flower lovin’ at florals by silva

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I was taken aback last week when I popped into The Grounds of Alexandria for a coffee and a wander about. I hadn’t realised that there was a florist there (or perhaps I had just been in when this section of the grounds was closed). Needless to say, it was a marvellous discovery and I whipped out my camera to capture some of the floral phenomenon at Florals by Silva.

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so I just discovered koskela (omfg!)

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I must start this post with an apology; Koskela, I’m sorry it took me so long to discover you. However, now that I’ve experienced the magic of your store, I’m declaring my love for you and intend to serenade you with that John Mayer song, Your Body is a Wonderland. Because, truly, that’s how I feel after having walked around the space last weekend. Creatives, have a medic on standby for this store tour. It’s colourful, it’s quirky and it’s a whole lotta lovely!

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | It was Mumma Creatives 60th birthday on Saturday, so I pulled my craft box out (yes, I am a 31 year old man with a craft box!) and made some personalised gift tags using paint card samples from Bunnings. I love using these cards because the range of colours is just amazing. With the help of a balloon-shaped hole punch I got from Lincraft, I made my own little gift tags that are very one-of-a-kind. What do you think?

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what’s fresh and fabulous at typo this month

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I can always turn to the team at Typo when it  comes time to rotate my office trinkets, pimp out my homewares or update my stationery. For July, they have not disappointed me in the slightest with their range of fun and bright new items. Shall we take a look at my top picks from Typo for the month of July? Yes, I think we should!

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a little indulgence at sparkle cupcakery

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It’s safe to say that I’m addicted to sugar. If I didn’t run regularly I’m not sure in what state my body would be in (actually, a pretty blissful one). In any event, I was delighted to pop into the wonder that is Sparkle Cupcakery at the weekend and finally try one of their fantastic cupcake creations. I’m going to keep it real and admit that they’re going to be a staple in my diet from here on in because they’re that good. And on a sidenote, I will need to run more.

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have you been to the new lakota trading?

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Is it possible to fall in love with a photograph? Because these ones of the brand new Lakota Trading in Kensington – snapped by the amazing Cath Muscat – are making my heart skip a beat. In case you’re out of the loop on exactly what Lakota Trading is – brace yourself. It is, without a doubt, one of the best used furniture emporiums Sydney has to offer. And thanks to a change in ownership, it has a new lease of life and its vintage charm is going to take the city by storm!

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | Sunday’s wet weather did not stop me from getting out to scout for creative finds. Top3 by Design rewarded me for my troubles with the discovery of these amazing Gascoigne & King candles. These luxury soy candles come in a variety of scents, but the Figue has to be my fave for its timeless, earthy fragrance. Once you sniff these bad boys you’ll be hooked. I recommend ordering an intervention in advance!

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | It’s no secret that I pretty much need coffee drip-fed to me on a daily basis (is four coffees too many?), so when I spotted these amazing Lavazza A Modo Mio machines at Myer at the weekend I went a little batty with excitement. I’m in love with the colourful sheen on these ┬ábad boys and the blue and green shades have to be my favourite. Check out their website for the full colour range!

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this week’s top seven creative finds

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1 | I spotted these amazing apple pendants on the Modflowers blog this week and I’m absolutely smitten with them. The apples are hand crafted, while the fabric is vintage and sourced by Modflowers’ creator Sharon Everest. They’re in short supply at the moment but keep your eyes peeled for upcoming releases – and scope out Sharon’s Etsy store for some very happy fabric creations!

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flowers, food and fun at the EQ village markets

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I’ve been ordering my groceries online lately. Advantage: I have more time of a weekend to do store tours. Downside: I don’t get my in-person food fix! A trip to the Entertainment Quarter Village Markets was about to change all that, as I wandered through this extravaganza of fresh produce, flowers and random wares. It was the start of a blossoming romance!

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