Stop and Smell The River

Bike Path Break

This was me taking a little breather by the river.

I had cycled 6km and was on my way to a little cafe perched along the shore. I stopped to notice that the water looked very pretty. The tide was a little up. That the gardeners had cut the lawn. And how I love riding on quality bike paths.

It’s funny how I become so calm and peaceful every time I see the river.

I get this overwhelming sense of belonging, of stillness, of contentment.

It helps me find my happy place.

Head Studio, King Street, Perth

Head Studio, King Street, Perth

Last week, I took a trip into the city to get my hair done at the infamous Head Studio.

This uber-trendy salon opened its doors on fashion-oriented King Street 2 years ago, and since then, has made a huge splash in the local and national hair and fashion scene. I keep seeing their name pop up everywhere!

There is no question that the location and interior design of the studio is a big part of their fame… it is a very cool look and feel, quite unusual in Perth. Kind of vintage-romantic meets rock and roll glam, in a good way.

I had been keeping tabs of their goings-on, from the Head Studio Facebook Page, and in the mainstream media. But the actual reason I decided to pay them a visit was that three of my girlfriends (from totally separate areas of my life), go to them and RAVE ENDLESSLY about them. I can’t resist personal recommendations like that! And yes, I admit, I used my “slight blogger fame” to talk my way into a complimentary hair-do.

I spent an extraordinary 4 hours being pampered. I chatted to everyone – the directors, hair dressers, colour specialists, apprentices – and man, they were all so nice, down to earth and passionate about hairdressing. Haha, I heard everyone’s whole story and I just talked and talked and talked… about blogging, scuba diving, cycling, careers, fashion, kids, marriage… everything. Best kind of haircut experience. Ever.

Head Studio, King Street, Perth

This is me after 4 hours of cranial bliss. I had a full head of highlights, a little trim, a blow dry, and a little curl of a GHD to finish me off. I was very, very happy. I didn’t pay for this one, but I certainly would still have been happy if I had. AND I’ll definitely be back.

Head Studio
64 King St
Perth WA 6000
Phone: 08 9481 6464
Email: info@headstudio.com
Web: www.headstudio.com.au (includes prices and map)

Salon photos were taken from the website.

Escape To the Horse’s Arse

For the last 4 years, my husband and I have a date night once a week.

We have been through some pretty rough times as a couple, we both lead a very busy life with work, kids, family… so having a little escape, together, every week, has been important in keeping our relationship fresh.

But since our third kid came along, we have been spending our date night dragging a tired, cranky baby around town, to cafes, to visit friends, to walk along the river… and especially as Liam has gotten older, it has more been a burden, rather than a pleasure.

But last night marked a night of change!

We finally agreed to leave Liam with his two brothers and the babysitter. He was asleep before we left at 6.30pm, so he was none the wiser.

As we pulled out of our driveway, we were wide-eyed with bewilderment. HOLY MOLY IT’S JUST THE TWO OF US!

We were like escapees on the run. Wild rabbits let loose. FREEEEEDOOOM!

And I confess, we went a little crazy. By 7.30pm, we were seated in one of the most expensive restaurant in Perth. It was called “1907”, and it was in the heart of the city. I had both heard and read about it for its marvelously posh decor, lush ambiance, fabulous wines, an excellent reputation for their menu, and a substantial price tag to match!

We sat there grinning.

You see, I love fussy, expensive food in posh restaurants, and my husband can’t stand it. He is perfectly happy with chicken rice, or a kebab by the side of the road. So when I force him into “posh nosh”, maybe once or twice a year, he enjoys himself by making fun of it… and I don’t mind. He is great at pointing out how ridiculous everything is. It’s like a festival of madness.

For example, the interior of the restaurant is a mix of mock colonial décor with modern art… and the main art work is a full-sized sculpture of a horse, which welcomes you as you enter the restaurant. The horse has a lamp shade sticking out of its head, in a manner that is completely without motivation, or decorative appeal. This is a sure sign that it is both very cool “modern” art, and probably very expensive.

1907_horse

Now, a horse is pretty big when you see it inside a building, and this sculpture dominates the whole of the dinning room. Even more impressively, its tail is frozen in a “flicked-up” pose… so everyone in the expensive restaurant can look right up a horses arse all night! And I can honestly say that I’ve never had that experience before.

The waitress was so formal that I thought she might have been a robot… very, very efficient, but in need of a personality upgrade (maybe it’s just hard to keep up a grin when you work that close to a horse’s arse all night).

And the cost of the food was eye-watering. Here is my entrée – roasted marron tail (a small freshwater lobster). A single, lonely, roasted marron.

1907_food

It’s not much bigger than a large cherry, but it cost 29 dollars. For the ENTRÉE!

Mains were 50 dollars for a “medallion” of beef with a couple of tablespoons of vegetables.

The lighting treatment in the restaurant was so soft and dim that everyone looks much younger than they really are… and this continues into the rest rooms. It was so dark in the black tiled bathrooms that it was like I was on a crashed spaceship, with only the emergency lighting on. It must be saving them a fortune on cleaning bills and electricity.

Okay, so I don’t sound very impressed…. but actually, overall, I was VERY impressed. Why?

Well, we knew it was going to be pricey before we went. And for that money, you want an unusual experience. The service was excellent, as was the food. The serves of food were tiny, but they were SENSATIONAL in texture and flavour. The menu had something for everyone, but was not overwhelming – it was focused on a limited range that they are obviously doing very, very well. And the lighting, interior design and music were perfect for long, easy conversation.

It’s not for everyday dinning, but perfect for a special night out.

And the waitress even gave us a tiny smile on the way out!

1907
Alleyway, 26 Queen Street,
Perth WA 6000
P: 08 9436 0233

STYLEAID 2010 Tribe – A Preview

It’s almost the time of year for STYLEAID!

STYLEAID is a fashion fundraising event for the WA AIDS Council, to help with the education, prevention, care and support of the community in Western Australia. In my own opinion, STYLEAID is also the “night of nights” in the WA fashion calender. Last year was a very impressive blast!

STYLIEAID 2010 TRIBE PREIVEW

I am so impressed with the people behind the upcoming STYLEAID event! Each year’s theme allows a fresh take on looks and styles. They released this AMAZING photo featuring a selection of WA fashion designers who are participating in the this year’s project.

The photo is actually supposed to run as one LONG continuous image, but I had to chop it up into three in order to fit in onto my blog!

This year the theme they have chose is TRIBE – a society consisting of families or communities who share a common culture and dialect.

I see so many familiar faces in this photo, people whom I have met and talked to, designers who’s work I have followed for years, and I am so proud to see them together like this! A tribe indeed!

This year the event will be held at –
Burswood Entertainment Complex
Friday, July 30, 2010 at 7pm

Ticket Prices:
VIP – $375
Diamond – $250
Platinum – $225

Tickets on sale now!

Phone number to book tickets: (08) 9482 0000

Or book online: www.styleaid.com.au

Photo Caption
Top Row:
Timothy Godbold
Model and Arj Selvam
Flannel (designer not present)
Daniel Romanin for One Fell Swoop (Nikolina Ergic not present)
Chrissie Catling for S2
United Constructions (Helen Miraudo and Jill Crabb not present)
Daniella Caputi

Middle Row:
Kooey (Nikki Silverthorne not present)
Fenella Peacock for Antipodium (Geoffrey J Finch not present)
Elisha Quintal for The Butcher and the Crow
Tane Andrews and Kira Goodey for Of Cabbages and Kings
Andrea Wolf

Bottom Row:
Zoe Trotman for Lonely 8-Bit Hero
Isobel Macaulay for Pinch and Spoon
Garth Cook
Alvin Fernandez for Ae’lkemi
Aurelio Costarella

Photo Credits –
Photographer: Oscar Chong
Models: Ashlee, Caris, Chloe, Natalie, Nicole & Christopher from Chadwick Models
Creative Director: Aly May
Styling Assistant: Chloe Spalding