Raclette at Handpicked Cellar Door

Hi, my name is Vanessa and I have an addiction. It's been 10 days since I've last ingested an indulgent, satisfyingly delicious lump of golden premium European....cheese. Well it would be less than 10 days if pizza counts (which it does) #sorrynotsorry.  

I'm a fan of all these cheesy, from mac & cheese to a delicious warm fondue - this was my first time trying the infamous Raclette, the melted golden rich mess smothered the creamy potatoes with a side of crispy pancetta -- mmm! I ordered a flight of decedent whites - the Moscato and the Prosecco were standouts for me, primarily due to their sweeter side. 

Handpicked Wines will be melting cheese every Tuesday from 5.30pm - 10pm starting 20th of June until the end of July at the Cellar Door.

--Vx

Cheese Dreams are Made of These | $24
Melted raclette straight from the wheel served with pancetta, potatoes and pickles.
Vegetarian option available ($20) 

Handpicked Wines Cellar Door
50 Kensington St, Sydney NSW 2008
(02) 9392 9190

OPENING TIMES
Monday – Friday 11am – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday 10am – 10pm

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For the love of Chanel

Flicking through the pages of each and every magazine I always end up with a mental wish list of all the beautiful things that I want to buy - well, if it were that easy I would already own half of the items in Vogue. One item that has always remained at the top of the list is a classic CHANEL bag, so on my recent trip to Japan I told myself that this will be the trip that I get one.

Wearing: CHANEL Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch Black Quilted Flap, Zara white gathered blouse, Zara floral printed skirt, ASOS embroidered leather jacket (similar here), Preen tortoiseshell sunglasses, Nine West nude point heels.

As much as I am dying for a brand new CHANEL to call my own, I opted to have my first CHANEL as a vintage. My favourite part about buying vintage is that it comes with characters and quirks, but it's the worn in quality makes me feel more comfortable knowing that it can be knocked around without the feeling that my heart is getting ripped out of my chest - I'm sure a few ladies can relate to this.

One thing people don't realise is that Japan has a huge vintage market, there are plenty of shop dealing with second hand designer goods - this over supply means that you can easily score if you know where to look. According to some recent studies by Baghunter, owning a CHANEL bag is not only a goal that most girls dream of achieving, it is also an investment piece. There's been evidence showing that investing in a CHANEL bag may even be more profitable than investing in the stock market, but I'll let you be the judge of that. 

I see so many beautiful bloggers have a huge assortment of CHANEL and other designer bags, but I'm really proud when I take this bad boy for a spin because I know it didn't come easy - a lot of hard work and savings went to this and it makes it all the more satisfying. Have you worked hard or saved up for something for a long time? Or what are you currently saving for?

--Vx

Photography by Sita from Precious S2 Photography
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See more photos on Sita's blog, here.

Stars in her eyes

Since the release of the Saint Laurent collection a couple of seasons ago, I was obsessed with all the cute star print pussybow blouses and dresses - boy, if I could afford one of those pups, I'll be one happy girl. I found this beautiful black, sheer overlaid dress embellished with beaded stars from ASOS and have been rocking it in a couple of different ways. It worked really well with grey suede over the knee high boots, I've styled it here with my lovely pair of Vivienne Westwood + Melissa Classic Heels (here) and Fedora. 

What is your favourite fashion motif? Is it stars like this, or floral may be your thing? Would love to hear from you - leave a comment below!

--Vx

Rooftop Gazing

Take a look around at all the lights and sounds, lyrics buzzing through my head. Traveling on a whirlwind trip through Japan and Singapore has taught me that preparation is key - it makes for a stress-free trip when you plan and pack right. I also learnt why having quality suitcases are a must-have, it was crucial when dragging them through the streets - from station to station, but no regrets. Singapore may not be my top destination because it's somewhere I think of as my other nest filled with family - far, yet familiar.

"Memories take me back to all of the wildest times" 
- Haim

I've been HANGING for the opportunity to kick back on a rooftop much like this, so I felt overjoyed to be able to actually sit, chill and repeat. The sunsets in Singapore are beautiful in its own right, the pastel, mink colours, all melting together like an ice cream sandwich sky juxtaposed with the steel-scape like a giant mirror for all the world to see.

My friends all know I'm not a friend of the water, it's not my natural surrounding - but I can't resist an architectural statement like this. Singapore is humid but still a very conservative country, so wearing kaftans and loose fitting clothing over swimmers are the most practical option. I love the neutral colour of this Tobi number, but I have to mention it's not the best option for travelling - look at all the crinkles! The funny part is that was after ironing it and folding it. Such a sad affair #firstworldproblems

I'd like to point out my Duskii swimsuit - this is my absolute favourite thing about Summer. This swimsuit meets wetsuit makes me feel like a total Bond girl - I feel a million and one bucks. The quality of it is so beautiful and feels comfortable, not to mention the intricate design that elevates the navy colour to whole new level of class.

Recently, I was chatting to one of my friends about travel attire. We both agreed that we both wear more adventurous clothing than what we'd usually wear if we were in our own city. I found that really profound - it's something that I always notice I do, especially when I went to Japan. It felt so natural to wear what I want if I wanted to wear something more creative I felt confident to wear it without total judgement. Why can't we feel comfortable to wear what we want in our own place?

--Vx