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Candy Crush

Bit cheeky, kinda sarcastic, and she doesn’t like acai smoothie bowls. Fruit Loops over oatmeal, ice cream over frozen yoghurt.

Candy Crush Messy Bag by Inkling small make up cosmetic bag

Candy Crush Messy Bag by Inkling travel bag
Candy Crush Messy Bag by Inkling

Candy Crush Messy Bag by Inkling

Candy Crush Messy Bag by Inkling

Candy Crush Messy Bag by Inkling

LISTENING TO:

Ear Hustle

A Podcast by inmates at San Quentin about living behind bars. Nigel Poor sounds exactly like Sarah Koenig from Serial. The story about the frog in episode 4 makes the entire series worth listening to, in my opinion.

WATCHING:

House of Cards. Again. There’s nothing quite like dulcet tones of Frank Underwood taking down his next victim.

LOOKING AT:

rwang.design instagram

No such thing as too much pastel. Image from @rwang.design on Instagram

ugh neon sign

UGH. Via Pinterest

You can find this weeks release, Candy Crush, HERE.

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The One That Got Away

Each canvas that is created for a collection of Messy Bags has it’s own personality and no two are the same.

Sometimes they’re influenced by the weather. Wet, rainy, humid days means the ink takes longer to try and it can dictate what tools or techniques are used.

I rarely paint in silence. I always have podcasts playing or Netflix chattering away in the corner. Sometimes the colours I use are influenced by the imagery on the screen – House of Cards always ends up with deep, dark, moody canvases. Sometimes I’ll deliberately create a canvas that takes hours and days of slow sitting and pondering, anything to stretch out whatever podcast series I’m engrossed in.

I love finding new Instagram accounts to follow, ones that have visually intriguing content. I save tonnes of images to come back to for inspiration. Maybe it’s a set of stairs that is throwing shadows and the lines are appealing. Maybe it’s a colour palette that I think will work for a canvas (the ink can be finicky and there are colours that don’t play nice together, even though you think they should). Maybe it’s the way the image draws your eye in a certain direction, or the sparse or dense feel it has.

Each bag has its own personality, a splinter of the canvas it came from. They are practical, useful, utilitarian, but they’re also tiny little pieces of art in their own right. It’s about time you got to know a little bit more about each collection, got to learn a bit more about their personality too. Each collection that is released will have bio about the canvas published along with it, so, without further ado, let me introduce this week’s collection, The One That Got Away.

Inkling Messy Bag Large

large Messy Bag by Inkling

small hand painted clutch Australian made

small clutch bag

small make up bag

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LISTENING TO:

You Must Remember This – The Manson Family

Karina’s voice is oddly soothing while discussing some really disturbing events.

WATCHING:

Las Vegas Jailhouse

I have an affliction for terrible reality TV. It’s best we establish that early on. It’ll be a reoccurring theme.

LOOKING AT:

Inkling Messy Bag Inspiration

Bluuespace on Instagram

CURRENTLY READING:

Nothing. Maybe next week year?

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The One That Got Away, she has the potential to be that bad mood you can’t shake, but she’s actually the solution. She’s the reminder to not sweat the small stuff and make like Elsa and let that shit go. You can find her and her friends HERE.

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Coconut Grove by Inkling

Coconut Grove is your own quiet beach where tiny kiddos roam and play under the shade of the palms. This collection’s laid back, relaxed feel and cool organic cotton is made with long, sunny days in mind.

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Coconut Grove – Summer 17

Coconut Grove, the secluded beach under the shade of the palms.

A getaway far from the frenetic energy that comes with the closing of another the year.

It isn’t always possible to escape the mayhem, but your kiddo will be giving off some seriously laid back and chill vibes in our Coconut Grove collection.

With fresh, bright colours and simple graphics that keep things easy and breezy, Coconut Grove celebrates the unique relaxed feel of an Australian summer.

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One of the very first holidays I remember was to Airlie Beach. I remember the pool (seemed enormous), the palm trees (they touched the sky), and the bright green bamboo shoot print on the cushions of the wicker lounge suite. There were long pathways through lush, tropical gardens that wound around trees and led from your room to the pool. It felt as though we were all alone on a deserted island. It was exciting, adventurous and magical. And the start of a very long love affair with palm trees.

I was 4. Looking back, the pathways were probably only long to little 4 year old legs, the lush gardens were probably a bunch of shrubs that seemed amazing and tall to a tiny kiddo, and the secluded feeling I had was probably more to do with 4 year olds being so very focused on their own experiences.

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Coconut Grove has all the feelings of freedom and magic of that holiday, and more. I can’t wait to pass them on to you and your tiny humans.

kids summer clothes Coconut Grove by Inkling

girls tee dress Minty Blocks Coconut Grove by Inkling

toddler boy tshirts

cool clothes for kids

girls tshirt dress

toddler graphic tee

t shirt dress kids

graphic tees for boys

organic cotton kids clothes

organic cotton kids clothes

organic cotton kids clothes

cool shirts for kids

organic cotton clothes for kids

ethically made organic cotton kids clothes

graphic tee for boys and girls

graphic tees for boys


Photography: Maria Nguyen of Zen Photography.

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Meet Inkling

Inkling

For the love of childhood.

The delight you feel as you witness their awe and admiration of something you’ve long taken for granted; a handful of trees that becomes an enchanted forest harbouring mystical creatures, a swing that turns them into one of the birds flying overhead, a playground that becomes their ship, defended against enemies at all costs.

The feeling of joy you have when you watch your tiny kiddo accomplish a new task or acquire a new skill.

The knowledge you have on the longest of days with your toddler that one day you’ll long for the days they begged to be carried everywhere.

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The Smallest Tribe started by accident. I had no plan, no business experience, no background in retail, fashion or design. All I had was an overwhelming belief that childhood was magical. That, and an incredible frustration at the ‘fashion’ that was available for my tiny kiddo. No baby needs denim cargo shorts with 11 pockets.

Fast forward a few years, armed with optimism, persistence and blind faith that it would all work out, now we’re here, about to launch into the next chapter.

A lot has changed since The Smallest Tribe started.

Once, I drew the patterns, designed the artwork, printed the fabric, cut out the pieces and sewed the garments. Now, there’s a whole crew of people who work on producing each collection.

A lot has changed, yes, but somethings will never change. Inkling will always be manufactured fairly, ethically and transparently. Your kiddo’s comfort will always be front and centre in everything we do. A comfy kid, one who is free to move, climb, run, jump, skip and play, always has been, and always will be our goal.

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