So much has happened since we last had a ‘heart-to-heart’ I don’t know where to begin. Well, for starters I’ve become BFF’s with this Leonard St Deer jumper. It’s the perfect combination of sports chic and animal geek! I recall seeing designer Amanda McCarthy’s sketches of the adorable deer on the Leonard St Facebook page and falling in love with those long bambi lashes. Speaking of Amanda, she’s one of the sweetest people I know. With three hugely popular stores (High St Northcote, Gertrude St and Flinders Lane) and a brand new boutique that just opened on Chapel St Windsor, Leonard St is growing from strength to strength. It is fast garnering an international fan base too. But what impresses me the most about Amanda is how she balances her fashion label with her family life. She is so inspiring not just because she’s an established designer but because she is a working mother. Speaking about…Continue Reading
A few years ago when I was detoxing my shoe wardrobe, I threw out a few pairs of mules. A butter soft tanned pair with wooden heels and a beautiful green pair from Miss Sixty. I am now kicking myself. Sometimes it pays to be a hoarder. I should have known that shoes so comfortable, versatile and easy to put on would come back to haunt my fashion dreams. Luckily, we don’t need to look far to find a fabulous pair that will dress up our jeans, dresses and coats! Miu Miu Leopard Print Mules / Gianvito Rossi Black Leather Mules / Miu Miu Cross Over Suede Mules / Sophia Webster Neon Trimmed Cream Mules / Tibi Black Leather Mules / Sophia Webster Embroidered Mules / Gianvitto Rossi Metallic Leather Mules Tony Bianco Double Strap Mules / Chloe Studded Mules / The Mode Collective Gold Toe Cap Mules / Givenchy Buckle Mules /…Continue Reading
There’s something wonderful about baby’s bath time.  It’s an opportunity to wash away the evidence of a long day of hunting dust bunnies under the couch and dodging discarded baby food.  It is a most forgiving play pen – the only place where splashing is not only permitted, but mandatory, and where being messy is actually an act of cleaning.  It is a warm release on a cold winter’s night and a cool change after a blazing summer’s day.  It is a fond privilege of childhood that is too quickly replaced by its poor, Grinch-like cousin, the 3 minute shower. While bath time may be all of these things, I have come to realise that bath time is precious for one more important reason.  As the harbinger of ‘sleep time’, it signals the end of ‘baby time’ and the start of ‘parent time’! No wonder everyone loves bath time… Bath time is probably Winston’s favourite time…Continue Reading
If you previously associated tea with hot water, scones or bags, you’re about to have your world turned upside down. T2, Australia’s authority on tea, hosted a Summer Edition Tea Festival party at their head quarters last week. The office space was transformed into a sleek tea-bar complete with tea-making, tea-sampling, and tea-reading rooms. Shelves of teas were displayed in protein-powder-esque canisters, each labelled with clinical precision. Sprigs of green foliage appeared sporadically providing the space with the feel of an indoor garden. After all, this is a celebration of tea! Whilst guests munched on mouth-watering Mexican canapés served from Mebourne’s first food truck Taco Truck, T2 blends made their way around the premise cleverly disguised as mocktails and cocktails in mini beakers and bottles. Since it was a scorching day, we were delighted to be greeted by these ice teas. The 2 O’clock Rush – deliciously refreshing Here’s the recipe: 16 Hour cold brew black tea (Monk…Continue Reading
Leonard St Brick Jumper & Manuscript Skirt / Sol Sana Sonny Boots / Dolce & Gabbana Sunglasses / Vintage Bag Do you remember how I mused in this post using bricklaying as a metaphor for life, that “to build something great, you have to start with the right foundation”? Well, I’m delighted to tell you 2 things. Firstly, thank God, I’ve been firming up my ‘foundations’! I’ve been taking stock of the bad foundational habits and replacing them with good ones. Being a sleep deprived mom, I used to soldier on by replenishing my energy levels with cakes and chocolate, but now I’ve embraced naps, and a more raw diet. It helps when you get an accountability buddy. Secondly, as you can see, the cute Leonard St Brick jumper also comes in orange! The bricks stand out even more in this version. What about you? Do you have bricks that need mending? Will you join me in firming…Continue Reading
A few weeks ago I received an invitation to attend a High Tea Garden Party at Rippon Lea, courtesy of La Máscara. Before I even opened the invite I was excited. Rippon Lea Estate’s reputation of hosting events is legendary, from birthday parties, corporate events, to weddings. Apparently getting married there is what dreams are made of. But I’d not heard of La Mascara before. Is it a makeup brand? Close, but no. La Máscara is indeed inspired by the beautiful and glamorous masks of the Carnivale festivals of South America and Europe, it is an alcoholic beverage label that includes only premium, natural ingredients. Having just released a range of alcoholic ice teas, named ‘High Tea’, La Mascara couldn’t have picked a better venue or a better day to host the garden party. Along with games of badminton and pétanque, guests were treated to pizzas from the ‘Happy Camper’ food truck, cupcakes from Cupcake Central, and of course,…Continue Reading