[Free Download]: Meet Our 2022 Palette!

Printables and Downloads, Words by Annabelle Ricketts

As we eagerly await the arrival of 2022, we’re so excited to announce our new blog series on… you guessed it, all-things planners! 

Think helpful tips to help you make the most of your new planner, layout inspiration, organisation how-to’s, and a few surprises along the way. And what better way to kick off the series than with a meet-and-greet, making sure that you’re all well-acquainted with your closest organisational companion for the next year.

For each colourway in our 2022 palette, you’ll find a character profile where you can read a bit more about your colour’s personality and the muse that inspired them. You can also jam out to a curated playlist of her favourite tunes – perfect for every mood.

…But that’s not all, if you’re like us and love having everything in your life colour-coordinated, we’ve got you covered:

With each colourway, we have included a free downloadable PDF with complementary HEX [colour] codes that you can use to customise your digital calendars [ie. Google Calendar] to match your planner’s colour theme for 2022.

Or, if you’ve been wishing that you could have every colour from our 2022 collection in your life, we’re pleased to say that you can now live out your dreams of having the full palette on your calendar!

After a launch beyond our wildest dreams, we’re completely in-over-our-head with gratitude for your BIG love on our planners, so take this as a little [big] thank you – from us, to you.

MEET CAFÉ AU LAIT

The perfect shade of latte, she’s the colour of Paris.

She adores all things neutral + classic, and oozes sophistication. A timeless hue that you’ll never regret. A little reserved and understated, you might miss her at first glance, but once you get to know her she’ll slowly become your favourite.

Find her sipping coffee on bustling Parisian streets, endless hours wandering the Louvre + spending afternoons strolling down ​​Champs-Élysées.

[and, if you’re prone to spilling your coffee, she’ll wear it with grace; afterall, it will look au naturel]. Très chic!

Elevate your everyday with Café au Lait in 2022.

[CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD CAFÉ AU LAIT’S CALENDAR CODES]

MEET COCOA

The cosiest colour of 2022.

Her sweet warmth isn’t in-your-face, but softly draws you in, into a much-needed embrace. Like the kind, gentle friend that’s always there, Cocoa’s comfort will be steady by your side through the highs and the lows.

A homebody at heart, she craves snowy Christmases cosied up by the fireplace and endlessly long afternoons immersed in a good book. Slow Sundays are, most certainly, her thing. A little unconventional, and a hopeless sweet tooth, you’ll likely find her with a mocha in hand, or busy baking up a storm to treat her loved ones. 

She loves fiercely + deeply, and is steady and dependable. 

Get cosy with Cocoa in 2022.

[CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD COCOA’S CALENDAR CODES]

MEET SOIRÉE

She’s white classic roses, a crisp white shirt, silk pyjamas, a strong latte to go. 

She just knows how to live well.

By day, she’s confident and self assured. Soirée will take herself out to lunch, or art class – solo. Once the sun sets, she‘ll let her hair down, stealing away to secret soirées after dusk.

Where there’s festoon lights strung against a burnt summer sky, she’s always down for a good time — but only with a top-shelf Martini.

She will effortlessly stand her own among a room full of strangers, and you can’t help but gravitate towards her witty repartee and the knowing sparkle in her eye Charismatic and elegant, but without the frills — she knows what she wants, and she gets the job done. Always.

Oh, Soirée… she’s ready for 2022.

[CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD SOIRÉE’S CALENDAR CODES]

MEET OAT

The simple but sophisticated one, she values quality above all else.

Intentional and considered, always a little busy, but never chaotic. She stays calm and steady, never wavering. She will carve out time for the things that soothe her soul + fill her cup, always.

Oat loves to splurge on life’s simple pleasures; the perfect linen loungewear, a bougie candle, dining out…

Oat has fast become a favourite colourway, and it’s easy to understand why. Just like her bestie Café au Lait, she’s classic and neutral, but with a deliciously textural cover and luxe champagne-gold edging; a dreamier take on your favourite basics to elevate your everyday.

Get pretty, and a little gritty, with Oat in 2022.

[CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OAT’S CALENDAR CODES]

MEET HONEY

Like pure sunshine, she’s everything fun, pure and free. A romantic at heart, she’s the kind of friend who will always say yes to picnics, bike rides or spontaneous road trips with no planned destination. 

She will easily lose track of time, not because she’s a daydreamer – she’s just fully present in each moment as she lives it. She will ask how you are, and really listen to what you answer. 

For Honey, there is always time.

Honey is eternally curious. She revels in the mess and wonder and imperfect joy of living artfully. Giver of the best hugs, she will always turn lemon into lemonade and brighten your day.

Sweeten your 2022 with Honey.

[CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD HONEY’S CALENDAR CODES]

MEET BALLET SLIPPER

The sweetest presence – with her head in the clouds and her nose in a book.

With an ethereal other-worldliness in her gaze, even her voice floats in conversation like a melodic phrase from a familiar song, bringing something magic into everything she does.

You’ll always find her in a flowy dress, redecorating some corner of her house, or at your doorstep dropping off the most delicious strawberry and cream tart – just cause. Ballet knows how to take care of herself as much as she does others, in a rose petal bubble bath, poetry book in one hand, peppermint tea in the other – falling asleep to beautiful thoughts.

She’s a little sensitive, wearing her heart on her sleeve, but kindness is her armour. Ballet quite literally sees everything through her rose-tinted glasses, colouring everything with sweetness – always believing the best, always in love.

Fall in love with Ballet Slipper in 2022.

[CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD BALLET SLIPPER’S CALENDAR CODES]

MEET PUMPKIN SPICE

The perfect spiced orangey-brown, she’s the colour of pumpkin pie and crisp autumn leaves — every Fall-lover’s dream.

Think rainy days, burnt orange hues, autumn leaves, and driving down a winding forest path.

You’ll always find her bundled up in a big cosy scarf, spiced chai latte in hand [her drink of choice, obviously], cozied up by the fireplace. She’s warm and generous, her calendar is filled with the time she gives to her loved ones; a true friend to all …and her house always smells like cookies. 

Spend your 2022 in style with Pumpkin Spice.

[CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PUMPKIN SPICE’S CALENDAR CODES]

The Golden Confetti Competition!

News & Happenings, Words by Annabelle Ricketts

One of our hallmarks here at Emma Kate Co. is that we LOVE making people feel special, every day of the year. From little surprises snuck into orders to providing only-the-best customer service, we delight in the extra touches that make your experience with us nothing short of magical.

So, last year when our 5th brand birthday + 2021 planner collection launch rolled around, we knew we had to mark this milestone in a BIG and unforgettable way.

Which brings us to… The Golden Confetti!

During our 2021 planner dispatch, we picked three customers orders at random and filled it to the brim with golden confetti – kind of like Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket, but sparklier, better [and messier]! The remaining two spots were then available to be won through creative merit, via our Instagram competition where we asked our planner community to showcase your most beautiful and creative planner unboxings.

In March, in a beautiful pocket of time where state borders were open, and we were lockdown-free we were so, SO excited to host our beautiful winners who flew in from across Australia, for an all-expenses paid, all-things-Emma-Kate-Co. experience at our sparkling new Melbourne HQ – now forever known as, Golden Confetti Day.

We kicked off our day’s itinerary with a hands [and noses] on candle-making workshop run by the amazing Brodie from BTNCL [we are so proud to stock his candles in our Greville Street Boutique – and our online store]. Everyone got to take home their own candle hand-poured into one of our Winterwares x Emma Kate Co. vessels as a special treat!

Our second workshop was hosted by our in-house organisation-guru – Bella – with a live demonstration on how to make the most of our [Emma Kate Co.] planners and useful tips for time management, goal-setting, habit-tracking and everything in between.

After a scrumptious lunch at Oscar Cooper, one of our favourite neighbouring cafes on Greville Street, we settled into an afternoon of cocktails, confetti [of course] and a creative lettering workshop by our founder, Emma Kate.



We are so incredibly grateful to have been able to meet and spend the day with these amazing women, especially in light of all that’s going on in the world. Friendships were instantly formed – we truly cannot wait to see your beautiful faces again. 

And while we still can’t believe our 2022 planner season has started and rolled around so quickly, it does mean that we’ll soon be sharing what our 2022 competition details entail! 

We have planned something so special planned for our next competition – want to be a part of it? Easy! You’ll find all the details in the notecard included with every 2022 planner order.

See you there! x

[photos by: bananabreadbelle photography]

Every year, there are some core big moments for our small business, from trade shows to design markets – and from community events to collaborations. Today, I’m taking you behind the scenes into a story and a partnership where all these strands came together to weave its own particular magic…

We’ve used noissue paper for the last couple of years. And this year, happenstance would have us meet at a tradeshow, where the doors opened to co-creating something even more special this time round.

If you know Emma Kate Co., you know that the launch of our planners is the peak of our yearly calendar – in fact, we’ve already started to lay the foundations for next year’s 2021 release! (Whoa.) Our annual production of planners calls for love and care on every level, with an extra sprinkling of magic to take each edition to somewhere we have not yet been.

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A little more than a year ago, a beautiful Singapore brand reached out to me, asking if I would consider photographing their next lookbook. In amongst projects and a serendipitously planned personal holiday in Singapore, a window opened with just enough free time while in town to meet one of the co-founders of The Mindful Company and some of the (kind) faces behind the brand. And it wasn’t long before the seed of collaboration started to grow.

Instant friends; kindreds even – it was clear how aligned we were with the intentions behind our brands. A team of beautiful inspiring humans, I immediately loved how The Mindful Company chose to call their products ‘reminders’ – rather than jewellery. Everything comes from love, imprinted with simple, special words to bring you back to the present.

As we have brought our collaboration to life over the past year, the process has felt so effortless and aligned, I really do feel like this collection (and our connection) was always meant to exist.

Together we have created limited edition, stainless steel + 18K rose gold plated reminder cuffs with our signature typography on the engraved on the front, with coordinating pocket journals, available individually as well as in bundles. Of course, we have also woven in many tiny surprises and little details to delight, all wrapped in beautiful packaging.

We hope this collection inspires you to find beauty in the unknown, to fall in love with your uniqueness, and to bring you back into the moment.

You can shop our Emma Kate Co. x The Mindful Company limited edition collection here.

Our worlds and lives become richer for the stories and journeys we share, so today I would love to introduce you to Ling, co-founder of The Mindful Company and to share some more of the story behind the brand…

+ Take us back to the start! When did The Mindful Company begin? And how did you come to be where you are right now?

The Mindful Company started as a side project when Ciara (my co-founder and friend) and I were both working in the corporate sector. We wanted to find a way to encourage the people around us and the first product that came to mind, was the Reminder Cuff. A simple, subtle cuff with an encouraging word on it. We designed the Cuffs, had a small batch produced and thought, let’s create a website and see if anyone buys them. I mean, how difficult can it be? (Haha, it definitely wasn’t as easy as we thought it would be!)

From there, it was a combination of taking one step a time, making some big decisions, a lot of hard work, having an incredibly supportive network (spouses, family and friends), a great work team and a bit of luck!

Ciara and I feel so incredibly blessed to have such a great TMC community. Seeing people gift, wear and love our products has been so special.

+ Why did you start?

The Mindful Company was inspired by the personal journeys of our families, friends and peers – the joys, the struggles the tragedies. We wanted to find a way to encourage others to consider what’s important to them and not let life slip by on auto-pilot. The Mindful Company is our way to start conversations around what matters, mental wellbeing, and what it means to be kind.

+ What big decisions along the way have brought you to the here and now? The ones where courage conquered fear.

I think I speak for Ciara and myself here, it would the decision to leave the corporate world. After 11 years, I felt like I finally knew what I was doing plus I had great colleagues and there were good career opportunities where I was. I was comfortable and I’d just had a baby (little Georgia Mae) so it was a safe place to be.

Although it was a calculated risk for both Ciara and myself, it was still scary. I remember telling my boss and colleagues that I was leaving and what I intended to do. I’m pretty sure some of them thought I was crazy. (haha)

Balanced with fear, there was excitement: we knew that for The Mindful Company to really kickstart and achieve what we had in mind we needed to dedicate our attention to it. Aside from financial risk, entrepreneurship can be a very lonely road but Ciara and I were lucky enough to have each other.

Since then, there have a lot of decisions that we’ve had to make with some courage. From placing our first large order wondering if we would be able to sell it all, to locking in a long-term office lease, hiring a team to support us, the list goes on.

+ Talk us through what typical day in your world might look like.

Oh my, where do I begin. Unfortunately, there’s no typical day so I’ll use yesterday as an example.

Like most days, it started starts with a visit to the gym followed by the mad rush that is, getting Georgia ready for school. Following drop off, we grab a coffee. One of our favourite spots is the apartment, which happens to be the amazing spot where we photographed your beautiful self, with our Emma Kate x The Mindful Company collaboration products.

Enter the office and the work day begins! Yesterday, that included briefing the fulfilment and packing team, interviewing candidates to join our team, discussing delivery timelines with our partner, lunch with the team, reviewing new pages on our site for an upcoming product launch, all with internment random discussions/laughs with the team. I prepare the to do list for tomorrow and I’m out the door, on a 20 min train ride home!

Now dinner is always fun. If Georgia hasn’t napped at school, we’re probably dealing with a melt down over the dining table (*insert crying face*) on why we aren’t having chicken and broccoli, or why all her cutlery isn’t pink. Oh the joys! But once that’s over, we have a good 20 minute dance sesh in front of the TV before the girls head to bed.

+ Down time, and the work vs. life balance deal. How does this vibe with you? How do you make it all work?

For me it’s quality over quantity, having a plan, being present and letting go of the guilt. I struggled a lot with this especially since we started The Mindful Company the same time Georgia was born. (lol, can I recommend not having a baby and a new business at the same time).

Good news though, I think I’ve finally found my groove in this space in the last year. (hooray!) This year, I started creating monthly calendars for Georgia. She crosses out each day before she goes to bed and knows what’s happening when she wakes up. If she asks ‘’is it a school day today’’ or ‘’is it swimming day today’’, I’ll ask her to check her calendar. While it’s a major win for me (haha, those with kids will know how many times we get asked such questions), it’s also really helped me to pre plan activities and be intentional about spending quality time together.

I also remind myself that ‘me’ time, whether it’s going for a run, out with friends, my time at work- this is me. Doing what I love, to fill my tank, to be at my best. And if I’m not at my best, I can’t give my best to my family.

+ When you are creating, what is non-negotiable?

Staying true to the ethos of the company. As we’re a mission driven company, the messaging always comes first. We think of a message or a theme that we want to share or encourage people with, and think about how we can translate that message into a design that will be a meaningful addition to someone’s everyday life – timeless, subtle, well made, and at an accessible price point.

We’ve received countless requests over the years to release our signature Cuffs and Braids without reminders etched on them to allow customers to customise the product. While we could have done this, we’ve always refrained from doing so to ensure that an intentional reminder comes with all our products. But we love feedback and with this, we introduced a personalisation service (additional engraving) so that customers can add a touch of personalisation to one of our Reminders.

+ Highlights and radical moments: what has been your most rewarding project/range/creation to date, and why?

Our charity collections. A large part of who we are and what we do, is supporting charities in the mental health space through various initiatives with the aim of evolving the conversation on mental health and wellbeing.

One of the ways we collaborate, is through our annual/bi annual charity collections which are inspired by the stories and the work done by the non-profit organisations and their beneficiaries. Witnessing the personal growth of young beneficiaries and the non-profit teams we’ve worked with has been so rewarding. Also, and seeing media and influences willingly support these collections is such a beautiful reminder of humanity and the joint desire to support the communities we live in.

+ What three key lessons have you learnt in your entrepreneurial path, which continue to carry you forward?

1. Be generous
2. Be authentic
3. Keep learning

+ If you were to hop on a plane tomorrow, where would you go? And why?

Back home, to Perth. Funnily enough, we’re actually hopping on a plane next week and that’s exactly where we’re headed. My family are in Perth and since I don’t get to see them often, it’s currently always my destination of choice. The girls love it there and we always build such precious memories while we’re there.

If we were leaving the kids behind, Japan. We’ve been wanting to head there for a while now but haven’t been able to make it work. I absolutely adore Japanese food.

+ Finish these sentences…

Right now I feel… incredibly blessed.

I believe in… the power of words. Choose to speak life and love.

Secretly, I wish… my kids would stay at this age for ever (3.5 and 1.5 years old)

You might not know this, but… I’m petrified of injections and blood tests. I still close my eyes and pinch myself to divert pain.

I couldn’t live without… WhatsApp. It’s my way of constantly staying in touch with family and friends on a daily basis.

The best advice I’ve been given is… It’s not a function of time. It’s a function of priorities.

What’s your inspiration for this collaboration?

We’ve always only focused on collaborations with non-profits but after a few interactions with you and our content collaboration last year, we knew that if there ever was a product collaboration outside of our Charity Collections, it would be with you! And here we are today.

We see the underlying desire to inspire and encourage embedded in the Emma Kate Co brand and I think it’s this common purpose, and natural brand alignment (plus our love for simple yet beautiful aesthetics) that’s almost organically bought together this collaboration.

Not surprisingly, when we separately had a think about messages that would resonate with our respective communities, we quite quickly identified these two- You Are Magic and It’s Written In the Stars.

What are your hopes for this collaboration?

That our communities will love them as much as we do! That these Reminders, will be worn and used all over the world, inspiring its keeper to document their reflections, hopes and adventures.

What’s your favourite piece from the collection?

You Are Magic Pocket Journal in burgundy and rose gold foil. There’s something so magical about Emma’s lettering and combined with my current favourite colour plus a reminder to celebrate me for me, makes this my favourite.

You can shop our Emma Kate Co. x The Mindful Company limited edition collection here.

Almost 9 months ago, the beautiful Gemma Peanut reached out to me, describing a vivid dream about how we had co-created a Baby Journal. We hadn’t met. We didn’t even know each other. But it sparked a conversation, there was immediate alignment, and so we decided to meet for coffee. We had barely made our coffee order before we knew that dream needed to be chased together.

And, what has followed since has honestly been the most beautiful adventure…

Month after month, we have dreamed our little dream into existence. Over weekly Skype calls we have drafted, co-created, finessed and lettered our way towards tonight, often finding fleeting moments to decide on a fabric swatch, a ribbon colour, add in a special feature, or finish off a chapter along a spectrum of various timezones and locations that our businesses and lives have required us to be.

There’s been lots of messy thrilling life thrown in for good measure along the way, including an engagement (me!) AND fittingly, a pregnancy (Gemma!)

And then suddenly, it was October, and I found myself in Mosman (Sydney), sitting beside Gemma – and with two grateful hearts we launched our Little Dreamer baby journal collaboration into the world.

New babies are a cause for beautiful celebrations, and Gem and I decided that our collaboration also deserved to be welcomed to the world in a very special way. Somewhat impromptu, we found ourselves with forty mumpreneurs together at The Fernery, for a breakfast with a difference. At our baby shower, we got to shower our guests with gifts.

It’s been said it takes a village to raise a baby [journal], so here’s a special shout-out to our village. We put the word out on social media, seeking to partner with some select, like-minded and aligned brands to celebrate and support our beautiful guests. To the incredible brands who eagerly shared their love (and beautiful products) with our guests for this special event, THANK YOU.

Let me take a moment to introduce our wonderful brand partners for this launch event:

The Nappy Society – modern mums need simple solutions done well. We love what The Nappy Society brings to the baby bag game; your favourite tote gets to come on the Mum journey with you – with a whole secret organisation insert to keep you on track.

Tilda + Moo celebrating Australian design makers, these are bibs with serious cuteness factor. Not to mention, they are handmade by founder Amelia in the Mornington Peninsula, meaning there’s a quality and care in each bib that you can literally feel.

Arlo & Co – a divine husband and wife team who are huge believers in locally owned and made, they too love being in and contributing to community. Personalised bespoke gifts are what they bring into the world.

Krystal Knight Jewellery – because *sparkle*! Australian designed, ethically sourced and produced, Krystal Knight creates genuinely timeless pieces that are never taken off, letting the gems shine through your days.

Toots + Co – full grain Italian leather handbags that can still meet the needs of a mum on the move. What’s not to love?

Bellies + Beyond – all about the softness, we are a little bit in love with the wraps, cot sheets and other goodies that Rebecca offers, as well as her incredible candour about motherhood.

Biologi – A beautiful Byron-Bay-based {from sourcing to production} business and a 100% active plant-based serum range, we were proud to be able to share these minis with our guests.

Canon – Thank you for generously contributing a Selphy Printer, as a name tag prize for one lucky winner. Fun!

MYK Events – Huge gratitude for the artistry of Mykaela on the morning of our launch, helping Gem and I look as glowy as we felt on the inside.

Besotted Grace – Grace, my beautiful friend and talented photographer, thank you SO much for capturing these moments from the morning so (so) beautifully.

And last but not least, thank you to our incredible teams (the three beautiful women standing next to us below) – Bella, Sim and Corinne – without your brilliance, we never would have pulled together such a beautiful launch!

Gem, I’m so grateful for you, and I’m so proud of us. Thank you for creating this with me. xx
It’s amazing how dreams can {literally} come true.

To find out more about our Little Dreamer collaboration, hop this way!
And you can shop our baby journals here

As Melbourne shifted from late Autumn into the early days of winter, the cloud 9 floating thrill of getting engaged also shifted into project “let’s plan a wedding“. My dear friend (and newly appointed bridesmaid) Jody and I barely had to mutter the words ‘Grace Loves Lace’ and ‘girls trip’ before our flights were booked and a little East Coast adventure fell serendipitously into shape.

We hopped on a plane and headed in the direction of sunshine. To us, there seemed only one hotel worthy of such a special occasion for this short but very special trip away to the Gold Coast – the dreamy and inimitable Halcyon House.

Barely a 20 minute drive south from Gold Coast airport, nestled right on the beachfront in the sleepy town of Cabarita, I had been lucky to rest my head at this beautiful and Instagram-famous hotel once before, but returning felt exactly as special I remembered – even more special than I remembered.

First time or not, as soon as you set foot inside this beach-chic destination unto its own, the rest of the world promptly falls away. Cue ocean breeze, instant tranquility and unparalleled luxury – but in a beautifully understated, completely unpretentious, Mediterranean-meets-Aussie kind of way.

Welcomed by the warm reception staff like we were long lost family, we were invited to make our way to our room – with our luggage and welcome drinks to follow shortly. With no two rooms exactly alike, it was exciting to take in the details of our own bespoke home away from home. We delighted in our cornflower blue walls (upholstered in fabric), floral brocade bedhead, eclectic artworks and other miscellaneous paraphernalia, all styled just so (hat tip to the hotel’s lead interior designer Anna Spiro).

With top floor bragging rights and a view of the ocean layered just above the poolside below our feet, we sunk into our private balcony seats and let out a collective sigh of calm. With our welcome fruit platter set between us and gin & tonics in our grasp, we whiled away some hours deep in conversation.

Before long, we noticed the afternoon sky tint towards a soft shade of pink – so we quickly layered up and bundled ourselves down to the ocean, just in time to sink our toes into the sand for a sunset beach walk.

Later in the evening, we were treated to a delicious three course menu and bespoke cocktails at Paper Daisy, the hotel’s own 2 hatted restaurant under the helm of Jason Barratt (previously Head Chef of Raes on Wategos). Driven by an ethos of sophisticated simplicity, local produce shines bright here, with all ingredients sourced within 100km of the hotel. Right from the first bite of house bread (with lashings of butter), we were in foodie heaven.

The next morning, after a leisurely wake up and beautiful breakfast at Paper Daisy, we hopped in our hire car and made our way up back up the coast, bound for sparkling wedding gowns!

I had barely stepped inside the Grace Loves Lace boutique and the idea of forever suddenly felt very real. Before being engaged I had long lusted over the free spirited, wanderlust-soaked, ethereal vibe of this label.

Before visiting I had poured over the bridal collections extensively and been instructed to select up to five gowns to try on for the appointment (not an easy task to narrow them down!) But… two gowns in to trying on the dresses in real time, we had arrived. Stepping out from my little change area, there were instant squeals and much excitement. Jody’s face beamed bright and confirmed what I already knew – “Babes, this is so you. You belong in this dress!” And, the third dress too, as it turns out.

Luckily for me, with much of Charles’ family residing in Indonesia, we will be having both an Australian wedding, and Indonesian wedding. With more than one wedding celebration ahead of us next year, there are multiple celebrations planned and with it, plenty of opportunity for me to wear more than one dress. Which I am very grateful for, because it felt impossible to decide on just the one white dress.

Thank you Cyndi and to the team for the most divine bridal fitting experience. I am too excited for the dress(es) in the works with Grace Loves Lace! I cannot wait to twirl my way into happily ever after… x

Thank you so much to Halcyon House for welcoming us as guests of the hotel (as always, all words and opinions are authentically our own).

Photos and Words: Ellen Morgan + Emma Kate 

In early February, less than one year on from our last adventure [read here] my best friend Ellen and I packed up five hefty suitcases (and around ten coats) and hopped on a plane to New York to exhibit at NYNow – a key international tradeshow, and chase that dream for a second time.

This time around, we descended on New York in the middle of winter. Like last year (and like we do best), we booked in some time for adventures after the tradeshow had wrapped, and spent a few days revelling in a very different kind of magic…

It’s the city that never sleeps, and while many cities around the globe go into some sort of hibernation over the cooler months, the Big Apple stays true to her reputation. Streets bustle with people from dawn to dusk, New Yorkers and eager travellers not letting the bitter temperatures and chilly winds ruffle their coat-tails too much (quite literally).

Even in the depths of the famed ‘polar vortex’ from February this year, the city didn’t skip a beat, the pulsing drum of the traffic, lights and crowds never ceasing to amaze two (very) bewildered and chilly Australians.

Arriving to ‘temperatures that could damage the lungs’, we couldn’t have possibly been prepared for the cold to come. Opening the freezer, jumping inside and not leaving for 10 days is about as close as it comes to an accurate description, but we soon forgot the numb fingers for all the ice-covered romanticism and rugged up beauty of New York City at this time of year. After all, the chill is nothing a big woolly scarf, a big bowl of udon in a basement or an extra-salty margarita on a cosy rooftop can’t fix.

Here’s our top picks for winter in the city.

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Over the past few weeks I have been sharing behind the scenes of some core small business moments, with the support of Olympus. [You can catch up on Part 1, following a day in our studio here – and Part 2, where I took you over to China, to see the manufacturing of our 2019 planners].

Today, I take you back to our warehouse in Melbourne, into the very thick of our 2019 planner fulfillment!

It’s the third year we have done this in-house, and every year proves to be our most crazy, immersive, exhausting and satisfying week our little brand has enjoyed (and endured) yet!

This year, I captured daily some small moments on both video and camera, and whole spans of time using the timelapse feature of my OM-D E-M10 Mark III along the fulfillment journey. Watch it below!

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With the support of my family at Olympus, I am back to share part 2 of this blog series, taking you behind the scenes of some core small business moments. Late last year, I shared with you Part 1 – behind the scenes of a day in our studio and warehouse [ – if you missed the post, you can catch up on it here].

Next up? Come with me to China.

In September last year, I spent 24 hours on the ground in Shenzhen, China, overseeing the manufacturing of our 2019 planner release. It was a flying visit, that saw me flying out the morning after our studio-warming celebration, and returning to Melbourne, only to hop on another plane to Europe (everything happening, all at once – as is often the way of a small business calendar!)

This was my time visiting China solo – but joining me on the adventure was my OM-D E-M10 Mark III. Small and never-not leaving my grasp, it allowed me to capture some video footage of this time in China in a way that feels unpolished, and very real. Watch below!

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