Thursday, June 28, 2012

Loving lately...

Hi lovelies! With almost the end in-sight of a crazy busy week I wanted to share a few things that have been inspiring me lately...

{Charming settees}

{Miranda Kerr's Summer style}

{Fun :: Some Nights. On repeat.}

{Gisele's July cover for Vogue Brazil}

{Leigh Viner's latest stunning piece, inspired by Valentino :: Resort 2013}

Hope you're having a lovely Thursday!

Rachel xo

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer of Prep guest post

Hi lovelies! I'm over at a {little} dash of ash today guest posting about Summer Prep style. Head on over at take a peek on my take of prep + while you are there make sure you check out all of the other amazing bloggers taking part in the series!

Rachel xo

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Zebra love

Ever since I saw these beauties from Becker + Minty, I've been obsessed with everything zebra and have been tossing around different ways for how I could incorporate it into my apartment. Here are some ideas so far...

{Dining room chairs}



So far I'm most tempted by the chairs and the rug; but because I already have a cow-hide, if I went with either of these options I don't think I could end up keeping it. Ah decisions! 

Do you have any zebra prints in your home?

Rachel xo

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

Monday, June 25, 2012

Inspiration for a new week :: imagination will take you everywhere

I'm the sort of person you would call a dreamer. I got into trouble at school for being distracted not paying attention + I was always distracted by the same thing: my wild imagination.

These days I frequently let my mind wander and let it go down these incredible trains of thought, and I can honestly say that when I let my mind roam I do my best thinking and come up with creative ideas.

Next time you find your mind wandering off, go with it and see where it takes you...The power your imagination is a beautiful thing and lets face it: sometimes its more fun to take the scenic route in life. 

Hope you're week is off to a lovely start,

Rachel xo

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Happy weekend + lovely links

Thank goodness the weekend is finally here, and the sun is shining too! I'm looking forward to do a bit of shopping for the apartment, a trip to the markets + meeting up with Serena to hear all about her European adventure!

:: Here are a few favourite lovely picks this week....

+ Loved this incredibly inspiring interview with Australian stylist, Sibella Court.

+ Keely launched her beautiful new range of personalised stationary, Kollection.

+ This Parisian apartment made me go weak at the knees.

+ A simple DIY for creating beautiful delicate necklaces.

+ Catherine's dreamy home tour over at the Glitter Guide.

+ The June/July issue of Rue is out and featured this fun shoot at Melbourne's Luna Park.

:: And in case you missed it...

+ Thoughts for a new week :: failure is an opportunity.

+ A peek inside lifestyle boutique, Becker + Minty.

+ Wednesday Workspace {pink + gold}.

+ A few things I'm loving lately.

Have a lovely weekend ahead friends!

Rachel xo

Images: via Rue June/July 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Loving lately

Just a few things that have caught my eye lately + too good not to share...

Catherine's amazing bar cart transformation

Anna Karenina starring Keira Knightly + Jude Law; I can't wait to see this!

I'm loving everything about this living room designed by Nicole; the fur rug, the mirrored 
coffee table and the rich green sofa - divine!

Hope you're having a fab Thursday!

Rachel xo

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wednesday Workspace {pink + gold)

I've been crushing over the colour mix of pink and gold lately and when I spied both of these girly-glam workspaces, each with similar palettes I couldn't resist the prettiness!

And yes, my obsession with this palette is extending well beyond workspaces!

Happy hump day loves!

Rachel xo

Images 1 // 2

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Becker + Minty

I did a bit of exploring of Potts Point on the weekend and popped into Becker + Minty, the 'lifestyle concept' store owned and curated by Jason Minty. I've heard lots about this store so I was excited to visit for the first time + wasn't disappointed. The store is filled with unique decor items, furniture + accessories - many of them one-of-a-kind and sourced from all ends of the globe.

Jason was very lovely + let me take a few snaps to share with you...

How fabulous are the zebra stools + box? I've not been able to get these off my mind since! 

If you're in the area I'd definitely recommend stopping by - Jason said he is always mixing things up and because so many of the items are unique there is bound to be something to see each time you visit. Next place on my list to visit is their Woollahra store which has more of a focus on jewellery + home decor items. Stay tuned!

Rachel xo

All images my own.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Thoughts for a new week :: failure is an opportunity

Welcome to a new week lovelies! I'm a bit behind the times, but over the weekend I read J.K Rowling's Harvard Commencement Address to the class of 2008, where she spoke about the importance of failure and how it helped her have the courage and determination to not only try again, but to succeed.

Feeling completely inspired by her ability to turn failure into a good thing I had to share this with you today. Read the full address here.

Hope you're week is off to a wonderful start!

Rachel xo

Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | Quote

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Happy weekend + lovely links

Happy weekend lovelies! Phew, the end of another busy week + I'm glad to have a relaxing weekend ahead! I'm dying to check out the local growers market near me + a few of the boutiques in the area. One I have spied is Blood Orange, which stocks various Australian + international designers including Alexander Wang + Filippa K. Do you have any plans?

Here are my favourite lovely picks this week....

+ Victoria curated her favourite picks from Minted's art collection to support every mother counts, which has a mission to protect global maternal health. this one is my favourite piece.

+ I loved these inspiration garnered from matisse's incredible body of work.

+ Ideas for creating your own style commandments.

+ Cute + practical way to store make-up brushes.

:: and in case you missed it...

+ Inspiration for a new week :: never forget where you've been.

+ bathroom inspiration for my apartment.

+ moments in style :: stunning photography by jamie beck from the cdfa awards.

Have a lovely weekend!

Rachel xo

Image credits: 1 // 2

Thursday, June 14, 2012

CDFA Awards :: Moments in style

I've long been a fan of photographer Jamie Beck's work; her style of photography always captures those unexpected, yet extraordinarily raw moments that literally take your breathe away. So when I saw these recent shots from the CDFA Awards, I couldn't help but be inspired...

What was your favourite 'moment' of the CDFA Awards?

Rachel xo

All photography by Jamie Beck.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Apartment update :: bathroom inspiration

Now that I'm all moved into my apartment I'm starting to think about how I'm going to decorate it. One of the first things I'm going to do is give the bathroom a little update - I'm lucky in the sense that it has just been renovated so its all fresh + lovely; plus its a white, blank canvas with zero personality (= bonus for me!).

Because I've never had my own apartment before, I haven't had the joy of adding some decidedly feminine touches (aka pink), so without going too overboard, I plan to turn the bathroom into a chic, fun + colourful space that I know will make me smile every time I get ready in the morning!

Here's what I'm thinking so far...

Thank goodness West Elm ship to Oz now, otherwise this rug would have just been a fantasy. Oh and West Elm are also offering 50% off international shipping right now :)

Happy hump day friends!

Rachel xo

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Thoughts for a new week :: never forget where you've been

Hi lovelies! Even though its Tuesday, in my head it is still Monday so I'm starting the week off with some positive thoughts...

The journey of life is definitely fun, filled with twists + unexpected bumps along the way; but what makes it all the more fun (+ bearable when things turned pear-shaped!) are the people you share your journey with. 

Take a moment + think about all the amazing people in your life + how much brighter they make even the mundane things you do seem. When you next see them, show them just how much you mean to them; whether this is simply reminding them or going out of your way to do something extra special for them. I guarantee this will not only make you feel like a million bucks, but will also help to spread these gestures of thoughtfulness on to others.

Hope you're week is off to a wonderful start!

Rachel xo

Image // Quote

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Happy weekend + lovely links

Happy weekend friends! Thanks to the Queen's Birthday, we have an extra long weekend here, so I'm looking forward to getting my apartment organised + exploring my new area, making the most of the sunny winter weather. I'm also starting to put together a few decorating ideas...more on that to come!

These shots from the iconic Burberry campaigns were taken by Mario Testino and are just a sample of what is being showcased at the Private View exhibition which opened yesterday in Beijing. This video shows Christopher Bailey + Mario Testino talking about their mutual appreciation of each other and the synergy between them that has produced an incredible breadth of work over the past 15 years.

:: Here are my other favourite lovely picks of the week...

+ I was left speechless after seeing the transformation of Bailey's new home; truly inspiring!

+ Carolyn has just opened Matine, the sister store to Tilly Maison, filled with lovely handmade pieces.

+ I loved these 6 steps to becoming the very best version of you.

+ I have a crush on pretty much everything in the new Adore online boutique + have started making a wish list for my apartment!

:: And in case you missed it...

+ I love everything about Diane Kruger's edgy, yet feminine + chic style.

+ A white, bright + lovely workspace.

+ Oliva Palermo + her charming pup, Mr Butler make a stylish duo.

+ Insta-lately...A little peek into what I've been up to!

Thank you so much for stopping by this week; I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Rachel xo

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Love her style {Diane Kruger}

I was reminded again during this year's Cannes film festival about how fabulous Diane Kruger's sense of style is. Whether walking the red carpet or attending a fashion show, she always looks incredibly chic. I love her signature style which mostly consists of classic feminine dresses, with an edge.

Are you a fan of Diane's style?

Rachel xo

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wednesday Workspace {white, bright + lovely}

I'm gathering as much inspiration as possible at the moment for my new workspace, so when I came across the lovely white + bright home office of Annabelle Kerslake (co-founder of fete magazine), I saved it straight in my ' for later' files.

I love how beautifully the smallest details have been organised - the jars for storing paper clips + pegs; the magazine files + the wall organiser with a slot for each day of the week. These are all practical storage ideas + also look incredibly pretty!

See Annabelle's full house tour here.

Happy hump day lovelies!

Rachel xo

All images via Design*Sponge.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Olivia Palermo + Mr Butler

I'm thoroughly impressed that Olivia Palmero manages to look incredibly stylish ALL the time, even when she is out walking her dog, the gorgeous Mr Butler.

Mr Butler is too adorable, don't you think?

Rachel xo 

Image credits: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4