You must admit, half the fun in expecting a baby is SHOPPING for the baby. I have to say that I’ve toned down collecting the ‘stuff’ compared to when I was pregnant with Sunday (I think the girl had 12 pairs of shoes before she was even born), but Wilson & Frenchy is a Melbourne label I was recently introduced to and I couldn’t resist the hand illustrations on the unique designs. Pictured above are some latest season pieces from the La Dee Da and the Into The Wild ranges, made in the softest cotton – I especially like that the baby can be decked out in the whole look – literally from the hat he/she is wearing to the sheets on the bassinet.
I also love the gorgeous brand identity, the touches of letterpressed gold with the sweetest illustrations. Definitely a brand now on my radar!
This weekend I’ll be taking Sunday along to the One Fine Baby Fair, which is the annual two day event held at the Australian Technology Park in Redfern. You may remember the kids room set up I created last year, using products from the fair – see the photos here. This year, I’m styling a set so you can all get your own cute christmas photos. Above is a hint of what you can expect – my thinking behind it is that the kids have come across Santa’s campsite in the snow. I can’t wait to bring it all to life!
I’m also looking forward to a little bit of shopping for the baby on the way, and I know Sunday is going to love meeting Peppa Pig. The cool news is that the event is FREE to enter this year, just register your details here.
Hopefully I’ll see you there (I’m the tired looking lady that’s smuggling a beach ball under my top).
I’ve been helping Logan Wines with launching their Instagram account. Watch this space, for a really cool giveaway that’s coming up. Also, make sure to tag @logan_wines or #loganwines if you are ever ‘gramming an image of the wine or a visit to the sunny hills of Mudgee. Beautiful image above of the popular cheese plate available at their cellar door by Renae Smith.
I know they have a cult following these days, but I couldn’t resist The Horse watch in blush and rose gold when I recently spotted it at the cool pop up store Resident Luxe in Seaforth.
I’m really impressed with the Spring range of children’s wear available at Target at the moment. So affordable, yet so chic! I couldn’t go past the cute little floral sand shoes for Sunday, and at a tiny $12.00 – they really didn’t break the bank!
Chi Khi have had the organic and super cute clothing range available for a while now, but owner Natalie Bassingthwaighte has just launched new creams designed especially for kids sensitive skin. Sunday thought all her Christmas’ had come at once when these arrived – my very girly girl already loves her ‘products’. These would make a perfect gift for a new Mum – I also spotted this gorgeous ‘wonder pack’ which is a selection of the range gifted in a gorgeous box.
Introducing a new favourite clothing brand, Minouche. Ally Mahoney is Mum to two young kids and a few years ago, found herself wanting the very common career change to better suit motherhood and on a whim decided to buy a sewing machine. As soon as it arrived, she was smitten, taking her straight back to her childhood of watchingher mum, who was a talented dressmaker. Ally says “Mum was always sewing away, making me stand on chairs while she pinned things on me, taking me to fabric shops”.
With her new sewing machine, the gorgeous brand, Minouche was born. Ally taught herself how to sew – originally using patterns bought on Etsy. Although she hadn’t had any formal training, all the years spent around her mum, listening to her and watching her, helped a lot…she wasn’t afraid of the process or terminology. As her confidence grew, Ally started to sell some of the pieces she’d made on Etsy. “I was as surprised as anyone when I started to sell these pieces, and even more surprised when it got to a stage where I couldn’t handle the volume.”
The sewing duties got busy enough for Ally to think about outsourcing the manufacturing and she was lucky enough to find a lovely, boutique manufacturing company in Bali, run by Australians, focusing on excellent quality and ethical work practices. Ally is also glad that all the years she spent working in administration and marketing roles weren’t in vain – “If I didn’t have a basic understanding of marketing, accounting and business practices I would have found the whole process a lot more difficult, and not doubt would have had to outsource a lot more of the work.”
Minouche has just released it’s first official collection, with a Summer collection arriving in October. I’m so impressed with the cut and quality of the dress pictured above (Sunny is modelling it while taking her ballet practice rather seriously). A little bit modern, a little bit traditional – which is exactly the way I like Sunday to dress (and I’m lucky enough that she is still letting me choose her outfits)!
In the middle of spending a week at my parents house on the south coast last week, Mark and I had a quick 2 hour road trip to Canberra, while Sunday stayed busy back at the ranch with her Nanny and Poppy. We crammed a lot in to 36 hours.. Here’s a wrap up – as seen through my iPhone. And, it’s official…Canberra is cool!
We stayed at the fairly new and very hip Hotel Hotel – which is in the middle of the NewActon village. We had a light dinner (after a big lunch – see below) at the very close A. Baker and enjoyed a yummy breakfast at Monster kitchen and bar (I highly recommend the home made crumpets). Definitely a great area to bunker down when visiting our nation’s capital, there is just so much happening in this precinct.
The big lunch I mentioned above was a decedent spread at the delicious Asian fusion restaurant, Akiba. We chose the ‘just feed me’ option where the kitchen selects 8 of their favourite dishes. We weren’t disappointed. Pictured above are the kimchi pancakes and the pork belly bun with slaw. Hooly dooly – these dishes are worth a trip to Canberra alone.
There wasn’t a huge amount of time for shopping, but after a tip off from a lovely Instagram follower, I’m so glad I managed to visit Tip You’re It – a brand new kids lifestyle store in Braddon (just up from the restaurant I mention next). It was stocked to the gills with all my favourite brands, and all styled so beautifully – definitely worth stopping by (the store will be also online soon too).
A definite highlight was the delectable meal we enjoyed right at the end of our whirlwind visit….a traditional italian feast from Italian + Sons. I want to go back!!