Sunday 29 April 2012

    twinkle, twinkle

     

    Rich embroidery, sparkling embellishment, and creamy Gauzy Chantilly lace gives an opulent romantic feel to the collection.

    {Images via Vogue Australia}

     

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    Sunday 29 April 2012

    Valentino S/S Haute Couture Show 2012, Paris

     

    Diaphanous, elaborately embroidered and beaded gowns :: delicate handmade lace :: floral prints

    Valentino ~ a dreamy fairy-tale show full of beautiful concoctions in light fabrics and soft pastels colour

    shown in the 19th century mansion once occupied by the Rothschilds.

    Gauzy Chantilly lace the colour of milk or clotted cream was sprinkled with silver beading, washed-out flowers prints were veiled under a layer of tulle, toile de jouys were whooshed up into frothy ballgowns. In keeping with the fairytale, the shoes were charming lace slippers.

    Valentino S/S Haute Couture Show 2012: design team Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

    {Images: Vogue Italia via visual optimism}

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    Sunday 29 April 2012

    little white suit :: Valentino

     

    Classic and classy :: Simple white embroidered suits and dresses with sheer see-through gloves.

     

    Valentino S/S Haute Couture 2012

    {Images: Vogue Italia via visual optimism}

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    Sunday 29 April 2012

    Umbrella ella ella

     

    A hands-free umbrella ~ just the thing I needed yesterday in the pouring rain!

    Rushi Tjohnardi is an Indonesian Fashion designer, these are some of his designs from his Spring 2009 collection made from transparent plastic.

    {Images: Rusli Tjohnardi, Spring 2009}

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    Saturday 28 April 2012

    tattered touches

     

    Hi all!  It’s Mari from Design Shuffle, a fabulous online portal for interior designers and design lovers from around the world. I am so happy to be visiting A White Carousel as a guest blogger.

    Today, we’re going to explore the wonderful world of tattered touches in décor. I love interior designs that feature beautiful decorative touches that may seem a bit tattered by time and loving use. We often think of tattered objects in the context of shabby chic rooms, but more and more they’re popping up in today’s traditional spaces. No matter the setting, tattered touches can add a faded elegance. Please enjoy!

    This image has an ethereal quality that seems perfect for showing off the tattered touches in a gorgeous                         and rustically glamorous dining space.

    Seating that reveals its inner beauty is showing up today in lots of unexpected places like high end showrooms. This ornate chair is so perfectly imperfect.

    A vintage kitchen is filled with tattered touches. I love the raveled edges on the coarse textile skirting.

    Is anything more gorgeous when decorated with tattered touches than a slightly glamorous feminine bedroom design? Vintage bed linens and window coverings age beautifully, becoming softer and more sumptuous with time.

    This totally tattered vintage lamp shade frame is hung with lovely little bits and pieces of lace,

    burlap and crochet. A creative way to display favorite vintage finds.

    To fuel the imagination

    – what lovely decorative touches will be created by the designer from this tattered and torn treasure?

    There’s something especially appealing about well-loved antique quilts. Whether used as a wonderful wall hanging, atop a vintage iron bed or simply stacked in an open armoire or cupboard, these aging beauties add their own special look as tattered touches.

    Doesn’t this beautiful tattered settee get the creative juices flowing? What visions of lovely decorating ideas this antique lady inspires! Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

    Tattered touches give an amazing feminine style to any interior. Don’t forget to visit Design Shuffle to find even more inspiration! Connect with the best Los Angeles interior designersNew York interior designers and others!

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    Thursday 26 April 2012

    sparklyyy + prettyyyy

     

    Beautiful beaded embroidered fabric.

    {Image via scratched}

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    Wednesday 25 April 2012

    pom pom corner

     

    An intriguing space of texture and muted colour.

    {Image: via Lolita}

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    Wednesday 25 April 2012

    Salute to the sacred ANZAC biscuit

     

    It’s ANZAC Day in Australia :: Australian New Zealand Army Corps.

    I really should bake some ANZAC biscuits using Anthony’s award winning recipe

    ~ he won 2nd-prize at the Ekka in 2002!

     The story

    Made by women for their men serving in the WWI trenches, the brittle treat was designed to last the long boat journey to Europe. Where lesser baked goods would have failed, stale and crumbly are not in the vocabulary of the ANZAC biscuit. They are best slightly moist and without the six-month shipping period!

    Anthony’s Recipe

    1 cup plain flour
    1 cup rolled oats
    1 cup sugar (you can use less or substitute with brown sugar)
    3/4 cup desiccated coconut
    125g butter
    2 tbs golden syrup
    1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

    Oven at 150-160.
    Combine flour, oats, coconut and brown sugar in a bowl.
    Put the butter, golden syrup and 2 tbs water in a small saucepan. Stir over a medium heat until melted. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda.
    Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture and stir until combined.
    Roll mixture into balls. Place on the trays, about 5cm apart.
    Press with a fork to flatten slightly. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

    {Images via 1. australian traveller & 2. bojon gourmet}

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    Wednesday 25 April 2012

    layers of ruffles

     

    Jil Sander :: Liu Wen by Daniel Jackson for Vogue China.

    {Image via Black Swan}

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    Wednesday 25 April 2012

    pink rose

     

    Just so exquisite.

     

    {Image via bienenkiste}

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