Thursday, March 31, 2011

Picture Pertfect Skin

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, so you of course want to look your absolute best. Your skincare regime should become an important part of your wedding planning, and if you do find that you are breaking out in the lead up to your big day, don't despair. New to the Australian cosmetic counter is a fabulous skin remedy from Mecca Cosmetica that will have you glowing in no time at all!

The Irido-Radiant Intensive Treatment Serum is designed for very sensitive and stressed-out skins, prone to reactive redness, flare-ups and irregular complexion. This ultimate seven-day skin transformer is packed full with highly antioxidant, skin-healing active ingredients. 

The intensive maximum-concentration formula combats attacks by free radicals and repairs damage, while the alchemy of ingredients in the NAC-A Complex smooths and evens out the skin texture. Perfectly moisturised thanks to hyaluronic acid, the skin looks smooth and radiant. Astaxanthin helps prevent premature aging, while NAC stimulates cell renewal to fight against imperfections.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Vegetarian Delight!

As a vegetarian I am always on the lookout for tasty, yet healthy vegetarian meals, and I got so excited when I came across this fabulous recipe for Mushroom, Spinach and Feta Bruschetta from New Idea. Not only would this Bruschetta recipe make a seriously yummy lunch, but it would also make a delightful alternative to a traditional Bruschetta dish at your next party. Read on below for the recipe, and be sure to visit New Idea for more fabulous recipes like this one…

• 2 tblsps olive oil
• 300g Swiss brown mushrooms, thinly sliced
• 2 cloves garlic, crushed
• 1 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme
• Salt and pepper, to taste
• 200g baby spinach leaves
• 3 green spring onions, thinly sliced
• Half tsp finely grated lemon rind
• 8 slices sourdough bread
• 70g Greek feta, crumbled
• Extra fresh thyme, to garnish

1. Heat half the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add mushrooms, garlic and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until mixture is softened. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl. Cover to keep warm.
2. Heat remaining oil in the same pan. Add spinach and spring onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes, or until just wilted. Remove. Stir in rind. Season with salt and pepper. Cover to keep warm.
3. Heat a lightly oiled grill plate over a medium to high heat. Cook bread slices, one at a time, for about 1 minute on each side, or until lightly toasted. Remove. Place on a serving plate.
4. Divide spinach mixture among each slice of bread. Top with mushroom mixture. Sprinkle crumbled feta over the top. Garnish with fresh thyme.

Enjoy!… Visit New Idea 

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, March 28, 2011

Best Pet!

If your canine companion is to be included on your special day, ensure they are dressed to impress with this charming wedding bow. Designed to attach to your pet's collar, the delightful Best Pet bow comes in two colours…

Visit Weddingstar

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, March 25, 2011

Red hot!…

To add a bold splash of colour to your wedding day, style your girls in a red-hot bridesmaid gown. Red is always a classic colour option – just think Anne Hathaway's Valentino stunner at the 2011 Academy Awards – and is perfect for adding a touch of glamour to your wedding day style. Below are two stand-out dresses from the 2011 Winter Collection by Lisa Ho that your bridesmaids will want to wear again and again…


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Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor…

A signature sense of style, stunning violet eyes and a penchant for diamonds made Elizabeth Taylor the epitome of Hollywood glamour, and she will forever remain one of the silver screen's leading ladies. An extraordinarily talented actress, she was also a truly iconic fashion figure, charitable humanitarian and loving mother. To pay tribute to her talent and style, both on screen and off, I just wanted to share a few of my favourite images of Elizabeth Taylor's iconic life…

 Images 3, 4, 6, 8, & 10 - Reuters | Images 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 11 & 12 - Getty Images

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sweet Paper Garland

Pretty and delicate, these beautiful paper garlands from 3 Girls & A Goat would make a delightful decorative addition to your wedding cake or cake table… Handmade in Brisbane, the garlands feature hand-punched and machine-stitched crinkled edged circles with a screen-printed design in metallic white, while the garlands' ends are fitted with silver foil "coins" for sparkle and visual weight. 

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Gorgeous Invite…

A dash of bold colour is a great way to make a statement with your wedding styling, and the gorgeous Love Birds Collection from Little Peach Invitations will help you do just that! I love the green, it's a stunning colour - perfect for a chic garden wedding. If green is not for you, the Love Birds stationery also comes in a range of other pretty colours…


Visit Little Peach Invitations

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, March 21, 2011

Great Wedding Gifts

For great wedding gift ideas, you can't go wrong with something from Peter's of Kensington. Stocking a fabulous range of the world's leading brands, it's easy to see why Peter's of Kensington is Sydney's favourite gifts and homewares store. Here a few unique gift ideas for the modern bride-to-be, but be sure to visit Peter's of Kensington to view the full range – you are sure to find the perfect gift!

Appolia - Tagine Pot Red
Alessi - Oui Napkin Ring Grey

Russell Hobbs - Glass Touch Temperature Selection Kettle
Menu - Carafe 1L

Alessi - Apostrophe Orange Peeler
Jamie Oliver - Keeping it Simple  Dinner Set 16pce
Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, March 18, 2011

Bridal Accessories

No wedding day look would be complete without a few stunning accessories, and I just love this gorgeous cuff from Stephanie Browne Australia. Handmade in Australia and featuring stunning Swarovski crystals, the Luxe Cuff is the perfect statement piece to add elegance and charm to your wedding day style.

The Luxe Collection also includes a stunning brooch, earrings and a pearl necklace. Be sure to visit Stephanie Browne Australia to view the full range. 

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cake Toppers…

A cake topper is a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding celebrations and with Weddingstar's fabulous range, you are sure to find a cake topper that perfectly reflects your personality. Delightfully capturing your hobbies, interests or even dreams, a cake topper really can add to your wedding story, and also makes for a wonderful keepsake of your special day. From romantic to whimsical, sports-minded to humorous, Weddingstar offers over 75 stunning designs - here are a few of my favourites… 

 "A Kiss and We're Off!" Figurine
 "A Love Match" Rugby Couple Figurine

"Still Shopping" Message Board Mix & Match Cake Topper 
True Romance Couple Figurine 
 Whimsical Sitting Bride and Groom
High Five - Bride and Groom Figurines
Be sure to visit Weddingstar today!

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Landshare Australia

 It began with the tiny seed of an idea – and it's growing and growing…

Great news!! Landshare, the grow-your-own phenomenon that has taken the UK by storm, has finally arrived in Australia! Landshare is a fabulous concept that encourages people to connect with one another and share land so that everybody, including those in inner city ares, has access to home-grown produce – in a nutshell, Landshare connects growers to people with land to share. 

Landshare Australia brings together people who have a passion for home-grown food, connecting those who have land to share with those who need land for cultivating food. The concept of Landshare began in the UK, launched through the River Cottage television program in 2009, and has since grown into a thriving community of more than 57,000 growers, sharers and helpers across the country. Now that Landshare is here in Australia, you are invited to come and take part in this fantastic initiative.

Landshare is for people who: 
• Want to grow vegetables but don't have anywhere to do it 
• Have a spare bit of land they're prepared to share 
• Can help in some way – from sharing knowledge and lending tools to helping out on the plot itself 
• Support the idea of freeing up more land for growing 
• Are already growing and want to join in the community

Visit Landshare to learn more about this fabulous concept and to connect with people near you.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Shopbop Wedding Boutique… It's Here!

Fashion-savvy brides-to-be rejoice! The Shopbop Wedding Boutique is finally here so whether you're a classic bride who loves timeless elegance or a more edgy bride looking to make a big statement on your special day, you can make your style dreams come true with the Shopbop Wedding Boutique.

Offering stunning wedding gowns by a number of the world's leading designers, including Calvin Klein, Marchesa, Lela Rose, Catherine Deane, Halston Heritage, and many more, you are sure to find the gown that perfectly captures your signature style.

And once you've chosen your wedding dress, you can also shop for your bridesmaid dresses, lingerie, shoes, bags and accessories too, and with pieces by Halston Heritage, Notte by Marchesa, Kate Spade, Vera Wang and Tory Burch, the possibilities are just about endless.

Once the wedding is over, Shopbop's Wedding Boutique will ensure you continue your style statement on your newly-wed getaway with fabulous honeymoon outfits that will fashionably take you from the beach to the sight-seeing trip to a romantic dinner for two with minimal fuss. 

With everything you need to ensure your special day is the major fashion moment you've always dreamed of, you will just love the Shopbop Wedding Boutique.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, March 14, 2011

2011 Edition - The Bride's Diary Perth

I am delighted to announce that the 2011 edition of The Bride's Diary Perth/Western Australia is now available…

Following the success of the launch edition of The Bride's Diary Perth & Western Australia last year, we are delighted to bring you our stunning 2011 edition. With even more of Perth's leading wedding service providers featured in this edition, this is the must-have publication for Perth brides-to-be.

In the stunning new 2011 edition, you will find etiquette and advice about every aspect of wedding planning, as well as endless inspiration to help you style the perfect wedding. 

You will love browsing the Real Life Weddings pages to see how brides, just like you, created some very special wedding day magic. 

This incredible edition of The Bride's Diary Perth celebrates WA's fabulous bridal couture, shoes and accessories, bringing you all the fashion inspiration you need to make your wedding fashion dreams come true. 

Also, we are delighted to bring you our beautiful jewellery feature, Jewels of the Aisle, where the superb photographs of a myriad of ring designs will simply take your breath away.
Other features include: 

• What’s New – the latest fab products
• 7 stunning Real Life Wedding profiles that are sure to inspire
• Jewels of the Aisle – our superb jewellery feature
• Colour Your Wedding feature, including 4 divine colour themes
• Stunning reception venues
• Photographer’s favourite wedding image for 2011
• Australia’s most comprehensive wedding planner
• Calendars, notes, checklists
• and so much more… 

And, finally The Bride's Diary just loves to give its readers the opportunity to win a fabulous honeymoon, and this year we are delighted to offer the chance of traveling to the beautiful Sanctuary Rarotonga & Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa, Cook Islands. Valued at $7220.00!, its the chance to win the perfect escape – you simply must enter! 

With over 300 inspirational pages, The Bride’s Diary is a ‘must-have’ publication for anyone planning a wedding in Western Australia! 

Visit The Bride's Diary to order your copy today! A prompt despatch is guaranteed. 

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, March 11, 2011

dusk Bridal Fair

Just a reminder that the fabulous dusk Bridal Fair is on again this weekend, and as Perth's largest bridal exhibition, this is a must-see event for all Perth brides-to-be.

At the dusk Bridal Fair, you will discover everything you need to ensure your wedding day is successful and enjoyable. At the same time, you will have the chance to WIN some amazing prizes.

We are also delighted to annouce that the 2011 edition of The Bride's Diary Perth/Western Australia – Perth's most luxurios and stylish bridal magazine - will be lauched at the event. We are so excited to bring you our superb 2011 edition, and with stunning Real Life Weddings, a breathtaking jewellery feature and a sensational styling feature, along with Perth's leading wedding service providers, you are sure to find the 2011 edition an indispensable source of how-to help as you plan your big day.

So, if you are planning your dream wedding, make sure you attend the dusk Bridal Fair and pick up your FREE copy of The Bride's Diary. You will also have the chance to meet some of Perth's finest wedding service providers, all the while learning about bridal ideas you never knew existed!

dusk Bridal Fair

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Top it Off: Glamorous Headpieces

According to Jannie Baltzer from Jannie Baltzer Couture Headpieces, today's style-savvy brides are all about making a statement on their special day with daring accessories adorned with tons of flowers, ruffles, pearls and crystals. Jannie Baltzer offers a stunning range of couture headpieces that will keep you on trend – we've featured Jannie Baltzer on our blogs before, but I just wanted to share a few of my personal faves with you…

Be sure to visit Jannie Baltzer Couture Headpieces to view the full range. 

Have a lovely day!… Anna