Darlings Supper Club

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The fit-out is undeniably dark and sexy, and has quite a cosy but cool small bar feel. It looks so good that I can’t even remember what used to be here on this Lake Street stretch before, and I kinda don’t even care! There are lists upon lists of sakes, spirits, wines, beers and cocktails and they even do a mean teh tarik for those looking for a non-alcoholic beverage.

So let’s be honest here. It’s very difficult to please an Asian person with fusion Asian food. Aaaaand…I think they do it pretty well. There is certainly immense attention to detail paid to every dish that we saw come out and, rather than trying to copy well-known Asian dishes, new flavours are explored and fresh, local ingredients are utilised, helping the dishes taste fresh and interesting to the palate. Personal favourites? The Rottnest scallops with coriander pistou and most definitely the beef cheek with red cabbage marmalade, braised to sticky, fall-aparty perfection.

I didn’t manage to try any dumplings at this visit, and I major in dumplings, just ask my mum. That, my dears, will be a punishingly difficult test to pass. But with completely untraditional fillings offered such as triple peppered kangaroo or sticky pork with tamarind, I think I just might be returning to this cool and rejuvenated corner of Northbridge for a midnight snack and tipple.

Darlings Supper Club / 47 Lake St Northbridge / Wednesday to Saturday 6pm-3am / Sunday 12pm-10pm / Facebook / info@darlingssupperclub.com

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Longing

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Wearing – Nishe top, Ryder shorts, Vans shoes (similar), Naomi Murrell white and rose gold ring, Alister Yiap hexagon ring

I don’t know if it’s because I’m on a run of night shifts this week or because I’ve been at the end of some unduly hurtful words that have been going round my mind, like a broken record of negativity, but lately my heart has been longing for release and relief. Time has continued to pass since the time I lost a dear loved one, and it’s true when they say you go through hills and valleys on the road to healing.

Right now, I’m longing for sunshine, unconditional love, and hope.

Hyde Park 2.0

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Flashback to that time we played with light, shadows and hair in Hyde Park.

Plus I’d just rewarded myself with these new sandals after receiving some unexpected good news.

It was a pretty cool afternoon.

Meet Kelsie – K Gets Organised

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Kelsie from K gets organised must be an angel sent from on high. She maintains absolute order in a world populated not by dull filing cabinets but with dreamy pastels, washi tape, and handlettered motivational phrases. And she gets. shit. done. (Pardon mon Francais!)

This little lady sure is busy. She runs a blog where you can read her interviews with other equally inspiring and highly organised people (mythical beings in my eyes), she’s designed and launched her own stationery label, and you’ll be able to see her pop up at pretty much every single market around Perth this summer!

Last weekend we popped by Kelsie’s petite, light-filled studio with our aeropress in hand and had a yarn over mugs of freshly brewed coffee.

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What have been some highlights of your stationery career so far? 

I have to say attending Paperfest 2014 in London earlier this year was just amazing. It was a forum for young and new paper and print businesses to meet and learn from successful companies and those that are leading in the business. I got to meet Anna Bond (of Rifle Paper Co. fame!) in person – that was an absolute buzz! In terms of business role model, she is queen! She jumps into everything headfirst and works hard to make it happen, an attitude I admire so much.

It has been both humbling and amazing to see my business grow, in size and in reach. Lately, I’ve been posting orders to the United States and Europe, and I’m soon to be stocked at NoteMaker! I love that site! To see my products up there will be such an incredible accomplishment.

What inspires you to create your lovely, fun-filled designs?

I’m inspired by things I love (uh hello, macarons!) and things that I see around me. I’m working on a new range featuring sketches from my recent travels overseas. At the moment, I’m also obsessed with mid-century fonts and designs and you’ll find images that I like dotted around my studio.

I want my stationery to look so good that getting organised and writing to-do lists are fun and a pleasure to do!

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Give us three hot tips to becoming a stylishly organised gal like yourself…

1. Write it down AND schedule it!
Write your to-do list and ensure you know how long a task will be actioned instead of sitting pretty on a list you might not return to (sometimes life gets in the way!). I like to schedule mine into my iCal so that I get reminders via my iPhone and on my laptop.
2. Find your own style and embrace it!
I’m definitely more of a night person so I know to write out my lists, plan my day and complete my big tasks after I’ve had dinner. If you’re an early riser – play to your strengths and schedule your tasks and do your planning in the morning! Too many people fight themselves and end up causing themselves a lot of unnecessary stress trying to be something they aren’t.
3. Give yourself a time limit.
Work can expand for hours and hours. When I’m writing out my to-do list I make sure that I write down how long I think the task will take me. If anything on my list says it will take me 5 minutes, I get it done straight away. Anything longer, I like to put in my calendar so I make sure I block out time for it. For really big tasks like commission work or designing a whole line I like to give myself a final deadline (usually a launch party for example – something fun to look forward to) and plan backwards from there.motif-2
Thanks for the pointers, Kelsie! I hope to put them to good use – heaven knows I need to!
Find Kelsie at the Something Different Etsy pop up market from 7th to 9th November in Leederville! Otherwise mosey on over to her webstore to check out her sweet wares.
Kelsie White / K Gets Organised / Blog / Webstore

Shadow play

shadowplay-6 shadowplay-7 shadowplay-1 shadowplay-4 shadowplay-3 shadowplay-5motif-2Lately, Jinn and I have been trying to push our creative boundaries, and the dappled sunlight through the maple trees in Hyde Park made for some fun and games and some pretty cool pics. The deep black shadows and spring’s new sun made for some beautiful contrasting light and shade. After what seemed to be the most dragged out winter ever, the warmth on the top of my head and the tips of my bare shoulders was more than welcome.

Kinfolk gathering – Wabi-sabi

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The year’s second Kinfolk gathering centred around this concept and invited us to leave our phones and pretentions at the door to enjoy “a messy meal” in each other’s company. Some gathered round the table and others on the floor, the finest food was savoured and the conversation naturally ebbed and flowed, most notably “ebbing” when those divinely succulent lamb cutlets arrived. They demanded our full attentions.

Other notable mentions. The revelrous texture of our ceramic bowls, deliciously rough to the touch. The winsome greenery strung from the rafters to transport us someplace magical. Candles burnt down to their stumps, a night well spent.motif-2

Host & stylist – Stacey Clark

Floral art – Fox and Rabbit

Tableware – Eucalypt Homewares

Hand lettering – The Articulate

Food – Kent Street Deli

Drink – Eagle Bay Brewing Co

Photography – Still Love

Film – Oriss Films

Gifts – Aesop Skincare

Venue – Hush Espresso

Go wild

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Enter Rhianna. We spied the backs of each others’ heads across a crowded room (how romantic) at a Kinfolk dinner and reconnected when Rhi asked us if we’d mind featuring in a photo shoot for her upcoming wedding collective, Wildest Weddings. Would I mind?! As if!

With Rhi’s masterful eye and her insanely talented team this photo shoot was an absolute dream to be a part of. Honestly, after seeing this result and also having the delightful experience of working with such lovely and relaxed but perfectionistic people I would let these guys plan my wedding any day. And don’t get me wrong, I’m not the kind of person to usually just go with the flow, particularly when aesthetics are involved! I am generally very particular with stuff that goes on my face and have slight trust issues (due to many mishaps, usually involving crazy eyebrows and failed curls) to the point of having had my hair and makeup for special occasions done by the same two people for many years!

Wildest Weddings are a collective of artists who aim to make your wedding planning a breeze and the momentous day itself so preciously styled and captured that you will never forget it. And neither will any of your guests, I guarantee it. They’ve got all the bases covered and offer the services of a photographer, stylist, floral artist, makeup and hair stylist, cake maker (by golly, that cake was good), and musicians! You can enlist as many of their services as you wish and they even offer complete pop up wedding styling, all you have to do is turn up on the day. Their ultimate aim is to take the busyness and stress out of wedding planning, all in one amazing yet affordable package.

Ladies and gents, get in line quicksticks! These guys are going to be high in demand…

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Wildest Weddings / wildestweddings@gmail.com

Photos by Rhianna May Photography

Dress by Little Gracie

Bowties by Gentleman & Scholar

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