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Shop displays

I love shopping. Everything about it, from walking around aimlessly to trying on the latest trends. But in my many years of shopping trips I never really thought about the importance of shopping displays; that is until I saw one that really took my breath away. The Sportsgirl store located on Melbourne’s iconic Bourke Street had a display that really cannot be described as anything less than amazing. I believe the theme for this particular display was ‘mexican’ or some sort of ‘cowboy’ theme. Not sure what it was exactly, but lets just say it was very effective. Each individual piece, the colour pallet and the artwork worked well together. The importance of having a killer display that compliments the garments in the store is crucial and in my opinion, Sportsgirl did an excellent job. I won’t go into too much detail, instead I’ll let the pictures do the talking. After seeing such a magic display, I spent the next few days walking around the shops really looking at their displays and the lack of. I noticed how much it made an impact on the stores I entered and the ones I chose to walk on by. A store’s success can really hinge on how their store looks, and it is often just as important as their prices and the items they stock. It’s one of those things we don’t, as shoppers, think about. We never really ask ourselves why we enter a certain store, we just go in. But the reason why we do usually has a lot to do with the appearance of the store. Appearances really do matter, much more than we may think.

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Cakes and Tea

IMG_5135{the array of cakes and sweets is to die for}

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{The lineup and a glimpse of the gorgeous green walls}

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{The design is amazing, each aspect makes it all the more beautiful}

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{Look at that roof}

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{My cousin experiencing the tea and the scones, oh the scones}

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{As per usual my hot chocolate with marshmallows, don’t forget the marshmallows}

In my 23 years in this world I have never been a tea or coffee drinker. Yet, I love going to cafes, especially the hidden ones off lane ways and quiet streets (they are usually the best).  Big up-market cafes that have ‘the best coffee or tea’ are not the ones that pull me in. The small business cafes that really use their space well, are cosy with great design and quirky pieces that bring a sort of happy atmosphere to the place, are usually the ones that grab my attention. On my recent trip to Melbourne we made a stop at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms (mainly because I have never been to a tea room before and the cakes in the window were to die for). The Tea Room was all kinds of incredible. Amazing food, service, drinks and the room was just beautifully designed. I couldn’t stop staring at the walls and the roof! There was a line out the door the whole time we were there and it was packed inside, yet felt wonderfully cosy. Everything I look for in a place to wine and dine. My first time at a tea room, success. Even if all the other patrons where 20+years our senior. Can’t wait to find more to explore.

I think it’s time I let go of the hot chocolate with marshmallows (although I love it) and try some tea or coffee. Although, I really have no idea where to start. Any suggestions on some really great tea or coffee to try for a first timer?