How is it possibly already February? The summer holidays seemed to stretch on forever and now all of a sudden school is back and the year is speeding away at bullet train pace. I’ve never experienced the back-to-school vibes before but my eldest started school this year and all of a sudden I find myself catapulted into the world of school drop-offs and pick-ups, lunches, play dates and birthday parties. To be honest, it’s a little overwhelming! Not so much the routine of school but just routine in general. And with the year thundering away there is a part of me that is slightly dreading the seemingly infinite routine ahead. School is 13 years right? For ONE child? I feel like I’m still running behind everyone at the back of race track, struggling to get my breath and we are only just off the starting blocks!Read More
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There is perhaps nothing more beautiful - literally and philosophically - than the skill of turning something that was used for warfare, for death, for genocide, into a symbol of beauty, a message of hope and a means to provide for one's family.Read More
I love giving gifts! Picking out that perfect gift and then seeing the joy and excitement on someone's face when they unwrap it? Priceless! But I also know finding that elusive, "perfect" gift can be incredibly difficult.
So we're here to help! We have inspiration for everyone in your world and if you've got a list in your hand of gifts to buy and no ideas, we have got you covered. Orders placed by midday AEST on Tuesday the 19th of December will automatically be upgraded to express postage.Read More
We talk a lot about fair trade and what it means to be ethical and sustainable but I know this concept can be hard to grasp at the root level. We know being ethical is important, but how important is it? And what does it really mean for the supply chain? How does it impact the artisan or the manufacturer right at the beginning of the supply chain, on the other side of the world? And is it ok to do the occasional purchase at Kmart? I get it! I've asked all the same questions myself and the journey of becoming a more ethical consumer is exactly that - it's a journey!Read More
There is something so exciting about seeing the tangible difference that can be made in communities and societies when women are empowered. We talk a lot about the importance of empowering women but does it actually make a difference? Yes, yes and YES!
A panel discussion was recently held in London to talk about ways that the private sector and development partners can take forward the recommendations of the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Three key questions about women’s economic empowerment were asked at this panel discussion and one of these was, what is the most critical thing we do if we want to see gender equality and empowerment for all women? The answer? Almost 68% of respondents recognised the need for cross sector partnership. What does that mean when the rubber meets the road? It looks like governments, companies and civil societies working TOGETHER, in partnership to address this.Read More
You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten a pamplemousse from Vanuatu. It might seem like a sweeping and unverifiably big call, but I stand by it: the pamplemousse is amazing. According to Google Translate, pamplemousse is the French word for grapefruit. This is quite misleading. In my experience of grapefruit, in Australia at least, they don’t even begin to compare to the wonder that is pamplemousse.Read More
Mostly having Elissa live on the other side of the world [read: the Pacific, I have a flair for the dramatic] sucks. Having your wing-woman/business partner/red-wine-sharing/kitchen conversationalist/life and world problem solver MIA is mostly the worst. But there is the occasional perk. Like the on-location photo shoot opportunities.
Some of this product isn't even online yet but I couldn't resist giving you a sneak peak into this dreamy island boho shoot. Our gorgeous wanderlust-inspired pieces certainly looked right at home in the Pacific.Read More
I love progress.
Sometimes it feels like we are living in a crazy time in history where if anything, we are seeing society reversing instead of progressing. So it's worth celebrating the moments (big and small) where we make some good decisions right?
Last week the Australian government pledged announced plans to introduce legislation to crack down on modern slavery by forcing big companies to be more transparent. So businesses that earn over $100 million will need to clearly identify the steps they are taking to address slavery by publishing a public statement every year outlining how they are scrutinising their supply chains and ensuring they aren't complicit in forced labour or human trafficking.Read More
It's a common symptom of living in a western, capital country to always talk about money as something you could do with more of. I get it. There are bills to pay, rising costs of living, a housing affordability crisis. Children to clothe and feed. I totally get it. But there is something really repulsive about hearing it talked about so often as something we "deserve" something we "struggle" for, "strive" for. I shudder when I hear the words come out of my own mouth "if only I had xxx then I could xxxx". So gross.
And there's nothing like a good dose of healthy reality-check to put everything in perspective. Care International has recently put out an online to calculator to work out where you rank globally in terms of income. It's a pretty snazzy little tool that combines the most recent salary data from the World Bank, currency conversion using purchasing power parity dollars, and a statistical model to estimate where you sit on the global rich list.Read More
If you live in Queensland like me, or the South Pacific like Elissa currently does, winter is a bit of a novelty. It seems to make a brief but dramatic appearance. You know, the kind - insanely overhyped and strangely dealt with in this confused, eclectic mix of - oh my goodness we must bust out the fires and the beanies and the winter jackets and extra blankets but we could still totally walk in the beach in a singlet if we felt so inclined? If you're from a place with a legitimate winter like Alaska or America or heck, even Melbourne, you probably won't get it, what with your heated flooring arctic winter winds, but here on the coast we do everything "casually".
So when you catch even the glimpse of a winter day, you make the most of you. You definitely bust out your winter woolies and crank the fire to enjoy the cosy vibes for the fleeting time they appear. At the moment we have had a few (I mean very few) hints of dropping temperatures. So to make the occasion, I thought I would share some of my favourite winter warmers from our store. So snuggle by the fire, pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy browsing through some of these beauties - all fairtrade, handmade and sourced from around the world Wanderlust People style.Read More