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I know not all of you are on Instagram so I like to keep the blog up to date with a summary of my 'life in squares'. It also gives me a chance to introduce you to some new finds along with direct links for easy reference...  and shopping! I'm not sure about you but while Christmas time is definitely all about giving (predominantly to the kids!) I can't resist treating myself to a few new things too. 

Firstly I have to tell you about the new brand ILA founded by Karen Mordechai of Sunday Suppers, the renowned food and design community based in Williamsburg Brooklyn. A gorgeous collection of essential ingredients for your kitchen and home, carefully sourced and delivered to you with great care and purpose, I was lucky to be sent the Black Lava Salt to try out. Beautifully packaged, the dramatic black colour and texture of the salt is amazing. Drawn from activated coconut shell charcoal found in the earth, the salt is harvested from Molokai, Hawaii by hand using a thousand-year-old tradition. Renowned for its health benefits, which include antioxidant properties and enhanced digestive health, a sprinkle takes even the simplest of dishes to the next level.

Still looking for gift ideas? The Jo Malone Christmas Collection features an incredible range of gifts for both her and him. I can highly recommend the Pine & Eucalyptus Candles. Divine! Now available in store at the Jo Malone London Boutiques, including Britomart Auckland, for international stockists visit the Store Finder.

Creators of the Original Roundie Towel, The Beach People have launched their second collection, Volume Two which includes The Paloma pictured above. Inspired by seas near and far, each Roundie was designed to whisk you away to the dreamiest holiday locations around the world and bring bliss to your next seaside adventure. A must-have for summer, check out all of the gorgeous new designs here.

I have a soft spot for beautiful tutus, having worn a fair few in my ballet days, all of which I still have. I still remember going to fittings and being fascinated with the detailing of the netting and intricate sequinned bodices. Australian brand Tutu Du Monde, the creation of celebrated designer Andrea Rembeck captures the magic with an exquisite range of tutus for little girls. I picked out the In The Clouds Tutu Dress in Sand for the special daughter of a close friend recently.

New discovery, British designer Anna Pugh creates timeless luxury leather handbags, known for their buttery soft leather and focus on shape. Just in time for the party season, Anna made me an Ava clutch and the craftsmanship is superb. Definitely one to watch, Anna Pugh's upcoming projects include a collaboration with womenswear brand Jigsaw and an appearance at the National Portrait Gallery shop for the Vogue: 100 A Century of Style Exhibition in February 2016.

Sitting next to my new handbag is a pair of AGE Eyewear sunglasses from LET LIV. The new NZ-designed eyewear brand pride themselves on creating unique, handmade designs. Believing that age is something you feel, not see (amen to that) AGE references vintage styles influenced by the ‘50’s through to the experimental ‘70’s, yet also appreciates the modern details, manifested in materials, finish and practicality. I'm so in love with mine I may need a second pair!

I'm thoroughly enjoying the Nespresso Limited Edition Variations right now. Inspired by the festive season, they include three delicious flavours; Vanilla Amaretti, Vanilla Cardamom and Ciocco Ginger. I also attended the opening of the Nespresso Flagship Boutique in Auckland last week. In true Nespresso style, they put on a fabulous night and the gorgeous store is a wonderful addition to our CBD.

Lastly, a look at Roman's room with the Geo Black Skate Deck from One Hundred Percent Heart. You may remember seeing the Geo Shapes one in my Christmas Gift Guide for the Kids yesterday. They make such a great piece of wall art. See the full collection here

All Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for The Design Chaser Instagram (@thedesignchaser)

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  1. I love the print with the leaf wings ..where can I find this pleeeease

    1. It's by Vee Speers, from Norsu Interiors. Here is the link to buy:
      x Michelle

  2. Where are your tall white shelves from? The ones behind your sofa. Thanks.

    1. Hi Jody. It is a String Shelving System from Bob & Friends (Ponsonby, Auckland) x

  3. Hello, I really love that simple Mickey picture!! Where did you find it at?

    1. Do you mean the Mickey Mouse print? From Cooee Design: x



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