Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Classic white styling

Sometimes nothing beats the class and style of a crisp white palette. And this NZ wedding gets all the proportions just right. The lovely big industrial-looking windows and ceiling are such a feature in themselves that simple white is perfect. The mix of simple hydrangeas, large gip arrangements and the pearl and ruffle detailing on that beautiful cake, give the event a whimsical, yet timeless feel. Also liking the addition of the old-fashioned lolly jars adding a touch of pastel colour...

Abbey x

Images via Style me pretty

Monday, March 28, 2011

Pantone Colour of the Year - Honeysuckle

The delights of the pantone colour charts could mesmerise me for days on end. To harness this little obsession, I've decided to do a little series of photoboards inspired by my favourite pantone colours. To start with, one of my most loved, Pantone 2011 colour of the year, honeysuckle!

That long Temperley dress so just too divine....

Abbey x

Some celebrity style

Being a complete NYC junkie, I'll admit that I had to watch The Hills spin off, The City. Apart from getting some sneak peaks inside the headquarters of Diane Von Furstenberg, I also loved the glimpses inside the ultra stylish Olivia Palermo's Tribeca apartment. Much like her fashion sense, her apartment screams high end luxe. The neutral palette teamed with shiny nickel finishes and a few splashes of colour and pattern. And that Hermes tray on the studded ottoman, perfection!

And as for her wardrobe! Imagine the goodness to be found in there?! Loving that zebra print rug...

Have to say, watching the show, I'd get so annoyed watching her cousin constantly crash and make such a mess of her apartment! Slight OCD on my part...feet on the floor Nevan!

Enjoy your Monday :)

Abbey x

Images via 2, 3 & 6, 1, 4, 5 & 7

Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Elle Decor

The Aussie dollar is so fantastically good at the moment that some overseas magazine subscriptions are exceptionally good value. I recently signed up for 9 issues of fabulous US mag Elle Decor shipped for under $45! Outrageous, right?! That's less than $5 an issue. And they also send you the digital version! Love!

Abbey x

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Great wardrobe

I really love this picture of chic New York designer Meg Braff's beach wardrobe. Packed to the rafters with bold prints! Just the sight of it would pick you up on a dreary morning when you can't be bothered getting up, dressed and out into the world!

Abbey x

Image from House of Turquoise

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Did you know...

that bright and bold fashion legend Lilly Pulitzer's first collection back in 1959 was inspired by the patterns that formed on her juice stained clothing whilst working on her husband's family orange grove?!  Well you might not have known that but you've probably heard that she is soon launching her own range of furniture and homewares. The collaboration with HFI Brands, contains over 200 pieces. Lilly has even teamed up with Lee Jofa on the vibrant textiles which form part of the range. Here's the spread from House Beautiful...

And a few other pieces from the collection...

This elephant stool is needed in my lounge room...

Abbey x

Monday, March 21, 2011

Gorgeous event styling

We went to a beautiful, fun wedding over the weekend. It was at a very funky city hotel with amazing views of Melbourne. A city scape with the the mix of buildings and landmarks really can provide the perfect event backdrop. Add a bit of gorgeous styling, and voila', perfect! A bit like this lovely Nashville wedding. The simple white palette with some splashes of pink is all that's required against the city backdrop...

Enjoy your Monday!

Abbey x

Images from Style me Pretty

Friday, March 18, 2011

Bedroom makeover and a slashie chair...

I'm part way through a bedroom makeover at my place at the moment. My colour scheme is white with green and blue and just a hint of pink (I'm trying to be fair to husband..). We recently brought what hubby refers to as the 'slashie' chair, as it's a cross between a ghost chair and a Brentwood. I love it but it looks a bit lonely sitting in the corner. It needs a bright cushion (the one in the photo actually lives on the bed) and some prints on the wall.

Here are the pieces inspiring the makeover...

The lovely cushion and moroccan pouffe are from gorgeous online boutique Ada & Darcy.

Abbey x

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Boutiques around the globe

This is the first in a series I'll be doing looking at gorgeous boutiques all around the world. The first boutique featured is Stella McCartney's gorgeous garden themed flagship store in West Hollywood, as featured in the latest edition of Lonny magazine. So pretty and complete with outdoor garden for store events!

I'm tipping the concept for the store was inspired by the english gardens she and her family famously love....

Love english gardens. Can feel the fresh air!

Abbey x

Images 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Natalie for Dior

Stunning photos from the Miss Dior Cherie campaign Natalie Portman fronted for Dior. Sofia Coppola directed the ad. All very Parisian glam don't you think?!

Abbey x

Images from This is Glamourous

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

This is how you sell real estate...

Well, if you're trying to sell it to me anyway....This Swedish real estate agent is on the money. Style the house like you're getting ready for a photo shoot not an auction! Would work on me every time. Well, if I had a lazy half mil kicking around to buy some Scandinavian real estate :)

Those windows are divine, made all the better by the gorgeous roses...

Apologies for the photo overload but they were all too good! Couldn't leave any out ;)

Abbey x 

Monday, March 14, 2011

New Lonny...

One of the most exciting emails to receive is the one advising that the latest edition of Lonny is live! And as always this latest fashion-forward bundle doesn't disappoint. I noticed a real industrial theme to this issue, lots of grey and red, shiny metals and square edges, but softened with a  touch of the old-world and glam, feminine accents. Check it out here


Abbey x

Friday, March 11, 2011

Long weekend!!

It's been a long and busy week. Feeling a bit like this (though not looking quite so glam!)...

So very excited that the long weekend is upon us! So after a Saturday of socialising hoping to do a bit of this...

Enjoy the long weekend :)

Abbey x

Images from here