The big sister

09.02.16

IMG_9767We’re days away from meeting the little brother who will finally make Sunday a big sister. It sounds corny – but while I was pregnant with Sunday, I imagined exactly the little person she would be – right down to the feisty personality, the rounded little bottom, the row of gappy front teeth and the tall stature. She delights and surprises us everyday with her funny personality, and she’s shown us an additional and beautiful side with how devoted and excited she is to meet ‘her baby’. We are trying to emphasise that ‘her baby’ will be a little boring to start with, and all he’ll really do is eat, sleep and cry, but she seems cool with that. I guess only time will tell.

I’m trying to imagine who my son will be, and for some reason I’m not getting as clear a vision, although a few people are convinced he’ll get my blonde curls. Whoever he is (he actually doesn’t have a name yet, as Mark and I are yet to agree on one*), he will be loved – I’m sure of that.

To say I’m ready to meet this boy is an understatement – it’s been a very tough 9 months…my dad has been gravely ill, and I’ve had my fair share of complications with the actual pregnancy this time around (seriously, why is something that should be so natural, so hard on women)!

Wish me luck, and I’ll see you back here soon with some photos and a name.

Briar x

* = Don’t worry, I’ll talk him around.

Alison Turnbull – Illustrator

07.02.16

christmaswrap_instyBHWScheesetagbollioysterscocktails5I recently came across the work of talented illustrator Alison Turnbull on Instagram and instantly fell in love with her whimsical and humorous take on everyday (and some luxurious) objects, as well as her superb use of colour. Her work just makes me happy! Alison has a few items available on her shop but is also available for commissions. Such a sweet gift idea!

PrintMy sister Hannah (Logan Wines) was also impressed, so we commissioned Alison to draw the Logan Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 – to celebrate a great review the wine recently received from James Halliday:
‘Lick your-lips intensity. This almost veers in the profound, at least in terms of depth. Gravel, passionfruit pulp, herbs, assorted tropical fruits. It strikes and then runs for all it’s worth. 95 points.

I hope you have all had a great weekend,

Briar x

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Men

02.02.16

ValentinesGiftGuideAnyone else out there find it really hard to buy for guys? With the big day of ‘celebrating love’ just around the corner, I thought I’d have a crack at a gift guide for the boys. Apologies to the dudes out there who aren’t getting my gift guide vibe, but I guess I skewed this towards lovely things my husband Mark would like for St. Valentines Day. I know many people rate Mark as a great bloke, so I figure there must be some men out there that will like similar things to what he likes. Here goes, hope it helps:

  1. Who doesn’t love chocolate? I also love the packaging of the delicious Pana Chocolate range, making it a sweet and budget friendly gift.
  2. You can’t go wrong with anything Aesop in my mind, and I love the handmade double-edge razor for the wet shavers out there.
  3. Fancy pants pyjamas from Masini & Chern, with custom embroidery available would make a good gift for the guy who loves his sleep.
  4. Craft gin is all the rage these days, and this one from William McHenry is a good one (with a great label).
  5. A good quality Alessi bottle opener for the cutlery drawer is never going to go to waste.
  6. The slimline Memo bottle looks smart, keeps you hydrated and is saving the environment all at the same time.
  7. This is actually a book I also want for myself – but I think some green thumb guys out there would also appreciate the Indoor Green book.
  8. For a more extravagant gift, I’ve heard good things about this mini Pentax digital camera.
  9. Poolside with Slim Aarons is a beautiful coffee table book (that Mark actually got for his birthday), so I already know he loves it.
  10. Man friendly packaging and flavour for a toothpaste is always going to look good in the bathroom.
  11. Sunny Life were responsible for all those crazy pool inflatables you would have seen around this Summer, and their also selling a very cute cooler box.
  12. For your music lover or traveller, these wireless headphones come in some lovely colours.
  13. Another one for the frequent flyer – a gorgeous leather cover in british tan for the passport.
  14. Mark swears by this brand of hair wax from Kevin Murphy, and I love the packaging.
  15. A pocket square can completes a suit  – and the range from M.J. Bale is beautiful.
  16. You could consider a set of elegant whiskey glasses for those late night caps.
  17. A beach lover is always going to get use out of a cute set of board shorts from the very cool label The Rocks Push.
  18. A candle that claims to have ‘woody dry notes with sandalwood, cedar wood and bamboo that bring a sophisticated touch to the charming simplicity of a tree house’ sounds like a candle fit for a man!

Happy Shopping and Happy Valentine’s Day lovers!

Briar x

Rock & Co

31.01.16

ROCKCO_6My very clever friend from school has started up a business and I want to let you know all about it. Rock & Co started as a side project for Rachel while she was on maternity leave with her second child, and now an evening passion while she balances life with two young kids and her day job in advertising. Rachel’s interest in crystals and minerals sparked purely from an aesthetic point of view, and once she started to see positive changes in her own life, she was quickly drawn into the metaphysical properties too. Rachel says, “I purchased a Citrine cluster on a whim (one of the crystals known for increasing wealth) and within the week our little household had three financial wins in various forms and in totally unexpected ways. My husband was (and still is) skeptical but it ignited my curiosity and I began reading and educating myself on everything crystals and minerals”

That said, for Rachel it’s still the beauty of a piece that attracts her first, “it’s got to be something that you enjoy looking at, and having in your home”. I’m also someone that is obsessed with my interiors (obviously), so it’s definitely the beauty of these minerals that have me waiting them dotted around my home!
ROCKCO_9Rachel is starting to receive emails from people wanting her to help choose the right piece for them, or source a specific crystal for a certain place in the house which she absolutely loves doing. Rachel also has a couple of extension plans for later in the year which she’s very excited about, so stay tuned.
After checking out the gorgeous range (pictured above is just a handful), I chose the Clear Quartz, which is considered the most versatile crystal due to its energy clearing and protection abilities, as well as its healing powers. I also just love the look of it! It’s said that Quartz absorbs, stores and regulates the energies around it making it perfect for manifesting your dreams into reality, and clearing any unwanted negative energies. As it’s beneficial for clarity and clearer thinking, Quartz is also an ideal companion during meditation, study or times you require focus. Rachel said Clear Quartz would be ideal for my living room to help create family harmony, and balance any negative energy that comes into the home. With a new baby on the way, along with the sleepless nights, I thought this could be a good fit.
ROCKCO_3Sunday chose a little Rose Quartz, which is often called ‘the love stone’ for all types of love – self love and confidence, family love, romantic love… or in Sunny’s case new baby sibling love. For children, this can be a really calming stone apparently – a good one to keep in the bedroom for any children that may get nightmares or night terrors. All I can say is she loves her little piece of treasure – helped I’m sure by the fact it’s a beautiful pink!
ROCKCO_2ROCKCO_10I really love the gorgeous website Rachel has created, helped with the very cool identity, designed by Billie Routledge (the colour palette has me weak at the knees)  – who happens to also be my cousin! I just love seeing friends and family follow their dreams.
AND Rachel has kindly offered 20% to all Sunday Collector readers – just use the code sundaycollector at the checkout. Happy Crystal hunting!
Briar x

Back to (Pre)school

17.01.16

SOY2Sunday starts at her new Preschool in a week and I can’t tell you how much a delivery of personalised items from Stuck on You has added to her excitement levels. Everything from her bag to socks need to be clearly labelled, and this little gift has saved me just in time. I’ve mentioned the brand on here before, and that little red suitcase is still a favourite of Sunday’s – it really has lasted the distance. The durable poly canvas quality of her new backpack and lunchbox is really impressive, and I had fun selecting her personalised design (there’s lots of options to choose from).

SOY3I didn’t even know things like this existed – shoes stickers that stay stuck on! We’ve also had to invest in some velcro shoes – making it really easy for Sunday to whip her shoe off and on with all that playtime. The range of canvas mary janes from Walnut are super practical and comfortable.

SOY7SOY4The bucket hat is an obvious necessity, the wallet is not. But, being three years old – of course it was her pick of the bunch. Her new velcro wallet now holds some serious treasure – two 50 cent pieces!

SOY5Label and personalise almost anything with the big range of labels available. I went for a more timeless/ basic look, but you can purchase lots of different designs. Pictured above is the drink bottle and cooler lunch box – which are both lovely quality.

SOY6A really handy label is from the iron on clothing range. I’ve been dreading the task of labelling all of Sunday’s wardrobe (as it sounds as fun as watching paint dry), but these little round labels made the job very easy.

Now to the exciting part, I’ll be announcing a little competition on Sunday night on Instagram. I’ve got a generous $150.00 voucher to give away at random to a lucky person. I’ll announce the winner in a week.

Be sure to check out @sunday_collector.

Briar x

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