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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sunday Driver

I love a Sunday drive on a gloomy day. It’s very relaxing watching the rain fall on the window as it washes the scenery that speeds past.

So to make the most of today’s weather we drove to Bondi markets to collect my custom made ring from Zefyr Jewels (a stall at the markets).

I was so excited to finally pick up the ring after waiting with bated breather for 3 whole weeks while it was being made!

Tanya, the designer of Zefyr jewels did not disappoint (more of Tanya's designs at www.zefyrjewels.com.au)

At the markets I also discovered Holly Chalmers and StudioOat.

Holly Chalmers is a lovely fashion designer who creates a wonderful range of women’s clothing. Her unique designers “inject a bit of the unexpected” by using unusual fabric combinations or incorporating a different design feature – “I enjoy creating clothes that make people look twice, and a sense of playfulness is important too. Fashion should be fun, a little bit cheeky but always flattering”.

Unfortunately Holly's website is a little outdated as she’s missing the range of fish tail skirts incorporating Japanese Kimono fabrics that are just too cute for words! You can see her full range at the Bondi Markets every Sunday. www.hollychalmers.com

Studio Oats is the brainchild of graphic designer Christopher Tcheng who wanted to bring together illustrations and graphics to create contemporary artwork.

His designs are beautiful and delicate so it’s hard to believe a man is responsible for the artwork. You really need to see his work in real life to appreciate the detail. http://www.studiooat.com.au/store/pages.php?pageid=2

After a hard days market shopping we headed over to McMahons Point for a bite to eat. We ended up at Piato Restaurant at 123 Blues Point Road. This hidden gem was the perfect location for an alfresco late-lunch with a lovely little awning protecting us from the rain. We did a bit of celebrity spotting with our waiter being none-other than “Carbo” from Packed to the Rafters (his mum and dad own the restaurant).

The food was lovely with a good range of Tapas and Pasta options for lunch (we had French Onion soup, Dips with woodfired bread and Penne Arrabiata).

I love their unique business cards - 3 different designs using iconic imagery that makes you smile. Each one with the words"live the moment" (so Mediterranean)


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