Tuesday, September 30, 2008

You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Ice-Cream
There is nothing better than delicious ice-cream on the hottest of summer days. Some ice-cream scoops aren't so user friendly but check out the amazing Cuisipro Ice Cream Scoop and Stack. The scoop and stack makes cylindrical blocks of ice-cream that can be stacked to add colour to any desert or ice-cream cone. I reckon it would be a great addition to any registry. Go to Everten Online to order anywhere in Australia.

Posted by Emilie Harrison
Cuff It
The bold statement piece for spring is undoubtedly the cuff. Not the leather, hard-core type cuff but the sweet, sophisticated, jewel-encrusted cuff. How pretty! Why not adorn your bridesmaids wrists with the latest cuff offerings. It will add some edge to the day but what a sweet surprise it'll be. Here's a selection of my favourites. They'll add some serious glitz to any occasion. Cuff it baby!

L-R - Miu Miu jeweled satin cuff & Roberto Cavalli oversized floral cuff both available from www.net-a-porter.com

L-R - Chloe Poppy cuff & Kara by Kara Ross pearlized anaconda cuff both available from www.net-a-porter.com

L-R - Isharya gold filigree cuff & Kenneth Jay Lane leaf hinged cuff both available from www.net-a-porter.com

L-R - Marc Jacobs crazy bow cuff available from www.net-a-porter.com & Yves Saint Laurent cuff from the spring/summer 09 collection

Posted by Emilie Harrison
Crowning Glory
Going through a bit of a crown phase at the moment - delusions of grandeur perhaps. Would love to get my hands on any one of these lovelies. Have ordered a few things from Etsy so I can't wait to get them.

No 1.Votive holder from Danish design company House Doctor via Nelson & Co in New Zealand. No 2. Rhinestone crown brooch from Dusty Road Antiques via Etsy. No 3. Vintage pewter crown filigree pendant stampings from Foundlings via Etsy. No 4. Paper crown made from vintage papers from Carnivale of Fortune. No 5. Papeterie Crown from Bell'occhio. No 6. Crown and bird photo from Suzanne Duda's photostream on Flickr.

Posted by Jane Cameron

Monday, September 29, 2008

Check it Out
Visit Simple Song Designs on Etsy for these delightful letterpress cards. There's a selection from which to choose. Each card, with envelope is US$5.50 + postage. The best part is they stamp your special date when you order - truly customised stationery!

Posted by Jane Cameron
Pretty as a Picture
I wanted to share these photos with you as they didn't make the magazine but were too beautiful to remain unseen. The bride is one of our photographers, Amanda McLauchlan and her dashing groom is Ivan Bate. Their wedding was held at the Centennial Vineyards in Bowral, New South Wales.

Amanda looked every bit the lady in her vintage dress, complete with lace headpiece. Earlier in the day she sported sweet lace gloves and a crocheted shawl, she looked fantastic. Such a fun day, full of friends and family - just the way a wedding should be.

Photographs by Rebecca Rosconi

See other photos from Amanda and Ivan's wedding in Issue 8, on sale now.

Posted by Jane Cameron.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Loving Linen
I've written about my string obsession before, well my linen/flax obsession comes in a close second. Linnet have the most glorious linens, cottons and wool fabrics and notions. The difficult part is deciding which ones to buy! Absolutely anything on this site would be perfect for a natural, environmentally friendly themed event. Be sure, you'll be seeing a lot more of these products in the future.

Posted by Jane Cameron

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ciao Bella
Whilst researching the Gift Registry article on overnight bags for our current issue I found the fab Ciao Bella online shop which is a travel accessories shop dedicated to women. There are so many gorgeous products there you hardly know what to choose. Its the perfect place to start when looking for all your travel needs for your honeymoon. I have already purchased the silver travel wallet for an upcoming overseas holiday which I love, below are some more of my faves.

Posted by Emma Henderson
Sparkling jewels are definitely a girls best friend!! I recently came across this great site www.maxandchloe.com that has the most gorgeous range of bling pieces. Ranging in price there is bound to be something there to suit any budget or taste. I especially loved the coloured precious and semi-precious stones. They're going to be the in thing for summer. The best bit?? Max & Chloe ship anywhere. Now there's no excuse to not have a gorgeous statement piece for the festive season!

Brian Danielle chandelier earring USD$4,624.00

Brian Danielle Citrine & Diamond ring USD$487.00

Brian Danielle Amethyst Glam drop earring USD$2,175.00

Posted by Emilie Harrison
Very Inviting
I found The Future Mrs Darcy through the Snippet & Ink blog (one of my favourites!) - a lovely stationery business that offers some delightful invitation options through Etsy. The business name was enough to convince me, but the designs are really refreshing - there is something for every tast. I love this one…

Contact them directly for international shipping enquiries and have a look at their blog for updated news.

Posted by Jane Cameron

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Right Shades
What's not to like about Amy Butler and her incredibly beautiful designs? Her wrap and stationery are gorgeous and her fabrics conjure up many crafty ideas. There are also a number of free downloadable patterns to make quilts and bags. Her cool, green-blue palette is right on the mark with our Playful Shades story in Issue 8. The perfect hues for a summer soiree.

Contact them directly for international shipping enquiries.

Posted by Jane Cameron
Milan Magic
The Milan Spring/Summer 2009 shows have kicked off in amazing style. Once again flowy, feminine dresses seem to be the hot ticket. I loved D&G's show. Gold is my pick to add a hint of rock chick glam to any outfit this season. Pleats and frills are all the rage. Be brave with your colour choices this season. Colour is hot, hot, hot.



Giorgio Armani

Alberta Ferretti


Gianfranco Ferre

L-R - Missoni & Moschino Cheap & Chic
Photos courtesy of Vogue

Published by Emilie Harrison
Delicate Details
Look at this heavenly handmade heart from bluegirlxo at Flickr. Wouldn't this make a divine ring cushion.

Posted by Jane Cameron
Issue 8 Launched Today
That's right, Issue 8 hits the shelves in Australia today. Stay tuned for international release dates. Filled with lots of inspirational ideas to make your wedding spectacular!

Posted by Jane Cameron

Monday, September 22, 2008

If icecream is too hard to organise as the weather becomes warmer, why not consider these adorable cupcake cones. The recipe is available at Cupcake Blog together with lots and lots of other irresistible delights. A great idea for a bridal party or a dessert buffet at the wedding - they look divine.

Posted by Jane Cameron
Pick Your Nose
I laughed and laughed when I saw these funny cups from one of my old-time favourites, Remo. What a fun way to bring any party to life. I can only imagine how hilarious they would look at a bridal shower. AUS$13.00 + delivery for 24 cups. What a great idea.

Posted by Jane Cameron
Big on Turquoise
One of my favourite colours at the moment is turquoise. Love it with brown, with grey, with mustard or with black. This stunning Hamptons Embossed Python Capacity Wristlet from Coach is just the ticket to match any special outfit. At US$248 + delivery, its definitely on my wish list.

Posted by Jane Cameron
Pretty as a Picture
Mathew Dickinson flowers in London, UK are truly beautiful. The spring air leaves me longing for pretty little posies like this one, together with matching placesetting. How could you not feel happy seeing these beauties?

Posted by Jane Cameron

Friday, September 19, 2008

Standing Ovation
Well the London Spring/Summer 09 shows have wrapped up with much fanfare. The designers showed once again why London as the hippest city... colour is cool and patterns rule. Flowy, whimsical dresses seem to be hot property for spring so take note...

L-R - Duro Olowu & Vivienne Westwood Red Label



Photos courtesy of Vogue

Posted by Emilie Harrison
Makeup Mania
In late November 2008 Sydneysiders will be treated to the opening of the first Australian Chanel Makeup Stuido within the Sydney City Myer store. A first of its kind in Australia, the makeup studio will feature a lip, eye and nail bar and will be meticulously run by Paris-trained makeup artists. Designated consultation areas will enable makeup artists to create a clients look in daylight, candlelight or sunlight or offer the luxury of a swish VIP space. Styled in Chanels well known black and white and with touches of their famous tweed you'll feel every bit the movie star. Visit www.chanel.com to check out the makeup collection.

Posted by Emilie Harrison
A is for Annie
This new stationery from Annie P is really quite cute. There are a variety of designs and each pack contains 10 invitations and 10 envelopes. A sophisticated solution for any intimate gathering where handwriting the invitations is an option.

Tiara, resplendent with sparkling diamantes. AUS$49.95 for set of 10

Mirror AUS$39.95 for set of 10

Posted by Jane Cameron

Thursday, September 18, 2008

We're all very happy to be listed on Darcy Miller's list of wedding blogs. As big fans of Darcy, Editor of Martha Stewart Weddings, we think this is pretty special.

Posted by Jane Cameron
First Class all the Way
Last week I took a little trip away to stay at Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld, Victoria. The restaurant there has received great reviews, won prestigious awards and weekend bookings are filled until next year so I was looking forward to visiting. Travelling from Adelaide, it was a 6 hour drive, which is a jolly long way to go for dinner, but believe me when I say the journey was as good as the destination. With the recent rains, and spring burgeoning, the scenery was absolutely spectacular. Sweeping plains and gum-studded paddocks - it was green and lush, just breathtaking.

The wattles were in full bloom right across the countryside

We dined at the bistro on our first night which was relaxed and casual, but it was on our second night where we dined at the fine dining restaurant, we truly understood what all the fuss was about. We choose a 10 course degustation menu which, despite sounding overwhelming, was just right. The serves were small allowing each one to be savoured. The combination of flavours was inspiring. My favourite course was Spring Vegetables - a delicate salad of shoots, leaves and flowers. No, I lie, my favourite was one (of the 3!) dessert courses - pistachio, hazelnut and honeycomb that actually tasted of honey. The wine list (read BOOK) was enormous with something to satisfy even the most knowledgeable wine buff. It really was a fabulous night.

The view from atop Mount Sturgeon

Although Dunkeld is a very small town, there is plenty to do in the way of nature walks, history walks and general relaxation - we saw lots of kangaroos, kookaburras and other interesting birds not to mention the stunning native flora. Three hours drive from Melbourne it is an idyllic spot to be married, and a perfect way to make a weekend of it for guests who haven't seen the glorious Grampians or Australian countryside.

A beautiful native flower arrangement at the restaurant

The Royal Mail Hotel offers many different accommodation options to suit varying budgets, just be sure to make your plans well in advance for this popular destination. Definitely worth a visit.

Posted by Jane Cameron.