LOVE // Love Triangle - Flowers, Face & Fancy Weddings

Jul 26, 2014

Photos by Natalie Hayllar {eat read love}

Break the winter blues with three of my favourite things this week:- 

1. Fresh Cut Flowers Delivered to your Door by Bloombox Co*
What a gorgeous idea. I came home on Thursday to this gorgeous surprise box of fresh cut flowers delivered to my door. A selection of seasonal flowers to make into my very own little arrangement. I think this is such a lovely idea to brighten up your home or send as a unique gift. Thank you to BloomboxCo for this lovely surprise! You can sign up here to the online store which will be launching really soon. 

2. Mud Cocoon Wrap DMK Skincare Pampering Treatments*
I am someone who does not normally spend much time on skincare routines or at the spa. I love doing it, but have never really had the time or the right products to use so I just do a bit here and a bit there. I have recently been spending a little bit of time with the lovely ladies at DMK Skincare in Chatswood enjoying some beautiful Winter pampering. The Mud Cocoon Body Wrap was amazing, a full body exfoliation followed by clay treatment and body wrap and the enzyme facial has really helped my skin too. I can highly recommend the DMK treatments to break you out of the Winter blues and to help get your skin ready for Spring. The girls at DMK in Chatswood are so lovely and will help you work out what is best for you and your skin type. 

3. Hello May Magazine*
Whether you are a bride to be or just love beautiful and unique styling Hello May is one of my favourite mags. Editor Sophie Lord is not only a super clever and lovely lady but she also has her finger on the pulse when it comes to finding the most AMAZING weddings. The Hello May blog is a MUST bookmark for anyone planning a wedding or special event and the directory lists all of the coolest wedding vendors in town.  

*All of the above were given as gifts but I will only ever write about products that I truly love and believe in. 

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Jul 21, 2014

Photos by TwoGuineaPigs

Learning the art of make up from the expert - workshop with pro make up artist Liv Lundelius comes to Sydney on August 9th.  I am not much of a make up expert, in fact not at all. I usually just do the same thing everyday and add my red lips and hair pulled back quickly before heading out the door.  So of course I am thrilled to be teaming up with Blog Society and pro make up artist Liv Lundelius for a gorgeous girly afternoon workshop that will cover all areas of make up artistry for beginners. Liv is amazingly talented and has worked from some of the best wedding and fashion mags, and my make up artist of choice for any event. Liv will share her knowledge, tips and tricks on topics such as enhancing your eyes, the perfect eyebrows, flawless make up for all skin types, insider tips and more. Model Jessica Ruscoe will be there to help as well. 

This casual and hands-on workshop is perfect for beginners or for those makeup enthusiasts who want to be inspired and develop their knowledge and techniques. Tickets include a workshop goodie bag, the chance to work with gorgeous and natural products, plenty of time for Q&A, light refreshments and the opportunity to walk away at the end of the day with a look perfect for that Saturday night out.

Special thanks to our event partners:  Jane IredaleBionadePeople For PlantsDelorenzo and Hello May for their support.

FOR TICKETS: Still a few left, so please click here and join in the fun. 

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EVENT // Slow Living Workshop - Sydney & Melbourne

Jul 20, 2014

Slow Living Workshop is coming to Sydney and Melbourne - don't miss the opportunity to learn from some of the best international and local talent when it comes to styling photography and content creation.  I am so excited about attending this upcoming event, I wanted to share all the details with you while there is still a few coveted spots left. Join Beth Kirby of Local Milk, Rebekka Seale of Camellia Fiber Company, and photographer Luisa Brimble for a two-day slow living workshop, in which we will explore creating content through food, florals, photography, and textiles. Sounds like a dream right? 

During the course you will explore the process of living the content you want to create. The first day, delve into the natural dye process using local, foraged plants and flowers to brighten rustic kitchen linens, and the second day you will bake wholesome pastries together. Afterward, on both days, you will workshop styling, photography, and visual story telling with the dyed textiles, flowers, baked goods, tea, and coffee. Participants will receive focused, personalized guidance in photography & styling—we will touch on camera basics, building a portfolio, creating a social media presence that resonates, prop sourcing, how to write a pitch & get published, planning photo shoots, post-processing, and more—as well as learn the practical skills of dying, floral arranging, and baking. You will also share morning and afternoon teas and lunch each day. 
Dates: September 6th and 7th, 2014
For tickets and more information visit Local Milk Blog and Camellia Fiber Company 

Images courtesy of Beth Kirby of Local Milk, Rebekka Seale of Camellia Fiber Company. Photo of Purple Flowers by Luisa Brimble. 

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TRAVEL // Hotel Hotel, NewActon Nishi, Canberra

Jul 19, 2014

Photos by Natalie Hayllar (eat read love)

Hotel-Hotel in NewActon Nishi precinct sets the new standard for ultra cool in Canberra*.  Canberra is no longer just the place you visit for a school art excursion or en-route to the snow. Canberra has been buzzing with fabulous new hotels, restaurants and trendy boutiques for a while now. I am lucky enough to have a dear friend and personal tour guide living in Ainslie who takes me to the all the lovely new places when I visit. This time the standout newbie is Hotel-Hotel in trendy NewActon Nishi precinct. Award winning architecture and style in every corner, this goes down as one of my all time favourite hotels. It really is a place for 'people people'. From cocktails by the the ultra modern fireplace in the lobby, to freshly baked A.Baker croissants & coffee for breakfast room service, to one very luxurious deep concrete bath (with Aesop), Hotel Hotel has it all. 

We stayed in one of the stunning 'Meandering Rooms' on level two, just an easy walk up the stairs from the Monster Kitchen. I loved everything about the decor too especially the artwork on the walls, and who doesn't love a fluffy chair. Many people have collaborated to make Hotel-Hotel as special and unique as it is. (You can read all about the collective creative talents here). We have the vision of March Studio to thank for the amazing Grand Stair and Blackbutt timber facade. The smell of fresh wood is strangely lovely.  

Monster Bar and Kitchen - taking over the ground floor of Hotel-Hotel, Monster is essential dining when in Canberra. Enjoy a cosy drink and nibbles by the fire followed by a fabulous menu, wine list and relaxed dinner in the open restaurant. Read all about our lovely dinner here too on the blog

A.Baker - not just a bakery as the name might suggest, A.Baker is a cafe, restaurant and bar serving bistro style food and an underground speakeasy. With a focus on local produce, signature artisan bread and coffee roasted by its owners, I can safely say A.Baker does one of the best Pain au Chocolate outside of Paris. The interiors are stunning also. Just across the road from Hotel-Hotel.  

We just loved this little family mini-break in Canberra, perfect for a school holiday getaway, and I can definitely recommend Hotel-Hotel for your next work trip, girls weekend, romantic getaway or family holiday. There is really just so much to see in Canberra and it is so easy to get around. The perfect Winter splurge. 
{*SP- I was a guest of Hotel Hotel}

Style Guide to Canberra
  • Hotel-Hotel
  • A.Baker
  • Monster Kitchen & Bar
  • Londsdale Street, Braddon 
  • The Hive
  • Handsome Pretty Shop 
  • Elk & Pea
  • Autolyse cafe
  • Italian & Sons
  • Cotter countryside
  • Braidwood
Fun with the little ones
  • National Portrait Gallery 
  • War Memorial
  • Quesatcon
  • Corin Forest, Brindabella's
  • Cotter Space Centre
Photo by A.Baker

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EAT // Monster Kitchen & Bar, Canberra

Photos by Natalie Hayllar (eat read love)

Everyone is talking about Monster Kitchen and Bar, on the ground floor of the stunning new Hotel-Hotel in NewActon Nishi precinct in Canberra. With a unique mix of Middle Eastern and seasonal flavours, and using local produce where possible, Monster Kitchen & Bar is a fantastic place to dine in Canberra, whether you are a guest of Hotel-Hotel or a local wanting to enjoy a relaxed pre-movie dinner with friends (it is just upstairs from the Palace Cinema). Buzzing with local creatives and relaxed winter mini-breakers, Monster is relaxed and unpretentious with an emphasis on sharing and open plan dining. The open kitchen means you might just see Sean O'Connell cooking up a storm while you wait, and the cosy hotel lobby fireplace is always in view. Our first night as a family we opted for relaxed dining by the fire, sampling the chunky handcut chips and the Labneh with dukkah, rose and warm sourdough. Returning to our beautiful room for a cosy night cap we HAD to sample the Baccalau chuross with coconut ice-cream via room service. The kids ate most of it!   

On our second night we decided on the share menu in the dining room. As a visitor to Canberra it was lovely to enjoy a meal with one of my best friends (AKA 'Ballerina Girl'), a Canberra local and fellow foodie who has been wanting to dine at Monster for a while. We loved it all, with standout dishes of Palmer's Island mulloway, eggplant with goats curd, katsuobushi and sesame, and the melt in your mouth pulled lamb shoulder. Oh and did I mention the Mandarin soufflĂ©? This sweet baby now holds a firm place in the soufflĂ© hall of fame. We enjoyed our Tiger Tiger Chardonnay from Collector (local winery) while listening to the lovely story of the local Canberra family who made their dream of Hotel-Hotel and the NewActon Nishi precinct community a successful reality for all to enjoy. 

For bookings go to Hotel Hotel or call (02) 6287 6287 and be sure to mention you found it via eat read love. 

{* I was a guest of Hotel-Hotel}

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TRAVEL // Ode to Pa, The War Memorial, Canberra

Jul 18, 2014

Photos by Natalie Hayllar

The War Memorial in Canberra is a special place to visit. We attended a very moving ceremony with the boys. I can never hold back tears during The Last Post. I found my Great Uncle 'P L Cashion' amongst a sea of red poppies. A reminder that life is precious and so many beautiful souls have fallen and sadly still keep falling. This one is for you Pa Cashion. 

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HOME // Ballerina Girl, Canberra

Jul 17, 2014

A few pretty things I found in Canberra…… 

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