Road Trip Stop: Melbourne and a pair of #JCShoes

Seriously, road trips are loads fun but can be exhausting. First time to do something like it so the adrenalin produced by all the excitement plus all the amazing sights I encountered along the way made up for it. ‘Twas Day Four when we finally reached Melbourne CBD (crossed South Australia – Victoria state border on the 3rd day) and that’s where my story on this post begins.

You’d think that seeing I’ve been on the road for quite a bit, I’d be too knackered to even think of going out. But go out, I did. It’s been a good few years since I last saw my friend, J, who’s based in Melb. I knew I had to arrange a night out. First stop was this quaint club-slash-pub that surprisingly let you light up a pack indoors. Had it not been too crowded and too loud to hear myself think much less hold a decent amount of small talk over a pint — given that I have zero patience with it at all — we decided to ditch it and head off further into the city. Found myself descending on a flight of stairs in a place called Golden Monkey, deposited my arse with a bottle of Asahi on a chair while surveying its Chinese interiors and played catch up with my friend.

Pie Face, Melbourne, Australia | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style, Lifestyle
Capped the night off with a latte at one of them Pie Face shops littered across the city. Thanks again for taking me out, J! <3

A couple of tourist-y stops: Queen Victoria Market and Old Melbourne Gaol.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style, Lifestyle
Makes me want to find the time to explore similar markets back in Manila

Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne, Australia | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style, Lifestyle
Temporarily incarcerated at the Old Melbourne Gaol.

Sasha Manuel, Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne, Australia | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style, Lifestyle
Now, out on parole for good behaviour. ;o)

Another spot I got to see during my stay is a relatively new place called QV. It ain’t much but it’s one of the more interesting malls I’ve seen in Australia.

QV, Melbourne, Australia | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style, Lifestyle
A very colourful, metal cow. Price is pretty colourful, too.

And one place that had us hooked for seconds (2 nights in a row!) is Coconut House on Elizabeth Street.

Coconut House, Melbourne, Australia | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style, Lifestyle
Meal #1 – Nasi lemak with hot & spicy crispy chicken ribs with coconut rice; Meal #2 – Thai Red Curry *BURP*

Yes, back in Melbourne after only a year, I found an opportunity to walk around a portion of the CBD on my own once again.

Art installation, sinking library, Melbourne, Australia | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style, Lifestyle
Interesting art scattered around the CBD is <3

Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne, Australia | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style, Lifestyle
Uh-oh. I reckon someone dropped her purse — a massive one at that, haha.

Old architecture, Little Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style, Lifestyle
Architecture I encounter here in Oz never ceases to amaze me <3

Union Lane, Graffiti, Melbourne, Australia | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style, Lifestyle
Graffiti love on Union Lane

Ah, yes. Went and checked out ZOMP Shoes with full intention of bringing me back a pair.

ZOMP Shoes, Little Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style, Lifestyle
ZOMP Shoes, Little Collins Street, Melbourne CBD

Would’ve loved to have bought that fabulous ZOMP pumps (really bummed out about it actually) BUT due to luggage constraints, I had to choose something more space friendly and that I want as well, of course.

Jeffrey Campbell, Handmade Ibiza Last, Flat Shoes, Melbourne, Australia | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style, Lifestyle
Jeffrey Campbell, Marcy in Grey; retailed for AUD$ 140.00 (roughly around Php 6,020.00)

Strangely drawn to flat footwear lately so the choice was a no brainer. It’s a cross between a shoe and a sandal, sooo, win-win, haha. It’s my second pair of Jeffrey Campbell shoes; another pair of leather JCShoes.

Jeffrey Campbell Shoes, Melbourne, Australia | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style, Lifestyle
I’m still on leather mode. Lucky this pair is made out of them soft ones.

As much as I’d want to wear them straight-away, I only got to do so when I got back to Adelaide. One chilly 16degC morning, off to watch my niece and nephew on their first day at Tennis camp, I decided to take the new pair of Jeffrey Campbell shoes for its maiden customary break-in journey.

Sasha Manuel, Tog du jour, JC Shoes, Australia | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style, Lifestyle

Sasha Manuel, Jeffrey Campbell, Handmade Ibiza Last, JC Shoes, Flat Shoes, Outfit, Tog du jour, Australia | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style, Lifestyle Jeffrey Campbell, Handmade Ibiza Last, JC Shoes, Flat Shoes, Outfit, Australia | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style, Lifestyle
Top – Mossimo; Jacket – Just Jeans; Jeans – Topshop; Sunnies – RayBan; Shoes – Jeffrey Campbell

Lucky it’s made out of soft leather. No blisters, raw skin, or chipped nail polish, haha.

Anyway, we’re off to a good start, in terms of sharing snippets from my recent road trip. I’m saving the rest for my personal blog but I’ll share a few more bits on later posts here on Style Manila.

xo,
Sasha

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  1. haha been looking for something like that! ugh!

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