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Haymes Presents- The Individuals (SP)

At Haymes, they applaud originality and encourage people to pour personality into their homes. It’s really rewarding to look around and see that the things you’ve collected over the years – family treasures, kids’ art, designer pieces, vintage finds, your own creations and even the big-store furniture – come together in a look that could only be yours.

Introducing Haymes ‘Style Crush’ gurus and superstars in their own interiors, styling and art fields; Fiona Richardson, Simone Haag and Madeleine Stamer. Check out their very different approaches to their own homes below and hear their thoughts behind what makes a space truly sing. You never know what you might be inspired to start.

To celebrate being individual Haymes are giving away 3 personal makeovers with your ‘Style Crush’ (and boy are these ladies talented!). Simply enter here and tell Haymes in 25 words why you would like a styling session with your favourite Style Crush to win a styling session, $1,000 Haymes Paint and a $1,000 Fenton and Fenton gift voucher.

The Haymes colours used by Fiona, Madeleine and Simone were Memory, Cherish, Organic 1, Peach Blossom  and Spatial.

Photography Eve Wilson.

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Fiona Richardson

Fiona Richardson didn’t want a look like anyone else’s, which is why she looked to Haymes. With her distinctive eye, original style and gorgeous array of family treasures she needed the perfect backdrop. She found just what she was after in Haymes Memory – how apt!

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Madeleine Stamer

Madeleine Stamer needed the perfect canvas for her vivid folk art collection and graphic style. She chose Haymes Cherish. The result is boldly feminine with a distinct Madeleine-edge.

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Simone Haag

Interior Stylist and Communication’s Manager at Hecker Guthrie, Simone Haag has embraced the Scandi-look but true to form, has put her own twist on it with her considered collection of ceramics, art and furniture. To bring it all together she chose a refined canvas of Haymes Organic 1 and a feature wall in Haymes Peach Blossom – and we think you’ll agree the results are stunning.

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24 White Hot Picks for Summer

Nothing says ‘Hello summer’ like an all white get up, and if the recent Golden Globes are anything to go by, we’ll be seeing plenty more of the white trend again next summer.  From boho lace, to textured leathers and contrasting fabrics, white this season is anything but boring!

The beauty of this classic hue is the elegance and minimalist charm it brings to an outfit, not to mention it’s oh so easy to pair with practically any shoe, handbag or accessory you can think of.  Whether it’s a relaxed day by the beach or cocktails with friends, white is the perfect blank canvas for creating a failsafe and striking summer look (just keep away from the red wine!).

When choosing your outfit, pick your favourite summer trend (fluid silhouettes, sports luxe and fitted midis are key), and for maximum impact, elevate the look with a faux glow and bright hued lip.  Voila!

Written by Greer de Burgh, Contributing Fashion Editor.

Top image L-R:  shopbop.com ; forwardforward.com

cutout7Indah Revel Crochet cut away maxi $220 here

Nookie Bridget Bustier dress $209 here

Cushnie Et Ochs Oscar halter dress $1732 here

Winona Her Ring Maxi set $239.95 here

maxislastBCBG Max Azria Alyse Strapless gown $425 here

Riller & Fount Sebastian dress $242 here

Shona Joy Seidler Bustier midi dress $390 here

Manning Cartell Light Industry dress $499 here

offshoulderfinaleFor Love & Lemons Belle midi dress $311.20 here

Mason by Michelle Mason top $295.35 here (skirt sold separately).

Shakuhachi Mirabelle Off shoulder bell sleeve shift dress $200 here

Jens Pirate Booty Celebration mini dress $308.75 here

whitemidifinalNBD Split sides midi dress $192.85 here

Misha Collection $365 here

Camilla and Marc Evasion dress $330 here

Alice McCall Today You Are crop $140 here (skirt sold separately)

JUMPSUITLASTLovers + Friends Star Gazer jumpsuit $241.65 here

Sass & Bide Create a World wide leg jumpsuit $330 here

Stylestalker Island fever jumpsuit $190 here

Solace London Tailor jumpsuit $275 here

lastshortKeepsake Night After Night playsuit $179.95 here

Cushnie Et Ochs Flared dress with side cutouts $1696 here

Keepsake Mirror Image dress $159.95 here

Paint It Red Soul Sister dress $78.95 here

Sweet Dreams

I have created countless bedrooms and playrooms for kids and the client brief is almost always a combination of the following – pretty/fun/colourful/cost-effective.  So I found myself in a ridiculous state of excitement when, towards the end of last year, I came across a Wollongong-based brand called This Little House and their gorgeous ‘sleeping spaces’ which is basically a bed that doubles as a cubby.

The house-shaped frame itself is simple enough – but it’s what you do with it that counts because the idea is to provide the perfect blank canvas for children to ignite their imaginations and express their individual style. The timber version comes flat packed and ready to paint in any colour you like while the metal option comes in staple colours and can be adjusted safely from a cot to a bed.

Add fairy lights, garlands, cushions, cool bed linen, perhaps a muslin drape plus your child’s favourite teddies and toys and hey presto! You have a whimsical reading nook or a bed perfect for dreaming. And best of all, they are really well priced – the timber cubby is $199.95 and the metal cot/bed is $499.95 (+ delivery).

The initial collection sold out super fast so This Little House is now taking orders for March. Get in quick to secure yours at www.thislittlelove.com.au/this-little-house

Written by Jacqui Moore of Greenhouse Interiors, Contributing Interiors Editor

Images styled by Jacqui Moore and photographed by Armelle Habib.

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Portsea Polo 2015

The Portsea Polo never fails to IMPRESS! For me, it is the social highlight of the year. I love that it’s smack bang in the middle of summer and everyone has that relaxed vibe going on. It’s a huge party atmosphere on the beach and the hospitality is second to none.

This year we enjoyed sensational catering by Tommy Collins (here). The espresso martinis were a big hit and came complete with chocolate doughnut- YUM! The crispy chicken sandwiches and beef burgers were also a crowd pleaser.

Lets talk Champagne now and we were lucky enough to be supplied with Chassenay d’Arce (here)- a top ten champagne in the world. It was delightful (the Rose was my fave) and I highly recommend when you are next looking for a bottle of bubbles. My hangover the next day was testament to just how delicious it was!

Portsea Polo fashion is all about a summer, relaxed, party vibe. Think maxis, jumpsuits, flats, wedges and straw hats. I was super, duper, pinching myself, lucky that my best boys at J’Aton Couture offered to make me something for the polo. When I suggested a jumpsuit, boy did they deliver. I have never and will probably never see another jumpsuit like it. Using gorgeous Valentino mesh and floral lace they designed me a Neoclassical sheer couture outfit which looked as if it had a basket of flowers growing out of my back. As it was very short we made sure we added a long sleeve and a high neck. It was fixed with hand sewn pearls and the most delicate of tulle. I am so lucky to have these talents in my life- they are inimitable.

I hope you enjoy the pics below from the initial fittings at J’Aton to some candid snaps from throughout the day.

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Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet 2015

Hollywood’s hottest stars graced the red carpet on Sunday night for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe awards, and boy did they impress!  Metallic gowns dominated the carpet, with Golden Globe winner Julianne Moore leading the way in custom Givenchy and Dakota Johnson stunning in a strapless sequinned dress with daring front split by Chanel Haute couture.

White was also a huge trend, with plenty of sexy cutout gowns on display, but it was red that proved most popluar, with Allison Williams, Helen Mirren, Heidi Klum, Jane Fonda and Lena Dunham all sporting the firey hue.  Celebs didn’t shy away from the plunge either, with Jennifer Lopez, Sienna Miller, Kate Hudson and Jessica Chastain opting for sultry gowns with revealing necklines.

Refreshingly, there was no shortage of risk takers, with Emma Stone looking incredible in an embellished Lanvin jumpsuit complete with oversize bow at the back, and musician Lorde exuding youthful charm in a chic custom pantsuit by Narciso Rodriguez.  But it was newly single Kate Hudson who brought the wow factor to the carpet, looking utterly striking in a white Versace gown with seriously plunging neckline and revealing jewelled side cutouts. That’s one smokin’ hot mumma!

Written by Greer de Burgh, Contributing Fashion Editor.

Top images: Vogue Australia

hudsonbluntL-R: Kate Hudson in Versace, Emily Blunt in Michael Kors.

gg4L-R: Kate Beckinsale in Elie Saab, Diane Kruger in Emilia Wickstead.

gg5L-R: Dakota Johnson in Chanel Haute Couture, Julianne Moore in custom Givenchy.

jlomillerL-R: Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad, Sienna Miller in Miu Miu.

gggL-R: Emma Stone in Lanvin, Lorde in Narciso Rodriguez.

gg3L-R: Allison Williams in Armani Prive, Naomi Watts in Gucci.

witherspoonadamsL-R: Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein, Amy Adams in Versace.

gg7L-R: Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad & John Legend, Jenna Dewan in Carolina Herrera & Channing Tatum.

Images via Vogue Australia

Madinat Jumeirah Dubai

Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabian Resort of Dubai, is what I’m calling the best resort in the world. Seriously- you can not fault it or beat it.

Featuring 2 incredible hotels, Al Qasr and Mina A’ Salam, 29 traditional summer houses in Dar Al Masyaf (where we stayed), 7 Malakiya Villas (complete with 24 hour butler and fully equipped kitchen, private pool etc), over 40 restaurants and bars (yes you read that correctly- over 40 restaurants and bars at the one resort!), a 1000-seat amphitheatre, Madinat Arena and the most incredible spa and fitness centre you’ve ever seen in the Talise Fitness centre (complete with high altitude training room- gah! Juddy was in HEAVEN).

Did I also mention that the resort has its own Souk and movie theatre? Oh and one of the nicest beaches with the most perfect water temperature and soft white sand. I know I keep going on but there is also a turtle rehabilitation centre which the kids loved and Sinbad Kids Club comes complete with indoor play rooms (for bubs, toddlers and big kids) plus a fantastic outside water playground with fountains and slides. Oscar and Billie both did some serious play time here. Finally (actually not finally, there’s more but I’m running out of time to keep gushing), Wild Wadi Waterpark is also part of the resort. Check it out here to see how awesome it is. Oh and the tennis courts, I can’t forget those! Mainly due to the fact that Roger Federer was there having a hit. Yep.

The facilities are interconnected by 3 kilometres of waterways and landscaped gardens. As our villa was quite far away from the main restaurant area we would sail on an Abra (an Arabian boat) to breakfast each day- as you do. We easily walked around the lush gardens of the resort but there are also on-call buggies which can scoot you around too.

Now lets talk service. Never have I experienced anything like it. We had the most GORGEOUS host at our Dar Al Masyaf Villa whose name was Fridah. She greeted us every morning with her lovely smile and organised everything we needed. We missed her when we left! Everybody from the gardeners, the cleaners, the Abra captains, the lifesavers, the concierge, wait staff, bell boys- EVERYONE was super helpful and wore nothing but a grin on their faces.

We visited Dubai in their winter so the temperature was much more comfortable than the 50 degree days in the peak of summer (but trust me, there’s plenty to do in summer indoors that you barely notice the heat. Skiing anyone?). It was around 24 degrees most days and super nice. We didn’t really need to leave our resort but Dubai has so much to offer that of course we got out and explored. A few of the many activities we enjoyed in Dubai were:

The Dubai Mall here: the biggest shopping mall in the world complete with indoor, enormous aquarium, underwater zoo and Kidzania. Not to mention every retail shop you could imagine. You could spend a week here.

Kidzania here: MIND BLOWING! Located at The Dubai Mall, watch your kids act out their childhood dreams, role-playing by mimicking traditionally adult activities. As in the real world, children perform “jobs” and are either paid for their work (as a fireman, doctor, police officer, journalist, shopkeeper, etc.) or pay to shop or to be entertained. The indoor theme park is a city built to scale for children, complete with buildings, paved streets, vehicles, a functioning economy, and recognizable destinations (like McDonalds! Yep, your kids can flip burgers all day and get paid for it ha!). Oscar was a fireman for the day and got to ride in a firetruck to a hotel which was on fire (fake fire) and he had a water hose and put the “flames” out. He was so rapt as he got paid for his work afterwards and was able to buy a toy car (you know, because he needed a new car, not).

Boat ride with my girlfriend: She has been a Dubai resident for over 10 years and has lots of friends who are Emirati nationals so some of them took us out on their boat one day and it was so spectacular to see Dubai from the water. There was also a sensational air show on display as part of the UAE ‘National Day’ celebrations. Think airforce jets doing crazy stunts and tricks above us while making patterns in the sky in the colours of the UAE flag. Oscar was FIZZING.

Dinner at China Grill here: Super modern, super yummy. Very swanky and delish. I highly recommend the crab dumplings.

If you would like more information on Madinat Jumeirah then head to www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/madinat-jumeirah/

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* Please note there are specific local laws and cultural customs when travelling to Dubai which you should familiarise yourself with before visiting. My hotel is a free dress zone but public places require women to cover the shoulders and above the knee. There are also laws relating to swearing, public displays of affection, medicines, Ramadan and photos to name a few. It’s a really cool and safe place but don’t get caught out when you visit and always be respectful.