Monday, 15 September 2014

tales to tell / elk giveaway

"We are by nature a curious bunch. We like to know the story behind a product. Where it is made, how it is made and what inspired the design. This collection celebrates our curiosity.  It binds our passion and inspirations into a strong range of saturated summer colours. Each element of the collection forms a chapter. We take ideas from architecture, art and the world around us and let materials influence outcomes. Each tattoo on our model’s arms has a story, the house we shot the collection in is a bold translation of the architect’s story and the prints on our garments have their own message - in short we see more than just what is on the surface. We see what lies beneath and let the stories complete the picture. Herein lies our next tale. A tale of colour, style and bold statements. "
- The Elk team x 

In collaboration with Elk, to celebrate the release of their Summer 14/15 collection 'tales to tell' - one lucky reader will win the beautiful Ryz Tote in Charcoal as well as a Simple Organic Resin necklace and bracelet in their choice of colours, pictured above. 

To enter, simply leave a comment telling me the 'tale of your best summer' in 25 words or less - no need for an essay! For extra entries you can share this giveaway via facebook/instagram/blog just leave an additional comment for each below. Also make sure you're following lemon rhodes along here. We will draw the winner one week from today on Monday the 22nd of September.

For more Elk gorgeousness you can take a look here or keep up with all the latest news here.

All the best!

*open to Australian residents only

Thursday, 11 September 2014

ten on ten / september

Ten photos, over ten hours on the tenth day of the month. Gratitude for the simplest moments of our day captured.

A completely boring home day (again) for ten on ten this month. 

You can find out how to join in here.

Monday, 8 September 2014


  / best play-date ever when your little one comes home with the a sweet package, only to open it two weeks later to a surprise of the most prettiest dried blooms.
/ repeat daily
/ more makin'
/ monopoly with uncle k
/ beach side playground - win
/ snapping this giveaway
/ so peaceful

What have you been up to lately?

Friday, 5 September 2014

taking stock

Making : dinner
Cooking : chicken soup
Drinking : peppermint tea
Reading: just finished paper towns by john green
Wanting: more hours in each day
Looking: for sun
Playing: chess and uno with the kids
Deciding: whether to cut my fringe or not
Wishing: for a beach holiday
Enjoying: reading 
Waiting: for school holidays to come around again
Liking: coffee with friends
Wondering: what to do next year
Loving: hanging out with my people
Pondering: school readiness for little L
Considering: a new career path
Watching: parks and recreation, have you seen it?
Hoping: the world will deliver me some kind of amazing idea or opportunity
Marvelling: how time passes so quickly
Needing: new shoes
Smelling: freesias, so pretty
Wearing: black jeans and cardi's
Following: the petite edit
Noticing: how messy we are
Knowing: it's friday! yay! 
Thinking: i need to make time to exercise
Admiring: my clever hubby
Sorting: washing. always
Buying: fathers day gifts
Getting: not as much done as i'd like
Bookmarking: this
Disliking: our local council
Opening: a beer
Giggling: when we're watching parks and recreation
Feeling: hopeful
Snacking: too much
Coveting: this
Wishing: i had this table 
Helping: with the reader
Hearing: my friends first ever ep

I love Pip's idea of taking stock each month, it's a great way to reflect and record what's going on and what I've been doing. Also it was actually a little harder to do than I thought, so that's good too I guess, making me think. You can do it to,  just grab your list here!

It's the weekend - yay! What are you up to?

Thursday, 4 September 2014

safe + sound


When I was contacted to try out Britax's new booster seat, it could not have come at a better time. My little ones are not so little anymore and this growing up business makes me sad, but we were in need of  a child seat that was light weight and easy to move in between cars, the Tourer is just that.

Designed and made in Australia the Tourer is Safe-n-Sounds new lightweight, untethered booster suitable for ages 4-8 years. Weighing just under 2kg makes it portable and easily swapped in and out of various cars. It's Australia's tallest untethered booster to accommodate ever growing children. My kids said it was comfortable and liked it because it gave them more freedom of movement and visibility. It has a very slimline profile that makes for a more spacious backseat, plus it has all the safety features you'd expect from Safe-n-Sound. Take a look here to find out more.

You can win one of your very own, simply enter below. Entries close 12th September. Open to Australian residents only this time, sorry!

Best of luck! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, 29 August 2014

my family lens / arrival

This week has seen for us, not only the impending arrival of spring but also the arrival of my youngest brother. Final he is joining us here in Melbourne, on what will be a more permanent basis. And what better place to bring the two together, than one of our favourite local haunts The Collingwood Childrens Farm. Where we were treated to bounding baby goats and a sweet little calf kept company by watchful sheep.

Baby animals are born in time for the milder weather, new life arrives with the new season, and signals new beginnings for all.

This is my third post in Kidspot Voices of 2014 Olympus Challenge #myfamilylens series. All photographs have been taken using the Olympus OM-D E-M10. You can see my other posts in the series and notes on the camera here and here

Olympus have kindly sent me their OM-D E-M10 camera with the 14-42mm lens to test out for a couple of months. All opinions and views are my own. 

You can also check out the #myfamilylens and #VoicesOf2014 hashtags on instagram to see more great photographs as part of the challenge. 


Thursday, 28 August 2014

my family lens / grateful

When the first rays of sun break through the gloomy winter clouds it signals Spring is well and truly on its way. Buds are blooming, the grass and trees are boasting their new found youth and the sky is brightest blue.

We venture out, the beach being our favorite place to revisit. The sunshine thaws us, the air is fresh and earthy. We walk bare footed, the sun on our skin and sand between our toes, it's restorative.

I'm grateful for beach days, after a long cold winter.

This is my second post in Kidspot Voices of 2014 Olympus Challenge #myfamilylens series. All photographs have been taken using the Olympus OM-D E-M10.

The camera was great to use on a bright light day at the beach. It's compact all metal design and twin dial system of the OM-D E-M10. The smaller, lighter body of the camera means I am more likely to take it everywhere with me as apposed to lugging around my SLR. 
Built in wi-fi is included, The Olympus Image Share app which allows you to share your photos directly to your social media networks and allows control of the lens zoom directly from your smartphone, which makes it so much simpler to upload all my favourite shots straight to instagram.
I like that the OM-D E-M10 has a digital viewfinder as well as a large LCD screen. The 16 megapixels offer great image quality considering the smaller sized sensor. As well as an effective stabilization system and super fast auto focus.
The camera comes with 12 art filters to choose from to give you total creativity, I haven't had a chance to play around with them too much, but I can't wait to give them a try. 

Olympus have kindly sent me their OM-D E-M10 camera with the 14-42mm lens to test out for a couple of months. All opinions and views are my own. 

You can also check out the #myfamilylens and #VoicesOf2014 hashtags on instagram to see more great photographs as part of the challenge. 

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