inspiration: dip dye

dip dyed pleats by @honorwoman via {thisisglamorous}

destination wedding invitations via oh so beautiful paper

Lily Cole for British Vogue. Photo by Tim Walker (2007) via yellowtrace

…just a little bit of lovely to kickstart your day.


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+ in the office: scandinavian inspiration
+ life is short




Perth’s culture, may it be in the field of fashion, design, art or music, is truly expanding. It was only in the past week that Sydney-based designer (but very much loved internationally), Josh Goot, flew into Perth to open his Spring/Summer 2013/14 collection at high end fashion boutique Ricarda (read about his visit here, as was featured in STM *mind the small text*). At the beginning of this year, independent media website Crikey published quite an interesting article about Perth flourishing arts scene. But to kickstart the upcoming season of festivals, here are some details on a night of fun in Leederville.

Date: Thursday 5 September
Venue: Oxford Street. Leederville
Time: 5.00pm – 9.00pm, with an after party at the Leederville Hotel
For more details on the schedule of the night, click here.

Perth fashion enthusiasts? Will you be going? I will definitely be there, so if you happen to see me, be bold and come say hi (it would honestly make my day). I promise I’ll be nice.


All The Fine Gentlemen


With the stormy weather of late, I can’t help but admire the gentlemen that cross my path who not only manage to stay warm but also dress in the most elegant ways, pairing the right colours and patterns with the right cut and material…

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What do you think about the colours and patterns? Perfect? Too much?

Hope you’re having a beautiful day, perhaps a little less blustery than mine.

-The Fine Duchess

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Some links you may have missed:


Hidden Spaces


Imagine living in a beautiful home with sky high ceilings, French-style paneling and hidden doorways. Now, wouldn’t that be divine?


{ 2 |Vertical Pivot System Door which leads to a simple minimalist kitchen }


{ 3 | hidden doorway leads to a powder room }


{ 4 | French style panels in a majestic home office }


{ 5 | behind the beautifully wall papered panels is a sunny sitting room }


{ 6 | hidden staircase }


{ 7 | romance awaits behind the doors of this magnificent library }

On this beautiful winter afternoon (more like fake-winter) (Perth isn’t very good at cold winters – the days seem to turn out rather sunny with a slight chill in the air), the Duke and I drove along the riverside in search coffee beans. And coffee beans we found, first at Typika followed by another purchase at Elixir. Tomorrow morning, hopefully we will be able to make a small trip to Mary Street Bakery and purchase a small bag of beans by Pound (all these beans are locally roasted in our little city of Perth). Why so much coffee, you may ask? Sure, we may drink a fair amount of coffee but the numerous purchases are in fact all in the name of research. The Duke is rather keen on finding out the difference between the different blends (by means of a thorough taste test of course) and next week, he will be my guest on this humble little blog, posting his results and findings. But until then, here are the usual weekend links:

Interior: beautiful monochrome wares Australian company The Minimalist
Design: a printer that sits on top of the paper, no print tray required
Paper: beautiful calligraphy by Julie Song Ink
Fashion: loving the fall shoot in September Vogue, featuring Jennifer Lawrence
Kitchen: my favourite brownie recipe

See you next week!

-The Fine Duchess

{ image 1 | bathroom is hidden behind elegant grey-blue walls, belonging to fashion designer Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein }

Saturday’s Child


…works hard for a living. She gets up early in the morning and is always the first one at the office. Amidst office meetings, correspondence of mail and researching for inspiration, she always makes a quick dash for coffee (a long macchiato, of course) at two o’clock in the afternoon at the corner cafe – a chance for some fresh air away from the stress of the office. Saturday’s child works late into the evening, is always last to leave the office, but on the weekends, indulges just the slightest bit with a visit to the local jazz bar after work.





Models: Karlie Kloss, Constance Jablonski, Hilary Rhoda (and Daphne Groeneveld)
Photographer: Venetia Scott
Issue: Self Service Fall-Winter 2012

-The Fine Duchess

Friday’s Child


…is loving and giving, but let’s have some fun and run with our imaginations. Friday’s girl is joined by the most dashing Mr and today brings us a love story.


Friday’s child is gentle and loving, believing in love and the happiness that can be found in it. The sweet couple begins with hot coffee and buttery croissants at a quaint cafe by the river, followed by a stroll amongst the beautiful architecture that surrounds the beautiful city they call home. Together, they explore antique bookshops, pick up a loaf of freshly baked bread from their local bakery and browse through seasonal produce at the markets as they think of what to cook for dinner. Whilst she wasn’t looking, her gentleman buys her a bouquet of pale pink peonies – when presented, was greeted with a laugh and a kiss. Late in the afternoon, she is feeling a bit peckish. So just before they head home, he buys her a pack of macarons, something to nibble on as they take the scenic route home. Oh, what a beautiful day it has been for Friday’s child.



Models: Sam Rollinson & Ondrey
Photographer: Nikolay Biryukov
Issue: Elle Ukraine September 2012
Images via Fashion Gone Rogue

Thursday’s Child


Thursday’s child has far to go. Some say the meaning behind that refers to how Thursday’s child may have to overcome many obstacles before she reaches her goals, but today, we’ll think of it in the more literal sense. Thursday’s child is taking one very long (but as always, luxurious and glamorous) train ride on the Orient Express.

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-The Fine Duchess

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Tuesday’s Child


…is full of grace, intelligence and elegance. Though she is born of the current day which we all live in, she yearns for the fashion of a by gone era. Full circle skirts supported by layers of organza, silk scarves and the perfect clutch. Lavish as they may be, it is a shame that we do not see more of them in our day to day wear. To the Tuesday’s child, she hopes that these items may one day be a way of life whilst others find her odd to be caught up in such an old fashioned era. But she listens not to their hushed whispers and continues to dream of what the future may hold…








-The Fine Duchess

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*I was not able to find the source of image 4. If anyone knows of the source, I’d be more than happy to link and give credit.