Month: April 2013

Mid Week Inspiration… Ray Bans

Mid Week Inspiration… Ray Bans

ray_ban_wayfarer__s_309324x1There is never a more iconic and famous brand is the sunglass industry, as the Ray Ban Brand. Few sunglasses have occupied such a storied place in American culture and history.

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From Presidents to movie stars, rock stars to artists, fashion designers to runway models, there’s not a generation alive that can’t remember owning a pair of these iconic sunglasses.

UnknownFounded in 1937 by Bausch & Lomb, the first Ray Ban sunglasses were created for the U.S. Army Air Corp. The Army was looking for a sunglass to protect aviators from the damaging rays of the sun, but also a sunglass that would look elegant on the dashing airman of the day.

45eb0483e73ac68c91d0f423f18eb0a8Throughout the 50s and 60s, Ray Ban Wayfarers were the sunglass of choice for everyone from Bob Dylan, to Andy Warhol, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Roy Orbison, John Lennon and countless average American teenagers who just wanted to look cool on the beach.

636e960fd80c6b4a66eb0f661bc75a25In the eighties..I discovered the black classic Wayfarer Ray Bans..Thankyou Madonna! I wore them through my high school years and then literally packed them away as we hit the opulent nineties and forgot about them. Until recently…I found my original Ray Bans and have been sporting them with an inner semi cool pride. My daughter friends are super impressed that sometime, way back, I might have been hip…my words..probably not theirs!

beyonce-knowles-wayfarerNow..the Hollywood stars and music icons are still wearing this classic eyewear.

23b736449eae25b20b7ebf2ddc9d3dadMirrored aviators are chic and cool and very sexy, black Wayfarers are old school and understated..Choose either..just make sure you do…

….Sx

Weekend Round Up..What I Wore When More is More…

ImageAs a follower of this blog…you may have noticed a theme on my fashion posts. I’m a major pants wearer. Its my go to. Jeans of all types and cuts, but mainly of the skinny leg variety are the key player in my weekly wardrobe. I feel comfortable in pants, so therefore its an easy breezy choice when I’m dressing for work or play.

Monday: I usually start work later on Mondays..easing into the week by doing a workout with a girlfriend, then coffee..then work. Last week I wanted to start with a bang, so I chose the Hot Pink Zara silk jacket. A white CK tee, and shiny charcoal skinny jeans from Country Road. New black suede winter kicks..note the sturdy sensible heel for day on your feet..and a fluro necklace courtesy of my 10 year old daughter.

Friday: I will admit, this is not my usual style..but I tried to pull off the rocker glam look today..My friend very generously gave me the cool cream cable knit scarf for my birthday..and I love it. Its from Ella Sanders and I think it can be worn with just about anything. The pleather..(faux leather)..biker vest with gold zips and buckles is from Cotton On and a very inexpensive on trend seasonal piece…Thankyou daughter 17 for letting me raid your wardrobe..A black Zara tee, Light grey skinny jeans from Zara, the black cuff from Thurley and a generous girlfriends gift to me.. Black suede pumps and Gold Persol shades..and I was ready to bum a ride on a Harley to work…Peace out..

Saturday: I was invited to celebrate my friends birthday lunch at the infamous St Kilda restaurant, Sapore..and all girls event..seems to be a fabulous common theme at the moment and I’m loving these 12 hour lunches! It was a mild day, so I figured I should pull out the Zara white gold zipper jeans..again.. before its too cold to get away with it..the wardrobe staple..CK white tee..and my fluffy, furry, super comfy, baby lamb vest from the label Phaedra in the states. This is such a statement piece and you either love or hate it..but there’s no denying that everyone wants to touch it regardless! The earrings were another generous gift from a friend…Amazing Husk Gold and Emerald green drops that are so cool. A bunch of gold arm candy, mixing it up with the Hermes Gold and White, the Kitty gold multi and “the journey is the reward “bangle..team that with a Louis Vuitton cocktail ring, Witchery snake skin and black pantent stilettos..and I’m pretty sure I should have turned in the mirror and taken something off…hmmm..but I didn’t..

It seems…I’m following the more is more rule this week!

…Sx

Fabulous Friday..Getting my Fitness On..At Home.

806aa8c36abb7042fa54a8e49f8a9c3fSo, with the weather starting to turn a little cooler..inspiration to work out requires a little more effort. If you are like me..you need sunshine, a beach, a trainer, a friend, a strong latte..and no excuses..and sometimes, the balls do not all line up. So dragging myself to the gym before or after work..doesn’t always go to plan. The back up plan?..Home Gym… Nothing better than working out anytime day or night..without even having to brush your hair or put on lippy!

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In my line of work..I have been lucky enough to design both full commercial fitness centres and stay at home gyms for my clients. The common goal in both environments, is to create a space that is both functional and inspiring.

e9e68dd265228a9baaece681d3dd942eThe size of the space isn’t usually an issue. Its the ambience and equipment that can make or break your home gym. Decide what the goal is, whether is weights, cardio, relaxation..or all 3.

47656b912d63c4e8ef72b60afeafc4f2Personally, all I need a running machine, some light weights and a big screen with loud music. Sounds simple enough. But if you have a huge room to design..go all out and install your very own basket ball court…

06adc2ba6836e266e902878c194440b5Whatever you choose..there are no excuses not to work out. Rain, hail or shine…you can break a sweat..all in the comfort of your own home. Even the master ensuite can double as your work out room.

9f7582ea46a061d11a4e2648d66ee2f0Are you convinced? Time to drag out the yoga mat, the leg warmers and get your fitness on…You’ll be pleased that you did.

8cf874df8f878271c84a75382c1213f5……Sx

Mid Week Inspiration…Black and White Floors, Floor Me.. Forever

cf89dcd1a84f72e25ed266f26895587eI will try to explain how the combination of how a black and white floor affects me…my heart speeds up ever so slightly..I lean into the magazine or computer to get up close and personal…I imagine my house, office or my clients homes..all with black and white floors..I swoon..It is a signature style that I adore.

2143134af2edc262e4e4ca8a9eeb124cKate Spade, one of the worlds famous fashion and lifestyle designers..has her store concepted with this dramatic black and white striped floor. It sings.

18775195a268f4d05f1373a999f2a49fThis geometric black and white floor is paired with a savvy teal wall, dark timber credenza and the pair of racing green feature lamps..a traditional look mixed with a pop of contemporary always works…

d3f55ce93e270dc5dc790538b6c969c2Hexagon is no stranger to the black and white family either..the shapes entwined are stunning and this creates a base like no other..this is my favourite..

b925002741d3790caa7fac56eadc6fdfBlack and white doesn’t have to be living large to create drama..this small pattern teamed with carrara marble may be tiny in size but huge in impact.

f6e81315f4b91fe0b158a8662cd13450Angular gloss tiles sit proud against this masculine dark timber panelling along this hallway and the effect is paramount..

0eb26a5f29e26a143668374b474db4bcClassic black and white chequer board, black and white staircase, wall panels and a feature light..all adds up to perfection for me..

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My favourite combo of all time rocking it out..chevron ebony and ivory style…Divine..

..Sx

Weekend Round Up What I Wore During the Longest Birthday Celebration..Ever

photoMy week wrapped with a brilliant girls only lunch on Saturday..to celebrate my recent birthday..I’ve been very lucky..some may even say..self indulgent..to celebrate 3 times this month..but if you can’t rely on you to celebrate you..What hope is there??

The working week was as per usual, a chaotic crazy mix of meetings, site checks, new client liaison and full design of bathrooms, houses, commercial spaces and trying to remember to breathe..most important and mostly under rated…

Friday: Gold fever on work day is often mandatory. I chose the black Stilt Skinny pants as the base..and layered the gold fever..Wittner suede and gold glitter work style boots, glam and practical..adore..The gold metallic sheer oversized Cachel shirt from Hawaii, teamed with my baby lamb peachy and creamy fur vest..This vest is statement unto its own..and its fun to wear. Classic vintage black Ray Bans..enough said.

Saturday: Rush to early morning kids sport, rush to early morning kids play rehearsal, rush to early morning kids netball..a quick run at the gym in between the drop offs..and then it was off to the salon for my weekly blow wave…my sanity all rolled up in a big round brush. I was hosting a birthday lunch with my girlfriends at Dandelion Restaurant, in Elwood. I wanted to dress it up a little, so I chose the Sass & Bide Black cigarette pant with the Gold embellishment. A new black sheer shirt from Witchery, which I chose  to wear nothing underneath but an Intimo black lace bra..Bit daring..New kicks from Witchery..super skinny high heel black patent and peach snake skin detail..Loving these as my winter go to chic heel..Black and gold diamante drop earrings and the gold Louis Vuitton cocktail ring…and I was off to enjoy a fabulous day with friends… a celebration of how lucky I am to have the people in my life that I do..Thankyou girls..and with that long 12 hour lunch done….my birthday month extravanganza is officially over…Until next year..

…Sx

Fabulous Friday…Palm Springs Viceroy Hotel….Now please..

Fabulous Friday…Palm Springs Viceroy Hotel….Now please..

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 10.19.09 PMHello Hollywood Regency…you are one of my favourite design aesthetics..and nobody does it better then talented uber chic designer Kelly Wearstler. Kelly W has redesigned worldwide, the  Viceroy Hotel Group, and each property has her signature style. I have been lucky enough to stay at the Viceroy Santa Monica in California..and it was superb. I am itching to get to Palm Springs and when I do..The Viceroy will be stop numero uno.

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 10.16.16 PMThe Viceroy set in the desert of Palm Springs, is a luxury 67 room boutique hotel. The property was built in the 1930’s, originally as separate bungalows, and underwent the major renovation in 2001..headed by the design team from the Wearstler office..

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 10.15.48 PMKelly Wearstler managed to transform the landscape into a singular, upmarket luxury retreat in the desert, with custom designed rooms, suites and private villas.

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Channelling the Golden Age of the Hollywood Glam, KW has added marble busts, citrus mosaic tiles, and striped cabana lounges..all of it adding up to a sumptuous, sexy and timeless space.

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Well, I’m obviously not the only one crushing on this beautiful desert hotel..Conde Nast has voted the Viceroy in the Top 50 Hotel Spas USA Mainland… Thank you Kelly Wearstler for transforming the harsh desert digs into a luxe must visit spa retreat…Viceroy Palm Springs..You are on my list…Fingers xxxd….

…Sx

Mid Week Inspiration…Tea Cups…Yep….Tea Cups…

Screen Shot 2013-04-16 at 10.44.31 PMWhen I hear the word Limoges..It conjours up all things elegant, chic and super French. Limoges..oozes class and style. Ive always wanted a tea set from this world renowned  company, but its a costly collection that I am yet to start…But I’m crossing my fingers …

Screen Shot 2013-04-16 at 10.05.37 PMSo I’ve recently given up drinking coffee…not sure how long this will last, but I must say, I am feeling better..Now the headaches are gone!..The tea phase has well and truly started in my house, and I’m loving it..

Screen Shot 2013-04-16 at 10.20.30 PMThere is something quite soothing about making a pot of tea..and to be honest, I’ve never really understood it..until now..It is actually quite a ceremony to brew a herbal pot..so it is only fair to take time to sit back and enjoy the aroma and taste, in a perfectly quaint tea cup..

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Being the complete novice that I am..I headed straight to T2..with a barrage of questions of what teas do what..how do i brew it the best…and most importantly..what knick knacks can I purchase for my new found crush…Herbal Tea!

Screen Shot 2013-04-16 at 10.22.08 PMI’m under caffeinated, yet mildly excited to try the myriad of blends available..so far the Lemon and Ginger is the winning combo for me hands down..and with winter upon us in no time..I think this will be my chilly morning fave of the future..

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With an endless array of deep cups, short cups, wide cups, oversized cups, delicate handles, no handles….it just goes on and on..here a my faves thus far all cozily wrapped into my top 4 picks…

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Look Who’s all grown up now??…Pinkies out and please pass me the cucumber sandwiches daahhhling..

…Sx

Weekend Round Up..What I Wore..

ImageThis past week was a crazy, busy, chaotic mish mash of work, entertaining kids still on school holidays, renovating my new office and a belated birthday dinner with friends…Phew..Big Week…

Wednesday: Work days need Yellow….Dejcuba Chiffon Yellow cross over top with a sleeve to cover up now that the weather is starting to cool..Ink coloured Stilt Skinny Leg pants, Nude Nine West Point Kicks..and somehow, I can always manage to fill it, my over sized vintage Chanel tote in white and ivory..

Thursday: Mixed up days need Grey….Today was a mix of client meetings and arranging my new office fit out. Mavi faded skinny jeans, the hint of bling with a wide gold belt, a Fluer Wood classic grey tee with pockets and a recent buy, the Witchery grey and ivory wool long wrap cardigan..these cardi’s are winter staples in my opinion ..Dressed up or down..A chic look…The oak grey Boots from Betts…yep, Betts..  are comfy enough to stomp around in all day…

Saturday Am: The hardware store run needs sweat pants…I love wandering the long endless aisles of a large hardware store..I needed to buy some Black Japan Stain, so I hit up my local Bunnings Store and wandered..the endless aisles…wishing I could actually build something…hardware wear is no fuss…Target light grey zippered sweat pants, Zara white teeshirt, Bassike Japanese Denim Jacket, and Novo Neon yellow thongs..Grey, white and denim is no fail..always..

Saturday Pm: Tonight is the reward of such busy and tiring week..A birthday dinner with some of my dearest girlfriends and their hubby’s… all booked and organized by my beautiful man….Circa, located within The Prince of Wales Hotel in St Kilda ..is an iconic Melbourne restaurant..and for good reason..The feasting menu was superb, the dessert amazing, and the vodka shots…a good idea at the time..Enough said…Time to dress up a little..Sass & Bide Cream and Navy trimmed Capelet, Thurley black silk camisole top with lace racer back, Sportsgirl Pencil Skirt, Christian Louboutin Black Velvet Pointy wheels, Sass & Bide Camelia and Gold Sequin Necklace…and I’m all set for a perfect night out..filled with laughter and love..Oh..and some amazingly generous pressies from my friends…Thankyou for making my night so special..

…Sx

Fabulous Friday…Velvet Luxe..

Fabulous Friday…Velvet Luxe..

Velvet is super luxe in all forms….So why not throw on your chic velvet jacket, jump onto an uber comfy velvet sofa, kick off your sexy velvet boots and nibble on a slice of decadent velvet cake……Sounds like a grand kinda plan….Enjoy the weekend and all the deliciousness it has to offer……

…Sx

Mid Week Inspiration…Wallpapered Ceilings…

Mid Week Inspiration…Wallpapered Ceilings…

Feature walls don’t just have to be vertical…reports say the economy is finally looking up..and so are we…Up onto a beautiful featured ceiling. Wallpapers of all different styles and textures are here to stay..So choose a room and flip a coin to select a paper and go for it..

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 10.09.54 PMElegant Gold and Cream Chevron for the master suite.

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 10.06.08 PMMetallic and shimmering reflects a sultry ambience.

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 10.04.46 PMBlack and White checks is classic and the stripe detail carried through onto to the upper wall pops!

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 9.59.59 PMThis almost makes me want to have another baby…only to decorate the nursery like this…love it

27ffa6db2d7d9604a8bddbf78198566aHollywood Regency Glamour 101 with this mirrored Fleur de Lys paper and mirrored dining table..

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Even the kitchen can be fully dressed with paper on the ceiling..this yellow Chinoiserie is stunning and this kitchen is totally Stepford Wives.

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 9.57.54 PMMasculine bee hive shapes in brass and teal adds interest to the feature light and simple wall colour combinations.

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 10.11.10 PMBringing the indoors out..this Marrakesh inspired pattern brings a heady opulent feel to a simple space.

Think about which room you want to create drama and interest and just go ahead and do it…and I promise you won’t ever need to lie back and think of England again…

…Sx