Monday, February 28, 2011

Academy Awards 2011

This years Academy Awards were, as the fashion commentators suggested, the year of bold colours, brave choices and standout pieces. Previous years have seen a more subtle approach to Oscar dressing however that idea was abandoned by many stars who chose beading, lace and solid colours for maximum impact. Cate Blanchett was my choice for best dressed. Her Givency Haute Couture gown, straight of the Paris runway, was perfect and exactly the kind of unique creation you'd expect her to choose. The colour looked simply divine against her fair skin and short blonde bob. Mila Kunis also opted for a lilac shade gown by Oscar favourite Elie Saab. The gown, featuring lace inserts and a train was again straight off the couture runway. Australia's own Jackie Weaver chose a custom made Collette Dinnigan gown. The heavily beaded bodice and full skirt was perfect for the first-time nominee. I also loved the simplicity of Michelle Williams Chanel Haute Couture gown. Never one to go overboard, the gown oozed sophistication and fitted her like a glove. If you'd like to see more of the spectacular gowns that made the red carpet this year visit

Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa and Jackie Weaver in Collette Dinnigan

Halle Berry in Marchesa and Hilary Swank in Gucci Premiere

Gwenyth Paltrow in Calvin Klein Collection and Michelle Willams in Chanel Haute Couture

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Haute Couture and Mila Kunis in Elie Saab Haute Couture

Natalie Portman in Rodarte and Scarlett Johanson in Dolce & Gabbana

Amy Adams in L'Wren Scott and Reese Witherspoon in Armani Prive

Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang and Anne Hathaway in vintage Valentino

Jennifer Hudson in Versace and Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein Collection
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Friday, February 25, 2011

Peachy Keen

I came across this glorious mood board on Snippet & Ink and thought it was oh so pretty. Peach is the perfect colour if you're after an alternative to pink - still soft, still pretty and a little more male friendly! Think of the deserts you could choose with peach in your theme. Delicious! Visit for an abundance of theming and colour ideas.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Angelic Events

In our summer issue, on sale now, we did a Meet & Greet on the lovely Jessica Aguilera, Creative Director of the dynamic event design company Angelic Events. Specialising in wedding and corporate event planning, Jessica's talents extend to theming, centrepiece design and floral art. Here's what she had to say when we spoke with her.

How did you get started in the industry?
My career beagn in the corporate world in the early 90's working in event management. Wanting a change I moved into weddings and corporate events and saw an opportunity to service the industry with a higher level of attention after my own experiences with suppliers. It was then I discovered my true passion - styling

Describe your signature decorating style?
New York contemporary and French elegance with a splash of vintage

What's the most valuable skill you bring to a couple's wedding?
Creativity and organisation

What aspect of wedding planning or styling is your speciality?
Creating the vision and telling the couple's story through the design we have incorporated for their wedding day

What is it about weddings that you love?
I love seeing my client's special day come together just as they expected. Seeing the love and happiness captured amongst friends and family on such a memorable day makes it all worthwhile

if you'd like to speak to Jessica further about your upcoming event visit her website at

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Glass Ceiling

I went to a local pub for dinner last night, the Benjamin on Franklin and was struck by the installation in the dining room. Suspended from the ceiling were over 1500 pieces of clear pressed glass including compotes, cake stands and bowls. The effect was quite stunning...

Pressed glass is easy to find in bric-a-brac stores or on sites like Etsy and eBay if you'd like to consider your own dramatic installation. A collection en masse on a sideboard would look equally as impressive.

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Kendall and Jebb

The Barossa Valley makes such a beautiful backdrop for weddings. Kendall and Jebb certainly made the most of all the picturesque scenary for their recent wedding there. They held their ceremony and cocktail reception at Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre where they enjoyed stunning food, amazing wines (of course) and lots of dancing into the night.

Photographer Archie Five Photography
Bride's Dress Rachel Gilbert
Bridesmaids' Dresses Love Affair
Groom's Suit The Suit Co
Ceremony & Reception Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre
Florist Viva The Flower Store
Cake Heidelberg Cakes
Stationery Emma Kate Creative

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

White Wonder

At some point or another we've all stared in wonder and amazement at the gowns created by Vera Wang. We've also stared in wonder and amazement at some the price tags on her gowns however beautiful they may be. For those of you who adore the gowns but don't, as much, adore the prices you'll be thrilled to bits to learn Vera is now, in conjunction with David's Bridal in the US, launching the Vera Wang White Collection. With prices starting at around USD$700 they really are at a fraction of the cost. Fingers crossed they'll be available in Australia sooner rather than later! Visit for all the info.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Sparkle All Night

Nothing better than shoes that sparkle and these little babies from Jimmy Choo certainly do! Paired with a dress in a similar colour you'd have a winning combination. Available online at

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hen Pen

If you're looking for a great way to spend a hen's day, babay shower, engagement, birthday party or any other celebration and you live in Brisbane, on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or in Toowoomba and surrounding areas then Enchanted Empire's High Tea could be just what you're looking for. Designed for the lady who wishes to celebrate surrounded by female family and friends, in a relaxed & fun environment, high tea's are perfect option for those hens who wish to include their older relatives in their celebrations. A team of professional Enchanted Empire consultants will design a perfect high tea, in a theme that suits, ensuring that you and your guests sit back and enjoy the decadence and age old tradition that is high tea.
Packages include
• 25 personalised themed invites
• Themed decorations
• Novelty handmade veil for the bride
• Lolly & cake buffet for 25 guests
• A selection of teas & juice
• Set up & take down at location

Prices range from $360 for 10 - 15 guests and $400 for 16 - 25 guests. If you'd like more info on these fabulous high tea's visit

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Silk Dreams

We all know British designer Jenny Packham for the gorgeous wedding gowns she creates however did you also know she designs super pretty lingerie? Available on Net-A-Porter the collection consists of babydoll's in tulle and chiffon as well as chemises and robes in French lace and silk-chiffon all with matching g-strings. Most definitely worth a peek if you're after something uber pretty for a special occasion. Visit for all the info.

Rosette-embellished tulle and chiffon babydoll £413

French lace and silk-chiffon chemise £430

French lace and silk-chiffon robe £1,343

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011


It is finally here! The people behind anthropologie have just launched BHLDN (pronounced beholden) and there are so many beautiful items there you simply must go and have a look - everything is just so delicate and pretty! Below is a selection of just a few of my favourites.

Gown prices start at a tiny $600 USD but unfortunatley (unlike anthropologie) they don't ship to Australia. To get around this you could always set up a US postal address with a mail forwarding company like Bongo International.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

The Seasonal Change

Well Summer is fast drawing to a close (sad face) which means the cooler weather will soon be heading our way. On a good note this means shopping for a new wardrobe to keep you toasty once autumn arrives! I was in Myer last week and noticed they have now started the switch with cute pea coats, gorgeous dresses and some super cool shoes and boots. If you're after some seasonal inspiration then have a squizz at the video below. Autumn is upon us! Visit Myer's website at for store locations.

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A sponsored post by Myer

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