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A Geometric Endurance

Don’t you just hate it when something you’ve loved/championed/worn forever becomes cool, and you end up feeling like you’re just one of the pack? I do. I feel this way every time mustard comes back in (the colour, not the condiment). “I was wearing mustard WAY before it was cool!” I yell. Well, perhaps not yell, but insist with fervor definitely. And do people believe me? I’d say it’s a 40/60 split.

I have also had an enduring delight in geometric shapes. No, really I have!! (see, there’s that fervor). I’ve never been a watercolour, floral or other print gal. I believe that chevron has a place in my future that will exist far beyond 2013 and its critics. Are you still one of the 60 percent? Well, allow me to present Exhibit A. My wedding ring.

Square forever….Purchased from awesome Australian Etsy seller Epheriell

See? This will be on my hand forever. Or until it eventually gets lost or cut-off after my fingers swell when we have children….but nonetheless that screams dedication to the cause.

Isn’t it just beautiful?

Exhibit B. Me, at 2.9months. Check out that print.

 How did I know that geometric shapes were so cool, even then?

I would like to point out that I don’t believe that my attire was at all influenced by a) my mother or b) the decade. I’m certain I just had an early affiliation with shapes. And snakes.

I really am happy when things I love come back in a big way though. It gives me an excuse to use them in events without fear of a client looking at me like I’ve just suggested they should shave off their eyebrows. I can pour my creativity into designing spaces with my favourite shapes and colours. So it only happens every few years or so. But you know what? When it does, it’s like a perfect storm.

So to conclude, here is a fab moodboard to get you all inspired by geometrics. Of course, only if you didn’t love them since the dawn of time like me.

On the board:

Geometric Backdrop, Print Top, Freedom Rug, Paloma Pearl Clutch, Circle Cake, Revival Wallpaper, Geometric Chair, Harlequin Cushion

May 16, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Sally Fairweather - Love geometric shapes myself and can up the anti on square rings. My first ‘friendship’ ring when I was 18, was a square plantinum one from jewellers in Prospect Hill Rd, Camberwell who are still there today. I think it is Stephen Miller. This was almost 40 years ago!

May 20, 2013 - 10:36 am

Caroline - Ahead of the game Sal! Should be taking style inspiration from you!

May 24, 2013 - 11:51 pm

Mani - Seriously. I love that pearl clutch. If you ever see something like that, buy it and I’ll pay you back.

The Science Of Creation

Darn tooten! Image courtesy Courtney Lane Michaels

So, this is not to be confused with Creation Science (I aint no whacky evolutionary creationist). I have been thinking quite a lot lately about the process of creating, whether it be making with hand, developing with the mind, collaborating with others. Also the process when you’re a stylist, in any field, and how important it is that a) all parties are aware of said process and b) all parties are involved in said process.

Being a stylist means taking a brief and running with it, but also, and so importantly, it means working with the client to achieve and expand their vision. It’s not like we’re some magical oracle that can read your innermost brain workings (I WISH), nor do we want to be staggering around in the dark hoping what we understand to be what you have been dreaming of. We are masters of pulling out what you want, but you gotta give us something! What’s my point here? No idea.

Ya think wrapping up the old Reichstag building was popular idea to start? Image courtesy Iconic Photos 

Actually. I think the point is that questions and exchange of ideas are good things. No idea, how whacky, tame or ludicrous, is a bad idea. All should be aired. They could lead to amazingly great things. I’ve worked with creatives that throw out what you think are the most zany  of ideas, that end up being shaped and prodded into something new and amazing. So don’t keep it locked up in your head – let it out! Tell your stylist what you’re thinking, what random links and synapses occur when you think about it, and we can work with that. We love that!

Dreams are big, and we aim to realize them. So enjoy the ride!

Think BIG. Image courtesy Photopoly

A Wrist Corsage Debate..

To corsage or not to corsage…Image from WeddingChicks

It began as a friendly debate. I had been presented with the option of a wrist-corsage for the bridal party in a garden wedding, and my first instant was “What is this, 1992?! Isn’t there something else – nay – ANYTHING else that we could consider other than a daggy corsage?”. Head wreaths were then subbed in, and  were, in typical bohemian fashion, just gorgeous.

I had expressed my distaste at the though of the old corsage to Ms Polka Dot, who defended the corsage’s right to a new audience, and had even written a lovely post about their many forms. My response was “I’m still not convinced”.

I think the reason for my aversion to these wrist adornments comes from the 90s prom/ball era, where boys in satin ties lobbed these onto the thin wrists of girls with big fringes and shiny dresses. What can I say? I was in my teens in the 90s and I’ve been scarred by the experience.*It is important to note that I did look for images of myself in said corsage and dress, but I was unable to locate any at this time…. maybe….

Yes, satin is everywhere. Image courtesy of Promtacular

Also, I was a fan of the 80s films Pretty in Pink and Footloose, and there, of course, the corsage featured heavily.

Ah Ducky, and the Bacon. 

So there you go. I was open to discussion of course, but pretty heavily influenced by nightmare flashbacks of taffeta and a drop waist.

Then, it happened. The always amazing Cecilia Fox uploaded a pic of some wrist corsages she had made for a wedding onto her Instagram, and I realised that maybe, just maybe, there was a place for the corsage take-two.

The image that planted a seed – Image from Cecilia Fox

Look, I’m not saying that I’m completely sold on the corsage issue. I’ve done some Pinterest research, and they’re still being thrust onto wrists without a huge amount of coordination or style. BUT, I will concede that in the good hands of people like Cecilia Fox (and Ms Polka Dot ), there could be a revival that doesn’t scar generations to come.

What are your thoughts on the humble (or horrifying) wrist corsage?

May 1, 2013 - 5:41 pm

Sally Fairweather - I think the corsage can look great with a modern twist. It is part of the retro look that with a bit of a creative approach could become a new trend.

May 3, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Jenny O'Keefe - Love it!

A Click Of Your Heels…

Marx Brothers – A Night at the Opera

It may not come as a surprise to most that my childhood was a little different to others (common cause for complaint – why does everyone laugh when I say I’m Gen Y?), in particular the viewing options I never realised were selected by my parents. This isn’t a bad thing at all – in fact, it’s a great thing. I can categorically attribute a strong percentage of my open-mindedness and positive life choices to the things I soaked in as I watched whatever happened to be on the box.

Fans of Topo Gigio anyone? Image from Musicasinfantis

And the stuff on the box didn’t particularly marry with what was actually happening in the real world. It was the 90s, people were wearing leggings as pants (oh wait… ), neons were in (oh wait….) and everyone that had a “y” at the end of their names was cool (it’s “a” now, we’re safe on this one). The word “like” entered the vocabulary. And what was I watching? Musicals. Old-school (not high school) musicals at that. Also, taped re-runs of the Ed Sullivan show, and all the Marx Brothers movies. Sitcoms like I Love Lucy, the entire works of Monty Python, Fawlty Towers and the Goodies.

Did anyone else have a massive crush on Michael Palin from Monty Python at 13? In the 90s? Hmmm. Photo from Finding Dulcea

Yes, I was your typical a-typical child. Which is awesome really. Except when you have a Beatles-themed party for your 13th birthday and NOBODY else knows who they are, and for some reason don’t appear to want to sit through both Yellow Submarine and Help! videos. Weird right?

The Beatles were still cool in 1996 right? Right?

Anyways. My point is this. I’m glad that I was given the opportunity to experience a huge range of media from different eras in entertainment. This meant that when someone says “Art Deco” or “1950s Glamour”, I can instinctually reference images and scenes from the period that are legit. There are fantastic time-capsule resources that give an understanding of not only cliched styles from the time, but nuances from culture, fashion and art. And this is important as a stylist. Like any job, you gotta know your history to be able to interpret it for the contemporary.

A cocktail in a box – who knew? Image from Pinterest

So – your challenge for the week? Watch a movie or series from a period that you love, that you haven’t seen, and pay close attention to the small details of the scenes. The shoe shape. The materials used in the drapery. Carpet patterns. It’ll open up a whole new world if you ever plan an event or wedding that takes inspiration from a bygone era.

I will continue to draw inspiration from these classics. I fear my children will have a similar fate, though, I’ve turned out alright. Apparently


If I knew where to get these….

March 23, 2015 - 11:42 pm

Anke - Well you weren’t alone! Back in the mid 90s when I became a teenager, I was crazy about the Beatles, Beach Boys, Kinks and many others and also loved Monty Python with a huge crush on Michael. I was just a bit different I guess!

A Little Floral Schooling Goes A Long Way

Current obsession – Winter Bouquets Photo from Ruffled Blog

I’ll admit that I used to be something of a “blank-face, double blink” sort of gal when it came to flowers and all things floristry. I liked having fresh flowers in the house and I love catching the smell of them when I’m out following* our dog, but for the life of me I couldn’t have told you what I was holding or smelling. Of course, the industry I’m now in has caused me to take more notice of what is at the end of a stem, and to ask the names of particular blooms that clients or inspiration send my way.

This is all about self-education my friends. You can’t expect to learn things about things without taking action and gaining knowledge. Read, research, ask questions, take a workshop. Ah yes, the workshop. I’m one of those people who learn best when I’m able to touch and work with items, as opposed to reading on a blog. That’s not to say I don’t read a whole lotta blogs on the topic though – I do, but I find that I remember that tangible moment more than a picture with a description.

The soft greys and greens – Love! Photo from Style Me Pretty

Floral design is a whole world unto itself, and I’m not about to claim my stake in the industry. They do what they do best, and it’s my job to find the best fit for my client and get the ball rolling. BUT – I need to know what I’m asking for and how it will look and fit the style of the day. And you know what – I recommend anyone heading down the aisle, or throwing a party with florals to take a day and book a workshop to get yourself up close and personal with some flora. Just so you know how it all works, how long it takes and why there’s a cost.

Berries and twigs and rose – oh my! Photo from Indulgy 

My hot tips for the next few months are as follows:

My Flowerhouse 

Workshop – Tablescaping – Glass Cloche Covers 

Create a unique taking point around the table, and learn how to infuse fresh floral creation under stunning glass cloche covers.Working with floral foam to form shapes and support the fresh elements. Each student will receive a stunning glass cloche!




Flower Temple

Workshop – Botanical Series

This workshop is about creating a beautiful ensemble garden within a single vessel.
You will be provided  with a selection of vessels to choose from and design a plantscape using succulents, cacti and other complimenting plants making a living arrangement.

Pop and Scott

Workshop – Posy Hands

Learn how to make a hand tied posy, with the option to bring a vessel you have trouble arranging flowers in. Poppy will teach you the florist tricks, creating a posy and how to gift wrap. You will take home a florist tool kit and a jar containing your beautiful posy. Bubbles and cheese platter provided.