Friday, October 24, 2014

The Fabulous Myer Giftorium

Part of the wonderful life of a blogger is getting invited to fab events and this one was an extra special one.

I LOVE Christmas, always have, always will and am enjoying passing my joy and excitement on to my kids.

When the invite turned up for a Secret Myer Christmas Event I was in. I took my girls out of school for the day for all sorts of Mummy/Daughter Shenanigans.



From the moment we arrived on the 6th floor of Bourke Street Myer we were whisked into Christmas land. There were magical elves, roving entertainers, face painters, magic shows, christmas carols and more.




Yep free popcorn and wizz fizz's


Love a good photo bomb




I really do love seeing the look of awe on childrens faces and my 2 girls had that look.

'Giftorium is a unique concept in Australian retailing and was developed to bring back fun and theatre to Christmas shopping. At the heart of Giftorium is the desire to provide a totally unique set of services and create a new level of engagement with Myer customers shopping for Christmas gifts, decorations and festive food ideas. '

Digging the jellybean wall



There is a frozen cave to climb into and have some time out if required.



There are activities to keep young ones happy and busy


Incredibly talented face painter (artist), this Mama bear got in on the act too.



We really enjoyed the Giftologists (gift giving experts) who were on hand and happy to help you with your gift buying.

Great for kids to go off with some money in their pocket to buy gifts for siblings, friends and parents.

Myer will also be bringing the magic of Christmas to its website with a dedicated Giftorium 
microsite to guide customers through the product offering and services including: Giftician
appointments (select stores), book a time to meet Santa (all downtown stores), Same Day Elf
Delivery service to anyone within a 2km radius (Melb, Syd, Bris and Perth), and the Gift Finder. I so wish I could get a gift delivered by an elf.

In select stores around the country, there will be demonstrations by major brands including Marvin’s
Magic, SodaStream, Mr Men and Little Miss, Plumm wine glasses, Dilmah Teas and Vista Print.

The Mr Men/Little Miss stand are doing personalised prints. LOVE LOVE this idea and think its an amazing present for young and old. Look at mine...squeal!!!


We were lucky enough to be able to take home a soda stream (how happy are we?) but even better you get to customise your own colours. We went red/yellow/red. Another awesome gift idea.



Sooooooo many amazing decorations in loads of colour themes. It is like being a kid in a candy store.





We had to follow up with some racing season hats and fascinator try ons. My girls could get used to skipping school.




Christmas Giftorium
 officially opens on the 8th November with lots of opening weekend fanfare.

So when you head up for the Myer Christmas windows make sure you visit the 6th floor Giftorium as well.

In the Spotlight: Blossom Couture

Please meet Emma from Blossom Couture who is a newcomer to Williamstown Piccadilly Market on Sunday 9th November.

Loving this Neon set



Tell us a little about yourself?
I am a mum of 2 super cute girls (11 years and 2years), a wife of a super supportive husband, I live in Moama, NSW and I love creating

How did you come up with your business name?
A quick brainstorm,  my love of florals and fashion came together to become Blossom Couture

Tell us how your product/range came about?
I started experimenting with jewellery making from the time my mum was making wooden bead necklaces in the 80s ...
Many ideas in between I finally found that my love of computers and using photoshop could combine to create awesome unique resin jewellery

How long have you been in business for?
I have been “officially” creating  jewellery for 11 years now.

What inspires you?
Honestly everything, the whole process of my business, I am continually switched on looking for great colour combinations and patterns, I love the end result, I really love my customers feedback and their love of something that I have created, each sale online and at markets is exciting to me.



Have you always been ‘arty’ and/or ‘crafty’ or has it bloomed later in life?
Having grown up with a very clever mum who was always sewing, knitting, crafting I have searched my whole life for my passion and have trialled so many ideas but feel I have finally found my true passion and wish my beautiful mum was still here so I could share my successes with her.

What is something cool that most people wouldn’t know about you?
I grew up in the middle of nowhere on a cattle farm and then went to school in the middle of Toorak... two absolute extremes in my life make me feel I had the best of both worlds.

If money were no object what would be your dream destination right now?
Italy! Definitely my goal

What book can you read over and over again?
Considering I am up till the wee hours of the morning most nights pouring resin (as 2year olds and resin do not mix!) I unfortunately haven't read a whole in book in years and I used to love reading everything and anything! After the Christmas rush my goal is to go away for a whole weekend and read a really good book...I have heard "Gone Girl" should be on everyones reading list.

What is your favourite website(s) ?      
Etsy and Pinterest, many hours lost on those sites!

Have you ever met anyone famous?
A few well know household names but no one that I would faint over, haha

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My tour of Etsy HQ in New York City

Are you an Etsy addict like me? I could totally buy most of the things on there if the budget allowed. Quite a lot of my Piccadilly Market stall holders are sellers on Etsy so was pretty damn excited for the chance to take a tour of this amazing business.

Etsy is located in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) in Brooklyn. They employ 400 people of which most are tech based and solely work on the website running like clockwork. They are a B corporation defined as voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance, Certified B Corps are distinguishing themselves in a cluttered marketplace by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business. 

As you can imagine they are incredibly eco friendly and do everything they can to do good in the world and make it a better place.

We were so excited to visit, like kids in a candy store and said as much to Mike our fabulous tour guide, he said he feels the same way coming to work everyday. Honestly you would never want to work anywhere else. I took A LOT of photos as it is the best way to see what it is all about. My proper new camera turned out to be a lemon so had to use my phone and was so giddy with excitement that a few are blurry...ooops




This is a new installation and is a living wall entrance.


This is GRIT who is the official Etsy mascot, he gets blinged with lights at Xmas and even gets to wear a Halloween costume


Each of the meeting rooms are named after a combination of food and music. Memos are sent around office and lots of input goes into these quirky names.




Everyone at Etsy uses reusable cups with Etsy cosies on them...super cute.... if they take them to local cafes they get discounts. A good initiative.



A cool hang out room is in here, there are a lot of different hang out zones around the building you can work in and did I mention you can bring your dog to work? Yes you can, there are pooches scattered around the place on their dog beds and just having a wander. LOVE that.




No phones are used at desks, if you want to use a phone you go into a phone room....cool right!!!!



Another little lounging area


Love the Fall pumpkin display in the kitchen


They have Eatsy days twice a week where a spread of delicious food is provided for all the staff. That is my kind of workplace. Vegetarians are catered too also.


Whip up a treat for lunch in the kitchen if you choose.


bet your lunch room doesn't look like this...nice right!!


This is action stations, all these screens show how fast the website is performing and all other nerdy, geeky yet super cool stuff. The ultimate goal of the 400 staff is that you have a great experience on line.




Some random office installations


Where it all happens. These floors are super amazing, recycled timber. Every staff member gets a $100 budget to buy from Etsy to decorate their desks. 


This here is techy heaven, every type of gadget is here so the site can be tested on everything to make sure it is doing its thing.



This here is the bumping stump, when you grab a gadget you bump it on the stump and it registers that you have borrowed it. When you return it, bump it back. I love S#$% like this.


I want this in my house.


This is what Piccadilly market is all about.


Just another random installation and break out area


Farewell Grit and Etsy. You were a New York Highlight and the DUMBO area was cool to discover and then heading back over the Brooklyn Bridge.






Love New York for things just like this

















Monday, September 1, 2014

Piccadilly's top blog picks

I was very fortunate to be able to attend my 2nd problogger event this past weekend in the sunny Gold Coast.

The view from my room alone was worth the trip.

View from my room at QT Gold Coast

I have had a few friends roll their eyeballs and think this is just an excuse for a getaway, "bludging again" but I will forgive them as they possibly do not understand what they are being negative about. When I started blogging 5 years ago it was a totally different world and very few people were making a living from it. Fast forward and your mind would boggle at what people are achieving and earning online. As Darren Rowse said in his keynote, we were a room full of 550 ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

When you start to hear peoples stories it is so heart warming. Some have started blogs due to adversity, bad experiences, health issues and have built huge communities around them. They educate and uplift their followers.

I do not earn a cent from my blog, it supports my business as a marketing tool but I still love it and enjoy it and wish I had more time to blog more often. Instead of boring you with the ins and outs of what I learnt I thought I would introduce you to some fabulous blog discoveries I found that you may also enjoy.

I LOVED meeting the utterly gorgeous Candice De Ville from Vintage Current. We had a lengthy chat in the ladies room, where all awesome conversations and connections take place. Candice is beautiful inside and out and carries herself with the graceful air of a lady. Check out her lovely blog.

This gorgeous grouping of an outfit totally floats my boat.

Vintage Current



Candice De Ville and Janina Lear

The next blog I discovered was The Merrymaker Sisters, 2 gorgeous young girls who are sisters that decided they were sick of feeling crap from eating processed food and changed their lives for good. Their blog is all about going paleo and being kind to your body. Whilst I am not fully paleo I do subscribe to a huge part of it and their recipes look amazing. My pantry is full of the ingredients already so look forward to trying some new yummies.The girls are off to New York City next week, a city close to my heart, I look forward to following their adventure and seeing what cool food finds they make.

The merrymaker sisters

Confession time.....I am totally and utterly crap at doing hair. My poor girls are subjected to plain old piggy tails, pony tails and ordinary plaits. I always look with envy and jealousy at those fish tail braid thingys that look like they need a degree to achieve.  You can imagine my joy when I discovered Hair Romance, perfect for hair klutzes like me.

Sadly the new book sold out but I ordered mine here and am currently camped at the mailbox waiting for its arrival. 

Wait till the school Mums start seeing my 82, yes 82 new hairstyles that Miss Lola and Miss Bella will be sporting and maybe even me too.

Hair Romance

I was pretty damn excited when I came across Her Packing List that provides female travel advice and packing tips. I am a well travelled person but I never seem to get the packing part right, I take wayyyyyy too much stuff and somehow never have what I really need. So I am looking forward to devouring this site that has everything from what suitcase to take, how to get 1 million outfits from 3 garments (not really but you get the idea), are tampons available in XYZ?

Her Packing List

I used to follow Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim a while back but life got crazy and I feel off and stopped doing my Photo a Day. I am back. I sat in on Chantelle's session and hats off to her for doing something that totally scares the crap out of her. It is always admirable to see people facing their fears. It makes us better people. We had to do a little dance before the session and there was a prize up for grabs. I reckon my moves in this pic should have got me that prize but no it was not enough.

Me dancing 

Chantelle has released a new photo app and its fab. Its called Little Moments and worth the purchase. It gives a little prompt reminder each day for photo a day. I am playing along and will be posting to Instagram and Facebook if you want to follow.

I hope you enjoy my blog wrap up. Feel free to share your fave blogs in the comments.

I will leave you with this quote, my big take away from the weekend. Yes I do want it more.




and these fun photos with my travelling companions.


















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