia pink vintage & Mz Karie looked every stylish in her pink accented frock.
Mummsy & I were quick to start the night with a glass of champagne served by one of the good looking waiters who came to know our group very well through-ou the night.
Then we had a look at all the goods on offer for the auction. Everything from beauty products & services to photography sessions, kinky adult toys to pet goods. Something for everybody.
Unbelievably the raffle tickets (600!) sold within an hour! Mum had her heart set on winning the HP Laptop but alas it was not meant to be. Before we settled into our seats we had some of the AMAZING food that was on offer. A huge range of various croc-pot delights. So yummo.
Finally the time came and all the women were ushered out into the auction area. Marc, Leeann's brother was the auctioneer & had the daunting task of trying to be heard over 100 (by now very happy) women all laughing, chatting & shouting out their bids.
Unfortunately for the two ladies infront of us our laughing, networking & chatterin like a pen of chooks became too much to bear & they quickly moved away from the riff-raff down to the front.
We didn't waste time with introducing ourselves to the other local business ladies behind us & before you could say "more champagne waiter boy" business cards were being swapped & it became a networking frenzy.  The ladies from Beaute' Empire & Lollypops had us in stitches. Particulary a certain person who thought they were bidding on a buddah statue & it turned out it was a Tupperware pack. LOL indeed.
Naturally I went beserk with my bidding for the Atomic Martini $100 gift voucher (I outbid Mum) & I got it. I can't WAIT to spend it.

I also bid on and won a $300 voucher from J & S Photographics which I got for $90!!!
Mum got a couple of lovely prints.
Finally the auction was over & lo-and-behold if a stripper didnt' turn up! At this point I realised that my legs didn't work anymore from too much champagne & it was time to call The Big Fella taxi service.
It was a great night & I haven't laughed that much in ages. I am very lucky to have such great friends.
Congratulations to Leeann, Angie & Clare for an amazing night. It was so well organised & everybody had a great time. Great news too that you ended up raising an almighty $9000 !!!!!
Brilliant. Can't wait until next year. xoxoxo