Wrapped Up Good : OSKAR The Label

Wrapped Up Good : OSKAR The Label

One of things I adore about winter dressing is wrapping up in luscious knits. So when I saw the new AW16 collection from OSKAR The Label I knew I had gone to knitwear heaven, with an effortlessly cool after burn. I covered the summer collection from OSKAR The Label, with it’s clean approach to styling, architectural lines, and fresh block colours. It was minimalist and androgynous. The AW16 collection is far more casual and, quite frankly, scrumptious. Think of an open fire, sheepskin rug, bottle of red and runny brie – add OSKAR The Label and you’re winter is set….

Luxurious Cashmere Warms Winter

Luxurious Cashmere Warms Winter

Who doesn’t love luxurious cashmere, especially when it’s Australian-designed. NUAN Cashmere is for men and women with Brisbane-based designer, Caoimhe Ryan, using only the purest, long yarn cashmere. NUAN Cashmere is stylish, classic and luxurious in an age of disposable fashion. This luxurious cashmere will last virtually a lifetime, and become a firm favourite in your stylish wardrobe. Premium tailored cashmere, NUAN was established in 2006 by Irish-born Ryan who says the long yarn cashmere resists pilling and will, like a good bottle of wine, get better with age. “Each piece in the NUAN range is an investment piece and…

Kitchen Renovation Trends 2016

Kitchen Renovation Trends 2016

Kitchen renovation trends looks at what we want in our kitchens from benchtops to lighting, and how much we’re spending. Are you one of the 86% of Australians who spend more than two hours per day in the kitchen? That’s 10% of your TOTAL life! So it’s no wonder that 59% of Australians are replacing or expanding their kitchen space, with 13% spending over $50,000 to do so; the majority spend at least $20,000. 77% of Australians engage professional help when building or renovating a kitchen. Dissatisfaction with their current kitchen is the key driver with 52% renovating a kitchen…

Keeping Your Pool Clean Over Winter

Keeping Your Pool Clean Over Winter

Keeping your pool clean over winter can be a real issue, especially if you live somewhere like the Adelaide Hills, like I do. We have so many trees, leaves and bark are a constant issue, as we have a native garden. Not to mention the Koalas. There’s nothing worse than finding a Koala that has fallen into the pool, and hasn’t been able to climb out. SO when I saw this great article from Kerryn Ramsey, i wanted to share with with you. A little regular pool maintenance over winter will mean your pool will be ‘family friendly’ and much…

Jagger’s Lips + Ziggy’s Bolt : ICONOSCOPY

Jagger’s Lips + Ziggy’s Bolt : ICONOSCOPY

When Lara Cross designed her ICONOSCOPY collection for The Design Residency’s latest pop-up shop, little did she know that some of the world’s biggest musical geniuses would be leaving us in 2016. ICONOSCOPY is Lara’s tribute to the music gifted to us from Elvis to Jagger and Bowie to Axel Rose. Lara says the timing of collection’s release was “crazily coincidental” with resin earrings in the shape of lips, lightening bolts, crosses and hearts, and textiles printed with sequins in a riot of colour. Aptly named ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ the ICONOSCOPY fashion and jewellery range is, says Lara, tongue…

Lorraine Lock : The Design Residency

Lorraine Lock : The Design Residency

Lorraine Lock is one of Australia’s most innovative and influential Fashion and Public Relations icons working today. As a co-founder of Australia Fashion Week and The Design Residency, Lorraine talks about what it takes to be in public relations, how to recognize a Fashion Editor, supporting young designers and innovation in presenting designer collections to an eager audience. cut-off jeans, sky high heels and a statement handbag don’t say fashion Editor to me. Lorraine Lock I interviewed Lorraine Lock in the lead up to Mercedes Benz Australia Fashion Week 2016, which was launched on May 15th. We discussed social media,…

Renovating A Bathroom? Choose New Designer Products

Renovating A Bathroom? Choose New Designer Products

It’s one of two key areas in the home that add luxury and become selling points – the bathroom. So if you are renovating a bathroom you’ll love these new products from innovative brands including Kohler, Philippe Starck, Candana, Paco Jaanson, Reece and more. Trouble is, which ones to pick! Here you’ll find new tap-ware, baths, basins and toilets. EXTRA! EXTRA! This is so new I don’t even have details on it yet. It’s the brand spanking new divine Illumina by iStone exclusive to Paco Jaanson. Read on for more luxurious and exclusive bathroom products. Taps: Soft, organic aesthetics and…

LIFEwithBIRD – new season collection

LIFEwithBIRD – new season collection

LIFEwithBIRD was established in 2002 by Nicholas Van Messner (Life) and Bridget McCall (Bird) with a desire to create beautifully constructed leather goods and effortless, contemporary clothing. Their combination of unique skills and experience brought them together and the duo has now created a desirable aesthetic for the modern woman. STOP! One Night Shopping 20% Discount. 8.00am May 11 to 8.00am May 12 ONLY (AEST) Use the code TAKE20 at the checkout. SHOP NOW. Bridget was a photographer and stylist working in London collaborating on magazine shoots for innovative media such The Face and I-D. Hardly surprising that Bridget returned…

Luxurious Raw Botanicals from Babs Bodycare

Luxurious Raw Botanicals from Babs Bodycare

Have you heard of the new Babs Bodycare ? Me either, so I was keen to try a couple of their face and body oils. I tried my first face oil years ago – it was Clarins Blue Orchid Oil – and I LOVED it. But I had no benchmark back then, and I probably used too much. So have they changed much? It’s not much fun waking up with greasy skin which may be why many Australian women have opted for oil-free skincare. Despite my virginal foray into face oil back in the day, face and body oils have…

Think Like A Decorator

Think Like A Decorator

Would you like to think like a decorator? We all want our homes to reflect our personalities and suit our lifestyle. Those important elements don’t need to be sacrificed in order to create a home you love with the style you crave. With some simple tips, you’ll be thinking like a decorator in no time. Think Like A Decorator: Make low ceilings look higher by installing a vertically striped pattern on the walls. Think paint, wallpaper or wood. This applies to all rooms from wet areas to living and bedrooms. Think Like A Decorator: If a room has high ceilings…

New Mothers Day Gift Ideas, with love

New Mothers Day Gift Ideas, with love

Are you organized with Mothers Day gift ideas yet? My Mother, who will be reading this, always said “It’s so commercial, don’t buy me anything” yet she’d secretly like a little present. What Mother wouldn’t? So here are some Mothers Day gift ideas for the Mums who say “No, no, you don’t have to buy anything”. Because secretly they would like a little something. Scented Candles, Candle Holders, Flameless Candles, Lanterns and Home Fragrances. Now on sale at Zanui with up to 30% off. When it comes to Mothers Day gift ideas scented candles may not be new, but they…

Destination Station. Creating Even Better Storage

Destination Station. Creating Even Better Storage

If you sometimes feel that your home is not serving you properly then you might need a destination station, or two. Homes that are disorganized can feel dysfunctional because too much time is spent tidying up spaces in order to fulfill some useful, short-term use. The old adage “A place for everything and everything in its place” may seem too restrictive for your household, but what about creating a ‘Destination Station’ for regular activities? A Destination Station is a where you routinely put down and store all the ‘stuff’ you need for a particular purpose. For example, converting a coat…

Organizational Tips for The Modern Family

Organizational Tips for The Modern Family

We all lead a busy life so that usually means leaves less time for de-cluttering and organizing our homes. Yet a clean and organized home does contribute to a feeling of calm and comfort. These organizational tips for a modern home will help you to keep items displayed in an organized way, but also provide tips for storing items. The first rule of easy organization starts with a detailed inventory of what needs to be stored and an understanding of where and how it can be stored. Cupboards and pantries aren’t the only places to store items or hide them…

CIRCU : Truly Magical Beds for Children

CIRCU : Truly Magical Beds for Children

There’s nothing more magical than seeing a child’s imagination run wild. Circu know this, and have created the most magical beds that children, and adults, will love. For Circu, a child’s bedroom is more than simply a place to sleep… it’s a place to daydream, read, play with friends, stockpile toys and let the imagination run riot. Now parents cannot punish their children saying them to go to bed or to their bedrooms. With CIRCU the room will be their favourite space of the house. Parents will have to be more creative to punish the small rebels! ANDRÉ OLIVEIRA |…

Easiest Mexican Recipes EVER!

Easiest Mexican Recipes EVER!

I’m a Mexican food tragic, since visiting Austin,TX, several times and being exposed to their DIVINE Mexican and Tex/Mex food. So I wanted to share with you some of the easiest Mexican recipes ever so you can enjoy a slice of southern hospitality at your house. Whether for now or later to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos on Oct 31, here you’ll find the easiest Mexican recipes for; Chicken Quesadillas Mexican BBQ Corn Cobs Pulled Chicken Taco New Orleans Prawns, and Smokey BBQ Beans McCormick Grill Mates have two Tex-Mex style sauces perfect for your Mexican food feast. The following…

New Florence Broadhurst Bedlinen AW 16

New Florence Broadhurst Bedlinen AW 16

Jump into bed this winter with one of my favourite Australian designers – the iconic Florence Broadhurst. The new Florence Broadhurst Autumn/Winter 2016 bedlinen collection has just been released and it features some of her most inspirational and iconic designs that will surely bring a warm glow to the coldest of bedrooms. If you have a love affair with denim and indigo blue, then you’ll love the new collection of bold patterns, moody blues and soft mink. This gorgeous new collection includes Birds of Paradise Denim and Florence Indigo –featuring moodier blues that create a hint of dark drama mixed…

How To Create a Beautiful Entrance Foyer

How To Create a Beautiful Entrance Foyer

First impressions are important so an entrance foyer often denotes the tone of the rest of the home. Size doesn’t actually matter, as the smallest space can be as unwelcoming as a large one. However, if you are keen to find ways to make your entrance foyer more fabulous then I have some ideas for you. Often, an entrance foyer will be used store coats, umbrellas and shoes of both guests and occupants as well as an area for display. These must work in harmony. Some foyers will have a ‘coat cupboard’, especially in older homes, so that’s a great…

Brand New Evox Hair Rejuvenation Therapy

Brand New Evox Hair Rejuvenation Therapy

I am ever the skeptic especially for NEW hair treatments. So when I was asked to trial the brand spanking new Evox Hair Rejuvenation Therapy I was intrigued – anything that involves hair and cryogenic chambers is intriguing – but also my usual skeptical self. Why am I so skeptical? Well, I have fine hair that needs lots of moisture. I have a lot of hair but it’s fine, coloured and prone to dryness and frizz. I am constantly using new products and my fave for quite a while has been Paul MItchell – in fact, I wrote about it…

Design Ideas for an Existing Bathroom

Design Ideas for an Existing Bathroom

Rejuvenating a tired space takes motivation and inspiration. So I’ve compiled some great design ideas for an existing bathroom to get you in the mood.. Cosmetic, not structural, changes can usually be undertaken with some elbow grease and a free weekend. In my experience it’s best to be serious about fixtures, storage and amenities but play with colours and surfaces. So what can you achieve? Design Ideas for an Existing Bathroom. Change the vanity. Instead of buying a regular run-of-the-mill vanity, why not recycle a character-laden piece of pre-loved furniture? It’s not a big job to add a sink and…

Top Tips for Perfect Eyebrows from The Eyebrow Queen

Top Tips for Perfect Eyebrows from The Eyebrow Queen

Eyebrow aficionados are preaching their beauty bible assertions, and none more than The Eyebrow Queen. Once the forgotten cousin of eye-makeup, eyebrows are now famed for their ability to frame the face. Their appeal has been widely elevated with eyebrow bars popping up all over Australia.  Absolutely, well-shaped eyebrows WILL rock your world! Have you been looking for the expert top tips for perfect eyebrows? Enter Australia’s leading eyebrow specialist, Carmen Duma, from The Eyebrow Queen in Melbourne. Carmen tenderly tends the brows of leading celebrities including Margot Robbie and Natalie Bassingthwaighte. Carmen’s top tips for celebrity perfect eyebrows include;…

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