3 REASONS TO LOVE ORGANIC WINE

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3 REASONS TO LOVE ORGANIC WINE

Is there anything better than a tall glass of wine come wintertime? In the spirit of hibernation, and taking it a little slower than usual, we give some love to the heart-warming, ‘always-a-good-idea,’ bottle of wine. A facilitator of friendship, love, healing and a really good time (all in moderation of course!) there is something sacred about the ancient act of raising a glass. Naturally, we lean into the organic types with a preference for a funky orange or pinot noir slash pinot grigio blend for ultra-easy drinking.

 

Yet to convert to the natural side? Here’s a few reasons why we love organic wine.

1. Less Sulphur Dioxide

Organic wine contains half the maximum legal limit of sulphur dioxide (220) – a common preservative in wine that is used to inhibit or kill unwanted yeasts and bacteria, and the main culprit for those shocking hangovers. This said, drink enough of anything and you’re bound to feel it the next day!

2. Better for the Ecosystem

This is another plus one for the “organic wine” camp. There are real, tangible and lasting benefits to the environment and the farmers as a result of transitioning to organic farming practices.

An organic wine is a wine made from grapes that have been grown without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides. To keep the weeds and bugs at bay, organic farmers work with nature, rather than against it, by boosting their vineyard’s biodiversity. For example, they introduce cover crops to provide a habitat for beneficial insects that are the natural enemy of problem species, or have small sheep graze between the vine rows, eating the grass and weeds. In this way, the vineyard becomes a self-regulating, natural ecosystem, which is able to combat problems intrinsically and eliminates the need for artificial, and potentially toxic, chemicals.

Further to this, by using less water and not tainting the existing water supply with chemicals and Round-Up, the vineyard workers are doing their part to leave the earth as healthy, if not healthier, than they found it.

3. Tastes Better!

For most people, the choice to drink an organic wine usually comes down to taste. As with most organic produce, be it beef, eggs, apples or broccoli, the flavours are inherent, complex, pure and delicious. Organic food nourishes you in a way that no conventionally grown food can, and the same can be said of organic wine. Many sommeliers love serving these types of wines in their restaurants because they taste great, and compliment their food.

Not sure where to start? Some of our favourite organic wine merchants include P&V (Newtown and Paddington), Native Drops (Bondi Beach), Luna (Byron Bay) and Natural Order Wine.

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WHY AYURVEDA?

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WHY AYURVEDA?

One Eleven Health herbal formulations are based on the wisdom of the oldest form of healthcare in the world, the unique and precise blends belonging to a long line of distinguished Vaidyas (Ayurvedic physicians) in India. The curated collection of potent herbal elixirs is designed to provide a potent boost for your mind, body and spirit, punctuating our relenting ‘busy-ness’ with moments of bliss and intention.

 

Here, Cassie talks about the unique approach of Ayurveda health products, the holiest of herbs and her personal line-up of daily rituals (including tongue scraping!).

M+E: What first sparked your connection with Ayurveda – what drew you to its ideologies and practices?

CC: I have always been interested in wellness, but it wasn’t until I discovered Ayurveda that something really clicked for me. It felt like ‘coming home’ to my body, and I understood what wellness really meant. As the world’s oldest known holistic health science dating back thousands of years, originally cognised by ancient seers, I really resonated with the fact that this body of knowledge and principles have stood the test of time. Also, I love the fact that Ayurveda isn’t about ‘rules’, rather empowering principles that educate us to adapt to our body’s unique needs at any given moment. I find this an incredibly empowering and much needed approach to health as it allows us to be the masters of our own. Ayurveda doesn’t focus on disease, it’s more interested in how we can enliven health, so disease naturally dissipates and as such, is not part of our vocabulary. Where our attention and energy go is what shapes our life, so this practice resonated as it promotes a preventative, daily approach to health rather than a reaction to crisis. To me, this just makes sense.

M+E: Can you share the key differences between Ayurvedic health products and ‘regular’ health products of the same, supplementary nature?

CC: I believe there is room for all kinds of products, and that different products and health approaches are not necessarily exclusive, and can in fact be quite supportive and complementary. I do love to have my collagen beauty supplements in my morning smoothie just as much as I love my divine Ayurvedic herbal products.

In saying that, unlike many of the western vitamin products and ingestible beauty products we’re accustomed to, Ayurvedic products are based on an ancient holistic health science called Ayurveda, translated to ‘The Science of Life’ which predates and has influenced many of the natural and herbal medicine we use today. So, you could say that the whole philosophy and underlying intelligence to these products is different – more ancient, more complex; the timeless intelligence of nature itself.

Further to this, Ayurvedic products are (typically) made from whole foods and herbs rather than synthetic compounds or vitamins. This supports the body with the right nutrition so it can more readily do what it needs to do. Essentially, Ayurvedic products work at a deeper physiological level for a sustainable and preventative approach.

Lastly, a key point of difference with Ayurvedic herbal products, like our flagship product One Eleven Health Bliss, is that rather than just using a single herb – or whacking together a bunch of ingredients (each with a similar effect) – Ayurvedic formulations are highly complex and exponentially more potent.

M+E: How do the products effectively ‘connect’ the user with nature?

CC: Ayurveda, and our One Eleven Health products connect us with nature on so many levels. By taking these herbs every day, you’re benefiting from the incredible healing capabilities of nature through a potent synergistic blend of multiple herbs with wonderful properties. By taking time out for those moments of ritual, you are communing with your higher self and investing your Soma (attention) in your health and wellbeing. Most importantly, Ayurvedic principles and rituals are all about aligning us with nature and its cycles. One example is waking up with the sunrise and going to bed before 10pm for a synched circadian rhythm, better sleep, and general health. Our intention with One Eleven Health was to ground a set of principles into enjoyable daily rituals which connect people back to their truest nature, which is – being one with nature.

“What is not commonly known about the Tulsi plant are its best kept secrets, its medicinal value. In Ayurveda, this miraculous plant literally heals and links one’s body, mind and spirit.”

M+E: I’m sure you favour each Bliss herb equally, but if there were two you could hero, what would they be and why?

CC: In Ayurvedic formulas there isn’t typically a ‘hero’ ingredient. If one herb was removed, the whole formula would change, so the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Every herb has amazing properties, but some of the more popular/common herbs are Ashwaganda, Amalaki and Tulsi.

Ashwagandha is a root herb whose name in sanskrit literally translates to “the smell of a horse”. Ashwa or aśva means horse and gandha means smell. This demonstrates Ashwaghanda’s ability to help provide the strength of a horse – physically, sexually, and perhaps mostly profoundly, mentally. Ashwagandha is well revered in Ayurveda (and is also becoming increasingly recognised in modern science), to significantly reduce stress, especially in chronically stressed humans. This adaptogen energises the body when it needs it during the day and calms overactive nerves for easy and restful sleep at night. It has a herbal intelligence that increases or decreases stress hormones like cortisol depending on the body’s need at any given time.

Amalakiotherwise known as the Indian Gooseberry, is not only considered to be Ayurveda’s most potent fruit, but Amalaki is one of the most important herbs in the practice. According to studies, the average Amla fruit (22.5gm) contains 121mg of Vitamin C. The average orange (130 grams) has about 70mg of Vitamin C. So, Amalaki has 10 times the amount of vitamin C than an orange when we measure equal weights of both fruits!

Described as the most holy plant on earth in the ancient Vedic texts, Tulsi, otherwise known as “Holy Basil” or “Queen of the herbs” is still revered today as holier than holy. Its beneficial properties were originally undiscovered because the plant was so sacred that people wouldn’t ingest it out of respect. For millennia, Tulsi has been grown for spiritual purposes in the backyards of most Indian homes. Its branches are carved into beads and worn to enhance spiritual progress. Its fragrance is used to purify temples and the leaves are used in sacred ceremonies to honour God and heighten one’s awareness. What is not commonly known about the Tulsi plant are its best kept secrets, its medicinal value. In Ayurveda, this miraculous plant literally heals and links one’s body, mind and spirit. Tulsi is considered a true adaptogen which boosts energy in the morning and because it is not a stimulant, supports deep restful sleep when taken before bed.

I also love the liquorice root in Bliss for the beautiful subtly sweet taste. That’s why Bliss tastes so divine without any sweeteners – just the pure and natural sweetness of the herbs themselves.

M+E: What benefits have you noticed inside and out, with the frequent use of Bliss, and what are some of the ways we can incorporate this into our daily routines? 

CC: One Eleven Bliss has proven incredibly supportive during periods of stress in my life, and for creating a steady clean stream of energy throughout the day. An interesting fact about Bliss is that you can add it to your coffee to mitigate its hyper-stimulating effects, and kind of ‘take it down a notch’.

Try adding ¼ teaspoon to any hot drink (hot water, hot milk, herbal tea, lattés, coffee…) and enjoy. We recommend enjoying Bliss once or twice a day, or more if you need it. Most people have Bliss in the morning, and in the evening before bed. Some prefer to have Bliss before their meditations to have a deeper and more blissful experience, it just depends on your routine and lifestyle.

M+E: What are some other daily health rituals you standby?

CC: Vedic Meditation – it’s my twice daily non-negotiable. Also, self-abhyanga (Ayurvedic oil massage), I do self-abhyanga massage daily – it’s another staple Ayurvedic wellness practice for general health, and it’s amazing for stress reduction, detoxification, lymphatic drainage, fat loss and healthy skin. It leaves me feeling so calm and grounded for the day ahead. Also, tongue scraping. The first thing I do when I wake up is brush my teeth and scrape my tongue with a metal tongue scraper (copper or silver). In Ayurveda, tongue scraping is a daily wellness essential as it helps clear toxins built up on the tongue overnight – it’s a great practice for detoxification, digestive health, oral health and fresh breath. Some form of movement like yoga or other exercise is also always on the agenda.

M+E: Last random act of kindness?

CC: At a local café, pre-paid for the next person’s coffee. It was kind of a ‘pay it forward’ thing which was fun.

M+E: Favourite MAURIE AND EVE piece right now?

CC: The Way Out Rib Pant and Rib Top – they’re so chic and comfy. I love sets like this, they’re such an elevated daily staple.

M+E: Album/artist on repeat? 

CC: It switches up A LOT depending on my mood. These days though, I tend to have H.E.R., Jhene Aiko and Erykah Badu.

 

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INTERVIEW: THE SATTVA LIFE

INTERVIEW

THE SATTVA LIFE 

Cass and Marcus Hamill of the Sattva Life are experts in simple yet highly effective breathwork and meditation training. They are masters in calming the mind and the body, ultimately creating space to engage in life with clarity, creativity, vitality and joy.

 

Here, Cass Hamill talks about the triggers of stress and power of calm, plus simple daily practices to slow and succeed.

M+E: Your overarching offering is to provide people the tools to calm mind and body. Can you provide some insight into the damaging/disruptive effects of stress/anxiety on the body, particularly when it runs regularly/constantly?

CH: Stress is responsible for the overwhelming majority of our modern-day ailments! Stress in and of itself is not a bad thing, it’s a natural response to challenges, but the problem with modern life is that our stress tends to be related to emotional, financial, and cultural pressures (relationships, work, money, world events) – things that never go away, so it’s persistent. This is why we say it’s essential to have a practice to release accumulated stress and fatigue from our systems.

The AMA (American Medical Association) says 90% of disease is caused or directly complicated by stress. Not to mention mental/emotional health issues such as anxiety and depression and general feelings of overwhelm and worry.

M+E: You talk about calming mind and body, what comes first, and give us a basic rundown on the physiological response of the body to the brain once meditation and breathwork is actioned?

CH: Where the breath goes the mind follows. We can verify this through our own experience. Pay attention and you’ll notice that when you’re stressed or in fear, that the breath is fast and shallow, and that your mind is racing, complicated, unable to problem solve – with a tendency to fixate on worst case scenarios. So, through the practice of consciously controlling the breath, we find that the noise and agitation in the mind settles.

The practice of meditation is about transcending the busy mind altogether and accessing a deep state of inner silence and peace.  A harmonising of the mind, nervous system and heart rate occurs – and the body, in this deep state of coherence begins to heal, release latent stress and fatigue, and our consciousness expands. Our mind and body begin to flow together in unity. When we work, everything in our life works. Breathwork and meditation allows us to be in tune with the natural flow of life rather than experiencing a life of struggle.

M+E: What are some simple breathwork techniques we can implement in a short period of time, potentially in a private space at work, should we encounter stress and seek to calm the mind and body?

CH: 3-Part Breath is a powerful technique that we can engage any time of the day – don’t be fooled by its simplicity! To practice, we inhale through the nose for 4 secs, hold the breath for 4 secs, exhale through the nose for 4 secs. The breath is slow and fluid. We are conscious of drawing the breath deep down into the belly, feeling the stomach and rib cage expand on the inhalation. On the exhalation our navel will glide back towards the spine as our belly deflates. Practice for 2-to-5mins with awareness and notice how your nervous system starts to settle and your mind becomes quieter and more present.

This is a meditative breath practice to calm, stabilise the mind/body system.

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“Happiness is our birthright – but we must claim it. If we want to experience happiness as our natural state of being – we need to slow down.”

M+E: How is the decision-making process effected in a state of stress versus a state of calm? 

CH: My teacher from the Himalayas often says, ‘life is not complicated, people are complicated’. Meaning that we tend to create far more trouble for ourselves than necessary due to the unrelenting discourse and complication in our own heads. A certain level of stress is unavoidable and a natural part of life – and that’s why we need a personal practice (such as meditation and breathwork), so that we have a means to release the accumulated stress and fatigue of the day. Through commitment to our practice, we obtain greater clarity, creativity and sense of self (and we get to know ourselves at a deeper level). It is supremely empowering to get in touch with our innate inner wisdom. To access this powerful intuition and knowingness, we need to be able to access the silence from which it arises.

M+E: Talk to us about the practical wisdom you teach, and how these principles assist in calming our mental and physical state, for a more successful/joyful approach to life?

CH: Meditation is the foundation practice of everything we share. Through the deep state of rest that meditation brings one into, the mind settles, our entire system finds balance, our consciousness expands and we become more present to ‘Now’. It’s important to note, that we don’t meditate for just what happens when we practice – we meditate because it literally enhances every aspect of our lives. Why? Because without engaging in daily stillness, we find most people’s minds are moving between being lost in the past or anticipating/worrying about the future. This is a problem, because the only place life is ever happening is Now. When we are able to anchor ourselves in the present moment – each moment becomes richer and has more depth. Every aspect of our lives is enriched; our relationships, our ability to consciously create the life we long for, our capacity to appreciate beauty in this world, and also our capacity to deal with challenges that arise in our experience. We start to see ourselves more clearly – where we’re stuck and where we’d like to be heading. Ultimately, we don’t want to spend our lives just coping, feeling overwhelmed, or living for the buzz of the next weekend or holiday – we want to thrive, experience reasonless joy, to know ourselves intimately and express that most authentic sense of self to the world. Happiness is our birthright – but we must claim it. If we want to experience happiness as our natural state of being – we need to slow down.

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LANDED: SLOW


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SLOW


INTRO //

As the season turns her temperament moves with it. The silent narrator of change, personal and spiritual transformation, her energy is our energy. With the curl of her blooms, we too move inward, the fall of the leaves an instinctive cue to move slow, sustain life, take a pause. This is the great stillness: nature in hibernation. The time to find peace with what is.

THE COLLECTION //

SLOW leans gently into eras past with vintage Californian tones and iconic cuts of the Seventies. A decade defined by the awakening of cultural consciousness; we channel its influence with a modern riff on the all-season boilersuit and introduce our first corduroy in washed quartz. The shirt-jacket hybrid, the Shacket enters the brand with its hardworking versatility and smart casual profile. Cut from 98% organic cotton, the new season ‘investment piece’ takes the claim seriously with quality, natural fibres gentle on Mother Earth. The journey to Be our Best continues with soft organic rib sets that suit life at home or onwards, to your next destination. Featured across high waisted, straight leg pant and crop sets, and twisted midis, the suggestion is to layer through the cool and style free beneath the sun. Our textured cotton fixation lives on in muted sunshades Misted Yellow, Nectar, Cream, Dusk and brilliant White across feminine feeling dresses trimmed for easy day to night elevation.

Explore SLOW.

 

SHOP: THE WAY OUT RIB TOP

Photography // Tim Ashton
Film // Luka Muller
Art Direction // Lauren King
Hair // Lauren McCowan
Makeup // Candice September
Styling // Tili Mullen-Selby
Model // Jess @ Viviens

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INVEST IN: THE SOIL WE STAND

EARTH

INVEST IN: THE SOIL WE STAND

This month, we invest into not-for-profit organisation, Kiss the Ground, a collective of activists with a mission to awaken people to the possibilities of regeneration and inspire participation in the regenerative movement. There is extraordinary potential in the layers beneath our feet.

Over the past 150 years, the amount of carbon in the atmosphere has increased by 30%, the effect of which, scientists believe, is rising global temperatures. Soils contain approximately 75% of the carbon pool on land and therefore play a major role in maintaining a balanced global carbon cycle.

Sadly, industrial agriculture practices have dramatically increased the speed at which agricultural soils are eroding, throwing this delicate balance out of whack. Half of the topsoil on the planet has been lost in the last 150 years and less soil means less carbon sequestration.

Luckily for us there is a solution. Regenerative agriculture and land use practices that rebuild soil organic matter and restore degraded soil biodiversity can significantly increase the sequestration of CO2 in the soil. Kiss the Ground, an NGO based in Venice, California, is dedicated to creating media and educational curriculum to raise awareness about the importance of soil. They also actively work to restore soils by working with brands to leverage resources for farmers to move towards more regenerative practices.

“If the soil is not alive, or if it has been killed by tilling, chemicals, or pesticides, then carbon gets rereleased into the atmosphere instead of being stored in the soil as organic matter.”

So, what does soil carbon sequestering actually mean, and how does this relate to climate change?

The easiest way to answer this is to take four minutes and watch The Soil Story,www.thesoilstory.com. Plants take in carbon dioxide, sunlight, and water. Carbon dioxide is converted into carbohydrates, and those sugars are pumped into the soil life, which includes bacteria, fungi, and all the things that are alive that we can only see under a microscope. If the soil is not alive, or if it has been killed by tilling, chemicals, or pesticides, then carbon gets rereleased into the atmosphere instead of being stored in the soil as organic matter,” explains one Kiss the Ground activist.

In addition to educating lawmakers, leaders, farmers and students, Kiss the Ground is focusing on the ground up, per say, with the release of a curriculum for seventh-grade students.

“It is important to start with our children and build a generation that understands we are all connected.”

 

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Q&A: COLOUR AND THE HUMAN PSYCHE

Q&A

COLOUR AND THE HUMAN PSYCHE 

Blue, blue, blue … we speak with Kimberley Lee, Counsellor and Therapist, Communications Specialist and Certified Meditation Teacher on the impact of colour on the human psyche.

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M+E: Why are colours important in human nature/emotion/psychology? Does this differ from one person to the next?

KL: Artist Pablo Picasso said, “Colours, like feature, follow the changes of the emotions.”

For sighted people, colour provides another layer to human experience. How you feel about colour is often personal and connected to your life’s experiences and culture, although there are some common themes around the meaning of different colours.

Colour is another data point – another piece of information – that can evoke emotion or spark a memory. For example, ‘Tiffany blue’ often prompts a feeling of luxury and love from gifting a precious piece of jewellery, often used to mark a milestone life event. While there are common triggers within a shade, colours can also have opposed assigned meanings. In western culture, the colour blue symbolises trust, stability, security and is often seen in branding for associations of trust and authority, e.g., royal blue. However, it’s also used as a colour to describe low feelings of melancholy – ‘feeling blue.’

M+E: What are some ways we can integrate colour in our lives for positive emotional/psychological benefits?

KL: In terms of the psychological impact of colour, there are two main categories of primary colours: warm and cool colours. Warm colours include red, yellow and orange, and are associated with feelings that range from love and comfort to anger and rage. Cool colours include blue, green and purple, and can bring about feelings that range from calmness to sadness. Cool colours also tend to be more calming as the eye focuses the colour green directly on the retina which can be less straining for eye muscles.

When designing a room, for example, think about the mood you want to evoke. The colour blue can have a calming effect, which makes it a useful colour for creating a chilled vibe, or in places that are busy and may be high-stress environments. Used in the bedroom, soft blues and greens may help you relax at bedtime.

When choosing what to wear, notice the colours you’re drawn to and how wearing that colour makes you feel. Do your clothing choices reflect your mood, or change your mood, or both?

What do you notice about your emotional state when you’re in different coloured environments? What does being in a white room feel like? Or being in a natural space of green and blue, perhaps with a splash of coloured flowers? Or being in a space with dark walls? Notice how you feel around different colours and use this information when creating spaces in your home or office, or in the way you choose colour in your clothing, or even hair colour.

“It’s the colour of the mind and generally calming, affecting us mentally more than physically as red does. Strong blues can bring about clarity of mind and concentration. It’s one of the world’s favourite and most seen colours, as it’s the colour of the sky.”

M+E: Do primal colours typically have a stronger influence on human behaviour?

KL: There are four psychological primary colours – red, blue, yellow, green – that relate to the body, the mind, emotions, and balance. They are also used to represent energy and chakras.

In this context, red is physical and represents courage, strength, warmth, energy, stimulation, masculinity, and excitement. Although it can also represent defiance, aggression, strain. It can also appear nearer than it is and grabs our attention first, e.g., traffic stop light. Red can stimulate and raise the pulse which can also make time feel like it’s moving faster than it is.

Blue is intellectual, the colour of communication, trust, reliability, serenity, calm, but also coldness, aloofness, unfriendliness or lack of emotion. It’s the colour of the mind and generally calming, affecting us mentally more than physically as red does. Strong blues can bring about clarity of mind and concentration. It’s one of the world’s favourite and most seen colours, as it’s the colour of the sky.

Yellow is emotional and represents positivity, optimism, self-esteem, confidence but also fear, anxiety and irrationality. It has a long wavelength which makes it the strongest colour psychologically, helping lift the mood.

Green represents balance, harmony, universal love, the natural environment, peace, but also envy, stagnation or being bland and stuck. It is restful for the eye as it’s the centre of the spectrum and can feel reassuring.

 

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COLLAB: TY WILLIAMS X BLUE WAVES

COLLAB

ARTIST TY WILLIAMS 

We chat all things blue with the creator of our just-released ‘Blue Waves’ print, Ty Williams.

M+E: Describe your brief for this project?

TW: Kelly wanted a pattern that was light and airy, something inspired by far flung travels, and that could be readily wearable and enticing. Think a little vintage “Euro” adventure vibe.

M+E: Your print has a personality, what are its three, standout traits?

TW: The pattern is inspired by some of my personal experiences in the Mediterranean. Athenian symbols and time spent on the Cyclades’ electric blue water. I like for things to be simplistic but with enough personality that it’s fun and has a little wit to it.

M+E: What does the colour blue represent for you?

TW: The colour blue represents beginnings, clear sky days, cold plunges, long ocean soaks and endless memories growing up surfing and snorkelling. The colour blue is a battery source for me in a way because it’s the closest I can come to wearing the ocean, or the sky.

“When I get to pick colours, I always imagine them on a person or on a wall. It’s really impulsive. So too was picking this one.”

M+E: How would you describe this shade of blue, and why was it a perfect choice for the prints/context at hand?

TW: When I get to pick colours, I always imagine them on a person or on a wall. It’s really impulsive. So too was picking this one. I tried my best to see it flowing on a body walking to the sea or contrasted with a glass of wine laughing with loved ones at dinner.

M+E: If this collaboration were an album or a song, what would it be?

TW: Laney Tripp “Blastoid.”  This song plays on repeat in the studio, and she is a dear friend.

M+E: One of your favourite blue things in the world is …

TW: Besides the obvious (the ocean and waves), I would say my favourite blue thing is my perfectly faded sun drenched/ salt-stained navy-blue hat from Capri – it’s a comfort blanket for me…

M+E: If you were a shade of blue, what would it be?

TW: A dusty, overly faded (but just perfect) indigo.

M+E: Current playlist on repeat?

TW: Something with Benny Yurco, Michael Nau, Arthur Russell, Amen Dunes and lots of early roots reggae.

 

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INTERVIEW: ELISE EALES X STUDIO DI LUNEDI

INTERVIEW

ELISE EALES X STUDIO DI LUNEDI 

With ties to both Italy and Australia, designer Elise Eales seeks to create a range of objects to connect with ourselves, surroundings, and the people most dear. Handmade ceramics, jewellery and other special pieces that bestow an instant sense of calm, transporting the beholder to a jagged Mediterranean coastline … the ocean lapping at the soft pebbles beneath their feet. Warm, welcoming and with a penchant for blue, we talk the power of this tranquil shade, and why it connects so well with heart and home.

M+E: You use blue in a lot of your pieces, what is it about the colour that speaks to you?

EE: For me, blue evokes feelings of the Mediterranean, of faraway coastlines, adventures and simple evenings chatting with friends over al fresco dinners. It’s a colour that creates a gentle contrast but always stands out in its surroundings.

M+E: Why is blue a positive colour choice to incorporate throughout the home, and particularly, at the dinner table?

EE: The colour blue brings a little of the outside in, like making the sky or sea tangible. Using these objects within the everyday adds intention and joy in our regular routines.

M+E: Why do you feel the colour lends itself so easily to the hand-crafted nature of your ceramic designs?

EE: So many variables are at play when making the ceramics. The clay, glazes and firing all play a part. The pigment I use is mixed by hand and painted onto the pieces. This can result in thick brushstrokes, drips or tonal variations but it is exactly these that manifest personality in each piece.

“Finding blue in nature is actually quite rare with very few plants or animals in the colour.”

M+E: Favourite blue item you own?

EE: A pair of cornflower blue velvet shoes I brought back from Venice, and of course my cat Bea. She’s a beautiful little British Blue.

M+E: Your favourite shade of blue and why?

EE: Probably Ultra Marine, variations of the colour were repeatedly used by mid-century artists such as Picasso, Matisse and Joan Miró. I am constantly inspired by this genre and how they mixed both colours and mediums in individual ways.

M+E: Something people may not know about the colour blue.

EE: Finding blue in nature is actually quite rare with very few plants or animals in the colour.

 

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INTRODUCING: A JOURNEY WITH THE TIDES


NEW COLLECTION

A JOURNEY WITH THE TIDES


Breathe. Fill your lungs with escape … somewhere warm, remote, rustling with palm trees. The ocean and shore dance at your feet. He loves her. She loves him back. Close your eyes. Listen. The promise of adventure grows nearby – music, music, music. Freedom. Fantasy. A life to be loved.

Take the journey.

Photography // Tim Ashton
Hair + Makeup // Luana Coscia

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NEW: IGNITE X ASH HOLMES

NEW

IGNITE X ASH HOLMES 

Welcome IGNITE, our latest collaboration piece diving into the abstract expression of globally acclaimed artist, Ash Holmes. A celebration of our Founder and Designer, Kelly Davies-Green’s 20-year journey with brand, the timely series asks us to strike a light, find the ignition and ride the evolution.

 

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The ego-void partnership was born on the Northern Beaches close to a decade ago and here presents a metamorphosis built from time, trust and real respect. Renown for her work with colour psychology across sensitive reflections, Holmes takes a departure from gestural mark-making, using words, numbers, lines and species in an almost Basquiat-type twist on her whimsical works.

Consisting of two limited edition Tees, the series is cut from 100% Aloe Infused Organic Cotton and designed for all of humanity.

Palo Santo Tee: Vibrant green defines strike-ready matchsticks and a harmonious clash of modern versus childlike lettering – the words PALO SANTO/SANTO DISTRICT imperfect yet aligned in honour of the wild tree’s power to clear negative energy, heal and heighten.

Strike A Light Tee: The wonderful butterfly dedicated to moments not time soars upward towards her higher self – present, beautiful, powerful in her individuality. The MAURIE + EVE journey ascends with her, looking back at 20 years of female empowerment and ahead to inclusiveness and a strong sense of love – for self, humanity and the planet we call home.

Here, we speak with Ash on IGNITING her artistic perspective, notes on Tees and the song she just can’t help but groove to.

SHOP: IGNITE 'PALO SANTO' + 'STRIKE A LIGHT' TEES

“[I IGNITE creativity through] practising grounding activities that bring me back to centre and hand over an exchange of energy. I’ll brew tea, burn palo santo, meditate, swim in the ocean.”

M+E: Describe your recent M+E collaboration in one word? 

AH: Heartfelt.

M+E: How do you IGNITE your creativity? 

AH: Practising grounding activities that bring me back to centre and hand over an exchange of energy. I’ll brew tea, burn palo santo, meditate, swim in the ocean, walk in nature or listen to an album that I feel connected to lyrically and energetically.

M+E: If you could be the T-shirt on someone’s back for a day, who would it belong to? 

AH: Frida Kahlo. She’s incredibly inspiring.

M+E: The best way to wear an oversized Tee is … 

AH: Paired with some Levi 501’s.

M+E: Are you a tuck or tie girl? 

AH: Tuck.

SHOP: IGNITE 'PALO SANTO' + 'STRIKE A LIGHT' TEES

M+E: Favourite IGNITE Tee and why? 

AH: I love the double matches tee, the matches are from my studio, I must have just lit a candle. They remind me of the iconic Brett Whiteley matches outside his studio in Surry Hills.

M+E: This summer, you’ll be … 

AH: Setting up our new studio space in Brookvale and taking some time out to be with friends and family.

M+E: Song that you can’t help but dance to? 

AH: “Music” by Madonna.

M+E: Next travel destination? 

AH: Japan. I have an art residency in 2022 and cannot wait to be with the beautiful people and inspiring culture.

 

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