Saturday, September 14, 2013

ALAND // Fashion from Korea!

I recently went on a work trip to Hong Kong! How lucky am I!! Whilst there I discovered the coolest, hippest store called 'ALAND'. They originate from Korea. Not only was I amazed by how cool their clothing and accessories were, the fixtures and the actual space made me hang out in the store for literally hours!! I may have been deliriously tired also, but it really was an amazing store. Love their use of wood!

Enjoy the pics and check out their website here.

Saturday, July 27, 2013


It seems my handmade wooden platters have created a bit of attention! I originally made these for my engagement party after searching high and low for a long platter that wasn't too pricey.

I have now sold all of my original platters and am taking orders for more! I'll be working on some new designs soon, so stay tuned!

Anyone interested in a handmade platter, email me at

Enjoy x

Monday, April 22, 2013

DREAMCATCHER WORKSHOP // Our first 'craft with love' event

Our first 'Craft with love' workshop with Princess Polly Geelong was a hit! It was a great experience  for me to stand up in front of a class and luckily I had the help of my lovely friend Micaela. We both love to craft and we are very passionate about what we do!

It was great to see so many girls come together and have a go at crafting! I loved how everyones personality came thru in what they created. The colours they chose for their dreamcatcher, whether it was very detailed or had little detail. It was just great to come together and do something fun!

It's safe to say everyone bonded over the difficulty of making a dreamcatcher, sipped some delicious teas and ate those scrumptious scones made by the lovely Courtney from Princess Polly. All round it was a successful and fun night had by all!

Here are some photos that captured the evening. Stay tuned for the next event!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

CRAFT WITH LOVE // craft workshop at Princess Polly

Wow exciting times over here at All you need is love + design blog!! We have collaborated with the lovely girls at Princess Polly Geelong to host craft workshop 'Craft with love'! This will be a lot of fun and spaces are limited so get in quick! Hope to see you there!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

HELLO MAY // a new kind of bridal magazine!

The amazing creative duo (Sophie + Emma) have just launched the first issue of their wedding mag 'Hello May'. But it's no ordinary bridal mag. It's amazing, creative, connective, inspiring, and you could even say it's the Frankie of wedding mags!

For bride's to be you can order your copy exclusively online here.
Issue 2 and onwards will be available from newsagents Australia wide from June 1st! Yay!

Join me in congratulating these lovely ladies for their wonderful magazine and bringing a new kind of bridal magazine to the modern brides & grooms of today!

Without giving too much away here are some of my favourite pages -

Learn more about the girls here - including their dream wedding destinations and their playlist favourites!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

INTERVIEW + GIVEAWAY // So Little Time Co.

Wow it's our first ever G I V E A W A Y !!!!!!
Kirsty from So Little Time Co. has offered one lucky All you need is love + design reader a piece of jewellery from her collection! 

How to enter 
3. Share this post on your timeline (you can do this from our facebook page)

Be quick the winner will be announced Friday March 8th! 

I hope you enjoy reading about Kirsty's little adventure from Graphic Design into being a jewellery designer and maker! And good luck for the giveaway!!

What inspired the name 'So little time' and what does it mean to you?

The name So Little Time came from the original items we were making when we first started, that being watches, but even though we have stopped making those pieces, I really feel the name applies to so many aspects of the business and life, and people so easily relate to it.

Tell us the story of how 'So little time' began?
I started the business at the end of 2010, when I was working as a graphic designer. It didn't take long for me to realize that the work I was doing as a designer was so controlled by the client and not creatively fulfilling any more. I soon found myself wanting to create on my terms rather than someone elses. I found myself spending hours writing down ideas, sketching, researching and working out what exactly it would be that would allow me to create something that would make me happy, and something that I could share with others. After plenty of testing with all sorts of mediums, laser cutting included, which allow me to combine wood and illustration, So Little Time Co was born.

Tell us a bit about yourself, your background and what path led you to be a 
jewellery designer/maker?
I've always been inspired to make things with my hands, and my mother loves to tell stories of my cut and paste adventures as a child. Graphic Design was a natural choice for me after school and a few years later I had finished my degree and started out as junior in local a studio. It was really all just a natural progression for me from there and soon enough I wasn't getting what I needed creatively from the job and found myself needing to create things that made me happy.

What is the inspiration behind your designs?
I've always felt like So Little Time Co. is an extension of my own creativity. Im inspired by the amazing texture of wood, whimsical stories and fairytales and the colours that line the paint isle, among other real life things, such as my quirky pet bunny, Frankie, my collection of paper art and my blog. Sometimes the best ideas come from just doing.

Where can we find your one of kind pieces?
You can find them on my website and also at my Etsy shop. I also have a number of stockists - Craft Victoria, Obus and Dorothy and Evelyn just to name a few. (  

What can we look forward to from So little time in the future?
I write down goals for my little business every year and I think there will be a few changes for So Little Time Co. this year. There will be more markets, more blogging and sharing photos and my process and maybe a bit more of a branch out product wise. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

INTERVIEW TIME // Tessa Blazey - Jewellery Designer

I had the pleasure of interviewing Tessa Blazey the Jewellery designer/maker behind some of the most unique jewellery I've ever seen, including my very own engagement ring! I was excited to discover her collaborations with fashion designer Alexi Freeman! They teamed up in 2011 and again in 2012 and are showcasing their new piece 'Gown of Shadows' at Craft Victoria's upcoming exhibition 'Signature Style'. You can check this out from March 7th - April 27th at Craft Victoria. For more info click here.

I hope you enjoy reading about the amazingly talented Tessa Blazey as much as I did!  I just love all of her amazing work. I'm off to pick out a wedding band to go with my amazing engagement ring. Wish me luck!! xx

Tell us a bit about yourself, your background and what path led you to be a jewellery designer/maker? 
I had previously practised Sculpture and Interior Design - I believe interior design lead me to jewellery. I was very fond of the scale of model making so the transition from interior into jewellery seemed a natural progression. I loved the idea of working in a miniature scale and it's accessibility as a sole practitioner. A piece could be invented and realised without having to involve anyone else. I spent much of my spare time as a child playing dress ups and I was quite obsessed with rummaging through my mother's crocodile skin jewellery box. I also inherited some lovely pieces of costume jewellery from my grandmother as a teenager and since that time became an avid jewellery collector. In 2004 I had my daughter Mila and wanted to find an occupation that utilised my creative skills and interests, that was (time) flexible and allowed me to work from a home studio. A friend and jeweller Kim Victoria Wearne suggested I enrol in jewellery course to give it a try. After completing a short course at the CAE I was utterly captivated with it and soon after enrolled in Jewellery at NMIT. 

What is the inspiration behind your work?

I see jewellery as a miniature form of Sculpture and Interior Design. They all utilise the imagination, form, space and shifting scales. Since taking up jewellery I have been fascinated with the natural forms of minerals. The structures of these minerals are extraordinarily beautiful, they often grow in very pure geometric forms that look artificial or manufactured when they are in fact naturally occurring (i.e tetrahedrons, cubes, octahedron's, dodecahedron's and icosahedron's). Many of them resemble a form of miniature architecture. I imagine them operating at contradictory scales - like tiny building or even fictive cities. I draw much of my inspiration for jewellery from the geometric forms of these mineral specimens - but also from architecture and experimental fashion design. 

Where can we find your one of a kind pieces?

I have been represented by Pieces of Eight Gallery since 2009. Melanie Katsalidis (Pieces of Eight - Owner & Director) has been an incredibly supportive mentor to me and I find all her comments and advice incredibly valuable. Most of my precious work is stocked at Piece of Eight. I also have other jewellery ranges stocked at Craft Victoria, Black Finch, Luft & Stockroom, CoTA, Jam Factory & Gaffa. 

What can we look forward to from you in the future? Local fashion designer Alexi Freedman and I have worked on several collaborative 'jewellery gowns' together and we have recently finished a new piece entitled Gown of Shadows for Craft Victoria's upcoming exhibition Signature Style which runs from March 7th - April 27th. I cannot wait for the opening - it's going to be an incredible group exhibition!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

PEACE, LOVE & LETTERPRESS // wedding stationery

Amongst all my researching, blogging and hunting on pinterest for wedding inspiration I came across this cute stationery company called PEACE, LOVE & LETTERPRESS. They do everything letterpress from wedding invitations to business cards. I am so inspired by their story I'm ready to race out and buy my own "mike" (you'll have to read the about us section of their website, then you'll know what I mean!) And best of all they are from Geelong! Courtesy of their blog here are some snippets of their work -

Friday, January 18, 2013

EATwell // More juice!

Ok.. My second EATwell post! I'm keeping this promise of consistency to my blog in the new year! Anyway I hope you enjoy this delightful fresh summer drink. Once again beetroot, carrot and mint from my very own veggie garden! Enjoy!

Photography + Styling by - Stephanie Brehaut (me!)

Thursday, January 10, 2013


Today I'm interviewing the very talented duo behind HOUSE of CÒR! After living in Europe for a few years the couple returned home to launch their fashion label CÒR in May on home soil, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. Since then have been selling their unique women & mens clothing range at the Village Markets in Burleigh Heads and on their online store. Check it out hereI hope you enjoy the insights! 

How did you come up with the name "HOUSE of CÒR" and what does it mean to you?

We thought long and hard about a name that would be more than just a word - it needed to mean something to us. The name 'CÒR' came about due to the simple fact that we feel this business is the core of everything we've both wanted for a long time. We feel like we've put our hearts and souls into this business and COR is actually 
the Latin word for heart. It was the perfect name! Since the business has evolved and we are now stocking a few other brands on our website, we needed a name for the business as a whole, so we changed it to HOUSE of CÒR. CÒR is still the name of our own label and the clothing and accessories we make/produce ourselves.

Tell us the story of how HOUSE of CÒR began?

Starting a clothing label has been Tristan's dream and goal for as long I have known him, so we decided to join forces and be business partners as well as boyfriend/girlfriend! Which has been surprisingly easy so far! ;) Our recent return to Australia after having lived in Europe for a few years, was the perfect timing to get the business started.We started applying for market stalls around the Gold Coast in May, and have since gotten a small following on Instagram and Facebook. We love going to markets, as people are usually there to find stuff that is new and not in stores yet - and we really appreciate the support for small local businesses!

Tell us a little bit about your background - what path led you to becoming a designer/owner of a clothing brand?

Tristan and I are both very visual and creative. And both very interested in fashion! Tristan studied visual merchandising many years ago , and in 2011 did a fashion course to gain more knowledge of the industry.
Having studied photography and currently working freelance, I have always had a visual eye and an interest in fashion photography, which is something that has benefitted me greatly in the way I see shape, patterns and colour. 

What has inspired your designs so far? 

Both our own designs and the few labels we stock have a specific look and feel about them. Moving from Melbourne, to Europe, and currently living on the Gold Coast has not necessarily been easy! Our style is very different from most things on the Coast and could probably be classed as european in many ways. We tend to describe out styles as raw and edgy, but all our designs have a certain basic minimalism.

What can we look forward to from HOUSE of CÒR?

We have BIG plans for HOUSE of CÒR! 2013 will be the year for overseas fabric sourcing and brand new
designs for CÒR, new market locations around Australia, possibly stocking new amazing labels in our online 
store, and just continuing the development of HOUSE of CÒR. 2013 wil be a huge year and we can't wait!

How cool is that skull by 337design. You can find these guys at the Village Markets in Burleigh Heads as well!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

MOODBOARD // all that glitters is gold!

1 - Ring by Jewel Mint, 2 - Oxfords at Nasty Girl, 3 - Metallic Paper Bags by Uashmama, 4 - Metallic Gold Knit by H&M, 5 - Cocktail Forks by Sucre Shop on Etsy

Thursday, January 3, 2013

REAL WEDDINGS // Lisa & Shaun

The beautiful spring wedding of Lisa + Shaun in Geelong, Victoria. A great couple and I love the date they got married (10.11.12)! You couldn't possibly forget your anniversary!

The quote they asked me to incorporate into their wedding invitation is just beautiful -
"happiness is being married to your best friend".
Enjoy! xx

Photography - Stephanie Brehaut (me!)

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