Archive for the ‘Fashion’ Category

La Belle au bois dormant…

July 17, 2013

My inspiration for ‘once upon a time….” themed charity event this Spring – La Belle au bois dormant (“The beauty sleeping in the wood”) by Charles Perrault, 1697



We will remember them…

April 25, 2013

I think of my grandfather who served in WW1 – I remember him as a child gazing upon an unfamiliar face, etched with the markings of time and tragedy and later as a woman through his memoirs which my Uncle published a few years back. He passed on when I was only young – leaving a small inheritance which helped through my university studies – I honour him and the legacy of freedom that he left me….


Today we celebrated Anzac Day in our new community of the South Burnett.


Then onto the races at Wondai!




“At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.”

À bientôt Cara Luncheon

March 28, 2013

The invitation read:

Please join me for luncheon, @ UrbanPantry from noon
Send me off in style, wear something to make me swoon


Maree looking fresh as a daisy in her 1940’s floral ensemble (check the hair do in the group photo below) – she looked sensational. Maree and met only recently at the Chamber Philharmonic Cologne @ St Paul’s. I spied this amazing looking woman emerging from Mehfil’s just before the concert with friends. She wearing a fabulous outfit and we struck up a conversation during the interval.



Megan channelling Jackie O here – I just love this outfit and those little accessories really make it! Megan and I met on a few occasions before becoming friends last year. It was however a moment as we crossed paths at the lights on the high street (corner of Ellenborough and Brisbane) when she really caught my eye. I thought to myself she looks sensational! Then she came into Cultiver a little later, we struck up a conversation and the rest, as they say is history! Ok you may be starting to think I am a style stalker….


This is my dear friend and colleague Figen who is setting the trend for girls in scarves and will no doubt soon launch an online fashion store to address this growing demand!

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Natalie what was Figen saying?


Monica sporting a fabulous new dress from Cue – the colour and style suit her so, so well! Mon has been a fabulous colleague to work with and has helped me on many occasions with her compassionate and professional insight.

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Everyone together – from left Maree (check the hair), Karen, Jan, Helene, Monica, Kerri , moi, Agnes (then back row) Figen, Natalie, Megan and Donna). Well nearly everyone, there were friend who wanted to join us that couldn’t make it and I know they’re thoughts were with us. We’re also missing Cassie who had just popped next door to Mortgage Choice to take care of some very exciting business. Not even out of their honeymoon year, Cassie still in law school and this young couple are already purchasing their first home. Cassie has been doing work experience with me and has been my right arm on Thursdays! An exceptional young woman always immaculately presented, she will do so well in all she puts her hand too.  It has been a true pleasure to mentor her.

Beautiful mother daughter team Wendy and Lisa, the wonderful proprietors of Urban Pantry in the high street, hosted our luncheon today. Since they set up camp in the the Top of Town, Urban Pantry has become my favourite spot for café with friends. Their personalised and heartfelt service is simply wonderful. If you haven’t dropped in, give yourself a treat and stop by for a piccolo!

Simply said, I was swooned off my feet…

One of my favourite things!

November 27, 2012

On a beautiful day, full of sunshine and warmth, one of my most favourite things in the world is spending time at the seaside, swimming in the ocean and taking walks along the beach.  Nothing compares to the exhilaration of running into the sea and being engulfed by waves, hearing the laughter and squeals of kids of all ages playing in nature’s water park playground.

Joy abounds, children build castles of sand, families recline together and couples stroll hand in hand. It’s a place to forget everything and feel completely happy and carefree. We had a lovely morning at Burleigh Heads on Sunday, swimming and playing in the waves, it’s one of our favourite spots. As I was swimming I couldn’t help seeing flashes of Heavenly Creatures,  the recent Vogue shoot (November edition) celebrating the golden jubilee of the Australian Ballet Company. I was absolutely enraptured by strength and beauty of the dancers perfectly juxtaposed against the raw beauty of ocean and sand. For me the behind the scenes video far surpassed the stills. The music and editing was  simply enchanting…..enjoi!

Objects and Momentos

July 17, 2011

I was honoured to be included in the art project of local artist Donna Davis, Objects & Momentos. Donna’s vision for the project was to create opportunities for connection in our community. The project explored the lives of local residents through the personal momentos of  the participants and the stories behind them. Being a minimalist, when Donna first asked me to bring her a collection of items with personal significance to me I really had no idea what to give her. It was actually a good process for me to work through and reminded me of how grateful I am for the precious people whose lives are connected to many of the pieces. It was also a hoot to see my bicycle in a little glass jar. The exhibition is currently touring Queensland.

Ipswich Objects & Lace Exhibition, July 2011

Artwork by Donna Davis

Photography by LeAnne Vincent

Style Guide: Fabulous coats can be an outfit in themselves. I loved this coat, I wore it nearly every day one winter, warm, rich golden brown boho looks fabulous with hosiery & heels. I always get comments when I wear these stockings, I picked up a stack brand new at a Russian yard sale, do the Slavs know how to make hosiery! Lastly the shoes that started my love affair with heels – worn to death but I still can’t part with them. The warm, rich colours work well together in this photograph which is what caught the photographers eye. Shaun, is looking very cool in his vintage WW2 bomber jacket and stonewash jeans [he is getting a pop quiz on my personal history (wink)] .