Monday, October 31, 2011

dotti angel

i am a huge fan of dear dotti angel.

anyone who can create an alter ego with such flourish, and consistently thrill with her imaginings has my vote.  i am the ultimate daydreamer tapping into my imagination at whim, and encourage it at all times for those around me.

imagination has been gifted to us all, tiff fussell and her dotti truly encourage us all to explore that path.

calico & ivy both in mosman park and balmain have stock of the dotti angel book.  it also sits on our website for those not close enough to venture in, but do try and visit as we hope our shop environments will enable your imaginings, and bring out the little fun person within your souls also.

a great gift idea for the chrissy season ahead, or just treat yourself to the most delightful read of the year.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

minxy vintage afternoon tea

This afternoon we held the Minxy Vintage book launch & afternoon tea that I blogged about a few weeks ago.  What a delight it was!

I could continue holding events with Kelly purely just to see which exquisite outfit she turns up in.  Seriously.  This girl has style & a beautiful array of vintage clothing pieces to accompany this.

 Minxy Vintage is Kelly's latest release book, and can I just say, it causes insomnia, in a good way.   It is such an inspiring book that encourages you to fix and alter vintage and retro garments, to give them new life and inject some individuality into your wardrobe.  My head is swimming with the possiblities, hence the insomnia.

Big thanks to Kelly for imparting fabulous hints and tips and encouraging us all with her passion & sheer gift of reworking vintage.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

inspiration....nathalie lete

This is the very talented artist Nathalie Lete.  So inspirational in so many ways.  Her works are becoming well known around the globe.  Known for her playful, whimsy, naive pieces in many different mediums, they are sure to have you smiling a smile that transports you right back to being a child.

These scarves we have in both stores - Perth & Balmain.  The top ones are cotton scarves perfect for our long hot summers.  Tie one around the neck or pop one into your handbag and elegantly mop your brow when necessary.  They make awesome presents, so stock up for Christmas (yes, scary, it's just around the corner!).  The silk scarfs are simply stunning. Be sure to check them out when in our stores.

Bric a Brac is one of Nathalie's hard to find books, that we have in our stores.  So delightful and inspirational.  Flicking through it, makes me just want to go and create.  Her great use of colour is a great resource too.  Plenty of beautiful colour combinations that are begging to be the inspiration of many quilts.  The little dresser above houses Nathalie's treasured "heroes" that she has often rescued (thrifted) and star in many of her creations.

So, what's inspiring you lately?