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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 24, 2013

The best 12 presents for baby girls

It’s a week of baby and kids on Wee Birdy! Here’s my round-up of the best 12 presents for baby girls (I had it ready to go an option when the royal prince arrived, but thought it was too cute not to share, anyway!)

12 Best Presents for a Baby Girl via WeeBirdy.com

1. Pink plush angel bunny, £14 from Petit Home.
2. Oh Baby! Girl letterpress card, AU$6.95 from Lark.
3. Toshi floral muslin wraps, AU$29.95 each from My Messy Room.
4. Pink canvas crib shoes with brogued leather, £22.42 from Ajalor’s Etsy shop.
5. Short sleeve angle wing onesie, US$56 from Marie Chantal.
6. Modern bird mobile, £114.14 from Baby Jives Co’s Etsy shop.
7. Maileg Princess & the Pea, £58.99 from Camel & Yak.
8. Flossie romper, now £40 from Marie Chantal.
9. Knitted beanie with tassels, AU$14.98 from Pure Baby.
10. Liberty print orange chive bloomers, AU$12.95 from Liberty.
11. Stoff Matroyschka, €42.90 from Pink Milk.
12. Boo and Friends girls mug, £6 from Belle & Boo.

What’s your favourite present for newborn babies?


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June 25, 2013

Wee Birdy Guide to the Best Buys in the June 2013 Sales

Best Classic Sales Buys June 2013 via WeeBirdy.com

It’s sales time and I’ve been scouring the web for the best designer (and high street) bargains for you. I’ve focused on timeless pieces – the kind of essentials that make a classic wardrobe. I often wait ’til sales time to purchase these kinds of pieces – and if I don’t need anything new, then that’s it – I don’t look at all!

It’s all too easy to get carried away by the lure of discounted items, and buying something for the sake of getting a bargain. And I reckon we’ve all got too much crap in our closets already. So for god’s sake don’t add to the chaos/potential landfill with purchases you don’t really need. Especially trend-driven purchases that date really quickly.

So I guess that’s why I put together this wee guide to the sales, cherry-picking what I consider to be really great, classic pieces that will stand the test of time in your wardrobe. But only if you really need them – agreed? For instance, I need a great pair of tapered black pants. Slightly cropped, almost capri style pants – the kind that Jean Seaberg paired with Breton stripes in Breathless. The thing is, it all comes down to cut and fit, and so far I haven’t had any luck. I’ve got my eye on these COS pants but unfortunately they don’t ship to Australia – yet. Come on, COS!

But if you are in the market for some spiffy new clobber, you better hop to it – things are selling out fast (I’ve already re-written my edit a few times). I’ll be updating this post with alternatives as items sell-out, so keep an eye on Wee Birdy over the next couple of days.

UPDATE: I’m now adding some cheaper high street alternatives into the mix.

1. The Liberty silk scarf
Blue Liberty House print small silk scarf, reduced to £66.50 (from £95) from Liberty. Or how about this gorgeous Erdem rose wave scarf, now US$139 (from $470) at Barneys Warehouse.

2. The sexy black heels
Saint Laurent metal-trimmed pointed leather pumps, reduced to £329 (from £470) from Net-a-porter. And check out these Narcisco Rodriguez two-tone pumps, now US$219 (from $795) at Barneys Warehouse.

3. The chic neutral pumps
3.1 Phillip Lim D’Orsay suede and textured-leather pumps, reduced to £212.50 (from £425 ) from Net-a-porter. These Duccio Venturi strappy pumps from Browns are also fabulous. After a super-cheap high street bargain? Check out these ASOS SIDNEY Pointed High Heels with Metal Toe Cap, reduced to AU$35.04 (from $78.84) at ASOS.

4. The black clutch
3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute patent-leather and leather clutch, reduced to £201 (was £335) from Net-a-porter. For a bargainous high street alternative, check out this sleek black envelope clutch at ASOS, reduced to AU$17.52.

5. The classic cropped black pant
Miu Miu cropped stretch wool-gabardine pants, reduced to £147.50 (from £295) from Net-a-porter. Or try these pants. I also love these COS slim side zip trousers, reduced to £41.

6. The ultimate pencil skirt
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania stretch-cotton skirt, reduced to £138.60 (from £231) at Net-a-porter. Or try this or this. I love this wrap pencil skirt from Whistles, reduced to £60 (from £110). And if you’re after navy, check out this twill pencil skirt, down to US$45 (from $88) at Anthropologie.

7. The little black dress
Acne Adelle Tape open-back chiffon dress, reduced to £115 (from £230) at Net-a-porter. Also try this Acne denim and chiffon dress reduced to £145 at Browns. I also adore this super-chic Anja crepe dress, down to £85 (from £135) at Whistles. And this lovely Orla Kiely V-neck silk and cotton dress with box pleats is now £236 (from £338). Want something cheaper? How about this gathered detail dress at COS, reduced to £28.

Best classic buys and wardrobe essentials on sale via WeeBirdy.com

1. The Breton striped top
J.Crew striped cotton anchor T-shirt, reduced to £23 (from £46) from Net-a-porter. Or try this top.

2. The white blouse
Karl Lagerfeld Belinda studded crepe blouse, reduced to £99.50 (from £199) from Net-a-porter. Also loving this white NW3 Byron shirt from £55 from Hobbs.

3. The ballet flats
Bloch bow-embellished leather ballet flats, reduced to £62.50 (from £125) from Net-a-porter. Or try these ballet flats from Belle by Sigerson Morrison (reduced to AU$126). And you really can’t go past these simple, Audrey Hepburn-style ballet flats at Country Road for AU$52.46 (down from $69.95).

4. The bright mid-heel pumps
Lucy Choi London croc-textured Ruby pumps, reduced to AU$160 (from AU$230) from Matches. You can find more Lucy Choi shoes on sale here at Matches and here at MyWardrobe.com. And if you’re after a black mid-heel pump, look no further than these classic little beauties, down to £75 (from £125) at Whistles.

5. The casual summer frock
Emmy patch pocket dress, reduced to £45 at (from £95) at Whistles.And then there is this Antipodium Playpal dress, reduced to AU$154.03 (from $229.00) at Shopbop. Also loving this Chinti and Parker polka dot embroidered dress reduced to £110 from Browns. Then there is this ultra-cool COS silk and cotton dress, reduced to £40. And check out this gorgeous grey NW3 bow swing dress, as well as this very pretty cream NW3 Theodora dress, both reduced to £69 (from £139) from Hobbs. Want something cheaper? How about this super-sweet Warehouse fan-print frock for AU$42.05 (from $70.08) from ASOS? And if you’re a fan of Marimekko, check out this Marimekko Elaska Dress, reduced to AU$209 (from $299) at Funkis.

6. The tailored jacket
Antipodium Mandate Jacket, reduced to AU$239.15 (from $578.16) at ASOS. Or check out this incredible satin-trimmed blazer by Maison Martin Margiela. And check out this Orla Kiely print cotton blazer, now £222 (from £318). I’m also loving this sharp purple NW3 Indigo blazer, reduced to £84 (from £169) at Hobbs.

7. The DVF wrap dress
Diane von Furstenberg New Jeanne Two Dress, reduced to AU$327.35 (from AU$365) at Shopbop.

 

Best Classic Sales Buys June 2013 via WeeBirdy.com

1. The black mini skirt
Helmut Lang Cocoon cotton-blend jersey mini skirt, reduced to £55 (from £110) from Net-a-porter.

2. The colourful sweater
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel cotton and cashmere-blend sweater, reduced to £162 (from £270) at Net-a-porter. Or try this. I also love this divine grey NW3 Birdie Intarsia sweater, reduced to £48 (from £69) at Hobbs. And then there is this scallop stitch pullover, down to US$49.95 (from $88) at Anthropologie. After something chic and cheap? How about this contrast cuff knit top, reduced to £23 at COS.

3. The sexy heels
Jimmy Choo Maya studded suede pumps, reduced to £486.50 (from £695) at Net-a-porter.

4. The messenger bag
Marc by Marc Jacobs washed up messenger bag in Flame, reduced to AU$238.80 (from AU$267.71) at Shopbop.

5. The throw-on-and-go summer frock
Acne Marnay pleated sateen dress, £140 (from £280) at Net-a-porter. Or check out this super-cool American Apparel low back black dress at ASOS, reduced to AU$38.54 (from $77.09). I’m also loving this Rare belted dress reduced to $35.04 at ASOS.

6. The ultra-flattering dressy frock
Roland Mouret blue albermarle tie-waist V-neck dress, reduced to £397.50 (from £795) at Liberty. Or there is this beautiful Gloria lace dress, down to £85 (from £145) at Whistles.

7. The simple shift dress
Weekend by MaxMara Randers dress
, reduced to AU$100 (from AU$200) at Matches. Also loving this Orla Kieley organza shift dress reduced to £208.60 (from £298). And this Marimekko Pikubassi dress is reduced to AU$234 (from $335 at Funkis. COS printed shift dress, reduced to £81.

Have you bought anything in the sales? What do you think of my edit of the best bits?
Disclaimer: Affiliate links are used in this post, for which I receive a small fee per sale. Never fear – it doesn’t affect my decisions or selections. I wouldn’t feature any crap on Wee Birdy.


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December 17, 2012

Christmas Gift Guide 2012: Amazing presents for kids

Christmas Gift Guide 2012: Kids Presents via WeeBirdy.com

Stuck for original and charming present ideas for the little ones? I’ve scoured the globe for the most amazing gifts for kids, starting at $10.

1. The Magic Tree House, AU$179 from Lark.

2. Tsumiki house, EUR91 from The Space Penguin.

3. Antique rose ballet bounce skirt by Collette Dinnigan For The Australian Ballet,  AU$39 Target.

4. Kiko machi wood+magnet town, EUR32 from The Space Penguin.

5. Little Roar Head by Flatout Frankie, AU$35 from Hello Polly.

6. Rain Littlephant art print by Camilla Lundsten, AU$36 from Hello Polly.

7. Nathalie Lete Friends magnet set, £22 from Niddle Noddle.

Christmas Gift Guide 2012: Kids Presents via WeeBirdy.com

8. Coq en Pate giraffe shoulder bag, AU$33.95 from My Messy Room.

9. Rock Your Baby ‘Masked Crusader’ blue t-shirt with detachable cape, AU$35 from My Messy Room.

10. Flensted Elephant Party mobile, AU$30 from Great Dane Furniture.

11. Maze the ark ducky hook, AU$31 from Funkis.

12. Nathalie Lete Sailor Tin bucket by Nathalie Lete, £8 from Niddle Noddle.

13. Kids Company Dodgy Panda knitted hooded scarf, £45 from Liberty.

14. Plastic Clonette Doll with Rabbit in dark blue, AU$10 from Lark.

Christmas Gift Guide: Kids Presents via WeeBirdy.com

15. Theatre “ESPAÑOL” (to assemble), EUR22 from Teatritos.

16. Rock Your Baby ‘Eat My Dust’ board shorts, AU$39.95 from My Messy Room.

17. OMM Design Tiger Plate, AU$12.95 from My Messy Room.

18. Bear jacquard knit green jumper by Tootsa MacGinty, £31 from Burp Boutique.

19. Djeco magician pencil trick book, £13 from Liberty.

20. Blink Design colours wall art , AU$60 from My Messy Room.

Christmas Gift Guide 2012: Presents for Kids via WeeBirdy.com

21. The Game of Sculpture, £7.95 from Culture Label.

22. Kiko ashiato cat print toy beach sandals, EUR17.60 from The Space Penguin.

23. Harry Potter Marauder’s Map, £36.95 from Harrods.

24. A Menotti and Y Labat’s How Many Jellybeans?, AU$24.95 from My Messy Room.

25. Lion face cushion, AU$29.95 from Lark.

26. Kiko gatcha gatcha dispenser, EUR39 from The Space Penguin.

Christmas Gift Guide: Kids Presents via WeeBirdy.com

27. Best Bead Kit In The World, £11.60 from Cox and Cox.

28. Animal crayons, £5.20 from Cox and Cox.

29. Vintage caravan, AU$29.95 from Lark.

30. Milk n Soda Sailboat Bow Tie in Sky, AU$19.95 from My Messy Room.

31. Harry Potter Hermione’s Time Turner, £51.95 from Harrods.

32. Chalkboard Cowboy, £29.50 from Daisy Mooo.

33. Blafre Giraffe Steel Drink Bottle, AU$24.95 from My Messy Room.

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

Prefer to buy all 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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December 5, 2012

Christmas Gift Guide 2012: The Birdy Edition

Christmas Gift Guide: the Birdy edition

Some of the best presents around this year have a wee birdy on them – or two. Take a flight of fancy with my Christmas Gift Guide: the birdy edition.

1. Aesop Flight Gift Set, £40 from Liberty.

2. Jonathan Adler medium bird bowl, US$88 from Jonathan Adler.

3. Aviary Poster by Alice Melvin, AU$16 from Hello Polly.

4. Tatty Devine Magpie Necklace, £57 from Soma Gallery.

5. Bluebird Pouffe by Eleanor Young, £180 from Howkapow.

6. Duo Sparrow Key Ring, AU$26.95 from Freedom Australia.

7. Marc by Marc Jacobs bird flight gold-plated necklace, £150 from Harvey Nichols.

8. Donna Wilson bone china ‘Birdy Walk Dinner Plate’, £27.50 from Soma Gallery.

9. Nanoblock blue budgie, NZ$18 from Wocolate.

10. Dove Door Stopper, AU$18.95 from Freedom Australia.

11. Bird alarm clock, £35 from Cox and Cox.

12. MCQ Alexander McQueen hummingbird-print leggings, £165 from Selfridges.

13. Jonathan Adler blue bird spoon rest, US$38 from Jonathan Adler.

14. Mark Hearld grey notebook, £9.95 from The Tate Modern.

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.


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