Rubies and diamonds at Rosendorff

10 Feb

Today marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year – The Year of the Snake.

Whilst I am not a fan of slithering reptiles, I will happily join in a celebration of cultural festivities and am intrigued by the Chinese traditions and significant symbols.

A friend with knowledge of Chinese culture, shared with me the significance Feng Shui and how the colour Red represents the fire element which is believed to attract richness and luxury. The colour red also is good for passion, prosperity and love.

When I think of the colour red, I think of rubies and when I think of richness and luxury, I think of diamonds (what female doesn't!!!).

So when Rosendorff the jeweller bought out a limited edition pendant especially for the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Snake, I could see why it was designed using a combination of rubies and diamonds!

Rosendorff has been in WA since 1963 when founder and owner Craig Rosendorff began his career.

The piece was designed by the Rosendorff design and production manager, Jens Kirsch who has re-joined the Rosendorff team recently after working for 10 years in some of Germany and the United Kingdom's most prestigious jewellery houses.

Mr Kirsch shared with STYLEWA what his motivation behind producing a piece in celebration of the Chinese New Year was…..

The ancient Chinese culture has many hidden shapes, colour combinations and inspiring elements, which is a fascinating area to explore. Particularly with the Snake Pendant, we wanted to showcase our highly skilled Rosendorff workshop together with an exciting, yet unique piece.What a magnificent combination!”

The Year if the Snake Pendant is on display at the Rosendorff Perth CBD showroom and boutiques in Claremont Quarter and Garden City.

With Valentines day also coming up this Thursday… I think it will be a popular piece to mark two occasions in 2013!

(Happy New Year and welcome Valentines Day 2013! x)



Chinese New Year celebrated with style!

9 Feb

This Sunday is the first day of the lunar New Year, making it the Chinese New Year.

Festivities around the city are set to be a colourful celebration, welcoming the 'Year of the Snake'.

If you haven't joined in Chinese New Year celebrations before, then you might want to make 2013 your year to be amongst it!

The Chung Wah Association together with the support of The City of Perth have organised the Chinese New Year Fair which will kick off from 11am in Northbridge.

James Street is set to come alive with lion dance performances, cultural demonstrations, food and market stalls. Festivities will continue on throughout the evening and the Piazza will host the 2013 Perth Chinese New Year Multicultural Concert.

Sunday is set to sizzle in Perth, so a late venture to the city could be on my agenda with a casual bite to eat at one of the many great restaurants.

If fine dining is the way you choose to see in your Chinese New Year celebrations then check out the fabulous menu on offer at Yu restaurant, located within the Crown Complex.

Under the guidance of Chef de Cuisine Pat Cheong, Yú’s signature dishes feature traditional favourites with a contemporary twist!

Reservations are recommended so make your booking and head in for a taste of something special!

I have found much inspiration from around the city for the Chinese New Year and found some fabulous home wares and Chinese tea at Chapels in Maylands. This beautiful store imports some authentic as well as replica pieces from China and always have something unique for the home.

I also came across some floral arrangements at Flowers in the Garden in Booragoon which would be a beautiful gift for anyone to celebrate the New Year!

Rosendorff in Perth have also prepared a stunning piece of jewellery to signify the Year of the Snake….. If you love Ruby's and diamonds you will love this! Stay tuned to see this 'must have' pendant!

Happy New Year & enjoy your celebrations!


Bad Apples welcome in Applecross

6 Feb


Our city has come along way in recent years!

The addition of new attractions, bars and restaurants has bought a fresh new appeal to enjoying life in the West.

It is exciting to see the city grow and in my opinion, there has never been a better time to be out and about and explore what's on offer!

On Monday the 21st of January, a small wine bar opened its doors in Ardross and it seems to be a welcome newcomer to the street!

Bad Apples Bar is located on the corner of Riseley Street and Kearns Crescent and has already proven quite popular among locals.

I encountered Bad Apples when I met a friend for a quick Friday afternoon catch up and I was pleased to find a trendy mix match decor ,helpful staff and icy cold drinks being served.

Drinks and a modern tapas style bar menu are available to purchase table-side so it makes it easy to enjoy the humble wine bar without moving from your chair… Or crate (apple crate style seats are a cute furnishing!)

The bar seemed to attract local residence and workers in the area as well as those having a drink before heading for dinner at one of the nearby restaurants.

Whilst Ardross has long been a popular meeting spot for diners and shoppers alike, a shiny new wine bar seems to be just what the area was need of!

Upon leaving Bad Apples on its first Friday night trade, I passed a small queue outside that were lining up to experience a taste of Bad Apples… I am certain that a queue will be a regular occurrence as people serve their curiosity!

I am looking forward to visiting Bad Apples again and trialling some of the modern menu options as well as some of the rustic pizzas on offer which sound delicious…


The Sunday Times shares stories of hand picked fashion and Apples of style in Perth

20 Jan

The Sunday Times is always a great 'go to' for the debrief of what's happening around town. With a finger on the pulse of style and entertainment – here's what I loved about today's edition…


Picturing New York: Photographs from the Museum of Modern Art

Look forward to checking out this exhibition!

Steph Audino wows with wedding dress design!
Perth's own Vera Wang!!
Print Hall adds some spice to level 1!!
Just rock up and enjoy! – love it.


Good morning sunshine… Lovely to see you again!

10 Jan

After watching a film recently about life, my friend turned to me and asked the rhetorical question; “What WOULD you do, if you knew life was only a few weeks long?”

I replied without hesitation, “That's easy, I would watch the sunrise and sunset everyday!”

When was the last time you watched the sunrise?

In all honesty, I haven't enjoyed a sunrise in such a long time and it something that is truly beautiful, captivating and totally free for everyone to enjoy……so why not!

Next week I am celebrating a birthday and I thought what better way to start the day than taking in the sunrise from Kings Park.

Kings Park is right on the doorstep of the city and the view of the sunlight over the buildings and the river is something is breathtaking at any hour of the day!

Tourists and locals alike enjoy this unique location everyday and it provides a perfect setting and backdrop to mark special occasions.

Having worked in the city, I have been among those who have taken in the views from Kings Park whilst getting some exercise going up and down Jacobs Ladder…… although this is not the most relaxing way to enjoy the scenery!

So next week, my alarm clock will be set, my picnic rug ready and I'm off to soak in the sunrise over our gorgeous city.

Once the infancy of the day is over and my tastebuds wake up, I just know that coffee will call my name and I will find a table for 4 at the Zamia cafe for breakfast…..

With spectacular sunrises, fresh air, coffee and Kings Park available everyday of the year, I won't leave it till my next birthday to enjoy e sunrise at Kings Park!

Happy days in style!



Head to Hatch for West Australian designers

2 Jan

When the event calls for a head-turning outfit and you want to show your support for talent that is right here in WA, take my advice and head to the Carillion Arcade where you'll find Hatch.

I first headed to Hatch around the time of the Perth Fashion Festival 2012 when I had a last minute invitation to an event that called for something West Australian and fabulous!

Sure, I had put all my eggs in Hatch's basket, given that I was shopping 3 hours before the event (and I had never been to the store), but I had faith!!

Breathing a sigh of relief, I found Hatch had done WA designers due justice and the selection of garments was perfect for what I was looking for.

I was happy to find that a collaboration of WA designers finally had a presence in Perth City with the support of The Perth Fashion Festival and The Carillion.

So with an outfit still to be found on this given Friday in 2012, I took Steph Audino, Kim Barton, Zhivago and Ange Lang into the dressing room and was in utter happiness of having the choice of such amazing labels in one confined space!

I had hit the jackpot (thankfully!) and managed to return home in time to pull it all together with accessories -phew!

Hatch has done a fabulous job of bringing West Australian fashion together in one Schmick store!! Hoorah!

Just some of the local creatives that are stocked at Hatch; Ange Lang, Little Gracie, Butcher and the Crow, Catini, Steph Audino, Raspberry & Pop, Zsadar, Zhivago and Danielle Caputi among others. Hatch also stocks accessories by labels such as Sewellery and Generics.
Plan your visit to Hatch soon and you'll enjoy the Smokin' Hot Babes exhibition by Sharma Heylen-Silvia which are available for purchase…… Which smokin' hot babe will you choose?


WA given a serious shot of style in 2012… 2013 set for style explosion!

1 Jan

What a year 2012 was!!

Perth picked up the pace and showed the world what our beautiful city has to offer!

West Australians welcomed hip new bars and restaurants and showcased some of our biggest and best events yet.

With 6 star venues and luxury brand retailers opening their doors, we now have even more reason to embrace and celebrate style.

Every day I find inspiration by so many things here in the West and during the past year I have visited some amazing places, dined on some decadent dishes and fell in love with countless collections from our West Australian designers.

Here, I share a snapshot of some of the ingredients that made WA a place of fun and style during 2012…..

Crown has given us The Merrywell, Rock Pool, Nobu, Bistro Giullaume and accommodation with a world class poolside. This is the place for a complete night out!

Perth Arena of a world class standard and is our hub of exciting times to come!
Shopping has never been so much fun with WA designers opening flagship stores and collaborations of designers coming together at Hatch in the city and Ten @ Times Square in Claremont.
Perth Fashion Week kicks off a year of fabulous WA fashion! Keep the event alive!
Brookfield Place transformed into sophisticated style venue!
STM Front Row at Bistro Felix provided a regular fashion fix for lovers of style!
The most beautiful piece of France comes to King Street… Two of my favourite places collide!
The biggest and best year of the Perth Fashion Festival yet – one glorious of week on Perth to lock in your diary for 2013!!
The Perth Museum hosted this Flannel PFF event – styled by the Editor of Vogue – this was a fairy tale event to attend!
Rochelle Adonis showed off all year with a high tea service worth writing home about and Christmas fanfare so decadent it was sinful! Enjoy…
The Perth Racing Carnival at Ascot is a place where style is everything!
Paspaley Polo in the City – Relaxed summer outing at Langley Park – was a highlight for sure!
I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store and can only imagine what amazing events, fashions, food and style will provide inspiration for us all during the course of the year…
Watch this space for All that is style in WA!