Super excited to debut a new series on Keppford.com called Keppford Catch Up where I catch you up on all the fun stuff I did for the month. I thought it would be a great way to encourage myself to put more effort into going out, meeting new people and trying new things.
In this series I’ll let you in on places I went, what I saw, what I did, what I ate, and what I bought. Hopefully it’ll give you some inspiration on new experiences and things you want to add to your life. One great thing about living in Melbourne is that there is so much to do every day so I really have no excuse.
What I Saw, Ate, Bought and Did in January
To start off the month I went to St. Kilda with my friend Luffan and it ended up being the cutest day. The weather was great and the sky was clear and the perfect shade of blue. As photographers, we spent the afternoon taking pictures of each other and they turned out so good. We got blessed with a gorgeous golden hour and made the most of it. You can see all the photos of me that I used in my outfit posts from this month here and here.
There were a bunch of people kite surfing which is a sport that I’ve never heard of or seen before, but it looked really fun! It was super windy the day we went so some people were getting some serious air. I would love to try but am legitimately afraid that I might fly away because nature shows no mercy.
We ended the evening by eating wings at 29th Apartment which is described as a funky cocktail bar and that’s definitely what it was. It has the coolest vintage apartment style with so many quirky details that I appreciate. The wings were okay so if you check this bar out, I would get the pizza because I saw some other people order it after the fact and it looked really good.
I’ve been trying to meet up with other creatives to get inspired and make new friends so this month I met up with Maite whose another photographer in Melbourne. We met up at Tusk Cafe in Windsor and talked travel, life, photography and creativity. It was so nice to be able to relate to someone 100% about photography and everything that non-photographers don’t understand about the behind the scenes. From the menu, I ordered their sliders that came with chips and overall I enjoyed what I ate but wouldn’t go back again for them.
Later in the month I met up with my friend Monica whose also a fellow Texan living in Melbourne. We wandered down Lygon and spent a few hours catching up and playing around with our film and digital cameras. It was a cloudy day which is always great for taking photos and Melbourne is just one of those cities that has aesthetically pleasing spots on every street. On our walk back we stumbled into Brunetti which is an adorable cafe with tons of sweet pastries and Italian dishes like pasta and pizza waiting for you to order. I got a salted caramel macaron and chocolate cannoli and both were oh so good! There’s a few different locations scattered throughout the city so it’s a great place to stop if you just want a quick little treat.
If you’ve been a reoccurring reader of my blog then you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of thrifting and used to do it a lot back in Texas. I’m still exploring different ones in Melbourne and one that I recently checked out is RetroStar Vintage Clothing. During one of the weekends they had one of their notorious warehouse sales with tons of pieces priced $10 or less. With such a big space, there was a ton of people there and I was able to score two patterned maxi dresses and a multicolored knit sweater to add to my wardrobe.
One of the coolest things I did in January was definitely getting a photo pass to shoot FOMO 2019 at Flemington Racecourse. The racecourse is seriously so stunning with all the roses that are decorating the archway the leads to the entrance. The second coolest thing I did was shoot Leon Bridges at the Palais Theatre in St. Kilda and it’s without a doubt one beautiful venue. There was a giant chandelier in the foyer that I couldn’t stop taking pictures of. I’ve updated my concerts portfolio so you can see the photos from all the shows I’ve shot recently including Rae Sremmurd, Amine, Kali Uchis, British India, and more!
The best thing I’ve done for myself recently was get a stable job because I’ve been able to have disposable income and spend it how I want. Since I love fashion so much most of it is spent on clothes to create cool looks and to use for photo shoots. A few of my favorite purchases from this month are the Wave Bucket Hat in black from Lack of Color that I’ve worn so much already that I’m thinking about getting it in the beige color. My second favorite are the white Nike Air Force 1 ’07 LV8 Utility from Hype DC and I love them because they’re a step up from the plain white Air Force 1’s with all the unique details. Last favorite is the Anders Denim Jacket from AllSaints that I had been eyeing for quite a few months and got for only $100 AUD (originally around 189 AUD). It’s a crop denim and cotton jacket that’s so effortlessly stylish and fills a huge gap in my wardrobe since I shockingly don’t own any classic blue denim jackets. I believe it’s sold out everywhere now, but I’m sure you can find it on Poshmark.
To end the month, I took a day trip to Half Moon Bay beach with my sister and two of her friends during the long weekend. Although it was hot, it was a good day for the beach because there was still a breeze and the beach wasn’t packed like you would think. No trip to the beach is complete without food and snacks so we had homemade veggie sandwiches, strawberries, watermelon and grapes.
As usual the water was cold when I first tiptoed in but felt so nice once I let the water go above my waist. From the water there’s a great view of these mesmerizing red cliffs that decorate the shore that I obviously had to explore. There were little paths that allowed you to wander throughout the cliffs and get high enough for some really pretty views of the ocean.
I’m giving myself a pat on the back because I met up with another creative, Myriam who is living here in Melbourne from Morocco. One of the greatest things about Melbourne is that there’s so many people from all over the world you could potentially meet. We went to Bar Open in Fitzroy and enjoyed glasses of $4 happy hour wine while chatting about the world, creativity, traveling, relationships and boys. There’s a cute small backyard outdoor seating so it’s a great place to meet up with a friend(s) for light drinks. The night ended with us walking back into the city, discovering our mutual addiction to candy and satisfying it by stopping by a candy store then grubbing on some yummy sushi from Sushi Hub. It was my first time trying out the place and would definitely stop by again. It’s a great, affordable and quick place to stop if you want a snack, light dinner or are just really craving good sushi.
The last show I shot was Smino at 170 Russell in the city and holy shit it was such a good show! Smino is such an amazing performer that I would recommend anyone to go see one of his shows if they have the chance. He performs with a live band so there was so much good energy that I felt each beat going through my body that I couldn’t do anything but move. Kaiit was really good too! 170 Russell is such a great venue for a show because there are many different viewing experiences for you to have. There’s a standing room closer to the stage and two other levels that are higher than the one before eventually leading to the bar at the back.
I think I did a pretty good job of trying new things and meeting new people in January and can’t wait to experience more in a city that has so much to offer.
What do you think of this new series? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create, and grow!