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