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5 minutes with Blake Mycoskie of Toms

I pretty lucky to have a job were I get to meet some very cool people, especially ones that I admire,  recently I met Blake Mycoskie founder of Toms a brand all about giving back. He is super inspiring…

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Photo Credit Chris Lew

Here I ask some questions and give you a little insight into his creative/business life and what makes Him tick.

Tell us how TOMS came about and when did it start? Back in 2006, when I returned home from Argentina, I told all of my friends and family, and pretty much anyone who would listen, about my trip: how I went to Buenos Aires to relax and learn to play polo; how I discovered the alpargata, a shoe that had been worn by Argentine farmers and polo players for more than 100 years; how I went on a volunteer “shoe drive” where used shoes were being collected from wealthy families and given to children in the surrounding villages; and how my goal was to create a for-profit business, not a charity, that would give new shoes to the children that I had met.

What did you do before Toms? What’s your background? I’m a serial entrepreneur. I started five other companies before I started TOMS, mainly in media and technology. I was just kind of burned out so I went down to Argentina looking for some time to relax, experience the culture, take it all in. But I wanted to do something more, and that lead to TOMS.

Where do you live? Topanga Canyon, California – tucked away in the mountains but close enough to the beach to surf every chance I get.

How would you describe the look/style of your space at home? Heather and I wanted everything to feel personal, layered, and evolved—nothing too designery. We are extremely connected to nature.

Where is your favourite place to holiday? Australia! I am never leaving this place. It’s truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.

Favourite thing in your home? Our outdoor space is beautiful, peaceful, and where we spend a ton of time together as a family.

What are you loving right now? My new surfboard!

Coffee or tea? ;-) (And how you take it?) TOMS Coffee every morning. Americano.

What’s your favourite day of the week? – Mondays believe it or not. I wake up inspired and ready to start the week strong.

What’s your favourite thing to do on the weekend? Spend every chance I can with Summit and Heather. When I have a moment, I also enjoy golfing, fishing, surfing, and meditation.

Favourite street to shop in? It’s got to be Abbot Kinney in Venice. It’s where our roots are at TOMS and every time I walk down that street I remember the early days and it’s really sentimental for me. We also have a TOMS store on that street.

Favorite place to eat? Gjelina in Venice California. I am there at least once or twice a week.

Favorite places to shop? I buy something in every city I visit all over the world. My wardrobe is a collection of really unique pants, shirts, and anything that has a story behind it.

What are you reading/watching/listening to? I love business biographies like “Let My People Go Surfing” by Yvon Ch- ouinard of Patagonia, “Losing My Virginity” by Richard Branson of Virgin, or “On- ward” by Howard Schultz of Starbucks. I’ve been inspired to create something really special at TOMS by reading books like these.

Favourite city? The best road trip I’ve ever taken was the drive down Chile from Santiago to Patagonia. While passing the most pristine countryside and glaciers, I came across an old rusted sign on the road that read “reducir velocidad” (“slow down”). I pulled over and took a picture because I thought it really meant something pro- phetic. I made 700 copies of that picture and sent it to my friends and influential people that support TOMS. People still tell me that picture sits on their desks and reminds them to slow down and enjoy life. I will never forget that trip or that city.

What’s your motto? It’s always been Carpe Diem, but for 2016 I started the year (our 1oth year at TOMS) moving towards Carpe Momentum.

Favourite meal? Sushi! Especially with good friends and family.

Any pets? 2 GoldenDoodles, Gypsy and Buddha

Favourite drink? An ice cold IPA

Your signature cocktail? I’ll try anything but I generally stick to an IPA.

Where’s your happy place? At home, early morning, with my beautiful wife Heather and 1 year old son, Summit

What do you collect? Vintage luggage

What/who inspires you? Malala Yousafzai and her work with the Malala Foundation.

What are you working on right now? It’s our 10 Year Anniversary of TOMS this year so we are busy planning for our birthday in May. We also have some really exciting news and partnerships to share this year, so we are heavy into planning around that. Stay Tuned!

What’s next? I am gearing up for our press tour in China in about a month or so. Heather might be joining me which always makes the travel more fun since we get some family time together.

marimekko home

I love the bold, retro, colourful and optimistic vibe of iconic brand Marimekko

Their Spring/Summer 2016 collection was inspired by the work of the strong, visionary women of Marimekko: Armi Ratia, who founded the company in 1951, as well as designers Maija Isola, Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi and Annika Rimala, who had a significant role in creating the brand’s aesthetic in its early years. Their distinctive and timeless designs have, for decades now, brought joy and beauty to everyday lives, paying homage to them with the first Marimekko collection that was designed under my direction. The collection captures the essence of Marimekko. It represents a functional, effortless and Nordic style, spiced up with colour and imaginative prints and creates a recognizable and inspiring Marimekko mood that makes you feel good about yourself and your home says  Anna Teurnell Marimekko Creative Director

The collection pictured here at a recent open house media presentation

head in store to take a look

Photos Jacqui Turk in the Home of Bondi’s Aquabumps

 

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the little things

Happiness for me is in the details of decoration, Im a collector of objects in my home that tell a story and mean something to me not just stuff

Here are some details of my home…

 

Read the full article on The Life Instyle blog here

Photo credit Jess Jacob

 

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george byrne

Local Division

10 – 28 February 2016

Opening 10 February 6-8pm
Olsen Irwin Gallery

I recently met George here in Sydney (but have followed him on instagram for ages) I was instantly drawn to his work. In true coincidence and connectivity we have mutual friends in LA (also coincidentally another favourite artist Paul Davies and his wife Sarah) I love the optimistic, colourful and graphic moments George captures, of course I love LA but there is something magical about his point of view.

George Byrne’s L.A. series ‘Local Division’ resonates with a quiet, deductive intensity. Borrowing from the clean, vivid clarity of modernist painting, he also references the New Topographics photography movement via a subject matter firmly entrenched in the urban everyday. Byrne’s oeuvre is to spin L.A.’s most disposable architecture and redundant landscapes into seismic moments. He seeks the subliminal and sublime in the everyday.

Born in Sydney in 1976, Byrne graduated from Sydney College Of The Arts in 2001, travelled extensively, and then settled in Los Angeles in 2010 where he has been focusing on his photographic practice.

Byrne started using Instagram as a visual scrapbook in 2013, his gallery (@george_byrne) has evolved to become an important and popular extension of his broader art practice reaching over 40,000 followers.

George Byrne photographs Los Angeles in colour, outdoors & usually in blinding sunlight. Figures occasionally float by like ghosts through washed out pastel plains. Streetscapes become two-dimensional, angular cutouts. Shadows dissect. A handrail rests poetically in space by virtue of perspective and its own simple form. For Byrne, any subject matter is fair game so long as it’s conducting light, everything evokes. Composition is king.

Born in Sydney, Byrne graduated from Sydney College Of The Arts in 2001, travelled extensively, and then settled in Los Angeles in 2010. He started out studying painting but in his late teens discovered a love of photography. He says his early creative inspirations came from Pierre Mondrian, Richard Diebenkorn, David Hockney & Jeffrey Smart, all artists who would go on to deconstruct their environments with compositional exactness. Only later did he discover Walker Evan, William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, Andreas Gursky,

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Byrne’s habit is to spin LA’s most disposable architecture and redundant landscapes into seismic moments, he seeks the epic in the everyday and revels in the irony that is beautifying the unbeautiful. His images reflect a sense of stillness often echoed in Edward Hopper’s own investigations into the modern human condition; the ideal vs. the reality, the emptiness that can lie at the heart of a busy modern life, and those questions that often rest uncomfortably between the lines.

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here are two of my favourites from the show

Temple St 2015
147.3 x 119.4cm
archival pigment print
edition of 5 and 2 APs

1. Temple St 2015

 

Motel Grande 2014
147.3 x 119.4cm
archival pigment print
edition of 5 and 2 APs

2. Motel Grand 2014

 

my Australia

Recently Condé Nast Traveler declared Australia THE place to travel to in 2016 devoting many of its pages to our sunny shores, we may have known this already but as in all things its always great to be validated! I will share every now and then a few of My Australia (home) favourites right here, these mostly favourite swimming spots below are all walking distance to home, yes we ARE the Lucky Country!

All Photography Mr Jason Grant
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MJG x tiffany & co

Im no fashionista but I do have a particular style. My fashion style is simple, relaxed and classic ok with a few twists and I don’t mind getting dressed up occasionaly !

Im excited to partner with Tiffany & Co the perfect place to splurge on something special, especially with Valentines day approaching…

Shot on location at Tamarama Beach

Watch by Tiffany & Co

MJG also wears Jac and Jack Shirt and Assembly Label Jeans

Styling and Photography Jess Jacob

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happiness at home

Of course as a stylist I love decorating my home with my sense of style which is relaxed and laid back. When creating spaces for my books and magazine editorials I don’t like things too over styled however I do like things to be colourful. It has taken time to create my very own signature style and it is one I am very proud of.read about it  I love creating a happy home read all about it here on The Life Instyle Blog

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qt bondi x messina 2026

The new boutique designer hotel, QT Bondi has joined forces with cult gelato masters, Gelato Messina in a fun and creative collaboration this summer in Bondi.

In keeping with the QT’s quirky and hip personality, QT challenged the gelato wizards at Messina HQ to try and encapsulate the essence of the iconic suburb of Bondi in a single bespoke flavour.

The result, a refreshing and delicious Bondi postcode inspired Coconut & Quinoa Sorbet, titled ‘2026’ featuring roasted coconut and rice milk sorbet, Messina trail mix, Quinoa choc block and yoghurt gel – the flavour is a delightful textural explosion that screams Bondi.

“We’re not known for our sugar free, healthy flavours at Messina – just like QT and Messina’ partnership, it’s more about amazing flavour combos for us,” said Donato Toce, Co-Owner & Head Chef, Gelato Messina. “We’ve experimented with some of the synonymous Bondi ingredients we could think of like quinoa and chia seed, combined them with a roasted coconut sorbet which give the base a lighter texture and smashed them into a Messina flavour. Can’t claim it’s healthy but it tastes pretty darn good.”

The QT Kombi will be popping up again at key locations on this Sunday 24 January and Australia Day, Tuesday 26 Jan 2016. If you happen to be in the area head down to these locations to try it for yourself!

Sunday 24 January
11AM-1.30PM Bondi Farmers’ Market
2PM-5PM The Bucket List Bondi
QT Bondi Beach Road

Australia Day – Tuesday 26 January
Various locations. QT Bondi, Ramsgate Avenue (Let’s go Surfing), Jacques Avenue (Power Living) and Mark’s Park

 

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the valentine project new collection

Welcome to the daydream. Sweet new bedding designs by The Vallentine Project

Inspired by sleepy daydreams, good books and warm summers these designs feature hand embroidery, soft organic shapes and simple muted colours on 100% linen.

Locally designed and manufactured in Melbourne Australia, this latest collection of new pillowcases and doona covers have been crafted using stonewashed linen in light grey, natural and chalk coloured cloth. Flecks of gold embroidery and rustic hand painting add delicate and simple embellishments that will last a lifetime.

Available online here and in-store at the Pop & Scott Showroom

Styling Poppy Lane Photo credit Bobby and Tide

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life instyle happiness edit

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It’s often the little things that make me smile, I think happiness can be found in the details. Perhaps a special place, a favourite fragrance, a colour or motif or even just a good nights sleep (in fabulous linen of course). Keep your eyes peeled for the little things that can often make a big difference.

Here is my latest edit as Ambassador for this February Life Instyle

1. Oceans Deep Print // Blacklist
2. Sardines Turkish Napkins // Walter G
3. Celebration Wall Banner // Pony Rider
4. Hand & Body Wash // Myrtle & Moss
5. Krispy Dreme Donut Cushion // SackMe!
6. The Box // Seletti
7. Gardenia Candle // The Luxuriate
8. Lazyville Duvet Cover // Lazybones
9. Playing Cards // Specklefarm
10. Australia Ply Series // Me & Amber

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