SPELL and the gypsy collective

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Mash up. Various via:

Bohemian Rhapsody (Caravan) – Vogue Korea March 2015
Photographer Yoon Myung Sub
Muses Vian  Haewon & Jin Jun Sung

Wild Western Warrior in Vogue Korea, May 2015 
Photographer Yoon Myung Sub
Muse Song Kyung-ah
Fashion Editor Yoon Myung Sub
Hair Anmiyeon | Makeup Bakhyeryeong

From Moon to Moon blog / Pony Gold

So I was so inspired by a few of the shoots coming out of Vogue Korea recently (who are you Yoon Myung Sub? because we love you!!) I actually found the impetus to create a little old school Spell mash up blog post. Gosh, it’s been so long. I miss them on my blog! And guess what… once again Im sitting on my day bed, rain falling on my tin roof (only a week till moving day so I’m soaking up the fire place and the corrugated iron room before we leave!) but yeah maybe I need to spend more time on my own on my day bed and more mash up posts may be born… long live! Big love!

xx Lizzy

SPELL STUDIO STYLE

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Spell Office Style ~ the Studio.
Moments captured by Mel Carrero | Story by Lizzy

So. Here’s a pretty regular day for us at our design studio in Byron Bay. It’s a bit hectic but here we go…

7.30-8am Most of the girls like to start early so they can skip out early (to surf/yoga etc)… They usually roll in, coffee/chai/green smoothie in hand, open up the barn doors and turn on Pandora. (latest Pandora playlist: Lucy Rose, Japanese Wallpaper and Chet Faker)

9.30 Spelly and I roll in (after kid-drop-offs or mumma plays). I’ve usually come via local haunt 100 Mile Table (because they make the best Paleo brekky bowl to-go, it’s called ‘The Candice’ and is named after local personal trainer, Candice Briggs, who invented it) so usually Candice + Coffee + in hand. Catchup, chit chat, smash a coffee (or 2).

10am Fitting or Design meeting. Fittings can get heated, Spelly and I often disagree. Sometimes she wins out, sometimes I do… But when a fitting goes well it’s so exciting! Seeing all our work come to life is exhilarating for all of us! I usually try to squeeze in some snaps but the girls hate it and go ‘Lizzyyyyyyyy!’

12pm Have a chat to Olivia about production as Spelly sits with Sarah and signs off on colour-ways of the latest print. We design each print ourselves and choosing colours is the bane (but mostly joy!) of Spelly’s existence! Dash over to HQ (where the other half of our team works from) for a managers meeting or Marketing meeting.

1pm Dash back to the Studio via Santos/100Mile grab lunch on the fly. Range plan. Sit down with our team and work out what needs to go in the next range. It’s pretty crazy because at any one time we’re juggling 3-4 ranges, range planning for one, designing another, finalising sampling on another and pushing through production on another. And it’s made even crazier by the fact Spelly and I have moments of genius (read moments of complete frustration for everyone around us!) and add and subtract things in and out of ranges constantly! It’s so fluid here, but I guess that’s how you keep it fresh and exciting!! It’s like all of a sudden we’re “off the shoulder knit dress! Of course!!!” and then we rush through a sample and if I sneak peek a shot of it on insta the girls have to squeeze it into the next collection! hehe.

2pm Email our international team of photographers, producers, agents and stylists about our latest campaign or look book shoot. Our shoots happen all over the world so it’s pretty much a 24 hour job producing these shoots, often I’m up at 5am just to talk to an agent over in NYC.

3pm Splendour Pop-up container DIY session. A few angels have been creating some gorgeous things for our Splendour in the Grass pop-up boutique container! DIY heshan bunting, amazing little succulent gardens and printing moodboards ~ so meeting with them and work shopping these has been really fun! The arvos in our courtyard are beautiful as the sun sets behind all these palm trees – in summer we have yoga in the afternoons there and the ground is full of yoga mats and Spell angels.

4pm I usually have to run out and pick up the kids ~ but often I’ll get called back to HQ and have a meeting with Mae my graphic designer to oversee an EDM (email newsletter) or updates to our online world. Spelly might head to the gym, but usually to the beach with the kids.

5pm Home to the evening kiddy dinner/bedtime routine, Spelly sometimes joke to the Angels that at 5pm they clock off, but we clock on!

Just a little glimpse into our crazy world! xx Lizzy

 

JULY GIVEAWAY!

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JULY GIVEAWAY: SAVANNAH TBACK SUNDRESS + LE TAN GIFT PACK.

Who is missing Summer?  We are! We’re pretty lucky it doesn’t get crazy cold in our neck of the woods, but we are missing those beachy days and balmy summer evenings. With this in mind (and because we’re just a touch jealous of our friends in the north!) we’re offering up our Savannah T-Back Sun Dress and a gift pack from our friends at Le Tan @letansummer because we know how hard it is to get a healthy glow in this weather!

To enter, simply comment below on why you want to win and we will pick the best answer for the prize! And for an extra entry be following us on BLOGLOVIN’

We will contact the winner via email on July 31st. Good luck!

FINDING DREAMS

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GUEST POST by Naomi Miles from FOR THE DREAMERS
Naomi wears the Sahara Lace Crop , Casablanca Chambray Shorts (sold out)and Savannah T-Back Sundress 

FINDING DREAMS

If I close my eyes for just a second, it all comes back to me. The whitest sand, the bluest sea, the warmest sun, the tallest palm trees.

My dream to spend a week in the Maldives for my honeymoon had finally come true. I had seen all the photos and heard all about this tropical paradise but sometimes you think it just can’t possibly be quite as good as everyone says. My husband now reminds me of my face and the words I said as we pulled into our island for our weeks stay, “This is beyond a dream”.

We flew from Perth to Singapore with a quick stop over and straight to Malé Malé. The airport itself is on an island and once walking out of the airport doors, you are engulfed in the tropical heat. From there your resort will pick you up and transfer you to your island by speed boat. Even the journey from the airport to your island is magical, when you see the scattered lagoons of turquoise water accompanied by beautifully crafted water villas all along the ocean you know you are somewhere pretty special.

On arrival a cold towel and local welcoming drink refresh you before you are walked to your villa. The friendly staff guide you through the island pointing out all the activities along the way. We booked to stay in the water villas. They come with your own outdoor bathtub and private staircase, which leads straight down into the sea. The room was cooled from the air-con and perfectly fresh for its new guests. A bottle of champagne on ice ready to be popped.

The Water villas are on the East Side of the island and in the mornings this side of the island experiences low tide. The Maldives sit on zero degrees latitude, which sees water temperature move between 28-30 degrees most of the year, it’s like swimming in a beautiful warm bath. The weather is tropical, which means hot, humid and dry. Maldives is, however, dominated by monsoons and the islands get rainfall from July to August and from November to March. One afternoon a large dark cloud was sweeping over the horizon. It was an amazing show of lightning and rain. The rain hit the water hard turning it from translucent to opaque. We sat on our balcony and watched it come and go. It was something we did not expect to see but so glad we did. There is really nothing this place can do that’s not beautiful. 

The best thing was that every morning I would wake just before sunrise and slip out of our door to sit on the edge of our deck feet hanging, and greet the morning fish and pink skies as the sun rose. I will never forget the magic of the sunrises in the Maldives and sleeping above the sea, it was serenely still and calm and the constant lapping of the ocean soothed your body, mind and soul. The feeling is hard to describe in words but something I think can only be felt. Each morning some regular fish and unexpected visitors would swim slowly past and I would watch as I sipped my cup of tea. The first morning we were so lucky to see a big beautiful stingray nestling in the sand just below us. The water in the morning was a translucent blue, so clear you could see everything beneath you. It was only when you fell into the sea for a morning swim that you could see your neighbours, they too appreciating the peaceful beauty of the lagoon. The water villas design was for pure privacy and relaxation. It felt like we had our own private lagoon in which to explore, the only thing we shared it with was the striped tropical fish that made home under our staircase.

There was an array of restaurants to choose from on the island, most situated on jetties above the sea. Breakfast was included with the Water Villas and was served as a gourmet buffet catering for all tastes. It included fresh juices and fruit with home made yoghurts, muesli and granola. Personal chefs would cook you your eggs, pancakes or waffles however you wanted them with a spread of beautiful breads and pastries for an after brekky treat.

After brekky the day is yours to choose. There are many dive and snorkelling tours, water sports, jet skis, canoes and stand up paddle boards (SUP) to hire. There was also the options of a day spa, tennis and basketball courts and gym to fill your days. We would choose a different activity each day. The snorkelling tour is a MUST. You are taken out on a small traditional boat in the middle of the deep blue Indian Ocean. The boat will stop at local reef spots and local guides will jump off the boat with you and swim around the reef pointing out hiding Moray eels, turtles, tropical fish and groups of huge inquisitive stingrays that swim beneath you. I have never swam with so much sea life. We decided to do our activities in the morning and would often get back to the island around lunch time. We would then grab a coconut from the friendly beach bar waiter, have a nibble to eat and head back to our water villa for an afternoon of reading, relaxing and swimming from our deck. In the afternoons we would take a slow walk around to the other side of the island and enjoy cocktails as we watched the sun set across the open ocean. The sunsets just as spectacular as the morning rise. On this side of the island every night you can feed the stingrays after dinner and on the water villa side you can see the reef sharks feeding. It’s amazing to see these animals so close to shore.

The Maldives was a once in a lifetime holiday for us, the feeling etched into our minds. It was surreal and we felt so lucky being in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. So when your deciding on what you would like your guests to give as a wedding present, your kitchen will always be there for you to renovate, those crystal glasses you will maybe use in a few years sure, but to see, experience and feel such natural beauty is surely once in a lifetime. We are so grateful to have seen with our own eyes.

They stayed at:  Paradise Island Resort Maldives (room recommendations – Water Villa)
Dinner recommendations : Farumathi Seafood Resturant, Fukuya Tempanyaki, Lagoon resturant (Breakfast)
Activities recommendations : Snorkelling tour, parasailing to view islands from above, hire Canoes & SUP paddle boards
Things to pack : Snorkelling gear, sunscreen, bottled water & some snacks.

Hot tip – take own snorkelling gear. It costs up to $15USD pp a day to hire! we spent time most days snorkelling and exploring our own islands reef systems.

Top fashion tips – Slip on beach wear for your days and beautiful summer dresses, rompers for the nights.

xx Naomi

Zen Baby.

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Via: Oracle Fox (white interiors best-of) // Ay Illuminate Z1 Cotton Cover Light via Indi Home, Davis Architects, Spell Sahara Lace Skirt and crop top + Gown (sold out).

Whites on whites on whites. So can anyone actually live like this? DOES anyone live like this. My alter ego tosses up with idea, but where would my kids toys go? What if they weren’t white?! But it’s a nice dream isnt it? Oh and how’s the albino Zebra and white strawberries?! – I threw those in for fun, and because they’re just as unlikely as me being able to pull off a white house.)

Shout out to Mandy from Oracle Fox (how does she find such amazing interior shots?!)

xx Lizzy

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