A new beach bag


Long gone are the days where I can head to the beach with just a towel.  A trip to the beach with kids can be seen as a mission for some but I’ve been doing it long and often enough now to get it down to a pretty fine art. I know exactly what to pack, and quickly  – snacks, water, changes of clothes, beach toys, flotation devices, towels, sunscreen, hats etc. Something I hadn’t mastered was a good bag to carry all that heavy stuff in. I’ve tried it all, even resorting to an IKEA bag once for the sheer size.

Yesterday, I took our new Basil Bangs Daily Tote for a spin and LOVED it. Designed with their waterproof stain resistant outdoor fabric,  it’s big, but the wide reinforced carry handles are so well proportioned it’s a really comfortable bag to carry. It features a generous sealed wet pocket ideal for stashing wet cossies & toiletries, two internal mesh pockets and a really cool mesh bottom for releasing all that sand easily at the end of your beach visit (my favourite feature for sure). I chose the Navy Botanica design as it was my favourite, and Mark met us for an evening swim last night and also commented on what a comfortable bag it was to carry – it’s really one the whole family can use. I’ll be taking it out again today for the kids swimming lessons!

Don’t you just love Summer?! Happy beach days! Briar x



I was treated to a decadent morning of ‘me time’ in my active wear last week with a group of lovely Mum’s at the gorgeous La Porte Deux space in Rosebery.

Hosted by Emile Kuenen, who is the the founder of the sleek Dutch pram brand Joolz, we were taken through a pram pilates class with fabulous instructor Kirsten King to celebrate the impressive pram company turning 10 years old.

Following the Pram Pilates class (which was actually a good little workout), we enjoyed some good coffee and a light brunch while we listened to a really interesting panel discussion, hosted by the gorgeous Phoebe Burgess, Dr Preeya Alexander and nutritionist Zoe Bingley-Pullin.

I enjoyed hearing about the story of the Joolz brand, Emile is passionate about design and the environment. For every Joolz pram sold, there is a tree planted in the Joolz Birth Forest, which helps to fight deforestation and climate change.

Made in the Netherlands, the ergonomic and comfortable Joolz-Day2 pram was gifted to me to take home to one lucky baby boy, Raff. We’ve been testing it out the past few days and I absolutely love it for the super smooth folding, the easy access storage basket, not to mention it’s ultra light. I can tell Raff is really comfortable in his little seat, he’s up high and I can wheel him straight in to a cafe to be at table height instead of transferring him to a highchair. Overall, it’s got a solid and safe vibe and the magnetic buckle is also really impressive. Don’t get me started on the actual look of this pram. In a classic grey with stitched tan leather details, Raff and I are getting around town in style!

Briar x

Waiting for toast


The prettiest time of day at our place is when the morning light streams in through the back doors, which always coincides with breakfast time. Rafferty’s golden curls are hit with this gorgeous light and my heart often swells, and then reality hits and I remember I need coffee. Coffee consumed, the morning can properly commence and I make breakfast for the kids.

The long wait for his vegemite on toast. Crusts off, cut in to bite size squares. Often followed by a banana…but don’t cut that up, just peel the skin. It won’t be touched if the banana is in pieces. Yes, for a little person that can’t talk, he sure let’s you know what he wants!

Our happy little guy has been lucky enough to test out a ‘Poppy’ high chair from Phil + Ted’s the past couple of weeks. As Raff can’t talk too much yet, I’m going to give you a little review of my own. The chair only weighs 4kg, making it easy to move around the house when eating, which we do often – going from the kitchen, to the dining area to the outdoor deck. Both Mark and I are honestly really impressed with the chair, Raff is a big boy for his age, the proportions are good and the material of the seat is soft and spongy for maximum comfort. I’m also impressed with how easy the dishwasher safe tray is to remove from the seat for really fast cleaning, and the extra large size of the tray has been ergonomically designed to fit Raff and his big meals until he is around 3 years old. By the time he has outgrown it, the legs of the chair can be made shorter and the chair transforms in to a small kids chair – talk about handy!

I also like the simple design, the slim lines make it an easy edition to our interiors when not in use. In a nutshell, this is a safe and sturdy high chair that Raff is genuinely happy to sit in for his mealtimes. The good news is I have another Poppy high chair to give away, in the colour of your choice. Check out my instagram account @sunday_collector to enter. Not on Instagram? Feel free to leave a comment below to go in to the draw. The random giveaway is open to Australian residents only.

Briar x

Behind the scenes with Phil + Ted’s


In partnership with one of my favourite parenting websites, Babyology, Rafferty and I were lucky enough to road test the all new mod from phil&teds recently.

My ‘Baby Hollywood’ was followed around by a camera while I pushed him in his new zippy little buggy. Proving to be quite the showman, I think the videos of Raff and I going about our day to day adventures are really cute. You can view them all here.

This cool stroller has been designed to suit your child from newborn to 4 years old. It’s light and super easy to get around.  The mod’s slim and compact design and easy folding mechanism makes it really handy when space is tight. As you can see in the videos, we are able to zip around shops and go for long walks. Raff has hit the 13kg mark these days and is still not interested in walking, so a handy stroller is a non-negotiable for me! I also like how I’m able to change from parent-facing to flipping Raff seated in the other direction, where he can see the world (definitely the favourite position for my little busy body). The adjustable handle bar is also perfect for (taller) Mark, and the safety harness for Rafferty is a really secure design.

I’m not going to lie, Raff is a very content and chilled out baby – but he honestly didn’t complain once in his new ride, which tells me it must be comfortable for the little guy.

You can purchase the mod in a range of different fabric designs (the one pictured here is ‘Abstract’) now from Babies R Us for $699.99.

Briar x

PS. Rafferty and I both wear Country Road in the shot above. The dress I am wearing in the first shot is from Chowchilla Vintage.

Bathroom Cabinet Vibes


Since weaning Raff last week, I realise now we are well and truly out of the baby stage (cry). I’ve decided it’s time to claim back some time for me. God knows I need it –  I feel like I’ve aged about 15 years since having kids, so my new regime has had me pick up more regular gym classes (LOVING the variety of classes my local gym Luxe offers), drinking a daily WelleCo Super Elixir while upping my water intake, and actually spending longer than 2 minutes on my hair and make up. It’s fun, you should try it!

Some things I’ve been loving lately:

1. A new addition to the bathroom cabinet is the Hairstyla pictured above (which you can buy from places like Myer, David Jones and Harvey Norman). The handy little appliance allows me to BRUSH my hair straight…which is perfect for my strong lack of hairstyling skills, I’ve never been able to master something like the classic hair iron. This little guy makes it so easy. For a woman with curly hair, I really like to use it to smooth out the frizz even when I’m rocking the simple Mum bun when out and about.

2. My sister introduced me to the Napolean Perdis Pre-Foundation primer recently, and I’m never going to look back. This gel-like lotion in the fancy gold tube glides on my skin creating a perfect surface for foundation. Something so simple, and I love it!

3. I haven’t purchased anything Clinique since 1996 when I was a devotee to their 3 step skin regime (remember that obsession in high school or was it just me)? However, I recently bought a Crayola Chubby stick in Melon and I’m a big fan of the lipstick/lipgloss hybrid. The perfect colour if you ask me!

3. Since becoming a Pre-Foundation primer user, I’ve decided to up my game in the powder stakes too, so I purchased a lovely brush from Napoleon Perdis. To be honest though, I feel like my make up application skills could really be improved –  I’m super keen to complete this short course, I hear it’s a fantastic one.

4. After pregnancy, my hair went all types of dry and unruly, so my hairdresser recommend the BC Fibre Force Fortifying Sealer from Schwarzkopf. The leave in milk seals the cuticles and creates a protective shield around the fibre, and also leaves a really nice ‘polished’ feel to my hair. I’m addicted to it!

5. I’ve sung the praises of Dermalogica on here before, I really find it works for my skin. I recently swapped from the Daily Microfoliant which I’ve been using for years, to the Daily Superfoliant – which is for older skin (cry again). I use it every day in the shower as the resurfacing/ smooth feeling it leaves on my face is really lovely.

6. A gift from my little sister on my birthday, this fancy pants shampoo is like none other that I’ve used. Oribe not only have the most beautiful packaging I’ve ever seen, it is so luxurious on your hair – washing it is no longer a chore. I only need a small amount too, so the bottle is really lasting the distance.

Briar x

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