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Anxieties of Love & War - Pablo Picasso

Jan 29, 2012








Pablo Picasso. Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris
This is an exhibition of 'Picasso's Picassos' - the works he never sold or gave away; the works he kept just for himself, which only after his death in 1973 were given to the French state by his family. This amazing exhibition covers the brilliant works of Picasso throughout every phase of his life, a historical journey of his art and career spanning 7 decades of the 20th century. From early 1900's in Spain, to Paris, Oceania and Africa, southern France, from Cubism, brushes with Surrealism, Classicism, and reflections of world wars and civil wars, this exhibition is a diary of Picasso's life and loves.


"I paint the way some people write an autobiography. The paintings, finished or not, are the pages from my diary..." Pablo Picasso


It was back in 1997 when I first experienced a Picasso original at the Barcelona Gallery. Like then, I am still in awe of his early works, sketches and etchings in particular the works from 1900-1940's, a fascinating period in history. I was so glad to have recently finished the fabulous book Golden Earrings by Belinda Alexandra (review coming soon on the blog) to get an insight into the Spanish civil war, a period in time that greatly disturbed Picasso and influenced many of his anti-war paintings namely 'Guernika', which unfortunately wasn't in this exhibition, but is a fascinating place that I visited in Basque Country.

The famous black and white photograph of Picasso in his signature navy and white striped shirt 'looking out the window' by Robert Doisneau (1952) is one of my favourites, and a great starting point for the exhibition. I wont tell you anymore, but if you can appreciate art, whether you are a Picasso fan or not, I urge you to go and take a look for yourself at the Art Gallery of NSW and make a Sydney weekend of it. I absolutely LOVED it! 

"When I was a child, I could draw like Raphael, but it took me a lifetime to learn to draw like a child" Pablo Picasso

Thanks to my beautiful friend Lisa for the birthday tickets. Natalie x x 








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The Whistling Fish

Jan 27, 2012


Images with thanks from JJ Aitken

Always in search of gorgeous bookshop cafes, I found this little beauty in the latest edition of Country Style Magazine. I have never been to the Whistling Fish Cafe in Robe, but next time I visit South Australia this will be on my must do list. 

Robe is an historic little seaside town on South Australia's magnificent Limestone Coast. This charming and eclectic bookshop is housed within a heritage listed stone wool shed on site, built circa 1850’s.  In summer you can enjoy lovely events like book signings and book clubs in the wonderful garden. In the winter months, the bookshop offers a more relaxed, cosy and intimate space to read and sip coffee by the fire. 

My favourite thing about this little haven is the Review Table concept. Wrapped in string with their own shipping tag, these special books have been hand picked by the owners for quick and easy reference. Honestly and lovingly critiqued, the review table books are worthy of any home library collection or a gift  for someone special.

If you love a good bookshop cafe like me, then The Whistling Fish Cafe looks like the perfect place to eat, read and love...

EAT: Locally roasted coffee & boutique tea with home baked goods in the cafe
READ: the carefully selected books from the 'Review Table'
LOVE: located within the grounds of Grey Masts cottage, historic B&B accommodation. 


The Whistling Fish Bookshop & Coffee House
Grey Masts Accommodation
p: 618 87 681911
f:  618 87 681911
m: 0411 627 146
e: jjaitken@me.com






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Breakfast @ Eichardt's

Jan 24, 2012


All photos by Natalie Hayllar {eat read love}
On a recent visit to Queenstown there was one place that caught my attention - Eichardt's boutique hotel. I instantly fell in love with the inside style, and the outside view! A lovely place for evening cocktails and long breakfasts, with the stunning Lake Wakatipu and mountain backdrop.  Known as one of NZ's most prominent lakefront boutique hotels, it is easy to see how Eichardt's , recently awarded 'Forever Fabulous' in the top 8 hotels in the world (UK Tatler Magazine), has become a Queenstown icon.  The mix of contemporary furnishings, overstuffed leather chairs, rustic lanterns and signature cushions in the dining room combine perfectly with the historic stone walls and antiques in the hotel parlour, to create such a cosy and inviting space to wine, dine and stay.

In my opinion Queenstown truly is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and has a fabulous style of its own when it comes to food and design. I came home inspired by such stylish interiors and culinary delights that this truly remarkable lakeside cafĂ© and restaurant precinct has to offer

I was lucky enough to dine here, now I look forward to returning one day and staying in the luxury Eichardt's Hotel

Eat, Stay and Love in Queenstown @ Eichardt's Private Hotel. Marine Parade Queenstown, 9348 New Zealand Ph: +64 3 441 0450Fax: +64 3 441 0440 Email: stay@eichardts.com






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Rabens Saloner Style

Jan 12, 2012




Of one thousand dresses, each and every one will have it’s own little secret...

Style alert. Rabens Saloner will be the label to watch this Autumn.

Established in 2007 by Danish designer Birgitte Raben Olrik, Rabens Saloner is a state of mind. A cross between flair for fashion and a genuine love for traditional Asian craftsmanship. Breathtaking embroideries and hand knitted pieces all made with love. Birgitte’s got a soft spot for things that are made by hand, and she’s very keen to promote sustainability in the countries of origin and we love this. 

”There is so much inspiration to gather from local artisans if you show them that you appreciate their skills and admire their traditions. It’s a kind of mutual fertilization, if you keep an open mind, amazing things can emerge from it,” Birgitte says. Putting her little puzzles together makes her feel like the most spoilt girl in the world.

Bec, stylist and owner of Roots & Wings has kindly given us a little sneak peak of this absolutely gorgeous and wearable new collection arriving in the Roots & Wings store soon. We just know you are going to love it. Stay tuned to Roots & Wings facebook page in anticipations for Rabens Saloners arrival!


And if you aren't already excited enough by this gorgeous Danish style, you can also have some Rabens Atelier style inspiration in your home too! Stunning textiles, pottery and interior style. 


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Old World Artisan - Afterglow

Jan 7, 2012


whimsical butterflies....

gorgeous light in store

a statement piece

dreamy colour combinations
old world artisan

a vintage book makes the perfect backdrop...

rustic charm

for the fashionista

All photos by Natalie Hayllar {eatreadlove}


"The Afterglow emerges at the
finale of twilight and explicit elation,
warm, luminous and magnetic". Afterglow Jewellery


Summer holidays for me are about sandy feet, crystal clear afternoon swims, reading, no make up, dinner on the beach and time with my children and family. BUT when I need a break from the sun and sand, I can always find time for a sneaky escape to Milton for some vintage shopping, pampering and of course a 'good' coffee. Only 5 minutes from the beach and has all the charm of a beautiful country town, rolling green hills and all! Family and friends know that I have claimed this as 'my special little village'.

What I love about Milton, is that every time I visit 'my special little village', charming new places keep popping up. My latest discovery, tucked away just off the main rd, is Afterglow - the beautifully styled designer store featuring divine handmade jewellery from the creative duo Charms Baltis & Ben Neich. Their handmade jewellery designs perfectly reflect the couple's obvious passion for design, fashion and film. The Afterglow store is scattered with vintage charm with antique books, rustic suitcases and whimsical designer dresses providing the perfect backdrop for the stunning statement pieces of jewellery. 

So if you are looking for a little old world artisan...visit Afterglow


eat: Pilgrims Cafe makes great coffee 
read: Country Style magazine. 
love: beauty indulgence day spa for a little pampering in between vintage shopping


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