Deane & McLoughlin


Preston Bailey

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I am a huge fan of Preston Bailey's work.  I think his events are beyond and it is an ultimate wish of mine that one day I could have an event done by him.   I would particularly kill for him to plan my wedding.  Huge Sigh.
Anyways so when I found these beautiful pictures of the recent christening he did for Jennifer Hudson and David Ortega's new baby I was so excited I had to share them with you....Oh but to dream.
L xxx

Photos from ellyB

These FABULOUS navy Belle by Sigerson Morrison patent calf length boots are a) dreamy b) on sale at (!) Original price: 234.78 (GBP) Now: 140.87 (GBP). Complete steal - I only wish they were still available in my size :( Congratulations to the lucky gal who snares these babies.

C. x
This week I had the best scrambled eggs of my entire life, at a little Bondi beachside cafe called Trio. I ordered the 'Boss' eggs (Scrambled with fetta and truffle oil, side of avocado, lemon, prosciutto and sourdough) with some trepidation, although I was hungry and it did sound good (if not a little too good to be true). To my utter delight, the eggs were moist but firm with gooey bits of fetta, the truffle oil definitely apparent but not overpowering the taste of the free range eggs. The prosciutto was salty and delicious and the avocado fresh and buttery. What a delight! If I wasn't about to do a 12km walk straight after breakfast I may have been tempted to order a second round. My companions ordered the 'Breakfast Sundae' (strawberries, banana and toasted muesli swirled with yoghurt and honey) and Eggs Benedict (florentine) - both equally satisfying. I can't wait to go back and try the mango and lime buttermilk pancakes (served with strawberries, lemon curd and couble cream), which I hear are supreme. It's a bit pricey as far as breakfast goes but entirely worth it. I highly recommend. Oh, did I mention the view?

Breakfast Sundae

Boss Eggs (I requested wholemeal over sourdough)

C. x

These are some photos I took at Gordons Bay in Sydney last week. It's such a gorgeous area, the water is so clear, it's hard to believe its just down from Bondi! It's the perfect spot for a beach picnic. Don't forget your wayfarers and 30+.

Holiday outfits

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I love Christmas and New Years.  It gives me the chance to pull out the sparkle and wear those beyond fabulous dresses I have been wanting.  
These are a few of my picks for the holiday dressing moments.
L xx

willow dress on
This one could be worn all year!  A brilliant LBD

Balmain dress on
For obviously sparkle-tastic reasons

Catherine Malandrino jeweled dress also on 
This would look hot with a black tuxedo jacket

Lonny Magazine

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A free online interiors magazine with fantastic fresh content....never?1?!  Until now!!!!
Lonny magazine is exactly this and I'm in love.  And only in it's 2nd issue ever! Look at these gorgeous pics!!! Make sure you read the full magazine by going to or go to the editor's blog M.A.Belle and click on the link.  I must admit though, I'm loving the pics so desperately that I'm craving to start a beautiful glossy collection of them.
Love Love Love. Thank you
L xxx










Monday, December 14, 2009

Everywhere I look I see Macaroons!  I'm going crazy.  Once I finally get my hands on some I'm definitely going to go crazy with them and then regret it later... Argh the insanity!
L xxx


Morgie's new shoes 2

Friday, December 11, 2009

And here are Morgie's new shoes featured on fashion toast - just a better photo...

One of my new beyond fabulous co-workers just got new shoes delivered from Top Shop.  She has been waiting all week and when they finally arrived she was so excited she did a little dance around the room with joy!
Do you blame her though?!?!
Only Morgie could pull this off...stay tuned for more outfits by Morgie.....
L xx


Bondi to Clovelly

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

It was such a glorious day in Sydney today, perhaps more so as I was by the beach, doing the 4.5 walk from Bondi to Clovelly and back again. Here are some pictures I took on my phone along the way, including Icebergs, Tamarama, Bronte and anywhere in between.

C. x

Favourite Gift Option

Monday, December 7, 2009

This year I was in search for an affordable, luxury gift to give as gifts for Christmas... and I have discovered the brilliance of Missoni handtowels.
I mean, Missoni is by no means a recent obsession of mine - but the affordability of the handtowels is what excites me!  For under $40 each they are a great gift!!!
Available in Sydney from Spence and Lyda, Top3 by design and Myer city store
L xxx


Dream dinner party for 12

Friday, December 4, 2009


Daphne Guinness
Sarah Murdoch
John Galliano
L. Deane (me)
C. McLoughlin (my other half)
J.K. Rowling
Steve Jobs
Dame Elizabeth Taylor
Robert Pattinson
Chris Martin
Mick Jagger


A mix of Prince, Carla Bruni, Jack Johnson, Jamie Cullum, John Legend, Lilly Allen and Moby


Tequila in a tall glass with lots of ice on arrival
Vintage Don Perignon as a warm up
An Australian Pinot Noir or Pinot Gris during food
Fangelico with fresh lime on ice to finish


Cooked by Matt Wilkinson from Circa,The Prince
Gluten free and vegetarian options for Chris Martin and wheat free for me


White hydrangas or peonies

L xxx

How to make marshmallows

Thursday, December 3, 2009

I recently became obsessed with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's 'River Cottage Autumn' series, in which he makes some seriously interesting and eco-ethical delights. One of my favourite recipes in the series were his beetroot marshmallows - with beetroot juice giving the pillowy puffs a fantastic pinky hue. I'm hoping to try making them myself this weekend. Thanks to the Channel 4 (UK) website for posting the recipe! Get creative once you've mastered the basic recipe and add your own flavours such as almond and cinnamon, pistachio and honey etc.


• 1-2 tbsp icing sugar
• 1-2 tbsp cornflour
• A little vegetable oil for oiling the tin and knife
• 1 small, raw, peeled beetroot
• 25g gelatine powder (about 2 sachets, but check the packet)
• 500g granulated sugar
• 2 egg whites

Method: How to make marshmallows

1. Sift the icing sugar and cornflour together into a small bowl.
2. Rub a shallow cake tin of about 20x20cm with a few drops of vegetable oil and shake a little of the icing sugar mixture around the tin to coat the base and sides.
3. Grate the beetroot into a small bowl and pour over 125ml of nearly boiling water and leave to infuse for 30 seconds. Strain the pink, nearly boiling water into a bowl and sprinkle the gelatine on top. Stir until all of the gelatine has dissolved.
4. Put the sugar into a medium-sized saucepan with 250ml of water. Warm over a low heat, stirring until all of the sugar has dissolved, then place a sugar thermometer in the pan and raise the heat, allowing the mixture to boil fiercely without stirring until the thermometer reads 122°C. Remove from the heat and pour the beetroot/gelatine mixture into the hot sugar syrup, stirring until everything is well blended.
5. Pour the egg whites into the large bowl of a mixer and beat until stiff. With the mixer going at a low speed, slowly pour in the sugar mixture in a steady, gentle trickle. After you’ve added all of the syrup, leave the machine to carry on beating until the mixture turns really thick and bulky but is still pourable – when you lift up the beater, it should leave a ribbon trail of the mixture on the surface which takes a few seconds to sink back down into the mix.
6. Pour the marshmallow into the prepared tin. Leave to set in a cool place (do not refrigerate) for an hour or two.

7. Dust a chopping board with the rest of the cornflour and icing sugar mixture. Coat a knife with a little oil. Carefully ease the marshmallow out of the tin onto the board, helping it out where necessary with the knife. Make sure all of the surfaces of the marshmallow are entirely dusted with the icing sugar mixture. Cut the marshmallows into squares, oiling and dusting the knife as needed. Store in an airtight tin lined with baking parchment.

C. x

Ray Ban Classic Wayfarer

Monday, November 30, 2009

Wayfarer's were a big part of last season's summer look, although I wouldn't pack them away for storage just yet. The craze is far from over and with these fabulous nouveau retro shades from Ray Ban, they certainly remain the favourite.  I'm loving these Classic Wayfarer's in tortoiseshell/black and black/yellow resin. I tried a pair on last week and I'm still thinking about them now! may have to consider them a cheeky pre-Christmas present for myself...

C. x

After trying St.Ives' luxe apricot facial scrub and absolutely loving it (it delivers!) I thought it would be worthwhile trying one of the products from their new range of body polishes. I picked the Oatmeal and Shea Butter and it is my new favourite.

St Ives claims: "Formulated with natural sugar crystals and Oatmeal & Shea butter extracts, this polish gently exfoliates & cleanses to leave your skin smooth, bright and moisturized without over-drying for radiant, irresistably soft skin." and I have to say that they're spot on. My previous favourite by MOR was excellent for sloughing away my dead winter skin although it was quite rough, to the point it would actually make my hands sore. Oatmeal and Shea won't do that although it is fine enough and rough enough to be effective. The best part by far is that my legs are still smooth and moisturised even though I didn't apply any moisturiser afterwards (which I wouldn't normally recommend). The paste is quite thick, you really need to dig your fingers into it to get it out of the container, actually at first I thought that maybe it had 'gone off' but once on, it smells good, feels good, does what it claims. You won't go wrong with this little gem. Absolute cheapy must have for under $10.00 (AUD). Essential party season purchase!

C. x

Chic or...Eek?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Im saying Eek!  Even the Oscar de la Renta full length gown cant save her.  Kristen Stewart looks terrible!!!!

Kristen Stewart at the New Moon Premiere last night


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Last night I went to see the Britney Spears Concert and wow - what a spectacle!  I personally am not surprised that she lipsyncs - was that ever a secret? And i'm not the biggest fan of her music but it is fun and girly and if you want a good perv on the hot male dancers then you will have an absolute ball.

I also wanted to make a special mention of DJ Havana Brown who opened the night
O     M    G!
I love her! Super cool remixes and super hot.  She was wearing the awesomest over the knee boots and I want them so bad! I am going to try and find her on iTunes asap.

It's Britney Bitch and I loved it!

DJ Havana Brown


Saturday, November 14, 2009

adjective: 1. Tearful. 2. Relating to or inducing tears.

eg I was lachrymose when I saw Nicole Kidman's dress at the recent CMA's. Beautiful dress but too small for her bust.
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L & C. xx

Fashion cookbook

Friday, November 13, 2009

OMG I DIE!  I want this cookbook so much. It is gorgeous!!!  DVF's recipe for Saturday night Chicken, Zac Posen's recipe for butterscotch wafers - if everyone in the fashion world wasn't so damn skinny I would maybe believe that this is what they actually cook!
But that delusion aside, it is still gorgeous and I'm still going to buy it on Amazon.
L xxx



I have recently learnt...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Over the last few weeks I have learnt several interesting things:

1.  Before you use a new oven you have to turn it on full heat for an hour before you can cook anything so that all the bad things get destroyed
2.  Starting a new job in the same week as moving is a diabolical and ridiculous idea that should not be attempted twice and finally.....
3.  Trying to afford a new wardrobe for the new job while renovating is an impossibility.

Hopefully you will learn from my mistakes and not do the same as I did...

L xxx

This is what I really want to buy...but (sigh) can't afford
K Karl Lagerfeld Edina Tailored Wool Jacket on

Holiday Stationery

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Have you got your Christmas card list ready? Hop on to and have a look at her gorgeous stationery range - this 'Naughty or Nice' set exemplifies Spade's simplistic elegance with a cheeky twist.

How to make Churros

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Churros are one of my favourite vices. Here's an excellent recipe from 'Southern Flavor Zone'. Make sure when you visit their blog you also have a look at the recipe for lemon tea cookies...mmmm. 
Makes approximately 20 4-inch long churros. 


1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon safflower or corn oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 large egg
peanut or safflower oil for frying
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Place the water, milk, salt and oil in a 1 1/2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Add the flour all at once, lower the heat, and mix vigorously with a wooden spoon until it forms a stiff, dry ball.

Transfer the dough to the large bowl of an electric mixer and let it cool for about 5 minutes. Beat it on medium-high speed for 1 minute, or until the dough softens and becomes more malleable. Add the egg and continue beating. At first the dough will be in pieces, but as you continue to beat it, it will come together to form a smooth mixture. Set it aside to cool. Mix the sugar and the cinnamon and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat at least 1 inch of oil in a deep 8 or 9-inch skillet until it reaches 350 degrees. Cuff the top of a 12-inch pastry bag and insert a large star or fluted tube (1/2-inch opening). Fill the bag with half of the dough, push the dough down towards the tip and twist the top of the bag closed. Hold the bag perpendicular to the skillet about 3 inches above the oil and squeeze out a 3 or 4-inch length of dough directly into the hot oil. Cut the flow of the dough off with a knife. Squeeze out 2 or 3 more lengths of dough depending on the size of the skillet. Fry each churro until golden brown on one side before flipping it over to the other side to brown. Drain on Absorbent paper, sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon mixture, and serve immediately. Instead of the sugar/cinnamon topping, you can dunk them into chocolate.

C. xx

Kate Spade Ring

Monday, November 9, 2009

After linking to in a recent post, I decided to have a trawl through her accessories (a favourite past time) and came accross this adorable ring! Perfect for the party season ahead.