Next Wave – Comfort Zones

On Tuesday night I had my very first visit to a theatre restaurant at Witches in Britches but not to see the usual fanfare. I was there for the Next Wave Festival to see Comfort Zones, a program of short performances by people pushing themselves out of their comfort zones.

This meant actors taking to the stage singing (out of tune) and stripping down to their underwear whilst holding a python, crew members acting, a stand-up comedian taking her first ever saxophone exam on stage and a sax player doing stand-up.

A great concept with some fabulous acts. As for the place itself, I am jumpy at the best of times when it comes to these make believe hob-gobblins and I proceeded to nervously grab the arm of the man in front of me; unfortunate for Michael whom I’ve never met before but who was there with the people I was also with.

Thank you Joyce for inviting me to share this random but funny experience with you, Tim and Michael. And thank you for your kindness, friendship and warmth – you’ve been such an inspiring force during my time here in Melbourne.


CycleStyle – for the urban cyclist (i.e. no lycra!)

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of accepting an invitation to the launch of CycleStye, an online store for gorgeous imported European cycling clothing and accessories. My darling friend Joyce Watts (you may know her from her Mel:Hot or Not blog) set up temporary shop at Eco Fashionista in Fitzroy to showcase her divine wares.

Now, I must confess, I do not yet own a bike but I have been lured by the wares at CycleStyle and talked into the convenience and ease of transport this mode enables.

So, I am now in the market for a bike. It also fits in well with my reinvigorated love of spin so, naturally, I am leaning towards getting one of these accessories from Banjo Brothers:

And, appealing to my tomboyish sense of style, I have my eye on this unisex number from Pedaler Clothing:

I also love these – perfect gifts from Ranita Panniers for the girly girl:

The afternoon was accompanied with deliciously stylish catering, finished off with a boxed cupcake to take home.

A very classy affair in true Joyce style! Thanks for inviting me to share the experience.

Check out the rest of her goodies at CycleStyle.

Note: all pics of products are from the CycleStyle website