Last night when Chris Hemsworth came to town

Last night, lured by the promise of discounted drinks, tasty treats and a chance to catch up with new friends, I popped along to a travel blogger shindig at Capri by Fraser in Brisbane’s CBD.

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The event had been booked for weeks and, as the gods (literally) would have it, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston (Hemsy and Hiddles as they shall now be known) were filming Thor across the road.

Now because of the Thor-mania that was sweeping the city, I hadn’t planned to join the crazed crowds vying for the attention of these handsome celebs but having polished off a Chambord champagne cocktail, I figured what the hell. Plus it’s Hemsy. He’s practically a national icon and currently King of the selfie so it would be rude not to try and get in on the action.

So I did. And wasn’t it an eye opener on how ruthless people will be when there’s a celebrity around.

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I spent 15 long, painful minutes listening to a 14-year-old in her school uniform gush about her love for Tom Hiddleston and how Hemsy came near her but didn’t stop for a photo (Good move, Hemsy. She had stage 5 clinger written all over her).

Finally, the moment came when we were just metres away from Kim Hyde, I mean Thor, I mean Hemsy appeared before us. And everyone’s ovaries did a backflip.

Thanks to the impressive crowd weaving skills of Erin (and a little name dropping action) we ended up a photo with the man himself.

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It’s kind of hard to see me, before I people behind me trying to squish me into oblivion AND I had to stand on my tippy-toes to make it but I’m there.

Because it was the last night the duo would be filming in our fair city, both Hemsy and Hiddles did the rounds of the waiting crowd, trying to get as many photos with fans as they could.

Hiddles, handsome as he is (and brilliant in The Night Manager … If you haven’t seen it check it out. I’m tipping him to be the next Bond so remember you read it here first) anyway, back on topic, Hiddles was taking ages to work his way around the crowd.Thor 4

Thor 3 Eventually he made it to our position outside Capri on Fraser and once again, the squishing began promoting security to tell everyone to back up or Hiddles would keep moving. It seems that didn’t translate for some people.

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I again made it into the photo (just) but someone tried to take me out as it happened, you can see their blurry arm trying to push me out the way.

With my celeb spotting complete, I headed back inside for a grand tour of Capri by Fraser which included the heated indoor pool and the spin & play room/gym which has a foosball table (my skills are a little rusty so I lost to Kenn from Ninebot) and these cool spinning chairs:

Father’s Day Gift Guide 

Father's DayThere’s a running joke in our house whenever I give dad a present; he asks if he paid for it.

It’s a fair question, I suppose, and one that simply requires a laugh and a wink in return (so yeah, Dad, I totally borrowed money off Mum to pay for it).

The thing is, dad is a tricky one to buy for because he never really wants or needs anything–or nothing that fits within my budget at least (super yacht, anyone?)

On the off-chance your dad is like mine, I’ve put together this Father’s Day gift guide, which should help you find something for whatever kind of dad you’ve got–the traveller, the fitness freak, the movie geek, the Game of Thrones fan, and even the kind who just loves new socks and jocks!


Wanderers Travel Co Roman Duffle, $379 | Friendie PRO XT On Ear Headphones, $149.99 | Risk Game Of Thrones board game, $65.99 | Nixon Sentry Watch, $239.99 | Happy Socks Origami Socks Gift Box, $59.95 | The Connoisseur Brooklyn Collection, $10 | Interflora Taylor Succulent Terrarium, $70.50 | Lamzac lounge/sofa, $99.95 | Milkman Grooming Co Beard Care Gift Pack, $85 | Nixon Windansea Cooler Bag, $59.99 | Kokopod Gold Digger Honeycomb, $11 | Crosley Cruiser Turntable Cotton from SurfStitch.com, $91.98

Or just make him a piece of Vegemite toast and a hot coffee and give him a hug.

Happy shopping!

What I Wore This Week 

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Brisbane delivered some early Spring weather this week so I took advantage of it as much as I could, but the highlight of the week was Sunday afternoon which was spent sitting on a mate’s back deck talking crap, eating cheese and laughing. I also popped along to the preview of War Dogs, starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller, and I really enjoyed it, plus spotted a few places I’d been in Miami!

What I Wore This Week: 

What Brooke Wore 15 August 2016Monday
Zara dress | Sandler boots

What Brooke Wore 16 August 2016Tuesday
Zara bomber jacket | Saba tee | Sportsgirl skirt | Witchery boots

What Brooke Wore 17 August 2016Wednesday
Portmans pants | Jag leather jacket | Witchery singlet | Saba heels

What Brooke Wore 18 August 2016Thursday
C&M dress (purchased on sale through Fashion Lane) | Flower denim jacket | Seed Heritage espadrilles | Ace of Something hat

What Brooke Wore 19 August 2016Friday
H&M dress | Jfahri boots

What Brooke Wore 20 August 2016Saturday
French Connection t-shirt | Cotton On shorts

What Brooke Wore 21 August 2016Sunday
Dotti t-shirt | Cotton On shorts

 

 

 

 

Sale shopping at Fashion Lane 

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As many women will agree, online shopping is a godsend. In my opinion, its one of the best things ever invented, not just because it gives me an excuse to stay away from people, or because I like to think of my purchases as gifts to myself.

Mostly I love it because I don’t have to wear proper clothes to do it. No bra? No make up? No pants? No worries!

Now, Fashion Lane, an Australian-based online store has taken online shopping one step further by pulling together the best sales from 345 online fashion stores.

Fashion Lane

So instead of visiting every online store and going through their sales individually, Fashion Lane does the hard work for you and lists all the items that are available by brand name, product type and even the biggest discount.

And I’m talking BIG brands like Spell and the Gypsy Collection, Camilla (so you can cry tears of happiness like Bachie’s Alex), Adidas by Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Ginger and Smart and Zimmermann, as well as day-to-day favourites like Sportsgirl, Seed Heritage, Witchery and Uniqlo.

The team at Fashion Lane asked me to take their site for a test run and my inner #TeamStripes president whooped with joy when I found this gorgeous red and white striped C&M Camilla and Marc dress which I’d been eyeing off earlier in the season for $65 (plus shipping) instead of $129.

I ordered it through the site late Friday afternoon and it arrived by express post on Tuesday. That’s my kind of customer service!

Fashion Lane is super user-friendly; scrolling over an item will show you which online store has the item, what sizes are available and the price history of the item, including when it was last checked.

There’s even a ‘Today’s Sale’ category for items which have been reduced in the past two days, but my favourite feature of Fashion Lane is the ‘set price alert’.

With a click of your mouse, you can register to receive an alert when an item or brand you’re interested in is discounted (or in most cases, further discounted).

I’m off to decide whether to buy a pair of Camilla swimmers for summer. I mean, if you get them on sale, you’re practically making money, right?

My 16 favourite photos from the 2016 Ekka

The Royal Queensland Show, affectionately known as The Ekka, has come and gone for another year, leaving memories, empty showbags and sugar highs in its wake.

Sadly, I fell well short of my 2003 tally of four strawberry sundaes. Although, it’s cool to note that the iconic strawberries sundaes, which raise funds for the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, use more than six tonnes of Queensland strawberries and 22,500 litres of Lick Ice Cream.

Here are my favourite photos from my quick four-hour visit.

Did you go to this year’s Ekka? What was your favourite part or exhibit? (You can leave your comments below.)

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