Thursday, September 27, 2012

Au revoir!


By the time you are reading this I will be boarding my plane and about to embark on an incredible adventure! I still can't quite believe that I will be gone for 5 weeks, but I hope to pop in now and again and will of course be tweeting + instagramming along the way.

Until then, I leave you in the trusted hands of my favourite bloggers who {from Monday} will be keeping you company while I am away; I know you will love the posts that each of these amazing ladies put together.

Au revoir!

Rachel xo


Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Insta-lately + the Typo giveaway winner

Hi lovelies! It's one more sleep until I leave so I'm just popping in between packing to give you a 
bit of a peek of lately through the Instagram lens...


{left to right} 

A few new pretties: 1. Peter Alexander slippers and bag + 2. Kikki-k travel travel wallet; to-do notepad + pretty pens

3. My brother's lovely wedding invitation; which means I'll be going to Adelaide in November just after I get back!

4. I got these Hopscotch & Grace business cards printed to take with me on my trip!

5. My sister's been getting me into these power smoothies + I'm loving them in the mornings now the weather is getting warmer.

6. I've been using KORA products lately + they are amazing! They are all definitely coming with me in my suitcase.

7. I bought these Country Road beauty cases to take with me; the neon + polka dots make me very happy :)

8. My current magazine stack pretty much sums things up where my head is at lately.


.....And now to announce the winner of the awesome Typo giveaway! The winner is... 


Congratulations Cynthia, you have won the Vintage Pretty pack! Thank you so much to every one who entered, it was fun reading all of your answers :)

Rachel xo





Monday, September 24, 2012

Comfortable + chic





I love how each of these ladies pull of effortlessly chic; yet at the same time they all look extremely comfortable.

Pairing comfortable pieces like jeans, a good quality jumper with stylish accessories and a fabulous bag is an easy way to achieve this look.






Image credits: 1 | 2 | 3

Thoughts for a new week :: believe in your dreams


Welcome to a brand new week lovelies. 

Wishing you a fabulous Monday!

Rachel xo



Saturday, September 22, 2012

Happy weekend + lovely links


Happy weekend friends! I can't believe this is the last weekend before my trip + to say I'm excited would be a complete understatement! This weekend I need to get organised; I have a long overdue hair appointment (I've been holding out as long as possible so I can have it done at the last minute before I leave!); picking up last minute things I need for my trip and starting to pack. 

Here are this week's lovely picks...

+ 50 of the best quotes from the incredibly inspiring Diana Vreeland.

+ Liz took these amazing shots of Versailles on her recent trip to Paris; they are just exquisite.

+ For my fellow stationery lovers, I just discovered OliveBox, which is a new subscription service where members receive the loveliest box of paper + lifestyle products delivered to their door each month. Sign me up!

+ I love these beautiful Fashion Week illustrations Samantha Hahn created.

+ Rach wrote this love-soaked letter of encouragement that needs to be pulled out whenever you need reassurance.

On that note, with my impending trip and the last few weeks of craziness since starting my new job, I haven't had as much time to dedicate to the blog as I would have liked, which has forced me to reflect and take stock of what it is that really want to be doing. I know there are going to be big changes when I get back and I really am so excited about the future of this blog and the plans I have. 

I am reminded of this everyday + am busily working on putting my plans into action...


If you haven't already, don't forget to enter the super sweet Typo giveaway to win a gift pack of your choice!


Wishing you an amazing weekend,

Rachel xo


Image credits: 1 | 2


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Shoe love

I'm definitely what you would describe as a 'bag person" over a "shoe person" and normally  stick to flats, but lately I've been feeling more adventurous and thinking that I'd like to start wearing heels more often. 

I've seen so many I've fallen in love with but here are the ones I wouldn't mind having in my closet...



Don't forget to enter the Typo giveaway to win a gift pack to match your favourite workspace! 

Rachel xo

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Win a Typo gift pack to match your favourite workspace!

Hi lovelies! I have a bit of a treat for you today with a slight spin on the usual Wednesday Workspace post.... I have partnered with the lovely folk over at Typo who are offering one lucky winner their choice of a specially designed gift pack that will ensure you stay stylishly organised. 

To enter, all you have to do is choose from one of the three workspaces below and tell me which one reflects your personality best and the winner will receive the matching prize pack!





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{How to enter}

+ Be a follower of Little Bits of Lovely through Google Connect 

+ In 25 words or less, tell me in the comments section below in
 which of the three featured 

workspaces {vintage pretty, perfect pastels or black + white minimalist} matches your 

personality the best and why.


{For additional entries}


+ Tweet about the competition


+ Pin your favourite item on Pinterest with the hashtag


 #littlebitsoflovelytypogiveaway

(leave a comment for each additional entry)

{Terms}

+ The giveaway is open to all international entrants

+ The winner will be chosen based on their response to the giveaway question


+ The competition will close next Tuesday 25th September at 11:59 AEST + the winner will

be announced on Wednesday 26th September.




Good luck!

Rachel xo



Image credits: 1 | 2 | 3

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

What I'm packing {part deux}

I filled you in on what will be in my suitcase for the first part of my trip here, so today I'm going to share what I'm taking for the second part of my trip. Part deux of my trip will see me flying out of Marrakesh directly into Paris, where I'll be staying in an apartment in the Latin Quarter for a week. Following that, I will be jumping on the Eurostar over to London where I will be staying for another week.

The key is to pack as light as possible so that I have enough room in my suitcase to do plenty of shopping when I'm over there...
After seeing some street style shots from LFW this week, I am slightly concerned about how cold it will be and hoping I will survive with my just my leather jacket to keep me warm - at least until I can make it to the nearest Zara! 

8 days + counting!

Rachel xo






The perfect t-shirt


So I realise this may be a stretch, but I really think that I have found the perfect t-shirt. For a while now I have been wearing James Perse, but I recently discovered these beauties from Helmut. Because I'm tall I always have trouble finding t-shirts that are long enough, but these are the perfect 'extra long' length. Plus because they are made out of jersey material they feel lovely and are extremely comfy. 

I did what any other person would do when they discovered the perfect t - bought one in every colour! 

Do you buy 'one in every colour' when you find something you love?


Rachel xo

Monday, September 17, 2012

Thought for a new week :: never dull your sparkle


Happy Monday lovelies, I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Mine was spent busily prepping for my trip and getting things organised for when I'm away. Only 9 days until I'm jumping on that plane! 

I couldn't resist starting the week of with a bit of sparkle* and with the little reminder that we are meant to shine. It is so easy to listen to the little voice that pops up in your head telling you when things are not possible; but by instead focusing your energy on what you can do, and not what you can't, will reveal a new perspective where even the impossible can be achieved.

Have a fabulous start to the week!

Rachel xo


Image //quote

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Happy weekend + lovely links


Hurray for the weekend! This has been really long week for me with work, so I'm looking forward to relaxing this weekend + catching up on life.  Plus with only 12 days to go until I leave for my trip, I have lots to do to get organised before I go!

Here are my favourite lovelies from this week....

+ I've been loving Garance Dore's Pardon My French series. A few highlights have been   her interviews with Bryan Boy + Anna Dello Russo; behind the scenes at the Alexander Wang party; and her take on both the Proenza Schouler + the Marc Jacobs shows.

+ A new perspective: why setting standards means leading a high quality life.


+ The new issues are out for Rue, Lonny + Matchbook Mag

+ Emerson Fry's Fall Collection has arrived and I'm crushing over just about everything; especially this coat + this one these shoes + this bag.

+ More NFYW favourites: Kate Spade | Oscar de la Renta | Holmes + Yang | J. Mendel | Sass & Bide

And in case you missed it....

I visited Ada's blog, taking part in her Chic Files series + my first-ever outfit post 




Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Rachel xo




Thursday, September 13, 2012

Guest post {the chic files series}

Hi lovelies! Today I'm over visiting Ada's gorgeous blog + one of my daily reads, where I'm taking part in her Chic Files series + my first ever outfit post. I'm super nervous about this, but I hope you enjoy it! 


Rachel xx

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Carolina Herrera :: Spring 2013











I mentioned yesterday that Carolina Herrera has been one of my favourite collections so far at NYFW, so I just couldn't resist posting about it today. I thought whole collection was so feminine, chic and incredibly modern. I love the soft palette of blues and warm greys; and the introduction of orange is perfection. 

See the full collection here.

Rachel xo










Wednesday Workspace {bright + chic}


The gorgeous mix of colours in this workspace immediately grabbed my attention; the vibrant orange, gold, green + brown all work in harmony together. I love the vintage desk + how it has been completely transformed and modernised; making a lovely statement piece in the room.

Such a chic + charming workspace, don't you think?


Rachel xo




Image credit: Style at Home via Brunch at Saks


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

NYFW :: Street Style round up

New York Fashion Week is well underway with some of my favourites showing the last few days: Carolina HerreraVictoria Beckham, Jason Wu, Thakoon + Zac Posen.

But the best part of Fashion Week for me will always be the street style looks, where stylish fashionistas have spent weeks leading up to the event planning their outfits down to the very last detail.

Here are a few highlights from the past week...








What have been your highlights from NYFW?

Rachel xo



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









Monday, September 10, 2012

Snaps from the weekend +the Shopbop giveaway winner

Hi lovelies! I was playing around with my camera yesterday when I took my nieces to a local fair + had to share these adorable pics of Tahlia, who was happily posing for me + loved being in front of the camera!


And now to announce the winner of the Shopbop giveaway...

The winner of the $100 gift-card is....Samantha Tedesco.

Congratulations Samantha, you will receive an email shortly.

A big thank you to everyone who entered the competition! 


Hope you're having a lovely Monday,


Rachel xo



10 reasons to smile...+ a guest post

Hi lovelies! I thought these 10 reasons to smile would be the perfect pick-me-up on a Monday morning after a glorious weekend of Spring sunshine!






You'll also find me over on Natalie's gorgeous blog today, sharing a few ways to style my latest crush: the Acne Mape Stamped leather jacket. Hop on over to take a peek

I will be back a little later to announce the Shopbop giveaway winner + share a few snaps from the weekend.


Have a fabulous Monday!

Rachel xo



Image credits: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Colour crush {cobalt blue}

There is something about cobalt blue that gives off a positive vibe, don't you think? I'm really loving this colour as we move into the warmer months.

Here are my favourite picks...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wednesday Workspace {minimalist}


I love the simplicity of this workspace. The black wall with the curtain rod used as an inspiration wall of sorts is a really fun idea + makes for a striking feature in the midst of such a minimalist space.

What are you loving about this workspace?

Rachel xo



Image credit: Daily Dream Decor

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What I'm packing {part one}

Hi lovelies! With just 3 weeks to go now before I leave on my trip (!) I thought I'd give you a bit of a peek into what I will be packing. I've split this up into two posts because I'm essentially going on two different trips in the month that I will be away. 

For the first 15 days I will be travelling to Spain, Portugal + Morocco: starting in Madrid and making my way across to Portugal and then down the coast of Portugal and into Morocco. From what I can gather, it will still be quite warm in all of these countries, yet in Morocco I need to make sure I have appropriate clothing to respect the cultural differences.



I will be taking a lot of basics that I plan on mixing up with scarves and accessories. I'd love to be taking more, but the reality is that I need to be travelling as light as possible, which is easier said than done!

Have you been to any of these countries? Are there any essentials that I am missing?

Stay tuned for part two,

Rachel xo

Monday, September 3, 2012

Spotted! Blake Lively + the Burberry striped suede tote


I have a massive crush on the Burberry striped suede tote that Blake Lively was recently seen sporting on the set of Gossip Girl. Who else is excited about the 6th {and final} season starting next month? I can't wait!

Rachel xo


P.S Don't forget to enter the Shopbop giveaway to win a $100 gift card