Deane & McLoughlin


Everything in one handbag

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

This post is a shout out to the lovely Kylie from the adorable new blog "everything in one handbag".  Check it out for daily inspiration, beautiful images and a sneaky peak into the giddy world of fashion PR. 
Much love to you Kyles.
L x

"At the end of the day, if you would rather give up than try, nothing will ever be worth it".

Emma Watson

Friday, December 17, 2010

No words are necessary

Images thanks to Gritty Pretty

We also loved her here and all the way back here

L x

Gift idea for couples

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I just saw these beautiful embroidered pillow slips in Lonny and I think it is such a lovely gift for a couple - Christmas or otherwise....maybe a good one for engagement presents.  Especially on silk pillow cases.

And that bed looks so comfy! Gotta love me some Lonny
L x

All I want for Christmas

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hint, Hint...
L x

1.  Vogue Models the faces of Fashion - A perfect coffee table book with stunning photos of some of the world's most iconic faces.
2.  Tom Ford lipsticks - I've been dying to try these new lipsticks of his ever since they came out so it's a sure winner
3.  The ultimate shoe subscription from Net-a-porter - The gift that keeps on giving.  One pair of shoes every month for an entire year!   Swoon!
4.  Anything by Missoni at Spence and Lyda - but I'm especially loving their bath robes at the moment
5.  Stila Makeup palette - all colours all the time
6.  Glasshouse candles - or any candles for that matter.
7.  Luxe City Guide to Hong Kong - for some inflight reading


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Jealousy is an evil curse and one which I have become very familar with now that I have seen Jane's bedroom from Sea of Shoes in Rue magazine

To see more pictures click here

Wonderful Whitney

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I'm a bit excited at the moment becasue this weekend is going to be BIG!  2 birthday's and an engagement party BIG!  Now that's huge!  So with so much going on I have had to do some forward planning in terms of outfits and hair and makeup and I'm thinking that Whitney Port's makeup from the AMA's yesterday might just be perfect.  

Here, Whitney has opted for a iridescent dusty pink-plum on the lids, and I've heard, on good authority that it is the NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Charade which features a muted mauve and a soft and smokey plum.   Deeevine! Then obviously I will team it with lashings of mascara and a few falsies for good measure...Run, don't walk to Mecca Cosmetica right now!

Now I just want the lip colour...Any suggestions?
I love the party season!
L x

Naturally beautiful...with amazing hair!

Friday, November 19, 2010

From one of my recent events
L x

Travel Bug

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Here at D&M HQ we have the travel bug BAD*

I'm off to Hong Kong and C is off to India.  So dear readers, this begs the question, do you have any hot tips for our travels?

L x

*Screams with excitement

P.S. keep your eyes on the blog for some fierce photos when we get back

Flashback - 1996 Murdoch, Seubert and Balfour

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Charlie & Co.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

For lunch today I thought I'd check out Justin North's new burger barn 'Charlie & Co.', inside the new Westfield shopping mecca in Sydney's Pitt St. Mall. I decided to go with 'The Producer's Burger', being marinated local mushrooms, haloumi, sun-dried tomatoes, baby spinach and aioli on a sesame bun. For $8.00 AUD I decided to whack on a side of thick cut truffle, parmesan and sea salt fries.  I was a little aprehensive at first, I mean $12.00 AUD for a burger seemed a little steep - and for a vego burger at that (I was unable to look past the Haloumi).

After placing my order, I did expect the 'swift service' as promised in their slogan (especially being a take away order). Perhaps it was too much to ask in the busy lunch hour rush... I waited for approximately 20 minutes. I was however gleefuly entertained by the manic food prep side show care of a glass window designed so you can see your burger being made. 

The guy waiting next to me in line said it all - 'this had better be the best burger I've ever had'. Was it? Hmmmm, if not, then very close. I'd have to return to try the wagyu burger to make a more conclusive decision on that one. The bun was lightly toasted although a little on the dry and dense side, the haloumi delicious, the sun dried tomatoes sweet and tangy and the spinach tender, but the star of this show was definitely the mushies. I didn't feel like I'd missed out at all by getting the veggie option.  The chips were a winner too. Hot and just the right amount of crunchy small bits and larger softer fries. You taste a lot of truffle, a little parmesan but possibly not enough sea salt.

It's definitely more than a novelty, I would fork out the $20.00 again and more. What I didn't appreciate was that it took such a large chunk out of my lunch break.

I recommend it, but not if you're in a rush. You want to enjoy this one without having to inhale it as I did. You might just feel a bit sick afterwards.

C. x

Elle for Elle October 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What I look like today

Thursday, September 9, 2010

This is exactly what I look like today....I always lounge around the house on the phone like this. haha
L x

Congratulations Alex and Garth

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

You will make such a beautiful bride and groom. 
Much Love
L x

To our newly engaged friends

Thursday, August 26, 2010

This is a picture for our new friend in Perth, Caity.  We met her for the 1st time last week, when her lovely fiance who lived with us in the UK brought her to Sydney for a romantic week away (10 points to you Chris).  The newly engaged beauty is planning an outdoor wedding so when I saw this picture I immediately thought of them....hope you find it as pretty and inspiring as I do....
L x

Dear devoted readers,
This is an official apology from Deane & McLoughlin...we are so sorry to have neglected you over the last has certainly been a busy and exciting one for us both but we promise to try not to run off again. 
Much love
L & C 

Going green

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I have been umming and arghing over painting my bedroom green for the last few weeks to the point where I painted a largish swatch sample in the corner well over a month ago and have been putting it off ever since then basically becasue I'm scared to take the plunge.  But I'm fearful no more thanks to these pics I just found!  Thoughts?
L x

Images of designer Betsy Burnham's house on Decor Demon

And God Created Woman

Friday, July 16, 2010

I am completely in love with the styling in this shoot for Net-a-porter's current online magazine.  It really expresses easy feminine dressing in that super chic french way.  The clothes basically cover off all our favourite labels - Alexander McQueen and Christian Louboutin, Chloe and Valentino but the jackets by Isabel Marant are the standout star for me.  To see the rest of the shoot click here
L x

Spring is on its way...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

In my lunch break, I came across this STUNNING silk print dress in Marcs. I can imagine teaming it up with fawn coloured gloves and stewardess style facinator for the races. I adore the seeped, splattered paint effect, it was certainly a colourful injection into my otherwise bland day. Spring is certainly on its way!

Dear L.,

Here are some Peonies to brighten up your day. Know that I will always be your friend and am here for you no matter what.

Love you lots,
C. x
Every girl needs at least one statement piece of jewellry. On their own they are a work of art, when worn they can draw the eye to a beautiful face, delicate decolletage, an elegant wrist. Depending on your wardrobe and your personality, a statement piece doesn't have to be huge or ornate, it just needs to sing!

Erickson Beamon, Dune Swarofsky Earrings.

Kenneth Jay Lane Coral Inspired Necklace
C. x

Sun Gods

Monday, July 12, 2010

Loving Karen Walker's Sun Gods line of sunglasses. They're super cool, slightly quirky and guaranteed a second glance.

C. x

Yay! Moroccan Oil

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I'm soooooo in love with Moroccan Oil! On a recent trip to the hair salon, my hair dresser used Moroccan Oil on my scalp for a pre-wash massage. I didn't think that much of it at the time, other than it smelt AHMAAAAZING (think Frangipanni, woodfire, Tuberose). When she used it on my hair post wash, pre-blowdry I knew I had to get my hands on some. My hair was possibly as soft as it was pre-highlight and straightener days. Seriously. Oddly enough, about a week or so later I received some from our friends at in a sample pack and am now completely addicted! A 10mL sample has lasted me 5 blow dry's although I probably only used half or less the recommended amount of 'a silver dollar' each time. It feels so luxurious in your hands, if you rub it between your fingers and then wipe it off, you can still feel it coating your fingers, they actually feel a bit slippery as I find you get with a lot of hair styling products these days. The difference is that there's little to no weight to it. By that I mean that when you put it on your hair, it's a silky, glossy coating without the greasy factor. I have ridiculously thick, course, wavy (not nice wavy, gross flyaway wavy) mid length hair that I have to straighten almost every day just so I don't look like Edward Scissor Hands. If I use Moroccan Oil (just a really little bit) in the morning on dry hair and brush through, I don't need to use the straightener to get a more polished look for work. This is probably my favourite thing (other than how ridiculously soft it makes my hair feel) considering it takes me less time to get ready on these blooming cold mornings... I can imagine myself using it in Summer too, considering how lightweight it is although half it's appeal for me is that my hair is dryer and a bit lacklustre in Winter and MO seems to have a soothing, nourishing, effect to it.

This is a beautiful product, perfect if you have thick, course and unruly hair like me and little time to do anything about it. I'm sure it'd work just as well on fine hair (will have to give to L. to try...). My only advice when using this product is that a little goes a long way. Otherwise use when you like, before washing (use as a treatment for 10mins or so on dry hair before jumping in the shower), when wet and then let dry naturally or blow dry for a super soft finish. I'm all about the natural oils this Winter. Did I mention they're also against animal testing and use recyled packaging where possible? I've seen it at quite a few salons now but if you want to buy online, then you can find it here. Moroccan oil definitely makes my Winter essentials list.

Event inspiration

Friday, July 2, 2010

I recently had a lovely email from one of our regular readers about event styling inspirations and how she loved the last event pics I I thought I would share with you another one we did recently to launch ethical foie gras's arrival into Australia.  Aside from the amazing the table settings (the flower arrangements were done in copper cooking pots), the traditional method of producing foie gras is both disturbing and horrific, so I was extremely excited to be able to work on such an exciting product.   Enjoy... x

Without giving too much away, the next event I'm working on involves me tracking down a life size sculpture of a cow.....

Bio Oil

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

As you can see from this photo, I've nearly finished my little bottle of Bio Oil. Considering how often I've been using it, I'm surprised so little has lasted this long.

I first got into Bio Oil on the recommendation of friends who were claiming it was going to be the next Lucas Paw-Paw. Bio Oil themselves claim that the formulation will help reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, ageing and dehydrated skin. With ingredients such as Rosemary, Calendula, Lavender and Chamomile oils; as well as vitamins A, E and (the 'break through ingredient') Pur Cellin oil, it not only feels extremely luxurious but it actually does appear to do what it claims. I had dehydrated skin, uneven skin tone and stretch marks. Incredibly, my stretch marks, which have been prevalent for at least eight years now have now decided to fade. Mind you, they haven't faded entirely, but the difference has been very noticeable. My chronically dehydrated and uneven skin is soft and smooth. In fact, the results on my legs have been so good that I've started using it at night on my face. A word of warning though - if you do decide to use it on your face, it's probably best to apply at night and then wash off in the morning as this forumla won't work well with make-up straight over the top. There's also no SPF, so not really appropriate for day wear.  

It's quite a thick oil - and by that I mean it takes a while to seep in to the skin and it is worth taking out five minutes to massage to oil into the desired area. You only need a couple of drops and you will feel it sitting on your face until it seeps in, but it's well worth it. Bio oil is honestly one of the best all rounder products I've used and now that I'm down to my last few drops, I will definitely be purchasing a replacement bottle. For under $20.00 (AUD) I think it's a fantastic buy, perfect throughout winter although I'd probably use it a bit more sparingly during warmer months.

C. x
Well, if I had a few lazy grand laying around they would be. Here are some utterly drool-worthy dresses up for grabs on ...

 Persee Silk Gown by Pierre Cardin for Paul & Joe. This is so retro cool, I can imagine it on the likes of Sofia Loren and Goldie Hawn.

 Halston asymetrical silk gown

Oh so ridiculously beautiful Oscar de la Renta silk bustier dress. I would find a way to wear this dress every day.

If I were to have a beach wedding, this Oscar de la Renta Embroidered linen dress would be my wedding gown.

C. x
Curvalicious, graceful and just a little bit bad, Bardot epitomises her era and remains one of the most influencial style icons of all time.
If you want to see more amazing BB photos click here