café merci me

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My last assignment for The Music (page 27) was cover all things coffee. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world *. Here are some of my current favorite places where I often do coffee runs, in typical Melbourne style… Tall Timber – simply awesome coffee quality & milk choices Duke’s Roasters – the one on Flinder’s Lane … Continue reading

stopping for doughnuts

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Extra extra…Issue #76 of The Music just got published. If this sends you down a sugary, slippery slope, I’m unapologetic.   xo Dina { @ Doughboys Melbourne } { @ Shortstop Coffee and Donuts }

petit lesson : centered vs off-center photography

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No doubt about it – placing a subject off-center is more interesting. There simply isn’t any energy in the center. Once I placed the purple star flower off-center, to the right, the flower vase became alive, three-dimensional and more interesting. Doing this with people is crucial as well. You want to place them slightly off-center … Continue reading

keep calm and love gelato

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While temperatures rise (and sometimes drop) in Melbourne, one thing you can be sure of is that you will inevitably encounter a beautiful gelato or two this summer. As the latest freelance contributor to The Music’s Eat/Drink page, I tested out 3 places last week. All the gelato was exquisite, and my favorite was Messina, which never disappoints. I’m excited to … Continue reading

how to support the Australian economy – part 4

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 …my heart goes pitter pat. Φ These treats were bought at the magnificent Big Design Market held over at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne on December 5, 6 and 7. Links provided below the board. Happy Holidays! xoxo Dina Featured Image by Nik Harrison for Big Design Market. Makedo – Smart + creative. For kids or adults ;) … Continue reading

Classic Aussie Snags

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snags – Australian slang for sausages Here’s the shoot I did last week for The Snag Society, the latest gourmet hot-dog cart-slash-caterer in town (Melbourne, AU). I tested The Greek myself (see above – so juicy) and loved the ultra laid-back launch party…made me want to run off to L.A. with my loose hair flowing down my … Continue reading