31 July 2008

Stylish Kids: Bee and Tree

Australian baby clothing label Bee and Tree has a small but gorgeous range of organic cotton onesies, tops, bottoms and hats for babies 0-12 months (although some pieces fit up to 18 month olds). The pieces feature sweet illustrations of little creatures by talented Melbourne-based artist Jane Reiseger. Joe and Larn from Bee and Tree are dedicated to creating comfortable, design-oriented organic pieces that are easy on the conscience.

You can find Bee and Tree designs at stockists in Australia and in the Bee and Tree Store online with free shipping (yay!) to Australian destinations.

Check out more Australian kids fashion on Bondville Kids. Shop online for kids fashion from great stores in the Australian Online Kids and Baby Store Directory.

Image: Bee and Tree

30 July 2008

Special: Aggie Hill 15% Discount

Children's online boutique Aggie Hill stocks timeless pieces for babies through to 12 year olds. There are so many exquisite clothes on this site that I am putting on my wishlist! The hats from Amy Hamilton Granville Millinery Co. are just gorgeous. And all the Neige Signature Clothing pieces are so lovely.

Gloria from Aggie Hill stopped by and is offering Bondville readers 15% discount on your first purchase by using the code "CELEBRATE" when you order.

Aggie Hill is based in the US but ships all over the world. The shopping cart is set up to accept USA and Canadian orders. International orders can be processed online via a private secure link. You simply email a list of the items you wish to purchase to assistance@aggiehill.com where staff will issue a shipping quote and instructions on how to checkout with the secure link. Enjoy!

Image: Aggie Hill

29 July 2008

Drool-worthy Design: Baylene

I'm so glad that my friend Alex wrote to me about his wife's fashion label, Baylene. I'm so inspired by the edgy tailored look and am imagining a whole new work wardrobe! Gone are the boring button-down shirts and pant suits. Bring in asymmetrical fitted shirts, cool pencil skirts with butterfly bow detail, tuxedo vests and floaty dresses with capelets and pockets. There are so many great pieces, and Baylene's new jeans are rocking (if you can pull them off). Baylene is based in Singapore and she is a cutie to boot! Make sure you snap something up next time you're in Singapore, Malaysia or Japan, or you can order online anytime at the Baylene Store.

Image: Baylene

28 July 2008

Drool-worthy Design: love

Some folks are so clever, bringing together trends, good design and beautiful craftsmanship. love, based in Melbourne, is a fashion brand that does all of the above so well. Their delicate necklaces, earrings and brooches capitalise on the nature-inspired and nostalgic-child trends, and they are beautifully finished. I particularly love the wooden brooches (another trend!) with tiny moving joints. It's all very lovely and very Tom Tom the Piper's Son, for adults. love is the brain-child of Geneine Honey and you can find love pieces at select retailers and online at the love shop.

Image: love

25 July 2008

The Best Value Baby's Cot in Australia

Don't you love it when you find out an industry secret that saves you lots of money and gives you a quality, beautiful product? I was so excited to discover something that not all baby store retailers will tell you - that gorgeous, quality cot manufacturer Boori has a lower priced line called King parrot.

Kingparrot baby furniture is beautifully crafted product to Boori standards, but without the Boori label on the side, and without the Boori price tag! Thank you Minimee for the advice. We have the modern Scout model and matching chest of drawers/change table. Is this the best-kept secret in Australian cot retail market?

You can find Kingparrot stockists in Australia, the UK, Singapore and South Korea on the Boori Website. I recommend calling ahead to make sure they stock both lines.

Shop online for kids products from great stores in the Australian Online Kids and Baby Store Directory.

Image: Kingparrot

24 July 2008

Cool Websites: kirtsy

If you've ever used those social bookmarking sites like Digg or Del.icio.us, or news aggregators like Fark, you'll know that you can spend hours browsing through weird stories - some interesting, but most fairly uninteresting and dare I say, boring. Wouldn't you love a site that has fun, cool categories like 'Design and Craft', 'Fashion and Style', 'Food and Home', Mind, Body and Spirit', and 'Travel and Leisure'? Well, kirtsy is it. This great site (formerly known as sk*rt) is a collection of articles, blog postings, news and stories submitted by people just like us, so you know you'll find some really good (time wasting) content on there. In kirtsy's own words, the site is "a place where women give nods, respect, and props to the coolest things out there." and "kirtsy is like that friend who always finds the best stuff... only better". So now you know.

Image: kirtsy

23 July 2008

Great Packaging: Cafe Earth

Good old-fashioned Australian soft drink maker Wimmers, usually known for its double sarsaparilla soft drink and other old school flavours, now produces a high-end range called Cafe Earth. The line features lightly carbonated water with sophisticated flavours and low sugar content and includes 4 flavours - cranberry, pink grapefruit, natural mineral water and blood orange.

I think Wimmers has done a great job with both the flavour choices and product design. The packaging is spot-on with fresh clean graphics that make you feel like you've bought a premium product. I'm sure that Wimmers is aiming squarely at the cafe and cocktail mixer market that Tiro currently corners in Australia.

Based on the Sunshine Coast, the Wimmers brand started manufacturing in 1909, so this range is a huge step into modern lifestyle beverages for this historic company. I hope the Cafe Earth range gets great distribution, as it's always healthy to have competition in the marketplace. Now I'm dreaming of a refreshing cocktail - the Pink Grapefruit with Campari over ice would be perfect, thank you very much.

Image: Wimmers

22 July 2008

Terribly Beautiful Things for Enfant

Canadian online children's boutique Enfant Terrible has really taken subtlety and minimalism in children's products to new heights. The store hopes to "become a firm mainstay of understated and quiet elegance in an environment oversaturated with tastelessness and noise".

At CA$105 a sweet dress by Brooklyn designer mor mor rita is somewhat beyond my budget, but it is so beautiful in its simplicity. Enfant Terrible also stocks gorgeous toys (see pictured), nursery decor and linens, books and stationery. The Website is worth visiting even if just for the clever animated homepage and beautiful French-style cartoons throughout the site.

Enfant Terrible ships internationally. Delivery to Australia is via Air Canada with options between 4-10 working days.

Update 1st September 2008: Enfant Terrible is having a 50% off sale on many Spring/Summer items including the mor mor rita dress, from September 1-14, 2008.

Image: Enfant Terrible

21 July 2008

Drool-worthy Design: Polli

Another fabulous Australian design company - Polli creates beautiful home and fashion accessories. Very cleverly, the pieces are created using manufacturing techniques normally reserved for industrial products.

I particularly love the beautiful mobiles designed to catch and filter light - they would look stunning in a nursery, or the most chic living room. The attention to detail is amazing; each mobile has a tiny bird perched on the hanging rod to keep watch. So sweet. The jewellery stands are both functional and a piece of art in their own right (check out the gorgeous coral stand in red). I think my Mum would love the sari earrings, my sister would adore the owl earrings, and the black anodized jewellery pieces are all very striking.

The Polli brand was created by Maja Rose and Tess Lloyd (don't they look like sisters!) who met while studying industrial design a Uni in Sydney. You can buy Polli pieces at the Polli online shop, or from stockists in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Asia/Pacific and Europe and at online design stores.

Image: Polli

18 July 2008

The Hottest Bra for Nursing

It's something that the biggest fashion brands in the world have been unable to achieve - truly hot bras for nursing mothers. Hot Milk (great name!) is a brand from New Zealand that is dedicated to beautiful maternity lingerie and it truly lives up to its promise. There's a fun tongue-in-cheek section on the Website for men, and the promotional material is gorgeous too. You can find Hot Milk products in Australia, NZ, the UK, Europe and elsewhere globally in stores and online.

Image: Whisper Sweet Wickedness bra by Hot Milk

17 July 2008

Click and Customise Jewellery

Aussie ex-pat Kylie Sarley has hit upon such a clever idea with her Bandelle brand. Kylie designs a range of jewellery that you can customise yourself, in real-time, online. The execution is brilliant; simply click on the colour you want, the gemstone/crystal/pearl you want, and the chain you want, and the finished item is built right there on the screen in front of you. Bandelle is based in the US, but international shipping is available for $16.95. Kylie also has an incredible blog that is worth checking out. It's full of great design inspiration and the layout is gorgeous. And the site features the latest Pantone color trends for the season so you know your colour choices are right on the money. Genius.

Image: Bandelle

16 July 2008

Punking the Union Jack

In the search for Carrie's wall hanging in the Sex and the City Movie, I found some amazing rugs and wall hangings at The Rug Company. All the Paul Smith pieces are great - so quirky and unusual. But what I really got excited about was the Vivienne Westwood VW Flag design featuring her eponymous bleached out Union Jack.

I know this rug did the blog rounds in 2005 when it was launched, but I've seen Westwood's punked up Union Jack design pop up in numberous places recently (a cushion in stylist Sibella Court's apartment in NYC via InsideOut magazine May/June 2008, the rug in children's-furniture-designer/rockstar-wife Jennifer Delonge's home via InStyle Home magazine Fall/Winter 2007 and then posted on Real Living magazine blogger Belinda's Renovate and Decorate blog, among others).

I'm not sure I can afford the gorgeous rug, but I did find the icon used to interesting effect on a tote bag at a UKonline store. Have you seen this design anywhere else?

Image: The Rug Company

15 July 2008

Cool Websites: Better World

If you love books and you're a make-the-world-a-better-place kind of person, then Better World is for you. It's a fantastic concept - new and used (donated) books are sold online, with the profits going towards improving literacy around the world. All books are available with free shipping to any location within the United States (or $2.97 worldwide). Their four major partners are Our four primary literacy partners are Books for Africa, Room to Read, Worldfund, and the National Center for Family Literacy. So far, the company has converted more than 11 million donated books into $4.5 million in funding for literacy and education. In the process, they’ve also diverted more than 6,000 tons of books from landfills. You can find out more about their program on their Website and on their blog and you can become their fan on Facebook here. Move over Amazon!

14 July 2008

Possibly the Best Gelato in Australia


I'm obsessed. My desire for gelato (any flavour, any time) from Gelateria Cremona in Rosalie, Brisbane, has lasted way past the honeymoon period. The flavours are incredibly clean and strong, and the gelato is very light - it doesn't leave an aftertaste.

Gelato artisan Gherardo DeFlorian uses only the freshest seasonal ingredients (nothing artificial and definitely no chemicals, stabilizers or emulsifiers) and the gelato is made right there on the premises. There is always something interesting/exotic to try as well as the staple flavours that everyone loves. Last night we had the cherry ripe and the honeyed fig and ricotta - both divine - and the green tea and persimmon are next on the list to try.

There are some interesting articles about the gelato-making methods at Gelateria Cremona in The Courier-Mail, Slashfood, and The Sydney Morning Herald, and food bling has given them a great review and Helen Thura posted a great article about the vegemite gelato for Australia Day. And they made the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2008.

This is a definite must-stop destination the next time you are in Brisbane. 5/151 Baroona Road, Paddington, Queensland (07) 3367 0212.

Image: Vegemite gelato by Helen Thura.

11 July 2008

Inspired by Movies: Sex and the City

There were so many drool-worthy moments in the Sex and the City movie, but as soon as I saw the blue LOVE wall hanging in Carrie's made-over apartment, I had to find out more. The silk and wood needlepoint wallhanging is called "Love Too" by Paul Smith and can be found at The Rug Company in the UK.

If you love designer homewares, check out these pieces from some talented Australians.

Image: The Rug Company

Update 21st July 2008: The very clever Kylie from Bandelle has an amazing post on her blog with all the intimate details of Carrie's made-over apartment. For more info, check out her blog here.

10 July 2008

Blossom Creations on Show

I saw these gorgeous linen napkins made by Blossom Creations in Real Living magazine some time ago, and immediately fell in love with Erin's beautiful eco-friendly products. Based in Brisbane, Erin stays true to her motto "Design with the Environment in Mind" and creates gorgeous screenprinted textiles, stationery, gifts and homewares. You can buy her products online at the Blossom Creations website and various stockists.

For Brisbane locals, Blossom Creations will be having a winter show along with other fabulous Brisbane artisans Paper Boat Press, Kia Hing Fey, and Red Felt Flower at the St Francis Theological College on Sunday 13th July, 2008, 11am until 3pm. Addresrs: 223 Milton Rd, Milton (entrance on Baroona Rd). The show will include handcrafted goods, and homemade cakes, cookies and sweets with tea and coffee. Just the thing to beat the winter chill.

Image: This Next.com

9 July 2008

Sale: Wasabi Kids

Our favourite Japanese-flavoured kidswear label Wasabi Kids is having a 50% off sale to get ready for the next season. This is a huge saving! For Brisbane locals, Wasabi Kids will be showing off their new season stock at the Red Hill Fair on Saturday 26th July, Woolcock Park, Red Hill, QLD. Check out the Wasabi Kids website for 50% Savings!

Image: from Wasabi Kids


8 July 2008

Why Are Baby Leg Warmers So Cute?

Adults look ridiculously bad in them, but babies look ridiculously cute in those old 80's staples - leg warmers!

Now they are a fashion statement and also practical in the cooler months - they help keep socks on, keep legs covered when one-piece suits ride up, allow easier nappy access than tights, they look cool on both boys and girls, and are great for nappy free time in cooler weather. I've even seen them used as arm warmers. Our little Sophie has a pair of Punk Diamond Huggalugs in Jazz colour (pink and white) that have been invaluable preventing rug-burn while she learns how to crawl.

Until recently, there were only 3 major quality brands of leg warmers - the Aussie company Huggalugs, the US company Babylegs, and the US brand Skidpants. But the trend is catching on and there are now many more coming onto the market, including gorgeous designs from Aussie children's brand Oobi.

You can find Aussie Huggalugs online at Urbanbaby.

Find more Australian kids fashion on Bondville Kids. Shop online for kids fashion from great stores in the Australian Online Kids and Baby Store Directory.

Image: Huggalugs Lemon Drop from Urbanbaby

7 July 2008

Inspired by Movies: 27 Dresses


I just loved the wedding dress that Jane's sister Tess (Malin Akerman) was supposed to wear in her wedding to George in the movie 27 Dresses.

It's sweet without being foufy, has a little bling without being over-the-top, and would hide a multitude of sins. And it has pockets! I also love the extra lace that was used around the waistband for the movie version of the dress. It would go beautifully with these modern toile wedding invitations - modern, elegant, with a touch of sporty/casual.

I hunted down the source, and it is the Reese dress from Amsale's Spring 2008 collection. Description: Silk Faille. Faille A-line gown with low sweetheart neckline and crystal beaded inset. Ruched detail at waistline and tulip skirt with sweep train.

There is a list of retail stores that stock Amsale dresses on their website (no Australian locations yet).

P.S. There's a really fun (i.e. silly) online tool to create your perfect bridesmaid dress on the 27 Dresses website.



Image: www.amsale.com


4 July 2008

Bholu Booty

Our booty from the Bholu sale just arrived and don't the cushions look fab! Just a reminder that there are a few hours left of the sale, so make sure you get to Surry Hills to pick up your majorly discounted swag. All the details of the Bholu sale below.
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