The Sketch House, Westfield Doncaster

Recently I entered a competition run by Westfield Doncaster in conjunction with illustrator Megan Hess. Westfield Doncaster was hosting a book signing and a pop-up sketch house. If you're not familiar with the name Megan Hess, no doubt you would have seen her work. She is the artist behind the Sex and the City book covers and has worked with many high end fashion brands including Tiffany & Co, Dior, Chanel and Montblanc to name a few. She also recently released a book called Fashion House, which through her illustrations mixes interiors, style icons and of course fashion. I ran out and bought the book when it was released as I really enjoy her work. Back to the competition, to enter I had to submit a photo online of myself dressed in an outfit I would like to be sketched in. From the entries received forty five finalists were invited into Westfield Doncaster to be sketched live by fashion students. Then from the forty five finalists one lucky winner would be chosen to be sketched by Megan Hess and take home a Westfield voucher. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the forty five finalists to be sketched. The outfit I chose to wear was one of my racing outfits I made that I wore to Warrnambool in May this year. My artist was Alexis who told me she was studying at RMIT. I was shocked when as we were chatting she said she was only in her first year! I studied fashion for three years, but drawing was never my strength so I'm always very impressed when I meet people that can draw and paint. I had to stand in the Sketch House in my outfit as customers walked past for about an hour as Alexis worked on my illustration.Alexis at work 
After a weeks wait I found out I didn't win the sketch with Megan Hess, but I was thrilled to be a part of the competition and felt like a winner anyway with my sketch from Alexis. I have never seen a competition like this as it was quite innovative and I hope that Westfield Doncaster continues to come up with such great promotions.For more information on Megan Hess and Westfield DoncasterBy Angela Menz

Book- Milan: Discovering Food, Fashion and Family in a Private City by Robyn Lea

As a great lover and collector of books I was very grateful to my lovely friend Anthony who gave me a heads up on a book signing at Madam Virtue & Co (5 Crossley St, Melbourne) with New York based author and photographer Robyn Lea. The fabulous hosts for the afternoon JC Lloyd-Southwell d'Anvers, Dean Hewitt and Maude from Madam Virtue had cupcakes and couture on hand to make the afternoon a beautiful and delicious event.Milan: discovering Food, Fashion and Family in a Private City Miu Miu, one of my favourite labels Robyn's first book- Milan: Discovering Food Fashion and Family in a Private City is a stunning visual feast inviting the reader into a mostly hidden side of Milan. Although I just got my copy, already I have been absorbing the fashion, art, architecture and delicious recipes that the city has to offer though Robyn's lens and hand written notes scattered throughout the pages. I have never been to Milan before although I have wanted to for a long time and flicking through this book has made me determined to put some pennies aside and make it happen!I got my copy signed by Robyn and the inscription was perfect as it's books like this that I pull out when I need help to create and be inspired.My signed copy 
JC, Anthony, Robyn and IFor more information about Robyn Lea and to purchase a book or invest in couture visit  Madam Virtue &CoBy Angela Menz