Wardrobe: Brisbane Arcade Store Session
Emma from the Tree of Life Brisbane Arcade store is giving us a tips on styling the collection as well as her local haunts and treasures.
Our first Spring collection, Folksinger, has hit the stores but it's only just starting to get cold (well in Brisbane anyways!) so styling our new light, floral pieces with warmth in mind is paramount for instant outfit gratification!
What are your favourite 3 pieces for styling the Folksinger collection with?
1. A Persian Shawl
There's so many colours to choose from and they instantly add a dimension of pattern to plain dye pieces or a bit of contrast and fun to print garments. If you're still a bit chilly, swap it out for a cosy blanket shawl. The "Hiking Shawl" style is my absolute favourite for over-sized scarf success.
2. An Auroville Jumper
These delicious cotton knits are perfect for a Brisbane Winter! They tend to an over-size style so pair with slim fit bottoms such as the "Daisy Flares" or the "Chrysophase Skirt." For more flowing bottoms, half tuck the jumper into the waistband to give you some shape, or knot it at the front over loose dresses.
3. A Crushed Velvet Jacket.
We have a gorgeous moss green jacket and a watermelon-red one that would match in perfectly with the Folksinger range, again adding some beautiful texture and Wintry goodness. For the more adventurous, try the "Turkish Coffee Jacket" with beautiful golden and russet tones, embroidery and mirror embellishments along the front, yum!
What are your favourite cafes/bars/restaurants and why?
I can't go past Noosa Chocolate Factory for my afternoon pick-me-up mocha! I'm all about supporting local businesses (Noosa is part of the Sunshine Coast, less than 2 hours drive north of Brisbane) and their chocolate is to die for! If you ever visit you must try the freeze dried strawberries coated in dark chocolate mmmmm.
For actual food though, Vapiano is delish. Fresh pasta made right before your eyes and every table has its own little pots of fresh herbs for you to add to your dish.
What are some hidden treasures in your area?
Burnett Laneway is a real gem! It's hiding some of the best food and night hangs in the CBD (in my humble opinion.) It's off Albert Street and you'd probably walk straight past, thinking it was a dingy alley!
Hiding there are Brew, Super Whatnot and Felix for Goodness, the best place for locally sourced, organic food and house made iced tea.
There are also Farmer's Markets at the top of the Queen Street Mall every Wednesday, who knew right?!
All my "hidden treasures" are a bit food-centric. I think I've been watching too much Masterchef!
How do you relax in your suburb?
I love to walk over the Victoria bridge to South Bank and just walk along the river, or dip my feet in the pools of the man-made beach!
My 2IC Sara is new to Brisbane but says the free comedy night at the Brisbane Powerhouse on a Friday is worth checking out ;)