A few lovely things

July 29, 2014


Summer is in full swing here in London and the city is abuzz. We are never short of things to see and do here and, while I find all the seasons have their charms, Summer is particularly lovely. It's so nice to have the windows open, the duvets off and toes out in sandals. Here are a few lovely things I've had out around our home, keeping things summery and making me smile.

1. Aesop has long been one of my favourite beauty brands, and their Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm is a year-round must-have for me, but during these warmer months I've been loving their Purifying Exfoliating Paste too.
2. My gorgeous friend hand-makes these divine Primrose Hill Candles. Made with soy wax and the most luxurious combinations of aromatic essential oils, they're an instant pick-me-up. I'm currently burning their limited edition The Beach - a delicious mix of coconut and vanilla - and being transported to tropical paradise.
3. I'm gradually phasing out my old bath towels in favour of these Turkish Peshtemal. Light, quick-drying and folding-up to nothing (and moonlighting as a picnic rug!), they're a no brainer. Mine are from Atolyia, but you can also find a large selection on Etsy.
4. I try to make a monthly pilgrimage to worship at the temple of Liberty - seriously, this store can do no wrong. With a new niece in the family, I'm delighted to have an excuse to buy their covetable Liberty florals. Her name is Rose, how can I resist?!
5. Last, but certainly not least, the old English Rose cliché is alive and well. At this time of year, there isn't a single rose that doesn't stop me in my tracks. These fluorescent orange beauties, rambling on our street, took my breath away.

Hope you're enjoying the season, wherever you are!

{All photographs by Kate Paillat for Maurice & King.}

Around London

June 16, 2014



It's been 5 months since we left the shores of sunny Sydney for greener pastures in London. Firstly, let me apologise for the extreme lack of blogging here. A major international move with two children under four sure took it's toll on my creative energy, and any "spare time" was usually spent horizontal somewhere wondering when the dust would settle. Alas, here I am! The dust is now settled (and in serious need of dusting) and we're feeling more at home in our new urban surroundings than ever.

We've landed in a particularly pretty part of town, but London has been such a visual feast since the day we arrived, with little hidden street scenes, climbing roses, vintage cars and colourful bikes on every street corner. I feel more tapped-in to my surroundings than ever. For those of you who have been following me on Instagram, you may have seen some of these images before, but I really enjoyed putting together this little re-cap of pictures I've snapped around London. They make me feel so lucky to be a part of this vibrant, visual city.

{All photographs by Kate Paillat for Maurice & King.}

Coveting

October 28, 2013


It's not unlike me to have an ongoing selection of items on the "Need It Now" list, but lately, this list has needed its own index. There's just so much covetable stuff out there and so many talented, indie designers making truly beautiful items, often by hand, always with love. The limited edition Homestead print by Beauchamping is currently ranking number 1 (everything in this store deserves some wallspace), followed closely by a selection of delicately divine yellow gold rings by Jenni Kwon. Despite the blazing heat here, I'm still going to go ahead and buy these boots by Dieppa Restrepo, because they're, quite simply, perfection. Oh, and I'll take anything in a buffalo check at the moment. Anything.

{01. Homestead Print by Beauchamping (via Living With Kids), 02.  Dieppa Restrepo Mer Boots, 03. Gold Rings by Jenni Kwon Design, 04. Small Batch Production Linen Dish Towel.}

Etsy Scout : Spring

September 3, 2013


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Spring has sprung in Sydney. Although, in a wondrous stroke of luck, we never really had a Winter. Although it seems the sun is always shining on this city, it's the smaller details, like the smell of newly blossoming jasmine and the chatter on the street of morning swims and warmer water, that makes this time of year abuzz. There are so many lovely, Springy wares on Etsy, but these four were playing so nicely together I thought they deserved some air time.

Colour Code: Mono

June 24, 2013

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In stark contrast to my colour-filled posts of late, but after a weekend of torrential rain and grey skies, a monotone colour code post seemed fitting. Eternally chic, despite its lack of hue.

Winter Bloom

June 20, 2013

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Each year, as the cooler months roll in and the warmer textiles roll out, I find myself filling my home and wardrobe with even more colour than usual. This Winter, I feel particularly drawn to painterly patterns and warming rosy hues. Perhaps it’s an ode to Spring, wishing away the cold mornings and bare branches, or perhaps I just love a daub of colour. Either way, it’s a sure fire way to sunny-up the greyest of winter days.

Archery Collections

June 13, 2013

 

When I open my wardrobe doors two things are abundantly clear: 1. I have a problem love affair with stripes, and 2. I like wearing black. Alot. But when I open my jewellery cabinet, one thing's for sure, I'm a magpie for colour. A pop of orange with a mono-stripe tee? Yes, thanks. A splash of hot pink with that black organic cotton dress all the cool kids are wearing? Don't mind if I do. And don't even get me started on yellow. Seriously. So when my abundantly talented friends launched Archery Collections, a line of stunning, hand crafted jewellery with a nod to mega-watt colour, I knew even my very serious monotone wardrobe would be smiling.

Archery Collections is a collaboration between graphic designer, Kate Baillie and artist, Caitlin Whitehouse. After meeting and working together in retail for many years, the pair have finally collaborated on a range of jewellery that reflects their passions for original design, traditional crafts and hints of neon. And friends, it's glorious. Colourful, tactile, eclectic and with attention to detail that will make your heart sing. But don't just take my word for it. You can now also find Archery Collections sharing space with some of Australia's top designers at Sydney's one and only Koskela. Respect. Get clicking Mauricettes. 

Kate Baillie & Caitlin Whitehouse of Archery Collections
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