Where to eat, shop and play in Stones Corner

Stones Corner is located in the heart of Greenslopes, just south of the Brisbane CBD.

Stones Corner, an unique precinct just 10 minutes south of the Brisbane CBD, is packed to the brim with diverse retail stores, craft beers and culinary delights. It’s also my local area and the place I spend most of my downtime.

The quaint tree-lined shopping strip is known to most Brisbanites, mainly due to its long history and former glory as the in-spot for outlet shopping.

Although it’s not much of an outlet mecca anymore, it’s eclectic character definitely makes it worth a visit. The last couple of years have seen a swarm of different funky cafés, fusion restaurants and chilled bars pop up.

Also, like much of inner city Brisbane. there’s plenty of apartments going up in the surrounding neighbourhood at the moment, so the landscape is sure to change in the future too.

Here is a quick guide to some of my favourite places to eat, shop and play in Stones Corner.

Over the past couple of years, numerous new bars and retailers have opened their doors in Stones Corner.

Eat

In Stones Corner, you get the pick of every cuisine, from authentic thai cuisine from Chili Coco, to Indian Mexican fusion at IndiMex, to New York inspired eats at 5 Boroughs.

And if you’re a fan of brunch, like myself, you are in luck as Stones Corner has a myriad of amazing cafes.

There are so many options for brunch, but one of my favourites to is Moreish. With an industrial vibe, perfectly-brewed Campos coffee, delicious gourmet food and super friendly staff, Moreish is where I take all my visitors.

Its open for breakfast and lunch, and my recommendation would be the savoury mince and haloumi dish. It’s simply devine! There’s tasty vegan and gluten free options, plus it’s pet friendly…I don’t have a dog, but who doesn’t love puppy watching?

Another venue that is always popular with my visitors, or good for a mid-week Trivia session, is the Shady Palms Cafe & Bar.

Shady Palms Cafe & Bar is a suburban oasis of cool – a rustic bar full of character and eclectic furniture, with a lane way and a courtyard out the back.

Shady Palms Cafe & Bar in Stones Corner.

Here you can dress casual, enjoy chill vibes and funky beats, and indulge in the vibrant flavours of the Americas  while sipping on a craft beer, cider or cocktail.

Think dirty fries loaded up with brisket, cheese, bacon bits, mustard, BBQ sauce and ranch – so many condiments and so incredible! Also, wings, tacos, specials and so much more!

Shop

There’s a fashion fix for every unique style in Stones Corner.

You can get your next elegant event dress from the boutiques stocking formal wear or source clothes and furniture on a budget, by getting your thrift on at Vinnes or the RSPCA Op Shop.

Little JC Boutique is where I’ve managed to find much-loved outfits – it has a great selection of the latest trends and classics that are affordable.

Play

Right next to the Stones Corner strip is Hanlon Park and with the South East Freeway going right through it, it’s the perfect place for a run (the Stones Corner parkrun meets there) or bike ride. There’s also kids playgrounds and adjacent fields.

Hanlon Park is just adjacent to Stones Corner.

When you’re walking around the area, you can also check out some bright urban art, from moody murals to sneaky graffiti spots, there’s a lot of colour to inspire.

If you want to stay indoors, do not pass go, Go Lounge that is – it’s a board games lounge, that also serves coffee, and with around 300 games in total it’s sure to have your childhood favourites on hand.

Also, keep your eye out for when the 2017 Stones Corner Festival is on. Each year brings the event brings big names in music, world food markets and craft beer to the streets of Stones Corner. It’s not to be missed.

Thanks for reading! I hope the next time you need to pick a place to meet up with friends, or the traffic crawls to a stop on motorway, you’ll stop on by and stay a while in Stones Corner.

With the Stones Corner Bus Station and Buranda Train Station nearby, plus free parking in the streets surrounding the main shopping strip, Stones Corner is an easy to access hub.

I’d love to hear other people’s suggestions for places to go in Brisbane, or further afield, so please comment if there are any cafes, bars or shops you recommend.

Until next time,

My Eclectic Muse x

Stones Corner Bus Station.

20 thoughts that sum up the Brisbane heatwave

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I live in a furnace called Queensland.

It’s a pleasant place (actually, pretty darn spectacular) most of the time. Just not when there’s a heatwave.

There’s a heatwave. It’s been going for almost a week and it’s hot. Bloody hot.

Unfortunately, a reprieve is not in sight.

Temperatures are tipped to climb as high as eight degrees above average as a second heatwave (yes, we get two…aren’t we lucky?) in as many weeks makes its way across the east coast.

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Did I mention that it’s hot here? I’m not sure if I did, since the heat is making me a bit woozy.

So, to recap, it’s hot. Also, here are 20 thoughts I’ve had while sweating it out.

It will give you an insight into how I’m coping… I’m not.

  1. It’s time to wake up. I’m going to drown myself in a cold shower immediately.
  2. What on Earth can I wear? Corporate dress etiquette and the fiery pits of hell don’t go well hand in hand. Dark colours hide sweat patches, right?
  3. Why am I even attempting to put on makeup right now? It is literally melting off in front of me. Sweat moustaches really aren’t a good look on me.giphy (3)
  4. The humidity. Oh the humanity. Also, my hair is not coping. Buns all week it is.
  5. It’s a crime that I have to get public transport in this heat. I need floo powder. Magic may be out of reach, but I’d settle for travelling like a dolphin and being hosed down.
  6. How is that woman wearing a jacket and long pants right now? Where does she come from that this weather is any way tolerable? Get changed at work, crazy lady!
  7. I’ve made it past the threshold. I am at work. This air-conditioning is pure bliss. Can I live here? The building is alarmed, so no I can’t.
  8. Wait, coffee. I love my morning coffee ritual. But it’s so hot, and so is my beloved coffee.
  9. How do those women look so put together and happy? What deal did they make with the devil to be so unaffected by this heat? Is said deal still on the table?
  10. Am I waiting for a train on a platform or a pit of fire? My train is delayed. I may not make it.giphy (5)
  11. I’m home. This is awful. I need a Hydralyte.
  12. Now is literally the worst possible time for my air-conditioning to be broken. How hard is it to order a part? Can we pay extra for quick shipping?
  13. What type of person doesn’t put in ceiling fans when building a house in Queensland? An insane one, that’s whom.
  14. If I lay really still with two fans directed on me I may stop sweating. Hah, you poor deluded fool. Wrong!
  15. giphy (1)How am I ever going to sleep in this? Oh right, I won’t. How much sleep do you really need to function anyway?
  16. I don’t care if anyone can see in and the sunlight starts coming in at 4am, I’m sleeping with every window and curtain open.
  17. I can’t believe I’m jogging in this heat. How is it this hot at 6am?
  18. I’m just going to walk slowly for a moment in this shade until I can force myself to keep moving.
  19. Why are people just leaving for their run now? Maniacs.
  20. What do you mean there’s a second heat wave coming? The first one is still here!!!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to survive this heat and be back blogging soon.

Until next time,

My Eclectic Muse x

Who made my clothes? Fashion Revolution by Fashion Hub Qld

Fashion Hub Qld Q&A event for Fashion Revolution.

Fashion Hub Qld Q&A event for Fashion Revolution.

Who made my clothes?

This is the question that Fashion Revolution wants people to ask themselves this week.

It’s a question I was contemplating after attending Fashion Hub Queensland’s screening of the film, The True Cost.

Fashion Revolution’s annual campaign (April 18 – 24) seeks to ignite a revolution to radically change the way our clothes are sourced, produced and purchased.

The event on Tuesday night at QMC Cinema in Kangaroo Point, prompted by the campaign, was incredibly eye-opening and thought-provoking.

Designers' modeled at the Fashion Hub Qld event.

Designers’ modeled at the Fashion Hub Qld event.

To coincide with the screening Fashion Hub Qld held a sit down with Q&A with talented Brisbane designers who ethically manufacture their labels, a photographic expo, as well as models wearing garments from the talented designers.

The designers included George Wu, Maiocchi, Gail Sorronda, Julie Tengdahl, Black Milk Clothing and Nico Underwear.

Designers' garments on display at the Fashion Hub Qld event.

Designers’ garments on display at the Fashion Hub Qld event.

From labour and sweatshops costing lives to sustainability and the frequency of seasons, The True Cost a myriad of issues, and proved to be a true education.

Fashion Revolution’s mantra is ‘Be Curious, Find Out and Do Something’ about it.

I hope this blog post has made you slightly curious. The True Cost is a well-made documentary and definitely one I would recommend…in fact, I’d recommend organising a screening night with your friends over a glass of wine and clothes swap.

You can also take part in the campaign by posting a photograph on social media, tagging the brand and asking the question #whomademyclothes to get the real story behind what they’re wearing.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time,

My Eclectic Muse x

MBFF Brisbane Arcade Group Show

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Tengdahl. Brisbane Arcade Group Fashion Show

Designers, celebrities, media and local fashion lovers have descended on the John Reid Pavilion at the Brisbane Showgrounds this week to honour ten years of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival.

The festival coincides with the arrival of the labels’ spring/summer collections in stores, meaning the public can purchase their favourite new looks immediately.

I attended the Brisbane Arcade Group Show on Tuesday night and was truly impressed with everything from the set-up of the venue, professionalism and of course the designs.

Brisbane Arcade Group Fashion Show, MBFF Brisbane

Brisbane Arcade Group Fashion Show, MBFF Brisbane

The show featured some of Queensland’s most celebrated fashion houses, including Irma J Smith House of Fashion, Maiocchi, Pia du Pradal, Tengdahl, Bora and Darb Bridal Couture.

The catwalk was set up in a large U shape, with fantastic views from all rows, and the show opened with an incredible score reminiscent of an old Hollywood film.

As for the collections, there was plenty of gorgeous detailing, a nod to spring racing, with a combination of more structured pieces, muted tones and bright florals, plus bohemian 70’s vibes with earthy tones, in keeping with current trends.

The Irma J Smith House of Fashion created alluring looks through classically silhouetted suits and evening gowns, using vivid colours and faultless workmanship.

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Irma J Smith House of Fashion, Brisbane Arcade Group Fashion Show

Maiocchi twisted nostalgic silhouettes into fresh modern garments with a focus on handmade details, quirky touches and delightful textures.

There were bright happy colours and prints as well as soft pastels and muted neutral tones on show from Pia.

From leisure and corporate wear through to cocktail and evening, Tengdahl’s innovative yet timeless designs reflected confidence and sophistication. With a sense of glamour and adventure, they epitomised Brisbane’s relaxed lifestyle.

The unique and creative garments on show from Bora featured an east meets west story, using traditional oriental jacquard fabrics and organza. With daring silhouettes, pink and black dominated the colour palette.

Darb Bridal Couture, Brisbane Arcade Group Show

Darb Bridal Couture, Brisbane Arcade Group Show

The romantic and sophisticated gowns by Darb Bridal Couture provided the perfect finale for the show. The extravagant, figure highlighting couture was simply awe-inspiring. You would truly feel like a princess, albeit a contemporary and fashion savvy one, wearing the designs.

The state’s leading fashion festival has been delighting audiences since Sunday with an exciting program of runway shows and related events.

If you want to see more from this week or shop any of the looks from above definitely check out the festival website HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned! There will be lots more blog content coming soon, so if you aren’t already I’d love it if you followed me on Bloglovin.

Until next time,

My Eclectic Muse x

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Shades of Grey

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Like the cloud-covered sky these past few days and the recently released infamous movie, grey – all 50 shades of it – is all the rage at the moment.

Commonly associated with conformity and modesty, this colour evokes various other emotions and ideals due to it’s different associations. It’s the hue linked to ash and marble, the wolf, and the dove.

Grey was the colour most often worn by fashionably dressed women during the Victorian era and the dashing urban male of the 1950s and 1960s, with the grey suit favoured by cinematic icons Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart.

How is a modern woman meant to use this colour as her muse? Grey inspo goodness below!

I actually have the leather skirt from H&M that features below and I love it (I know it’s not grey, but the style is very flattering and slightly edgy, so I wanted to share it). It was a recent purchase from the new store at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre in Brisbane.

Shades of Grey

Gray dress
26 AUD – sheinside.com

Monki heavy sweater
14 AUD – monki.com

Long tweed coat
41 AUD – romwe.com

Gray trench coat
22 AUD – rosewe.com

H M black mini skirt
29 AUD – hm.com

Jimmy Choo high heel pumps
1 365 AUD – savannahs.com

GUESS strappy sandals
styletread.com.au

Dareen Hakim gray satchel
485 AUD – boticca.com

Marc B gray bag
94 AUD – topshop.com

Boohoo bib statement necklace
13 AUD – boohoo.com

White House Black Market grey statement necklace
97 AUD – whitehouseblackmarket.com

Grey hat
150 AUD – 10thshop.com

Wool hat
29 AUD – newlook.com

Round glasses
73 AUD – nelly.com

Wildfox pink sunglasses
270 AUD – coggles.com

Mirrored sunglasses
75 AUD – modekungen.se

My Eclectic Muse

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Trending Tuesday post. Thanks for stopping by; I’d love it if you popped by again next week.