Ballina Accessories

August 27th, 2013

A day at the beach

Today’s blog post calls for a small hypothetical, a meditation if you will.

As you read this, I’d like you to take a deep breath, in through your nose and out through your mouth, transporting yourself to a hot summer’s day.

spring_scarf_aquamarineImagine yourself lounged on a towel on a beautiful secluded beach. You feel the cool touch of damp sand as your feet nestle into the sand at your feet. The rhythmic crash of the waves becomes a lulling sound that lets your mind wander without any particular direction. With your eyes closed you feel the intense sensation of being bathed in sunlight and vitamin D. As the light becomes too much you take a light scarf to cover your eyes. Constructed of 100% Indian cotton it feels weightless and soft, protecting your skin as you sink back into your daydream.

screen-shot-2013-08-27-at-30232-pmAfter a plunge in the ocean you feel invigorated and revived. The scent of the salt water as it dries on your skin, leaving your hair tousled and wild. You return to your towel and take a beautiful coral sarong to wrap around yourself whilst you explore the beach. As you come across a boulder you climb to the top, perched and pensive, it’s bliss.

The sunlight wanes and you return to your towel, gathering your things into your trusty tote bag that fits your every belonging. You meander back home, feeling sated, nourished and peaceful.

The beach experience is an iconic element of the Australian summer. As this magical time of the year approaches, the launch of the newest beach and pool-wear label BALLINA Accessories could not be more timely.

As the name suggests BALLINA Accessories is inspired by the sleepy beach town of Ballina in northern NSW. With its abundance of flora and fauna, designer Samrow Uppal took inspiration from her hometown and developed this simple and chic collection. With a range of scarves, sarongs and bags all marked with an iconic floral pattern, they are sure to be the perfect accessory for the sunny season.

Prices range from $29-$99 and are available for purchase online at

August 26th, 2013

The Finders Keepers Spring/Summer
Markets in Melbourne

Spring is the time where all of us cheer
For the sweltering summer is achingly near.
We call for bright colours, for sunshine, for joy
Excitement that’s felt, by both girl and by boy

And as per usual, as the seasons change
The creative designers deck out their whole range
With tid-bits and who-zits and knick-knacks galore
These are the markets you cannot ignore!


The Finders Keepers Spring/Summer Markets are returning to the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th October 2013. This bi-annual event provides influential designers with the opportunity to showcase their wares in the realms of fashion, accessories, stationery, homewares, children’s toys and much more!

In a shift, unique to 2013, the markets have introduced debut stalls, where the newest designers are able to launch their creations into the design scene. Whilst the markets are an ideal place to gain inspiration and see how the design scene is evolving it is an experience for all the senses. With independent Australian artists accompanying the markets and delicious food and drink stalls, the markets will leave you feeling entirely sated.

For only $2 entry fee (free for children under 12 years of age), there is something for everyone at these markets.

For more information visit the website


Event Information:

What: The Finders Keepers Spring/Summer Markets Melbourne

When: Friday 4th October 6-10pm and Saturday 5th October 10am-5pm

Where: The Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton Gardens

How much: $2 entry fee


August 19th, 2013

sollis-geo-02-beigeFor the beauty that lies beneath the surface

Nature has long been a source of inspiration for artists, designers and innovators alike. Be it the majesty of the ocean, the vastness or the desert or the mysticism of the forest. Jewellery designer Eleanor Ford of Sollis jewellery is no exception – as seen with her newest collection, GEO.

screen-shot-2013-08-19-at-22253-pmIt is the dynamism and unique nature of minerals and rock formations that highlights a beautiful juxtaposition between the rough quality of the stone with the dazzling treasures and colours that lie beneath. As such, the GEO collection uses a mixture of chunky and fine cords along with sparkling Swarovski crystals to emulate the flowing strata in rocks and crystalline formations in geodes.

GEO combines a multitude of different bright, metallic materials to create statement jewellery that is brilliant, vivid and dazzling. Statement pieces include the Geode Statement Necklace and the Volcano Knot Necklace. The collection also reminds us that there is always more than what meets the eye!

Prices range from $66 – $429 RRP

For more details visit