Archive for June, 2012

June 30, 2012

Vegas Love – Best Shopping Destinations

Have you scrapped Las Vegas as a holiday destination? Don’t think it’s going to be your cup of tea? Think again. Vegas is more than just late nights and pitchers of margaritas, it’s also long days pounding the pavement to hit up some of the best shopping spots I have ever been to. Here is my pick of the best spots Vegas has to offer…

Best In-Casino Shopping

The Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes: A large variety of high-end boutiques spanning all the way through to the neighbouring Palazzo Casino, with plenty of cafes and romantic canal rides.

Caesars Palace: The BIGGEST and best in casino shopping and host to 3 floors of H&M. Save a whole day for this place.

Planet Hollywood: Miracle Mile is one big circle of great shopping including a Sephora and is home to Vegas’ only Urban Outfitters.

Best Vegas Outlets – There are 3 outlets worthy of a trip….

Premium Outlets North: Mostly outdoor and at a lower price range, the north outlets are a great place for a bargain hunter.

Premium Outlets South: About a 15 drive from the strip, the south outlets are indoors and are a little more on-trend than the north.

Primm Valley Fashion Outlets: The best by far in my opinion, and worth the 40 minute drive from the strip. Constantly hosting great sales with personal favourites being a Kate Spade and a Converse store.

Best outer-Casino Shopping

There is only one actual shopping centre for me in Vegas…

Fashion Show Mall : All my favourite stores in one, with a brand new Topshop and TOPMAN!!

If you’re not convinced, click on the links to check them out yourself…



June 29, 2012

Favourite Things Markets Tomorrow!

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Happy weekend everyone!!


June 29, 2012

Hughster’s July Gig Guide

Thursday 5th July: Bon Chat Bon Rat + Collarbones – FBi Social (Kings X Hotel) – $12

Expect beats in large quantities from experimental pop acts Bon Chat, Bon Rat and Collarbones. Both happy to push musical boundaries, they’re setting off an a joint national tour, stopping off at FBi Social for the Sydney leg of their journey.

Saturday 14th July: Van She – The Metro – $29

After taking a lengthy sabbatical since the release of their last album, V, Van She is back with new material – including the singles “Idea of Happiness” and “Jamaica”. These singles will feature on their new album due for release on July 6, and they’ll be touring to celebrate.

Wednesday 18th July: The Rubens – Oxford Art Factory – $15+bf

Out of nowhere, the Rubens have risen to be one of the most hyped acts of the last year. After their track “Lay it down” hit number #57 in last year’s Triple J Hottest 100, the band has been selling out show after show around the country. They’re another band with a new album scheduled, and have a pair of shows in Sydney. The Thursday show has sold out, so get in quick!

Friday 20th July: Northeast Party House – Goodgod Small Club – $12+bf

Melbourne-based Northeast Party House put on a huge show, and their brand of frantic and upbeat pop music has been likened to that of Foals. If that sounds good, it’s made even better with Sydney locals Panama and Colour Coding completing a stellar (and cheap) line-up at Goodgod.

Various late-July: Splendour in the Grass sideshows

For all of you who didn’t manage to snap up Splendour in the Grass tickets, there are plenty of sideshows in Sydney, with the likes of Lana Del Ray, the Smashing Pumpkins and Band of Skulls all stopping by. Keep checking in with Rain&Hale for plenty more Splendour in the Grass news during July.

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June 27, 2012

Winter Warmers Mini Festival

Want something more than a heater to give you the warm and fuzzies this Winter? Get your bee-hinds into action and mosey on down to the Winters Warmers Mini Festival  Charity Event at ye ol’ Beach Rd Hotel  (Bondi) this Saturday 30th July. Event proceeds go towards supporting Youth off the Streets & Open Family Australia. So, this means shopping and drinking will be all for a good cause, like you needed an excuse?!

This will be an all day affair that will continue well into the night and, most likely lead to a few sore heads on Sunday morning. WWMF Kicks off bright and early, by Bondi standards, at 10am with the ‘Favourite things’ Vintage and handmade markets where our very own Rain & Hale will be making an appearance.. Cider induced, of course. Be sure not to discount night time festivities even if your feet a sore from a the day time shenanigans. Fundraiser raffle, blingo, dance competition, live graffiti, photography auction and night food markets are all on the cards for after dark. Moonlight festivities will set sail at 6pm with a stella line up that includes: Belles Will Ring, The Walking Who, Iluka, Major Tom & the Atoms, The Dusty Duets & Manchoir plus Northern Soul/Mod/Ska/Motown Djs Frenzie, Rob Goodburn, Sara DJ & Graham M. Don’t forget to clean out your closet and bring down your pre-loved pieces for donation, this is a chance to rub shoulders with Bondi coolio’s listen to some sweet tunes AND give back the community.

For your donations new home:

‘Knits & Pieces Drop Box’ at the Beach Road Hotel in the Foyer under the stairs from Thurs 14 June – Sun 1 July. A collection for homeless youths. Accepting: Jackets, Coats, Blankets, Beanies, Scarves, Toiletries, Nappies, Nail Polish, Make Up, New Toothbrushes and Toothpaste

Written  by  Jessica Reeve: Co-founder of  creative group The Awkward Collective

June 25, 2012

Don’t forget to cash in on our Summer sale!

Yes, we know it’s freezing and the last thing you want to do is to bare your skin. Good news, our Summer stock can still be worn in the colder months by teaming it with a blazer or some opaques. Better still, like all our friends, you could be rockin’ rain&hale in the European sun to escape the cold.

Whatever you decide to do, you can find all our sale items at our Young Republic store.  We only have one of each style left, so get in quick girls!

June 22, 2012


           For all you crazy cats out there, here are some kitteny flavoured album covers for your perusal.

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June 20, 2012

Girl Crush – Kelly Mittendorf

Photos by Matthew Priestley

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June 19, 2012

What’s your zodiac sign?

Free People’s June style book features Zodiac inspired shots with models Kirsty Macphail, Sissi Hou, Camila Costa and Jennifer Pugh embodying the birth signs. Photographed by Anna Palma, the girls wear the label’s signature shapeless dresses and bohemian prints with the stars as their guide.


Buy your look here.

June 14, 2012

Select Music’s 7th Birthday

Sydney-based Select Music is a multi-functional music company.  Even if the name doesn’t ring a bell, you’re bound to have had plenty of contact with them if you enjoy Aussie music. Their reach covers artist management, touring, venue consultancy and event promotion. With a seemingly never-ending roster (including Boy and Bear, Midnight Juggernauts, Tim Finn and Bluejuice), they are proud to have helped to unearth some of Australia’s top talent in recent years.

Having commenced proceedings back in 2005, they’re turning seven this year. To celebrate their birthday, they’re throwing a rather large party on Thursday 21st June. A charity fundraiser for beyondblue, the shindig will be held at four of the Oxford St precinct’s hottest venues, with a tantalising smorgasbord of Australia’s best musicians showing their wares over the evening.

Featuring Select Music artists playing across UPSTAIRS BERESFORD, THE STANDARD, OXFORD ART FACTORY (Main Room + Gallery) & PHOENIX BAR

Andy Bull, Argentina, Ball Park Music, Bluejuice, Bob Evans, Elizabeth Rose, Emma Louise, Hungry Kids of Hungary, The John Steel Singers, Josh Pyke, The Jungle Giants,  Lior, Midnight Juggernauts DJs, Millions, The Mission In Motion, Nantes, The Paper Scissors DJs, Pluto Jonze, The Preachers, Purple Sneakers DJs, RÜFÜS, Spit Syndicate, Step-Panther, Strangers, Tokyo Denmark Sweden, Toucan, The Walking Who

Tickets can be purchased here for just $20!

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June 13, 2012

Lindsay or Megan?

So, it’s been confirmed. Lindsay Lohan will play Elizabeth Taylor in the upcoming movie about Elizabeth and her tumultuous love affair with Richard Burton; Aptly named ‘Liz & Dick’.

Although some people seem to be pleasantly surprised by her likeness, we think Megan Fox, who also vied for the part, is a much better choice aesthetically. Unfortunately rumour has it that she just didn’t have what it took to play the glamorous 60’s icon.

What do you think?


 Filming continues as we speak so no trailer so far but the release date is rumoured to be released October this year. We’re looking forward to this almost as much as ‘My week with Marilyn’.