Thrifting, Cakes and the Big Bad Wolf!

Our house mates have had a mega busy few weeks preparing for their friends wedding and the big day had arrived so while they were busy crying, dancing, eating loads of cake and popping the champers, me and Sean had decided we must use this free time and not waste it like we do all the time back in the UK.

Saturday 18th at The Showgrounds in Perth, The Polka Dot Vintage fair.

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We arrived off the train and couldn’t see a person in sight, not a good sign. As soon as we got to the front entrance however we soon started to see other people queuing, all is not lost.
Entrance fee was $6. There was a lot of stalls so plenty for us to check out but as soon as we started looking around we realised it was gonna take us some time to get around it all and by the looks of some of the stuff for sale it wasn’t gonna be all that good. Sad face.

The Vintage stalls weren’t very vintage, I always find it hard sorting through all the “charity” style rejects trying to find that one cute number. I love the accessories though, more my cup of tea. The homemade pieces, food and crafts were brilliant though, had numerous amounts of tasters from chocolate covered fruit to delicious mouth watering fudge, we couldn’t resist but purchase some. There was only one girl there that made a real effort or maybe she had just come in her usual attire, her dress had layers and layers of tulle underneath (she could just about fit in the stalls). Her hair Bettie Page style I loved it. Was so disappointed there wasn’t many mods/rockabilly/old school style peeps though. Again sad face.

We checked out the antique area but it was just the same stuff on every stand – China, vases and “antique” tat I’m sure the previous owners chucked out only for someone to raid the trash to go and sell at ridiculous prices at this fair. It was time for us to leave and after nearly breaking a $120 Peter rabbit figurine we made a run for it and headed to Subiaco.

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We grabbed some lunch from this quaint Parisian cafe and soon found there was a crowd developing around the cafe front, curious we went to check out what everyone seemed to be buying boxes of – it was these little French delicacies the chef had made fresh.

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Oh my days they were beautiful, too beautiful to even eat and when asked if we wanted to sample some we couldn’t resist being cheeky! We sampled most of the flavours – strawberry cheesecake, passionfruit, raspberry, chocolate and more (well you got to haven’t ya). Didn’t have room for dinner haha. They even had a rainbow of macaroons, so pretty.

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Wolf Lane

On the way out of Subi we stopped off for a quick drink at a bar called Wolf Lane. Hidden down the side street off Murray st it is the perfect little hideaway for anyone just wanted to get away from the crowds. Outerwalls had awesome graffiti art and inside was even better, there was a fairy tale theme; with red riding hood, a gentry wolf and m&ms in a small medicine bottle labelled ‘drink me’ I was in awe!

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I’m pleased to say that the drinks were awesome too, Sean having a nice bottle of Citro bitter beer $8 and myself having a bloody wolf (Mary) cocktail $17 which even for the price, I have to admit is the best bloody Mary I have had (I think it was the spiced mix the bar tender added – delicious). This time happy face.
 

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I would recommend this place if you’re looking for a unique and fun place to hang out with friends. Fancy trying some of the other cocktails on offer and coming on a night maybe. After our nice relaxing evening it was time to head home and get my beauty sleep for my birthday, still can not believe it’s my 28th this year geez best start buying the day and night creams!!!

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Claremont and Fremantle

There has been a lot of rain hanging around Perth the last two weeks. Just our luck that back home they have had one of the warmest summers for a while and we are getting rain! When a promising dry day arrived we popped out to Claremont. As soon as we stepped off the train the rain came down quick and plentiful. We ran to the nearest shelter which happened to be Claremont Hotel, so we decided to stop for lunch. Pizza $9 and a bottled beer $7 wasn’t bad at all and certainly filled a hole. The rain stopped just in time which allowed us to explore the great outdoors of Claremont. We found a couple of cool shops one of which was called Brownies. They had some pretty cool stuff similar to Pigeon Hole in Perth. I bought a cap for $25. We also checked out Claremont Quarter an indoor shopping mall. There didn’t seem much in the means of entertainment in Claremont but it would be a great place to go shopping away from the busyness of Perth’s city centre. Before we went home we spotted some cool graffiti which a few friends have said resembles me. I’ll let you be the judge of that.

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The previous week we had missed out on going to a family party so had arranged to meet for lunch to make up for it. We met Marie and Drew in The Attic in Fremantle, which turned out to be a great find. It was a rustic and laid back breakfast cafe yet with quirkyness due to the use of large timber tables and armchairs you could sink into. I had an amazing Turkish poached egg with reduced tomato sauce and chorizo $16 (Just thinking about it, makes my stomach growl). After a nice little catch up we hit the Freo markets followed by our first drink at the popular Norfolk Hotel. Billabong ginger beer $11 pint. Before we left for home Ash bought a sketch book from The Butcher Shop and we detoured via the beach to take in some sea air.

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Shopping and Culture. Leederville, Mt Lawley, Northbridge and more

Leederville not the biggest suburb but nice place to meet for a coffee or quick mooch. Funky gifts and vintage clothing. Checkout Urban Depot and Atlas Divine.

Harbour Town grab a bargain! Discounted stores and food court. Checkout converse store and Typo. Bought some conserve trainers for $50.

Mt Lawley similar to Leederville but more. Cool boutique shops and cafes. Checkout Daily Planet.

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Northbridge take a stroll down William St. Hostels, bars, shops and more. Checkout The Butcher Shop, San Churros, La Cholita, Periscope, The Moon.

Mandurah & Supanova Expo

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Another weekend, another adventure. We got two trains down to Mandurah took us around 2 hours from just outside Perth. We walked along the boardwalk at Manjar Bay with an ice-cream in hand enjoying the scenery. We made a friend in the form of a pelican, never seen one up close before, it was massive. Beautiful bird though and very friendly, I think he wanted my ice-cream.

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We decided to splash out on a 1 hour cruise aboard a ferry around the estuary. Sadly we didn’t spot any dolphin’s but saw some amazing houses each with their own yacht outside. There was plenty of birds around too: black swans, pelicans and cormorants.
As hunger called we headed to dolphin quay a large harbour with bars and restaurants dotted around. After browsing the menus we decided to eat at catch 22. We had a sharing platter for 2 consisting of octopus, crab, prawn, squid, mussels, oysters and salmon. It cost us $65 and was very tasty.

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Sunday we went to the annual pop culture exhibition at Claremont showgrounds, $25 each. It was a little disappointing. To see most of the famous stars such as Carrie Fischer, David Hasselhoff you had to pay extra for an autograph or photo ranging from $30 – $80. Me and Ash didn’t dress up but we expected to see loads of people dressed up impersonating their favourite characters but there was only a small handful that put effort into their costumes. Nonetheless we had a good day looking at all the memorabilia we couldn’t afford and I did manage to sneak a peek of The Hoff. There was a cool comic strip artist, who offered to put us in his next zombie comic as zombies. Very tempting but $100 each that could be better spent.
Ash was over the moon to see a couple dressed up as Louise and Bob from American tv animation ‘Bob’s Burger’s’ nice job guys!