Friday, September 30, 2011

'Just the right amount of wrong'

Saw this advertisement in the latest 'travel + leisure' magazine and it had to go 'straight to the fridge'. Why? First of all that man is super turbo hot, HELLO! but I love the cheeky advertising by the Las Vegas hotel, "The Cosmopolitan".
'great ideas often start out on cocktail napkins
especially if you consider a large vodka martini a great idea...'
'JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT of WRONG'
perfect. have a fab weekend x

Thursday, September 29, 2011

More Pics of the New Pad...

I couldn't help myself, and blurted it out here. But now it's official - this little place is mine come 3 November. I'm so excited, I'm back in Oz for 3 weeks to look after things while the CEO is on holidays and this coincides with settlement, I'll finally get to see the house I've purchased!!! - I'll be back for good (well, until my next trip to the Philippines...) mid December, but won't get to properly move in until January when I get all my furniture and white goods back (I'm currently renting out the shanty furnished). Which is a good thing I keep trying to tell myself. I don't want to rush into things with the new place. I want to take my time to decide how, what and where. I was so excited with the shanty, we celebrated at the pub next door with champagne the day of settlement and I slept on the scary carpets (thankfully now replaced) with only a beach towel to act as blanket and pillow that night because I just couldn't wait. I moved in and then painted, when I really should have painted and then moved in. blah blah blah. Some things I wish I had done differently.
So I'm going to take things slowly - luckily the place needs nothing renovated, it's all been done (complete with underfloor heating in the bathroom!?) - so I just need to concentrate on the decorating.... However, short of growing a money tree in the back yard, I think finances will also dictate the speed at which I do things! Thank goodness for pinterest, I'm saving all my ideas there. I'm looking forward to matching 'after' photos with the 'before' ones above. Can't wait to share more with you, hope you don't mind! xx

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Delicious....

Do you know about Kinfolk Magazine? It is beautiful - the photography, the words, the styling, the food, the ideas. To take from their manifesto:

"...Every element of Kinfolk - the features, photography and general aesthetics - are consistent with the way we feel entertaining should be; simple, uncomplicated, and less contrived. Kinfolk is the marriage of our appreciation for art and design and our love for spending time with family and friends."

image from Kinfolk Journal

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Glamping Goodness

More online goodness.... from The Glam Camping Company (you already know you are going to love it right? ) - Can't say I'm much of a camping girl, but I think if the site was kitted up with merchandise from here I could forgo the hairdryer and internet connection! This is my favourite though - the 'rhubarb and custard' bell tent. Ok it may not be big enough to house the guests at my wedding (emma knows, i've always dreamt of a big top wedding reception).... but considering I'm single still I'm more than happy to settle for this beauty for the time being!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Globe-tastic

Wendy Gold uses decoupage for good not evil (seriously, the word 'decoupage' doesn't usually conjure up images of something this cool) to customise vintage globes. She takes custom orders too. Check out ImagineNations website for more awesomeness.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

weekend wishes xx

Something to ponder over the weekend....
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What I was reading pool side....

Well, I have been one lucky lady - three lots of visitors from home, two resorts in two weekends - I'm getting quite used to this. Boracay with Pip and Tom was so amazing last weekend we stayed an extra day. Lots of relaxing, swanning around in the pool, drinking, eating and did I say relaxing? I love to read. "Anthropology of an American Girl" by Hilary Thayer Hamann is a great read to so far - perfect pool side reading. Anyone else read it?
pic by me

Wicked words on a Wednesday...

Love this. Another reason why Pinterest rocks.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Brit is back, and there is an Aussie too!

She's back! the gorgeous Union Jack mesh clutch. She sold like hot cakes at Christmas time last year - don't miss out this time!
And now you can get the Australian flag version too - love a bit of Aussie patriotism, especially while living overseas....... cheeky mesh clutches $55.00 each.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sunning Myself

Sorry I've been MIA in blog world. I've had the Adelaide crew over here for the past week and a half and its been lots of mad crazy fun. I'm lucky enough to work with people who have also become some of my great friends, so not only was it fabulous work wise having everyone together (Adelaide and Manila office)- there were a lot of late nights out catching up and being a tad silly! We spent a weekend 'team bonding' at Pico de Loro in Batangas - heaven. Pip and her boyfriend arrive tomorrow night (tres excited) and we are off to Discovery Shores at Boracay for three days - SPOILT. So i'm hoping to be looking this elegant by the beach come Thursday but i'm still recovering from the 'touch of sun' I got last weekend, oops. Catch you soon, life is good x
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

So true...

But do you know what? It is NOTHING like I imagined... but how I feel about life at the moment? couldn't be any better. And for that, I couldn't be more blessed or thankful x

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Coming out.... from under my rock..

For someone that spends so much time on the net looking at pictures of pretty houses - i still have absolutely no idea. Flipping through the pages of the latest US Marie Claire tonight I came across some images of Christine d'Ornano's bathroom. Ooooh, mush check out the rest of the house I think. Google Search - Elle Decor's article, and 'ahhhhhh' - yes, this house is familiar, especially that dining space. So - I'm sure you have all seen them before, but here are pics of her fabulous Notting Hill apartment again. Sophisticated colour at its best.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

New Pretties

It's been a while, I know - but this week there will be lots of gorgeous, glorious new pretties available from Brown Button Trading. First up - the delicate and divine jewellery from Baroni Designs. New to Australia this American based jewellery range combines gorgeous gemstones, gold and silver to create some classic but edgy pieces. It was hard to stop myself not ordering all of the range. Above are a few of my favourites, but see the rest here. Enjoy!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Home Sweet Home.

Miss Millie - look ! finally! the single fronted cottage is mine! Well, it will be come settlement in November. But we all know i'm hopeless at keeping anything to myself. Cooling off period was complete midnight last night. I'll be coming home to Australia mid December to this little pretty.
Two bedrooms at the front of the house leads to the living space. i'm thinking shelving either side of fire place, perhaps even over doorway - like this? (just realised I'd pinned that image twice, I must love it!!)
From the living room, past new bathroom and laundry - into the new kitchen/dining and bi fold doors lead to courtyard area. Loving the fact the renovation and extensions are neutral and white. The outdoor area is what I have been craving, but love that it is low maintenance. My garden style is more this and this, so something to work towards.
Eeks, what do we thinks?? Like I've said, I haven't seen it in person yet, but I can't wait. Even more excited about the decorating opportunities. Hold onto your hats lovelies, let the fun begin! xx