Zen Living Part One

Hoshinoya, Kyoto wearing: Borsalino Fedora | Isabel Marant blouse | Acne Studios Jeans |

Hoshinoya, Kyoto wearing: Borsalino Fedora | Isabel Marant blouse | Acne Studios Jeans |

I sat on the window sill and admired the stillness in front of me. The quietness was deafening at times. Occasionally, I'm comforted by the soft rattling of the Scenic Train that passes by on the other side of Ooi River. The train always stops for the tourists onboard to take a glimpse of Hoshinoya. I imagine this place would be just as spectacular in appearance from the other side of the river as it was for me, enjoying it from the inside. Their faces all blurred from the distance but I didn't mind, I took a few snaps of them taking snaps of us. I'm sure they were as delighted to see us as we were to see them...

 

bliss

Wouldn't mind waking up to this again. It feels like this part of our Italian holiday was all  just a perfect dream. Precisely a year ago today, my husband and I were strolling around the grounds of Borgo Santo Pietro—an immaculately kept Italian Villa in the small town of Chiusdino, around a 45 minutes drive from Siena. Sigh! Such fond memories...

 

Barely-there Makeup Essentials

Bathroom swoon at The Blackwood in Sassafras.

Bathroom swoon at The Blackwood in Sassafras.

The Daily Essentials.

The Daily Essentials.



Here's a post I've been meaning do to but just haven't got around doing—makeup essentials. I've never been much of a makeup junkie. Skincare on the otherhand, is another story I'll leave for another day. Like most things in my life, I like to keep everything simple and fairly minimal, makeup included. I'm a huge Becca fan! My favourite product from their range would have to be their tinted moisturiser, which I use as a base. It has a sheer to light coverage and gives the skin with a healthy, natural glow. I also love using this product on it’s own!  

Here are my favourite items used to achieve a ‘no makeup’ face. I don’t like to look overly made up but ironically, making it look like you're not wearing makeup when you actually are is hard work! Sometimes I'll add in a little eye shadow to give my eyes a little more definition but for the most part, I prefer my everyday make up to look fresh and barely there.

 

Freedom Furniture A/W 2014

I arrived early and thank goodness for that. I'm so glad I got to take a few snaps of the beautiful rooms (styled by none other than the super cool Mr Jason Grant) before the rush of people came through the doors for the Media Launch. The event was held at Bite Club House, which was the most perfect space to complement Freedom's Autumn Winter collection. Items can be found in store now or online through Freedom's website: www.freedom.com.au


Copper Mania. Limited Edition Copper Bed Frame and Lamp.

Copper Mania. Limited Edition Copper Bed Frame and Lamp.


Those little guys on the shelf had me at hello.

Those little guys on the shelf had me at hello.


Retro vives.

Retro vives.


Kitchen bench envy.

Kitchen bench envy.


Textures and layers to perfection.

Textures and layers to perfection.


New Zealand

I want to do this, all over again.

Reliving our New Zealand holiday through holiday snaps. I've just about finished sorting and editing the copious amount of photos I took during our very short visit to New Zealand last month. If you think South Island is picturesque by car, wait till you see it from above. Truly amazing. I'm curious to see more of what this island has to offer.
 

Flying over the surroundings of Milford Sound.

Flying over the surroundings of Milford Sound.

Baileys- Part I

A couple of months ago, I created these images for one of my clients. Had so much fun styling and shooting for this brief, hope you guys enjoy it!

And on a side note, if are interested for me to style and shoot your products for your business, please contact me at through the Contact link or email me at hello@cindychen.com.au for a quote. I would love to hear from you!

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Quaint Spaces

As soon as I laid eyes on the images I found online, I immediately fell deeply  in love with this house.
 
The White House is around one and a half hours drive away from the heart of Melbourne. It's situated in the town of Daylesford which borders Hepburn Springs and this is an area renowned for its natural springs.

As many of you might be aware, I'm a huge fan of capturing light and shadows in a photo. That soft, diffused light streaming though an open window and the way it delicately spotlights a small section of a room is so charming and so elegant- it makes my heart flutter faster every time. Every nook and cranny of The White House is immaculately styled by Lynda Gardener. Everything is so tastefully executed and the attention to detail is beyond flawless. 
 
I was here for work and not leisure but I managed to snap a few photos of the place a few minutes before it was time for me to pack up to leave.

BR One: The house has two bedroom and another gorgeous room complete with its own en suite in the garden of the house.

BR One: The house has two bedroom and another gorgeous room complete with its own en suite in the garden of the house.

En suite in The Garden Room.

En suite in The Garden Room.

Bathroom details from the main house.

Bathroom details from the main house.

Bathroom details from the main house.  

Bathroom details from the main house.  

Open plan living and kitchen area.

Open plan living and kitchen area.

Mr Manfrotto taking the photo for me. 

Mr Manfrotto taking the photo for me. 

Kitchen to the left, living room to the right.

Kitchen to the left, living room to the right.

Not a country cottage without a fireplace. 

Not a country cottage without a fireplace. 

If you're looking for a relaxing weekend, away from the hustle and bustle of modern society, this is the place you dream to be in.
 
For more information about renting The White House please contact Lynda at: www.thewhitehousedaylesford.com.au

TRIO

Trio of Trios and Paddy making a cameo.

Trio of Trios and Paddy making a cameo.

My go-to bags. Trio by Celine. It holds my life in three little compartments- perfectly!

And I'm not sure why he decided to sit in for this photo but I kind of like his cute little expression here. This little boy melts my heart.