Let me start by giving myself a pat on the back for not failing to post my monthly catch up. Although, I can get pretty lazy in the winter, here’s what I did in May.
I’m currently experiencing my first winter in Melbourne and it’s been pretty up and down so far. Some days are colder than others, but overall I just want to be warm in the sheets. I promise my catch up posts will get more eventful in the upcoming months.
May started off with another beautiful sunset. After work I took the tram down to St. Kilda solely to indulge in the sunset. Putting my outfit before warmth, I was shivering and had to frequently retreat to the staircase of the underground parking garage to regain feeling. Despite the chilly weather, it was an eye catching sunset of orange and purple hues.
I’m super obsessed with skin care and am on a mission to get to the point where I feel comfortable going make up free all the time. By doing a Google search for “Melbourne Esthetician” I came across Skinovations. They offer multiple different treatments such as micro-needling, tightening therapy, LED light therapy, alkaline facials, extractions and more. The thing that got me intrigued was the fact that they also offer free in-person consultations where they do a 30 minute assessment of your skin and give you recommendations. Even if you don’t live in Melbourne, they do online consultations for a fee.
Currently their office is in Beaumaris so I made the 50 minute journey over and it was worth it in my opinion. I started by filling out a brief questionnaire about my skin, skin care routine, and my skin goals. During the consultation I was given a mini science lesson about the skin layers, common reasons why your skin might flare up, and skin myths. It was really informative and my recommendations were to stop using my Skinceuticals LHA/AHA cleanser and toner because it’s too harsh on my skin, eliminating cheese from my diet, and to start taking Zinc and EFA vitamins which are a mix of Omega 7, amino and fatty acids to promote hydrated and healthy skin. I’ll definitely keep you guys updated on if I see any improvements from the vitamins.
After the appointment I decided to go explore the coast and spend some time at the beach. There were a bunch of trails that had lookout points, I absolutely loved just aimlessly walking and taking in all the beauty of nature. Eventually I made it down to the beach and was rewarded with such a beautiful and calming view. There was no one else on the beach so I got to enjoy the whole thing to myself. The red cliffs are so gorgeous and nothing beats hearing the sound of waves continuously hitting the rocks and fizzling out.
Before heading back to the city, I stopped by The Corner Store which is a restaurant right across from the Mentone train station. The atmosphere was really clean and the menu features breakfast, lunch and dinner options. It was past 3 so I couldn’t order breakfast and ended up getting the southern fried buttermilk chicken sandwich. At first they brought me the Cuban style pulled pork burger and I took a bite without even realizing it wasn’t what I ordered. The waiter ended up bringing me my correct order and it was okay. I opted for the buttermilk ranch on the side because I’m a big sauce to food ratio kinda person, but sadly the burger really needed the buttermilk because there wasn’t much flavor to the chicken on its own.
During the second weekend in May, my friend and I went to check out the ‘largest unworn vintage sale’ in Fitzroy. The ad made it sound like there was going to be an insane selection of designer goods from Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, but in reality there was nothing of value in my opinion. The space wasn’t that large so we literally did a loop and was out of there. The items were mainly scarfs and bags that just looked like garbage to me.
I’m going to blame my laziness on the fact that it’s so cold here. It’s weird since I’ve lived in a place where it snows in the winter but I don’t know there’s just something about Melbourne winters that make it depressing.
In May, I got the opportunity to shoot two different shows: Cxloe and Nina Nesbitt. I tried to get a photo pass for Teyana Taylor but the show was too popular for freelancers to shoot it. Cxloe’s show was at Howler in Brunswick with Tyde Levi opening up for her. Neither of their music is really my style but they both had really good shows regardless.
Nina Nesbitt’s show was at 170 Russell, one of my favorite venues to shoot at in Melbourne. I listened to her album prior to shooting the show so I had a few songs that I was excited to hear. She was so cute and stylish and sounds soo good live that I just might like it better than listening to recorded versions of her songs.
I’ve been slowly eating my way around Melbourne and tried a few more restaurants that I’m excited to share. One of the places I tried was Little Hop in Fitzroy which serves a variety of Tex-Mex style tacos with vegetarian options. I ordered a chicken taco and a mushroom taco and they were both soo good. I wish I could tell you what else was on the tacos, but I couldn’t find a menu online, but from the pictures you can see that they are something special. I very much enjoyed the flavors of the mushroom taco more, but the chicken was good too none the less. My friend and I also ordered fresh chips and guac to share and it didn’t disappoint either, especially with the homemade chips.
One of the other places I tried was Rock Salt & Vinegar where I had my first Melbourne fish & chips experience. It was one of those nights where Uber Eats came in clutch and I ended up being very satisfied with battered fish and chips that I ordered. At first I was skeptical if it was worth it for the price because the description said you only got one fish, but when it arrived the fish was huge and there was more chips than I could finish by myself.
The last place I tried and wanted to share was Beatbox Kitchen in Brunswick and while the atmosphere was cute and vintage, it wasn’t one of my favorite burgers places. It was one of those thin burgers versus thick and juicy so if you like those type of burgers then you would like Beatbox Kitchen. Their fries weren’t anything special either so if that’s important to you when it comes to a burger joint then I’d skip on this one.
My May catch-up was a short one because as I said, it’s really hard for me to be active in the winter, but I’ve got a few fun trips coming up so the next monthly catch ups will be more exciting and give you inspiration on things you can do and see in Melbourne.
Did you do anything cool in May? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create, and grow!