She's blossomed - a wonderful giveaway

I am so pleased to be hosting a wonderful giveaway with Anna’s gorgeous bouquets.Even more pleased because this giveaway is for our Hamilton, Te Awamutu and Cambridge people, a local business wanting to spoil our local people.
The giveaway is happening on my Instagram page, you will be taken straight to it by clicking HERE.

So today I would like to share with you the gem that is She’s Blossomed ! Botanical stylist, Anna creates the most delightful seasonal bouquets and has launched her online shop where you can order your own, or subscribe to a regular delivery. They come in a variety of sizes and the one I am sharing with you today arrives in a stunning kraft box with a gold embossed heading and insert explaining how to care for your bouquet. This very special bouquet, called Stolen Garden, is what you can win by entering our giveaway, not only that but you will also win a Lifestyle blooms bouquet for a friend you think is deserving to be spoiled too. Easily enter by following this link HERE to be taken to the giveaway on Instagram.

A lot of thought and consideration has gone into creating this product and I feel very privileged to be able to showcase it. It makes a wonderful present should you want to make someone feel special, the way the bouquet arrives in its elegant box will get any little heart pumping and the discovery of the explosion of flowers, colours and scents once opened is pure delight to treat a loved one.

Once out of the box, place your bouquet in a vase and loosen it up by gently pulling the stems away from the center. Remember to change the water regularly and keep it away from direct sunlight. Now enjoy...
To participate please click HERE, the winner will be drawn next Tuesday!

HEARTH - Hamilton, NZ

I have already mentionned Lovegrove lane here and there... Hearth is another one of the cool spaces that has taken over the lane. This juice bar and grocer focuses onorganic, seasonal and local products. Katie created the space as a continuity to the lifestyle practices encouraged at her yoga studio next door.

J'ai déjà mentionné Lovegrove lane ici et ... Hearth est un des autres endroits très chouettes installées dans cette allée. Cette épicerie et bar à jus propose des produits bios, de saison et locaux. Katie a créé cet espace dans la continuité des pratiques qu'elle encourage dans son studio de yoga juste à côté.

The shelves are filled with local produce, honey, eggs, bread, vegetables, even olive oil. The seasonal fruits and vegetables on offer are also used for juices, smoothies and salads that are freshly made every day. The secret is out, lunchtime now sees all the locals and workers in the area coming down to Hearth for their food fix.

Les étagères sont remplies de produits locaux, miel, oeufs, pain, légumes, même de l'huile d'olive. Les fruits et légumes de saison sont également utilisées pour les jus, smoothies et salades fraîchement préparés chaque jour. Le secret n'en est plus un, l'heure du déjeuner voit à présent tous les locaux et ceux qui travaillent dans le quartier se rendre à Hearth pour la pause.

Needle In The Hay

In the heart of Hamilton city centre, down a little lane, is a hidden gem... the name says it all it is a Needle In The Hay. Kate opened the space to house her beautiful press and create her unique prints and cards, along with some quirky vintage homewares and vinyls.

Au coeur du centre ville d'Hamilton, au fond d'une petite allée se trouve un petit trésor... le nom dit tout c'est Needle In The Hay (une aiguille dans une botte de foin). Kate a ouvert cet espace pour y installer sa magnifique presse et créer ses affiches et cartes, ainsi que des objets de déco décallés vintage et des disques.

Kate's friendly nature is contagious, she is really warm and welcoming. Ceramics, wool, Waldorf dolls, painted furniture, she has many very creative friends and has used her shop to showcase their work and give them a platform to sell their wares.

Kate est chaleureuse et accueillante, c'est un plaisir de lui rendre visite. Céramiques, laine, poupées Waldorf, meubles peints, elle a de nombreux amis très créatifs qu'elle met en avant dans sa boutique et à qui elle offre ainsi une plateforme de vente.

At the back of the shop is Kate's printing space with the beautiful press and shelves upon shelves upon drawers full of type characters. Her collection is quite amazing and I look forward to watching her printing magic in action one day.

A l'arrière de la boutique se trouve l'espace où Kate a installé sa presse et tous ses tiroirs et étagères remplis de typos. Sa collection est incroyable et j'ai hâte de la voir en action réaliser ses affiches très bientôt.

The space she has created is a real melting pot of styles and influences yet it feels so cohesive and the way she has arranged it all makes absolute sense. Total tribute to her flair in my opinion...
Needle In The Hay is a halt for many ; friends stopped by all morning for a browse through the vinyls, a chat and cup of coffee.

L'espace qu'elle a créé est un vrai melting pot de styles et d'influences qui n'en est pas moins très cohérent, un hommage a son sens du style à mon sens. Needle In The Hay est aussi une halte pour beaucoup ; lors de ma visite en semaine des amis sont passés toute la matinée pour regarder les disques, papoter et prendre un café.

I am so stoked that there is yet another amazing shop in my town, Hamilton is really turning it up culturallyand I can only see it getting better an better.

Je suis tellement contente qu'un nouvel espace de ce calibre fasse parti de ma ville, Hamilton est vraiment en train de prendre une chouette dimension culturelle et je ne peux qu'imaginer les choses continuer sur cette belle lancée.

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Miss Daisy Flower Shop

I have already had the pleasure of giving you a tour of The Flower Crate. Miss Daisy was Sandra's first shop in Hamilton, along with her talented team of florists she caters for all the prettiest weddings, events around town, and of course custom bouquets put together every day!

J'ai déjà eu le plaisir de vous faire visiter The Flower Crate. Miss Daisy est la première boutique de fleurs que Sandra a ouverte, et avec sa talentueuse équipe de fleuristes elle s'occupe de tous les plus jolis mariages, évènements locaux et bien sûr de bouquets fraîchement préparés tous les jours!

Miss Daisy Flower Shop - Audrey Fitzjohn Blog
Miss Daisy Flower Shop - Audrey Fitzjohn Blog

The shop is an ocean of colourful flowers, a feast for the eye and the nose. Sandra's signature bouquets all have a posy like feel, they look natural and full of life.

La boutique est un océan de fleurs colorées, un régal pour la vue et l'odorat. La signature de Sandra ce sont des bouquets champêtres, très naturels et plein de vie.

Miss Daisy Flower Shop - Audrey Fitzjohn Blog
Miss Daisy Flower Shop - Audrey Fitzjohn Blog

Sandra always puts a lot of care choosing the fit outs of her shops, the space at Miss Daisy is full of charm and character, creating a perfect cohesive setting for her bouquets.

Sandra prend toujours un soin particulier à décorer ses boutiques, l'espace de Miss Daisy est plein de charme et de caractère, un écran parfait et cohérent pour ses compositions.

Miss Daisy Flower Shop - Audrey Fitzjohn Blog
Miss Daisy Flower Shop - Audrey Fitzjohn Blog

Watching the girls put together bouquets is mesmerizing, it's almost like a dance, they pick what feels right in the moment and it shows in the finished bouquets : emotion has been put into each one of them.

Regarder les filles composer des bouquets est envoutant, c'est presque une danse, elles choisissent ce qui les inspirent dans l'instant et ça se voit une fois les bouquets terminés : de l'émotion a été placée dans chacun d'eux.

Miss Daisy Flower Shop - Audrey Fitzjohn Blog

Sandra always comes up with very creative ways to display her bouquets. When she started they were cleverly placed in a brown paper bag with vintage pattern sheets, now they come in recycled tins spray painted in copperish gold.

Sandra a toujours des idées très créatives pour mettre en scène ses bouquets. Quand elle a commencé ils étant savament placés dans un sac en papier kraft qui cachait un petit vase, à présent ils sont vendus dans une boîte de conserve recyclée et peinte en doré cuivré.

Miss Daisy Flower Shop - Audrey Fitzjohn Blog
Miss Daisy Flower Shop - Audrey Fitzjohn Blog
Miss Daisy Flower Shop - Audrey Fitzjohn Blog
Miss Daisy Flower Shop - Audrey Fitzjohn Blog
Miss Daisy Flower Shop - Audrey Fitzjohn Blog

It is always a pleasure to spend time in Sandra's shops, my eyes always get caught on lovely details and personal touches, I always leave feeling inspired. She is a champ at changing the feel of her shops regularly too, sadly the rain was a little too strong when I visited to show the beautiful window display... just another excuse to come back another time!

C'est toujours un plaisir de passer du temps dans les boutiques de Sandra, mon regard s'arrte toujours sur des détails charmants et petites touches personelles, je repars toujours inspirée. Elle est championne des atmosphères sans cesse renouvelées, lors de ma visite la pluie était malheureusement trop forte pour prendre la vitrine en photo... une nouvelle excuse pour lui à nouveau visite bientôt!


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Lovegrove Lane launch

This Saturday in Hamilton saw the official launch of Lovegrove Lane in Hamilton East. I had already shared about this area when I gave you a tour of The Flower Crate a while back. Since, the lane has welcomed many more inspiring businesses making it one of Hamilton's most happening little hub.

A huge crowd gathered and celebrated what our lovely town had been craving for for so long, a spot with identity and a cool vibe. Long live the lane!

Live music by local bands was playing all afternoon, the best food trucks were all there and our favourite Duck Island Ice Cream even had a table with a couple of flavours. Tables, chairs and sofas were handily placed for everyone to sit and enjoy the atmosphere, felt pens and crayons were placed at every table for children and children at heart to doodle away on the brown paper covered surfaces.

It was so nice to see a community come together, everyone was happy and cheerful. I have said it times and times again but I am really proud of the people in my city, putting themselves out there, creating something vibrant and unique, and nurturing a sense of belonging, culture and togetherness through their businesses.

Of course I had to snap a couple of images from Grey Gardens, a favourite of ours, I had already shared about this place on Instagram.
There were so many people I could not take pictures of everything and every shop but The Framing House has now joined the Lovegrove Lane family. They offer custom framing solutions along with some handcrafted goods, George Sand Studio being one of them, a very clever lady whom I love to follow on Instagram and creates the most divine ceramics pieces.

So there, Lovegrove Lane everyone, come down and enjoy the buzz!