Thursday, June 25, 2009

Something for your weekend...

I've been busy this week preparing more Tango & James goodies to show-off and sell at this adorable event...

Ladies and little ladies alike will be sipping organic tea and nibbling darling treats amongst Canberra’s loveliest flowers at MissChief Maker’s Winter High Tea. Hosted by Rodney’s Nursery in Pialligo, the event will showcase several new and exciting ranges of divine interiors, women’s and children’s fashion, and accessories – all by local talent. Enjoy live jazz music and a book reading for littlies by local author Tania McCartney.

New design ranges featured at this event include Mr Mudge, Prim and Pretty, Karmen Sega Designs, Tango & James, Histoires, and Poppy, Bean & Bloss. Mr Mudge will soon be selling its childrens range at MissChief Maker.

The event will run on Saturday 27th June between 1pm and 4pm, with plenty to enjoy for the old and young.

MissChief Maker is a specialist childrens clothing boutique which sources and creates unique and vintage-inspired clothing for boys and girls aged 0 to 6 years. Alongside its collection of pre-loved clothing, MissChief Maker offers new, re-purposed and handcrafted garments, selected and made with care. MissChief Maker also prides itself on sourcing and supplying locally handmade accessories and gifts for children and women. The store is located at Rodney’s Nursery.

Rodney’s Nursery, a Canberra institution, is located at 24 Beltana Road, Pialligo. Contact 6248 6933 or

Gorgeous! Hope to see you there,

Love Nina x

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Got it: Luft wall decals

Well who could possibly resist???

Luft wall decal set in white, Kikki-K
I'm thinking these WHITE stickers will be perfect for my little boy's room as an addition to the hand painted white tree silhouette (on an adjacent wall though)...

Hugo's room has just been featured on gorgeous baby decore site Spearmint Baby ! He's out of the cot though and now sleeps in a convertible toddler bed (Ikea 'Vikare' - best thing ever).

Friday, June 19, 2009

Cruising the web with a cup of tea

Just in from the completely gorgeous and very talented Tania McCartney ...
"I am thrilled to announce that you are one of my very first recipients for the extra very special la-de-da inaugural Cup-of-Tea-Cruising blog awards that I myself have created. You inspire me each and every day – with my hot cup of milky tea."

aww, thankyou Tania {blushing} xx

Which has me wanting to share some of my faves with you...

Cutest poppett in Canberra - great style


Insightful witticisms about motherhood and fashion alike


Creative, beautiful interiors and great stuff by talented women


Hilarious, hilarious, hilarious! Mostly mocking fashion


Hilarious, hilarious, hilarious! Mocking interior design.


...additionally, my gorgeous friend Nanette, of Rummage blog (another favourite), will be selling her adorable wares at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston on Sunday, drop in and say hello - and don't forget to tell her I sent you!

Have a beautiful weekend,

Love Nina x

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Knitters please: Stitching up the NGA

Sharpen your needles and prepare to knit! (There's phrase I never imagined I would use!).
Knitters are invited, by guerilla knitting group Knitta Please, to create pieces 10-20cm wide x 140cm long which will be stitched together to create coverings for 6 concrete poles at the front of the National Gallery of Australia.

Any colour, yarn or technique will be accepted, but extra points for originality - the brighter and wackier, the better!!! How awesome is this bus??? See more of their handiwork around the globe at their website here.

If you're up for it, and as slow as me - start your knitting now and follow the link here to find out where to send your knitting and when.
This event is part of Knitta Please, a festival of events from 5 to 12 July, which celebrates the final week of the exhibition Soft sculpture at the NGA.

Loooove it, can't wait to see it, installation takes place over 4 days at the Gallery from July 7th.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Soft Animators: exhibition ends soon

This little exhibition has been on my do-not-miss list, and this weekend is your last chance to see it. Closing this Sunday, Soft Animators is currently on exhibition at Craft ACT in the city...

"soft animators came about after sensing a movement in the field of textiles that involved the abstraction and creation of comical versions of the physical world. I was particularly interested in artists who were creating entities, characterisations in textiles resulting in soft characters. I saw this as an opportunity to comment on the creative process itself and to examine how artists bring into the world that which was previously non existent. Sarah crowEST, Alan Jones, CUPCO, Ghostpatrol and Cat Rabbit were invited to show together following on from conversations with other artists, (in particular Ellis Hutch) and from visuals I had spotted in various media" - Jas Hugonnet, curator

More images here. Exhibition ends this Sunday... gorgeous!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Wedding in style: Gorgeous

Written by Kathryn Porritt

Caterina and Joe are one very stylish Canberra couple who tied the knot on Saturday 18th April 2009. My involvement in their day was to style their wedding and honestly, with Caterina at the helm, they really didn’t need much help. This is one glamorous lady.

Here are the gorgeous photos from Caterina and Joe’s wedding, styled by Canberra event planners (weddings parties anything) Pink Frosting and photographed by the very clever Steven from Creative Image.

Caterina and Joe were married at St Christopher’s Catherdral in Manuka, followed by a stunning reception at Rydges Lakeside Ballroom in Canberra City.

Caterina’s hair and makeup using Napoleon Cosmetics were by Bentley’s Bridal at the Jamison Centre, Canberra.

Caterina’s stunning gown is by Arushie Bridal Couture in Leichardt. The ruffles and boning are so gorgeous. When I first saw Caterina, she took my breath away.

Bridesmaid gowns in a soft mushroom latte colour, accented with black netting by Park Avenue Bridal Parramatta.

Yes, Joe and the boys also look great… What a handsome bunch of Canberra boys!

And the Pink Frosting team download underworld rise of the lycans movie did a wonderful job of styling the reception. The Rydges Lakeside Ballroom has never looked better! The team at Rydges loved it so much, they’re using our glamorous images in their advertising…

Caterina and Joe, congratulations and thank you for sharing your amazing day!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Zseike: haunting beauty

Discovered on Etsy, talented Canberran photographer Zseike. I thought these images possess a haunting beauty and simplicity. Movement and stillness. I could not wait to share my favourites with you.

And the first image captures a beauty in fog which has me in raptures about winter in the capital...

So beautiful. Visit Zseike's etsy shop for more.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Who's That girl?: A fashionista with byte

Today's Canberra Times Relax magazine has a little feature about style bloggers, with yours truly representing Canberra! I spoke with fashion writer Claire Low a few weeks ago about Canberra's Got Style...

"With a background in textiles, fashion and interior design, Barrett fits blogging around her busy lifestyle which incldes running her handmade accessories and homewares brand Tango & James, and being a stay-at-home-mum of two young children. Her blog showcases local design, fashion, architecture and photography and is a reply to those who say the capital is daggy"

The article also points to the girls at Go Fug Yourself, Singaporean Bagaholic Boy and fellow Canberrans with style at Pony and Pink... love!

Thankyou Claire, a lovely article and (might I say) the first to be completely factually correct!
Hope you had a Relaxing weekend!

Love Nina x

Friday, June 5, 2009

Something for the Weekend: Tweed Ride

How adorable is a man (or woman) in tweed? Inspired by the British Tweed Run held earlier this year, here's your chance to dress up and have a little dapper fun...

For more tweedy inspiration, check out more images of the London Tweed Run.

Love it! Hope you have a marvelous long weekend,

Love Nina x