Little Miss turns one!

Little Miss Turns One…

Those of you following along on Instagram {@catherineandgracestylefile} will know that over the weekend we wrapped Little Miss Turns One, a small family afternoon tea to celebrate Little Miss’ first birthday.  A perfect Sydney Winter’s day: sunshine and no wind ensured a beautiful afternoon of sweet treats, sparkling drinks and a super spoilt little girl!  Here, a glimpse into the celebrations…


The Styling…

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The Details – the styling

  • On the front door – copy of Little Miss’ finger painting, the original inspiration for the party styling

  • Bunting – created by catherine & grace using Little Miss’ finger painting uploaded to Spoonflower to create printed fabric and cotton tape from No Chintz
  • Domes – created by catherine & grace using Papier D’Amour and Domayne domes and felt balls sourced from Felt & Yarn in Nepal
  • Mini glasses – from A Creative Lifestyle on Etsy with lavender chevron paper straws from Sweet & Snazzy on Etsy
  • Large “ONE” wooden letters – originally from Fijian fishing boats sourced from Dirty Janes Emporium & Market in Bowral
  • Florals – by Jane at Floreat Floral and catherine & grace
  • Cake & cupcakes – Simmone Logue.  Cake styling by catherine &grace
  • Ceramic plastic cups (holding candles) – Rob Brandt crinkled ceramic plastic cup series, available from Roots & Wings Design
  • Ceramic berry baskets – from Plenty Home wares, similar styles available from Anthropologie
  • Coffee cups – a catherine & grace DIY using paper coffee cups from Officeworks, white cotton tape from Spotlight and lavender & white twine
  • Lolly bags – created by catherine & grace using paper treat bags and mini pegs from Spotlight & mini cards made by Moo using Little Miss’ painting


So what did we wear..?

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The Details – the outfits

  • Little Miss wore Jacadi dress & cardigan
  • Mummy wore Lisa Ho mountain print skirt, Zara top & Rupert Sanderson heals from Quincy Boutique


A spoilt Little Miss…

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The Details – the spoiling

  • Gifts for Little Miss – wrapped by catherine & grace using silk grosgrain ribbon from Papier D’Amour, as used at our wedding 2 years ago
  • Thank you gifts for grandparents {photos of Little Miss) – wrapped by catherine & grace, using cards made by Moo.
  • Pink jeans & Brenton striped dress – Petit Bateau from Little Miss’ grandparents
  • Hair brush – Mason Pearson from mummy & daddy
  • Pink dress  – Oscar de la Renta from Little Miss’ Aunt & Uncle
  • Ruby Red Shoes – from mummy & daddy


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More styling tips & tricks from Little Miss Turns One coming soon to the blog…


I heart texture.

In nature and soft furnishings, fabrics and trims – I love the look of textured elements against a smooth surface and the feel again the skin.

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The details:

Photos from top, left to right

* Bark, spotted along Queen Street in Woollahra.

* Bark, spotted along Queen Street in Woollahra

* My wedding clutch – Lanvin, from Net-a-Porter

* Detail – white silk & sequin tote bag,  Akira

* Detail – cream jacket, Zara; white sequin dress, 3.1 Phillip Lim from Net-a-Porter; white paillette dress, Jayson Brunsdon

* Detail – linen blend gold cape, Willow

* Detail – black & white sequin dress, Oscar de la Renta

* Beaded 1940s clutch, inherited from my paternal grandmother

* Detail – black evening bolero, Lisa Ho

* Detail – snakeskin printed leather cap sleeve black dress, Willow

* Shoulder bag, Scanlan & Theodore

* Detail – purple feather bolero, Lisa Ho

* Bedhead – Fenwick style in “Vintage Slate” linen, Heathery Design Bedheads

* Fabric ribbon and twine – similar styles available from Spotlight (I actually purchase my favourite twine from Bunnings!)

* Detail – square rattan tray from The Design Hunter, customised by  catherine and grace

* Cream and black ribbon – designed by, used and available exclusively from,  Neil Grigg Millinery

* Washable paper bags – Uashmama, available from The Design Hunter

* Detail – chunky tassel throw in Blue Fin, West Elm

* Detail – sequin embellished grey evening dress, Lisa Ho

* Detail – felt ball rug by catherine and grace, using belt balls sourced from Nepal through Felt and Yarn

* Felt ball rug by catherine and grace, using belt balls sourced from Nepal through Felt and Yarn

* Cotton tape – fuchsia one inch tape, No Chintz, similar styles also available from Spotlight

All photos by catherine and grace.

The bride wore Blahnik

As a child, I had never dreamt of my wedding dress, or how it would feel to be part of a big white wedding.  I had, however, thought long and hard about the shoes!  So, it could be none other than Manolo Blahnik’s white satin D’Orsays from Quincy in Woollahra.




I wanted a simple, elegant silhouette for my gown and chose a beautiful Lisa Ho cap sleeve dress, with a custom Neil Grigg headpiece and veil.  As a final flourish and nod to my love of fashion, I wore a purple Lisa Ho feather bolero when I felt the May chill.  I carried a Lanvin clutch from Net-a-Porter which carried a piece of lace from my paternal grandmother’s wedding dress (something borrowed) and a Liberty handkerchief from my sister-in-law with Manolo Blahnik illustrations (something blue).


I had a Jayson Brunsdon necklace and some diamond and pearl earings, however after getting all dressed up, taking advice from Mademoiselle Channel, I removed the earings to save for the party dress…“before you leave the house take one thing off”.






I always wanted my girls to feel comfortable and individual, a glamorous version of their everyday selves!  After spying the gorgeous mountain print skirt from Lisa Ho on a shopping trip for myself, I knew I had found the base for the bridesmaids.  I styled two of the girls in this skirt with a Lisa Ho lilac sleeveless blouse, each tailored to their individual style.  My third bridesmaid was 7 months pregnant at the time of the wedding.  The mountain print fabric also came in a stunning floor sweeping gown.  While we initially planned to shorten the dress to match the length of the skirts, once she had it on she truly glowed and looked, and felt, so beautiful in full length that we could not bear to cut it.  True to my wishes, I think each of the girls looked unique, beautiful and relaxed.




Too much fun!


* The fantastic photographer that took these amazing photos is Carmen from Encapture Photography.  She is absolutely fabulous – such a delight to work with, super professional and…well the photos speak for themselves!

* Bride, bridesmaid & mother of the bride make up by the gorgeous and oh so talented Amanda Reardon who kindly stepped in at the last-minute for Charlotte Blakeney. Both are incredible at what they do.  You can see Amanda’s work in the photos above and I was recently a bridesmaid (just 5 weeks after giving birth) where Charlotte did the make up and despite having to work with a puff-ball of a face she made me feel quite beautiful!  If you are after make up for a wedding its best to contact Charlotte as Amanda does not usually do weddings.

* Bride, bridesmaid & mother of the bride hair by Paloma and her very talented team at Oscar Oscar Paddington.

* Flowers – Floreat Floral

* All ribbon – silk grosgrain, from Papier D’Amour.  Further details on this gorgeous ribbon available in this related post.

Other details set out within post.


xx catherine and grace


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