fabrik | a giveaway

Monday, 28 April 2014

-- this is a sponsored post --

I was recently sent some beautiful cotton children's clothes from Fabrik. Designer and owner, Sarah Hardie creates soft, wearable pieces with pretty details reminiscent of a bygone era. Sarah describes her brand as "a seamless blend of classic and contemporary, floral and batik, cotton and lace". Sounds kind of perfect, right?

My favourite piece for Marguerite this autumn/winter are the ginger pants in midnight; constructed of soft, light layers of cotton voile and lined for comfort and warmth, they are the perfect transeasonal pant. The loose, comfortable style is perfect for crawlers while the beautiful shell buttons and subtle lurex stripe add just the right amount of detail.

There's plenty of other favourites too, including this sweet baby cardigan. And for the bigger girls - a gorgeous military jacket and this sweet tulle dress are on my list for Lalie.

Fabrik are generously offering a $100 voucher to spend at their online store. Be sure to browse the beautiful collection of babies and children's clothes, womenswear and homewares and simply leave a comment telling us what you'd be adding to your cart, should you be the lucky winner.

This giveaway is open to international readers. I'll draw a winner at random on Monday 5th of May so be sure to check back for the update on this post! Good luck!

***UPDATE*** This giveaway is now closed. The lucky winner is #26 -  {Jaclyn}. Congratulations, I will be in touch very soon! 

Tasmania revisited | part 1

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

During my recent absence from this space, I have scarcely picked up the camera. Life seems to have caught up on me and my days have been overflowing with washing, sorting, cleaning and trying to keep little people happy (or trying to get them healthy). I keep waiting for the day when I finally feel on top of things again... but I'm starting to wonder if I'll ever get there. Is this constant state of feeling behind on - well, everything - a new reality for me? I keep telling myself that if I just manage to get the house clean, I'll be able to start doing something creative. But I really think it's time to let go of that silly little idea... because, really - a clean house? Elusive dream.

So, until my house is sparkling (don't hold your breath!), I'll leave you with a rather random assortment of holiday snaps from our January Tassie trip. From top to bottom you'll see snippets of a quaint historical village called Ross, rock pools and beaches at Coles bay, the creek running through my friend's property in Margate, the amazing tree walk at Mt Field and, finally, the swimming hole at Margate.

Looking back over these photos, it's incredible how much the girls have changed in such a short time! It's also crazy to think it was so much colder there in the peak of summer than it is here now... in what is supposed to be autumn!


Monday, 7 April 2014

If you were to step inside my home, you would see that I find profound beauty in objects that wear their stories on their surface; the cracks, the bruises, the battle scars of life.

Faded foliage speaks more to me than a fresh bloom. Leather that's scuffed and cracked will always be favoured over the shiny and new. The reverse side of the picture frame reveals the most gorgeous patina; long forgotten and under-appreciated.

I'm making a conscious effort lately to see people in this very same way.

Especially myself.

If I can see profound beauty in these seemingly flawed objects, surely I can embrace imperfections in myself and others in the same way, recognising them as the gifts that they are.

Having a second child is proving to be the ultimate lesson in letting go. I've still got a way to go but I'm slowly accepting the fact that I simply can't be perfect.

More importantly, I'm realising that I don't have to be, either.

wedding photography

Friday, 4 April 2014

Over the last twelve months, I've had the absolute pleasure of capturing memories for some beautiful couples on their wedding day. I've kept things pretty quiet - only taking a few select bookings - as I've been enjoying time with my new baby. However, I am now looking at accepting bookings for later this year and all of next year! If you are getting married (or know of anyone who is) in 2014 / 15, I'd love to hear from you! I am based in North Queensland but am willing to travel (and in some instances, I'll cover most of my travel expenses!) for weddings all over the country.

Please email me oneclaireday(at)gmail(dot)com for more information. I look forward to hearing from you!

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