The weeks leading up to Christmas are always manic when it comes to family, work and social life. This week was has been especially full-on with the kids finishing school for the year, Muse in town, Christmas lights to see and the big highlight Collette Dinnigan to meet.
The stage featured a clever use of low screens around its edge to project images of the band, the audience, and pre-recorded material, such as jail cell bars during Resistance. Above the stage was a drop down pyramid of screens where every layer could be lowered, raised even inversed!
I have been aching to get to Ben O’donahue’s Billy Kart ever since it opened. This week I had the opportunity to grab lunch. I have the Pork Bun, Matt ate the spanner crab spaghetti. My recommendations? Go there. Got the now!
The nights are warm and the christmas light competition is fierce! So, what better excuse to get out with the kids after their normal bedtime and check out the lights? This is but a small portion of the many houses I saw but this Lego Xmas installation inside one of the houses windows (set up much like a Myer Christmas Window) stole the show!
The Palazzo Versace was the perfect setting for Lunch with Collette Dinnigan. With her newly released book Creative Obsessive hitting the shelves, we were treated to a 2 course meal overlooking the lagoon.
Certainly a dessert to blow your hair back! When this arrived I wanted to fold the handles back, unzip and rummage around to see what goodies are inside.
Instead I Attacked it with my spoon to find sponge nestled in between 3 kinds of caramel and chocolate gooey heaven.
Once our bellys we full, Collette spoke about her journey over her career and revealed her reason for ceasing business with her label. I was truly humbled by her attitude and work ethos… and her ‘obsessive creativeness’. Having some time to hear her thoughts on business acumen and lessons learned from her mother and daughter seemed to be the thing to keep her feet firmly planted on the ground and remain authentic. Her enthusiasm for simply ‘doing what you love’ was felt by anyone around her. One thing Collette said that has resinated with me; “Its too exhausting to do something that frustrates you” She couldn’t be more right, Which is why this week I have officially quit my job to follow something that I love and to focus on work that enriches my and my family’s life.
After all was said Collette kindly signed Kate’s book. Thank you to the Palazzo Versace and Collette Dinnigan and Kate Carlyle for a truly memorable lunch date. Check out my choices of what could be paired with your next Collette Dinnigan dress here: