Monday, May 30, 2011

Keeping cosy



Happy Monday lovelies!

Sydney received an incredible down pour of rain today and I got completely drenched on the way home from work. Tonight I'm all rugged up trying to keep warm and working out my wet weather outfits for the next few days!

It's definitely a challenge being stylish as well as practical in the rain, but there are a few key essentials to achieve this look:

* a stylish umbrella
* gum boots
* trench coat

I hope your week is off to a good start and do keep dry if you are caught up in this weather!

Rachel xo

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Happy weekend!

Happy weekend lovelies! It has been a long week so definitely looking forward to two days off. Do you have anything exciting planned? I have my good friends' baby shower, for which I will be baking these delicious blueberry crumble muffins - I have made them a few times and have always been a hit!
I think some retail therapy is also in order to stock up on some warm clothes; winter has definitely snuck up on us in Sydney.

On another note, I love these pretty postcards that Nichole over at Little Brown Pen has just added to her etsy store.

Have a glorious weekend friends,

Rachel xo

Images via: Little Brown Pen

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wednesday Workspace

I discovered this lovely workspace over at Decor8 where Anna Malin recently shared her revamped office nook. How pretty is it? I wouldn't want to leave if this was my workspace; oh how productive I would be!

I have long been an admirer of Anna's unique creativity and flair; her distinct Scandinavian style is incredibly inspiring. 

Take a peek at Anna's blog for more gorgeous inspiration.

Happy Wednesday friends!

Rachel xo

Via: Decor8

Shimmer & sparkle

I thought Gwynneth Paltrow and Sarah-Jessica Parker were two of the best dressed ladies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Met Gala. I loved their simple, yet stylish look: floor length gown, gold, with a dash of sparkle. Fabulous, yes?

Rachel xo

Via: The Vogue Diaries

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

the inspiration files {be bold}

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive. And go do it. 

Because the world needs people 
who have come alive."

Howard Thurman.

Image credits; left to right from top:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Quote via Pinterest

Monday, May 23, 2011

Black & White lovelies

Hello my dears, welcome to a brand new week! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Mine was spent catching up with my friend and her little boy and spending some time with hubby after his hectic work schedule, which was lots of fun.

As you know black and white is my favourite colour combination and these rooms have so many elements to love. Seriously impossible to resist, don't you think?

Happy Monday friends!

Rachel xo

Image credits: One | Two | Three

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Modern, eclectic, with a dash of vintage

I adore the modern eclectic feel to this home. The cool mix of traditional features with eclectic touches make this home incredibly interesting. The vintage elements also add so much character; and the turquoise? Seems I just can't get enough of this colour lately.  

Credit: Alltihemmet via Brunch at Saks

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wednesday Workspace {Lonny Office Makeover}

The newly revamped Lonny headquarters featuring in the latest issue couldn't be more divine - they definitely strike the right balance between being functional and chic, don't you agree?

There are too many lovely things about these spaces to count but some of my favorite elements include;
* Open brick walls painted white
* The mix of high end furnishings with IKEA
* The decorative lampshades and impressive bases
* The beautiful fabrics used for the curtains and revamping chairs
* The striped walls (!)
* the gorgeous artworks

What do you love most about the fabulous new Lonny offices'?

All images via Lonny

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Inspiration & a little bit of sparkle...

"Be yourself. 

Everyone else is already taken."

Oscar Wilde

Left to right:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Monday, May 16, 2011

5 ways to add flair to your dining room

Wondering how to add a little 'flair' to you dining room? 

1. Add some fabulous and interesting-looking chairs (try the replica Tolix, Ghost Chair, or something Vintage)
2. Be bold with your lighting choice (think patterns, oversized shades)
3. Make a statement with a rug to anchor the table in the room
4. Give your space some depth by adding different textures
5. Experiment with wall colour, or seriously consider wallpaper

Oh and fresh flowers never fail to brighten up any space!

Image credits: Real Living magazine, June 2011

Get the look {Olivia Palermo}

Happy Monday lovelies! How was your weekend? We travelled south for the weekend to celebrate my Grandmother's 90th birthday. Reaching 90 years old is most definitely a milestone to be celebrated, and our family paid hommage to how special a lady my Grandmother is, which was so lovely.

But today, I couldn't resist posting about the stylish Olivia Palermo who always looks incredibly fabulous each time she steps out; I especially loved this super-chic/casual outfit she wore last week on the streets of New York. 

Shop the look:
1. Plaited Shopper, Zara
2. Cashmere blend knit, Country Road
3. Tina Pony Hair ballet flats, Sambag
4. Gold-plated cuff, Philippe Audibert
5. Polka dot scarf, Sonia Rykiel
6. Cat eye sunglasses, Ray Ban
7. Olive Low Rise The Pencil jeans, J Brand

By the way, I have made a couple of minor tweaks to the layout here which will hopefully help finding posts much easier; I will be making a few more tweaks over the coming week, so please let me know any feedback you have or anything else you would like to see :)

Have a brilliant Monday my dears!

Image credit: The Beauty File

Saturday, May 14, 2011

A week of lovelies

Hello my dears, so nice to see that blogger has finally decided to work! I thought I had lost one post but thankfully it then reappeared but all of the comments were missing. Did anyone else lose their posts completely?

I thought I would share a few lovelies with you that have caught my eye this week - enjoy, and have a brilliant weekend friends!


A cosy library; perfect for curling up with a good book.


I love this beautiful illustration of such a chic workspace.


Alexa looks fabulous as ever on the June issue of UK Vogue. 
Such a perfect cover for Spring!

Such pretty wrapping and ribbons; I would be thrilled to receive a present wrapped so beautifully!

I couldn't resist these gorgeous blooms!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

{a little bit of turquoise}

I do love the colour turquoise and I adore how each of these spaces have added a small touches to add interest to the room. 

I don't know about you but I'm counting down until the weekend - only 1 day to go!

Happy Thursday lovelies,

Credits: Lonny Mag via Pinterest; Matchbook MagPinterest

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Love her style {diane kruger}

{met ball, April 2011}

{Lacoste Live event, Coachella, 2011}

Whether glamming it up on the red carpet or going for a more casual look, Diane Kruger always looks effortlessly stylish, don't you agree?

Images via Studded Hearts; Vogue Diaries

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Hello & Highlights from Melbourne

Hello friends! Apologies for my long absence, but after our whirlwind trip to Melbourne I officially started a new job which has meant lots of hours and sadly no time for blogging.
But I do have a few pics of our Melbourne trip to share with you...
{lots of fresh fruit & vegetables at the Prahan markets}

{homemade Jam store at Prahan markets}

{delicious cupcakes at Prahan markets}

{an incredible selection of gourmet dips at Prahan markets}

Because we went over Easter, a lot was closed but there were still  plenty of stores open to enjoy. Sadly Fenton & Fenton was closed, but we did get to enjoy their lovely window displays!

{fenton & fenton, high street melbourne}

{fenton & fenton window display}

{fenton & fenton window display}

The highlights? We had an incredible degustation dinner out with our good friends at Ezard; exploring the Prahan markets and falling in love with Chapel Street Bazaar. All in all a fantastic holiday! 

While I was gone I noticed I had a few new followers join, so welcome!

Do you have anything special planned for Mother's Day tomorrow? We are having both mine and M's family over to our house so I will be busy baking in preparation to spoil our mum's. I hope you are having a lovely weekend!

{all photography by me}