The Elvis Festival is just about to hit Parkes once again. This annual outpouring of love is held in Parkes each January and has become a huge event celebrating The King’s life and his sensational music. Everyone young or old dresses in jumpsuits reminiscent of the King and parades around the town and there is dancing in the streets all weekend long!
Our town swells to double its size during the event and the atmosphere is amazing! Last year I was even lucky enough to be a guest judge for one of the biggest events on the program, The Miss Priscilla Competition. This lucky Priscilla lookalike reigns over the entire weekend as well as winning a bevy of prizes.
But so you all don’t miss out here are some Elvis goodies that will have you in the mood even in your own homes!! Check out the online store to see all the goodies now available.
And as the King would say ” Thank you very much…….”
A few years ago we had the pleasure of home hosting the American Ambassador, Mr Jeffrey Bleich which was extremely exciting and an immense privilige. Mr Bleich is a true Elvis Fan and enjoyed the whole spectacle immensely. Here is a photo of the Ambassador and my husband and I when we returned the favour and had a chance to visit the American Embassy in Canberra this year.
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Then hopefully you will love the whole collection and can follow my journey from the start!
Recently I had the pleasure of speaking to a lovely crowd of women at the National Year of Reading Launch for 2012 in Parkes. Along with another local woman and accomplished author we spoke to the crowd and shared our individual stories. It was a really lovely afternoon. Here I am pictured with some of the guests along with my beautiful mother, Kay. It was fantastic to have her in the crowd as well.
I also got to attend a lovely afternoon tea in Parkes during March to celebrate International Women’s Day for 2012. And yes I made the local paper by sneaking into the photo as well.
The next few months are also filling up with two new speaking engagements already booked in. But I absolutely love the chance to talk to everyone and I am very humbled by their support and interest in my story!
As with fashion, home decorating does go through its own interesting cycles of what’s in and what’s not and key periods in styling will always be remembered through the colours and designs that were in vogue in each decade or time period. Need I say more but to offer this anecdote.. when one remembers the green laminated benchtops that were in demand one instantly is taken back to the seventies and the beginnings of the eighties as we vividly remember this iconic look.
Over the last few years however we have all really embraced the power of decorating with neutral tones and adding the WOW factor to our homes with the accessories we select to create the final impact to our look rather than adding the colour to more permanent fixtures within our homes that are harder to change constantly. This has allowed everyone more freedom to style and update their looks much more frequently with a minimum of fuss and expense each time.
Everyone became very focused on what the favourite colours where to give themselves this blank canvas effect .
But I feel the tides are changing in the colours that we will now gravitate
towards in the continuing search for neutral colour palettes to decorate our home’s interior and exterior surfaces with. After attending the recent launch of the new Haymes’ Paint colour collection for the season ahead I have fallen in love with a whole new palette of colours and I think these will be the direction we shall head in the future.
From soft greys to deeper silver and more blue-grey tones we are now I feel at the beginning of a new era. Instead of always selecting a more stone based neutral with varying shades of creams and browns we will now be selecting these softer tones. These new shades will combine beautifully with the move towards using black as an accent colour within our homes as well as adopting a new
sophisticated feel to our home’s styling efforts.
The grey colour wheel also works perfectly with accents of red to make a very retro inspired statement or will look soft and feminine when paired with lilac and silver and a touch of bling. Yellow looks amazing when splashed within a room of grey as an accent colour and I love when orange is also combined with grey to look vibrant, seriously stylish and sophisticated.
So I think it will not be long before there is a new “must have colour” which will be whispered among stylists and decorators alike and then gain public
adoration as it is shouted from the rooftops. We will be naturally drawn to select this colour to make our homes a true vision of neutral beauty and it will allow us to unleash the decorator within as our possibilities of choices become limitless…
I hope you like my latest effort at movie making! These seminars are going to be great fun during the 2012 Parkes Elvis Festival…
I am so excited ..the latest issue of Home Ideas is on sale now and my home has been given a ten page spread inside..So go grab your copy now!!
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