What I Wore This Week 

It was another fun-filled week of parties and events for this girl about town including the opening of GreenHill Bar on Petrie Tce on Thursday night, the Man Up! High Tea and Fashion Parade at Tallersall’s Club and the Lights of Paddington Fashion Night (one of the new season pieces from Camilla, available at Miss Henry on Given Tce pictured above) on Saturday and a stunning garden wedding on Sunday.

What I wore this week:

Marcs dress | Theresa Evelyn Designs clutch (gifted) | Basque heels from Myer

H&M dress | FRANKiE4 NiKKi heels in latte (gifted)

Dissh dress | Tony Bianco heels

Zara dress | Therapy shoes

Marcs dress | Seed Heritage heels | Oroton clutch

Marcs dress | Kate Spade New York clutch | Wittner heels 

Drinking moonshine at GreenHill Bar, Brisbane

greenhill_opening_13-10-16_web-40The days of black market liquor sales might be over, but mark my words, moonshine—a sweet, corn-based liquor that will light a fire in your belly and warm you all the way to your toes—is making a comeback.

I had my first taste of moonshine as part of my Get Up and Ride bike tour in Brooklyn when we stopped at the city’s oldest operating whiskey distillery, Kings County Distillery, for a tasting and it was much smoother than I expected.

Now, Brisbanites are able to get their fix of moonshine with the opening of GreenHill Bar in the Caxton St precinct on Petrie Terrace.

The bar takes its name from the more illicit side of Brisbane’s history—Green Hill Gaol housed some of Brisbane’s worst criminals back in the 1800s.

Following the opening of Boggo Road Gaol, GreenHill was transformed into police barracks and then redeveloped in 2008 to become The Barracks entertainment precinct.

Forget your standard bar fare of burgers, peanuts and chips as former Little Larder head chef (and GreenHill Bar co-owner) Geordie Smith has put together a contemporary food menu with highlights including Charred Corn on Cob ($6) topped with a crispy pork crumb and spicy buttermilk remoulade; Baked Brie ($12) with Orange sage and cranberry molasses, dried sage and yummy dipping things; and Peanut Braised Pork Shoulder ($18) served with soft fried egg, crispy noodle and caramel onion on a baguette.

But the best news – they’ll be serving up a retro-styled “Jaffle special” each week (yep, the old triangle type of jaffle). Last week’s special was dubbed “Yesterday’s Spaghetti Bolognaise”. Yum!

And while the menu will leave your mouth-watering, it’s the carefully curated cocktail list that will truly tantalise the taste buds because each GreenHill signature cocktail is made with moonshine.

My picks include the Bootlegger Lemonade made with Melbourne Moonshine Sour Mash and house southern smoky lemonade, the Moonshine Fizz, “a Southern garden party in a glass” and The Jacked Rose which promises to “get you all shook up”.

For the less adventurous, there’s also craft beers, cider and independent wines.

It’s fair to say, this industrial-themed bar with its exposed brick and distressed wood walls, polished concrete floors and sleek blue leather booths is set to become one of the most wanted places to be this summer in Brisbane.

Find GreenHill Bar at 48 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane (the white building next to Harry’s).

Review: A stay at NYLO, New York


New York is filled with beautiful hotels; big hotels, boutique hotels, hotels steeped in history and even haunted hotels.

And while I did grow up in ‘hotels’, but they were more the two-storey, meat trays on Saturdays kind, as opposed to the room service and white fluffy robe kind.

If minimalist is your preferred style, NYLO New York, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is the kind of boutique hotel that you will want to move into. Permanently.

From the moment you walk through the front doors, NYLO (which stands for New York loft) has nailed industrial chic with brick walls, concrete floors and exposed beams.

LOCL Bar is open all day and evening and features cocktails, coffee and bar snacks. There’s also a library furnished with an original 1910 fireplace, velvet sofas and board games and a business centre with free internet (WiFi can be purchased for use in your room).

nylo-new-york-city-deluxe-kingI stayed in a NYLO Deluxe King room which was incredibly light and airy and well sized for Manhattan, offering enough space for me to completely unpack my bags and scatter my shopping, and get comfortable.My room was filled with natural light from the large windows, warm coloured soft furnishings, and wood flooring. It also had mood lighting, a wall mounted flat screen TV and an in-room safe large enough to fit a laptop..

And then there was the bed. WOW.

Even though I was in the city that never sleeps, I had just one thought on my mind when I arrived in New York … going to bed.A 24-hour flight delay and an unexpected 2am check in at an airport hotel in Miami, meant all I wanted to do was stretch out and sleep somewhere nice.

And the custom-designed NYLO NYTE King Bed mattress made all my dreams come true.Each NYLO bed comes with combed cotton triple sheeting which makes for a VERY comfortable night sleep, although if you’re an active sleeper (cough, cough), prepare for the bed to move around a bit.

As well as a cupboard with built-in shelves, and an iron and ironing board, there’s also a desk/bench with cubby-style cubes which are great for storage, and filling with all your shopping..The industrial theme continued in the bathroom with a metallic sink, but then it’s pampering all the way with great shower pressure and a luscious selection of Pure by Gloss amenities – including face bars, shampoos and body lotions.

The lemon scented soap was so good I smuggled a few blocks home in my luggage.


For those after a room with more of a view, a number of Deluxe rooms on the upper three floors of the hotel offer balconies and stunning views of the New York City skyline, Central Park and the Hudson River.

With no room service or mini bar (I found this a bit of a disappointment, especially when I was really hungry after a big day out sightseeing) but you can get snacks from the lobby bar, LOCL.

Instead, I popped down to Serafina Restaurant, an Italian eatery which is part of the hotel complex, to order a takeaway pizza.
Chances are, if you’ve seen a leafy, residential Manhattan neighbourhood depicted on TV or in the movies, it was the Upper West Side.Chuck Bass owned a hotel there on Gossip Girl (you can even visit the Empire Hotel bar and have a signature Chuck Bass cocktail), it’s where Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks lived in You’ve Got Mail, where Jerry made his home on Seinfeld (and in real life) and where Liz Lemon lived on 30 Rock.

Located 10 minutes from LaGuardia Airport and 20 minutes from JFK, NYLO New York is also close to two subway lines, putting guests just minutes from almost anywhere in Manhattan.

If people watching is your thing, the hotel is also a short walk from the American Museum of Natural History and Central Park, so head to Zabar’s, a gourmet epicurean emporium on Broadway, for a coffee and breakfast bagel and walk to the park to watch the city come alive.

As you walk the streets, you’ll feel surrounded by locals rather by tourists, with some great shopping, dining and dessert options in the area, including my new favourite ice creamy, Emack & Bolio’s.
A ‘must visit’ for anyone with a sweet tooth, this award-winning ice cream franchise has been credited with inventing the flavoured cone in 1980 and now boast insta-worthy flavours including Oreo, Reese Puffs, Nutella and even Fruit Loops.

If you’re heading to New York and want to base yourself on the Upper West Side, or are simply keen to escape the hustle and bustle of the main tourist areas, I’d recommend NYLO New York as a place to stay.
The staff were friendly and accommodating and I was given free WiFi access for the length of my stay as well as a couple of free drink cards for the bar.

Perfect for: stylish city breaks and romantic weekends away.Find NYLO New York at 2178 Broadway, New York.

Are you planning a trip to New York and considering a stay here? If you enjoyed this post or have any questions about this hotel, please leave me a comment in the box below

What I Wore This Week 

What Brooke Wore 8 October 2016 Races

What a weekend! Yesterday was jam-packed with a day at the races to celebrate Dad’s birthday. Then it was off to a hen’s night ahead of my friend JB’s wedding next Sunday. We were whisked around Brisbane in a fire engine before drinks and dinner at Eleven and Cloudland.

What I wore this week: 

What Brooke Wore 3 October 2016Monday
Zara dress (bought in NYC) | Flower denim jacket | Circus by Sam Edelman espadrilles | Thousand Island Dressing Paddington necklace

What Brooke Wore 6 October 2016Tuesday
The Fifth dress | Witchery flats

What Brooke Wore 4 October 2016Wednesday
Marcs lace dress | FRANKiE4 NiKKi heels in Latte (gifted)

What Brooke Wore 6 October 2016Thursday
French Connection Ruffle Sleeve Stripe Dress | Kate Spade New York necklace | Zara heels

What Brooke Wore 7 October 2016Friday
Flower Clothing Black Mini Geo Circles Palazzo Pants (gifted) | Witchery singlet | Innovare heels from Myer

What Brooke Wore 8 October 2016Saturday
Olga Berg fascinator (which I swapped for Mimco earrings after the races) | French Connection Finish Line Strapless Jumpsuit | Seed Heritage heels | Witchery clutch

Ruby & Lilli Tidal top in Marnie Midnight | Cotton On denim shorts

Holey Moley Golf Club, Brisbane 

Squad goals … Katy, Erin, Phoebe and I.

Last Wednesday night I donned my finest (new) argyle socks to eat, drink and par-tee at the launch of Brisbane’s newest bar/mini golf spot, Holey Moley Golf Club.

Housed in an old church on Warner Street, the two 9-hole courses set the par high for a crazy night out. But I can’t guarantee you won’t need to repent for your sins afterwards!

In three hours, we downed drinks while sitting in a golf cart, played putt putt, danced to 90s remixes, squished into the photo booth and played glow in the dark ping-pong.

Players can stay hydrated with drinks from the Caddyshack Bar, a fully equipped cocktail bar which includes the Don’t Worry Be Hoppy beer list, a Ker Plonk wine list and even a Chevy Chasers shot menu. Tee-Tottlers also haven’t been forgotten with plenty of non-alcoholic options.

With party packages available, I’m tipping Holey Moley will be a hit with the Christmas party crowd, so get in quick.

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