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// isn’t she a ball of purely beautiful terrifying energy //

captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Obsevatory, this solar flare on 19th Dec 2014, rated as a X1.8-class flare; where the solar radiation cannot penetrate our atmosphere enough to effect humans, but does disturb the atmospheric layer where GPS and communication signals travel.

it was just too beautiful & interesting an image not to share!

“i will wade out
till my thighs are steeped in burning flowers
I will take the sun in my mouth
and leap into the ripe air
Alive
with closed eyes
to dash against darkness
in the sleeping curves of my body
Shall enter fingers of smooth mastery
with chasteness of sea-girls
Will i complete the mystery
of my flesh
I will rise
After a thousand years
lipping
flowers
And set my teeth in the silver of the moon”
-ee cummings

dream house | lilyfield warehouse conversion

This stunning warehouse conversion is my dream home!

Located in the Sydney suburb of Lilyfield (which is actually only a couple of suburbs away from where I live) it has been transformed by Architect Virginia Kerridge, who has creatively adapted a former 1900’s furniture warehouse into a modern, spacious family home filled with light and living areas spread across multiple levels focusing on a central garden.

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details on the Architect’s site [here]

 

wednesday words | a little duck

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With a little bit of luck
A duck
Will come into your life.

When you are at the peak
Of your great powers,
And your achievement towers
Like a smoking chimney stack
There’ll be a quack
And right there at your feet
A little duck will stand;
She will take you by the hand
And lead you

Like a child with no defence;
She will lead you
Into wisdom, joy and innocence.
That little duck.

I wish you luck.

~ Michael Leunig ~

petals

As a young girl growing up I would sneak around the neighbourhood, scissors in hand, stealing permanently borrowing beautiful flowers (& often weeds, grasses or branches I deemed pretty enough) to put on our dining table.

I kept a running list of the things I would have/do as an adult when I had my own place and my own money (things that I more than often rattled off to my parents in a defiant tone) which I actually still refer back to today!

One of those things was having a weekly bunch of fresh blooms on my table.

I never look at fresh flowers as a waste of money, as I know some people do. To me, they are an investment in the happiness of my soul. A fresh bouquet; however simple or extravagant always makes me feel happy.

I always Instagram my weekly bunch with the hash tag #FridayFlowers, because that’s when I buy them; just in time for the weekend so I can enjoy them for two whole days before the working week steals my daylight hours.

Here are a few I’ve grabbed from my Instagram feed to share with you;

fridayflowers3 Honey Grevillea

fridayflowers4 pink & yellow Chrysanthemums

IMG_20130315_190725 Proteas

fridayflowers2 White daisies and Freesias

fridayflowers5 Lavender & white Cushion Pompon

IMG_20130329_131832 (1) Glasshouse Roses, white Pompon, Gerberas, Oriental Lilies & Eucalyptus leaves

IMG_20130301_082421 (1) Australian Natives; Banksia, Thryptomene, Pin-cushion Protea & some others I’m not sure of!

fridayflowers6 Oriental Lilies (my wedding flowers!) & white Gladiolus

IMG_20130222_190145 (1) white Dahlias & blue Hydrangeas

Can’t you just smell them all?!

pretty in pink

When I was young my Mum basically had to tie me down and wrangle me into any pink clothing. She loves to joke about it now considering my love pink nail polish & lipgloss!
Here’s some eye candy to brighten up your working week. 

pink [all pictures via pinterest]

tout ce qui brille | all that glitters

If you’re like me, your jewellery box is a bazaar of trinkets; old, new, precious & everyday costume bling.

During my last week of holidays I’ve been sorting, organising & spring cleaning.

I thought I’d share a peek of all my jingles, jangles & pretty shiny stuff.

IMG_20130110_14102320130110_132418my favourites on display on my dresser 

20130110_140110-1 earrings, necklaces & rings

20130110_140419-1 necklaces (mostly bib-style) & bangles

bangles bangles

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I love my Tiffany & Co charm bracelet. I’ve been collecting charms for seven years! If I’m lucky, I get them for birthdays, Christmas & anniversary presents.

  • the little silver heart is from Jay for our 6th wedding anniversary
  • the blue enamel T&Co box is from Jay for my 30th birthday
  • the little silver handbag is from my Mum for my 30th birthday
  • the little blue enamel bag is from Jay for Christmas 2009
  • the little silver crown is from Jay for my 31st birthday (I’m his princess!)
  • the silver padlock is my wedding present from Jay in 2005
  • the silver Eiffel tower was my present to myself when I became a certified Project Manager (and so happened to be after we came back from Paris in 2008)

braceletsL – R:
 Tiffany charm bracelet ♥
♥ Longines DolceVita watch ♥
♥ Witchery charm bracelet from my girlfriend Tam ♥
♥ Balenciaga bracelet & earring set (pure rhodium) –
(pre-wedding party celebration gift from Jay a month before our wedding) ♥

Do you wear certain pieces of jewellery everyday
& what are some of your favourite trinkets?

Margherita Missoni | a gypsy wedding

the bride

Margherita Missoni (the Missoni dynasty heiress) married her long time love Eugenio Amos recently in the garden’s of her Italian home.

Margherita & Eugenio

True to her boho gypsy style, their wedding was a casual garden brunch event glammed up by her Missoni family (grandparents Rosita and Tai, and her mother Angela) and some celeb friends including photographer Mario Testino, ex-French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld and Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani.

Margherita collaborated with Giambattista Valli for her etherial ivory wedding dress. The entertainment fit with the mystical gypsy theme including fortune tellers, gypsy musicians and acrobats.

Her bridesmaids were Tatiana Santo Domingo, Eugenie Niarchos and sister Teresa.

bride & groom

grandmother Rosita Missoni
mother-of-the-bride Angela Missoni

bridesmaids wore flower hair wreaths
brunch tables
table settings
the feast
Tatiana Santo Domingo, Eugenie Niarchos, Alexia Nied

the wildberry wedding cakes

[picture sources: NY Times, UK Telegraph, Vogue Italia]

fashion of Cannes 2012 | best of

Doutzen Kroes in Elie Saab
Natasha Poly in Gucci
Lily Donaldson in Giuseppe Zanotti
Nicole Kidman in Lanvin
Kirsten Stewart in Reem Acra
Julianne Margulies as Reed Krakoff
Kim Kardashian in Elie Saab
Kirsten Dunst in Christian Dior
Liu Wen in Roberto Cavalli
Doutzen Kroes in Versace
Diane Kruger in Nina Ricci
Cheryl Cole in Stéphane Rolland
Heidi Klum in Marchesa
Alexandra Maria Lara in Elie Saab Couture
Naomi Watts in Marchesa
Diane Kruger in Vivienne Westwood
Jessica Chastain in Gucci
Milla Jovovich Atelier Versace
Bella Heathcote in Gucci
Paz Vega in Stephane Rolland
Liu Wen in Roberto Cavalli
Jessica Chastain in Gorgio Armani
Eva Longoria in Marchesa
Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann
most adorable couple: Joshua Jackson & Diane Kruger
(Diane in Nina Ricci & Vivienne Westwood)