Freedom Furniture Brooklyn leather sofas

Things I’m loving plus shopping and fashion newsy bits

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, Food and Wine, Life 26 Comments

I must say it’s so, SO good to have energy.

Funny how we take it for granted until it’s whisked away from us. In my case it was in the form of a nasty winter virus. It’s still lingering but it was enough to send me into a healthy, no-drinking campaign.

Before implementing such a ban, I’ll confess there was indeed some beautiful wine sampled.

Things I’m loving

Drinking and eating: The lovely people at Cloudy Bay wines sent Mr SY and I out to sample their Pinot Noir … matched with a duck dish as part of its Duck Trail where some of the top restaurants in Australia and New Zealand have created duck dishes to match this exquisite drop. We were lucky enough to enjoy the offering of crispy skinned twice cooked duck at one of our fave dining spots, Lot 104 at Mooloolaba. If you want to join the Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir Duck Trail, find out where to dine on Cloudy Bay’s Facebook app.

Cloud Bay Pinot Noir Duck Trail | Crispy skinned twice cooked duck | Lot 104 Mooloolaba

Home furnishing: When I come off my self-imposed wine ban, I shall enjoy sipping on a lovely pinot on our new sofas.

Yes, on Sunday friends who own a childcare centre came to pick up our trusty old couch so it could be recycled and turned into a reading corner where no-one would worry about wrecking the furniture.

We were left with this space in anticipation … youngest SY quite liked the cubby-like state of this cushion chaos.

Cushion chaos

And then yesterday, they arrived … our buy-one-get-one-free Brooklyn sofas from Freedom Furniture, a deal secured months ago but one that was worth the wait. After their delivery, I was forced to down keyboard and implement some cushion and throw-rug management. As you do.

Freedom Furniture Brooklyn leather sofas

Reading: Still very much loving the new Renegade Collective magazine. Enjoyed dipping into its third edition fireside on Sunday afternoon. Get on board if you like some inspiration and motivation served up around real stories about people out there making a difference in work and play.

Renegade Collective

Making: Mr SY’s veggie patch is yielding an inordinate amount of rocket. I say when life hands you such a bounty, you head to the Thermomix (or food processor) and whip up a batch of pesto (recipe on the blog Friday).

Fresh rocket from the garden

Shopping newsy bits

My blogging mate, Christina from Hair Romance, has just flown out to the US to attend BlogHer. Have sent her with one specific shopping request. Fingers crossed she’ll be victorious. The exchange rate is not working as much in our favour as it was last year but there are still some good buys to be had.

David Jones: Closer to home, I can get my US accessory brand fix at David Jones. This month they have launched United States of Accessories. The department store is celebrating its star-spangled range of shoes, handbags and accessories from Proenza Schouler to Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Kardashian Kollection, Kate Spade and more.

Dinosaur Designs sale: I’m a huge DD fan but unfortunately will miss this sale. If you’re in Brisbane, then shop for me please (Wintergarden, Queen Street Mall). They only do one sale a year and it’s running from Friday, July 19 through to Sunday, July 21.  There is up to 80% off classic archive pieces and 30-40% off recently discontinued styles. If you live elsewhere, keep an eye out on the DD Facebook page for when a sale might happen near you.

Mobile shopping: Australians are not afraid of chasing an eBay purchase through the store’s mobile/tablet app. Do you use it? Apparently the most expensive item bought to date on a mobile phone in Australia was a Chevrolet car at $87,000. Makes my little sprees seem extremely lightweight.

Fashiony events

EKKA fashion: In the course of his work, Mr SY went to the launch of the EKKA (the Royal Queensland Show August 8-17) yesterday. He consumed a dagwood dog and was given a free Bertie Beetle bag (the original and the best showbag).  When I asked him whether the launch included a hint at what we’ll see in the CommBank Natural Fibres Fashion Parades, he was dismissive. Sacrilege! Apart from downing a strawberry icecream and spending more than a few sessions at the Cattleman’s Bar, these parades were the highlight of my EKKA-going youth. I am very happy that the tradition of the parades lives on … they showcase Queensland’s cotton, wool and fashion industries and get designers thinking about innovation when it comes to using natural fabrics. This EP by Easton Pearson outfit is a hint of what we’ll see this year.

Easton Pearson CommBank Natural Fibres Parades, EKKA

Brisbane Fashion Festival:  The Mercedes-Benz FashionFestival Brisbane is back on from August 25-30 and it returns to the newly refurbished Brisbane City Hall. Major fashion names such as Easton Pearson, Lee Mathews, Ginger & Smart and Akira will join Queensland favourites including Darb Couture, Lisa Brown, Gail Sorronda, Tengdahl, Maiocchi and Sacha Drake to present their Spring/Summer collections on a custom-built circular runway, to complement the striking restyling of City Hall’s main auditorium. Myer will also take to the Fashion Festival runway for the second consecutive year, opening the Festival with a showcase of the latest collections from their stable of renowned Australian designers including Jayson Brunsdon, sass & bide, Wayne Cooper, Toni Maticevski, Arthur Galan AG and more. More details and tickets here.

Tell me, have you got any news to share? What are you loving right now? 

Comments 26

  1. LOVE your new lounges! So chic! I have just realised what has been missing from my life… CUSHIONS and a silver pouffe… But, I think Mr Cool would notice that I had been breaking my ‘no more buying more stuff’ vow…. Thankfully I can come to your blog and get my fix of pretty….

    1. They’re from a mix of places and “collected” over the past year:

      Habitat Home Collection rug from Down That Little Lane

      Pouffes: Table Tonic

      Orange stripe throw: Country Road

      Teal chevron throw: Sussan

      Cushions, from left: Freedom, Table Tonic, Peonie Home (, Freedom and Freedom

  2. I am loving having my girls home during the school hols (most of the time!). Loved my coffee break with a friend during kids’ craft time at the library today. Love the new dinner plates I picked up afterwards (paid for by a birthday voucher – love guilt-free shopping!). Love that my girls are big enough to help carry shopping bags now. Also love that 2 of my favourite mags have arrived during first week of the hols!! And loving my daily coffee and nightly red wine….never tastes as good as it does in the holidays 😉 Love your couches too Nikki xx

  3. I am hating my work wardrobe but am loving online shopping. I have been looking at some sites and working out a plan so I can go to the shops – try on the things that I have identified and build a wardrobe that works together instead of a bunch of pieces that don’t. Tonight I am looking at what I have already and how that works with what I am looking at and hopefully without a lot fuss I will end up with a pretty good start on a work wardrobe that I love!!

  4. My news: Levi’s Skinny Demi-Curve Jeans are the bomb..that is if you have a shapely bottom and thighs {my nemesis}. They do demi-curve and bold curve which gives that extra bit of room on the hip and thigh whilst fitting the waist… they may also save your ‘blushes’ when you bend over!
    Love your new couches too 🙂

  5. Love the couches. We are waiting for our two retro occasional chairs from Freedom after shopping at the sales. We won’t get ours until end of September but I know they will be worth the wait. Bring on the Ekka. I’m a bit of an Ekka Tragic here and love the fashion showcase.

  6. Love that EP outfit, especially the shoes.
    News for me is that as we are moving house in a few months time I’m enjoying downsizing my wardrobe (Love! a good clean out, and have found things in the wardrobe I forgot I owned so it’s like free new things) and also spending hours on Pinterest collecting ideas for decorating the new place.

  7. I like your news much better than mine! I have been busy with learning to crochet and have made some headbands for girls with cancer,who have lost their hair I sent them off yesterday I hope they like them.I am loving my new mag subscription to Real Living.I have been doing some sewing too because everyones outfits for Brookes Party need to be taken up or something!
    I would love to get my hands on some DS designs pieces at those prices Nikki,and your new Sofa is beautiful and I love your cushioning and throw rug choices very nice and yes Bertie Beetle show bags they are great aren’t they and Mr SY should have sent you in his place to Ekka you would have got more out of it.I am glad you have energy ,yes it is hard when you haven’t any.

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