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Wild about a whimsical world of style

The Wild Collective hopes to set a new benchmark for large-scale shopping events – and the annual fair is about to land in Melbourne.

The premier event will showcase stalls from leading international and local designers and contain individual spaces to entertain every member of your tribe.

That’s right – while you shop, Dad can relax in the pop-up pub. Or the whole family can fill up at the Eatery and then parents can join their children in the Kids Zone to mix up the day.

More than 120 leading designers will bring their shop to the fair, the handpicked vendors offering homewares, fashion, food and everything in between.



Local Label Love: Gourmet Juniors

I’m big on dishing up home cooked, nutritious meals for Millie – but that’s in an ideal world. I don’t always have the time to cook! Melbourne’s Gourmet Juniors has taken the stress out of dinner time with a toddler by offering tasty food made from organic produce and free-range meat. The new Gourmet Juniors heat and eat meals are the perfect solution for mums with too much on their plate.

Name & business: Alecia Whitelaw from Gourmet Juniors: Real Food For Kids.

Alecia Whitelaw and her daughter. Pic: My Mini Edition

Where are you based? We are proud to be a local Bayside business. Our commercial kitchen is in Cheltenham and office in Port Melbourne.


On the ‘mono’ rail or riding a rainbow of colour?

As soon as Millie entered the world, she became my Little Miss Pink.

Pale pink swaddles, pink printed onesies, musk baby moccs and pastel pink dresses. I love pink on baby girls.

But as she has grown (*sob*), I’ve embraced a rainbow of colours and also the monochrome trend that’s so popular with many children’s labels right now.

Her drawers are still filled with splashes of pink, but now sit alongside a mix of brights and stylish black, grey and white.

Below is a pick of some of Millie’s favourite labels and the pieces that scream ‘colour me happy!’ or best show off monochromatic magnificence.


Local Label Love: Hubble + Duke

Leather moccs, linen smocks – it’s no accident that Freo-based Hubble + Duke label is worn by the most stylish tots around the world. The beautifully made moccasins, printed socks, accessories and clothing for babies and children has online shoppers eagerly awaiting each release and continually coming back for more.

Name and label? Rosie Flynn & Jo Hankin from HUBBLE + DUKE

What were you doing before starting Hubble + Duke? We started when our youngest bubs had just turned 1 year, Rosie is also an interior designer/architect and Jo has a degree in marketing, we had all mainly been stay-at-home mums for 6-7 years though!

Millie wearing a Hubble + Duke pinafore dress and gold bow Mary-Jane moccasins


Tree Change Dolls a happy toy story

Quite a few of my friends with children have liked a social media post that introduces the beautiful Tree Change Dolls.

Hobart’s Sonia Singh recycles, repairs and then upcycles dolls that are no longer played with.

Tree Change Dolls after their makeunder. PIC: treechangedolls.com.au

But instead of brushing their hair and fixing the doll’s existing wardrobe, Sonia removes the glittery make-up and spindly heels and dresses them in miniature handmade clothing and sandals or gumboots for a more natural style.

The results are amazing.


Hippity hoppity, your Easter gift hunt stops here

There’s been a bit of a lapse in my excitement levels at Easter for many years now (mostly due to the fact journalists have to work over the long weekend – the news doesn’t stop, people!)

It’s brilliant when you’re a kid and do Easter egg hunts. But once you’re old enough to buy choccy when you please it’s not quite as thrilling.

But fast-forward a few years and I’m on maternity leave, Millie is 19 months and full of wonder and I’m getting ready for a happy Easter. The thrill is back!


Twinkle, twinkle, my little star

As predictable as it might be, the first song I taught Millie was Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

I was so pleased when it was the song that kick-started the Magical Music class at Habitots in Albert Park today.

Groove is in the heart…

We did a trial class (regular classes start February 2) and Millie was entranced from the get-go.


Local Label Love: WallFry

Picture this – the perfect nursery or play room for your little one, the centrepiece being some original artwork hanging on the wall designed by Melbourne mum-of-three Kylie Jackson. If you haven’t seen these cute and colourful “wall art for small fry” prints, then have a peek. Picture perfect.

Name & business: Kylie Jackson, WallFry

What do you create? I create art for children’s spaces. We have a range of bold, modern prints and offer customers the option to customise their artwork to co-ordinate with their space.

WallFry's woodland animals with quotes
WallFry’s woodland animals with quotes

When did you start? I first started painting artwork for children back in 2008 when I was pregnant with my first child. We were living in Dubai and couldn’t find anything suitable so created my own. Not long after that WallFry was born and it has grown from there to become hugely popular.


Local Label Love: Acorn Kids

Hats off to Acorn Kids. For most of Millie’s young life her little head has been kept warm and cosy or cool and shaded – all while looking incredibly cute in an Acorn hat. Beautiful merino beanies or bright, reversible sunhats are adorning the heads of kiddies all over the country. We chat to the Melbourne mum behind the label.

Acorn SS14 Lily Sunhat and Florin Sunhat
Acorn SS14 Lily Sunhat and Florin Sunhat