At Home with: Apphia Michael

 
 
Monochrome, minimalism, motherhood and the cutest babes surrounded by stunning architecture. We caught up with Apphia Micheal to find out more about her family life in London. If your familiar with her Instagram account @Apphia___ then you'll understand why Pilgrim and her family made this perfect coupling. 

Tell us a bit about yourself and your family, who you are, what you do and where you live? 

I'm a stylist, writer and editor and I live in East London with my husband George, our two kids Tallis (three) and Byron (one) and our whippet Marlowe. George is a Creative Director at an agency and I used to work at Wallpaper* Magazine.  

 

What has motherhood taught you? 

The art of next-level patience.  

 

What qualities do you love most in people and what qualities do you want your children to value? 

Generosity, kindness and fearlessness.  

Do you and your family follow any routines? What does a typical day look like in your household? 

George and I are pretty spontaneous, both individually and as a couple, and so I never thought I would say this but we actually thrive off routine. We sleep trained Tallis when she was a baby, working with a sleep consultant to get her into a good routine from the get-go. Through the years we've really seen the benefits of having a daily framework to work around and so have tried to follow suit with Byron. We live right on a park so most mornings the kids and the dog head out with George for a walk and a trip to the local deli for a croissant while I get ready. It's then a couple hours of activities, usually at home, before the kids and I have lunch and head out for the day. I work from home and have the kids with me so naps are sacred, which means I try and get them to rest in the morning in order to get work done at the same time, which frees up the afternoon for us to wander and play together.  

 

Where do you find Minimalist inspiration and what areas of your life have you adopted the minimalist concept into? 

Minimalism is such a personal thing. To me, it's about the process of sifting out what is important in your life, and then adopting a more considered, measured approach to focusing on that in order to achieve ultimate simplicity and fulfilmentSurprisingly, minimalism and motherhood has been a great mix so far. Children learn through play and stimulating environments, but that doesn't mean you have to bow to conventional notions of what these toys, colours or environments should beIn my experience it's the toys that haven't received the initial 'wow' reactions that have ended up lasting the longest in the toy box. To that effect, I try and get the kids toys and create play spaces that will last through a few stages of their development.  

 

Do you have any wardrobe staples? What do you look for in clothing for yourself? 

A nice sweatshirt, tailored trousers and good shoes are my definite go-tos. I am a strong believer in consuming less, but better. My biggest investment item has been my capsule wardrobe, which is proving to be very cost-effective and ultimately so satisfying because it means nothing in my wardrobe goes to waste. For a few years now I've been working on building a simple collection of easy-to-wear staples, plumping them out each season with a few carefully considered new items, but essentially investing less in trends and concentrating more on the aesthetic that I like and I feel best suits me - oversized silhouettes, layered pieces and a neutral colour palette.  

 

Some people find the monochrome colour palette a bit harsh for children. What would you like to say to them? 

Monochrome isn't everyone's cup of tea, but personally I feel it's a great way for kids to find and explore their own comfort zones on the gender spectrum beyond society’s preconceived binary gender norms and stereotypes. A neutral colour palette is essentially a blank canvas for our future generation to explore their own style, interests and tastes. Plus, think of how practical it is. There is one colour scheme, so everything matches. Pieces can easily work in harmony to complement each other, which makes the act of choosing clothes for the kids and getting them dressed a relatively stress-free and speedy affair. The colour works just as well on girls as it does boys, so you could essentially see monochrome clothing as an investment of pieces that could not only be interchangeable between siblings but will work just as well for any future brothers or sisters to follow. 

 

Do you have any favourite family hang outs in London? 

We love the Barbican – not only is it an architectural wonder and a cultural hub, but it has the most brilliant kid-friendly spaces. And most weekends we're either in de Beauvoir Square (there's a playground there that the kids love), Southbank, Tate Modern or Redchurch Street in Shoreditch
 
 
In order of appearance:
Byron wears:  The Raven Box Top + The Slouchies + The Hiroko 
Tallis wears: The Gitana
Follow: @Apphia___ 
 

At home with: Sophie Vine

This week we got to know a little more about Sophie Vine, her beautiful family and what inspires this creative mind behind Vines of the Wild.

Most of us know your beautiful face as a previous contestant from The Block, but for those of us that don't...tell us a bit about yourself and your family, who you are, what you do and where you live?

I live in Geelong in Victoria. I'm a mother of 2 boys (Van, 2yrs and Shep, 8 Months) and I've been married to my husband Dale for 6 years. I've had multiple careers already (haha). My university degree is in graphic design and I briefly worked in a Melbourne print studio straight out of uni but then went back to uni to get my post grad in primary teaching. I was working as a teacher in Melbourne when we competed on The Block in 2012 but then changed careers again when Dale and I moved to Geelong after the show to buy our first home and to start our family. I worked for 2 years as a brand design specialist in the Visual Merchandising team at Typo within the Cotton On Group before going on Maternity leave when I had Van. And now since becoming a mother, I've been able to combine my love of design and the nurturing of children by creating my business Vines of the Wild.

What has been the best things and the worst things that has come with your brush with fame?

I guess the obvious worst thing is that a bit of your privacy gets compromised. It's basically a non issue now but at the time when the show was on, it was pretty crazy. But I guess even now on the off chance someone wants to chat or a even have a photo (eek), I think "did you have to recognise me while I have trackies on and with spew in my unwashed nest hair wandering around the supermarket?" Haha! But everyone I've ever met has been nothing but lovely and it really doesn't bother me one bit if someone wants to say g'day and have a chat.

 And the best thing has been the opportunities that have come from being on the show. I wouldn't have been able to start my business or do half of things I've done without The Block - no question about it! I've had plenty of 'pinch myself' moments and met or connected with some incredible people... I'll always be eternally grateful to the casting team of The Block for taking a chance on Dale and I all those years ago.
 

How has motherhood changed your world?

It's funny because I've always to be a mother and wanted my world to change but it still hits you like a ton of bricks haha. I suppose my priorities have definitely changed, even some of my goals. I used to want to succeed professionally in whatever field I was working in and focus on climbing higher and earning more but now all my energy goes into my children and making sure they're nurtured the way Dale and I had always hoped. For us, that means making the sacrifices we need to make to ensure I can stay home with them for as long as possible.
 

Tell us a bit about Vines of the Wild. What inspired you to do this business?

Well I suppose Van inspired the business most of all. Since becoming a mother, I found myself constantly researching to find natural, non toxic and local pieces for him - whether it be for his nursery, for him to wear or for him to play with and it was becoming such a headache because no one seemed to have everything I needed in one spot. I was sourcing lots of pieces from overseas because no one had natural versions in Australia or I was compromising and just buying bright and bold pieces locally instead of the calming earthy tones I was desperate to surround Van with. Realising there were a lot of like-minded mothers looking for the same things for their children as well as a whole country of incredibly talented mama artisans that wanted to be involved, my first collection of collaborations was born.
 

Your store is beautifully curated. What do you look for when deciding which products to stock?

A lot of people aren't aware that I actually design each and every piece myself from start to finish. I basically look for the gaps that I'm struggling to fill for my own children's needs and start from there. In the beginning when Van was a baby, it was mobiles, sensory rattle balls, nursery prints and building blocks etc. but as he got older, we moved onto puzzles, play-dough, crayons, clocks and bedding. And as he grows and changes even more, so does the business. The next collection is so full of natural exploring aids and play based learning pieces, it's very exciting. Although since having Shep, I'm back in baby world again which I love so expect to see some new injections for really mini ones too.  Once I decide on the piece, I look for the perfect local mama business to bring it to life - everything is made in Australia. Each creative I collaborate with has amazing expertise in their individual field and work so hard trialling and sampling to ensure the product is beyond perfect for the store and represent both of our brands beautifully.
 

Describe your aesthetic and style. Do you have any wardrobe staples? What do you look for in clothing for yourself and your littles?

At the moment, I'm all about keeping things simple but beautiful in both quality and style. I always endeavour to dress all 3 of us (Dale is a lost cause haha) in natural fibres, earthy tones and vintage patterns. I like investment pieces that are timeless and translate across seasons and generations. I want to teach my children to value the few things they have especially in a world that promotes disposable 'everything' - I want the kids to reduce their output and minimise waste. Sustainability is a big part of our family's values.

I know for myself it's super tricky to run a business and be a mother...How do you balance motherhood and work?

Yeah it's a balance I never feel like I've got nailed. I know when I'm struggling with time, the business is always the thing that suffers but I wouldn't have it any other way. There's so much more I'd like to put into Vines of the Wild (ideas I'd love to see come to life) but the kids are at such dependent ages at the moment and it's going to go by so quickly that I can only do what I can do with the way things are at the moment and I'm fine with that.When you're not working, where are your favourite places to go as a family?

Simple places; taking the dogs for a walk down at the open reserve by our house or the beach at sunset or visiting family. My parents have a house in Anglesea so we explore the Great Ocean Road a lot. And Dale's mum has a farm in rural Victoria so we're able to give the kids a good dose of both natural aussie environments.

As parents, what qualities, values and traditions are you hoping to instil in your boys?

I don't think we're different to any other parents just wanting the best for their children. We hope that they feel loved and give love. We hope they're kind, generous, compassionate and understanding people. We hope they follow their talents and passions and use their time here on earth for positive change where and how they can.

Are you able to share with us any future plans or projects?

Just that the next collection will be released in October and it's really exciting... eeek!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mini Muse: Pepper

 
Bonnie and Pepper are the Mother-Daughter duo behind @pepper.pics - we can't think of a more perfect way to work! Pepper's mum, Bonnie is a freelance Graphic Designer and through Instagram has developed herself as a photographer. They've travelled all over Europe, Pepper modelling for childrenswear brands and Bonnie on numerous photography assignments. 
Styling, photography and design have always been a big part of my life. To be able to combine all of this, in so many creative ways is just amazing. I achieve this by expressing myself through pictures and creating various little pieces of art. Everything is still in progress and I still have to learn and develop so much more but I’m slowly getting there." - Bonnie
It all started as a fun thing to do two years ago and through the medium of Instagram has grown into a creative outlet that Bonnie and Pepper love! Such an inspiring story.
I just love to do what I do. Like I said I love every aspect of it. From the beginning where I pick the clothes, visualising concepts in my head, searching for inspiration on Pinterest or Instagram itself, to the styling, photography and making the entire picture. This is what I wanted to do my whole life. Combining those things and just being creative. The fact that I can share this with my girl is the most amazing thing. We were already close but this makes us even closer. Maybe at some point in the future she will not want to do it anymore but until then I will be enjoying it as much as I can. And at the same time, I’m creating memories with and for her." - Bonnie 

We love how Pepper wears this mix of Pilgrim & Feather Drum. Follow this inspiring pair on Instagram @pepper.pics

Photography by: Bonnie 
Quotes: Kokori Blog
Pepper wears (in order of appearance): 
Follow: @Pepper.pics

Pilgrim Women

 

It’s finally here! We’re so thrilled to bring you Pilgrim Women. A sustainable and ethical label featuring clean lines and simple silhouettes. Natural fabrics combined with plant and organic dyes this sustainable label is for Mother and Child. After much demand we have launched these few sought after styles in our luxurious natural linen. Scroll down to take a look at the whole collection. We hope you love it as much as we do! x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography by: Mitchell Tomlinson (@lifewithoutandy)

Assistant: Mitch Major

Model: Georgie Taylor  (@georgiektaylor)

Hair and Make-Up: Jess Diez (@jess_diez)  

Knitwear:  2 Purl with Love x Pilgrim

Styling: Kelly-Lee Wright 

Georgie wears (in order of appearance):   

The Eliza Smock Top + The Slouchies + The Mable SnoodThe Fay Dress | The Amelie Blouse + The Yoko Culottes | The Raven Box Top + The Florence Skirt | The Raven Box Top in Rose + The Yoko Culottes in Rose | The Eliza Smock Top in Charcoal | 

The Raven Box Top + The Florence Skirt | The Eliza Smock Top in Charcoal + The Slouchies in Charcoal | The Amelie Blouse in Charcoal | The Fay Dress in Rose | The Amelie Blouse in Rose + The Slouchies in Stone | The Fay Dress in Charcoal + Du Pom Scarf  

Follow: @Pilgrim_by_featherdrum

Mini Muse: Lola

 

This little muse has us blown away. How can so much coolness exist in one little person?! Making some Pilgrim magic, channeling a mini Yoko Ono and taking it all in her stride! The amazing Mama behind the lens, Esther Cuk captures Lola's beautiful personality and infectious energy. 

 

Photography by: Esther Cuk 
Lola wears (in order of appearance): 
Follow: @Chamila97

AT HOME WITH: GENEVA KARWOSKI

Warning: This interview will make you want to run away to the desert! We caught up with Geneva and her beautiful family to find out whether living in Joshua Tree is truly as magical as it seems…
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Tell us a bit about yourself and your tribe, who you are, what you do and where you live?
Hi, I’m Geneva. I live in the unincorporated Mojave Desert community of Joshua Tree, in Southern California, USA with my husband Andy and our almost 2-year old daughter Prairie. We try to live our days with intention, slowly & consciously.
 
For someone who has never been to the Joshua Tree National Park before, in a few words, tell us what is so special about it and why they should visit?

What I love most about Joshua Tree is hard to put into words, it’s that desert magic. It's so quiet and still and peaceful here, the stars out here are amazing. I can nurse my baby and watch the quails and roadrunners in the yard from my window. We walk out of the front door and there's countless amazing places to hike. There's even a herd of bighorn sheep that live in the neighborhood.

As a visitor to the area, I recommend focusing your time on exploring Joshua Tree National Park. It's the convergence of the Mojave and Colorado deserts and it is 100% magic. There are two entrances to the park on the side, one in 29 Palms, and one in Joshua Tree. Pick one entrance, and drive the route that connects to the other entrance. Stop along the way anywhere that catches your fancy to boulder or hike, you literally can't go wrong. If you have time, divert from your route a bit and visit the Cholla Cactus Garden. It's the coolest and cutest place I promise! Don't forget to bring lots of water with you!

 

Have you always lived there? Are there any highlights in the Joshua Tree Calendar?

We moved here from San Diego shortly after Prairie’s birth.  But I'm originally from Georgia, and my husband is from Kansas/Oklahoma. Andy and I both really treasure the small town experience, and do not consider ourselves big city people by any means. However, we don't really dig the typical small town USA conservative atmosphere. That's a big part of what appealed to us about Joshua Tree. We've been visiting the area for years, and even got married here. What has always stood out to me, aside from the physical beauty (duh, National Park!), was the vibe. J Tree has a long history of attracting dreamers, and there's a huge music, art, and environmental scene here that we really dig. Andy is a musician, so he loves walking in the footsteps of some the greats, like Gram Parsons, who legendarily died at the Joshua Tree Inn (you can stay in the room he died in if you want, or if that's too morbid, try the Donovan Suite). 

 

Where are your favourite hangouts and things to do (with and without Prairie)?

Most of the time, we just like to get out and go for a hike. We love to pack a little picnic and go watch the sun set, we call it “desert happy hour.” But if we are feeling the itch to get out and about on the town as a family we usually go eat at Pappy and Harriett's Pioneertown Palace; which is a restaurant and world famous concert venue (Wanda Jackson is playing there on Saturday!) located in an Old Western movie set which you can explore. 

On a date day without Prairie, you can find us having brunch at our favorite spot,  La Copine and then heading to the Integratron (which is this cedar dome structure built in the 50s by a UFOlogist ) to relax and listen to singing crystal bowls for a sound bath. 

 

Describe your style. What do you look for in the clothing you buy, for both yourself and Prairie?

For both Prairie and myself, I primarily choose items that are functional for our lifestyle, which is messy and active. I reach for my vintage levis and battered sneakers most days and even when I dress up, it’s still usually casual attire. I tend to fluctuate a bit between bohemian prints, and minimal silhouettes with neutral tones and lovely textures. I will pretty much always choose quality over quantity, ethically made and natural fibers are my jam. 

A beautiful family wandering through the desert in Pilgrim…we feel like we're looking through a pair of tinted 70’s sunnies, this is what desert dreams are made of!

 

 

Closet Stories: Introducing Pilgrim by Feather Drum

 

 

Pilgrim By Feather Drum is a personal journey to become more responsible in the way that I manufacture the clothing I design.  At the heart of Pilgrim are the following core values:

Sustainable

Removing the nasty chemicals from the clothes we put on our skin by selecting natural organic fabrics and using natural & non-toxic, low-impact dyeing techniques.

 

    Socially Responsible

    Reducing the impact upon the environment from design right through to logistics, as well as ensuring no workers are exploited, no child labour or forced labour is being used in the manufacturing facility where the garments are produced.

     

      Handcrafted

      Include pieces which skilled artisans have handcrafted instead of robots.
       

      Committed

      To continuously research and develop innovative methods of producing sustainable apparel, including use of recycled raw materials, up-cycling and minimising waste.

           
          The lessons I've learnt (and continue to learn) from this pilgrimage are to be passed down and incorporated across the entire Feather Drum brand.
           
           

          AW17 Collection

           
          Feather Drum has always been about its custom prints and knowing my intentions for Pilgrim, which was to develop a design focused eco-label, it was an opportunity to experiment with keeping things clean and streamlined, to create a line that was modern, edgy, yet still very wearable.   The collection features just two natural fabrics, 100% linen which has been organically plant-dyed and hand knitted woollen pieces, created locally in Sydney by Jen O’Sullivan.  Inspired by a trip to Tokyo in 2016, Japanese inspired silhouettes feature heavily, alongside oversized, and simply structured designs. Pilgrim also marks the introduction of our carefully curated womens line.
           
          Amongst our favourites are the minimalist Raven box shape tee paired with the Yoko front pleat culottes, available for both kids and women, the Michiko cropped leg jumpsuit which adds a utilitarian feel, and the Annie drop-waisted midi-length skirt for its unique back buckle adjustment and oversized patch pocket detail. We love the avant-garde fit of the chunky knit Bolero and of course, we couldn’t surpass some Feather Drum classic designs, such as the Amelie pussy-bow tie blouse, Woodstocker pants and Gitana dress.  Offerings for the tiniest crew members include the Eliza smock (available for all ages), adorably teamed with comfortable slouchies, the Fleetwood skirt with detachable braces, and the Japanese workwear inspired Hiroko quilted jacket, all pieces starting at size 3-6 months. 
           
          For our first venture into Women’s wear we’re offering  a small curated capsule including the Florence button-down maxi skirt, Amelie blouse, Raven Box tee, Yoko Culottes, Slouchies and Eliza smock in sizes XS (AUS size 8) and size  S (AUS size 10).
           
          We look forward to you joining our journey
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           

          Wellbeing: Crystals & Children

          

           

          One of the most beautiful and enlightening qualities of children, is their awareness that life is magical and that all things are alive. They talk to their teddy bears, have conversations with trees, and have an instant rapport with animals. They are equally capable of communing with crystals. 

          To help your child pick the right crystal, take them to a rock shop, museum or place where crystals are naturally occurring i.e. a cave. They will be drawn to their crystal and have a natural attraction to pick them up and fully explore what they feel like in their hand. They will often use all their senses, seeing what the crystal looks like, feeling the texture with their fingertips. Children can respond very quickly to the healing energy of crystals. Let your child carry the crystal in their pocket, or place 1 or 2 in a small medicine bag around the neck. Let your child even sleep with their special crystal under their pillow.

          Please consider the safety notes below with regards to very young children and babies. This doesn't mean that you need to wait to introduce them to crystals. Large crystals which are placed out of crawling or climbing reach can help to create a harmonious atmosphere for a baby's room.

          An amethyst cluster may help to have a calming effect; while a quartz cluster placed so that the sun's rays will reflect onto it can be a source of fascination. Rose quartz stabilises and intensifies the energy of love.

          The below safety notes also don't mean that a baby or very young child shouldn't be allowed to touch a crystal. Sitting with your child on the floor and putting crystals of various textures and shapes out for their examination can be lovely for their development.

          Overall, the presence of crystals in a very young child's life helps them to form a connection to the mineral kingdom which may always be a part of their life.

           

          Programming Crystals with Children

          Working with crystals in this way can be very empowering for a child. You must decide for yourself if you think a child is old enough to understand the basic concept of programming, i.e., "When you think a thought enough and feel and see what you want, all of this goes into the crystal and it helps you to make it happen."

          Let them choose a crystal or crystals they'd like to program. When they've finished you may want to suggest that they put it in a place where no one will touch it.

           

          Some Safety Notes

          Very young children should either not be left alone with crystals or should be past the putting-everything-in-their-mouths stage. They should also understand that crystals should not be thrown, put into the washer, dryer, or any other appliance. 

          Please consult the best available qualified medical help on the acre of your children and use common sense in regards to your children’s health and wellness.

           

          Some Helpful Healing Stones

          As important as it is for a child to have the freedom to choose stones which feel right there are particular stones which can be helpful for certain childhood conditions and crises.

          Nightmares/Insomnia: Amethyst for a child who is troubled by nightmares. Placed under their pillow can put a stop to bad dreams.

          Heartbreak: Children's hearts are tender and easily hurt. (This is at least twice as true for teenagers.) A rose quartz can help to ease the pain.

          Self-esteem: As the child moves towards becoming an independent individual they may find that citrine helps to boost self-confidence.

          Concentration: The child who has difficulty studying may be helped by either carnelian (for being grounded in the present) or sodalite (for clearing up mental confusion).

          Emotional Overwhelm: Moonstone can be wonderful for this condition.

          Patience: Rhodonite is the recommended stone for fostering this condition.

          Communication: If your child has difficulty in asking others for help turquoise can be a useful stone. Blue lace agate is helpful for peaceful communication. Amazonite helps to promote the courage to speak the truth.

           

           

          Popular Stones & their Healing Properties

          Amethyst

          A "Master Healing Crystal". Amethyst's most noted healing quality is its ability to purify and transmute all forms of negativity. For children "in transition", whether it be a growth spurt, a major disappointment such as failing a grade, or even hearing the devastating news of divorce or death, Amethyst accepts all negative emotions and provides comfort through spiritual acceptance. For children with various disabilities or with either physical or emotional pain, an Amethyst cluster in the room will help clear unwanted discharged energies, bringing the room back into a balanced state. For local pain, hold an Amethyst directly on or over the area for up to 20 minutes.

           

          Apache Tear

          The "Grief Stone". Apache Tear is actually Obsidian and is very dark but transparent. When you hold a small piece up to the light you can see through it. However, if you have been using the Apache Tear to absorb negative emotions, you will see it cloud up and become opaque. Sometimes it will clear up after the grieving is over.

           

          Aventurine

          The "Leadership Stone". Aventurine strengthens and restores the Heart energy, providing a balance of male and female energies. This crystal is green and very loving, embracing, and protective of the Heart. Many children who are shy, timid, or suppressing their leadership qualities need a crystal like Aventurine. This stone helps the individual to become active and to initiate action on their own accord. Asthmatic children seem attracted to this stone as it opens up the lungs and they experience a sense of relief.

           

          Carnelian

          A "Self-Esteem Crystal". Carnelian is used to help restore feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem. The deep orange colours relate well to strengthening and blending the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd chakras, promoting self-security and self-love. The pinker shades relate to enhancing love between child and parent, through self-acceptance. This crystal is also used for dermatological ailments such as acne, by holding the stone over the skin and moving it in circles for several minutes, several times a day.

           

          Clear Quartz

          The "Healing Crystal". Clear Quartz is a general all-purpose healing crystal. Each Quartz crystal has its own energy signature and healing mission. When a child makes contact with the right crystal, the energy is discharged either very slowly, or quite suddenly so it feels like a very mild electric shock. This natural energy can be just enough to transform a disharmonious thought pattern, burn off some negative emotional state, or even place the spiritual seeds of one's future into consciousness. Using a cluster of Clear Quartz crystals for children is particularly nice, as so many different types of crystals (record-keepers, transmitters, channellers, etc.) are included. There's a crystal for any occasion! Crystal clusters are also helpful to organise scattered thoughts and to deflect negative energies.

           

          Rose Quartz

          "The Love Stone". Rose Quartz is another terrific general healing crystal for children especially for those who have a lot of hurt feelings or aggressive tendencies. Rose Quartz can soothe a broken heart shattered by seeing raw Reality - the ways things are, rather than the way one wants them to be. For hyperactive children Rose Quartz soothes erratic emotional states, anxiety, fear, compulsions, and many other mental disorders. Some neurological benefits have also been noticed with muscle spasms relaxing when Rose Quartz is guided over the nerve centres. For young hearts, Rose Quartz helps to keep the Heart chakra open, vital and protected, filtering in good energies and keeping out the bad.

           

          Lapis Lazuli

          A "Psychic Balance Stone". Lapis Lazuli is an incredible stabiliser for children who show psychic gifts early in life. The deep blue colour stimulates expansion of consciousness in a supportive way, promoting purification and clarity of spiritual insight. Lapis Lazuli provides self-acceptance of one's given gifts and encourages openness of one's spiritual awareness. This stone is highly prized for its protective powers and stimulation of all psychic senses.

           

          Jade

          A "Soother of Emotions Stone". Jade is easily obtained and can be openly worn by children as regular "jewellery". Emotionally sensitive children often need a supportive system to ensure that their feelings do not overwhelm them. Jade enhances confidence, self-assurance, and self-reliance. Jade is very inspirational in helping one achieve one's desires in life. This stone is often available from a Chinese goods merchant and is often sold in the shape of thin coins.

           

          Tiger Eye

          A "Grounding Stone". Tiger Eye has thin rutile inclusions, and when rocked back and forth the light reflects in a certain way as if the tiger's eye were winking at you! Let your children explore this fascinating stone and help them find the flashing Tiger's Eye. This stone is excellent for grounding psychic energy and providing security for opening up the psychic centres. Sometimes children get carried away and get lost in their dream world. Tiger Eye helps to pull them back into their bodies (after astral travel). This stone is very useful to put action to one's thoughts. Tiger's Eye is about being practical. Perhaps every parent needs one for their child before trips to the shopping mall.

           

          Pyrite

          A "Protection Stone". Iron Pyrite comes in many different shapes, from sun discs to cubes. Children are attracted to its shiny brassy surfaces. Pyrite is like a small mirror; negative energy is reflected away. The terror of being unprotected is reduced. There is also a feeling of physical empowerment, that life in the physical form is perfect, and love is abundant.

           

          Here are some links for some of our favourite places to get crystals from or to visit with your little ones:

          Our Satellite Hearts - Amazing crystals, minerals, books, homewares and accessories!

          Courtney + The Babes - Crystals and essential oil blends.

          Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens - Some of the biggest crystals in the world and stunning gardens. Such a good family day out.

          Jenolan Caves - Stunning Mineral Caves deep in the Blue Mountains, another great day out.

          Mineralism - Amazing Rock shop in Glebe, Sydney

          Rock & Co - Our favourite online crystal store.

           

          Research via:  Holistic Shop | Astrologyzine | Crystal Vaults

          Closet Stories: AW//2017 Inspiration

          Ssshhh… Here’s a sneak peak at the inspiration behind our Autumn / Winter 2017 collection.  We have been drawing on Folklore and Fairy Tales to create a collection with a youthful beauty and contrasting dark side.  Let your little ones express their inner spirit in these dark bohemian pieces fit for adventure and magic, we’re also pretty excited to announce, the always popular Tulle skirt is back in black for the mini-Maleficent. 

          Images via:  Pinterest | Google Images

          At Home with: Stacie Hess

           

          We caught up with Stacie Hess to find out a little about this amazing mama, behind the lens.

          TELL US , WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT  DO YOU DO?

           I’m a mommy to an incredibly dynamic little 8 year old.  A globe trotting photographer and model who first started in front of the camera at the age of 11.  Acting brought me to Los Angeles, from Hawaii, at the age of 14, as one of the original Disney movie girls.  I first picked up a camera just a few years ago and am totally self taught. I prefer to be behind the lens these days!

          WHAT ARE YOUR LIKES?

          Traveling.  Great food. The beach.

          FAVOURITE QUOTE

          “It is what it is” — because it is. I think I say this way too much (my mom can’t stand it haha), but I try not to let anything affect me too much.  To take it in, realize it and move on. A reminder that we take the bad with the good. Life is a constant and always moving. No matter how good or bad a situation is, it will change.

          CURRENT LOCATION

           Having a fabulous vacation along the Mexican Caribbean coast at the Papaya Playa Project in Tulum [a destination described as a “communal playground for the creative community”  promoting a holistic and spiritual lifestyle and raising the bar for sustainability and cultural awareness within the hospitality industry…we can’t wait to go!!!]

          How gorgeous is Amelia in these shots from Tulum, scroll on for tropical day-dreamy goodness!

           

          Photography by: Stacie Hess

          Amelia wears (in order of appearance): 

          Sierra Gown Arizona Stripe | Tilly Sleeveless Button - Through Maxi Denim | Madalene Mini Smock Dress

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