Merchant: Blackbird goods

 
Blackbird Goods online: facebook / instagram
 
The merchant I’m sharing today holds a bit of a special place in my heart.

Blackbird Goods opened their doors just four days ago over in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, but I’ve been following the journey of owners Gemma Adams and her husband for a few years now on the Blackbird blog. Gem is a true creative polymath — stylist, photographer, maker, blogger and DIY extraordinaire.

Blackbird is one of a small handful of blogs I visit regularly, and one of the few that inspired me to create my own little corner of the…

The Californian Redwoods

Oh, how I love me some adventurin’.

We’ve been having a lot of fun exploring our new little state! It’s quite a novelty for us to be able to drive in one direction for more than a couple of hours and not end up in the water — coming from Tasmania and all — and the fact that we can drive to a different state altogether is even weirder.

This week’s adventure saw us travelling about three hours outside of Melbourne to the Otway Ranges, on the hunt for some totally enormous Californian redwoods. It’s a lovely drive with…

Threads: cozy camel coats

Did you guys feel that a few days ago? The temperature rose, people were mowing their lawns, kids were wearing shorts, the day had that beautiful, Summery smell to it.

Then the next day the weather said “loljk” and it rained. Such is life (at the tail end of Australia, anyway)

As much as I’m looking forward to warmer weather, I’m still pretty happy to snuggle up in my many, many layers. My latest — rather delayed — favourite trend are camel coats. Still keeps my basic colour palette happy, but adds something other than black and white to my wardrobe!

FIVE THINGS

This week’s five things image via Homecamp (#1), shot by the fabulous Luise Brimble

What’s this? Friday again? It’s like it happens every week or something!

This week I’m writing to you from my home town of Hobart — or more specifically, from inside one of my favourite hometown eateries; Small-Fry. A pork slider at my elbow and a soy latte in my hand, I’m a happy chappy.

I’ve been here all week for work, theming a few events and catching up with some pretty glorious people. I hope your week has been equally fantastic!

This week five things are…

01. | This insanely…

DIY: simple wooden cat scratcher

If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed my little four-legged friend popping up every so often — that’s Luffy; the cutest and prettiest cat in the entire world (if you’re an anime-watcher / manga-reader you might recognise his namesake as Luffy (“loo-fee”) from One Piece)

He’s the love and light of the household, and is as totally spoiled as you would probably expect. Just look at that face, though. Can you blame us?

So on our days off we do what any normal couple would do, and make things for our cat. This wooden scratcher is super simple,…

Threads: sneakers + sandshoes

So I bought a brand new pair of Nikes this weekend, and I’m completely in love. They were supposed to be strictly for the gym, but I’m basically living in them. I’d probably be sleeping in them if I could. They’re so comfy, they dress down an outfit perfectly, and you can run and dance down the street in them if you’re feeling a bit cheeky after your third cup of coffee before 11am without worrying about blisters.

Sorry, piles of Wittner shoes sitting in my wardrobe (and strewn about the living room) — you’ve been replaced.

At least until…

über healthy (and tasty) fit mix balls

Fit Mix online: website / facebook / instagram

Mmm, balls.

They sounded too good to be true. A tasty snack that’s filling, nutritious, and quick to make? What?

Believe it, sisters. Meet Fit Mix; a delicious alternative to processed snacks and high sugar bliss balls. Jam-packed full of protein, they’ll get you through the day without the hassle and heaviness of a protein shake.

They’re the brainchild of The Fit Foodie; a big believer in minimal processing and natural foods, and a definite must-follow if you’re on Instagram. Subjected to plain low-calorie food in her own attempt to get healthy, she wanted shake…