Cait Miers, Photographer

Cait

Cait

Tell us a bit about you and what you do:

I’m a photographer from the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. I freelance meaning I work for different companies and brands, shooting campaigns and editorials.  And I submit my own personal work to magazines and blogs etc. 

Describe your style:

I think my style is quite natural but also colourful. I look for the in between moments, the off guard and the awkward, as I see them as the most beautiful. My style for surfing and ocean photography is very elegant and feminine, always trying to capture women in their natural form. I love stripping back scenes, no make-up, minimal accessories and shooting personalities. 

Do you think Mornington Peninsula style/fashion has a certain look or feel?

Yep! Very coastal, quirky and relaxed. I think it’s got a lot to do with the slow paced lifestyle and the people who grew up here. Everyone’s pretty down to earth and I think that shows in the way they dress!

What are a couple of your favourite blogs or websites and why?

My friend has a rad blog/site www.saltgypsy.com which is amazing, has everything you need to know about women surfers in the industry. I also draw inspiration from blogs like Oracle Fox and A Bikini A Day as they just have beautiful presentation and I get super inspired by the way they grow their businesses. 

Can you tell us one or two of your fave local spots?  

Commonfolk in Mornington has got to be my favourite. I’m always in there! I love Store Fifteen Cafe too in Main St, they have the best smoothies. Mr Curtis in Mt Martha is perfect for a down time wine on a Friday afternoon too!

by Penny Ivison

www.caitmiers.com

Cait Miers for Assembly

Cait Miers for Assembly

wave print, Cait Miers

wave print, Cait Miers

Elli Jean by Cait Miers

Elli Jean by Cait Miers

Dad of Instagram, Tom Paganoni

Tell us a bit about you and what you do?

Things I love: burgers, coffee, triathlons & the Hawks. I am a roof plumber by trade and a dad to three young kids.  Oh and and the best husband in Frankston to my wife who blogs at @lifelovesandliz

My style: Laid back. When not working I'll normally be in training or recovery gear. Being a Little Boogaweezin (Modern Fatherhood) brand ambassador I can also often be seen in their stuff.  Especially the MDRNFTHR t-shirt (pictured).  They have a relaxed style representing parents of today. 

Morn Pen style: I think there is a chilled out approach reflecting the beach-side location. And sportswear is becoming more and more common as the population gets more active, which is great.

Fave blogs/websites: I'm a big fan of Insta and follow a heap of people in the triathlon and sporting world. Other websites - www.pro4mance.com.au for their nutrition advice relating to triathlon/sport, and I am always checking out www.giant-bicycles.com for new bikes, their teams/riders and gear I might need.

Fave local spots: If the sun is out, you'll most likely find me at the beach, either training or hanging out with my family and friends. The beach is the number one reason we live where we do. Sunday's after a big training sesh, we will generally be at one of our fave local Cafes having coffee - Flock in Mornington is a family fave, as is Stereo Espresso in Frankston and Cafe del Sol, Safety Beach.

by Penny Ivison

Lori from Flavour Station

Tell us a bit about you and what you do:
I have lived on the peninsula for seven years. My husband and i started our cake bakery, Flavour Station, here - and then in more recent years our family. We have Henry & Leo and our latest addition, little Zara. Life is complete on the peninsula it's just gorgeous and we love calling it home.

Describe your style:
Most days i have to throw myself together pretty quickly! In recent years I've developed more of a 'street style' teaming basics with skinny jeans, a sweater and trainers. But on the days I have a bit more time i.e the kids are having a sleep in, then i love a feminine top, scarf and statement jacket combo - not to mention a great pair of sunnies! I am addicted to eyeliner and bronzer is essential for a glow that suggests I got some sleep last night! ;-)

Do you think Mornington Peninsula style/fashion has a certain look or feel?
I feel like there is such a mix of trends, which is great because I like to mix things up myself. There are the uber trendies, the classics, the glamours, the beach bums... and the effortlessly cool. It's nice to dabble in a bit of each of those from time to time. Although I'm not sure I've mastered the 'effortlessly cool' as yet?

What are a couple of your favourite blogs or websites and why?
For sweet treats i look to @iambaker on Insta, I love following @tinystyle for inspo for the kids and of course I follow @sytlerunner for the activewear - I wear while having my coffees!

by Penny Ivison


You can find Lori at @jimmylolita on Instagram or
Facebook.com/Flavourstation-Welovecake 

Mel from Evergreen Clothing

Tell us a bit about you and what you do:

I am 29 years old and have lived in Mornington for the past 4 years (and will never leave!) Proud mamma to my little man Zac, and have another one on the way - due in May. I own Evergreen Clothing, in Blake St, Mornington, and pretty much have the best job in the world!


Describe your style:

Most days you will find me in jeans and a t-shirt, (long gone are the days when I wore heels to work everyday!) so pretty casual and comfortable. But I can't go past a bold, bright print or anything off-the-shoulder. I've always been a bargain-hunter, looking good without spending a fortune is important to me: hence, Evergreen Clothing was born.


Do you think Mornington Peninsula style/fashion has a certain look or feel?

Being near the beach always creates a bit more of a relaxed fashion vibe. And lends itself so well to a more bohemian feel with gorgeous print skirts or dresses with sandals and a heap of accessories.


What are a couple of your favourite blogs or websites and why?

On Instagram, I am absolutely loving @innika at the moment. This girl does colourful prints to perfection - @jetsetmama is my other favourite account. Not so much for fashion but just for a good laugh and gorgeous pics.
 

Can you tell us one or two of your fave local spots? 

We are loving Mr Pauls at the moment. It tends to be our go-to on a Friday night. The food and service are always spot on.
The Filling Station is my daily coffee (and more often than not, cake) fix. Since being pregnant I cannot get enough of the Bambino either (mini bacon and egg roll), so good! 

by Penny Ivison

Find Mel on instagram @evergreen_clothing or facebook.com/evergreenclothing

Michael Demagistris, East. Bar and Dining

Tell us a bit about you and what you do:

I am the head chef / part owner of East. Bar and Dining in Mount Martha.  My passion is to cook featuring natural produce and make things from scratch. 

I enjoy producing food that is innovative and I take local produce and suppliers seriously. I also have a huge passion for foraging the beach-side, fields and road-sides of the Mornington Peninsula for forgotten produce. This helped inspire my new seasonal menu. 

 

Describe your style:

I am a back to basics kind of guy with a twist. Where food comes from is important, but I also love to push the boundaries - producing food that arrives at the table looking sophisticated yet playful.

 

Do you think Mornington Peninsula style/fashion has a certain look or feel?

I don’t have much time to contemplate personal style/fashion, but I would definitively say that the Mornington Peninsula has a timeless elegance about it. I could see it pictured in a movie.

 

What are a couple of your favourite blogs or websites and why?

Again, I don’t have much spare time to surf the net or for blogs etc, as my new restaurant consumes just about every minute of my day. But when I do have that one minute free, I enjoy looking at Broadsheet Melbourne to keep up with what is happening in the my industry. 

 

Can you tell us one or two of your fave local spots?  

Anywhere beach-side on the Mornington Peninsula is a winner for me, it’s where I love to spend some time out with my kids. I also love a drive through the wineries of Red Hill.

by Penny Ivison

Humble Body

Tell us a bit about you and what you do:

We created Humble Body to spread the word about hemp and how good it is not only for our bodies but the world!

We are striving to be a leading force behind the shift in society to using resources that we can truly rely on, without sacrificing our natural environment.

Humble body believes in challenging the status quo of body care.
We believe that caring for your body should involve enriching the skin you’re in and the planet we live on. This is why all of our products are hemp based, organic, natural and made in Australia.

Describe your style:

Passionate, aware and conscious.

Do you think Mornington Peninsula style/fashion has a certain look or feel?

We have all grown up on the Mornington Peninsula and love all that it has to offer. The beach vibes and coast feels definitely play a role in the fashion but we believe the Mornington Peninsula is home to all styles and that’s why we love this place so much!

What are a couple of your favourite blogs or websites and why?

The Nook Gallery – These local legends always have new and interesting shows/galleries happening at their space! Afends.com these guys are amazing and they make hemp based clothing HOW COOL!

Can you tell us one or two of your fave local spots? 

Our weekly catch up meetings are at the Royal Hotel in Mornington. What a spot for a meeting! Views, bar and amazing food! One of our other favourite spots is Emu Plains Market in Balnarring. We love the atmosphere, the people and the local talent is mind blowing.

by Penny Ivison

www.humblebody.com

Cynthia from Sorrento Furniture

Tell us a bit about you and what you do:

In conjunction with my husband Gerard Walsh, we own and operate Sorrento Furniture from our premises at 10 Bennetts Rd, Mornington. 
Specialising in custom made lounge furniture, it is always exciting completing and installing a brand new piece for happy clients.  It never, ever grows old. A few weeks ago the brand new furniture and homeware store, Windswept Designs opened in Sorrento.  We were fortunate enough to be asked to have several of our pieces in their showroom.  So, now Sorrento Furniture is finally in Sorrento.  Insert happy dance here!

Describe your style:

Eclectic.  My style is definitely eclectic with my look changing daily, I like to mix it up a bit!  Love layers, bargain finds, and animal prints.  You can never
have too much leopard, snake print or shoes, but no matter what I wear it has to be comfortable and accessorised.  I actually don't think it's possible
to over accessorise!


Do you think Mornington Peninsula style/fashion has a certain look or feel?

Mornington Peninsula definitely has a relaxed, holiday vibe to it, but it is at its heart, eclectic, which isprobably why I feel so at home here.    Casual, down at the beach style can be seen walking alongside colourful Race Day designer vibrancy, corporates and of course, active wear addicts - you know who you are! How many places do you get to see those looks together?  


 What are a couple of your favourite blogs or websites and why?

I admit it.  I am storage/organising obsessed at home. I simply adore a good tip on organising or a storage solution.  Where else would I go but Pinterest? On a side note - Pinterest owes me hours of my life back!   I also surf on into the website www.staycalmgetorganised.com.au for some useful tips on organising and storage
as well as loads of useful tips for everyday.  


Can you tell us one or two of your fave local spots? 

Assaggini Wine and Tapas Bar Mornington is a favourite haunt of ours mid week.  Good food, good wine list, great staff.  Provincia Food Store, Safety Beach. I Spend every second night at this magnificent Deli, Food Store or as I like to call it - Heaven!   


Absolute, hands down favourite coastal walk to date, starting at the Fingal Picnic Ground, down to Fingal Beach, head towards Gunamatta, return via the bush coastal walk. I ached by the time we had finished, but worth every sore step. Scenery was amazing!  Absolutely amazing!

by Penny Ivison

 

Cassie Louise

Tell us a bit about you and what you do:

 My name is Cassie and I create jewellery and baby apparel for my labels ‘Cassie Louise’ being my first and middle names and ‘BAby Cassie Louise’ (baby apparel by Cassie Louise) – www.cassielouise.com.au I import gemstone beads, unique charms and independent designer fabrics from around the world and create all my designs from scratch in my home studio in Mount Eliza.

I studied pattern making and design technology in high school but have had no formal training since.  My first business venture was when I was around 8 years old selling handmade friendship bracelets to friends at primary school and progressed to designing and sewing custom hoodies for friends at high school, eventually selling my creations on Chapel st and in boutiques around Australia and the world. I also have a ‘real job’ working full time, 2 weeks on two weeks off, in operations at a helicopter airport.

 

Describe your style:

My style is minimalist casual with a of bohemian edge, a little rock ‘n’ roll at times and hints of florals and leopard.  You will usually see me in leggings and an oversized white tee shirt and thongs or sneakers and I use accessories to add a pop of colour and personality.  I have a huge collection of scarfs from around the world and jewellery from both my previous and current collections.

 

As much as it doesn’t usually reflect in what I wear I have a massive love for anything and everything bold and neon which definitely shows in my baby apparel collection and random items around my home!

 

 Do you think Mornington Peninsula style/fashion has a certain look or feel?

I think the Mornington Peninsula has a beachy/casual style reflecting the amazing location and chilled vibe of where we live. 

 

 What are a couple of your favourite blogs or websites and why?

At the moment I’m loving the minimalist pastel vibe of the Eye Spy Milk Bar blog  and Hello I’m Handmade  is really inspirational with great tips for small businesses! I am obsessed with Instagram, it has been my number one source of inspiration and the best small business marketing tool! I am also pretty proud of my man for recently launching his own online shop arcart.bigcartel.com featuring his original artwork and prints.

 

Can you tell us one or two of your fave local spots? 

I consider myself a bit of a foodie (yes I take photos of my food) and I love discovering new places on the Peninsula, we’re so lucky to have such a diverse variety of café’s and restaurants on our doorstep! 

Currently I’m obsessed with Store Fifteen on Main st Mornington, the no.4 green smoothie and smashed avo toast is amazing!!  I know they’re two of the most hipster/cliché foodie items of the year but they really are so yummy and I’m there with my man most Sundays when I’m not working! On my days off in summer I usually grab a coffee and bite to eat from either Mr.Curtus or Via Battisti in Mount Martha and spend the afternoon at the beach across the road.


BREAKFAST - The Winey Cow in Mornington
PIZZA - DOC for true Italian style pizza and incredible Italian produce AND The Pizza Wagon if I see them at markets/events!
GROCERIES - Tully’s in Mount Eliza but always end up spending so much more than I planned!
COFFEE – Commonfolk, Flock, or the Franklin Coffee caravan at markets or at the beach in summer
JAPANESE - Kazu on Main st Mornington is always a favourite with the girls, delicious food and it’s BYO!
SHOP – Evergreen clothing in Mornington and I have just discovered Greedilulu just off Main st, absolutely LOVE everything in this shop!!
WALK – Bushrangers bay – this coastal walk to the beach is amazing!

Penny Ivison

 

Jess from Scout's Honour

Tell us a bit about you and what you do:

My name is Jess, and I am the owner of Scout's Honour, a lifestyle store in beautiful Dromana. It keeps me quite busy, working 7 days, but, I love it! It is exactly where I am meant to be! I am presently in the midst of preparing myself for my first Christmas and summer season! My spare time is spent with my partner and our 2 border collies, Scout and Colin, and our crazy cat Penny. I am a craft junkie, I love live music, shopping, cooking and drinking tea.

Describe your style:

Denim, tees and a leather jacket are in high rotation in my daily wardrobe. I tend to wear a lot of black, grey and white... And I have a thing for shoes and leopard print... And leopard print shoes!

Do you think Mornington Peninsula style/fashion has a certain look or feel?

I think that the Peninsula style is so varied, but there is a relaxed feel throughout, and importantly, people own their look.

What are a couple of your favourite blogs or websites and why?

No matter how many tabs I have open at any one time, I always have Pinterest open. I spend far too much time there, just looking at and reading about whatever it is I am interested in, in that moment! I also follow the blog by Pip Lincolne Meet Me at Mikes. I have for years now... I have such a girl crush on her and her outlook on life!

Can you tell us one or two of your fave local spots? 

We are SO spoilt for choice on the Peninsula. Be it great food, great shopping or stunning beaches... We have it in spades. Working 7 days means early breakfast dates at The Milbri in Rosebud, who serve up sensational coffee (and cocktails!) I also love heading down to the Independent Wine Store in Rye after I close up in the afternoon. These lovely ladies are so knowledgeable about what they sell and they serve amazing deli plates, that showcase so many local producers. Even better, it is available to take home with you! As for beaches, I am happy at any, regardless of the season! But I do have a soft spot for Somers. It feels so much more peaceful, even in the heart of summer!

Penny Ivison

facebook.com/pages/scouts-honour

Sharee: Senior hair stylist at Colour Collections Frankston

Tell us a bit about you and what you do?

I am a twenty-two year old living on the Mornington Peninsula. I specialise in Hair and Make-Up and am very passionate about my job. I have been doing hairdressing since 2009 and I began my Diploma of Specialist Make-Up in 2013. I love to constantly learn and grow, with not only my work and skills, but also my personal self. I started working at Colour Collections in Frankston in 2013 and absolutely adore the staff and their commitment to our clients and our combined love of hair.

Describe your style?

Edgy! Alternative! I always opt for black, white or grey tones as they best compliment my dark hair. I use glitters and funky, bright lipsticks to add colour, or to dress-up and define my look!

Do you think Mornington Peninsula style/fashion has a certain look or feel?

I love the Mornington Peninsula style! We have such a relaxing, laid back, modern feel. From the quirky boutiques to the eccentric cafes, you're guaranteed to always feel welcome and at home. Think 'Chapel St' minus all of the people, but add beautiful beaches. The Mornington Peninsula is a beacon of creativity, right at our doorstep. It's incredible to watch the small businesses on the Peninsula grow, especially the cafes that are now offering raw/organic/vegan food! 

What are a couple of your favourite blogs/websites and why?

I enjoy the blog site 'Tumblr' as a whole. I follow blogs that inform me of global issues, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, speciesism and political and social issues. I enjoy engaging with my clients on a deeper level and being able to teach each other things whilst doing what I love. 

Can you tell us one or two of your fave local spots?

Two favourites of mine are Soulpress in Edithvale and Aum Shanti in Frankston. Soulpress is a small cafe that offers a range of super juices, superfood acai bowls and all raw vegan desserts, my favourite being their Chocolate Raweos! The atmosphere is fun and inviting, modern, and perfect for that juice fix in summer! Aum Shanti was the first vegan restaurant I ever experienced and was amazed at their Vegan Shepard Pie! The staff are passionate about animals and the food they create. The restaurant also doubles as a gallery, with beautiful paintings lining the walls that compliment a soft, homey feel.

Penny Ivison

Heidi Sze from apples under my bed

Tell us a bit about you and what you do:

My name is Heidi Sze. I am a dietitian with a private practice in Mornington Gather and Grow nutrition, and I love working with clients to help them enjoy their food freely and deliciously with a goal of being healthy and feeling fantastic.

I also keep an online diary called Apples Under My Bed, where I write about food, recipes, travel, life, everything. At the moment there’s a lot of pregnancy talk over there because I’m expecting my first child with my husband in September. As a result of my blog I also do recipe development and food/travel/health writing.

Describe your style:

Simple, comfortable, classic. Oh my goodness, I’ve never had to answer that type of question. Usually it’s all about food. That was hard! I am often wearing jeans with some sort of blouse and little boots. I also love a good cardigan. Vintage aprons are one thing you’ll always find me wearing too. I have a whole collection of gifted and op shop gems.

Do you think Mornington Peninsula style/fashion has a certain look or feel?

It’s definitely laid back, effortlessly cool. And we’re not afraid of colour. The Mornington Peninsula really shines during Summer and that’s when the true vibe comes out.

What are a couple of your favourite blogs or websites and why? 

I love Food 52 for all things food, recipes and the kitchen. They have great diversity in their columns so there’s always something interesting to read. Other favourite blogs include 101 Cookbooks for her originality and fresh ideas in the whole food realm. I absolutely love the blogs Orangette and Rachel Eats for their writing, their stories and classic recipes.

Can you tell us one or two of your fave local spots? 

There’s too many to name, we’re completely spoilt on the Mornington Peninsula! But here’s a few: Shop Ate in Mt Eliza for the pasta dishes and cakes; Foxeys Hangout for a casual shared plates lunch and unpretentious views (and wine, duh! Love their sparkling red); the Red Hill Op Shop for hidden gems; Johnny Ripe for pies (sweet and savoury), sausage rolls, doughnuts and crème brulee tarts; and Store Fifteen for smoothies; DOC for pizza; Prime Cuts for meat and local eggs; Bushrangers Bay for the walking track and anywhere around Red Hill (where I grew up) for a stroll. Red Hill is particularly beautiful in Autumn.

Penny Ivison

applesundermybed.com

Beauty Pageant enthusiast, Jessica Martini

Tell us a bit about you and what you do:

I am former Miss Galaxy Australia 2014, a beauty pageant enthusiast, philanthropist, mentor, and Cancer Council ambassador. 

I have been involved in pageantry since 2012, and have competed in several National competitions representing the Peninsula, and also represented Australia on the world stage in America last year. I’m currently competing for my second National title, Miss Australia International, and I hope to bring home the crown this November. 

With my love of pageantry, I brought back the Miss Western Port Pageant (formally known as the ‘Miss Shire Of Hastings Quest’) which is part of the volunteer run, Western Port Festival that is run at the Hastings foreshore every February. The Pageant gets local girls in the Western Port region working in the community, making a positive impact, while also building their self esteem, and learning day to day etiquette,  and other important life skills which will set them up for a successful future.

I was named an ambassador for the Cancer Council Victoria last year, which is something I’m quite proud of. I love working with the organisation and educating others about cancer and how to keep yourself healthy and I thoroughly enjoy fundraising for cancer research. 

Describe your style:

I would describe my style as feminine, and girly. I love playing with colour, and accessorising with jewellery.  I work in a professional environment and am often running to and from meetings and appointments, so I’m usually dressed quite smart.  A fitted midi dress, a jacket and some heels is my go-to as it’s simple, comfortable and still has that professional look.  

Do you think Mornington Peninsula style/fashion has a certain look or feel?

Most definitely, we are very relaxed here on the Peninsula, mostly sporting fitness wear, or a nice pair of jeans and a slouchy knitted cardigan. Don’t get me wrong, we know how to dress up when we need to, and the Mornington Cup is proof of that, but day-to-day it’s just good, stylish, relaxed fashion.

What are a couple of your favourite blogs or websites and why?

One of my favourite websites to visit is Boohoo.com, I have bought most things in my wardrobe from there, and I always get compliments when I wear them. Really great fashion and a really good price!

Can you tell us one or two of your fave local spots? 

I absolutely love going to Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove, it’s so beautiful to sit out in the piazza cafe area on a warm sunny day. The food is delicious and the views are spectacular. 

My ultimate favourite places to visit  are Zen in Mornington,  Saya Beaute Bar in Somerville, Tully’s in Mt Eliza, Merricks Beach, Lazzar Wines Balnarring, and the Peninsula Hot Springs.

Penny Ivison

www.martinirunway.com.au

 

Shannon from Pretty Parcel

prettyparcel

Tell us a bit about you and what you do:

My name is Shannon McAlpine and I am a fashion designer, dressmaker and owner of fashion label ‘pretty parcel’ based on the peninsula. I create quirky and vintage inspired clothing in my home studio. Each collection is handmade in limited edition runs and not mass produced so you be can confident in wearing something completely unique.

Describe your style:

My style is feminine, cute, quirky, playful and is inspired by the 1950s and 60s with a modern twist.  I love accessorising my pretty parcel outfits with cute stockings, jewellery and brooches and feel you should be able to dress up any day of the week and wear what makes you happy.

Do you think mornington peninsula style/fashion has a certain look or feel?

Fun, relaxed, bright and comfy.

What are a couple of your favourite blogs or websites and why?

I love instagram! I have met so many amazing creative and talented people through instagram and a lot of local ladies I have had the pleasure in collaborating with.

Can you tell us one or two of your fave local spots?

D.O.C in Mornington is an all time favourite - their nutella calzone is to die for! And Felix and Dees kitchen in Dromana. My favourite beach spot would be safety beach, the perfect beach in Summer. 

Penny Ivison

http://www.prettyparcel.com.au/

 

Kristy from The Nook

Tell us a bit about you and what you do:
I'm a graphic designer, currently working as a senior designer at ERD, although I have a number of other projects on the go that I enjoy doing in my spare time. I run The Nook Gallery & Studios in Mornington, along with my two brothers. I manage The Collection – Vintage Wedding Prop Hire and I'm also renovating my new studio at The Nook where I plan to start freelancing from at the end of this year. There's not much time for anything else, but I also have a rhodesian ridgeback named Duffa, a husband named Brendon and a baby on the way, whom is yet to be named!

Describe your style:
My style is a bit of everything – but I tend to keep my colour palette fairly neutral with a splash of colour here and there. I love going camping in winter so I can wear some of my favourite items – my Hunter gumboots, Elk Scarf and Norquay Co. beanie.

Do you think Mornington Peninsula style/fashion has a certain look or feel?
I think there is definitely a distinct difference in style on the Mornington Peninsula, particularly in comparison to Melbourne. We are much less pretentious and our overall style and attitude is much more relaxed.

What are a couple of your favourite blogs or websites and why?
My favourite website would have to be Pinterest – I could sit there for hours looking at interiors and design related imagery. One thing leads to another taking me on a never ending journey of inspiration. I also love Etsy and The Design Files.

Can you tell us one or two of your fave local spots?
Ok i'll break it down:
Cafe - Flock amongst the Dava shops in Mornington, they have the best avocado Vegemite toastie’s there!
Shop - Scout’s Honour, Dromana, from Emeldo necklaces to Made by Frank Washable hand bags.
Beach - Mt Martha South Beach – I grew up here.
Winery - Trofeo Estate, Dromana absolutely love their food, wine and industrial interior.

Penny Ivison

 

www.theloop.com.au/kristyjacinta/portfolio

Danielle Trovato, Photographer

Tell us a bit about you and what you do:

I’m a busy mum to our 5 year old daughter Ruby and a photographer.  My days are spent doing kinder drop-offs/pickups, facilitating play/social dates at ours for Ruby and her friends, photographing and editing in between.

I specialise in children and families and I absolutely love what I do.  With a background in Interior Design, I also love to photograph and style interiors and products as well as kids fashion editorials shoots. I find the possibilities for creativity are endless with photography and I feel as though it has made me see the world and people so differently.

With all the jobs Ive had over the years I feel the most content and fulfilled with where I am right now.

Describe your style:

I love simple and classical but with pops of colour to keep it fun and happy.  I like modern with a twist of vintage.  But always colourful. With clothing and furniture I love beautiful design but I think it’s so important to keep things practical especially with kids.

We don’t have one designated play area in our home but sprinklings of evidence that children reside here.  I want it to feel like a home.

Do you think Mornington Peninsula style/fashion has a certain look or feel?

I think Mornington Peninsula style is fun and relaxed and unpretentious.  I think great style is when you look great because you feel great and you are comfortable in what your wear.

What are a couple of your favourite blogs or websites and why?

Some of my favourite bloggers are Madebylon and Courtney Adamo. Both beautiful creative mamas with amazing style.   I am so inspired by Courtney Adamo, mother of 4 young children who has recently decided to take a “gap year” and travel the world with her family.  So brave.  I absolutely love that.

Can you tell us one or two of your fave local spots? 

Store Fifteen, She & Little, DOC, Page 8, Greedilulu and I love spending Saturday mornings at Tully’s in Mt Eliza picking up fresh produce and flowers for home.

Penny Ivison

www.facebook.com/danielle.trovato

Chessie from Freshly Pickked

Tell us a bit about you and what you do:

My name is Chessie and I am a 16 year old fashion and lifestyle blogger. I love fashion and photography which is why I love and am so passionate about blogging and instagramming. I share outfit photos, flat lays, and random photos of where I've been or what I've been up to. Another passion of mine is horse riding and I very much enjoy riding my horse, Albert. 

Describe your style:

I can't pin a particular style as some days I wake up wanting to wear a sophisticated, minimalist outfit and the next I want to dress in a colourful, double denim outfit! Most of the time I like to keep it simple but with a bit of a 'Chessie Edge' (as my friends like to call it).  

Do you think Mornington Peninsula style/fashion has a certain look or feel?

I'd say it's pretty casual with a touch of beachy (especially in the summer time!). It has a different aesthetic to Melbourne's fashion and I have to say I much prefer the laid back feel of Mornington Peninsula's style! 

What are a couple of your favourite blogs or websites and why?

I'm a big fan of fashion blogs and my favourites are - Harper and Harley, Views of Now, Nineteen Ninety, Oak and Bone, A Pair and a Spare, Gary Pepper Girl, Nadia Fairfax, Chronicles of Her, Chloe Larkin, Bones and Jasmine Dowling. I love all of these blogs because they are so inspiring and they all have such different personalities and gorgeous fashion styles that I love to look through to gain inspiration for my own outfits and blog! 

Can you tell us one or two of your fave local spots? 

My favourite Cafe spot which I loveeee is Store Fifteen in Mornington and for my two favourite local shops, I'd have to go with  Page Eight also in Mornington and That Little Shop in Balnarring. 

Penny Ivison

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Brodie Harper, Postcards presenter

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Local mum, Brodie Harper has been working as a model and TV presenter since she was 19, but most probably know her from her role on Postcards where she has been happily talking up Victorian destinations since 2007.

 

Tell us about your style:  

If you see me down the shops then there is a good chance I will be in active wear, but I am not one of those people who wears workout gear just to grab a coffee! I work out everyday and with a busy schedule and a young daughter, I need to be ready to take my window of exercise-time whenever it comes up.  If I'm in active-wear I'm ready!  Otherwise I like it to be simple but on trend, so I usually rotate between my three favourite labels, Thurley, Kachel and Jump.

 

Do you think Mornington Peninsula style/fashion has a certain look or feel?

Yes, incredibly stylish but relaxed.

 

What are a couple of your favourite blogs or websites and why?

My own blog.. haha bybrodie.com  This is just something I do for me. There's fashion, wellness, travel and anything I am into basically. Other than that I am usually reading wellness blogs and recipes online.

 

Can you tell us one or two of your fave local spots?

Picknics Cafe in Rye is a place we featured on Postcards recently that is fast becoming a favourite.  Also the Barn & Co. in Balnarring. It is run by a husband and wife team and he is an amazing chef and she has the best design eye, so the place and the food are just spot on. 
As far as shops go, I love the newly opened Mynd Interiors in Frankston which is from the same owners as Mirror Mirror, the fashion boutique (also in Frankston). 

By Penny ivison
 

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Lucy and Nathan from Franklin

Tell us a bit about you and what you do:

Hello! We are Lucy and Nathan and we run a little travelling coffee company called Franklin Coffee. We have two vintage Franklin caravans which we have renovated - one as a tiny cafe, and the other as a bar! We travel around with our caravans to markets and events, serving coffee and drinks (and basically having the best time ever). 
 

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Describe your style:

We love all things 60s & 70s. Especially caravans! We're also pretty passionate about recycling so try to reuse wherever we can - giving otherwise useless objects a new lease on life instead of contributing to landfill. 

Do you think Mornington Peninsula style/fashion has a certain look or feel?

The peninsula definitely has a relaxed vibe - I think trends that come out of Melbourne are picked up and adapted by locals to be more practical, and often more thoughtful than what the city has to offer. The peninsula is full of clever people, and there's no shortage of inspiration! It's the perfect environment for clever entrepreneurs and creatives to thrive. 

What are one or two of your favourite blogs or websites and why?

My favourite blog has to be The Planthunter - I love gardens and plants, and am always inspired by the posts and photos on the blog. The writing is always top knotch and I have discovered so many amazing artists through it. 

Can you tell us one or two of your fave local spots? 

We adore Amy at Flock in Mornington - hands down the best coffee & friendliest staff on the peninsula. 
The Milbri in Rosebud is brand new and fast becoming another of our favourites - it's a local lifesaver with great coffee and food. 
We also love exploring the national park near our place - by mountain bike or on foot. My all time favourite is walk/runs between Duells and Browns roads - down in the gully it is completely covered in grass trees that are meters tall! It's totally amazing.

Penny Ivison

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