The Mint Edition

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I’m having a mint moment – not a retro 50s mint moment – but a cool seafoam and soft peppermint moment. One that looks incredible contrasted with camel, navy, coral and peach. Perhaps it’s spending the weekend at the beach that inspired me… or maybe it is my obsession with coral and peach and how it looks so beautiful with minty hues…or perhaps it’s my lovely blog header above that’s been front of mind – whatever the reason, I’m loving mint.

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At home I like the idea of a mint-coloured desk placed against a citrus wall to brighten up a study nook, a mint chair sat in a industrial grey space or mint ceramics filled with fuscia blooms.

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Think of sipping mint mojitos lazing at a beach club as the sun sets low in the sky. Or eat mint and broad bean bruschetta with ricotta on sourdough- a perfect spring bite. Enjoy lounging in mint denim with soft gold accessories. It’s fresh, fun and delicate. X

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All images from pinterest

Dreaming in Neon

The recent resurgence of neon isn’t going anywhere! The bright flashes of bold colours are weaving their way through fashion, interiors and art in a huge way! I sit writing this in a neon chartreuse skirt paired with black lace, and it made me think how far we’ve come from the 80’s fluros of acid yellows and fanta oranges, only worn to reflect UV light.

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George Wu spring 2012 collection & pinterest

The 2012 version is prettier, chic and more subtle…if that word can be used in the same sentence as neon! Colours aren’t fluro but more electric sherbet shades of pink, lime, coral, yellow, turquoise and mauve.

Not only are we seeing them on the catwalk – only last night Diane Von Furstenberg showed her latest collection in Sydney, and neon rocked the runway! But the beautiful brights are being layered everyday to clash in accessories, jewels, nail polish and lipstick all matched with a perfect tan!

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Hints of neon and pops of colour are featuring widely in interior styling – both Australian furniture designers Koskela and Jardan are pairing muted greys and neutrals with rainbow brights to create spaces that are striking, fun and playful. Chairs and table legs are being sprayed neon from the can, bold bright cushions are sitting easily against classic sofas, and lampshades are bursting with colour next to white walls.

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pinterest & Koskela

Artists like Miranda Skoczek are dripping animals in neon paint and they hang beautifully and boldly in their frames. I love her latest collection currently showing at Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane.

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Miranda Skoczek

Event styling and table scapes are following the lead and doing all things neon…. So buy yourself some stationery and create a neon soirée using inspiration from the fabulous moodboard at Pocketful of Dreams below – think table cloths, gift tags, paper wheels and flowers! You’ll be dining in neon heaven! X

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Pocketful of Dreams

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 soirée. 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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1-4 samanthawills.com.au

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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1 Oh, How Charming!
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7 The Wedding Collective
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More Ibiza musings….

I couldn’t finish my little piece on Ibiza without mentioning La Paloma This beautiful, quirky, magical little restaurant is one of the best on the island. On the evening we visited, the sunset was more stunning than usual as we drove north to San Lorenzo. Across dusty roads we drove, following the sun as it dipped below the mountains.

On arrival to the tiny village of San Lorenzo, we found La Paloma tucked into a cosy little corner and followed the lanterns that lit the path to this beautiful place. The restaurant was overflowing with people…young and old bohemians. There was a magic in the air as old rickety wooden tables filled every nook and cranny of the terrace, patio, garden and inside too, all laced with fairy lights. We squeezed into a small table under the stars and soaked up the laughter and energy surrounding us. La Paloma was started by a family wanting to provide simple seasonal food. The menu changes daily and is scribbled up on a board…it’s whatever they have found at the market, in the garden, or dreamt up in the kitchen. They serve fresh local dishes inspired by their surroundings. The vibe is hippy, alternative and rustic. There are whimsical paintings on the wall of flowers and birds, mismatched crockery and cutlery laid on brightly painted tables. That night we dined on eggplant, fish, garlic and olive oil spaghetti with Rose. Above us the moon shone brightly lighting the night sky and we know we’re in Ibizan heaven.

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1 La Paloma
2 La Paloma

White Isle Gourmet

Following on from my musings on all things Ibizan style, I thought I would tell you about some beautiful restaurants I experienced on my last trip to the white isle. To me, Ibiza is a gastronomic destination and most of my holiday is spent researching the best places to eat and drink, talking to the locals and fashion types in the know, and reading reviews. It was a heady haze of long lunches of Iberian ham, melon, mussels, and mojitos eaten lazily under the shade. In the evening, we’d book a table after sunset and as the sun dipped below the horizon, we’d wind our way across the tiny isle in search of a gourmet treat to remember.

One of our favorites is Can Domingo, a rustic yet elegant restaurant owned by 3 Italian friends wanting to create their perfect eatery. And they did! On the road from Ibiza town to San Jose you will see the glow of orange lamps nestled against the hillside. A swinging sign is the only clue to the little finca housing this heavenly restaurant at the end of the long driveway. Tables are scattered across a patio looking out across the fields and lit by lanterns in the trees. A stone bar curves out across the terrace and the setting is romantic, atmospheric, with a nod to the stylish vibe Ibiza is so famous for. The owners greet everyone like old friends and bring an old blackboard to the table to tell us about the menu. They describe every dish with passion and knowledge, giving us an insight into the unusual ingredients and telling us the stories behind these beautiful old recipes. It is gourmet heaven and an indulgent experience to savour. Dinner is carpaccio, gnocchi, lamb in lavender and honey, and a recipe created by monks 600 years ago. We match this with special wines and drink in this incredible dining spot…how is it not full every night!? It was by far our most romantic evening and we skipped out of Can Domingo smiling, dreaming of our next visit and feeling very lucky to have stumbled across this rustic little finca on the hill.

Tomorrow I will tell you about another favourite dining spot….

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1 Can Domingo terrace
2 Can Domingo sign

Ibiza Style

Ibiza is a sun-drenched party island well known for its bohemian luxe style. It is the eclectic mix of rustic, boho and contemporary chic that makes it just so cool. From the hip boutique hotels and gourmet restaurants serving organic locally sourced food, to beach clubs with stunning views and mojitos to die for, Ibiza is a heavenly hedonistic island with a vibe quite unlike anywhere else.

Ibiza’s stunning hotels and restaurants are sanctuaries of style, often hidden down narrow rocky tracks winding through dry paddocks. There’s nothing like enjoying a perfectly mixed cocktail to the sounds of chilled tunes, surrounded by white washed walls, rustic timber and smooth carved stone furniture. With the sun dipping below the horizon, Ibiza’s sky glows hot orange and you find yourself at a cool little eatery tucked away in the hillside but buzzing with the fashionistas and hippies that make their yearly pilgrimage to this heavenly place.

Here are a few of my favorite spots and design to lust after long after your holiday ends.

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1 white-ibiza.com
2 The Giri Residence
3 The Giri Cafe
4 El Churringuito Es Cavallet
5 Amante Beach Club
6 white-ibiza.com
7 The Giri Residence
8 The Giri Residence

Hello world!

Hello bloggers!! I’m Steph – an event manager living life in the sunshine of Brisbane. I love to capture style and stories of travel, boutique hotels, interiors, cool eateries, local coffee shops and event styling. Be inspired X

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