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Friday, 29 April 2011

Royal Wedding

I am busily doing the finals bits and pieces for the Royal Wedding party I am hosting tonight.  I have tiaras and lots of Pimm's.  Should be great fun.

But I can't help but be sad that Diana won't be there.  She would have been so happy seeing William getting married.  What would she have worn?  Would she herself be married again?

I still love looking at photos of the wedding.  I hope tonight will be just as grand.

via Central Press

Monday, 18 April 2011

‘There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.’ Henry James

Sometimes, Melbourne blesses us with wonderful autumn days like today.  Sunny and bright, 20C.  Idyllic.  An absolutely perfect day for the Aesop afternoon tea that was held at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Templestowe. A wonderful and serene grounds on the outskirts of the city.  It was my first time there and it certainly won't be the last.

We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon tea of macarons, lamingtons, champagne and sparkling water.  B asked me to mention on my blog that they were the best lamingtons he'd ever tasted.  And we then enjoyed main part of the day - the Mirka Mora exhibit at Heide I.  What a fascinating woman, who along with her husband and friends bought a bit of Parisian bohemia and the arts to Melbourne when she migrated in 1950's after surviving the holocaust.

"Mirka’s art is characterised by a sensuous, colourful na├»ve style and an idiosyncratic iconography of recurring motifs, including angels, children, cats, dogs, birds and snakes. As well as painting and drawing she has worked in mosaic, soft sculpture and doll-making. Many of the artworks in this exhibition were once in the collection of Heide founders John and Sunday Reed and are inscribed with delightful personal messages, tracing the development of an enduring friendship."

Mirka's art will be exhibited at the Heide until May 1, so check it out over the Easter break if you have a couple of spare hours.  And don't skip lunch at Cafe Vue.  Yum!

Thank you Aesop for inviting me.

Amazing autumn colours

Mirka's murals

The museum grounds are truly breath taking

Loving my goody bag

Sportsgirl necklace
Lover blazer
Sportsgirl top
Sass & Bide leggings
Witchery boots

Friday, 15 April 2011

The Outnet birthday sale take two...

Almost a year ago to the day I was stuck in the office on a Friday afternoon and managed to grab myself an amazing dress from the first birthday sale over at The Outnet.  You can read about it here.  That sale will go down in folklore with all the angry fashionistas missing out and crashing the site in a stampede.  I clicked forward through a couple of pages so avoid the early items that would be snapped up first and found a dress in my size.

This year, The Outnet drew out "tickets" for crowd control purposes and lucky ol' me was a winner! Unfortunately my computer at work was being a sook, refusing the load the website.  A colleague came to my rescue and let me use her computer about 15 minutes after the sale opened.  Apart from some very casual items, there wasn't much left in my size.  The handbags were long sold out, so I picked up this cute Donna Karan knit.  1 pound and free shipping.  May as well say it was free.

Thank you to The Outnet - it was much better organised than last year I think.  Only shame is that once you purchase you get kicked out.. Can't even browse what the remaining items or have a look at what was on offer in the first place.  Guess we can't win them all.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Rainy days

It's been raining non stop for the past 4 days and dare I say not much will change for the next 4.

A couple of images inspiring me at the moment...

Camel coats

Clear umbrellas

Chunky knits

Monday, 11 April 2011

Egypt comes to Melbourne

At school, ancient history was my favourite subject.  I had the most amazing and inspirational teacher and a very multicultural class where we openly discussed religion, politics and the various civilisations.  Some of the most robust and challenging conversations were had in that class.  10 years ago now...

I had travelled a moderate amount over the past few years, yet unfortunately I missed out on seeing the Tutankhamun exhibit in the various cities that had the pleasure of hosting this wonderful exhibit.  King Tut was not the most significant pharaoh of the Egyptian civilisation, yet his tomb has been the source of so much information due to being untouched for so many thousands of years until it's discovery in 1922.  Melbourne has the priviledge of hosting some of the most significant artifacts found in King Tut's tomb.  Perhaps one of the last cities before it returns to Cairo museum.  If you are visiting Melbourne this winter, do yourself a favour and spend a couple of hours at Melbourne Museum.  You will not regret it.

I had the pleasure to be invited to the Gala opening and was one of the first people in Australia to see this exhibit.

And most importantly a huge thank you to my wonderful friend Mia for coming to my rescue and lending me this spectacular outfit.  I felt like an absolute princess.  You could not wipe the smile off my face the entire night.  Thank you Mia, adore you!!! X

Gucci dress
Hermes cuff
Hermes belt
Chloe heels