It’s been a slow start to LiLT blog this month but I’m BAAAACK!  and what better way to get into it than taking a look at the drool worthy Maurie and Eve Autumn 2015 collection!  Such a cool mix of simple staples, accented by a few statement pieces, perfectly mixed and matched in different ways for versatility and longevity! Something I want to do a bit more of this year! (smarter mixing and matching that is!)

So many inspiring looks to try out! I am loving the Capri lace pants and trench coat combo!  Which is your favourite?

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Images by Maurie and Eve

HAPPY NEW YEARHappy New Year Everyone!

 Yesterday alongside friends and family I said goodbye to 2014!  This past year has been quite an eventful one, and really one of the best years of my life!  I turned 30, I became an aunty, and I got engaged to my talented and wonderful partner Grange

 This past year has also been an eventful one for me in terms of LiLT Blog.  I attended my first blogging seminar, Problogger, and met some incredible people who I cannot wait to see again in 2015!

 This year I learned that I really really really love blogging. And, although it can be lonely and trying at times, the reason I run LiLT Blog is because I love design, Australian design in particular! I love talent, and people and small business, and DREAMS!

 Through LiLT blog I have been so lucky to meet some incredibly talented designers, artists and business owners! And sharing these people’s stories with my readers is my absolute favourite thing to do!

 2015 is going to be a big year for LiLT Blog! There are some changes around the corner, a new look, a new site, new collaborations, and always more Australian Design!

 I sincerely thank you all for reading my little blog. It is because of the comments and interaction form YOU guys, that I keep doing what I love! And I am so grateful for your support!

 I cannot wait to see what 2015 brings! And I hope you come along for the ride!!!   Happy New Year! And may it bring lots of laughter, learning, and adventure!

 Xo Luciana

Come and follow me on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram for 2015 fun!

LiLT Competition Party

Hey guys! Thanks for stopping by again!

So today is the last competition in this years LiLT Blog giveaway, and it is brought to you by The Bag Department and Sally Rose! (you don’t want to miss this one it’s a seriously good one)

The LiLT Party pack which is up for grabs includes, a M.A.C cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick, in “Relentlessly Red”, A cute little “Croc Coin-purse” from The Bag Department, and the seriously INCREDIBLE “Obsidian” earrings by Sally Rose 

So if you want to be in the running to win this awesome pack, head over to Instagram. Regram the above pic (you can also find it on our Instagram account) – Follow and tag @luci_lilt_blog, @thebagdepartment and @sallylovesroses and #liltblogparty so we can follow your entry.

Then just tell us in your caption what is your favourite way to party during the holidays?

The most creative answer will win, and will be judged by the parties involved.  You have between today and next Thursday 25th December 2014 to enter the competition. Winners will be announced on 31th December 2014, at 11:00am and contacted via instagram.

Please note that competition is open to Australian residents only.

GOOD LUCK to you all and thank you so so so much for  taking part in this years LiLT Blog giveaway!

Lots of love x Luciana

LiLT Competition Weekend

Today we have day 2 of the LiLT Blog giveaway!!!! Woohoo!

Just like yesterday, I’ve gotten together with some of the wonderful Australian designers, artists and labels which have been featured on LiLT and we have put a few little competitions together for you to take a part in!

Today’s competition is brought to you by Squeak Design and Radical YES!

The LiLT Weekend pack which is up for grabs includes, some sparkly silver nail polish from Sportsgirl, the super fun Zig Zag pouch by Squeak Design, and 2 awesome  anklets by Radical YES!

So if you want to be in the running to win this awesome pack, head over to Instagram. Regram the above pic (you can also find it on our Instagram account) – Follow and tag @luci_lilt_blog, @squeakdesign and @radicalyes and #liltblogweekend so we can follow your entry.

Then just tell us in your caption what is your favourite thing to do on the weekend?

The most creative answer will win, and will be judged by the parties involved.  You have between today and next Wednesday 24th December 2014 to enter the competition. Winners will be announced on 30th December 2014, at 11:00am and contacted via instagram.

Please note that competition is open to Australian residents only.

GOOD LUCK  & lots of love x Luciana

LiLT Competition GoodnightToday LiLT has something very exciting for you!

Seeing as though it’s nearly Christmas time, and all you amazing readers have been incredibly supportive over the past year, I’ve gotten together with some of the wonderful Australian designers, artists and labels which have been featured on LiLT and we have put a few little competitions together for you to take a part in!

Today’s competition is brought to you by the incredibly talented artist, Sarah Jane Lightfoot, and the stylish and comfy sleep wear label Pelican Sleepwear.

The LiLT Goodnight pack which is up for grabs includes, a beautiful artwork for your bedroom wall painted by the talented Sarah Jane Lightfoot, a yummy scented candle to help you relax by Sohum and the cute “Mini” nightie by Pelican Sleepwear to catch your zzzzzz’s in!

So if you want to be in the running to win this awesome pack, head over to Instagram. Regram the above pic (you can also find it on our Instagram account) – Follow and tag @luci_lilt_blog, @cakejane and @pelicansleepwear and #liltbloggoodnight so we can follow your entry.

Then just tell us in your caption what is your favourite way to relax at night!

The most creative answer will win, and will be judged by the parties involved.  You have between today and next Tuesday 23rd December 2014 to enter the competition. Winners announced on 29th December 2014, at 11:00am and contacted via instagram.

Please note that competition is open to Australian residents only.

GOOD LUCK to you all and thank you so much for supporting LiLT Blog over the years!

Lots of love x Luciana

Gifts For him Christmas 2014 BGet Christmas ready! Today it’s all about presents for the special men in our lives.

Aquila “Ripley” shoes / Squeak “Lincoln” pocket square / Nelson Bailey “Riley” sunglasses / Crystal Head vodka / Frescobol Carioca “Beach Bat” kit / Orbitkey / Scent of Land candle / Uppercut Deluxe hair pomade / Country Road “Riverside” beach towel / Monacle “The Forecast” magazine / Marvis “Cinamint” toothpaste / Herschel Sutton duffle

 

Gifts For Her Christmas 2014 BIt’s December, It’s nearly 3 weeks till Christmas!!! Eeek!

If you’re still on the look our for gift ideas, make sure you check out our posts this week!

Today it’s gifts for her.

Radical Yes “Infinite Possibilities” shoes / Squeak “Segmented” silk scarf / Martha Jean “Large Drop” earrings / Country Road “Tide” carafe / Byredo Parfums “Gypsy Water” EDP / Jolie and Dean “Zelda” cuff / The Bag Department “Savannah” clutch / Seed straw panama hat / Frank coconut & coffee body scrub / The Horse watch / Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange / La Miette Belle macarons /

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I am so excited for today’s post on Radical YES!  A Melbourne run footwear business which was launched in 2013.

These shoes are seriously fun and as a textile designer myself, the quality leathers, gorgeous colours and quirky prints in the Radical YES! collections just tug at my heartstrings! Seriously aren’t they awesome?

The creator of Radical YES! is Product Developer and Yoga Practitioner Kerryn Moscicki, who has worked in the fashion industry for over 10 years, and saw a gap in the market for fashion forward/active footwear. Being a mother of 2 herself, Kerryn understands the importance of comfort and so each shoe features a ‘famous yellow insole’. The removable leather foot bed features an athletic shoe standard padded sole (similar to the ones found in sneakers) which means optimum comfort and durability, without compromising the shoes aesthetics.

The concept is simple, the same flat-soled last, is used for each shoe, and then the design possibilities are explored through different textile applications and the design of the upper pattern of the shoe.

Then comes the magic…

Kerryn is incredibly creative and has a wonderful eye for pattern, colour and texture, and it is precisely this which makes the Radical YES! shoe so desirable. (make sure you check out my interview with Kerryn below, she is one smart and talented lady)

Offered in an incredible array of textiles and materials including soft suedes, delicate textured leathers, fun printed canvas and amazing laser cut designs (I totally have my eyes on these gold babies), there is something for everyone!

I love fashion, I love quality, I love practicality, and I especially love a product that can combine those three qualities so seamlessly.

I can feel a love affair evolving!  I dare you to pick just one … which is your favourite Radical YES! style?

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Image of Kerryn by LiLT Blog, All other images courtesy of Marnie Hawson

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What inspires your design and creative decisions ?

Intuition. Pragmatic decision making. Sometimes doing the opposite to what I think is the ‘right’ thing to do. Trying only ever to make things I would conceivably want to wear myself.

 What is your favourite part of the design process?

Reviewing the fabric markets and sourcing materials is high on the list but I also love the moment where I receive colour up samples back from my maker and see new products coming to life.

 How would you describe your personal style?

Pragmatic. Practical. Based on being a mother of 2 busy boys. Masculine. Oversized. Pixie.

 What are 5 essentials in your wardrobe?

APC Green Anorak that I bought in Paris 3 years ago and have pretty much worn every day since. Bassike White Tee Shirts. Rolla’s Jeans. White Denim anything. Radical Yes! shoes – preferably in a Print or laser cut detail.

 Name some of the people who inspire you and why?

My husband Leo. Because he is a creative genius and gets everything I do. My highly talented friends, especially Anita from Seesaw studio and Sarah who is half of Rolla’s Jeans. We all share a similar aesthetic and approach. My friend Katie who runs the original killer kids website Hipkin (hipkin.com.au) is also a constant source of inspiration as someone who is just totally fearless in her approach to work. All working Mothers. In the realm of people I don’t know and will never meet – Epic Australian Artists Joy Hester and Carol Jerrems. Senior style icon Iris Apfel. California based designer Jesse Kamm. Style-everything-wonder-woman Yasmin Sewell.

 If you could design a shoe for anyone in the world, who would it be? 

My Mum. I would do anything to have her here and see how Radical Yes! came to life. She would have had a pair in every colour.

 What are the top 3 resources which you turn to for inspiration?

Yoga so I can be still for long enough to listen. Heidi Museum of Modern Art. North Melbourne Library art section.

 What is the best place to shop in  Melbourne?

Limedrop shop in the Nicolas Building, Flinders Lane City and the absolutely stunning Den Store in Geelong.

 What is next for Radical Yes? Where do you see the brand going  in the future?

The approach for the brand was always on a project by project basis. We try to operate outside of seasonal expectations and just make things as we go along. I would like to make a film one day to bring the shoes into a 3 dimensional quality in the online store. maybe that is next.

 Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to start his or her own business in footwear?

Consider how much you value sleep and time with loved ones. If it is greater than your need to run a label opt out.