Monday, March 30, 2015

Tomboy Cafe

 
You all know that I love a good café. Cant get enough of them. Wish I had more time to sit in them and watch the world go by actually. So discovering this little gem, Tomboy Café, has given me even more reason to visit Melbourne in the very near future.



You may have seen the top image which has certainly done the rounds on the web. I just love it for its edgy, rustic feel hence the reason I wanted to show you more. Tomboy is a quietly cool café with a focus on sustainability that is evident in both menu and fit-out. With a whole sale baking business behind the name also, this is one seriously rad café that is a must visit.
 
And one last thing, if you are after a cool sign for your kitchen to get that edgy café vibe, I have found one for you here on Trade Me. A seriously cool buy that should not be missed.
 
Amy x

images via 1 2 3

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Monday mixed up must haves!




A bit of a Monday mix up today. I just adore the blog Varpunen. Creator Susanna is a very talented photographer and stylist and the way she creates dreamy spaces is a knack that only one can wish for. The images come from her new home that she shares with her family.




Such a peaceful and calm space. Susanna also owns a beautiful charming cottage that she photographs as well. Oh to escape here with a good book. Follow this link to see what I am talking about.



So on the subject of beautiful calm fresh spaces I am thrilled to introduce you to my latest sponsor linenshed.


linenshed is a company based just out of Hong Kong, specialising in the most exquisite linen bedding as well as beautiful linen clothing and nightwear. I have my eye on so many things. Although I have only shown whites and greys in the above three images they have a large range of beautiful colours on offer.

 
And lastly, I am crushing all over this amazing Little Bat Merino Jumper from Little Pop Studios. How rad are they for your little ones? Warm yet oh so super stylish. Check out the rest of the collection here.

Happy last week before Easter.

Amy x

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Win Win Win - Little & Friday

Ahhh jeepers am I ecstatic about this one. I shall start off by saying that you Aucklanders don't know how lucky you are.  Some of the most incredible, raddest businesses right on your door step. One of those being the ridiculously awesome, super delish Little & Friday.
 

So I am absolutely beyond excited to tell you that one lucky Milo and Mitzy reader has the chance to win a 12 box of Little & Fridays infamous cream donuts. All you have to do is email miloandmitzy@gmail.com with the subject line Little & Friday donuts.  Competition closes Sunday evening and sorry to my overseas readers but this one is only open to NZ residents. Seriously though, this one is not to be missed. Your friends and family will love you for it!
 
 
Do pop over to Little & Friday to shop here. A fantastic idea for your next event or staff function. So many goodies! Good Luck.

Amy x

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Copper


Another working week done and dusted. Jeepers this year is flying by. The nights are getting some what colder and as much as I am a summer person it really does make for a nice change. Todays post is a bit of a sheep post. Just a follow the trends kind of post.


I am noticing that everyone is going a bit bonkers over copper at the moment. Although I wouldn't go over board with it myself, I do think a touch here and there really catches the eye.


Copper adds shine and texture to what could possibly be an otherwise dull room. Copper looks great with muted tones such as greys and charcoals. It also works well with dusty pinks and blue. Below are just a couple of my favourite copper pieces.
 

Print from Paper Plane, basket from Freedom Furniture, pendant light from Paper Plane and lamp from Freedom Furniture.
I will be bringing you a post in the near future featuring the gorgeous range of copper ware from French Country Collections. Watch this space. Happy weekend to you all.
 
Amy x

Images via 1 2 3

Monday, March 16, 2015

Margaret Petchell

I have been harping on about New Zealand artist Margaret Petchell on Milo and Mitzys instagram account a lot lately. I figured it was only fair to share her on the blog also. We have two of her works, Maycee and Claris the budgie and I absolutely adore them. Below Margaret shares a bit about herself for us.
 
 
Tell us about Margaret Petchell the artist? How did you start and why?

For about ten years prior to launching myself commercially I was painting large portraits of women which took about 6 months to a year to complete, incredibly detailed and time-consuming. (I could spend an entire day on adjusting the expression of just one eye to create the right feeling).  Beautiful and my favourite pieces of work but hopelessly uncommercial! So searching for another subject which would be quicker to execute,  I found I was drawn towards birds because of  the intense gaze they hold in their eyes.

All my work has a portrait theme whether it be a person , an animal of a bird , they all stare out at the viewer and there is always an eye connection. They are Mona Lisa’s of the bird and animal world! 


Encouraged by my partner and a photographer/ artist friend of mine to get painting and hold an exhibition got me working  towards my first and almost sell out, exhibition : The Commoners”  larger than life bird portraits in 2013.
 
Sharing the  building where the exhibition space was held was Endemic World. Elliot  makes fine   art prints of my paintings and to this day we have a  mutually great working relationship that really just gels for both of us. He has been a huge force in helping my images to become known. Setting up my online store http://www.margaretpetchellartist.com/ seemed to validate the whole concept of my art being a job and a commercial , creative venture for me.

 
Tell us where your inspiration comes from?

I find a lot of inspiration in fashion, I’m a regular reader of vogue, I visit  the sites of designers and photographers, watch fashion shows on line and I regularly visit  art and fashion exhibitions. I also love interiors  design and architecture, especially of Eastern countries.


These rad mood boards were created by the clever team at Endemic World whom Margaret works closely with.
My work as a Make up artist /stylist requires me to do a lot of online referencing for designing  a look for a TV Commercial.

I read a pretty random selection of books, currently I’m reading the biography “One Girl One Dream” by Laura Decker (I come from a sailing family.) I’m a big fan of books rather than the computerised equivalent.

Thank you so much for your time Margaret. Such wicked art works. We love them in our house hold. Head over to our instagram to see how I have styled my pieces.

Amy x

Sunday, March 8, 2015

WIN yourself a Le Sac en Papier from For Keeps

If you don't already know New Zealands For Keeps store, you should. A unique collection of carefully selected pieces from around New Zealand and Australia and as far as France. Run by sisters Bec and Tess, the girls are continuously working to source new and exciting products.
 
 
For Keeps have kindly offered to give away one of the must have Le Sac en Papier storage bags. High up on a lot of our wish lists that's for sure. To enter simply head over to Facebook and give the For Keeps page a like. Bonus entries for sharing this status on the Milo and Mitzy Facebook page. Competition closes Thursday evening.
 
Good luck.
 
Amy x

Monday, March 2, 2015

Mamoo&Lou

I am wrapt today to be able to introduce you to a new up and coming brand that is definitely one to watch. Mamoo&Lou was born upon recognising a gap in the market for affordable, high quality yet super cool and trendy merino baby clothing. We own a couple of items and boy do we love them! Below is a glimpse behind the label from the Mamoo&Lou team, New Zealand based Libby and Megan and China expat Loulou. Libby being Mum to Megan and Loulou.


How and why did Mamoo&Lou begin?

Libby is a great sewer and had previously had the idea to make baby clothing at an affordable price to fill the gap in the market. She got as far as a trip to Shanghai but it never eventuated from there.

Loulou had spent a few years in China and then decided to leave to work on the super yachts in the US. Eventually I wanted to go back to China but needed something to do there. It seemed silly to live in China without taking advantage of all the opportunities it has to offer as the largest manufacturing economy in the world. My brother Jeremy also has an established clothing manufacturing company in Guangzhou (China Textile Traders) so we began with a lot of the contacts already at our fingertips.

Megan had just had her first baby Sofia hence the need for affordable unique and practical baby clothes. She also has a background in graphic design, so it seemed only logical to put our skills to use as a team, and so began Mamoo&Lou. (Ma - Mum, Moo - Megan, Lou - Loulou)


What inspires you?

Family. Friends. Travel. Nature. Practical, natural & beautiful things. With Mamoo&Lou we get to work with and combine all of these things.

 
What blogs books websites and apps do you check out regularly?
We are on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest as sources of inspiration. As well as being inspired by Little & Loved, Little Gatherer, Petite Kitchen, Well Nourished and The Cool Hunter.
 
Thanks so much to the girls of Mamoo&Lou for the look behind the scenes.
 
Amy x

Sunday, March 1, 2015

ohh noo


Always on the hunt for new bedding for my Frankie and Patch, ooh noo bedding has been on my radar for a while now and for very good reason.
 
 
ooh noo was born when one of the ooh noo designers was on the hunt for the very best bedding when she became a mother. The brief that she had in mind was to create bedding that could be mixed and matched and  used for both a boy and a girl.


The team behind ooh noo are a very small and passionate team. Everything is produced in Slovenia by hand and made with love. And best of all, they ship to anywhere in the world. How good is that squirrel?
 
Amy x

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Millar Road Hawkes Bay


Hawkes Bay, well known for its beautiful wineries and beaches, so how does one, visiting Hawkes Bay, get to appreciate the two together? By staying at Millar Road that’s how. An example of Hawkes Bay’s finest boutique accommodation can be found at Millar Road; set on a vineyard nestled in the Tuki Tuki hills with the most incredible views of farmland and coastline below.

 
A chilled bottle of Millar Road’s Supernatural Wine awaits your arrival.   This can be enjoyed in any one of the 3 houses, the main Haumoana house or either of the two smaller villas. Even better, head to the gorgeous lap pool and enjoy the water, the views and the poolside bar.
 
 
 
The larger main Haumoana house and the two villas have been built to maximise the views of the ocean, farmland and vineyard.  They display a modern, luxurious and contemporary style whilst, at the same time, indulging in that New Zealand way of open plan, easy, comfortable living.
 

As you enter your Millar Road villa or Haumoana house you are greeted by the aroma of freshly baked bread, the pleasure of sampling organic eggs, bacon and Hawthorn coffee beans, all local Hawkes Bay products. Millar Road, the epitome of perfection.
Amy x

Monday, February 23, 2015

Kitchen Splashback



I am looking to update our kitchen splash back in the next year. I think a splash back can dramatically change the look of the whole kitchen. Over the past few weeks I have been saving images to my folder. Below I share with you a few of my favourite.




I am very much digging the hexagon and chevron tiles at the moment as well as being a massive fan of black and white tiles and also an industrial styled concrete splash back. Check out this very cool shop on Etsy with a gorgeous selection of kitchen tiles.


Short post today. A bit under the weather and have a tonne of work and cooking to do for various things.
 
Amy x
 
Images 1 2 3 4 5 6

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mr and Mrs White



I have long been a fan on Mr & Mrs White. I cant actually recall the moment when I first discovered this well known, timeless Australian brand but I have watched this brand go from strength to strength over the past few years and yet they continue to flourish.




Sasha and Nathan White are the clever creative couple behind the name. Nathan, a former boat builder and Sasha with a background in graphic design quickly realised that something was missing in their lives. Therefore, Nathan with a keen eye for detail, turned his hand to furniture making and Sasha found herself meddling with a sewing machine. And so Mr and Mrs White began.
 
With gorgeous furniture and a mix of linens, Icelandic sheepskins and to die for leather cushions, this is one brand that you must check out.
 
Amy x

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Mister D Dining


Its no secret that I am a foodie at heart. A little obsessed with café and restaurant culture and a lot obsessed with the food and wine industry that we have in New Zealand, especially here in Hawkes Bay. Leading the Hawkes Bay hospo game is the incredible Mister D Dining.


Mister D, a little bit country, a little bit rock n roll with a huge amount of class and the most incredible menu to match. Created by 2 local couples with drive and a vision, Mister D goes about offering fresh local produce in the best way possible with a no fuss attitude. The wine list and coffee is ridiculously good with a huge amount of selection to cater for a diverse range of taste buds. The
flavour obsessed folk of Mister D produce fresh bread, pasta and pastries daily with the famous Mister D custard injected donuts proving a popular choice by all.
  
So why is it, when so many restaurants fail to succeed, that Mister D are rocking it and proving to be leaders of the pack? The food - to die for, seriously the pulled pork on white polenta with an apple and fennel slaw should not be missed. The atmosphere, a relaxed urban feel, a welcoming yet stylish and sophisticated vibe all in one and the interior design, well what cant I say? Old school stools, massve industrial lights, incredible tiles and  huge shelves stacked full of wine.  One to keep on the radar, as the team at Mister D have a vision with some serious drive going on. Whats not to love?
Amy x