All hail the most surprising department store in Melbourne

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 21 November 2014

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We’re not really sure how to describe Ussed&Abbussed, but here’s a start: a self-styled ‘fashionable store in Cremorne catering for the label conscious’ that 1. claims to be the largest new and vintage retailer in Sydney; 2. carries over 2,000 labels at discounted prices; and 3. counts fashion models, designers, actors and editors among its clients.

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Shag: Melbourne’s must-visit thrift store

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 17 November 2014

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If you’re on a shopping excursion in Melbourne, there’s one must-visit store you’ve got to pay a visit to: Shag. Located along trendy Chapel Street, this funky thrift store is filled to the brim with treasures you won’t be able to find elsewhere.

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Check out some of Melbourne’s best street art at Hosier Lane

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 11 November 2014

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When you think of Melbourne, you might think of shopping, lattes and football. But stroll along Hosier Lane and this Victorian capital is going to blow you away with some of Australia’s best street art. Positioned right opposite Federation Square in Melbourne’s city centre, this laneway is home to some of the world’s most iconic urban art, created by leading artists, including Ha-Ha, Psalm, Meggs, Vexta, and Civilian.

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Melbourne’s open air cult movie cinema (with food trucks)

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Monday 10 November 2014

With summer right around the corner, the last thing you want to be doing is watching a movie inside. The Shadow Electric takes advantage of all that glorious Melbourne weather and puts on an open-air cinema starting in late November. This outdoor cinema takes place at the Abbotsford Convent, just a jump off the train […]

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In Melbourne, you can order a toastie and catch it from the sky!

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 7 November 2014

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Jafflechutes, which declares itself to be Melbourne’s first float-down eatery, actually lets you pay for a toasted sandwich (known colloquially in Australia as a jaffle) via Paypal and wait for it to fall from the sky in a parachute! It started with an idea to create pocket parachutes for people who live on storeyed buildings and forget their keys.

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This might look like the scene of an accident, but it’s actually an art installation in Melbourne

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 22 October 2014

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Nobody panic just yet! This isn’t the sight of a tragic accident, it’s actually a theatrical tribute to one of Melbourne’s classics: the W-class ‘rattler’ tram! Raising the Rattler Pole is a massive art installation by artist and designer David Michael Bell, wherein he created a 1:1 replica of Tram 1040, the last tram built to service Bourke Street in 1956.

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Surreal landscapes completely take over this artist’s livingroom

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Monday 20 October 2014

Turning her home upside down with surreal art, Melbourne-based artist Magdalena Bors has created a very inspiring series, titled The Seventh Day. Bors explains in her artist bio that her practice to date has predominantly been to explore the idea of the sublime in the everyday, and you can see just where she was heading with these beautiful images.

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Enter a time warp dressed in suits and frocks from the ’40s and ’50s at this ultra vintage clothing store

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By Kenny Ong in New Fashion on Thursday 16 October 2014

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Already embraced by hipsters and fashionistas, Melbourne is now making a name for itself as Australia’s headquarters of vintage glamor. As seen in the immaculately cut, full-skirted ’50s and ’60s-style frocks worn to great effect on TV’s Mad Men, the polished vintage look can be yours at Circa, easily one of the most authentic vintage shop located on the first floor of the beautiful Art Deco building Mitchell House at Lonsdale Street.

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Soulfest: A non-stop soul, jazz and hip hop festival in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Sunday 12 October 2014

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The sweet, smooth sounds of jazz. The funk of hip hop. The soothing notes of neo-soul. You can enjoy all your favourite music in one place this October, thanks to Soulfest. Taking place in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, this anticipated festival has the biggest lineup of soul in Australia, with guests including Maxwell, D’Angelo, Common, Aloe Blacc, Mos Def, Angie Stone, and DJ Trey, all performing over two stages.

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This cafe in Melbourne will lift your spirits with caffeine… AND lots of cats!

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Monday 6 October 2014

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Cats, cats and more cats. If you’re having a cup of joe in Melbourne and think you’re hallucinating way too many cats prancing about and stretching their paws out at the cafe, know that your coffee hasn’t been spiked. You’re probably just at Cat Cafe Melbourne in Queen Street, the first of its kind in the Australian city.

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Giant dinosaur built in Melbourne park to get kids out of the house

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By Tristan Rayner in New Art on Friday 19 September 2014

A giant interactive dinosaur based on a Muttaburrasaurus has been built in a playground in Melbourne, with the aim of the Medibank project to get youngsters out and exploring outside again. The Muttaburrassurus was discovered by a farmer in 1963 – stumbling across a fossilised skeleton near the Queensland town of Muttaburra. A huge herbivore, it lived in Australia around 100 million years ago and may have weighed up to 2.8 tonnes.

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The unsung cleaners of Melbourne’s tourist hotspots

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 17 April 2014

Ever wondered what happens when the museums and theatres close for the evening? They get tended to by some of the hardest working people out there. Aussie photographer Greg Brigg’s series Melbourne Cleaners captures iconic settings such as Queen’s Hall in Parliament House and Melbourne Museum, to see just what happens when the tourists go […]

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Aussie artist Rone creates a new 35 metre high street art masterpiece

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By Marta Millere in New Art on Monday 7 April 2014

Street art is shaping the way we see and live in urban spaces everywhere in the world. In Rome, we’ve got the Space Invader leaving small pixelated masterpieces around Trastevere and other old neighborhoods; and in Melbourne and other Australian cities, there’s Rone.

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Melbourne Cleaners, a series about, uhhm, Melbourne’s cleaners

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Tuesday 1 April 2014

Melbourne Cleaners is a series in which the invisible, under-appreciated, under-acknowledged working men and women of an entire city are given the spotlight. Australian photographer Greg Briggs spent over 6 months documenting the cleaners of museums, hotels, theatres, and other establishments, as they work tirelessly keeping those places intact long after everyone has left. The […]

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Sandwiches that get delivered via parachute

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 27 March 2014

What does a pair of entrepreneurs do when their pop-up restaurant is located on the 7th floor and they have to deliver food quickly to their customers, who are all on the ground level? Simple, just throw the food out the window. [photos via We Heart]

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