Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Forest Friends

It feels like a my time in London was a life-time ago. But I still have a tonne of photos too good not to share! So let's just forget the whole "blogging as a great live medium" for a moment, shall we?

These photos were from a particularly lovely afternoon in October, where I had the pleasure of Nicole's company for a visit  Viktor Wynd's Little Shop of Horrors. Nicole was so incredibly welcoming and showed me a bunch of her new favourite London haunts.  This place was particularly impressive. It was a quintessential curiosity shop, with some of the most extraordinary specimens. You all know my great interest in taxidermy - this place really delivered! I might have walked out with half the store, if I hadn't had visions of Australian customs having a fit!

I wore my new fox-fur stole - Frederick. He is lovely and soft, and oh-so-sweet. I also enjoy the way he makes small children tug at the mother's hems when they catch a glimpse of his little lifeless paws hanging down my shoulders (tee hee). Nicole tacked a little alligator appliqué to her dress - making it perfect for our animal adventure. You can read her post on the place (if you haven't already!) here.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tom and Maddy's Wedding

Last weekend we had the great pleasure of sharing in the celebration of our dear friends' wedding. It is kind of hard to believe that they announced their engagement two years ago! How time flies. The ceremony was gorgeous and really gave a sense of how thoughtful and caring the Tom and Maddy are, not just with each other, but everyone around them.

I arranged the flowers - which was such a joy - it is something I really miss since leaving work at the florist. It didn't hurt that the flowers I had to work with were completely stunning roses and peonies, and that the entire bridal party were overwhelmingly appreciative. I also had some super handy helpers in Ian and my parents!

Unfortunately I totally failed in the photo department (although doing the flowers and getting myself dressed and made-up felt like enough of a feat!). I got no photos of the stunning bride and her groom - and forgot to take my camera to the ceremony. So here are just a few glimpses from the reception.

My brother, making faces in preparation for his role as MC.

 Ian looking fancy to fit in with the fancy setting.
 A few of the groomsmen (with my buttonholes!)
The groom's gorgeous sister (with one of my bouquets)
 And me!

Outfit details:
dress - vintage (and altered by me)
shoes - Django and Juliette
hair flowers - DIY

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Jacaranda Blooming

We took these photos weeks ago. The Jacarandas have since bloomed, the flowers have been trodden into a green-purple sludge, and the trees have little green bits slowly popping out and making their way out of hibernation.

I love this time of year - Sydney spring is really something to behold. The colours and the light are magnificent. The only dampener is the great rush of work and jobs to get done before the end of the year! Spring seems to slip into summer a little too quickly.

There saying that surrounds this Jacaranda tree on campus, which is: that if you haven't started studying by the time the Jacaranda blooms you will most likely fail your exams. Just another lovely spring link between stress and beauty!

Outfit details:
dress - vintage from the Brooklyn flea
cardi - SES
bag - Old Spittalfields Antique Markets
hair flowers - Old Spittalfields Antique Markets
Brooch - brick lane market
shoes - Office
tights - gift

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Old Friends

While in London I jetted off for a few days in Amsterdam (hence the Amsterdam photo essay). One of my oldest friends, Anne (we've known each other for nearly 20 years!) lives just outside the city. She is an incredible pianist and was a wonderful host. We also managed to catch Sara - another friend since forever - for a picnic dinner in a park haunted by geese. I love these two ladies. We don't get together very often, but every time we do, we seems to just pick up where we left off. It was such a treat to be in the same place at the same time!It was a great little side trip, the sort of thing I really covet as an Australian, where even the shortest little trip to another country is a really long way!

A day in Amsterdam