CHRISTMAS SALE

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Son of a nutcracker, it's that time of year, again!
I'm kicking off the festive season with 20% off everything over $50* in my store with code XMAS18.
Code is valid worldwide from now until midnight AEST November 20th.

Please also note that cut-off dates for Christmas delivery are as follows:
Australia, Dec 14
International - Nov 20

Postage within Australia is FREE.

To shop 'til your snowballs drop, visit my store here: 
www.birdyandme.com.au/shop

*Excludes gift vouchers and cards.

a NUTCRACKIN' CHRISTMAS

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It creeps up on us earlier and earlier every year, but even more so for those of us that need to prepare for the retail season. That’s right - Christmas is less than 8 weeks away!

My Christmas cards have become something of a tradition for me, and this year I wanted to combine one of my very favourite stories / ballets into the design. It’s been on my mind for so many years now but I hadn’t had the chance to fully dive in. So, in the same vein as my fairytale series, I present to you my take on ‘The Nutcracker.’
We see Clara, having magically shrunken down to the size of her gifted Nutcracker doll (the disguised Prince of The Land of Sweets), dancing and battling the night away in order to break the curse placed upon him by the evil (but still cute) Mouse King.

As a child I particularly loved one of its many animated variations, 1990s ‘The Nutcracker Prince’ but have since, of course, grown to appreciate its more original format in Tchaikovsky’s ballet.

It’s also a subjected that has enamoured both the fashion and beauty industries, with many a spectacular Christmas editorial for the likes of Vogue, W, M.A.C Cosmetics, and more…
You can find some of my favourites below. (Tim Walker certainly loves a ‘Nutcracker’ theme!)

For now though, I do hope you enjoy my version! I decided on a fresh green palette this year.
As usual, cards are available in very limited quantities, and once sold out will not be re-stocked.
Also, for the first time ever, I have made a VERY small print run of 10 limited edition prints for the Christmas décor enthusiasts that like to have something special to bring out once a year!
You can find both in my store now: www.birdyandme.com.au/shop

Karen Elson photographed by Tim Walker, Vogue UK, 2008

Karen Elson photographed by Tim Walker, Vogue UK, 2008

M.A.C Cosmetics ‘Nutcracker Sweet’ campaign, photographed by Tim Walker, 2016

M.A.C Cosmetics ‘Nutcracker Sweet’ campaign, photographed by Tim Walker, 2016

Marion Cotillard photographed by Tim Walker, W Magazine, 2012

Marion Cotillard photographed by Tim Walker, W Magazine, 2012

Natalia Vodianova photographed by Paolo Roversi, Vogue Russia, 2014

Natalia Vodianova photographed by Paolo Roversi, Vogue Russia, 2014

Karen Elson photographed by Tim Walker, Vogue UK, 2008

Karen Elson photographed by Tim Walker, Vogue UK, 2008

Vogue Korea

Vogue Korea

Shani Zigron photographed by Gustavo Papaleo, Vogue India, 2012

Shani Zigron photographed by Gustavo Papaleo, Vogue India, 2012

Paolo Sebastian 2018/2019 collection, Inspired by ‘The Nutcracker.’ via Vogue Australia

Paolo Sebastian 2018/2019 collection, Inspired by ‘The Nutcracker.’ via Vogue Australia

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

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Another year, another collection of my favourite things; any and all of the things that I'd happily have Santa drop in my stocking this Christmas! Simply click the titles to shop each item.
(I'm looking STRAIGHT IN YOUR EYES, big guy in the red suit.)

1. 'Haze' Heels, Gorman
These sorbet-coloured delights are a girl's best friend for Summer!

2. Dionysus GG Blooms Mini Bag, Gucci
Gucci. Blooms. Need I say more?

3. 'Tribales' earrings, Dior
I've lusted after these earrings since I very first saw them. Pearls are so timeless, and those stars add just the perfect touch of celestial edge to an otherwise classic, lady-like look. I prefer the silver-tone. I'm a silver gal.

4. 'Pillow Talk' liptick, Charlotte Tilbury
Aside from my favourite 'Very Victoria' shade of lipstick, this is my newest must-have. Charlotte Tilbury's nude perfection 'Pillow Talk' lip cheat lipliner has now been released as a lipstick in the same shade. No more colouring in your lips with the pencil every damn day!

5. 'Iconic Bags' postcard book, Fashionary
Laura Laine is one of my favourite illustrators, and bags are one of my vices. She has teamed up with Fashionary to create this series of iconic handbags featuring her elagantly elongated ladies. That pink Dior deserves to be framed.

6. 'Literally Me' book, Julie Houts
One of my favourite people to follow on Instagram, Julie Houts has released this collection of her always-on-the-money illustrated observations of popular culture, politics, society and fashion.

7. 'Provence' Linen Wrap Top, Miranda Bennett
The colour, the fabric, and the style of this top just give me life. So beautifully simple and luxurious. A Summer staple, to be sure.

8. 'Pink Christmas' cards, Kelly Smith
You have to plug your own wares somewhere.
These A5, oversized, greeting cards featuring a Christmas twist on my 'Cinderella' illustration and come in a pack of 3. Blank inside for your own holiday message.

9. 'By Any Other Name' perfume, Altaia
I have so many go-to fragrances, but upon my last visit to the beauty department I swear I smelt every perfume there was to offer, (and 57 glasses of coffee beans in between) and this was HANDS DOWN the most beautiful fragrance I have ever smelt. In my life. Their logo is also a pair of mermaids, so. Santa, can you hear me?

10. 'The Ventura' hat, Lack of Color
Because it's Summer here in 'Straya and a new hat is a must at Christmas time.
This one from Lack of Color is super classic, yet that raffia edge gives it just a hint of something special!

11. 'Opulent' earrings by Valet, Maker's Mgmt
These stunning resin earrings had me at 'Hello!' Already purchasing a pair of the most sugary sweet pink hoops by Valet, these monochromatic beauties are the next on my list! I just have to re-train my ears to carry the weight of BFO earrings. They'll get there!

PINK CHRISTMAS CARDS

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A Christmas twist on my 'Cinderella' illustration sees a new card set available in my shop for the holidays!
Available in very limited quantities at: www.birdyandme.com.au/shop

Order cut-off dates for Christmas delivery are as follows:
AUS - Dec 14 (Regular Parcel Post with Signature. Express Post option is also available.)
WORLD - Nov 20 (Standard International Delivery option can no longer be guaranteed. However, express options are available by emailing direct. )
 

CHRISTMAS PRINT SALE

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It's that time of year, again!
YAS. This Christmas nut is super excited, and I'm kicking off the festive season with 20% off everything* in my store with code XMAS17.
Code is valid worldwide from now until midnight AEST November 20th.

Please also note that cut-off dates  for Christmas delivery are as follows:
Australia, Dec 14
International - Nov 20

To shop 'til you drop, visit my store here: www.birdyandme.com.au/shop

*Excludes gift vouchers.

CHRISTMAS BREAK

That's a *WRAP* (ba-doom-ching) on Christmas for another year, folks!
I'm now OUT for the holidays. My print shop will re-open after Christmas, but I will remain quiet up until the New year.

Thank you all so much for your print orders and supporting my little shop, and in turn myself, at this time of year!  It's such a privilege to be able to share my work with you all and I hope that any of my ladies that have found their way under your tree this year are enjoyed for many years to come!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and wherever you are, whatever you celebrate, may your holiday be safe, happy and full of love! x

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

With postal services running slower at this time of year as they struggle to keep up with demand, it's always best to get in quick if you need to send some festive love via snail mail, and don't forget - every print order comes with a free Christmas card! Gift sorted.

Delivery cut-off dates are as follows:
Australia, Dec 14
International - Nov 20

To shop 'til you drop, visit my store here: www.birdyandme.bigcartel.com

I'M DREAMIN' OF A FLORAL CHRISTMAS

As someone who personally wishes it could be Christmas all year long, even I am well aware that it seems pretty soon to be flogging Christmas cards before October is even through.

However there are only 8 WEEKS until Christmas!
Which means NOW is the time to start getting organised - especially for those of us who love to send our festive cheer via good old snail mail - as postal services will only slow down from here on in (in fact, my Christmas delivery cut-off times are now listed in my store.)

I had a play with my illustration of 'The Florist' to come up with this little lady because this year "I'm Dreamin' of a Floral Christmas" just like the ones Bing Crosby used to know. But, you know, with more flowers...

These cards are SUPER limited, only 100 produced in total, and will come FREE with every print order in my store while stock lasts.
There are also a very few sets of 3 available to purchase on their own.

Visit my store here: www.birdyandme.bigcartel.com

CHRISTMAS LUST-HAVES

I had a lot of fun with last year's lust-have Christmas list, so I decided to do it again.
After all, you never know when Santa might scroll through your blog, right?
Unfortunately I ran out of time to make it illustrated, but the Big Guy won't mind, I'm sure.

Some of these items are totally affordable and some live in the 'I'd better have been REALLY good this year' category - however it is, after all, called a WISH list for a reason.
I've also very humbly and subtly thrown in a few of my own products, because I love them and hope you will, too.

1. The Pink Door, limited edition print. Because I'm sure every girl wishes she could be sauntering through the streets of Paris, passing by an large and ornate pink door.
www.birdyandme.bigcartel.com

2. Everyone needs a Fuji Instax, right? Well, this guy wants a pink one.
www.myer.com.au

3. I don't know about you, but every set of coasters I have ever owned have ended up either crumbling, disintegrating or covered in constant ring marks. I'm ready to try a stone set, and these black marble beauties from Samantha Wills are perfect.
www.samanthawills.com

4. As mentioned previously, I already own about 589 copies of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' but this particular edition has been designed by Vivienne Westwood and is so geometrically delicious I can't stand it.
www.viviennewestwood.com

5. Bal D'Afrique is my favourite Byredo scent. I've also tried La Tulipe and Rose Noir (Rose Noir was going strong in No.1 spot for a while) but now I can't go past the powdery beauty of Bal D'Afrique.
www.byredo.com

6. One of the most incredible and creative forces in fashion is Vogue's own Grace Coddington. Having personally styled and directed some of the magazine's most beautiful and iconic photo shoots, this couture-mad Queen has collated an impressively stunning portfolio of work that can all be viewed in the book 'Grace Coddington: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue.' A must for any lover of fashion & photography.
www.phaidon.com

7. You can't give a gift without a card, and again I HAVE JUST THE THING.
My Christmas card sets feature a sexy Santa, an enormous candy cane, and just enough cheek and couture to set your lady friends' pulses racing.
www.birdyandme.bigcartel.com

8. Garance Doré, the Parisian-turned-New Yorker, Queen of street style photography and illustration has released her very first book. Finally! Full of insights into her life in both Paris and New York, along with imagery she has captured over the years, "Love, Style, Life" promises to be one beautifully curated selection of Garance's best work and a must for any fashionista's coffee table.
www.lovestylelife.com

9. I just love the oval shape of these ceramic plates from Country Road. The dove grey and blush palette is also right up my alley.
www.countryroad.com.au

10. I've long been bag-obessed, and this lady truly needs no more. HOWEVER, when I saw this pink Marimekko confection appear in my Instagram feed a few weeks ago, I was smitten.
I generally wear a uniform that consists entirely of black. So, when I decide to add a little colour, I like to do so with accessories.
www.marimekko.com

DECK YOUR PHONE

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So excited to announce that my 'Kissing Santa Claus' illustration is now available - for a very limited time only - as a phone case via The Dairy to smother your calls in Christmas kisses for the holidays.
Because, on the eleventy day of Christmas my true love gave to me...a giant candy cane and a bunch of mistletoe!
Matching cards are also available.

Purchase cases: www.thedairy.com
Purchase cards: www.birdyandme.bigcartel.com