What’s that you say? Bloody Marys, Pop Ups, Shopping, Left Bank, Melbourne, Easter Monday – well that’s exactly what you heard!
The infamous Bloody Mary cocktail, the cure to all of your weekend woes, celebrations and a spicey kick to ease you back into the week. This was certainly the case on Easter Monday as Left Bank Melbourne launched their inaugural Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar. With the standard ingredients present and the Tabasco hot sauce stacked and standing tall the pop up bar also mixed things up. From bacon to tiger prawns, CIROC and ABSOLUT ELYX Vodkas and purely Australian produced Wildbrumby‘s Devil’s Tongue liqueur Schnapps, to many a herb, spice and garnish, all was on offer to have you experiment, be guided and mix up the Mary of your dreams.
We welcomed Real Houswives of Melbourne special guest Pettifleur as she stepped in to make her version of a Bloody Mary. The Media Strikes Back crew also dropped by to interview Pettifleur about the day and the greatly anticipated release of her book ‘Switch the Bitch.’
If that wasn’t fun enough you also had the opportunity to submit your recipe to become Left Bank’s signature BMB Bloody Mary. Who’s dream creation will add fire to the belly and win their hearts?
ART du JOUR by Leiela popped up to bring you their launch of Le Boutique – celebrating Melbourne’s unique culture!
A scent for every season, every room and any occasion, Wicked Candles brought us quality with a conscience. 100% natural soy wax, individually hand-poured, fine oils to achieve maximum scent and not to mention no paraffin, no animal by-product, no palm oil and the natural cotton wick for a non toxic experience. Our picks were the Sandlewood & Lime to refresh the home bringing the outside in and the Pomegranate & Sage with Mother’s Day on the way.
Perfect to layer and add colour coming into the cooler month’s outfits, the divine range from Divya Amin called to all. With vibrant, radiant and emotive colour palettes coupled with the art transformed to pattern transformed to the limited edition silk scarfs, it’s clear to say the addition of these would brighten anyone’s day. The contemporary, natural gemstone jewellery and accessories also caught our eye if you wanted to subtly add colour or boldly match.
If you weren’t already on a sugar high from Easter we definitely enjoyed the fact that Curious Cakes baked up a treat in cute cupcake form rather than Easter eggs, and different flavours aside from chocolate! With icing topped normal sized cupcakes and the minis on offer it was far too easy to try one of each flavour; lemon, mixed berry, strawberry, cookies and cream and yes, you guessed it, chocolate.
We were taken back to Melbourne’s summer and those seemingly elusive sunny beach holidays with Celeste Billinge and her range of resort wear and jewellery. Her easy to wear pieces drew attention from crisp, airy cotton whites and the summer crocheted wardrobe essentials to the free flowing colourful sarongs, dresses and kaftans. Talk about the need to style away with her jewellery, everything from vintage bead to leather cuffs and colourful pieces made from across the globe. Some of our favourites included the beautiful hand crafted statement silver cuffs and necklaces, and because layering is in we couldn’t go past the finer necklaces and bracelets to add to our collection, straight on the neck it went.
Keeping it sweet on the day the ART du JOUR by Leiela station styled a mighty fine candy bar full of pastel delights and had advice on styling and managing your events from photography and favours, to workshops and innovation. Glistening glassware, propped on wooden crates amongst greenery and flowers, self-serve scoops and spotted lollie bags ready and waiting to be filled with candy coated choc eggs, bananas, liquorice all sorts and the popular sherbet bottles, the perfect solution for kids birthdays or even to help the big kids of us out there celebrate.
Leiela came to the party too presenting the luxe mini range from the dress and gown collection, made from beautiful silks and saturns and cut on the bias to compliment the female figure. Handmade ornaments and accessories were also on offer, more great Mother’s Day present ideas.
Thanks to reporter JD Ness and the man behind the lens Geoff Cavanagh from Media Strikes Back for covering the event, Cameron Wisth Photography and Hector Calara Photography for the images, Wicked Candles, Celeste Billinge, Leiela, Divya Amin and Curious Cakes for popping up in splendid fashion and to Left Bank Melbourne for the cocktails, entertainment, food and friends. We can’t wait until the next Le Boutique!
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