Tuesday 29 May 2012

    Chandon Miniature Chairs


    Chandon Champagne and Living Edge have formed a great partnership to present Miniature Cork Chair Competitions in Australia. Numerous delicately crafted designs are the result of the competition being held in three cities over the past couple of years. The Brisbane display at In Design Live on the weekend was a highlight for me.

    Artists and architects are invited to fashion a miniature chair using two corks, wire cages and foils,with designs judged on their originality, wit, artistry and craftsmanship.

    The chairs featured below are from the Melbourne exhibition, with photos by Christian Mushenko.

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    Monday 9 April 2012

    Chocolates and Champagne


    Celebrating Easter Sunday…

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    Tuesday 13 March 2012

    Apéritifs & Digestifs ~ Framboise de luxe


    Grape + Spirit :: delectable raspberry cocktail.

    Crush raspberries and pour into a shaker with Vodka, syrup and ice cubes.

    Shake vigorously, pour into cocktail glasses carefully adding Champagne into each glass.


    125 g of raspberry {framboise}
    25 ml of vodka Absolut Raspberri
    10 ml sugar syrup
    10 ice cubes
    25 ml champagne

    {Images etal via cuisine elle france}

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    Sunday 11 March 2012

    a champagne life :: celebration finale


    A lovely long champagne lunch that drifted into the night concluded the sparkly birthday frivolities!

    {Image: Scarlett Johansson – Photoshoot for Moet & Chandon Champagne by Tim Walker}

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    Saturday 31 December 2011

    sparkly new year


    Wishing you a bright and sparkly 2012! xoxo

    {Images 1 & 3: This is Glamorous; 2. Elie Saab, Spring 2011 nude sequined couture gown}

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    Thursday 19 May 2011

    Champagne D’lovely


    Looking forward to running away to the beach tonight to see D’lovely,

    champagne, kisses and a game of chess!

    The perfume pic captures last week when I arrived home and walked inside.

    D’lovely was in the garden and as he came inside said

    ‘I’ll follow the the perfume in, and kissed me hello.’

    He didn’t let me win chess so maybe my luck will change tonight!

    {Source & images via Simply Seductive ~ Alluringly Romantic}

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    Friday 10 December 2010

    French martini = red three + wild cards


    We had ourselves a very happy canastamas, kicked off with a French martini.

    The cards took second place as cansata hostess extraordinaire, the beautiful Angela

    spoilt us with gourmet delicacies that outplayed the cards.

    sweetcorn cakes with avocado :: prawn wraps :: mini chicken burgers :: indian curry + tiny papadams

    :: berry pavlova ::

    our French martini created by cocktail waiter, Rouge…..

    French Martini

    1 1/2 oz vodka

    1/4 oz Chambord® raspberry liqueur

    1/4 oz fresh pineapple juice

    1 twist lemon peel OR fresh raspberry

    Pour each of the above into a tall bar glass.

    Shake with ice, pour into a cocktail or martini glass, and serve.

    The French Martini was created by the Chambord liqueur company for a world wide promotion.

    Chambord, is made from black raspberries, honey, vanilla and some herbs. Chambord has been made for about 300 years in France (since 1685) and is a sweet, but tasty liqueur. Chambord is all natural, unlike other synthetically flavour liqueurs and is a very versatile liqueur in cocktails.

    When the Chambord company was creating the French Martini, it might have been more French to include brandy instead of vodka. Maybe they tried it and decided that for the martini moniker, vodka was the proper choice. If you do want to put a little more “french” in your French Martini, use Ciroc or Grey Goose vodka, which are of French origin.

    Another good cocktail with Chambord is simply adding an ounce to a flute of champagne.

    Canasta~ The game originated in the 1940s in Uruguay and eventually spread towards Latin America, and eventually becoming popular in the USA. The word “canasta” means basket in Spanish, and is a reference to a tray that was used to hold cards in the past.

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