Monday, May 25, 2015

A sampling of Piccadilly goodness

Piccadilly is soooooo excited to be coming to Malvern Town Hall on Sunday June 14th. There will be over 50 stalls of goodness overload.

This is a small sampling of what you can expect to find.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Grand Afternoon Tea at the Vue Grand in Queenscliff

Hands up if you love a high tea? Who am I kidding? Everyones hands will be in the air.

Last Sunday I was lucky enough to experience the Vue Grand's take on a high tea, their grand afternoon tea. I took my bestie aka Peggy and my Mum Krystyna all in our Sunday fines. From the moment we arrived we were whisked into another world. We were greeted in the foyer area with a choice of Pimms (YUM and a recent new fave), Champagne or pink lemonade.

We were then welcomed into the magnificent dining room and seated where there was a selection of finger sandwiches to begin with and offered tea. We all loved that the table had mismatched teacups that have been sourced from local op shops. 

We were entertained by a gentleman on the grand piano who added an old world feel and ambience to the experience.

Next on the menu was this delicious plate of delicate, super delicious gourmet morsels followed by some amazing scones with jam and cream.

and then the moment we had been waiting for and looking at, the decadent dessert table. I particularly loved the lemon meringue shot glasses and the trifle martini glasses. 

This really was like stepping back in time and far from the madding crowd and just enjoying the moment and company. So so so lovely. These grand afternoon teas are being run once a month and a super special one being held on Mothers Day weekend. Any Mum young or old would LOVE this experience.

I am also super keen to check out the Faulty Towers dining experience also held once a month.

I could quite easily indulge in this grand afternoon tea more than once so until next time.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

3 sleeps and its Piccadilly Market time

So excited for the first event of the year.

Here is a teensy, tiny sampling of what you can find.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Geelong's First 2015 Piccadilly Market is coming up

It has been a while between events so getting very excited for the first date of 2015 and it is in fabulous Geelong. Make sure you mark your diaries and grab some friends.

Monday, January 19, 2015

How to do New York City in 5 days

When I got back I hit the ground running and swore I had posted this but nope it appears I never did so here it is. Better late than never.

I recently had the opportunity to go to New York City for business reasons which were only one day so had to make the most of being there and that I did by having 5 days to play.

19 years ago I moved to the city for work and spent almost a year there. It now seems like someone elses life. I was a different person then and the city was a different place. The madness is still there but I was so disoriented due to all the changes. I swore I would come up out of the subway and know which way to walk to my old apartment. 2 different businesses on 4 different corners was very confusing. Luckily I lived across the road from a fire station so googled that and found where to go.

First up, the city is expensive, so expensive to stay in. My travelling companion Gail and I wanted separate beds which meant that a lot of B&B places did not suit. We absolutely did not want to stay in midtown Manhattan so chose  The Cosmopolitan hotel in Tribeca. There was a Starbucks on the ground floor...tick for great tea for me. There was a subway stop right outside the door...tick and a Wholefoods around the corner...tick. Nice and quiet and less touristy than midtown. Our room was tiny and very basic and you could barely swing a cat (which I would never ever do) in the bathroom. Honestly it didn't matter as we were out from 8 am till midnight every day and the beds were super comfy.

I HIGHLY recommend getting a CityPass before you go. BEST value ever and will make your life so much easier. I also had these in California last year and it was amazing value there also. With a CityPass you get discounted tickets to major attractions and the best thing is you do not wait in a regular line with everyone else, you have a priority line. Saves an amazing amount of time and you feel a little rock star'ish'.

You should absolutely get a subway pass as well. 7 days for $29 was hands down the best value ever. We took the subway everywhere and at all times of day and night. Very safe.

Our first day was pouring with rain, like torrential and we have never ever seen as many Hunter boots as we did. We headed straight to the amazingly glorious Grand Central Station that has an Apple store in it now. It was built by the Vanderbilts and is very opulent. I walked through here every morning to get to work back in the day and it never lost its wonder.

Next stop using our CityPass was The Metropolitan Museum. This is an incredibly building (easy to get lost in, even with maps) filled with amazing art. Well worth the visit and if weather permits the roof top garden is worth a peek.

We got there to HUGE lines and managed to find another entrance away from the main one and were once again faced with big lines inside but spotted a CityPass representative walking around who took our tickets and off we went. About 30 minutes saved.

I really love the Egyptian exhibition

And you simply must get a hot dog from one of these guys.

Day Two was a slow (stopping at shops) up 5th Avenue towards The Empire State Building. Always an amazing view and a super impressive art deco building. We passed the iconic flat iron building on the way.

Once again the lines were long and we were told out front it was a 90 minute wait but we zipped through with our passes. Flatiron building from above.

Miss Liberty


The Chrysler Building is equally grand

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is located 10 minutes walk from our hotel and was high on our list to visit and is not included on the CityPass. The memorial is free for anyone to visit but if you would like to see the museum which really is a must then you need to make a booking in advance. It is a very sobering experience that left us feeling pretty broken. We both had lots of tears, there are plenty of tissue stations around. We all remember the day and where we were and all those images we were confronted with.The museum has been done in such a caring, thoughtful and provoking way. The memorial itself is stunning, the noise of the waterfalls drowns out the city noise so it is just you and it. I had 2 friends lose close friends here and I shed extra tears for them here.

After a beautiful dinner we head back to the Empire State Building for the night view. You can do this for free after 8pm on the same day you visited.

Our super decadent treat was a helicopter ride, I was a total pauper when I lived in New York so things like this were just a dream. It really was very cool to see New York from above and all the surrounding boroughs. If you cans wing in, do it.

Through one of my gorgeous Australian friends we got to have a tour of still my beating heart. You can read the full post on the visit here.  A big highlight of our trip.

One thing that Gail really, really wanted to do was a bike ride around Central Park. I was lukewarm about the idea but man am I glad we did it. It was an awesome way to see this amazing space and one of my very favorite places in the city. If there were no park I don't think New York would be as amazing as it is. It would just be a huge metropolis with nowhere to escape to. We took the bikes for 2 hours and did the 8km up to Harlem and back. Warning, lots of surprisingly big inclines. If only we had time to just lie on a blanket and people watch like I used to do.

A new addition to New York is The Highline, an elevated freight rail line transformed into a free, public park on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. We bought delicious cupcakes at Chelsea Market and parked ourselves on a park bench to have them for breakfast. Make sure you make this a priority, it is a great way to see a new part of the city and peek into people's apartments if thats your thing. (It's soooo mine). Even in the dead of winter there are activities going on.

Last stop for us on the morning we left was Top of The Rock, that is also part of the City Pass.  Yet another amazing view from a new and unique perspective. Situated at the top of the iconic Rockerfeller Centre, this has the best possible view across the Park.

We followed this with a trip to Tiffany's, an absolute must even if it is just for a look and to feel like Holly Golightly for a small while.

Although I have not mentioned much about it, we did ALOT of shopping. We walked everywhere and brought home most of New York. One does tend to get a little carried away here.

We also ate at some of the most amazing restaurants and cafes but I will try my hardest to get that out in a new post.

I still love New York as much as I ever have and can not wait to return.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Piccadilly Market LUXE Christmas Gifts $50 plus

Our last installment of gift ideas for Christmas. This is the Luxe category priced at $50 plus

Everything is available at Piccadilly Market in Geelong on 29/30 November

1. "Skull Miranda" print that is a part of my 'Into the Woods' series.
Its 11x14 inch printed on FSC certified felt embossed paper. The print is $50 market day special

2. KATE Pendant $155  -Koolaman
Sterling silver pendant and chain which can be hand stamped with a message or words for it’s recipient. Kate ring style pendant is perfect for today’s busy woman. Contemporary yet eternal, Kate faces the world head on with its fixed jump ring design. Wear a single Kate sterling silver pendant or up to three pendants – each ring lovingly hand stamped with words or the name of someone special.

3. Snap Pearls LUXE  The Mietta Bracelet  $145.00
The Mietta bracelet with large rustic freshwater pearls and pewter beads strung on leather, complete with 925 magnetic clasp- just gorgeous!

Amindy clocks can add a pop of colour to your home, or keep a clean and classic look with our neutral shades. Available in multiple designs with a choice of many diverse colours, the options are endless! 

5. Macrame Plant Hanger from Noodie and Frank

They are back! But I think they never really left it the first place! 
Modern macrame plant hangers, available in a range of bright and neutral colours, in plain styles or accessorised with copper, rustic/industrial or timber beads. Great outdoors or indoors with ferns or even a hanging fish bowl! Prices start at $70.

Hand painted children’s blocks made from sustainable beech timber, painted with non-toxic acrylic paint and finished with a non-toxic, allergy free water based varnish.
Designed to enhance imaginative play. Price: $59 set

7.  Obsession tea pack from Organics for Lily - $60. 12 organic teas with a stainless steel strainer.

8.  Retrobub - christmas day dress / girls gift  - spot dress with metallic gold spots $50 

9.cLily pily The Fox cushions (and many others) are $50 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Piccadilly Market Christmas Gift Ideas $25-50

Here is the 3rd edition of Gift Ideas for $25-$50. Some wonderful choice sin here. I am hoping to get number 2. I am ordering number 3 but triple chocolate and I am getting a custom order adult cape for me #5 which I will be wearing at the market.

1. Miss Moi Handmade Earrings & Necklace Set On Mother Of Pearl Shell $45

2. Tea Bottle - $32 - perfect to drink tea on the go.  Sleek double walled glass keeps your tea hot for up to an hour and doesn't burn your hands.   It also has an Eco- friendly bamboo lid and stainless steel strainer.  Great for your body and the environment.  Also try an ice tea in summer or add some berries to your water.  Holds 300ml

3. Spoil your friends and family with one of Mandi's Kitchen boiled in the cloth dessert logs - with a shelf life of over 12 months they can be enjoyed throughout 2015 and just need to be stored in the cupboard until opened.  $44

4. As dreamt in greyscale Midnight Gelato wooden colour block necklace in midnight navy, beige-pink and white wooden beads. Accented with eye-catching wooden spikes in the centre and small copper beads! Range of colours available. $30

5. Superhero Costume from Fickle Fickle - $45 - Includes quality handmade satin cape and felt mask. Be your own superhero!!!

6. Playground Your Memory Box' by Playground Road Collections, makes a unique keepsake. And beautiful 18th birthday present for when your baby is all grown up.

Each box includes 24 assorted milestone cards, envelopes, notepaper and other record keepers to capture important moments in your little person's life. Fill your box with special memories, then use the included label to personalise the lid. Designed to create your own time capsule to pop away until your little one's 18th birthday. Proudly designed and printed in Melbourne, using recycled paper stocks. Piccadilly Market Special $35 (RRP $40)

7.Visual and tactile, two ingredients for the perfect teething and breastfeeding necklace. Add to that, striking colours, soft texture and a bundle of style... introducing the Infinity collection from Gumigem! RRP $30

8. Makassi Bags from Mamoochi.  2 styles available. ‘Afro (pink) and ‘Sunbed’ (blue) $38. Fully lined with inner zip pocket. A great casual ‘weekend’ bag.

9. Custom name cushion from NOD  $39.95

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Piccadilly Market Christmas Gift Ideas $15 - $25

Here is the 2nd installment of gift ideas at Piccadilly Market geelong on 29/30 November.

This category is the $15-25

1.  Mandi's Kitchen Classic Christmas Cake $22

2.  Love heart home -  Hand Poured in Geelong, our pure soy wax candles provide a unique Christmas present for your loved ones. Our small candles are $16.00 with an average 65 hour burn time; while our large candles are $20 with an average 80 hour burn time. Designed to be an affordable gift to buy for yourself, or someone special, they'll add a personal touch of luxury to any occasion.

3. Cassia essentials We have some goodies from $15-$28 for coin purses & cosmetic purses - playful and vibrant all made from sustainable materials - cotton canvas and cotton lined - our own print.

4. These lightweight, comfortable everyday earring designs add the perfect, subtle way to add a pop of colour to an outfit. Amindy earrings are hand painted so slight variations are what make our products so niche  $15 a pair

5. Throw Kindness around like Confetti Wall Art Shelfie

The new Shelfie's range by Simply Type is here! These shelfie blocks are to decorate a shelf, inspire & make a room complete! They are 200mm x 250mm x 18mm thick & stand up on their own! Such a sweet quote that would be a lovely gift for anyone... $25

6. Lace Drop Earrings $25 
Stunning colours available :: rose pink, magenta, orange, red, aqua and turquoiseSmaller size available, one quarter the size :: Single Leaf Drop $15
Amazingly light weight and comfortable to wear :: non-allergenic hooks
Josephene by Jo Lucchesi

7. Kunas Pure Food traditional Gingerbread House Medium $ 18

8. Our illustration prints with polymer clay necklace attached. The necklace is removable, chain measures 60cm and all is handmade!  by Totally Innocent $ 25

9. Children's accessory pack from Rileah Design that is valued at $15.00

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Piccadilly Market Gift Ideas Under $15

It's only 6 weeks till Christmas but who is counting.

I am sure like me you have some teacher gifts to think of, perhaps some kris kringles for friends or work colleagues or you just need some stocking stuffer ideas.

We have put together some great ideas for under $15 all available at Piccadilly Market in Geelong on the 29th and 30th of November.

1. ·       I love my bike bell $10 - Cute bell printed with the very clear declaration of love: “I (Heart) My Bike.” See more at:

2.     Bellalu - Lip Balm. 100% made by hand.  $10 each

3.    “Looking for the perfect teacher gift? You can’t go past these sweet Apple Brooches. They are created with laser cut cherry wood and finished of with a gorgeous vintage kimono button. Gift boxed and ready to give for $15.00”

4.   Amindy KEYRINGS    $7 each or 2 for $10
With the vivid colour choice of Amindy keyrings, you will easily spot your set of keys from a distance, or in the bottom of your handbag. The keyrings can also be doubled as a keyring for schoolbags . A perfect idea for gift giving.  Request your own colour combination of hearts or combine a heart with your initial letter in a different colour for an individualised look.

5. Kunas Pure Food Gingerbread House $12

6.  Why not treat your favourite teacher with an original and unique Custom Artwork by DiNamic Images! 

DiNamic Images can transform your very OWN favourite photograph into a digital masterpiece! 
This can then be created into a greeting card which you can use to write a special message to your teacher in! It can also be created into a Custom Artwork, 10 x 8 inches, and comes framed in a 11 x 14 inch matt frame. 


For more information visit the DiNamic Images stall or visit........

7.  Dozey Boo Bookmarks are $5 each. "Using only the highest quality quilting fabric, each bookmark is lovingly created. Perfect as stocking fillers and teacher's presents."

8.  Illustration prints for teachers from Totally Innocent  - Teachers change the world one child at a time $15

9.   North of the Hill  xs concrete tealight $8   s concrete pot $15

All sizes can be used for succulents or cactus, you can even use them as toothbrush holders or for tealights.  Can come in multiple colours.

This is just a teensy tiny sampling of all the goodness that will be available at Piccadilly Market Geelong.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thank You Piccadilly Williamstown

Our 2nd event at Williamstown Town Hall was held yesterday and what a great day.

The sun always shines for Piccadilly Market (pray I have not mozzed myself)

Over 50 fabulously talented small  businesses brought their wares out to showcase. Everytime I say I need to refrain on spending and everytime I never do. How can you? Too much goodness under one roof.

Thank you to all the shoppers who came to see us. Many of you gave us amazing feedback on your way out. Thank You.

You can view a slide show from the day here.


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