Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Fabulous weekend away...


We were greeted with homemade meringues & coffee at the Gourmet Retreat where we stayed overnight for a friend's amazing birthday celebration...


The gorgeous Gourmet Retreat had an 'Aspen' ski lodge feel to it, beautiful views of the vineyards, open fires & comfy lounges...

For larger/clearer (non-polaroid) pic - click HERE

For the drive, I wore my Chloe jewelled stripe top I've had for a few years, a pair of David Lawrence
navy wool man-style pants & Dries Van Noten patent wedges...


After a few amazing cocktails (made with homemade Lemon Curd) - we went to our rooms to get dressed for dinner. I wore my Rick Owens silk dress & beaded Dries Van Noten sandals.



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i.e. the same outfit HERE (tried to poladroid it, but it cropped the shoes off!)


13 bottles of French Champagne (mostly vintage) + 1 magnum bottle of champagne + 1 Salmanazar bottle of a our friends' Flagship Shiraz (i.e. 9000ml or the equivalent of 12 standard bottles of wine!) + numerous Lemon & Basil cocktails (yum!) + 20 friends = fun! (not so fun the next morning)


Delicious 9-course degustation by chef Hogg...


Surprise
! What was a milestone birthday celebration turned into a wedding celebration, when our friends tearfully announced they had secretly gotten married the day before! There was squealing, tears, cheers & feet stomping (uhm, that was me).


The beautiful view certainly helped us nurse our hangover on the next morning, when we ate breakfast in the amazing retreat's kitchen


Vegemite = an 'Aussie' cultural icon, also a spread I just cannot eat


It was truly a perfect & amazing weekend...

52 comments:

  1. Hey,
    I've been following your blog for a while. Your style is so impacably classic...those Dries heals are particularly beautiful :D
    x

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  2. the food is making me really hungry most especially the sweets...:( oh and love your dries by the way:)

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  3. What a fun (and delicious!) weekend!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  4. pictures look amazing! you're dress is gorgeous and the shoes? to die for!

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  5. I love the way you have presented these pictures. It looks really pretty.

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  6. Hello to you ;)
    Finally I´m back home from vacation.
    Thanks to YOUU and your lovely comment!!!

    You truly seemed to have a wonderful birthday party!!!! Love to see all your photos(WOOOW... amazing 9-course!!!;)
    I´m sure you looked beautiful in your Rick Owens dress and your gorgeous van Noten heels!!!!
    It´s such a fabulous outfit!!!

    Wishing you a wonderful relaxing day!
    Beautiful Blessings to youuu...
    Martina

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  7. the RO Dress with the dries, beautiful combination!
    and congratulations to your friends! it sounds like you all had a lovely weekend

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  8. ooo the dries are amazing . im so jealous you have al l these designer pieces in your wardrobe

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  9. The top is simply beautiful, and that first photo makes my mouth water.

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  10. I can't imagine..meringues, Chloe, lemon curd cocktails and Vegemite all in one room. I'd think I was in heaven!

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  11. Now that sounds like a fabulously chic weekend! Those sandals are incredible!

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  12. that sounds amazing! beautiful food, champagne, and the company of great friends. i love the sound of your outfit for the drive too! i just watched coco avant chanel and now i'm really interested in wearing stripes, loose clothing and man style outfits more. :)

    ps vegemite is THE BEST. haha.

    XXX

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  13. It sounded amazing (:

    And i’m quite conflicted about it – I know I would love to go into fashion, but right now I’m thinking about journalism, business communications, international relations/law, the likes. But law is always on the back of my mind – I’m in a Law & Public Services academic program at my high school (which is, as the name suggests all about law: business law, criminal/constitutional/civil law, politics, governmetn) and interning for my local courthouse. Gahh I don’t know… hhaha (:

    bisous,
    La C.

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  14. those heels are amazing!!
    and i love your intro text haha! i'm from a [french canadian] mom and [acadian-born, cuban-raised] dad (who lives in guatemala) and i live in bilingual montreal. i get where you're coming from :)

    http://petiteesthete.blogspot.com

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  15. That sounds like such a beautiful weekend - champagne and friends is a priceless combination. I love the striped shirt, I alway gravitate towards those and other nautical items.

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  16. Love all the polaroids, outfits, shoes, and the place where your at looks divine too. Im glad you had a fabulous weekend!

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  17. Dang! What a swanky party! I wanna have a birthday at a gourmet retreat!

    Yes, the fruit sushi recipe turned out really well, you so should try it!

    I notice that you live in Australia! I am an Aussie, but like you, have moved to another country to call my home. I have been living in the US for 7 years. First to Los Angeles, and now I have been living in Houston for 8 months and love it.

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  18. Oh my! The whole thing sounds like a fairy tale! And your beaded shoes are to die for!

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  19. Hello!

    I am writing a post(my first) about harem pants and I came across a picture of you on chicisimo, I was wondering if you would mind if I post it on my blog, I'll link back to you;)?

    x

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  20. A beautiful celebration of both love and life, filled with friends, great clothes and shoes..sounds like you had a wonderful time! I don't mind vegemite...it's not so bad if you spread it thinly on crackers or mix it into porridge, at least it works that way for me!

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  21. all amazing, the location, food and your choice of clothing you have an exquisite style !!! Un 11 tesoro a muaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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  22. I am drooling over both your wardrobe and the food and beverages (cocktails with real lemon curd?!) swoon...

    I've been following you for awhile, and I wanted to say hi and that I am really inspired by your posts...you are the epitome of class!

    I hope you're having a great day!
    XOXO, Liz

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  23. Sounds so fun!! The food looks awesome-especially those meringues! hehehe

    xox, mavi

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  24. A beautiful account of what looks like a gorgeous, perfect weekend! I love the poladroids and your outfits (as always)... Never tried Vegemite. LOL. I love that your friends celebrated their recent nuptials with close friends. Very romantic!

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  25. First timer on your very fashionable blog. Love the poladroid! And absolutely adore your vintage coat from your previous post. For AUD$60? What a bargain!

    eLLy*from Melb! =)

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  26. this looks like a great week end !!!
    i love the stripe top, the jewel is perfect for the couture touch !

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  27. Não há nada como estar entre amigos! LUgar maravilhoso!!!!

    AMO!

    Mil beijos e bom fim de semana!

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  28. I love your style and what you bring to fashion blogn

    FASHION-JINX
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    FASHION-JINX

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  29. Hi there-came across your blog when googling 'what jacket to wear with a dress' and your outfits are on the purse forum! Love your blog my dear, you have a lovely style and your Dr Zhivago coat is a totally stunning buy!!

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  30. Wow, sounds amazing! It's so cool that your friends got secretly married! That's so romantic! What a perfect weekend! xxoxoxo

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  31. I do think I will do that; start with law, then move away from it!

    bisous,
    La C.

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  32. It all sounds so good! Surprise marriages are definately a shocker. SOunds super cute.

    x x x

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  33. I'm jealous! It looks gorgeous. You looked fantastic, too!

    Sydnie
    www.takemeouttotherunway.blogspot.com

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  34. oh gorgeous images,what a wonderful time. You look fantastic honey
    xx
    Marian

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  35. Sounds like a seriously amazing weekend. I am so so jealous!

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  36. Oo you have a store! (: Le sigh - damn my shopping ban! Lol

    bisous,
    La C.

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  37. sounds perfectly lovely! our weekend also included french champagne -- perfect for a beautiful summer get-together . . .

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  38. sounds like an amazing celebratory weekend--the food looks divine...YUM!!!

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  39. uuuuh... i hate vegemite. but like your blog though..

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  40. That's so awesome. Next time you have one of these, can I crash?

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  41. Hi there,

    I am a Voguette who has been reading your blog for a while now, and just had to say that you have such amazing style.

    Also, how does one take such "vintage" these vintage looking photos? Can you do that with an ordinary DSLR?

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  42. Hi missm - I used a program called poladroid, that you can download from www.poladroid.net, so it's the actual programme, not the pictures that look vintage :) It does crop some of your photo out though...Alternatively you can hire/buy a Polaroid camera (my cousin did that for her wedding in addition to her professional ones, LOVED the photos! The expense lies in the developing of the film rather than the camera/film itself...)
    HTH! :)
    xx

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  43. Thanks so much for the tip, Brigadeiro!! I am absolutely loving Poladroid.

    Have a great weekend!

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