Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Melbourne: Part One


What-ho, all! I’m back from my break…I had a jolly good time but am awfully glad to be home. I really am a homebody!

I didn’t take as many photos as I would have liked to but I put it down to a combination of having too much fun and being exhausted. I still have some to share with you all as well as some lovely shots of my purchases.

We (being my friend, Stef, and myself) got in on Wednesday evening at nearly 7pm, I think, so all we did was check into our hotel, get some food (from Lord of the Fries – it’s like a vegetarian McDonald’s but even better than that sounds) and then we wandered around the city with no destination in mind.

Thursday…

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This is me waiting for the City Circle Tram. If I look a bit dishevelled it’s because I’m not all that used to early mornings.

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We spent a very long time walking around Smith and Brunswick Streets but still had the energy to head back out there (after a little rest and a snack) to meet Marianne at the Builders Arms Hotel. (I wore my new Alannah Hill ‘Valium in my Tea Cup’ sweater – it’s not normally something I would splash out on as I’m not one for designer wear but look at how adorable it is…)

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It was absolutely lovely to be able to spend some time with Marianne (not only because she is one of my favourite bloggers but because she's so, well, lovely) – I’m always a little nervous meeting up with people I know from internet land because there’s the chance that it might be awkward. But there was none of that (well, I didn’t think so) and we all got on swimmingly.

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I think this photo is both cute and a little bit silly/fun.

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Friday we met up with another lovely friend of mine – Patty. Patty and I know each other through LiveJournal and have been friends…gosh, for absolutely years now. We first met each other in 2006 and it’s been a long time between meetings. Hopefully, it won’t be so long until the next one.

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She took us to The Breakfast Club which was very yummy. And also an amazing name for a cafe. 


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On Friday night we went to the Princess theatre to see Hairspray. I was very excited about this as I love both films and had already seen it on stage (in 2006 in New York) – you can see from the pictures that we were very happy to go see it.

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I wore my Vivien of Holloaway 1940s dress which was a little loose when I got it but is now getting a bit, er, snug. Too many cakes and crisps. Ah well.

Anyway, it took me a little while to get into the show – I found the use of digitally projected sets quite off-putting and I’m still not quite sure I liked it. It did work in the sense that there isn’t a lot of dialogue and the songs, and also scenes, change very quickly. It was definitely very interesting and something that I haven’t seen before. The only other thing that irked me was that some of the actors hammed it up a little too much in my opinion – I do understand that musicals tend to be ‘overacted’ and stage actors need to project and what-not but I found Amber Von Tussle, in particular, and Penny Pingleton (only at a few moments) to be rather overdone. But, it was very enjoyable and I gave the show a standing ovation because the things that bugged me were so minor.

That brings us to Saturday, which is when we finally made it to the Tim Burton exhibition at ACMI.

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I was absolutely, positively exhausted by this point but still enjoyed the exhibition, albeit half of it was done through a bit of a haze. However, when I finally set my eyes upon the Batman memorabilia I became super excited. I’ve always loved Batman and Tim Burton’s two films are the ultimate for me (though I do love the campy 1960s Batman, too). My favourite was seeing the Catwoman suit Michelle Pfeiffer wore.

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We were only allowed to take photos in the foyer upstairs – luckily for me that’s where the Batmobile was. I may not look it but I was one excited lady.

On Saturday night we went to see Andrew McLelland’s new Fringe show – Andy and I are, well, old friends, really, but it’s been a very long time since I’ve seen him (apparently I was still dressing ‘emo’ last time he saw me). We only got to spend a little time together after the show, which was a bit sad, and I didn’t even get a photo, that’s how tired I was. Hopefully, as with my other friends, it won’t be so long between seeing each other next time.

Next I shall show you all my rather wonderful purchases. Hope this wasn’t too wordy, though I suppose you can always just ignore the words and look at the pictures.

I’d also like to say that I’ve tried to catch up on a few blogs but, inevitably, there has been a lot that I’ve missed out on. I shall be back to commenting, now…though I suppose I oughtn’t promise that.

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

21 comments:

  1. You are just adorable!! If I only I got get my fringe to stay in a roll. NOPE just a big flop after 5 mins.

    x

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  2. Glad to see you back. Sounds like you had a great time! I am one of your followers & I really love your blog! I invite you to follow mine! Enjoy your day!

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  3. Looks like you ladies had so much fun. So many awesome things you got to see and do!

    PS. Wow, I'd love to go to that vegetarian fast food restaurant...

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  4. You look fabulous, as always! I am in love with your red and white sweater.

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  5. looks like you had a fantastic time...and looked amazing in ever single outfit!!

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  6. I'm sad I missed you by a few days. I'll be visiting Melbourne from NYC starting this coming Saturday (I'm working on the Burton show de-install as my Museum created it). Can you recommend any good vintage shops you went to? I'd trust your taste in a second!!

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  7. That really looks like fun! I like to read what people do as well as look at pics, so no, not too wordy!

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  8. Your photos are great, looks like you had a fab time, the first Tim B exhibition photo looks like you're having a 'Eureka Moment' haha

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  9. I love all your outfits!! That Alanah Hill sweater is to die for though! I wish we could buy her stuff in the states.

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  10. You always look so great! I love your pants you wore at the museum! ALL of your looks are amazing!

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  11. Great outfits and great hair! Looks like you had a smashing time!
    And I totally understand the whole dress too snug thing, most of my dresses and skirts I have to breathe in to button up and then not eat anything. I would never give up chocolate and cake though!

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  12. It was SO lovely to meet you! I'm glad you had a nice time in Melbs :) And you look even more amazing in the flesh – and I want your Alannah Hill top, too!

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  13. Hey!Welcome back!Sounds like you had an awesome time.I love all your outfits but the last one is my favourite,gorgeous!!
    The vege fast food place sounds great ,i wish we had more food places like that.

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  14. how nice to have a bit of a blogger meet-up! i always love what you wear!

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  15. Oh, look at that. That red sweater does look great on you! I knew it would.

    Can I just say how adorable you are standing in front of the Batmobile? I LOVE that outfit!

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

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  16. MY GOODNESS you look so perfect when you travel!!!!!

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  17. Looks like you had fun! I love Melbourne.

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  18. You look beautiful! I love your VoH dress and your bangs. So jealous that you got to stand next to a Batmobile.

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  19. You have great style!:) xx
    http://citygirldiariesec1.blogspot.com

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  20. I didn't know you were friends with Andy too! Fun xx

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