As you might have seen we have spent the last few weeks painting a Wanderlust mural down at the fabulous Carousel store in Bondi with our talented bestie Salleigh. We’ve had so much fun with early mornings watching the sunrise and Bondi come alive whilst splashing paint and eating icecream for brekkie. Yesterday the lovely Jess and the girls from Carousel organised a VIP party to unveil the wall and celebrate in style! We had a great night with wine, laughter, shopping, art, goodie bags and great pizza from Mad Pizza. Thank’s to all our friends and followers who came down and a big fat thank you to Jen at Stories by Jen for stunning photography making the night ever lasting! xxx
What’s life without a bicycle? We love getting around Sydney on this white stallion both for fun & business! Our basket is full of inspiration for our next journal and we can’t wait to reveal it to you all!
We’re extremely super duper excited to announce that one of our favourite bookstores in the U.K. – Foyles has elected to stock our travel journal ‘WANDERLUST’ in their beautiful new shop at Britain’s busiest station – London Waterloo!
Established in 1903 Foyles is London’s most famous bookstore! On the 8th February they opened the doors for their new store at Waterloo Station and we are completely in LOVE! The store is a mix of new with a touch of old. The space is absolutely gorgeous and our favourite part is that Foyles’ with a little help from English Heritage have lovingly preserved Waterloo Station’s old Windsor Bar to ensure they kept the old pay booths! The store looks incredible – a new oasis of calm in Britain’s craziest station.
So if you’re in Londontown check out this amazing store and WANDERLUST at the same time! You can also find WANDERLUST in their flagship store, 113–119 Charing Cross Road. A must must visit!!
Helena Ekelund – Thank you for the lovely pic of your WANDERLUST purchase!
ONE AND A HALF YEARS AGO…
…we were chatting and laughing while sharing our bucket lists over a sunset coconut drink. That’s when we realised we both wanted to start a business and said ‘let’s do it!’. After a few days of brainstorming the idea of designing a fun & creative travel journal came up and WANDERLUST was born. Without any experience in designing or publishing books, we knew we were up for an adventure.
A YEAR AGO…
…after working endless hours together with our gorgeous graphic designer Chantel creating journal of 220 individually designed pages full of quirky questions, inspiring quotes and edgy photography, WANDERLUST was finally ready for tests, fine-tuning and off to print.
JUST OVER HALF A YEAR AGO..
…ago we received our first batch of books just the evening before our Launch Party at Berkelouw Books Paddington, Sydney. It was a crazy feeling to take the plastic off, open WANDERLUST and for the first time run our fingers over the cover and smell the pages.
…we are celebrating that with a personal approach we just got WANDERLUST into our 100th store. #100 happened last week when we were on a road trip down in beautiful Margaret river, WA and discovered an awesome new store there – ‘Stellar & the chief’ – selling the best in fashion, accessories and a few gifts. And now also Wanderlust. We can’t believe that our random late night chat about bucketlists now have turned into a book that is stocked in a collection of the coolest shops in Australia and Europe. We are very selective in the stores we approach as we only want to be seen in stores we love and adore ourselves, which is why we are now super proud of our enticing mix of top retailers. From the trendsetting ‘Ahoy Trader’ in Byron Bay, Classic ‘Morisson’ in Perth and quirky ‘Title’ in Sydney to luxurious ‘Illum’ and the funky ‘Project 4’ in Copenhagen and the world famous bookstore ‘Shakespeare & Co’ in Paris.
Starting this business we had no background or experience in printing or publishing whatsoever and we are so grateful to the shop owners that dared to try us out and give us a chance. We had a passion, determination and a goal and our story shows that that’s all you need. WANDERLUST has now been embraced by thousands of globe-trotters around the world and we are so stoked to receive beautiful feedback, images and stories from around the world. Despite absolutely loving what we do it’s lots of hard work and those beautiful emails, amazing feedback, many followers and likes ignites a fire and passion for us to keep going and pursuing what we love when we are in doubt. This is only the beginning of our journey and we are full of wild ideas and fun concepts for up-coming projects. Next up is wanderlusting Europe to market WANDERLUST and we are also working on our second title. For now we can only reveal that it’s inspired by what inspired us – to inspire you.
Check out these amazing stores below.
Big fat thank you again for everyone who has supported us! It truly means the world to us!
Almost Corner Bookshop
Antheneum Academic Books
Ampersand on Crown
Black Cat Books & Cafe
Daunt Books Marylebone
Gertrude & Alice Café and Books
Handworks Nouveau Paperie
Hart & Heim
Hedengrens bokhandel AB
Hill of Content
Honey Bee Homewares
Mr & Mrs Smith
Mary Ryan’s Bookshop
Merchants of Swanbourne
Muther of All Things
Ollie & Lloyd
Our Corner Store
Oxford Street Books
Plumeria Coastal Home
Reader’s Feast bookstore
Shakespeare & Company
Stellar & The Chief
The Design Hunter
The Giving Tree
Had the most beautiful day eating at the cute cafes and strolling through all the boutique, vintage & antique stores in the Blue Mountains. Wentworth Falls, Leura & Katoomba such incredible places. The views and nature is so beautiful. @ 3 sisters, Katoomba. A must visit if your in Australia. You can now find ‘Wanderlust’ in the Mountains.
We are very excited to say that we are now stocked in our (and so many others) absolutely favourite store in Byron Bay – AHOY TRADER. This popular store which is just a minute away from the beautiful Byron beach is jam packed with luscious island-life inspired treasures from local and Australian designers. A mix of textiles, cushions, scented candles, cool books, and trendy fashion makes the shop a treasure box. The store has a welcoming feel of painter’s studio, with the rustic walls full of vibrant tiles and designs made by the owner and incredible artist himself – Jai Vasicek.
The playful name ‘AHOY TRADER’ comes from Jai’s childhood which he spent sailing the world on his family boat for over 10 years- Ship AHOY. This is also where he got a lot of his inspiration for his art. With the ocean running in his veins his art features vibrant colours and layers of print and patterns inspired by the sea and nature. Shells, feathers, exotic creatures and female forms mixed with splashes of neon makes his pieces truly unique and we have absolutely fallen in love with Jai and his artwork! But we’re not the only one’s – his hand-painted crosses and colourful wall tiles are highly sought after. Their electric and expressive character have also won the hearts of Australia’s most stylish home decorators and savvy interior designers who are now commissioning him to create one of a kind artworks and decor pieces.
You can find Ahoy Trader on Marvel St in Byron – opposite Bay Leaf Cafe. Or check out Jai’s Instagram @jaivasicek.
Like a french little quarter of Sydney, this sweet, welcoming store on the Northern shores instantly makes your mind wander on an pleasant trip to the vintage corners of Provincial France. Located on Sydney Road in Fairlight, Honeybee Homewares boasts an artful edit of homewares, linen and clothing with a true French flare. The lovely Tracy who runs the shop has an impeccible taste for style and we are bewildered to hear that she sources genuine brocante vintage finds straight from French markets to sell instore. She also stocks a range of quality brands imported straight from France such as Cote Bastide, Astier de Villatte & La Rochere, all displayed in a busy but oh so beautifully merchandised French country style manner. The eye has to wander they say and in this shop it can never stop. We just want to bring half of the store home and reswamp our places to a countryside rustic chateau. Only thing missing would be the lavender fields outside the windows. Tracy and the team loved our book and we are super excited to be stocked in their warm, beautiful store. Go visit them for your French inspired Xmas gifts, and make sure to make time to linger a little longer.
We can now reveal that we are stocked in the gift guru of Oxford Street – Opus Design Co. As one of Australia’s leading retailers in novelties, gifts and homewares, the Opus brand has been around for 45 years. The latest creation of the brand is their ‘Opus Design Co’ store which consists of a bright and careful curation of furniture, the latest homewares and quirky design pieces you want to dress your home with.
“The world is already filled to the brim with boring stuff, so why would we add to that pile?” asks Opus Director Chris Tourgelis. “Instead, we take pride in scouring the globe for things that are unique, quirky and downright awesome”.
Strolling around their pretty store we can’t anything but agree , with a stylish yet quirky feel to this vibrant and colourful space it is down right awesome, and with sister store ‘Opus’ a few doors up the street this is the ultimate one-stop Christmas shop.
Sexy legs! The amazing race to locate the secret leg! ‘Wanderlust’ stocked at the beautiful Shakespeare & Co in Paris. A free signed copy for the person who can track down which cute worker in the bookstore sneaked their leg into the pic! Shakespeare & Co… the most beautiful & famous bookstore in Paris.
Today’s location… the beautiful and most easterly point of Australia, Byron Bay!
We landed nice and early at Ballina airport and picked up a white little nissan beep beep to get us around for the day. On our way to Byron we stopped in beautiful Bangalow – a lovely village consisting of one adorable street full of independent boutiques, cute cafe’s and juice bars that could fit into any high-end metropolitan shopping strip. That’s where we found the gorgeous new stockist ‘Our Corner store’. An absolutely stunning and creative concept/homeware store, full of awesome international brands set in a hundred year old timber shop converted into this cool store!
S T U N N I N G.
After we finished strolling around Bangalow visiting all the cute boutiques, it was time to go say hello to Byron. We both had forgotten how beautiful the drive there is. The winding road leading through the rolling green hills and palm tree plantations with the ocean as the backdrop is just jaw-dropping.
Byron was as welcoming as alway, with everyone being in holiday mode, walking around barefoot in colourful beachwear. Love the relaxing vibe. We strolled all around town to see all the shops we had as prospects before having lunch at the gorgeous ‘Bay Leaf’ cafe to discuss which stores would suit WANDERLUST best. Amazing salads btw! They have a green brekkie dish that is to die for!
Then we went back into our favourite stores to introduce the book. We can’t really say where we will be stocked yet but we are very happy with the outcome.
Ended the day celebrating with a coconut and raw food treat next to the gorgeous AHOY trader shop. Mint choc slice was to die for! Byron never fails to deliver. Sad we didn’t have time for a dip-had brought the bikinis in the business bag 🙂 Only another reason to be back very soon!