Packing our (imagined) travel necessities and niceties (toothbrushes, pens, books) and calling in on a pair of Portuguese swans.
Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison | Gracia & Louise
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If I could be anywhere these holidays, it would be here. My cousin and her partner's farm in Woodridge, upstate New York. Like we always do, my cousin and I would laugh about stupid things, we'd cook up yummy, organic food, work on the farm, play with her beautiful dog Lali and chat about our hopes and dreams for our small businesses. It's been nearly 2 years since I was there last and I miss everything about it.
Anny Apostolidis | Mavro
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Pictured: Gracia & Louise collage gift cards, now available individually (RRP $5.50) or in a set of 4 for $18;
Mavro Tangle bangle (each, RRP $99)
I want to see the colours of the Northern lights in Ersfjordbotn, Norway. To take a deep breath and be mesmerised by all the colours of the sky.
Anna Ross | Kester Black
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From now until Dec. 24, Milly Sleeping is presenting a little festive reprise of our favourite project, Nice Work. Each day for the next dozen, a different designer (stars of our 'Christmas Catalogue') will take us to the place that they would most like to go during the impending holiday period. We will also be featuring some of our best gift ideas along the way.
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Pictured: Photograph of Ersfjordbotn, Norway by Adrian Bucher;
nine shades of Kester Black non-toxic, cruelty nail polish are now available in store ($16 each);
KB polishes are also available as part of a gift set, in collaboration with OK OK.
For weeks we now, we have been adding, shuffling, sending and restocking the beautiful pieces in our online catalogue. Right now, there are more items listed than ever before - lovely, locally-made things to give, and lovely, locally-made things to take home for yourself, wear on Christmas Day, and treasure forever.
Postage to all places near and far within Aus. is FREE (or just $5 for total purchases less than $50). To guarantee delivery before Christmas, please place your orders on or before Friday, December 20 (although we will nervously continue to send items through the following weekend).
International shoppers should get their skates on and order today, or tomorrow; postage to overseas destinations is $10 flat.
All items depart Milly Sleeping carefully packaged and with a fond farewell. We hope you think our selection is as nice as we do.
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Please note! When browsing through the online catalogue, we suggest using your browser menu to zoom out so that you can view the nine items on each page in full. You can search by category, by clicking the active links in the side bar to the right of the images. We've tinkered with this a little so that you can now find items grouped by designer, by type, and/or by price.
All of the pieces in the online catalogue are available in store, although some of them may be tucked away in our stockroom - please ask! All of the pieces seen at our blog are also available for purchase online or over the phone ... please ask!
Around the time that we met Anny of Mavro jewellery, she happened to be moving into Milly's hood. A couple of months later, I asked her how she is finding the change, which prompted a spontaneous mini interview. Thanks Anny!
Milly Sleeping: How are you enjoying the move to Carlton?
Anny Apostolidis: Carlton has always been my favourite suburb! It's close enough to everything but with the wide streets and trees and parks, sometimes you don't feel like you live in a busy city.
MS: Are there local places that you've discovered?
I love D.O.C on Drummond St, I dream about their pizza! Baker D. Chirico across the road from them is pretty amazing as well. There's great coffee at Campos on Elgin St and also at Tre Bicchieri on Rathdowne St.
MS: What is it like working from the Nicholas Building?
AA: It's such inspiring building to work in! There's so much history, not to mention I have an amazing view of the cathedral which I never get tired of. I have a lot of other jeweller and artist friends who have studios in the Nicholas as well.
At the moment I share a space with some painters, a printmaker, some illustrators, a costume designer and a performance artist!
It's like a little creative community. It's great.
MS: Do you think that jewellery has trends in the same way that clothing seems to?
AA: There are definitely jewellery trends that come and go, which are usually dictated by a clothing trend. However they don't always last long.
Do you look forward to Christmas?
AA: The lead up to Christmas is one of my busiest times in the year so I'm pretty much flat out until Christmas Day. But that's why it's one of my favourite days of the year. I love being with my family and just being able to relax, have a drink and eat delicious food - my dad always cooks a lamb on the spit. I always feel very grateful on Christmas Day.
MS: Have you always worn jewellery?
AA: As long as I can remember! In high school used to have to hide new pieces I'd bought so my mum wouldn't see them because it was all I spent my money on!
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Pictured: the gorgeous colourful shots are pinched from Mavro at Instagram;
This week, we devised a Special Offer. It came about for various reasons ... including the passing of our EIGHTH year, the anniversary of which slipped by a week ago without us remembering! (Dear Milly, we can't believe we forgot your birthday).
Now in store, there are three racks boasting wonderful, versatile Spring/Summer separates and layering pieces, including a delivery of new Raggatt pieces. Choose two, and you'll receive the second (lower priced) item for 30% less. Fall in love with a couple of items that go together, and you can snap up a bit of a bargain. This offer excludes most accessories, except shoes - full-priced shoes are in! Come in and take some time in our change-room, try on a few different combinations, and set yourself up for the long Summer that's still to come.
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Pictured: ffiXXed Observational Sensitivity top ($218);
High Tea Sleepwalker pants (RRP $248)
Sosume Front Dip T (RRP $95);
Livia Arena white Dissolving laser cut trousers (RRP $490);
Sosume white cowl tank (RRP $104) with Sleepwalker trousers;
Kuwaii white Cicada flats, available online - exclusive to Milly (RRP $310);
ffiXXed Bab Doukkala scarf ($135) worn with Front Dip T;
Kuwaii Stereogram Op Art print top (RRP $255) worn with Dissolving trousers;
Tettmann.Doust cotton Spectre top in Electric Nova print (RRP $220);
Raggatt green Fold cullottes worn with Spectre top and Front Dip T;
Raggatt Loop Collar shirt (RRP $260) worn with Fold cullottes;
Kuwaii black Stereogram dress (RRP $299);
Livia Arena Layered Two Tone jacket (RRP $390) worn with Stereogram dress;
Kuwaii white Darby shoes, available online (RRP $325);
Raggatt Loop vest (RRP $325) worn with Fold cullottes and shell top;
Kuwaii Perceptions shell top (RRP $98) worn with Sleepwalker pants;
Kuwaii white and gold Esperance sandals, available online - exclusive to Milly (RRP $310)
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PS. Online shoppers who can't make it to the store are more than welcome to take up this December Special Offer, which relates to full price S/S garments and selected accessories - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.