One thing you need to know about me is that my favourite sound in the world is a champagne cork popping! It’s like angels sighing. So you can imagine my delight when I was invited to the Blackman Hotel to attend a Champagne Master Class by Kyla Kirkpatrick.
Straight up to the penthouse suite on the 18th floor, if you don’t hardly mind, we were ushered into an intimate sit down tasting of six different varieties all accompanied by the most exquisite cheeses and pates – heaven! Kyla first and foremost reminded us that only champagne is from the Champagne region in France, and anything else is only sparkling wine.
We got to sip on delicious Pol Roger, both vintage and non-vintage, Bollinger and Veuve Fornay while Kyla regaled us with tales and the history of champagne, from the fabulous grandfather of champagne, Dom Perignon to the first lady Madame Clicquot.
Kyla also told us that there was 3 ways to open a bottle of champagne; the most common obviously – unwrap the foil and untwist the cage, or the muselet, six times (it’s always only six twists) and loosen the cage but don’t take it off the cork. You then place your thumb over the cork and tilt the bottle to a 45 degree angle and then twist the bottle and not the cork, and voilà the best sound in the world! The second technique is sabrage, used mostly in ceremonial occasions, the sabre is slid along the body of the bottle to break the entire neck away from the bottle, leaving only the base of the bottle open and ready to pour. Tres fancy!!
The third, and most fabulous, is sabrage but with a champagne flute! it has to be seen to be believed. Check it out (below)
It was a fabulous and educational evening out and Kyla was the perfect teacher. Of course I asked if she needed an apprentice, but I don’t think she took my plea seriously. I would highly recommend doing this class if you’re a fan of the old bubbly as I am, it would make a great ladies day out. http://thechampagnedame.com/
After yesterday’s post about my recent mini Cotton On haul it got me thinking about how I do tend to stick to the same handful of stores I really like and I wanted to see if I could do an entire outfit out of Cotton On clothes I’ve amassed. Here it is, bar the shoes I’m wearing (Kmart, another regular!)
The best thing is that the entire outfit would have cost me around $100 – watch included!
Do you tend to shop at the same stores like me (a creature of habit)? Or do you mix it up and love the variety in life?
Online sales are going absolutely crazy at the moment due to Black Friday and of course I have been sucked into the vortex of them! I can never seem to go past an email that says EVERYTHING IS SO DAMN CHEAP! I think bargain shopping is in my DNA as I truly get a rush from getting clothes at half the price.
This time around I bought three items from Cotton On – probably my 2nd favourite store after Kmart (hello endorsements?!). First there’s the red knit that I thought was going to be neon orange when I saw it online, but I should have known it wasn’t going to be when the colour claims to be “cherry cola” (la la la la Lola – sorry!), that was only $10. Then a grey embellished t-shirt (yes another one!) reduced down to $19.95, which I still feel is kinda pricey for just a t-shirt, and then the watch in soft gold which was only $9.95 after buying it in a bundle of things. With shipping the total came to $49.95 – 3 items for under $50 is pretty awesome!
Now tell me, did anyone else bag any bargains in the sales? What did you get?
Damn you early 80s Madonna leaving a fabulous and lasting impression on my young and tiny mind, and damn you Sarah Jessica Parker for looking so damn cute and girly at the start of every episode of Sex and the City! I’m talking about the tutu ladies and I think I still want to wear one at 33.
I love the pretty frilly tulle and the whole girly aspect of them. There’s no mistaking you’re packing lady parts when you wear one that’s for sure. They’re dainty yet daring if you were to wear one out during the day. What I’m trying to get at is would it be so wrong to wear one as a regular, grown ass woman in 2013? Could I possibly come to work in a white t-shirt and pink tutu combo and rock the look? Or even wear a dress like the pink number (above) on a night out without someone making a reference to Swan Lake?
You see them on the red carpet all the time, but I want to know if simple Rosie from Melbourne can rock this out at dinner on a Friday night?
Ah polo, the sport of kings, or is that horse racing?! Anyhoo, Albert Park was all a flutter on Saturday afternoon as the annual Paspaley Polo in the City hit town. After what looked like an ominous start to the day the sun broke through and it was simply glorious.
I’d never seen a polo game in action so it was great to learn the rules as we went along. Like did you know that each game is divided into periods called chukkers? And that there are only 4 players per team, who use a different horse in each chukker? That’s a lot of horses!! No wonder a lot of rich people gravitate toward the sport.
Apart from the horses the day was filled with people watching, there were lots of pretty, summer dresses on display, giving me great ideas for future ensembles. I also finally got to have my Pretty Woman moment during the stomping of the divots!
I found this pic on Pinterest and I absolutely adore this look. I tried to emulate it this morning and now I understand why her lips are parted in this shot! As soon as my lips touched the red lippy took over the pink, so this look is in no way practical. All my photos looked too ridiculous! Oh well, I suppose this is one of those looks that are just to be admired and not copied.
Are there any looks that you’ve tried out but were too crazy to pull off?