And they’re off… celebrating the racing season at Quincy

On a hot Sydney evening, with the smell of jasmine in the air that always signals Summer is on its way, Quincy celebrated the launch of the Spring Racing Carnival with customers,  friends and shoes, shoes, shoes!


In addition to gorgeous heels, perfect for Fashions on the Field, guests mingled surrounded by stunning millinery by Suzy O’Rourke and NH Millinery {direct queries to Quincy}, clutches ideal for your race day essentials and Coco Rose London folding flats for an elegant walk home.

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The milliners themselves, Suzy O’Rourke and Natasha from NH Millinery, discussed this season’s racing styles with Maddy King, regular Quincy customers and friends of the Quincy team.


Florals were provided by Floreat Floral.  A paired back arrangement of blossom, rosemary & hydrangea was used so as not to overshadow the various colours and styles of the shoes.  Guests were invited to enter to win a gift bag choc full of goodies generously gifted by Ecoya.  catherine & grace was thrilled to offer event styling for this event.

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Contact Quincy to get your hands on any of the gorgeous styles shown in this post…

Proper Quincy LOGO

76 Queen Street, Woollahra

+61 2 9363 0559


Photography & event styling by catherine & grace

The summer staples series: a capsule wardrobe for a week in the sun

Packing a capsule wardrobe for a week of surf, sun & sipping cocktails

always seem to overpack.  Not only does this result in never worn pieces crushed in transit, it also means less room to bring home delights from the destination.  No more!  Here I share with you my holiday capsule wardrobe, as taken on our recent trip to Noosa…

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{the approach}

Keep it simple!  The whole idea behind a capsule wardrobe is that each piece can be part of multiple outfits so choose pieces in black, white and grey, add a single pop of colour, a bit of print and accessorise, accessorise, accessorise!

{the clothes}

* black one piece

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* two print one pieces



* print shirt dress {worn open as a coverup over swimmers}


* a couple of soft cotton t-shirts {white & grey}


* black & white short


* black & white cotton beach coverup dress


* easy stretch stripe dress


* fuchsia long sleeve shift dress {a good day to night option}


* fuchsia sleeveless silk dress {for cocktails!}


* long black dress


* white linen long sleeve jumper


* silver cotton jacket


{the shoes}

* black ruffle sandals 


* black thin strap rubber thongs {flip-flops}


* black pointed flats {switch for simple heels or jewelled sandals if your destination calls for it}

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{the accessories}

* turquoise rope bead necklace


* fuchsia twisted bead necklace

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* grey wooden necklace


* silver beaded necklace

silber bead necklace

* large crystal necklace


* grey / green patent leather belt


* fuchsia fabric belt {doubles as a knotted necklace}

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* black wide brim hat & sunnies


* faux leather visor


* large fuchsia light cotton scarf {doubles as a sarong and shawl}


* silver mini messenger bag


* beach bag {doubles as a carry on bag}


And then, just mix and match to give you plenty of outfits for a week or so in the sun…just don’t forget your towel and suncream!

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{the details}

* black one piece swimmers – Seafolly {current season SS13/14}

* print one piece swimmers – both DVF, from Net-a-Porter

* print shirt dress – Zimmermann, from Di Nuovo

* t-shirts – James Perse, from Robby Ingham | Lisa Ho | Trenery

* black & white short – Thurley {current season – SS13/14}

* black & white cotton beach dress – Scanlan Theodore

* easy stretch strip dress – Witchery

* fuchsia long sleeve shift dress – DVF, from Di Nuovo

* fuchsia sleeveless silk dress – Manning Cartell

* long black dress – Joanie Loves Chachi

* white linen long sleeve jumper – Skin and Threads {current season – SS13/14}

* silver cotton jacket – Sass & Bide {current season – SS13/14}

* black ruffle sandals – Sambag

* rubber thongs – Havaianas, available from General Pants Co

* black pointed flats – Witchery {current season – SS13/14}

* turquoise rope bead necklace – Lovisa

* fuchsia twisted bead necklace – Lovisa

* grey wooden necklace – a gift from a friend

* silver beaded necklace – a gift from a friend

* Large crystal necklace – Lisa Ho

* grey / green patent leather belt – Ginger & Smart

* fuchsia fabric belt – Ginger & Smart

* black wide brim hat – Condura

* sunglasses – Ray Ban Wayfarers sqaure

* faux leather visor – Witchery {current season – SS13/14}

* fuchsia cotton scarf – gift from my mum!

* silver mini messenger bag – Scanlan Theodore

* beach bag – Witchery

It starts with a little art… inspiration for Little Miss first birthday party

How to use your child’s art as the inspiration for styling their next party

The inspiration for Little Miss Turns One {a small afternoon tea to celebrate our daughter’s first birthday} was a small painting Little Miss made a few months earlier.  I love the look on her face when her chubby little fingers press paint into the paper and colour magically appears.  However, as much as I love my daughter’s colourful pieces, using children’s art to style a party requires balance and a few fresh ideas.  Here is how we did it…


The inspiration…

The simplest way to have your kids create gorgeous art that can be used to inspire your event styling is to control the colour choice.  This is the number one rule!  Pick colours you like or colours your child likes – just be sure to pick only a few colours.  Oh… and ensure to remove the masterpiece before it’s all mixed into a brown mess!

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{The piece we choose for Little Miss Turns One}


The stationery suite…

To begin with, we scanned Little Miss’ painting to create a digital print copy.  Once cropped slightly, this print formed the basis of the stationery suite.  We created an invite, RSVP card and a thank you card (and all associated envelopes) all using the publishing layout within Word and iPhoto on a MacBook Pro; so no fancy software is needed.

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{Front of the invite.  The back of the invite was a full version of the original painting.}


{RSVP card}

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The styling…

Bunting is having a moment.   Through the genius of Spoonflower {one of my favourite new finds} we uploaded a copy of the painting and turned it into fabric.  A triangle template, some cotton tape and a bit of sewing later and the bunting was born.

Spoonflower makes it easy to turn your child’s artwork into fabric, wallpaper, small fabric sticky decals and wrapping paper.  How special to include your child’s creativity in such a unique way?

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I like guests to leave with a little something so I usually do a small lolly bag or boxed cupcake as a treat for the drive or walk home.  To introduce Little Miss’ painting into the favours we uploaded her art to Moo and created small favour tags {known as Moo Mini Cards in the Moo world} to attach to the favour bags with mini pegs.  We also created some stickers using our catherine & grace logos to keep the favour bags closed until the end of the party!

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What else…?

We displayed the original artwork on the gift table in an acrylic frame.

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We hung a copy of the artwork, printed on quality paper, on the front door to guide guests to the correct house and used another copy as part of a dome installation inside.

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We used the Moo mini cards as gift tags on small gifts for the grandparents to thank them for all their help over the year.

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Have you got any other ideas to share?   We would love to hear them!


{and… xxLittle Miss_PNG-72ppi}

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