Saturday, 26 November 2011

I dream of Pastel Christmas

There are many ways to get creative during the holiday season and you don’t always have to use the traditional colours when decorating. December is the month in which we start unpacking the boxes labelled ‘Christmas ‘and unwrap each ornament that has been carefully swaddled in tissue paper. This Christmas I have decided to update the colour palette and go for a feminine and glamorous look.

If you are in possession of a sweet tooth you are going to love this table set up. This Christmas I dream of candy coated pastels, in any shape and form. The dreamy palette of mint, peach, lemon and rose pink, it almost reads like an ice-cream parlour menu.

The inspiration behind this dessert table came from my latest printable paper collection which I have incorporated in this shoot. I have combined the two of my favourite things of the holiday season, lovely wrapping and delicious sweets. I adore a pretty package anytime of the year, but especially when I package gifts for my little boy. If you’re anything like me, half of the fun of the holiday season revolves around picking up little gifts you know your loved ones will adore and wrapping them up in the prettiest wrapping paper.

The dessert table was covered with a pale pink smocked table cloth and I used a vintage shabby chic box to create height to the table. One of the favourite treats on this dessert table is the delicious mix of fruit jelly slices, piled on top of each other on the sweet pink mini cake stand. Don’t forget to add a touch of sparkle to your gift wrapping this Christmas.

Styling & Photography  -
Printable Wrapping Paper -

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Friday, 25 November 2011

Be still my {Ombre} heart...

Every once in a while I come across a trend that I just adore and this inspirational board is dedicated to my latest obsession: {Ombre}! Ombre is a gradated blend of colours from light to dark, but who knew a fade could be so pretty…

I cant wait to show you the beautiful cake Dewi made for the front cover of My Little Jedi magazine! Until then, have a gorgeous weekend xx

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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

My Christmas List

I have been tagged by the lovely Tanya from Life's Little Celebrations to share my 5 Christmas wish list items! Well, I actually have 6 items as my birthday falls 10 days before Christmas so lets hope that my hubby starts reading my blog…wink wink!

1. Chanel rouge coco shine lipstick
2. Oswald Haerdtl crystal candy dish
3. Akonong pompom necklace 
4. Table Tonic Moroccan leather pouffe 
5. Siren Wedges
6. Mor Belladonna candle

Between all these lovely goodies there is one more thing that hubby is about to book - our tickets to Europe! Cant wait! x

Now i pass this onto to:

Niki of Candy Soirees
Sharnel Dollar of Sharnel Dollar Designs
Linda of Harper Event Design
Thetis of Little Sooti
Bec of Ruby Ruby Designs

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Sunday, 20 November 2011

Oh glitter, how I love you…

Today we have two things to celebrate about, firstly for the launch of new MLJ blog, designed by the amazing Bec of Ruby Ruby Designs. I wanted something soft, feminine and dreamy so Bec designed the lattice-esque background with a lacey top border, which i absolutely love! 

Secondly, yesterday i had the pleasure of working with the amazingly talented Nicole of Centre of Affection Photography. Nicole shot the front cover of My Little Jedi Christmas edition and let me tell you, it looks divine! Dewi of Sweet Bloom Cakes made all the delicious sweets and all i am going to say is that the cover is all about...glitter, sparkle and glamour! Let the countdown begin, 13 days until the launch of the Christmas issue! Happy Sunday Lovelies ! xx

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Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Meet Belinda of Nest Design Studio

I am so excited about introducing our new blog sponsor today. I would like you to meet the talented Belinda of Nest Design Studio. Belinda is a qualified interior designer and has been in the industry for 11 years. Waiting for the arrival of her eldest son in 2009, she scoured the net and baby shops trying to sort through the hideous products that were available and decided it was time to provide parents a service in assisting them produce beautiful rooms!  

Nest is an online design studio specialising in creating beautiful rooms for beautiful babies. Creating a nursery is such a special time in a parent’s life...imagining what your little one will be like, how much time you will spend together in there, so Nest make the design process a real collaboration between the parent and the designer. After filling in a detailed questionnaire, Nest presents a complete design document which includes Design boards, room layouts and shopping lists (mostly online) so parents can then decorate the room. 

A gorgeous room is only a click away, send Belinda an email today to find out more about the online E-decorating design services. xx 

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Monday, 14 November 2011

I heart lovely blooms

Just a little bit of beauty I wanted to share with you today! Happy Monday Lovelies! xx

{Photography by My Little Jedi}

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Friday, 11 November 2011

Meet Clarissa of Art of Joy

Enchanting, captivating and delightful is how i am going to describe our lovely new blog sponsor. I would like you to meet the uber talented Clarissa of {Art of Joy}. I fell in love with Clarissa's photography the minute i saw her portfolio. 
Art of Joy specialises in family portraits and wedding photography, they style is classic and simple capturing the true personality of those photographed with an emphasis on black and white and colour photography. If you are interested in having a family session or you need a wedding photographer, please visit Art of Joy’s website {} or contact Clarissa by email {}

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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Oh la la Ikea...

I bet you didn’t think it was Ikea! Your bathroom will scream out elegance and glamour with the latest Ikea bathroom vanity collection. Versatility is just one of many reasons why you should love this collection, these open footed dishes will add a touch of decadence to any bathroom. I am off to Ikea tomorrow and i cant wait to get my hands on these beauties.  

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Monday, 7 November 2011

Blog Sponsor: {Dreamy Princess Boutique}

I’m a sucker for anything kitschy, fun and cute, so its my pleasure to announce our new blog sponsor {Dreamy Princess Boutique}. Lorenn is the mastermind behind the brand and she has brought the latest fashion pieces all the way from Korea.

Dreamy Princess Boutique was born out of a love for fashion, with a definite attraction to all things Korean, this gorgeous online store is where you can get the latest fashion for girls who love stylish clothing and accessories at very reasonable prices. Your little princess will be the best dressed little girl around town.

And that is not all, Dreamy Princess Boutique is offering 20% OFF store wide for this entire week, make sure you visit their website and start your Christmas shopping now. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Meet Linda of Harper Event Design

Enticing, feminine & pretty is how I am going to describe today’s post. I would like to welcome our new blog sponsor Linda, the mastermind behind {Harper Event Design}. The inspiration behind the business came about from Linda’s 10 years’ experience working in the UK with her husband, flying to exotic destinations styling extravagant parties. Harper Event Design is a Melbourne based business that offers event design and styling ideas that will guarantee your next event will be the one to remember.

When I saw the images of the {Pink Ribbon} dessert table styled by Harper Event Design, i was instantly in love. What attracted me the most was that Linda chose the theme in honor of breast cancer awareness month. The styling is amazing, the highlights for me are the lovely ribbon backdrop, using different hues of pink and incorporating breast cancer inspired sweets made by Kiss My Cakes. This amazing dessert table was captured by Lee Bird Photography.

Take a moment and read the interview below and enjoy getting to know Linda and learn more about the inspiration behind her business. Enjoy xx

{Pink Ribbon Dessert Table styled by Harper Event Design}

1. Tell us a little about YOU, the woman behind {Harper Event Design}? When did you launch your business and what is the inspiration behind your business?
Officially Harper Event Design (HED) was launched in 2008, however my husband and I were both working full-time until I went on Maternity Leave in March this year. This has given me the opportunity to dedicate a lot of time on building the business. HED is actually the brainchild of my husband who worked for an event company in London for 7 years before we met.

2. Who and what inspires your work?
I know it’s cliché, but everyday people do. My background is in psychology and seeing the hardships people go through on a day to day basis really keeps me grounded and I feel that if they can do it surely I can. It really motivates me to keep moving forward with our dream of building HED.

In terms of my design aesthetic, my mind is always thinking about new ideas and different ways to use things. Every store I go into my head is spinning. I am a huge fan of Preston Bailey, Amy Atlas and Martha Stewart, which is where I draw alot of my vision.

3. What is the most satisfying part of what you do?
Being able to see the reactions of the client and their guests. I love hearing that our work played a part in the enjoyment of someone’s event. I feel privileged that people put trust in my vision and enable me to create what I see in my head.

4. What was the most rewarding thing that has happened in your career so far?
Our “Pink Ribbon Shoot” being featured on the Amy Atlas blog and being picked by Hostess with the Mostess as the number 2 Party of the week in October 2011. I am one of their biggest fans and seeing my work featured on the blogs was absolutely mind blowing. I felt as though I climbed the top of the mountain and achieved a huge goal of mine.

5. Can you tell us your favourite handmade item you have brought recently?
I have raided all the op shops in my area and have bought hundreds of doilies for my daughters “Vintage” themed Christening. I remember as a child, my mum having so many doilies around the house and thinking how daggy they were. Who would have thought they have made a big comeback and I am paying money for them now :)

6. What would be your best 3 tips for someone thinking of styling their own dessert table?
1. Research, research, research…..type in key words in google and scan through lots of images for inspiration. Make a folder with all these images so you can easily refer back to.

2. Know your theme before you start going shopping or else you’ll be left with a mishmash of items you can’t use.

3. Give yourself enough time to plan your event, there’s nothing worse than a rush job and forgetting to put key elements into the look.

7. If you could style a party for a “well known/A list” celebrity, who would you choose and why?
Oh wow, at the moment I think I would have to say Rachel Zoe – celebrity stylist. I am obsessed with her show on Foxtel and totally enjoy her fashion! Her style is so smooth, clean and fresh…..I would love to be able to create a gorgeous brunch for Rachel and her girlfriends.

8. Name your three favourite party themes and tell us what do you love about them?
Vintage – I love op shopping and love being able to bring life to items that have had their day. Mixing old elements and turning them into modern masterpieces is so much fun. Lots of girly…lace, tulle, pastel colours and doilies.

Moroccan – I absolutely love all the colours…….the clashing of textures, fabrics and colours really gives me the freedom to explore and create a lush atmosphere.

Pink – I’m not usually one to wear pink or don’t consider myself overly girly but for some reason I totally enjoy styling parties with pink. It may be my girly side trying to get out, but it is fun shopping for delicate and soft colours to match the party I am creating. It doesn’t necessarily have to be all pink but the bonus to doing a pink party is that other colours work really well with this colour so it makes it easier to shop for props etc.

9. Do you have a favourite trend? {it could be related to anything}
Bright colours. I have never been one to wear lots of black and am really enjoying all the block colours that are around at the moment for spring. Whether it’s flowers, clothes, paint, whatever……I love it!

10. What is your day-to-day like?
Tiring and chaotic at the moment. Living on minimal sleep. I have a gorgeous little 6 month old baby girl Grace so my day begins at 7am and usually ends at about midnight. Trying to juggle motherhood, starting an online business and event styling is challenging but something I enjoy immensely.

My home has now turned into a warehouse full of stock and gorgeous products for our online store that is launching very soon. I think this is the calm before the storm and my days will be even busier (if that’s possible). A lot of my time during the day is also consumed with making/taking phone calls (lots of them), sending/replying to emails and lots of research on the computer.

11. What does the future hold for {Harper Event Design}?
We are in the process of launching an online store that will stock boutique items and brands that I have hand picked. Ideally, I am concentrating on building my clientele for the shop and getting in some wonderful brands. I’d also love to keep building up the event styling part of the business and be booked up every week :)

12. What is your favourite place in the world?
It has to be Noosa. This is where I married my wonderful husband in 2007. Since we met in 2005 we have returned every year and love the laid back urban feel to it. I would love to retire there one day...

Online shop:
Facebook: Harper Event Design

Photography by Lee Bird Photography
Sweets by Kiss My Cakes

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