Chatting to Kathryn


I knew something had to change when for the second morning in a row Sunday told me my outfit looked ‘funny’, and to go and change. My three year old confirmed what I knew was glaringly obvious, my normal clothes were not working out for me this pregnancy (holy dooly this belly has got bigger, faster the second time around). I’ve recently decided to wholeheartedly embrace maternity wear. Gone are the days of our poor mothers who were expected to wear smocks – there are options out there for us expecting ladies, and with the weather warming up – I’ve never felt a stronger desire to be super comfortable. My pick of the bunch would have to be the really cute range available from the online store Blossom & Glow. Pictured below, I’m wearing the long and stretchy Stripe Tube Tee (love a classic stripe) and hands down the most comfortable pants I’ve ever put on, the Jersey Slouch pant. I love these so much, I’m ordering a double up. As you can see, my little fashionista Sunday approves too (she also just loves snuggling up to the baby belly, which is really lovely).

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMelbourne based Kathryn took some time out of her busy schedule as a Mum to two young boys and a business owner to answer a few questions…

IMG_8047How would you describe your business and what influences your style? I would describe Blossom & Glow as a business that provides gorgeous, on-trending, and affordable clothing for all stages of motherhood; pregnancy, breastfeeding & beyond.

My personal style is very minimal and neutral. I love wearing stripes, denim, harem pants, and jersey tees, and this very much carries over to the business. I have clothes that suit all shapes and sizes, and as a mum with two young boys, I have a big focus on comfort as well as style.

Best thing about running your own business? I can work the hours that suit my boys and I. I generally squeeze in work around the boys, so I get up early, answer a few emails over lunch, and then do the majority of my work at night.

The most challenging thing about running your own business? The most challenging part about running my own business is trying to find the time to fit everything in! It’s honestly something I struggle with most days, and means I work a lot of late nights. But I’m so happy to make that sacrifice while the boys are little as it does mean that I get to spend lots of time with them.

What does a typical day at work involve for you? A typical day looks like getting up before the boys to enjoy a cup of tea before the mayhem starts. If I have time, I’ll wrap some orders or answer some emails before they’re up. My kids absolutely love the outdoors, so we spend a lot of time outside during the day whether that’s at the local park, or playing in mud in the backyard! The work really begins at 7.30pm for me once the boys are in bed, when I wrap orders, order new stock, answer more emails, play around on social media, etc.

Your favourite neighbourhood and why? My favourite neighbourhood is Seddon, in Melbourne’s west. It’s got such a community vibe, and I honestly love it. There are great cafes, parks, etc. and we spend a lot of time time there.

Where would we find you on a typical Saturday morning? A typical Sunday morning is my husband and I spending time with the kids as a family. It usually starts with cuddles in the “big bed”, followed by breakfast of bacon and eggs (thanks to my hubby as I’m a hopeless cook), a walk, and a play in the park. It’s perfect!

Your ultimate holiday? Ohhhh…. My ultimate holiday destination (with kids) is Hawaii. The weather is perfect, the lifestyle is SO chilled, and there is so much to do and see. Now I really want to go there!

What are you looking forward to? I’m actually really looking forward to 2016. I have so much planned for my little business! My eldest is also doing kinder, so it will be the last year I have him home with me before hits the big time as a school kid!

You don’t have to be pregnant or breastfeeding to enjoy the good things from Blossom & Glow, Kathryn stocks a ‘beyond’ ‘nightwear’ and ‘accessories’ range online too, all at really affordable prices – definitely worth checking out. Briar x

Sunday’s Gift Guide with Pottery Barn Kids


sundaycollector_PBK_hires_jacquiturk-2I have a renewed love of Christmas since becoming a Mum, and now that Sunday is that little bit older, she’s going to have an even better understanding of it this year – which is exciting. I never see Sunday happier than when she is experiencing what she calls a ‘party’, surrounded by extended family, and there will be no shortage of cuddles and laps for her to sit on this year. There is also the obvious excitement surrounding a visit from Santa that she is really looking forward to. Santa is totally guilty of spoiling her around this time of year, but it honestly gives me so much joy to see her little face light up, and I figure she’s only going to be a kid for the shortest time. Thanks to Pottery Barn Kids, below is Sunday’s Gift Guide for 2015.

To say I had fun helping Santa select these gifts is an understatement. I was very similar to Sunday as a child in many ways, so I just teleported myself back to the time of Christmas Eve, where I could be found skipping around my childhood living room with my head about to explode with the thoughts of what Santa was going to drop down the chimney. Sunday might not have a chimney, but she sure maintains the same excitement levels, and she is what I’d best describe as a ‘girly girl’. The more pink the better lately…which I’ve decided to embrace – just as I would if she was in to trucks and trains, although I do wish she’d tone down her daily desire to wear a tutu.

If all things go to plan back at the North Pole, Sunday is going to wake up on Christmas Day to the following surprises, and I can’t wait:

sundaycollector_PBK_hires_jacquiturk-15 copysundaycollector_PBK_hires_jacquiturk-7 copysundaycollector_PBK_hires_jacquiturk-17 copyWhen Sunday sat on Santa’s knee recently, all she asked for was a doll, so it’s lucky that Margot has come along just in time. She’s an ice skating special edition Gotz Doll (check out some of her friends here). Seriously, the cute ice skates had me at first glance. My guess is I’ll give Margot a day before she gets hit up with a new hair style, care of Sunday. Sorry, Margot.

sundaycollector_PBK_hires_jacquiturk-4Sunday will also be enjoying a very special pink ceramic classic tea set for those afternoon teas we sometimes share after her nap. (Yes, my three and half year old still loves an afternoon nap – I figure we are owed it after such a rough first year and a half, where the girl pretty much refused to close her eyes).
sundaycollector_PBK_hires_jacquiturk-12Sunday starts a new preschool in the new year, so a Mackenzie Pink Glitter Heart Retro Lunch Bag was definitely  in order. I love that you can have items such as this personally monogrammed via. Pottery Barn Kids.
sundaycollector_PBK_hires_jacquiturk-5sundaycollector_PBK_hires_jacquiturk-6My sister had one of these jewellery boxes growing up, and oh, how I used to wish I had one too. The next best thing is ensuring Sunday will grow up with one. I just know she is going to love the sweet Abigail Jewellery Box that plays classic ballerina music for all her treasures.
sundaycollector_PBK_hires_jacquiturk-8 copyI’m hoping this Princess Bath Wrap will help me wrangle Sunday when she’s fresh out of the bath. Like most three year olds, she loves a nudie run around the house while still soaking wet. The sweet crown on this towel will have her keen to get herself dry, I’m sure!
sundaycollector_PBK_hires_jacquiturk-1 copyI’m sure the highlight for the little lady on Christmas morning will be her very own Farmington Dollhouse. The perfect spot for her collection of random figurines, it will also go beautifully in her room (I just need some time to sneakily clear out some clutter to make some space) .
sundaycollector_PBK_hires_jacquiturk-18 copyThe beautiful bounty is all pictured on a Kendall Dresser (which also has an optional change table topper), and the cute christmas star garland is from West Elm.
So, there you have it – a sweet collection of beautiful gifts all from Pottery Barn Kids. Here I was, guilty of thinking they were all about cots and curtains. I can totally vouch for the quality of the products in real life too, and Mum’s of tomboys or boys, don’t despair – there is something for every type of child. Check out some more gift ideas online.
Briar x
All photography by my fave, the lovely Jacqui Turk.

Christmas Shopping



I figured if you liked my blog, you might like some of my ideas for christmas shopping – so I’ve gone for ‘no theme’ to this shopping guide, it’s simply things I’m really liking for the home.

Here goes: 1. It’s safe to say I’ve tried about 8 hand soaps this year alone, and this bottle all the way from Kangaroo Island caught my eye the other week in a local shop purely because of the gorgeous label, and the beautiful quality of the bottle. 2. Sunday’s blanket from Kate & Kate has been washed more times than I can count and it’s still looking like a new one, so I can vouch for the quality – shop the full range here, I’m a big fan of the blues in this gem. 3. I love everything about this leather planter from the clever guys at Lightly – now only if Mark would trust me when I say we can drill a bolt in the ceiling to hang one. 4. Oh, Country Road – you kill it every season with homewares, and this simple black casserole dish would look lovely left out on display in my kitchen. 5. The marble trend doesn’t look like it’s leaving in a hurry, and the quality of the pieces like this square tray from Marble Basics is impressive. 6. For that dream studio I have in my head, a few of these storage boxes from Normann Copenhagen would be perfect. 7. The bubbly is always flowing around the silly season, so a matching set of champagne flutes are always going to get a workout – I love this design8. I’ve got nowhere to hang it, but I’m sure I could find a spot for this cute dusty blue mirror. 9. Some wine from my favourite winery certainly wouldn’t go to waste. 10. Everything about this piece of cane furniture has me swooning – perfect for a cool kids room or a small space/sunroom. 11. There is no denying the quality of a Basil Bangs umbrella – and these classic stripes on the Serge Beach Umbrella are oh so chic!  12. Rachel Castle has done it again with her latest tea towels – the most affordable art ever in my opinion. 13. If you are wanting to splurge on something really special for your walls, like a great photo of palm trees –  I’d check out The Artwork Stylist. 14. Yum! Gold cutlery, a pretty big statement at the dining table, and I’m so in love with this range from West Elm15. Sorry for the double up in marble, but these cool coasters would be oh so handy during the festive season. 16. I’ve already got one of these babies in oak (that holds all our remote controls), but there is just something special about this By Lassen black and white box.

Happy shopping! I’ll be back here soon with a cute haul of gifts especially for my baby butter ball, Sunday.

Briar x

Hosting the perfect christmas lunch


As some of you will know, I come from a seriously food obsessed family, and can shamelessly tell you that emails have already gone around between us all (around 35 bums on seats this year) with a menu plan for Christmas lunch. I can totally relate to the whole ‘premature christmas decoration’ movement, but when it comes to the entertainment factor on Christmas Day –  it’s never too early to plan in my books.  Here are some tips for hosting a great Christmas lunch:

The standard Australian Christmas lunch isn’t all about roast turkey and steamed pudding anymore, it’s a chance to showcase seasonal produce with a nod to tradition. Our family never misses out on a yummy selection of fresh seafood and the addition of a good fruit platter and cheese board. We also never forget some salad options in bright Christmas colours along with the traditional baked vegies. If you’re catering to a large crowd you can make things a little easier by asking everyone to bring a selected dish.

The weather will determine where you set up for your big feast but regardless of whether it’s indoors or outdoors, you should take the time to select and set up the right space. That means having the right equipment for the job, including comfortable seating and extra tables that you can borrow or purchase for the occasion.

While traditional Christmases may be white in the north, the summer festive season of our lucky country inspires celebrating in the great outdoors so make sure your outdoor entertainment area is up to the task. Builders like QLD based Altec provide a great range of options for patios, pergolas and screens to provide the perfect zone for an outdoor Christmas of entertaining.

Christmas presents in my family are really all about the kids and their wish lists for the year, so in recent years we have developed a great Secret Santa game for the adults, that always gets huge amounts of laughs. Here are the rules:

Each participant brings a wrapped, unmarked gift and places it in a designated area. Guests are given numbers, and they select and unwrap gifts from the pile in that order — with a twist.

The person who receives the number 1 will pick a gift (that is not their own) from the pile and open it for all to see . During the selection of a wrapped gift, the participant may visually inspect the gifts, pick them up and/or gently shake them.

The person who receives number 2 then chooses a gift and opens it, and then must decide whether to keep it or swap it for the first player’s gift. Each person in order then gets to select a present, open it and decide whether to keep it or swap it for any other gift someone has already opened.

Opening of gifts and swapping takes place until all the presents have been chosen. Finally, the person who picked first gets to choose from all the gifts or keep what he/she has already received. In the end, the gift you are holding is the gift you take home. Trust me, it’s funny.

Christmas is definitely the greatest annual excuse to go to town with decorating (yay!) and making your space festive using everything from table decorations to fairy lights, wreaths, flowers, tableware and pretty much any adornment that come your way. It’s always a good idea to set up the table the day before, so you can relax to an extent before your guests arrive.

I won’t be indulging this year because of the baby on the way, but that just means I’ll be a designated driver for the family members who will be kicking up their heels. It’s great to have a range of drinks (my favourite being a good celebratory champagne) on ice for your guests, and consider briefing your guests to bring specific bottles to make sure the range is on hand for the day.

I don’t know about you, but my childhood christmases were all about the backyard grass slide. As you know, kids do not want to spend their Christmas Day at the table. It’s a good idea to have a couple of activities up your sleeve for the kids to keep entertained, so the grown ups can stay comfortable chatting around the Christmas table.

I’ll be sure to share some photos of our lunch on here this year, I just know it’s going to be a good day.

Briar x
PS. Can you tell that I love Christmas?


Santa at the QVB


DeerBunniesWe had a lovely morning last weekend as a guest at the opening of Santa’s new home in the QVB. Sunday was most enthralled by the majestic Swarovski crystal Christmas tree (I think we will definitely have to get her a real tree this year), not to mention the play area set up especially for the day where she got to hold real baby bunnies and pat beautiful fawn. Sunday was also able to write and post her wish list to Santa (she asked for a doll) while enjoying Zumbo macarons and chocolate dipped strawberries from Parisi…it was just the perfect Christmas experience.

If you’re planning on a photo with Santa this year –  I have to admit, the average Santa at your shopping centre just doesn’t compare to the QVB’s version, as you can see his ‘enchanted garden’ is seriously next level:

Forest WonderlandSanta Cave exteriorCheck out all the details (including the genius and handy virtual queue which allows you to shop while you wait) here.

Briar x

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