Sunday, September 14, 2014

Salt Water Sandals from Kids Caravan

Seriously, I am not kidding when I tell you this, the first sign of summer and I whip my feet out of my winter boots, paint my nails and live in sandals for as long as I possibly can. Even if it means cranking the car heater on my feet to get me through the first of those frosty mornings.
 
 
So as you could imagine, that I am doing a serious happy dance to not only hear that the lovely Fabi of Kids Caravan is now a stockist of the ridiculously cool Salt Water Sandals, also that she is bringing in both kids and adults sizes... and that Frankie and I are super super lucky to be getting a pair each. Cant wait to rock our mummy daughter Salt Water Sandals.
 
 
Seriously these are a cult classics. Originating in the 1940s, Salt Water Sandals are sun, sea and sand resistant and look insanely awesome no matter what you are wearing.  The best part is that Mummy can now rock them too. How cool is that?
 
Be sure to pop over to Kids Caravan to pick yourself and your mini up a pair of Salt Water Sandals. You will be oozing coolness this summer that's for sure.
 
Amy x

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Kick ass Home tour

Sorry for my sparse posts this week. (Make that one post) Sick kids and a run down Mum! Seems that everyone is on the mend now though. I thought we would kick off the week on a Sunday with a house tour simply because I am madly in love with this home.



I know I have seen that cute owl art work somewhere. Just cant think where. See mood board below for similar quirky art work. And I love those wire basket coffee tables. Having the two of them doubles the effect.


Small but cute kitchen. Using a rug on the floor adds personality and charm. And lastly the most gorgeous, inviting, fresh and clean bedroom. Love the gorgeous draping curtain and the textile white light. LET ME IN! Seriously! Get a similar look using these products from some of my favourite online stores here in New Zealand.


Get the look using this Brita rug from Mintsix, Forest cushion from Bold Lampshades, Rabbit with flowers card from Paper Plane Store and the Timothy John side kick coffee table also from Paper Plane store.
 
Happy Sunday.
 
Amy x
 
Images via Fantastic Frank who once again, kills it with amazing styling!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Festoon string lights from Flux Boutique

 

Everyone is going a bit nuts over these awesome festoon strings lights. Wait, let me re-phase that. I am going a bit nuts over this lights, that's for sure. I have just ordered from the lovely Emma at Flux Boutique. Excitement!  


These come in 10 metre lengths and look wicked both indoors and out. I am yet to decide when I will put mine. No doubt they will be moved several times.


images via with thanks
Be sure to head on over to Flux Boutique to snap your up. So effective for such a great price. Seriously. The coolest! That is all. Happy Monday. Be sure to drop me an email if you have anything that you would like to show me or anything that you think I might be interested in.
 
Amy x

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Two Birds One Bear

I was over the moon when I recently discovered a new hat brand for toddlers by the name of Two Birds One Bear. I am always on the look out for cool hats for Frankie and Patch, hard to come by sometimes! Designed by Sian, hailing from New Zealand and living in Melbourne, Australia. Below Sian gives us an insight into her busy life and the inspiration behind Two Birds One Bear.
 
 
Some back ground information.
 
I’ve always been someone who cannot sit still and loves to be busy with work or personal projects. I did one of those left / right sided brain tests recently and it revealed that I am exactly 50/50. I love creativity but I would say my real talent is bringing things to life! Throughout my career in New Zealand and now Australia, I have always been involved with a brand at its infancy and been apart of the team that makes it grow and become successful. Building brands is what you would call it! That is what I’m passionate about and love hearing stories of people doing the same. I get a lot of my inspiration from following creative and talented people and interesting brands on Pinterest & Instagram. I love the visual aspect of it, as I don't get a lot of time to read these days. Having all that inspiration in one feed is amazing!
 
 
I would have to say my biggest inspiration is my entrepreneurial husband, he is so talented in so many ways and one of the most driven people I know. My son is the person who inspired me to create the Two Birds One Bear brand. I realised when he was born, that there was a very small range of cool boys hats in the market. Everything seemed to be bucket hats with teddy bears, stars or polka dots. Whilst I understand the need for the wide brim, I still think there is a time and place for peaked hats. Whilst working part time and looking after my little boy, I started to develop my own products on the side. I decided to go for the more classic and simple style peaked hats and plan to grow this with colour variations and styles. My hats are designed for the 1-4 age group.


I really wanted my son to be a part of the brand as it is essentially for him! As he gets older I’d like to teach him things I have learned from my experiences, but also to do it in an enterprising way. I’m also so lucky to have such a healthy little boy and have heard stories and watched so many documentaries on the heartache some parents have been through. Because of this I decided that I would donate 10% of Two Birds One Bear profit to charities that help enrich children’s lives. I think it is important for my son to have an appreciation for this.
 
 
 Favourite blogs
 
Captain + the Gypsy Kid, They All Hate Us, Milo& Mitzy, Mintsix, The Man Has Style + D’Marge  (I’ve always loved men’s fashion!) and lastly The Cool Hunter.
 
Lastly, I asked Sian to share her must see's and do's when visiting Melbourne.
 
I am a kiwi girl living in Melbourne. If you were to visit this amazing city you must:
 
Stay at an Art Series hotel (The Olsen + The Cullen are my top picks)
 
Eat brunch or lunch at the Stables in the Como Gardens in Toorak (in summer they will pack a picnic and croquet set for you and they are very kid friendly!)
 
Pick up some fresh fruits + deli goodies at the Prahran or South Melbourne market
 
Visit Melbourne or Werribee Safari Zoo (if you have kids)
 
Furniture and homeware shopping at Industrial Revolution on High St in Armadale, followed by coffee + a browse down the street.
 
Stroll around Albert Park (Husk + Tienda stores are my favourite)
 
Walk around the bays or Albert Park Lake
 
Watch  a movie at the open air Moonlight Cinemas in the Botanical Gardens
 
Drive down the coast to Sorrento + the Mornington Peninsula vineyards for some R+R.
 
Pop over and visit Two Birds One Bear now and be sure to check out their instagram and Facebook too for cool inspiration photos that I am warning, may make you a bit clucky!
 
Amy x

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Plyroom


Since discovering Plyroom on Instagrm, I have been pretty darn obsessed with all of their products. Designed using nothing but the best craftsmanship and the highest quality materials, Plyroom furniture desires to provide beautiful uncomplicated things, letting the simplicity of each product speak for themselves.




It is brands such as Plyroom that urge me to get rid of all of my existing furniture, start again and deck my whole house out in this striking blond wood. Simple, eye catching and effective.



Often used by the very talented Jacinda of Hide and Sleep, Plyroom furniture looks amazing mixed with many different looks.



Lastly before we go, congratulations to Amanda Bull who has won the amazing prize from the massive Milo and Mitzy giveaway and thank you again to all our contributing businesses. I hope that you pooed over to their sites to check out what other insane products they have on offer.
 
Amy x

Monday, September 1, 2014

Time of the Aquarius


I have always been a big fan of the blog that I am featuring today. The fact is though that I haven't visited this site for a while as time doesn't allow me to browse around my favourite blogs too much at the moment. I was happy to see this blog come up on Desire to Inspire recently which prompted me to pop over for a quick read.



Time of the Aquarius is what I am talking about. And jeepers I wasn't disappointed when I did head over for a quick read. Beautiful photography, Minimal, simple style yet with a cool fun family vibe.



Time of the Aquarius is written by freelancer stylist and writer Minna Jones. Unfortunately the blog is only written in English, but the beautiful images of Minnas family home and holiday cabin speak for themselves.

Amy x

Sunday, August 31, 2014

PAMPA


We explore art. We preserve heritage. We empower culture. As stated by Victoria Aguirre and Carlyon Wilson, the incredibly inspiring team that is PAMPA.


PAMPA was launched last year in Australia by Victoria and Carl who are passionate about rescuing our heritage and saving our identity. PAMPA rugs are unique woven artworks handcrafted within the native communities of South America. 


Using techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation, each rug tells a story. Each rug is a piece of art. Each rug discovers new ways of being, new ways of living and new ways of discovering the world.



 
What attracts me to PAMPA is the story behind it. The passion that Victoria and Carl have. The way that they seem to embrace life and the way that PAMPA is a lifestyle not just a product, using photography and travels as a source of inspiration. Simply taking a tour through the PAMPA website leaves me in awe. Be sure to check it yourself. Seriously incredible. I do hope that one day I am lucky enough to own a PAMPA hand woven rug.

Amy x

Friday, August 29, 2014

The coolest shoes you ever did see!

Lets face it, who doesnt love shoes? Damn, have I find some good looking shoes for you! And whats even cooler is that they make baby, kids and womens shoes too.



Zuzii footwear is where its at at. Handmade to order. This beautiful American company ships worldwide. I most certainly will be ordering my mini mes some and sneaking a pair or two in for myself.



Head on over here to get your hands on some of this cuteness.

Amy x

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

HUGE Milo and Mitzy Giveaway

I am hugely excited to bring you another massive Milo and Mitzy giveaway valued at just on $1000. One lucky person could take home all of these amazing products just by clicking on the link and entering through Dango Giveaways.


Up for grabs is a Karlsson Pure Wood Clock from Macy Home, The Beach People Roundie towel from Maree and Co, A large set of wide stripe cushions in pale sea green from Tassel Home,  A marble chopping board from Surrey Park,  A By Molle chunky throw in Granite from LilyJane Boutique, A black matt table lamp from French Country Collections, Print from the ORGANIC LINES range by NODI Rugs and a Kilim pillow and a Blackstripe peshtemal from Siggada Kilims and lastly a SOH candle from The Family Company.

 
I totally recommend heading over to check out these awesome businesses. Full of amazing goodies they are, that’s for sure.


I am excited to tell you as well, that we are working on bringing you a Foodie, fashion and kids give away also. Our foodie give away is looking so rad already. If your business would like to be involved in any of the above drop us an email, we are a tad fussy though. Nothing but the most amazing prize pack for our readers.

Competition closes in 7 days. Good Luck.
Amy x

Monday, August 25, 2014

House Tour with a marble twist

Sweden does style so well. That minimal Scandinavian flavour works in so many ways. Take this wee apartment found on Fantastic Frank for example. Just oozes style doesn't it? I am sold.






Check this amazing charcoal linen couch below. So in the market for one of these.... sigh, one day she says! And how good is the white smeg fridge? Damn you stylish people and your stylish homes!
 


I used to be someone who liked to display all of my bits and bobs. I've found myself paring back since having kids. Don't get me wrong, I do love fun trinkets, but when life is so busy it is nice to come home to a calm relaxed space sometimes.


Marble fits in perfectly amongst the pared back minimal look. These gorgeous marble basics from MintSix are very high up on my wish list. Practical and functional yet oh so stylish and not mention completely on trend. Give me cheese and quince paste on one of these trivets any day!

Happy days.

Amy x

P.S Who is excited for The Block NZ to start tonight?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Kids Caravan

Being a Mum means that I don't spend as much on myself anymore. No that doesn't mean that I am saving more either. With shops like Kids Caravan, it just means that the kids are darn lucky! With so many great childrens stores around its hard not too resist.

 
I was over the moon to discover Kids Caravan recently. Filled with beautiful, fun and not to mention amazing quality childrens clothing d├ęcor and toys, their website is now firmly saved to my favorites.
 
 
With gorgeous brands such as Armadillo and Co, Alimrose Kids, In Bed with Fred, Little Fine Day and Ladedah Kids and also awaiting the arrival of Saltwater Sandals, Kids Caravan is your one stop shop for all things kids.  
 
 
Be sure to pop over to Kids Caravan and stock up on some goodies for your little ones and also check out their room design projects while you are there. Truly amazing things that you will find hard to resist.
 
Amy x


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Home Beautiful

Home Beautiful Magazine, Australia - One of my all time favorites! Yes so good. Light, fresh and fun. And kitchens they do particularly well.


 
Seriously how good are these kitchens? I love the open plan living. I am loving how bright and fresh the rooms are and how good are the kitchen islands and those lights? Home Beautiful you nail it every time.
 

Speaking of kitchens, holy heck have you paid a visit to your nearest Kmart lately? I spoke a while ago of wanting new bars stools that don't cost the earth, I think that I have found them! That's if they don't sell out before I get there.
 
Friday tomorrow. Happy end of the week to you all.
 
Amy x