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    Tluxe Blog — culture

    Secret Sydney...

     

      

     

     

    There's more to Sydney than Bondi and the Harbour Bridge and today we'd like to share with you one of our favourite harbourside hideaways, Wendy Whiteley's garden. It's amazing on many levels: the water views, made famous by Wendy's late husband, Brett Whiteley's paintings; the sculptures dotted along the winding, leafy pathways; and the fact that Wendy has created this paradise herself, with a little help from a few volunteers and gardeners, on disused railway land, simply because she was tired of overlooking the weeds and rubbish, which formerly littered the site (her house is on the hill above the park, the one with the turret). And yes, it's still owned by the railway, and after many years, Wendy can still be seen working in the garden, which she admits has become a sort of obsession. To discover this magic little hideaway for yourself, simply follow the footpath from Luna Park in North Sydney, along the harbour to Lavendar Bay and turn right. And don't forget to take a picnic basket. Enjoy.

    New Year, new ideas...

     

    Happy New Year you lovely people! Hope you're all enjoying one of our best summers ever - and are finding plenty of sartorial inspiration in our January sale. For those of you who may feel the need to escape the heat (41 degrees expected in Sydney tomorrow!), skip the crowds at the beach for a little cultural inspiration in the air-conditioned coolness of Sydney's MCA and the fantastic Anish Kapoor exhibition, which is on now until April 1st. Kapoor is one of our personal all-time favourite artists and this is a chance to immerse yourself in the perception-changing colour of his work up close. So do don't miss it!

    The soundtrack to your week...

     

    Balmy spring evenings, strolling home with the doors to people's homes open, the scent of barbeques in the air, and the sound of music escaping onto the tree-lined streets. Ahh, it's been a magic long weekend here in Sydney hasn't it? As we prepare for the week ahead we're watching the sun set, that incredible full moon rise, and listening to the sounds of The Cinematic Orchestra. Have a lovely evening friends, and a fantastic week ahead. Much love, Tluxe. 

    We love... lighting up Sydney

      
     
     

    With the official start of spring our cultural calendars are set to overload. First up is Sydney’s Fringe Festival, which kicks off this week. Our personal favourites? The Fringe Art Forum for a supermarket sweep of all that’s happening on the Sydney art scene and In the Night Garden, a collection of light sculptures illuminating the back streets of St Peters, pictured top.

    The other cultural event on our radar is Art and About, which launches later this month (September 21). Our wow factor bets are on Emergence, pictured above, where artists Craig Walshand Steven Thomasson bring the trees of Hyde Park to life in a luminous late night 3D installation. Magic.

    A few of our favourite things...

    As the days grow cooler we're swapping beach time for a little culture. Right now you will mostly find us:

    Listening to: The new Jack White album. Out last week and already album of the week in the Tluxe studio.

     

    Looking at: The Daily Nice. Pictures that make you smile care of photographer Jason Evans.

     

    Visiting: The new and improved Museum of Contemporary Art on a Thursday night. It’s free. It’s inspiring. You can eat dinner upstairs with a view of Sydney harbour. What’s not to love?

     

    Reading: The School of Life’s books for modern living. They’re not out until next week but we’ve got them on pre-order. With titles like How to Change the World, How to Thrive in the Digital Age, and most importantly, How to Stay Sane, we’ll want the whole series. And the cover artwork isn't bad either.