Give a frock Friday

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Kate Moss in a polka dot frock by Oscar de la Renta, photographed by Bruce Weber for Vogue, November 2006.

There’s so much to do these next two weeks as we prepare for our family road-trip south to Adelaide. We decided that it would be more fun to drive across three states to visit family for Christmas than to fly there. As the girls get more fractious as the end of the school year draws closer, I’m beginning to doubt our decision! I’ve been online looking for helpful road trip tips because I have vivid memories of my own road trips as a child, and while fun, there was also a lot of time spent fighting with my brother, hitting, pinching, picking on each other and doing our best to ignore each other while being stuck in the same car together less than a metre apart for hours on end! We had our headphones that we shared so we could listen to music, and eventually I even got my own ‘Walkman’. These days of course it’s a challenge to keep the kids from watching endless DVDs and playing games on their iPads. I have a plan though, which is to stop every two hours, get out of the car, do some yoga, throw a ball around with each other and get the blood moving about the body. That’s the plan anyway. I also plan to do a heap of baking so we have healthy snacks and don’t fill up on petrol station stodgy food and sugary treats. Again, this is my plan. Being on the road though, things are subject to change without notice!

Tonight it’s my first book club meeting since I quit while studying yoga teacher training, I’m so excited I get to be apart of book club again! I love this time of the year. It’s always crazy busy, but I think the Christmas carols in the stores and the twinkle lights everywhere help me get through it.

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you  are.

love & light xo

 

Interiors: a dreamy Brooklyn townhouse

The interior of this Brooklyn townhouse is so beautiful, my eyes can’t seem to settle on any one thing in particular, it’s filled with so many interesting details.

brooklyn_townhouse_living_roomI have always adored fireplaces, even when not being put to use, they make great storage for dried flowers or books, and mantlepieces make such great places for highlighting favourite trinkets and huge mirrors like this one above. The decoration is simple, erring on the masculine, with a touch of french country, and maybe a hint of gothic. The standing lamp in the right corner is heaven. I have one similar in my living room, I’ve dragged with around for years as I’ve moved interstate and overseas and back again. It’s so easy to update with a fab new shade. Have I mentioned the leather chairs yet?

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The same room from a different angle gives us a view of the sideboard along the wall. Side boards are great for storing all that hardly ever used stuff like platters and heirlooms such as your grandmother’s crystal champagne glasses and much like mantle pieces, they also make great places to display collected wares and favourite things.

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Case in point – the owner of this townhouse obviously has a thing for candlesticks, and it’s a pretty impressive collection. Lovely lilacs in the vase balance the candlesticks nicely.

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How amazing is this room? The twig and floral theme is prevalent throughout the townhouse. We can see more candlesticks on the little table here too. I think I could sleep quite soundly here yes.

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Now, this is a room made for sleeping, yes indeed. Four-poster bed with extra soft pillows, dark painted walls for long, deep sleeps, oh yes, definitely made for snoozing. Love the chest of drawers and the set of botanical prints on the wall.

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This bathroom leads of the first bedroom with the stunning wallpaper. I think it would be just like sleeping in a woodland. There’s nothing like a classic claw-foot bath is there? The exposed pipes just add to the old-world charm. When can I move in?

love & light xo

Credits: interior design, photos

Give a frock Friday

Heather-Elle-Russia-December-2014-2This beautifully flowing frock is from a stunning editorial for Elle Russia’s December 2014 issue. Canadian model Heather Marks was photographed in winter inspired fashions by Xavi Gordo. Click through the image for more.

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are.

love & light xo

 

model: heather marks (women)
photographer: xavi gordo
stylist: anna artamonova
hair and make-up: paco garrigues (talents)

Source: Visual Optimism

Heels versus Comfort

Since starting my new day job last week, I’ve quickly had to adjust from years of wearing my beloved Birkenstocks to more business oriented heels. Ok, yes they look good, but my feet were simply not born to wear heels. I have broad feet, a small bunion, which is a hangover from my ballet days, and since all this yoga, I now walk much more grounded, and so my feet have broadened. I do own heels, and they are carefully and lovingly wrapped in tissue paper and stored in the boxes in which they were purchased. Only the chosen few have been worn at all for some time, that is, until last week.  Since then, my feet have, bless them, begun to slowly adjust to the daily torture, and I now no longer need all the bandaids and sticky aids to prevent my feet from rubbing. Only the bunion protector remains, which I feel will stay for some time. Frankly I just don’t care if it looks funny, comfort is key. I do sometimes think of winter when I can wear my boots – way more comfortable! Summer is just beginning here however…

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My most favourite heels from my wardrobe. Shocked that they’re seeing the light of day.

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What I would like to be wearing to work these days.

Carrie Bradshaw of Sex & the City, my I Ching, she often refers to her love of wearing heels, in fact, she is often seen running down the street in a pair. How does she do it? Is it because she’s petite and her centre of gravity is lower to the ground? And so I put this question to you dear readers because I sincerely want to know, are there women out there that truly find heels comfortable? Because if so, I want to know what you are wearing, what is your go-to comfortable heel? I’ve done some research and it is my theory that I should be buying and wearing anything with a kitten heel because it is my mission is to find a pair of heels that pass for office stylish but have the fit and comfort of either a Birkenstock, sneaker or my slippers. Too hard to achieve? Maybe so, but I will say this, Stella McCartney, bless her, has indeed designed a heel that looks very much like a Birkenstock. Picture for you below.

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Stella McCartney heels, these look very influence by the Birkenstock, yes?

Even though I live on the coast where dress standards are shall we say, relaxed, I don’t think I would get away with this in my new office. Just saying.

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Emmanuelle Alt. I love that she doesn’t give a stuff and wears her stock-standard black kitten heels everywhere. The woman obviously values comfort above all. She certainly can rock a pair of jeans and a blazer though.

So please let me know the answer to my question, please leave a comment and let me know if you feel the same way as I do about heels, or even better, if you have a solution to my problem. Or even simply if you have any advice on what style of shoe I should buy. I await your replies!

love & light xo

 

Give a frock Friday

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In memory of Oscar de la Renta, who sadly passed away late last month. He was the frock master, the go-to couturier for a fabulous event frock. Think Carrie in Sex & the City, the pretty pink frock The Russian gifted her for their date to the Met. In stead, I’ve chosen this flamenco inspired frock for today’s post, worn here by model Angela Lindvall and photographed by Arthur Elgort. Oscar was influential in dressing many of Hollywood’s leading ladies, and also the odd White House first lady. “My job as a designer is to make a woman feel her very best.” He will be missed.

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!

love & light xo

Badda bing badda boom

Where do I begin? Since graduating from yoga teacher training earlier this month, so much has happened!

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I’ve been teaching a class at a local studio once a week, which is going great. I started teaching a friend in the park on Friday mornings before work too. It gives me the opportunity to work on my alignment cues and my friend gets a yoga class in that she wouldn’t otherwise have time to go to. We meet at our local park at 6am and an hour later we part and get ready to go to work. This week though hubby and I are off to Byron Bay for a long weekend! It’s been too many years to count between romantic weekends for us, and to say I’m excited is an understatement. We checked the weather this morning and decided it didn’t matter what the weather decided to do – we are on holiday, who cares?!

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So other news is I’ve found a fabulous new job and so I finally (FINALLY!) have quit the day job I’ve been slogging my ass off at for the past couple of years and I now get to sit in air conditioned comfort, I get a lunch break (what the ** is a lunch break?) and it’s only ten short minutes from home – woot! The universe works quickly, it all happened so fast, when change happens, it doesn’t mess about. I’ve got six delicious days off until I begin my new day job and until then, I get to hang out on one of the world’s best beaches in Byron Bay, potter about local farmer’s markets in and around the area, sleep-in, go to yoga classes and laze around with my man and all with absolutely no feelings of guilt whatsoever!

In the mean time I’ve been working on a business name and logo for my yoga business, getting registered with Yoga Australia, insured and all the other paper work that goes along with teaching yoga. Phew! Next is a website and who know’s what will happen. It’s a matter of trust. Let go, and see what happens!

love & light xo

 

Give a frock Friday

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I read somewhere that designer Joseph Altuzarra described this (demi-couture) frock as one which “no one will buy” because it was priced at £7000, which is considerably more than your average ready-to-wear frock, yes?  Yet more and more designers are creating demi-couture to distance themselves from the regular high street labels. I had wrestled with posting this image from Flare magazine because the stylist has paired it with a fur coat. I have loved this dress for so long, I adore the gypsy/boho vibe and the coin details, I bet it makes a gorgeous “cha-ching” sound from all the coins when you move around in it. So, in the end I decided that fur is fake. If it were real fur the magazine would have stated it in they buy-line. If it turns out I am wrong, someone will tell me I’m sure!

Have a wonderful weekend lovelies!

love & light xo

 

Credits: Shooting Star – Captured by Max Abadian, American beauty Lindsey Wixson for the September issue of Flare . The accompanying shoot showcases other standout autumn looks from the likes of Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton and Altuzarra styled by fashion editor Elizabeth Cabral. On beauty are makeup artist Hung Vanngo and hair stylist Keith Carpenter with ultra-glam finishing touches. / Manicure by Alicia Torello @ the Wall Group. Click on the image for more.

Interiors: black, white and colour all over

I love the black floors in this house. Shiny and glossy, I bet they would hide a myriad of annoying bits of dust and dirt. Like the black hair that my labrador Jet is constantly shedding in our house! Mercifully we have wooden floors, so it’s easy to keep clean. We had cream carpet in a house we lived in once, what a nightmare! Kids, dogs with black hair and generally clumsy grown-ups in a house with white carpet? Why do landlords think this is a good idea? Crazy people.

My favourite part of this house is the kitchen. The white walls juxtaposed with the black floors and the persian rug! When can I move in?

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The use of colour against the black and white backdrop is so charming and inspirational. It brightens up each of the rooms and gives life to an otherwise dull monochromatic scheme, don’t you think?

Images via here.

Summer Style: Birkenstocks

Ever since I bought my first pair of Birkenstocks, way back when, I’ve pretty much worn nothing else in the summer time. I mean, why would you? They’re super comfy and practical and let’s face it, they come in so many different styles and designs and colours now, a girl could end up with a wardrobe full of them! Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s no denying how much they are enjoying popularity right now, emerging from the basic khaki and evolving with metallic finish and gladiatorial style. Here are a few of my faves that I’ve spotted while surfing the web. Which ones do you like?

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Love these Arizona metallic Birkenstocks available from Free People.

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If the Olsen’s are wearing them, then they are definitely on the stylish list.

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Birkenstock inspired Edris Bow sandals from Isabel Marant. Yes please!

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Gold Birkenstock slides and denim lift this outfit from plain casual to casual chic.

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Think you can’t wear white? Think again.

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These are on my christmas list.

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I love the way these wrap around the big toe.

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The gladiator Birkenstock. It was only a matter of time.

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Love the distressed leather look of this style.

While Birkenstocks, even with a super shiny finish, are still super casual, but nevertheless, summer calls for relaxed style, does it not?

Happy Wednesday!

love & light xo

 

Give a frock Friday

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This beautiful white silk dress from Chloè is exactly what I’ve been dreaming about wearing to my yoga teacher training graduation this Sunday. We have to wear white to the ceremony, and so I had to do something about this as I don’t usually wear white because I feel it doesn’t suit my complexion, but as I am a little more tanned these days from living in the sunshine, it should be ok – I hope! I bought myself a simple white cotton v-neck tee and my beautiful best friend Kirsty found me a fab pair of white linen pants at a market stall. So while I may not be wearing this luxurious number above, I will still feel every bit as glamourous. There’s something about wearing white, don’t you agree? White contains equal balance of all the colours on the spectrum, it’s reflective, embodies growth and creativity, it is the colour of protection, promotes peace, comfort and helps to keep you calm, offering inner cleansing, purifying thoughts, emotions, your spirit and strengthening your entire energy system.

It is amazing to me how quickly this year has passed. I have started writing about my journey because I learned so much I feel it is part of my continuing journey to document the highs and lows and “just plough-through-it” experiences I have lived through over the course of the past twelve months. So far I’ve landed a teaching gig at a local studio and I began last week. It is exciting and beautiful to be able to serve as a yoga teacher finally! It has been an incredible experience, it has changed me forever.

Have a wonderful weekend, the spring weather here has been perfect, sunny days and cool nights and the blood moon the other night was insane!

love & light xo

 

model: anais pouliot (elite)
photographer: hannah khymych
stylist: vanessa bellugeon
hair: kayla michele (atelier)
Info about the colour white found here.
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