The Weekly February 17 2023

Highs, lows and roundabouts

A pregnant Rhianna performing at the Super Bowl (who runs the world?), the continuous and devastating news coming out of Türkiye and Syria (last week’s guide to supporting victims if you haven’t already) and the lazer focus on the RBA and those interest rate hikes… which you can read about from every news outlet worth its ink. It’s all cultural highs, global humanitarian lows and monetary roundabouts at the moment. The diamonds? News of miracle rescues from the earthquake rubble has had us in tears, price caps on gas are getting a fist pump and you can bet we’re excited to reveal with our LGBTQIA+ community at Sydney WorldPride 2023 over the next two weeks.

Market wrap

Ahhh the age old debate. Or the debate that’s been properly raging since a certain someone made avo on toast synonymous with millennials and mortgages. Who has buying and owning a home been harder for? Boomers, gen X or millennials? According to this ABC article, it’s a mix. Baby boomers had it harder in making their repayments at the beginning with interest rates at 17% in 1989, and spent a higher percentage of their wage on their mortgage than millennials at 40%+. However, over the life of their loan, millennials will end up paying more than the rest and are also getting squeezed from both sides thanks to inflation and interest rate hikes. The bottom line? No one has had it easy. But if you need a winners-losers argument, best to take another look at the article and cherry pick your evidence.

What’s on

Foodies, this one’s for you. If you’re going to splurge on something with your hard earned over the next few months, make it a gastronomic experience like no other. And lucky for you, it’s coming to Sydney. The three-Michelin starred restaurant (yes, three) Mirazur will be holding residency at The Gantry at Walsh Bay’s Pier One Hotel for three weeks from March 10. Named ‘Best restaurant in the world’ in 2019 (for context Noma was runner-up that year), the trip to Australia is part of the French-based restaurant’s Mirazur Beyond Borders project, which sees chef-owner Mauro Colagreco and team travel the world drawing inspiration from new countries and their produce. Warning, it’s a major splurge. But as we head into more hikes, we’re focusing on quality over quantity.

Avalon’s globe-trottting one-of-a-kind interiors oasis, Leilah, is having a warehouse sale this Sunday. But it’s not like the ones you’re used to. There won’t be any lines snaking their way through Avalon at 6am or elbows jostling for first dibs at the counter. It’s by-appointment and we wouldn’t expect anything less. Owner and interior stylist, Rouba Alamein, formerly of Manyara Home, likes to keep things calm and classy — and we are here for it. So book your spot (they are limited so hop to it to nab one) and enjoy very generous 30 – 90% discounts on her treasure trove of sumptuous, eye-catching pieces. 

It’s Sydney WorldPride 2023! Get ready for the city to turn technicolour in celebration of our global LGBTQIA+ community. It’s a proud moment for our city to be hosting such an incredible international event, and the first time it’s hit the Southern Hemisphere since inception in 2000. Among the 60+ events kicking off from today until March 5, we can’t wait to see the international drag queen extravaganza Drag Haus performed at The Roundhouse, The Fleurs de Villes: Pride instillation at the Royal Botanic Gardens showcasing life-sized mannequins covered entirely in flower arrangements (that also turns disco at dusk),  our very own Manly Corso Rainbow City mural and of course, we wouldn’t miss Oxford Street in all her glory for the 45th Sydney Mardi Gras Parade. So don your most fabulous get up and head into town to celebrate our rainbow community.

Pics courtesy of –

The gantry walsh bay credit – @thegantrysydney

Sydney worldpride 2023 credit – @sydneyworldpride

Leilah sale credit – @leilahsydney

Manly mural sydney world pride 2023