A Christmas Wish


I woke up at 5am this morning, grabbed a blank piece of paper and a Sharpie and started writing a list of things I had to do over the holidays, starting tonight and taking me right up to New Year’s Day.

I filled every day with “stuff” – catch ups with friends and family, appointments, a goal-setting day, a wedding moodboard-creating day, a day to clean up my files and sort through my paperwork.

With a purposeful thud, I stuck my big black list on the pantry door (“in eyeshot, to keep me on track”) and ignoring the tightening of my heart, I started to get dressed so I could get out and hit the running track.

Not 20 seconds later, in a flash of early morning reason, I was back in the kitchen ripping that big, black list off the pantry door and throwing it straight in the bin.

To-do lists need a holiday too.

I’m all for structure and will most definitely step up to the plate when structure is called for. I get productivity, I get routine. Evernote, daily early morning exercise, lists, phone reminders, regular weekly blog posts et al… I’m talkin’ to you. I’m not envisaging the demise of the to-do list in my stratosphere any time ever soon.

I also know, however, that the times I feel most alive are when I roll over in the morning and whisper in my man’s ear “Let’s roadtrip baby, let’s just go wherever.”

No plans, no need-to-do’s – just the open road and a spontaneous heart.

So here’s to an unscheduled Christmas break. If you’re anything like me and feel like you’re “wasting” the day if you don’t have anything planned, allow yourself to unfold into this new, unfamiliar space as you refuel and re-energise for 2012. Leave room for the dance of life. Stay in bed all day with a good book, be open to spur-of-the-moment experiences – a lunch with a friend that turns into a wild night out, or a trip to the next beach that sees you hours away from home. Invite adventure in.


As you pour yourself a glass of bubbles and share a belly laugh with your loved ones this Christmas, think of the things that have been magical and beautiful and eye-opening in 2011. What are you proud of? What are you grateful for?

I’ll be publishing a post next week that delves into my 2011 a little more, but above all, I’m proud of making good on my promise to myself to start a blog and I’m grateful for love. Simple stuff, but at the end of the day, isn’t love the most important gift we can ever give each other and ourselves? I certainly think so, and I’ve been blessed with lashings of it this year. Completely humbled.

“You can always take a fresh start” ~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

I’ll finish by saying that I’m taking a little bloggy break to recalibrate and will be back in the New Year, bursting with inspiring ideas and stock-full of creative moxie.

BRING. ON. 2012. The butterflies in my stomach (the excitable type) tell me it’s going to be our best year yet!

With warm holiday wishes and abundant dreams for us all,
Rach xx

Images: Ignite Light

All Wrapped Up: Pretty Packaging Inspiration!

I unleashed some unbridled Xmas spirit on the shops over the weekend and picked up a few fancy gifts that are begging to be prettified.

There’s something so thoughtful about a well-wrapped gift, don’t you think? I figure if you go to all the trouble of buying tremendous gifts and pimping your house out, beautiful wrapping is the cherry on top. Or the feather/ fabric strip/ glitter ribbon on top, depending on how creative you’re willing to get.

Inky Co.’s creative maven, Chloe Dam (who also has a fab blog) has visual step-by-step instructions for nailing your Christmas pressie wrapping, which includes creating The Perfect Bow and The Basic Wrapped Present. Super handy resource!

+ For more great packaging ideas, DIY’s and tutorials, you’ll love Nice Package.

Images: Pinterest | The Pink Couch  | Justina Blakeney | Petunia | Follow Studio | Follow Studio Brunch at Saks Papermash | Babble  | Oh Hello Friend | The New Domestic | French Essence

In Spaces Between 2011 Xmas Gift Guide: For the Indie Girl

I know I said yesterday that I was posting my final installment of my Christmas Gift Guide series, but then I got talking to fellow Gold Coast blogger, the gorgeous Liss from Daydream Lily and we decided to do one more for your viewing pleasure!

I love Liss’ edit of goodies from local artists and designers, and have my eye on the Hanna print by her very talented sister Bec Winnel and the Molten Store bracelet. Simplicity with an edge – just the way I like it.

1 // Love Mae Tea Time Decals
2 // Lomo LC-A White
3 // Lily Piri Deer Phone Skin
4 // Lobo Luxe Astrid Pendant
5 // Golden Ink Watermelon Ring with Triangle Detail6 // Kit Cosmetics Christmas in My Kitchen Kit
7 // The Design Files 2012 Calendar8 // Molten Store Crystal End Bracelet
9 // The Horse ‘Thelma’ Shoes in Pink
10 // Frankie 2012 Diary
11 // Follow Store Ceramic Bambi Planter
12 // Bec Winnel Hanna Print

+ Anything in the above list take your fancy? Be sure to head over and check out Daydream Lily – Liss has the best taste and her site is seriously a feast for the eyes!

In Spaces Between 2011 Xmas Gift Guide: For the Girls

Welcome to the final installment of my Christmas Gift Guide series!

So far we’ve covered gifts for:

The Design Nerd
The Intrepid Traveller
The Seriously Stylish
The office Kris Kringle
The Guys

And now we’re all about the ladies. Hooray!

I had to restrain myself from going completely nuts on this guide (confession: I added the second inspiration board below in a rush this morning before work because, well, you can never have too many ideas when it comes to go-to gifts for the special women in your life).

1  // Artemis Leatherwear Hand Stitched Leather Shoulder Bag
2  // Table Tonic Huge American Flag Cushion3 // La Sardina Camera
4  // Le Specs ‘Runaways’ and Mink Pink ‘Paparazzi’ Sunglasses
5 // ASOS Gift Voucher6 // Michael Kors Snake-Effect Leather iPad Case
7 // Topshop Metal Bar Insert Clutch Bag8 // YSL Nail Lacquer Limited Edition9 // Anthropologie Tulum Napkin Set
10 // By Boe Stella Ring11// Sibella Court ‘Nomad’ ; Frances Hansen ‘Keepsakes’; Geraldine James ‘Creative Walls’; Carine Roitfeld ‘Irreverent’
12 // Spell and The Gypsy Collective Crystal Visions Feather Ring
13 // Russh Magazine 1 Year Subscription

1 // Paper and Chain Chevron Necklace and Chevron Bracelet
2 //
Sonodesign Triangular Mugs 
3 //
OPI Best of the Best Mini Polish Collection
4 //
Harper’s Bazaar Greatest Hits 
5 //
Rima Sugi ‘American Fashion Designers at Home’
6 // L’occitane Creams
7 // Balenciaga L’Essence Candle
8 // Pantone 100 Postcards

+ I hope you’ve enjoyed this 2011 Xmas Gift Guide Series! I really enjoyed putting them all together, and of course, a big shout out to Sian, Kim, Claire and Jas for their fabulous contributions.

+ What’s on your wishlist? Are you coveting anything from the selection above?

In Spaces Between 2011 Xmas Gift Guide: Kris Kringle Gifts Under $25

Ahh, the office Kris Kringle.

It can either rock (if your gifter nails it with something you’ll actually use) or it can suck – hard – if Malcolm from I.T draws your name out of the hat and gives you a box of those really horrible chocolates that have been sitting on the shelf at Dinky Di Discounts for far, faaar too long. You know the ones.

“Oh gosh Malcolm… thanks… my favourite!”

No. No. NO! We want to avoid this at all costs so if you think any of the boys in your office need a helping hand with picking the right gift, be sure to casually send this guide their way.

1 // Lanolips Gift Set $22.95
2 // Pony and Poppy Linen Tea Towel $16
3 // Bloom Scented Soap Trio $19.95
4 // MOR Essentials Sugar Rose Tiger Lily Scented Candle $19.95
5 // Klean Kanteen Bike Bundle Drink Bottle and Bike Cage $20.95
6 // Cotton On Night Gown $20.95
7 // Rifle Paper Co. Botanicals Notebook Collection Diary $11.65
8 // Australis Lip Tricks $9.95
9 // Pantone Mug $15.95

+ This guide is obviously very female-focused so please let me know if you need some inspiration for the guys and I’ll whip something up!

+ Finally, what’s the best Kris Kringle/ Secret Santa gift you’ve given or received?

Decorating Inspiration: Getting in the Holiday Spirit

It’s a weird old summer here in Australia.

Cold and rainy and not at all representative of the usual hot, sticky, summery lead up to Christmas, I must admit I’ve been finding it a little hard to get my brain to click over into “Xmas Decorating Mode.”

Until now.

As you know, I’m a huge pinner (and I love that I can say that without raising too many eyebrows!) so I decided to go on hunt for some decorating inspiration this week and was thrilled to find a truckload of creative, easy-to-pull together ideas that would seamlessly fit into any living space.

I’m all about natural elements (our tree last year was a salt-bleached stick, shoved in a silver tin bucket and adorned with handmade ornaments) but I’m also really loving the small pine trees in jars, shown below, as an alternative.

I hope this round up inspires you if the holiday spirit hasn’t yet kicked in! Oh, and one more thing: I just realised I’m singing “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christ-massssss”….. so I’ll leave you on that note. Try getting that out of your head!

Dark and Moody


1. Emmas Blogg 2. 79 Ideas 3. Simple Blueprint 4. Helt Enkelt 5. Cathrine’s Hjerterom

Bright Winter Whites


1. Dreamy Whites 2. Love Nordic 3. Fine Little Day 4. Annaleena’s Hem 

 Naturals and Neutrals


1. My Lovely Things 2. Lotta Agaton 3. Simple Blueprint 4. The Yvestown Blog 5. Decor 8 6. French By Design 7. Frolic

White and Wood


1. Basic Label Sweden 2. Sf Girl By Bay 3. Bp 4. A White Carousel 5. Flex Inredning

For a tonne more inspiration for everything from gorgeous gift wrapping and DIY decorations to tasty Xmas treats, check out the holiday editions of these pretty online magazines:

1. Ruche: A Homemade Holiday 

2. Sweet Paul

+ So, tell me: what’s your Xmas decorating style? Have you put your tree up yet?

In Spaces Between 2011 Xmas Gift Guide: For the Seriously Stylish

The holiday gift inspiration keeps on coming and today the lovely Claire and Jas from Sweet Lime and Spiced Tea have popped in to share their wrap up of all things ‘fashion and beauty’ with us (because, let’s face it, what girl doesn’t like uncovering a shiny treasure on Xmas Day?)

Majorly crushing on that iPad case and (of course) the insanely cool Hermes bracelet.

Hoping Santa has been taking notes…

1 // Bagatelles and Co. Hot Pink ZigZag Envelope Clutch
2 // Hermes Enamel H Bracelet3 // Alexander McQueen Shiny Silver Twin Skull Bangle
4 // House of Harlow Rose Gold Arrow Cuff
5 // Sibella Court ‘The Stylist’s Guide to NYC’
6 // Stella McCartney Faux Leather iPad Sleeve
7 // The Vamoose Layered Metal and Gemstone Necklace8 // Glossybox
9 // Cloud Nine ‘The O’
10 // Erica Weiner Chevron Necklace

+ What’s your pick of the above for your bestie/ sister/ favourite cousin? Anything fashion-related on your own Xmas wishlist?