What else could we ask for? A tranquil boozy escape from the frenetically trendy streets of the Marais, Paris is ‘La Belle Hortense’.
Whilst researching the next store for ‘Wanderlust’ to be stocked in Paris, I came across this fabulous bookstore which is now I think my new favourite! A bookstore which not only has walls lined with books, but also walls lined with wine! With its pretty blue frontage it’s all about settling down with a good book and nice glass of wine. La Belle Hortense hosts readings and literary events, including new releases, rare volumes, independent poetry and classic collections. To accompany all this is a wine list which is just as enormous as the collection of books.
Hoping this will be our next beautiful and creative bookstore to stock ‘Wanderlust’, because what a great reason to fly to to Paris again!
Just if we could write even a quater in which she wrote.
The oldest women at age 89 to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Sadly this amazing life and artist passed away on the 17th November 2013. Doris made a massive impact on the literary world and has left us with her beautiful foot prints. From ground breaking novels to memoir and science fiction, if your looking for your next book, then celebrate her life, because your life won’t be complete until you have read a Dorris Lessing novel. The Golden Notebok a favourite.
The Golden Notebook (1962)
This account of the fractured lives of British women after the war has been hailed as a feminist masterpiece. Framed by a third-person story of a writer, Anna Wulf, and her friend Molly, the novel weaves together four of Anna’s notebooks which mirror the different strands of her life – Africa, the Communist Party, a doomed love affair and her journal – to arrive at a fifth , The Golden Notebook, which binds them all together. The Swedish Academy called it one of a “handful of books that informed the 20th-century view of the male-female relationship”. Lessing herself, typically, was less enamoured with the book’s reception, complaining that it had become an “albatross” after critics focused almost exclusively on the feminist aspects of the novel, failing to engage with the novel’s scope and structure.
When you realize that the Morrison brand is named after the owners beloved dog, it instantly gives you a sense of warm, natural rawness. And that is exactly what this brand is about. With an exquisite attention to detail Morrison designs simple, raw, timeless quality pieces that represent independent and innately happy women.
Born & Bred in Perth, Morrison is now gaining reputation as a leading fashion brand all around Australia. They have 6 stores in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne and we are absolutely head over heals in love with their first born, earthy, Morrison Fremantle store. A beautiful raw mix of mis-matched brick walls, mortar, concrete, raw wooden and iron is perfectly balanced and truly captures the story and history of the ancient building and area. Organically integrated with their sleek, modern clothing line, naturally designed jewellery, urban leather goods and a collection of timeless favourite homeware staples, this store is simply perfect.
Now to the coolest part… for Christmas 2014 Morrison in Perth will be stocking “Wanderlust”! We are really excited and can’t wait to see our earthy latte coloured journal merchandised in their natural store. It’s like it found it’s home. Don’t miss a visit to one of their gorgeous stores for Christmas, we guarantee you’ll find some great pieces to put under the tree.
We love this article “Why creative people sometimes make no sense” posted by Matthew Schuler’s blog. We recognised ourselves so much in the traits and intrigued by how sometimes what appears to be a contradiction on the surface is actually a harmony in disguise, which explains why we both can never describe ourselves correctly.
The article describes 9 contradictory traits that are frequently present in creative people:
Most creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but are often quiet and at rest. They can work long hours at great concentration.
Most creative people tend to be smart and naive at the same time. “It involves fluency, or the ability to generate a great quantity of ideas; flexibility, or the ability to switch from one perspective to another; and originality in picking unusual associations of ideas. These are the dimensions of thinking that most creativity tests measure, and that most creativity workshops try to enhance.
Most creative people combine both playfulness and productivity, which can sometimes mean both responsibility and irresponsibility. “Despite the carefree air that many creative people have, most of them work late into the night and persist when less driven individuals would not.” Usually this perseverance occurs at the expense of other responsibilities, or other people.
Most creative people alternate fluently between imagination and fantasy, and a rooted sense of reality. In both art and science, movement forward involves a leap of imagination, a leap into a world that is different from our present. Interestingly, this visionary imagination works in conjunction with a hyperawareness of reality. Attention to real details allows a creative person to imagine ways to improve them.
Most creative people tend to be both introverted and extroverted. Many people tend toward one extreme or the other, but highly creative people are a balance of both simultaneously.
Most creative people are genuinely humble and display a strong sense of pride at the same time.
Most creative people are both rebellious and conservative. “It is impossible to be creative without having first internalized an area of culture. So it’s difficult to see how a person can be creative without being both traditional and conservative and at the same time rebellious and iconoclastic.”
Most creative people are very passionate about their work, but remain extremely objective about it as well. They are able to admit when something they have made is not very good.
Most creative people’s openness and sensitivity exposes them to a large amount of suffering and pain, but joy and life in the midst of that suffering. “Perhaps the most important quality, the one that is most consistently present in all creative individuals, is the ability to enjoy the process of creation for its own sake. Without this trait, poets would give up striving for perfection and would write commercial jingles, economists would work for banks where they would earn at least twice as much as they do at universities, and physicists would stop doing basic research and join industrial laboratories where the conditions are better and the expectations more predictable.”
I have now relocated to Sydney for a few months so that Ash and I can finally work together in each others company. We both can’t believe how amazing it is, how much we get done and how much fun we have working together.
Today we jumped on Ash’s vespa and with the wind blowing in our hair we scooted to source some stores we got recommended to over in Manly.
The first store on our list was ‘Mr & Mrs Smith’ in which we fell in love with immediately. Just off an alleyway from the main strip you will find this conceptual lifestyle store stocking the latest pieces of wardrobe staples, homewares and stylish kiddies clothing. The store has a trendy but homey, natural feel to it evoking an upmarket boho style with a true Manly vibe.
We got even more smitten when we met their gorgeous buyer ‘Elin’ who just happened to be this sweet, über chic, Swedish girl with a passion for fresh, contemporary ideas and a love for designing herself.
From next week you can find “WANDERLUST” stocked here amongst selected pieces of local and international designers such as Paul & Joe, Ksubi, Zimmerman Kate Sylvester and Bassike.