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December 5, 2012

Christmas Gift Guide 2012: The Neon Edition

Wee Birdy Gift Guide: The Best Neon Presents via WeeBirdy.com

If there’s one trend that’s really taken hold this year, it’s neon. From crafty hand-woven baskets to to glossy Comme Des Garçons wallets, fluoro is the way to go. Here are my top picks for the nicest (and most definitely) brightest Christmas presents.

1. Eva straw weave clutch, AU$179 from Gorman.

2. Little leather locket by Jen Booth, AU$78 from Follow Store.

3. ‘Fluro Tower’ acrylic painting, AU$750 from Rachel Castle.

4. Woven Bead Planter (Mexican), AU $120 from Peaches and Keen.

5. Adjustable wood and stoneware vase, EUR145 from Adonde.

6. Crepe chain neon necklace, US$78 from Anthropologie.

Wee Birdy Christmas Gift Guide 2012: The Best Neon Presents

1. Knitted collar in neon yellow and grey cotton, EUR €29.90 from The Knit Kid’s Etsy shop.

2. ‘Criss Cross Fluro Sun’ felt on Belgian flax linen artwork, AU$380 from Castle.

3. Neon yellow pod with Velutina air plant, US$10 from Bird And Feather Co.’s Etsy shop.

4. Modern neon hardwood salad bowl, US$45 from Nicole Porter Design.

5. Lidded blue box EUR €56 from Foldoys.

6. Comme Des Garçons orange fluorescent zip-around wallet, £130 from Liberty.

Wee Birdy Christmas Gift Guide 2012: The Best Neon Presents via WeeBirdy.com

1. Crayon Chick crochet bowls, small $30; large $32 from Follow Store.

2. K. Jacques for Opening Ceremony patent sandal, US$172 from Opening Ceremony.

3. Marc by Marc Jacobs green and blue heart print iPhone Case, £30 from Liberty.

4. Melting Ice-Cream Tote by Jess Wright, AU $160 from Harvest Workroom by Harvest Textiles.

5. Large neon chevron cushion by Bob Window, AU$90 from Follow Store.

6. Bobbi Brown Neon & Nude Sheer lip gloss, £17 from Selfridges.


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October 23, 2012

Wee finds: the best tea sets for kids

As you may already suspect, we rather like having tea parties at our place. Here’s Harry showing his teddy how it’s done. I loved playing with my tea set when I was little, so there was no way that Harry was going to miss out. I picked up this little wooden set from Aldi, and it came complete with miniature wooden tea bags, wooden donuts and sliceable wooden tea cake. Swish!

I rounded up the top 12 tea sets for kids over on Kidspot. Here are some of my favourites:

Clockwise from top: Children’s retro rose floral tea set, $41.91 from Not on the High Street; Schylling traditional tin tea set, $24.95 from Peanut Gallery; Bear tin tea set, $57 from Down That Little Lane; Belle & Boo Dollies tea set, $59.95 from Lark; and Nathalie Lete Vilac tea set US$50 from Opening Ceremony.

Read the full round-up over on Kidspot here.

* Thanks to Eeni Meeni Miini Moh for gifting Harry this very smart shirt and shorts, and to Scruffy Dog for gifting him these adorable red sandals. Loving these two Aussie fashion labels for kids.


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July 31, 2012

Wee obsession: The ‘hill’ at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony

Did you watch the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics? What did you think? I intended to stay up all night so I could watch it live at 5.30am but I accidentally fell asleep and missed the first two hours. Bugger. Nonetheless, we popped the Champagne at 8am, I joined in some live tweeting with my friends in the UK, and watched the re-run later that day. And you know what? I thought it was PERFECTION!

I really loved the opening sequence tracing the origins of the Thames all the way to London (cue shivers – and the opening beats of EastEnders); bucolic England (ducks! sheep! Maypole!), dancing NHS nurses, the tribute to Great Ormond Street Hospital; the Queen’s cameo role (what a jolly good sport, eh?); a flock of Mary Poppins’ descending on Voldemort; the Britpot music medley (The Jam! The Who! Happy Mondays! Underworld!); dancers in two-tone A-line frocks; and Kenneth Branagh’s turn as a Victorian Caliban, complete with top hat (Caliban’s speech from The Tempest is Shakespearean GOLD). In short, job well done Mr Danny Boyle – it was utterly brilliant and beautiful and so very British.

For me, the one image that resonated wasn’t that of the Queen greeting James Bond (although that was pretty good, too), it was the rather glorious hill that grew a forest of flags from every competing nation. Magnificence!

The hill was apparently modelled on Glastonbury Tor, which is one of those beautifully mythical sites in Britain that has been occupied by humans since Neolithic times.

Like many of my favourite places in Britain, it has manifold layers of human history, including Roman occupation, and at various stages throughout history it was a fifth century fort; a medieval church and a 14th century church, as well as the execution site of the last Abbot of Glastonbury Abbey (along with two of his poor monks). It’s also associated with Arthurian legend, and may alternately be the site of the Holy Grail or the entrance to Avalon, the land of the FAIRIES.

With that kind of resume, I quickly added it to my ongoing “UK must-visit” list.

What was your favourite moment from the Opening Ceremony?


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