Archive for September, 2011

September 30, 2011



 In April 2012 we will be heading to the big city to check out the best summer trends to inspire our ’12 summer range. We’re gonna strut down the streets and drink martinis, even if we don’t like the taste. We’re so excited we just had to share. Here’s an appropriate vid to get you as pumped as we are… Happy Sunday!!

September 27, 2011

Changing Lanes

Last weekend, we kicked off a great day with a champagne breakfast… the sun was high, the hipsters were out and the band coolies were on stage. What more could we ask for? If you were there you’d know what we’re talking about… The bands were great, especially r&h faves Oscar + Martin, and even when the music wasn’t playing it wasn’t enough to keep us from dancing the night away.

Below was our fave outfit of the day. Dylan Quirk was rockin’ his Hawaiian shirt… We want one!

September 26, 2011

Hughsters Gig Guide

Wednesday 26th September: Guineafowl – Beach Road Hotel Bondi – Free

Singer/Songwriter Guineafowl is an artist on the rise. After a standout performance Splendour in the Grass following the release of his debut EP, Guineafowl and his tremendous band will be taking to the stage at Bondi’s Beach Road Hotel. Expect an evening of fun and (fingers crossed) bass drum jumps. Supporting them will be exciting local pop duo Toucan.

Guineafowl “Little Fingers”
Thursday 27th September: Ernest Ellis & The Panamas – Gaelic Theatre – $15.70

Ernest Ellis and his band, the Panamas, are commencing a national tour to celebrate the release of their latest album, King’s Canyon (recently recognised as FBi’s album of the week). If their debut album, Hunting, is anything to go by, this will be one of the best releases of the second half of the year. Supporting them will be Sydney’s Nantes, another Triple J Unearthed favourite.

Friday 28th September: GoodGod Birthday nights 2011 –  GoodGod Small Club – $15-20

Rain&Hale favourite GoodGod Small Club is celebrating its first birthday. Over the long weekend, this great live music venue will be toasted by the likes of Oscar + Martin, Guerre, Fishing and Belles Will Ring. What more could you ask for to help you make the most of your extra night or frivolity?

Sunday 2nd October: Parklife – Kippax Lake, Moore Park – $145

Despite another stellar line-up, the fact that Parklife is yet to sell-out this year gives some strength to the theory that musical festival popularity is diminishing. That said, why would you turn down a chance to see Digitalism, MSTRKRFT, Little Dragon, Lykke Li, and the recently re-formed Death from Above 1979. Fingers crossed for some more brilliant Sydney weather over the long weekend.

For the diary:

Friday 11th November: Gold Fields – Oxford Arts Factory – $14.80

It’s been a large year for the Ballarat boys. Constant touring has swollen their following, and after their Parklife spell they’ll be setting off on a national tour to launch their EP. Make sure to stock up on the energy drinks for this one, as their high energy performances are bound to get the crowd involved.

September 23, 2011

Village Fair? Oh yeah!

Ok kiddies, im sure you’re all very busy this weekend but I think I can offer you something better than you had planned.
This Saturday Sept 24th (aka tomorrow) at the base of Mount Panorama is a gathering, thrown by Charles Sturt University students, in its 36th year.
It’s a cool fest with 3 stages and not a bad little line up..

Papa vs Pretty
The Nectars
Peacock Dreams
Lime Cordiale
Sticky Fingers
Owl Eyes
Ball Park Music
The Snow Droppers
Sparkadia (yay!)
The Walking Who
Beats and Pieces
The 7pm Project
Bang Gang Djs

There are still second release available at $69.69 at moshtix
 or at the gate on the day for $70.


September 21, 2011

The Secret to Levitation…

I know right, these pics are blowing your mind and all planes of logic. And you’re dying to know how she does it. Well the answer is…. Jumping. YES! Jumping! And she’s a pro at it. Her name is Natsumi Hayashi and everyday she posts a new ‘levitation’ using a self timer on her Canon EOS 5D Mark II. This chick can jump up to 300 times until she is happy with a shot. That’s persistent! And that’s why they look so realistic.


September 19, 2011

Hughster’s gig guide

Tuesday 20th:Stranger than Paradise – Flinders Hotel – Free

Ambient live music is in abundance at Darlinghurst’s Flinders Hotel, with Wintercoats and James Domeyko bringing your ears some tuneage. Make sure to shoot down a pickleback or five for a Tuesday night bonanza!

Wednesday 21st:Leader Cheetah – Beach Road Hotel Bondi – Free

Adelaide’s Leader Cheetah will be bringing their alternative country ruminations to Bondi Beach on Wednesday. Their recently released LP “Lotus Skies” has put them in the spotlight and big things are expected of the four lads after recent tours with Gomez and the Middle East. If you needed more convincing to drag yourself out on a school night, they’re being joined by psychedelic folk outfit Belles Will Ring. It’s free too.

Saturday 24th:The Gate @ Pablo’s – Pablo & Rusty’s Ryde – $12+bf presale

Who said there was no music culture in the suburbs? The Gate has put together another stellar line-up of experimental musicians, headlined by Sydney beat-maker Guerre. Albatross, Rainbow Chan, Option Command combined with DJ sets from Marcus Whale (of Collarbones fame), Lexy Savvides and Loopsnake complete the all-star cast.

For the diary:

Wednesday 7thDecember: Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Oxford Arts Factory – $28.70

This Portland based, New Zealand founded band will be gracing our shores for the first time at the end of the year. They combine break-beats with muffled 70s pop/psychedelia to give them a completely original sound. This will be one of the gigs of the summer, guaranteed.

September 17, 2011

Time to get racey!


Two words we really love. So in honour of those words we thought we would do some of the legwork for you and keep you up on the main events you are definitely going to be interested in…

September 17th : Yellowglen Ladies Racing Day at Randwick Racecourse. Best part being that fashion spotters will be trawling the field for the most fashionable ladies of the day with a bevy of prizes to give out for some of the best dressed. Or for a more glamorous day at the track you can enter the Yellowglen bubbly bar with pamper palace and photo booth. Tickets are $15 available at ticketek.

September 24th : ‘Myer mad about hat day’ at Rosehill Gardens $20 entry (tickets available through ticketek) with 20 x $100 Myer gift cards to give out to the best fascinator or hat on the day as well as a bevy of other prizes, giveaways and live entertainment.

October 1st : EPSOM Super Saturday at Rosehill Gardens. The only way to do this day
is to do it right, so buy tix to spend the day in the Flinders Lane Carousel. Now, they are $149 but this is no ordinary tent, complete with themed bars, lounge areas, a paper palace, private trackside access, private betting pavilion, and a live DJ with a set from the Bagraiders. Of course no race day is set without fashion on the field, with this years sponsored by Westfield Bondi Junction. If you’re a bit stretched for cash, join the energetic main crowd (Tickets $30 at ticketek)

And of course, the event and the grand finale of the racing season MELBOURNE CUP!!

1st November : If like us you can’t take the time away from the office to get to Melbs to celebrate live, there will of course be big screen coverage and big celebrations at Randwick, as well as plenty of lunches, cruises and special events at most venues throughout Sydney.


We all love a gorgeous headpiece during race season, for some of us that is the sole reason of celebration, so here are some inspirational pieces for you from Sydney designer TEEKI.

September 15, 2011

Icons of Style – Mad Men

Like Mad Men? Oh em gee! Us too! Who could not love those pencil skirts and Prada Suits?

Well, Chatswood Chase are hosting a month-long exhibition (5th Sept – 2nd Oct) boasting costumes from the cult TV series ‘Mad Men’ of which we are, of course, big fans.

The exhibition is being curated by the hit show’s costume designer Janine Bryant, who this year was awarded the Outstanding Costume Design award from the Costume Designers Guild and is currently working on costumes for season 5.

 More info? Here you go:

And just throwing this in cos it’s an Annie Leibovitz and, well.. she’s awesome.

September 12, 2011

Hughster’s Gig Guide

Thursday 15th: Oliver Tank – Oxford Arts Factory  $8

Fresh from winning the FBi Northern Lights Competition, dreamwave creator Oliver Tank will be showcasing his considerable talents alongside Sooners, Hattie Carrol, Elizabeth Rose and Post Paint.

Friday 16th: Kimbra – Metro Theatre – Sold Out

Kiwi Pop princess/juggernaut Kimbra sets off on her national tour, coinciding with the release of her debut album Vows (which debuted at #5 on the ARIA charts last week).

Saturday 17th: Changing Lanes – Devonshire Street, Surry Hills – $36.80 (second release)

 The streets of Surry Hills will be brimming with hipcats checking out a plethora of local musicians including PVT, Lanie Lane, Oscar + Martin and Bleeding Knees club. BYO fixie/sailor tat.

For the diary:

Sunday 13th November: Harvest – Parramatta Park – $150

Apparently Harvest isn’t a festival, it’s a feeling. Whatever it is, the line-up is phenomenal. The National, Portishead, The Walkmen and Bright Eyes are now being joined by TV on the Radio and Mogwai.

September 10, 2011

Follow us…

Fashion entrepreneurs Brooke Johnston & Sarah Thornton, founders of designer markets ‘Finders Keepers‘ had recently decided that to sell what they wanted, when they wanted and where they wanted, including their own label ‘Follow’, it was as simple as opening up their own store.

As avid lovers and supporters of Australian designers, their store is happily filled up with clothing, accessories, jewellery, homewares, and other unexpected goodies from over 40 different labels from almost every state in our fair country including me & oli, A Skulk Of Foxes, Naomi Murrell, Oktoberdee, Emily Green and many more, most hand-picked from designers attending FK markets.

Their adorable shoppe, just a few weeks fresh, is on Cleveland Road, and is what used to be a corner store pharmacy; still holding its old world charm with its dark wooden counter and built-in wall-to-wall display cabinets. It is well worth dropping into for the most unique selection of lovelies.

Check out the ‘Follow’ site for more of this and that about these wonderful gals, their store, their featured designers and more.

If you’re interested in being part of ‘Finders Keepers Markets’, applications are open now for December markets here in Sydney.