The QVB Experience

The QVB Experience

29 May 18

For me, shopping anywhere is an experience, but take me to the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney, and it’s a whole new level.

I know of a lot of people who don’t enjoy shopping (I will never understand), but take them to the QVB and suddenly it’s not just a shopping trip, it’s stepping back into time into quite possibly the most beautiful building in Sydney.

From the stunning architecture, to the atmosphere of someone playing the piano whilst you shop your little heart out, it truly is special.

My mission at the QVB a few weeks ago was to find a gift for my Mum for Mother’s Day and I was seriously spoilt for choice.

I tend to get very side tracked when shopping so I picked the exact shops I was going to and only managed to detour a handful of times… (pretty good for me)

First was Helen Kaminski who could turn any non-hat lover into a serious hat enthusiast. I just don’t do hats, but the incredible selection of specially crafted and designed pieces in the store had me questioning myself big time. Lucky for my darling Mother, I was there for her and picked up a gorgeous timeless piece that she absolutely adores – WINNING.

Next on the list – Moi Moi jewellers. Can I tell you, there is no better way to spend your weekend than trying on bling. I’ve had so many questions on what the Moi Moi is, as you can get a 2 carat ring for a quarter of the price of what you’d pay for a diamond. Basically, the stone itself is not a diamond, it’s called a Moissante and it has more brilliance, fire, and lustre than any other jewel.

As a rough idea on pricing, I have always wanted a 2 carat diamond as my engagement ring for as long as I can remember, but that would be about $25,000-$30,000 whereas the price of a 2 carat Moissante is about $5000-$7000. What’s the catch right? It’s all I could keep asking the lovely shop attendants, but when they went over all of the nitty gritty, you seriously realise there is no catch, there is just a much more affordable and just as beautiful option out there for jewellery!

Last but not least was Anne Fontaine. If you can appreciate the craftsmanship and detail that goes into clothing, then this will be your paradise.

The clothing is a true tribute to femininity and classic style and what I imagine Parisian stores to look like.

After a few hours of successful shopping, I rewarded myself with some much needed caffeine. I don’t know about you but I prefer to shop alone. I love taking my time and being able to go anywhere I want. Everyone has their own little escape, and shopping is definitely mine.

Thankfully for me, I now work right across from the QVB, which is incredibly dangerous for my wallet, but what’s a little retail therapy every now and then right?

If you’ve never been to the QVB, it needs to go straight onto your bucket list of things to do whilst in Sydney, and if you’ve been before, I’m sure you can agree just how special it really is.

Check out the website HERE for a full list of stores.



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