H & M and Pottery Barn to come to Perth

Have you all heard the news of late that international brand H & M is coming to Perth with their first store opening in Lakeside Joondalup? This really got me out of my chair this morning when I read the news on Yahoo.

It was only last year that I got a chance to drop into the H & M store in Melbourne that really surprised me as a family friendly retailer. The prices at the end of year sales were quite attractive and affordable, which shocked me to be honest because for some  reason I had expected the H & M brand to burn a hole in my pocket. I shopped for jeans and jackets for kids at $5-7 prices, it was madness…just like kmart but with quality that will last at least 3 hand-me-downs! I haven’t been one for the big brands, but I so happen to need warm clothes for my kids because I was unprepared for how chilly Melbourne summers can be.

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H&M Flagship store, Melbourne

From what was reported in yesterday’s mornings news, once H & M sets up their first store in Joondalup, they plan to secure a 4000sqm spot in the Perth CBD. How exciting would that be? It would change the entire retail space and shake up this town, bringing more tourists and people into the city.

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West Elm

Another exciting piece of news for lovers of home furnishings and interior design, Pottery Barn along with their sister stores Pottery Barn Kids and West Elm are coming to Perth too! It is said that they will be moving into St Martins tower sometime hopefully in the year.

It’s rather exciting for Perthians who have live here for years, listening to our sister cities Melbourne and Sydney receiving all the attention from the big international brands. It’s great that the giant retailers are coming to realise that Perth is full of young and saavy shoppers who love variety and will pay for it.

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Pottery Barn

To be honest, I have slowly decreased my online shopping habits…as I have found I have had too many bad experiences with buying clothes that do not fit. I say, bring back the retailers and the chance to walk through brightly lit stores, gleaming tiles, fresh clothes on rack and smiling customer service. And I have also heard whispers that Uniqlo is scoping out Perth for some space.

Exciting times ahead my dear city..so Perth be ready for the influx of jobs, to those hoping for staff discounts be sure to look out for the advertising of positions online and in the newspapers. I just hope for our sake that our customer service standards will pick up, a smile and a ‘Hello’ that will definitely draw me back to the retailers.

Which store are you looking forward to checking out the most? 

E-von

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Westelm.com,  potterybarn.com

 

Pantone’s 2015 Colour of the year: Marsala – Wine infused

This year is shaping out to be a lot of fun, especially when Pantone calls the colour of 2015 ‘Marsala’, a rich, mahogany wine shade that exudes luxury and comfort. Lately, in pages of interior design magazine I see the lack of exuberance, the main keywords in the spotlight are minimalist, industrial, nordic or Scandinavian style. The colours splashed on those pages are quite neutral, light, clean looking and easy on the eye. Maybe its because Australia is at its peak of the Summer season that people are still thinking of a less-fuss, simple styling when it comes to their home.

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When I think of the shade ‘Marsala’, for me it invites thoughts of old Parisian boudoirs, tuscan hallways and boho lounges. It is a strong and deep colour, so it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. I have a feeling this colour will make its way into the Autumn/Winter fashion and design trends as the year progresses… I’m hopeful! For I really love this darker shade of red.

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For those who do not want to go out and buy everything ‘Marsala’ and go on a decorating ‘Marsala’ spree…may want to find florals that are easily adaptable to any environment when placed in a crystal vase. Can we agree this shade of peonies are just gorgeous?

It is also a beautiful colour to use in make up or as a nail polish shade. The soon-to-be-released Lime Crime velvetine lip tint called ‘Riot’ was formulate before Pantone’s announcement of the Colour of the year, but it seems they are right on track. The colour is suitable on all skin tones, and is a very wearable and feminine shade.

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And I wouldn’t mind seeing more men sporting this colour in their wardrobe choices, I like guys in a deeper shade of red, it exudes confidence, intelligence and strength.  As seen in Berluti‘s campaign, as they specialise in Parisian gentleman’s attire.


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Maybe I’m partial to this shade because I am after all, I am an Aries woman. Red is my colour! I’m drawn to all shades of red. And Marsala is named after a wine, so wait a minute…I’m into that too! A good drop of red is great for the health.

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I think Pantone has chosen wisely this year of their Colour of the Year finalist. I’m pretty happy with their decision and will no doubt have lots of fun playing with it through design and fashion-wise.

Is Marsala a colour that you would find in your home? What would you like to turn Marsala colour if you could?

Hope you are enjoying your Australia Day Long Weekend to all my Australian readers! And to those around the world, have a great week!

E-von

 

 

*Photos sourced from Pantone.com, limecrime.tumblr.com, elle.com, Berluti.com, ellecanada.com

 

 

Grateful for 2014, and hopeful for 2015

Hi there, it’s been a while hasn’t it? Yes…truely a long while.  I do apologise, as I am a little rusty with my blogging for it has been 3 months since my last post! I did attempt to draft a little memento to 2014, but as things occurred Christmas, New Years and the long days of endless sunsets…I never actually got around to posting.

The reason for my disappearance is that I have been dragged away by my growing hand made business, I’m really glad to say that I am now taking it slowly…after all I MADE IT through the onslaught of Summer & Christmas markets.

It’s so important to start the year refreshed, relaxed and with a clear mind set to start planning for the 12 months ahead. So I thought I should come back to my centre, the Simple Chic, the place where it all began…my blog, and reflect on a year that has passed.

It was the year of  exciting happy moments, sad moments and also hard work and exhaustion asI put my heart and soul into SELF Organics. It is slowly growing at the pace that I can still manage solo and I haven’t gone too full on into my marketing. I like to still keep the reins on it while the kids are still young. Spending time with my babies is on the top of my list, there were times especially when I was torn between the family and the business. But I am learning  how to keep this balance in check as I go.

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I met so many new friends and faces this year, just by putting myself out there and not being afraid of the challenge that markets can bring.  The network of handmade creatives in Perth is just astounding, there is such a wonderful, talented bunch of artists that willing to share their knowledge and support each other by shout-outs on social media and collaborations.

As a side note – Etsy is also offering budding entrepreneurs the chance to turn their handmade passion into a business. If you are thinking of doing something new in 2015 like opening your own online shop you should join the Etsy Resolution, hosted by Jess Van Den of Create & Thrive, and Clare Bowditch of Big Hearted  Business. Find out more details here on how to sign up. It starts 27th January and you can get 20 free listings upon opening your new Etsy store.

Business aside, I am enjoying being surrounded  by the people I love and who believe in me. If not for them, I wouldn’t have the courage to go forth and do what I am passionate about. In 2014 I have discovered a lot about myself, my strengths and weaknesses and how to turn negative thinking on its head. We all talk ourselves down sometimes, but we have to stop doing that and recognise more of the wins than the losses.

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I’m excited for my little man will be attending kindy this year and my 7 year old, Lil Miss S who I can’t believe is in year 2 (already!). It’ll be nice to pick them both up from the same school. The older one is already telling her brother all the ‘cool’ things to look forward to in school…like the canteen! As my my lil Moon, she is talking so much now…a little character of her own, imagination at its best. I’m just so happy and thankful to be surrounded by their faces. My hubby was also such a pillar of strength last year, he has really supported me all the way with whatever I wanted to pursue. 50% of the growth and success of SELF Organics in 2014 was his.

Now there will be another project coming up very soon, that I am involved in with a close friend…something BIG, absolutely massive and one I have actually dreamt about since I was 19. Can’t wait to reveal more details to you, it is completely left of field but hey…opportunities in life are very few and far apart, so when they present themselves you just have to grab it with two hands!

Happy New Year to all, may it bring you all the joy you have ever wanted and more.

E-von