Sometimes it feels like you’ve just mastered the pineapple mojito and inflated your backyard pool when pineapples go out of season and your pool fills with rain. Not this year! We asked some of our favourite women, three people who are sure to be icons, to tell us in five words or less what makes their summer. Their answers are short, but act on their inspiration and your summer will stretch on for ages.


Savannah Anand-Sobti

Savannah Anand-Sobti is the creative director of Ladies of Leisure, a zine about young and creative women by young and creative women. Ladies of Leisure recently ran a workshop series featuring topics such as “friend speed dating” and “superstar emails for writing and everyday life”.

Where’s your number one daytime summer spot?
The courtyard at Monty's

Where’s your number one nighttime summer spot?
The balconies at Cookie

Where do you go to be inspired over summer?
Hangs with my LOL babes

What’s your iconic summer song?
Just a Girl – No Doubt

What’s your iconic summer drink?
Americano

What’s your iconic summer meal?
Watermelon eaten with a spoon

Who is your summer style icon?
Confident babes on the street

Which iconic Melbourne place is your favourite?
Edinburgh Gardens and Carlton Gardens

Describe your ideal iconic summer day.
Road trip down the coast

What inspires you in summer?
Sunshine and everyone’s blissful attitude

What are your summer plans?
NYC, Sri Lanka, adventures


Al Parkinson

The soulful ukulele-laced songs of Al Parkinson will hit you right in your feelings. She’s planning to record an EP in the converted church she just moved into.

Where’s your number one daytime summer spot?
Nothing beats the beach. Ever.

Where’s your number one nighttime summer spot?
Basketball court with my boyf

Where do you go to be inspired over summer?
The city with headphones, people-watching.

What’s your iconic summer song?
Smokestack Lightnin’ by Howlin’ Wolf

What’s your iconic summer drink?
Gin and tonic

What’s your iconic summer meal?
Golden Gaytimes or Paddle Pops

Who is your summer style icon?
Larry Emdur. His Instagram = BEST

Which iconic Melbourne place is your favourite?
The Palais or the Forum

Describe your ideal iconic summer day.
Tunes, salt water & gin.

What inspires you in summer?
The smell. Summer smells good.

What are your summer plans?
Sing, sweat, dance and laugh


Majda Rahmanovic

After running café and design space Twenty and Six Espresso for over three years, Majda Rahmanovic is about to open new restaurant Host. As an interior designer working alongside her graphic designer husband, we know her new dining space in a Brunswick warehouse will be a work of art.

Where’s your number one daytime summer spot?
Green Park

Where’s your number one nighttime summer spot?
Heartattack and Vine

Where do you go to be inspired over summer?
Anywhere quiet and calm

What’s your iconic summer song?
Salad Days – Mac DeMarco

What’s your iconic summer drink?
Aperol spritz

What’s your iconic summer meal?
Too much ceviche

Who is your summer style icon?
My much more fashionable friends

Which iconic Melbourne place is your favourite?
Royal Exhibition Building and Gardens

Describe your ideal iconic summer day.
Road trip to the country

What inspires you in summer?
Alcohol

What are your summer plans?
Opening Host – can’t wait!

In partnership with Nobody Denim.