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08.12.15

Some things I have been loving lately…

EW_1Everingham + Watson is a brand that’s new to my radar.  I’m a big fan! I spotted so many quirky and original Christimas gift ideas on their fun Australiana website, and I’m really impressed with their fab packaging design. Plus, I can never go past a tea towel that can double up as art. The company is committed to Australian design and their products ranging from cushions to hand sanitiser are designed and manufactured right here in our lucky country. Love it!

SHOES_3I had it in my mind that shopping for a baby boy wasn’t going to be as fun as it’s been for shopping for Sunday. I’m slowly being introduced to brands proving me wrong. Oscar’s for kids is owned by a Sydney mum who is producing the cutest range of suede loafers. Pictured above are a pair of the Milan Navy loafers, which are beautiful quality and super soft for young feet. I can’t wait for our little man to be rocking these ‘Lord Disick‘ style shoes.

PAP-2Papinelle treated Sunday and I to a gorgeous box of luxury recently, congratulating me on the pregnancy. The brand creates the prettiest range of sleepwear, and I’m fortunate enough to now own the Arabella Cotton Silk Robe and a pair of slippers. Sunday loves her sweet Yolly nightie (which reminds me so much of the lovely nighties my Mum used to dress us in throughout the 80’s). The range of clothing is made from a really nice lightweight cotton and silk blend, and the homewares range is definitely worth checking out for some gift ideas for the girl that likes the lovely things in life.

Briar x

Photo 2 + 3 by Jacqui Turk

Sunday’s Gift Guide with Pottery Barn Kids

22.11.15

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

20.11.15

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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

Olive & Clover

21.09.15

OliveClover2Boutique owner Prue Hufton and I went to school together (she was the year above me), and I wasn’t sure what she’d got up to since leaving – but it was great to see the familiar face pop up a few years ago as the owner of a really cute shop, Olive & Clover. The bricks and mortar store which looks gorgeous via her Instagram feed is based in country Harden (the born and bred city girl Prue married a farmer), but the online store is available to us all….which is where I like to visit. Prue has edited the loveliest range of clothing and accessories – from a Saint James Tee to Izola candles (which I love) to a fox fur pop pom keychain. The brands have a definite air of luxury about them, a place where you can really feel like your treating yourself – or find a unique and sophisticated gift for someone special.

As Prue states on her website, shopping at Olive & Clover will leave everyone gasping ….”ooh, I wonder where she got that?”

Prue was kind enough to answer some questions for me below. I could really relate to a lot of her answers – that whole time management with work/being a present Mum while still following your passion-conundrum so many of us battle to achieve. If anyone has the perfect answer to it all, let me know!

Pictured above is my gorgeous new clutch, available from the shop

Tell us about your background and how you came to launch your shop? I have always loved shopping really… clothes, interiors, shoes you name it, I loved searching for things that were that little bit different. I was getting asked by people all the time “where did you get that from?’” I even had a girlfriend ask me to start just buying two of everything to save her having to look and do it herself.

My work background is in marketing… before I married my farmer husband and moved to the farm I was working in Sydney, for the Australian Rugby Union, in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup in Australia (2003). We were married not long after and I left my job in Sydney and moved to live on the farm with him.

Whilst living out here, I studied Interior Design via correspondence and in-between having my three children (Ned 10, Pippa 7, Arabella 5) I worked for a local Interior Design business (Pink Jam Trading) a few days a week doing interior design work and a little bit of marketing too. I then started doing some consulting marketing work for some other local businesses including a retail shop in Canberra who was setting up an online store. But my children were all still just a little too young and work needed to slow down, so I put work on hold to focus on motherhood.

As Arabella was getting just that little bit older, and after lots of discussions and the dream of always wanting to have my own shop, Olive & Clover was launched.

When I started it was a purely online store, knowing that I could work from home, but still reach a wide audience was the plan.  I was running it out of the back room at home in the beginning. But now with all three of my children at school, and having outgrown the room at home, I opened up the showroom in town in March of this year. Olive & Clover has just celebrated its second birthday and I couldn’t be prouder of my little business.

How do you juggle your work commitments with being a mother? It is a struggle – but I try to make 9am – 3pm work is my priority, and then (I try) to clock off and from 3pm til 7.30pm I’m a mother. Having said that I do try and make it to school for their class assembly, and other school activities when they are on. I want my children to know that while work is important, they come first in my life.

My kids participate in a wide range of after school activities and that does get a little crazy at times..  but we just seem to make it work. Every night my husband and I work out our ‘game plan’ for the next day. Who is going to do the bus run, which children are coming straight home or who has to be where and when and which one of us will be taking them.

OliveCLoverWhat’s an average day at work for you? After getting the kids off to school, I head into the shop, where normally there is a delivery waiting to be unpacked. I’m like a kid in a candy store and can’t wait to see what new arrivals have come in, especially at the moment with the new season. I then print out the overnight orders and take the garments off the shop floor ready to be packed later in the day. By then it’s about 10am and I walk around the corner to the local bakery to grab a coffee. The rest of the day is spent in the shop, either answering emails, placing orders, photographing new stock, styling the shop, and serving the lovely customers who come in, and also packing orders.By 2.30pm I walk down the street to the post office, then in the car and at the school gate by 3pm for the start of after school run around. I am quite often back on my computer again at night, either searching for new product or answering emails. Pictured above are the durable St James Tees, available from the shop). 

You clearly love interiors as much as fashion, where are you favourite places to shop for interiors? Cultiver Bed Linen, Country Road homewares, Table Tonic, The Society Inc by Sibella Court, Pink Jam Trading for cushions, lamps and furniture, & Lucy Snodgrass Designs has had some great props that I have been using in my shop too – But I also love driving through a country town or down a street in the city and seeing a great looking shop and finding that little hidden treasure that I never knew I always wanted.

What’s the most challenging part of running your own business? Time management. If only there were 5 more hours in the day. I am very lucky to work school hours, but I always run out of time, and so I tend to spend a lot of time on my laptop at night catching up.

What inspires you? The unexpected. I love the thrill of the finding something unexpectedly. Whether it be a new fashion label, a great new dress, the fabulous new counter that I found two doors up in an old shop that was sadly closing its doors, or the fabulous old table that was left in the shearing shed up the hill.

As a mother it is the unexpected (& somewhat crazy) things that my children say or do that inspires me constantly, it’s there zest for life and the love they share.

What’s a typical Sunday for you? We have three typical Sunday’s – In Summer we love to go Water Skiing, and normally we camp out on a Saturday night with about 4 -5 other families and spend the day on the water with the kids.

In Winter we have Rugby Union. My son plays and my husband coaches so it’s a bit of a family affair but it is all very social with the girls all having friends that they do cartwheels with up and down the sideline and us mums tend to gather at the coffee cart and then spend more time chatting on the sideline then watching.

The third Sundays are the ones spent at home. When time allows, it is usually our one day of the week with nothing on, so have a big cook up in the kitchen, bacon & eggs, pancakes – the works, and then its in the garden or pottering around the house. The kids love spending the day out on the farm riding their horse or motorbike or playing in their ‘treehouse’ in the garden.

OliveClover3Your dream holiday? With kids – we just got back from a week in Fiji and that was pretty much a dream, we all had the best time, days spent on the beach, snorkelling, swimming, and relaxing. As a mum, it was a dream, there was no cooking, or cleaning, all I had to do was one load of washing for the week. I would do that again in a heartbeat! Pictured above is the very cool Anica sweater, available from the shop). 

Without kids – Back to Paris. I would love to spend a week or two just walking the streets of paris and soaking up the atmosphere, shopping, eating and people watching. My husband and I were there about 5 years ago and we always talk about going back again one day….

Any plans for the future? Happiness. And by happiness I mean a kitchen renovation, a thriving business and three happy & healthy children with a husband to match.

Thanks again for your time, Prue!

Briar x

 

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

06.02.15

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I know many feel that Valentine’s Day is just a big marketing ploy to get us shopping, but I figure with the money you may have saved on petrol lately, maybe a little ‘treat yo self’ gift is warranted…or at least a not so subtle hint to your other half (feel free to copy and paste this link in to a reminder email). I’ve collated a little collection of gifts that you can purchase online and will say ‘I love you’ without needing to spend $150 on 1 dozen roses.

1. Heart Ice Scream Scoop $19.95 (You could package this with a ribbon and a tub of Ben + Jerry’s)
2. Pink Heart Balloon $9.95
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. Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm $29.00
4. Country Road Chloe Standard Pillowcase $29.00 (available in store, not online at time of publishing)
5. Rifle Inc. iPhone case US$36.00
6. Kate Spade Valentines Necklace $78.25
7. Sheridan Ultra Light Bathrobe $129.95
8. The Daily Edited Note Set $39.95
9. Veuve Clicquot Rose NV with shopping bag $112.49
10. Heart Umbrella $107.00 or purchase direct from the UK here 
11. Chocolate Freckle Heart $4.95
12. Heart Marquee Light $100.00
13. A sweet package of gourmet doughnuts delivered to the door from Sydney based Woah Nelly! Find her on Instagram. For those not in the delivery area, cupcakes would be just as sweet.
14. Kit Cosmetics Lip Tint Sheen $15.95
15. Jan Logan 9ct Heart Ring $295.00
16. Blank Goods DIY Cookie Love Notes $20.00

Briar x

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