Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Winter Love

I am so super excited that the temperature has started to drop here in Melbourne.  Autumn is still holding on with sunny days, BUT the nights are cooler and daylight savings ends soon so it will be dark and wintery before we know it!  As a result I have been style stalking wintery looks on Pinterest which has made me even more excited for cool nights, electric blankets, scarves, beanies and layers layers layers!

Minty jeans, layers and a grey scarf?? YES!!!


Mariannan does wintry to perfection.  Check out her other looks here.


Olivia is looking perfect as always, burgundy jeans, furry jacket and voila, style icon.

Olivia Palermo

Frankie Sandford looking fantastic in a leopard scarf and black tights under a super simple grey jersey dress.


Snug and casual in a grey zip hoodie. PS: her hair rocks!

comfy cute
Source unknown

Kate sure knows how to rock a black blazer - a classic look


Black pom pom beanie anyone!!

winter layers

My number one fashion essential for winter (so far, its early days!)

This faux fur snood from Asos, currently on sale for just over $22.

Image 1 of ASOS Faux Fur Snood

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

One rug, many ways

The Ikea Rand rug is something of a chameleon, fitting into so may different spaces, in so many ways.  Its also a budget buy at only $299 for 170cm x 240cm or $499 for a giant 250cm x 350cm.  

If you can tear your eyes away from that light fitting, the rand rug is lovely on those timber floors.


You must must must look at the rest of this house as it is a Scandinavian dream! Click here  and drooool!

ikea rand rug style
This one is the home office of designer Ana Antunes.

Ikea Rand rug
Ana Antunes

The rand goes all glamour in this space.
Ikea Rand Rug
John Jacob Interiors

My favourite is this eclectic mix of horns, zebra skin and floral.
Gary Spain Design

Typically clean Scandinavian lines in this apartment owned by designer Susanna Vento.
Definitely coveting the Eames DSW chair & have added the ikea stockholm rand rug to my list of must-haves.
Susanna Vento

Another Scandinavian beauty, see the rest over at the Design Attractor!
Design Attractor

Monday, 26 March 2012

Cushion Crazy

I am currently on the hunt for some new cushions to liven up my old couch.  Rather than splurge on a new couch altogether, I think a small investment into some statement cushions is a smarter idea.  My favourite cushion maker of the moment is Caitlin Wilson, however her shipping to Australia is absolutely exorbitant!  But I was so happy to find them available on an Australian online retailer; Adorn Homewares which has shipping that is a little more affordable!

I think it was the following picture that drew me to Caitlin Wilson in the first place:

So after a bit of an online hunt, I have found a number of cushions that I really like, I now just need to work out the 'mix'.  Like the picture above, I don't like anything too matchy matchy!

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Home Addition

Picked up my spaghetti side table from Freedom today, very exciting!

I think it looks great, still working on the styling :) 

Now I am on the hunt for some new cushions, post to come soon.  I really love how accessories can bring a space back to life!  And really love this post by Jen Ramos over at Made By Girl.  I would love to visit Calypso Home in New York, if only to buy that sparkly zebra print cow hide and the zebra picture!

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Decorating with vintage prints

As I have said in previous posts, I love affordable and great looking art.  Especially the kind that you can easily frame with frames from good 'ol Ikea or Target.  I also love the mix of vintage with modern in interior design, and what better way to mix these but through simple and easy art prints!

Caitlin over at Caitlin Wilson Design framed some art prints she bought in a flea market in Paris, tres chic!

designer prints
Image: Caitlin Wilson

This vintage Vogue cover looks great in a simple white frame.
Original source unknown

This vintage movie poster featuring Bridgette Bardot is a glamorous addition to an already glamorous space.

Vintage prints are available all over eBay for next to nothing and also at

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Blog lovin'

Insanely obsessed with Thassia from Blog da Thassia.  This 22 year old Brazilian has got personal style nailed! (PS have your Google page translator ready to go as her website is in Portuguese)


How amazing are her looks?  Make sure you check out her blog here.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Amazing Space

This 1930's Art Deco apartment in West Hollywood is perfection!

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Why?  Because it has heaps going on, but it works.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Candles and Pyjamas

I haven't been to a Peter Alexander store in yonks and yonks.  Yesterday whilst shopping I was drawn into their Doncaster store by the smell of baking cookies.  

After a bit of investigation, I found that it was the scent of one candle.  Yes just one, that enticed me in.  It was 'Tahaa' by Glasshouse:

Best candle ever 

An absolutely amazing scent of Vanilla and Caramel. I have had a good smell of Glasshouse candles before and what I really love is that they all smell great.  Whilst Diptyque are considered by many as the 'rolls royce' of designer candles (and have the best packaging) I find some of them smell a little funky.  Some are nice, but some are really weird.  With Glasshouse, I find they all smell amazing and natural.

I do love the idea of using my old Diptyque glass to do this:

Source: Emily Schumann, Cupcakes and Cashmere
Just not sure I can justify the $99 AUD price tag :(.  Glasshouse candles are only $39, burn for 80 hours and are available at David Jones.

Now back to pyjama guru, Peter Alexander.

He sure knows how to merchandise his wares.  The smell of baking cookies and a store that had the heating up really high created that cosy environment that would make you want to purchase his sleepwear and curl up on the couch!  I did pick some favourites:

Peter Alexander sleep pants 

Pink Forest Harem Sleep Pant

Peter Alexander sleep tee 
Zebra Silk Sleep Tee

Peter Alexander Sleep socks 

Super cosy sleep socks

Love his stuff!!

Friday, 16 March 2012

Some recent purchases!

I have been on a bit of a clothing splurge recently, it has a lot to do with the changing of the seasons (well that's my excuse!).  As the weather begins to cool down after a warm summer I start to think about topping up my wardrobe for Autumn and Winter.  Some favourite purchases:

All from Topshop! From left:

1. A fluffy and ultra soft knit hoodie that will look great over skinny jeans or layered under a duffle coat.  It is a longer length, and a bit longer at the back.  I really like this fit.
2. Some extra thick leggings.  These are great as they are genuinely very think so you don't need to worry about your underwear showing through and also will keep me a little warmer as the weather cools.
3. I blogged about this dress a few weeks ago and did go ahead and purchase it.  It is a slightly lower cut in the front than expected, but very true to colour.  Its a nice quality fabric too.

I also bought another jumper from Topshop but it is no longer available on their website.  I am really really pleased with the quality of all the items for the price.  Thumbs up Topshop!

I also continued my hunt for the perfect orangey red nail polish.  I purchased OPI's 'My Chihuahua Bites'.  


Unfortunately its still a little bit too coral, but I like it nonetheless.

I was also given a gift from a friend who recently returned from a holiday in the US.  Some Victoria's Secret super bright trakkies!  LOVE them!!


Wednesday, 14 March 2012

New Freedom Catalogue

The new Freedom catalogue just hit my letterbox.  It isn't hugely impressive, a lot of old faithful items are in it (like their great sofas), however there were two really stunning pieces that caught my eye.

This gold limited edition 'Spaghetti' side table is only $129. 

I can picture it sitting beside my reupholstered chair (see previous post!).  However that will not be ready until June so I will just have to fit it into my space somehow until then.

Freedom Side table 

This 'Bazaar' rug is $449

I love the ethnic/ikat type of look and this rug would look fantastic in a neutral space.
coming soon to freedom 
I wish they would do more modern or stand out rugs like this one!  I love all the ones over at West Elm, but the shipping to Australia is just too much of a splurge!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Decisions Decisions - Reupholstering

I have been intending to buy a new chair for my house for some time, when my mum suggested reupholstering a 100 year old chair they have had collecting dust in their garage.  Thinking this would be an easy task, I embarked on a bit of image stalking/fabric sampling.  Have now found out it is FAR from easy.  I am sitting here with a myriad of fabric samples and a pinterest board driving me nuts!

The chair (eek!):

The samples:

You can also see the colour of my couch, a mossy pastel green.

The inspiration!:

Armen Living Barrister Gray Velvet with Black Piping Chair

Chair piping

Dress up an occasional chair by using a contrasting piping fabric. I find the rich texture of velvet too bulky to be used as piping and often choose a thinner cotton such as this ticking stripe to keep the lines of curvaceous chair looking tailored and elegant.

Really like this chair. Can I do this with piping? Also, like the pink accent.
High Gloss Magazine

I think my favourite so far is number one.  I velvety grey with a hint of purple with black piping.  Or maybe a navy with light blue piping??  

Monday, 12 March 2012

Street Style Clutch Inspiration

I love street style. I love the randomness, the diverse personal style and the mix of designer, vintage and high street that create some of the best looks outside of the magazines (and sometimes even better than the magazines).

I also love them for outfit inspiration.  I don't often get caught up on an entire look, but rather one element will catch my attention and my obsession!  At the moment it is the clutch.  The accessory that holds just enough to get you by- the phone, a bit of cash, lipgloss and a house key.  But it is more than that, and as you will see for the images below it is the element that creates the most 'pop' and interest.

asos clutch
Source: PurpleMoon Tumblr
A touch of leopard- my favourite!
I am sooo after a leopard clutch
Source: Snob Fashion Source
And here is Poppy Delavinge rocking a purple clutch.  What a fantastic pop of colour.

Poppy D
Stockholm Street Style

Bright clutch
Stockholm Street style

To get an on trend clutch on a budget, you cannot beat Asos for range and price.  My favourites that are available right now are:

All images from ASOS current bag range

Did you notice the purple clutch is an exact match to the first image.  It might just be on my wish list!  

What are your favourite street style blogs??