Some of you may know that on the 17th April, I ventured to Melbourne on a personal fashion research day-trip. My Dad took me down, as he had a meeting to go to in Melbourne city. I was so excited as I hadn't been to Melbourne since I was 5. This was something I was extremely excited about because it was a chance for me to discover the Autumn/Winter fashion and to explore a "new" city.
As I was only going to be there for the day, I couldn't explore as much as I would have liked. But I was able to go to the main shopping destinations within Melbourne city and explore the cute little lane-ways and fashion stores that were there.
So here I am with a recap. This post will be fashion related with a hint of your typical "touristy" photos. However, I will be doing a full experience recap on my YouTube channel :)
My day started with a 5:55am flight. I was that excited for Melbourne that since I went to bed the night before, I woke up every hour.
After being left to run loose around the city, I headed down Bourke Street. The first shop that caught my eye was Steve Madden. I actually think I gasped when I saw it and did a half-run through the doors. I was in awe of all the amazing shoes and accessories that were on display. There were amazing contrasted scarves, the newest arrivals of fabulous shoes and gorgeous handbags that almost gleamed under the ceiling lights. Oops, I'm becoming a bit poetic now, aren't I? Back to reality..
After being informed that there was another level downstairs, I took my time to gaze at the cute window-like displays they had whilst you moved down each stair. I was then greeted by a lovely shop assistant who was very patient with me as I swapped sizes between the different styles of shoes I tried on. We also got into a conversation and I told her I had a fashion blog. She asked for it so I wrote it down for her :) So hello and welcome if you're reading this!
I walked out with a pair of cute leopard print loafers that are covered in gold studs:
I had to stop myself from buying either:
a) colour-block wedges
b) wedged boots
c) everything in the store
I then ventured next door to Zara. This was so exciting for me because I have been dreaming of going to Zara for quite some time. There was so many items in there that it took me forever to look through it all! I had a decent amount of spending money, but didn't find anything that I was totally IN LOVE with. I was disappointed after trying 2 pairs of pants that didn't fit me properly :(
However, not to worry! I decided to buy some comfortable leggings that could be worn out or just at home curled up watching TV.
I love versatile, simple pieces. I would definitely call myself a basics-orientated shopper, rather than a flamboyant one!
I also couldn't go past taking a sneaky selfie in the Zara change room..
I was so happy I captured the above image. This elderly man wandered over to the Hermès window. So cute and such a perfect moment!
For some reason, these photos I took of Prada remind me of this part from the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic..
After walking down Bourke St and immersing myself within almost every store down the street, I decided to head over to Collins St. This amazed me. I was so excited as I was walking past high-end brands. Being able to take my time and walk down past all of the amazing stores was a massive highlight of this trip. Going to Melbourne wasn't about going shopping, it was about exploring what they have to offer and being able to bring what I saw back to my blog. It was a fashion research trip more than anything.
I also popped into Scotch & Soda on Collins St!
I then decided to have a look through the cute little lane-ways/alley-ways. The cute cafés situated in the heart of Melbourne city were so European-like. The narrow lanes made me feel like I wasn't even in Australia. At that point, I totally forgot about Brisbane. Melbourne was heaven to me!
I then met up with my Dad and we had a little look around the city and walked through the lanes filled with street art.
Dad and I hopped on a tram and arrived at Melbourne Central Shopping Centre. As you can see in the images above, the historic Shot Tower is the main attraction of the centre. It was built in 1888 and the tower is 50m high. The Glass Cone is 20 storeys high and is one of the largest in the world.
I found Tony Bianco which I was insanely happy about! I also headed into Sass and Bide and spoke to the lovely staff. I told them about why I was there for the day and about my fashion blog. One of the staff members has a fashion blog of her own. We exchanged them :) Hello Melbourne Central Sass and Bide girls if you're reading this!
They were so kind.
We then headed over to Crown Casino via tram and had lunch. It is so beautiful inside. They have designer shops inside too. Here I am outside Versace - one of my absolute favourite high-end brands! Sorry that the photo is a little blurry. Dad, you are forgiven.
We then headed back to the airport soon after, where I bought a hat from the little Sportsgirl accessories shop.
I had the best time down in Melbourne! Although it was only for a day, I was able to fit so much in. It was a great experience and beneficial for me. I was able to completely immerse myself in what I love for a day - fashion. A big thank you to my Dad who took me down and let me roam around freely for a few hours! It was a fun day and I can't wait to go back - next time for at least a week!
I urge you, if you haven't been to Melbourne and you adore fashion, it is definitely a good idea to go!
There is so much to see and do! The European feel of the city is unreal.
I love you, Melbourne ♡
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post :)
I'll see you in my next one!