Entries from September 28th, 2014

Aesop Rundle Street Launch

posted on: 28 September, 2014

 

Denchibitionist-Aesop-Rundle-Street-Launch-12

Denchibitionist-Crystal-Dench-Aesop-Adelaide-Rundle-Street

Denchibitionist-Crystal-Dench-Aesop-Adelaide-Rundle-Street-4Denchibitionist-Crystal-Dench-Aesop-Adelaide-Rundle-Street-2Denchibitionist-Crystal-Dench-Aesop-Adelaide-Rundle-Street-3Denchibitionist-Aesop-Rundle-Street-Launch-8Denchibitionist-Aesop-Rundle-Street-Launch-7Denchibitionist-Aesop-Rundle-Street-Launch-9Denchibitionist-Aesop-Rundle-Street-Launch-10Photography by Susan Allin and Crystal Dench

I was recently invited to the official launch of Aesop Rundle Street, which was designed by Adelaide’s own Genesin Studio. Guests were offered wines, cheeses, strawberries and berry infused water whilst familiarizing themselves with the chic new digs. The interior features solid timber, Tasmanian oak, antique green marble and blackened steel rods. Unlike other Aesop stores that I have explored, the aesthetic of this east end sanctuary also features a consultation lounge complete with fireplace, leather bound books and armchair.

In need of new skincare for the road trip I was taking the following day, I purchased the Sage & Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream and had a few other handy goodies provided in the gift bag (pictured below). We stayed at a shack in the Yorke Peninsula and I opted to keep my skincare and makeup routine to a minimal. Fittingly, the trip marked the anniversary of my 7th year in Australia. This allowed me to celebrate in the most Australia way I know how; barbeque breakfasts, cocktails in between beach walks and fishing.

 

Denchibitionist-Aesop-Rundle-Street-Launch-13Denchibitionist-Aesop-Rundle-Street-Launch-6Aesop Mouthwash Bain de Bouche • Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser • Mac Crème Sheen Lipstick in Fanfare • Aesop Sage & Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream • Chanel Vitalumiere Eclat in Beige Desert • Ksubi Sunglasses

 

 

The Echoes of A Distant Time

posted on: 17 September, 2014

Denchibitionist-Vinyl-Vintage-Pink-Floyd-Crystal-Dench-2cover_29441717102008


Pink Floyd – Meddle

Pink Floyd 1988 Tour Tee • Topshop Skirt • Zara Boots • ASOS Teal Brushed Coat • Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch • H&M Bag

Growing up in England I was no stranger to Pink Floyd. My dad and I would join musical forces doing our own renditions of songs from The Wall and The Dark Side of the Moon. He would play air guitar and I would sing fiercely into a felt tip pen (microphone). We used to drive down to the Royal Festival Hall most Saturday evenings to listen to live music and when I’d fall asleep on the way home, he’d wake me up to see the Battersea Power Station that’s featured in the album artwork for Animals.

Personally my favourite album is Meddle, which my outfit is inspired by. The colours of the sound waves and rippled water in the music sleeve match perfectly with that of my fur coat contrasting with the brick wall. Those who know me will tell you that I’m no stranger to sporting a band tee and there’s nothing I enjoy more than finding an original tour shirt in mint condition. I thoroughly enjoyed putting this look together, if you enjoyed it too let me know by commenting below and perhaps it will be the start of a series post.

Denchibitionist-Vinyl-Vintage-Pink-Floyd-Crystal-Dench-8Denchibitionist-Vinyl-Vintage-Pink-Floyd-Crystal-Dench-4Denchibitionist-Vinyl-Vintage-Pink-Floyd-Crystal-Dench-2Denchibitionist-Vinyl-Vintage-Pink-Floyd-Crystal-Dench-3Denchibitionist-Vinyl-Vintage-Pink-Floyd-Crystal-Dench-7Denchibitionist-Vinyl-Vintage-Pink-Floyd-Crystal-Dench-GIFDenchibitionist-Vinyl-Vintage-Pink-Floyd-Crystal-Dench-9Photography by Susan Allin
Styling and creative direction by Crystal Dench

FOLLOW DENCHIBITIONIST: Instagram, Bloglovin, Facebook, Twitter

The Loft Wine Bar Dinner Menu Launch

posted on: 11 September, 2014

Crystal-Dench-Denchibitionist-The-Loft-Wine-Bar-Adelaide-Degustation-1

Crystal-Dench-Denchibitionist-The-Loft-Wine-Bar-Adelaide-Degustation-2

Crystal-Dench-Denchibitionist-The-Loft-Wine-Bar-Adelaide-Degustation-3Crystal-Dench-Denchibitionist-The-Loft-Wine-Bar-Adelaide-Degustation-4

I was very fortunate to have recently been invited as a guest to preview The Loft Wine Bar’s dinner menu. Hosted by Nomadic Marketing’s Mark Bolton who talked us through our matched wines and The Loft’s own Eddie Alder who the New Yorker calls one of Australia’s top ten mixologists. The decadent soirée consisted of five courses which were created and presented beautifully under the direction of head chef Joseph Quiniones. We indulged in dishes, a couple of which were inspired by Filipino cuisine whilst enjoying fantastic company and taking in The Loft’s charming interiors.

Crystal-Dench-Denchibitionist-The-Loft-Wine-Bar-Adelaide-Degustation-6Crystal-Dench-Denchibitionist-The-Loft-Wine-Bar-Adelaide-Degustation-17Crystal-Dench-Denchibitionist-The-Loft-Wine-Bar-Adelaide-Degustation-7Course 1: Pulutan

Philippine inspired Charcoal Mezze, Whole Prawns, Baby Squid, Belly Pork
East 8 Hold up Cocktail (Vodka, Aperol, Pineapple, Lime, Passionfruit)
Sherry Cobbler (Pimms, Curacao, Fino Sherry, Cucumber
Mosquito Hill Pino Blanc

Crystal-Dench-Denchibitionist-The-Loft-Wine-Bar-Adelaide-Degustation-9Crystal-Dench-Denchibitionist-The-Loft-Wine-Bar-Adelaide-Degustation-8

Course 2: Chicken

Poached with ginger broth & wild rice
20th Century Cocktail (Gin, Lemon, Kina Lillet & Cacao)

Crystal-Dench-Denchibitionist-The-Loft-Wine-Bar-Adelaide-Degustation-10

Course 3: Duck

Sous Vide Duck Breast with Beetroot, Brussels Sprouts and Calve Nero
White Rabbit Cocktail (Brown Butter Rum, Smoked Maple, Fresh Lemon and Orange Juice)
Mosquito Hill Pinot Noir

Crystal-Dench-Denchibitionist-The-Loft-Wine-Bar-Adelaide-Degustation-12

Course 4: Beef Sirloin

Beef Sirloin with Mushroom and Chorizo
Garfiled & Thomas Cabernet Merlot
Crystal-Dench-Denchibitionist-The-Loft-Wine-Bar-Adelaide-Degustation-13Crystal-Dench-Denchibitionist-The-Loft-Wine-Bar-Adelaide-Degustation-14Crystal-Dench-Denchibitionist-The-Loft-Wine-Bar-Adelaide-Degustation-5Crystal-Dench-Denchibitionist-The-Loft-Wine-Bar-Adelaide-Degustation-16

Course 5: Turon
Filipino banana and cinamon sugar pastry with chocolate sauce
Kooinda Milk Porter
El Maestro Pedro Ximenez
Picasso cocktail (Vodka and Sparkling Water with palette of flavoured mixers)

 

My favourites were the 20th Century Cocktail as the cacao flavours were present in a delicate yet not overpowering way. I also enjoyed the Sherry Cobbler and found it to be very summery. In terms of food, the chicken was a standout as it was fragrant and unique. I hadn’t previously tried puffed rice in a savory dish.

As a firm believer of following the pursuit of pleasure in ones surroundings, I gather that my friends and I will be back at The Loft Wine Bar to enjoy an evening of dinner and drinks, perhaps this time on the balcony as the warmer months are steadily approaching.