Light, linen and leather

IMG_1846 IMG_1870 IMG_1872 IMG_6287IMG_6282Wearing – Me & Arrow linen shift, Mr Sparrow necklace, Belmore shoes

Introducing a new love in my life – Belmore. The quest for local, handcrafted goodness caused me to stumble upon Belmore’s Instagram feed and I was instantly smitten. Honest, no-fuss aesthetic meets fine, quality craftsmanship.

What makes Belmore even more unique is that their goods are manufactured in a 100-year old factory in Sydney from local full grain kangaroo leather to produce beautiful durable shoes and accessories with a life and story of their own.

Be sure to discover the rest of their range here. Fascinating facts about their factory, team and process can be found here.

P.S. They’re having a sale and shipping is free within Australia!

Go somewhere

brooklyn_-1brooklyn_-7brooklyn_-12brooklyn_-2brooklyn_-13brooklyn_-14 brooklyn_-3 brooklyn_-10 brooklyn_-16brooklyn_-8Wearing – Jungmaven dress, Birkenstock sandals, A.J. Morgan sunglasses, Gorman bag

Jumping a little ahead in time, New York was the last stop in our holiday. By this time, we’d roasted ourselves in the Californian desert and breathed in the pine-scented air of the Oregon forests, and now found ourselves on the other side of this vast country pounding concrete, dodging yellow taxis, and weaving through the busy streams of people.

We decided this time round to stay in Brooklyn in a sweet apartment in Williamsburg, a great decision as it took us away from the Manhattan bustle and into the smaller and (slightly) less trodden streets where it’s more about being effortlessly cool than the incessantly bright lights and flashy Broadway smile. Relaxed chic is the brand, and places selling vintage threads to boutique cheese ooze out of every nook and cranny.

Brooklyn is the Solange to Manhattan’s Beyonce, and no offence to the Beycrew but I know who I’d rather hang with.

Boy girl

ryder-lace-dress-7 ryder-lace-dress-5 ryder-lace-dress-2ryder-lace-dress-1Wearing – Ryder dress, Lee Coren clutch (in black), Converse sneakers

A bit boy. A bit girl.

A lot happy.

Sunshine on a rainy day

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Makes my soul, makes my soul

Trip, trip, trip away

                                                                                – Christine Anu

On turning 32

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ryder-flowers-bday-1 ryder-flowers-bday-2ryder-flowers-bday-18 ryder-flowers-bday-8 ryder-flowers-bday-16ryder-flowers-bday-20Wearing – Ryder shirt dress / Flowers – Fox & Rabbit

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in my not-very-extensive existence of 32 years, it’s that things generally don’t go as planned. I’m not saying that there is no plan, because most certainly with the eye of hindsight I can see that all things, the highest of highs and the deepest of heartaches, have brought me here. Past tragedies, although at times too too heavy to shoulder, have also been essential in shaping my heart and mind.

They say a problem shared is a problem halved. Thank you my dear friends for the ever appreciated kind words and heartfelt encouragement. In ways beyond my imagination, this here blog has led us into the paths of so many outstandingly awesome individuals and our lives have been enriched and invigorated, and our hearts expanded because of you.

Thank you all, you wonderful people!

Summer travels

travel-wish-list2It’s been a while since we did one of these wishlists but I’ve been hoarding my leave for almost a whole year in order to take a massive family trip around Myanmar, the place my mum and dad hail from! We leave tomorrow so don’t mind me if I’m just a tad excited!

This wishlist has been cultivated for maximal comfort, mobility, breathability and of course, photographability. (Me? Vain? Never…)

1.Fjallraven backpack, 2. Panama hat (get yours at Kate & Abel), 3. Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF 30, 4. Marcs Dress, 5. Cub and co camera strap, 6. Fujifilm x100T camera, 7. Birkenstock sandals

Please leave some travel tips below! Has anyone been to Myanmar before?

Roll on summer

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Wearing – Ryder dress, Naomi Murrell rings

This dress is sheer summer-wear genius.

A relaxed tee shape with peekaboo lace panels.

A cheeky bright yellow undergarment.

I think I’ve found “the one”.

Longing

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Wearing – Nishe top, Ryder shorts, Vans shoes (similar), Naomi Murrell white and rose gold ring, Alister Yiap hexagon ring

I don’t know if it’s because I’m on a run of night shifts this week or because I’ve been at the end of some unduly hurtful words that have been going round my mind, like a broken record of negativity, but lately my heart has been longing for release and relief. Time has continued to pass since the time I lost a dear loved one, and it’s true when they say you go through hills and valleys on the road to healing.

Right now, I’m longing for sunshine, unconditional love, and hope.

Hyde Park 2.0

madewell-hydepark9 madewell-hydepark13madewell-hydepark12madewell-hydepark10madewell-hydepark3 madewell-hydepark5Wearing – Madewell dress (similar), Bul shoes

Flashback to that time we played with light, shadows and hair in Hyde Park.

Plus I’d just rewarded myself with these new sandals after receiving some unexpected good news.

It was a pretty cool afternoon.

Unexpected

country-road-night-2 country-road-night-3 country-road-night-4 country-road-night-6 country-road-night-5Wearing – Country Road top and skirt, Christian Louboutin heels, Lee Coren clutch, Naomi Murrell ring

This was a tiny moment we captured walking back to our car after the Open House Perth launch night. Some days we just have to pinch ourselves as it was just two little years ago that we started this here blog. And now to find ourselves being invited to be media partners to an event that we both love and admire, we are humbled, blessed and thankful.

Thankful to be able to express ourselves creatively. Thankful to be allowed this window into Perth’s creative tsunami. Thankful for the awe-inspiring, huge-hearted, earth-shaking people we’ve met along the way, a number of whom have hung about and remained as friends. You are what I’m most thankful for.

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