Monday, August 26, 2013


Being Irish, everyday is a new experience for me in Melbourne. Whether its finding a new cafe, bar or restaurant, a new clothing store stocking a niche label or meeting a new person; Melbourne has been pretty good to me over the last year and a bit since starting Wintour&Guinness.

Recently, I was invited to a beautiful dinner at the Montblanc boutique on Collins Street for the unveiling of a Megan Hess illustration for Montblanc. The evening was full of champagne and banter and I was delighted to have been introduced to Jane Rocca who I was sitting beside. Throughout the evening the table sat listening to anecdotes from those sat around it and some of the most interesting stories came from Jane. As the evening progressed Jane explained more about her work but never did she go into how vast her writing work was. Further exploration into Jane's world showed that her words had been published in some of the best publications worldwide such as InStyle, Rolling Stone, WWD and i-D for nearly two decades. Currently a contributing editor of The Weekly Review, she also writes occasionally for the likes of Sunday Life magazine and has just published her third book, The Fashionable Cocktail.

Whatever tipple tickles your fancy, there is something here for you and with Melbourne being the fashion capital of Australia, who better to write about the most fashionable cocktails than one of Melbourne's most prominent fashion and music writers. The book contains contributions from some of Melbourne, Sydney and New York's finest bartenders and mixologists -each with their own distinct character and style; the trick being to pick the right drink for the right individual.

With exquisite Illustrations by Neryl Walker, the book is orientated at the fashion set with the chapters divided into personality types such as The Vintage Girl, The Season Chaser, The Satorialist and The Luxe Label Girl. Each chapter with its own distinct character and style is perfect for those who want something sleek and stylish to knock back while deciding what to wear before a big night out or to mix and sip on during a night in with friends.

The Fashionable Cocktail covers everything from the classics, to the Manhattans and the Mojitos we all know and love, to the likes of the Pear & Lychee Collins or The Real Housewives Of Tequila Sunrise which is right up my alley.

The book is to be published next month and will be available in all good bookstores in Australia for $24.95. For more information check out however in the meantime the book will be officially launched during Melbourne Spring Fashion Festival Week on the 3rd September at Touche Hombre. Tickets are going fast so make your booking soon.


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