H&M is Coming to Canberra – But Do We Really Want It?


  After long term speculation and repeated denial from both the Canberra Centre and the company itself,  it has been announced that we are in fact getting an H&M in Canberra. The fast fashion behemoth is set to open its doors later in the year. We wager that it will reside in the empty double story space left by Dick Smith and the rearrangement of other stores or in the new section above the newly refurbished beauty destination. Time will tell. As exciting as having access to an international brand right at our very own doorstep is, and as much… Continue Reading

Breaking News: Gorman is Officially Coming to Canberra


  You may recall that we speculated the arrival of Gorman, in Canberra a little while ago. Well today friends, we can reveal that it’s official. The cult Australian purveyor of print, colour and whimsy, will be opening a store in the nation’s capital in late September. We discovered the news through a little job ad looking for casual sales assistants on the Gorman website. Does this seem like your dream job? Start prepping your resume because they are asking for a lot.  If you have: ‘strong sales and KPI [key performance indicators] focus, the ability to engage and outfit… Continue Reading

Inside the NGV Gala and Celebrating The House of Dior Exhibition


    Last night I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Gala celebrating the opening of The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. My family bought me my ticket back when the gala was first announced; I purchased my dream dress not long after and have been counting down the days in the lead up.   So what did I get for my $500 ticket?   The Opportunity To Dress Up   The moment I saw a particular red dress on the runway of Simone Rocha’s collection before last, I knew I… Continue Reading

The Hottest Brands and Products This Quarter


Want to know what the hottest brands and products are each quarter? Now you can! The Business of Fashion and search platform Lyst have joined forces to bring readers the definitive list of the highest performing brands and products. Even better, they will be publishing their findings every quarter. Lyst tracks 4.5 million data points per hour from over 65 million annual consumers, 4 million products and 12,000 brands. That’s a lot of number crunching. Trust us, it makes for very interesting reading.   The Hottest Brands   It’s no surprise that Gucci is number one. Alessandro Michele’s more is more… Continue Reading

Chatting with International Artist Benjamin Shine


‘I think we’re all born with the ability to be highly creative but the degree to which it develops depends on how much encouragement and opportunity we have to express it as we grow up.’   Benjamin Shine for Bergdorf Goodman   You may be familiar with Benjamin’s work from his exhibition, ‘The Dance’, at the Canberra Centre in 2015 or his collaboration most recently on a collection of tulle artworks for renowned New York department store, Bergdorf Goodman. Benjamin’s work never ceases to amaze me. His client list includes Google, MTV, Harrods, Barclays, Eurostar and many others. His work… Continue Reading

Peachy Keen to Shut Its Doors


  We shed a tear late yesterday afternoon when we found out that our favourite accessories boutique Peachy Keen is to be consolidated into its sister store Rebel Muse only a couple of months shy of its first birthday. For those of you despairing about where to fuel your ongoing accessory habit, a curated edit of Peachy’s best selling shoes and accessories will continue to be available in store at Rebel Muse with a wider range available on their website www.rebelmuse.com.au. Peachy Keen has been Canberra’s exclusive stockist of shoe brands including Alias Mae, Dept. Of Finery, Jaggar, Mode Collective,… Continue Reading

Indulge in Mid Winter Shopping


  We know that Canberra winter sucks balls. It’s already dark when you leave work and all you want to do of an evening is curl up at home with a big bowl of pasta. As appealing as that scenario is, if you can brave a mid winter night for a few hours, we know of a couple things that will make it worth your while.   Our friends the Lonsdale Street Traders are throwing a shopping night on Thursday 20 July and everyone is invited. There will be complimentary sparkling and yummy goodies to eat, freshly roasted chestnuts, entertainment… Continue Reading

Canberra’s Newest Beauty Destination is Here


  Today the doors to the new beauty precinct within the Canberra Centre officially opened. We got into town bright and early to get a first look at everything before the doors opened. As we made our way through the morning frost and mist we were treated to flower installations created by The Floral Society, who transformed four everyday objects into beautiful floral sculptures.     Once snug and warm within the Canberra Centre, we lost no time inspecting the new space. Regular shoppers will barely recognise the re-vamped Monaro Mall, which is now a bright, modern, and open space.… Continue Reading