Valentines Day Guide

Sometimes, it’s best to keep things simple. Valentine’s Day needs to be nothing more than a booking for two in an intimate corner of a beautiful restaurant, a good bottle of wine, a dessert to linger over. Here are some worthy options.

Sydney: Cho Cho San

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Recently named by Time magazine as one of the best new restaurants in the world, Cho Cho San happily lives up to the hype. With its pared back interior designed by architect George Livissianis and inventively modern Japanese cuisine, it’s the perfect spot for a date that skips the soppy clichés. Settle into one of the private corners away from the communal table and order some sake from the extensive list. Don’t miss the fresh Sydney rock oysters in dashi, and for dessert, the green tea soft serve combines the light, not-too-sweet taste of matcha with the nostalgia of a traditional waffle cone. A delight.

Melbourne: Supernormal

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Supernormal’s lobster rolls have achieved cult status amongst Melbourne foodies – the soft brioche rolls filled with Kewpie mayo, fresh lobster and watercress strikes a delicate balance between the sweetness of the warm bun and the piquant lobster. The Pan-Asian favourite doesn’t take bookings for groups less than six, so plan to arrive early and perhaps treat your date to some champagne at the bar while you wait.

Brisbane: E’cco Bistro

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A fixture of the Brisbane contemporary dining scene, E’cco Bistro remains one of the city’s most exciting establishments thanks to owner and chef Philip Johnson’s focus on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. This year, E’cco Bistro is raising the bar with a special Valentine’s Day lunch menu – which happily includes Johnson’s signature mushrooms on toast as one of its entrée options. A thoughtfully curated wine list and consistently excellent service will ensure your date will go off without a hitch.

Adelaide: 2KW

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Make sure you’re dressed the part when you ascend the elevator to this refined establishment – the doorman is known to turn people away if they don’t live up to 2KW’s high standards. Once you’ve passed muster however, you’re guaranteed a memorable night: from the spectacular panorama view from the rooftop bar that spans the lush gardens of Government House and beyond, to the fresh, seasonal menu offered at the restaurant.

Canberra: Monster

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Located in the Nishi building, Monster offers a menu designed to share – perfect for an intimate date for two. Take your time to graze through the meandering menu, which traverses everything from the simple (perfect Clair de Lune oysters) to the thoroughly inventive (twice cooked Western Australian octopus with chorizo, smoked potato and nettle). As it’s part of Hotel Hotel, Monster keeps long hours – feel free to linger over the extensive wine list until the small hours of the morning.

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Making style effortless – SABA AW15

Welcome to the AW15 SABA shoot.

For autumn/winter 2015, we embrace the principles of understatement and considered ease, marrying comfort with luxury, fine fabrications with innovative techniques, and a carefully curated, quality-over-quantity approach.

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We are inspired by the power of simplicity: the clean lines of a shift dress. The endless possibilities of a white t-shirt. The confidence that comes from a finely tailored suit.

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For women, the collection foregrounds refreshing simplicity – the kind of garments that will slot effortlessly into your wardrobe. Elevated essentials bring a touch of luxury to the everyday, while tailoring takes on a softer, deconstructed mood. As the temperature drops, you can look forwards to wrapping up in cocoon-like coats and premium knitwear crafted from the finest cashmere and merino wool.

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For men, the season hinges on perfectly tailored wardrobe staples: superbly cut trousers, immaculate shirts and tailored jackets, interpreted through a modern, sportswear lens. The difference is in the details: classic tailoring is refreshed with seasonal pattern and colour, while more casual pieces are elevated through luxury fabrications and sophisticated finishes.

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Across the range, the focus is creating a wardrobe that is both simple and versatile, and designed to complement your lifestyle. Discover SABA AW15 collection here.

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A CURATED GUIDE TO THE LONG WEEKEND

Good food, good company and beautiful surroundings – here are some ideas for spending the long weekend in style.

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Catch the last of the Sydney Festival – there are still plenty of events to enjoy before it wraps up for another year. Head to the Domain on Saturday for a night of opera under the stars, head to Carriageworks on Sunday to see Zhang Huan’s spectacular installation, Sydney Buddha, and find a spot on the harbour on Australia Day to watch the iconic ferry race from Circular Quay to Shark Island before finishing at the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
For more information, click here.

Crush Festival

ADELAIDE
Spend the long weekend sampling the best of Adelaide’s wine regions with the 2015 Crush Festival. Over three days and nights, 35 wineries put on 26 eclectic cellar door events to please any palate. Our picks include a day on the lawn at Bird in Hand’s summer picnic, the Asian-influenced Gruner Veltliner Degustation Lunch at Mount Lofty House and the Parisian Picnic at Verdun House Wines.
For more information, click here.

James Turrell

CANBERRA
Immerse yourself in vibrant colour and light at James Turrell: A Retrospective, showing at The National Gallery of Australia. The beautiful and sometimes overwhelmingly sensory installations that make up this ground-breaking exhibition are best appreciated over time – so plan to spend a good few hours taking in the show.
For more information, click here.

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BRISBANE
Take advantage of the balmy weather and head to the roof – specifically, to Elixir Rooftop Bar in Fortitude Valley. Enjoy the long weekend atmosphere amongst leafy greenery dotted with fairy lights, a particularly enchanting view as the sun goes down.
For more information, click here.

Royal Croquet Club

MELBOURNE
Head to the Royal Croquet Club at Birrarung Marr for a spectacular garden party and food truck festival – and yes, there really is croquet. The banks of the Yarra River below Federation Square have been transformed into a vibrant festival atmosphere featuring a giant croquet lawn, live music, entertainment, a bar and all of the city’s cult restaurants and eateries popping up. The line-up includes Mr Claws, Misschu, Gelato Messina, Meatmother and D.O.C, as well as the Truck-A-Palooza food trucks like Hammer & Tong, Beatbox Kitchen, RTW Bagels and more. The Royal Croquet Club is open all long weekend – so you can even plan a repeat visit.
For more information, click here.

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WIN A $1,000 SABA WARDROBE

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We believe that dressing well is one of life’s pleasures. That attention to detail matters. That a well-considered wardrobe is something worth investing in.

So to make 2015 your most stylish year yet, we’re giving you the opportunity to win a $1,000 wardrobe refresh.

Simply follow the steps below to enter:

  1. Follow SABA on Facebook
  2. Select your favourite new arrival item from the gallery
  3. Tell us via a Facebook comment why you’d love to win the new arrival item

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Entries close January 15, 2015.

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Do More With Your Wardrobe

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Buying a new dress for the festive season is one of life’s great pleasures – something sophisticated and special, perfect for those end-of-year parties and chic cocktail nights. But a show-stopping dress doesn’t have to hang in your wardrobe for the rest of the year – in fact, with a few simple styling tricks, your favourite after-dark dress can double as a nine-to-five staple.

 How to:

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Offset the form-fitting silhouette by adding a lightweight cardigan and cinching it in with a skinny waist belt. Swap your stilettos for a low block heel to make the look more work-appropriate.

 

….wear fringing by day    

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Thanks to its demure midi length, this fringed dress turns out to be surprisingly appropriate for day. All you need to do is add a longline vest to provide some coverage and slip into a pair of casual sandals.

 

…do colour in the office

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Jaffa may be a head-turning hue, but when paired with easy-wearing neutrals – think tan, cream or sesame – it becomes fair game for the office. Try a block-heeled mule to anchor the look.

 

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Men’s trend: cropped pants

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In the past, they may have been a controversial choice, but lately, there’s been a shift in attitude – cropped pants have made the jump from the fringe to the mainstream. It’s not hard to see why: the style is contemporary yet classic, nodding to the 1950′s without feeling at all retro, and has the versatility to good on anyone. Right now, cropped pants feel like a refreshing change from basic chinos or jeans.

If you’re looking to try out the trend without committing, try a rolled trouser first – a tailored, straight-legged trouser with one or two precise rolls at the ankle looks very pulled together, and has the added advantage of showing off a patterned sock or dress shoe. Once you’ve acclimatised to the look, feel free to experiment with a pair of cropped pants – temper the look with fuss-free, casual pieces like a pair of minimalist trainers and a plain tee to strike a refined balance.

The beauty of the look is that you can push it as far as you’re comfortable with: a subtle crop allows you to flash a hint of colour with bright socks, while a more pronounced style (try it with no socks and boat shoes) signals a certain self-confidence. And the best part? You’ll keep cool – both literally and figuratively – for the long, hot summer ahead.

 

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