I Spy: Forest Green Decor

Ever since I visited the Pop & Scott x Pampa showroom in Byron Bay earlier this year, more specifically after I spied this lush green velvet sofa, I’ve been obsessed with dark green decor. And it’s not just me. I’ve noticed a big shift towards this colour. I mean, it makes sense since the colour of the year is ‘greenery’. Although these darker shades of green are much more palatable than the Pantone version. I’m especially loving the look of dark green bedding and velvety textures for winter. Move over millennial pink, it’s all about forest green right now. Click on the images or links below for my picks for forest green decor.

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Last Minute Xmas Shopping in Brisbane

Who else is panicking that Christmas is this Sunday? As in only a few days away Sunday. If you’re a leave-it-to-the-last-minute kind of person when it comes to present shopping, and you live in Brisbane, then don’t worry because I’ve got you covered. Avoid the madness of the big shopping centres and support these smaller stores instead.

Avid Reader
193 Boundary St, West End
What’s in store: books on books on books on books. Grab a gift for the bookworm in your life and some summer reading material for yourself.

The Botanist
Shop 5, Bakery Lane, 694 Ann St, Fortitude Valley
What’s in store: all of the plant things! Think potted plants, planters, cut flowers, vases, and an assortment of decorative bits and bobs.

Flower Lovers
11 Hynes St, Fortitude Valley & 385 Sherwood Rd, Rocklea
What’s in store: more flowers than you can poke a stick (or branch) at. Give the gift of flowers this Christmas or pick up some greenery for last minute table decorations.

The Happy Cabin
58 Vulture St, West End
What’s in store: an edited selection of men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, and gifts. They stock brands such as House of cards, Kester Black, Status Anxiety, and Saltwater Sandals. If you can’t decide what to buy then you could always try one of their lucky dip prizes.

Molten Store
Shop 1, 49 James St, Fortitude Valley & Shop1070C, Ground Floor, Westfield Carindale
What’s in store: a glittering trove of jewellery and precious trinkets. Think celestial-inspired earrings, delicate rings, and ornate hair accessories. If you’re after a bit of Christmas sparkle, then this is the place to go.

Nook
19 Browning St, West End
What’s in store: if you’ve ever attended the Finders Keepers Markets then Nook stocks the kind of stuff you’d find there, only you can shop it all year round. Think fun jewellery, handmade ceramics, colourful accessories, and quirky greeting cards. If you’re lucky you’ll also encounter a shop cat.

Showroom
104 Edward St, Brisbane City (above Le Bon Choix)
What’s in store: a thoughtfully curated selection of keepsakes for the home. Falcon Enamelware, PF Co Candles, Once Was Lost, Fog Linen, and Bondi Wash are just a few examples of brands you’ll find adorning the shelves of this very beautiful store.

Sunday Social
5d Winn St, Fortitude Valley
What’s in store: modern and vintage clothing, funky jewellery, and colourful accessories. It may be small in size, but this shop is brimming with goodies.

Violent Green
1/105 Albert St, Brisbane City
What’s in store: men’s and women’s streetwear, shoes, and accessories. You’ll also find things like prints by local artists, a range of pins and patches (including some favourites of mine by Georgia Perry and Coucou Suzette), Lomography cameras and accessories, and more.

Of course, there are plenty of small businesses that you could support in Brisbane (and as I’m wrapping up this list many more are coming to mind) but these are just the few that I frequent. And if you’re not in Brisbane, go out and support small businesses in your area anyway, no matter where in the world you are.

I Spy: Roses

Lately it seems that I’ve been viewing life through rose-tinted glasses. Not in the figurative sense of perceiving everything in my life in an overly optimistic way or even in the literal sense of wearing glasses with pink lenses, but more so in that lately everywhere I look I’ve been seeing rose motifs. From the luxe rose details in Gucci’s spring/summer and pre-fall 2016 collections (anyone else still obsessed?) to more DIY numbers (see images one and seven above for inspiration) this is a trend that can be pulled off no matter what your budget. Whether it’s a cute printed tee or an embroidered patch whacked onto a denim jacket, this is a floral trend I’m ready to get behind this season.

1. Rachael Wang’s Rose-sewn One-offs at Jean Stories via Instagram
2. Will You Accept This Rose?’ t-shirt by Ban.do
3. Pink Rose Pins by Big Bud Press (also similar here and here)
4. Satin Bomber Jacket by Big Bud Press
5. White Rose Patch by Inner Decay
6. Rose Embroidered Flats from ASOS
7. Up-cycled embroidered shift by Tessa Perlow

I Spy: Slides For Spring

Okay, so I’m going to jump the gun here with my spring style posts. Because winter has been pretty much non-existent and the weather is screaming for open-toed shoes. More specifically, spring slides. Now, I’ve seen a lot of them labelled as mules but I’m under the impression that mules are close-toed shoes. And I am not on board with those kind of mules. So I’m going to side with slides for now. Whatever you choose to call them, I’m loving the minimalist, low block-heeled styles. They’re perfect for pairing with cropped jeans or boxy shift dresses. These are a few spring-ready slides that have taken my fancy.
1. Tan Slides by Seed
2. ‘Sophie’ Slides by Maryam Nassir Zadeh
3. Strappy Slides by Marais USA
4. Blue Suede Slides by Topshop
5. Blush Patent Slides by Jeffrey Campbell

I Spy: Tied Knitwear

Winter seems like it has finally arrived here in Australia and as a result I’ve been looking to bulk up my wardrobe with more knitwear. While perusing various sites, I’ve noticed a trend towards tied knitwear. Now, I’m not sure of the practicality of such matters (surely the ties would stretch or cause the body of the sweater to lose shape?) but when done right it can add some much needed detail to an otherwise basic wardrobe staple. From figure accentuating waist ties to dainty built-in neck scarves, these are some tied knits I’ve come across lately.

1. Side Tie Knit by Lover (also available here)
2. Front Tie Knit by Whistles
3. Neck Tie Knit by Country Road
4. Plaited Knit by Mesop
5. Waist Tie Knit by Viktoria & Woods

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