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Shopping in Melbourne!

What goes on tour...
 Last month a group of lovely Signature Style clients joined me on the ultimate shopping  trip to Melbourne. Want to know what's involved with one of these? Read on... 
After checking into the perfectly located Double tree by Hilton on Flinders Street all the gals went off for our first meal together at Lucy Lui. This modern Asian restaurant is based just off Flinders Lane and serves up delicious, light and flavoursome food - we elected to "Trust Lucy" and enjoyed five scrumptious dishes and a few glasses of wine while we all got to know each other. 
After a cruisy start to our first day we set about exploring the stores and boutiques (many tucked away down below street level or up stairs) in Melbournes' famous lane ways. After an easy lunch together we hit David Jones and Myer to explore floors and floors of fashion and shoes. Our kiwi time clock had everyone feeling slightly exhausted, so around 5pm we wandered home via Melbourne institution Degraves Street before meeting up again in the lobby to head out for our Spanish tapas dinner at Movida in Hosier Lane. Again, we did the degustation meal - eight courses of incredible food! Yum!
Our second day of shopping was all about the great malls that Melbourne offers; we explored the five floors of Emporium Melbourne and it's adjoining mall Melbourne Central (that just so happened to be celebrating it's 20th Birthday and the bargains in ALL stores were quite frankly AMAZING).
Finishing our day loaded up with shopping bags, we meandered back to the hotel in time to get ready for tonight's big adventure: the We Will Rock You show. After our three course pre-theatre Italian dinner at Sarti's we walked the block to the Regent Theatre to take our VIP premium reserve seats. What a fabulous show - if you get a chance to see it, seize it - you'll love it!
After a late night the night before it seemed quite hard to get out of bed for an early-ish start but today we needed to catch a tram to Carlton where Melbourne based "The Ark" had opened early especially for us. We were greeted at the tram stop and transported to the store to enjoy champagne,  fresh coffee, orange juice and pastries while the girls showed us through their range, and styled it on each other. These pieces were so versatile and it was a truly lovely way to shop - just us, glass in hand...
After heading back to the city, we dispersed for more shopping. One of the ladies went and had her hair done, another relaxed with a coffee in a laneway cafe but we all met up for a fabulous afternoon tea before wandering for another hour or so. 
Our last night together meant a later evening meal at "Dinner" by Heston Blumenthal.  What an exceptional night: beautiful city views, amazing food and great company - a fitting treat in a totally awesome week together. 
After checking out and storing our bags on Friday morning we headed off on a tram to Gertrude St in Fitzroy. This part of Melbourne is home to some truly unique boutiques. We explored our way around the area, finishing with a lovely lunch together before returning to the hotel to tuck yet more purchases into suitcases before hopping into our Mercedes transfer to the airport. Thank goodness for the Tourist Refund Scheme and getting your GST back at the airport!
We're planning more trips in 2017, and even a trip to Paris is 2018. If you're keen to join us - find out more by emailing us at


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