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Warming to winter in the West

10 Jul

Winter in the West has so far, been free of rain and full of sunny blue skies. Which is fantastic for being out and about during the day but with the clear days comes bitterly cold mornings.

Every morning I build up the courage to jump out of bed and into the chilly morning air. My usual morning routine is performed in super speed as I hurry toward the warm shower that awaits me. Fair to say, I am a lover of the warmer months!

However, I try to convince myself every year that there are things to love about the colder weather and I came up with the following;

1. Baths – Having a warm bath and jumping into some cosy knitwear before settling in for a relaxed evening is my idea of winter bliss.

2. Winter wardrobe – tailored coats, layered outfits, patterned tights, fur trims and boots!

I love following the trends of winter emerging from fashion houses in the Northern Hemisphere.

Designers in Europe and the US create stylish collections which are suited to the chilliest of climates… Pick up a copy of Vogue Paris to get a sneak peek of what's in store for next season and get excited for 2014!!

3. Candles – filling the house with scented candles not only makes it feel warm and inviting but the aroma is devine. Rarely can I walk past a store selling a collection of scented candles without going in to smell their wares!

There are so brands and styles of candles now on the market now, all boasting gorgeous packaging and designs. But whether it be Blood orange and cinnamon, Wild orchid and vanilla, Lime and coconut or Tahitian Spa…. My house smells delicious in winter!

4. Body R&R – in winter I am happy getting to bed a bit earlier and recharge my energy levels. With my pillow the destination for the night, I throw on some pre-bed moisturiser, lip balm and the occasional hair mask and I wake up feeling amazing.

5. Comfort food – I start the day with wheatgrass, lemon juice and a fresh juice so I have every excuse to then indulge in some of my favourite winter meals. Hot oats with toasted almonds, apricot pies, custards, puddings and roast vegetables are some of my winter weaknesses. Winter weather creates the perfect excuse for me to stay inside and create in the kitchen.

6. Swan valley days – I grew up in Guildford and spent many weekends browsing antique stores in Guildford with my mum (although I wasn't a fan of this until I was older- as a child I despised the musty smells that filled the stores I thought they were in real need of a good scented candle!!).

I also spent days visiting places in the Swan Valley with my parents – cafe's and wineries and riverside picnic spots were weekend destinations and now I love an excuse for a visit to see what's new in our Swan Valley.

Ok, enough said that there is infact, some good reasons to love winter but I am still absolutely longing for the warmer months to be here again. I figure I have around twelve weeks of winter before I can throw on a summer dress …. My countdown is on!

I have a treasure trove of new season finds in store for spring/summer 13/14 already and I can't wait to share at Stylewa soon…. 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!!


Spring Style

30 Aug

SPRING is upon us……

Come September, WA’s style calendar is full of exciting events which showcase all of our very best fashion, food, shows and exhibitions.

Stylewa can’t wait to bring all the colour, glamour and excitement from this sensational season…….keep up to date with all the latest by ‘Liking’ Stylewa on facebook or following via email.

In the meantime, enjoy your first day of Spring on Saturday and I hope you find some inspiration in these things I love to do in Spring-

1. Spend time outdoors – whenever the sun is shining, go outside and breath in some warm spring air (mind you if you get hay fever – stay away from this one!)

2. Bake something with seasonal produce – we have some amazing fresh produce in WA…..fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and seafood – now is your time to bake – up a storm

3. Fill your house with fresh flowers – do a trip to your local florist, flower market or your own garden and find happiness in a bunch of blooms – you deserve it.

4. Have a bath, light some candles and chill……..spring is a busy month and you’ll need to be rejuvinated for all the excitement that awaits.

5. Go on a mini-shopping spree!! We have some amazing designers in WA – check out the line-up for PFF and indulge in at least one fabulous outfit – you’ll need it during Spring Racing Carnival!!

6. Book in a race day at Perth races with great friends – it’s such a fun day out and is the perfect place to find a stylish crowd.

7. Head to a cafe on the coast and enjoy brunch (my favourites right now are the Pickled and Naked Fig and Barchetta).

8. Read a good book

9. Show your loved ones how much you love them! (anything Gucci works for me!!)

9. Turn up your radio and dance………..life is meant to be fun!

Happy Spring!! x

Costarella rocks East Perth for a day!

23 Aug

From years gone by – I know never to sleep in on the day of a Costarella sale!
This year was definitely no exception!! With doors opening at 9am the floods of fashionable people sorted through the racks on a mission to find their hot item (or 10 items).

The racks were stocked with sizes from zero up and everyone seemed to be walking out with gorgeous garments and a smile from ear to ear!
The more I looked, the more I wanted to try on and so I happily spent a good hour or so in change room bliss trying to decide what I can leave in the store!!
I would have stayed longer if I didn’t hear someone mention the words ‘parking inspectors’…………oh no!! Panic set in and the thought of paying East Perth shire the money I was about to use for a dress was mortifying.

After a quick dash to the meter, I was back in and walking out with my 2 gorgeous pieces  –  thankyou Costarella!

Aurelio Costarella’s warehouse sale – 9am-6pm Today (Thurs 23 August) – – There is still time to head in and be a part of the vibe!! But if you do miss out – remember to set your alarm for the next one – it’s worth it! x

Perth Fashion Festival Launch 21.8.2012

22 Aug

Hold on to your hats fashionistas – you are about to be hurled through a crazy month of fashion in Perth (and you’re going to love every minute!!).

The Perth Fashion Festival held its 2012 launch yesterday where the who’s who of the fashion world rubbed shoulders while models paraded a gorgeous array of colour – showing off what’s in store for SS 12/13 collections.

The PFF website also went live into cyberspace yesterday where the full line up of designers and events were listed. Whilst it was a long, much-anticipated wait for the website to show off its wares – it was definitely worth the wait!!

The line up is amazing this year and includes; Ae’lkemi, Alushia Sanchia, Ange-Lang, Anna Excell, Beso Beso, Betty Tran, Bikini Atoll, Breathless, Catini Designs, Cebiche, Daniella Caputi, Empire Rose, Flannel, Gail Sorronda, Garth Cook, Gypsea, House of Wilde, Kim Barton, Kuwaii, Limedrop, Lisa Marjanovich, Little Gracie, Martini+Coz, Monster Alphabets, Morrison, Neleh +Heath, Nikki Loueza, On a Whim, One Fell Swoop, Peppermint Milk, Raspberry +Pop, Shona Joy, Steph Audino, The Butcher and the Crow, Tindale, Wild Horses and Zsadar.

The events are set to be the most spectacular ever and will be held throughout the city and Northbridge. The locations for this years events will utilize the very best of what Perth has to offer and with the amazing line up of designers, some internationally recognized stylists and the experience of event organizers – you are in store for a real treat!!
Find the full line up of events here;  http://www.perthfashionfestival.com.au/events

Perth Fashion Festival is now in its 14th year and every year I get more and more excited about it coming around…… it’s like a week of Christmas!
The event calendar is like my form guide and I sit and work out the week and how I can attend as many events as I possibly can around other commitments.
Why do I love it so much?
1. It is a feast for the creative eye with the best of our Australian designers showing off their latest work.
2. It attracts the most beautifully spirited crowd who are there to get their fix of the fashion world whilst enjoying the buzz of fashion, music, artists, media, photographers and more.
3. It is my excuse to put on something special and enjoy time with friends.
4. It is my excuse to get my hands on an amazing outfit or two (just in time for the Spring Racing Carnival)!!

So make sure you put the week of 19-25 September on your calendar and stay tuned to Stylewa for all things style from the PFF!!


Stylewa x

Bliss at the Pan Pacific Perth

13 Aug

A winter weekend stay at the Pan Pacific – just because!

Always love having my car being parked by valet and being greeted by reception staff that are courteous and efficient. I also love the grandeur of a marble foyer and checking into a suite that is bigger than my local coffee shop!

With a recent refurb, the bathrooms at the Pan Pacific were beautifully appointed and with the bath in prime position to view the television, there was no better way to spend the afternoon than soaking in style.

Having a past life in the travel industry, I find myself being a bit of a hotel connoisseur and the one thing that I am really impressed by (especially after an afternoon of soaking) is big fluffy white towels.
The towels at the Pan Pacific are fabulous, as is the crisp white bed linen……these two things alone make me feel very welcome.

I love the simplicity  and purity of pure white linen and towels. Team them up with a bunch of gorgeous white flowers on the table and I not only feel welcome, but I’m right at home!

A comfortable bed and the rain falling on the window outside, was the key to a good night sleep and with breakfast just a phone call away I really did wake up in heaven!!  With waffles on the breakfast menu I was seriously considering taking up full time residency at the Pan Pacific- in my dreams…..

If you are in need of some winter TLC -do yourself a favour and book yourself in to experience your own piece of  Pan Pacific heaven!

With love

Stylewa x

1920’s Style at The Heritage

7 Aug


Friday night just gone I had a date with one of Perth’s newest ‘the’ bars….. The Heritage. Its located 131 St Georges Terrace, Perth and the architects and designers have done a superb job in giving this building a make-over to give The Heritage its ‘old world’ charm.

Immediately you feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you walk up the stairs and into the foyer of The Heritage which is decked out in marble floors and high ceilings. The music playing doesn’t blast you away but is still audible enough to create a vibe with the packed bar. Although our table was ready in the dining room we opted to head downstairs to Bobeche to have a pre-dinner drink….

Bobeche is a 1920’s style bar, tucked down below street level. It’s menu listing classic old world spirit cocktails, tap beer and fine wine along with simply prepared food. It was love at first sight with this quaint venue. Very cute, very unique for Perth and very easy, I would say, to lose an hour or two with some good friends and a cocktail menu!

But we didn’t spend an hour or two…….as we had an 8.30pm dinner reservation upstairs at The Heritage. Love crisp, white table linen set perfectly and attentive wait staff! We were offered drinks as soon as we sat down and didn’t wait long for them, or our meals to arrive.

Our taste bud envy;

Braised venison shank, gremolata, kale, potato mille feuille   39.00

Salade nicoise with tuna 30.00

glass of bubbles & glass of Pernod pre-dinner………  what more could you ask for on a rainy Friday night in Perth!

Oh almost forgot the cheesecake to finish – everything you could expect from a classic!

Devine dining, great service, great company and surroundings…… The Heritage is definitely worth putting in your diary for sometime in the not-to-distant future!

A bit about the Heritage Brasserie, Bar & Boardroom –

After 25 years of ruin, the architecturally iconic Royal Insurance building of 131 St Georges Terrace became home to The Heritage Brasserie Bar & Boardroom on the 24th of May 2012, as part of Brookfield Place. Conceptually designed with the intent to establish and introduce a hospitality offering that is all encompassing from a classic café/restaurant through to late night bar and take away provedore.

The Heritage Brasserie Bar & Boardroom is based upon the grand cafés/restaurants of Europe. Framed by the historic façade and dramatic high ceilings The Heritage Brasserie Bar & Boardroom features pewter bar tops hand made in Paris, crisp white linen and Italian marble floors. The dining room offers early breakfast, an all day a la carte brasserie menu through to late night cocktails. A European dominant wine list will feature, along with tap beer and an open seafood display. Takeaway coffee, wine and other delicatessen items are also available.

The Boardroom at The Heritage is a private dining room that can accommodate up to twenty people. The room is available for corporate functions and meetings as well as intimate celebrations. Offering varying seating options, a plasma TV and full Internet access, The Boardroom at The Heritage is ideally located for your private dining needs.

Lurking in the basement is Bobèche, a deep and moody personality for those wanting a dark and intimate setting to enjoy fine wine, mixed cocktails, diverse liquor offering, tap beer and grazing food menu options.

A bit about Bobeche………………….

Remember when we went down the spiralling stairs through the tunnel in the bottom of the garden and did an Alice in Wonderland?  The wax was dripping as the candlelight flickered. The performer on the side of the street, adorned in yellow with baggy breeches, checkered stockings with a rich coloured red jacket, a straw coloured wig and a hat crowned with a butterfly jousted for our attention.

Cast your imagination to a period of wry wit and mischief where you are enveloped with the impression of being somewhere dark and mysterious. This 20′s style speakeasy offers old world spirit on spirit cocktails, tap beer and fine wine along with simply prepared food. A place where people can go to be away.


(courtesy of http://www.theheritageperth.com.au/)

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