Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Mid Week Inspiration

I have lots to do this week before Crazy Teapot showcases in the 'Made it Myself' market this Saturday in Mackay. I keep catching myself running around in circles jumping between 20 different projects that I am trying to complete for the event but need to just take a minute and stop.

Time to stop and re-focus, complete one project then move onto the next otherwise nothing will be finished in time. The best way for me to do this is be inspired by some beautiful images. Below I have shared some of them with you below - I hope they give you some mid week inspiration too!

My workroom Inspiration Board

Sarina Coastline - Whitsundays

Vernazza Umbrella's


 Art Nouveau Mermaid - by Megan Rose Gedris

Isle of Carpi

 A Crazy Teapot tea party


Country Style image by Prue Ruscoe
  Brenda xx

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Make over here I come!

I am well and truly overdue for some 'ME' time and am desperately in need a re-fresher in the looks department!

I am ashamed to admit it but it has been 4 very long months since my last trip to the hairdresser and for a blonde, this is a huge no no. I have way too much re-growth and am in desperate need of foils and a style cut. The trouble is when you have with two little girls (7 mths + 2 ½ yrs) + husband and your trying to build a new business, time & energy are in short supply. Much to my disappointment, I have had to put off my trip to the hair salon for months now but tomorrow I am finally going!

Excitement and relief is what I am feeling; excitement because I very rarely get to spoil myself and have some mummy 'me' time without the children and husband in toe; and relief as I will finally be able to end the embarrassment I feel every time I go out with my hair looking the way it does. A bit vain?? Well maybe but I like to take pride in my appearance when I go out, so having terrible hair for months on end has just made me crazy.

Anyway it is all about to end and I can’t wait to feel back to my normal self again :) The below image is the inspiration for my trip to the hair salon, I just loved this image from http://plumprettysugar.com/- her hair
colour is just devine.


Brenda xx

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Vintage & Pre Loved items now listed

We are happy to announce that the first drop of our gorgeous ladies vintage and pre-loved fashion & accessory pieces have been listed on our online store www.crazyteapot.com.

We have taken the time to give each piece some TLC and present them beautifully for you.

Remember to check in regularly now as we will be listing more items weekly and soon will also be listing some NEW Crazy Teapot fashion items too!












Happy Shopping :)
Brenda xx



Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Stunning Gwen Stefani for November InStyle Magazine

I just came across these images on Fashion Gone Rogue and had to share, Gwen Stefani looks absolutely amazing in this style shoot taken for the November cover shoot of InStyle Magazine, photographed by Michelangelo di Battista

I love the richness of colour used with styling and the set of this shoot, very inspirational - selected by fashion editor Alice Gentilucci.









Brenda xx

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Style time for Anniversary Dinner

I am so far behind with everything this year that I totally forgot we were in November last week which meant I also forgot our wedding anniversary (whoops!) but thankfully my dear husband was in the same boat and also forgot, it was only after talking with my dad that I was reminded. My husband and I both had a laugh and forgave each other quickly but then thought should we do something??? very last minute we were offered by our lovely live in family members a night out while they would look after the kids. An evening out is a super rarity for us so this was a nice treat.

Then next big question was - what will I wear??

I had purchased a lovely coral coloured button through collared dress with pockets a few months ago and hadn't had a chance to wear it so thought this would be a great opportunity and I teamed it with a cream + navy slim belt around the waist along my gorgeous navy vintage 50s handbag and some lovely coral high heels which have been sitting tucked away since last years Melbourne Cup.

The results are below and it felt great to get dressed up for a night out, even though I am styling and designing in my head every day it is not so often that I get to do it in reality. Running around after two small children everyday usually means that casual wear wins in my fashion stakes. I do remind myself though that I should make an effort at least once a week to dress that extra bit special when I have to go for an outing that doesn't involve rolling around on the floor with the children, so that i get to feel good about myself and am reminded about my other i love - FASHION!



Brenda xx

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Incredible Red blooms

I'm such a fan of colour! 

Especially vibrant colours, so I wanted to share these photos of our Poinciana tree which is in full bloom at the moment of the most incredible red flowers. Such as beautiful sight from our deck and very inspiring.



Brenda :)

Monday, 7 November 2011

Favourite Melbourne Cup Carnival fashion moments

Well it was a big week for all the fashionista's in Australia, in particular Melbourne with the fantastic fashions on show at the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Melbourne Cup day brought out some great style and colour, below our some of my favourite fashion moments.

Love love love this image - how gorgeous are these vintage looks with the bold colour blocking and updoo's. I particularly love the yellow and purple combination.

Jessica Fyfe in a lovely 50's number
Above images: Simon Schluter

Ricki Lee looking quite glamours in this mauve ensemble

Sofie Van Den Akker in a stylish black & white number
Above images: vogue.com.au

Melbourne Cup Fashions on the field winner

How gorgeous is this look below on Laura Greich!

This is also a fun quirky look that I love on Emily Thomas
 Above images: by AAP

Then we move on to Oaks Day which is well known as being ladies Day, below are my favorite style moments from another great racing day.

Lady Melbourne again looking gorgeous as always, I love the simplicity of her headpiece and the collar on her dress teamed with a jeweled necklace and delicate gloves, what a great look!
image: ladymelbourne.com.au

This is a wonderful shade of blue and a great example of how to do the 80s style well
Image: Julie Kiracoudis

I just love this look! A beautiful yellow print on a full circle skirt dress.
Image: Craig Borrow

This is a great cute/feminine/fun look on Rachael Finch
image: vogue.com.au

Below are a couple of my headpieces worn at Crown Oaks day, worn by Margaret & Narelle Ayres..I will post better images of these later.

Hope you all enjoyed some wonderful fashion moments over the racing carnival, now we look forward to next year....starting with Magic Millions in January :)

Brenda

Friday, 4 November 2011

Crazy Teapot Press

I would like to share with you the first official press I have received since the launch of the Crazy Teapot website. I was very excited and happy to get a great half page spread with 4 photos and interview on Tuesday this week (Melbourne Cup Day!) printed in our local Mackay region newspaper the Daily Mercury.


I have the link below for you to read the full article: http://www.dailymercury.com.au/story/2011/11/01/business-is-a-labour-of-love-brenda-lui/

I will be posting again soon with all my favourite fashions from Melbourne Cup and Oaks day.

Brenda :)

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Happy Melbourne Cup Day!!

I wish everyone a wonderful fun filled Melbourne Cup Day where ever you may be! Let the Champagne flow, your bets do well and the fashions on the field delight you all.

I have a sample below of my favorite fashion moments from Saturday's Derby Day.

The gorgeous Dita Von Tease in a Red Muse dress


above images: grazia.ninemsn.com.au

Below is the winner of the Derby Day Myer Fashions on the Field, I must admit that before I found out that she had won, I flicked through all the photos & had picked her as my favourite, so I must have a bit of a knack for this :)
other entrants below

above images: stylemelbourne.com

Below is the lovely Lady Melbourne in a white BCBG Max Azria dress from Madam Virtue with a bow headpiece which she made herself from clear plastic. In the 2nd photo Lady Melbourne is with fashion designer Dhini who is wearing a perspex type headpiece with cut outs - I really love this piece! Its so different and the texture and colour is fantastic.


image: ladymelbourne.com.au

Below is my styling efforts for the big day - Pre-loved Wish dress with vintage necklace and my own Crazy Teapot Carrissa Headpiece in Navy. I was photographed prior to Melbourne Cup day by the Mackay Daily Mercury for an article they will be printing this week on my Crazy Teapot business, I will share this article with you later in the week :)



Have a great time at the races!

Brenda :)