Sunday, August 21, 2016

Monday Mix Up

Happy Monday to you all. Sorry for my lack of posting last week. The winter bugs finally got a hold of me. I'll tell you what though, these warmer days and evenings are getting me excited for the summer months ahead. We enjoyed a quiet family weekend. We headed over to Palmerston North for the day yesterday. I was most excited to get to a health bar/café that I had heard of. (Yes that was my highlight) Got there, a busy Sunday with plenty of people in town and it was blimmen shut. So yes, lunch was fairly disappointing. If anyone has any great eating suggestions in Palmerston North, let me know. I was always come away disappointed because I don't know where to go and seem to settle for something that I don't actually want to eat!






Right, first up, such a massive fan of this latest collection for the clever clever team at Nature Baby. And I can say first hand, that as always the quality is incredible. How cute are those little fish shorts?




Secondly, I have featured designer Caroline Z Hurley several times on the blog before. Her work is super cool and unlike everything else on the market. Both of my kids had quilts when they were in cots, in fact Patch still does have a quilt. I love quilts. They look great and always tidy. These cots quilts by Caroline would make any nursery look amazing.







Lastly, when I spotted this home in the latest Homestyle Magazine, it was fair to say, I was smitten. This newly renovated home belongs to talented foodie, Gretchen Lowe from My Weekend Table. Gretchen enlisted the help of Lloyd Hartley Architects to get the 1930s bungalow renovation underway. Opening everything up was a top priority for the family and it was obvious that the home of popular foodie was going to have one seriously good looking Kitchen and that they did.

Photography by Duncan Innes

Amy x

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Charlie Who



When I first heard that a new lifestyle and design store was opening in Taupo, I thought, finally! Such a popular destination for families to holiday, this is exactly what the town needed. And those were exactly the thoughts of spatial designer Charlotte Dickie, who, too noticed a gap in Taupo's local retail market. And that was the beginning of Charlie Who, Taupo's lifestyle and design store.


Charlie Who offers both high street and bespoke pieces. Every item has been carefully and cleverly chosen by Charlotte from both local and international designers and artists. Charlottes design knowledge has enabled her understand the market and what it is both local and visiting shoppers are pursuing.



Picture above, pottery by George Sand Studio and Kim Morgan

With the most incredible labels on board, I seriously have my eye on many pieces. Those outdoor umbrellas for starters, are smack bang at the top of my list. All of my go to fashion faves are there too; Assembly Label, Commoners, Miss Crabb, Suludos and the Fifth Label.  Not to mention the most incredible homewares, that being the likes of Mekka, George and Willy, Stendig Calendars and a fabulous selection of coffee table books. So many more amazing brands but I had better let you wonder through those doors yourselves of the new Taupo establishment, Charlie Who, to actually see what I am harping on about.

Follow them on Instagram here and Facebook here.

Amy x

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Hale Mercantile meets Frankie Wears meets Sydney Beach House


Morning. I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday. So good to see a bit of sunshine even though it is still fairly fresh out there. I have been craving a bit of vitamin D that's for sure. As have my kiddies who don't do too well being stuck inside! I have a few goodies for you today, trying to make up for the fact that I have missed a few days on the blog this week. Newness from a favourite linen company of mine, Hale Mercantile, a wee Frankie Wears post and an amazing home tour of course.




I first heard from linen company Hale Mercantile around a year and a half ago and immediately liked what I saw. Since then, Hale Mercantile have grown hugely with stylists such as the truly talented  Kara Rosenlund favouring their products. Their linen has also been seen throughout well known properties like Byron Beach Abodes. Now, if you have followed Milo and Mitzy for a while, you will know that I have been searching around for companies that make great Slip Covers for sofas and chairs.  So I was stoked to see that Hale Mercantile have stepped into this side of things. (A real gap in the market I believe) And how could I not include some images of their other amazing products above? The top being an image from Byron Beach Abodes.




Little Miss Frankie was lucky enough to have a gorgeous package from Print Bebe arrive on the doorstep. So today I thought that I would show you the amazing Hopper Romper in rabbit grey. We chose to feature this outfit as I am a huge fan of rompers and bloomers and I wanted to show you how an older girl can wear them as well as babies and tots. Here Frankie wears her rompers with mustard tights and a striped tee. Perfect for winter and in between seasons.





Who is hitting up Sydney soon and looking for a place to stay? This amazing home, Avalon Lighthouse is up for rent. It will cost ya, but with views like that across the Pacific Ocean if you can do it, why not right? I shall just live my dreams through you!

And before I go, not one to usually voice my opinion on this sort of thing online but I have been chatting to a group online bloggers/influencers after an article surfaced this week re sponsored and not sponsored posts. Like it or lump it, this is the way forward in terms of marketing and advertising. How many of you sit there and watch ads on TV? So yes, bloggers do get sent things and if you are not happy with the way they are promoting the products, simple solution, unfollow. That's my light hearted two cents.

Happy Sunday.

Amy x

Monday, August 8, 2016

Hawkes Bay Weddings

I'm not hugely up with the play on the Hawkes Bay wedding scene. Don't get me wrong; when I see a friend of a friends friend has liked some amazing wedding photo on Facebook, I defo do a sneaky stalk. Who doesn't right? I'm not that up with the play because my husband  and I married seven years ago this summer. Not that seven years was that long ago at all but I didn't know Pinterest back then, I didn't blog, I wasn't too fussy. I was young and just wanted a fairly good party! And that, I got! The whole day, at my parent’s property, was amazing. I loved every moment. I should be saying that there is nothing that I would change, but the truth of the matter is, there is so much that I would change. Simply due to the fact that Hawkes Bay has some seriously talented wedding folk out there right now. More and more people are headed this way to marry, and rightly so! If you are not from the area and you’re keen on a destination wedding Hawkes Bay seems like the perfect option to me. Beautiful place, easy access and the best of the best within the wedding industry live here. I shall share a quick intro to a few of my faves below and you can thank me for this later. (Or just let me stalk the photos of your big day on Facebook!) 




First up, my all time favourite photographer, as you probably well know, Melissa Mills, who really needs no introduction here on Milo and Mitzy. Let me just tell you, she is outstanding at what she does. Natural and real. Exactly what I love.

Photography by Heather Liddell, styling by Gemma Admas

Another Milo and Mitzy favourite, Organic Ash. Owner, Ash Scott is all over it when it comes to wedding cakes. Her styling is perfect. A bit rustic, very now and a whole lot of cool, not to mention delicious. Believe me, I have tried!


Photography by Melissa Mills

Next on the list to mention, whom probably needs no introduction on Milo and Mitzy either is The Lucy Chase Project. Run by the extremely clever and super down to earth Aleisha McNeice. Aleisha is an incredible wedding and event planner who also hires out the most beautiful props such as their amazing bentwood chairs.

Photography by Brian Culy

And lastly we have the boys, Ted and Patch, from The Flagship Events Company. Fairly new to the industry, Flagship Events are a premium hire company specialising in sailcloth canopy tents that really do all the talking, no jazzing up is necessary.  These guys are onto something here. Everyone loves a marquee wedding, yet the range of marquees we have on offer in NZ is fairly sparse. These guys bring something a little cool and clever to the game for sure.

So like I mentioned, I am not hugely in the know but what I can tell you is these above businesses are on top of their games and I believe will continue to do so. I really must make mention also of Lushka Flowers, Orton Tailored Cuisine, Walnut Lane and Miss Frou Frou. Again all companies doing great things in the wedding industry. Do hit me up if you want any further information. Hopefully, Ill be able to point you in the right direction. 

Amy x

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Monday Mix Up



Images by Corena Hodgeson and Paul McCredie via Sothebys and Homes to Love

Happy Monday to you. It is freezing here and the rain is still falling heavily. A busy busy week and weekend, so a quieter week is very much needed.

I'm still receiving emails asking for advice on blogging. My biggest advice is to keep up with it. Sometimes I don't practice what I preach. It is hard to fit it all in but if you leave your blog static for a few weeks then unfortunately you will lose your readers. If it is not about numbers for you then that's okay to post few and far between. Numbers is just a part of it for me, an important part at that. The more readers I have, the more opportunity that comes my way. In saying that, standards and quality play a massive part also. Being consistent in both of these (regular posting and the standard of the blog) works for me. What I have just said above, I think goes for your social media pages also. Right enough of that, onto the good stuff...

When I saw this property, First Light, in the local real estate paper I just had to investigate further. I have spotted this home before so immediately the for sale sign my ears pricked up. This beach house is situated at popular Hawkes Bay beach, Waimarama and was beautifully designed by a group of Victoria University architect students who have since gone onto form architect firm, First Light Studios.  Listed by Sothebys agent Nic Goodman, this property, with its cedar cladding and solar energy, is going to make some lucky person or family very happy indeed.


I have always been a massive fan of New Zealands Misery Guts. I love the vintage vibe and the fact that they are different to anything else out there on the market. These two hangings are next on my wishlist.






And lastly before I go to clean the pen off my wall that my little hurricane just out there, I am all over Country Road's latest homewares. I'm loving their clean modern designs. Versatile and fitting for many different styles.

Amy x

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Monday Mix Up

Happy Monday to you all. I'm feeling a bit stuck in a winter rutt at the moment. I need to up my fitness game as I have let it slip over the past 3 weeks. When I am fit, I feel at my best, simple. I'm trying to get myself all organised today for a smooth sailing week. House work, school work, blog work. Anywho, enough about me, that's not what my blog is all about. Its a design and lifestyle blog and I shall try and do my best to deliver the goods.

I have followed H2 Design + Build on Facebook for sometime now and love what they do. Exactly my kind of style. A bit of country, mixed with moden and an industrial touch added in for good measures. Below is some of their work, see more here.




I am loving these Bloomingville ceramics from Moi on George. The rustic uneven finish adds appeal and charm. Just what I am looking for in a dinner set.



Our diet has changed quite somewhat over the past 6 months not that we were hugely unhealthy eaters. Actually its changed without us really noticing. I have a bag of sugar sitting in my cupboard that hasn't been touched in forever, a packet of biscuits that have gone stale (need to sort my pantry out!) Don't get me wrong, we are not crazy  raw obsessed type people but we are trying to make better choices. Mind you we do still eat the odd unhealthy meal, see lastnights fish and chips!


I spend a lot of my Monday cooking. I usually make some cheese parmesan biscuits which husband and the kids love, I pop a batch of muesli on for the week and tend to make some sort of bliss ball or slice to have in the freezer. Now I know that even though these kinds of treats are made from raw ingredients, they are still a treat. But every now and then cant hurt right. I spend a lot of time researching recipes. My husbands loves dessert so when I found these beauty of tart from The Barefoot Housewife I knew id have to try it. So when I have finished my work for the morning, I will be in the kitchen giving this recipe a go. Wish me luck. I'm a pretty impatient baker. The ol' measuring cup and I are not great friends.

Amy x