Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Happy hump day. I think I have had this blog post sitting, waiting to be finished for the past 2 weeks. I have decided to pull back on my teaching just a wee bit next term and I am excited to launch into full on blog and design work. It will be great to get some projects underway that have been waiting in the wings and continue with my own blog writing as well as other writing projects that I have taken on.

With such admiration for Claudia of Father Rabbit, she once again has nailed it. Father Rabbit interiors showcases and inspires ways to use Father Rabbit products in your home. I am very much looking forward to volume two and how about that princess topper? Leader of my current wish list for sure.

The boys at Made of Tomorrow have once again, produced the goods.  Their AW17 range is sophisticated and sleek yet practical and adds the perfect finishing touch to any home. And yes, I know we are half way through the year but I need to get my hands on one of those planners. My current system of screwed up notes found around the house doesn't seem to quite be working.

A gorgeous Californian inspired home in New York City belonging to wellness guru, Daphne Javitch as seen on Jenni Kayne and photographed by Sarah Elliott.

Amy x

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Monday Mix

A crazy ol' week with Patch breaking his leg on the trampoline, but can I just mention that jeepers hes a little trooper. No complaints, just getting on with it. Very proud Mummy! And on that note, a tired Mummy also; so, the hubby relieved my Saturday arvo to join my girlfriends for a late lunch! Sooo needed!

Brother and sister duo, Bridget and Christopher of Pop Factory Shop just keep getting better and better and this season is no exception. They have really pulled out all of the stops with their winter 2017 range, Never Bored. I can vouch first handedly how incredible the quality of each piece is. My kids absoulty love their items as every piece has a real point of difference, such as, the little velvet rainbow sweater that is hard to get off Frankie at the best of times and the Earn Yo Stripes crew that hubby wishes came in his size.  

Based in Philidaphia, Lokal Hotel is run by a design centric husband and wife team who love to travel but; found it, dissapointing when arriving at their destination only to find a hotel with the same beige walls and maroon paisley bedspread. Hence the reason that they sunk their teeth in to create Lokal Hotel.

I recently discovered these guys on instagram and boy do I love their rad feed? So let me introduce you. This is Weekend Agenda Supply Co.

They have the most wicked and inspiring blog and IG feed as well as some very cool tees and hats for the males in our lives. Lets hear it for the boys!

Amy x

Frankie for Kiddy Couture

I tend to do a big shop at Kiddy Couture each year for Frankie and Patch. They have a great mix for both girls and boys and their customer service is excellent.  We were lucky enough to be sent this amazing Missie Munster dress which Frankie loves. Perfect with tights for winter, too. Fran at Kiddie Couture is offering Milo and Mitzy readers an exclusive 20% off discount for 3 days only. Simply enter the code MILO. Offer ends midnight Wednesday.

Happy Shopping.

Amy x

Friday, March 24, 2017

Home Tour x Marle x Bespoke Weaving

A gorgeous holiday home on Australias NSW coastal line as seen in the Australian House and Garden Magazine photographed by Maree Homer and styled by Louise Bickle.

My wardrobe is very much in need of a major over haul. Ive now come to the conclusion that quality is definitely better than quantity, for sure. New Zealands luxury merino and cashmere lable, Marle has been on my radar for some time now and each season they just keep getting better. I am eyeing up one of their gorgeous cashmere knits as a staple in my wardrobe. Perfect paired with jeans or a skirt and dressed up or down.

Bespoke Weaving pieces styled and photographed by Indie Home Collective

I adore the work of designer Laine Toia of Bespoke Weaving. Her pieces push the boundries and the story behind each is so inspiring and touching. I was lucky enough to ask Laine some questions and find a bit more out about the story behind the brand, Bespoke Weaving.

Tell us your background? How did Bespoke Weaving begin? 

Although I am from Maori decent, I also grew up partly in the middle east and Australia, expanding my knowledge and appreciation for culture. From a young age, I was taught to be thankful for the plants that nurture us in our everyday life. This translated into my creation process as I say a Karakia (Prayer) to thank the plant for providing the stems for me to weave with. I was also taught the original steps to prepare the plant for weaving, From sourcing the plant, stripping and drying the fibres out, right up to dying the natural fibres before it is woven.

Bespoke Weaving came about during my recovery time from a surgery whilst I was healing. I have always loved textiles. I made it my mission to create something during my time off work. Because of my background in interior design, I was able to incorporate a modern edge to the tradition that I already knew. 

Indie Home Collective is a pretty great name to have behind your brand, how did that relationship come about?

I was the manager of their flagship Newmarket store for almost two years before I recently left to explore my new venture of weaving. The team at Indie Home Collective became like family and I am so grateful for their support. I have always been in love with Indie Home Collectives taste and execution of styling,.Before I was employed there, I would go into the shop to dribble over their new things in store. After a while, the girls knew who I was and knew I would love the opportunity to work with them, so when a position came available I jumped at the opportunity.

Working in an environment with creatives every day fueled my fire to expand my work with Bespoke Weaving.

What inspires your works?

I am a nature baby, absolutely love the outdoors and the ocean/Tangaroa (god of the sea) has my heart. I have always taken inspiration from our landscape whether it has influenced my colour pallet or the shape and form of my work. Weaving has became almost like a form of meditation to me, I find it very comforting see how each piece slowly evolves and flows into something beautiful. So there is always a lot of emotion in my work to reflect how I am feeling at the time.

What other creative brands do you admire?

I bow my head to Jacqui Fink and Hello Hydrangea for pushing the boundaries of weaving. I also love Rebecca Desnos work - Botanical Colour at your fingertips.

Thank you so much gorgeous Laine. I very much admire your beautiful work.


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 stuff.co.nz 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