Monday, July 26, 2010

Visiting the Palace Cinema Como

Sometimes I just need to get myself out of the house, regardless of who is available to join me on a Melbourne city adventure.

Miles is studying part-time for his MBA, and with many of my good girlfriends now living overseas or interstate or down the coast, I can't usually just call someone up and expect that they'll be able to hang out at short notice.

The other weekend was a case in point. Rather than bouncing around the house distracting my not-so-patient boyfriend, I took myself out to see a movie.

What a movie it was. And what a delightful cinema it was.

The Palace Cinema Como is located almost on my doorstep, so my Melbourne excursion didn't actually take me very far that day. Palace Cinemas screen a wider range of films than the Village or Greater Union chains that operate around the country.

In fact, Palace Cinema Como host the French, Italian, Greek, German, Israeli and Russian Film Festivals each year, and you can always rely on them to screen some of the more esoteric art house films that might take your fancy.

Palace Cinema Como is decorated beautifully, with ornate furnishings and fixtures as far as the eye can see. Even the bathrooms don't escape notice, with their tasselled lampshades and embellished mirrors.

I particularly liked the wallpaper. I seem to have a thing for wallpaper - I almost have enough images for a post devoted solely to wallpaper. Say tuned for that exciting blogging titbit.

The Palace Cinema Como has a fully licenced bar, so you can take a glass of wine or a cocktail into the cinema with your choctop. All the better to enjoy your movie.

The film I saw was as visually enthralling as my surroundings. I've saved posting about it because I saw A Single Man close to the end of it's distribution run in Australia. Now, though, you can rent it on DVD for your viewing pleasure.

A Single Man, the directorial debut of fashion designer and all-round artistic talent Tom Ford was received with international acclaim, and I strongly recommend it. The plot was laden with emotion and Colin Firth and Julianne Moore contributed flawless performances. Pay attention to Moore's makeup: for those with an interest in cosmetics, her eyeliner application alone provides a window into the trends of the 1960s.

So, if, like me, you occasionally need to get out of the house at short notice, drop down to the Palace Cinema Como for a glass of wine and a delightfully cutting edge film to indulge your left-wing leanings.

Palace Cinema Como
Address: Cnr Toorak Rd & Chapel St, Sth Yarra
Phone: (03) 9827 7533

A Single Man was released on DVD in Australia on July 7th

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Happiness notes

Things that excite me at the moment:

Mulled wine
Glee Season 1 Volume II
French vinaigrette
Warm sweaters with sequinned shoulders
Roast pumpkin and garlic soup with melted Philly cream cheese
The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock
Madam Vintage and Co’s $100 sale rack
Melbourne International Film Festival
The Abyssinian Restaurant in Flemington

Making mulled wine at home from this recipe

(The website is currently down; hopefully the recipe I've linked to will be active again shortly.)

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Monday, July 19, 2010

My last week in photos

It's been busy lately.

I met a friend for an epic catch up session at Journal Canteen on Flinders Lane, scoring a coveted window seat.

My sister visited for a weekend, and she brought three boxes of my favourite green tea with her.

We went shopping at Chadstone, and travelled back to the CBD on the Chadstone Shuttle Bus, which has strangely covered all it's seats in shiny silver fabric.

When we got to the CBD we walked past the Tim Burton exhibition at ACME, but decided we were too tired to go in.

I took her to dinner at The Waiters Restaurant.

I didn't get a chance to take her to Little Cupcakes on Degraves Lane.

We walked through the Block Arcade in the city.

I took a flight to Perth, and rather than taking the usual four hours, we detoured via Adelaide because someone on the flight had a heart attack. Then we had engineering problems, and they called the emergency repair vehicle, seen below. I finally arrived in Perth at 5:30am, after a ten hour journey.

Finally, it was lovely to get back to Melbourne again.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Blogging absences

I have just spent all evening writing a complex post that doesn't even relate directly with my blog mandate (I usually write about topics loosely relating to fashion, food, or things to do in Melbourne).

But I enjoy stretching myself, and writing about topics I'm less familiar with is a challenge, causing me to read and research across the internet.

However, I'm now fed up.

The crappy Blogger interface decided to stop saving my work, so I not have to re-format all the links I diligently researched and embedded in the text.

I wanted to post something tonight after having a somewhat extended posting hiatus over the last two weeks. Work is stressful, taking up long hours and then refusing to depart from my busy mind when I finally get home. I've always had difficulty switching off and detaching, and now is no exception.

Then I spent six days in Perth (still working, but remotely) where my body decided to subject me to an extreme allergic reaction to the family cat. Look at him. How could such an adorable creature produce such horrid reactions such as full-blown asthma, swollen glands, sinus inflammation and watering eyes? Beyond me.

So there you have it. Instead, I'm posting this for your reading pleasure. I promise I'll be back soon.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Visual merchandising on show

Working in retail has been a steep learning curve for me.

Who would have thought that there are whole departments devoted to ensuring that customers get drawn into the visual displays that you see in store? Or that vast amounts of money is spent each year on creating unique, innovative, eye-catching window displays to entice you in store.

Australia seems to be still catching up to the rest of the world when it comes to cutting edge visual merchandising (although the Hermes store on Collins Street does it's best).

Singapore was impressive: retailers with lots of money to spend offered up some delightful displays. I've included some of my favourites below.

Neon in Marc by Marc Jacobs

Feathers suspended in the Vertu window (I think it was the Vertu window...)

Magic mushrooms in the Prada window

Colour blocking in Uniqlo

The Havianna store (I actually wanted to take a photo of the massive flowers hanging from the ceiling, all created out of Haviannas, but the shop assistants were getting edgy.)

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Happiness notes

Things that excite me at the moment:

Porridge with honey and sultanas
Journal Cafe on Flinders Lane
Cold winters’ days with bright sunshine
Eavesdropping on interesting conversations
Scalding hot showers
Cafes that are open on public holidays
Roast lamb with mint jelly
Getting dry in front of the heater
Grill’d burgers, eaten while reading the weekend paper
Waking up refreshed after a good night’s sleep


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