Hello LoVely parents, grandparents, uncles, aunties, guardians, careers and anyone who looks after little ones.
Tomorrow is Walk Safely to School Day, it is a National Initiative which I strongly support.
As a parent, there have been times the kids have gotten that little bit too close to the road and that caused major panic. I could not imagine the heartache for the parents who have experienced much worse…
If you are unable to walk to school, then I suggest parking your car a few streets away and walking, that way you can get in on it and remind your kids the importance of Road Safety during your journy.
To find out more, get onto the official website : www.walk.com.au
There were handbags with statements, embellishment, contrasts between feminine and masculine styling and Japanese themes, over the top statements and pretty edge. Lace to faux fur, oversized accessories and leather dominated.
These are my top street style favourites from MBFWA17.
Elise Papamihail (Style & Fashion editor)
Photos courtesy of Flaunter.com
One word to describe Alice McCall’s collection today at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia is breathtaking. Feathers & all prettiness!
Check out our behind the scenes sneak peak into the latest collection. You truly will be taken away to a whimsical place full of adventure and beauty.
What’s even more exciting is that you can purchase direct from the runway for a limited time.
Collection edited & written by Elise Papamihail .
Photos courtesy of Flaunter.com
It’s a pleasure to have fashion writer & style editor Elise Papamihail as guest fashion editor this week, reporting on all things MBFW17.
Technical structuring & a feminine silhouette elegantly filled the runway at Sydney Opera House yesterday at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Resort 18 Dion Lee show.
With a selection of bright block colours from colbalt blue to bright red, white and champagne, the collection has both a military structured feel fused with an ode to Japanese Origami.
Oversized blazers and blazer dresses contrast with flowing satin silouhettes which is precisely what you would expect from Lee’s superb use of feminine experimental construction and traditional tailoring.
Lee’s aesthetic of both a technical and sensual look and feel has not disappointed in this collection.
Purchase the collection in store now. Click here for more DION LEE
Photos courtesy of Flaunter.com
Over the weekend the girls and I had the pleasure of experiencing Fraser Suites Perth, as a bit of a treat leading up to Mother’s Day.
And what an experience it was. If you don’t know about this Hotel, you should.
Frasers Hospitality is the World’s Leading Serviced Apartment and Hotel Residence.
Fraser Suites Perth is situated on the bottom end of Adelaide Terrace, Perth, whilst still central CBD, you feel like you are worlds away.
We were lucky enough to work with Perth’s Multiple Award Winning Photographer Jimmy from IZO Photography who captured so many special moments for me to share.
In our Suite, uninterrupted river views fostered a constant reminder of just how stunning Perth and the clean Swan River is. I couldn’t get enough of admiring it.
Could have lounged around all day.. dressed in Camilla and Marc from my local go-to; Meg and Wally in West Leederville
The hotel itself has just the right amount of facilities to give your stay everything it needs. An in-house restaurant, bar, lounge area, pool, spa, sauna and gym. Necessities covered right there.
Each and every team member made us feel so warm and very welcomed. Every need was addressed with great ease and much pleasure. So impressed with the overall service and the can do attitude, just how it should be. With management setting the standard, the staff are a reflection of each other, a sure winning team. It was such a pleasure working with each and everyone of them.
Getting ready admiring the most stunning view, Tom from Chilli Couture doing his styling thing, always so happy with Tom and the team
Coffee / Babycino time
Just hanging out being dorks in our stunning matching The Shantii Gypsii Robes – they feel so amazing on
On the first night I dined with my dear friend The Kim Tran at Paleo restaurant, Heirloom, by Pete Evans. I had no idea this restaurant even existed. We were just so impressed with the whole dining experience. The manager Stefan is a natural born host. He ensures his guests are well cared for, while keeping a watchful eye on his staff to see they are constantly on their best, which they are.
Entrée – Two types of Homemade Pumpkin flat bread and variety of delicious dips
I ordered room service from there again the second night, pleased to say the food was just as good.
The buffet breakfast was full of Paleo goodness and lots of LoVing with my girls..
The stunning lobby area, so classy, love the lights. Dressed in Auguste the Label from Meg and Wally. Shoes vintage Kardashian Kollection.
The girls loved pool time. They were constantly between the pool and spa. I wanted to pop into the sauna while my mum was with the girls, but they just wanted us all together, which is always the better option; being with the little ones!
To finish my stay I was treated to the Bali Beautique Spa. I had a two and a half hour treatment which included a foot bath, massage, full body scrub and facial. It was heaven. I was impressed to see a 4 seater pedi-mani option, I often find these hard to come by. If you are part of a bridal party or simply wanting to get your best gal pals together, then this is the hidden gem you should come to! And of course to treat yourself. There are also partner packages in which you and your partner can have dual treatment.
It’s the little touches that added to the authenticity and overall calming experience. I especially like the heated blankets as I slipped back into bed after my warm shower washing product off
If you are one of the small few who are yet to visit this exquisite Hotel, now is the time, there are some great things happening
Winter Escape Package : Book Here
Heirloom Mother’s Day Special Menu : Book Here
Bali Beautique Spa also have a Mother’s Day Special : Book Here I can guarantee you mum will be overly happy with this pampering gift!
I’d be entering that!!
Another idea for Mother’s Day is to at stay at Fraser Suites, have a spa treatment at Bali Beautique Spa, dine at Heirloom, then head to Belomont Park Racecourse (8 minute drive) to watch KOOZA, by Cirque Du Soleil, a spectacular performance. Can read about it on my previous post : KOOZA to book tickets, Click Here. Last performance is 11th June 2017.
A big thank you to all the below businesses that made this stay so memorable, I have inserted their links for your reference :
FRASER SUITES PERTH :
BALI BEAUTIQUE SPA
IZO PHOTOGRAPHY :
MEG AND WALLY BOUTIQUE :
CHILLI COUTURE HAIR :
THE SHANTII GYPSII :
Can’t wait to come back!
What an incredible experience I had at Cirque Du Soleil’s KOOZA last night. From the smooth jazz band setting the ambience of an old traditional circus cabaret, to the incredible contortion, breathtaking tight rope performers and acrobats. This show was INSANE. The costuming and set design was constructed to perfection, no detail spared here.
KOOZA sends you on an exhilarating ride from start to finish with plenty of comedy in between.
A return to our origins, KOOZA combines acrobatic performance and the art of clowning, while exploring fear, identity, recognition and power. The Innocent’s journey brings him into contact with comic characters from an electrifying world full of surprises, thrills, audacity and total involvement.
I was privileged to have had a backstage tour of the show and am thrilled to share with you some of the interesting facts on how this phenomenal production all comes together.
- There are up to 200 props used throughout the show
- Each performer continually trains right through the duration of the production.
- Contortionists work on a 45-minute warm up and a 30 minute cool down before and after the show.
- Performers see a live feed of the show backstage before their turn on stage.
- There are four chefs on tour with the performers who prepare healthy meals appropriate for each performer
- It takes six hours hours of ironing to have each costume completely prepared for the show
- Costumes are custom-made for each artist.
- Fittings take place regularly for artists.
- A technical inspection takes place once a week for a five hour duration
- There are 120 employees on tour
- The artists work with local children performing workshops in between shows whilst on tour
- It takes 84 shipping containers to be transferred for the show.
I highly recommend KOOZA for the perfect escape from reality and enjoyment of the magical traditions of the circus.
For ticket information visit Cirque Du Soleil.
Have you ever walked into a place and were in what felt like a pure blissful sanctuary? That is what Whitesands Dunsborough, Villa 8, did to me.
The extraordinary encounter all starts from booking stage with owner Elaine. Passion, warmth and attention to detail is felt. You arrive, your name is so nicely written on the notification board by the entry driveway, you look at your villa, the warmth and excitement kicks in.
The beautiful front yard.
If I was to use one word describing first entering the accommodation, it would be … calm.
From the perfect selected turquoise toned feature wall (it took 3 attempts to get ‘that’ colour – totally worth the efforts), which follows eloquently onto the other carefully selected feature colour of white, to the placement of guest information, the furniture, all of it, just beautiful. With each step we took we literally went, ‘oh wow’ to this and ‘oh wow’ to that.
Kitchen with it all
Pretty Bedroom 1
Pretty bedroom 2
Fully equipped laundry, stunning feature in the middle of the villa, with torquise theme carried out
Stunning adult & child friendly bathroom, with everything, just as well, as I forgot bubble bath and shampoo and conditioner…
Living solo with my girls, I mostly feel secure in our apartment. I can honestly say, any insecurities I would usually have were long gone whilst at Whitesands Dunsborough. The vibe is safe, relaxing and free.
During the day it was all about going for a short walk to the beach and utilising the front and back yard of the villa. Activity options are endless.
Winter would also be absolutely stunning here. I can imagine the girls and I playing in the courtyard, watching the rain come down and heading inside for a movie, which we could select from their enormous DVD collection. Or even have some computer/i pad time using the free WI-FI.
With endless options, located in the heart of the South West, it’s perfect for any seasonal get-a-way, pure blissful heaven…
LoVe + Best Wishes,
Almost 10 years ago, 2007 in fact, I visited La Belle Peau. I will never forget the first time, from the moment I walked in, the staff were all smiles and warmly greeted me, they had passion. I received service and care as it should be. From there, they did not disappoint.
I came in with a concern, I was getting breakouts on my cheeks. They were deep and painful and I certainly felt less confident as a ‘young adult’ with bumps.
La Belle Peau treated and fixed my skin. They also introduced me to products which I was to use at home, home skin care is just as important as regular visits to your skin care clinic.
Shortly after I moved and was unable to continue visiting. I also somewhat neglected my skin, once it was back to it’s normal self and I ran out of their recommended products. I was inconsistent with my skin care regime and relied on my good Croatian genes (thanks mum and baba), I was able to get away with it.
Now I am a decade older and looking after my skin is an absolute priority. I am also very time poor being a full time mamma to two gorgeous little girls. So quick, consistent and result driven treatments is what I am all about.
I started visiting La Belle Peau again approximately 3 months ago with concerns; pigmentation, blackheads/open pours and overall uneven tones.
I was so pleased to see that the same level of care and service was still paramount to the lovely team. The only difference was that they had expanded and moved to a beautiful new premise.
First thing was first, I was put under their advanced Visia Complex Analysis system, a device which scans your face and displays all aspects (inner/outer) of your skin on a computer. So shocked to see the inconsistency.
I was asked what the top 3 things are that I would like to see improve with my skin, I said, even skin tone, reduced to no pigmentation and closed pores. This was recorded in my notes.
I was then taken to my bed and a tailored treatment was put together for what needed to be addressed there and then.
Here I am under the Cryobroadlight for the first time. This technology is one of the most advance, it helps to achieve a smooth, even and refreshed skin by stimulating skin growth and repair.
The owner, Kim Tran, has instilled in her staff that their method of treatment is not to just stick to standard treatments as per what they show clients from their price list (sound commonly familiar), rather, they are guided by them, however, can alter the treatment if certain areas need addressing. So, if you have any particular issues, they will be addressed by using a variety of products and machinery on the face, neck and décolletage – HALLELUJAH!!!
Is this just not genius. I mean it’s simple, but has taken the great mind of Kim Tran to construct such a treatment concept.
She came to Australia from Vietnam with her family and a cardboard box as their suitcase. Her parents separated while she was a little girl (**heart breaks), they lived in a woman refuge for a short while until they could get their own home. In Kim’s teenage years she developed acne, which, none was able to completely treat. She went on her own merry and determined way to fix the issue. This lead her to becoming one of the first Dermal Therapists to graduate in Australia.
At the ripe age of just 19, Kim opened La Belle Peau.
She was somewhat questioned by people as to what her title, ‘Dermal Therapists’ meant, as it was then an unheard profession.
Dermal Therapists are not your ‘typical therapists’ and are certainly not ‘beauticians’ (not that there is anything wrong with beauticians), the difference is, Dermal Therapists treat common skin problems such as acne, pigmentation, open pores, sensitivity. They use paramedical skin treatments and skin care to achieve great results.
After winning Telstra Business Woman of the year in 2015, all the major media channels announced that, a Perth Dermal Therapist took honours as Telstras Australian Top Business Woman of the year, yes, thats right, our very own, West Australian beauty and brains, Kim Tan. Besides being honoured, Kim was extremely proud her profession was being recognised.
Kim is now the Ambassador for the Australasian Academy of Cosmetic Dermal Science because of her contribution to the industry. Since this, La Belle Peau has become the host clinic to provide Clinical Training for dermal therapist students as part of their training requirement.
Within her Vietnamese community and beyond, Kim has proven that you do not necessarily need to go to university to achieve success in life.
Kim says “as long as you have passion, willing to work, then you can succeed in any chosen field you want to work in”. Couldn’t agree more Kim!
Besides all of her accolades, her most proudest moment was recently being invited to Canberra, by Hon. Julia Bishop to help represent Australia. If someone was to tell her 10 years ago that a beauty therapist would achieve this, she wouldn’t have believed it, would you? (beauty school drop out, go back to high school?).
The Hon. Julie Bishop and The Kim Tran in Canberra (had to share this, as it really is a remarkable achievement)
Kim now speaks at conferences along with other high profile elite professional. When you are around her, she is clam, passionate and motivating at the same time, this is also reflective with her staff. Which is why I leave my face to them.
Ok, now back to my treatment plan.
3 months in and my skin is feeling and looking fabulous. I am constantly getting compliments on my skin. It is all to do with the wonderful work done at La Belle Peau. My complexion is even, pores and pigmentation reduced.
Yesterday I went back for the Radiance Skin Workout. Again, slightly altered to address my skin. It’s vitamin A concentrate under radiance, which helps with skin firming. We treated pores, helped brighten pigmentation and the Vitamin A stimulated collagen for firming.
I also had some light Microdermabrasion done, not only on my face but also on my neck and décolletage. I have had microdermabrasion done many times and it has never been done on my décolletage. It really should as the area is just as sensitive and visible as our faces. It needs the same care. We also did some extractions. Please leave these to professionals, I can tell you I have done some damage trying to do them myself.
Here is my day 1 post treatment Instagram for I Lidia Love make up and filter free.
I honestly can not express to you enough just how precious our skin is, it is not to be taken for granted. We need to love, nurture and care for it. We also need to do a lot of at home treatments, which is what La Belle Peau are also very good at, sending you away with tailored products. Again, they do not just have one product, but multiple as every product and ingredient suits people differently.
If you want youthful skin and some extra confidence, I strongly suggest you come and visit the team at La Belle Peau. Whoever you see works under the same system with great passion and you will leave feeling all shiny, new and youthful – I do! You will also leave with personalised herbal tea – I mean really…
LA BELLE PEAU –
FACEBOOK: La Belle Peau
THE KIM TRAN –
INSTAGRAM: The Kim Tran_
LINKEDIN: Kim Tran
Last weekend the girls and I escaped the city. Within half an hour we were surrounded by the beautiful (semi Rural) country side of Baldivis.
The perfectly themed country style welcome sign
We stayed at Baldivis Farm Stay.
As we arrived we were greeted by one half of the dynamic husband and wife duo; Paul. He directed us to drive down a path which lead to our cottage accommodation. On our little drive, we noticed the cutest barn, which we later learnt is where wedding receptions are held.
When we got to the divine cottage, we were greeted by the other half, Michelle and her daughter who were doing some tiding up for us. I was instantly impressed by the gorgeous families passion, level of care and attention to detail with the whole property. It’s testament to the success of their business.
Leading up to the trip my girls were so excited about waking up and being surrounded by animals, they were telling all their school friends. It’s so important for kids big and small to be surrounded by animals, we love them.
note: tourist Kaleesi’s camera is wrong way around
The property has a few different animal stations, with a variety of goats, roosters, chickens and horses.
Hello Billie the resident Goat. He loves the island which is surrounded by a dam.
The cottage itself, which sleeps 5, was clean and complete with everything you need, from air conditioning to an abundant amount of toys and DVD’s. The fridge was stocked with milk for the humans and carrots for the animals. There were also so many personal little touches inside the cottage.
The two comfortable bedrooms. Both accessing the back porch.
You are able to feed the animals at your leisure. We loved this as we were not bound by a roster and just enjoyed being in ‘holiday mode’.
It took us a while but we got in there 🙂
Surrounding the property is a kids play area, which my girls just loved, mummy loved the hammock.
The girls also loved the hammock
To the other side of the property is a garden which was established for wedding ceremonies . The property can also sleep guests in 2 people tents which includes breakfast the next morning. Just brilliant.
The beautiful ceremony garden. Chloii and Kaleesi pretended to get married – so cute!!
The first morning we woke up, I distinctly remember standing on the front balcony, coffee in hand, the girls were playing on the step and I just took in a deep breath of clean, fresh country air, it was heavenly.
We stayed for two nights, could have done with one more – next time!
Thanks for having us Baldivis Farm Stay, we will most definitely be back. Perfect family quick city get-a-way!
Baldivs Farm Stay – Facebook page, definitely one to follow
Baldivis Farm Stay Air BnB – Direct link to book your stay
Milkies Candle Co. – To purchase your candle on-line
Wedding Day Flair – To see the most recent wedding held at the property
Much love, xx LT
Last night I hosted a dinner party with my special ladies, who have proven to be real, honest and super loyal, namely over the last few years. LoVe is all we need, and these ladies have truly given me that.
It’s no secret there has been a change in my family unit, and with this, there is often changes in friendships. Some people support you and some people turn on you. That’s just life.
The people that stay by you, are the ones that are meant to be. I am as thankful for them as I am the one’s who didn’t and don’t support my girls and I, as, they clearly needed to be out of our lives for they are not meant for us and do not want our best. So, when in life people leave, be thankful for that just as much as you are thankful for the ones who stay.
As I just love to entertain, the only option to thank my special ladies was by doing what I simply loVe – entertaining. My guests received formal e-invitations for a Ladies Long Table Grazing Dinner Party.
Here are some images of the special night.
Florals by MISS BLOOMINGBIRD, the most stunning arrangement!
Cello by DOLCE ENSEMBLES, beautiful background music.
My thank you speech to my lovely ladies for being so, well, loVely!!
My pretty Wendy Naumovski hair & I having a moment to admire my Grazing Table.
The Grazing Table. Food was prepared by Table & Plate and myself. Styled by me.
Guest gifts were homemade chocolate marshmallow which you dunk in warm milk & make a hot chocolate.
The delicious cake by QUEEN OF TARTS. It took centre stage on my table, it needed all the attention it could get for it was pure perfection. I can still taste the cake…
All the suppliers can be found on below Social Media reference links. I follow all of them and I highly recommend following them also, they have exquisite taste and fantastic products (otherwise I simply wouldn’t be following them let alone using them).
Now that this is over, I am already planning my next gathering – and I can’t wait!!
Much love, xx LT
QUEEN OF TARTS
WN HAIR & MAKEUP