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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Arrival to Europe.

I AM SO SORRY. I've been an ass. I've been so slack. I've been... busy on tumblr.

It's no excuse for neglecting my baby. But I thought I would do a series of posts about my European trip that I cam back from five (FIVE) months ago now.

Flying into Paris was exciting but nerve wracking! I was on my own, and I was going to have to brave it on the Paris Metro for the first time in a sweltering heat wave in the middle of July. Thankfully I heard some guys in Australian accents talking at baggage claim and plucked up my nerve to ask them where they were going and if I could tag along with them on the train/metro. Being the Type A personality that I am I had already memorised where I was to get off and which metro line I had to get on at Charles de Gulle and Gare du Nord (metro number 5, FYI).

I got off at my designated stop near my hostel and then had to find a pharmacy where someone spoke enough English so that I could get some eye drops for my dry and tired eyes that were bright red. Succeeded. I then must have walked in the wrong direction to my hostel and had to stop someone in the street for directions (a very lovely Parisian girl who didn't speak a word of English and we mimed out where to go etc. while her boyfriend helped - whoever says Parisians are rude I don't understand).

I arrived at my hostel around 8pm and it was still bright and sunny and I was pretty wide awake. I went down to the hostel bar and got a well deserved beer and made friends with some girls. One of the girls and I decided we would go grab dinner at a nearby restaurant, and then perhaps try and get to the Eiffel Tower to see it light up. Unfortunately the Metro line to the tower wasn't running so we decided to head to the Notre Dame in the warm evening. People were picnicking on the Seine and everything was so beautiful with the lights reflecting off the water, Parisians drinking wine and laughing in groups, buskers doing tricks and musicians playing... I felt like I was living in Midnight in Paris (and it was getting close to that time).

Getting a bit exhausted after two long-haul flights we headed back to the hostel and I had my first night sleeping in a 16 bed dorm room. Six hours later I was up and getting ready to hop on my first Busabout Bus clockwise to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. I hopped down the street to a Parsian Bakery and asked in my (very practiced) french for "Une pain-au-chocolat si vous plait", they understood, I got my chocolate croissant for breakfast (nothing has beaten this since, the crisp pastry, buttery and flaky and still warm from the oven at 6am.

It was time to see French countryside and squeal over seeing Castles just sitting on hills next to the road looking adorable. We drove past fields of sunflowers, all of which looked sad with their heads bowed as they weren't in their prime and it wasn't sunny.  We had a great tour guide, and a very small group for our first bus ride (eight people on a bus that can fit forty). On one of our stops we had a thunder storm going overhead us and we were running to a restaurant for lunch, lightning clapped overhead loudly and it poured with rain before we headed out of France and into Switzerland.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sylver & Shackel.

Models: Sydel, Alex, Natasha and Emily from Kirsty Bunny. Photos by me. 

On a lovely Wednesday evening I was invited to Sylver & Shackel's one year anniversary and new collection launch at Willis York. 

I know Sylvie (pictured above) as my colleagues lovely french wife - one of the sweetest people I've met and has an amazing creative passion to boot. The other half of this duo team is Joanna Shackel. All of the pieces are hand-made and items for the pieces are sourced from a variety of places, fresh water pearls, semi-precious stones, stirling silver, fabrics and vintage items are used to make these beautiful items that are so very wearable.

There are four mini-collections within this season - Collective ID brings stamped metal to necklaces and earrings with cute slogans like 'Bisou Bisou' (meaning Kiss Kiss in French), but can also be stamped with a slogan or names of your choice to be personalised.

Rocco is their rock-chic collection which brings mixed metals, chains, and charms for a heavier style.

Les Classiques is a timeless collection of earrings and necklaces in a style that will never go out of fashion. I bought the beautiful earrings in the first photo which are called the 'Gatsby' earrings. A lot of this collection is inspired by the beautiful 1920s era with long chains that can be wrapped around your neck or leave as is. Probably my favourite collection.

The In Temporal collection incorporates beautiful vintage finds and re-vamps them for a new life! This collection also features vintage kimonos hand sewn with sequin appliques.

The evening was a roaring success - Willis York was decked out with two bars, where two cocktails were specially created for the evening - a lychee martini and a sort of grapefruit berry mojito. Both were delicious.

Four gorgeous models showed off the four personalities of their collections - which was a lovely touch.

Willis York is always such a beautiful location for such an event, the loft-style space has the most amazing light and it's no wonder why so many people use the space for photoshoots and events alike.

I'm going to be looking at buying a couple of items as gifts for Christmas this year! I definitely think you should too! I'm sure your mum would like a Collective ID necklace with your siblings names on it.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Teaser... I'm back!

Coming up on the blog as my debut back home is a jewelry party I attended tonight at Willis York! Stay tuned for all the photos! xx

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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Monday, July 15, 2013

5 days and counting...

In just under 5 days I will be on a plane heading for the trip of a lifetime. I will be in Paris this time next week. This blows my mind. I am so so so excited for this journey to start!

You can view a map of my travels on Travelerspoint. Also, follow me on my travel Tumblr - Black Peony Travels. This will be easier for me to update than this site. I'm sure I'll also be active on my Instagram

I'm so excited to enjoy the beautiful smells, sounds, sights, and eats of Europe! I can't wait to share my trip with you all! xx