Kids Fashion

Five Things


Five things I’ve been loving lately:

I’ll often indulge in a nice hand soap for the kitchen, and I picked up the Izola Rosemary liquid wash from a new favourite store in Manly, Bow and Arrow. Check out the gorgeous range of gifts and goods (with very cool branding/packaging) from New York brand Izola here.

Another accessory for the kitchen has come in a set of copper cloths. I picked them up in Melbourne, because I mostly just loved the look of them, but have since discovered they’ve been great for stubborn rust spots on our cutlery. Check out the whole range of Reddecker kitchen accessories (in particular the old school brushwork) here. I think you’ll like it.

Sunday was recently spoilt with a delivery of gorgeous hair bows (amazing, as I promise you they stay in) from Branche Kids. Organised, and in full view – I’ve started storing them on her wall mounted silk rosette made by Tara Badcock.

FiveThings3I was also spoilt with a gorgeous delivery from one of my favourite brands, Country Road. The chunky scarf is only a taste of the amazing Winter range. The scarf was accompanied by a lovely bottle of wool and cashmere shampoo from luxury New York label The Laundress.

FiveThings4Sunday is starting to show interest in money, so we are of course trying to teach her the value in saving. Her recent announcement is that she’d like to save for a Barbie, so the very cute coin bank from Australian label Concrete Blonde Interiors is the perfect answer. It’s beautifully hand made and the interactive component has Sunday super eager to put a coin in at the top and watch it roll down and down. It also doesn’t hurt that it suits her colourful room perfectly.

I hope you all had a great weekend,

Briar x


Nice things


SundayCollector1SundayCollector2Sunday’s latest obsession is the cute swan-adorned CamCam pouf that arrived all the way from Denmark recently. I’ve fallen in love with this label, and the gorgeous range of kids bedding, muslin cloths and decor you’ll find on their lovely website. All products are produced in a 100%  eco-friendly way, are free of toxins and are only coloured with natural colouring. You will soon be able to purchase the gorgeous products more locally, from the Australian online shop, Thirteen Red Shoes. Sunday is pictured above with her new little pouf, wearing the Sienna Cotton Wool PJ’s from Papinelle Sleepwear (I’m also a huge fan of their baby leopard booties, just too sweet).

SundayCollector3There is nothing cuter than a squeaky clean kid in a fresh pair of PJ’s after a bath, and this eggshell blue g.nancy pair look adorable on Sunny (she just wasn’t in the mood for a photo). Snug fitting and made from 100% organic cotton jersey, I love how they don’t ride up while she sleeps – keeping those little legs and arms warm. All handmade in Sydney, I’m a new fan of this lovely label, and am really looking forward to seeing the latest designs, which is going to be launched soon.

Briar x

Chatting to Heidi


I first came across Paddo To Palmy a few years ago, because of Heidi’s gorgeous range of vintage Beni Ourarain rugs she sources from Morocco. Heidi has recently  swapped her passion for homewares to fashion by designing a clothing line for women and girls. Named ‘Gisele’ after her daughter, and reflecting Heidi’s love of French fashion –  Sunday was lucky enough to score the very cute polka dot quilted jacket, pictured above, and the sweet yellow dress she’s in below. The quality is lovely, and I love that the range isn’t too ‘grown up’ – there is something nice and old-world about the designs. I’ve now got my eye on a few great options in the women’s range, too.  Heidi took some time out of her busy day to answer a few questions for me:
 1. Tell us a little about your background – what was your first job and what path led you to starting Gisele/Paddo to Palmy? I actually studied Commerce at University – majoring in Economics and Marketing, I always knew I wanted to have my own business but really struggled for a good few years in what it was I wanted to do. I have always been more of a creative person but quashed this side of my personality telling myself to be successful, I had to be corporate..(very silly!).  My first proper job was in Media booking large companies advertisements…I worked my way up to be a Regional Media Planner in Singapore. It wasn’t until I got married and had kids then there was the oh oh ‘what next’ stage that happened. To be honest, I had a bit of a breakdown which forced me to look at what my real passions were which had always been fashion and interiors – the interiors blog Paddo to Palmy was born, then along came Gisele my fashion label.
2. What does a typical day at work for you usually involve? I work from home and am first and foremost a Mum, so firstly its getting the girls (Ella 7 and Gisele 5) off to school.  Once home, I get the orders wrapped and shipped off, follow up on emails – ranging from customer queries, marketing and PR, production and quality control, wholesale enquiries…working on the next season.  I waste a lot of time on Instagram and Pinterest. but figure its good inspiration ; ) This part of the day goes very quickly – I try to fit in a bit of exercise and seem to spend my life at the supermarket. Then, its time for school pick up!
3. Can you tell us some resources (website/books etc) that inspire you and/or influences your designs? I am heavily influenced by the European design houses like Yves Saint Laurant, Chloe and Etro – in particular their silhouettes of the 70’s so always has a great selection of Vintage dresses for me to browse. My husband very generously gifted me with books about most of the Iconic fashion designers of last century – Coco Chanel, Valentino…you get the drift. I am always on Pinterest going through the Vintage archives for dresses. Net a Porter is always handy to see the current trends.
4. What’s a dream you would like to see come to reality? I would love to be stocked in a French department store like Printemps in Paris.
5. What are you reading? This is really corny but i just finished reading ‘The fault in our stars’. I love a good romance, I then watched the movie with my daughters! A little controversial ; )
6. Where would we find you on a typical Sunday morning? Hopefully, in bed! But I should be at pilates – I do a 8am booty barre class down the road with my girlfriend, I then come home and feast on pastries and coffee from the local bakery.
7. Where was the last good meal you ate?  We went to dinner at Sean’s Panorama in Bondi the other night – beautiful fresh and organic food – just good simple food, full of flavour.
8. What are you looking forward to? Our next holiday – we are off to Hawaii. Can not wait to take the tour of Doris Duke’s Shangri La…she was in my eyes, living the dream!

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Thanks for your time Heidi – and to all my readers, check out @paddotopalmy on Instagram, she has a gorgeous feed!
Briar x



Frankinsence copySunday was gifted many beautiful treasures, games, toys and books for her birthday (a little too much if I’m honest, like most children in the western world these days). We have actually put some away in a cupboard so we can bring them out in the coming weeks so she can experience a little surprise all over again – and also appreciate how truly lucky she is. Proudly on display in her room is the delicate crown from Gold Frankincense + Myrrh that arrived just in time for her big day. A piece that I suspect she will treasure for years to come, the leather and feather head dress is 100% hand made in Melbourne by creator and mum Renée. The online store also stocks the sweetest range of Wing Sandals, which I have my eye on for Sunday next Summer. The small range of room decor is also super sweet, the label is a great online destination for an original baby shower or first birthday gift.

Briar x

Sunday in Country Road


SundayCollector3SundayCollector11SundayCollector10SundayCollector9SundayCollector7SundayCollector6SundayCollector5SundayCollector4SundayCollector2SundayCollector1I’m pretty excited that my little ray of sunshine got asked to be featured on the Country Road blog, Live With Us. Here she is pictured in her room (photos by the lovely Jacqui Turk) with some of the latest bedlinen and gear from their Winter range, and below is the little interview with me:

How did you incorporate your Country Road home pieces into Sunday’s room? It was certainly an easy task! I seriously love all things Country Road, and Sunday’s colourful room with a base of grey was an easy palette to work with. The bed from Bednest (which was designed by me and is called the Sunday Bed) is in a grey felt, so the muted tones in the Minnie Quilt Cover complimented it perfectly. The cloud cushion was a given for the eclectic space, as I knew Sunday would absolutely love it – she’s already nicknamed it her ‘Mr Rainy Cloudy’.

What advice do you have for styling a child’s room? Make sure that you have fun and don’t take it too seriously. Collect things you love along the way, but try to keep clutter to a minimum. Also, don’t be afraid to mix high-end pieces with a few less expensive or vintage items – combining old and new can be a good thing. Don’t decorate in a hurry, get to know the space and how you’ll use it before engaging someone like me to help. Pinterest is a great way to define what you do and don’t like. I will often ask a client to have a little peruse of Pinterest so they can visually communicate their (and the child’s) taste to me.

Does Sunday love fashion? Sunday loves clothes,  I’m sure I’m partly responsible for this as I’ve dressed her up in quirky little ensembles since the day she was born. She was quite taken with the luxurious cardigan. My little fashionista also loves accessories, so the beanie and bag were also a hit. I’ll always make sure she is comfortable though, so avoid things like tight jeans and scratchy fabrics. Sunday wore this little outfit to a dinner at my sister’s place to celebrate Mother’s Day.

How would you describe your personal interiors aesthetic? My decorating style at home could be described as ‘Scandi by the beach’, with pops of fun colour. It’s a mixture of collected objects, furniture and art accumulated along the way. There are things I have purchased when I was a poor student and pieces I’ve saved for. I see decorating my own space as a never-ending and exciting project, and it’s something that will evolve over time. Put simply – it’s my favourite hobby.

Did your approach and aesthetic change when you became a mother? It would be safe to say that I definitely go for quality pieces, and less ‘things’ these days. I don’t think it had much to do with becoming a mother, more to just leaving my twenties and the obsession with thrift shopping behind. I’ve definitely decluttered our interiors since Sunday came on the scene – but that’s probably because we’ve had to fit all her things into our apartment. Babies come with a lot of things! Regarding my wardrobe, my personal style is pretty relaxed. I think moving to the Northern Beaches has definitely influenced a more casual look, as Sunday and I are always at the beach. Dressing Sunday is a completely different story – I have so much fun choosing her outfits.

I hope you are having a great week, Briar x

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