Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A day in the life...

First of all I'd just like to say thank you to everyone who stopped by yesterday and left comments wishing Izzy and myself a great night, they were very much appreciated. Izzy had a lovely night and I just wanted to show you how she looked so here we go...

There she is (in white) with her best friend Evie. Izzy is wearing mucci & me, necklace mum's own, make-up by mum and hair by Izzy, clutch by ruby & kit, shoes (not shown) by catwalk. I thought she looked lovely. It was a beautiful and warm day in Sydney,  perfect weather for a formal...
Meanwhile her baby sister Georgia (who loves animals and her dollies) took her favourite soft toy (a doggie) outside and had fun splashing and dancing around for a short while. The garden is so green and lush at the moment, it's just an explosion of colours and wonderful sounds... 

I was thinking that in ten years time little Georgia will be getting ready for her year 10 formal...scary, isn't it? I don't want my children to grow, I just want to cuddle them forever...well I can't really do much about the growing up bit unfortunately, can I?
Next up will be Lucas and his dinner dance, we are looking forward to that and luckily he is a boy...at least we won't have to worry about hair and make up this time! 

Take care,

Claudia xo

Monday, November 28, 2011

Inspire me Monday / Couture days

Good morning and happy Monday everyone. Hope you all had a fantastic weekend.
It's my daughter's year 10 formal today and she's been frantic preparing...We have had a lot of dramas and tears over the past 24 hours...it's funny how as parents we always think that we can resolve anything until we stumble (quite badly) across the next hurdle and learn our next lesson...And most of the time the reason of the disagreement is silly, futile. For instance after buying Izzy's dress, shoes and accessories for her formal I was quite determined not to hire a make up artist and a hairdresser to do her hair and make-up. Of course she had a different opinion about it. Now tell me, do you think I'm being unreasonable? I understand that it is an important day for her and that is why I've done my best to make her happy but the real issue is precisely that: happiness, and that is why I've decided that really what she needed was to comprehend that firstly money doesn't grow on trees and secondly it cannot buy happiness. At the end of the day it's all about having fun and enjoying the moment, isn't it? I think she can finally see my point (it only took me two days to convince her!)
Let me tell you it is not easy to amuse a teenage girl and extremely difficult when it's your own child and the last thing you want is to hurt her...Hardest job int the world being a parent, isn't it? I always thought  it's all about finding the right balance between gentleness and firmness...easier said than done of course. Well it's been a bumpy ride and I think we've learnt more about each other this past weekend than we have in the past year but our love for each other has definitely come out stronger than ever.
It's been a lot of fun too, we have enjoyed going through sites and magazines together and tested each other's knowledge for fashion and good taste (!!!)
The world of haute couture is fascinating...I love the glamour, the gowns, the hair, the brilliance...I mean who doesn't? So I thought why not having a bit of fun? Here are some gorgeous haute couture finds...enjoy!
 Alexander Mcqueen heels...divine!

 Chanel gorgeousness

Spectacular gowns at Dior haute couture fashion show

Why not accessorise with a messy bun? (it always looks stylish for some reason, don't you think?)

Givenchy haute couture...just stunning

images pinterest

And if you are hosting "pre drinks" then there's nothing more appropriate than haute couture cup cakes...yum!

Have a fantastic week :)

Claudia xo

Friday, November 25, 2011

Sail away with me...

 ...We will go somewhere quiet, warm and sunny, somewhere we can relax and enjoy the sweet melody of the ocean...

What do you say? Wouldn't it be lovely? (and just in time for the weekend!)

le journal de la maison

This looks like a very cozy and stylish temporary residence to me, do you agree?
I can definitely see myself sunbathing on the deck during the day and sitting pretty at night sipping a cool drink and enjoying dinner while chatting to a couple of friends and admiring the amazing surroundings...perfect!

Wish you all a perfect weekend :)

Claudia xo

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Inspiration for a rainy day

It's been raining non stop in Sydney since yesterday...The rain makes me feel kind of strange and happy at the same time, it's always been this way since I was I little girl
There's something quite powerful about the unpredictability of the weather, don't you think? I find myself staring at the window (constantly) with a mixture of voracity (that of a lion) and incredibility (that of a child) if possible at all...I can't seem to get enough of it.
I find it difficult to concentrate and I get hardly any work done...

It's difficult to find pictures to match that feeling of strange liberation, of freedom that the rain generates  in me...

This is pretty close to it though...

What's the weather doing in your corner of the world today?

Hope you are enjoying it wherever you are :)

Claudia xo

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A bohemian dream in Paris

via here
Free spirit, informal, avant-garde, charming...this Paris loft/apartment is my inspiration for today :)

Claudia xo

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sculptures by the sea

It's a fabulous event that us Sydney siders love and enjoy every year...it's a great showcase for new and (not so new) talented artists out there. Here's a peek of their creations.
Hope you enjoy :)

images my own

Claudia xo

Friday, November 18, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

So inspired...

Visual satisfaction is important to me.
In my industry (in order to inspire and to get inspired) we rely strongly on beautiful images, and although this might sound slightly two-dimensional and superficial it also happens to be the most effective way (for me) to initiate the creative process in which all ideas come together and issues get resolved in order to create a successful interior, scheme or product.
Below is a peek of my visual inspiration for today - here is the article about Paul Caddell.
It is a must read/see. With thanks to Lonny ;)

Claudia xo

Monday, November 14, 2011

Inspire me Monday / My name is Bond, James Bond...

Good Morning everyone and happy Monday!
It's a beautiful day here in Sydney, summer is well and truly here...bliss!
Today I'm inspired by the fascinating world of JB...how captivating!
I'm wondering...are you a fan? If so what do you love about it?
If not what do you hate about it?
For me it's just a bit of fun...I need it on a Monday morning!....don't we all? ;)
Have a fantastic day!

the pad

the car
aston martin DB5
the watch

the poster (hes my fav Bond she's my fav Bond girl)

Claudia xo

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday muse / Catherine Deneuve


To me she is the french Grace Kelly...so beautiful, stylish and very talented.
Do you agree? :)

Ready for the weekend?

I most certainly am!

Have fun everyone

See you next week,

Claudia xo