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Stories — conversations and colour

Conversations + Colour: Sophie Hansen

There’s so much to be cheerful about when you speak with Sophie Hansen. The former city girl who turned to country life - Sophie carves out the very image of wholesome goodness that most of us can only dream about. Living on a farm with her husband and two children, Sophie continues to weave together a community around recipes, the emotion and nostalgia of eating good, simple food - all while listening to House of Pain’s Jump Around while hurtling into the air on the trampoline.  We dreamily imagined hanging over the garden gate, catching up with Sophie about how she came to live in rural Australia, the wine bar where she once worked, and of course - her forthcoming book...
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Erin Lovell Verinder's Uplifting Oxymel - a recipe

Last week we got to speak with the wonderful Erin Lovell Verinder about her love for plants, magic in nature - and all things green thumb (well some of them at least).  Graciously, Erin has shared one of her recipes from her newly released book ‘The Plant Clinic’ ($39.99, Thames & Hudson). She says it best in the intro, but we have to say - this recipe reads like a gentle hug from a dear friend, when you’re feeling blue - so we can't wait to make it. Thank you Erin.    Uplifting Oxymel When internal clouds are heavy and there is no blue sky to be seen, this plant medicine is the most fitting remedy, a gentle offering working...
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Conversations + Colour: Erin Lovell Verinder

If we were stranded on a desert island - we think Erin Lovell Verinder would be a good person to be stranded with. Not only does she know a heck of a lot about plants (does anyone remember the forbidden blue berries from Blue Lagoon?) - we think she'd make super company.  We rock around on the sand dancing Robyn style, she'd help us navigate the natural power of plants. Win:WIN! Herbalist. Healer. Author. Mentor. Nutritionist. Is there anything she can't do? We doubt it. We really loved sitting down and learning more about her practice, favourite flowers and how she came to learn so much about plants. Also she's a green thumb, so we're hoping via osmosis we become...
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Conversations + Colour: Natalie Miller

With a zest for life and colour, Natalie Miller has forged the path as one of the world's favourite textile artists. With works scattered around the globe, this Southern Highlands local remains humble and shares her love of palette pal through both her work and wardrobe. Merging her love of design with her passion for chroma - she's recently completed work at Berrima's renowned Bendooley Estate, where she took on the mammoth role of architect, interior architect and created an awe-inspiring tapestry for the space. We can't wait to visit.  As a genuine brand super fan, Natalie truly encompasses who a Little Tienda woman is: a celebration of individuality, passion, authenticity and a lover of colour and pattern. She is...
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Conversations + Colour: Victoria Aguirre

Based in the idyllic setting of Byron Bay, photographer Victoria Aguirre has worked hard to create a business that’s founded on supporting Argentinian artisans and keeping their handcrafts alive. Founded on art, heritage and culture, Pampa conjures travel stories and tradition with a modern twist via a collection of fair-trade homewares with heart. As co-founder, Victoria has curated an earthy, enduring and tactile edit with inherent global appeal - having worked with top hoteliers in far-flung places.  With an inherent love for horses and llamas (and donkeys!), her photography brings a sense of awe and warmth. Did we mention the llamas? We talk with Victoria about travel, entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and of course - her favourite toasted sandwich set up...
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Conversations + Colour: Deni Todorović

LGBTQIA+ activist. Fashion editor. Celebrity stylist. Creative director. Content creator. Pop culture addict. Style icon. Is there anything Deni Todorović doesn't do?  Unlikely! Which is why we were lucky to chat to them about life, their creative journey, and what's coming up next.  If you follow Deni on Instagram, you'll know that they're a wealth of love, support and fierceness (when it comes to fashion) - and a constant beacon of inclusiveness and warmth. And if you don't follow Deni - then do! The inimitable style genius generously and genuinely enlightens and uplifts on the daily.  We're delighted to introduce you to Deni Todorović. Tell us who you are and what you want us to know about you: My name is Deni,...
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Conversations + Colour: Julia Ostro

This week, we travel to Melbourne (and a few weeks back in time, between lockdowns), and we chat with cook, author and Italian teacher - the delectable Julia Busuttil Nishimura.  Back in 2017, Julia splashed onto the scene with her first cookbook ‘Ostro’.  celebration of her Maltese upbringing and time living in Italy, rather than your regular cookbook, this was a foray into the sensual art of slowing down, stressing less and getting hands on creating delicious meals with simple ingredients (if you haven’t made her greens pie - who even are you?!).  Welcome into the delicious world of Julia.  Julia Busuttil Nishimura, tell us who you are and what you want us to know about you: I am a...
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Conversations and Colour: Rachel Burke (aka @imakestagram)

Is there a more joyous inspiration than Brisbane-based creative queen, princess of palette play, and dame of the dazzling, Rachel Burke? We think not. For years she's inspired with her optimistic creations - from her iconic tinsel jackets, her sunglasses that Elton John would go ga-ga over (and so would Gaga for that matter), and her radiant demeanour.  We got lucky enough to chat with the tinsel maven herself - an artist, author, designer and mum of Hugo (ok and of Daisy the daschund, too) - about tinsel, pipe cleaners and all the great stuff in between (and there's a lot, but it's one heck of a fun ride!).  Welcome to the wonderful world of Rachel Burke.  Queen of Tinsel, tell us who you are and...
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Conversations and Colour: Emiko Davies

With so many Australians currently in lockdown, this week we wanted to transport you out of your home - across the waves, and into beautiful Italy. Welcoming us into her wonderful world is the generous, humble and hugely talented Emiko Davies.  Don't know Emiko? Wow. Well please allow us to introduce you. Australian-Japanese cookbook author (you should really check her out) Emiko has lived in Italy for over 10 years, has probably the cutest kids on the planet, and as if that's not enough to convert you - she has a sommelier husband - and they all live together in sensuous Italy. Sounds too good to be true? Well step into Emiko's world and you'll never want to leave. Forget...
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Conversations and Colour: Qew Hector

When you see her, you might experience something out-of-this-world - a wash of happiness, optimism - and you'll no doubt want to study every inch of her artfully curated outfits (we sure do).  Qew Hector IS colour. The antithesis of stereotypical Melbourne fashion - she can't get enough of every hue, synonymous with her use of a wide and playful palette. She conjures The Rolling Stones 'She's a rainbow' - and we could not love her more.  Bright (in every sense of the word), powerful, big-hearted and dedicated to her beautiful family (Jimmy, Olive and Pickles the sausage dog), Qew chatted with us about sobriety, her very real love for Real Housewives and gave us the scoop on who we...
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