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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Summer Lovin'

After a long, wet and miserable winter, everybody here in Australia is looking forward to the forthcoming summer. The first few days have been glorious, so if they're a taste of what's to come we're in for a treat this season. I'm looking forward to finishing writing a book that seems to have taken months to do (a non-fiction book about the novel Picnic at Hanging Rock), catching up with friends and family over the festive season, and then showing my niece Shae how to write her book (and showing her little cousin Lily how to take photographs for it). We're also hoping to grab a few days away, although with finances being kept in check it's more likely to be Tasmania or Adelaide than Tahiti or Argentina! Still, we love both places, so it will be wonderful to see these destinations again.

Here are some sun-kissed images to get everyone in the mood for the coming Aussie summer. {Top image from the book The Swimsuit by Sarah Kennedy}

The iconic pink umbrellas of Sugar Beach, by Andrew Badgley. {Via Flikr}

Tunisian bath sheets. Inspired by similar bath sheets used in the spa-style bath houses of Tunisia, these would be perfect for either a beach towel or a sarong. {Via My Island Home at}

Pretty tea cups, perfect for afternoon teas with friends. 
{Via This is Glamorous blog and}

Or perhaps some pink bubbly, if you're feeling a little more decadent...

Find inspiration for the Christmas luncheon in Carolyn Quartermaine's gorgeous styling. {Via}

Deck the halls with... Cabriole Peony wallpaper from Designer Guild's Florimund Collection. {Via}

The Hula Bag, from Kate Spade. Perfect for a quick vacation in Hawaii. {Via}

The perfect French fabric to redo a summer deckchair in. 
(Because deckchairs should always be striped.) {Via}

Summer treats, inspired by the 'Prêt-à-Portea' High Tea at The Berkeley hotel in Knightsbridge. At The Berkeley, a new menu (or 'collection') of stylish delicacies is changed every six months to follow the changing seasons in fashion. The most recent collection saw Lanvin, Miu Miu and Burberry make their debut on the Berkeley’s tea stands. So chic – and so easy to emulate at home! (Although you may not be ale to capture the same air of refinement that The Berkeley does, of course.)


  1. I came across your blog today via The Laurel Hedge - and just had to comment on how fabulous it is...visually gorgeous, but also interesting and inspirational. I've been tossing up trying to plan another weekend trip to Paris in the new year, and I now have a ready-made list of many new places to discover. I look forward to your future posts!

  2. Dear Annie, Thank you for your kind note. I'm so pleased you like the blog content, and I'm very envious of your forthcoming trip to Paris! I will post more Parisian ideas in coming posts. Have you seen the post on fabric stores? There's a few Paris inclusions in there. Wishing you a lovely trip! All the best, Janelle


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