Maison Balzac Mini Candles

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28 July, 2016

Maison Balzac Candles
Scented candles are really one of life's little luxuries. So much money spent on something that literally goes up in smoke. I was feeling a bit down the other week so decided a little pick-me-up was in order. I've been meaning to try Maison Balzac candles for a while now, but could never manage to track down their candles to check out in person. So I thought I'd take a punt and order their Ménage à Trois set featuring miniature versions of three of their best selling scents - La Rose, La Blanche and 1642. When I went to order them off the Maison Balzac site they had already sold out but I ended up buying them through The Design Hunter shop. Buying scented candles prior to smelling them is a bit risky (what if I don't like the smell? Or I'm sensitive to the scent? etc.) but after looking at the fragrance notes for each candle I decided that the chances of me liking them was pretty high. Luckily for me, my gamble paid off. These candles are a floral dream.

Bedside Table Inspiration

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13 July, 2016

Right now I'm on the hunt for some new bedside tables. While browsing some stores online, I read a description for one design that was "Scandinavian style with an Art Deco twist". At first I scoffed at the seemingly random mix of words but then I realised it was the ideal way to describe my take on styling at the moment - the perfect way to incorporate luxe vintage accents with a minimalist aesthetic. How did they know? So now I have decided that "Scandinavian style with an Art Deco twist" is going to be my jam. Whether this will make shopping for home decor harder or easier is yet to be seen. My bedside table checklist right now mainly consists of something in a timber finish with clean lines. Add some bedside greenery and boom: #decorgoals. These are some images that I've been looking to for inspiration. If you have any hot tips for similar bedside tables please let me know!

Top from left to right: Pop & Scott, Mr & Mrs White
Centre: West Elm
Bottom l-r: Lonny, DIY table by Burkatron

In Film: The Edge of Love

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09 July, 2016

When it comes to films, for me, the costume and cinematography is just as important as the story. Give me escapism and aesthetics any day. I can't resist the over the top glitz and glamour of a Baz Luhrmann musical or the beauty of a Joe Wright-directed period piece (seriously sometimes I watch Atonement or 2005's Pride & Prejudice for the aesthetics alone). One period film that's been on my mind lately is The Edge of Love. While the film itself is, in my opinion, forgettable, the costuming is pretty great. Perfectly coiffed curls and fitted vintage dresses feature prominently but my favourite outfits would be the more relaxed seaside fare - floral tea dresses and chunky knits topped off with wire-rimmed sunglasses, fedoras, and gumboots. Even though the film is set in the early forties, these outfits could easily be mistaken for nineties grunge or even noughties grunge revival. Either way, I'm really feeling these kinds of layered looks for the sunny winter days we've been experiencing here in Brisbane. 

Amazinger Face by Zoe Foster Blake

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30 June, 2016

Amazinger Face
After pre-ordering it sometime back in March, this little beauty arrived on my door step earlier this week. Amazinger Face by Zoe Foster Blake is a revised and updated take on her popular beauty book Amazing Face. For those not acquainted with Zoe, she's a former glossy mag beauty editor, author, and founder of skincare brand Go-To. When it comes to getting the down low on all things beauty and skincare, she's pretty much my go-to source (her explainer on the difference between physical and chemical sunscreen is very very insightful). Much like her skincare line, this book features cute graphics galore, conversational copy that doesn't take itself too seriously and, most importantly, relatable and easy to understand beauty tips for all.

I Spy: Tied Knitwear

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27 June, 2016

Winter seems like it has finally arrived here in Australia and as a result I've been looking to bulk up my wardrobe with more knitwear. While perusing various sites, I've noticed a trend towards tied knitwear. Now, I'm not sure of the practicality of such matters (surely the ties would stretch or cause the body of the sweater to lose shape?) but when done right it can add some much needed detail to an otherwise basic wardrobe staple. From figure accentuating waist ties to dainty built-in neck scarves, these are some tied knits I've come across lately.

1. Side Tie Knit by Lover (also available here and in white)
2. Front Tie Knit by Whistles
3. Neck Tie Knit by Country Road
4. Plaited Knit by Mesop
5. Waist Tie Knit by Viktoria & Woods