Diva delights!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Yes, that's right, I am referring to Diva the jewellery and accessories store that many of you may associate with your young daughters or teenage sisters. Don't be deterred by the massive hoards of young girls frequently crowded in these often small outlets, as inside there may be something for us all! I am not ashamed to admit that I often stop in to see if I can pick up any bargains that I can add to my collection of accessories. Anyway, I just thought I would share yesterdays purchase... isn't it sweet!

I first spotted a similar Diva neck piece on a friend of mine a few months ago, I just had to ask her where she got it... I must admit I was surprised when she revealed it was from Diva as it looked so stylish teamed with her uber sexy little black dress (thanks for the tip Michelle)! The great thing about this neck piece is it can be worn casually during the day with a simple white singlet and in the evening it can help spruce up a plain dress or top! And for me who has a love of scarves, it is a pleasant change :) Did I mention it was MYR69 (69 Malaysian Ringgit= $22.75 AUD)!

Ooh, and whilst I was at the counter making my purchase, I spotted these adorable key rings for a measly MYR23 each (23 Malaysian Ringgit= $7.50 AUD each)! I probably don't need to explain that the 'S' is for Sonja and the 'M' for Matt :)

As for the darling paper in the background... you'll just have to wait until next week to see what I plan to do with it :)

And lastly, wishing my gorgeous best friend Amy a magical birthday! I wish I could be there today to help her celebrate but I will be flying back to Melbourne in two weeks time instead, to celebrate her Hens Day (which I am helping plan!) and then her wedding the following weekend! Yes, lucky me gets to be a bridesmaid for the second time in 6 weeks in yet another one of my best friends weddings! Enjoy your day my dearest.. love you! x

Tickle my fancy Friday

Thursday, February 25, 2010

nn.pl fan·cies
1. The mental faculty through which whims, visions, and fantasies are summoned up; imagination, especially of a whimsical or fantastic nature.
2. An image or a fantastic invention created by the mind.
3. A capricious notion; a whim.
4. A capricious liking or inclination.
5. Critical sensibility; taste.
6. Amorous or romantic attachment; love.

This Friday I fancy:

A ride on this dreamy bicycle...

Giving (and receiving) random compliments :)

A white chocolate and strawberry Magnum ice cream all to myself!

All of you from around the globe that have read my blog this week thank-you... I fancy you too!

Kikki K Stationery: http://www.kikki-k.com/shop/cart/

My first soak in the tub in our new ensuite (yes, that's our tub!) *sigh.

Spending 3 whole days with my darling husband (who has been in Dubai all week!), more furniture shopping, and looking through our wedding proofs that I have just received... exciting! Here's a sneak peek...

Is there anything tickling your fancy this Friday? Whatever it is, I hope you enjoy and have a gorgeous weekend! x

Animal Instinct?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I know some of you may cringe when you hear the words 'animal print' and I agree, when overused it can be quite repulsive indeed... But I must confess, I do have a little soft spot for zebra prints when used tastefully and tactfully. They can be fun, sexy and stylish all at the once! I am entertaining the thought of introducing a splash here and there as I decorate our apartment. I am thinking I might like a pair of footstools to sit along side each other on one side of the coffee table but am not sure I am brave enough to go with the typical bold black and white zebra stripe. I do fancy the softer turquoise as seen below though...

What do you think? Can I pull it off? Should I follow my animal instinct and live a little on the wild side?

Thirsty anyone?

A bar tray conveys good old-fashioned hospitality don't you agree?! Is there anything more alluring then a collection of pretty bottles and glasses (oh and the alcohol of course!) to relax you and your guests?!

I mentioned the idea of creating a bar tray for our new living space to my husband... and, well, that was the first decorative suggestion from myself that he immediately gave the thumbs up to... funny that! The great thing is any tiny table will work and it is a fab way to display your glassware everyday rather than only on special occasions!

Image: Lonny Magazine

Image: Domino, The book of Decorating

Image: Lonny Magazine

Image: West Elm Butler Tray with stand

Image: Lonny Magazine

Although I don't yet have a collection, I adore decanters! Whether they are actually filled or just on display, I think they ooze class. I'm loving the Kate Spade Gin Rummy collection, these genie decanters I stumbled across and well the Monique Lhuillier crystal decanter I have been lusting after for some time now. All of these would look lovely on a bar tray!

Image: Kate Spade Gin Rummy decanter and glasses

Image: Monique Lhuillier Atelier crystal decanter for Royal Doulton

Image: Joe Cariati Decanters

Image: Genie Decanters via Style Hive

Tied with a Bouw featured on Made by Girl!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

This was my reaction this morning when I saw my kitchen featured on my absolute favourite blog, Made By Girl... I was (and still am) jumping for joy!

Made By Girl was actually the very first blog I fell in love with and is what inspired me to create my own blog... so you can imagine my excitement, right?! To me, Jennifer Ramos, the amazing women behind MBG, is like blog royalty. A talented, motivated and creative young lady who is an inspiration to so many of us in the blogging world. A huge thank-you to Jen for sharing my kitchen on her fabulous blog and for opening my door to new readers :)

To see my kitchen featured on Made By Girl click here

DIY cover me pretty cookbooks!

Monday, February 22, 2010

It's been 2 weeks today since I moved into our new apartment and I can happily say that I now have most of our bulk items unpacked... YAY! So after 2 weeks of focusing on big things, I thought I would treat myself and turn my attention to some smaller details. I wanted to display a selection of my cookbooks in our heavenly kitchen and lucky for me most of them were already colours that were pleasing to my eye. As for the few that weren't, well I thought I would use the same concept as the DIY vases I created for my bff's hens party and cover them with some scraps of paper I already had to make them look pretty and fit in with the rest. All it took was some scissors and double-sided tape and voila! You can use glue for a more permanent solution, although I like the idea of being able to change the paper colour and pattern as I introduce new bits and pieces :)

Paper scraps

Books, all covered!

My personal touches to our wedding

Saturday, February 20, 2010

We are still eagerly awaiting the arrival of our professional wedding album but I must confess I am frequently reliving our amazing day/night by looking at the photos taken by myself, family and friends. So in the meantime I thought I would share a few pics of bits and pieces I created for our special day... most of the below items were made by little ol' me!

Block letters from Rouge Living

I hand made all of our wedding stationery- lined envelopes and all! The watermark image I used on the invitation is from a vintage Taittinger poster (made famous by it's model's Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly) that was hanging directly behind us in the gallery where our wedding ceremony was held (above). Our wedding reception was at the same venue, Church St. Enoteca, which also features vintage posters throughout the restaurant and bar areas. I used the same image on the personalised postage stamps I ordered through Australia Post.

My sister and I taste testing the cake on the morning of the wedding... naughty, naughty!

My husband and I are not all that traditional so decided to have a bit of fun with our wedding cake... after all, they can be SO expensive, half the time no one eats them and who doesn't like original glazed and pineapple Krispy Kreme donuts!!! I ordered the stand from Cupcake Tree, purchased the fabric and ribbon from Spotlight, assembled the stand and then used my handy work (and trusty hot-glue gun) to cover it! I made the cake on top from scratch (my husband requested carrot cake with cream cheese frosting- delish!), covered it with fondant and then attached a piece of the same fabric I used on the stand... I am very pleased to say the donuts were a hit!

I purchased these adorable 'Poppies for Grace' paper bags from Details, details for our wedding favours. I hand tied each individual bow and attached them to the bags using a hot glue gun. I also cut velcro strips into small squares and adhered them to the inside of the bag to ensure they closed properly. What was inside these delightful little bags you ask?! What else but my homemade rocky road!


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