Treasure Hunt, Sydney


One neighborhood that I make a beeline for when I am in Sydney, is the area called Newtown. It is packed with cool cafes, restaurants, stores, and my favorite, Mag Nation. Yes, a magazine store is alive and well and it is chock full of the fabulous, hands-on, Jurassic technology that are magazines from all over the world. I go right for the art, design, and wedding magazines, but also choose random ones in other categories that catch my eye. The key to a signature wedding is looking for inspiration in unusual places. You fall into the proverbial cookie cutter trap when you follow the trends too closely and are looking at all of the same things as everyone else.


At the moment, I am totally enjoying one called New Philosopher and especially an article entitled Just Who Do You Think You Are . . . The Splendid Mess of Personal Identity. How perfect for a blogger who writes about branding! This quote got me thinking, ”Where once we could have spoken of the ‘self’ without further qualification, today there are, by philosopher Galen Stawson’s count, more than thirty distinct senses of ‘the self’ in play in the literature—and that list is growing rather than shrinking. It’s all a bit of a mess. Quite a splendid mess, sure, but a mess nonetheless.”

So, which self are you? We’d love to know more about our readers. In fact, we are preparing to launch our new site in the next month and will conduct our first reader’s survey—there will be prizes! In the meantime, share your story with us. Drop us a line and tell us which ‘self’ you are—things like: Age, Occupation, Relationship Status, Location, Media Diet (What you follow, read, watch, etc.), Income Range, Hobbies, Topics You Would Like Us to Write About, Tools/Things You Think Are Missing From the Wedding Market.

Here are some other fabulous magazines I picked up and am reveling in. What a splendid mess!

White Magazine
This one is a lovely and very atypical wedding magazine—an example of the very signature style I was talking about above. Check out the cool tents at Katalane and the gorgeous lace dresses at Kitsch Bitsch.


Extra Curricular . . . for Creative Folk
What a precious little craft magazine from New Zealand—they are done in limited edition print runs of 1,000.


Spring Forward in Oz and Fall Back at Home

Banksia, 1927 by Margaret Preston

Banksia, 1927 by Margaret Preston

I spent the day on Saturday with my extended Australian family, Maria (Amanda’s mother-in-law) and Linda (Amanda’s sister-in-law’s mother-in-law). I think I will call us the Outlaws. Anyway, we met at the Gallery of New South Wales for lunch. They have a beautiful restaurant with glass walls that overlooks the Botanical Gardens and the harbor. It is one of my favorite spots for lunch in Sydney as the food, wine, and views are spectacular. After lunch, we made our way down to the incredible, Sydney Moderns exhibition. We ended up spending the entire day there and only realized it upon exiting the gallery. Now that is a great exhibit! One of my many favorites in the exhibition were the still life paintings by Margaret Preston called Banksia, 1927 from the National Gallery of Art and The Brown Pot, 1940. The flowers depicted were like nothing I had ever seen!


Another find in the exhibit was the De Mestre Colour Harmonising Disc. Roy de Maistre was an Australian artist and musician recognized not only for his use of pure abstractionism, but for his early experiments with color theory and its relationship to music harmony. The tool has two disks, major and minor, that aid a designer in choosing pleasing color schemes. I had to have one and luckily, the museum had reproduced them for sale in the gift shop.

Color-Harmony1The following evening, I had dinner with my daughter, Amanda, and her friend Nicole at a lovely restaurant called Chiswick in the area called Woollahra. Again, the food, the atmosphere, and the company were fabulous. It is my birthday this week and both Amanda and Nicole surprised me with the most gorgeous bouquets of native Australian flowers. How serendipitous that these bouquets included Banksia. They were a riot of color! Though it is spring here in Australia, all I could think of is what a gorgeous color scheme these would make for an autumn wedding back home. Amanda took her entire wedding palette from a bouquet of fresh flowers. Nothing beats Mother Nature when it comes to color. The next day, I pulled out my new harmonizing disc and went to work using the colors in my bouquets and the flower paintings to create some autumn color palettes. Which one do you like best?

The Brown Pot, 1940 by Margaret Preston

The Brown Pot, 1940 by Margaret Preston


Speaking of Autumn, here is another lovely infographic from our friends at Simply Bridal.


Blogging from Balmain

View from the Nursery Window

View from the Nursery Window


After 38 hours, one canceled international flight, and loading two planes three times, I finally arrived in Sydney, Australia to prepare for the birth of Amanda’s baby at the end of September. It was worth every minute to see my beautiful girl and her precious baby bump. There was a newly married couple on the plane with me and they were on their honeymoon. They could have been totally consumed with anger over the canceled flight but instead, they invited everyone in first and business class to a party in their hotel room (provided by the airline, :). Talk about making lemonade! The take away here is that we all eventually made it safely and we made the best of a bad situation. There is no such thing as a “perfect wedding.” You will probably experience a glitch or two and that is why it is important that you choose your village carefully. Choosing reputable wedding professionals and reliable family and friends to work with will ensure that all goes well behind the scenes and that you do not even notice the bumps in the road. Your attitude in responding to these bumps is also key. Work them out positively and professionally and your Big Day will be (or at least appear to be) perfect!

For the next few months, I will be exploring all things weddings from fabulous Oz—the trends, the hidden gems, and my favorite—treasure hunts.