Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lisa Gowing Open Days

Great news for Sydney brides-to-be… Sydney bridal designer Lisa Gowing is holding open days in both July and August! This means you can go in and meet with Lisa and her team at her Edgecliff studio to view and try on designs from her anniversary Demi-Couture Collection. You will also have the opportunity to view the new Silk Collection too, and with buttery liquid silks, flowing chiffon and longline corsetry combining with jewelled crystal embellishments and exclusive French lace detailing, you are sure to find a gown to suit your style!!!

July Open Days
29th & 30th July 2011
10:00am - 4:00pm

August Open Days
6th August 2011
10:00am - 4:00pm

Please register to confirm your attendance at this special event. Call 02 9327 6332 or email

Visit Lisa Gowing for more information…
Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Homespun Charm Invitation

This vibrant and fresh stationery collection from Weddingstar is sure to please your guests. Playful, fun, and festive, the banners, flags, and wild flowers throughout this combine to evoke the mood of a refreshing garden party. Offered in three distinct colour combinations this collection can harmonize with a plethora of décors.

Visit Weddingstar
Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, July 25, 2011

Bobbi Brown's Bridal Beauty Tips

Bobbi Brown has given us some expert beauty tips for your bridal make-up…

1. Flash photography emphasizes pink tones, so be sure to even out skin with a yellow-tones foundation.
2. Set concealer and foundation with Sheer Finish Loose Powder to make them longer lasting and to ensure that the skin looks matte in pictures.
3. If your dress has an open neckline be sure to warm your neck and chest with a dusting of Bronzing Powder.

1. For a pretty flush that lasts, use two shades of Blush: a natural shade and a brighter shade applied just on the apples of the cheeks.

1. Naturla and pale lip colours look washed out in photographs, so choose brighter shades of pink , rose and plum.
2. To make lipstick and lip gloss last longer, line and fill lipsw with lip liner before applying colour.

1. Choose water-resistant eye make-up formulas like Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner and No Smudge Mascara.
2. After applying all your eye make up finish with a light highlighter shad on the browbone to make your eyes pop.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, July 22, 2011

Zucchini, Walnut & Cranberry Bread

Savoury breads have taken over from quiche as my perfect lunch snack! A savoury fruit-and-nut bread served with soft cheeses is the perfect lunchtime dish.

2 2/3 cups (400g) plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp mixed spice
1 1/3 cups (295g) caster sugar
1/2 firmly packed cup (100g) brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
200ml sunflower oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 large zucchini, grated
3/4 cup (75g) walnuts, toasted, chopped, plus 6 whole walnuts to garnish
1/3 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
Soft cheese (such as brie), to serve

Preheat oven to 150°C. Grease and line a 2-litre loaf pan. Sift flour, soda, baking powder and spices into a large bowl. Stir in sugars, then add egg, oil, vanilla, zucchini, nuts, cranberries and a pinch of salt. Stir with a wooden spoon until well combined, then spread into the prepared pan. Top with extra nuts. Bake on middle shelf of oven for 1-1 1/4 hours or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool slightly in pan, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Slice and serve with cheese.

Visit Taste for more delicious recipes.
Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Stellina Cute Couture For Children

Stellina Cute Couture For Children has launched and exclusive designer collection for kids. In a move which will introduce a fashion forward range of flower girl dresses and special occasion wear to the Australian market, allowing your little ones to look their best on your big day. 

This exclusive compilation of international labels is a response to the high demand from fashion savvy brides for stylish, classic junior attendant wear that can be seamlessly tied to bridal party colours and theming.

Visit Stellina Cute Couture For Children to view the entire collection.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ladylike Luxe

An elegant handbag adds a feminine finishing touch to the season's refined tailoring. The chainlink straps, quilting and discreet hardware make these shoulder bags from Net-a-Porter simply irresistible! Here are the bags I will be adding to my wish list…

Jason Wu Miss Wu Medium two-tone leather tote

Chloé Sally textured-leather bag 
Marc Jacobs Baroque Single Saffron leather shoulder bag
Gucci Large New Bamboo leather shoulder bag

Visit Net-a-Porter for all the latest handbags.

Have a lovey day!… Anna

Monday, July 11, 2011

Weddingstar Jewellery

From stunning earrings to gorgeous necklaces, Weddingstar's beautiful range of wedding jewellery is one of its best kept secrets! Sophisticated and versatile, like these cubic zirconia bar earrings, style-savvy brides are sure to find the perfect accessories for their big day… And what's more, Weddingstar's premium wedding jewellery sets and accessories are a true reflection of Weddingstar's dedication to exceptionally high standards and quality craftsmanship. 

Visit Weddingstar to view the full range of bridal jewellery…

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, July 4, 2011

High Tea at Manly Pavilion

Throughout Winter 2011, Manly Pavilion is offering high tea by the seaside, with head chef Justin Barthelmess drawing on Coast of Almafi-esque influences to put a spin on the traditional high tea experience.

You won’t find simple sandwiches or scones with jam on this Italian style menu. Instead, cannoli, sweet pastries and pistachio clusters, frittata goats curd and cavalo nero. Upgrade from the basic high tea and you’ll receive three Italian wine matches to make lingering in the pavilion’s glamorous Mediterranean-inspired surroundings that much more satisfying.

The new concept is a fitting return to Manly Pavilion’s heritage — the building was originally a tearoom in the 1930s, complete with dances, card parties, foam baths and slimming courses for ladies.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, July 1, 2011

Style Icons

Each with a style as unique as their roles – in Hollywood, at the White House, or on stage – Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and Madonna have be named as five of America's most influential style icons in a recent post on Couture in the City, a fabulous fashion blog I just love to read. The delightful post pays homage to the the style influence of these five inspirational women – be sure to visit Couture in the City to read the full post.


Have a lovely day!… Anna