Dinner At Buvette Bistro & WINE Bar

 
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During our stay at Little National Hotel in Canberra, we popped over Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar. It's official, Buvette my favourite, probably the best French restaurant in ACT!

We started off with a very fruity afternoon cocktails and nibbles. It was a 'Friday Soiree' and head over for a dinner for two.

For starters, we had the tasty Tuna Niçoise. Spiced yellow fin tuna served with potatoes, soft quail egg and marinated anchovies. It was a colourful dish, a feast for the eyes, garnished with olives, tomatoes and green beans.

We are loving the Bouillabaisse, a classic French seafood dish from Marseilles. Today, it is no longer considered a poor fisherman's soup. Buvette's Bouillabaisse is cooked to perfection. Generous serve of king prawn, squid and mussels. Soak up all the delicious sauce with the toasted sourdough that come with.

The Grilled Scotch Fillet is to-die-for. Generous portion of the well cooked steak, served with pommes frites and fresh salad. The consistency of green pepper sauce and red wine jus are well balanced and full of flavour.

For side dishes, we had to try the Kale & Herb Salad drizzled in blood orange dressing. You gotta love anything kale! The healthy salad dish was refreshing, filled with all kinds of goodness - toasted almonds, green beans and pumpkin seeds.

We couldn't say no to Buvette's dessert, although at this point, we were very full. The waiter recommended Baked Apple Crumble and Cardamom Floating Island. Both the desserts are deconstructed. It was a work of art. The Cardamom Floating Island looked amazing with a spherical meringue floating on poached pineapple. The Baked Apple Crumble was served with rhubarb and muscat ice cream. So yummy, needless to say, we polished off the plates.

Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar serves beautiful French cuisine and we are loving it! The staff are lovely and very helpful. We had a wonderful fine dining experience. All in all, great food and ambience. Looking forward to be back!

xm

 

 

Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar
18 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

 

 

My Cute little stay at Little National Hotel

 

My Instahubby, Leon Korobacz (of @hungrysydneysiders) and I decided to head over to Canberra for a weekend, of autumn kind of love and spending time wandering around the galleries.

Just a 3 1/2 hours drive away from Sydney, Little National Hotel in Canberra makes a nice getaway.

View from our Little National bed. Photo Credit : May Leong

View from our Little National bed. Photo Credit : May Leong

Super easy to check-in, we arrived in our compact room with everything you need, from a Nespresso machine to automatic block out blinds (which I'm obsessed about).

We stayed in the coziest room with a view of the Parliament House. I'm a fan of the wall-to-wall King size bed. It felt like a sanctuary at night, lying on the fluffiest of pillows, reading a book before bedtime.

Flatlay in bed with Hello Miss May at Little National Hotel. Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

Flatlay in bed with Hello Miss May at Little National Hotel. Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

And did I mentioned delicious breakfast at Buvette Bistro & Bar? It was divine. The bacon and eggs were cooked to to perfection. I'm loving the sauteed spinach and mushrooms. Now, if you're a fan of baguettes, look no further. This Parisian feel restaurant, Buvette Bistro & Bar's baguettes are actually French (delivered frozen all the way from France)!

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If you're here for a conference or meeting, Little National is perfect for you as it's within the CBD area. For the holiday makers down for the weekend, the galleries and shopping malls are minutes drive away. All in all, Little National is one of my favourite stay in Australia.

xoM

 

Little National Hotel

21 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600
 

Miss May's Fave Travel Things

 
Photo Credit : May Leong

Photo Credit : May Leong

Welcome to Miss May's Fave Travel Things , sharing my latest obsession that I love. I recently got back from a month of design markets, and met a lot of makers and shakers in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

Look at all the pretty things I've found this month!

Needless to say, I had a thing with tassels. So obsessed with handmade Gemima's Kingston Jewellery, beautifully crafted in Victoria. And no two piece of ear rings are identical as this babe paints them all by hand.

And if you love herbal apothecary, you'll fall in love with the prettiest soap you'll ever see, Cleanse By Hepzabeth. All Hepzabeth's soaps look so yummy, I want to eat them (of course, that's not recommended).

For something rustic and retro, I've got the Vintage Preserving Jar Lantern by Mister Upswitch. Beautifully repurposed from old jars found in Victoria, the portable lantern is perfect for all those Insta shoots!

If you love big statement resin jewellery, look no further. Laura Sulivan of Ellis Resin, makes the prettiest colour block bangles and necklaces. I'm in love with my cream, pink and black resin bangle.

I've been using the Botanical Hand & Body Balm by Archon Designs. Made in Sydney, it's made of locally sourced ingredients. I love the sweet citrus smell of orange and jasmine, by far the loveliest!

Below, are a list of makers and shakers with direct links to their websites. 

HANDMADE
1. Botanical Hand & Body Balm Archon Designs.
2. Tassel Ear Rings Kingston Jewellery
3. Make For Good (Okay Sign) Brooch Whistleburg
4. Resin Bangle (Anna Cuff) Ellis Resin
5. Party Animal and Koala Face Lapel Pin Surfing Sloth
6. 3D Wooden Boom Box Necklace Brainbow 
7. Soap Cleanse By Hepzabeth
8. Vintage Preserving Jar Lantern Mister Upswitch
9. Cherry Brooch Paper Boat Press
10. Bath Salt Vials Love Wild Design
11. Hand Poured Resin Bangles Sly Pony
12. Gold Floral Ear Rings Stephanie Elicia 
13. Fancy 8 Bead Necklace + Shapes Ear Rings Maclatchy 
14. Chunky Knit Cream Blanket Ohhio

OTHER CUTE THINGS 
1. Dropbottle
2. Gold Slippers | Public Desire 
3. Candle | Royal Doulton
4. Moon and Stars Fairy Lights | Typo Shop
5. Rose Gold Watch | The 5th Watch
6. Cat Jumper | Lazy Oaf
7. Stripe Shirt | Commes de Garçon
5. Heart and Cat Socks | Happy Socks

 

You can find more gorgeous gifts through the Etsy Editors' Pick's page. Have fun shopping everyone!

xm

 

Faffing With Flowers

 
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I just thought I wanna share my love for flowers here. A little behind the scenes of what I do when my bunch starts withering. I have trouble throwing flowers away (yeah, I guess there are signs of hoarding here, haha!)

One day, I came up with an idea of bringing the flowers back to life by making a cloud or heart shape out of the petals. I'll start faffing outside my house, right on the footpath. I play with colours and shades.

One of my neighbours seriously thought I was mourning or going through a spiritual moment or something, haha!

In a strange way, I am appreciating the flowers right to the end. I'd do a few shoots with my shoes of the month. I have favourites, hehe, and this month of April, it's the silver brogue shoes from Wittner.

When the sunsets, I'd put the petals away into my garden as compose.

A sad tale indeed :)

Have a fab week!
 

xom

 

 

Hello, I'm Miss May :)

Hey folks! Hello, I'm Miss May and I'm here to talk a little bit more about what I've learned from starting my own little design studio. But, before I go on, here's a little introduction.

Hello Miss May Studio

Hello Miss May is my baby. I feel incredibly lucky to have a small studio in Surry Hills. It's my home studio, where I find it fulfilling to create cute, colourful Hello Miss May greeting cards, artworks and pins. Make them undeniably me. It makes me happy to see my work out there - on Etsy, in design markets and retail stores.

I'm a designer by trade. And I intend to stay that way forever, hehe. I work a lot with puns and humour. To make people laugh is 'serious business', I'm guessing, haha. I feel that's my purpose, knowing that something I created plays a part in someone's day.  With a little dash of fun. It's cute and super cheesy at the same time.

For more images of my studio, link here.

When did Etsy began?

So, it all started after travelling for a whole year around the world after uni. I went everywhere, 10 different countries, crossing over four continents. Life was great. But the reality kicked in, when I came home to Sydney, I was jobless (and very, very broke... haha!). A close friend of mind recommended Etsy, because, I was beyond despair.

Rabbit Carrot Poster on Etsy Seal Typo by Hello Miss May


For months, I would send resumes and go out to job interviews, but, no one would hire me full time!

One of my favourite quote has got to be, "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." - Milton Berle.  


I decided I have nothing to lose when it comes to Etsy. So, I came up with 10 designs I am inspired by (back then, it was rabbits and flamingos) and uploaded the posters on Etsy. It all happened a good four years ago.
The first poster poster I sold was a print of a Rabbit and loads of carrots. And I was over the moon!

 

 

My Hello Miss May Studio in Surry Hills. Photo Credit : May Leong

My Hello Miss May Studio in Surry Hills. Photo Credit : May Leong

Not Easy Being A #GIRLBOSS

It's true what they say, starting your own business is hard work. I have to manage everything from administration right down to inventory, sales and marketing. Think of a company but compressed into a tiny design studio run by one person. Haha!

But, in saying that, I love being my own boss. I can take holidays whenever I want. I get to work 7 days a week (even if I don't feel like it, haha). My favourite has got to be able to explore and create. And in the process, finding out who am I and who I wanted to be.

There were many late nights when I first started running my Etsy store. I kept working on expanding my range of Hello Miss May posters. I used to work part time in retail during the day, and at night, I would start designing posters and following up on my orders to send out the next day. It was quite exhausting working 7 days a week, with a part time gig and an online store. But I was very happy to know that people appreciate my work. I would send my prints all over the world, from New York to London to Tokyo.

The best thing I love about running an online store selling posters is that customers would sometimes send me photos of their room, all done up. It meant a lot to me that they love my work.

Featuring my 'Good Night, Sleep Tight' Poster. Nursery styled by Erin Michael.

Featuring my 'Good Night, Sleep Tight' Poster. Nursery styled by Erin Michael.

Hello Miss May Today

So, I wanted to explore a little bit more with my designs. I found that I've always love greeting cards and brooches. And I'm such a big kid! Who doesn't love unicorns and rainbows and all things cute? That's when I realized I should go all out with something really fun and happy.

For the past two years, I went a little bit crazy (with the designs). I had all the cute animals in my head, a laughing cactus and all kinds of cats morphing into food like burger, taco and ice cream. It was a dream come true.

Hello Miss May Lapel Pins

Hello Miss May Lapel Pins

Styling and Shooting in my Studio

It was all kind of accidental. It never occurred to me that I would become a stylist and a photographer. Let alone a blogger and an Instragrammer!

It all happened when I discovered Instagram through my now #instagramhusband, Leon Korobacz of @hungrysydneysiders. I started illustrating and taking photos of my design work with my iPhone. I was really happy to be part of the makers community - keep getting inspired by one another's work.

What was a hobby of snapping cute things quickly became another creative outlet for me. Before I knew it, I was contacted by brands and agencies to do photoshoots and content creations. And I was still using an iPhone 5s back then!

I learn on the job. I started experimenting with DSLR cameras and before I knew it, I was on my way to becoming a professional photographer :)

My early days as an Instagrammer

My early days as an Instagrammer

My advice...

You guys probably hear this a lot already... but, I'm going to give it to you guys anyways.

- Be yourself.

- Do what you truly love and are passionate about.

- Let your work tell the story. 

- Learn that everything is a work in progress.

- Don't be afraid to try new things.

Keep trying and don't be disheartened if things do not go your way. If I had given up on the idea of being a designer, just because no one would give me a design job, I wouldn't be here today :) There will always be new opportunities that will come your way. You just got to stick around long enough and keep going.

It's so easy to duplicate exactly what others are already good at, but getting inspired by people and creating something that is truly your style is another story. Think of it when you're playing Mario Brothers... you just leveled up every time you reach the castle.

And...

Most importantly, recruit a few Instagram Husbands if you can. Haha. Hehe...

Anyways, stay fab!

Thanks for reading this much, haha. You can always say hello and I will do my best to reply as soon as I can!

Stay fab everyone!

xxm

 

Spice Things Up At Magic Mountain Saloon

 
Photo Credit : May Leong and Leon Korobacz

Photo Credit : May Leong and Leon Korobacz

When I first heard of Magic Mountain Saloon in Melbourne, I was dying to find out what it was all about. In my head, I was thinking of a magical barber saloon with fairies inspired barbers and of course, it was all just my imagination (and a crazy one too, ahah).

Leon Korobacz (@hungrysydneysiders) and I arrived at Magic Mountain in Melbourne CBD. They're opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tucked in the corner of Little Collin Street, you couldn't miss the pink neon lighting of Magic Mountain logo.

For starters, we were greeted with Green Prawns and Cured Kingfish, served with minty flavoured green chilli sauce. It was the sashimi dream come true, Thai style. The Garlic Chive Dumplings was juicy with tasty fillings. All served with this insanely spicy (in a very good way) seasoning.

My favourite has got to be Curried Chicken Rendang with Smoked Mozzarella Roti. It was the bomb! Served with a cute pair of scissors, the Malaysian style flatbread was full of flavour.

If you love the street food of South East Asia, this Thai and Chinese inspired dish called Fat Rice Noodles, stir fried with Peking Duck and peppercorn is to-die-for. It was oily and spicy, packed with flavours.

Leon is a huge fan of Magic's Grass Fed Eye Fillet. From the Grill section of the menu, the perfectly cooked fillet was rolled with Cured Pork Belly, seasoned with shallots, mushrooms & chilli soy sauce.  

Magic Mountain Saloon definitely did not disappoint. A funky Melbourne boutique bar that makes good food. It was real Thai street food with an Australian twist, and Magic Mountain doesn't compromise the spicy elements. It was spicy that I drank heaps of water but it was well worth it (hehe)!

Thank you for such an awesome experience! A great ambience to hang and chill with friends after work or over the weekend for brunch. Make reservations ahead for dinner, as Magic can get pretty busy at night.

Magic Mountain
62 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Photo Credit : May Leong and Leon Korobacz

Photo Credit : May Leong and Leon Korobacz

 

Bottomless Brunch by Luke Mangan

 
Flatlay by Hello Miss May and upclose shots by Leon Korobacz

Flatlay by Hello Miss May and upclose shots by Leon Korobacz

Oh em gee. Here sharing my photo diary of the delicious 'Bottomless Brunch at MOJO by Luke Mangan’.

. I had a sneak peek of the Bottomless Brunch menu last week with my #instagramhusband, Leon Korobacz (@hungrysydneysiders) and I can tell you, I was not disappointed. 

The 5 course brunch menu was yum! More details of the menu will be updated soon :)

Catch me at Brunch of Fun this weekend on Sunday. 10am - 3 pm.

For more details of the Brunch of Fun and Bottomless Brunch event, link here.

Have a fab day all!

xom

Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz