Saturday, January 30, 2010

Friday Fashion Notes

Happy weekend lovelies! This past week has been super hectic with work, hence my lack of post yesterday, so this weeks' Fashion Notes are on Saturday instead.

The Armani Spring 2010 couture collections were shown this week so I thought I would share some of my favourites with you - enjoy!

I am definitely ready for some relaxation and rejuvenation this weekend. What are your plans?

Rachel xo

Image credits: Fashionologie, Arianna Belle

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

{Interiors Inspiration} Atlanta Bartlett

Eclectic, creative and joyous three are words that come to mind when looking at the portfolio of interiors stylist Atlanta Bartlett. I love the distinct country flavour and the way she has used different textures to create a lovely and homey feel. I also don't mind that everything is not perfectly symmetrical, which normally bugs me!

If you love Bartlett's style as much as I do, check out her online boutique store, Pale and Interesting. The store specialises in furniture, accessories, jewellery and books all chosen or designed by Atlanta and her husband, and is "inspired by their love of the functional, beautiful and out-of-the-ordinary".

Rachel xo

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

{Interiors Trend} Subway Sign Art

According to House & Home, one of the 10 hot new trends in 2010 will be subway sign art.
Well, I would have to agree after seeing how awesome it can look.

Young House Love's John and Sherry created their own DIY version of subway sign art to put the finishing touches on their new bathroom and it looks fantastic!

The contrast of black and white bold type against the back-drop of exposed brick in this warehouse-style apartment provides the living room with an undisputed focal point:

I love how subway artwork has been used to creatively fill a would-be
bare wall in this rustic kitchen.

Ideas, ideas - I love it!

Hope you had a fabulous Australia Day!

Rachel xo

Monday, January 25, 2010

How to Have a Lovely Day

I found these 10 steps on How to Have a Lovely Day and had to share them with you!

1. Smile at strangers

2. Slow down

3. Say 'Thank You'

4. Give lots of compliments

5. Dress nicely

6. Wear perfume

7. Observe and listen

8. Be charming

9. Laugh

10. Wish people a lovely day

How sweet are they? Have yourself a lovely Monday!

Rachel xo

Image credit: House & Home

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Loving: Natalia Vodianova for Etam

The soft focus photography used in the latest campaign for Etam is breathtaking. Natalia Vodianova looks fabulous as ever; it's hard to imagine that she is the mother of 3 children!

Image credits: FashionGoneRogue

Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Fashion Notes

Happy Friday and welcome to the weekend! To start the weekend are my fashion picks for the week...

 With the Golden Globes on, there was a flurry of fashion excitement, but my favourite look of the evening was Ashley Olsen in Erdem at the after party - stunning!

I also adored Zoe Saldana's Golden Globes dress. The colour perfectly complimented her skin tone and the ruffles, oh the ruffles - love.

Carmen Kass for ELLE Russia. LOVE the Dior Jacket.

Street-style to perfection. The shoes, skinny jeans and over-sized sunnies rock my world!

This weekend husband and I are beginning the search for our very own apartment, which is super exciting! I can't wait to have a place we can call our own and decorate/renovate until it is just perfect.

What do you have planned?

Rachel xo

Image credits: Coco's Tea Party, Fashion Gone Rogue, Altamira NYC, NY Mag

Thursday, January 21, 2010

{Interiors Inspiration} Summer Beach Houses

Hello lovelies! I hope you are having a good week. My week has flown by so fast, which is good, because it means its now not long until the weekend.

One of the best things about Sydney in Summer time is spending weekends at the beach and enjoying the glorious weather that the city is famous for. It's hard going to work everyday and staring out the window at clear blue skies...Sigh. So I thought I would share some gorgeous beach house-style interiors to whet your appetite just in time for the weekend!

Have a fabulous Thursday!

Rachel xo

P.S Stay tuned tomorrow for my Friday Fashion Notes post - its going to be great!

Image credits: Flickr, House & Garden, Decorology, House & Garden

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Oh So Lovely: Purple Candy Floss Inspiration

Hello lovelies! How utterly stunning is the latest cover of UK Vogue, featuring Natalia Vodianova?

Über pretty and feminine and so very fitting with Vogue's Spring/Summer 2010 Candy Floss trend,  which is overflowing with girly glamour.

On that note, I couldn't resist dedicating a post full of gorgeous candy floss-inspired interiors for you to enjoy!

Oh, and just for fun...start off your candy floss look with this divine Miu Miu satchel!

Wishing you a fabulous Tuesday!

Rachel xo

Image credits: Tumblr, Homes & Gardens, Homes & Gardens, Haute Design

Monday, January 18, 2010

Daily Inspiration @ Hopscotch & Grace

Hello my blogger friends!

Just a quick post to tell you about my Hopscotch & Grace Tumblr blog which I started a little while ago to keep a record of all the beautifully inspiring photography, interiors and pretty things which catch my eye.

It's now filled with some amazing pictures, so if you ever need a dose of inspiration head to my Tumblr!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Photography Inspiration: Jessica Claire

I made a wonderful discovery today on the Style Me Pretty blog, when they featured the wedding video of photographer Jessica Claire. The video was so beautiful I got all teary!

I went off and checked out Jessica's site and was amazed by her portfolio - it is no surprise she is considered as one of the Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World! Jessica specialises in weddings, but also does a lot of portrait work as well.

Here are some of my favourites - enjoy!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Fashion Notes

Happy Friday! Thank goodness the weekend is here. I'm looking forward to sleep-ins, catching up with some good friends seeing the Lovely Bones - which I have still not seen yet.

To get my fashion fix I thought I would dedicate a regular post each Friday of my favourite fashion finds of the past week - so please let me know what you think!

I love these cute ballet flats worn with the cigarette pants - such a chic look!

These boots are divine!

Do you have any plans?
What ever you are doing, be sure to have a fabulous weekend!

Rachel xo

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Oh So Lovely: Blue Inspiration

Hello lovelies! Welcome to the second post of the brand new weekly feature Oh So Lovely.

I have been struggling through my first back week back at work since holidays and trying to maintain a state of zen calmness for as long as possible. So fittingly, I thought I would dedicate a post to blue inspiration given that blue represents feelings of calmness, contentment, gratification and being at peace.

I am in love with this duck-egg blue velvet couch, it really adds to the overall French inspired decor of this living room. My favourite find of the week so far.

Hopefully you are feeling rather zen yourself now too :) Have a fabulous day!

Rachel xo