Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sunday love

Happy Sunday. Here's the thing, there is so much talk online about the positives and negatives of social media and blogs, currently. It is hard not to read it sometimes. I am lucky that I haven't had too many negative experiences. I am now writing for and recently received a negative comment from a reader that was far from the truth. I was so tempted to reply but as my husband said, I am the professional here and I chose to put myself in this situation.

I also question myself frequently. Am I doing this right? Should I be putting myself out there more? Am I putting myself out there too much? But you know what, Ive worked bloody hard to make Milo and Mitzy what it is today. I am proud of where it is at. I just need to keep reminding myself of what Milo and Mitzy is, a design blog.

The reason that I am talking about this is that people often ask me, how can they get their brand name out there online. People seem afraid to take the plunge. It is daunting and yes there will be negatives. Ignore those. Social media is hugely powerful. Done right and your brand will benefit hugely from it. I cant stress enough, and I say this often, social media is predominantly a visual tool, therefore, investing in your photography is key.  Staying true to your brand is also crucial. Now that that is off my mind, we can get onto the good stuff, and in saying that, I am always happy to chat about this sort of thing and to help you get your brand name out there online.

You will know, if you have followed Milo and Mitzy for a while now, that a life long dream of mine is to own my very own holiday accommodation. I am forever researching this subject. Ive basically got it all planned out in my head! How is this little beauty of a cabin? Fabulous design. Simple and effective. One day.... one day! Photography by Markus Linderoth.

How wicked are these guys? Meet James and Kurt. These dudes, along with their other buddies, are now available from Dapper Mr Bear. And whats more is that you can purchase extra clothes and accessories for them! How could you not?

I am going a bit nuts over New Zealand graphic designer and artist Samantha Totty.  Samantha's aesthetic draws on organic forms, soft palettes, bold silhouettes and refined elegance. You can now purchase Samanthas work from a Milo and Mitzy favourite, Endemic World. And don't forget Elliot and the team at Endemic World, will frame for you too.

I'm going to leave you all with this deliciousness. We were given a heap of cherry tomatoes, here's what I will be cooking up for lunch today as we also have some figs to use.

Amy x

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Happy Monday. The husbands birthday today.  A bit cheesy but I am so bloody proud of him and what he has achieved in his 36 years.  And in saying that, we tried to talk him into having a day off but that didn't work! He said he will come home for a coffee and lunch date and a nice dinner this evening so that suits me. And I threw him a dinner party on Saturday night which turned into a late one so its fair to say we are a bit slow here today still.

I am such a fan of cafe culture as you may well be aware of. The thing is, so many cafes get it wrong and end up closing. To me, great food, good coffee and easy on the eye are absolutely essential. A no brainer really. Lyles of London absolutely nail their styling and from what I have read their food and coffee is a must try too. Just goes to show, a great name and its being shared all over the Internet.

Honestly, my kids, Frankie and Patch are growing like you would not believe! I tell them to slow down. They actually don't fit many of their winter clothes from last year so I have to do a total new wardrobe over haul. First stop for me was definitely Kiddy Couture. Kiddy Couture have a great selection for both boys and girls and some really neat, east to wear brands.

This beauty of a home based in Darlinghurst, Sydney is by the oh so flippen clever duo Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke of Arent and Pyke.  The history and character of this home was carefully maintained throughout the renovations. And that amazing little court yard, how good is that? This is my dream home in my other high flying Sydney life! Photography by Tom Ferguson and styling by Emma Elizabeth Coffey

Happy Monday.

Amy x

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Slow Sunday start here for me which doesnt happen often so I am relsihing the opportunity. In saying that, there is a little niggle in the back of my mind telling me that I need to get out for a run! Plenty of exciting things happening in the Milo and Mitzy world which I am looking forward to sharing all in good time.

Kicking off our Sunday blog with a very cool home designed by London based Mark Lewis Interiors. Showing my love for old and industrial which will never die.

I am such a fan of Commoners. Great quality that I wear on a daily bsis. I tend to purchase mine from Charlie Who but you can visit here for a list of stockists.

Pony Rider is a brand close to my heart. I own several of their beautiful pieces and admire their point of difference and their aesthetic. Each piece is original and of immaculate quality.  Once again, their latest line is just so on the mark and full of edginess for sure.

Lastly, I have been doing a bit of styling and photography in my kids rooms as of late which I am very much enjoying. If you would love to see your products used in these images, do drop me a line as I would love to chat. I will be giving Frankies room a makeover soon and adding to Patchys as seen above.

Amy x

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Simone Haag x Sans Ceutical x Urban Home

Happy Monday to everyone. A much darker morning here. Does that mean that winter is on its way? Surely not after the dismal summer that we have had.

On Friday I attended the New Zealand House and Garden walk here in Hawkes Bay. It was beautiful. I came away incredibly inspired. I also came away feeling like I wanted to change my whole house. Some of these homes were a bit show homeish for my liking and some of these home were filled with the most beautiful things. What you could see, was that each of the home owners had filled these homes (the ones that I really admired) with pieces that they either loved or that had a significant meaning to them. Sometimes we fill our homes with things that are on trend. (I do it, I even fill my home with things that might photograph well!) Crazy really. So what I did learn from probably the 6 out of 9 homes that I loved is to fill your home with only things that have meaning to you or that you absolutely adore.

Speaking of filling a home with beautiful things, someone who does it well is talented Australian designer Simone Haag who's beach house seen above was featured on The Design Files. This gorgeous beach house which can be rented out by the way, is situated on Phillip island on the Victorian Coast . With a Californian cool vibe, this renovated beach house has seen many good times for Simone and her family who visit regularly.

While I was on the New Zealand House and Garden tour, I received a goodie bag at the start. In it was the most beautifully wrapped Sans Ceutical package. Inside contained a gorgeous wee bottle of body, hair and face oil, which prompted me to investigate more. Although not a new name to me, I have never actually tried the products. After using this oil through out the weekend, I will definitely be looking into getting more. What I love about this brand is the fact that founder Lucy Vincent has created seasonal products. That's a no brainer really and more companies should be looking into this. Their aesthetic is beautiful, their packaging is spot on and their story is one in which I admire.

I adore everything that New Zealands Urban Home stock. The fact that they are different to everyone else. They have some gorgeous brands on board and some beautiful, quality pieces for your home.

Amy x