My favourite food spots around Chinatown

Chinatown, Adelaide is a mecca for tasty, wholesome food, from the Central Markets to the endless alleyways filled with hidden gems, there’s definitely going to be something to suit everyone’s tastebuds. Now that I work just down the road from Chinatown, it has become my daily lunch destination, so I thought I would share with you a few places that I have been loving, both sweet and savoury!

Located within the arcade is a little whole-in-the-wall bakery called; Nanna Hot Bake, this little shop has been a favourite of my families for years, and never fails to deliver the most soft, fresh, tastiest buns filled with various fillings from chilli anchovies to pork and even coconut. It’s a great place to visit for a snack before embarking on your market shopping.

PappaRich is fairly new to Adelaide, but for at least a month or two after opening their doors, there was always a line of hungry people waiting to get their hands on their delicious Malaysian offerings. I have to admit I was one of those hungry people waiting in line for at least 20 mintues, but it was definitely worth it. Fast and friendly service just adds to the experience, I can’t get enough of the place!

Chinatown Cafe is another major fave lunch spot for me and many others, just going from the busyness of their lunchtime service. You’re lucky to get a table or even find a place to stand inside. Their food is so yummy and the portions are not stingy at all, also the condiments, incuding garlic chilli, hot chilli, and soy sauce just finish of the meal perfectly…just thinking about it makes me salivate!

And to finish of we must have dessert! St Louis is my favourite dessert place around Chinatown and my favourite waffle place ever! Their selection is huge and each dessert is served so beautifully. It’s a cozy little place, great for dessert or after dinner tea/coffee with friends. My waffle consumption amount has grown hugely since I was introduced to the place, but I just can’t help myself!

Here are few photos to get you salivating also!

Revoque [Grey Luxe] A/W Preview

Revoque recently held a media brunch to preview their Autumn Winter [Grey Luxe] Collection hosted at The Republic in Norwood. We were treated to a champagne brunch while designer, Danica Ryan took us through her inspiration behind the new collection. What I love about Revoque is that the pieces are very modest yet edgy, so each piece works for people like me who can’t get away with wearing short, revealing and tight (fitted) clothes but can still look ‘cool’! I’m also loving the colour palette and textures of this collection. The grey/blue colour is so unique and mixed with the beige net like fabric…..Loving it!

Also on display at the brunch were some amazing hats (as you will see below) by Milliner; Sylvy Earl. Her creations are truly beautiful, and she is happy to work with you to make sure the head piece is fitted to you, which is such a luxury.

Overall it was a beautiful brunch, featuring amazing clothes, hats and food…..also I just want to say how cool the table decor was, it was so A/W inspired which matched the event perfectly, and we each had a block of wood that was hand cut, which held our name cards, such a personal touch….and a great idea for a dinner party!

 Revoque

The Republic

@Sylvyearl

Hahndorf: Adelaide’s own German Village

Today I spent the day in Hahndorf, about a 30 minute drive from the Adelaide CBD. I enjoyed picking and eating strawberries, drinking hot chocolate and taking in the sights and sounds of this sweet little town.

I’ve been to Hahndorf before but only when I was a lot younger, I didn’t realise how nice it actually is. There are so many little shops selling handmade crafts and food products, the Beerenberg strawberry farm and a wide range of restaurants and cafes. The highlight for me was having hot chocolate at Salon du The or more easily known as The Tearoom. This cute little cafe only opened on Thursday and is soon becoming a favourite tea spot for locals and visitors.

Here are a few photos from my day in sunny Hahndorf…..

Behind The Scenes: The Gracious Life Makeover

The Gracious Life has had a makeover! Who doesn’t love a good makeover right!

I started The Gracious Life as a lifestyle consulting and coaching service, as well as a space to share my life with you all through a blog. I felt as though the site needed a makeover because I wanted to highlight the lifestyle coaching service being offered as it is my passion in life to help inspire and motivate people to achieve their goals, and create their own ‘Gracious Life’.

For the makeover, I decided to have photo’s taken of myself and my space. I created a space that inspires and motivates me to do what I do. For the shoot I wore a beautiful white shirt with black detailing, it was sent to me from UK company; Hawes and Curtis. It is an impeccably made shirt. I am wearing a UK size 10 slim fit. Not only does it fit perfectly but it also fits with my new branding perfectly, being all white with black detailing.

Below are some ‘behind the scenes’ photos of the shoot. All photos were taken by my friend and fellow blogger Susan from Fashion Adventurer.

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Hawes and Curtis

Fashion Adventurer

Fashion Icons

You may remember an earlier post, where I was excited to announce that the Art Gallery of South Australia would be playing host to Fashion Icons, an exhibition featuring over 90 couture pieces by the biggest designers in the world. Fashion Icons is exclusive to Adelaide, and features pieces from the collection of The Musee Des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.

On the 24th of October, the day before the exhibition opened, I was invited to attend the media preview, where I was able to see the exhibition. It was so amazing to see each piece in person. The fashion showcased ranges from the 17th century to today, and some of these pieces were specially designed for celebrities. We are so lucky to have this exhibition right here in Adelaide. Pamela Golbin, Chief Curator of Fashion Icons (seen below) welcomed us into the exhibition, sharing her knowledge and insight with us, she was so excited to open the exhibition here in Adelaide.

Below are a few photos I took while walking through the exhibition. This is truly heaven for fashion, design and art lovers. The craftsmanship that has gone into each one of these pieces is like no other, and when seeing them as apart of this exhbition, the added videos screening on the walls, and the way in which they have been presented create a story of the years behind these pieces.

 The Art Gallery is the place to be right now, with so many events going on as apart of Fashion Icons, including designer talks, fashion movies, and workshops. Check out the event program, and buy an exhibition ticket (they are extremely reasonable!), as it will give you entry into most events.

Fashion Icons – http://fashionicons.com.au/