Review: Hotel Hotel, Canberra

hotel hotel canberra review
hotel hotel canberra review
hotel hotel canberra review
hotel hotel canberra review
hotel hotel canberra review

WHERE: Hotel Hotel, 25 Edinburgh Ave, NewActon, Canberra

Based in the central NewActon suburb of Canberra, Hotel Hotel has been on my radar for the last couple of years. Most trips to Canberra, we haven’t had a reason to stay in a hotel, given that we typically stay with family, however a recent visit called for a night’s accommodation, so we took up the chance to make Hotel Hotel our ‘home base’ for the trip down.

The hotel offers two room options; their ‘sun’ rooms which are filled with streaming natural light, facing the street, or their ‘atrium’ rooms, which are dark and moody, overlooking an internal the internal rainforest courtyard. Given we only had a short overnight trip planned, we opted for one of Hotel Hotel’s ‘original sun’ rooms, which for a mid-week stay rung in at a total of $280 AUD for one night.

One of the core concepts the hotel is built around is Australian creativity, and it’s pretty safe to say that Hotel Hotel is far from ordinary, as a simple step inside the hotel’s lobby reveals little quirks dotted in every nook and cranny, designed and created by local artisans. These unique features extend to the hotel rooms, which have a strong industrial lean, and offbeat decor like fluffy white chairs and a shower big enough for four.

The room itself was incredibly spacious, with a large fluffy bed and Aesop toiletries in the bathroom. The bar was well stocked with Australian craft beers and organic dairy-free chocolate (a big tick from me!), and a separate study space – perfect if you needed to catch up on some emails before heading out for the day. It’s worth noting that even though we were situated in one of their ‘sun’ rooms, the light was brightest nearest the window, with mood lighting in the bathroom making makeup application a little… difficult. The building is also comprised of apartment spaces and commercial offices, which meant that we experienced some disruption (quite early) in the morning due to some drill works being carried out in the floor above ours. I suspect we just got a little unlucky, but it’s worth keeping that in mind.

monster bar kitchen hotel hotel canberra

Breakfast is not included in your stay, however a couple of really delicious options are nearby, including Monster Bar + Kitchen, on the ground floor. We opted to eat elsewhere (more on that soon), but I can highly recommend Monster. The food is excellent – as I’m sure the photo above might suggest… – and even if you’re not able to squeeze in time for a meal, the bar is open until 1am so it’s worth stopping by for a nightcap, before heading up to your room at the end of the evening. It is on the way back to your hotel room, after all! And if you’re after a little bit of evening entertainment, there is a lovely little cinema also situated on the ground floor.

a baker canberra review
a baker canberra review

WHAT: A Baker
WHERE: 15 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra ACT 2601

We opted to head to A Baker for breakfast, a beautiful and airy cafe space within the precinct. We’d been here during a previous trip for lunch with my sister, and it had made a lasting impression on me so I was quite eager to head back. The fresh squeezed juices are a must – either apple or orange – and it’s worth picking up a loaf of bread from behind the counter as you’re settling the bill (though the options are no longer quite as adventurous as the last time I visited). Also open for dinner, the cafe-cum-restaurant has a firm focus on local produce and ingredients, something that I absolutely love in an eatery. And it’s food done well. Luke and I both opted for the ‘slow cooked eggs with mushrooms, sambal and kale’ with a healthy side of avocado and bacon, to get us through our morning, which was every bit as filling – and delicious – as it looked.

Breton Stripe Top + a Blazer

minimal outfit breton stripe top and blazer mademoiselle
minimal outfit breton stripe top and blazer mademoiselle
minimal outfit breton stripe top and blazer mademoiselle
minimal outfit breton stripe top and blazer mademoiselle
minimal outfit breton stripe top and blazer mademoiselle

Orcival stripe top, Pimkie blazer (love this alternative), RUBY skirt (love this indigo skirt or else this is a cute affordable option), Everlane day heels, Phillip Lim pashli bag (also here), Daniel Wellington watch

This outfit from the other week combines a few of my favourite things; stripes, a-line skirts, the day heels from Everlane (seriously do I wear anything else?!), a mini bag and a blazer. In some ways, it’s a little bit of a throwback to the kinds of outfits I was wearing a few years ago, when blazers were my ultimate jam, paired with basically everything and a killer heel to match. These days, the heels might be a little lower, and the rest of the outfit a touch more classic than I used to wear, but the bones of the style ‘recipe’ are still there.

The key piece that I’ve found myself reaching for a lot more frequently as of late has been a classic blazer. After shifting from a corporate industry to a more creative environment with a much more relaxed dress code, I’ve had less of a reason to wear a blazer to the office, and given I spend most weekends pottering about at home, even less to wear them during my days off. But, I’ve been feeling a little bit inspired to start throwing them on with little mini dresses and denim shorts, as I love the juxtaposition between the tailored suiting and effortlessly casual vibes. I’ve been on the lookout for a couple of more oversized or double breasted blazers which I think will be good to have in the mix, for a balmy summer soiree or even as a jacket option for 2018, once we start heading back into autumn. Can you tell I plan ahead?

What I love most about this outfit is the fact that it can do double duty. I’ve probably said this about a million times now, but I work in a pretty relaxed environment, which means a simple combo like this with a pair of heels is the perfect number to whip out during the working week. That said, it’s also the kind of thing that can work for an ‘off-duty’ or weekend look, perhaps with a pair of ballet flats switched in for running around in.

The key to mixing prints…

how to mix prints minimal outfit mademoiselle
how to mix prints minimal outfit mademoiselle
how to mix prints minimal outfit mademoiselle
how to mix prints minimal outfit mademoiselle
how to mix prints minimal outfit mademoiselle
how to mix prints minimal outfit mademoiselle
how to mix prints minimal outfit mademoiselle

When it comes to mixing prints, I’ve always been a ‘less is more’ kind of girl. My motto is ‘stripes go with everything’, and they’ve usually been my go to for when I want to amp up an outfit or add an interesting layer to my look.

wearing: Sportsgirl spot top (old but I LOVE this one, and this is a great alternative, or an affordable option here), Houndstooth wrap skirt (also love this option), Vaneli two tone pumps (these are also lovely), Chanel boy bag (affordable dupe here)

My wardrobe might err on the more classic end of the spectrum, but on the journey to finding my personal style, I’ve had more than a few encounters with mixing prints. So today I thought I’d share my top seven tips to mix prints like a boss…

Keep all the items in your outfit within the same colour family

A great first step is to approach mixing prints like you would initially wear colour – keep it within the same colour family. The underlying base or key colour of each item should be on the same colour spectrum – this makes it so much easier to pair wildly varying prints.

Stripes are a neutral

As far as your wardrobe is concerned, stripes go with absolutely everything. I’ve paired a stripe with acid wash prints, florals, and polka dots, and it always results in fashion forward look, with minimal effort. This can work with either a fine or thick stripe, just remember to keep the stripes within a similar colour family to the other prints in your overall outfit.

Wear the same prints but in varying sizes

Think small polka dots with big polka dots, a subtle leopard print with a large oversized leopard print. This might sound like a super simple pairing, but it can look really effective and have a huge impact (depending on the print you choose to combine!).

Break up your patterns

Depending on the kinds of prints your planning to pair together, this can help to make your look appear a lot less ‘busy’. A wide belt can break up a printed top and skirt/trouser combo, or alternatively, look for a skirt or trousers that are a more neutral tone, with a block print at the ankle or hemline – not only does this make your outfit more interesting, but it adds a layer in between the two prints for a more effortless and pared back look.

Two different prints that share one common colour

Unlike my earlier point, with this particular look, you want to find one common colour in the two (or three) printed items you are pairing together. This common thread ties the look together, and helps you to avoid looking like you got dressed in the dark!

Incorporate a neutral to offset the patterns

Along the same lines as my earlier point, adding a neutral coloured item into the mix can help to tone down your overall outfit by breaking up the look a little. My preferred neutrals are usually anything in a beige, grey, white or black, but this ultimately will come down to the base colour palette of your wardrobe (which it’s worth noting is different for everyone!). But I love the idea of a creamy-tone sweater, worn with a printed blazer and a printed skirt, or alternatively a fun printed top worn with a beige pair of culottes and a gingham pair of shoes.

Wear the same pattern but invert the colours

This is a really bold look, but when done well, it can look absolutely incredible. The simplest way to pull this off is if a designer has done the hard yards for you and incorporated two pieces in their current seasonal collection which have inverted colours. But, if that’s not an option, simple prints like polka dots and stripes are a great option to go for. Think a top that has a white base and a black spot, paired with a skirt that has a black base and a white spot or vice versa.

The key to mixing prints – especially when you have a more classic wardrobe like my own – is to opt for a more subtle approach (though bold does look great when done right!). Think understated or neutral prints like I’ve paired above, and remember, stripes go with e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. How do you like to mix prints?

A Family Villa in Hellerup

camilla allen hellerup home decor
camilla allen hellerup home decor
camilla allen hellerup home decor
camilla allen hellerup home decor
camilla allen hellerup home decor

How incredibly dreamy is this beautiful villa in Hellerup, Denmark? The nordic style abode is home to fashion sales assistant Camilla Allen, and her family, and I don’t think it could be any more perfect. Perhaps one of my favourite features of this home is the parquet wooden flooring in the dining room, and the contrast of natural earthy tones with eccentric pops of colour (the pastel blue cushions in the bedroom are a fave!). The other thing that I really love are the Hans Wegner wishbone chairs – I’ve been eying up a pair of these to replace the Phillipe Starck-style ghost chairs that we currently have heading up our dining table. The final thing that really draws me to this beautiful space is the sun room, completely light-filled with bench seating right up at the window – the perfect spot to curl up and watch the sun set!

image source; bolig magasinet

How to Transition your Winter Wardrobe for Spring

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transition winter wardrobe for spring mademoiselle
transition winter wardrobe for spring mademoiselle
transition winter wardrobe for spring mademoiselle
transition winter wardrobe for spring mademoiselle
transition winter wardrobe for spring mademoiselle
transition winter wardrobe for spring mademoiselle
transition winter wardrobe for spring mademoiselle

Frame Denim cable knit sweater (I adore this option and this is also a great alternative), J Crew denim skirt (also love this), MVN faux leather jacket (this one is cute too), Everlane chelsea boots, Celine trotteur bag (also here)

It might be spring but I’m not ready to pack away my boots and chunky knit sweater just yet, even if the thermostat topped out at 37 degrees celsius today (yep, that’s officially summer temps!). Where I can I try and make my wardrobe go the extra mile, whether it’s a work wardrobe staple that I also reach for in the weekend, or a summer dress that I can layer for winter, and the months between winter and summer tend to be no exception.

1. OPT FOR A LIGHTWEIGHT JACKET
Transitional pieces like a solid jacket – whether it’s a classic trench or a (faux) leather jacket like I’m wearing above – are a great staple to have to reach for. For the most part, the weather isn’t quite balmy enough to go without a jacket (at least not first thing in the morning!), so having a layering piece that is a little on the lighter side is always a great place to start. If the weather is a little warmer, like we’ve been experiencing in Sydney, an oversized blazer is also a great option.

2. MIX CABLE KNITS WITH MIDI HEMLINES
Rather than stash my winter knits out of reach, I’ll usually start pairing them with loose floaty midi skirts though they work just as well with a mini if that’s your preference. I find that this makes for a really chic and understated transitional look, that’s incredibly effortless to pull together.

3. TRY A CULOTTE INSTEAD OF A WOOL TROUSER
Don’t underestimate the power of the culotte – this has become a major wardrobe staple for me this past year. This is a great alternative to a pair of trousers as they have a lot of flow and movement, and I find they’re paired best when worn just as you would a midi skirt (for me that means usually with some block heels and a little cami).

4. PAIR WINTER BOOTS WITH SPRING DRESSES
Finally, don’t tuck away your boots just yet… knee high suede boots look really lovely when paired with a floaty spring dress, and the combination of a nice taupe or chestnut heeled bootie looks lovely with a lighter or mid-wash denim.

How do you transition your wardrobe from winter to spring? x