a bit about Lexy
What do you do and why do you do it?
Full time adventurer and part time little bit of everythinger. I am a chiropractors assistant, because I love holistic health and curing people in natural ways. I am a waitress, because I love meeting new people and sharing the most universal joy, food!! I am a psychologist personal assistant, because I love to learn from the experts themselves and hear their stories. Plus my minor is psych. I am a nanny, because I love children. They are full of life, enjoy the little things, and remind me to always have fun! I'm hand model for 3 restaurants aka free yummy food (most random job ever!!). Lastly getting certified to be a yoga instructor.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
Waitressing at a gourmet pizza restaurant the first year of college. Absolutely worst decision I could've ever made, because I ate enough pizza for a lifetime. The freshman 15 was real for me haha. Yet somehow I still love pizza....
Were you born and raised in Melbourne? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Melbourne?
I was born in New York and grew up in Seattle, Washington! I am here in beautiful Melbourne because I just finished uni and wanted to move to a different country before I settle down into a career. Plus it's one of the best food cities in the world, so I had to come eat my way through a new country!
What’s your current hood in Melbourne and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
Caulfield North (it's a little weird they write the direction after the city). This mostly jewish neighborhood is full of all sorts of kosher goodies! The best part about it is the abundance of parks! As well as the Caulfield Race Track, where you can have an excuse to dress up, get drunk and bet on horses. A great thing is when the races aren't on you can bring your pets or just yourself and walk around the track on a nice day! The worst thing is it's not a lively hood. The most action we get on the streets is the 830 am school drop off and 330 pm school pick up. Can't lie the moms can get pretty viscous.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
All about the 90s hip hop of course!! Like Nas said, the world is yours, which is why I always make the most out of each day. Rap has so many good life lessons and wisdom (well the old school goodies do). I also love my tropical house music, such good summer vibes! I enjoy soulful, acoustic and indie music as well! Anything that is danceable or chilled out for beach days or yoga I am keen to listen to! There isn't much I don't like besides country (yeeehaww) and screamo music. I run away when I hear either of those.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Skinny Love by Bon Iver, Only (RX Y) by Shashi Pratap Singh, If Only by Fink, To Build A Home by The Cinematic Orchestra, Limit To You Love by James Blake, Breathe Me by Sia, Let It Go by James Bay and Un-thinkable by Alicia Keys
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Parks and Recreation is one my favorite shows! It is filled with political and social satire along with great actors! Arrested Development is another amazing satire series with clever jokes and story line.
Name some spots in Melbourne that are good for a Tinder date.
There are so many good speakeasies here that are loads of fun! Like Jungle Boy or Fall from grace. Or you could go to punting on the lake for a romantic little boat ride at the Royal Botanical Gardens! And since Melbourne is a huge foodie city you have loads of restaurants to choose from and rooftop bars!
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Who’s your hero and where in Melbourne would you take them out for a serious hang?
Sonja Lyubomirsky, a positive psychologist (my dream job). I would take her to Albert Park for a nice walk to watch the sunrise (great spot for a Melbourne sunrise) and discuss ideas!
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Oh boy if only I had money to shop at all the cute stores here (insert crying emoji), but Kookai, Sheike, Zara, Forever New, Sportsgirl, David Jones and Myers. For workout clothes Lora Jane, Lululemon, Kathmandu, Rebel, and Cotton On (cheap, yay!). Then there are the DFOs which are outlets (so many good come ups) and op-shops (second hand shops) like Vinnies. You can actually score at the op shops, I got a fabulous grey cashmere sweater, that I swear was never worn before, which was $10.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Revolver Upstairs. How do I even describe it...well for starters there's a fuzzy wall. So you know you're in for a good people watching night. Next, it is open Saturday till Monday, the ENTIRE time it does not shut. If you are looking to escape from the world in a humid human hotbox filled with people on all different levels, then you have found your dream spot.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Go to the royal botanical garden! It's huge and filled with beautiful flowers and plants, but I rarely make it out there ):
Where do you go in Melbourne for a casual night out?
Hoohaa, relaxed rooftop bar with great craft cocktails! Along with interesting and cheap food. Black Pearl, Naked for Satan and Goldilocks are all my go-to's.
Where would you go in Melbourne to celebrate some freaking good news?
Head over to 7apples and treat myself to some ridiculously good gelato then head to the beach with a bottle of bubbles :) Then put my name at chin chin and while we wait for the long line head down to gogo bar for some drinks!
What’s your choice of transportation in Melbourne and why?
Train (which I usually call bus, no clue why I always do that). Affordable, faster when there's traffic, and great people watching!
What are the Melbourne spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Brighton beach boxes, South Melbourne Market, Chapel street, the great ocean road (road trip), one of the many rooftop bars and the Royal Botanical Gardens.
What are the Melbourne spots tourists should run from screaming?
The cricket grounds. I don't know about you, but the act of sitting for 8 hours watching a few men try to score a few runs is not my ideal weekend plan. There are plenty of other more entertaining ways to spend 8 hours in Melbourne!!
Tomorrow’s your last day in Melbourne. How do you spend it?
Start my day with some yoga at Happy Melon (the best studio ever) and then their 25 min meditation class. Pop over [it's actually a few suburbs away but you get the point] to Sister of Soul for an amazing healthy breakfast and fresh squeezed juice. Then after I've stuffed my face, I will walk to the beach to soak up some sun and have good chats with friends. Then pack a picnic and drive down to Mount Martha and cliff jump off the Pillars into the turquoise blue water. Afterwards head to the peninsula hot springs to relax. For dinner go to Chin Chin and eat amazing Thai food. Finish up at 1806 for Australia's iconic espresso martini!
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Thailand, because of the beautiful culture, tasty food, cheap everything and anything and incredible natural beauty. There is so much you can do in Thailand and you can feel like a Queen (or King), because it's so inexpensive. It is also known as the land of smiles, because the locals are always so happy which I LOVE!! They have so many relaxing beaches and also party beaches. You will meet people from all over the world and go on fun adventures with them. You can volunteer (or just pay) at an elephant sanctuary and ride elephants :) Tons of places to cliff jump, temples to climb and admire, waterfall hikes and $1 street food.