What I’m Diggin’ Right Now

I’m back…let’s not go into how long it’s been, but a bit has happened, needless to say Live-Breathe-Style has had a bit of a freshen up and I have lots of awesome ideas, images and inspiration for you to enjoy. Let’s kick off with a roundup up of things that ‘I’m Diggin’ Right Now’.

light and rug I love everything about this space above. I came across this image on The Style Files and although I tend to go for a lot more colour, the textures, materials, height of the ceiling, scale of the furniture and lighting make it a truly captivating space. The Z1 Black pendant in particular caught my eye. I am a massive fan of Ay Illuminate design house based in the Netherlands. They work with beautiful natural materials to produce the most exquisite range of lighting, basket ware and ceramics. This pendant light is no exception.

The rug, another of my personal favourites, is a traditional Beni Ouarain carpet.  These are made by the Berber tribes of the North-Eastern Middle Atlas Mountains in Morocco. They were traditionally used as bedding to keep warm in the cold winter months.  These rugs, understandably fetch a fair price – upwards of $3000 for a decent sized Beni Ouarain.  Kinda out of our price range at this point in time, but I did notice that Freedom Furniture  have a very decent version of this rug, the Moroccan Boxes Floor Rug.  It is a combination of cotton and wool, but it actually looks pretty good.  Even better, it’s on special –  $379 for a 300cm x 200cm.  It might just get me by until I can fork out for the ‘real deal’. 

Coco and Milo

 

How gorgeous are these cushions? They are from a small homeware company called Coco and Milo.  They have a quirky, eclectic mix of cushions that feature on the  Made It online market. In particular I love the Handprinted Scandi Aztec cushion, that also comes in black with the gold fringe. 

pineapple lamp

Next on the list is this gorgeous bone china Pineapple Lamp from Have You Met Miss Jones. It featured in last weekends Sunday Age, ‘Home Style’ lift out.  It would be the most adorable, quirky addition to a child’s bedroom.  The lifestyle company Have You Met Miss Jones, continue to produce exquisitely crafted, interesting and unique products. They started out specialising in white bone china products, but have now expanded to include clay pottery, porcelain, wood, resin, recycled glass and lacquer.  Jump on their website and see all the quirky goodness for yourself.

teatowels gallery

 

One of my favourite Australian artists, Rachel Castle, has released a range of screen printed Tea Towels. There are 4 in the range and they are designed with the intention to frame and hang.  They are a limited edition (just 100 of each design), and a fantastic way to have a little piece of Rachel Castle in your home .  Rachel’s whimsical paintings, embroidery, screen prints and range of bedlinen is exquisite and she has a huge following in Australia and Internationally (deservedly so). Lucy Feagins from The Design Files posted a fantastic interview with Rachel, back in 2010, well worth a jump over. 



castle bedding

rachel 2

rachel 1

 

To finish off my little (big) list of things I’m lovin’, here’s a little fashion.  I’m still struggling with the fact it will be Winter in just over a month so I still managed to slip a few ‘Spring’ like pieces in there. Although considering I am one to wear thongs in the thick of winter (with a scarf, beanie and coat mind you) it’s probably not all that unexpected.

leopard loafers

Leopard print (or Ocelot if you are that way inclined) is still EVERYWHERE….scarves, bags, shoes, pants, jackets, coats, hats.  But for damn good reason.  It looks great with just about anything.  You can clash prints, or keep the rest of the outfit simple…it adds interest, colour and seriously for $50 (try Shopbop) these super cute Soludos look super comfy, and again – could be trotted out any season – gotta get me some of these.  With distressed denim, white T-shirt, you’re good to go. 

Milano and Arizona Birkenstock

Ahhh yes the old Birkenstock has made a comeback (did it ever go?).  The last pair I had traipsed all around Europe and were with me for quite some time thereafter. The ‘it’ sandal for Spring/Summer (and look Winter with a pair of woollen socks? Yes?) is the Birkenstock.  Yes it’s on trend, but sooooo comfy, so might just be jumping on that bandwagon once more.  The latest style being touted around town is the Arizona (in black or white….let’s go black for Autumn/Winter shall we?) .  

asos leather jacket

This brown leather jacket by Mango, a Spanish clothing company (available via Asos) looks amazing.  It’s REAL leather, and ON SALE (from $344 down to $223) BARGAIN. Autumn, Winter, Spring…..done.  I know the black leather bikers jacket is getting it’s fair share of publicity, but for me, brown leather fits the bill. Not as harsh, and perhaps a little more ‘versatile’ for my lifestyle (as a Mumma). 

free people jacket‘The Light Shining On Me Jacket’ jacket by Free People  is the perfect little jacket to throw on over boyfriend jeans or some ‘skinnies’ with a white T underneath.  Stunning during the day or night, this little jacket is on my list for spring.  It has crochet accents and a layered trim that gives it that edge. I love pieces like this, because as you look at it more closely you can see more and more detail.  An interesting piece that will get heaps of use. Tick.

Right o, I’ve broken the drought.  Looking forward to getting stuck into all things design, decoration, fashion and food….

Thanks for stopping by.

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Tribal Fashion

The Tribal Fashion wave is certainly gaining momentum, and by the time Spring/Summer 2012 hits our shores we’ll all have made friends with our statement ‘bib’ necklaces, aztec patterned pants and will be going all out with a head-to-toe print affair. No?  Come on, Tribal fashion is so much more exotic now.  It has certainly been around for some time, I’ll give you that, but has progressed from ‘animal prints’ and the ‘safari inspired’ look to a more artistic mix of African inspired  prints.  It seems pretty much anything goes. 

You could opt for a statement accessory such as the ‘bib’ necklace

I can’t promise you’ll look like this, but I do rather like this photo…and the necklace.

Ok, so let’s move on to footwear shall we?

If wedges are your caper, get a load of these babies.

Or if flats are more your thing, try these on for size.

This Spring/Summer clothing designs are fun and elegant, and the beautiful exotic colours have a gorgeous effect. Prints are also embellished with beads and shells, there seems to be no limits to where you can take this trend. To play it safe you could choose one piece with an exotic/vibrant print and play that down with a coordinating colour in a skirt, top or pants.  To take it further you could combine prints that have either similar or coordinating colours.  It’s all in the way you walk anyway, walk with conviction and you’ll pull it off.

Mara Hoffman

Heidi Middleton at home

I just came across these images of Heidi Middleton in her home, posted on The Diversion Project, originally  from Tales of Endearment and had to share them with you.  Both blogs/sites have so much eye candy it will make your head spin, and you might learn something along the way too.  Tales of Endearment, as the author, Natalie Joos puts it (who is a Fashion Consultant and Casting Agent in Brooklyn), is a collection of ‘stories about friends, vintage, love, style and life’. Please go check it out.  Hope you enjoy the images as much as I did.  Such an amazing woman, is Heidi Middletion, for a multitude of reasons.

All above images via Tales of Endearment

The ladies in all their glory, Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton of Sass and Bide.

Enjoy,

Lisa

Fashion Friday

How can I resist blogging about bright colours with this gorgeous weather we are experiencing here in Melbourne and for Friday, Fashion it is.  I always seem to find myself revisiting my favourite Fashion pictures, and I didn’t want to bombard you too much for the first Fashion post (read – it’s getting late and I’ve spent enough time farting around trying to get this post up) so here’s a few pictures. Some I’ve had filed away for some time and some (the shoes) are what’s to look forward to for Spring/Summer 2012, and yes, yes I know it’s a little early for us here, but never hurts to plan ahead, and most of us will need to looking at the prices of some of these beauties…start saving.

What a fun outfit, I might not be able to pull off those sleeves (actually, definitely not), but awesome colour combination - one of my favourites.

Officially obsessed with this colour combination, can't help but lift your spirits, really.

Rag and Bone Apollo Suede High Heels in Aqua

Reed Krakoff Two-tone leather sandals

Juicy Couture Sidnee Strappy Sandals

Neon wristbands and clutch via Pinterest

Layers of fun thrown together