Our (new) Deputy Editor Christie recently got back from a trip to Sri Lanka, and it's had me thinking about exotic escapes: in particular Morocco and Turkey, which have been on my bucket-list for quite some time now.
I've been dreaming of spice-filled markets, exotic cuisine, and age-old mosques housing intricately tiled patterns; so much so that next month, I will be making my first voyage to Turkey, first visiting Istanbul then heading to Cappadocia.
So, this week's Ed's Picks are my a visual representation of my destination dreaming...
1. Royal Alcazar Open Front Cardi/Cape $399, Camilla
I think I might just be the only born, bred and still residing here Brisbane-ite who does NOT own a piece of Camilla kaftan-ery. Not that I haven't browsed online and the James Street store hoping I could direct that week's mortgage repayment towards on her glorious creations one million times. This one is Spanish-insired, but I'm definitley getting a Istanbul vibe a la the tiled walls of The Blue Mosque (although I don't think this would cover up enough to be respectable enough to wear inside said mosque). Meh - there are plenty other places I could wear this...
2. Yves Saint Laurent rouge volupte perle $55, Myer
This luxe lippy is another recent beauty find I've discovered is perfect for winter. It's rich in colour and nourish-factor, keeping your lips totally kissable while full of colour.
3. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess bronzer $58, Department Stores
Why do makeup products always seem better when their packaging is on point? I know it's what's inside that counts (and this bronzer really is great - nice tone, not too much sparkle).
4. Mercer + Reid Amber velvet cushion in geo mint $41.95, Adairs
What's the one thing that makes a gorgeous cushion even prettier? When it's actually nice to sit on/touch/snuggle up to - such as this one. Yeah, it seems pretty obvious, but a cushion could be covered in sharp studs and sandpaper and I'd totally buy it without a second though about the impracticality of it, if it looked good enough. Shallow? Who, me?
5. Bubble Hammered Spout Vase $99.95, Zanui.com.au
This is very cool. I was trying to decide whether this would look good with a massive bunch of flowers, or just a couple, but I'm still undecided. Regardless, this gives off a very cool, Moroccan-esque vibe. Pare back with white walls and a Turkish rug, and your exotic travels-inspired abode is halfway there.
6. Citadel side table $97.95, Zanui.com.au
As someone influential with impeccable taste once said: "one can never have enough turquoise", and this side table would be perfectly positioned as a bedside table or small coffee table in a small living room. And yes, that 'someone' was me...
7. Moroccan Pouffe $149, Cush & Co
I have wanted one of these bloody pouffes since I can remember, but they never really suited the rest of my decor. The best bit about these too is that they NEVER seem to go out of style. Why is that?
8. Ancient Greek flat string bead sandals $315, Maryons
These are definitely more Grecian than Moroccan or Turkish, but I wasn't feeling those Aladdin-esque curly-toed shoes (is that un PC?). BUT - these sandals are utterly gorgeous, so I'm adding them to my edit.
9. Poolside ring Lagoon Turquoise $119, Samantha Wills
Turquoise. Tick! Gold. Tick! Bling. Tick! Samantha Wills. Tick! That's all I really have to say about this ring.
10. Chic embroidered purse, Kookai
When I was 18, Kookai was pretty much all I ever wore. Now that I'm a smidge older, I'm less about the stretchy bandage skirts and more about wide-legged trousers and fitted jackets. My gal pals still wear a lot of it, which is totally cool....wait, where was I? Oh yeah - this bag; totally un-Kookai but very cool.