Best of April 2016: monthly wrap

Melbourne never fails to disappoint. April was filled with fashion, food, festivals and more. Read on to see what we got up to!

Let's Meet At Launch

Let’s Meet At launch

Bursting onto the Melbourne social scene is new social networking site Let’s Meet At. That’s selling it short. It’s not just for social networking, it’s for galvanising your life into something way more fun. And it has a foodie focus to boot!

After a highly successful crowdfunding campaign on Pozible, founder Loretta hosted a launch party at Lady Nelson in Windsor. Over endless drinks and delightful nibbles, she talked about her journey to get from an idea to a full-fledged website. I’m sure everyone in the crowd will eventually meet up via the website for a drink or a bite.

So how about it? Do you want to make a new friend? Romantic partner? Are you new to town, or perhaps an out-of-towner? Pick a spot and ask someone to meet you there. We have a few suggestions…

-Theresa
Co-founder of The Plus Ones, Theresa has already signed up for LMA and can’t wait to try it out.

Sign up to www.letsmeetat.com.au and start exploring all of Melbourne’s great restaurants and bars.

RAW Fashion Melbourne

RAW Fashion

I headed to RAW Melbourne thinking it would be a fashion show with a side of art. It was anything but. April’s event, ‘SIGNATURE’ was held at the Melbourne Pavilion. Classy all-black surroundings played host to two areas filled with art. Everything from painting to photography was for sale.

The evening’s MC occasionally interviewed artists on stage as we waited for the models, while several bands played throughout the evening. With doors at 7pm and the fashion showcase not on till 10.30pm, I’d recommend timing your arrival closer to the main act (or wearing heels less than 5 inches).

Fashion lines featured were Kwacha Fashion, Leo the Label, Maria Decker, Jonathan Avery, Gypsy’s Sewing Box, and Hiraeth. Pumping music and beautiful hair and makeup complemented the Melbourne-made designs. After an all-too-short time oohing and ahhing and photographing, the show was over and it was time to get out of my heels.

– Theresa
Co-founder of The Plus Ones, Theresa loves supporting her friends who are independent designers and alternative models.

RAW Melbourne holds events every couple of months. Stay up-to-date on their website and Facebook.

Rites of Passage tattoo festival

Rites of Passage Festival

I have been pondering a tattoo for some time. A part of me is happy that I didn’t fall into the 18 year old trap of regret with a ‘love mum’ tattoo, but a part of me is also still very much undecided. Enter the Rites of Passage Festival, the largest celebration of tattoo culture in the southern hemisphere!

It is the fifth year the team is running the festival, and it is a very slick operation. Held in the Royal Exhibition Building a smorgasbord of Australia and international tattoo artists showcased their wares. It literally is 100s of tattoo artists, mostly likely 1,000s of customers from first-timers to head-to-toe veterans discovery a new piece of artwork to adorn their bodies.

The team goes to great efforts to ensure their festival is all inclusive, and it showed on the day with people from all walks of life in attendance. While I didn’t opt for a tattoo on the day, my interest was certainly piqued — next year, maybe.

– Rukmal
Co-founder of The Plus Ones, Rukmal lives and breathes events.

Keep up-to-date on ritesofpassagefestival.com for upcoming events.

Wellness book launch

Wellness Loading ‘Disconnect to Reconnect’ a Digital Detox book launch

On Thursday night at Dymocks on Chapel Street in Prahran, a stylish crew of Melburnians came out to celebrate the book launch of Andi Lew’s latest book, Disconnect to Reconnect. The six-time self-published author spoke about the importance of community and giving back to others. She reminded us all that while our technology has the power to connect, it can never replace the face-to-face interactions with friends and family that bring us happiness and completeness.

Staying true to her path, the event was hosted in a Dymocks, a true community hub in Prahran, included a delectable healthy ice cream and goodie bags designed to nurture everyone inside and out.

-Candice
Candice Vallimont, a nerd of many sorts from books and musical theatre to design and decadent cuisines.

Purchase Disconnect to Reconnect online and and follow @andi.lew for more tips on #wellnessloading.

Feast Asia Immigration Museum

Feast Asia Festival

The Immigration Museum continues to have a swathe of fun, out-of-the-box concepts for Melburnians. Part of their highly successful North. South. Feast. West program begun last year, the team recently held Feast Asia.

On the day the Museum’s courtyard was awash in cultural tunes from various Asian countries and delicious snacks (a hollowed-out pineapple full of fired rice, shrimp and pork was my choice). As an additional treat, there was an Asian whiskey tasting which saw the best from Japan, India, and Malaysia on show and gave us a nice mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

I enjoy these events as the space is one that I don’t head to often enough. Ticket prices also include the entire museum which makes it great value for money and a fun day out.

– Rukmal
Co-founder of The Plus Ones, Rukmal lives and breathes events.

Follow the Immigration Museum on Facebook to keep up-to-date on their fun events. Their next day: Brew Fest on 19 June.

And there you have it, folks. Make sure to join our VIP newsletter for a weekly update, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so that you can hear about more fun events!

Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of RAW Fashion, Rites of Passage, Helen Reizer PR, Museum Victoria.
Photo credit: Luka Kauzlaric of Release Images, Rites of Passage, APL Photography, Rich MacDonald.