Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wednesday Workspace + a new look

Happy hump day my dears + welcome to the new look Little Bits of Lovely!

The blog has been have been given a fresh look which also included updating and reorganising the categories and regular features, which are now all on the right hand side. I hope you like it!

On another note, today I wanted to share the lovely workspace of Camille Styles, whose home was recently featured over at Design*Sponge. I've been a fan of Camille's blog for a while now + have always thought she has incredible style, so it was no surprise to see her home was equally gorgeous. I love the neutral palette Camille started with + how she has then added texture and bursts of colour to layer the room. The French-style chair is my favourite part - how incredibly comfy does it look? No, I wouldn't mind working in this space all day at all...

See the full house tour here + Camille also has some outtakes on her blog here.

Rachel xo

Image credit: Design*Sponge + Camille Styles.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Best dressed :: 2012 Oscar Awards

Understated elegance + glamour would be the words to describe the best dressed stars at last night's 84th Academy Awards. I thought Gwyneth Paltrow stole the show in her all-white, floor length Tom Ford gown, which was complemented beautifully with glittering Anna Hu jewellery. 

Here are my favourite picks...

{Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford + Anna Hu}

{Rose Byrne in Vivienne Westwood}

{Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli}

{Cameron Diaz in Gucci}

{Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton}

Who wore your favourite look of the evening?

Rachel xo

P.S The blog makeover has suffered some technical glitches so no new design as yet, but stay tuned!

Friday, February 24, 2012

happy weekend + lovely links

Finally the weekend is here! It's the the last weekend of summer, so I think a trip to Bondi is in order; hopefully the weather will be kind! I can't believe next week it will be March - I have already mentally started planning my Autumn wardrobe, so stay tuned for some fashion posts coming up!

Also, Little Bits of Lovely will be having a little makeover, so pop by + see the new look next week + please do excuse the renovations over the weekend :)

:: Here are this week's lovely picks...

* Garance Doré's latest instalment of Pardon my French.
* The Coveteur takes us inside the closet of the super glamorous Miroslava Duma.
* Behind the scenes at the Design Files open house held in December last year - I love this whole concept + hope they bring it to Sydney!
* On the streets for London Fashion Week.
* Erika did a great post on the fabulous Society Social + talks about the fundamentals of creating a strong brand presence

:: And in case you missed it...

* 5 things making me happy right now.
* I was lucky enough to be featured in Style at Home's blogger's budget decorating ideas article.
* A glamorous Black + White Workspace.
* Lovely fashion illustrations by Danny Roberts.
* The first instalment of new series Inspired Life.

Have a fabulous weekend ahead lovelies!

Rachel xo

Image credit: Street Style, Milan Fashion Week, Grazia It.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

5 things making me happy

Hello friends, I hope you are having a wonderful week! It's been a while since my last 5 things making me happy post, so I thought I'd share a few things that have been making me smile lately...

I always love anything Kikki-K does, and I'm right now loving their new range of adorable inspiration cards. They come in a pack of 12 and each is beautifully illustrated with an inspiring message.  So lovely!

I just got my Sarah + Bendrix prints framed + they look fab!

I'm right now having a renewed love for my Mulberry Bayswater bag. I tend to go through phases with my bags so this has been getting a lot of love recently.

Donna Hay's Fast, Fresh, Simple. I highly recommend this book. Every recipe is utterly divine + is so easy to make! 

I've been listening to the Emeli Sandé album lately + it's fabulous. This song, Next to me is my favourite on the album + always gets me in a good mood!

What's been making you happy lately lovelies?

Hope you are having beautiful Thursday, 

Rachel xo

Style at Home :: Blogger's Budget Decorating ideas

Hello lovelies! Some exciting news today; I'm thrilled to be featured in Style at Home's Blogger's budget decorating ideas article!

Head on over to read my budget decorating tip + check out all the other fabulous bloggers who took part!

In the meantime, here is a little hint...

Thank you Style at Home for asking me to take part!

Rachel xo

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wednesday Workspace {black + white}

There is much to love in this luxe workspace, featured in Celerie Kemble's book, Black + White (and a bit in between)

The oversized table lamp is incredibly glamorous + serves as the feature piece for the space; whilst the lovely decorative touches like the Hermes boxes and Classic Wedgwood Jasper vase + dish, add a subtle air of elegance + refinement. 

So lovely, don't you think?

Rachel xo

Image credit: Celerie Kemble, via Eddie Ross

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

lovely fashion illustrations {danny roberts}

A few weeks ago I came across this gorgeous illustration, but I couldn't find the credit for the artist; but today I discovered it was the work of Danny Roberts, who also pens the blog Igor + Andre.
I was delighted to discover that there is also an Etsy shop featuring so many beautiful fashion illustrations, all inspired by a mix of glossy covers, editorials and the runway.

I just ordered the beautiful Sofia Vogue cover + wanted to also share a few of my favourites...

Do you have a favourite?

See more of Danny Robert's brilliant work here.

Happy Tuesday my dears!

Rachel xo

Monday, February 20, 2012

Inspired Life :: Ghandi's top 10 fundamentals for changing the world

Happy Monday friends, I hope you had a wonderful weekend. We finally had our first real summer weekend here with absolutely glorious weather, so much so that I forgot to put sunscreen on and got burnt - oops! Ah well, it was still so lovely to be outside and enjoy the weather.

Today I'm starting a new series on the blog I'm calling Inspired Life that I hope will plant a seed, however small, to inspire you to lead a life well-lived + create the life you had always imagined. 

I feel strongly opening your mind + challenging yourself to things that may seem out of reach + I want this blog to reflect this sentiment, so sharing these ideas seemed only natural.

I thought it fitting to start off with the thoughts of Ghandi - someone who I find incredibly inspiring + whose ideas and philosophies, centred on non-violent resistance, helped lead India to independence.

Here are Ghandi's Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World...

1. Change yourself.

2. You are in control.

3. Forgive + let go.

4. Without action you aren't going anywhere.

5. Take care of this moment.

6. Everyone is human.

7. Persist.

8. See the good in people + help them.

9. Be congruent, be authentic + be your true self.

10. Continue to grow + evolve.

Oh, + I've also set up a Pinterest board to document pieces of inspiration I find along the way!

I hope your week is off to a brilliant start lovelies,

Rachel xo

Image credit: Note to Self

Saturday, February 18, 2012

{happy weekend & lovely links}

Happy weekend lovelies! The forecast here is rain but I'm hopeful we'll see a glimpse of sun. I'm heading off up north to visit my friend's daughter's christening + then I have a full day of work on Sunday. But I'm going to give myself some time off + squeeze in time to catch up on your blogs + visit my growing pile of unread glossies!

Here are my lovely picks this week...

* Love these 30 simple ways to help yourself out.

* Garance Dore's new collaboration with Kate Spade.

* An incredibly romantic and beautiful Valentine's elopement.

* The rather lovely portfolio of stylist Leesa O'Reilly.

* A chic Parisian apartment.

Do you have anything exciting on lovelies? I hope it's wonderful, whatever you have planned!

Rachel xo

Image credit: Glitter Guide

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Oh so lovely {feminine luxe}

Most girls could only ever dream of owning a closet + shoe collection like Suzanne Rogers. Her collection is quite incredible and whilst I'm not big on the über feminine look, I adore the perfect composition The Coveteur has used to so eloquently capture the details of her closet + home...

In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, can I just say Yes to the shoe closet + a resounding Yes to the vintage Chanel? So very lovely, don't you think?

Hope you're having a brilliant Thursday lovelies,

Rachel xo

Images via: The Coveteur

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wednesday Workspace {a refreshing palette}

I felt a sense of calm looking at this lovely and serene workspace, belonging to Sarah of Chevron + Stripes. I love the refreshing palette of muted blues and greens, which is perfectly balanced with subtle bursts of colour. I also love the For Like Ever print and am seriously considering buying it, I just need to work out where to put it ;)

What are you loving about Sarah's gorgeous workspace?

See more of Sarah's home over at the Glitter Guide.

Rachel xo

All images via The Glitter Guide

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

On the street :: New York Fashion Week

I'm loving all of the New York Fashion Week street style looks. Layering is essential to keep warm, with temperatures averaging just 4 degrees C!

Have you been following the shows? The Row; Victoria Beckham + Carolina Herrera have all been favourites so far!

Rachel xo

Photography by Tommy Ton for

colour crush :: valentines edition {pink + red}

Happy {love} day my dears! 

Valentine's day is the perfect excuse to celebrate all things pink, red + lovely, so why not make the day extra special and indulge a few little luxuries you may not have otherwise?

* Treat yourself to a manicure + pedicure.
* Wear your most beautiful underwear.
* Dress up! Wear an outfit that you look and feel fabulous in.
Curl up on the sofa with a book or magazine while burning your favourite scent.
* End the day on a high by taking a relaxing bubble bath.

Wishing you a beautiful and luxurious day,

Rachel xo

Image credits: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Monday, February 13, 2012

A new week + the beginnings of an inspiration board...

Welcome to a brand new week lovelies! How the weekend flew by; my day job has been keeping me busy so my workspace has seen a lot of me recently! I've started piecing it together so thought I'd show you a little peek and the beginnings of my inspiration board...

Hope your week is off to a brilliant start!

Rachel xo

Saturday, February 11, 2012

happy weekend + lovely links

Happy friday friends! It's been a busy week so I'm looking forward to playing catch up over the weekend; getting organised, taking Charlie on some long walks and a bit of pampering - pure bliss! 

Here are my lovely picks this week...

* There are no excuses for not chasing your dreams with these fun action plan notes to help keep you on track of your goals.

* Face to Face: Karl Lagerfeld interviews himself and proves he has a charming sense of humour.

* Ben, co-founder of Pinterest, delivered an inspiring keynote address at Alt Summit.

* I loved Emily's welcome video as the new guest blogger for Estee Lauder.

* I've bookmarked the Willamsburg Hotel as the place to stay when I visit NYC. 

It's Valentine's Day next week so stay tuned for a pretty pink post coming up!

Thank you so much for stopping by this week; I wish you the loveliest weekend ahead.

Rachel xo

Images: 1 | 2 | 3

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Michelle Williams for Band of Outsiders, Spring 2012

Michelle Williams looks so lovely in the Spring campaign for Band of Outsiders
The playful shoot sees cute-as-a-button
Michelle, getting up to mischief + having fun in a graveyard, riding in a hearse. 

Have a lovely Thursday + thank goodness its only one more day until the weekend!

Rachel xo

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wednesday Workspace {colour happy}

Just looking at the bursts of colour and gorgeous flowers in today's workspace {belonging to Lucy Young} are making me incredibly happy! 

I love how Lucy has organised her wrapping paper and the inspiration board looks so vibrant and lovely.

Speaking of colour, I created a Pinterest board called Colour Love, where I've started to collect beautiful colour inspiration. Pop on over to check it out! 

Are you on Pinterest? Let me know so I can follow you!

I hope you are all having a wonderful week,

Rachel xo

Image credit: The Design Files; interior + photography by Lucy Young