Mag Square

Monday, June 30, 2008

for tiny toes...

The Spanish Stripe is the latest style in the irresistible collection of children's shoes from Chook Leaf.

All the shoes are hand made with leather uppers and inners and non slip synthetic soles. They are designed as comfort shoes to promote healthy foot development with a flat inner sole to give the feeling of walking barefooted and ooze quality.

The Spanish stripe for girls is priced at $69.00 (size 4 to 14) and is available in 5 colours. Styles and sizing can be viewed online or visit at Magnolia Square.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

on cloud nine....

Natalie Anderson from Cloudhill Art finds it impossible not to be inspired by the Australian landscape, in particular the amazing and ubiquitous Aussie Lemon Scented Gum whose graceful silhouette finds it's way into much of her work.

Natalie describes her work as "a simple and whimsical expression of the joy taken from the Australian landscape in which I feel so blessed to live. They are created in between school runs, gardening and hanging the washing out! "

Prices start from $125.00 depending on the size and the series and are available through Natalie's Etsy shop.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

an environmental beauty ...

Brett and Claire at Apple and Bee believe that is is essential to take an active role in promoting environmental sustainability which is why they only use natural fibres such as certified organic cotton, bamboo silk, hemp, burlap/calico and genuine leather when creating their bags. Their aim is to produce beautiful cosmetic, travel and baby bags without harming the environment.

We are particularly fond of the round case priced at $54.95. The exclusive designs are available online.

Monday, June 23, 2008

for all seasons...

Many Magnolia Square devotees are already singing the praises of the Ollie & Max Shirt Dress.

The latest collection offers style savvy women classic elegance and tailored comfort- team with a belt, scarf and ballet pumps for everyday; with leggings and boots for dinner; with a cossie, straw hat and canvas shoes for the beach.

Available in hip or knee length in size 8-18 for women of all ages and priced at $95. Online ordering will soon be available in the meantime contact Sam for further info.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

the good oil....

At the Nicolas Olive Estate, Dimboola, the family follows methods with organically grown estate olives to produce a quality oil of the finest flavour and distinction. Knowing exactly when to pick ensures the best flavour possible. Every year nature adds her own touch. This year it is a marvellous hint of pepper.

George Nicolas shares his time honoured recipe for Bruschetta -


Crusty Italian Ciabatta
Nicolas Extra Virgin olive oil
Clove of garlic
Regianno parmiggiano
Baby rocquette

Lightly toast or grill bread, then rub
with a generous amount of garlic, drizzle
with Nicolas Extra Virgin olive oil ,
add baby rocquette and regianno parmiggianno

Browse through the range and purchase online.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Retailer In Focus..... Lottie and Louis.

We are delighted to introduce you to Kate Mcdonald from Lottie and Louis and are thrilled to showcase her gorgeous children' s boutiques. Here she takes us through the process that has taken her from one store in Port Fairy VIC to opening her second store in Warrnambool.

What inspired you to open your own children's wear store?
I guess being in retail all my life and having a passion for design and fashion inspired me to open a children's store. I originally always wanted to be an interior designer but the opportunity never arose but was always creative and after making and selling kids clothes to a local store when I was 15 you could say its in the blood. I then worked as a visual merchandiser where I realized I could do it myself and realized a brilliant kids shop was desperately needed in the area. Not just a good one but a beautiful one! I love the idea of making another child's room special or making them look divine in the most beautiful clothes i can find. Just want to be able to find the most divine things and be able to share them with others.

How did a second store come to be?
The second store was opened because it was always a part of the bigger picture and when I do something I don't do it by halves. I found no other children's store in Warrnambool compared in price, atmosphere and quality as Lottie & Louis but found that customers looking for a baby present often wouldn't make the trip to Port fairy so I brought it to them. This meant tapping into another market and an extra 30,000 customers from Warrnambool and surrounding districts.

What challenges have you faced?
Getting the name out there! It is a timely process establishing a business and developing a customer base that has belief in us.

Why do your customers stay loyal?
They know Lottie & Louis will always provide the ultimate in customer service because I am constantly instilling in my staff that without customers we don't have a business. We listen to what our customers want and we appreciate their feedback, (probably most crucial part of our business) and of course doing all this in the most beautifully presented atmosphere. I believe experience is another reason customers stay loyal and with over 15 years experience in merchandising, training and management I feel I am qualified to know what my customers want.

What makes you smile?
Seeing my children laugh.

Lottie and Louis
Shop 1 Bank Street
Port Fairy 3284
03 55681809
97 Kepler Street
Warnambool VIC

Friday, June 13, 2008

yummy mummies...

A pregnant women looking comfortable and super stylish - can it be true?

Luna Gallery is an Australian design and marketing company, producing exquisite and desirable knitted textiles to pamper & please your baby, body and home. Their aim is to provide the finest quality yarns and contemporary designs, rich in texture and colour.

The sensory collections of lounge and baby wear, apparel and accessories are uniquely created using WHOLEGARMENT® technology. The entire garment is produced on exclusive machinery without any linking, sewing or seams. This ensures superb lightweight comfort and fit and makes it a perfect choice for maternity wear.

Luna Gallery proudly produces these knitted ranges with love and expertise in Australia and is always inspired by nature. View the range online.

Monday, June 9, 2008

the art of giving.....

If giving really is better than receiving, add to the experience by presenting your gift in one of these delightful Liberty boxes. Hand wrapped in Liberty of London fabric and sealed with a satin ribbon these boxes would also be gorgeous used to complement a table setting at a dinner party or for storing odds and ends on your office desk.

The girls at FlorrieMarie Etsy shop are happy to ship to Australia and discuss custom requirements Priced from $8each.

Friday, June 6, 2008

and the winner is...

Magnolia Square has always been a visual feast of glorious colour and sublime textures. This fair however, the standard was raised even higher with the introduction of visual merchandising awards.

Angela Gualtieri, editor and creative director of Living Creatively graciously offered to judge the event. Although she found it to be a difficult job, the winner was chosen to be Fat Bird Farm.

Nicola Stairmand from Fat Bird Farm is inspired by the hundreds of little fat birds living around her house in the Yarra Valley. She uses original illustrations with vintage wallpapers and trims to design and make a range of items including gift cards, little bags, tea towels, aprons, table runners, and cushions.

Close behind were retailers Morgan Wills in second place and Flora and Ceres in third. Well done to all retailers and our thanks to Angela for her judging prowess.

shopping splendour ...

Hats by Luna Ninos, cardigan by LuCE Handmade, printed tee by Hamb, knitted caps by Ellka & embellished tee by Frankie and Ray.

Although seemingly impossible, Magnolia Square just keeps getting better. Over 60 retailers exhibited their boutique wares to well over 5000 shoppers.

We witnessed the debut of the hugely popular Snippets workshops where shoppers had a chance to learn about their favourite retailers on a personal and interactive level. The introduction of a dedicated food space was also well received and sure to be a permanent fixture at future fairs.

The next fair will be held on August 14-16and will showcase all things Tiny and Small - pop it in your diary and stay tuned for more information.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

the finer things...

As the chill closes in, the humble scarf becomes a winter wardrobe must have. This beautiful Nicmac Design scarf uses luxurious Pashmina backed with contrasting Liberty of London fabric to ensure comfort need not lack style.

Available in a range of colourways, these scarves can be purchased online for $130.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

tip toe in....

There are so many things to adore with each Magnolia Square and these divine little ballet slippers were no exception.

Joaquin and Matilde create stylish cotton sleepwear and accessories designed for your delicate and not so delicate little ones.

Full leather slippers are available in sizes 2 to 9 in a range of colours and are priced at $88. If you didn't pick up a pair at Magnolia Square shop online at

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

bicycle built for one...

Sydney Artist Tabitha Emma creates vintage inspired bags, pretty home accessories, romantic cards and serene prints. We are particularly taken by this delightful art piece 'Beautiful Bicycle Adventures'

Prices start from just $15 and are available through Tabitha's Etsy store