Saturday, September 29, 2018

TRAVEL | SURFSIDE BEACH HOUSE, PHILLIP ISLAND


 
It is always great to pack your bags and get away for a few days. This time around we stayed at the great Surfside Beach House on Phillip Island, Victoria. We fell in love with the closeness to nature and the nautical feel this place had. The house had 3 levels (top floor was a cosy little loft with ocean views and it was a favourite hangout spot for the kids who loved to spot birds with the binoculars). 

The loved how the owners had styled this architectural gem.  There were plenty of bespoke furnishing and the cool tiki influences was a nice touch. The kitchen and living was on the second floor which boasted large windows with lovely nature views. It was so easy to relax here and the dining table nook was our favourite spot to hang out and playing cards and share some lovely meals in the evening. It felt like you were down in the galley on a ship accompanied by the soft light in the roof and the stars outside the windows. 

We also loved the assorted books that was available to read in the book shelves. 
Before going on this holiday I had tried to find Jules Verne's 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea for my husband. He had mentioned he really wanted to read it again, but I ran out of luck finding it in my local book shops before leaving. As I was going through the books on the shelves, my eye caught a familiar name... and low and behold there it was..a original edition of Jules Vernes book! It was almost like it was meant to be that we came here. Needless to say my husband was absorbed by the book and finished reading it while we were there. We also read through some great architect inspirational sources like Frank Lloyd Wright and the kids loved reading Ray Harryhausen's Animated Life

Fortunately for us this place was also pet friendly so we brought our cat Kirby (who honestly is more like a dog than a cat) who absolutely loved this place. He was glued to the windows and enjoyed the odd walk on the beach with the kids. 

At night we set up our little portable projector and watched some old classic movies like The Black Hole and The City of the Lost Children. After our 4 days were up we sincerely wished we had a few more to stay... all the saltwater air and great views really put us in a relaxed state and we all agreed we would have to come back to this little gem of a place again very soon.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

ARTIST WATCH | FOR THE LOVE OF SKULLS





D wears: Skull Robot Sweatshirt by nununuCircle Patch T-shirt by nununu / Skull Robot Patch baggy pants by nununu.


There is something about black on boys that I just love. It looks cool and let's face it, it will last a long time in the world of dripping ice-creams and bolognese stains! It is no secret that Israeli brand Nununu loves skulls and for this collection they teamed up with talented artist Shay Id Alony.

For their FW18 range they turned their inspiration towards the ancient tribal language, which perfectly reflects nununu's basic clean graphic world and ongoing inspiration coming from tribal art, particular tribal masks. The result is a bold monochrome statement that will be loved by both young and old.

This will be a favourite outfit for quite some time to come. Find nununu latest range over at Buckets and Spades who carries some great pieces from both the latest and previous seasons.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

EXPLORE | Seaside Strolling





M wears: Ying Yang sweatshirt by Bobo Choses / Denims by I Dig Denim.
D wears: Cats & Dogs Sweatshirt by Bobo Choses / Pants by Zara.

Sunday and some harbour exploring in Williamstown. Boats, piers, fresh seafood and ice-creams to round off with, we are NOT complaining. We were hoping to get another glimpse at the Sea Sheppard but she's off on another voyage, protecting sea life somewhere out there on the big blue ocean.

New Bobo Choses - The Happy Sads are now in stores!! The kids were happy to get to wear their new comfy sweats from Buckets and Spades. Loads of fun prints for all ages so be sure to visit their shop if you are after some comfy new threads.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

EXPLORE | W.I.M.A.M.P by Bobo Choses







M wears: Raincoat by W.I.M.A.M.P / Trackpants by Bobo Choses / Beanie by I Dig Denim / Shoes by Feiyue. D wears: Green Tee by W.I.M.A.M.P / Pants by Bobo Choses / Beanie by I Dig Denim / Shoes by Adidas.

So it's been about a billion years since my last blog post, but that's just how life can be sometimes. All of a sudden you end up in the fast lane (read work) and those calm little moments when you could blog on suddenly disappears. BUT, when I heard of this great initiative by Bobo Choses, I felt it was well worth coming out of the blog hiatus for.

Well known kids brand Bobo Choses, have started a wonderful capsule collection called W.I.M.A.M.P. (worldwide inventive minds against monsters of pollution).

"At Bobo Choses we believe that children can inspire and teach adults on how to care for the Earth. Therefore we asked kids from around the world to make drawings on how they would stop sea pollution. 

This is how the W.I.M.A.M.P. (worldwide inventive minds against monsters of pollution) squad came about. Wimamps come in all ages from all over the world, they are very creative, seriously funny, and have strong awareness and profound respect towards the environment. W.I.M.A.M.P. capsule collection by Bobo Choses seeks to inspire both parents and children featuring kids drawings from around the globe on how to stop sea pollution.

W.I.M.A.M.P. 2017 collection is conceived as a social project which profits will be allocated by Bobo Choses to Ocean Conservancy NGO in order to fund activities of ocean conservation."

This is something we feel very passionate about supporting. We spend such a huge part of our lives in the nature and very often we come across plastic being thrown and washed up ashore. We feel so blessed to have such amazing nature right at our doorstep so today we took the chance to visit one of our favourite beaches and do a little clean up of our own. We searched the shores to find thrash that shouldn't be there. We found plastic bottles, caps, glass bottles, a bicycle wheel and even a pair of reading glasses! We made sure to bring it back and what could be recycled got recycled. We love the fact that it's a project that includes children and uses children's drawings to spark the imagination of both parents and kids alike.

If you would like to support this social project by purchasing your own W.I.M.A.M.P clothing and lending a hand to stop sea pollution, please visit BUCKETS AND SPADES who carries the collection in their stores. The collection is not available online.

Buckets and Spades
19 A Carpenter Street 
3186 Brighton, Australia

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

EXPLORE | COASTAL CRUISE IN MUNSTERKIDS AW17


D wears: Blow It Longsleeve tee by Munsterkids / Kickback Trackpants by Munsterkids / Stay Puff Jacket by Munsterkids / Sneakers by Converse / Beanie by neff.

A long weekend called for a day by the Sea. We woke up early and jumped in the car which took us the scenic route down the Mornington Peninsula. We zig zagged through small towns and finally rolled into one of our favourite coast hang outs - Flinders.

An art driven coastal town that knows how to relax and enjoy the finder things in life. A day on the rugged coastline here makes you feel alive. The salty sea air, the fresh seafood, the cold beer and a chance to forgo anything called time.

We took our shoes off and poked our toes in the sand. Found rusty old engines between caves and explored the rockpools with the curious seabirds in tow...
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