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

          Follow: www.staciehess.com 

          @staciehess

          The Holiday Gift Guide

          We loved putting this one together because shopping for babies is so much fun! Here’s a few of our favourite finds to put a smile on their cheeky little faces.
          1. Sebra Crochet Deer on Wheels – Pip and Sox // Cleverly designed so the deer can be removed from the base as your child gets older!
          2. Natural Stacker – Wooden Story // So soft from beeswax and botanical oils, delightful colours of various kinds of wood, so safe & from nature!
          3. Vintage Knit Baby Booties – Boheme Goods // The most amazing curation of vintage goods. Raise Boheme with vintage & preloved children's clothes and toys. From a wicker dolls chair & pram, to wooden fruit & baby moccasins.
          4. Rainbows 5 Piece Bamboo Dinner Set Love Mae // Beautiful bamboo dinner set that is also kind to the planet. The quality is amazing and of course the design is too cute for words.
          5. Rose Quartz RattleGrimms // Suitable from birth this Rose Quartz rattle is available in other birth stones. 
          6. Lily Summer Baby Romper – Feather Drum // A pure soft cotton jersey Summer baby romper featuring our foget-me-knot ditsy print. Available in size newborn - 1
          7. Feather Nursery Mobile – Nest Accessories // Bring a sense of calm and wonder into your nursery with this Feather Mobile. 
          8. & Teether – Wooden Story // Specially designed to rub delicate gums, we're a fan of this ampersand shape.
          9. Cassidy Summer Baby Romper – Feather Drum // A pure crinkle cotton Summer baby romper featuring flared fit shorts, delicate lace insert detailing, elasticated rear waist and adjustable cross back straps in a beautiful shade of dark teal. Available in size newborn - 1
          10. Owen Bib – Billy Bibs // A one of a kind bib that is drool worthy! These bibs are made to enhance your little ones outfit. Each one comes fully reversible so you can easily style them.
          11. Polepole Wooden Animals – T-Lab // Whimsical wooden animals from T-Lab have been around in Japan for over 10 years! Polepole (poh-leh poh-leh) meaning slowly, slowly in Swahili describes how these little guys are created. Each animal is hand carved from a soft light wood and then hand-painted with the sweetest expressions and patterns.
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          A little bit of everything for those special first years. So many lovely things out there, this guide could have been a few pages long!
          1. The Getaway Tale – Candylab // These toys are awesome! A '60s American modernist vibe carved into the coolest wooden toys.
          2. Silver Cloud Bucket Hat – Feather Drum // Shield your eyes from the bright summer sun with bohemian style. Our wide brim faux suede bucket hat in silver grey helps to do just that. Trimmed with our metal feather logo badge, this hat is lightweight and can amazingly fold up, perfect for popping into Mum's beach bag!
          3. Tribal Beat Necklace & Bracelet – Feather Drum //  Created in harmony with the genius that is Bluebird Co. who hand make these unisex statement pieces using durable waxed cotton and Hill Tribe silver beads.
          4. Poem for Sippy Uncle Bearskin Productions // The second book in the Sippy and Sunny series. The adventures take a detour to reflect upon Sippy’s journey from one generation to the next. Brigitte May’s stunning illustrations take young and old into Sippy’s world reminding us all of the importance of love, magic and imagination.
          5. Peace & Love Blocks – Wooden Story // Engraved with words like: Peace, Love, Conscious, Freedom, Truth, Accept, Happy. They invite you to play in the world of beautiful ideas. A perfect present for kids and grownups.
          6. Camilla X-Back Maxi Dress – Feather Drum // A stunning very full skirted maxi dress overflowing with pure cotton fabric, in our bold paisley inspired Bluesfest print, tiered to perfection and featuring a concealed adjustable strap back. A bohemian signature piece for this Summer. Available in size 1 - 12
          7. Bed Canopy Numero 74 // Create a magical space with this bed canopy. Can be used for outdoor play to create a secret shady spot or as an indoor cubby.
          8. Tiger Cushion – Numero 74 // We love this embroidered cushion by Numero 74. Perfect for that cosy reading corner!
          9. All Natural Play Dough – Happy Hands Happy Heart // Created using plant based dyes to mimic flavours found in nature and scents that encourage general well being and calm.
          10. Wishbone Balance Bike – Wishbone Design Studio // Made from sustainably-harvested birch and eucalyptus wood, non-toxic glues and finishes, and recycled packaging. The unique "wishbone" frame can be flipped, and with an adjustable seat height of 28-46cm/11-18 inches, Wishbone Bike is one smallest and the tallest balance bikes on the market - all in one!
          11. Leaf Crayon Set – Vines of Wild //  This sweet set of 12 crayons in a natural leaf shape are made from scratch using all natural and sustainably sourced plant waxes and beeswax. They are coloured in soft earthy tones with non-toxic pigments which provide a vibrant hue on paper.
          12. Feather Shield Muscle Tee - Feather Drum //  Our signature longer fit muscle tee is made from a quality 100% cotton jersey fabric. Featuring a front chest pocket and large Feather Drum Shield back print, in vintage black. Available in size 3 months - 12

          Bluebird Co + Feather Drum

          We’ve teamed up with Bluebird Co. to create something a bit special for you and your little ones this Christmas. Dance to the beat of your own drum while wearing these contemporary tribal inspired pieces.
          Bluebird Co. hand-make these unisex statement treasures using durable waxed cotton and Hill Tribe silver beads. They feature a beautiful pendant that draws upon the tribal custom of fine lines but with a smooth, modern finish. These jewels are a special collection of petite jewellery for little people that can be kept long after they are worn as a special reminder of the adventurous little hands and feet that wore them. Available to order as a necklace, bracelet or anklet, the Tribal Beat design evokes a bohemian feel and is guaranteed to become a new staple piece for all accessory lovers, both young and old.
          Find these special little stocking fillers on our online store 
           
           
           

          Photography Shaanti Senaratne

          Clothing Feather Drum

          Jewellery Bluebird Co.

          Follow @bluebird_co

           

          An Adventure of the Heart

          Feather Drum are now proud sponsors of the amazing charity 'An Adventure of the Heart’ this newly launched fundraising initiative, raises funds and awareness for the work of the remarkable Australian obstetrician Dr Catherine Hamlin. Described by The New York Times as a modern-day “Mother Teresa”, Dr Hamlin is a two time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and now at 92 years of age, has selflessly devoted almost her entire life to healing mothers in Ethiopia, suffering from the terrible childbirth injury, obstetric fistula.
           
           
          Obstetric fistula is a devastating medical condition which affects mothers during childbirth. There’s no subtle description for it – a fistula (hole) develops between the birth canal and either the bladder or rectum (or both), and is usually caused by days of obstructed labour without adequate medical care, when the pressure of the baby’s head against the mother’s pelvis cuts off blood supply to the surrounding tissues. 
           
          Nearly all affected women are afflicted with urinary and/or faecal incontinence, foul smelling discharge, irritation and infections, as well as suffering stillbirth and ensuing infertility. If that wasn't traumatic enough, as they are unable to control their flow of urine, the result is an offensive odour that they are unable to rid themselves of. Most women are then sadly abandoned by their husbands and families, and ostracised from their communities. It is the social isolation, stigma and loss of dignity that leaves the most damaging scars – the unimaginable suffering these poor, humiliated women endure is truly heartbreaking.
          Obstetric fistula is not a pretty story, but it is such an important one to tell, as it is almost entirely preventable. It is considered a disease of poverty because of it’s tendency to occur in women in poverty-stricken countries, such as sub-Sahara Africa, who do not have the health resources like we are so fortunate to have here in Australia.  
           
          Two friends, Marika Jarv and Lisa Brown, recently felt compelled to help in some way, and so together they co-founded 'An Adventure of the Heart’. Their vision is about bringing together the finest of Australian talent and design, all in the name of compassion. Thoughtfully curated gifts donated from their favourite people, places and labels will soon be on offer to purchase from their online store (launching late November), with 100% of proceeds promised to Dr Hamlin's charity, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.
          Wonderful supporters of this cause includes the likes of Rachel Castle, Kara Rosenlund, Mark Tuckey, The Beach People, My General Store, Splice Boutique, Pony Rider, Unclebearskin Productions, Little Winnie, Knap Store, KITX, Jac+Jack, Minouche,
          Bonne Mere and of course Feather Drum!
          For more information please visit
           
          For news and announcements please follow An Adventure of the Heart on Instagram
           

          At Home with: The Isaac Family

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

          We caught up with creative Chloe Isaac to find out more about her beautiful little family. 

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          TELL US MORE ABOUT THE ISAAC FAMILY, WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO?

          It started as two kids: a spontaneous, free spirited Chloe met a driven, overly serious and creative Chris. We were so young, so different and yet so in love. We married at 21, travelled and pursued our dreams together. We’ve bought caravans, camper vans and pretty much anything we could make a home on wheels. We lived to travel; to explore and discover – so long as we were together.  Heading into our thirties our family doubled. And just like that there was Harper and Hayes – our game changers. Nowadays we have a really busy house! The twins have brought a whole new, crazy, chaotic and beautiful dynamic to our lives. Chris is a musician and a corporate sell out all in one. He travels lots for work; meaning I have become somewhat of a master at the juggling act.  I am a freelance photographer and graphic designer, but these days, it’s more like being a full-time mama-bear.

           

          WHEN WERE THE TWINS BORN? 

          January 28th, 2016 Harper and Hayes entered our world, just 12 minutes apart. 

           

          WAS IT A GOOD PREGNANCY?

          I definitely was not one of those women who loved pregnancy, it's not that I had a particularly bad time, it's just that being classified as a high risk pregnancy, I was under pretty strict instructions to stop work, rest, and pretty much be a vegetable on my lounge for the next 9 months. I know, most people would love that right?  This was by far the hardest thing for me to do! To bound myself to the house for 9 months, let's just say my relationship with Netflix grew rather rapidly during that time. I had all the symptoms from intense nausea to crippling sciatica. There was maybe a period of 6 weeks where I felt that beautiful mama glow.  The first time I felt them move, roll and kick, I felt like my heart would leave my chest. The strongest most intimate connection I had ever felt.  Towards the end my belly had grown so big and I was just so uncomfortable I was practically begging for them to arrive. I made it to 36 weeks.

           

          HOW HAS PARENTHOOD CHANGED YOUR WORLD? WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES? 

          Nothing is ever easy with two babes, it's always a juggle and often a challenge. We were that kind of couple. The kind who always imagined life wouldn't change all that much, we could easily adapt our babe into our nomad lifestyle. But, what we had imagined and what reality had, were two very different things.  From the minute the twins entered our world it was turned upside down, in the best, most exhaustingly, beautiful way possible. We said goodbye to spontaneity and hello to routine. Nothing could have ever prepared us for Harper and Hayes.

          We have always been night owls, from late night gigs to 2am brain storming sessions. To have to get used to early nights and waking before the sun was definitely an adjustment.  I would say the hardest!  Walking into parenthood has been the most beautiful, raw, unpredictable, emotional roller coaster ever. There is absolutely nothing in this world that could ever compare to it. The intense love and vulnerability you feel every day becomes more of an adventure then the mind could ever prepare you for.

           

          WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU NOW?

          Our typical day starts with a 5.30 am wake up call, usually the sound of Hayes whale slapping his feet into the bottom of his cot. Followed rather closely with a large cup of coffee, to help get me through the morning chaos. Most days are spent at home with daily outings to the park. We are big fans of picnicking and keeping our local ducks well fed. Afternoons are our wind down time before witching hour sneaks in.

           

          WHAT VALUES ARE YOU HOPING TO INSTIL IN YOUR CHILDREN?

          I think the biggest thing we want for our babes is for them to know how deeply they are loved. If we can instil anything, it would be to love unconditionally. To accept people of all shapes, colours, and sizes, to appreciate the small things in life, to walk lightly and to live with a gentle spirit and honest heart.

           

          ANY TIPS FOR NEW PARENTS, ESPECIALLY EXPECTING MULTIPLE BIRTHS?

          Remove all expectation and gracefully accept help and support.

           

           

          Photography by:  Chloe Isaac
          Harper wears: Cassidy Summer Baby Romper in Dark Teal
          Hayes wears: Feather Shield Muscle Tee

          The Edit: Rose Quartz Everything

          Are we all dreaming in Rose Quartz?  No, it’s not a dream,  it seems everything is this exact shade of pink since Pantone named it the colour of 2016. This soft shade has a certain lightness and sheerness about it, lending itself well to layering with light grey and soft whites. So why this particular rosy hue? It was trend forecasted by Pantone and if you're half-interested in aesthetics, it's actually a very interesting anthropological and social insight into our current cultural trends.
          Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year
          As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfil our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace. - Pantone
          It seems we're all looking for some respite in this noisy, turbulent time and Tumblr's favourite shade, Rose Quartz, might just be what we need. So, relax, take a deep breath and browse some of our favourite rosy finds.

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