Saturday, December 31, 2011


Wow where did 2011 go? Its been a big one for me, got engaged (& spent the majority of the year over thinking wedding things!) & left my job & went out on my own.  We made a surprise trip to America to see Bens brother & ive had a major health scare. There have been some challenging times, but i think they have taught me a lot, despite the stress & upset they cause. I also had our apartment photographed for Real Living Magazine (all the way back in Feb, which was what i was excited about but couldn't tell you the day before ben popped the question & it hasnt been in the mag yet - ill keep you posted!) and met Louise from Table Tonic, Sonja from Tied with a bouw & Pam from Red Ticking (all the way over in Seattle!) Heres to 2012 & an amazing year ahead! Mines going to start with turning 30 on the 4th of feb (hmmm when did i get to 30!?) & then marrying the love of my life on the 9th of March - not a bad way to kick it off eh!  What are you up to tonight? We are heading to a friends apartment to watch the sydney fireworks from their balcony while feasting on greek food (my friend married a greek guy!) & bubbles! Have a great one wherever you are!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Come to me miu miu * UPDATE

Your thoughts? 
They have a 13cm heel & a 1cm i going to be able to walk?? The highest pair of heels i currently own is 12cm with a 2cm platform....

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

One Sleep!

Happy Christmas Eve!
I love this image so have been saving it for today! 
What are you all up to tonight? This year we are having dinner with my parents & my step brothers & sisters as my parents decided they'd taken themselves off to Bali for a holiday on xmas day! Good on them! We will see them for breakfast before they head off! Its the first year in 6 years that ben has has xmas eve & xmas day off work so i am really looking forward to being able to spend the day with him! Im just about to start working out my table setting & then go & get the groceries for our breakfast feast! Oh & i might also be listening to the new mariah carey xmas album lol

Friday, December 23, 2011

Wrap it up!

Are you all still finishing off your Christmas shopping? We are trying to finish ours off today but i seem to be stumped on a few people this year! If like me you still done & need some last minute wrapping inspiration here are some of my fav wrapping images of the year!  

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wedding wednesday - drinks!

How cool is this idea for your drinks at an outdoor wedding - or any party for that matter! Would also be great for xmas or a new years party too!

Via the Stefan Sisters Wedding Blog

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Brunch Table Inspiration

I am really quite excited as we are hosting our first xmas day event this year! I have to say im quite looking forward to when we have kids & can have the whole family over to our house (when we have a house!). Our place is tiny so its not the whole family, but we are having both our parents & my nanna for xmas day brunch - It'll be on the balcony so im praying (but not that optimistic) the weather will improve. I am loving these images from Instyle for my inspiration - how simple is the idea of the branch with some crystals or decorations hanging off it! Im also totally into pretty much everything Fleur Wood had on her 'get the look' page - confetti system garlands, pink champagne, and beautiful crockery..could it get any better?! By the way if your stuck for a xmas pressie for someone who likes fashion & entertaining the Fleur Wood 'Food, Fashion, Friends' book is fab!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Balsam Hill Wreath Winner

The winner of the Balsam Hill Giveaway is 'Ballet Flats'!
As usual i draw the winner the old fashioned way - names in a hat & drawn out! 
Congrats - i will email you to pass your details on to Balsam Hill!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa - if you need some suggestions.....
Some new County Road Cushions to update the couch!
Love this 'Osma' Cushion
(ps country road is 25% off for the next 3 days!)

(no tan lines this summer - preparing for the wedding dress!)

Some T2 goodies to add to my collection - particularly loving these ones. T2 is such a great place to look for xmas gifts - there is really something for pretty much everyone & its so well priced!

A subscription to Delicious mag
To inspire new cooking ideas in 2012

Prada Rose Infusion Perfume
Maybe just cause the packaging is so divine!

Or some Jo Malone Orange Blossom - i fell in love with this while we were in the states, dont know why i didnt buy some!

Which for the record i think looks very sass & bide'ish! But is only $29.95!
I dont wear bracelets much or a watch, but i love this yellow!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Balsam Hill Christmas Wreath Giveaway!

Firstly, before all my Aussie readers get to excited, that unfortunately this ones only for my American based readers - sorry guys! I am a tad obsessed with Christmas & i count down the days till the 1st of December when i can put up my decorations! Even though we live in an apartment i still insist on putting up a wreath on the front door & love walks around the area i live in (there are some pretty stunning houses) to look at the way people have done their front doors! Doesn't coming home to a wreath on the door make you smile? 

Balsam Hill is a great online shop that has 100's of amazing artificial Christmas tree's, wreaths, garlands & decorations. Its online only so really easy to shop from home (or work hehe). And its Balsam Hill you will see decorating the set of shows like Ellen, Oprah & Rachel Ray at this time of year! Im quite excited to be able to giveaway something that brings me such joy - christmas decorations of course! The lovely folks at Balsam Hill would like to give one of my readers either;

They are so realistic & come prelit with clear fairy lights! How cool is that! All you have to do is become a follower of once daily chic & leave a comment to let me know what your favorite way to decorate for Christmas is! Do you have any traditions? I like to put my tree up while having a glass of champagne :) The winner will be drawn this friday!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Anna Spiro = Christmas Inspiration

When i think xmas i think sunny warm weather, that warm fuzzy feeling, champagne & fairy lights, seafood & rum balls and lots of gorgeous bright colours & flowers. This year Anna Spriro's decorating style has me really inspired! Im loving her xmas tree & the way she recently wrapped presents for her cousins wedding. Strips of fabric are a great idea for wrapping presents & decorating the tree dont you think?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Wedding + obsessed.

I am a tad a lot obsessed with having some of our wedding pictures under a giant tree. We are both lovers of the great outdoors & for me this is the ultimate 'wedding portrait'....i'll have to send this post to our photographer I think! Marissa?! Can we scope out a tree?!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Summer Loving

Another week gone & another week of totally #%*& weather in Sydney! No joke im wearing clothes i was wearing in chilly Seattle 4 weeks ago! December in sydney usually means sleepless boiling hot nights, swims in the pool after work & trips to the beach on the weekends.....NOT wearing trackies & putting the heater on & not being able to do anything outsider because it wont stop raining! SERIOUSLY WHERE IS SUMMER!!!! So i am posting this random assortment of images to remind us sydney siders what summer is like! :) Lets all do a friday sun dance! Come on mother nature get yourself together woman!

Ada & Darcy

79 Ideas

Thursday, December 8, 2011

In A Designer Home (& Giveaway!)

I was recently invited to the launch of new interiors & homewares online store In A Designer Home. Unfortunately i couldn't make it as we were in America at the time, but i had a good browse though the site & am loving their products! I always like to support new Australian businesses too.  Check out IDH for some stylish xmas ideas! Here are some of my favourite products. And  make sure you read right to the bottom for details of the giveaway~

Robert Plumb Foxy 2 seater - great for your balcony dont you think?!

Robert Plumb Bella Arm chair - great pop of summer colour!

A great range of Sixhands tea towels - i like this Jane Doe design

Gorgeous 'The Dots' oak hooks - have a very Scandinavian look - great by themselves or for hats, jewelry etc!

Stak Bookshelves - i have one of these & it always gets comments! Not only does it look great, but for a small space its a great option for a bookshelf as it takes up very little room!

In A designer Home have also been kind enough to offer a little Christmas pressie to a Once.Daily.Chic reader anywhere in the world! All you have to do is like In A Designer Home on facebook here before the 31st January 2012 and you'll go into the draw to win one of Sixhands beautifully designed tea towels in a design of your choice! When liking IDH you will need to leave a comment on their page telling them which design you'd like & that you found them through Once.Daily.Chic! (and while you on facebook you can also like Once.Daily.Chic here!)


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