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APOLLO D'ART: DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE

THE FABULOUS SRINAGAR

This is not only sweetness.

This is the promise of sweetness, and

So a woman is a woman - kissed - 

By a veiled sun the melts upon

The Valley. Kashmir; the temple of

Gold - I'll see you in my mind's

Mughal Garden - the most tender

Rose on rose, stealing a litchi's blush. 

When I close my eyes I feel you

Exhale. It finds its way around my neck

- Equal parts vanilla and grace - 

There is no soul-elixir like the air in

Srinagar. 

Creative Direction - Alexia Petsinis / Videography - Jacob Medina / Jewellery & Crown - Christie Nicolaides. With thanks to Dali Haute Parfumerie and Paris Mode Shop

Discover more of the Salvador Dali 'Fabulous' Parfumerie Collection HERE

NOTES BY A LOYAL LEFT-HANDER

'All grown-ups were once children...but only few of them remember it.' - Antoine de Saint Exupery

A vignette in celebration of the Montblanc Meisterstück Le Petit Prince collection. Here's to the power of imagination. May we never stop creating. May we never stop expressing. May never stop dreaming. This collection is a delightful reminder to honour one's inner child; remaining loyal to the power of imagination and intuition each and every day.

Creative Direction - Alexia Petsinis / Videography - Jacob Media / Wardrobe - Leo & Lin

With special thanks to Montblanc Australia. Discover the Montblanc Meisterstück Le Petit Prince collection HERE

#tributetoimagination #montblancau

NOTES BY A COLLINS CAT

COLLINS CAT

(A short)

The letter C is my favourite alphabetical entity.

It possesses such  chic curvature, don't you think?

C for Cat (that's me). C for Cartier (that's to die for). C for Collins (that's where it's at, folks).

Sometimes I step out onto the street when the air is pale gold. But it's not just a street; Maggie said it's called 'Town'.

So, in effect, I'm just a Cat that goes to Town.

And Cats naturally dwell in a hood that looks good on them. I think I've found mine, in earnest.

Until next time (or tomorrow).

I recently had the pleasure of spending a sumptuous day (and night) with my friends at Collins Street Precinct, who curated a bespoke experience for me featuring key retailers on one of Melbourne's most iconic streets. You don't need to have lived in Melbourne your whole life to know that Collins Street is the epitome of refined elegance, style and (naturally), luxury; an ideal commingling of heritage charms and contemporary dynamism that renders a little magic for folks of all ages.  

Highlights of my experience included a personal tour of the scintillating Cartier boutique (located at 90 Collins Street), followed by a private styling session with the Womenswear team at luxury department store at Harrolds  (101 Collins Street) - Tom Ford fluffy stilettos, I can't shake you from my thoughts.

Stepping into the velvet haven that is the Gray Reid Gallery (156 Collins Street) felt like stumbling upon a treasure trove of rare artisanal masterpieces. Alister and Gareth at the Gallery are exemplary individuals; welcoming, charming, and ultimately some of the most talented craftsmen in Melbourne. I was intrigued to learn of the processes involved in designing bespoke jewellery items such as earrings and cocktail rings inspired by Art Deco pieces from the 1920's; just one of the Gallery's many services offered to clients. If you happen to be strolling past this magical heritage building, do have a peak inside and prepare to be charmed. While you're there, head downstairs to the utterly delightful Kay Craddock Antiquarian Bookseller and lose yourself in a world of antique books, rare archival documents and art for an hour (or three). Once I discovered the Art History section, I'm afraid it was not going to be a quick visit. 

Thank you kindly to Sofitel Melbourne (25 Collins Street) for hosting me overnight in your marvellous establishment. There's nothing sweeter than being greeted by a smile and a 'Bonjour Madame' from every member of staff; who made the experience truly memorable. (There's also nothing sweeter than coming back to my room with a bottle of Taittinger and macarons waiting for me. Thrills. )

Au revoir; may we meet again soon!