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To celebrate International Women’s Day, we spoke to Robynne Thompson. A proud mother of three and grandmother of eight, Robynne is a very busy woman. On the brink of celebrating her thirtieth year at Country Road, she has both seen and experienced much. Here, she tells the story of her journey.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we spoke to Robynne Thompson. A proud mother of three and grandmother of eight, Robynne is a very busy woman. On the brink of celebrating her thirtieth year at Country Road, she has both seen and experienced much. Here, she tells the story of her journey.

Discover the story of Elise Pioch Balzac and Pablo Chappell on the journal.

Discover the story of Elise Pioch Balzac and Pablo Chappell on the journal.

They are captivating, not least because they live a kind of elegant boheme life, but also because they write all their own rules. The pair’s weekend home on the Hawkesbury River is, quite literally, the perfect place to fall in love. Discover the story of Elise Pioch Balzac and Pablo Chappell on the journal.

They are captivating, not least because they live a kind of elegant boheme life, but also because they write all their own rules. The pair’s weekend home on the Hawkesbury River is, quite literally, the perfect place to fall in love. Discover the story of Elise Pioch Balzac and Pablo Chappell on the journal.

"They pair share a long list of interests and passions. “We love going on adventures. Every morning or evening we go for swims in different bays – Sydney has so many to explore." Discover the story of Elise Pioch Balzac and Pablo Chappell on the journal.

"They pair share a long list of interests and passions. “We love going on adventures. Every morning or evening we go for swims in different bays – Sydney has so many to explore." Discover the story of Elise Pioch Balzac and Pablo Chappell on the journal.

"We have very similar styles and we both appreciate timeless, comfortable and boyish silhouettes – the classics.” Discover the story of Elise Pioch Balzac and Pablo Chappell on the journal.

"We have very similar styles and we both appreciate timeless, comfortable and boyish silhouettes – the classics.” Discover the story of Elise Pioch Balzac and Pablo Chappell on the journal.

The secret to their successful union can be attributed in part to the couple’s whirling minds: “What makes us stick together is our creativity: Pablo comes up with new ideas all the time and I hate routine so, between us, there is no time to get bored.” Discover the story of Elise Pioch Balzac and Pablo Chappell on the journal.

The secret to their successful union can be attributed in part to the couple’s whirling minds: “What makes us stick together is our creativity: Pablo comes up with new ideas all the time and I hate routine so, between us, there is no time to get bored.” Discover the story of Elise Pioch Balzac and Pablo Chappell on the journal.

When asked to describe their “his and hers” wardrobes, Pioch Balzac laughs. “Surprisingly it is Pablo who borrows my clothes all the time – he wears my pants and sometimes even my long linen shirts, it gives him a Moroccan look that I really like. Discover the story of Elise Pioch Balzac and Pablo Chappell on the journal.

When asked to describe their “his and hers” wardrobes, Pioch Balzac laughs. “Surprisingly it is Pablo who borrows my clothes all the time – he wears my pants and sometimes even my long linen shirts, it gives him a Moroccan look that I really like. Discover the story of Elise Pioch Balzac and Pablo Chappell on the journal.

Elise Pioch Balzac shares her favourite indulgence, a warm apple tart baked with love. Her advice? Serve with a crisp, chilled glass of delicious apple cider.

Elise Pioch Balzac shares her favourite indulgence, a warm apple tart baked with love. Her advice? Serve with a crisp, chilled glass of delicious apple cider.

“This place absolutely inspires love,” says Elise Pioch Balzac of her riverside hideaway, an historic weatherboard church she shares with her husband Pablo Chappell and their three-year-old daughter, Loulou.  Discover the story of Elise Pioch Balzac and Pablo Chappell on the journal.

“This place absolutely inspires love,” says Elise Pioch Balzac of her riverside hideaway, an historic weatherboard church she shares with her husband Pablo Chappell and their three-year-old daughter, Loulou. Discover the story of Elise Pioch Balzac and Pablo Chappell on the journal.

On matters of love and romance, Pioch Balzac should know: she is French, for one thing, she creates divine scented candles by trade, and she also happens to be the great granddaughter of the famous playwright and novelist Honoré de Balzac. Discover the story of Elise Pioch Balzac and Pablo Chappell on the journal.

On matters of love and romance, Pioch Balzac should know: she is French, for one thing, she creates divine scented candles by trade, and she also happens to be the great granddaughter of the famous playwright and novelist Honoré de Balzac. Discover the story of Elise Pioch Balzac and Pablo Chappell on the journal.

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