Urban Outfitters has released a sausage dog doona cover

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Just when we thought the design gods had exhausted all avenues for pet-themed accessories, Urban Outfitters comes swooping in with a sausage dog doona cover.

The cover features teeny sausage dogs encased in bread complete with tomato sauce and mustard – making your sleeping space that bit cuter.

Because what’s better than spending time with your hound? Cosying up like a hot dog in a bun and never leaving your bed.

Pair it with a new set of matching pjs with your pup, and you’re in for the pawfect slumber party.

Get the sausage dog duvet here.


Le Creuset has dropped a nature-inspired cookware range

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Nature’s Kitchen.

Le Creuset is bringing the outdoors in with the introduction of two new hues to its range – Kale and Deep Teal.

The new colourways take cue from characteristics of the land and sea. Kale (the vegetable that keeps on giving) brings a contemporary vibe to the kitchen. Deep Teal is inspired by tropical foliage and the allure of the sea.

The range forms part of the new Nature’s Kitchen collection, which includes round casserole dishes, ramekins and cast-iron skillets.

You can shop the collection in-store and online now.


Hot Cross Bao are available for delivery this week

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That’s what we’re talking a-bao.

Forget traditional hot cross buns. Deliveroo is offering Easter-themed bao for an entire week, from five different restaurants around the country.

From March 26 to April 2, the service will deliver fresh and fluffy bao creations directly to your door.

Melburnians will be treated to a Hot Cross Bao by Wonderbao, while those in Perth can enjoy Sweet Jesus Bao from Pachi Pachi and Red Bean Nutella Bao from Tao Cafe.

In Brisbane, BBQ Duck Kitchen is slinging Easter Mini Rabbit Bao and in Adelaide, 50SIXONE will bring Ferrero Rocher Steamed Coco Buns to your doorstep.

Get it while it’s hot.


Quasi and Vans bring back the Epoch Sport Pro LTD

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Vans and Quasi have teamed up to reintroduce the Epoch Sport Pro LTD, a shoe first debuted in 1994.

The reimagined classic features clean lines and subtle branding, arriving in in navy and beige colourways.

With upgraded materials, the design preserves the original retro aesthetic while remaining durable and functional. An embroidered Quasi logo is featured on the instep, while a ‘V’ logo appears in leather on the side panel.

The original Vans tongue label is also included, otherwise only seen on the Sk8-Hi from the same era.

The Epoch Sport Pro LTD is available in-store from March 24 at Fast Times, Beyond Skate, Precinct Skateshop and Supply.


Instagram introduces a shopping feature and goodbye money

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Wave goodbye to those savings.

Instagram’s latest shopping feature – released in Australia yesterday – saves the hard work of hunting down your favourite pieces, by allowing brands to tag products directly in the app.

Gone are the days of screenshotting your fave outfits, putting in the hard yards to track them down, and then realising the price and backing away slowly.

Tapping on tagged images now delivers instant product details, pricing and links to brands’ websites.

In Australia, major retailers such as Myer and Country Road are among the first few to adopt the new technology, with other retailers jumping on board fast.

Brands already participating will have a shopping basket icon in the corner of their images (FYI – you’ll need to update your app to see what all the fuss is about).

Check out the below post on mobile to test out the new feature.

Happy shopping.


Racecourse Road at CityLink Closed After Truck Brings Down Tram Lines

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This afternoon a truck brought down overhead tram lines on Racecourse Road beneath the CityLink overpass.

The outbound lane of Racecourse Road is currently closed with traffic being diverted via Boundary Road and Stubbs Street. The inbound lane was closed but reopened recently. Emergency services are on site, and VicRoads has advised drivers to avoid the area, describing traffic as “very heavy”.

Repairs are expected to continue until at least 6pm. Yarra Trams has advised commuters “this delay may take some time to clear”.

Route 57 trams have been rerouted in both directions, diverting via Mount Alexander Road and Ascot Vale Road along routes 59 and 82 between Melrose Street and Union Road.

It’s recommended passengers travelling from Ascot Vale Road hop on bus 404 (Footscray-Moonee Ponds) and change at Moonee Ponds Junction to connect with route 59 and diverting route 57 trams.

Epsom Road passengers can take bus 472 from Francis Street (Williamstown-Moonee Ponds) and change at Moonee Ponds Junction to connect with route 59 and diverting route 57 trams.

Melbourne Institution Thomas’ Music to Close

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For almost a century Thomas’ Music has attracted Melbourne musicians and music enthusiasts with its broad range of classical music.

Sadly, the rise in digital music sales and online streaming has affected the store’s profits, now forcing its closure.

“We just don’t have enough business to keep it financially viable,” manager Elisabeth Vodicka tells Broadsheet.

The Vodickas are one of only two families to own the store. They purchased it in the 1980s and Elisabeth took over in the late 1990s.

“We have a lot of loyal customers, but we need to sell more than we do to keep ourselves going,” she says. “We also have a very big store with a large stock holding which we have to carry all the time … at the end of the day you’ve got to make money.”

Thomas’ originally opened as a piano, organ, phonograph and musical warehouse on the corner of Exhibition and Bourke Streets in July 1922. In 1972 the store moved to the upper plaza of the Southern Cross Hotel.

The music store relocated to its current site in 1994 – the first State Savings Bank of Victoria, built in 1902. Its original Australian Art-Deco plaster ceiling has been restored and remains a feature of the store.

Thomas’ specialises in opera, ballet and musicals on CD and DVD. It’s also been home to art house and foreign films, jazz and world music.

“Because we’re a niche store and there’s no one else like us in Australia, we get a lot of interesting people coming through our doors,” Vodicka says.

Past customers include Barry Humphries and actor Pierce Brosnan. Another highlight for Vodicka was a particular visit from regular customer and previous Premier of Victoria, Joan Kirner.

“There used to be a lot of men that worked at Thomas’ and when I took over we had predominantly women,” Vodicka says. “[Kirner] walked in one day, she stood at the door and she screamed, ‘There’s been a revolution!’ because there were all women behind the counter for once.”

For Vodicka, life beyond the music store means more time to focus on her architectural career. “Most of us have something to go on with,” she says.

As for Thomas’, Vodicka says there are plans to continue operating as an online store.

“The people that are technically savvy, they’ll all be fine. The people that I sort of feel for are the older clients who just don’t use the internet and like to ring us up and ask us for recommendations.

“They’ve all been buying up big because they won’t have anywhere to go.”

Thomas’ Music is offering 25 per cent off everything until its official closure on March 16.


There’s now a release date for ‘My Tamagotchi Forever’

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Late last year we found out the Tamagotchi would soon be available on iOS and Android.

The wait’s now almost over, with My Tamagotchi Forever set to launch on March 15.

With the same concept as the classic game, users are able to feed, bathe and look after their digital pet. You’ll be able to win your way to new costumes, food, decorations and other prizes with a series of mini-games.

Updated graphics are just one of the new features that come in the updated version. There’ll also be an online community and communal town, where your pet can interact with other pets.

We’re just as excited as we were when Version 2 was released in 2005.


A Harry Potter river cruise will set sail this year

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Start saving your galleons.

Passports and broomsticks on standby, American cruise company Barge Ladies is bringing a Harry Potter Magic Cruise to England.

The 8-person Harry Potter-themed cruise will travel down the River Thames, stopping at a number of iconic Harry Potter locations along the way.

Fans will recognise Virginia Water, where Harry first met Buckbeak in The Prisoner of Azkaban and Picket Post Close, the home of the Dursley family.

Other stops include the model for Hogwarts’ Great Hall at Oxford’s Christ Church College and the Warner Brothers Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter to see sets, costumes, and props.

To truly be immersed in the magic, an onboard chef will prepare a line up of Hogwarts-inspired meals. An open bar is also included (fingers crossed Butterbeer is in stock).

Round up seven of your muggle friends and start saving your galleons because the six-day river cruise doesn’t come cheap at over USD $4000 per person.


Grossi’s Pezzo to Start Free Fridays This Week

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Guy Grossi’s Pezzo is launching a new weekly special.

Free Fridays begin this week at the Flinders Lane pizza-pocket shop, offering customers a giveaway item with every pezzo purchased, such as free hot chips, ice-cream sandwiches, soft drinks or bomboloni.

To kick things off, Pezzo is giving away 100 free pezzi this Friday, no purchase required. The giveaway begins at 11am and runs until midday – or until they run out.

If you’re first in, you’ll either pick up The Original, stuffed with meatballs, or The Parma, filled with eggplant, tomato and mozzarella.

Alongside Free Fridays, Pezzo has launched a daily happy hour from 5pm to 7pm, where you can buy two-for-one pezzi.