(Cover image: When visiting Melbourne don’t miss the Royal Arcade With Gog & Magog by Flickr: Dean Addison)
Charlie and I ventured into Melbourne’s CBD today, using Uber.
The plan was to go to Retro Star Vintage, at the Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne, but as luck would have it, it was one of the few stores that were closed. I am so making Retro Star Vintage the first place I go next time Visiting Melbourne. The other famous vintage store, Vintage Sole, downstairs from Retro Star Vintage, was also closed due to the holiday. One word – gutted. The building is a gorgeous art decor looking place. It was the one store Charlie said she wanted to see. I should have hired a car and driven us on Saturday, in retrospect.
Visiting Melbourne – CBD Shopping
The shopping was less exciting than yesterday, primarily because I realised how much money I spent, so I was being frugal. I think because it is colder, that women dress up more in general and are mostly very stylish and individual. As a result, I feel that even mainstream stores take more risks in their POS and merchandising, as well as buying. I wished I had a magic wand to wave and give my girl all she desires, but reality needs to be faced.
I did get a few things from Target (massive store in the Melbourne CBD) – slipper socks for $2, a Zoella body lotion (Melbourne is very dry), a bralette for Charlie, a NYX lipgloss (again Melbourne saps the moisture out of the skin). I nearly bought some kitten heel pointy pumps with a bow in nude/champagne but talked myself down. Next pay cheque.
Visiting Melbourne – The Arcades
One of the magical things about Melbourne are the little tucked away arcades that house hidden treasures, such as a Wicca (witch craft) store, or a shop specialising in babushka dolls. And of course, in true Melbourne style, great food. Charlie and I met up with my closest cousin in age, Berri, and had lunch Grasshopper’s Feast in an arcade. Service was painfully slow, so if you are after a quick lunch, this is not the place. But if you are looking for the most amazing gnocchi, it is worth the wait and more.
I could live in Zara. The clothes are so well priced for the quality and design. I had to force myself not to spend up big today. Charlie found a sheer camo top and a tee-shirt, both under $20. I nearly bought a pair of divine nude kitten heel pumps with a bow, but I have enough shoes at the moment, so dragged myself out.
The Block Arcade
Image sources: Cover image: Flickr: Dean Addison