Happy Weekend

Amidst polished pianos, piles of beautiful thick paper and the recent weather heating up so much it seems to have caught everyone by surprise,  the week is at an end. With the weekend beckoning at us, there are talks of trips to the beach, early coffees on our patio and picnics to be planned as we take advantage of the pleasant temperature that still remains, at least until the intense heat of the summer invades our city. But until then, here are a few weekend links from around the globe:01.ACupOfJo.ChristmasParties





one | a fantastic idea on taking photos are Christmas parties
two | what a brilliant idea for a birthday present
three | I think these glasses were made just for me
four | a scratch and sniff wine book. Yes, I said scratch and sniff
five | a sweet print of blueberries in a bowl. Speaking of blueberries, they taste amazing brownies. Especially these brownies. I tried it this morning.

And Perth locals, don’t forget about the following events happening this week:
+ Carnaval Macabre (25 October – 03 November)
+Italian Fireworks Night {sounds amazing!} (8 November)
+Festival Batizado (02 November)

Have a lovely weekend.


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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

Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 |

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

Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 |

*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.

Happy weekend


…though it may be more appropriate to welcome the new week. My my, how the weekend went by so fast. But before the week begins again, may I indulge you with a few lovely sketches from architect and artist Richard Seedorf. And as usual, a few links from around the world.



Images via sprk and can be purchased here.

Design: a vase that accepts a flower’s death and celebrates its beauty | design milk
Photography: polar bears performing water ballet | first seen on Design Crush
Wedding: beautiful travel inspired airmail wedding invitations
Encouragement: some uplifting words | oh, hello friend
DIY: super fun projects if you have a moment to spare | Poppytalk

Sweet Tooth

…after a long day of teaching little fingers how to move correctly, running important errands that could no longer be put off and as always, the sound of piano constantly in my ears, these deliciously looking doughnuts, captured by Chris Court, are a nice distraction as I seek a slight change of pace, even if it is only for a short while.

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ASpectacularLife_DonnaHayItalianDoughnutsItalian Doughnuts

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ASpectacularLife_DonnaHayCustardDonutsLittle Custard Doughnuts

And after a well needed slumber, it is back to work tomorrow as musicians, young and old, grace my humble studio with their books, pencils and manuscript in hand.

-The Fine Duchess

All images with the permission of Chris Court, featured in Donna Hay (issue 56, 2011)