Taylor Koniw

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Opening Miss Fitzy's

Located at the ocean-end of Fitzroy Street, Miss Fitzy’s is a stylish hub of gastronomic delights for those seeking locally-sourced and fresh produce, with the restaurant supporting local farmers and a “paddock to plate” philosophy. The bar menu is available from midday until late, allowing people to wine and dine after nine in a sophisticated and relaxed bar-lounge with alfresco – complete with stunning views of St Kilda beach and the buzzing streetscape of The Esplanade. The menu, created by head chef Lachy Cashman, is designed with sharing and light dining in mind, taking the traditional bar meal concept and expertly refining it to sharing plates, allowing patrons to sample every exquisite morsel of the delicately prepared and presented handmade dishes. For a mouth-watering experience, the Black Angus tri tip – sourced from Cape Grim – with charred onions, roasted carrots, and duck fat potato is a winner, and if you are willing to take your tastebuds to the next level, the sharing plate of smoked chicken wings, pork belly, and mustard fruits is not one to go past. But we all know that dessert is the champion decider of a fine dining experience, and the dessert tasting plate is so good you won’t be wanting to share! Chocolate and coffee shortbread, custard donuts, rhubarb & pear jelly, and brioche pain perdu are just some of the delicious examples of what you’ll be tasting and going “gaga” over. As outlined on the restaurant website, Miss Fitzy’s is “sassy, not flashy” – it is sophisticated fine dining but designed for any occasion, patron, and palate. All wines complement the menu, and resident mixologist Possi McDowell offers fun and fruity cocktails all named after famous leading ladies.

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Movies With Vodka O

Guests were sent back to the 80s at Southbank’s The Backlot Studios for the Vodka O movie night, which combined the cult-classic movie ‘Top Gun’ with the four fabulous flavour combinations of the Vodka O craft premixed drinks. Combining their award-winning Vodka with sparkling water, real fruit juices, and herbs & spices, Vodka O premixed drinks were sipped on and enjoyed as guests awaited their own private screening at Australia’s first purpose-built private cinema. Accompanying the fruity drink combo’s of ‘Pear and Vanilla’, ‘Pineapple, Cucumber, & Mint’, ‘Strawberry, Cranberry, & Basil, and ‘Apple, Ginger, & Spice’ were a delightful selection of foods from Melbourne’s popular (and arguably the best!) food truck Hammer and Tong, who catered the evening. As if guests weren’t spoilt enough with the choice of delicious foods (lavender-infused custard, or a soft shell crab burger anyone?) and selection of drinks, but were then led into the spacious state-of-the-art cinema where plush roomy seats were lined with buckets of hot popcorn all set for Tom Cruise in all his (former) glory! The Backlot Studios was the perfect setting for such an event, with the glorious selection of Vodka O propped on a backdrop of old school cinema style, with movie-themed décor and a selection of cult classic film posters adding that special touch, making the movie-going experience that much more exciting and enjoyable. The whole event was incredible, and staff who helped host, cater, and serve guests went above and beyond to ensure everyone had a fabulous time. For anyone who is in Melbourne, why not visit Backlot Studios and book your company Christmas party there for your own personalised movie night – the staff are wonderful and deliver a real high-class movie going experience. Visit thebacklotstudios.com for more info. To find out more and to sample the delicious range of Vodka O drinks, visit facebook.com/vodka Be sure to follow the gourmet route of Hammer and Tong on facebook.com/hammertongtruck

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Opening of Jackson's Toorak

It was a soiree of black and white in Melbourne’s most prestigious suburb of Toorak with the official opening of trendy new bar Jackson’s, celebrating what it means to breathe new life into a sleepy corner of suburbia. The restyled lounge bar, owned by nightclub operator Jamie Nasser, offers a plush display of exuberant décor and tastefully themed black and white walls which give nod to the clubs desire to deliver a “1960s James Bond type experience”. Within its walls, Jackson’s offers a sophisticated and relaxed cocktail lounge and bar area which features a main bar with secluded booths and an adjoining outdoors smoking room. Plush carpet and padded walls trimmed with opulent mirrored fixtures and moody lamps placed throughout the venue added that special feeling of the fabulous and touch of class. Downstairs, the bar presents an expansive dance floor complete with professional lighting, sound and stage facilities for those who are in the mood to dance the night away to chilled house vibes while experiencing that night club feel. For anyone seeking a true 007 experience, they won’t be disappointed with the private Spy Room which is specifically tailored for cigar smoking and martinis – shaken, not stirred of course. The night was well-received, with guests enjoying complimentary wine, spirits, and canapés from the host of professional and friendly staff who strived to make the night one not to be forgotten. With high quality service, a warm atmosphere, and an exquisite attention to detail, Jackson’s Lounge Bar will have you partying with the best of them. Jackson’s Lounge Bar is located at 8 Jackson Street, Toorak. Visit jacksonsloungebar.com.au

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How To Wear Camilla This Summer

Known for her intricately patterned and ethereal kaftans, embellished overlay dresses and colourful runway shows, Camilla is a tour de force in the fashion world. Established 10 years ago, Camilla the label is synonymous with Australian high fashion. The name behind the label, Camilla Franks originally drew inspiration from the Sydney lifestyle and culture, capturing its global yet earthy identity with colourful patterns and prints, and a bohemian edge. Because of its earthy, beachy relaxed yet

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Halloween Celebrity Style

Hollywood knows how to do Halloween. With the spooky date coming up this October 31st, we have been getting into the ghouly and glamorous spirit! Let these top 5 celebrity style Halloween outfits inspire your fright-night wardrobe with picks from our collection to recreate a spooktacular Halloween outfit! Heidi Klum is THE queen of Halloween. Always stepping up last years costume with an even more outlandish costume (remember her 8-foot-tall Transformers outfit in 2010?!) From grandma’s to Marg

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