The Bucket Bag Edit

There’s no denying that the bucket bag is having a moment right now, largely thanks to the rise of the covetable Mansur Gavriel version. The silhouette is the height of casual style and the typically roomy design of these bags makes them ideal for stashing your everyday essentials in. While not all of us have the budget or patience to obtain the OG Mansur Gavriel bucket bag, there are plenty of other options out there. These are some equally stylish takes on the casually cool bucket bag.

1. Paper Moon Bucket Bag in Snow by Molten Store
2. Caramel Drawstring Purse by BAGGU
3. ‘Jules’ Vegan Leather Bucket Bag in Wine by Angela · Roi
4. ‘Abake’ Leather Bucket Bag in Bellini by Elk
5. Navy Leather Bucket Bag by Umbrella Collective
6. Drawstring Bucket Bag by Herschel Supply Co 
7. ‘Amberline’ Bucket Bag in Chambray by Skagen

I Spy: Australian Native Prints

Ever since I mentioned my love for native Australian flowers a few posts down I’ve noticed that native flora and fauna prints are having a bit of a moment among local labels. Designers taking inspiration from the Australian landscape is nothing new but the current trend is definitely something to take notice of. Romance Was Born’s 2015 collections Bush Magic, Cooee, and Opal Romance all drew on an Australian narrative. The Autumn 2016 collection from RYDER sees Australian botanical prints emblazoned on t-shirts, dresses, and leggings. The Fred Fowler x Gorman collection draws on the artist’s paintings that look at Australian native and introduced species in an abstract, layered style. A distinct protea print takes centre stage in Leonard Street’s Autumn/Winter 2016 collection. Edith Rewa’s illustrations all feature beautifully drawn native Australian flora and fauna. Vanishing Elephant’s upcoming High Winter 2016 collection takes a more minimalist approach with line drawn waratah prints. And I’m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg. These are a few of my favourite takes on Australiana right now.

1. Australia Print Tee by RYDER (I’d also recommend checking out the Flora t-shirt, dress, and leggings)
2. Extinction Silk Dress by Fred Fowler x Gorman
3. Anemone Dress by Leonard Street
4. Cocky Lady Silk Scarf by Edith Rewa
5. Waratah Print Long Sleeve Shirt by Vanishing Elephant (there’s also a dress)

My Summer Essentials

Summer is here! Summer is here! Summer is here! I said that three times in the hope that by some Wizard of Oz-esque magic I’ll be miraculously transported to the beach. Anyway, around this time of year my wardrobe choices are pretty much limited to (a) what is the most comfortable and (b) what will keep me the coolest. So far my summer essentials include breezy linen tops and relaxed denim shorts for peak comfort, high-waisted bikinis because any body of water will basically be a second home, sneakers for long days spent exploring, a roomy tote bag to house all those random bits and pieces picked up throughout the day, and colourful accessories to add fun summery touches to an outfit. These are the items that are all high on my radar this summer.

Clockwise-ish from left
Linen Billow Top by Hunter
Karen Walker One Splash Sky Blue Sunglasses (similar here)
Country Road Wide Brim Fringe Hat
Kleur City Bag by Elk Accessories
Her Frances Bikini in Forest Green
Off Duty Tote by Jasmine Dowling from Club of Odd Volumes
Assembly Natural Denim Shorts (I already own the dark denim version and have basically been living in them)
ASOS Canvas Lace Up Sneakers

Handmade Australian Ceramics

When it comes to homewares, there’s a real growing market for handmade ceramics. Right now I’m all about stoneware and earthenware tumblers – there’s something so inviting about wrapping your hands around a warm mug of coffee/tea/hot chocolate. In my search for the *perfect* tumblers I’ve come across quite a few excellent Australian designers. And since sharing is caring and enabling shopping addictions etc., read on for my round up of Aussie makers who are creating some top notch ceramics. If you’ve got any favourite ceramic brands or know of any worth checking out be sure to pop them down in the comments!
Takeawei

Melbourne based ceramics label Takeawei creates fun, functional, hand crafted ceramics for the home. Designer Chela Edmunds mixes organic shapes and textures with bright colours and a sense of humour to create the signature Takeawei aesthetic. Check out more of Takeawei on their website.

Bridget Bodenham
Bridget Bodenham lives and works in in country Victoria making ceramic serving ware, tableware, utensils and jewellery as well as planter pots and vases from her converted shipping container studio. Her distinctive stoneware designs are also often offset by playful gold accents. You can see more of her work here.

Susan Simonini
Susan Simonini is a Queensland-based designer who uses hand building techniques to create her range of earthy ceramics. If you’re in Brisbane you can usually find her selling her wares at the Finders Keepers Markets (hot tip: the next markets are on next weekend), otherwise check out her website and Etsy store for more details.

Connie Lichti
Connie Lichti is a Melbourne-based artist who has been making pottery for over 15 years. As well as creating her own playful range of ceramics, she most recently collaborated with Gorman for their Home Time homewares range. You can see more of her work on her website as well as shop online via her Etsy store.

Brooke Thorn
Brooke Thorn ceramic tableware is hand made in Melbourne. The eye catching “Serving Suggestions” range, featured here, is designed to be functional and simple with a dash of colour. Visit their website to see more collections as well as to find a stockist near you.

Marloe Morgan Ceramics

Marloe Morgan Ceramics is a design & ceramic studio based on the Gold Coast, Australia. MMC creates functional tablewares and offers retail, bespoke & hospitality lines crafted using only the very best Australian stoneware. MMC will also be at the Finders Keepers Markets in Brisbane next week and you can check out their website for stockists.

Milly Dent
Milly Dent was probably one of the first designers that made me sit up and take notice of local ceramic makers. Her works are easily identifiable thanks to her distinctive marbled indigo patterns and geometric shaped vessels. If you’re in Brisbane you can find usually find Milly Dent stocked at Nook in West End and Showroom in the city. Otherwise, check out the Milly Dent website to see more of their designs.

Woo Ceramics
Woo Ceramics are hand thrown and glazed in Sydney by Jemima Woo. The pieces are designed for everyday use and range from coffee beakers to large serving bowls. You can shop Woo Ceramics online and they will also be debuting at the Summer Finders Keepers Markets in Sydney.

Commons

If you’ve popped into King Arthur Cafe in Brisbane you might have, like me, ended up drooling over some of their ceramic tableware. After some Instagram sleuthing I found out that they’re made by Commons. They don’t seem to have much of an online presence but you can keep up with them on Instagram to check for stockists and to make enquiries.

I’ve come across many more ceramicists while putting together this post but these are the ones that have caught my eye in particular. And, to be perfectly honest, if I were to include them all we’d be here all day! There are no doubt plenty more wonderful designers working their magic in Australia so if you know of any that deserve a shout out feel free to do so in the comments. 

Top image credit: The Design Files

Eye Want it All

Eye motifs are everywhere right now. Sure, they’re nothing ground breaking and eye symbols have been popping up for centuries. You’ve got the Eye of Horus, the All Seeing Eye, the Hamsa, evil eyes, etc. But ever since Kenzo introduced their ubiquitous eye motif a few years ago it has seemingly gone gangbusters in the fashion world. Is this another illuminati conspiracy or just the fashion powers-that-be telling us that they’re watching and judging all our fashion choices? Who knows. I jumped on the bandwagon with my Falconwright eye clutch earlier this year and more recently have been eyeing off several pieces of Eyland jewellery. Here’s some more eye-catching clothing/accessories/homewares because who am I to displease our fashion overlords?
Clockwise-ish from top left:
Baron’s Eyes blouse and Philtre skirt by Hannah Kristina Metz
Eye clutch bag by Sunita Mukhi
Round eye cushion by Arro Home
Emerald Evil Eye clutch by Poppy Lissiman
Flirting Eyes shoes by Chiara Ferragni
Fortuna Layla heaphone set by FRENDS x BaubleBar
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