UNELEFANTE | June 04, 2014

So I only stumbled upon UNELEFANTE very recently and had to make note of it on le blog. I am completely in love with their art-inspired chocolate bars made in collaboration with Chef Jorge Llanderal. They also have a wonderful collection of other colourful Mexican made goodies to check out.

The chocolate bars would make such great treats for an art-themed party, doncha think? 

{ photos from UNELEFANTE website }

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posted under: Desserts, Entertaining, Food, Gift Ideas, Parties

On the Town... | September 17, 2013

I seem to be in a bit of a pink and red mood of late. I haven't the faintest idea why, especially since we're nowhere near Valentine's Day, but it is what it is...

If I had a spare $560 dollars and the ability to balance on an upright pencil, I would get these shoes.  Who am I kidding, I would probably never wear them. I would just put them on display in our living room and gawk at them all day. Or perhaps eat them for dessert. They look like candy. Speaking of candy, I'm currently coveting this super cute 'Candy Shop' nail polish by Deborah Lippmann. It's sparkly and colourful. What's not to love.

Lips, lips, lips. Lips are everywhere these days and how genius to make them into a cosmetic pouch....

I know cupcakes have been done to death. I think we may have moved onto donuts... but they're still a pretty gosh darn tasty accessory. Mark and I visited Trophy Cupcakes in Seattle a couple of years ago. Check out their Black Forest number and salivate accordingly. (By the way, do you know they have a book out?)

lips pouch | dress | personalised pencils | shoes | iPad case | cupcake | nail polish

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posted under: Desserts, Fashion, Food, Gift Ideas, On the Town, Stationery, Tech Accessories

Geometric Delights | August 16, 2013

No doubt you've noticed the current trend of geometric shapes, pastel hues and gold accents...

Here are a couple of my favourites in this area:

These coasters by Rissa Sandman...

...and this unique wedding styling concept on 100 Layer Cake with Concept and Art direction by Indie Wed and Photography by Amanda Megan Miller Photography  (see post for full list of credits and pics)... so beautiful!

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posted under: Entertainer Delights, Entertaining, Food, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Parties, Tableware, Weddings

Scrapbook | July 24, 2013

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All these things I know to be true:

  • Kate Lilley is awesome. I mean, seriously. Love her site Minieco and love her Strawberry Treat Box printable on Oh Happy Day. Love love love.
  • Aiko Fukawa does the cutest illustrations. Guaranteed to make you smile. Get lost in her colourful world right here.
  • These pillows are just too adorable and I must have them all.
  • Marsha Golemac creates pretty things with paper. Her Mother's Day 'Things we love' sign for Megan Park's boutique window is just beautiful. I want to be Ms. Golemac. There, I said it.
  • Movenpick's Creme Brulee ice-cream is to-die-for and no, there's nothing strange about eating ice-cream in the dead of Winter.
  • After getting sucked into the rabbit hole that is Pinterest and getting lost for an hour (or two), I've become a) really inspired by Japanese packaging and b) absolutely certain that Pinterest needs to have a big, flashing "Enter at your own risk" sign on its homepage. If you dare, you can enter the rabbit hole here.
P.S. I hope you like my new 'Scrapbook' column! I plan to use this space to impart my current obsessions and the inspirations that are feeding my creative projects. I hope they'll inspire you too!
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posted under: Desserts, Food, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Illustration, Parties, Scrapbook

Sunday in Pictures | June 11, 2013

 

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posted under: Food, Melbourne Chic, storytelling, Sundayland

Lately... | April 25, 2013

The cold weather is well and truly settling in and I'm getting very 'nesty' again.

In the evenings, I've found myself adopting all those Wintertime clichés - reading a good book (or flicking through mags) curled up on the sofa under a blanket... candlelight softly flickering in my peripheral vision... dog curled up at my feet. Well, there's nothing like the classics, right?

As a result, I've become increasingly obsessed with scented candles. Yes, I'm one of 'those' people now. I used to think they were over-priced nonsense but I've converted. (Ok, I still think they're over-priced nonsense, but it's become a tiny bit of a guilty pleasure). 

For those interested, I'm currently loving the 'Quince' scent from the Palm Beach Collection. And, yes, I'm aware that sounds posh.

I'm also making use of the 'dimmer' switch on our ceiling lights and stringing fairy lights around the place. I think I've upped the 'cosy' factor quite significantly. 

"Wow, it smells... girly... in here." is my hubby's reaction to my newfound fancy.

In the creative department, I've made these cloud magnets. You like? It was actually really easy. Kaisercraft actually sell wooden cloud embellishments which I simply decorated with paint and glitter, then stuck magnets to the back.

My lunches these days have become 'bitsy'- I'm a huge fan of variety. I also make no secret of the fact that I'm no cook so we've been stocking up on pre-prepared goodies from Leo's. We try to make sure the majority of what we buy is made from natural ingredients and preservative free, sometimes even organic. I really enjoy Darikay pumpkin soup. It contains no onion which is good for my irritable tummy. It's kind of sweet so I add some paprika to spice it up. I also like overloading my soup with parsley and Solomon's Sippets and occasionally the green parts of a spring onion. If I could handle onion better, the asian in me would also appreciate adding crunchy fried shallots to the mix. Yum.

And now to my next obsession- colourful, patterned socks. Yes, I'm not entirely sure where this one came from as I don't even wear socks. Clearly, I've been missing out and must start immediately. (Socks from Happy Socks, Hansel from Basel and Gorman)

And finally, I've started to print out some photos of us, our wedding and of Sukie. We don't have any photos up around our house yet so I think it's well and truly time. It makes the place more of a 'home'.

Bring on the Winter...

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posted under: Do It Yourself, Food, Our Home, storytelling, Sukie

Calourette | June 07, 2012

You may think you can eat this jewellery.... but don't.

From Calourette.

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posted under: Fashion, Food, Jewellery

Mixed Bag... May 11, 2012 | May 11, 2012

Mini me { envelopes } from Typo

La sardinia beach editions { camera } from Lomography { via design work life }

Bamboo { salad servers } from sunnyLIFE

Pink iced { donut } from Donut King ( my regular thursday afternoon treat!)

Barry M { nail paint }

Anita 3/4 sleeve stripe { dress } from Alice + Olivia

Mirror mirror { vanity } from Urban Outfitters

Vintage { Harpers Bazaar } cover

Free downloadable { candy } party favour boxes (by me!)

Cristina Re signature { teacups }

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posted under: Fashion, Food, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Mixed Bag, Stationery, Tableware, Vintage Style

5 things to make you smile... | April 13, 2012

1. Eco-friendly wooden ice-cream spoons with stripes from Room 6

2. DIY Pixelated pop-up card from Minieco

3. Yeah! Notecard pack from Ship & Shape

4. Happy Pop from Happy Lab

5. Birthday Bling Embellishment Card from Typo

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posted under: Food, Gift Ideas, Make You Smile, Stationery

Mixed Bag... March 14, 2012 | March 14, 2012

{ outfit } by des petits hauts ( via designlovefest )

{ necklace } by apres ski

x ochre { cushion } by ponyrider. (they appear to be sold out but i also spotted it in this shop.)

fun in the sun { tote } by alphabet bags found at everything begins

{ pink gingham folder } from typo

artisan { pops } by liana raine

dali pink { espadrilles } from soludos

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posted under: Fashion, Food, Home Décor, Jewellery, Mixed Bag, Stationery

Mixed Bag... February 23, 2012 | February 23, 2012

{ tote } from salt

{ purple heels } from gorman

striped painted paper mache { ornament } from luna bazaar

'toe the line' idiom { bangle } from kate spade

{ outfit } from suno resort 2012

{ looking sharp } apothecary soap from izola

{ stripy headband } from topshop

gallery of { exercise books } at hi + low

{ yellow ring } from kate spade

'budino' { tart } from fruute

'on your toes' { yellow flats } from anthropologie

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posted under: Fashion, Food, Gift Ideas, Jewellery, Stationery

Mignon Kitchen Co. | February 07, 2012

You may have already seen Rachel's beautiful blog Elephantine... Have you also seen her beautiful new online shop? Take a peek!

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posted under: Food, Kitchenware

Buttered Popcorn Ice-cream by Trotski and Ash | January 25, 2012

I'm intrigued by this buttered popcorn ice-cream recipe by Trotski and Ash. I'm sure it would make a great addition to a movie night with friends.

While you're there check out all their other cute recipes accompanied by the gorgeous photography of Lauren Bamford.

{ photo by Lauren Bamford }

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posted under: Desserts, Entertaining, Food

Happy Lab | December 19, 2011

I spotted Happy Lab recently at Chadstone Shopping Center and was immediately enticed by the cute packaging and creative store design. Beakers and test tubes filled with colourful candy and chocolate line the walls whilst staff parade around in lab coats. If the sugar doesn't make you happy, the colours surely will. Don't you just love great packaging?

{ photos from Happy Lab and Westfield websites }

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posted under: Food, Gift Ideas, Holidays

My Favourite Thing (at the moment) | August 29, 2011

When I was a little girl I watched 'The Sound of Music' at least 300 times. The songs were a staple in our household, making regular appearances in shower solos and impromptu hums.

Despite possessing the highest regard for this beloved musical, I never related to the song “My Favourite Things”. This is mostly due to the fact that I found Fräulein Maria's list of 'favourite things'  somewhat lacking (and, not to mention, rife with the 'cheese' factor). Sadly, “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens” did absolutely nothing for me.

In addition, I found that prancing around in my bedtime garments and belting out the phrase "schnitzel with noodles"  helped little in the event of sheer, blinding terror.

I realise now that perhaps my indifference to Mr Hammerstein's lyrics is also due to one profound and glaring omission: green and black's 85% dark chocolate.

The stuff rocks. Buy in bulk.

{ photo by Amy Moss }

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posted under: Food, Found Objects, storytelling

A Recipe for Happiness | August 09, 2011

It has recently come to my attention that the combination of pretty novelty chocolate, shiny+glittery hats and a collection of colourful felt balls = happy!

So, if you're out and about in Melbourne and you're looking for some cheering up, here's where to go:

  • Simón Coll Umbrella Chocolates from 'The Department' ( a new and interesting concept store) in Prahran
  • Glitter hat from Woolworths (pick up some munchies while you're there) in Kew
  • Felt balls from The Colour Lab ( lots of pretty colourful things ) in Prahran
  • Happy Birthday candles from Daiso ( could spend hours in this cute japanese store. everything is $2.80! ) in Westfield Doncaster.

{ photography by Amy Moss }

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posted under: Food, Found Objects, Gift Ideas, Melbourne Chic, Parties, storytelling

Manjar Cookies | August 03, 2011

Spotted these on Pinterest today- the cutest cookies you ever did see.

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posted under: Food, Gift Ideas, Parties

Cute Finds...May 16, 2011 | May 16, 2011

Confetti Programs by Martha Stewart... Cute dresses from Dear Creatures Spring 2011... Gorgeous fabric tapes from Love My Tapes... Pastel Ice-cream cups from Sur la table { via Love from the Oven }...  Cute pic of paint dipped pencils by Tokketok- Photography by Lisa Warninger and Styling by Chelsea Fuss { via Simplesong } ... British Baking book by Peyton & Byrne from Amazon...

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posted under: Cute Finds, Fashion, Food, Gift Ideas, Parties

'Miette' Book | May 13, 2011

I visited Miette when I was in SF last year for my honeymoon. Simply the most gorgeous cakes I have ever seen!  And now there's a book !!  Must have now!

{ photos from Miette website }

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Note: This post contains a link to 'Miette: Recipes from San Francisco's Most Charming Pastry Shop' on Amazon. I am an Amazon affiliate which means that I receive a small percentage of any sales made when readers click on this link. This helps to keep this website alive. However, please note that I would only ever review and suggest books that I personally recommend.

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posted under: Desserts, Food

C.S. Neal | May 11, 2011

Liking these 'Synthetic Foods' limited edition screen prints by C.S. Neal

{ via freshlyblended }

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posted under: Food, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Illustration
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