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Chanel at Marais pop-up boutique launch in Melbourne

21st June, 2017
Chanel at Marais boutique store front Melbourne

When anything involves the word Chanel you can guarantee that it will be a throughly sophisticated affair. Last week I flew down to Melbourne to attend the launch of the Chanel at Marais pop-up store and it was a touch of Parisian magic in the heart of the city. The Marais boutique on Bourke Street is housing the first Chanel retail experience outside of the brand’s standalone boutiques in Australia and is showcasing the Paris Cosmopolite 2016/17 Métiers d’art Ready-to-Wear collection.

In a nod to Karl Lagerfeld’s inspiration behind the current Métiers d’art Ready-to-Wear collection, the hub of Café Society that is the Ritz Paris, the decor of the store has been inspired by the iconic five-star hotel in Paris. Think vibrant blue-toned decor featuring everything from navy velvet sofas to indigo cabinetry and pops of electric blue LED lighting. The shopfront below is just the beginning of the truly immersive experience—once you step inside you’ll genuinely feel as if you’re in the middle of Paris.

After sipping on cocktails and losing myself in the boutique and browsing through the many Insta- and covet-worthy pieces it was time to head into an adjoining space to the Marais boutique for the launch cocktail party where everyone from influencer Nicole Warne to singer Isabella Manfredi were present. I also managed to catch up with a few friends which is also a nice bonus when attending an event! One of the highlights of the evening would have to be the performance by The Preatures on the rooftop bar. In one word: amazing.

It’s always a nice treat to be invited to such a glamorous affair and even more so when there’s retail therapy thrown in to make the experience even better. If you’re a Chanel fan run don’t walk to experience the Chanel at Marais pop-up. You’ll think you’ve died and gone to Chanel heaven.

Visit Chanel at Marais from June 15 until July 9, 2017. Marais is located at Level 1, 73-77 Bourke Street, Melbourne. 

Chanel at Marais pop-up boutique store front Melbourne

The impressive Parisian inspired shop front

Chanel at Marais pop-up in Melbourne boutique interior

The luxe interior

Chanel at Marais pop-up Melbourne boutique display

So much Chanel…

Chanel at Marais pop-up Melbourne boutique display 2

Gorgeous display in store

Chanel Gabrielle bag at Chanel at Marais pop-up Melbourne boutique

The Chanel Gabrielle range

Gary Pepper Girl Blogger Nicole Warne at Chanel at Marais pop-up boutique launch in Melbourne

Nicole Warne

Shine by Three Blogger Margaret Zhang at Chanel at Marais boutique in Melbourne pop-up

Margaret Zhang

Preatures perform at the Chanel at Marais pop-up boutique launch in Melbourne

The Preatures performed live on the rooftop


Fashion, What I Wore

What I Wore: Chanel at Marais

20th June, 2017
Kate Waterhouse Chanel at Marais boutique launch Melbourne balmain blazer bec and bridge chanel bag 8

I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of the gorgeous new Chanel at Marais ephemeral boutique in Melbourne and of course, any event that involves such an stylish and iconic brand requires a sleek and chic evening look. I opted for a slinky satin Bec & Bridge dress with a thigh high split to bring a touch of glamour to my outfit. To help the champagne hue of the dress to take centre stage I paired it with black accessories—my Balmain blazer provided a structured counterpoint to the fluid nature of the dress and my Balenciaga ankle boots helped ground the ensemble. And what else to wear at the opening of Chanel at Marais than a piece from the label itself. I wore my favourite Chanel quilted bag to carry my essentials for the night and pay homage to the inimitable fashion house we were celebrating.

Credits: Dress, Bec & Bridge; Blazer, Balmain; Boots, Balenciaga; Bag, Chanel
Photography: Danielle Castano

My amazing 24 hours at the Lexus LC 500 launch

12th June, 2017

Having a great time cruising around in the LC 500

Last week I went on a whirlwind trip to Melbourne for the launch of Lexus’ new LC 500 coupe. It was a quick 24 hour getaway which started with me jumping on an 8am flight and then making my way down to the new Jackalope Hotel in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula. I was looking forward to staying at Jackalope as it recently took out the award for New Hotel of the Year and Regional Hotel of the Year at the Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide Awards and had heard amazing things. It didn’t disappoint—it was a luxurious, modern oasis nestled within the picturesque surrounds of  Willow Creek’s 11-hectare vineyard and I felt super lucky that I was going to be calling it home for the night.

I was dying to try out the new LC 500 which is Lexus’ all-new flagship coupe so was pleased that we were treated to a drive experience which involved cruising around the Mornington Peninsula with a changeover point at Flinders Golf Course and then a lovely lunch at Rare Hare, one of the on-site restaurants at Jackalope. Being able to drive around in such a sporty car was definitely an experience (very different to driving my girls around at home!) and I was impressed that the LC 500’s sleek design in no way compromised driving comfort. It had some definite zip to it so I had a great time behind the wheel.

Later that day we sat down to a beautiful dinner at Doot Doot Doot, a fine dining restaurant at Jackalope. The interiors are incredible and the meal we had was absolutely delicious. Afterwards there were post-dinner drinks at the on-site bar, Flaggerdoot and an optional wine tasting in the Barrel Room with Willow Creek Vineyard winemaker Geraldine McFaul which was a nice way to toast the trip.

The next morning it was bright and early start once more but it was made just that little bit easier with a relaxing breakfast at Doot Doot Doot. Post-breakfast it was time to race back to Melbourne to catch my flight home. Whilst it was short and sweet the trip definitely lived up to what I had imagined and I loved being able to come along for the ride.

Hard at work shooting for the blog and for Instagram

I felt very lucky to be treated to such an amazing experience

It was nice to be on a trip with my friends Anthony Minichiello and Terry Biviano

The impressive exterior of the Jackalope Hotel

The interiors of Doot Doot Doot. The incredible lighting was a definite focal point.

The beautiful dinner setting

Just one of the delicious courses we had

…dessert was definitely my fave!

At the dinner at Doot Doot Doot

With Terry Biviano

With furniture designer Henry Wilson