Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day Gift Guide

All mums deserve some love and appreciation on Mothers day and every day for that matter as Mums ROCK!  This year is going to be a little different  and unfortunately a lot of us may not be able to see or hug our beautiful mummas due to covid19 so its the perfect time to surprise them and show them how much you care.
Whether its your own mum, mother in law or just a special mum you know it's always so special to show them how much you love and appreciate them on Mother's Day!  
We have put together a collection of some of our fav's that we hope your mumma's will love as much as we do.
Life of a Gypsy | We chat with a gypsy nomads @tripinavan

Life of a Gypsy | We chat with a gypsy nomads @tripinavan

Tell us a little about who makes up the travel brood of @tripinavan

We are a family of five - Me (Bec), husband Justin and our three ratbags Jack, Billy and daughter Charli. We set off on a lap around Australia in Dec 2015 and well, the lifestyle simply stuck. Now nearly 3.5 years on, we are still living the simple life caravanning around this amazing country.

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What sparked the idea to live a life of on the road adventure?

It was a change in job circumstances for my husband, the coal mine he was working at closed down and his new job was completely way off with the work life balance. Meaning, I was home with three kids under three and he was working crazy hours barely seeing the kids. So Justin put the idea of travelling Australia to me and due to just having a baby, I said no, however after a few weeks I came round to the idea.

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Shop Bec's Dress here ~ Shop Charli's Mini dress here

Where to next?

Next? I have no idea and that’s the beauty of travel. It’s on your own terms! At the moment we are exploring Western Australia and will move on to the Northern Territory and over to the East Coast.

Most memorable places your stayed in so far and why?

There have been way to many memorable places and we are asked this question a lot. It could be in a dust bowl in the middle of nowhere, but a campfire and amazing sunset can be your memorable moment. For us its not the memorable places but the memorable moments.
We love the WA coastline, its untouched, pristine, crystal clear with the most amazing blue water and they have all this gorgeous marine life. Ningaloo Reef is pretty special.

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Shop Bec's dress here

What’s been the most surprising and rewarding experience about your journey so far?

The most rewarding experience is the family time. Although some days are hectic with three kids on the road full time I’d just never give it up. What it’s doing for them emotionally is incredible and the family bond we’re creating is unbreakable. What has surprised me is how much I love simplicity, living this slow paced life has made me appreciate things a lot more!

How long do you plan to be on this adventure?

Who knows how long this adventure will be for. I cant believe it’s been 3 and a half years. As long as we continue to earn an income, not touch our savings and everyone is happy, we will continue for another year or two (or three).

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What advice would you offer to anyone who wants to pack up and hit the road?

My advice would be to buy a caravan/bus/camper trailer that suits your family’s needs. For us, hitting the road with kids aged only 6 months, 2 and 3 years old, it was a must to have an ensuite in our caravan. Prepare yourself for an adjustment period and remember its a lifestyle not a holiday. Initially its a holiday, but you’ll need to find a good balance.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced living a life on the road?

Our biggest challenge has been remembering to make time for ourselves. We can get caught up in doing everything as a family but it’s important to make time for yourself and grab a break when you can.

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Shop Bec's Dress here ~ Shop Charli's Dress here

Most important items for a life on the road?

Most important items, well it wont be what you think. But having a really good battery and solar set up has been a game changer for us. It gives you so much more freedom and convenience. However something materialistic would be my Birkenstocks and Akubra as I wear them both every day.

Travel tips for travelling with children?

Travelling with kids is really beneficial and challenging at times. My best travel tip is to keep them on a routine as best you can. Kids thrive on routine and we make sure they are always in bed asleep by 730pm. Things just flow nicely when everyone knows what’s happening.

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Tips for self-care while travelling?

For my self care I always try to take care of my skin as I am always in the sun. I have a good skincare routine and use lots of Jojoba oil and do a hydrating facemask often.

For you, happiness is?

Happiness is family, travel and exercise. Keeping active is a must for my happiness and being able to travel with my family really does make me happy! How lucky am I.

Currently I Am...

Drinking... Wine
Cooking... Lamb
Watching... Netflix
Listening... to a Spotify playlist Reading oh I need to do more of that
Dreaming ...of delicious foods containing Gluten Wearing my bathers
Planning... our whereabouts over the next month.

 

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Stockist Love | The Creative behind White Bohemian

Stockist Love | The Creative behind White Bohemian

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Mahiya Stockist & fellow Gold Coast local, we chat with White Bohemian founder Sharon Fletcher about her love affair with Fashion 
When did you create White Bohemian?
I created White Bohemian 7 years ago
Have you always had a love affair with Fashion?
I seem to relate Fashion with the current ‘on trend’ styles and have never truly felt our Boho/Hippie styles fit in to this category.  I suppose its a type of Fashion as its originally from an era but to me its always carried through and is an expression of yourself and your lifestyle. Growing up, I would always go to Mums wardrobe and  sneak her 70’s kaftans and cotton floral Hippy dresses on.
   
What do you love most about running White Bohemian?
My staff and my customers, they make it so easy and enjoyable as they are so lovely and we have many customers that have become friends and I love seeing the bonds they form and seeing our customers happy with their new purchases.
  
Most coveted look of the season?
Anything Linen!
  
Most favourite piece you’ve ever purchased?
It has to be my Vintage finds, I have a few treasured vintage dresses.
  
Where do you draw your daily inspiration from?
Im always inspired by Summer, I love the beaches, the blue waters, the white sands, white sea shells and any tropical getaways.
   
What’s the best piece of advice that you ever received?
Pink Gin and Tonic is delicious!
  
Best piece of styling advice that you can offer?
Wear what you love and what you feel comfortable in as it shows in your personality.
  
What lies ahead for White Bohemian?
I hope continuity, I am happy to move forward and focus on my loyal followers and continue to search and find treasured styles for your wardrobes.
  
As a business owner, what does self-care look like to you?
Self-care comes in many forms, however, for me it is ensuring my life has balance.  Balance for me is being Mum, Wife, Business Owner and Me, ensuring its as even split as possible the I find mentally I am happy.
  
For you, happiness is?
Seeing my family happy , hanging out with the girls or…… sitting in the sun with a glass of Champagne in one hand and a book in the other.
  
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Dream dinner guests and why? (living or passed)
Drew Barrymore id have to say, she has been through so much and come out the other side, she has a sense of humour and the inner wild child I love!  I think she would be a fun dinner guest, I imagine we would end up dancing around the living room after a couple of bottles of wine! 
  
For our own curiosity, and as an on-going source of inspiration, we always like to find out as much as we can about our featured guests, can you humour us with the first thing that comes to mind for each the below?
  
Currently I am...
Drinking… Always
  
Cooking… Minestrone soup (honemade)
   
Watching… Games of Thrones (finally, its taking me 3 attempts to get past the gore)
  
Listening… to anything really
  
Reading… Sapeins
  
Dreaming… Of summer getaways always
  
Wearing… a warm snuggly cardigan and ugg boots
  
Planning… A European summer road trip next year
  
Our Ziggy | As Featured by Children of the Tribe

Our Ziggy | As Featured by Children of the Tribe

We have loved every day of our adventure via @life_on_the_open_road_au and it has been a dream to slow down and spend each precious day with our little Ziggy Man watching grow & learn to walk!

Recently little Ziggy was featured on Children of the Tribe! We loved the feature so much we just had to share x

You can visit Ziggy's full feature here

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Excerpt below from Children of the Tribe

Meet Alex & Ryan and their one-year-old son Ziggy - a young family from the Gold Coast who last year decided to pack up and hit the road for an epic journey around Australia. This trio are right at home in their house-on-wheels, embracing the infinite adventure that life on the open road brings – whether it’s sun, surf, sand, fishing or biking - these three are living their best life. We caught up with them as they made their way north along the coast of Western Australia, in the remote and striking town of Red Bluff.
Who's in your tribe?
We are Alex, Ryan and Ziggy Hutchinson from the Gold Coast in Queensland.

Tell us about your inspiration to hit the road for the ultimate Australian road trip.
After building our label Mahiya over the last 6 years we thought it would be a fun adventure to do a trip around Australia to visit stores while living our dream travelling in our caravan for a year. We have always wanted to travel our own beautiful country but never thought it would happen, until we joined the grey nomads. We feel really blessed to be able to do it at this stage in our life and make lots of fun memories for Ziggy to look back on.

Tell us about one really special experience you've shared so far?
I think one of our favourite moments of the trip has been was swimming with the sea lions at Bairds Bay in South Australia. We took our little rooftop tinny out to where they live on an island not far off land and swam with about 7 of them. They were so friendly swimming around us, it was incredible.

What are your top 5 adventure essentials?
1. Bikes - we have loved riding around all the beautiful towns we have visited.
2. Surf boards -Ryan doesn't leave home without them.
3. Fishing rods -we have been catching so many delicious fish like King George, Whiting and Grouper There is nothing better than eating fresh fish that you have caught yourself!
4. Having a 4 Wheel drive to be able to access and explore all the amazing beaches and off road tracks
5. Our beach trolley to load all of our gear and umbrella for long days at the beach.

How has Ziggy adapted to his new home on wheels? 
To be honest it was a bit of a struggle for the first couple of months. Not only was he adapting to new surroundings but also broke through 4 teeth the week we left so the poor little man was miserable. Once he got used to things he has blossomed into one very happy little boy who is now up and racing around with his new little buddies. He is playing in the dirt and swimming at the beach most days and loving life on the road.

Where to next?
After spending the last 6 months travelling throughout NSW, VIC and SA we have started our journey up the coast of WA, and boy it doesn’t disappoint. We are currently in Redbluff near Quobba's Station which is very remote and beautiful and we are looking forward to exploring places like Ningaloo, Coral Bay and Broome. We also have swimming with the whale sharks on our list which I'm sure will be a highlight - there are still so many great adventures to come!
Sapphire Coast | AW19 Release

Sapphire Coast | AW19 Release

Our new Sapphire Coast Collection is inspired by our wanderlust adventure around the Australian Coastline.
Featuring two stunning colours for winter, Amber - inspired by the deep terra-firma of the outback, and Sapphire - invoked by jewel tones of the sea.

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Shop the Poppy Skirt

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Shop the Tacola Blouse & Poppy Skirt

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Shop the Tacola Blouse

 

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Shop the Bell Flower Maxi Dress

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Shop the Road Trip Harem Pants

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Stylish Bohemian fashion for everyday simplistic luxury. Style and layer with luxe suedes, leathers and knits. Pair back with our range of leather bags, purses, boots, and knitwear for a complete boheme chic vibe.
Mahiya believe in raw bohemian luxury. Made from delicately soft fibres and fabrics, our Australian designed fashion pieces are hand crafted in sustainably sized batches by small family owned businesses. 
Producing only two small clothing collections per year, each piece of Mahiya clothing is designed to be trans-seasonal. Not influenced by fast & fleeting trends, Mahiya make each bohemian infused piece relevant to your wardrobe for years to come.

 

 

May 09, 2019 — Alex Longstaff
Street Stories | Mahiya Muse

Street Stories | Mahiya Muse

A modern twist on Bohemian & Festival Fashion Style

follow our journey @mahiya_leather

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Stylish Bohemian fashion pieces for everyday simplistic luxury. Style for weekends cruises, island soirées or fun & flirty festivals with our large range of gypsy leather bags & sandals.
Mahiya believe in raw bohemian luxury. Made from delicately soft fibres and fabrics, our Australian designed fashion pieces are hand crafted in sustainably sized batches by small family owned businesses.
Producing only two small clothing collections per year, each piece of Mahiya clothing is designed to be trans-seasonal. Not influenced by fast & fleeting trends, Mahiya make each bohemian infused piece relevant to
your wardrobe for years to come.
Effortless to style, pair back with fine Gyspy inspired jewellery or bold colourful accessories for an unforgettable look. With form & function at the heart of our designers’ vision, each piece of Mahiya clothing is created to be flattering, enhancing the beauty of the feminine spirt. Live with a little more magic, when step out in Mahiya.

 

 

On Location | Esperance, Western Australia

On Location | Esperance, Western Australia

For our latest luxe leather shoot, we journeyed to the glorious beaches of Lucky Bay, Esperance, Western Australia
We chose Lucky Bay for its jewel sea-blue & sea-green tones, the perfect back drop for new season hand-crafted leather range 

 

on location with our picnic perfect Soirée Leather Back Pack 
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up close with the hand-tooled, hand dyed details  of the  Soirée Leather Back Pack 

 

The unique hand-crafted Dakota Baby Bag perfect for our style mamas

 

 
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warm cream tones of the hand-crafted Luna Bag

 

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cool hand woven leather embroidery in our Turquoise Dream Weaver Bag

 

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fuchsia & turquoise colour pop of our Dream Weaver

 

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everyday classic Tan, our Fringe-free Dream Weaver Bag

 

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capturing the magic of our location, Lucky Bay with our Dream Weaver Bag
 
 
Tara Pavlovic | Mahiya Muse & Artist in the making ♥

Tara Pavlovic | Mahiya Muse & Artist in the making ♥

You became a household name as stand-out favourite & winner of Channel 10’s Bachelor in Paradise, but despite the TV exposure, the show never really showed much about the true you...can you share with us a little more about you and your everyday life?

Sure! I live in Burleigh heads with my partner (Nick) and I work as a nanny in around the Gold Coast. I absolutely love what I do, and where I live. I start my day with a 6am workout at Xtend Barre in Burleigh Heads, grab a coffee and usually head straight to work from there. After work I come home, sometimes have a sauna and swim with Nick and then we cook dinner. Nick is usually on the BBQ in charge of the meat and me in the kitchen in charge of the salad. Most nights I’m in bed by 8:30!

 

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TV life aside, what are you most looking forward to in 2019?

I am looking forward to working hard, saving hard and hopefully by the end of the year we will be ready to buy our own home. I also have a project I am working on, so I am really excited to see how that goes. I wake up every morning so pumped to see what the day brings, I love my normal everyday life.

 

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Shop Tara's Mahiya Skirt

 

We loved seeing all of your photos from your Europe trip in 2018, it’s such a beautiful place! Can you share with us some of your favourite spots?

Europe was AMAZING. I really loved Amsterdam, it was so quirky and different. The shopping there was absolutely AMAZING too. My favourite place though was Croatia (I am Croatian, so I could be being biased). We went from Dubrovnik, to a small village where my family of from called Mali Ston. Mali Ston was my favourite place in the whole of Croatia. I saw family who I had never met before, but other than that, it isn’t a massive tourist spot, so it was so quiet and untouched. There is also so much history there, including the Walls of Ston - built in 1333. After the Great Wall of China, they are the longest defensive walls in the world- and they are right in my families back yard!
Apart from the history aspect, the small family owned restaurants there were to die for. We ordered muscles and we saw the chef pull them out of the water right in front of us. I have never had fresher seafood in my life.

 

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Based in Mahiya’s own home town, what do you love most about living here on the Gold Coast?

I love the ease and how laid back the Gold Coast is. I moved here from Sydney around 2 years ago, every time I go back to visit, I think to myself "how did I live there?!" The traffic is better here, parking is free (or cheap), there aren’t tolls every 5 minutes, rent is cheaper, the beaches aren’t super crowded, the weather is better, and I find the people are nicer too. People here have time to smile and say hello, they aren’t always rushing off to work. Also, I LOVE the fashion sense here,
it’s so me.

 

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Shop Tara's Mahiya Dress

 

What keeps you grounded and inspired in everyday life?

I am surrounded by amazing down to earth people in my day to day life. Working with kids and the people I surround myself with show me what is important in life- family, friends and love. I am inspired by the families I am around to work hard and to hopefully one day have a beautiful family of my own.

The best piece of life advice you’ve ever received?

 Trust your instincts and listen to your feelings.

 

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Shop Tara's Mahiya Skirt 

 

Can you share with us your favourite style tips? What’s your everyday go-to look?

Because I am running around all day with work, my hair is always up in a topknot because I get so sweaty! I love to wear an easy jumpsuit or workout gear to work because it is super easy to move in. When I’m not working, I love a maxi dress or a maxi skirt with a cute cropped Tee or singlet.

 

What does your everyday beauty & self-care routine look-like? 

In the mornings I make sure I put on sun cream because I suffer with pigmentation on my nose and cheeks. If I’m bothered, I pop on some foundation over the top with a bit of bronzer. At night I use the Eco Tan range to cleanse my skin. I swear by it. My skin has been amazing since I started using it.

 

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What’s the one thing that people would never guess about you?

I love art. I actually am half way through a fine arts degree but stopped when I went on The Bachelor! I am going to start doing my art again now that I have more time.

 

What mediums do you love to work with & what are your plans when you finish your degree? 

I love drawing with felt tip pens, especially perspective drawings. I also love experimenting with acrylic paint mixed with other mediums. I’m a sucker for anything colourful too. I’m not sure if I want to finish my degree. Life has taken me in other directions and I feel like I learnt enough to use my knowledge on future projects without needing the degree. 

 

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What is your favourite art period & which artists inspire you most?

I really like the surrealism art movement. I find the artworks from that time so quirky and imaginative. My favourite artists from the time are Salvador Dali and René Magritte (the two most obvious choices!)

 

…... Can we ask about any details of your new project, or is it top secret?

I don’t want to say too much because it will take a bit of time. But lets just say, I will be putting my art skills to the test!

 

You can follow Tara on Instagram via @tarapavlovic ❤
 
 

South Australia Style with We Live We Explore

south australia style with we live we explore
March 19, 2018 — Alex Longstaff

Pre-Baby Retreat in Byron Bay

pre-baby retreat in byron bay
August 24, 2017 — Alex Longstaff

Sydney Sightseeing & Style Guide

sydney style and travel guide
August 16, 2017 — Alex Longstaff

Tips for Celebrating Australia Day

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January 04, 2017 — Alex Longstaff