Thursday, April 28, 2011

Springs Top 10

Now that spring has finally arrived in New York I though I would compile a list of my top 10 must-haves. Here they are in no particular order:

1. J.Crew Straw Hat
2. Marlene Birger Shorts at ShopBop
3. Thakoon Dress at Net-a-Porter
4. Valentino Bag at Neiman Marcus
5. Topshop Wedges
6. Bing Bang Earrings at ShopBop
7. J.Crew Belt
8. Burberry Sunglasses at Sunglass Hut
9. Supergoop! SPF 30+ Everyday Suncreen at Sephora
10. Rebecca Taylor Dress at Bloomingdales

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Friend of the Highline

One of my favourite places in New York has to be the Highline park that stretches from the Meatpacking District over the streets to Chelsea. I had a great walk along these disused raised rail-road tracks turned public park yesterday with my future sister-in-law. The Park is looking the best I have seen it, see for yourself...

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter

Today is Good Friday which means this weekend it will be Easter Sunday. 
Wishing you all a  very Happy Easter!

Image credit: Design*Sponge

How cute are the eggs above, they were embroidered by Brett Bara of Manhattan Craftroom.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Growing up on the coast in Australia I used to wear a lot of colour. In fact I never really owned anything black. It dawned on me the other day when I was staring into my wardrobe that I don't really have that much colour any more. My wardrobe is filled with black, grey, denim, and all shades of neutral.

That's why I am so excited by the colour-blocking trend this spring. I have decided that this will be a look that I am going to embrace whole-heartedly. Colour-blocking is a trend that everyone can try because it's not restricted by budget or body shape. Plus, colour has the power to not only lift your appearance but it can also lift your mood.

 Alexandre Herchcovitch, Jil Sander, Rachel Roy on

 Aquilano Rimondi, Lanvin, Fendi on

Jil Sander, Julien Macdonald, Issa on

Personally, I can't wait to pull on some green, it has always been my favourite colour and it has the power to be very calming. Maybe it's because I love the ocean so much, or why seeing the trees starting to bloom in spring gives me such a thrill. What is your favourite colour and why?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Flower Arranging

I have always loved flowers. I can remember when I was (much) younger I used to pick all sorts of flowers and arrange them, thinking I was a florist. I can actually remember that for a time, I thought I might like to be a florist. Sometimes I still think it would be a great business to have.

Now that I am planning a wedding, flowers have been on my radar more than usual. I have had to learn the names of some of my favourites (that I can never remember), and what time of year they bloom. There are so many gorgeous colours to choose from, it has been hard to decide on what I want. All I know for certain is that there will be an abundance of flowers on the tables.

Here are some of my favourite flowers, not just for the wedding, these are the flowers I like to buy and keep in my apartment too.

Season: winter, spring
Colour: white, pink, red, orange, yellow
The tight buds can fill in bigger flowers, but the blooms can also be full and showy.

Image Credit: Style Me Pretty

Season: summer, fall
Colour: white, pink, green, blue, purple
Oversize blooms look bountiful with no filler.

Image Credit: Style Me Pretty

Season: spring
Colour: white, pink, red
A beautiful flower, whether in a large bunch or just a few, they look fluffy and lush.

Image Credit: Wedding Flowers

Season: year-round
Colour: white, pink, green, purple
These full stems have several blooms, or you can cut off the flowers for tighter bunches.

Season: summer, fall
Colour: white, pink, red, orange, yellow, purple
These big fluffy flowers make a great impact.
Season: winter, spring
Colour: white, pink, red, purple
These live up to their name with their sweet smell.

Image Credit: Style Me Pretty

I love that in New York you can buy gorgeous fresh flowers at almost every street corner. They are cheap and cheerful, and a sure-fire way to put me in a better mood.

What are your favourite flowers?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My Favourite Coachella Looks

While I have never been to the Coachella Music Festival, I have long admired the looks that the festival goers put together. It is great inspiration for a weekend or holiday wardrobe with a relaxed vibe. My wardrobe tends to be full of casual pieces and I definitely lean towards a more casual approach to dressing.

I was initially unsure of the crop-top trend but I am loving it paired with high-waisted shorts and skirts. With a recently purchased pair of high-waisted shorts maybe I will be brave enough to try the trend this summer. 

Image credit: Refinery 29

Monday, April 18, 2011

Has Spring Sprung?

After what has been a very long winter and a so far temperamental spring, I was encouraged to be in Central Park on the weekend and see that the trees have finally begun to bloom.

There is still a little way to go until the park looks like it did this time last year. 

I'm hoping that spring will be in full bloom soon so I can get out of my woollen coats and into my new spring wardrobe of maxi dresses and skirts, and floaty tops and shorts. Fingers crossed I won't have to wait too much longer.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dreamy Brooklyn Apartment

A few weeks ago on Refinery 29 they showcased Jane Herman's (Director of Concept at Gap) Brooklyn apartment. I have poured over these pictures so many times, I just love it. It's such a casual and inviting home. I love the neutral background with the use of coloured knick-knack's and flowers to add a little spice.

Stacks of books, bright pillows and throws, sentimental objects and colourful art play the starring role. I especially love the bar set-up and wish that I had one of my own - its nice and small, and I think I could find the space to do so. Most New York apartments really aren't big enough to swing a cat, let alone have the luxury of a bar. Herman proves that you don't need a lot of space to create a beautiful and welcoming home.

All images are from Refinery 29

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New York Eats

One of my favourite things about New York is all the delicious restaurants. This is a city where you can eat what you want, when you want. Lucky I tend to walk a lot in New York, otherwise I think I would have gained a few dress sizes by now. I enjoy sampling all that the city has to offer.

In no particular order, here are ten of my highlights so far:

    My first special meal in New York and still one of the most memorable.

    A fun speakeasy style venue with a great menu and delicious cocktails.

    For Italian food that melts in your mouth and a great wine list to match.

    Popular with the hipsters, this place is all about the small plates of cheese, meat and panini.

   A great choice for brunch and dinner, its the place I keep going back to.

    Thin crust pizza just the way I like it.

    For a delicious afternoon Lobster Roll.

    Fresh food that is beautifully presented and a great modern setting to match.

    The most amazing Bouillabaisse I have ever eaten.

      This place is not pretty by any means, but it's a favourite for dumplings.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spring Colours

Orange and pink
You might never think,
But they make perfectly 
Smashing partners.

I am loving the colour combination of pale pink with poppy orange this spring. I only wish spring would actually show up so I can start wearing this trend.

Clockwise starting top left: Derek Lam, Jenny Kayne, Derek Lam, Matthew Williamson, Loewe and Acne. 
Images thanks to and Refinery 29

Monday, April 11, 2011

Fashion Inspiration

While I look to many different things for fashion inspiration, there is definitely one person who stands out to me, Alexa Chung. I love the way she mixes vintage with high street and high-end designer.

While I must admit I'm not much of a thrift-shopper, it is certainly something I would love to get better at. In the meantime, I can look to Alexa to find inspiration on how to give new life to some of the old clothes that have been hanging unworn in my own closet.

Images: 1,2,3,4 & 5 from Who What Wear; 6 from Vanessa Jackman

Who do you look to for fashion inspiration?

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Weekend

Some weekends I have grand plans of getting out into New York and seeing some new place that I haven't been to before. These weekends usually become just like any other weekend though. I am hopeless at making decisions and end up walking out the door without a plan, only to walk around the same neighbourhoods again and again.

Here are some of the things on my to do list this weekend...

Place my new JewelMint order
JewelMint Romantic Pine Pendant, $29.99

Get a bright manicure
Essie Nail Polish in Mango Bango, $8.00

Run along the Hudson
Looking across the Hudson River toward New Jersey at sunset

Explore Brooklyn Bridge Park
Photo Courtesy of Julienne Schaer

Eat a lobster
Photo Courtesy of Hannah Whitaker / New York Magazine

Enjoy your weekend!