At Home With: Chloe Brookman of Olli Ella

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I first learned of Olli Ella, a company co-owned by two sisters living on seperate continents specialising in ‘design for the modern family’, through their cute, bohemian instagram feed full of inspiring posts. I even got a couple of their famous belly baskets last year – a must-have for setting up the nursery.  Chloe Brookman however, really came to my attention a little later on when she posted a photo of herself calmly lazing about in bed with her beautiful newborn.  I was at home with a newborn as well and was…totally freaking out!!!  Nothing casual over here – ha! Honestly, I don’t know if I was more impressed or jealous. When I reached out, she assured me it was because she has 3 kids, so has had a bit of practice.  I’m sure I will be testing that theory eventually…

Chloe has a lovely, colourful, ultra bohemian home that she lives in with her husband Charlie and yep, their 3 children – Tennyson (7), Arlo (4) and Nell (1) and dog Eshu. She was just as I hoped when I finally met her in person – barefoot, in a long white cotton dress with cool girl unbrushed hair – and was kind enough to invite us over to have a closer look at her plant loving abode.   Read More

A transcontinental fix for trans-seasonal blues

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Today Jess tries to beat the upcoming cool weather cabin fever with a trip through her travel snap archives.

Another month passes by as the season changes and we get on with the year. Even though the earth’s temperatures are flying all over the place and the parameters of a season are bending (scary times!), here in the southern hemisphere we are plodding toward winter while all the lands north of the equator are skipping into summer. There are definitely aspects of the cooler months that I love- chunky knit jumpers, red wine on a rainy evening and air so fresh it makes your brain feel zingy- but the idea of bunkering down and hibernating while dealing with a vitamin D deficiency makes me a tad glum. I get a little stir crazy if I have to be house-bound for too long (as much as I love my home!) and since there aren’t any worldly adventures booked in for the coming months, I am bracing myself for code red cabin fever levels. Read More

And the Oscar goes to…

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‘Oh divine innocence, you have swallowed me whole!’ – Kate Morton

And just like that…my baby is one. What a trip.

Since you came along, my senses have never been so awake and I have never felt anything close to as much pure joy. I could melt and splash onto the floor into a giant puddle, that is how gone I am for you.  I love you so much, I drove to Spotlight twice yesterday to get you this balloon, because the first one flew out the window of the car when I got home.  Thank you for choosing me to be your Momma.  We love you Booboo! xoxo