An Insiders guide to Melbourne & Melbourne Fashion Week

Some background info on the fabulous prize City Chic is offering one lucky state side diva and one lucky Aussie/NZ diva. A trip for two (the winner and the guest of their choice) to L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival in Melbourne, Australia (one of Oprah's favourite places she visited on her Aussie Adventure) to witness City Chic's curvy return to the runway and first ever appearance at LMFF.

The L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival is a glamourous fashion event that takes place every March in Australia's fashion capital, Melbourne. I have been lucky enough to attend the festival for the last few years and I can tell you first hand it's an amazing experience. From the free L'Oreal make-overs that all guests are welcome to before the show, to the free champers, ice cream and goodie bags inside the purpose built venue, not to mention all the people watching and celeb spotting, it has to be my favourite time of the year.

The glamour and drama of a fashion show always takes my breath away.

Imagine how awesome it will be to sit FRONT ROW at a City Chic plus size fashion show!!! You will also get to attend other L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival shows and experience the fun and excitement of being a fashion insider.

Not only that, you will stay 4 nights at a 4 star Melbourne hotel in the heart of the City, giving you ample time to explore all that Melbourne has to offer. The good thing about LMFF is most events are in the evening, meaning you will have all day to explore Australia's fashion and culture capital at your own pace.

Melbourne city is known for its hidden laneway's which are filled with cafe's, boutiques and street art. A day exploring the fabulous Flinders Lane precinct's laneway's is a must, as is a visit to Federation Square. The Square is the futuristic architectural "city square hub" of Melbourne. Essentially it is a meeting place, an events space and has many of the cities top restaurants and art galleries. Another great part of Melbourne is the tram network, which is the worlds largest public transport tram network still in use. Melbournians take great pride in this, and the city even offers a free city circle service in a beautiful old 1930's W class tram that circles the city and is perfect to use as a tourist, jumping on and off as you please, I recommend stopping off at the GPO to shop up a storm. The beautifully converted art deco General Post Office houses some of the best shopping that Australia has to offer, and its only a short walk to City Chic's Melbourne flagship store. How much fun does all this sound, it sure is making me home sick.

Don't forget the prize also includes a premium dining experience at Giuseppe, Aldo & Sons located at Crown Casino. One of Melbourne's top restaurants favourited by local celebrities you will be treated like a star.
Just one hour away from the city you can escape the hustle and bustle and rejuvenate in the beautiful Australian landscape. The Twelve Apostles, a naturally occurring ocean rock formation, is a must see when in Melbourne. As is the nearby Erskine Falls, a beautifully tranquil spot to forget the worries of the world. On the drive down don't forget to watch out for Kangaroo's and Koala's, because yes you can often see them in their natural habitat. I actually took a friend who was visiting from Japan on this exact drive and he did not believe me at all that we might see kangaroo's in the wild. He certainly got the shock of his life when we did, and not only that we saw a Koala and an Echidna as well. Seriously sometimes Australia just surprises you with its untouched beauty.

Did you know the prize also includes one night in Sydney? Visit the famous Opera house and climb the Harbour Bridge (just like Oprah did!) and just take in the beautiful scenery. Sydney is such a beautiful city, you won't forget this trip for the rest of your life.

To enter just click HERE

Good luck, and I can't wait to meet the winner.


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