I still call Australia home…

three ways to style your Australia Day celebration

Australian natives, structural elements and simple styling – keep it easy breezy to beat the heat on January 26th and celebrate being Australian.

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xx Catherine JPEG

It’s time to sparkle…

Your festive season style, sorted.

Whether you are celebrating the silly season beachside with the family, at a rooftop bar sipping cocktails or snuggled up with your love & a good bottle of red we have your style dilemmas sorted.  Keep things simple and fresh for steamy summer days & long sultry nights.  Make white, gold & black your go-to wardrobe essentials.

{christmas eve drinks with neighbours}

Cocktails on your apartment block’s roof-top terrace…

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Man the Label Paris choker in gold {$149} Sophie Cox Sea Breeze heel, available from Quincy {$655}
Willow for Igniting Change rope bracelet {$110} UNIF.M Tri Placket Playsuit in white{$369}
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Easy, breezy BBQ at the house down the road…

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Bec & Bridge leather pant in white {$390} Seed foil t-shirt in white-golf {$49.95}
True Penny The Knot flat
 in black, available from Quincy {$270}

{christmas day with the family}

Champagne in the city…

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Sass & Bide Mis-Education dress {$390} | Oroton Scent Mini bag in linen {$395}
True Penny The Knot flat in black, available from Quincy {$270}

Down by the beach…

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Seafolly shimmer lattice one-piece in black {$150}| Scanlan Theodore cotton silk shirt dress in white {$380}
Lovisa feather cluster necklace {$7} | Mania Mania Hollywood necklace {$220}

{new years eve with friends}

Girls night out…

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Sass & Bide Gilded Youth shoe in black {$490} | Saba palm clutch {$111.75, for a limited time} |
Country Road gathered sleeve shift dress in black {$179} | Mania Mania Babylon cocktail ring {$281}
Geometric Skies body harness from Etsy {$64.95}

Wishing for a midnight kiss… don’t forget your overnight bag!

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Willow white draped top {$295} Zimmerman gold leather skirt {$595}
Sophie Cox Sea Breeze heel, available from Quincy {$655} Scanlan Theodore fine calf tote in white {$600}

Date night with your love…

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Jac & Jack Dan pant in black {$249} Zimmerman valiant pearl top {$495}
Sass & Bide a Writer’s Life cape {$490} | Mania Mania Babylon cocktail ring {$281}
Sophie Cox Sea Breeze heel, available from Quincy {$655}

All items in this post are designed by Australians or made in Australia, or both!  Why not make your New Year’s resolution to support your local boutiques and designers – wherever you live? Happy festive fashion lovelies!

All photographs are from the website linked to each product.
Prices are approximate and in Australian dollars.

xx Catherine JPEG

Simple summer sundays: a family engagement celebration

A simple engagement dinner for my brother and his beautiful fiancée, using a palette of gold & white and lots of fresh flowers – a look that can easily translate to your Christmas table

{the inspiration}

I have been styling the house in a palette of gold and white in preparation for the festive season – see Feathers & fairy tales – a catherine & grace Christmas – so I wanted to carry that colour scheme through to the styling of the engagement dinner for my younger brother and his beautiful fiancée.  Not only does gold scream C E L E B R A T E  – it also meant I could use some of the items I had sourced or made for my holiday styling.

{the styling}

A piece of beautifully soft, white linen was strewn down our wooden table, twisted slightly and used as a very organic looking table runner.  Mini bottles were filled with white flowers & green foliage and placed along the table.  Guests were guided to their seats by place cards attached to kiwi fruit – a nod to the fact that my new sister-in-law to be is a New Zealander.  White linen napkins, white plates and crystal wine glasses on white & gold coasters completed the table setting.Hessian {burlap} cut into luggage tag shapes and dipped in gold glitter, together with crisp white paper tags were used as place cards, attached to kiwifruit with a toothpick.  Tip: use under ripe kiwifruit so you don’t get kiwi juice all over your table setting!Gold washi tape was used to decorate simple cream coasters.Armfuls of hydrangea, peonies and roses were sourced the morning before and casually placed in buckets along the console behind the lounge, together with a small posy at the front door.2013-12-01 - Will & Lou engagement diner BLOG - copyright Catherine Wilson for catherine & grace15Simple Summer Sundays BLOG image 1Simple Summer Sundays BLOG image 2Simple Summer Sundays BLOG image 3

{the food}

Keep things really simple for a Sunday evening, or for Christmas lunch.  Serving all cold dishes not only keeps you out of a hot kitchen on a hot Summer’s evening, it also removes the need to time the cooking of the meal… which means more celebrating for the host!  A quick trip to the fish markets in the morning and we came home with smoked ocean trout, prawns and Sydney rock oysters, plus ingredients for salads and some amazing cheeses and sourdough.  Place all the food on share platters, either in the middle of the table or on a side bench as we did.  Ensure there is plenty of ice-cold champagne, relax and enjoy!will & lou engagement dinner image 5

{the guests of honour}2013-12-01 - Will & Lou engagement diner BLOG - copyright Catherine Wilson for catherine & grace24{the details}

– Styling & photography by catherine & grace

– Kiwifruit & hessian place cards – a catherine & grace DIY

– Plates – Grosgrain dinner plate, by Vera Wang for Wedgwood available from Peters of Kensington

– Napkins – square white linen, by Linen & Moore, tied with Vandores white paper cord from Papier D’Amour & Gutermann gold embroidery thread from Spotlight {available at most good sewing stores}.

– White & glass mini bottles – catherine & grace

– Coasters – cream coasters decorated with gold washi tape from Crafty Creations 2013 on Etsy

– Florals – sourced from EQ Village Markets, styled by catherine & grace

– Vases & buckets – stylists own.

xx Catherine JPEG

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