Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Cool Collaboration

Gorman and Kit Cosmetics are a match made in stylish heaven and their collaboration for Autumn/Winter 2013 looks fab. The small range consists of nail strips, polishes, cheetah print socks and a make up bag. Some of the nail strips are ridiculously cool and in my opinion, definitely worthy of a purchase.

All items from the Kit + Gorman collaboration will be available from tomorrow (25th of February) and will be available online until sold out!

The pictures above are from the launch which was held in Sydney at Gorman's store at the Galeries. For more images of their launch visit this page.

If you haven't checked in with either of these stores lately it is definitely worth popping over to their online sites for a look. (FYI, both stores ship to New Zealand)

Here is a quick collage of some Gorman goodness just to get you started...

All of the above images are from the Gorman Website.

Have a great week. Talia x

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wedding Fever

Warning, enormous post alert! Basically, I can't make it any smaller because my sister Tess and her husband Matt's wedding was such a legend of a day and the photos are brilliant.

The photographer Simon Darby did a superb job of capturing Tess and Matt's big day and to top it all off, Central Otago pulled out an absolute stunner of a day. 

On the Thursday before the wedding Ella (the other half of MintSix) organised what turned out to be one of the most brilliant Hen's parties I've ever been to. There was spectacular scenery,(Jack's Point Golf Course)some delicious Kiwi wines, a great bunch of girls and even some ballet on the pontoon!
The girls were a little shocked when told to get their gears off and hop into some tutus...

As you can see, they have still got some moves! Tess even managed to pull out a spectacular leap,(how I managed to catch that on my i-phone I don't know!).
Can't go past a bit of an arm party shot... Wearing white Hermes bracelet, Tiffany chain bracelet, Michael Kors rose gold watch (purchase at Shopbop with free shipping to New Zealand, yay!) black Sportsgirl bracelet and white leather link cuff.

As you can see from the two far right shots, things deteriorated a little after we headed into Queenstown and we had a slightly later night than first planned!

The wedding was at Mount Soho, near Arrowtown, Central Otago.
Tess and Matt decided to take their photos before the ceremony. They had a bit of a moment in the forest on their own before we all joined them for more pics.

The bridal party busted out quite a few 'blue steels' (as you do)and by all accounts we had a great time during the photos (especially when we cracked into the champers as it was a 35 degree day and we were, needless to say, a little thirsty!)
My two little blondies on the left and Ella's three (minus bubba Harriet)on the right. The kids are wearing dresses from Seed and some feather headpieces that my mama whipped up, very clever lady that she is.

The ceremony was beautiful and my sister Brydie's fiancee Simon played and sang 'Throw your arms around me' by Hunters and Collectors and did a stellar job of it.  
MintSix styled the event which had a boho rustic sort of a theme, (the word 'whimsy' was thrown around a fair bit too, much to the boys amusement) Plenty of wild flowers, lace, old silver trays, antlers and vintage bottles were used including a selection of MintSix products such as our 'Emotions Vases' above.
First dance was to Mumford & Son's, 'I will wait'. The bridal party joined in half way through with a bit of a choreographed routine, which of course included a lot of foot stamping (compulsory whenever this song is played, you just can't not!). 

A truly spectacular wedding and a day/night we will remember forever. A huge Congrats to Tess and Matt. xx

Friday, February 15, 2013

Colour Inspiration: Mint and Grey

Today's colour post features one of my all time favourite hues, which funnily enough, is mint :) I'm also very partial to grey and have recently painted my living room walls with Karen Walker's Fuscous Grey for Resene. In my opinion, mint and grey are a gorgeous combination. I'm often inclined to throw in a dose of peach or pale pink for good measure. What do you think of mint and grey? Would love to hear your thoughts. Enjoy your weekend. talia x 
I love this industrial pendant. It has just the right amount of rust mixed with the glossy mint colour to add a perfect touch of industrial chic to a room. I am also taken with the colour and shape of this chair at the head of the table. Adding one or two coloured chairs to a neutral colour scheme is a great way to add some interest and colour to a dining space.

The herringbone rug above is from 
Urban Outfitters and is a great easy pattern to place anywhere from a hallway to a bedroom. I have plenty of Urban Outfitter rugs as they're very well priced, ship to New Zealand and come in a variety of patterns and sizes. This herringbone rug is no longer available but a good alternative is this chevron hallway runner that conveniently comes in either grey or mint.

The minty/turquoise coloured rectangular box, lotus bowls and antlers are all from MintSix

 You can't go wrong with Converse, my wardrobe is never without a trusty pair of cons and this minty blue hue would be great for summer.

Another bikini this week, this one I've been obsessed with for such a long time.
Mara Hoffman's swimwear and clothing range is amazing and there are currently quite a few items from her recent collection on my wishlist. 

The mint Smeg is such a winner. I would happily have one in any colour but this is most definitely a favourite.

This 'For Like Ever' poster has been doing the rounds in interiors magazines and online for quite a few years now. It's available in pink/red, bright yellow, gold, spring green, flouro pink and grey

It may be the year that these gorgeous Beau Coops boots make it onto my feet. I nearly purchased the black leather with gold studs a couple of years ago and have regretted not getting them ever since. The grey suede version are looking pretty promising for this year, if I can find them here?! You can pre-order the black at Superette.
Empirical Style are an online shop based in my old home town of Melbourne. They have a range of vintage wares as well a colourful and unique range of lights. I love their small cage lights that come in a range of colours and this mint coloured one above, is a winner. They also ship worldwide, so go nuts!

Oh mabel is another favourite of mine. They stock a gorgeous range of organic bedlinen which is all printed by hand. Their "Ziggy Zaggy Quilted Doona" has my name written all over it.

Would happily purchase everything in this collage for my girls. The striped pants above from Bangbang Copenhagen are so cool and who wouldn't want a pair of pants called 'bangbang lucky??' Brilliant.

The gold and sequin bomber from
Seed is also seriously amazing and once again, I want one! Seed now ships internationally and there is plenty of great gear for babies, toddlers, kids and a great collection for women.

Another brand of children's clothing that I adore is 
D'Arthur à Zoé. They are based in Bordeaux, France and their clothes have a chic but relaxed look with a little "cool" factor. The grey oversized sweater with black ribbon is available in their current collection.

All other images via Pinterest.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Interior Stylist: Lotta Agaton

I've been coming across so many images of this Swedish Interior Design guru's home during the last few weeks. They're all over Pinterest of course and many bloggers have featured them too.

I can't resist posting them today however, as they are just too amazing not to.

Lotta Agaton is an Interior Stylist and has a knack for using a variety of textures, shapes and patterns. She likes to use natural materials such as wood, stone, concrete and metal, mixing them all together into well balanced, creative, pared back and beautiful interior spaces.

To be expected, Lotta's last home was also amazing. She has a penchant for decorating with mostly black and white, adding elements of colour through nature and small pops of colour from decorative objects, such as, the red throw cushions seen in the very last picture along with the colourful paperbacks in the cabinet.

All images styled by Lotta Agaton and photographed by Pia Ulin

It only seems right that I throw in a collage of MintSix products that I think would work beautifully in one of Lotta's monochromatic schemes :)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Colour inspiration: Yellow, Caramel, Black & Gold

All products featured above are from MintSix

Moroccan Pouffes in caramel with white stitching, black with white stitching, gold and yellow all $199 NZD.

Small Yellow Bamileke Juju Hat,  $399 NZD

Black and Gold Zig-Zag Cushion $59.95 NZD
After receiving another shipment of our beloved Moroccan Pouffes, I stacked a few up underneath our hanging butterfly cases and took a few shots for Instagram. By the way, if you are on Insta we would love you to follow us at

Because the pouffes and the butterflies were like a match made in heaven, I decided that I would put together some images that have similar tones. Some I've had floating around in folders on my computer, but in all honesty they mostly come from Pinterest (due to my addiction!)

I intended to send out this post yesterday after deciding that my colour inspired posts were going to be a regular Friday thing... It's now Saturday evening and I still haven't sent it. My only excuse it that the weather was amazing today and going to the beach just kind of happened :) 

Friday it will be from here on in. :)
 I would love a Børge Mogensen Spanish Chair (or two) The combination of the timber and caramel leather is so appealing. Not in my budget unfortunately, but I'll continue to dream.
Mark Tuckey
 pigeon hole bookcases stacked up like the above pic would also be welcomed...
Had to feature these Gold Disco Harem Pants by Free People that I absolutely love. This pair are sold out but a similar pair is still available, here

I so desperately want a pair of these Chloe Susanna Boots which are outrageously cool. I've obsessed over them for the better part of a year but they still don't seem to be in my wardrobe... Once again, it may have something to do with the small issue of my clothing budget which is fairly non-existent right now!

This Alexander Wang 'Rocco' Stud Bottom Bag had to be included, as it was given to me as a gift recently (whoop!)  
This Croc Quilt - Confetti Toucan by Kip & Co is an absolute winner.

The bedding in the top right pic along with the pillows and cushion cover down below, are designed by Rachel Castle of Castle and Things. I adore all of her artwork and textiles, she is one clever lady.

I'm always pinning clothing and interiors ideas for my girls and two of my favourite children's labels, Bobo Choses and Mini Rodini feature regularly on my Pinterest board for my girls.

This teepee would be loved by my two little ones, check out how it was made here

 I love the relaxed striped tee and yellow shorts combo being worn by Jule's, a hugely successful fashion blogger who I follow religiously. Check out her site, Sincerely, Jules

The black bikini is by Seafolly and the yellow dress/Alexander Wang Bag combo is being worn by another very successful fashion blogger, Jessica from Tuula Vintage.
I hope there was a picture or two that captured your attention as it did mine. Enjoy your weekend. Tx

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Lighting on my mind

Having recently moved into our new home I am being faced with the many challenges that living in a old home presents. Needless to say, I have a fairly large 'to do' list. 

In Melbourne we lived in a townhouse and we were the first occupants after it was built. That made for pretty easy living. It had white walls, downlights throughout, a modern kitchen and bathroom (although fairly non-descript) and lots of storage. 

Our home is quite old (built in about 1938)therefore it does need a little work done... 

The list seems to grow each day, but some things are a higher priority that others, namely the kitchen. I don't quite know how to describe it, but what I can say is that it's a bit old school. Basically, it's a beige and melamine nightmare! Not in our budget right now unfortunately, so I'm currently  tackling the things that don't require throwing down too much coin. 

Lighting is a more low budget option, therefore it's going to be this months focus. There are so many amazing lights out there and I thought I would share a few options with you. 

Let me know if you have any favourites, I'd love to hear what you think. 

Kate Stokes Mr.Cooper (copper) pendant featured in both of the above pics. I keep pinning anything copper at the moment I seem to be a little obsessed.

An exposed bulb is a good option in many spaces in the home. This one is from House Doctor and has a more sophisticated look than the more playful coloured cord options.
These exposed bulbs look appealing in this industrial space and the use of different cord lengths and bulb sizes wrapped around a pipe have a pared-back asthetic.

Using a coloured cord is a great way to add a pop of colour to your space. I use mine draped across the ceiling and hanging down above my dining table. The E27 Socket Lamps by Mattias Ståhlbom are a popular choice and come in a range of colourways.
These are available online in New Zealand at Douglas + Bec for $220  

 The Nud Collection is also a relatively inexpensive and fun option. Change up the cord colour, socket and bulb to suit your room aesthetic.
The name Tom Dixon is synonymous with attention-grabbing and cutting edge design. His lighting options come in a range of shapes and he uses materials in a myriad of ways.
I purchased one recently for my mum who wanted to make a bold statement over the dining table in her new build. Mum loves the way it adds some elegance and drama to her space and it has been at the forefront of many a dinner table conversation already! 

 I am so in love with this shop and everytime I'm in Sydney visiting my sister, a stop at Koskela is always on the cards. These pendants are called, Bye Bye Birdy and come in a variety of powder-coated colours. (How good are the chairs BTW? Amazing!)

The lighting choices made here by Hayley, the co-owner of Kip & Co, in my opinion make these rooms uber-cool. Yes, I love the rug, chairs and stool but it goes to show that bold lighting choices can give a room the extra edge it deserves.

I love this home and remember when I first saw it on the Design Files and got instant house envy! Matt and Jane Martino have made some superb light selections and have not been afraid to make a bold statement, using not one but two Tom Dixon copper pendants!

These pendants are from HK Living. HK Living is a home interior label founded and located in The Netherlands. They have a great selection of lighting options that always catch my eye. The three above are HK Living Industrial Pendant lamps.  

Stanley Brass Pendants look ace against the dark wall in this moody dining space.

These pendants are by Original BTC and are available through Dunlin Home in Australia. They are by far one of my favourites. The Stanley Pendant is available in Copper and Brass in either a smooth or slightly beaten finish.

Crown Rectangular, Stanley Copper and Titan Pendant Lights.