A design blog to capture a collection of thoughts from a bowerbird who is in love with unique design - fashion, furniture, art, photography, interiors, jewellery and creative minxes

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Sometimes you come across a piece of creativity that makes you stop.

I often trawl through blogs and websites trying to find something a little bit special, something that will leave me with a sense of admiration and inspiration. Rarely do you find a designer who has complete cut through so when I found Kate’s blog “Little Doodles” I thought it would be a crime not to share!

Kate’s blog, “Little Doodles” http://little-doodles.blogspot.com/ is an illustration diary of everyday events. She features a range of illustrations including posts entitled “what I wore today” which document in ink every detail of her daily ensembles.

Although, my favourite illustrations are her birds… “Sweetness” is the first word that pops to mind after seeing her designs. I can’t help but smile every time I look at them.

Some of my favourites are listed below.
I love the play with high street fashion and the quaintness of the bird illustrations.
Too cute for words....

The colour in the wings is so pretty and the oversized specticles make you love this little character.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Cycling – So French, So Chic

Is it just me or are old school bicycles popping up everywhere? In the last 2 weeks I’ve discovered shop windows, magazine articles and blog sites all featuring this eco friendly mode of transport.

I think the attention is well deserved. I’ve always been a lover of bike riding; the romanticism of riding a bike through a park or along the beach is enough to inspire even a couch potato to exercise.

Thanks to this love for the humble bicycle a number of high end fashion houses are making riding even more über cool.

French fashion house “Celine” is about to launch a range of bicycle friendly outfits. The range will be “classy and practical” including tank dresses, shorts and leggings. No more fabric stuck in the oily chains!

A basket for all your treasures - Top 3 by Deign store is stocking the Carrie basket from Stockholm company Design House. The basket has gorgeous detail and a there’s a huge bonus - it doubles as a shopping basket!

The ultimate in bicycling – the Chanel bike £6,200. The Bentley of bicycles.

Even the Sartorialist has dedicated a whole photo series of people looking chic on bikes. His beautiful images can be found at http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/search/label/Bicycles

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Free art to brighten a dust filled day

Anything with the word “Free” is guaranteed to grab my attention, so when I stumbled upon “Feed Your Soul: the free art project” it made my day

The website creators wish is to share free art in the hope it will bring a smile to our face. I had a grin ear-to-ear after seeing the amazing variety of free artwork on this website.

The site also provides information about the artists and where to find more of their work (allowing you to contact the artists without the hassle of dealing with a middle man)

My favourite downloads
I love the 2 blue birds hiding amongst the green of the tree

I love the ink work in this design
This image is just beautiful.... soft and delicate. Very romantic.

Find the free downloads and info about artists @

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Summer's Stylin'

The onset of hot weather spins me into a panic because my Summer wardrobe is rather sparse and I haven’t been to the gym in weeks. To help motivate my new fitness regime and give me some direction to fill the gaps in my wardrobe I found these little numbers…..

Hot, hot, hot. I love colour - this bold yellow top is to die for.....The flouncey sleeves give this outfit great movement.

I'm a sucker for anything girly and I couldn't pass the femininity of this dress.... the soft layers are beautiful to wear in the Summer heat

I've always loved the style of Chloe Sevigny and this outfit reminds me of her.... It appeals to my inner rockstar. I would love the body suit underneath a layered ruffle skirt teamed with killer heels for a night on the town

A straw hat is on my "to buy" list... an essential for the Australian sun and a quick fix for a bad hair day!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The September Issue

Vogue magazines CFO must be thanking the makers of “The September Issue” for a spike in sales in a time when consumers are favouring Kmart over High Street fashion!

I had a girl’s night out to watch this documentary feature film that follows the day-to-day adventures of American Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour as she runs a tornado through the world of fashion.

The start of the film hooked me in with high energy music (fantastic soundtrack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtqGoHouoE0), big fashion parades and high end glamour. Six-foot models stormed their way down the cat walk as Anne Wintour and her entourage looked on to scout the outfits for the upcoming season.

It’s apparent early on that Anna Wintour is a force to be reckoned with – her razor haircut and piercing glare reduce many of her staff to a mumbling mess and she makes Meryl Streep’s character in “The Devil Wears Prada” look like a pussy cat.

It’s thanks to Creative Director Grace Coddington that we find one person in the Vogue office capable of holding their ground with the infallible Wintour. Coddington is a creative genius and Wintour knows it. I was mesmerized throughout the documentary by the beauty of Coddington’s work and the ease in which she translates her magical ideas into a successful photo shoot. http://gawker.com/5344335/how-grace-coddington-stole-the-september-issue-from-anna-wintour

Without Coddington the movie would lack depth and a human element. Her honesty about Wintour "We have a real mutual respect for each other, even though sometimes I feel like killing her.” The rawness of her character gives us something real to hold onto while Editor-at-Large, Andre Leon, plays tennis with a diamond-encrusted Piaget watch, Louis Vuitton beach towel and matching monogrammed bags. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esSJR57mKlc&feature=player_embedded

Even if you are only remotely interested in fashion I still think this movie is worth sparing 1 hour and 30 minutes of your life.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Spring Racing

The 2009 Spring Racing Carnival is just around the corner so, I’m trying to find inspiration for this years head piece. Arrowfield Stud Super Saturday on October 3rd will host this years Fashion in the Field and their are 3 categories, Best dressed female and male and best millinery to be won http://www.royalrandwick.com/carnivalandevents/events.aspx?id=40

Monday, September 7, 2009


Today I’m suffering from a server case of Mondayitis.

How can you possibly enjoy starting back at work after a weekend full of sunshine and relaxation?

For me, the best medicine for Mondayitis is a fashion fix so I’ve been surfing the net to bring you some inspiring new season finds from 09/10 collections.

Melbournites Amber Hourigan and Thomas Williams have created the unique brand Amber&Thomas. Their collection of swimwear and women’s night/day wear is rock and roll with a hint of Melbourne sophistication.


LifewithBird – another successful Melbourne collaboration. http://www.lifewithbird.com/

ellery runway show - this is my favourite ensemble


Bec + Bridge - I love the flow of these pants.... I can just imagine wearing them in a cool summers breeze


Also don't forget that the documentary on Anna Wintour from Vogue, "The September Issue" is out now at the movies! I'm looking forward to seeing with the girls in the coming week.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Save Money and the environment

Back in July I wrote a blog on Gretha Ooost and her fabulous invention, 321 Water that won the People’s Choice Award on the ABC TV’s New Inventors. At the time of writing the product was not available.

Today I bring you some great news! It is now possible to pre-order one of the first 321 Water to come off the production line by clicking on http://www.321-water.com/.

For $32.10 you can pre-order a limited edition 321 Water which will be delivered to you around March 2010. By placing your order today you can help make 321 Water a reality by becoming one of 9,999 (was 10,000 but I just pre-ordered mine!) people needed to start the production process now.

Until recently I was spending $2 x 5 days a week on bottled water, costing me over $500 a year and contributing 260 plastic bottles a year to landfill. I'm looking forward to Gretha's invention to help me reduce my impact on the environment.

Water bottles are clogging up landfill sites and their manufacture and transportation is leaving a massive carbon footprint. It takes at least 3 litres of water to make 1 litre of bottled water!

321 Water is the most stylish way to play an active part in reducing the environmental impact of bottled water. This beautifully designed, re-usable water bottle has a unique plunger mechanism so you can fill it from any tap to produce fresh, filtered water. Now you can choose to never buy bottled water again.

Unlike other filtered water bottles the 321 Water has the filter in the plunger so you can drink your water straight away and do not have to wait for it to filter.

321 Water holds just under 500ml and all materials are recyclable and parts are replaceable extending the life of the bottle.

Pre-order your 321 Water today and be one of the first to own this beautiful invention.
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