I met the wonderful Sydney Shop Girl (SSG) today! She was in Melbourne and we spent four hours together. I can confirm she is every bit as nice and beautiful in person as she is on her blog.
We crammed a lot in. But unfortunately we didn’t get a photo of us together 🙁
First stop after I picked her up from her hotel was Fraus Crepery and Chocolat in North Melbourne. I take all visitors there.
SSG and I ordered the obligatory hot chocolates. She had tiramisu and I had the classic (I never deviate).
There was major food envy on my part when we ordered different brunches. While I had a delicious crepe called Salmon and Goat (a crepe topped with salmon and eggs and filled with avocado and goats cheese) SSG had an oozy, melty three cheese crepe with a side salad of roquette, muscatels and walnuts. Both were delicious but I seriously wanted to eat all of hers!
|Salmon and goat crepe|
|My hot choc and SSG’s three cheese crepe with salad|
The next stop was two boutique stores on Victoria Street – Kids in Berlin and Call Me Madam. I love these stores because they stock local designer jewellery and clothing which is high quality and relatively unique. SSG loved these stores for the same reason – she found some beautiful necklaces there that were so different to chain store buys.
There were two things I saw and fell in love with, and had to buy. As I once said to my Mum in a store, ‘my life will change when I buy these things’. I bought a Dick and Dora brooch set – catching butterflies – and a Lavallier porcelain bangle. I love the floral detail on the bangle and have since seen a brooch in the same print which I may just have to buy!
|Dick and Dora brooch set. It’s adorable!|
|Lavallier bangle, worn on my left arm.
For its true beauty (and mine too!) you need to see it in real life.
After shopping up a weather warning in Victoria Street, we headed to a mall where we power shopped for one hour. I found a nightie to wear as a dress come the warmer weather (fingers crossed I’m brave enough to do so!) and a necklace at Sussan, and a pair of foldable ballet flats and a clutch bag from Target to take to a ball I’m going to in two weeks time.
|The nightie-dress. I loved the print!|
|My clutch – stylish AND big enough to hold everything I need!
Who would have thought it’s from Target?!
|Ballet flats. Can I just wear these all night at the ball!?!|
|Cards – I recently bought a friend the rainbow girl card,
and when I gave it to her, she was wearing the same colours as rainbow girl!
The retail therapy and time with SSG was definitely what I needed – I feel 200% happier than yesterday. SSG imparted some wisdom. Retail therapy puts things in perspective.
Sydney Shop Girl certainly lived up to her moniker – she has endurance to shop – and I am very happy she agrees that a Melbourne shopping experience exceeds a Sydney one! It was so much fun meeting her.