Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wedding Season

Isn't their venue stunning?  Classic Victorian.

Don't you just love receiving wedding invitations in the post?  I get so excited for the occasion and for being able to head out to the shops and buy a beautiful, loving gift for the couple and today was one of those days!  I opened up my letter box and gorgeous sparkling envelope was awaiting me!  A dear friend from high school is getting married later this year and instead of having a gift registry they are having a wishing well at the reception for gifts to be given.  I've never had to gift a wishing well before and not quite sure what the etiquette is for such occasions.  Can anyone help?  

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Decor Delights


May I move on tomorrow please?  I am head over heels for this room, even if it's only a snippet.  The settee in pink, the mint cushion and gold chandelier.  Heavenly!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pop Up: Empirical Style

Desire to Inspire posted about Empirical Style over the weekend and I have looked at their site before and drooled over their fabulous vintage school maps and botanical prints, itching for the day when I can find a place for some.  Now instead of being an online business they've opened a pop up show in Armadale, Melbourne.  I am going to have to get down there one day soon!  To promote their new venture Steve and Helena made a short video on the evolution of their pop up space and I am totally keen to try out the painters tape idea they used in both rooms.  Check out the video and see what you think.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Melbourne, The Most Liveable City in the World

Yep, Melbourne won the World's Most Liveable City for the second year in a row!  Even though I miss London terribly everyday (they placed 55th) I am beginning to appreciate Melbourne more and more.  Most of my Australian friends from London are returning home and some of them are moving here from different parts of Australia so in a way I get to experience Melbourne from the eyes of a newcomer as we explore different areas of the city together.   Just today a couple friends drove out to the country to have lunch at the local pub with me and it was glorious!  I can't wait until Spring arrives and the beer gardens open up with live music, we've already made plans to enjoy a Sunday afternoon at the pub! 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sir David Attenborough Rocks

I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be sitting front row, a mere few metres away from one of the greatest environmental advocates the world has ever seen.  Currently in Melbourne, Sir David Attenborough was centre stage as he spoke for almost 3 hours about his crazy adventures filming the worlds elusive and more often than not dangerous animals.  Sir David is 86 years old and is still working as hard as ever, having flown in from the Galapagos Islands and flying out to Mozambique, I simply could not believe that I was watching him in person.  He has so much zest for life it was truly inspiring and a natural story teller, as soon as he spoke you could feel the audience sit back and relax as they absorbed his animated adventures.
One of my favourites of the night was his description of becoming a commander at the UK's BBC television station.  It is impossible for me to do the story any justice but it was hilarious when he spoke of it so I will try my best to translate it.  Ray Martin, the host of the evening asked Sir David what his least favourite animal in world is and Sir David replied rats.  Apparently, when Sir David was at the BBC and in charge of an animal program he employed a rat catcher from East London to appear on the show talking about the rodents.  Prior to the program airing live Sir David warned the rat catcher who spoke with quite a cockney accent, to be careful of his conclusion regarding the death of the rats he catches.  Sir David described seeing him whack the rats over the head with a shovel as quite disturbing and would be particularly so for the BBC's viewers!  The TV show aired and the rat catcher brought on stage two large boxes filled with two different types of rats, he plunged his hand in to one box nabbing a fat rat by the tail.  He started swinging the rat around in circles by its tail, around and around.  He looked at the camera and said "Now I don't want you to suppose that I'm doing anything cruel to the rat.  It's just that I need to make him dizzy so the bugger doesn't bit me!"  The word "bugger" had never been used on television before!
Oh I know it's probably one of those 'you had to be there' stories but the entire audience was laughing at Sir David Attenborough and it was just magical.  The conclusion of the evening was Sir David Attenborough citing "What a Wonderful World" and seeing him sitting on stage as he spoke those words on screen was a once in a life time opportunity.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Rain, Rain Go Away...

It's Wednesday evening and I'm sitting on my bed catching up on blogs, doing some pinning and listening to the rain fall.  Although I don't particularly like the rain, really who does? I am so calm and relaxed hearing the pitter patter on the roof.  All I need now is a fireplace, some marshmallows and a cup of hot chocolate!   

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

See Me Sew

This is the start of my first major sewing project; a vintage Vogue dress from 1954.  Oh I can not wait to finish it in time for spring dinners and drinks in the city!  How amazing does the fabric look in all it's 4 meters of glory?!  

Monday, August 13, 2012

Mad Men Monday

Mad Men Season 5 might be done and dusted but I really felt like a dose of vintage fashion today and Janie Bryant is an absolute genius so what better person to fulfil my vintage obsession.  

Thursday, August 09, 2012


In the entire 2.5 years I lived in London I was never once homesick for Australia.  Never.  Although the last couple days I have had a terrible homesickness feeling in the pit of my stomach and it's for London.  I miss Trafalgar Square and sitting watching the tourists take their happy snaps, walking through St James Park, gossiping with my old work colleagues and even the bus.  I miss catching the double decker buses and staring out the window at the amazing buildings.  I miss waking up and walking everywhere.  I miss the Victoria and Albert Museum.  Most of all I miss my best friend who still lives in London.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Dare to Flare

As they always do, Net A Porter's email dropped in to my inbox this morning and I grinned as soon as I saw it... Dare to Flare.  Net A Porter is touting the flare skirt as the key silhouette for the coming fall season in the northern hemisphere and I could not be happier!  I have never been one to wear short skirts or dresses as the A Line cut just suits my shape so much better.  Here are my favourite picks from their selection.

J Crew


J.W. Anderson

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