Karlie Kloss at home

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This little sneak peak into Karlie Kloss's  first home literally made me want to cry... 

And not in a happy way.  More in a, you are only 21 and you have the most ridiculous life I have ever seen kind of way.  

And to top it off, it was designed by my perfect gay man crush Nate Berkus

I mean, 10 points to her.  She has worked really hard to earn all that cash and buy a house.  

But I mean, come on! What were you doing when you were 21???? 

Pics from Vogue.

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Dinner Party Food

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Last night we had some friends over to our place for a dinner party and the recipe that we used for the main course rocked my world.  So just wanted to share it here... mostly so I don't loose it myself - I plan on making this again for sure. 

It is a great dish for those who love fragrant Asian flavours, but could do without the spicy heat - making it a great option when you are cooking for other people. It also checks the box for people who are Gluten Free or don't eat meat.  

We complemented the fish curry with an entree of Kingfish Carpaccio with a Ruby Grapefruit and radish dressing.  And for desert we served a huge platter of fresh fruit with this delicious honey and brown sugar dip that my mum makes.  


Tumeric and Coconut Poached Barramundi

Ingredients

  • 1 lemongrass stalk, outer layers removed, trimmed & sliced finely

  • 3 coriander stalks, roots trimmed & leaves separated

  • 2 tsp ground turmeric

  • 2 tsp ground ginger

  • ½ tsp ground cumin

  • 3 tsp grated palm sugar

  • 2 tbsp fish sauce

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 1 brown onion, chopped finely

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 1 cup fish stock

  • 4 x 180g barramundi fillets (we used fresh but I'm sure you could use frozen as well if you are on a tight budget)

  • 1 bunch choy sum, trimmed & cut into 10cm lengths

  • 2 shallots, sliced

  • Steamed rice & lime wedges, to serve

Equipment

  • Sharp knife

  • Grater

  • Mortar & pestle

  • Large wide-based saucepan with lid - we actually used our big Le Crusset pot.

  • Spoon

  • Ladle

Preparation method

Make spice paste Place lemongrass and coriander roots in mortar and crush to a paste with pestle. Add ground turmeric, ginger, cumin, palm sugar and fish sauce. Grind to combine. 

Make sauce Heat vegetable oil in saucepan over medium-high heat. Fry paste for 2 mins until fragrant. Stir in onion and cook for 3 mins. Add coconut milk and fish stock; bring to a simmer. 

Cook fish Gently lay fish into sauce and cover saucepan with lid. Reduce heat to medium and poach fish for 8 mins until nearly cooked. With 4 mins to go, add choy sum, re-cover pan and cook until tender.

Serve Garnish fish with coriander leaves and green onions. Serve with steamed rice and lime wedges. 



Colour palette: feeling blue

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For more colour inspiration click through to our Blue Moon board on Pinterest.

Girl Crush: Margot Robbie

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See the full story on Violet Grey.

Small space, big personality

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Got a small space? Turn up the volume! Use a wallpaper to transform your powder room, hallway, or even a closet into the proverbial jewel box.

Here are a few ideas to get you going.


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All other pics from Pinterest

Wallpaper 101

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This week I'm losing my wallpaper virginity with Publisher Textiles.

I have a tiny little hallway in my apartment that connects the lounge room (painted in Dulux Namatji), bedroom (a soft calming green colour that I can't remember the name of), study (dark nautical blue) and bathroom (grey and white) which means it's a high traffic area that needs to work with several different colours. 

To help the decision making process I ordered a few different samples for various companies and blue tacked them onto the wall for a week of two. Then if Dave didn't object, it meant I was onto a winner.  

So in the end, I decided on the Magnolia Print in Fig, Linseed and Mali (in the pic above). It's my attempt at injecting some personality in the form of a floral and hopefully Dave won't notice because it's a dark colour.  It's being printed as I type and the install is happening on Friday.  Eek! 

The team at Domaine tried to convince me to do it myself, and I did seriously consider it for a while. But I think hanging wallpaper is best left in the same category as baking for me - best left to the professionals.  

If you do decide that you want to tackle the challenge yourself, I highly recommend watching this video from Domaine


Love a little leopard in my life

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Such a chic combo.  Black, white and leopard all over.  



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Christmas entertaining

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Decorating for entertaining goes hand in hand with decorating for living.  Tabletops in particular are an awesome way to stretch my temporary styling skills and add gold to everything.  

This year we are doing a big Christmas Eve dinner at my parents place.  The kind where you get 'dressed' for dinner.  So this morning, mum asked me to go around and get a head start on setting the table while she started making her Christmas ice-cream desert.  

In preparation, I've collected a few images of favourite holiday tabletops that I thought might be nice to share.  

Enjoy. xx


Images: Coco + Kelley, Rue, Camille Styles, Pinterest 

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A musical interlude

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I was actually looking for a different song but this is just too good not to share.  

Merry Christmas. xx

Colour Palette: Persimmon

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Often I find that the best inspiration for a colour palette is nature.  

Take this gorgeous image taken from a cross section of a rock. It's visually stunning - the combination of texture, pattern and colour is in perfect harmony.  

Can you imagine a huge, fantastic area rug like this?  

Or just take the colours apart and use them as paint inspiration.  Blue/grey, magenta, gold, persimmon. LOVE!

Christmas Chic

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So beautiful and so chic.

xx

Image via Pinterest.

Bar Cart

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So appropriate in the lead up to party season… 



Stella

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A few reasons why I’m obsessed with Stella McCartney.

In no particular order. 

  1. She is the daughter of a Beatle… Obviously this pretty major.

  2. She is BFF’s with Gwyneth….Obviously this is also pretty major.

  3. The collection she showed at Paris Fashion Week yesterday knocked my socks off – sheer floaty lace in soft feminine colours. Super cool accessories.  Without fail she always produces stylish-but-not-slavishly-fashionable clothes that work for busy women.  Put me on the waiting list now.

  4. The makeup at the show was led my beauty legend Pat McGrath and hair was created by the lovely Eugene Souleiman. Dream team.  The look was rebellious and unfussy. 

  5. Cara Delevingne AND Miranda Kerr AND Liu Wen AND Joan Smalls walked in the show

  6. She literally had the best venue ever for all the fashion weeks combined. The Opéra Garnier in Paris is a building steeped in history.  But when we went there a few years ago the tour guide only had a show me the Marc Chagall painted ceiling and I was a goner. I’m obsessed with that building.  I wish I could find my photos from when Dave and I went there a few years ago.  It is absolute magic. I could be making this up but I’m pretty sure she used this same venue last season.  And why shouldn’t she.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

These were some of my favourite pics from the show floating around instagram.

P.S. did you know there is an instagram account called Cara’s Eyebrow Gel


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Man style at home

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The September issue of Architectural Digest, features the 800 square foot Greenwich Village, NYC home of Thom Browne and I believe it is a slam dunk for masculine interior styling. The fashion designer has appointed to perfection the interiors with his signature, crisply tailored style, mixing classic furniture from the 50's, 60s and 70s with a few personal modern nods (note his CFDA trophy in the bathroom).  Love it Thom!

See the whole story on Architectural Digest


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Monday morning dreams

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Sitting at my desk early in the morning dreaming of St Barths and lounging in crisp white sheets under the canopy bed.... 

I love the in-line shutters framing the sea view, the sleek white surfaces and the spacious interiors, the breezy drapes and the wooden roof with the fans - come and meet me for a mojito next to the pool, under the palm trees at about 2pm this afternoon. I just have to duck out to the shops first in my pink beach buggy to pick up some extra limes.   

Sigh.

Images found on Oceania Living.

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