DIY - Geometric Hearts

30 Oct 2014

DIY time again, and aren't these himmeli geometric hearts just super awesome!?  The team over at Vintage Revivals have created a simple tutorial so you too can make these little beauties. The best part about it is that they only require cheap materials you probably already have at home. Give this a try!

Quirky Homewares

27 Oct 2014

Togetherness Design showcases the creations of textile designer Esther Sandler. Combining her love of craft techniques with innovative design, Togetherness Design aims to inject a fun and playful look into your wardrobe and home. Each piece has been uniquely designed and lovingly made by hand, ensuring that no two pieces are the same. So many gorgeous items to discover from cushions to magnets to necklaces, brooches and iPad sleeves. 

Desserts by Nectar and Stone

26 Oct 2014

Nectar and Stone's breathtaking chocolates and deserts are made right here in Melbourne. Dessert Designer Caroline loves to create concept desserts that embody sophistication and femininity.  How stunning would these be as a wedding favour!

Awesome DIY Craft Tutorials

25 Oct 2014

DIY crafts are pretty much my favourite thing ever!  Sara over at Tell Love & Chocolate does some seriously good DIY tutorials.  Super bright, fun and easy - can't wait to try a few of them out myself.  She has some great Halloween ideas too, just in time if you are having a party or decorating your place this week.

Wall Art by Belinda Marshall

Belinda Marshall is a Melbourne-based artist & surface designer, mainly working with acrylic paint, graphite, hand stitching and collage.  Belinda's pieces are not only beautiful but very affordable! Visit her store for a selection of her work in cushions, wall hangings, prints and calendars.  

Faceted bowls & hooks by Miss Kelly

Loving the faceted dishes and hooks over at Miss Kelly Made in Tasmania.  Hand moulded and hand cut from polymer clay, they are available in a range of pastels and brights, and are the perfect way to display your jewelery and trinkets! 

Furniture handmade by Senkki

I've been admiring the gorgeous designs from Senkii Furniture for some time now.  Launched in 2007, Senkki create each of their bespoke furniture pieces by hand in their Adelaide workshop.  Made from quality materials and by experienced local craftspeople, each piece is extra special.  Senkki also offer design and dimensions changes to timbers & colours finishes as part of their customised service.

Delicious Donuts - Short Stop

22 Oct 2014

Mmmmm....donuts.  I dropped into Short Stop just off Little Lonsdale St in Melbourne last week after hearing about their delicious donuts!  I totally struggled to decide which one of their awesome donuts to attack - but ended up deciding on a "cake" donut in Red Velvet.  YUM - red velvet cake ring, filled with cream cheese icing and dipped in dark chocolate glaze!  

The best thing about Short Stop is they offer a selection of filled, raised, cake and cruller donuts - in anything but your run of the mill flavours.  Think Earl Grey and Rose, Peanut Butter and Jam, Bourbon Creme Brulee and Banana Choc Hazelnut.  Go and check them out! 

Best Bridesmaid Dresses - BHLDN

If you are planning a wedding and haven't discovered BHLDN yet - go there now!  BHLDN is part of the Anthropologie family and has some of the most affordable and beautiful bridesmaid dresses in great colourways and a variety of sizes. 

Sizes range from size 0 US to 18 US (ie. approx. AU 6-20).

Organic Bedlinen - by Feliz

21 Oct 2014

Check out the great bedlinen, cushions and throws being produced by local company Feliz
Feliz produce fun, organic, locally and ethically produced homewares – printed in Melbourne and made lovingly by hand. 

Necklaces - KD by Kate Dansey

KD by Kate Dansey is a beautiful range of intricate bead necklaces using Japanese glass beads.  All of her necklaces are handmade here in Melbourne!  I just love her unique take on the traditional art of beading.

Wedding Invitations - Vintage

20 Oct 2014

1) Illustrated Couples Portrait Autumn Wedding Invitations - Heart and Fox
2) Gold and Blush floral and polka dot Wedding Invitations - First Snow Fall
3) Crest Wreath Wedding Invitations - First Snow Fall 
4) Boho Floral and Feathers, Mint, Peach, Gold Wedding Invitations - Willowdale Studios
5) 1920's Art Deco/Great Gatsby Wedding Invitations - Heart and Fox 

Finding unique and affordable wedding invites online, in an endless sea of choices, can be a serious challenge!  These beautiful vintage inspired wedding invites are direct from the pages of Etsy.  I just love how pretty these all are - the personalised portrait invites from Heart and Fox are particularly adorable!

Christmas Gifts For Her

19 Oct 2014

1) Hand Painted Leather Bangles - Brink and Arrow on Etsy 
2) Rose Gold Dipped Triangle Stud - Cutie Cottage on Etsy
3) Gold Geometric Bangles Set of 3 - Violet Fly on Etsy
4) Statement Animal Ring - Shop Treasure Hunt on Etsy
5) Matchstick ring - Mint Rainbows on Etsy
6) Sailors Love Knot Ring - Nested Yellow on Etsy

Etsy is one of the best sites for unique, handmade and affordable gifts. With Christmas approaching, these lovingly created beauties are perfect gifts and stocking fillers for yourself, your friends or the lady in your life!

Geometric Vases

18 Oct 2014

I'm always drawn to geometric vases, especially when the are handmade, and these are among my awesome finds.  I already own the beautiful mint green geometric vase by Bloomingville and the GLOH neon pink vessel by Design Farm, which have pride of place on my bedside table.  

Paperboy Kitchen

I'm a bit of a Banh Mi addict, and the delicious rolls and rice noodle bowls at Paperboy Kitchen, located on Little Lonsdale St in Melbourneare some of the best I've ever tasted.  Yummy rolls and Rice Noodle Bowls with glorious meats like BBQ chicken, pulled hoisin lamb, coconut pepper beef and satay tofu, all come with Asian Slaw, Carrot-Daikon Pickle, Sriracha-Mayo and Coriander.  You also get a little side of some deliciously spicy sweet popcorn with your order!  I even love the super cute table numbers, which are heaps of different plastic animals.

Designer dog bowls & feeders

17 Oct 2014

Oh boy! Aren't these just the darn cutest dog bowls you've ever seen!? These made to order dog feeders are wall mounted and made by hand, just for your little one. Available in Australia through Paterson + Steele, now all I need is a dog...

Diptyque - Total Crush

16 Oct 2014

Having just recently got back from a stay on the beautiful Perry St, West Village NYC, I've become a little obsessive again about my favourite candles in the world!  Our apartment was literally a 2 minute walk from the stunning Diptyque boutique on Bleeker St, I felt giddy every time I walked by.

If you haven't tried them yet, you need to!  My favourite scents for Spring/Summer are the tropical Mimosa, the intoxicating white lily of Muguet and the elegant 34 Boulevard St Germain.

In Australia, Diptyque candles retail for $78 and are available through a few select outlets such as Mecca Cosmetica

Dineamic - Gourmet food delivery

Working and living in the city means that it's often too tempting to grab a take away meal or some frozen junk at the supermarket when I can't be bothered cooking or am just way too tired to care!  So I'm always on the look out for alternatives that are delicious, healthy and convenient.  All the celebrities seem to have private chefs or gourmet food services, what about us!?

So, I stumbled upon a Melbourne based company called Dineamic a few months ago.  Their meals are all nutritiously balanced, packed with veggies, cooked in Melbourne by chefs, blast frozen for freshness and most importantly, absolutely freaking delicious!  Most of the meals serve 2, all you have to do is heat them up for a few minutes - uh, easy!

They offer a range of meals to suit different dietary needs, including gluten and fructose free.  They do deliver to a few locations throughout Australia, but are also stocked in a number of retail outlets including some IGA supermarkets.

Their meals aren't just limited to 'eat as is', I found a great range of recipes on their website that allow you to use the meals to create great pizzas, arancini and a whole heap of other things.  My absolute favourite to date is the Moroccan Lamb tagine with Israeli couscous, but I also love the curries - you can't go wrong with anything really!

Best of all, they offer 10% off for orders over $100 and 15% off for orders over $200.

Welcome to The Awesome.

1) West Elm - Origami Table in Glass/Brass - $399
2) The Modern - Glass Oval Coffee Table in Dark Oak - $495
3) Curious Grace - Triple-X Coffee Table by Sean Dix - $1045
4) Globe West - Como Marble Coffee Table - $1375

Who knew that searching for a new coffee table would be so difficult!  We recently got a new sofa, and I've been on the search for a new coffee table to replace my tired 7 year old Freedom Hip Hop version.  My obsession with geometric shapes led me to these amazing finds - I wish I could have them all! 

I've had my eye on the Triple X Coffee Table by Sean Dix for some time now, but couldn't go past the newly released glass & brass version of West Elm's iconic Origami Table.  Now all that's left to do is wait for the delivery man, so excited.