Author: Maeve Bannister

You’re drinking champagne all wrong!

This past weekend I spent my Saturday morning doing something that in my perfect world would be a regular occurrence: sampling some of the best French champagne during a masterclass with Kyla Kirkpatrick, otherwise known as The Champagne Dame. In two hours, Kyla transported the class from the newly opened lifestyle precinct in the Monaro Mall to some of the best vineyards in France, specifically in the region of Champagne, and back. Over the past month, Canberra Centre has been holding various events to celebrate the opening of the new Monaro Mall. I had never been to a Canberra Centre event, but...

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FASHFEST Opening Night Recap

Photography by Daniella Jukic First things first: I am not what would be considered ‘fashionable’. Up until the age of 14 I considered a matching top and pant tracksuit, preferably in a velvet-type fabric, to be high ‘fashun’. At 21, I’ve left my love of tracksuits behind, but much prefer looking at other people’s clothes! So, it was armed with this little knowledge that I found myself in the media pit at FASHFEST last night, ready to get a glimpse at the upcoming collections of some of Australia’s best designers. The night started off with a beautiful performance by...

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FASHFEST Night Two Recap

Photography by Daniella Jukic Despite admitting my love of matching tracksuits which lasted much too long in yesterday’s recap of night one, I was still allowed back inside the media pit at FASHFEST’s second night! I came prepared for another fun night and was not disappointed. Show One opened with a jazzy performance by Soulitude which was really entertaining, before transitioning to the first collection by Melanie Child. This collection was a great nod to 90s grunge and had the best hair and make-up of the show. The models had their eyes done up with different shades of blue...

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The Bearded Bean: A little cafe with a big personality

The Bearded Bean is a little café that makes a big impact. Walking up Genge Street on a sunny but crisp autumn morning, I could immediately see how buzzing it was. Nevertheless, the staff were friendly and had everything under control. They were clearly prepared for the morning coffee rush, a daily occurrence when office buildings surround your café. Head chef Joe popped his head out of the kitchen to greet us, as well as about ten other customers waiting for their takeaway. I immediately loved the friendly atmosphere of this café. Joe knew the names of pretty much...

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Happy National Doughnut Day!

The 2nd of June marks National Doughnut Day. Yes, it’s a thing! Last semester, my friends and I celebrated ‘doughnut-Thursday’ as many weeks as we could. The Campus Bakery at ANU has been our go-to place for warm and delicious cinnamon doughnuts. Sadly, as part of the Union Court revitalization, the Campus Bakery is moving on, and as a self-confessed doughnut enthusiast, it has become my mission to find a replacement. While a glazed Krispy Kreme always does the job, culinary Canberrans have created some great places to get a bit of doughnut-y goodness. So, instead of waiting around...

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