Friday, 17 August 2018

Mo’ of Momoda!

Funky interior, delicious food, mouth-watering cocktails - check, check, check! Located on Northbourne Avenue is a brand new Chinese restaurant which is bound to be your fave go-to place! Adorned with red lanterns and fans, the restaurant is spacious and boasts a welcoming but luxe environment. The staff are so friendly and attentive, customer service is an 11 out of 10!

Lemongrass and Coriander Cured Salmon

This dish was so fresh! The salmon was plentiful with thick, generous servings. The lemongrass and coriander balance each other perfectly giving a nice burst of flavour. 

Dragon Cut Cucumber

Again, this dish was fresh! The cucumber and strawberries provided a sweet and light feel to the dish. It was lightly sauced to allow the natural flavours come through. A bit tricky to eat with chopsticks but it’s part of the fun. 

Pork Dumplings

This is sure to be a crowd favourite. Already loved by many, fans of dumplings will not be disappointed with this dish. The pork is so, so tasty, I am salivating at the thought. 

Cheeseburger Dumplings

Stop the bus. Drop the mic. No words can describe this beautiful creation. Combining my two fave loves, burgers and dumplings, this is hands down my favourite dish. Innovative, delicious and creative - this has my vote. 


This cute balls of fun are stuffed to perfection and make for an entree which is sure to please all! 


Soft, flavoursome and filling, this dish is a winner! Can never really go wrong with eggplant and this is perfect comfort food for a cold winter’s night. 

Spring Rolls

Stuffed with Mongolian Kangaroo and flavoured with chilli salt, Momoda have added their own unique twist which I loved! I wish the servings were more more but oh well, guess you just have to order more! 

They launched today! Thank you so much for having me - be back soon!

Words and Photography by Maryanne xx


Location: 39-47 Northbourne Ave, Canberra ACT 2601
Times: 12 - 2:30pm, 5 - 10pm


Thursday, 16 August 2018

Editorial || She dreams in shades of blue

We are coming to the end of winter but before we get too excited for the new season, let's reminisce on the cool and calm aesthetic that each Winter brings...

"She dreams in shades of blue"

Photography and editing by: DJ @wearefoundau
Styling and concept by: @sofiapolakstyle
Models: Courtney Martin and Eloise Osinga
Wearing: Bardot


Tuesday, 14 August 2018

A weekend to remember - #MyHyattMemory

Before last weekend, I had never considered taking a staycation as I’ve always thought the whole point of booking accommodation is to getaway and have a break from the city you live in.

However, as life has been hectic and spending uninterrupted time with my little family has lately been somewhat of a rarity, the timeliness of a staycation was frankly just what we needed and as fate would have it, we were invited for a weekend’s stay at one of Canberra’s most luxurious destinations – the Hyatt Hotel Canberra.

Now I am not going to lie, there was a part of me that worried about bringing along a (very loud and energetic) 2-year-old and wondering whether 5 star accommodation was the right place to try and spend some much-needed quality time but Hyatt Canberra was truly the perfect host.

Checking in, our room was spacious and lit with natural light coming in from the balcony, we didn’t feel the stuffiness you can sometimes feel in a hotel room. There was plenty of room for my little one to run around but also a nice sitting area where we could sit and read books or watch a movie. The bed was plush and comfortable and the bathroom was grand with a huge tub which was quite popular with Mr 2.
Once we settled in, our first stop was The Tea Lounge for high tea. I personally love the Hyatt Canberra’s classic high tea and was excited about taking Mr 2 to experience it for the first time. I have often attended for baby showers and birthdays but I can tell you indulging in the delicious mini cakes, pastries and finger sandwiches was just as nice on a regular Saturday afternoon. The bite-sized servings were perfect for little fingers and the teddy bear babycino was a big hit. 

My husband and I enjoyed the sweet and savoury treats just as much as Mr 2 but with the added indulgence of a sparkling rose (or two) and perfectly brewed coffee.

We then made our way outside to the lake near the Nara Gardens which was a 5 minute walk from the Hyatt. We ventured down whilst the afternoon sun was still out and with enough time to sit on the grass, get some fresh air and let the little one run around and climb trees (hello sugar high!). 

After a relax in our room we headed to the Ambassadors Lounge for drinks and canapes with a little hesitation as to whether or not the experience would be more stressful than enjoyable with a 2-year-old in tow but to our delight we had a lovely evening. The staff were warm and friendly and had a high chair and an activity pack on the ready which kept the little one entertained, along with several servings of his favourite snack - sushi, while we enjoyed lounging over a few quiet drinks and delicious canapes.

The next morning we had a choice of further indulging in a decadent buffet breakfast at the Promenade Cafe but we opted for a relaxing continental breakfast at the Ambassadors Lounge where we enjoyed fresh fruits, yoghourt, warm scrambled eggs and fresh pastries by the fire. 

This was one of our favourite moments of our staycation as it was so relaxing and cosy and such a nice way to start the day instead of our regular morning rush.

The entire weekend was one to remember and will be a lovely memory for years to come. Thank you so much to the staff who made us feel so welcomed even with a loud 2-year-old in tow. We can’t wait to book our next family staycation.

Are you in need of a getaway? Head to @Hyattcanberra on Instagram to find out how you can win a weekend away in Sydney including flights and accommodation. 

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Monday, 13 August 2018

Style Stalker - More than numbers

When I met Hairul and Ricky I was surprised to find out that they were accountants. Yes, it’s a broad generalisation but for accountants I pictured real straighty 180 types but these guys were a little bit quirky and full of personality.

Totally my kind of people!

Hariul and Ricky from Benchmarc Financial Group

Hariul, or Harry/H as most people would call him is a fan of suits but doesn’t wear one every day.

‘Generally speaking I will suit up when I’m meeting key stakeholders or clients, but normally we dress down for a more casual look’.

Chinos are a good go to item, and it’s something Harry can’t live without in his wardrobe.
Harry’s look is from sourced from MJ Bale as he likes the style and cuts that this brand offers.

‘MJ Bale works for me because it is modern and contemporary and it’s aimed at the younger man.’

Harry’s looks up to the OG Tyson Beckford as a style icon, as his look is timeless.

Like Harry, Ricky’s three piece suit is also from MJ Bale.

‘I’m with Harry I like shopping there because it’s made for the younger man, as opposed to other stores. MJ suits are cut for a slimmer figure and gives you that finer look,’ said Ricky.

‘In our profession it’s nice to meet clients and look nice without looking too pretentious. I really like the younger style suits, that’s the sort of client we are also trying to attract so they like seeing that.’

Other thank MJ Bale Ricky recommends shopping at CountryRoad for causal looks and Hugo Boss for a special occasion.

Ricky’s fashion advice that has stuck with him over the years is don’t wear jeans and sneakers, you are not Jerry Seinfeld.


Friday, 10 August 2018

Byron Bay-be: Not Your General Cafe

Byron Bay General Store, is not a general store -  it’s a cafe, and there’s nothing ordinary about it! 

It’s quite spacious with the cutest outdoor seats complete with comfy seats as well as indoor. Did I forget to mention an Insta worthy wall? This sought after wall has customers lining up from as early as 6:30am in the morning! The customer service is incredible and quick; with jokes being cracked left and right, providing an atmosphere which is laid back and pleasant. 

Let’s get straight to the dishes:

The Aussie Burger
House made beef pattie, fresh grilled pineapple ring, fried free range egg sunny side-up, beetroot Relish, cheddar cheese and aioli on an organic bread social bun.
I need a moment to talk about these buns, hun. Two words: so soft. Ok moving on. This burger is filling. The pattie is juicy, the servings of the pineapple and beetroot are large; and the aioli is the topping on the cake to complete a burger which needs to be tried by every Australian. 

Pitaya Bowl & Smoothie
Organic dragon-fruit, banana and mango blended with coconut water
This is summer in a bowl. I was transported to tropical, warm and sunny days whilst eating this. I loved the combination of these fruits is intoxicating, it’s hard to go wrong with mango in anything! The size is deceivingly large and you are left feeling very content afterwards. 

Beef Brisket Burger 
This was a new item on their menu and should definitely stay. It was so tender, flavoursome & soft. There was also the right amount of brisket, enough to fill the buns without it spilling messily on the sides. 

Classic Acai Smoothie 
Organic Acai, blueberries and banana blended with coconut water
If you’re on the go or want the freshness and sweetness of the acai whilst also getting something savoury, then this is the perfect drink for you. The size is generous and definitely worth the money. The ratio of the ingredients is just right, creating a smooth and delicious blend. 

Put this at the top of your bucket list if you’re ever in Byron! The vibes, the people & most importantly the food encompasses everything that you can expect and much more! 

Chelsea, thank you so much for having me!


Address: The General Store, 26 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay, Australia
Phone: (02) 6680 9236

Words and Photography by Maryanne xx 

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Canberra meets Neon Tokyo at the Luton Charity Ball

The annual Luton Charity Ball: it’s one of the most prestigious events on the Canberra calendar. It’s an opportunity to
network with fellow business peers, meet your future husband, raise money for very important local charities, and let’s
not forget… dress to impress! This year’s affair was held at the AIS Arena, Saturday 4 August, with the theme NEON
TOKYO. It was a stylish night, with over 550 guests in attendance, and some jaw-dropping entertainment. International
acclaimed actor and singer Matt Hetherington did a fantastic job as the MC, helping guests warm up their pockets and
donate after a few sparking wines later in the night. With a huge amount raised for Hartley Lifecare, Project Independence and Karinya House, it’s safe to say the night was a huge success!
Here are some of the most outstanding looks from the night…
Let’s start with the Founder of Luton properties himself. Richard Luton wowed everyone with this Tokyo inspired Gucci
suit. Canberra fashion queen and former Melbourne Cup Fashions on the Field winner Sarah Kelly dressed it up in a bright pink
number from Solace London and a lemon ASOS clutch to contrast.
The gorgeous Kate wins the award for my pick of best dressed on the night. She complimented this Nookie brand dress from Mussen with a pink and gold oriental clutch and chopsticks in her hair to wrap up the Tokyo inspired look.
These fellow Canberra models collaborated with blue on the night. Jesse wore a smart tuxedo from Morganson’s Finery and Sinead wowed in this ball gown from local designer Naomi Peris Bridal.
My fellow Fashion Vault editor Janette nailed the elegant look. The tight-fitted red dress from Mussen was paired with the most amazing pair of gold, Fendi shoes. Paul's suit complemented her look, his gold, pocket square easily nailed the Japanese theme.
And finally, I chose to wear my favourite colour of the season right now ‘red’, in a high-slit, low-cut dress.
I channelled the Neon Tokyo theme with a Japanese fan and some gold earrings. The gorgeous Lauren
wore a silver Delilah Gown proving that with a dress like this, you are the statement of the night!
Thanks to @inajphotography for these amazing pictures on the night.
For more fashion inspo, follow me on insta @bethanygracelarsen

Beth xx

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

You've got $100 left before pay day

You've got $100 left before pay day so why not treat yourself to a little last minute buy. Check out our picks from the Canberra Outlet Centre! 


Monday, 6 August 2018

A healthy life, Deejay's top six supplements

In winter we generally prefer to stay indoors and get cozy, thus we are in closer proximity to others. This in turn makes us more susceptible to catching a cold and the flu.

My niece and nephews are forever sniffling and my parents have had the flu a number of times this season. While one strategy would be to avoid them completely I actually like hanging with my family so this isn’t an option.

So, I’ve paid particular attention to being consistent with my supplements this season on top of getting adequate rest, eating well and going to the gym. With my full time job, photography, writing for the blog and running a gym label I often get asked how do I do it all?

Well full disclosure it isn’t easy. I have days where I get tired and do nothing but sit on the couch in a vegetated state. However, I make it a priority to keep my health in check and keep my immune system strong because simply I don’t have time to get sick.

Of course I am human and get sick but I do the best to help reduce it. My top six supplements to help boost my immune system and general health, from the Healthy Life Canberra Centre store are as follows:

1. Olive leaf extract
Why it’s good: Research has shown that olive leaf is great for enhancing the immune system and aiding in the management of viral infections. It’s also full of antioxidants, almost double the amount in green tea.

The cons: Look I can’t lie it tastes awful. I made the mistake of buying the ‘natural flavour’ the first time. If you are going to invest in this, personally I like the Comvita mixed berry flavour. I shot it or mix it in with my green juices (it’s super sweet but a much nicer alternative to the natural flavour). I swear by this and have it on the daily. Touch wood I have only had a short three day cold this winter season.  I am also about to convince Sofia to take this, I would be interested to see what she thinks of it.

2. Vitamin C
I love taking my vitamin C tablets (on top of eating heaps of veges), partly because they taste like lollies to me (the powder pictured is also great and easy to add to smoothies, it's up to you what you prefer). On the health side they are a great antioxidant with the molecules boosting the immune system. Research has shown that vitamin C often depletes in those who are sensitive to stress, so for me I think it’s perfect.

3. Turmeric (Curcumin)
Fresh turmeric is something that I add to my green juices in the morning as I love it’s zingy taste. However, because it’s hard to find in the stores (and it’s annoying to use because it stains everything yellow) I add the supplement to my diet as well.

Why it’s good: Tumeric contains a compound called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Fresh turmeric contains very little curcumin and is hard to absorb so it’s beneficial to add the supplement to your diet to experience the full effects.

As a supplement it helps fight inflammation, and has a role in repairing damage. In some studies it’s also been shown to help with depression (however I am sceptical to go into this because the sample size was relatively small for this research). However, having suffered from depression in the past I like to think it helps.

The cons: The tablets I take are uncoated so for those who find pills hard to swallow you might struggle with these.

4. PropolisSo I only recently started taking propolis after I read an online article about it. What is it? It’s the raw materials made by honey bees. It’s a mix of tree and plant resin mixed with the bee enzymes and sometimes beewax. Breaking it down like this is a little be bit gross however it’s a great supplement.

Why it’s good: It’s great for killing bacteria. I tend to fall victim to tonsillitis so this is one of my remedies for this. At the first sign of a sore throat get the spray version and use it! (either that or a Myrrh tincture from my trusted natropath). I refuse to get my tonsils out and using this supplement has been my saviour.

The cons: The tablet form of this supplement stinks. I find the smell funky and have to throw it back quickly. 

5. Magnesium
While this isn’t for my immune system magnesium is also something I take on the daily. It’s great for brain function and helping me balance my emotions and mood.

6. Liquid Chlorophyll

I actually enjoy drinking this. What is it you ask? Chlorophyll is the part that makes plants green and healthy. It also has vitamins, antioxidants, and therapeutic properties that may benefit your body. On a side note it makes my bottle of water look like a weird science experiment and flavours my water to taste like mint (helping me drink more). An old work friend introduced me to this, I saw her having it and was curious to try it. 

Why it's good: It has great detoxification properties for the liver and I find when I drink it regularly it helps my skin. It apparently also helps with digestion. However we are all different I had a friend try it and she hated it, as she had some adverse effects from it, so do what works for you.

Full disclaimer that I am not a dietician, this is just a list of my favourite supplements that I like to have on top of a balanced diet. Should you want to know more the staff at the Healthy Life Canberra Centre store are exceptionally knowledgeable and always on hand to have a chat about what is right for you (also happy to refer you to my Natropath Markus he's actually the best).

I am curious to know what do you swear by?

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