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Miss Adventure by Kate Spade

November 9, 2015

Continuing my long love affair with Kate Spade New York, I thought I would share one of a series of short films featuring Anna Kendrick and Zosia Mamet. The #missadventure short film series is a fun look into a glamorous world inspired by Kate Spade New York. Continue Reading

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Christmas Gift Guide with Lark

November 7, 2015
Iconic Australian Christmas | Madame Bonbon blog

It’s my favourite time of the year – Christmas time! This year I am celebrating with my little family at home in Melbourne.  This means I get to go crazy with Christmas decorations, goodies and gifts. Lark Store is a little shop full of the beautiful stylish party and home decor. It’s my favourite place to shop in Australia. I regularly receive their e-newsletters and the latest one contains a link to their festive season Gift Guide.  I thought I would share a few of my favourite Christmas gift ideas from Lark for this year.

Ban Do Cooler Watermelon Bag | Madame Bonbon blog

Ban. Do Watermelon chiller bag [AU$60]  From my favourite party stylists in the US – Ban. Do. This little bag is perfect for the beach or pool party. Continue Reading

Cycle Style

Cycling in Style

May 16, 2015
Cycling in Style | Madame Bonbon

I love riding my bicycle and over the past few months I’ve found some accessories for cycling in style. I mostly commute around the city and to work. You won’t ever find me in lycra (which should please you… he he). I tend to don my usual going out outfit, which is is usually something bright and colourful. Now in terms of accessories, there are some that you definitely need for your bicycle such as, storage for whatever you are carrying and protective gear.  Here are a few of my favourite accessories. Continue Reading

Gadgets Invitations

5 Tips for Creating Stylish Invitations

April 23, 2015

Invitations are an important feature of a memorable celebration. They can prepare guests for your event, create excitement and add a sense of occasion. The invitation essentially lets your guests know the purpose, the location, the date and time. It can also contain other information like a dress-up theme, social media links, requests for dietary requirements etc. Once you have all of your party details confirmed, you have all the information that you will need to create your party invitations.

So as you can see there are quite a few aspects to consider when putting your invitation together.  You don’t need to go overboard but a few essential details can add a little style to your invite. I thought I would share my five tips for creating a stylish invitation. Continue Reading


Tiki Party Invitation

April 14, 2015
Tiki Party Invitation

So this year I’m celebrating my birthday with a tiki-themed party.  I thought I would share my tiki party invitation with you.  It’s another one of my DIY projects and I promise to share the step-by-step post next week.  Today I want to share the tiki party invitation with you in a fun way…a little stop motion video that I made last night.  I hope you like the invitation…and the video.

Would you believe I created this video on an iOS app? I did! The App is called Stop Motion Studio and it is so easy to use.  I must thank Monsieur Bonbon however, he gave me the idea to do the stop motion video after one of his classes at Melbourne Laneway Learning. [Hubby mentioned that the class was taught by Jarrod Anderson who worked on the Lego movie!  So of course hubby had to take along a Lego man for the class.  He had a tonne of fun.]  I also have to thank Mademoiselle Belle who helped me with the motion movements whilst I was filming. We’re just beginners but I can tell we’ll be stop motioning all over the home. I promise not to bore you too often.

Cycle Style

My Little Vintage Dutch Bicycle

April 9, 2015
My Little Vintage Dutch Bicycle

A month ago I became the proud owner of Olive, a vintage Dutch bicycle. She’s 32 years old and was born in Haarlem in the Netherlands. Olive came to Australia in the 80s with her previous owner.  I am lucky to be her second owner.  She’s a Sparta bicycle and your traditional commuter bicycle for getting around town.  I’m lucky to work just outside the city along the Yarra River so every day I get the most beautiful scenic ride to and from work – I’m super lucky.

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Instax Mini 90 Instant Camera

March 31, 2015
Instax Mini 90 Camera

I’d like to introduce you to my little Instax Mini 90 camera. This little instant camera is the perfect party companion though I do tend to take it everywhere with me. It was a birthday gift from my husband. I wanted a little camera to take to parties and events where I could capture some fun moments on film instantly. I’ve taken photos at a party and given them out to friends as well – which is popular. The quality of print is surprisingly good for such a small camera.

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Bits and Bobs

Madame Bonbon Is Back!

March 29, 2015
Madame Bonbon: where have you been?

A thousand apologies to you, my friend.  I have been missing in action, but I am back! I took a small break in 2014 and then I had to take another extended break after that! It was mostly down to personal health reasons. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and later with fibromyalgia. These conditions were incredibly painful at the beginning and made life quite uncomfortable until my diagnosis and medication were under control.  I can happily say that I am feeling almost normal again.

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DIY Easter Egg Gifts for Children

April 11, 2014
Madame Bonbon | DIY Easter Egg Gifts

Easter is almost upon us and this is about the time that Mademoiselle Belle and I create our little DIY Easter gifts for her classmates at school. I usually peruse Pinterest for inspiration.  This year we decided on creating little Easter Egg Baskets.

How to make this:

  • Pretty paper ice cream cups
  • Shredded paper straw
  • Kraft paper
  • Glue
  • Speckled chocolate eggs

We purchased these pretty paper ice cream cups and shredded yellow paper straw from our local discount store.  Unfortunately our local supermarket ran out of small Easter eggs, so we ended up buying these speckled M&M eggs – which I think are quite cute.  We began by cutting out strips of yellow kraft paper to make the handles for each basket.  We laid out all of the cups onto a tray and glued on the paper handles to each paper ice cream cup.  The handles were more decorative than useful so you need to be gentle. We left the cups and handles to dry for about half an hour and then began to fill them all with the shredded paper straw. We then filled each of the little Easter egg baskets with yummy easter eggs.  Et voila!  The DIY Easter Eggs baskets are complete.

The next day we boxed up the Easter egg baskets and Mlle Belle had the great pleasure of giving them out to her class.  I love to see the smile on the children’s faces.  They’re always so surprised and grateful. This certainly makes our Easter feel very special. Hope you enjoy this little DIY craft.

Tip: We had two class friends with nut allergies, so we substituted the chocolate eggs with jelly beans.

Wishing you a wonderful Easter holiday with your family and friends.