Weekend wanderings: Christmas flea

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I woke this morning to beautiful blue skies and sunshine in the city of Brisbane. Summer is here and yet Christmas is approaching…something I will never get used to, having lived my first 24 years in the uk. After enjoying a good dose of caffeine, I headed to the Black & Spiro Christmas flea. This beautiful interiors and homewares store is well-known here for its stylish pretty approach to all things bright and beautiful for the home. Owned by designer and blogger Anna Spiro, it’s a treasure trove of furniture, paintings, fabric and objets d’art.

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The Christmas flea was held outside in the scorching sun and was an eclectic bright boho mix of flower stalls, prints and my favorite cane furniture. There were local artists selling neon goodies, linen table cloths and cupcakes….heaven! Such a lovely vibe and how relaxing to potter and browse one-off pieces. I snapped up a print of fuchsia pineapples and of course a white cane chair…perfect for summer days ahead.

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Enjoy hunting for treasures at your local market X

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Paper Pretties

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I love stationery…. always have! And as I mentioned recently, Samantha Wills has been inspired by the old-fashioned charm of hand written notes. Her much-anticipated stationery collection was beautifully unveiled last week with a heavenly launch event I spied on Facebook. This new whimsical range of SW Stationery is a collaboration with Birdy & Me artist, Kelly Smith whose feminine and ethereal illustrations sit beautifully on the paper creations. What a fabulous pairing of creative ladies!

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There are little postcards, gift cards and papers featuring dreamy girls with flowers and feathers in their hair. Flamboyant flamingos and peacocks are also beautifully incorporated. The stationery evokes a sense of artistic spirited bohemia that New York-based Samantha Wills embraces in all she does. Additions of twine and lace give this collection an earthy vintage edge. You can purchase some of the stunning collection for yourself online.

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Artist, Kelly Smith is a very talented creator of girly illustrations and portraits. Recently she launched her book of contemporary fashion drawings and musings, Sticker Fashionista. This modern day paper-doll book is definitely on my Christmas list.

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I’ve loved trawling through images of the sydney launch event…. A heady mix of vintage treasures, blooms, SW jewels, teacups and of course paper pretties. SW events are always beautifully styled and provide perfect inspiration for your own creative projects.

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So switch off your laptop, put pen to paper and scribble some special words to a dear friend or loved one….little notes that will last a lifetime x

All images Samantha Wills

Equestrian love

It’s spring carnival in Australia and this week the fabulous Flemington race track held the iconic and world’s most watched race, the Melbourne Cup. Think handsome thoroughbreds, champagne bottles popping and head pieces to die for. All this action means everything equine is on my mind…. so here is a nod to the graceful, powerful and beautiful horse.

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Horses have a stately beauty and presence….shining groomed coats, sculpted statuesque limbs, and faces framed by long lashes. It is no surprise that horses and fashion have long been an inspiring and stunning mix. Models draped on horseback bring a strong yet ethereal feel to a photograph. The simple profile of horse and model is a glamourous pairing. Iconic black and white images of Audrey Hepburn and Miranda Kerr come to mind. A certain sense of timeless charm, old world glamour and spirit of adventure is captured by the lens.

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The latest edition of Vogue Australia is a tribute to the world’s most talked about horse of the moment, Black Caviar. The unbeaten black beauty, who commands more attention track side than any celebrity race-goer, graces this month’s front cover and I couldn’t resist snapping it up. The photographs are stunning.

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Of course away from the track there is the bohemian spirit of horse and rider, galloping across fields, mountains and deserts. I love images of prairie girl and stallion, manes blowing in the wind and big blue skies above. It is a sense of adventure and romance that quite simply can’t be created with any other animal.

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So channel your inner cowgirl, plait your mane and feel the thunder of hooves – horses will always inspire. X

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SW sparkles with style

My passion for styling whether it be interiors, fashion or events is inspired everyday by the beautiful images I collect and the blogs I read. In particular, I love to follow Australian jewellery designer and entrepreneur, Samantha Wills. Not only is she a very talented designer of stunning jewels and gems, but she has created an incredible brand that is spirited and stylish with a sense of adventure. Her stunning collections have names like The Wanderlust and Paris Nights & New York Mornings…. Inspiration for travel, bohemia and spontaneity. She has just shown a collection of pieces at New York fashion week and recently won Entrepreneur of the Year at the Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Female Awards. Wherever she goes, a certain heart, soul and fabulous sense of style seem to follow.

SW events are a heady mix of sparkle, bold pops of colour, carved wooden treasure chests, bunches of soft blooms, bell jars and mirrored jewel boxes all stacked high and lit by candlelight. More recently I spied a gorgeous vertical garden which contrasted perfectly against her large illuminated light installation. It’s a beautiful and glamorous effect. Her birthday party was a stylish pairing of romantic blooms and edgy skulls, with sparklers to add drama. SW Style on samanthawills.com.au features stories and images to inspire you to create your own stylish soirĂ©e. I take inspiration from her event styling and her collections, but also from her daily posts on life’s simple pleasures. Photographs of the sun rising above the ocean, a perfect morning coffee, flowers at the market and soul-soaring affirmations scribbled in notebooks, celebrate the beauty in your everyday. As Samantha says, ‘don’t let anyone dull your sparkle!’

I’m so looking forward to seeing more of her soon-to-be launched stationery collection – the sneaky peek showed beautiful whimsical and ethereal hand-drawn designs. It’s yet another string to this very talented lady’s bow x

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Styling dinner outdoors

My memories of Ibiza seem to centre around balmy evenings watching the sun go down, before dining under the stars. There’s something very romantic and magical about a rustic table lit by the moon and littered with candles. With the sound of cicadas filling the air and the opening of a beautiful bottle of wine, you have your perfect evening. This led me to think about styling dinners outside in rustic surroundings…maybe a wedding reception, a picnic at dusk, friends celebrating your birthday on a city rooftop or a family feast in the garden, I hope the following provides you with inspiration.

Just this weekend, I walked home at dusk and spotted a beautiful evening soiree being held in my neighbour’s garden. This very mundane patch of grass had been transformed into a magical, whimsical and fairy tale dinner…one that I walked past very enviously. Tables were scattered across the lawn, fairy lights strung between trees, bunting marked the entrance, chilled tunes played out from the deck and the yummy aromas of barbecued food filled the air.

When planning my own such events, some elements are crucial. Long tables are better than rounds and fill them with a whimsical mis-matched mix of candles, lanterns, vases and flowers. Drape lights from above, whether they’re fairy lights, paper lanterns or a beautiful old chandelier…make it a focus and remember you can’t have too much twinkle! As well as lights, think about other ways of creating beauty above you. I like fabric draped to match your table linen, flowers and branches unevenly suspended or colorful glass votives mirroring your glassware. Add laid-back tunes, large wooden platters of gourmet treats to share and thread a theme through your evening, whether it’s colour, era or region. Enjoy x

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