March has come and gone and I’m here with another post to give you the inside scoop on what I did in March. The great thing about this series is that it forces me to spend more money and time on experiences versus material things.
I started the month doing what I do best and that is of course, photography. A fellow Melbourne photographer friend, Aisha and I met up and planned a collaborative photo shoot for fun and to grow our portfolios. We were adamant about doing something that neither of us had done before so we agreed on splitting a warehouse studio for the photo shoot.
Personally, I had never shot in a studio and a majority of photo shoots that I do are styled more street than feminine. We pulled a whole team together including 3 models (Monica Caminiti, Eden Close, and Boston McCathrion), a stylist (Bec Demarte), hair stylist (Josie Hanuska), and makeup artist (Kahlii Morrison). The photos were shot at Studio Brunswick in Brunswick (obviously) and it was definitely worth it for the price. The studio had multiple backdrop colors to choose from, tons of prop options to use, and great natural light coming from all the windows.
Overall, I loooove how the photos came out because they’re so different than anything else I’ve shot before. In addition, the whole team was so lovely and we had a great time working together. Check here for all my favorite pictures from the shoot.
Moving along, Melbourne Fashion Week happened in March and it included a ton of runway fashion shows and events. I couldn’t justify spending $150 on a ticket to watch runway shows of brands I wasn’t familiar with so I checked out one of the free VAMFF events instead.
On one of the weekends there was a Plaza Block Party at the Royal Exhibition Building that was full of food, pop ups, and free fashion shows. The main reason I was intrigued to go was because of the Global Fashion Exchange clothing swap. Global Fashion Exchange is essentially a international platform that promotes sustainable fashion through informing the public and hosting clothing swaps. For this swap, each person participating had to bring a minimum of 5 clothing items and then got to pick 5 new items to take home.
With only 15-20 minutes before the pop up was done for the day, I managed to score a patterned Fiorucci dress, black sheer lingerie dress, Uniqlo graphic t-shirt, and a shimmery blue tank top that I ended up cropping. I always make an effort to shop secondhand because it’s better for the environment and I always find cool stuff when I attend clothing swaps so I’d highly recommend planning one with your friends.
After snatching some great finds, I went and checked out the Homie Autumn/Winter 2019 collection runway show. Homie is a local Melbourne street wear brand that donates 100% of the purchases to help the homeless youth. They have an awesome mission, so click the link if you want to learn more and shop online. A lot of the colorways for this season include black, white, sand, and a mix of purple and blue pastels. The collection featured winter staples such as hoodies, sweats, long sleeves, beanies and a scarf since it’s now winter here in Melbourne.
March must have been the month of burgers because I tried a couple different burgers you can get here in Melbourne. The first one was 8bit which is a good spot if you’re craving American style burgers. I got the 8bit burger with cheese and the price wasn’t too bad and the burger was good enough for me to want to eat again next time I’m craving a classic burger. The menu also has hot dogs if that’s more your style.
The second burger place I tried was at Soda Rock Diner in South Yarra. It’s the cutest vintage themed diner serving all the classics like burgers, hot dogs, BLT’s, milkshakes and sandwiches. I ordered the Hubcap burger and it was really good, definitely the freshest tasting burger I’ve had in Melbourne so far. The tomato slice tasted amazing and fresh and the lettuce was nice and crunchy. Would definitely recommend checking Soda Rock Diner out if you want a tasty diner burger and really cool pictures for Instagram.
Back to talking about clothes, March was a good month for me when it came to adding second hand pieces to my closet. National Trust had their annual vintage sale at the Como House in South Yarra and it was very cool to check out. The sale was described to feature a ton of vintage designer goods including Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Armani, Max Mara and more. Due to the Grand Prix happening the same weekend and me not knowing it was going to affect the tram routes, I arrived an hour or so after it started so a good chunk of the really good stuff was gone. Despite that I still managed to get a great pair of black fancy lounge style pants in a really cool fabric, blue Lacoste polo that I cropped, light gray cardigan, a gold necklace and 2 rings. Next year I’ll definitively have to as soon as doors open to really get a feel for everything they offer.
I can’t move onto the next thing without telling you how absolutely stunning the grounds and gardens surrounding the Como House are. There’s so many different little spots you can wander off to and just soak up. Seeing the Como House definitely make me feel like I took a quick trip to Italy. There’s a cute little cafe there, so I would highly recommend checking it out if you want to have a cute little day outdoors.
After the sale, I ventured off to Chapel Street known as a great place for shopping and bars and it’s no lie. I stumbled across so many stores that I didn’t even know had store fronts in Melbourne such as Zimmerman. Another cool thing about Chapel Street is all the old vintage buildings that are still up. There’s so much character in the crown molding and deteriorated exterior.
Closer to the end of the month, I was on a quest to take photos of the sunset and ventured off to Port Melbourne to it on the beach. I’ve never been the kind of person who needs to be by the ocean but I adore a good view and the ocean usually offers one. I’ve come to realize that I feel the most alive when I’m just wandering on my own taking as much time as I want just taking photos. Although it was a short trip to Port Melbourne, I managed to get some really nice photos.
Since I was in middle school I’ve always had a huge interest in music, give me second to reminisce on the good old days of Myspace and Limewire. In addition, I played the flute in middle school and even learned a bit of guitar but sadly barely remember any of it now. The Abbey Road Institute which is a school for all things music production had a workshop on Ableton Live and I decided to go check it out. I have an interest in beat making and have heard about the program Ableton, but never used it before. Although I have no desire to actually perform music, my main takeaway from the workshop was that you should create music without the intention of performing it in order to not limit yourself because you can always teach yourself how to perform it later.
I always go through phases where I focus on one of my interests more than others and in March it was motion graphics. My Bad by Khalid was released and I felt so inclined to make a lyric video to a small portion of the song as practice. I’m still working on learning all the things that are possible with After Effects, but I’m really happy with how it turned out. In addition I messed around with different effects on After Effects that I’ve shared on my Instagram.
Since I had been working on those animations for most of the month the only other photography I did was a brand shoot for Logo Social and a Jay Rock concert which was so lit. Every show I’ve been to in Melbourne definitely hasn’t disappointed. The show as at the Croxton Bandroom which is a venue I’ve never been shot before, but it ended up being a really great venue and I got to shoot from the pit.
To end the month I visited the Melbourne Museum to see the Fashion Redux exhibition before it closed. Before seeing that exhibition, I checked out the new Top Designs 2019 display and it was inspiring to see what students these days are creating. It was separated into themes so there was everything from science, photography, mechanics, fashion and more. My favorite thing was to flip through the packets the students put together showcasing their entire process.
It’s pretty crazy that March is over and it’s cold here now in Melbourne so hopefully I don’t lay in bed too much during April and actually get out and do more stuff.
Did you do anything cool in March? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create, and grow!