Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Collette Dinnigan, Peony, Alannah Hill, Melissah and Spring Carnival!


I am so excited as I am finally able to post on my wonderful trip to Melbourne during Spring Carnival ...... I say that with a certain amount of temperance as there are only so many photos blogger will allow so I am being very careful and walking on eggshells .......
This is me relishing the gorgeous Collette Dinnigan store in Melbourne which my beautiful friend, Melissah from http://www.scrapbook-melissah.blogspot.com/ , took me to on my visit to Melbourne .....


We also visited "Peony" and I have to say it was an absolute pleasure to walk in and survey not only the aroma of the luscious smells but the perfectly arranged candles, soaps and parfumerie ..... all so beautifully chosen by Jill Timms of http://www.peonymelbourne.com.au/
The elegance of France and most especially, Paris, invades the senses as you enter the store .... it is uplifting, exciting and romantic ........ anything is possible .... the lovely Agnes who helped us on the day told of the new perfume that was originally "Marie Antoinette's" perfume .... it is by Lubin, Parfumeur 1798, Paris and is called "Black Jade".  This apparantly was the "Queen's Secret Garden"..... and it is so truly beautiful.


Melissah took this photo in front of the gorgeous Collette Dinnigan store ....


This is a sample of the exquisite array of Peony ..... so hard to choose ....


Outside Peony, Melbourne, absolutely exquisite and I feel M.A. the 2nd should definitely have some "Black Jade" .... maybe for Christmas!


Then onto the wonderful, eclectic and romantic feel of Alannah Hill ..... by this time Melissah and I were feeling a little tired and thinking about the evening and then the gorgeous girl from A.H. said "Ladies, would you care for a glass of champagne"? ..... to which we replied "But of course Ma Cherie"........  it is Friday after all!  So glasses of Laurent Perrier were despatched post haste and Melissah and I had the most wonderful afternoon .....


of course we found ourselves ensconced on the most beautiful pink velvet Louis sofa and toasted a most wonderful and special day where two friends meet who have so much in common and get what is important in life ..... family and friendship .....


Thank-you Melissah for your hospitality and giving so much of yourself ...... I had a ball ......



This is Andrew and I on Melbourne Cup Day (actually back in Rockhampton by then!) but thank-you Melbourne and Melissah for an incredible time ........

best wishes

m.a. the 2nd......

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11 comments:

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

That looks like such a wonderful trip and the photos are great. Those shops look like retail heaven and your hat is just beautiful. Love from cold, grey and rainy London xo

Tiffany Riedel said...

You look fabulous with your fascinator! Collette Diggigan boutique is truly beautiful, I'm so glad she's opening her flagship store in Brisbane!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

BEAUTIFUL FRIEND AND QUEEN!

Well, what can I say but that every time you post, I get very happy! Everything is just as opulent and FRENCH as I like it, and you just look stunning. YOU LOOK LIKE Kirsten Dunst from the MOVIE!!!! ANd all is well my friend? I have not seen you in so long. We are all so busy these days, with school back in session.

Here is wishing you well my dear, and do come for a visit when you can. I also opened up an Etsy shop, and my Marie Antoinette illustrated and glittered gift tags have been flying off my shelves!!!!

BISOUS! Anita

Melissah said...

What a great day & the beginning of a lovely friendship with more fun, glamorous times to be had!. I adore the hat for Cup Day & Andrew's tie is a perfect compliment...of course! Gorgeous post full of happy memories!
x
Melissah

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dearest heart!

Tell me my sweet, do you decorate for the holidays? What color is your tree? I was just wondering. Let me know. Anita

chateaudelille said...

Oh it looks like you had an amazing time in Melbourne. Wish Id been there too! Love your Melbourne Cup outfit. Especially the fur cape. Fiona

VictoriaArt said...

Oh, I am drooling over all ! You look ravishing! That little fur, oh la la!

Melissah said...

Hi Fran - you must be busy - just stopping by to say hi & that I'm thinking of you!
x
Melissah

Classic Style said...

Oh My sweeet Frances, champagne is aaalwaaays à good idea...beaitufull picture of you in the sweetiets hat Ive ever seen / Marie

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

MY DEAR, DEAR AMIE!!!!!!

It is so good to SEE YOU AGAIN!!!!! First of all, I WANT TO SKYPE! YES, YES, YES!!! Now, I have a Skype date tomorrow in Florence Italy! How would we do this since our hours are sooooooooooo distant?

I am all for it dearest, I SO AM!!! And I am reminded by that gorgeous first photo of you that yesterday, I saw the most GORGEOUS MUST-HAVE pillows in aqua. They were embellished by a strip of tasteful sequined trim. Gotta go back to get them!

Now weekends are best for me. Today I am home, but I don't know what your hours are! How about next weekend?

My new email address is:

anita.chateau.rivera1@gmail.com

It had to be changed about a month ago.

So good to see you and I am just imagining that your Christmas tree is so lovely!

BISOUS! Anita

'LUSH' said...

What a fantasy shopping trip! Love the shop decor, absolutely! Would love to actually indulge in the fragrance! I want that pink sofa! And, you look gorgeous, what a stunning outfit!

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