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Docklands Spring Racing Carnival guide

01 Oct 2013

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It’s all about the headwear

The Spring Racing Carnival is almost here and racegoers are busily organising their own unique racing look.

Every racegoer wants to look their best at the track. And, while you might have the perfect shoes, an amazing dress and a standout bag, we all know Spring Racing Carnival fashion is all about the headwear.

That’s where Blow Dry Bar Docklands comes in. The team at the local salon are offering two racing season services to ensure your hair, and the fascinator that adorns it, look amazing for your day at the races.

Salon manager Jana Brown said Blow Dry Bar was offering an up-style and fascinator application for $95 or a blow dry and fascinator application for $65.

The lovely ladies at Blow Dry Bar will take care of your hair while you unwind before a big day out at the races.

According to Ms Brown, Blow Dry Bar Docklands is also offering all Docklands News readers $30 blow dries throughout October, which is a saving of $10.

To claim the offer, simply bring along a copy of the Blow Dry Bar advertisement in the October edition of Docklands News.

So there you have it, Blow Dry Bar Docklands is the perfect place to “tame your mane”.

Bookings are essential, so to ensure you are race-ready contact Blow Dry Bar Docklands on 9602 4026.


Preparing for race-day success

Any racehorse trainer will tell you, that preparation is the key to success on the racetrack.

The same applies to racegoers. If you want to look your best, and stand out from the crowd, it’s all about the preparation.

This is where a visit to  Hanh Tran, owner of Artistic Styling clothing alterations in Docklands, can pay dividends. A regular at the Spring Carnival races, Hanh has an expert eye for fashion.

“I offer honest fashion and styling advice,” Hanh said. “Restyle can be the way to go.”

“It does not have to be expensive, to look your best. Maybe just some minor adjustments to last season’s outfit, is all you need. It’s easy and doesn’t cost a lot.

“Or bring in your new attire, because that perfect fit is only a few adjustments away. This applies to the gents, not just the ladies. If you’ve invested in a new suit for the races, bring it in and we’ll have it fitting perfectly in no time.”

Hanh’s favourite is Oaks Day. “I love to go to the Oaks to see what people are wearing,” Hanh said. “I especially like the way the younger guys are making more of an effort to look good.”

Artistic Styling is at 105 Merchant St, Victoria Harbour. Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm. Phone 9602 2354.


Join the well-heeled

The Spring Racing Carnival can be a busy time of year, but a local Docklands business combines a range of services to meet the needs of every racegoer.

Il Ciabattino shoe repairs and Brown Gouge dry cleaning and alterations offer a suite of services that will keep you looking your best before, during and after the spring carnival.

For a pre-race spruce-up or post-race repair work, resident repairer Michael is on hand to ensure your shoes are in tip-top shape.

Specialising in old-school cobbling, Michael will be able to keep your shoes sparkling even after a long day on the track-side.

At the same time, seamstress Helen can assist with anything from minor hemming needs to re-fittings and alterations.

With over 25 years experience in the fashion industry, nothing is impossible for Helen.

Post-races, make sure you drop off your suits, dresses and any other race-day attire for some dry-cleaning.

With new dry-cleaning equipment recently installed, Brown Gouge can take care of more specialised items, including delicate items.

Find Il Ciabattino and Brown Gouge at corner of Bourke St and Seafarer Lane, Victoria Harbour, or call 9629 8555.


Fresh and fragrant

The perfect way to complete your race-day outfit is a new perfume.

Australian-owned fragrance house Palermo Perfumes offers a wide range of fragrances, making it THE place to find your ideal scent.

With an outlet located at Harbour Town Shopping Centre, Docklanders have an easy option when perfume shopping.

“With spring racing approaching the perfect way to complete your outfit is with a beautiful perfume,” manager Ozlem Unal said.

“We pride ourselves on being able to help our customers pick a perfume that will complement their outfit and personality. Pop in and see us at Docklands.”

Palermo Perfumes import oils which are then processed and packaged in Melbourne.

At $35 for a 50 ml fragrance, you’d be hard pressed to find a better value perfume anywhere in Melbourne.

The company also hosts in-home parties. Visit Ozlem Unal at Palermo Perfumes at Harbour Town Shopping Centre Docklands to find out more or to pick up your race day scent.


Looking sharp for the races

For the style-conscious Docklands men out there, a day at the races isn’t just about the suit.

A haircut could be just the trick to freshen up your features and put a spring in your step.

So if you’re in need of a trim before suiting up for a race meet, The Barber Club in Bourke St has got you covered.

Owner Alex Tabakman said The Barber Club prides itself on delivering a personal service.

“We understand you are busy, so our convenient and fast service will suit your lifestyle,” Mr Tabakman said.

Open from Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 6.30 pm, The Barber Club welcomes walk-ins, with no appointments necessary.

The Barber Club also offers $30 haircuts before 11am – an early bird special too good to be missed.

Contact The Barber Club on 9600 2511 or drop by at 844 Bourke St, Docklands.

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