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Goodbye winter coat

23 Aug

The count down is on!

Spring is in the air in the West and we've had our taste of sunshine to make summer lovers a little excited…

With so many exciting Spring-time events on the calendar to look forward to, my coats will soon be migrating to the back of the wardrobe to make way for the new season of sensational Spring Summer.

A visit to Kings Park today inspired me with the vivid array of blooms on display ahead of the Kings Park 50th anniversary Festival which will run through September. Scheduled events include free concerts by James Morrison and The Motown Experience, the Fantastic Faraway Festival for children, a ‘50 years of Flower Power’ outdoor exhibition and a 'Swing into Spring' dance party. Plan a visit at; http://www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/festival

So with colour and florals in my mind, I found some wardrobe inspiration and joined the girls at Rochelle Adonis Cakes and Confections in Highgate for a superb high tea at their new home in Highgate.Never failing to disappoint, beautifully decorated sweet and savoury delights came our way and it was apparent that the a taste of Spring was here!
Spring is a perfect time for a visit – http://rochelleadonis.com/high-tea/
Rochelle's “too pretty to eat” sweets!
A little Spring scenery
My next move toward saw me headed to Poppy's in Nedlands where I bought a gorgeous takeaway treat for my table (Slightly overdosing on all things fauna and pretty I think now)!

So with Spring only weeks away and a little warmer weather I am so excited to see what's in store for Perth's Fashion Festival which runs from 11-16 September. The line up of talent always impresses me as well as the calibre of events that are held during the festival. Tickets sell super fast so get in now to avoid disappointment (http://www.perthfashionfestival.com.au/).

I can't wait to check out and shop some of the new collections…

And kiss my winter 2013 coat goodbye!

Happy Spring! x

 

Mid week effervescence

14 Jun

Better late than never, we head off to Crown Perth last night to see the very popular musical, Jersey Boys.

We were given tickets months ago and were delighted to finally have the chance to see this show, given that we'd missed seeing it when it was on in Sydney a while ago.

Ordinarily when we've seen shows in the past, we would book a pre-show dinner at one of the restaurants within the Crown Complex, but with time at a minimum we opted to skip dinner and head for champagne at La Vie.

 

Whilst you can't book a table at La Vie the bar was ours upon entry, and we found a gorgeous settee to sit and admire La Vie's charming decor and decadent menu.

 

 

On a cold winters night, I couldn't think of anything better than sitting in style whilst sipping Billy Cart champagne and indulging in Beluga caviar….. but it was 7.15pm on a Thursday and we had a show to see at 8….

So we sat, we sipped, we fell in love with the luxury and we left….

 

La Vie is one of my favourite spaces, combining many of the things I love, so its a great place to meet with friends for some good bubbles.

(La Vie gets busy on the weekends so to ensure your complete party can enjoy get there early!)


Onto Jersey Boys, the musical which exceeded our expectations and made me appreciate all of those old songs I've heard before.

I admit I am still a lover of the movie 'Dirty Dancing' so I was pleased to hear a few of the songs that featured in the movie!


So my Thursday night was bought to life with bubbles and music that that made me smile…..


Now for the weekend!!

 

Beauty by the Sea

23 Mar

David Handley is the Founding Director of Sculpture by the Sea, and it was he who made his dream of creating a free to the public exhibition in Sydney, a reality!

Since the exhibition made its debut in 1997 on the East coast, it has been enjoyed by thousands of Australians and has attracted the attention of lovers of art worldwide.

With only a tiny budget and the support of a dedicated team and sponsors, the event first ran successfully, however it was not short of initial teething problems!

Now in 2013, the event has grown immensely and is more popular than ever. With Sculpture by the Sea now exhibiting annually on the West Coast, the exhibition has added even more reason for people to visit the iconic Cottesloe beach.

The Indian Ocean and white sandy beaches together with warm balmy evenings and spectacular sunsets, make an ideal setting for the 70 pieces of work in this years exhibit.

With over 220 artist submissions in 2013, from 19 countries the selection process, I imagine would have been extremely difficult.

The sculptures that feature in this years exhibition are absolutely amazing and I had a difficult decision deciding what piece I would select for my vote in the ‘Peoples Choice’ award.

This award is this year sponsored by Kailis jewellery who have put three $1000 Kailis vouchers up for grabs and after seeing some of their collection in the Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club, I would strongly recommend all visitors to vote for their favourite!

 

 

I have a life-long love for pearls and fine jewelley so I lingered for a while at the Kailis display before I continued my morning of enjoying the fun and marvelling at the formations standing tall upon Cottesloe beach.

My children loved some of the colourful, interactive pieces while I found myself drawn to sculptures of glass or metallic materials. As far as my eyes could see, a buzzing crowd of people moved from sculpture to sculpture enjoying the views and snapping away at their favourites!

This would be my fifth visit to Sculpture by the Sea and every year, the exhibition is different. Just like the ocean is ever changing, so is the experience of this exhibition. Different scenes, different memories taken from a visit to the annual exhibition.

This year, I will leave remembering a images of beach of licorice all sorts, a tree full of hanging toys, a lot of little men flattened by a rolling pin and a the most exquisite blue glass whale shark.

This tremendous, free to the public, exhibit together with my family and a picnic lunch, made for a fantastic start to my weekend!

With the exhibition in its 3rd and final week, a trip to Cottesloe beach for a swim and another quick look might jusg be on the cards!

Can’t wait to see what 2014 holds!


Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe
 2013 runs from 8 – 25 March


Tea with the Duchess

18 Nov

Anything but a quiet afternoon of sipping on tea was what presented when I joined my three friends at the Duchess bar in Claremont.

Being late on a Saturday afternoon, we encountered a buzzing crowd all sitting for high tea at this very trendy bar-come dining room.

With not a seat to spare, groups of friends and acquaintances created a hum of voices….. resounding the weekend was here!

Diners were presented with tables beautifully set with cutlery, flowers and a menu which delivered the high tea options.

For our table, it was as easy as coffee, wine or Moët. Depending on if the requirement for caffeine…. (Or those with young children!)

A selection of sweet and savoury treats soon came our way on a 3 tiered tray. Classic high tea menu items; sandwiches, pastries, macaroons, cupcakes and scones were served – something for all tastes.

An afternoon catching up with friends for high tea was enjoyable and blissfully indulgent.

With Claremont Quarter being on the doorstep of the Duchess indulgence continued for some of my friends with the final retail hour spent searching for a fabulous outfit!

The Duchess bar has all the ingredients for a fun Saturday afternoon in Claremont…. Bookings are necessary and be sure to allow enough time to check out the retailers in the Quarter too!!

http://duchessbar.com.au/

Hero by Night paints a picture

28 Oct


Staged at the WA museum, ‘Zero2Hero’ held its 4th annual cocktail function which created awareness and raised funds for suicide prevention in Australia.

The evening was titled ‘Hero by Night’ and this year was themed upon the quote by Henry David Thoreau; “This world is but a canvas to our imagination”. 

The Foyer of Hackett Hall was transformed into a blank canvas whereby artists easils, living mannequins and a caricaturist created a colourful array of artistic entertainment. 

 
Living Mannequins decorated Hackett Hall


Painting emotions to light up to room


Guests were invited to participate in painting a picture of an emotion they wish to avoid which highlighted the fact that there are many emotions in life that people find it difficult to speak about. Event Manager, Ashlee Harrison shared some interesting facts about the unspoken topic of suicide in Australia as well as her own reasons for becoming involved in this worthy cause. I was shocked to learn that suicide is the leading cause of death among those under 44 in Australia and realised just how important it is to spread the word about suicide prevention and support Zero2Hero in their mission. 
To find out more about Zero2Hero head to; http://www.zero2hero.com.au/

Entertainment on stage included Danni Stefantetti, DJ Peter Francis and The Fit Simmers. This talented line-up set the mood for a well spirited crowd and a well occupied dance floor!

Guests were treated to a selection of cocktail food and drinks during the evening as well as the opportunity to bid to win some amazing prizes. 
All in all, the night was well organized, entertaining and definately a fun way to spend a warm Spring night in Perth whilst supporting a very worthwhile cause.
Stylewa x

Style in WA – Hackett Hall at the WA museum is an amazing venue in Perth, the room has so much character and yet transforms into something unique to the event it is hosting. For more on venue hire here; http://museum.wa.gov.au/venue-hire/weddings

The WA Museum is set to display “Unveiled” – 200 years of Wedding Glamour. This is opening in December and for anyone who loves a wedding, who is married, yet to be married or just loves fashion this is an event worth a visit!! For tickets; http://museum.wa.gov.au/unveiled

Sunshine, Sweepstakes and Style at Ascot 

20 Oct
With a glorious blue-sky day on the forecast and an afternoon free for fun, we headed to Ascot for the Crown opening day.

I always enjoy the walk up to the main gates of Ascot racecourse. The gardens are beautifully manicured, the flowers are in bloom and inside the gates, a buzz of excitement awaits!

I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were no lines at the gate and no cues at the bar, just a good turn out of race-goers in good spirits celebrating a sunny day at Ascot.
Today was not only the opening day at Ascot but it was also the day whereby fashionistas adorn their best raceday outfit to compete in the MYER fashions on the field. Women around Australia work on their outfits for months in advance in order to be in the running to win some of the amazing prizes up for grabs.

This year there were many Perth entrants and it was lovely to see so many women having fun with fashion and style. In each group of lovely ladies that walked the catwalk, a few we’re selected to compete in the final line-up. 

The panel of judges included amazing Perth designer Aurelio Costarella, Myer ambassador Laura Dundovic, Kylie Radford of Morrison and last year’s WA finalist, Elicia Anderson. The panel also included Myer inhouse stylist Andrea Tonkin and jewelley designer Tegan Sewell of Sewellery.
They had a tough job in selecting the final few finalists who were all required to meet certain criteria to be in the running for the major prize which included;
  • A nine day trip of a lifetime for two to Melbourne to compete in the National Final at the 2012 Melbourne Cup Carnival, including flights, accommodation and a raceday hospitality package valued at $10,000
  • Myer Shopping Spree to the value of $1000
  • $700 Antler Luggage Package
With so many fabulous outfits in the line-up, the judges managed to select the runners up and the all important winner – Emma Reynolds who teamed Cue with Country Road, Mimco and Hedonism to take home the major prize! A peplum white top with black pencil skirt and belt, teamed up with lashings of fresh yellow tones was the winning combination! 

After checking out all the style from Fashions on the Field, we headed to the grandstand for a glass of cool bubbles and (for those of our friends that were lucky enough) to cash in some winnings…

This day at Ascot proved to be a fantastic one….. Great atmosphere, respectful crowd, exciting racing and above all, a fabulous spectacle of fashion and style!

If you haven’t been out to Ascot for the opening day in years gone by, do plan a day out for 2013 as it really is one of the best days track-side. There are, however, many fabulous days on the upcoming 2012 calendar worth checking out at Ascot – plan your race day outfit and enjoy a day in the sun with friends!!


Atmosphere and style from Ascot…..

The WA winner of MYER Fashion on the Fields – Emma Reynolds


One of the lovely runners up!

The finalists with the host for the day – Gorgeous Angela Tsun!


The colour, the crowd, the style from Crown opening day at Ascot 
Stylewa x

Crown brings a taste of Paris with Style

17 Oct

In a past life, I must have been French!

It’s the only explanation for my love of all things French…… music, Champagne, furniture, clothing, handbags, perfume, the language and food…. Especially the food!

My first memories of French cuisine in Perth were that of Frenchy’s restaurant in South Perth, where many special occasions were celebrated with Escargot or mussels doused in Garlic and enjoyed with buttery baguettes. Dessert was always a feast of warm profiteroles smothered in hot chocolate sauce -whilst delicious, we would find by the end of the evening we were all ‘elegantly sufficiently FULL!’

Over the years my taste for French food has evolved. Whilst I love any excuse to whip up a creme brûlée or cherry clafoutis at home, I ultimately love dining out at a French restaurant and leave the ‘palette mastery’ to the pro’s!

Friday night just gone, I experienced the newest French Bistro in Perth, ‘ Bistro Guillaume’.
Opening at Crown Perth, Bistro Guillaume features the cuisine of acclaimed French chef Guillaume Brahimi and follows the success of the original which first opened at the Crown in Melbourne.

With a dinner reservation at Bistro Guillaume at 2030 and a clear Spring night on the forecast, we headed in early to check out the sexy new appeal that Crown has bought to Perth.

Not only has Crown added a heap of new, world reknown resturants and bars to it’s list of attractions but it is also aesthetically appealing with landscaping and renovations updating its tired facade. In the past, Burswood has not been my destination of choice when heading for a meal or a night out as it was in need of some TLC and a bit of excitement!
However, with new additions such as Nobu, Rockpool and Bistro Guillaume and with its fresh new look, I was happy to be spending an evening here.

A pre-dinner drink was enjoyed at  ‘The Merrywell’ bar which seemed like the place to be on this bustling Friday night. Whilst it was busy, the atmosphere remained chilled out and the service, faultless…. Definatley worth a return visit! (I particularly loved the look of their cocktails served in jars and their ‘grazing’ menu items that were being delivered to the various tables dotted throughout the premise).

Following a drink at The Merrywell, we headed onto Bistro Guillaume for our dinner reservation.
Here, we were pleasantly surprised by the fresh new look that the poolside restaurant now had. 
Vibrant apple green with black and white decor created a fun yet effortlessly sophisticated look. In comparison to the venue it once was, Bistro Guillaume was brightly lit and had a buzz no matter where in the restaurant you were seated.
We were shown to a half circular booth where we spent the evening in Culinary delight, tasting all the fine food from the creations of Guillaume Brahimi. 

On our table was the Snapper fillet w cavolo Nero, Chinese cabbage and sauce verge ….. (nothing but delicious) as well as the Pork Belly w lentils, green apples and tarragon vinaigrette.


For dessert, the pear tart w hot chocolate sauce won over the creme caramel and strawberry tart…….. Although this was an incredibly tough decision and I am planning to revisit Bistro Guillaume in the not too distant future just to try the desserts that I didn’t try!!
If I could bottle some of the flavours on the plate at Bistro Guillaume, I would love to take it home!
If I could bottle the beautiful French accent our waitress had on Friday evening and listen to it like a song, I would do that too!

Until I work out how to bottle all the beautiful French flavours and sounds, I’ll keep my French cookbook handy and make sure I don’t miss my French language class!!

Thoroughly recommend a night out at the new Crown Perth and if you are a lover of French style as I am, definately worth booking in advance for Bistro Guillaume!

STYLEWA x
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