Pantone’s 2015 Colour of the year: Marsala – Wine infused

This year is shaping out to be a lot of fun, especially when Pantone calls the colour of 2015 ‘Marsala’, a rich, mahogany wine shade that exudes luxury and comfort. Lately, in pages of interior design magazine I see the lack of exuberance, the main keywords in the spotlight are minimalist, industrial, nordic or Scandinavian style. The colours splashed on those pages are quite neutral, light, clean looking and easy on the eye. Maybe its because Australia is at its peak of the Summer season that people are still thinking of a less-fuss, simple styling when it comes to their home.


When I think of the shade ‘Marsala’, for me it invites thoughts of old Parisian boudoirs, tuscan hallways and boho lounges. It is a strong and deep colour, so it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. I have a feeling this colour will make its way into the Autumn/Winter fashion and design trends as the year progresses… I’m hopeful! For I really love this darker shade of red.

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For those who do not want to go out and buy everything ‘Marsala’ and go on a decorating ‘Marsala’ spree…may want to find florals that are easily adaptable to any environment when placed in a crystal vase. Can we agree this shade of peonies are just gorgeous?

It is also a beautiful colour to use in make up or as a nail polish shade. The soon-to-be-released Lime Crime velvetine lip tint called ‘Riot’ was formulate before Pantone’s announcement of the Colour of the year, but it seems they are right on track. The colour is suitable on all skin tones, and is a very wearable and feminine shade.


And I wouldn’t mind seeing more men sporting this colour in their wardrobe choices, I like guys in a deeper shade of red, it exudes confidence, intelligence and strength.  As seen in Berluti‘s campaign, as they specialise in Parisian gentleman’s attire.

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Maybe I’m partial to this shade because I am after all, I am an Aries woman. Red is my colour! I’m drawn to all shades of red. And Marsala is named after a wine, so wait a minute…I’m into that too! A good drop of red is great for the health.

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I think Pantone has chosen wisely this year of their Colour of the Year finalist. I’m pretty happy with their decision and will no doubt have lots of fun playing with it through design and fashion-wise.

Is Marsala a colour that you would find in your home? What would you like to turn Marsala colour if you could?

Hope you are enjoying your Australia Day Long Weekend to all my Australian readers! And to those around the world, have a great week!




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Zara coming to the Perth fashion scene

As it is nearing closer and closer to the opening of the big Spanish fashion label, Zara at Garden City, Booragoon on the 21st August. The Perth bloggosphere is going crazy at the excitement of an international label bringing its high quality and highly sort after cuts and wearable garments.

As much as I love supporting home grown talent, as I must admit Australian fashion have quality and style to match international brands. However we lack variety under one roof. Zara’s flagship store in Garden City will take over 2 floors and provide apparel choices for women, men and children.



I’m just so excited to find out what they have in the new store. I know I will just have to leave the plastic at home. And how convenient that they have opened up only 20 minutes from home. Not sure how long I will be able t o withhold myself from going to Garden City…

And I wonder if they will bring an Australian online store to us who like to shop in front of our screens…that could prove much safer.

Who else is looking forward to the grand opening this Thursday? 





Small Biz in the spotlight: Madrock Jewels

Happy Chinese New Year to my readers who celebrate! Sorry for the hiatus, but I have been so caught up with the celebration of the Year of the Horse! It is a very auspicious year, so wishing all of you lots of happiness, love, good luck and success.

And since it is ‘New Year’ all over again…my latest post is to inspire you to kick-start your creative plans in 2014. ‘Small Biz in the spotlight’ will become a regular spot in The Simple Chic blog roll. My aim is to help showcase small business owners that are doing what they love and building their brand across the interwebs…and just spreading the love about handmade products.

I like to share things that motivate me and supporting small biz is one of them. These are the faces who are passionate about what their making and hope to one day do it for a living. 

So today, I have the lovely Mandi from Madrock Jewels sharing her story with us…hope she inspires you to rock out!

  1. Why did you choose your business name?

Funnily enough during a local rock climbing session with friends my bestie nicknamed me Madrock, and it stuck. So when I started my new business venture I couldn’t imagine naming it anything but Madrock Jewels.

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Mandi creator of Madrock Jewels

  1. Tell us how you came up with this idea? Is there a special story behind it?

My passion is designing creative, unique designs and expressing them through handmade jewellery. Every bead and every piece is made by my own 2 hands, and cooked in my home studio. It’s grown so fast and everyday I get closer and closer to ‘the bigger picture’ of what I’m hoping it will one day become.

  1. What were you doing at the time when you first thought of starting up your own business?

I actually work full time at Bendigo Bank as an Assistant Manager. This became a creative outlet for me after hours once I got home… with a glass of wine in hand of course.

  1. What do you do in your business?

Madrock Jewels create original and one of a kind polymer clay jewellery pieces. With each bead crafted carefully by hand, no two beads are the same!



Polymer clay is robust and should last a lifetime with proper care. It is stronger than ceramic jewellery but still needs to be treated with care as with any other piece of jewellery. Beads can be dusted and wiped with a damp cloth which will be enough to keep them looking beautiful.
When not being worn, jewellery should be stored out of direct sunlight and extreme heat. Colours may start to fade over a period of time if left out on a window sill for instance.
If you wear perfume, deodorant or hairspray, it is best to apply it before you put on your jewellery. Direct contact from aerosols and perfume may discolour the jewellery

  1. Do you have a website or online shop?

WEBSITE IS COMING! is currently in construction! Watch this space!

  1. Where can we buy your products?

I currently take orders via Facebook, Instagram, and through email. But I can be found at local markets on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.

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  1. Where are you located?

Mornington Peninsula, VICTORIA

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself, what do you enjoy doing if you are not creating?

Adventurer. Traveller. Lover. Sister. Dreamer.

When I’m not working I’m spending time with my man, my friends & family! I love the sun & the beach and I’m always up for a bit of an adventure… whether it’s overseas to Africa for 2 months or just to the family holiday house in Rye… I’m happy go lucky and love my life!

  1. Where would you like to be 5 years from now?

This little idea has grown so fast and everyday I get closer and closer to what I’m hoping it will one day become. Australian wide!

But maybe in a few more than 5 years I can already see myself sitting back in a hammock at my beachside villa somewhere warm sipping mojitos…

  1.  Do you have any business advice for others wanting to start-up?

You’ve got to love what you do for work otherwise everyday will become a chore! I love waking up and making my jewellery for the special person that takes it home!

Thanks Mandi for agreeing to be featured here and inspiring us all! I hope you guys will go and check out her Facebook Page here and the handmade collection of Madrock Jewels jewellery and accessories.

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Contact Madrock Jewels

Here are some of the pretty little things I pick up from Madrock Jewels…

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I’m loving them so much, that I have started wearing them to work, to the shops, well pretty much all Summer! And my kids tell me ‘Mum your earrings look like lollies!’, they really do stand out and look so cute too. It is a very minimalist style, which suits my personal taste.

May your week be full of possibilities and plenty of smiling moments!