December 16, 2014

Just popping in quickly during this very busy Christmas time to say hi and show you some great new products that landed on my doorstep a few weeks ago.

As entertainers I am sure you are always looking for stylish and unique ways to present, deliver, transport and gift your special treats so these fantastic wooden boxes will suit you perfectly.

CakeBox is a wooden cake and cupcake carrier, handcrafted in the USA from North American pine. CakeBox can accommodate round layer cakes or 18 cupcakes.  It is also sold with an optional leather handle.

PieBox is the wooden pie carrier, also handcrafted in the USA from North American pine. PieBox accommodates most standard-sized 9-inch pie plates and again comes with an optional leather-carrying strap.

I know you are thinking to yourself that these would be great Christmas presents so pop on over to the Boxd Website as they are the official Australian Distributor – availability and prices are listed there.

Here are a few snaps I took last week when I finally got to have a play while visiting the Sweet Bloom Cakes studio.

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October 1, 2014

October has arrived and with it come Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  

I have teamed up today with Winnow Chocolates and Sweet Scarlett Designs to bring you a very sweet idea for anyone holding a morning tea for this great cause.

These gorgeous ombre pink chocolates made by Chocolatier Amanda of Winnow Chocolates are so perfect to serve during your morning tea and present beautifully as a take home gift for your guests.  Teamed with these perfect printables from Elise of Sweet Scarlet Designs and you are set.  

This set of printables is available for free download for Sweet Style readers with thanks to Sweet Scarlet Designs.
Please click here to download your set.

To see more beautiful chocolates or to order your own visit the Winnow Website.

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Photography + Styling :: Leanne Ambrogio | Sweet Style
Chocolates ::  Winnow Chocolates
Printables :: Sweet Scarlett Designs
Vintage Cup & Tray Set :: Pretty Pedestals

August 11, 2014

A few behind the scenes photos today from my place after I gave my favourite display shelving units a styling update last week.

I purchased these gorgeous shelving units 2 years ago so I could display my beautiful cake stand collection – with so many lovely cake stands in my shop I found that I was constantly pulling out various sizes and colours to show customers who popped into my home to make a purchase.  

The collection of course has grown over time and the shelves were starting to look a little messy and cluttered!  Showing every colour in every size while trying to remain stylish wasn’t working and every time I pulled out another little prop to use I would dump it back on the shelves!

It was time for a clean up and a refresh – time to style everything up and combine ranges, colours and various other items I love like books and candles.

Here are the before and after results!  I am feeling so much calmer every time I walk past now – nothing like a good clean out for the soul!


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Images :: Leanne Ambrogio for Sweet Style 
Cake Stands & Bowls mostly available in the Sweet Style Online store here

July 25, 2014

One of my all time favourite favour bag ideas is the personaled Calico Favour Bag.

I used it last year for Indi’s 4th Birthday Party and again we used the same concept in our Logan Brae Orchard Shoot for Sweet Magazine!  They are such a simple and cute idea – so easy to personalise with your theme and something that leaves a last momento for your guests that can be used as a little pouch for nick nacks, a coin holder or even a place to store your iPod ear phones!


Indi’s 4th Birthday Favour Bag & Sweet Magazine Logan Brae Wedding Shoot – both bags by Penny Lane Studio calico002

I love these cute Monkey Themed Bags found here and more cute bags by Penny Lane Studio here calico003

Bank Paper Goods also have a fabulous range of Calico Bags – you can purchase them blank and have fun with them.  The have been personalised with markers, stamping and fabric paint or even a pretty tag.  Find them here.

I am working on a new party concept at the moment for my soon to be 10 year old and I know that the calico bag will find its way into this party.

July 21, 2014

Happy Monday everyone! We are back from our wonderful two week break in my most favourite place in the world, Bali and the change in temperature is certainly a shock to the system.  Getting out of bed this morning was not easy for any of us!

Today though I am popping in to let you know that latest edition (Issue 3) of Sweet Magazine is now available in newsagents nationally (the online version will be out this week).  I am particularly excited by this issue as there are a number of articles in there that I worked on – and all have one or two great behind the scenes stories.

The gorgeous couple on the cover – Sam and Jess – were our cute models when we shot this boho styled backyard wedding set up.  I teamed up with our editor Lisa and the super clever duo, Melissa and Simon from Ashdown and Bee to bring this story to life.  We had a fun day with gorgeous flowers, sequenced cloths and divine and pretty food!  Yes there is definitely a story behind the balloons that you see in the shots – if you happened to be in the area on the day and noticed a large flying gold V you can imagine the rest – lots of “oh no’s” could be heard!  You know the saying never work with kids and animals – we can now add helium balloons to that saying as well!


The second story that I was part of the team for, was the stunning rustic shoot at Logan Brae orchard in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.  Gillian our food editor came down from Queensland laden with delicious baked goodies, and after many emails and phone conversations planning the shoot we finally got to hang out for the entire weekend and talk all things sweet and take pretty pictures!  We were joined in the mountains by our other lovely friend Nicole from Penny Lane Studio to create the gorgeous set up amongst the apple trees while we chatted with the spunky orchard owner Sam (we obviously had a thing for Sam’s in this issue!).

After a spectacularly sunny day in the mountains we packed up to head home only to have the most amazing hail storm hit full force as we climbed into the car – we certainly let out a sigh of relief that it didn’t arrive any earlier than it did!

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The final article I put together for this edition is an interview with Dewi from Sweet Bloom Cakes about her growing business and the recent move from being a home based baker to taking the plunge and moving into her gorgeous new studio space.  You can see more images of her really beautiful studio in my blog post here as I photographed her launch party earlier this year!   The article is gives a great insight into this talented and creative lady whose business I have watched blossom.sweetmag3001

I promise to do a full blog post on these great stories in the coming weeks but in the meantime make sure you pick up your copy of Sweet Magazine Issue 3 now.  To find your local stockist click here.