5 reasons to kick off 2018 with a Rooftop Bar

How else to begin the year than by drinking yourself silly? By doing it with a wicked view, of course.

Brisbane has finally caught up with Melbourne’s raging rooftop culture, with new bars soaring to new heights (literally) in the CBD and inner suburbs.

With quirky names like Sixteen Antlers, Up on Constance, Elixir and Fitz + Potts, Brisbane’s bars have never been more enticing. From the street, a passerby might glimpse a string of fairy lights or the odd wall plant, but there’s nothing preparing them for the true beauty of these hotspots. You’ll just have to visit them in person, and here’s five reasons why:

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1. Drinking with altitude 

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DAYUM those views. Soak up the sunset from the to-die-for vantage point Up on Constance offers, and then stay up late with the stars. The cocktail venue is located on the top level of Fortitude Valley’s Tryp Hotel, so promises panoramic views of the Valley streets far, far below. To top it off, order a glass of sparkling rosé (or whatever your choice of poison) and you’ll be feeling on top of the world in no time.

2. Dressing up 

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With places like Eleven insisting upon a strict dress code (cocktail dresses for the ladies and button-ups for the men), you finally have an excuse to glam up! Grab a few friends and enjoy the night before it’s even started by getting ready together… Those city skylines are definitely Instagram-worthy, and you’ll want to be shining your brightest!

3. Jamming to live music

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Choose the right night and you might be lucky enough to catch some groovy tunes from up top. Every Friday and Saturday night Sixteen Antlers house an on-point DJ who, according to their Insta, ‘sets the mood just right.’ If that extra cocktail has you thinking you’d be far more impressive than the DJ himself, head on over to Little Big House for a karaoke sesh. It’s time to polish off those vocals!

4. Meeting new people 

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A secret stairway in the middle of Grey Street leads up to the Rydges Hotel’s Soleil pool bar, a Brisbane hotspot for mingling with new and interesting folk. Why Soleil in particular, you’re asking? Because of the enormously lavish pool taking up centrepiece! When you’re stuck for a conversation starter, focus on the elephant in the room… or the water on the deck, and you’re good for gold. Apart from that, rooftop bars make meeting strangers a whole lot easier when you’re relaxed with a wine in hand and a gorgeous view spread before you.

5. Pfft… You never need a reason to party! 

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Whether or not you have an excuse to let your hair out, from ending the work week to a special date night, you can never go wrong with a rooftop bar. They offer up the full package: views, alcohol, good tunes & new pals, so there really is no better way to kick off 2018!

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Caramel Christmas Cookies

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What’s better than delicious Christmas cookies? HOME-MADE Christmas cookies. Yes, that’s right- we baked something that tastes and looks good (‘we’ being my boyfriend and I). We decided to impress his family by whipping up a batch of festive sweets for their Christmas party, and these photographs are the result!

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Polaroid Album

Every photograph posted on this blog is the phenomenal result of a Canon 550d camera. Recently, the clarity and blur on my lens had been out of whack, so I’ve turned to my canary yellow Instax mini polaroid to fulfil all of my shooting desires. There’s something a little bit sacred and heartwarming about polaroids: every shot is purposefully selected based on the aesthetics of the environment, the golden feeling in the moment or the significance of the event.

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Christmas tree party!

CHRISTMAS HAS ARRIVED!! And with it comes carols, happy Christmassy movies, food food food, overall good spirits and SO MUCH MORE. I’m not going to pretend I haven’t already been watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation or humming Run Run Rudolph under my breath… because I definitely have.

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18 things I learnt being 18

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On the morning of February 18th  2016, a friend and I woke up at 5am and drove to the top of a mountain to watch the sky filter through shades of peach, mango and salmon; the beginning of the Earth’s 1.5 million mile traverse around the sun for the day. The beginning of my life as an 18-year-old.

My 18th year was filled with golden waves of happiness, cracks of light disappointment and long ribbons of memories to cherish. Throughout the year, I continued to grow and evolve, learning a plethora of lessons that one generally masters in their first year of decisions and independence. To everyone stepping forward into the next phase of their lives, this list is for you.vines6 Continue reading “18 things I learnt being 18”

5 Favourites: Breakfast in Brisbane

Breakfast all day every day! I shout from beneath piles of blankets with the sun pouring through the window and my head filled with last night’s dreams. To me, breakfast can make or break the day, and it’s not just the food, but the circumstances too.

For those of you who aren’t morning people, I’m here to help! I’ve found five great Brisbane cafes tucked away in hidden suburbia that will 500% change your mind about sleeping through the loveliest meal of the day. Even if you can’t bring yourself to roll out of bed until noon, never fear, these cafes serve breakfast ALL DAY long, so waking up in the PM isn’t even a problem. I love each and every one of these alcoves, so make it a mission to check them out with a friend or a book. They’re worth waking up for.

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Guilty Pleasures

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I’m willing to gamble all the money in my bank account (and for a waitress’ salary I promise it’s not all that shabby) that you’re hiding at least one little questionable habit from your peers’ judgemental glares and screwed-up noses. No need to worry, I won’t tell anyone. The thing is, there’s bound to be something that gets their knees knocking in excitement too, despite the shameful connotations.

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Attitude of Gratitude

When I realised that my first semester break from university would be two months long (yes, you read correctly: two MONTHS), I couldn’t imagine what I would do with all of that free time. Turns out, I spent most of those long weeks watching movies on my laptop, sleeping, spending money on food, catching up with friends and working double-shifts in order to save up for… well, food.

One thing I did do every day was practice gratitude. When I was 12, my uncle gave me a book about the law of attraction which taught me the importance of being appreciative. Since then, nearly every day I catch myself reeling off a list of 5 things I’m thankful about. It’s a sweet little habit that really helps to put all the not-so-pleasant things into perspective.

As today was my first day back at university and getting into the groove of things, I decided to share my ‘attitude of gratitude’ and put into writing the top 10 small things/events that made my autumn-winter break pretty wonderful.  Continue reading “Attitude of Gratitude”

Breakfast Club

Grade 12 was a year spent desperately trying to stay afloat among a tsunami of assignments, study notes, formal stress and OP predictions. I don’t know what motivated the rest of my grade to crawl out of bed every week, but I found a life raft in Breakfast ClubContinue reading “Breakfast Club”