July 20, 2012

Whimsy Milieu

It’s a good day when we stumble across other designers that inspire us. Sydneysider Jacqueline Chan is just bursting with creativity and dying to share it with the world. I mean, how adorable are these hand painted wooden rings!!

Jacqueline is the creative director of studio WHIMSY MILIEU, also dabbling in a selection of unique accessories….


…and even furnishings….

 WM has a new range of accessories to look forward to, launching very soon. Here are just some ways you can keep an eye on her gorgeous work…

Etsy shop

Young Republic


July 18, 2012

Bizarre Bazaar Twilight Markets

Date: Tomorrow night, Thursday 19 July

Time: 5pm to 9pm

Address: Angel Place near George St, Sydney NSW

Bizarre Bazaar returns with over thirty emerging fashion designer stallholders, live performances by local bands and a live mannequin installation. Looks to be another a great night.

BB markets are held every 3rd Sunday of the month, every 2nd month.

More info: http://www/thisisfortunate.com/asofevents/BIZARRE_BAZAAR.html

or you can join this event for future updates on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/asofevents
If you can’t make it tomorrow night Bizzare Bazaar also have an online store @ www.youngrepublic.com
July 17, 2012

MCA – Mass Clothing Exchange

Listed in Concrete PlaygroundsTop 10 things to see and do at the 2012 Biennale‘, MCA is exactly what it says, an organised trading of clothing and accessories set to promote ethical fashion consumption.

When: This Sunday the 22 July – 11:00am
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 140 George St, The Rocks, NSW
How much: FREE!

How it works:

You check your clothes in at the start of the day. It’s a straight swap; clothes for clothes, accessories for accessories etc. There is a maximum  of 10 items per person so to make sure you get an exact swap for swap make sure you bring as many quality goods as you can to get a maximum trade for your oldies but goodies. And, If you drop your clothes in at one of the earlybird check-ins on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday you get to join in on an exclusive 30 minute pre-swap on Sunday.

MCA has a few rules and standards on what they will and will not accept in a swap so check them out if you intend to head there and partake in a wardrobe upgrade.

More info: http://www.mca.com.au/events/mca-clothing-exchange/

See you there…



July 15, 2012

Brandy <3 Melville

 Brandy Melville is a super cool italian-born brand r&h happened to stumble upon in Santa Monica. They easily won us over with their festival tanks, sweet cable knits and rockin accessories (Seriously, we spent a lot of time and money in there).

They have stores spread like gems across the globe including Santa Monica, NYC, Hawaii, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin and Munich. They haven’t hit our shores yet but check out their great online store in the meantime http://brandymelvilleusa.com/ (Shipping to Oz is around $40 but is well worth it)

Follow them on instagram for pretty pictures and new releases… #brandymelvilleusa



July 11, 2012

Like, Share & WIN!

We would always say you could never have enough clothes, now here’s the chance to fill your wardrobe with even more! The Big Fashion Sale is coming up with an awesome chance for you to win a $400 voucher. Not only that, you also get first dibs before the public and a bottle of bubbly to share with four of your friends! All you have to do is like their page and share the poster. Simple!

Designers Include:
Christopher Esber, Secret Squirrel, Friend of Mine, Karla Spetic, Elke Kramer, Dorota, Shona Joy,
Nookie,Story By Tang, Man, Marvin, Dannika Zen, Seventh Wonderland, Marnie Skillings
The Eleventh Hour, Strummer, Life with Bird, Cohen et Sabine, Amy Kaehne, Ausmode,
Kahlo, Ever Lane, Rittenhouse, Deadly Ponies, Le Black Book, The Label 333.

July 9, 2012

Photography Love – Julia Trotti

Oh my lordy lord! This is the kind of photography most of us could only ever dream of being able to create.

Julia Trotti has solidified herself as a major player in the Australian creative industry. Not just dabbling in conceptional photography but throwing her own seductive spin on fashion, music and weddings. Her work has been featured in oh too many publications to mention, and her skills have been consigned to shoot some of the biggest bands and events in Oz.

Here is just a taste of what Julia Trotti has to offer up to the photographic gods…

Even more enticing than her online portfolio is her blog ‘I have something to tell you’ where Julia often spoils us with sneak peek shoots and inspirational ideas.

Now you can love her like we do.



July 5, 2012

Pre-Loved Collection – Winter Coats

Who’s freezing their behinds off? Well, r&h has come to the rescue! Keep your arms warm, while still looking hawt in these puppies…

Shop here.



July 4, 2012

Favourite Things – Vintage and Handmade Markets

Favourite Things – Vintage & Handmade Markets celebrated their grand opening at Beach Road Hotel last Saturday. There was a selection of homemade and vintage treasures to fill your wardrobes, delicious food and funky beats to help erase your Winter blues.  Here are just a few photos we snapped on the day…

We’ll be down there again this Saturday to enjoy a few refreshments, meet the locals and make new friends. We also have new additions to our Pre-Loved Collection, so keep your eyes peeled for a sneak peek tomorrow!

Stall Holders: Mitty Malou, Sillier Than Sally, Vintage Lola, Fox and Beau, Eat Art Truck,  Coco’s Buds, Vonnie’s Vintage, Barrett Soy Candles, rain&hale

Favourite Things Vintage & Handmade Markets
Every Saturday 10 am – 4pm

Beach Road Hotel – Upstairs on Level 1
 71 Beach Rd (corner Glenayr Ave), Bondi Beach

July 3, 2012

Five Words – Tell Your Story

Ever heard the chorus line to ‘that’ song or seen a poster (perhaps even a meme) that has managed to sum up your feelings right at that very moment? Just 5 little words that have surprisingly sparked your interest and then circled your head for days? Well, it happened to these 2 talented girlies one too many times, until they decided to create a space where you can attain that warm fuzzy feeling everyday single day…

rain&hale snagged 5 minutes with the 2 creative cats behind the site, to ask just a few curious questions…

What is one thing you both find inspirational about your everyday life?

Music. It can lift you up and get you out of a creative rut in no time. At the moment we’re loving Matt Skiba and the Sekrets. We’re both pretty excited to be heading to Outside Lands Festival as part of our prize for the 2012 Ultrabook Pedestrian TV Blogster Awards.

What would you say to other creative thinkers to encourage them to put their ideas out there like you have?

The internet can be a tough yet wonderful place. Don’t take criticism personally – think of it as a chance to learn from others and be inspired!

We agree! Do either of you have background in or currently work in graphic design? Or what skills do you have that contribute directly to 5 words?

Mel is a full-time graphic designer and I work in Marketing, so we both have skills that contribute directly to Five Words. It’s been a great chance for me to learn more about design and for Mel to have a creative outlet.

We see you have an Etsy store, do you intend on selling these amazing graphic images on a range of mediums?

We do! We’re actually in the process of shortlisting our favourite pieces, which is a massive task since there is nearly 600 of them! We’ll be starting off with a number of prints and expanding from there. Our first range will be online in July. Exciting times!

What do you look for in submissions for the 5 words website?

 Since we do all the design work ourselves we tend to connect with some submissions more than others. If the words are something we can identify with, we seem to use them pretty quickly. As long as it sits well with our other posts we will try to do the submission justice.

How long was it from the birth of the idea to the proud moment of fruition? And was it a difficult journey?

Surprisingly not that long, it was only a few days while we sorted out the details and got the site up and running! Creating something new everyday is probably the most difficult part of Five Words. We go through inspired stages, but we definitely struggle sometimes. It’s all worth it though when we receive an email from someone saying we brighten their day.

Well girls, there’s no denying that’s exactly what you have managed to do. Here’s just a taste of some of the goodies added to their site in the last 6 months…

You heard the ladies, 5 words will be selling these beautiful & inspiring images online really soon so keep you online eyes (and wallets) open on this space…


If you are wanting to submit 5 words that mean a lot to you, you can do it here..