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December 11, 2013

33 gorgeous designer presents for under $50 (£30)

33 Designer Presents for Under $50 via Wee Birdy

Being on a budget for Christmas presents doesn’t mean you have to steer clear of luxe names like Comme des Garcons, Vivienne Westwood, Lanvin, Mulberry and Dior. There are lots of little luxuries around that make special presents for people you want to treat, starting at £11. Here’s my round-up of the good stuff for under 50 bucks. Amazing!

1. Marc by Marc Jacobs set of five skinny rubber bangles, AU$36.55 from Shopbop.
2. Nars lip gloss in Wonder, £17.50 from Liberty.
3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Mareika tulip-printed iPhone 5 cover, $42.76 from Net-a-Porter.
4. Marc by Marc Jacobs Heathrow trompe l’oeil neoprene tablet case, $33.13 from Shopbop.
5. House of Harlow 1960 sunburst button earrings, $39.98 from Shopbop.
6. Kate Spade New York small square stud earrings, $43.41 from Shopbop.
7. Marc by Marc Jacobs cutout daisy stud earrings, $47.98 from Shopbop.
8. Vivienne Westwood Sigg bottle no.3, €25 from Vivienne Westwood.
9. Orla Kiely flower stripe hand towel, $24.95 from Lark.
10. Aesop protective lip balm SPF30, AU$19 from Aesop.
11. Vivienne Westwood Peace Not War handkerchief, €25 from Vivienne Westwood.
12. Paul Smith multi-striped socks, £17 from Selfridges.
13. Ted Baker Geoboy repeat pocket square, £25 from Selfridges.
14. Karen Walker narrow enamel bangle, $35 from Karen Walker.
15. Kate Spade New York Penny for Your Thoughts journal, $27.42 from Shopbop.
16. Jonathan Adler Utopia cat mug, $29.70 from Shopbop.
17. Shu Uemura Takashi Murakami collection lip & cheek tint colour, £20 from Selfridges.
18. Paul & Joe hair and body mist, £12 from Selfridges.
19. Smythson gilded wafer pencil, £20 from Smythson.
20. Lancome Hypnôse ultra dazzling eyeshadow limited Christmas edition, £21 from Selfridges.
21. Smythson Bond Street Blue kings correspondence cards, £11 from Smythson.
22. Vivienne Westwood black Orb tights, €20 from Vivienne Westwood.
23. Paul & Joe Body powder, £25 from Selfridges.
24. Maison Martin Margiela ostrich feather pen, $49.66 from Net-a-Porter.
25. Dior Duo Manucure Bijoux gold nail lacquer base & crystal pearls, £30 from Selfridges.
26. Dior Diorific Vernis nail polish, £20 from Selfridges.
27. Liberty London pink speckle print frill knickers, £20 from Liberty.
28. Aspinal London post box key ring, £25 from Selfridges.
29. Mulberry A6 notebook, £20 from Mulberry.
30. Lanvin set of two rubber luggage tags, $49.66 from Net-a-porter.
31. Bobbi Brown Everyday pretty lip & eye palette, £24 from Selfridges.
32. Comme Des Garcons fragrance Series 8 eau de toilette in Grapefruit Energy C, £25 from Liberty.
33. Stella smooth bikini briefs, US$14 from Stella McCartney.

Prefer handmade? I’ve got that sorted, too. Head straight to my Christmas present guides on Etsy for the best of the bunch.

Disclosure: Some, but not all, of these links are with affiliate programs, which helps to support Wee Birdy. Please note that affiliate links do not influence my edit of lovely things. I don’t put crap on Wee Birdy, yo.


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July 27, 2013

12 more beautiful baby presents, from £2.72

I’m on a bit of a roll with baby presents right now, and I thought you might like to see the rest of my pastel-hued favourites. Most of these presents I’ve sourced from Etsy, which is actually one of the best online shopping destinations for baby gifts.

Prices start at £2.72 – if you knit the nappy cover yourself! I’ve thrown in the odd bright present because pastels mixed with brights is bang on-trend right now. So if you’re after a contemporary nursery, add a splash of yellow or red to your pastel mix.

My favourite present? Definitely the hand-knitted personalised dolly rattles (no. 2) by Chickabiddy, via Etsy. I’ve given many a sock doll rattle to my friends’ new babies. They make such a sweet little present and a nice little keepsake.

12 best baby presents via WeeBirdy.com

1. Hot air balloon wall stickers, £18 from Belle & Boo.
2. Lil sock baby rattle, £13.59 from Chickabiddy Baby Boutique’s Etsy shop.
3. Rubber duck diaper cover knitting pattern, £2.72 for an instant downloadable PDF from Easy Care Knits’ Etsy shop.
4. Baby bird mobile in gender-neutral hues, £66.58 from Baby Jives Co’s Etsy shop.
5. Knitted wrap cardigan, now AU$27.48 by Pure Baby.
6. Maple crochet teething rings, £11.55 from Apple n Amos’s Etsy shop.
7. Baby blue diaper covers, £14.95 from Mabel’s Etsy shop.
8. Personalised alphabet block print, £25 from Ruka-Ruka.
9. Ducky tee, AU$24.95 from Seed.
10. Sea breeze bonnet, US$48 from Misha and Puff
11. Pink forest ballet slippers, £29.21 from Evie Lala’s Etsy shop.
12. Boo and friends boys mug, £6 from Belle & Boo.

It’s a week of babies and kids on Wee Birdy! Make sure you haven’t missed:
A wee tour: My modern vintage baby’s room
Top 12 affordable art prints for children’s rooms
Wee find: Laikonik once-a-year baby record books
19 clever ways to transform a kid’s room with wallpaper
The 12 best presents for baby girls
A wee historic royal baby exhibition
The 12 best presents for baby boys


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July 25, 2013

Wee find: Laikonik Once a Year Baby Books


I hate to admit that it’s taken me a full 29 months to even start thinking about putting together a baby record book. It’s been playing on my mind for ages, as I fret about the thousands of un-edited baby photos sitting on our hard drive, and that I’ll forget all the important details and milestones. Am I the only one who’s spectacularly crap at all of this?

But just last weekend I stumbled across the most exquisite handcrafted solution – Laikonik Once a Year Baby Books.

Laikonik blue bird once a year baby book via WeeBirdy.com

These beautiful, hand-bound books have a clever concertina design so you can stand and display the book, or store it away in the sleeve. I love that in terms of record-keeping, it’s all about once-a-year – meaning you only need to insert one photo to represent each year of life. There is hope yet!

Laikonik once a year baby record book via WeeBirdy.com

Laikonik once a year baby record book via WeeBirdy.comLaikonik once a year baby record book via WeeBirdy.com

There is space to document all the important milestones from the year, and over the course of 18 years the book becomes an incredibly beautiful narrative of your child’s life. And you don’t feel like such a craptacular mum, afterall.

The books are handmade in Australia using acid-free, archival quality paper. The gorgeous Polish folk-art inspired motifs on the cover and matching bag are silk-screenprinted onto industrial hemp, and come in four different colour ways, with a choice of a birdy or horse design.

These bundles of memory-keeping goodness also come with a companion ‘chatter book’, so you can document all the things your kids say over the years.

I haven’t stopped thinking about these Laikonik’s genius baby books since I spotted them in Sydney’s Workshopped a couple of weeks ago – and now I can’t wait to begin my son’s story.

Laikonik Once a Year Book, AU$80.

It’s a week of babies and kids on Wee Birdy! Make sure you haven’t missed:
19 clever ways to transform a kid’s room with wallpaper
The 12 best presents for baby girls
A wee historic royal baby exhibition
The 12 best presents for baby boys


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July 23, 2013

It’s a boy! The 12 best presents for baby boys

Congratulations Will and Kate on the birth of your baby boy! As a wee tribute to the new Baby Cambridge, I’ve put together my edit of the 12 best presents for newborn baby boys – you could say that they’re fit for a prince!

1. Blue bird mobile, US$144 from Blabla Kids.
2. Baby name framed pictures, £34 from Helen Leslie. New picture themes are £5 extra.
3. Toshi muslin wraps, AU$34.95 from Summer Lane.
4. Baby crib shoes with brogued beige leather, £22.42 from Ajalor’s Etsy shop.
5. Short sleeve angel wing onesie, £56 from Marie Chantal.
6. Personalised baby boy biscuit tin, £43.50 from Biscuiteers.
7. ‘Diapered elephant’ baby congratulations card, US$4.50 from Hello!Lucky.
8. Blue bunny angel, £14 from Petit Home.
9. Hand-painted beech wood hairbrush for babies, £80 from Dragons on Walton Street.
10. Handmade chubby pixie wool bonnet, £25.04 from Typically Red’s Etsy shop.
11. Baby spot blue boxers, AU$18 from Papinelle.
12. Boo wall sticker, £12 from Belle and Boo.
13. Green baby Lapin lamp, £60 from Lapin & Me.


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July 22, 2013

Wee find: Winter warmers by Otto and Spike

Winter warmers by Otto & Spike via WeeBirdy.com

See that lady hiding behind her rather lovely stripey scarf? That’s me. Actually, it’s not really me, but it bloody well could be. This is exactly what I looked like when I woke up this morning, now that frosty old winter has descended on Sydney again. (Northern hemisphere readers – bookmark this post for September – and look away for now or you might start to feel all hot and bothered.)

Otto and Spike gloves and scarf via WeeBirdy.com

The one nice thing about winter is layering on loads of cosy accessories – and since the rest of you is covered up by coats and jackets, the accessories part is really rather important.

And why go through winter with dull/boring/mass-produced hats, scarves and beanies when you could be resplendent in this raspberry and mustard stripey scarf by brilliant Melbourne designers Otto and Spike? I mean really, it’s a no-brainer, right?

Otto & Spike have a fabulous back story (you can read the tale about these master knitters here), knitting in the same factory in Brunswick, Melbourne for the past 40 years. I stumbled across their glorious scarves in Sydney’s Workshopped last weekend, and after reading their lively banter on their website, I wanted to share them with you.

Unlike many other Australian companies, who take production off-shore, every single brightly-coloured purl and stitch is created in the original Brunswick factory.

Otto & Spike via WeeBirdy.com

And the end results speak for themselves – fine knitwear in a dazzling and fashion-forward array of pattern and colour. They use pure lambs wool in their products – mostly surplus wool “from an industry that has gradually disappeared” from Australia.

I love that this little company is so proud of its heritage, the raw materials they use – and even their collection of knitting machinery. Their factory sounds like a veritable museum exhibition on the history of knitting in twentieth century Australia.

Here are my top picks from Otto & Spike to keep you cosy this winter:

Otto & Spike beanies, gloves and scarves via WeeBirdy.com
1. Pantonia scarf, $65; 2. Pantonia beanie, $60; 3. Harlequin scarf, $65; 4. Allsorts scarf, $70; 5. Slippery dip scarf, $65; 6. Big top scarf, $65; 7. Fagin fingerless gloves, $35; 8. Mad Mouse scarf, $65; 9. Bikes scarf, $60; 10. City block, $65; all by Otto & Spike.


All photography courtesy of Otto & Spike.

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July 17, 2013

Sydney design: Bright and bold new DAN300 textiles

Spring Dan300 cushions via WeeBirdy.comDAN300 Babcha Luxe spring textiles. Photography courtesy of DAN300.

I’m super-excited to exclusively reveal a sneak peek of the new DAN300 spring/summer 2013 collection of textiles on Wee Birdy. I’ve had my eye on Sydney designer and director of DAN300 Daniella (Dani) Rosen for the past few years, as each new collection grew bigger – and brighter.

It was only last year that DAN300 launched their very first collection of cushions – before that, the business was primarily focused on stationery and small accessories. The new spring/summer 2013 collection marks a new level of maturity for the design studio – and look how much it shines!


Dan300 spring textiles via WeeBirdy.com
DAN300 Nana’s Garage Folkland textiles. Photography courtesy of DAN300.

DAN300′s signature kaleidoscopic use of colour and pattern in last year’s Babcha Luxe collection is reflected in the new collection, with a soft new ‘aqua’ colour-way available in a range of cushions and handy zip-cases. The harlequin, fish scale and geometric prints are back, re-worked with a mid-century influence which would work beautifully in any retro-inspired or contemporary setting.

DAN300 cushions via WeeBirdy.com

I’m also loving the relaunched Nana’s Garage collection, with its ’60s folk-inspired floral prints that are worked through the range of cushions, zip cases and a collection of new softies for babies and kids.

Dan300 softies and zip pouches via WeeBirdy.com
DAN300 new Nana’s Garage Folkland softies and zip pouches. Photography courtesy of DAN300.

The textiles ranges are named after Dani’s grandmothers: Babcha Luxe is named after her maternal grandmother (‘babcha’ is Polish for grandma); and Nana’s Garage is named after her paternal grandmother, whose garage was often used as storage for DAN300′s early collections.

I like that Dani has brought a personal ‘family story’ to her collection, as her brightly-coloured, vivid designs are at once fresh, contemporary and nostalgic – and the collection has been cleverly designed to layer throughout the home.

DAN300 textiles for Spring via WeeBirdy.comDan300 Babcha Luxe aqua textiles. Photography courtesy of Dan300.

I’m rather keen on the smart collection of zip cases (below), which would make very handy emergency-nappy pouches for your handbag, as well as sweet little bags for make-up, craft supplies or pencils.

DAN300 zipcases pouches via WeeBirdy.comDAN300 zipcase via WeeBirdy.com
Dan300 Babcha Luxe accessories. Photography courtesy of Dan300.

DAN300 will be at the upcoming Home & Giving Trade Fair in Melbourne, where Nana’s Garage relaunch will make its debut.

DAN300 cushion via WeeBirdy.com
Dan300 Babcha Luxe Brights cushion. Photography courtesy of Dan300.

DAN 300 cushions via WeeBirdy.com

DAN300′s new spring/summer collection will be available to pre-order online from August 1, 2013. The new products will be shipped out from August 18. But in the meantime, check out the current collection. There is free shipping within Australia for all orders over $50. Click here for a list of stockists.

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