Archive for the ‘Shopping’ Category

What have I been eating lately?

April 21, 2010

I havent been feeling well lately so decided to do a little investigating of my own by researching foods that make us healthy. You maybe interested to hear what I have discovered!

Backache – eat plenty of oily fish, cabbage, guava, pawpaw and kiwi fruit for vitamin C – cut down on – coffee, tea and other drinks containing caffeine, fat and sugar if you are overweight.

Joint Problems – Eat plenty of oily fish for essential fatty acids, fresh fruit and vegetables for beta carotene vitamin C, avocados, nuts and sunflower seeds for vitamin E and whole grains, shellfish, cereals and eggs for selenium

Menstrual problems and PMT –  Eat plenty of small, frequent meals high in starchy carbohydrates and low in fat, supplementary evening primrose oil and vitamin B6, foods containing vitamin B6 such as meat, fish and whole grains. Cut down on – salt and caffeine in tea and coffee. Avoid – alcohol

Thyroid Disorders – Eat plenty of foods rich in B vitamins, such as fish, whole grains, pulses and seeds. Cut down in – raw cabbage, turnips, swedes, peanuts and mustard which can inhibit the body’s ability tu use iodine and smoking, alcohol and caffeine, if the problem is an overactive thyroid gland.

Varicose Veins  – Take plenty of fiber-rich foods such as whole meal bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, water at least 2 litres a day and foods rich in vitamin E, such as seed oils, wheat germ and avocados and nuts.

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Our recommendation of the month

March 25, 2010

The Kindle

The Amazon Kindle

Clair Swemmer from Ginger Square has not stopped talking about the new Amazon Kindle; we were so excited about what she had to say we decided that she best tell everyone!

Probably the best gift in today’s world of gizmo’s and gadgets is the Amazon Kindle.

If you are a book addict who rarely ventures far from home without some or other piece of reading material or book, then this is the equivalent to a library in your pocket.

The Amazon Kindle was first brought to our attention in 2007 as the first e-reader of its kind. Weighing in at only 10.2 ounces and with a storage capacity of 256MB to 4G, it is designed to hold up to 1500 books. Being able to deliver books, newspapers and magazines directly to your Kindle in less than 60 seconds via whisper net, (global wireless internet) means that you will never again be without something to read. Its paper-like screen is easy on the eyes, and still gives the feel of reading a paper based book. It has a built in PDF reader, and Read-to Me function, which means that books, newspapers and blogs can be read out loud to you. A large selection of over 420 000 books and publications are available to date, with free samples of all books for readers to get a taste of what’s out there. The battery life, when used correctly will last 1 week off 1 charge session.

Personally, I absolutely love my Kindle, which is always in my handbag by day and on my bedside table at night! Best gift I ever received!

WIC Travel – Melbourne part 2

March 12, 2010

You may have read our last blog from Kylie De Clase from Terronova she highlighted some great night life experience from bars to restaurants this time she has focused on day time activities for our series:

Best of Melbourne

Kids Activities

Melbourne Zoo’s – Melbourne has three Zoo’s.

  1. Werribee range Zoo – which is safari style theme park.

    Red Kangaroos @ The Melbourne Zoo

  2. Hillsville Sanctuary – Dedicated to Australian Wild life
  3. Melbourne Zoo – The cities Main zoo located in Parkville.
  4. Melbourne  Aquarium –  The award winning Aquarium is located in the CDB.

Although they are very different I would recommend Melbourne Zoo; although it is the world’s third oldest Zoo the exhibits are large, animal and viewer friendly. During the warmer months the Zoo is open at twilight with each night showcasing a number of bands and singers.

Shopping

Melbourne is Australia’s fashion capital, with the city home to many of the Countries top designers.  The cities shopping caters for all needs, sizes and budgets.

Young Australian Talent – Melbourne has produced some world class young designers over the past few years.  If your after a unique piece you should down to Little Collin’s street in the CDB and Chapel Street, Prahran.

Kylie shopping in the heart of Melbourne

Budget Shopping – DFO (Direct Factory Outlets) are greatly popular around Melbourne, the shopping malls have over 100 stores of just factory outlets.  I can recommend the Essendon DFO as the better of the outlets.  The Essendon Mall is convenitly located only 5 minutes from Melbourne Airport and it is often filled with luggage towing shoppers hunting for last minute bargains.  Along with brands like Guess, Ralph Lauren, Orton, Saba and Olga Berg I would recommend  checking out Ginger tree for one off’s and samples for a quarter of the price.

Vintage –  Brunswick Street, Fitzroy is the home of Melbourne’s ‘alternative’ lifestyle scene and is the home of one of the cities best genuine Vintage stores; Shag (377 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, VIC, 3065) stocks imported clothing and accessories from the U.S, Canada and Europe

Finding Your Spring Wardrobe

March 9, 2010

Spring Tips with Helen Marie

Helen from Inspirare Image Consultancy has given us her tips on what Spring will bring!

There is so much choice this season, so whether you are a dressy girl or laid back pant kinda chick check out some staples you should include in your wardrobe this season.

Dresses
Dresses stay feminine but also go to exotic depending on the print (optical, tribal, bold), layers of ruffles, and fabrics. Dresses are belted at the waist or draped to accentuate a woman’s curves.
Another way to go would be the shirtwaist utilitarian khaki cotton dress or shirtdresses in crisp white.

Skirts
Although mini skirts will be popular this season, find an appropriate length for you, maybe in a modern pencil skirt. These can are around in fun prints, solid black or soft pastels. They are great to pair with a tucked in collared shirt or a ruffled blouse, try a narrow belt to finish the look.

Jackets
Military styled jackets in khaki or olive green are a hit with jeans or even white denim straight leg pants. Boyfriend jackets return for spring – team them with wedges for a more feminine look. Collarless jackets are very ladylike and great layered with longer blouses underneath and cropped tailored jackets look great over long tees.

Shorts
Sexy hotpants are in but who should be in them is the question. There are also the longer, fuller, billowy shorts that look like they belong in a Huckleberry Fin play. This piece is hard to pull off in real life. If shorts aren’t your thing, look into a skirt or cropped pant.

Pants
Pleated tapered cropped trousers can be found in natural colors as well as wild prints. Looser pants are making headway on the runway as the skinny look starts to fade. But wait! There’s the legging! Leggings are a big trend but wear them properly. They can be worn under skirts or dresses. Do not wear them as if they were pants.

Blouses
Find blouses in your favorite prints and pair with solid basic bottoms. Tops in billowy sheer fabrics are best layered with t-shirts. Ruffles and bows cascade down the bodice of blouses in prints and solid colors.

WIC Travel – Melbourne

March 4, 2010

Kylie De Clase of Melbourne's Terronova boutique

The Best of Melbourne

Who better to talk about  Melbourne than a lady who lives there. Meet  Kylie De Clase from Melbourne’s  Terronova online boutique and fashion blog. Here are Kylie’s picks for “The Best of Melbourne”

Restaurants & Cafés

Melbourne has a number of world-renowned Restaurants with Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsey, Kurtis Stone and even Robert De Niro all opening eateries in the city.  Melbourne is very multi-cultural and you have no problem finding any cuisine you can image.

Vietnamese –  Head to Victoria Street, Richmond for a choice of over 200 Vietnamese Restaurants. You can easily feed a family of five for less than $50.

Indian – My Father is Indian so I’m very picky when it comes to Indian food but the best Indian I have ever had is at Angan (559 Barkly Street, West Footscray). This Restaurant alone is a reason to visit Melbourne; make sure you book early.

French – For the best French cuisine you need to head towards North Melbourne which is well known for two very good French eateries.  Libertine (500 Victoria St, North Melbourne) is perfection in French cooking.  Better suited for dinner; The French quarter patisserie (1/570 Queensberry St, North Melbourne) has the best coffee and selection of cakes.

Thai –  The River Kwai restaurant  (3/1310 Centre Rd, Clayton South) is slightly out of the CDB but has the best reputation for Thai and Burmese food in Victoria.

Night Life & Live Music

Melbourne comes alive at night – with the second largest live music scene in the world (second to New York).  Melbourne is best explored at night.  However the best night spots are hidden away.  Being the Australian fashion capital the dress code is very sophisticated and you need to dress to impress the bouncers who are very selective.

Nights out begin late start hitting the clubs only around 11 to midnight and prepare for a big night.  If you have the stamina make sure you’re seen at Lygon Street at around 5am – for a coffee and catch up.

Baroq House (9-13 Drewery Lane, CDB) is where the ‘secret’ high society can be found on a Friday night; inspired by the 17th Century western art movement it is both sophisticated and romantic; ‘private’ rooms are behind false walls and secret entries.

Secret, sophisticated Baroq House, Melbourne

Hidden down one of Melbourne’s laneways it can be hard to locate unless you’re a local; once there it is worth the search.  The crowd matches the sophisticated surroundings  – with high entry standards and a cover charge only a selected few are welcomed in.  With professional Russian cocktail makers and a wide selection of French Champagne it’s a great night out – you never know who you’re going to meet.

Most of Melbourne’s best kept secrets are hidden in small laneways and Spice Market (Beaney Lane off Russell Street, CDB – behind LV) is one of them.  Currently the hottest club in Melbourne.  Lavishly designed with a mixture of the middle and far east.  Spice market is a bar, lounge, restaurant and club all in one – with many little private areas it is beautifully done.

Melbourne's Spice Market

Spice Market, Melbourne

Unlike Baroq House there is no cover charge – which reflects in the clientele which isn’t as exclusive as Baroq.  However the selection process is still very selective – I would recommend getting there early around 10pm and to wear your best dress – the bouncers are very picky.

If clubs and bars are not your scene Melbourne has some amazing live bands playing every night of the week.  Pick up a copy of ‘Beat’ magazine.  It’s a free Music guide usually found in indie music  and clothing store.  It’s released on a Wednesday and is usually gone in an hour of hitting the store.  Here you can get in the know of who’s playing and where.  Make sure you read most of the ads – often you can find a ‘secret’ show – like when Prince played under the name Purple Rain at Manchester lane or Tommy Lee who played a set at Spice market.

Otherwise head to St. Kilda’s most famous venue the Esplanade Hotel (11 The Esplanade. St. Kilda) known as the Espy to locals.  They have a number of rooms and you can always catch a free event.

Clubs tend to be busier on Saturday’s whilst Bars especially tapas bars are popular on Friday nights.  For cheap Friday drinks and Asian Tapas head to Cho Gao ( Level 3 Melbourne Central, Swanton Street, CDB).  Designed as a Japanese garden inside – make sure you sit on the balcony with the DJ overlooking the city; it’s a stunning view.  Check the cocktail board for that night’s special.  Card games are very popular here buy a deck at the bar or join in with the locals it’s a great way to meet people.

Style Tips for February

February 11, 2010

Its warming up, and spring is just around the corner.

Here are a few of the top fashion trends for spring 2010

Colour: soft neutrals are making a big entrance with pink champagne, light pewter, and warm beige as your season’s must-haves. Bolder choices in colour include coral, sunflower yellow, purple, teal, turquoise and lime green.

Fabric and texture: romance returns with soft layers, ruffles, feathers, vintage lace and see-through fabrics. These textures add a feminine feel to your wardrobe whether in clusters of tulle blooms on a dress or a sheer lace top with ruffling details. Beware of the ruffles and lace that they are overpowering you and be sure the size of them matches your own personal scale. Mix the flirtatious with classic pieces.

Prints: Prints this season move away from the soft florals and instead draw attention with loud, eye-catching florals. Tie-dyes are back (Yikes), tropical, and tribal prints. Theses outfits will draw attention but maybe an easier way to experiment with the wild prints this season is to put it in a smaller item. Think about adding a tribal print in your sandals or in the large floral print in a summer tote.

Jewellery: it’s big and bold, when it’s this size less is more, enjoy the drama of large scale but keep it simple. And if large scale is not your style, but you want to be on trend, go medium size with a floral pattern; this will look a little less bold.

Handbags: dare I say it …… downsize!!! Handbags are smaller this season playing the role of enhancing artwork to your look. If this thought fills you with dread of giving up your ‘suitcase’ opt for a floral or light coloured large bag so it’s prettier and looks less obvious.

Can I  help you make these trends work for your own personal sense of style? Check out www.inspirareic.com, or give me a call!

Stylishly yours,

Helen Marie x

Inspirare Image Consultancy

F IS FOR FEBRUARY….

February 8, 2010

WIC love February as there is so many fun things that you can take advantage of! If the weather is cold or warm there is plenty of things to spice up the day. Take a look at WIC’s favourite February things!

LOVE IS IN THE AIR…

Ah I can smell the flowers already! Love is in the air on 14 February in many ways…. Some may think that it is a gimmick to buy loads of roses and spend up big on your spouse. We say “bring it on”! I love receiving flowers and cards, whether it is from family, loved ones or friends, it is just a nice gesture to say “I love you”!

Chinese New Year Celebrations

With the year of the tiger creeping upon us why not get into the festive season and head over to Hong Kong Harbour to watch the fireworks or get into the spirit by wishing everybody “Gong xi fa cai” or “Gong Hey Fat Choy”. It is such a lovely tradition that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Do something good for the environment….

We are finally kicking off our first “Book Trading Club” get to gether on 11  February! After a few false starts we are truly excited at  the prospect of recycling our old books and having something new to read for the holiday season.

DBIS Green week

We can not wait to see what the market has to offer – let’s do something more than just talk about helping the environment.  DBIS is holding a market between 8-9am every morning starting Monday 22 February.  We will definitely be checking out all the goodies that will help us achieve our “Going Green” environmental goals for the year – I am sure!

Start the Chinese New Year off by getting organised.

Organising Solutions will be holding a workshop called “The organised student” on 24 February.  We are all very excited about the prospect of getting our children ready to face the school day by providing some necessary tools to educate both student and parent. We are loving the thought of a painless morning, with no forgotten homework and no melt downs before we enter the school grounds.

Mind, Body and Soul

We are all anticipating the 3 part workshop… this is definitely something that is long over due in my books. I have always wanted to try something a little new without the commitment of signing up for a whole course. Tap into all three segments – mind, body and soul, learn something new, meet some great people and get the opportunity to find out so much more from the presenters over lunch. This great 3 part workshop commences on 25 February

I want to indulge in something traditional

We are heading into Central on 26 February for a spot of High Tea. I love the opportunity to get dressed up, head over to the city, eat like it is the last supper and gossip with some great girls – who doesn’t?

WIC Members’ Christmas Corner

December 4, 2009

Visit our website for exclusive, top holiday values from WIC members.  Check out our Christmas Corner Storefront here and visit our Christmas Values page here.

There’s still time to advertise Christmas Values from your business. Email your vouchers, coupons, and value offers, along with your logo to  Paula here.