Originating from Melbourne, Skin and Threads will always hold the city close to our hearts.
We caught up with gorgeous Danae Morris to get some insiders tips to the most liveable city in the world.
How did you become a guide for the Hidden Secret Tours?
After spending almost a year abroad, I returned home unemployed but with a curious mind and a love for the city that I had lived in. Funnily enough a week after I returned home, I applied for a position that was tweeted by Hidden Secrets Tours. I only researched them after noticing them walking down a laneway that I live in and thought that might be fun to do. Now coming into my third year with the team, I still get nervous every morning at 9:30am.
We love our hometown of Melbourne, what are your top 5 things even the born and bred locals should see/do?
NGV INTERNATIONAL & IAN POTTER CENTRE - The galleries are home to the most wonderful collections of art. Many of the exhibits are free and they change regularly. Tip- Check out the Grollo Equiset Garden NGV for kids and those who need some sunshine.
PACK A PICNIC - Enjoy any of the city’s gardens each season. Summer is all about the outdoor cinema and MSO. Winter has the most beautiful light and most of the bare branches allow you to see more of the city views. Good tip for winter - warm yourself in the Fitzroy Gardens Observatory or THE BOT Glass house. An alternative is the space created by The Little Veggie Patch Co, a hidden community garden oasis on the Federation Square carpark rooftop. Perfect place for a lunch break or join them for a morning yoga session.
CITY CIRCLE TRAM #35 - I love it after dark. Every night from Thursday to Saturday the tram runs until 9pm from Flinders street. Grab a Gelato from Spring Street Grocer, jump on the tram at Bourke/Spring street and enjoy the old world charm without the crowds.
ROOFTOP VISTAS - Walk up the marble steps of the Shrine of Remberance to one of the best views of the city. Experience a sunrise or sunset and on a clear day you can see the Dandenong Ranges. After sunset grab a seat at any one of the many rooftop bars that we are (in)famous for. For a bit of fun, Goldilocks which is accessed via lift in Chinese noodle bar is perfect for those summer nights in Melbourne.
THE NICHOLAS BUILDING - Many walk past the beautiful vertical community that is housed on the corner of Flinders Lane & Swanston Street. Melbourne’s best Milliners, Jewellers, Artists, Writers and even Clairvoyants can be found in the iconic 1920’s building. I regularly use the lifts of this beautiful building, which were the fastest in the city many moons ago.
Melbourne is known for its food and coffee culture. Where is your favourite spot to eat?
We are spoilt for choice, however some of the places I have found myself returning to in the last few months.
Breakfast - Little Big Sugar Salt - Breakfast and lunch. I tend to trust them with their mystery crumpet breakfast creations
Lunch & Dinner - Neapoli - Great food, cocktails and fun staff
Dinner - Belleville - Roast Chicken and sides. It’s delicious, easy to please fussy friends and has a really great vibe!
- Whisky + Alement /Boilermaker on Thursday nights
Bar Americano - Apertivo of the week
Romeo Lane - Cocktails. Perfect in winter by the open fireplace
Bar Ampere - Sit outside or venture down the secret passage into Gin Palace
Dukes Coffee Roasters - If you can grab a seat by the filter bar or the much coveted nook. Great filter options and too many naughty pastries in the cabinet.
Describe how you would spend the perfect day in Melbourne.
Perfect day would be the same way i approach most days. We all have our own our habits and I know that my day begins at Dukes with a batch brew coffee and would end enjoying a nice beverage in one hand and a loved one in the other. I’d then do everything else that I love in between.
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Follow Danae on Instagram @hellomrsmorris and get an insiders guide to Melbourne at Hidden Secret Tours: http://hiddensecretstours.com/
Skin and Threads 2015/16 summer is dedicated to the traveller, to the road less travelled and the knowledge that the destination is nothing without the journey.
Influenced heavily by this notion of travel, our spring summer collection draws on the vivid colours of Indian culture, vintage air mail artwork and statement silhouettes.
Bold shapes and print repetition, layers, graphic artwork... '
The Traveller' collection is designed to embrace the changing season and warmer climates with considered fabrics, refined simplicity and the cherished Skin and Threads’ nonchalant style.
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Street styled inspired, we take a look at how to wear your classic, can't beat denim pieces.
Everything from our signature skinny leg jean and cropped denim jacket to the must have relaxed girlfriend style.
Tuck, roll, layer... This season is all about denim.
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Serving everything from quality coffee, can’t beat salads and delicious take home packs, health and nutrition is key to everything Yardmill kitchen and grocer produces.
We sat down with Tracey, the passionate owner and founder of Yardmill to get to know our neighbours…
How did the idea of Yardmill originate
YARDMILL is a product of 2 years research and development – it began when I left the life of
a corporate lawyer, in pursuit of my passion. Inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi, his array of
product and his food presentation; the food scene in Abbott Kinney Rd in LA and in downtown
New York, I wanted bring my love of food and quality produce to similarly likeminded people
in such a way that I could offer a diverse range of premium product, to those who were time
poor, couldn’t cook or simply didn’t want to. Offering both and retail and online store and a
delivery service would accomplish that end.
Many of my friends who suffered from a food disorder, often complained that they couldn’t
find food outside their home, that that they could eat or tasted any good. I saw a gap in the
market place that was not being met so I wanted to address this and also cater for those who
suffered from dietary intolerances. The range of raw, sugar free, dairy free, fructose free and
gluten free range of products that we now offer are a direct response to meeting this gap. It
was therefore essential that I had my own kitchen, making food from scratch - so that I could
deliver a quality product to customers, every time, but also be in position whereby my staff
would be able to answer any customers’ questions regarding the contents of any product,
When did you open your store in Toorak?
Tuesday 15 July 2014
We absolutely love your wellness packages – tell us what these entail?
My desire to encourage healthy eating saw the creation our Wellness Packages. Our
packages are not weight reduction focused but simply focused on balanced eating and are
therefore a natural extension of the YARDMILL philosophy. Each wellness package can be
personally tailored to our customers preferences and dietary requirements.
We offer two nutrient dense meals and beverage plans (Cleanse and Revitalise) and
(Immune and Energy Booster) both of which were designed in house as a collaborative effort
in conjunction with our consulting nutritionist. Both plans provide for breakfast, lunch and
dinner together with midmorning, mid afternoon and post dinner snacks.
Our Cleanse and Revitalise Meal Plan has been specifically formulated to assist with the
elimination toxins from the body in order to promote optimal organ function and complete
revitalisation. The meals included in this package each have a distinctive nutritional profile
which are intended to alkalize and support the body’s natural cleansing pathways.
Our Immune and Energy Booster Meal Plan is designed to strengthen and boost the immune
system whilst providing long lasting energy. The nutrient dense meals selected in
this package contain the right balance of functional ingredients to promote vitality and optimal
Our beverage plan is the same for both packages and includes our own cold press juices
made in house together with organic herbal teas.
With spring not far away, what healthy offerings can we expect to see on the menu?
In addition to our best sellers, our seasonal spring offering will include
• Smoked Chicken Breast with leek and sorrel sauce;
• Daily market catch – whatever sustainable fish is in plentiful supply –with a wasabi
pea puree and daikon radish;
• Seasonal salads, including:
• Green Pulses - Puy lentils, mung beans, freekah, mache lettuce, currants,
activated almonds, dressed with lemon and olive oil; and
• Spring Pea - Pea, crispy pancetta, cos and mint with a seeded mustard dressing;
• Gluten free Spring Berry Trifle with Mint and Limoncello;
• Super green smoothie – banana, spinach, kale, coyo yogurt, chia seeds;
• Paleo Bircher Muesli;
• Black sticky rice breakfast bowl;
• Nut free muesli bar; and
• Fructose Free Raw Protein Ball
We know Yardmill is a big supporter of local, paddock to plate produce. Tell us a little
bit about your suppliers.
Warialda Belted Galoways – Beef
Located in Clonbinane, Victoria, just one hour out of Melbourne is Warialda Belted Galloways.
Run by the Snaith family, Allen and Lizette have been breeding Belted Galloway cattle for 30
years. Using quality stud genetics, the Snaith family believe in a paddock-to-plate approach to
cattle breeding and are passionate about nose-to-tail consumption and utilising the entire
animal. The Snaith family think outside the box when it comes to farming and are constantly
evolving to keep up to date with new trends and demands in the food industry. In addition to
Warialda’s three ranges of fresh beef and selection of small goods, WBG also make gluten
and preservative-free sausages and burgers.
The Farmers Larder – Pork
The Farmer’s Larder is located in the sleepy village of Franklinford - just north of Daylesford
and south of Castlemaine - a 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne. Stew and Louise Laing of The
Farmer’s Larder says their aim is simple: grow food that tastes great. They raise our heritage
breed animals using clean, smart and free range principles. Their animals roam free across
our paddocks, eating beautiful green pasture and 100% natural feed.
Stew and Louise are open, ethical and honest about how they raise, feed and kill
their animals and encourage our customers to learn where their food comes from.
We want our customers to have the choice of great tasting food that they know and trust has
been raised with love and made with taste in mind.
Spade and Barrow: Fruit and Vegetables
Spade and Barrow is the conduit between Yardmill and the smaller local farmer.
Whilst at SecondBite, Katy witnessed the struggles facing our farming community and
shocked to learn that farmers were moving off their land in droves unable to remain viable.
Founded in 2013 by Katy Barfield CEO of food rescue organisation *SecondBite, with a
mission to keep Australian farmers on their land by paying a fair price for their produce,
purchasing produce in all shapes and sizes and distributing it directly to commercial kitchens,
* Second Bite under distributes million of kilos of fresh food to 800+ community organisations
Family Homestead - Free Range Eggs
Established in 1991, Family Homestead is a 100% Australian, family owned and operated
business that produce genuine free-range eggs with the utmost love and care. Located
86kms from Melbourne’s CBD, Family Homestead is home to happy hens who can be seen
roaming the fresh paddocks to their hearts content. With a strong focus on animal welfare,
Family Homestead do not de-beak their chickens and allow them to express their natural
behaviour through natural farming methods. Hens are free to dust bathe, flap their wings and
socialise. It’s this approach, along with a high quality grain diet of corn, wheat and lupins,
which leads to the production of an old-fashioned, tasty free-range egg. Owners Vesna and
Ivin are proud and passionate about free-range eggs and are also dedicated to maintaining
environmentally sustainable farming practices
St Davids Dairy - Milk and Butter
Tucked away in the urban streets of Fitzroy, Melbourne lies boutique dairy, St David Dairy,
headed up by milk lover and food technologist, Ben Evans. St David Dairy is Inner
Melbourne’s only mirco-dairy, delivering beautiful fresh milk to restaurants, cafes and up-andcoming
cheese makers around town.
The Dairy’s main purpose is to provide absolute freshness to customers, with milk collected
direct from the farm, hand-bottled in Fitzroy and often delivered the very same day. This
hands-on approach is Ben’s preferred way of operating and his paddock-to-plate and grassto-
glass approach makes Evans’ the perfect milkman to deliver milk fresh to YARDMILL.
Nuts over Milk – Almond Milk
Created by Melbourne Personal Trainer, Zoran Sovilj, Nuts Over Milk is a boutique raw
almond milk that uses 100% biodynamic almonds. This mouth-watering drop is an alkaline
plant based milk that’s fresh, vegan, gluten-soy-lactose free. Nuts Over Milk provides the
people of Melbourne with a modern, tasty alternative to regular milk and it’s jam packed full of
With an avid love for raw almond milk, Zoran is equally passionate about the environment and
sustainability. Zoran does his part to protect the planet by recycling his old school glass milk
Found in select stores and cafes, YARDMILL is a proud supporter of Nuts Over Milk. Here’s
to supporting the little guys and to going nuts over milk!
Melbourne City Rooftop Honey
Beekeepers, Vanessa and Mat are the duo behind Melbourne City Rooftop Honey, an
initiative to bring bees into the city and raise awareness of the various threats and diseases
that the honeybee is subject to. Vanessa and Mat are responsible for the installation,
maintenance and care of over 70 hives on rooftops scattered around Melbourne, joining the
worldwide effort to help the honeybee. Concerned with the sense of disconnection between
food production and consumption, Vanessa and Mat not only share their honey with
supporters, they share knowledge, connect people and create a sense of community.
By placing hives on the roof spaces of cafes, restaurants, hotels and gardens Melbourne City
Rooftop Honey reduces the distance from production to plate to mere metres. Local
communities benefit and enjoy true ‘local’ produce that’s unique to their area and YARDMILL
is thrilled to be part of this exciting bee community.
Shane Kent – Ceramicist
Highly respected ceramicist and fine artist, Shane Kent is the man responsible for
YARDMILL’s beautiful ceramic shingled walls. Briefed by Projects of Imagination, Kent took
YARDMILL’s paddock to plate and health and wellness approach into consideration when
working on the commission and has successfully mirrored it in his work.
With over 2,500 handmade ceramic tiles lining the walls of YARDMILL, Kent subtly changed
the colour and texture of each tile through the kiln firing and scratching process, bringing a
greater sense of space and warmth to an otherwise narrow interior. While beautiful to look at,
Kent’s tiles are not just for decoration, they serve a much greater purpose and we feel
privileged to bring Kent’s beautiful art into everyday culture.
Kent has also produced four sets of distinctive serving vessels for winter, spring, autumn and
summer to reflect and enhance YARDMILL’s commitment to using seasonal ingredients.
Along with our daily coffee fix, we can’t beat the super healthy and delicious take home
packs. What are your best-selling dishes?
• Falafal Wrap
• 18 hr hanger steak w caramelised onion jam & semi-dried tomato wrap
• Braised Beef Filo Pastry Cigars
• Vegan Samosa
• Gluten Free Spinach and Ricotta Fritters
• Vegan Rice Paper Rolls
• Carrot Cake Bircher Muesli
• Hearty Broth and Velvet Vegetarian Soups of the Day
• Immune Boost Soup
• Green Super Food Dip
• Seasonal Salads
• In House Made Gluten Free Parpadelle
• Gluten Free Vegetarian Lasagne
• Lemon and Garlic Free Range Chicken
• Pedro Ximenez and Orange Braised Lamb Shanks
• Parmesan Polenta Chips
• Our raw food balls and bars – sugar, gluten, dairy, fructose and/or nut free.
• Vegan Chocolate Mousse
• Gluten Free Banana Bread
• Gluten Free and Sugar Free Choc Beetroot Brownie
Visit Tracey and the Yardmill team at 2/343 Toorak Road, Toorak, Victoria and online here