What Are We All Wining About?

Something which seems to come up regularly in conversation among my girl friends nowadays is the idea that in order to follow a ‘healthy’ diet you need to eliminate alcohol.

My Instagram feed is flooded with girls sipping kombucha and mocktails at events, and I’m sitting here thinking, ‘That’s crazy right?’ or wondering whether maybe I’m the crazy one?

The part I find puzzling though, is not the alcohol consumption, each to their own – it’s that these very same people are the ones promoting a balanced diet, but are making people feel guilty for enjoying a drink out on occasion.

Last time I checked enjoying a wine every now and again was doing more good than bad for your health and overall wellbeing.

Don’t believe me? Take it from the experts.

A study from scientific researchers at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, found the contributing component of red wine believed to be resveratrol, is an antioxidant which works by suppressing molecules which cause inflammation as well as compounds in the blood which interfere with the production of insulin, and could contribute to a longer life.

If that’s not enough reason to have a glass of red with friends at your next dinner party, the Craftsman Organic wine range will be.

This range of vegan, organic wine uses only natural production processes to be kind to the environment and ecologically sustainable.

As someone who is extremely conscious of the harmful pesticides and herbicides sprayed on crops in the production process, I’m acutely aware of what I’m consuming everyday – so was beyond happy to find a wine I could enjoy without having to worry.

I’ve taken both the Craftsman Organic Chardonnay and Shiraz to separate dinner parties, and had friends gush to me about how incredible both are – before I even shared they were organic and pesticide free.

So no matter if you were scrolling your Instagram feed tonight with a wine in hand, feeling guilty for how much you’re enjoying it, feeling crappy about how your feed is filled with models drinking non-alcoholic kombuchas or already on board the wine ban train – I hope this post helped you see balance is in fact about balance.

It’s time to wine down with the idea that we should feel guilty about doing something which makes us happy – there’s more to life than obsessing over the food and drink which we consume.

 

Smoothme Superfood Bar

“Is that vegan?” I ask the waitress, who sighs, shakes her head and points to the “Supergreen vegan salad” which seems to lack everything a meal should.

As someone who orders plant-based food purely because of dietary requirements – the eye rolls, side glances and muttering under the breath can frustrate the heck out of me.

Is it too much to ask for a substantial meal at a café that’s more than just a bowl of kale, almonds and cherry tomatoes?

In saying that though, many Melbourne cafés and restaurants seem to have finally gotten over coining the vegan diet ‘hipster’ or a ‘trend’, and are actually re-creating meals to be plant-based.

There’s a massive clean-eating movement happening in Melbourne – and one café driving the initiative is Smoothme– a smoothie bowl shop in Melbourne’s CBD.

It’s refreshing to walk into a café and not have to ask questions or feel like an annoyance. Everything on the Smoothme menu is vegan, refined sugar free and completely natural.

Even though I’m a big fan of smoothie bowls, I’m also aware of the hidden sugars and preservatives that most cafes add to granolas and even the base of the smoothie to make it sweeter.

Smoothme only adds the good stuff – letting the natural sugars of the fruit be the stars.

“Not having hidden ingredients in our food is very important – we get all our ingredients from local markets in Melbourne, and make everything fresh each morning,” says Diana, owner of the health-food café.

The café is a great example of a business going above and beyond to ensure they’re giving people on a vegan diet a myriad of options. Not only do they use plenty of fresh local produce, they also source the highest quality superfoods to add into each recipe.

“When we opened Smoothme, we researched a lot of different areas to come up with delicious and healthy recipes. We then ran everything past a good friend of ours who’s a nutritionist to ensure every recipe would bring about the results we claimed it would”, says Diana.

Looking over the menu, I’m surprised to see ingredients I’ve never seen in a Melbourne café before. Diana explains that’s because there’s a reason for every ingredient she uses.

“For example, mesquite is a plant that grows in South America and has a caramel flavour – so we use it for our salted caramel. Apart from being delicious, it also has great health benefits such as its high protein and fibre content,” she says.

With 12 smoothie bowls on the menu, a case full of raw desserts, superfood lattes and salad nourish bowls it’s hard to imagine what more someone could want from a café.

If you’re ever looking for a healthy breakfast or snack in the city, it’s worth checking out Smoothme Superfood Bar. These guys not only offer a nutritious, delicious meal, but they don’t skimp on toppings or give you less fruit because it’s not in season.

Drop in on Tuesday, and get an acai bowl for only $10 – you’ll probably see me there.

Find them on Instagram: @smoothme.sfb

Location: Shop 6, 120 Spencer Street, Melbourne.

Broccoli Revolution

If you’re on the hunt Bangkok’s best buddha bowl, Thai fusion breakfast or a smoothie bowl that’s vegan and low FODMAP, Broccoli Revolution should definitely be on the agenda.

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With two locations in Bangkok, you’re guaranteed to be close to one. We were having serious buddha bowl cravings after a half day tour of the Floating Market and despite it being 3.30 in the afternoon were determined to make it to one of the stores for a bowl.

We went to the café on the sixth floor of the Central Embassy Shopping Centre, which is right next to Chit Lom train station, and super easy to get to. Be advised, Bangkok shopping centres are extremely large and very confusing – Central Embassy is one of two shopping malls which are connected, so if you go to that café make sure you enter the right building.

Upon entering the sixth floor we wandered through a book shop to find a modern café in the centre, with a large wooden wall covered in hanging pot plants. Broccoli Revolution is an order at the counter style brunch joint – but that’s ok because you get to see all the raw vegan desserts on display when you order.

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The menu is uber healthy, innovative and experimentative. Everything is vegan based, organic and with influences from Italy, South America, Myanmar, Vietnam and of course Thailand. The savoury menu features things like a broccoli charcoal quinoa burger, vegan Isan platter, kiew wan quinoa bowl, cauliflower low carb rice and power bowls, as well as Thai favourites with a twist like a quinoa tom yum bowl and organic tom kha hed.

The sweet section is just as extensive – with everything from gluten free soy milk pancakes to seasonal fruit platters and five different vegan smoothies that can be made into bowls as well. They’ve got acai, choco banana, green (avocado, kale and banana), mango and even mojito.

We went for the green power bowl, which was chocked full of quinoa, avocado, broccoli (of course), cucumber, lettuce, walnuts, asparagus and pesto brown rice. While at first I was sceptical of a bowl of seemingly mismatching flavours, it turned out to be the ideal combination of  fresh Thai flavours, hearty veggies and crunch.

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This is another westernised brunch spot that’s a bit pricier than most Bangkok cafes – but a definite go-to if around $9-$14 is in your budget. Broccoli Revolution was a quirky brunch unlike we’d ever seen before and easily the most dietary requirement friendly place we visited in Bangkok.

Location: 899 Sukhumvit Road, Klong-Nua, Vaddhana or Central Embassy.

This article is part of my food safari series around Thailand and Vietnam – for other restaurant and cafe suggestions in Bangkok check out A Foodies Guide to Bangkok.

Want more photos from my food safari around Thailand and Vietnam? Follow @themelbournelook on Instagram for daily updates.

 

Brekkie Organic Cafe

Tucked away less than a 15-minute walk from Phrom Phong station is a double-story white shop front that looks as if it belongs on a Parisian street. Covered in greenery and with small windows spanning the entire front of the building it’s too pretty to miss. Walking into the building we’re greeted by the smiling chef, who tells us the owner got the inspiration for Brekkie from cafés in Melbourne when he studied there a few years ago.

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Crates of pineapples and bananas line the entrance, and old antique typewriters, clocks and vintage lights cover the shelves on the bottom floor. The building is high ceilinged, white bricked with wooden posts. Tiny pot plants hang from the ceilings and line every bench top. We’re taken up to a second level where you can sit on benches and look down onto the café.

But that’s not where we’re sitting – our waiter takes us up to another level and seats us on wooden tables in front of big swings which look down onto to the street (picture the swings at Serotonin cafe in Melbourne). Along the window sill is about 15 different baskets and pot plants of the most beautiful peonies and roses in every colour.

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After finally getting over how much we’re already in love with the interior we get to the menu, which is great because it has such a large selection of vegan and gluten free options.  For me it’s easy; I came here for my usual – an acai bowl. For my friend Char it’s harder – she’s a savoury girl and loves greens at brekky time (although I managed to talk her into getting a spirulina smoothie bowl).

This café seriously has it all: from the smoothie bowl section you can choose from acai, cacaonana, maca or spirulina. The rest of the menu has essential staples like avocado on toast, baked eggs, French toast, granola and cacao pancakes. There’s a whole section dedicated to quinoa as well as a salad bowl section.

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The drinks are even more elaborate: on top of good coffee you can choose from a whole selection of iced tea pots – with flavours like organic green tea, roasted organic jasberry rice butterfly pea and pandanus (that’s one drink), as well as a cacao drink (my favourite) and a matcha latte.

Brekkie seriously has it all. From a killer menu and great service, to the the sheer attention to detail in every corner of the cafe – if you’re hunting for a wicked brunch spot in Bangkok this is a must.

Location: 6/9 Soi Promsri Sukhumvit 39.

Price: around $15-18 for a meal and coffee.

This article is part of my food safari series around Thailand and Vietnam – for other restaurant and cafe suggestions in Bangkok check out A Foodies Guide to Bangkok.

Want more photos from my food safari around Thailand and Vietnam? Follow @themelbournelook on Instagram for daily updates.

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A foodies guide to Bangkok

The vibrant and colourful streets of Bangkok are constantly abuzz with the sounds of laughing locals, horns of tuk tuks and motorbikes and the array of mixed fresh local cuisines. The waft of fresh seafood, fried veggies, spices, pineapple and other juicy fruits is what completely captivates me – while at first foreign, have now become some of my favourite scents.

But while the hidden treasures nestled in the nooks and crannies of Bangkok’s streets are glorious, the true beauty in this city lies within the happiest people I’ve ever met. Locals of Bangkok are always appreciating the beauty in life – in the smallest forms. I have never felt safer, more comfortable, accepted and welcomed in a city in my life as I have in Bangkok.

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For those of you reading this in Melbourne, I’m sorry. I write this post in the aim of inspiring, not bragging (despite being grateful to trade in four layers for 40 degree weather).

For those of you planning a trip to Thailand, I highly recommend spending at least a few days in Bangkok, especially if you’re a foodie. And to the vegetarians, vegans and fellow Foddies (people on the low FODMAP diet) have no fear – Bangkok is full of amazing cafes and restaurants which cater towards people with dietary requirements. I’ve written this blog post as a short guide to some of my favourite street foods, cafes and restaurants in Bangkok.

Street food we tried

Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or have some kind of food intolerance if there’s one thing you should do in Bangkok it’s eat street food. While we ate at some amazing cafes and restaurants (featured below), nothing is quite like getting a bowl of something fresh you’ve never heard of or tried for less than $2.

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Our first street food experience was at the Floating Market on our second day. While the markets weren’t overly enthralling, we were fascinated by a lady making tiny dumplings on a boat with various vegetables inside. The lady spoke no English, but handed us a banana leaf filled with 8 tiny clear dumplings and two tiny chillies for 40 Baht (less than $2). We loved every mouthful, and although we didn’t know what was inside at first, we later figured out they were filled with carrot, mushroom, peanut and cane sugar. A few days later we found a stall at a market which identified them as Thai steamed rice skin dumplings – the mouth of the of rice.

Another amazing street food we tried at Khao San Road was fresh coconut ice cream for around 30 Baht ($1). Perfect for vegans and anyone intolerant to lactose – this cold dessert is topped with nuts and chocolate sauce. We saw stands at the Chatachuk Weekend Market with 8-10 topping options: from different sticky rices to jellies and nuts, so if you’re heading to the market wait and get it there.

If you’re not vegan another good street food (if you can find it) is a little mini taco looking sweet. The man who served us spoke barely any English but it looked too good not to try. Although we’re not certain, we think it was a mini coconut egg  hard-shell pancake topped with shredded fruit and nuts. We paid 10 Baht ($0.45).

One of my favourite street foods was from a man just around the corner from our apartment – the popular egg crepe (a Thai street dessert). To make, the stall owner will spread crepe batter over a flat element, drop an egg and chopped banana inside the middle, fold it up and cover it with your chosen spread – I went for Nutella. You can find these around Bangkok – some carts will have up to 10 topping options for around 60 Baht ($2.40).

Where to eat out

Although Bangkok isn’t quite up to Melbourne’s brunch standards, it has serious game when it comes to smoothie bowls, quirky lattes and Buddha bowls. The city has so many amazing vegan and vegetarian cafes and restaurants – we were only able to get to a few, but my favourites are listed below.

Brekkie Organic Café

French-Parisian esque interiors, quirky antiques, quality coffee and serious smoothie bowl options.

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Broccoli Revolution

Totally vegan, traditional Thai fusion brunch with killer Buddha and smoothie bowls.

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Mango Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant and Arts Gallery

Cute and cosy hole in the wall with friendly staff and a menu which warms your soul.

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Stay tuned to TML as more detailed articles on each cafe will be posted over the next week. I can’t wait for you to continue on my adventure throughout Thailand with me.

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The Melbourne Look gets a new look

Hi there,

I’m Chloe – a 22-year-old Melbourne soon to be journalism graduate and self-proclaimed health foodie. Some of you may already know me as a fashion blogger, others who follow me on Instagram may have already noticed my recent shift into the foodie category. I’m basically writing this post to introduce you to the new concept behind my blog The Melbourne Look.

While over the past three years I have focused my writing on Australia’s fashion industry, I have decided to dive into the diverse world of health food and lifestyle blogging. Now, first thing’s first – I’m 100 per cent not in any way claiming to be a nutritionist or dietitian – this blog is purely an expression of my new-found passion for healthy and nutritious food.

What’s going to be different about my blog compared to every other food and lifestyle blog? Quite simply – I’ve lived through it.

In July 2016, following a crazy Euro-trip, I was diagnosed with IBS. For those of you who don’t know, it’s an annoying gut syndrome that leaves you feeling pretty average when eating certain foods (I’ve written an article explaining it here). After visiting a dietitian she basically told me if I wanted to feel good again I’d have to go on a low FODMAP diet, and eliminate certain foods to figure out what I was intolerant to.

While this diet tested my self-control, tormented and tortured me (I couldn’t eat some of my favourite things; avo, sweet potato, bread and cheese for a long time), I came out of the elimination phase feeling better than ever.

However, I struggled for a long time to find recipes and foods which were not only low FODMAP but were nutritious, tasted good and satisfied my cravings. One day I gave up hunting and decided to just create my own low FODMAP alternatives to recipes I loved. I began posting photos of these on my Instagram and realised there was a whole community of people out there who were facing the same issues and needed inspiration.

Which brings me back to my blog. Here I will post healthy, intolerance friendly recipes I’ve created (with the help of my best friend who’s a dietitian), profile Melbourne foodie events, restaurants and cafes that cater for intolerances, and write articles in the aim of helping foodies out there with information and inspiration.

Over the next six weeks I will be eating my way through Thailand and Vietnam with my best friend – posting foodie guides to each city we visit and finding inspiration for recipes for The Melbourne Look. I can’t wait to share this adventure with you.

Chloe x

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FODwhat? Why it could be more than gluten causing your stomach pains

Gluten free. Lactose intolerant. Sensitivities to wheat. What happened to the days when the only issues we had with food were nut allergies? Now we have the Paleo diet, the rise of veganism and everything in between. Has the nation gone crazy over a food intolerance ‘fad’?

From the outside looking in, I used to look on bemused at those in supermarket aisles, boycotting the bread and dairy sections because a diet on a ‘wellness’ website told them milk was bad for them.

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Having never worried too much about my own personal diet, whilst still trying to remain healthy, the sudden rise of intolerances and dietary requirements seemed odd, but then it happened to me.

Bloating. Sharp pains. Cramps. Every time I ate a meal no matter how big or small, the problems were the same. It played on my mind, affected my relationships and affected my work. Food is the most crucial fuel we can put into our bodies and all it was doing was causing me great pain.

For too long I pushed it aside. I was a ‘google doctor’ just like those people in the supermarket aisles and thought I knew better. Then the penny dropped. I finally went and got professional help.

“I think you should try a low FODMAP diet to see if you’re intolerant to something”.

The words were uttered from the dietician’s mouth. What the hell was a low FODMAP diet? All of a sudden my life had been turned upside down. There were restrictions on everything I could eat and even my coffee intake was cut down from five coffees a day to a measly one.

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The results? The sharp pains were gone, my energy levels were back up and I had the desire to see my friends again. My life had been flipped 180 after the adjustments to my diet and I now had the confidence to be myself again.

But how does it work? Well it turns out gluten isn’t the devil it’s made out to be if consumed in moderation.

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According to Dr. Jane Muir, Head of Translational Nutrition Science at Monash University, this is because “a gluten-free diet is only necessary for people who have been diagnosed with coeliac disease – an autoimmune disease that results in inflammation of the small intestine when any gluten is ingested.”

While coeliac disease affects approximately one in 70 Australians on average according to the Coeliac Organisation of Australia, a research study conducted by CSIRO found seven per cent of Australians were avoiding wheat containing foods to manage symptoms they were attributing to these products.

World-leading research conducted by Monash University has cast doubt on whether gluten is the real cause of the problem. According to Dr. Muir, the culprit may be a group of short-chain carbohydrates (or sugars) called FODMAPS, which stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides And Polyols.

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“The sugars include fructose (in pears and apples), lactose (in milk), sugar polyols (sorbitol and mannitol in stone fruits and artificial sweeteners), fructans, fructo-oligosaccharides (in rye, artichoke, garlic, onions and wheat) and galacto-oligosaccharides (in legumes and nuts),” she says.

“Because these sugars can be poorly absorbed in the small intestine, they reach the large intestine where they are fermented by bacteria to produce gas, leading to abdominal discomfort.”

Researchers from the Department of Gastroenterology at Monash University have been conducting research for over 10 years to develop the low FODMAP diet to help patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

IBS affects one in seven Australian adults, and is characterized by the discomforts such as lower abdominal pain and discomfort, bloating, wind, abdominal distension and altered bowel habit such as constipation and diarrhoea.

While people can be tested for coeliac disease, the low FODMAP diet is the only scientifically proven way in determining if someone has food intolerances or IBS.

Dr. Muir says the research team at Monash has “good scientific evidence that the majority (75-89 per cent) of patients with IBS will benefit from a diet that restricts their intake of FODMAP sugars.”

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It sounds crazy, right? A diet that restricts your intake of all the good stuff: certain fruits and vegetables, milk and yoghurt, cheese, breads, cereals, nuts and seeds. Why can’t you just eliminate gluten and dairy?

Dr. Muir says by ignoring the symptoms associated with IBS and consuming foods high in FODMAPs you could be doing your body more harm than good.

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“There are serious gut diseases such as coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease and bowel cancer that have similar symptoms so need to be checked out immediately by a GP.”

By self-diagnosing food intolerances and eliminating whole food groups you may also be missing out on important nutrients such as dietary fibre, says Dr. Muir.

“While eliminating gluten is not dangerous if done in conjunction with a dietician who will ensure the diet is adequate and nutritionally balanced, people shouldn’t do it on their own.”

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Accredited practicing dietitian Chloe McLeod says it is important to work with a dietician to determine your approach to the low FODMAP diet.

“When I work with patients, most likely high FODMAP foods will be removed from their diet, and I will then set a series of food challenges to determine their sensitivities,” she says.

“Once this is finished we ‘liberalise’ the diet, meaning high FODMAP foods are slowly and gradually added back in, below levels where the symptoms of IBS occur.”

According to McLeod, research indicates that most people don’t react to all of the high FODMAP groups. Identifying these groups means foods the person didn’t react to can be re-introduced, and it can be determined how much of a certain food they can tolerate.

According to Dr. Muir and McLeod, the low FODMAP diet is not a long-term diet, therefore the re-introduction stage of certain FODMAPS is extremely important.

But while it isn’t long term, McLeod says long term a low FODMAP diet will make life easier for people suffering from IBS for the following reasons:

  • Most people with IBS are able to re-introduce FODMAPS and maintain good symptom control, making it easier to make informed choices and better manage symptoms
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  • Many FODMAP foods are high in prebiotics – compounds which provide food for the healthy bacteria that are found in the gut, so it is essential they be added back in at manageable levels
  • Avoidance of unnecessary restrictions  will help ensure their diet meets their nutritional needs

While the low FODMAP diet eliminates pages of grains, fruits and vegetables, the good news is there are low FODMAP foods to replace them.

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So if a low-FODMAP diet that restricts parts of certain food groups isn’t a long-term diet, how healthy can a diet that eliminates whole food groups be?

Diets such as the Paleo diet omit grains, cereals and legumes altogether, which are important sources of dietary fibre. A ‘gluten free’ diet may seem healthy in theory, but many of the replacement foods are high in sugar, salt, fat and low in fibre, meaning by taking this approach you may be doing your body more harm than good.

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While many people are intolerant to gluten, it is not the devil and for most people does not need to be eliminated completely. Instead of becoming ‘google doctors’ and cutting out whole food groups, if people notice symptoms associated with IBS after eating, they should seek medical advice.

The low-FODMAP diet has helped me regain control of all aspects of my life, and left me feeling healthy and happy again. I was once bemused at the people boycotting the bread and dairy sections of the supermarket, but now find myself doing the same.

Food is one of life’s greatest pleasures; let’s spend more time understanding how our bodies process it and less time listening to blogs that claim ‘fad’ diets are the golden key to our health.

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Zara Melbourne re-opens with new global concept

Zara, H&M and Topshop are some of the international retailers that have recently entered into the Australian fashion market, challenging our already established retailers.

However according to accounts lodged with ASIC last year, from January 2014-2015 Zara Australia’s profits fell 33.1 per cent despite the retailer opening a string of new stores across the country.

Despite a decrease in international retail profits last year, sales at Aussie department stores such as David Jones have actually increased. According to The Australian, David Jones revenue grew by 11.2 per cent for the 26 weeks leading to Boxing Day last year. Both David Jones and Myer have seen an increase in sales after revamping their marketing strategies. According to David Jones marketing officer David Robinson, the company now spends roughly 50 per cent of its marketing dollars on digital channels.

In an effort to compete with retailers across the road, Zara re-opened its store in the Bourke Street Mall on Monday, following a face-lift across all levels. The store has been redesigned to mirror Zara’s latest global store concept combining beauty, functionality and sustainability. With a massive open space and sleek white surfaces spanning the ceiling and walls, the newly renovated store is much cleaner, simplistic and effective in letting the garments take centre stage.

At the opening we were given a preview of what we can look forward to this season, with Zara experts talking through the women’s, men’s and children’s lines for Autumn/Winter. This season we can see a strong Victorian era theme coming straight from the AW16 runways in the form of floating silhouettes, feminine lace and silk slips. The staple tailored white button-up shirt is back in various styles, from crop to bell sleeve. Several knitted twin-sets and co-ords are also available that look great together or styled as separates. As always, knee-high boots are back, but this season without a zip.

Whilst there are still steps that Zara need to take to engage with their Australian audience, namely a much improved e-commerce sector, it is clear that they are beginning to address their problems. The new store design is one that will resonate with the Australian consumer and is also more in line with their global branding.

The launch of the breathtaking AW16 collection is also sure to strike a chord with loyal Zara customers, as Zara continues to be ahead of the game in terms of fashion forecasting. The company will be hoping that this will propel them into the forefront of Australian consumer minds and establish a foothold in the retail sector.

Images: Maddison McKee.

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Girls’ Day Out 2015

Photo: Harpers Bazaar.

Photo: Harpers Bazaar.

Hey Melbourne girls, are your weeks getting longer in the lead up to Christmas? Do you want to escape for the weekend but don’t have the time?

Then I’ve got the perfect event for you and your girlfriends.

Girls Day Outthe ultimate women’s lifestyle festival is coming to Melbourne Convention Centre this September 25th-27th.

The three day event supported by Cleo and Good Health Magazines will showcase the very best in Australian beauty, fashion and accessories, nutrition and health, travel, lifestyle and entertainment.

Peruse the stalls of a fantastic range of exhibitors, enjoy talks from the editors of Cleo, Shop ‘Till You Drop and Good Health Magazines and more, watch fashion parades and enjoy complimentary samples of the latest products.

With exclusive catwalk presentations by Simone Pérèle and Intimo Lingirie, and special guests such as make up artists and celebrities this is an event that you’re not going to want to miss.

For the full schedule of events and to purchase tickets head to http://www.girlsdayout.com.au.

4 trends to put a spring in your step

Apologies to all you loyal followers. Over the last six months my busy schedule hasn’t allowed me much time to blog. Unfortunately, we all know too well how sometimes life gets in the way of what we love and it sucks big time.

Good news though, I’m back and you can expect to see big things from The Melbourne Look in the coming weeks and months. I will be re-launching my site with lots of fresh content, a new layout and exciting collaborations soon, so stay tuned!

And what better time to re-launch than at the beginning of a new season with fresh trends and exciting possibilities.

Spring has officially sprung meaning for us Melbournians it’s time to pack away the puffer jackets and faux fur and get our legs out. With the change in temperature comes a new wave of bright colours, billowy silhouettes and fresh prints. A new season is a great excuse for a new wardrobe, meaning we can now (finally) get our hands on the SS15 collections that graced our presence at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia back in April.

In this post I’ll talk you through my predictions for spring and highlight some simple tips that will assist you in updating your wardrobe so you can step out of the cold weather with confidence.

That 70’s show

It’s all about the 70’s revival this spring/summer. Channel your inner rock chick with a metallic mini or vibe out in floating maxi dresses with quirky patchworks, cone sleeved peasant blouses and quirky florals. More of a minimalist like myself? Adding a pair of burnt orange flares to your wardrobe will do wonders for your high street rep.

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Bec and Bridge SS15 Photo: Getty Images

Bec and Bridge SS15
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Photo: E Online

White Wash

Spring is all about starting a fresh, clean slate and what better way to do this than by clashing crisp shades of white on white? From deconstructed beach side looks at Alice McCall to soft-falling silhouettes at Ellery and the tailored goodness of Watson X Watson, white was a sure-fire hit on the runways for spring/summer this year.

Photo by Merilyn Smith/WireImage

Photo by Merilyn Smith/WireImage

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Alice McCall SS15 Photo: Getty Images

Alice McCall SS15
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Blue Jean Baby

We’re all aware that denim on denim is a recurring theme we see grace the runway and the streets year after year, but this season designers are determined to put a new spin on the trend. Get inspired with cropped indigo mini jackets, 60’s fringing and slick tailoring almost good enough to wear to work.

Photo: Street Smith

Photo: Street Smith

Manning Cartell SS15 Photo: Getty Images

Manning Cartell SS15
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Aje SS15 Photo: Getty Images

Aje SS15
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Graphic Florals

Allow your personality to define your florals this season. No matter what the occasion there’s something for you, from graphic bags right down to bold accessories. For the daring there’s psychedelic prints among pastels at Ginger and Smart, those with a softer side will find love at Maticevski among boxy silhouettes, and sports-luxe lovers will find yourself clinging to Manning Cartell’s bright green floral range.

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Photo: Gastrochic.com

Manning Cartell SS15 Photo: Getty Images

Manning Cartell SS15
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Maticevski SS15 Photo: Getty Images

Maticevski SS15
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