Friday, April 30, 2010

Beautiful Stationery… Bespoke Letterpress Boutique

As we are preparing for our annual decorating shoots, we are busy in the office at the moment getting all the elements together for our different styling themes. One very important element that is essential for establishing, and then carrying a theme throughout your wedding, is your stationery. From lavishly elegant and formal to more minimalist, contemporary styles, your wedding stationery is the first opportunity you have to signal to your guests the theme they can expect for your special day. 

Before you set off on the paper trail, make sure that you've decided on your wedding's theme and colour scheme. Then you'll need to decide on the range of stationery items that you will require. These can include save-the-date cards, invitations, RSVP cards, place cards for the ceremony and reception, thank you cards, menus, order of service booklets and programs. You may also want special cards for dessert tables, bomboniere tags, cake boxes, etc.

There are so many options for wedding stationery available to you now, but one particular style that we can never go past is the classic and oh-so-elegant letterpress invitation. Letterpress printing is truly the most beautiful craftsmanship. It is a centuries-old art form, which is timeless, classic and results in a beautiful tactile impression into the paper. A letterpress wedding invitation is the most beautiful start to a wedding, and I just love these stunning examples from Bespoke Letterpress Boutique, so much so that I simply had to share them with you…

About Bespoke Letterpress Boutique:
We combine a fusion of antique printing methods with beautiful typography, gorgeous vintage illustrations and beautiful deep impressions into the finest papers to print our custom designed letterpress wedding invitations, letterpress stationery and limited edition letterpress prints.

Bespoke Letterpress is strongly passionate about the quality of our letterpress products and we have an unwavering dedication to our printing standards and maintaining this vintage craftsmanship. It has taken many years of hard work, dedication and expertise to learn our trade and to produce the finest printed result making us one of Australia's leading letterpress wedding studios. We strongly believe that you will love our letterpress stationery, invitations and paperie just as much as we do.

We custom design our invitations for each wedding couple to best suit their style and locations - these designs are created exclusively and will never be repeated for another couple. We believe that the most beautiful wedding invitations are those which are classically elegant and sophisticated. We strongly believe in the power of exquisitely crafted typography coupled with timeless and subtle illustrations. Our wedding stationery eludes an air of confidence, sophistication and elegance fitting to your exclusive event.

Due to the high demand and exclusive nature of our letterpress work we suggest you book in for an appointment or online consultation at least 6 to 8 months prior to your wedding date. We are available for wedding couples both locally and Australia wide.

Visit Bespoke Letterpress Boutique

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Oscar Signature Set

Mother's Day is coming up and there is a wealth of absolutely beautiful products available - the hardest part is choosing!

I have found a stunning Mother's Day idea from Oscar de la Renta - the Oscar Signature Set. It contains Oscar eau de Toilette 50ml, Oscar Parfum Miniature 4ml and Oscar Activee Body Lotion 120ml.

"Floral and lush, this fragrance reminds me of a beautiful garden."
-Oscar de la Renta

Oscar is a feminine floral bouquet inspired by the lush gardens of Oscar's childhood in Santo Domingo. Oscar Crystal Parfum celebrates the romantic, feminine, and sensual side of the Oscar woman. The Eau de Toilette remains faithful to the Oscar Eau de Parfum with an added freshness in celebration of the romantic and feminine Oscar woman.


Have a lovely day... Anna

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Rooibos Tea: Organic Beauty Tricks that Work

Rooibos Tea has been long renowned for its ability to prevent and treat a range of ailments to enhance inner health. Abundant with antioxidants, Rooibos can also enhance external skin health  and beauty and has been adopted by major skincare companies around the world in recent decades. Add to your daily routine and you will shine!

5 great tips for using Rooibos to treat your skin and hair in your daily routine:

1. Use Vital Organic Rooibos Tea as an inexpensive skin freshener and beauty enhancer by  applying cold Rooibos Tea to your skin for a fresh revived look.

2. Low in tannins but still makes for a great natural tan. Apply concentrated Vital Organic Rooibos Tea to your skin leaving it looking slightly more tanned, plus it will feel amazing too.

3. Apply warm Vital Organic Rooibos Tea to the skin to help soothe.

4. Add some colour to your bath water to refresh you skin all over your body by adding 2-4  teabags of Vital Organic Rooibos Tea in your bath water. The results – refreshed and radiant  looking body with the added benefits of an aromatic, soothing and relaxing soak in the bath tub.
5. Add some shine to your hair by rinsing your hair in Vital Organic Rooibos Tea leaving it looking beautiful, shiny and rejuvenated. 

Rooibos (pronounced Roy-Bos) is the popular herbal tea from
Aspalathus linearis that is Certified Organic and naturally caffeine-free, with low levels of tannins. Indigenous to the Cedarberg Mountains in South Africa, it was first discovered by the locals of the area centuries ago as an effective medicinal remedy.

Growing in popularity as a natural wonder for the skin, Rooibos contains one of the most powerful antioxidant compounds called Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) which helps to neutralise free radicals and turn back the hands of the ageing clock. Applied topically, Rooibos has a soothing effect on the skin and can help to treat acne, pimples and sunburn.

Scientific research has also shown that Rooibos can help with many skin conditions including Eczema and Psoriasis. In fact, a tradition that dates back to the South African tribes is for sufferers to add a strong pot of Rooibos Tea to their daily baths to relieve the symptoms of itching and dry skin. 

ROOIBOS SKIN SAVER TIP: To brighten tired eyes, place used Rooibos tea leaves over your eyes for a few minutes for a quick restoration - leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalized.

Vital Organic Rooibos is the only Eco-Cert Rooibos Tea available in Australia and is available from your local supermarket and health food stores. Contact Vital Health Foods Australia on 1300 131 686 or see

Have a lovely day... Anna

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Introducing Advanced Natural Caviar Skincare Line

I'm always on the lookout for the latest products to help our BD Brides prepare for their big day, which is why I am thrilled to share with you the Advanced Natural Caviar Skincare line. The Caviar Skincare line is great for intense hydration and restructuring - exactly what your skin will be crying out for as the stress and chaos of planning your wedding takes it toll! 

Advanced Natural Oxygenating Caviar Cream – An extremely rich textured cream that has been formulated with the purest and natural ingredients. Enriched with a selection of liposomes and antioxidants selected from Caviar, Marine, Organic Plant and Biochemical extracts, combined with natural moisturising agents to retain and regulate moisture in the upper layers of the skin, this luxurious moisturiser protects the skin from environmental aggression and air-conditioning. It regenerates and renews cells, encourages cell oxygenation and minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Apply morning and evening for maximum benefit.  

Advanced Natural Caviar Oxygenation Mask – The ultimate and intensive advanced treatment mask. Extremely rich with caviar to stimulate oxygen within the skin, for greater nutrient delivery and stimulation of cell regeneration. It is perfect for dull devitalised skin that is lacking nutrients and oxygen. This luxurious mask improves elasticity and strengthens the skin, nourishes and hydrates whilst supreme provide anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle benefits. 

Advanced Natural Oxygenating & Regenerative Serum – This intense serum contains pure plant and marine extracts with advanced scientific formulations creating Nanosperes, Ceramides and Liposomes to ensure delivery of actives into the deeper layers of the skin to create a change. Containing antioxidants, Oxygenating & Regenerative Serum minimises the appearance of wrinkles, repairs damaged cells and is highly moisturising and anti-ageing. Use morning and evening after lotion. Apply 4 – 6 drops of Oxygenating & Regenerative Serum to face and neck and gently massage in. 

For stockists or more information call 03 9553 0819 or visit

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Prada L’Eau Ambrée Parfum de Sac

A must have for a bride on her wedding day is a travel sized perfume to help freshen up throughout the evening. L’Eau Ambrée, the new addition to the Prada Classic range, which combines an intricate and fresh approach to the balancing of Citron, May Rose and Amber, is now available as a Parfum de Sac, Prada’s sleek, refillable purse spray. The design is so gorgeous it would also make a perfect (and practical) gift for your bridesmaids! 

Both a must-have accessory and a convenient portable scent, the Parfum de Sac features an elegant chain and snap clip that attaches to bags or belt carriers. The gold design, inspired by the evocative Amber accord at the heart of this fragrance, represents an elegant new way to carry Prada anywhere.
The vaporizer also features an engraved gold plaque listing L’Eau Ambrée’s main ingredients, a testament to the timeless luxury of this unique fragrance.

Prada L’Eau Ambree Parfum de Sac (3 x 10ml refillable) $130.00, available from Myer from 27 June 2010.

Stockist: (02) 9663 4277  

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, April 19, 2010

Oh Joy! Astrology Birthday Gift Cards from Tiny Prints

Birthdays are a very special day in everyone's lives so honour your family and friends on their big day with a personalised Oh Joy! birthday greeting card from Tiny Prints…

Gemini - Double the impact of your stylish birthday cards this year with this elegant line of astrology-themed birthday cards created by Oh Joy! This regal design is perfect for a gorgeous Gemini. 
The Pisces in your life certainly won't have to fish for compliments from friends on his or her birthday when you send this fun and playful astrology-themed birthday card from Oh Joy!

Shower your favorite Virgo with sweet style and contemporary charm for his or her birthday using this extraordinary astrology-themed birthday card designed by Oh Joy!
Encourage your favorite Sagittarius to have a stellar birthday with this unique and elegant birthday card designed by Oh Joy! to suit the specific styles of the different astrology signs.

Give your friends a special treat on their birthdays this year with this charming collection of astrology-themed birthday cards from Oh Joy! This fresh design is perfect for the chic Capricorn in your life.
With a flowing mane of hair and a fiery temper, the Leos in your life are sure to stand out from the pack. Make sure to make their birthdays special with this elegant birthday card designed by Oh Joy!

Know an Aquarius who appreciates fresh, modern style? This fun and playful birthday card from Oh Joy! is sure to leave him or her praising such a gorgeous design from such a sweet friend.

The Libra in your life is too well-balanced to get upset if you don't send a timely birthday card, but he or she is sure to appreciate the unique style and modern charm of this fun design from Oh Joy!

Sleek, stylish and full of modern charm, this birthday card from Oh Joy! is perfect for the chic Scorpio in your life. This fresh design is sure to leave that special someone feeling pampered!

Full of vibrant color and chic style, this unique birthday card from Oh Joy! offers a lively way to celebrate your friend's special day with and extra burst of fun and fashionable flair. 
Although he or she might be stubborn, even the feisty Aries in your life is sure to enjoy this fun and stylish birthday card from Oh Joy! Who could deny the elegant charm of this unique design? 

Stubborn and strong, but always stylish, a Taurus deserves a birthday full of fun with friends. Kick things off in a unique way with this vibrant birthday card designed by Oh Joy!
Available online from Tiny Prints
Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, April 16, 2010

Different Like Coco

I just love reading, it has always been a favourite past-time of mine…

This gorgeous book is the rags-to-riches story of Coco Chanel played out in a wonderful picture-book biography as full of style and spirit as its heroine.

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel was always different. And she vowed to prove that being different was an advantage! Poor, skinny, and orphaned, Coco stubbornly believed that she was as good as the wealthier girls of Paris. Tapping into her creativity and her sewing skills, she began making clothes that suited her (and her pocketbook); and soon a new generation of independent working women craved her sleek, comfortable, and practical designs. Now an icon of fashion and culture, Coco Chanel continues to inspire young readers, showing just how far a person can come with spunk, determination, and flair.

Available from Borders

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Paper Eyelashes

I just love to watch the new quirks that emerge from the beauty industry, and this one is no exception… This fabulous little article about Paper Eyelashes from Paperself is from Harper's Bazaar and it reveals a new trend to hit this season…

In the wake of eccentric eyebrows, paper eyelashes are the latest unexpected beauty trend of the season. The false lashes draw inspiration from the Chinese art of paper cutting and are as intricate as they are beautiful. Paperself is the brand behind the product and this is their first foray into the beauty world. The lashes are available in three different designs: horses, peonies and peach blossoms. One for the daring.

About Paperself:

Chunwei Liao is the founder for PAPERSELF. Growing up in the family cardboard package industry gave Chunwei a profound depth of knowledge and understanding of paper.
Threads of an emotional link to the paper processes, Chunwei introduced this knowledge into design using cardboard. Presenting this new London-based brand identity dedicated to designs constructed from paper, calling it 'PAPERSELF' exploring and challenging the use of paper. 

PAPERSELF launched in September 2009 at 100% Design London.

Now we are a group of designers, engineers and manufactures who work as a team to develop more possibility for paper. PAPERSELF is a new platform for cardboard and paper designs. Therefore, we collaborate with designers to come up with excellent ideas.

Visit Harper's Bazaar for more of the latest beauty trends, and Paperself for more about this unique product… 

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Voyage d'Hermés

Thierry Hermés founded his harness and saddle-making workshop in Paris in 1837. Now Hermés presents a fragrance designed for both men and women, embedded in one of its founding themes: travel. 

Designed for "carry-on", the 35ml bottle is also refillable making it not just a traveling companion but a sustainable object to house this new woody, fresh, musky fragrance.
Available 24 May, 2010 at Hermés Boutiques, and 7 June, 2010 at Department Stores.

Visit Hermés

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, April 12, 2010

Laura Mercier Flawless Face Mineral Kits

I just love Laura Mercier products, and this fabulous kit contains you everything you need for perfect make-up…

Select your matching shade and you have everything you need to create Laura's trademark Flawless Face in mineral formulation. Containing Mineral Powder0.17oz, Mineral Illuminating Powder 0.17oz, Mini Foundation Primer 1oz, Full Size Secret Concealer #2, Full Size Blending Brush, full Size Secret Camouflage Brush.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, April 9, 2010

Michael Kors Very Hollywood

Mother's Day is fast approaching so spoil the special woman in your life with this stunning scent from Michael Kors

Make every day worthy of a standing ovation. The Eau de Parfum makes its debut with shimmering jewels of mandarin and iced bergamot. Scene-stealing gardenia follows suit with a decadent performance of award-worthy glamour.
Fabulous. Glamourous. Forever.

Have a lovely day!… Anna 

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Likuliku "Best Overseas Resort" in 2010 Gold List

Fiji Islands - Likuliku Lagoon Resort, which opened its doors in April 2007 offering a couple’s only retreat and the country’s first ever over-water bures, has been awarded “Best Overseas Resort” in the prestigious annual Luxury Travel Magazine’s 2010 Gold List.

Group GM of Likuliku, Steve Anstey who was in Sydney to accept the award says, “We are humbled to have been acknowledged in this way again by the readers of Luxury Travel Magazine who voted us number 5 “Best Overseas Resort” in the 2009 awards and who have now honoured us with the top accolade. We look forward to welcoming many more Luxury Travel readers to the Likuliku in the not too distant future and thank them for their testaments which contributed to this award”.

Since opening in 2007, Likuliku has welcomed over 52,000 guests to the resort from all over the world, with the majority coming from Australia, then North American, Italy and other parts of Europe, Korea, UK, New Zealand and Japan.

Likuliku has also welcomed back over 600 return guests – including several couples on their 5th stays. The overall highly personalised approach adopted at Likuliku ensures guests feel like part of a family and leave with cherished, lifetime memories vowing to return.

The clearly dominant factor in the success of the guest experience at Likuliku has been the staff, whilst a unique approach to cuisine is also setting new benchmarks in Fiji dining. Australian Executive Chef Brett Kryskow (formerly of Sydney’s iconic Bathers Pavilion) ensures that the majority of his ingredients are sourced locally, ensuring not only absolute freshness, but a connection to the Fijian culture through the variety of cross-cultural indigenous ingredients combined with an innovative modern South Pacific style.

Fijian owner and Managing Director Tony Whitton says, “We believe we are filling a previously vacant niche in Fiji with a focus on all things Fijian from design to service delivery and with a unique product offering in the over-water bures.

“It is clear from the early positive response to Likuliku, that we are delivering the Fijian experience we had set out to do and the key challenge remains to maintain that as we become more established – but a challenge that we relish and look forward to with confidence.

“We are a Fijian company with strong ties to the Fijian land-owning community. We are proud of our ancient Fijian traditions and cultures and sharing these with our guests. We thank the readers of Luxury Travel Magazine for this recognition and our agent selling partners who have recommend Likuliku to their clients.”

Situated in the Mamanuca group of islands in west Fiji, Likuliku Lagoon Resort is located 25km/16miles from Nadi International Airport. Guests can arrive at Likuliku by helicopter, seaplane private speedboat, or fast catamaran transfer.

There are 45 bures, all air conditioned and offering mesmerizing views of the coral lagoon and ocean, with the over-water bures suspended over the magnificent Lagoon’s reef edge. The beating heart of the resort is the Central Facility housing the magnificent Fijian canoe house designed Reception, signature restaurant, guest lounge, boutique and main bar. Guests can relax in the horizon-edge pool, rejuvenate in the gym or spa or watch the sun set at Masima Island Bar in the middle of the Lagoon in a very special piece of paradise.

Prices start from AUD$407*per person per night inclusive of all meals and non-motorized activities. *approx rates only – check daily FOREX rates.

Whatever the season, honeymooners staying a minimum of 5 nights will receive a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne upon arrival and a one hour Couples Massage.

For reservations and enquiries:

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Perfectionist [CP+] Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler

Estée Lauder Introduces Perfectionist [CP+] Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler, an all-in-one, concentrated wrinkle-filling treatment with precision application designed to reduce the deepest wrinkles on contact.

Everyday facial movements from talking, frowning, squinting and laughing can all contribute to the progressive deepening of expression lines. Now, fueled by groundbreaking research, Estée Lauder scientists have developed their most advanced, comprehensive, targeted wrinkle-filling treatment to date. NEW Perfectionist [CP+] Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler smoothes, fills and helps reduce the look of even your deepest wrinkles on contact.

NEW Perfectionist [CP+] Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler is an all-in-one concentrated treatment that immediately reduces the look of all types of deep lines – including smile lines, deep creases across the forehead, between the brows and around the eyes and lips. Instantly, NEW Advanced Volumizing Spheres help plump and smooth the look of deep wrinkles. Additionally, Estée Lauder’s exclusive Wrinkle Lift Restructuring Peptides™ Complex delivers “intensive therapy” to the depth of every expression line – helping skin protect its natural production of redensifying collagen. Over time, deep wrinkles appear pushed up from within for a younger, smoother, more lineless look. With a precision applicator for targeted control, it’s Estée Lauder’s most effective, deep wrinkle-fighting treatment.

NEW Perfectionist [CP+] Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler smoothes and diminishes the length, depth and width of lip lines, frown lines and crow’s feet, relaxing the look of facial tension instantly. The appearance of even the deepest, most stubborn wrinkles is immediately reduced with new, highly-innovative technologies:
  • NEW Advanced Volumizing Spheres work to plump deep lines and wrinkles with a super- filling blend of high and low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid spheres. As these spheres absorb the water around them, they help plump and smooth the look of deep wrinkles from within. Skin regains a more even surface, while visibly replenishing the loss of volume due to aging.
  • An Advanced Optical Blend of soft focus and fluorescent pigments brighten shadows and blur surface imperfections to give skin a smoother, more even look. Instantly, the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles is significantly diminished.
Instantly, the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles is reduced, as the depth and width of smile lines, frown lines and crow’s feet is diminished. In fact, 100% of women tested showed an instant reduction in the look of moderate to deep crow’s feet, lip lines and frown lines.[1]

Additionally, the appearance of lip lines is dramatically reduced as an invisible boundary helps to keep lipstick in place. For up to 8 hours, there is a significant reduction in lipstick feathering.[2]

A concentrated level of Estée Lauder’s exclusive Wrinkle Lift Restructuring Peptides™ Complex helps skin protect its natural production of redensifying collagen, while Flexible Elastomer Technology immobilizes skin, helping prevent collagen breakdown: 
  • First used in Perfectionist [CP+] Wrinkle Lifting Serum Corrector, Estée Lauder’s exclusive Wrinkle Lift Restructuring Peptides ™ Complex is now concentrated to deliver fast, intensive treatment for deep lines and wrinkles. This unique blend of peptides, proteins and amino acids works together to maintain skin in optimal condition to help skin maintain boosted new collagen and elastin production through an advanced collagen protecting process.
  • Flexible Elastomer Technology is a blend of wear-resistant surface ingredients including a flexible silicone elastomer and a special cross polymer, that works to fill in wrinkles and act as a “virtual bandage” to hold wrinkles in place, so wrinkle depth is noticeably reduced in appearance. This innovative technology functions much like a flexible film on skin’s surface to maintain an all day smoother look, while helping to minimize the stress and strain of movement in skin that can accelerate collagen breakdown.
Deep wrinkles appear pushed up from within, providing skin with a younger, smoother, more lineless look all day long. Estée Lauder’s exclusive Wrinkle Lift Restructuring Peptides™ Complex starts to build collagen in just 2 hours[3]. Additionally, when used with Perfectionist [CP+] Wrinkle Lifting Serum there was a dramatic 61% improvement in the look of wrinkles in just 4 weeks[4].

NEW Perfectionist [CP+] Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler comes in a unique 15ml Polymer-tip Tube. A precision-tip applicator provides fuss-free, accurate dispensing, allowing for ultimate, targeted control and precise, easy application onto deep lines and wrinkles. The formula’s innovative texture feels luxurious and refined upon application.

Apply Perfectionist [CP+] Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler after Perfectionist [CP+] Wrinkle Lifting Serum. With the precision-tip applicator, dispense desired amount of product and stroke the concentrated formula along your deepest wrinkles and gently pat with fingertips, following with your moisturizer.
Perfectionist [CP+] Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler is for all skintypes, non-acnegenic, dermatologist-tested and ophthalmologist-tested.

Perfectionist [CP+] Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler is available at Estée Lauder counters and at from May 9, 2010.

[1] Results based on Clinical Testing.
[2] Results based on Clinical Testing.
[3] In vitro testing of our Wrinkle Lift Restructuring Peptides™ shows collagen production is amplified beginning in 2 hours.
[4] Results based on Clinical Testing. 

Have a lovely day!… Anna 

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Yves Saint Laurent Arty Cornaline Ring

Every outfit requires the perfect accessory to finish off the 'look', and this gorgeous ring by Yves Saint Laurant is just the accessory… 

Give every look a shot of bohemian glamour with Yves Saint Laurent's gold-tone metal, pink and orange coraline ring. With hammered coral-shaped mounts, let this luxurious extra gild a cocktail look with artisan flair. 

Have a lovely day!… Anna 

White Blossom Collection from Chanel

Inspiration: Peter Philips designs his creations with a key goal in mind: to reveal and enhance the beauty of every women. The Chanel White Blossom collection offers the "ultimate whitening beauty" - the ideal synergy of a translucent. Flawless complexion and the harmony of beauty through colour. Back to baby skin, to the original complexion, highlighted with radiant and glowy colours. Delicate, feminine, vibrant: a new vision of Whitening beauty is brought to you exclusively by Peter Philips.

The perfect universe of light and colour: striking a perfect balance with a translucent complexion, the colour pink, naturally exemplifying freshness, is the star of the collection. Delicately enhanced with fine golden or silver pearly hues, it gives subtle light effects, as at day spring. Whitening beauty, re-interrupted in colours by Chanel

Visit Chanel 

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, April 5, 2010

McKinney's Jewellers

McKinney's Jewellers is one of Australia’s most prestigious jewellery stores that is famous for its show-stopping pieces including precious colourful gemstones, stunning pearls and sparkling diamonds.

With a proud local history of 126 years, Mckinney’s Jewellers have seen the Australian jewellery landscape change with the times, and this is evident in the mixture of timeless classics and modern pieces in their current spectacular collection. 

Have a lovely Day!… Anna