french food, diy stationery and fabulous fiction

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Making my own stationery is my newest hobby. These envelopes were created using vintage wrapping paper I snapped up from an op-shop for 20c a piece!

This is the glorious selection of goodies from the French bakery I ventured to with my family last week. Those macarons were scrumptious!

What I've been reading lately... I finished The Notebook in the space of five hours (one of the most beautifully written stories I've ever read and not to mention a can't-put-it-down read). I'm halfway through The Help and it's excellent so far. The Lucky One was marvelous too. Nicholas Sparks and Kathryn Stockett are truly gifted.

This is the cute frock I received from Darlene a few weeks ago! I only just got around to taking pictures. In real life it's a lovely, rich, plum colour and complements my pale skin perfectly. Thank you, Darlene!

Today was quite chilly (the cooler weather is finally upon us Aussies) and I loved wearing my rose tights for the first time. They were so warm!

I surprised my Mum on Mother's Day with some delicious pancakes drizzled with chocolate sauce. I love her more than words could explain. ♥

This was yesterday's outfit. I love this navy ruffle blouse, it goes with just about everything in my closet and it's surprisingly cosy so it's perfect for cooler weather outfits! And, as you can tell, I'm a little obsessed with plaits... it's makes me feel like a child again!

And, I just had to say another thank you to each and everyone of you! I was so surprised and delighted at the response to my anniversary post. Thank you for all the heartwarming emails and comments; you made me feel so special. 
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Live-Style20 said...

sweet ^^

Danai Avratoglou said...

Very nice pictures! You look great! :)

Unknown said...

Wow Maria, you look ever so chic in the plum dress! It does compliment your skin so well (yay for us pale skin gals hehe)

Oh I love making my own envelopes now! And of course, nothing beats a little trip to a French cafe (and a macaron without the mess of making it yourself :)

I also adored The Notebook. I read it a few years back and can remember that it is just stunning

xx Carina

Kailey said...

I cannot get over how adorable that stationary is! *_* Love this post Maria *ω*

b and e said...

Wow - I just, LOVE everything about this post. I love the notebook, I love french food (check out a link on my shared blog for Rachel Khoo and well I can tell by your style you will have as big a girl crush on her as I do!) I love what you are wearing and I ADORE floral lacy stockings, I am Aussie (okay so a simple comparision but also true) and The help looks like a fantastic read! Okay MAY-be developing a crush on this post.... going to go catch up on your posts so I can satisfy my pretty-things hunger.


Helen at THELOVECATSINC said...

love the outfit and all the sweet treats look yummy!


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Rachel, Cold Knees said...

that dress is delightful <3 your home made stationery is gorgeous! And The Help is one of my fav books recently, such a beautiful read xx

nest + venture said...

oh gosh, I love every photo--vintage stationary, pancakes, cute outfits, pastries...some of my favorite things!

YOURFLIRTYLOOK | by Karlijn said...

lovely pictures. I like your style

Midwest Muse said...

Your dress is beautiful and those treats look amazing.

Steph said...

I love you stockings. Gorgeous :)

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Darlene said...

You are so very welcome for the dress! You look gorgeous!

I may have a couple of others I will send you if I ever get through my clothes as I do a room into a walk-in closet. Just got a new hamper so I'm working on thinking it out. If you have any ideas please, please send them my way :o)You have a great eye!

Sampada said...

Those envelopes turned out great! And I love love love your outfits :)


Sampada said...

Those envelopes turned out great! And I love love love your outfits :)


Kyla said...

Ooh, I love the idea of making your own envelopes! And that outfit is adorable, that blouse is gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Really cute photos! :)
All those books seem interesting, and shots of your outfits are also very sweet - just like all the delicacies here! ^^

Thank you for the comment <3

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