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Banjo & Matilda

Coveting..

Manhattan Sweater

Manhattan Sweater

one of these cashmere sweaters for fall. Yes, on a scorching hot day I am writing about a sweater. Banjo & Matilda is an Australian based company that delivers easy and comfortable staples. These are pieces you will want to live in – maybe just not on a day like today.

Photo: Banjo & Matilda

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Guest Hunter, Nat Duncan

A self-described..

Guest Hunter, Nat Duncan

Guest Hunter, Nat Duncan

“serial entrepreneur”, and this week’s Guest Hunter, Nat Duncan. This dynamic mother of two teenage kids left teaching 7 years ago to run a film locations company in Brisbane, Qld, Australia. Since then, she sees everything with new eyes and recently launched her latest project Precinkt. The company was started when Nat realized how much she adores her neighborhood, the inner suburb of West End. With all of the conveniences – the best coffee, delicious food, amazing people watching, fantastic shopping, and a great place to explore, there’s no reason to leave. She then came to the realization that the whole world is made up of these little “precinkts” and why not create a place to highlight all of these wonderful little spots. Precinkt’s all about images and will be built by contributors from all over the world – people with passion and a great eye. Currently, it features only Australian precinkts but in April 2012 she’s heading to New York and looking to expand. Get ready!

This very cool, very driven woman has found that her specific skills with location scouting, precinkt.com research, working with young entrepreneurs and surrounding herself with curious people have enabled her to have an eye for the upcoming, the new, the cool and the quirky. For threetwentyeight, she shares some of her favorite Australian products. Items with superb quality, a strong ethos and of course so identifiable with the psyche there. As Nat puts it “we are a long way from everyone else on this planet – so it’s allowed us to really celebrate our unique personality. Our economy is super strong at the moment compared to many countries in the world and this has only enhanced our in-your-face pride and lust for life”.

So click here to check out this inspiring lady’s picks from Down Under and get ready to share your precinkt on Precinkt!

Photo: Nat Duncan

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Nico Drawstring Shoulder Bag

Thinking..

Benah Nico Drawstring Shoulder Bag, $395

Benah Nico Drawstring Shoulder Bag, $395

the Nico Drawstring Shoulder Bag by Benah may be a must-have for fall. It’s available for Pre-Order on MYCHAMELEON, an online store that’s got a well-curated assortment of contemporary goods as well as emerging designers from around the world.  Since being introduced to the Australian site a few months ago, it’s become a regular when I’m browsing online shops and it’s hard to leave without finding something to add to my wishlist.  This well-constructed shoulder bag is made of  suede and leather – the color is absolutely stunning and something tells me it might just get better with wear.. if that’s even possible.  In addition to a drawstring closure and the strap that looks perfect for over the shoulder or wearing cross-body, it has a cotton lining and pockets on the inside and outside. It seems totally functional, really great looking and something that’s going to last for a long time. I want!

Photo: MYCHAMELEON

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Drop Crotch Pants

We all know..

Julie Park Drop Crotch Pants, $180

Julie Park Drop Crotch Pants, $180

sweats have been around for years. These days, they aren’t just about lounging though – they’re kind of fashionable if done right. Appropriate for a picnic in the park, trip to the store or wandering around downtown. Good with heels, espadrilles, sweaters, tees – these pants are surprisingly versatile.  I actually have a pair of old-school sweatpants that I wear a ton, but since these are cropped, they are a great alternative for the warmer months.  I found these harem pants at Northern California’s “first, and original eco-boutique”, Beklina, and are made by Julie Park, an off-shoot to Australian company, ParkVogel – all about creating luxury, eco-friendly items. Did I mention they have pockets and an elastic drawstring waist? Pretty much, the perfect addition to my weekend wardrobe.

Photo: Beklina

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Guest Hunter, Nell Dodge

Meet..

Guest Hunter, Nell Dodge
Guest Hunter, Nell Dodge

Nell Dodge, our first Guest Hunter!  Nell’s called New York City home since 2002 and has worked in the design industry for a number of years. Most recently as Director of International Sales for a modern home design company based  in New York.   She decided to take a little break from the city and left last October to spend the earlier part of 2011 exploring Southeast Asia and is now temporarily based in Sydney, Australia.. taking a further peek into what’s out there in the world.  At home, and on the road, she enjoys exploring local wonders, delights and libations (by foot or bicycle when possible).  Her Francophile tendencies mean you can usually spot her in stripes.

Nell went to Melbourne (proper pronunciation: “Mel-bun”) for a long weekend and was so crazy about the city, she booked another couple days back in Sydney’s rival a few weeks later.  The two cities give off totally different vibes and with any luck she’ll be back in Melbourne again.

Click here to read more about Nell and discover some of her favourites from the very hip but strangely unpretentious Fitzroy district in Melbourne.


One Teaspoon Wide Leg Denim

We’ve said it before..

One Teaspoon Harley Chambray Flared-Leg Pants

One Teaspoon Harley Chambray Flared-Leg Pants

and we’ll say it again, we’re loving that 70’s inspired fashion is big this season. While I did buy a pair of wedges not too long ago, what I’m most excited about are some wide leg pants. Loving these from Australian company, One Teaspoon. They kept it just about the leg and did’t go crazy with details, which I like – doesn’t hurt that the styling’s pretty spectacular either. Thanks Honestly…WTF?! for introducing me to the line.

Photo: One Teaspoon

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Sectional Paper Globe

Go from here..

Sectional Paper Globe

Sectional Paper Globe

to there with the sectional paper globe by Geografia.  It’s made from wood, leather or metal, and it when put down it leans at 23.4 degrees, which is the exact tilt of the earth’s axis. Available at Upon A Fold, a wonderful shop based in Australia that is filled with all kinds of unique goods made of paper!

Photo: Upon A Fold

LIFEwithBIRD

Be on the lookout..

LIFEwithBIRD

LIFEwithBIRD

for LIFEwithBIRD, a Melbourne-based company that I saw at a market appointment the other day. The line was established by design duo Bridget McCall and Nicholas Van Messner in 2002.  It draws on their strengths (both previously worked in the Arts) – the ability to translate conceptual, ultra modern ideas into unique garments and accessories. It’s a line of really well-made, easy-to-wear pieces with great detail.  It definitely has a contemporary, modern aesthetic and some got-to-have, staple pieces.  They are sold mostly internationally, but their presence is growing every season.. check out their collection online, and be on the lookout, I don’t think they’re going anywhere!

Photo: LIFEwithBIRD

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