Art Tea Towels


26 October, 2016

Owning a piece of art is always a bit special. While owning an original artwork isn't necessarily the most affordable thing in the world, there are alternatives. You could look at art prints and posters but what about art tea towels? Yes, tea towels! More and more artists are offering up their artwork in tea towel form and it's a great way to expand your art collection. Sure, they're notably more expensive than your average tea towel but it's not like you'll be doing the dishes with them. Art tea towels are a decent size, look great framed, and have the added bonus of looking like canvas. One of my favourite artists, Rachel Castle, is famed for her fun tea towels and Third Drawer Down also stock a bunch of tea towels featuring works from a range of artists. While they're not pictured here, I'd also recommend checking out Kara Rosenlund's range of beautiful photographic printed tea towels and all the fun Australian-themed prints by Everingham + Watson.

Top row:  Belinda Marshall "Everything All At Once" tea towel from Frankie and Swiss;  CASTLE "Vegemite" tea towel
Bottom row:  David Shrigley "Life Is Fantastic" tea towel;  Del Kathryn Barton "Cosmic Crime" tea towel from Third Drawer Down (if you're in Brisbane there's also a Third Drawer Down concept space in the Gallery of Modern Art).

Have you seen any noteworthy art tea towels lately?

Styling a Casual Dress for the Spring Races


18 October, 2016

The Spring Racing season is pretty much unavoidable here in Australia. Even if you don't actively go to the races, most workplaces hold sweeps for Melbourne Cup or even competitions for best dressed. While some racing events require a certain standard of dress, for the most part I like seeing people have fun with their outfits. Because there is such a thing as too many floral dresses and saucer fascinators. Since I rarely go to the races these days, when I do I tend to utilise what's already in my wardrobe. This could mean anything from rehashing an outfit I've previously worn to a wedding to dressing up a day dress for the occasion. Here I've taken a casual cami dress by Milk It and given it a bit of a Spring Races makeover.

A Weekend in Coolum


12 October, 2016

Long weekends provide the perfect opportunity for a getaway but I'm usually slack at planning trips to coincide with them. I pay no attention to my calendar and then next thing I know I've got three days to fill and nowhere to go. Luckily the other weekend my friends and I got our butts into gear and booked a trip to Coolum on the Sunshine Coast. Now, I haven't been to Coolum since Year 6 school camp and all I really remember from that trip is a candle making class where we kept dipping our hands into the hot wax while the teacher wasn't looking. I'm usually impatient whenever I head up to the coast and take the first exits to Caloundra and Mooloolooba because GET ME TO A BEACH ASAP. However, if you spend a little bit of extra time on the road towards Coolum, Peregian and Noosa you're rewarded with some pretty stunning coastline. I'd forgotten how beautiful this neck of the woods (coastline) is. If you hate blue skies and crystal clear turquoise waters, look away now.

Kester Black's Birthday Suit Collection


05 October, 2016

Hands up if you love a nude nail polish? Hands up if you're also not quite sure what colour "nude" is? Luckily we have Kester Black to the rescue who, in collaboration with Trophy Wife, have recently released their Birthday Suit collection of nail polishes. Designed to complement a range of skin tones, the neutral palette spans a spectrum of nudes from light crèmes to rich chocolate tones. In true Kester Black fashion, the six colours have cheekily been named Brazilian, Spray Tan, Solarium, Bronzer, Bare, and In The Buff. The collection is also accompanied by some stellar campaign imagery photographed by Sean Fennessy and styled by Jess Lillico. Hands up if you can't wait to get your hands on one (or more) of these sweet nail polish shades?

Orla Kiely AW16


27 September, 2016

Venetia Scott is without a doubt one of my favourite photographers. Every now and then she falls off my radar but then I chance upon some new imagery and I'm reminded of how much I adore her work. Case in point: the A/W 2016 campaign that she shot for Orla Kiely (which was also styled by Leith Clark so it was pretty much a given that it would be totally dreamy and whimsical). It's total seasonal opposites to Australia right now but I couldn't resist the pastel colour palettes and retro charm.