Deane & McLoughlin


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.....