• General

    Gifts for the Fur Children

    Fur children can be just as much a part of the family as the human children. Gift giving, however, needs to be carefully considered – we don’t want to make out fur children sick with inappropriate gifts. It may be tempting to give them extra food treats, but be mindful, a lot of dogs end up with pancreatitis following Christmas. This year, be generous, be kind, but don’t change too much in your pet’s diet too quickly. Instead, gift the give of love and spend more time playing and cuddling the fur children. If you feel compelled to put a little something under the tree for the fur babies, here…

  • General

    November Favourites 2020

    I’m still coming to terms with the fact that November has started, let alone about to end! Despite everything 2020 has thrown at us, the year has progressed at a rapid pace and I suddenly find my calendar for December filling up! This month I have enjoyed things like being able to shop some of my favourites online (Partylite) and finding some fabulous decorating treasures (candlesticks from Myer). I have been wearing my new wedges and found an awesome bra that doesn’t fall off my shoulders! All in all, a pretty successful month! I’ll be using 3 sets of the Myer candlesticks for my Christmas kitchen island centrepiece. Of course,…

  • Outdoor Living

    Detailed Doormats

    How long is it since you have replaced your doormat? Is it a bit worn around the edges? Have you had it so long that the shop you bought is from no longer exists? A doormat is so easy to overlook – it’s there all the time, and unless you have boiterous dogs, probably doesn’t move much. They are tough and last a long time, which means, we tend to forget about them. Gone are the days of the plain coir mat. Doormats now are the introduction to your home. They invite your guests in and tell them what to expect before they enter. They are the clue-providers that say…

  • Fashion and Personal Style

    Figure-flattering Swimwear

    I don’t know about you, but for me there have been particular events in my life that have made me stop and think about swimwear more thoughfully. The ease with which I threw on a pair of bathers (or dare I say it, a bikini) in my late teens and early twenties disappeared during pregnancy. Scroll forward more than twenty years (gulp!) and swimwear is quite a bit more of a challenge. Although I readily believe the shape of my body is a happy reflection of a life well-lived, there are certian – let’s call them wobbly bits – I don’t need the world to see. My arms are a…

  • General

    Stylish Gifts For Him

    We all have them, that male in our lives who claims they don’t know what gift they would like or worse, they don’t care what gift you give them. Really? Where is the hope and anticipation in such a practice? On the other hand, knowing someone so well that you don’t need to ask has some benefits too! I have a stylish husband and a non-commital son – so, both extremes of the gift-giving continuum – but neither particularly helpful when it comes to answering the gift-giving questions. In this post, I’m leaning towards gifts for the stylish male, or, the one who could benefit from being a tad more…

  • Adventures

    Return to Richmond

    The last time we were in Richmond was the weekend before lockdown began! It was the Saturday my husband and I decided to do a grand adventure and head toward Wine Glass Bay – and then the world stopped! Yesterday, we went back – it was lovely. The reason we returned was to explore the famous Christmas Shop on our way out for lunch. Yes – it was a wonderland. Several floors of exploring the Christmas paraphenalia; walking on creaking old floorboards and mesmerised by the sparkle and extravagance of it all. It’s been probably 8 or 9 years since I have visted the Christmas shop, but I was not…

  • Interior Styling

    Adding Extra Christmas Sparkle

    Somewhere in my thirties, I started to really appreciate crystal. I don’t know why it took me so long to really fall in love with it – but once the bug hit, I began to look at glassware in a whole different way. Yes it is heavy, and often expensive, but the magic of light refracting through cut crystal is just spectacular! In my mind, the perfect tree ornament is a crystal snowflake.  I love a snowflake at the best of times – it’s probably the geometry, but the nature and pattern of a snowflake really speaks to me. Imagine my delight, in disocvering in my thirties, that there were…

  • Interior Styling

    Spreading Christmas Joy Around the House

    I must admit my favourite Christmas memories are those where the decorations were taken to the extreme – that is probably the stylist in me showing through! Pilgrimages to Melbourne to line up and see the Myer Christmas windows, getting lost in pop-up Christmas stores in Belgium, the time my parents used a plastic deer head instead of a tree. The last one, I know is odd, but I remember the way the light came through the stained glass windows of our front door into the hallway, where instead of a Christmas tree, we had a decorated plastic deer’s head. I don’t recall why – I was very young, but…

  • Outdoor Living

    Picnic Season

    A picnic used to be an exploration of the outdoors. It involved preparation and anticipation. There was the thoughful consideration of the space, the careful preparation of delectable finger foods, and an afternoon spent relaxing outdoors with friends and families. Somewhere in the 2000s, the traditional prepared picnic became the collect a box of KFC on the way and sit in the park picnic – at least for me. I love a good bit of KFC, and I love eating it the park – but there is very little romance in that kind of picnic. So my thoughts are, this spring-summer, let’s try to reconnect with a more traditional, romantic,…

  • Fashion and Personal Style

    Puttin’ on Party Shoes

    Create balance in your party outfit with thoughtful consideration of your footwear. For a leg-lengthening effect, a heel is a must, but for evening longevity, a chunky heel will serve you far better than a stiletto. Add a bold pop of colour or a bit of sparkle to really get your feet into the party spirit. Rockstuds or a rockstud duplicate, a bright Christmas red or something with that extra shimmer and shine are great party shoes to be puttin’ on this year. Although it is easy to think that a designer brand is needed (think Jimmy Choo or Valentino), in actual fact, there are equally lovely, and sometimes almost…