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December 14, 2012

Christmas Gift Guide 2012: Presents for mums, sisters and girlfriends

Christmas Gift Guide: Presents for mums, sisters and girlfriends

Finishing your Christmas shopping this weekend? Here’s my edit of the best presents for all the lovely ladies in your life, starting at £8.96. If you spot something you fancy for yourself, just share it on Facebook or Twitter prefaced with a big ‘Hint, hint’!

1. ‘Dash Dot’ pointy mittens by Donna Wilson, available in three colours
£32.50, from Soma Gallery.

2. Aesop Reverence hand wash, £27 from Cult Beauty.

3. Postie leather envelope, AU$190 from Follow Store.

4. Dinosaur Designs set of three bangles, AU$215 from Dinosaur Designs.

5. Polli woven peacock pendant, AU$79.95 from Polli.

6. India Knight Mutton (hardcover), £8.96 from Amazon.

7. Paul & Joe Kitty Blusher Stick in Minou, £19 from Rose Apothecary.

8. Paris Wakefield Additions Bliss cotton satin cushion, £59.50 from Paris Wakefield Additions.

9. Melinda Young hand cut acrylic flamenco pendant, AU$95 from Collect.

10. Cadiz serving bowl, £34 from Anthropologie.

11. Ceramic band bowl XXL, €70 from Foldoys.

12. Paul and Joe colour powder (081), £19.50 from Rose Apothecary.

13. Eiffel Tower ring dish, £10 from Anthropologie.

Want more lovely present inspiration? Click here for all my Christmas 2012 Gift Guides.

Prefer to buy handmade? Click here for my Etsy 2012 Christmas Gift Guides.

And don’t miss my Top 20 Christmas Crackers and my Top 20 Christmas Stockings!


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December 6, 2012

Christmas Gift Guide 2012: The “Me” Edition

Wee Birdy Christmas Wishlist via WeeBirdy.com

So what do I want for Christmas? What would be my ultimate dream wishlist? Here are a few of my favourite things right now.

I don’t really need anymore STUFF, but I’d love some really, really special things, like a beautiful vase, a fabulous new fuschia lippie, the ultimate take-anywhere black clutch bag, a classic Liberty silk scarf, a statement necklace, some lovely new shower gel and some good holiday books. Add to that tickets to the Australian ballet and a creative workshop and I’m in heaven. A girl’s gotta dream, right?

1. Dinosaur Designs pink and red spot glass vase, AUD$297 from Dinosaur Designs.

2. Lola Bensky by Lily Brett, AU$23.95 from Booktopia.

3. Everything Changes But You by Maggie Alderson, AU$25.45 from Booktopia.

4. Season tickets to the Australian Ballet, from The Australian Ballet.

5. Lucy Choi London exclusive black glitter Oslo pointed flat shoes, AU$210 from My Wardrobe.

6. Korres fig shower gel, AU$22.95, from Kit Cosmetics.

7. Liberty navy Tree of Life print silk scarf, £135 from Liberty.

8. Jennifer Loiselle mini Clemence woven necklace in pink and orange, £65 from Jennifer Loiselle’s Etsy shop.

9. Karen Walker Anytime black with yellow sunglasses, NZ$349 from Karen Walker.

10. Mulberry Clemmie oversized glossie goat leather clutch, £550 from Selfridges.

11. Tom Ford private blend lipstick in Flamingo, AU$48.60 from Nordstrom.

12. Megan Morton’s Science of Styling Class, AU$450 at The School.

Want more lovely present inspiration? Click here for all my Christmas 2012 Gift Guides.
Prefer handmade? Click here for my Etsy 2012 Christmas Gift Guides.

Over to you. What’s on your ultimate dream wishlist?


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November 12, 2012

A wee birdy week, in pictures

According to Instagram, my week looked like this:

  • I went to the beach – again! That makes it two weekends in a row. Must be a record for me.
  • I attended my first ever Kids Business Bloggers Brunch – and found some quick and easy Christmas crafts from Spotlight. (Quick and easy being key words for me.) I’m on my way to Spotlight this afternoon!
  • I also met the girls from Brown Sugar at the Bloggers Brunch, who gifted me a beautiful coral striped scarf, which went fabulously with my coral Dinosaur Designs bangle and Tom Ford lipstick in Wild Ginger.
  • I’m still loving Sydney’s magnificent show of jacarandas this year. Front lawns and footpaths everywhere are awash with jacaranda confetti. And the sight of backlit jacarandas in the warm glow of the late afternoon sun is one of my favourite Sydney sights. It means summer is just around the corner.
  • I went to an excellent Blog Photography Workshop to brush up on my DSLR skills. Hosted by the fabulous Little Paper Trees (check out her blog now) and led by lifestyle photographer Emma Scamell, we covered an incredible amount of skills in just one wee day. The workshop was held in the studios of one of my favourite Sydney shops, Little Paper Lane, so it was a day filled with lots of laughs, creativity and neon. It’s a very neon Christmas this year at Little Paper Lane – check out the riot of colour in their window displays!
  • If you’re in Sydney and you need some Christmas present inspiration, make the trip to Little Paper Lane in Mona Vale. Or check out their superb online shop. I dare you to resist pulling out your credit card! I shopped up a storm, and stocked up on Washi tapes, ribbons, an awesome extra-large alphabetical stamp set and neon gift cards. So lovely.

Instagram pics via WeeBirdy.com

  • I also met a very cute duckling (it had just hatched in my friend’s home incubator!)
  • I found the sweetest-smelling baby pineapples from the organic grocer in Avalon.
  • I stopped by The Boatshed in Palm Beach for some ice-cream. They always have the most magnificent displays of fresh fruit and flowers.
  • I took out 10 minutes to watch the Melbourne Cup, and decided to make a last-minute bet. Should have stayed at home.
  • I took delivery of a very sweet box filled with Chupa-Chups, and the latest candy-inspired collection of lip gloss, nail polish and eye-shadows from L’Oreal Paris.
  • I met the guys from Rust-oleum at the Bloggers Brunch and discovered a brand new world of magic paint and spray paints. I’ve got to get a can of their white matte spraypaint which gives your average jam jar a beautiful white ceramic-like finish. Genius.

Phew, what a week. Did I mention that I also launched a brand new craft tutorials website, Crafttuts+? More on that very soon!

Tell me, what did you get up to? You can follow me on Instagram here. I’d love to see your Instagram pics, too!

p.s. I made 2000 ‘likes’ on Facebook! Hooray! Thanks everyone for following me. X


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September 17, 2012

A week in the life of Wee Birdy – in pictures

According to Instagram, this is what the past week in my life looked like.

I went to the annual Dinosaur Designs garage sale in Sydney and snapped up this amazing coral resin bangle. I’ve wanted a wide DD bangle for ages and I love the coral-like texture as well as the amazing colour. It POPS and it looks fab with my ever-growing collection of Breton stripes.

Amanda Talbot mentioned that she’s a Wee Birdy follower on Twitter in Sunday Life magazine, along with some other brilliant bloggers including @Will_UK, @decor8, @citysage and fellow Aussie @interiorsaddict. Check out Amanda’s excellent design and interiors blog, Snoop.

This delicious New Zealand rainbow trout with horseradish cream on toasted rye was just one of the canapes I feasted on at a Tourism New Zealand reception at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal. There was also an incredible performance of the Haka. Afterwards, I watched the sun go down over Sydney harbour and showed off my new Country Road booties.

I also met Swedish glassmaker Göran Wärff at David Jones, where he is currently exhibiting some of his stunning limited edition pieces for Kosta Boda. His use of colour throughout his work is legendary, and these purple and orange vases were two of my favourites.

I was also invited by Nuffnang to secret squirrel launch about a brand-new blogging product. Follow NuffnangX to find out more.

And we had one of those rare evenings out with our 18-month-old toddler who happily accompanied us out to an early dinner in Darlinghurst. We headed to Gelato Messina for dessert, arguably Sydney’s best ice-cream. We shared a tasting plate of ‘Schmeckel’ (peanut butter and white chocolate-coated pretzels); salted caramel and white chocolate; dulce de leche (milk caramel); milk chocolate and peanut butter fudge and chocolate fondant ice-cream. Oh boy.

What have you been up to? Do you love Instagram? I’m addicted – I love scrolling through the lives of Wee Birdy readers around the world. Find me on Instagram – I’m @WeeBirdy.


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July 28, 2012

Wee finds: An Aussie-style Olympics outfit

In the name of patriotism for my native country, I really ought to wave the Aussie flag in the midst of all my Best of British Olympics blogging. The marvellous Nikki from Styling You shamed inspired me to create my own Aussie look – check out her post here.

Green and gold – the colours of our native wattle – are Australia’s team colours but I rarely see them used together in a way that doesn’t make me cringe. But green and yellow – generally used separately – are having a moment in fashion and design at the moment, so there are loads of options around to mix and match.

I’ve pulled together an outfit that revolves around a rather lovely emerald green crepe shift by Country Road. It’s a classic, simple piece with clean lines and an exposed zip detail on both shoulders, which gives it a slightly toughened edge. It’s one of those ultra-wearable trans-seasonal frocks that is an Australian wardrobe essential. Just pop it on, slick back your hair and slip into a pair of sandals for an instant pulled-together look in warmer weather. Pair it with black opaques and a coat in cooler weather.

This ultra-versatile crepe shift can also be dressed up or down with judicious use of colour and accessories. I’m coveting the Givenchy shoe boots but Country Road offer an excellent and more affordable alternative. Add a pop of yellow with a stack of Dinosaur Designs resin bangles, and pull it all together with a clutch in a complementary shade. Here are all the details:

1. Crepe shift dress, AU$179 from Country Road.

2. 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute leather clutch, £320.83 from Net-a-Porter (for a more affordable clutch, try the Deux Lux ‘Juno’ Clutch, on sale for AUD$40.69 from Nordstrom.)

3. Dinosaur Designs wishbone bangle, AU$55; Irregular bangle, AU$75; and Irregular bangle, AU$75 from The Iconic.

4. Givenchy low-cut leather ankle boots £554.17 from Net-a-Porter (Country Road do a similar version for AU$229).

5. Micha leather sandal, AU$119 from Country Road.

So what do you reckon? Did I manage to pull off the green and gold look without the cultural cringe?

Click here for the 25 best London Olympic Games souvenirs.
Click here for the best Union Jack souvenirs.

Click here for the best non-tat Jubilee souvenirs.


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December 18, 2011

Christmas gift guide: Presents for fashion lovers

Need a good present for your favourite fashionista? I’ve pulled together all the best designer gifts, starting at £15 for a Lacroix. It’s true! Read on…

1. Balenciaga and Spain by Hamish Bowles, £28 from Wee Birdy’s UK Amazon shop and $40.95 from Wee Birdy’s US Amazon shop.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
(Metropolitan Museum of Art), by Andrew Bolton, UK£21 from Wee Birdy’s UK Amazon shop and US$27 from Wee Birdy’s US Amazon shop.
Christian Louboutin by Christian Louboutin, US$94.50, from Wee Birdy’s US Amazon shop.

2. Maison Martin Margiela by L’ATELIER d’exercices tabi leather bookmark, £29.17 from Net-a-porter.

3. Yves Saint Laurent arty gold-plated glass ring, £125 from Net-a-porter.

4. Tom Ford Santal Blush eau de parfum 250ml, £270 from Selfridges. (There is also a 50ml bottle for £120.)

5. See by Chloé captain parrot keyfob, £54.17 from Net-a-porter.

6. Marc by Marc Jacobs jungle animal-print automatic umbrella, £33.33 from Net-a-porter.

7. Comme des Garçons embossed leather coin purse, £50 from Net-a-porter.

8. Christian Lacroix ‘Oro Y Plata’ Correspondence Cards (x12), £15 from the V&A shop.

9. Marni stretch silk-satin soft-cup bra, £125 and stretch silk-satin shorts, £100 from Net-a-porter.

10. Alexander McQueen enamel skull keyfob, £54.17 from Net-a-porter.

11. Jonathan Saunders for Smythson two-tone leather Panama diary, £137.50 from Net-a-porter.

12. Small shifting planes resin bangle, AU$75 from Dinosaur Designs.

13. Marc by Marc Jacobs brass mouse ring, £54.17 from Net-a-porter.

I’ve also added some beautiful new fashion books to my Amazon shops. I’m rather proud of this collection – I want them all! They make gorgeous presents for any follower of fashion. Click here to go to my UK Amazon shop and here to my US Amazon shop.


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