An open postcard from our annual family summer holiday to PM – Scott Morrison

Welcome to 2020. A time to celebrate and rejoice in a new decade: new beginnings. Australia a great place to bring up children you say, when on New Years Day, the air quality in our capital city is 20 times hazardous levels.

Your message as PM to our country;

“We have faced these disasters before and we have prevailed, we have overcome. That is the spirit of Australians, that is the spirit that is on display, that is a spirit that we can celebrate as Australians.”

Aww Scott, are you suffering smoke inhalation and lack of oxygen to the brain?

Our sunburnt country is choking, we are choking. We need you to panic! What will it take?

Our koalas, a national symbol native only to Australia are endangered, our people and our children are endangered.

Who are you trying to ‘bloody hell’ fool with your patriotic New Year’s speech.

We hear you, and are left to wonder if you are really that naive or genuinely taking advantage and the piss of the “Aussie spirit”. ‘Aussies will suck it up and work harder.’ That is your message. It seems the Aussie spirit is convenient excuse to deny all culpability. I forgot to count how many Australian flags you had in the background at the time when you played the Aussie Card. Unfortunately, pulling together to survive is not an appropriate message for a leader of the nation.

These fires are unprecedented, there is nothing like them etched in our history. We know we must change our ways, but why won’t you join us? OK Boomer, yes you Scott. Where’s your Australian spirit?

39 years on this sunburnt country, someplace between a generation X and a millennial living and hearing the yarns through two of the worst bushfires: Ash Wednesday (1983) and Black Saturday (2009). This is that on steroids and can’t be put down to some cyclical weather pattern. Yeah sure I was skeptical on climate change as we headed into welcome 2000, of course the oceans are rising. What happens when you get in a bath, I convinced myself.

Never have I heard yarns or seen darkness at 11.00am like I did on New Years Eve 2019, where the NSW fires were joined by Victorian. The sky apocalyptic red, on the NSW south coast was this real life or was I infact holiday-ing on Mars?

Where had we taken our beloved wildlings? A small country beach side town holiday to support a community and family business or Hell? Was this the end?

11.30am our middle sized wildling aged 6, questioned why we hadn’t served dinner and prepared to put on his Pjs. Confused, he set foot outside and looked up to the sky and put his arms out to catch the burnt gum leaves, falling like rain.

Everyone had packed up. Most had left even though the advice was to stay put. All roads to major cities closed.

Hours of darkness passed, Our two year old awoke from his midday sleep and wanted breakfast, he thought it was sunrise.

They were scared, the hair on their arms stood on end. On some primordial level everyone was beyond anxious: fearful. The smoke was stifling oppressive.

5 million hectares of burnt land, apocalyptic red skies, thousands of family homes, live stock and native animals lost. At the only open shop in the area, I heard the farmer in front grabbing supplies and preparing himself to kill all his livestock. The shop owner just nodded silently.

Seventeen people dead since October, A wife of a volunteer firefighter has to bring their first and only child into this world alone.

As we flee for home, our family car covered in black soot and ash, there’s a six year old boy, sitting in the back with his two brothers who just wrote a letter to his dog and grandparents praying they have blue skies where they are, for he can’t remember when his sky above was last blue.

Reluctant to acknowledge mistakes, stubborn is Australian made. It’s okay to change your stance that’s how we grow. This is beyond being a political issue when it is a matter of survival. Useless talk of carbon credits and future targets cannot begin to solve the mess we are in. It’s no wonder the fire warning signs that line the freeway now go up to ‘catastrophic‘.

Sincerely

Mumma of three wildlings

– The next generation who inherit the mess to clean up

P.S When we stopped by your place, that middle wildling he noticed you were missing two flags. Now I know you just spent a few million on your plane so understand that you might be feeling a tad short after Christmas. I heard your local MP can provide you with both an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flag. But yeah, I guess if you don’t have time, it was only a 6 year old that noticed…

Rosettes by Tulle and Batiste –

I’ve been somewhat quiet, and withdrawn. Is it winter or something brewing deep inside? Winter winds keep me harboured inside. So here I haven, in uggies and filled with ennui. Rosette’s seems to be helping me along.

All the while, another retrograde is storming towards us and all those ambitious, big emotions are bubbling to the surface. Just what I needed. Rosette’s passionate, bold and empowering spirit is running deep through my veins and warming that icy winter heart. Like an old friend turning up on your doorstep, demanding to take you out for a catch up, it’s just what you need. She’s bold, bright. Some may say, on the edge of a born leader. She is all the wilder, louder, wiser, braver and more intense then any wild cat ever before her. Whilst on the verge of a better and greater existence, Rosettes encourages the flame of a lustfully wild and enchanted heart to continue on their journey.

Tulle and Batiste, the glowing flame, burning in vehement passion and gratitude of a balanced, conscientious life, well lived. There’s a beautifully etched, heartfelt message of the importance of a Sacred Sisterhood coming out of this thoughtful, slow-fashion brand. It’s connecting and liberating women in all circles of life. The rise of the feminine within our circle aiming to heal our world and deliver our most empowering message: All are welcome.

Once again, the incredibly talented designer of Tulle and Batiste; Miftahul Jannah and her dream team have created a storm of obsessive, wild love in all our bohemian hearts, with this collection. This is Rosettes; the first winter collection. From the bold and striking turquoise waters of Blue Moon to the deep moody purple hazes of Purple Potion and the more neutral, warm hues of the vintage browns of Pecan, it brings these elements together with effortless style and grace.

Rosettes is where the entrenched lovers and the deeply wild hearted feminist leopard print advocates come to meet the free spirited, floral dreamers. The energy is raw, in sync, intuited- divine.

It’s very fitting to my mood- or moods, as the case may be. A hybrid of the bold, sassy, feminist rocker, animal prints, when the storm within means business to the softer floral dream of a calm, gentle, retro, ‘make love, not war’ spirit, who needs to passively negotiate. Rosettes has the unique ability to be both, aiding the inner (and outer) balance.

The styles are thoughtful, whilst embracing the finer detail. Lace panels and trimming, tassels with tinker, gypsy bells. Multi-wear pieces; dresses that unbutton to be worn as a over jacket or duster, sleeves that roll up from long sleeves to shirt. The avid pocket groupies will praise that pockets are not a fantasy dream.

Maya Cape Maxi Dress – Blue moon
Dreamy maxi style dress details a flutter bib, elastic waist for shape and ultimate multi-wear function of unbuttoning to a duster or short sleeve over trench.
Marinus Shirt – Rosettes in Blue moon
Everyday Men’s style casual or party shirt styled with a chest pocket.

Gazelle Shirt Dress – Purple potion
Sassy shirt style dress details tie waist belt, hip pockets, billowing style 3/4 sleeves, ohh you wanted an actual shirt dress, no worries these babes are designed to unbutton and roll up to show us what your guns are made of. Gazelle unbuttons all the way down the front to a short kimono or duster jacket like robe if desired..
Maya Maxi Skirt – Pecan
Eat all the damn cake, elastic waist with waist tie, The Maya maxi skirt details those cute tinker-bells on the tassel ends of the waist tie so your children won’t lose you, she gracefully buttons down the front centre while falling ever so elegantly and bam! yes more hip pockets…

Layla Playdress – Blue Moon
The perfect casual dress, bib boho
insert panel detail, elastic waist for shape and more of the most wanted: hip pockets teamed with fluted 3/4 sleeves which also magically fold up to cap sleeve length with hidden inside tabs. Ohh I nearly forgot wait for it.. Layla unbuttons all the way down the front and there you have it friends, Layla is your next outer wear piece.
Leather Frill Jacket – Black Swan collection
Every self-confessed bourgeois bohemian needs one, staple, leather jacket of greatness. The tassel fringing edges rock and roll and that bold sass every Black Swan holds within. Soft Buttery Leather, an iconic piece your hearts been yearning for since that first festival you attended in your teens. Details biker style zips, buckles and pockets.

Khaya Wrap Frill Dress Pecan
The gracious and wildly romantic show stopper of Rosettes. Wrap style maxi dress with long slightly billowed sleeves and elastic cuffs. Khaya details feminine lace trimmings, pockets for the advocates. The tiered skirt cascades with elegance and will take you barefoot in awe of beach sunsets to the cocktail bar.
Long Sleeve Terra Cardigan – Taupe
The dreamy all round boho throw on long length cardi. The cotton and rayon blend oozes cozy winter comfort, buttons down the front with a waist tie belt, all a while you realise how hell bent we are on pockets.
Eagle Boots – Antique Brown
Vintage inspired woodstock meets biker style ankle boots, quality leather the Eagle details a cuban style wooden stacked block heel, every 70’s babe dream. The brass buckles and studs edge on a ride down the highway.

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Share your dream styling of the Rosette’s collection on Instagram and don’t forget to tag @tulleandbatiste or hashtag #tulleandbatitse Jannah and her devoted team adorn seeing their devoted customers swoon from daylight to moonlight.

Much love

Tink xx

You Can Sit with Me – by Rocco and Mia

The delightful Mariella from Rocco and Mia is an everyday mum between sitting down to do dance hair buns and stage makeup, to Kinder and School drop offs, just doing her thing. The queen of unisex children’s t-shirts. There’s never an ego. She’s gracious, never pushy and has a heart of gold. A gentle soul, making t-shirts on the side, whilst nourishing her three young children.

Her latest campaign is something else.

Something that sits well with many of us. Although many shirts out there have a meme, this one holds a message:

YOU CAN SIT WITH ME by Rocco and Mia

Kader – Instagram @just.the3of.us

In a self-oriented, fast paced world that waits for nobody, egocentricity isn’t just a childhood phase anymore. It’s tendrils grow. Fuelled in adolescence by selfies, questions of self-worth and the search for self-fulfilment. We find ourselves breaking free of this past the salad days of our 20’s, and flourishing. Then, before we know it, we are extending t’wards our 40s. Somehow still, believing we cannot be- enough. And so we are left wanting more. We are facing generations of entitlement.

Amongst all the madness in the world, we have an epidemic of mental illness. Even mental illness in children. It just doesn’t sit well with me. Children facing bullies and trolls and the overall feeling of just never being enough, even as children. The pressures of modern life and always having to fit inside a box.

Kindness. Most will say they see it as a given. The only path to tread. Yet,when in need of empathy and kindness while shuffling on in a state of despair, you may feel that it is a road, so rarely travelled. It’s heartening to know that there are many out there, empowering their children to tag along and understand it is certainly worth a hitchhike down that road. Invariably, to also understand how Kindness, Empathy and Gratitude are learnt and developed.

At my son’s school, they have the Friendship Seat; a place where people can go if they are in need of- well, kindness. So, what an ingenious idea; flip it around. I hope that my child is one of those ready to be there for those in need. But he’s only six. He doesn’t always have the awareness to find those in need while he’s catapulting himself down the hill for giggles. But when he does stop and has a spare moment, wouldn’t it be great for him to be ready to help others? He’s got a kind little heart, sure, but how will they know to find him? We unpacked with him though, what this shirt was saying and what it means. He felt proud to have a shirt that said, ‘Hey, I’m here to help. If you need someone, call on me.’ Although I’m sure you couldn’t fit all THAT on a t-shirt. Five simple words say plenty.

When everyone around me seems unhinged, these famous words always seem to pop up somewhere,  “Everyone you meet is a fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind always” – Ian McLaren

YOU CAN SIT WITH ME; Is an empowering, inclusive and kind campaign. Such a simple gesture and life-changing message. Imagine a world where everyone was welcome and there were no biases. Children are like sponges absorbing their sense of right and wrong, watching and listening to everything said. They need to hear positive affirmations, they need to hear and see and experience true kindness and empathy to practice it.

So many lessons and conversation here:

⁃ Gender equality

⁃ Cultural prejudice

⁃ Anti-bullying

⁃ Gratitude

Kennedy – Instagram @our.longman.life

Iggy – Instagram @3_little_gentlemen

Elijah – Instagram @elijah_and_mummys_life

Lets work together and empower our children to learn how to practice kindness. Let’s instil positive affirmations and start conversations with our children today.

Rocco and Mia was formerly known as the ‘A-Team’. The brand took on a new name to honour the children of Mariella’s heart. Mariella has branded her little tee business around the concept of community. It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a village to grow a dream and sometimes that dream is being a mum present for her loves. And whilst it may just be a small little business from home, it’s filling big hearts.

Mia, Rocco and Joey – Instagram @roccoandmia

http://www.shoproccoandmia.com

Rocco and Mia are currently on the search for a new rep team. Are you an avid small business supporter? Do you thrive on empowering others? Have a tee fetish? Always wanted to be a part of a sisterhood? Love taking pics of your little beloved? Head over to @roccoandmia on Instagram and apply on the current post.

Much love and always madness

Tink xxx

Arcadia the Label ⁃ A Vision of Unspoiled Wilderness

Ahh, unspoiled wilderness. Imagine… the empaths and mindful collective who respect Mother Earth and know the magic of her powers, disconnecting from the chaos we’ve been told is a life well lived to delve into the realms of nature. Living by the beach our Shinrin-yoku takes in the rugged coastline. The whistling of the wind, crashing waves on the shoreline and the crunching of the bush under your feet as you wander within. It takes away all of life’s worries and nothing else matters whilst your within her care.

But not everyone is enlightened, and most are yet to truly embark and process where we are headed. If we don’t start shifting our perceptions of a life well-lived, the chaos and greed will destroy her… To those with vested interests in keeping the status quo, environmental impacts are not so much denied however when challenged, answers talk with seemingly benign discussion of offsetting targets and economic growth. Many are grieving the latest shock; the expectation that government would move in a proactive direction. We may not have a sustainable government in power pushing the agenda, but there’s a flickering light of hope in the distance.

The best we can hope is to do our part; to reflect on what we do and make a change, hoping that others will do the same in whatever scope they find. While individuals act thoughtfully, all too often, businesses are run with a different set of values. Arcadia is different. Arcadia shows that we can still run a business aligned with the values of its creator and customers too. Part of the new movement of radical micro influencers. Empowered women, taking sustainability into their own hands.

This brand is close to my heart, it’s the vision of a kindered soul from the sisterhood, a muse I’ve followed, adored and embraced a friendship with. Two peas in a pod.

The sustainability advocate behind Arcadia; Bronte a child of the earth, gentle and an always thoughtful, people connector. Bronte has instilled so much ethical merit into her brand from day one. This is clothing with a purpose.

Even the labels and tags through to their jewellery bags and parcel post bags, Arcadia has been made eco-friendly or from recycled materials where possible. Bronte has thoughtfully planned all the way to the end of the products journey. Products that if you so well choose can go straight into your compost! Yes including the garments! Refreshing huh?

The vision; Taking one for Mother Earth. Sharing lessons on sustainability. Arcadia is open to finding better ways. Bronte openly acknowledges Arcadia has a lot more to learn.

Organic and sustainable fabrics accompanied by buttons of wood, coconut or shell. This is true slow fashion, what fashion should be. Very small quantities of these garments are made, and all designed with Bronte’s utter most care and love.

And the quality? Sophisticated luxe linen.

I could not fault the quality if I tried.

I had a spin in The Hera Gown, on a beautiful late autumn Sunday along the back beaches of Rye. The gown is simply heavenly and made from a romantic yet organic luxe linen, fully lined in the bodice and skirt. Every girl’s favourite dress has pockets, Yup- you heard me right. Lastly, the gown’s wooden buttons have been carefully designed to button down. The gown opens up to be worn as a duster. Multi wear purpose.

Tink wears:

Arcadia the label: Hera Gown

In a size small. The dress fits effortlessly true to size and details:

100% Linen | 100% cotton lining | wooden buttons | side pockets | ethically produced overseas | compostable

Accessories:

Tulle & Batiste: ‘The Black Swan Tassel Jacket’ from the ‘Black Swan Collection’.

Dr Martens: ‘Jadon Platform boots’ from the ‘Vegan Collection’.

Witchery: Sunglasses

Ivy Wilde: Vintage studded belt

Ivy Wilde: Wild ones hoop earrings

Suede Daze: Good Vibes – a way of life…

Suede Daze is an Australian lifestyle brand captivated by Michelle who yearns to express her deep seated love of those 70’s vibes. Idyllic sun soaked surf, skate and beach culture. Sound familiar? Sound like a family you may know?

This one’s a bit special, I stumble on the word special, because it’s a ‘Dante’ type of special so it’s probably in fact more like magnificently remarkable in his world: He’s travelled six times around the sun this life time, but we are sure, as sure can be that he has been here at least once before. Wise beyond his years and determined to question every contradiction he meets. He has a love for being barefoot, someplace near where the ocean roars and the wind blows his blonde curly hair. He’s our social pioneer in those awkward situations. He’s the kid coming up to you asking, ‘Excuse me, why are you..?” He makes us new friends on every adventure. He’s the type of boy who is curious about everyone and truly interested in your passions. He is his own wild and free spirit and a little time ago decided he would in fact dress himself. I had to learn to let that one go. Sometimes (just sometimes) he lets me give him some styling advice and sometimes he will play along. But one thing is for sure, if it’s got anything to do with Suede Daze he’s on board, riding the wave back into an era of his grandparents. It fills his soul with his desire to be him. Sun, beach, skate repeat.

I crossed the path of Suede Daze through iconic retro 60’s and 70’s inspired graphic design artist, Jasmin Meier, known as @harleyandj on Instagram. Our home is filled with thrifty Scandinavian teak furniture from the Eames era, Egg and Swan chairs, flokati rugs and retro coloured glass genie bottles in every corner. An era I was drawn too, that I had missed being born in the 80’s. Jasmin’s art has wowed me for some time, it fitted with my spirit. So it was natural I’d fall for Suede Daze which at the time was mostly children’s unisex tees and perfect for my three gentlemen. There’s always been a hole in the market for boys clothing, especially tees. The brand has grown and now covers children’s and adult tees. They stock some pretty cool Australian accessories. So here we all are, some may say obsessed.

Suede Daze reflects the endless summer we all search for and gives us all that nostalgic feeling of the warm sun on our skin on the cloudiest of days.

Your search for the best vintage inspired tee, ends here. Suede Daze is the essence, as Michelle describes, of ‘old skool art’. Your freedom to relive the 1970’s, the inner Sun child, your past life all the while, following the sun and searching for that Pura Vida.

From cult 70’s slogans ‘Pura Vida’ which came from the simple life of Costa Rica meaning “pure life” in Spanish. Is really an expression of hope, better things to come, and that motto that Suede Dazes instils in us, is being lived with love through this brand all the way down to the Mornington Peninsula;

Suede Daze, good vibes – a way of life.

Tink wears:

Suede Daze: ‘Good Vibes’ tee in blush. custom art by @harleyandj |100% combed cotton tee |Relaxed fit, crew neck, light weight |Wide neck ribbing and preshrunk to minimise shrinkage |Screenprinted in Australia |Ethically produced overseas

Spell Designs: ‘The Luna dress’ from seasons past: Rosa Collection.

Ted Lapidus: True 70’s vintage sunglasses. Found in an op shop a decade ago.

 

Hussy wears:

Suede Daze: ‘Pura Vida’ vintage faded black tee | Relaxed fit, crew neck |100% combed cotton | Preshrunk to minimalise shrinkage |Screenprinted in Australia |Ethically made overseas

 

Iggy wears:

Suede Daze: ‘Good Vibes’ tank in slate. custom art by @harleyandj |95% combed cotton & 5% elastase tank |Screenprinted in Australia |Ethically produced

Rock your baby: skinny jeans from seasons past.

 

Dante wears:

Suede Daze: ‘Pura Vida’ tee in tan (Sold Out) | 100% cotton tee |Featuring graphic by @harleyandj |Screenprinted in Australia |Ethically produced

Rock your baby: skinny jeans from seasons past.

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