A little Rainy Weekend Pick n Mix for you...

Hey! I really like you! 

Yes to a complete skincare range with modern minimalist packaging (so into the black, too).
I'm going to justify spending my money on lots of theseeke like this: First, I'm supporting an independent maker and entrepreneur (in this case, the Sydney-based Katy) rather than a massive corporate. Second, I'm choosing natural and organic, non-animal-tested loveliness, and thirdly, by opting for something that I think looks freakin' beautiful, I get pleasure from looking at it and using it, which brings a mindfulness to rituals that makes the simple, everyday things in life kind of amazing and awesome. So, yeah, um... if you needed an excuse to treat yo self to this super stylish stuff from theseeke, you just got three. Available in NZ from Father Rabbit (or directly from theseeke if you're in Australia/the world).

All my marble-loving baes will appreciate this portable phone charger.

Appreciating these Carved wooden bowls/trays for your precious little things, by Spanish design studio Kutarq.

All my bag hoes who like fresh rotation of bags on the regular, Baggu have a whole bunch'a new (affordable) styles and designs. 

Legends of Danish design Vipp (they make kitchen and bathroom wares) have designed a prefab getaway cabin they call Shelter. On a moody day like today I'd love to be somewhere in the forest in a cabin like this... 

My addiction to journals persists unabated. I'll be heading into Paper Plane this weekend to buy this newbie from Australia's Blacklist. For serious life-changing dreams and schemes. (Notebook-philes will appreciate it has blank pages, a page marker and an expanding pocket in the back).

I've been waiting for a better shot of this to emerge for weeks but dammit I can't wait any longer. This pale-apricot-dipped babe of a building is the showroom/office of a new apartment development currently underway in Melbourne, called Lt. York. The brand was designed by Earl Street, the architects for Lt. York are Room 11... so one/both of them are responsible for this loveliness.

The Sherwood - boutique bohemian hotel in Queenstown

Staying away from home shouldn't have to mean bedding that's so synthetic it practically squeaks, milk that comes in tiny impossible-to-open packets and rubber 'eggs' at a cattle-call breakfast buffet. The late 80's called, they want their hotels back.

Queenstown is showing us all what accommodation can be at The Sherwood - a new hotel, restaurant and bar with the philosophy of a wellness retreat and a consciousness that's diffused through every part of the guest experience - think seasonal, organic cuisine harvested from their kitchen garden and surrounding farms, Paul Melser pottery to dine off, in-house yoga and meditation classes, a rotating roster of live music and film showings, roaring open fires, and guest rooms they describe as humble luxury (South Island wool blankets to snuggle in and small-batch manuka honey & myrtle bodywash to lather).

The Sherwood is set on 3 acres of alpine hillside on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, looking out onto the Remarkables ranges. 

Um... more of these places, please. 

This dreamy little video (by Veronica Crockford-Pound) really sums up the Sherwood experience...

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NZ Design Quickies

In and out with some good new New Zealand design...

Emerging NZ men's jewellery brand Walter Crow have collab'd with NZ leather designers Good Winter on a limited edition passport wallet, key holder (I so want one of these!) and leather utility roll.  Nude leather for the win.

NZ illustrator Greg Straight and his interior-design-loving wife have launched their new print brand - Duett. (Also available at endemicworld) We likey.

Enjoying the packaging (with brand designed by Scott Savage) and inventiveness of Harpoon, a new cold brew concentrate from the guy behind coffee liqueur brand Quick Brown Fox, Dunedin-based entrepreneur Arjun Haszard. He's even engineered new equipment - essentially a giant AeroPress - to make the concentrate.
Hello, espresso martinis.  Stocked at a bunch of places right around NZ or you can buy online.

Just Another Fisherman is a new apparel brand created by a bunch of NZ fisherman who also just happen to know how to fix up look sharp. They've designed a collection of hard-wearing outdoors gear, with style-conscious little details like embossed leather labels and printed cotton canvas bags as packaging. Because there's nothing wrong with wearing some old Canterbury shorts from 6th form rugby and a Tui cap his dad won from a Citz club raffle... but when he comes home smelling like Burley, the least he can do is look good.

Fancy SPACES for your Sunday...

My kind of office space. 

Original hardwood floors always. If you're cold, put on socks.

I'm so into the idea of a black kitchen... but do you realise how dirty it would always look? Black car owners understand the struggle.

This is exquisite, which is not a word I use a look. The ceiling moulding, the parquet floors, the old farmhouse table teamed with black chairs, the candles. Yes please.

Pure linen sheets in grey, flowers beside the bed, string lights, pictures in black frames. (Yes, I'm aware I'm just saying things at this point). Oh, and loads of storage - my OCD loves storage

Sometimes you just wanna disappear to a modernised farmhouse in the country and cook wintery things in a kitchen with a wood-burning stove and have red wine with your lunch.

Chairs as bedside tables, black floorboards, little peek of yellow.
Potted plants prettiness. Love the cafe-style table and that light, too (guys, we see it all the time - time to know its name - the Z1 Cotton Lamp). Note to self: must purchase some small concrete planters.

Amazing bathroom feat. black bath. Worldwide number one.
(By my faves Whiting Architects)

I woke up like this. (There goes that crinkly linen again - white, grey and ink make great mates). Note to self: get some navy in my life this winter.

New beach bach style - a bleached palette of white, soft grey and sand, with light timber, natural textures and distressed blues. (PS: Such a fan of C+M Studio)

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