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.

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Today’s designer profile is on Australian bespoke jewellery label Sally Rose.

The label was founded by designer Sally Rose, whilst she was living in London back in 2009, but she has recently relocated back to Melbourne where she designs and produces her stunning collections.

Sally graduated with a degree in Visual Arts, majoring in Sculpture, and has an extensive background in fine jewellery design. It is this combined experience that gives her pieces a balance of beauty, individuality, boldness and quality.

Growing up with mixed Indian and European heritage, Sally spent her childhood playing dress ups in her Anglo-Indian Grandmother’s 1930’s wardrobe. An experience, which created an appreciation for ornate fashion from an early age, and now is evident in her strong and substantial designs.

When I asked Sally to tell me about the label’s style she described it as “a mixture of Sci-fi film meets 90’s grunge with Art Deco motifs” (makes me want to weep with happiness)

Pieces often include a mixture of metals, leather, studs and /or jewels, which make for a bold statement, but always with glimpses of delicate detailing to polish the look.

 Since meeting Sally last year, I have been eagerly awaiting the release of her new collection “Nero”, a collaboration with best friend, and fellow creative Lindelux, which Sally describes as being inspired by a concoction of 80’s electronica, Modernist architecture and style icons and artists such as Grace Jones and Iman.

A gorgeous collection showcasing clean lines and fluid materials that sculpt to the body, convey strength, diversity and empowerment.

The Nero collection is now live on the Sally Rose website – make sure you take a look! And check out my interview with the talented and inspiring Sally herself, below.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and how Sally Rose Jewellery came about?

I’m an Australian Jewellery Designer, based in Melbourne, with a background in fine Jewellery and Visual Arts. For my course I majored in Sculpture and after completing my degree, I decided to use my artistic skills and explore the Jewellery industry as I’d always been fascinated with Jewellery since I was a child. Jewellery is also somewhat miniature sculptures, so the transition just made sense. I then travelled through India and Europe, where I have mixed heritage from, and lived in London for a few years. This is where I became completely inspired by different cultures and styles of Jewellery, so I started creating pieces and the Label was born.

 What inspires your design and creative decisions?

I think a lot of it comes naturally. I was always known growing up as being a day-dreamer and would be constantly sketching and doodling away in a notebook, a lot of the time subconsciously. So it’s been a matter of using that process to create an initial idea and then breaking it down. Ideas generally come from a song, image or shape, then manifest.

 What is your favourite part of the design process?

Different parts of the process are exciting. The initial concept sketches are really fluid and fun especially as you can see a piece coming to life, even if it is just on paper. Then to the sourcing, trialling and making which can be challenging, through to the final piece which is always rewarding, especially if you know you’ve nailed it!

 How would you describe your personal style?

My style is fairly eclectic. I love fashion but try to avoid following the crowd. I don’t like to feel stock standard. I’ll dress mainly classic, with a mix of new and vintage but will generally have something statement on, whether it be jewellery and (or) shoes. I’m a sucker for denim though, in all shades.

 What are 5 essentials in your wardrobe?

A great pair of jeans (or three!), leather biker jacket, brogues, my killer YSL wedding shoes and always a cocktail ring.

 Name some of the people who inspire you and why?

In terms of fashion, Yves Saint Laurent  and Jean Paul Gaultier are inspirations. YSL for his clean lines and ambiguous cuts and JPG’s use of shapes that sculpt to the body is constantly impressive, they both balance masculinity and femininity so well. Phillippe Starck is another huge inspiration, across all facets, whether it’s interior, industrial design or architecture, he’s so innovative, clever and practical, it’s mind blowing. The French really do design well. Also artists such as Prince, Madonna and more recently Beyonce, all have a knack of reinventing themselves.

 If you could design a piece of jewellery for anyone in the world, who woud it be? And what would you design?

Most likely Beyonce. She’s current, constantly fresh and exceptionally talented, what’s not to love! I’d either create a full body piece or a massive cocktail ring.

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

For initial inspiration Music, books and different cultures. For materials, hardware stores, markets, op-shops and vintage stores.

 What is the best place to shop in Melbourne/London?

Australia has a wealth of incredible designers. Sass and Bide, Gorman and Ellery have always been favourites. But more specifically to Melbourne, Assin only Collins Street is a cool store which showcases a great mix of fashion, Art and architecture. The Camberwell Market has been a longtime fave as well. For London, Brick Lane and Spitalfield Market for vintage finds, Notting Hill has a few great spots for vintage designer treats and a mooch around Harvey Nichols in central London is always a bit of fun.

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

There’s exciting things on the cards for the label. I’ve just worked on a collaboration with a fellow Jewellery Designer/ DJ called Lindelux. The collection is called ’Nero’ and is inspired by 80’s electronica and muses such as Grace Jones and Iman. I’m also working on a bridal collection which will merge my background of fine Jewellery with the diversity of the costume jewellery, with a custom-made component. And a capsule collection of cocktail rings will launch early next year. 

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

I live and breathe Jewellery, so passion for what you do is integral. If you want to start your own Jewellery business you need to be innovative, original, patient and work your pants off. Enjoying the journey is prime too.