Monday, December 30, 2013

2013.... Glad it's over!

This time of the year I always do my little reflection post... This one, I don't know where to start... I want to cry and laugh and cry and laugh!  That was 2013 for me... a rollercoaster!  So let's just say, without a shadow of a doubt, I am so glad it's December 30th and it's almost over!

Here goes...

Happy 20th Wedding Anniversary to my man... Not a great start in a wheelchair!  Argh! Missing my sun and tan and beach and fun of summer... Surprise Benita... you have a brand new car (papou surprised her!)... Happy 18th to my baby girl!... Year 12 for my little man!  Winter buying... Thank God for Anna and Benita... hard to do appointments in a wheelchair!... New season starts arriving! More Thank God for Anna and Benita... More surgery... Yeah off the wheelchair... Back to the shop! Anna is going to Singapore... Life is never going to be the same at Little by Little... Bali! Yeah for some me and hubby time! Finally have my tan! ... Introducing  homewares... Oh the fun... must stop buying everything for me!... Anna is gone (sad/snotty/teary face)! Bring on new season... Ahhhh! Summer is finally here! (fashion that is...) Zimmermann, Desigual, Minti, Paperwings!... Bye Bye to Bluff Road Black Rock... a few months online! Pop-up shop! Thank you Kirsty from Syrup ... cupcakes and champagne!  what more does a girl want! Welcome back Lelli Kelly Shoes... Hello Balcombe Road Black Rock...  Bye Bye Keats St! Exams for Dean!  Argh! nervous/anxious/wish-I-sat-them... Rock Your Baby, Photoshoot with Red Rabbit and gorgeous Meika... Both my babies are away... Results! Yeah! ... Christmas ... family/friends... right about now!

I can't believe the year I have had!

This year I really could not have done it without the unwavering support of my family and friends!  To say they stood by me is an understatement!  To say they pushed and encouraged me is why I am where I am today... To my loyal customers, thank you for your loyalty, friendship and love!  To my little people, what can I say, your smiles/hugs/laughter make this job so easy!

If you could indulge me for a bit I would like to express the biggest thank you to some amazing people... My husband, we are a team even though this year you were the coach.  My babies Benita and Dean, even though they had such huge year of their own, Benita starting uni and Dean doing year 12, they did so so much for me (Dean does the most amazing breakfasts!), Anna Lloyd, who was to me this year just got on with it and did what needed to be done like it was her own business, my cousins, my friends (too many to name individually and you know who you are...)!

Bring on 2014!  So much new, good and different is happening and I can't wait to share it with out!

Enjoy, stay tuned and I really want a serene 2014!

Chat soon!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

What's going on????

"Oh My God! You're back!"
"So happy to see you back!"
"Missed you!"
"Thought you were going online..."

Let's just say I have heard the above so many times the last couple of weeks... And yes I am back in Black Rock!

What an awesome view! The Black Rock clock tower!

I will start from the start... I closed my bigger store in Black Rock for a number of reasons, a couple of months ago.  My reasons were varied from personal, ie my health/accident, to financial, ie too high rent, to staffing, ie I couldn't work so much.

So I set myself up at home and have been working on Little by Little through my website (have a look... it's pretty cool!).  The online business has been slowly gaining momentum, so I needed to set-up an office/showroom somewhere.  You see when I was working from home, I had many of my beautiful customers wanting to have a base to pick things up from, touch and feel things, try things on.  So with that in mind I siezed the opportunity that this little shop across the road from Fresco and Eco-D presented.  To make things easier I had my friend Christine from Christine Paterson Interiors wanting to move her office away from her home as well...

Some of the new brands we are showcasing... Camilla for kids

So here we are back in Black Rock now at 614 Balcombe Road.  Christine and I share the space, she runs her business and I run mine.  Our businesses are two separate entities and no we are not in business together! I am open Thursday to Saturdays for general shop sales and the other two days I am there by appointment only... I will be increasing the days leading up to Christmas.  I will not stock the same level of quantities that I did before, rather I will be showcasing brands.  This give me the opportunity to showcase new and unique brands rather then the common brands sold everywhere.  This also gives me the added bonus of stocking a few of my favourite womens brands.

Our new space!

Our new corner 

It's a cute little space that I am enjoying working from.  The thing that I have loved the most from being there the last few weeks is seeing my little people again... them dropping by for a hello and seeing their smiley face... Oh and the fact that Davey Mac Ice Cream is 3 doors up!!! 

Really truly THE BEST ICE CREAM! Cherry Frozen Yoghurt from Davey Mac

With that in mind, make sure you pop in and have a look at our new set-up, visit our website for all of our stock, stay tuned for invites to many of our up-coming events and remember to always shop local!

Cupcakes from Jenn CuppaCake from our launch weekend! YUM!

Oh and to Georgia saying that me leaving was like a part of her childhood going, you can't imagine how much that meant to me... Thank you for the love Black Rock/Beaumaris.

Chat soon!


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Photo shoot!

A couple of weeks ago I had the priviledge of styling a photo shoot for Anthea from Red Rabbit Photography.  The clothes were all Zimmermann kids and the model was Meika.

We were blessed with an amazing spring day which was amazing considering the weather we have had the last few weeks here in Melbourne and the location was at my friends Andrea's amazing home in Sandringham.  Andrea has the most amazing garden and I have had the pleasure of styling a couple of shoots there... (I think she is sick of me asking to "use" her garden!)

Anthea is an amazing photographer and I know that I will be working with her again... She makes everything fun and easy!

As for our young model... what can I say!  Apart from being incredibly beautiful she is a consumate professional!  I can safely say we will be seeing a lot more of Meika!  It was amazing to see her in action... as soon as the camera was aimed at her, Meika would come to life... no direction was needed!  Every frame was perfect!  Amazing!

Here is a small sample of the 233 odd photos that we could have easily used!

Photography: Red Rabbit Photography
Styling: Helen Kolovos
Model: Meika
Fashion and Accessories: Little by Little

Chat soon!


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Reading nooks!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”    Dr Seuss

Inspirational reading spots!

Love the idea of the book covers facing you... becomes almost like art work!

And my personal favourite... I would never leave this nook...

Chat soon...


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Zimmermann Resort

Some people have the most amazing jobs/careers/vocations in life... one of those blessed people is blogger Jessica Stein from Tuula Vintage... A blog about her two passions... Wanderlust and Wardrobe!

Imagine travelling the world, all the top designers throwing clothes to you and all you have to do is travel to the most amazing places and wear those clothes... Oh I forgot to mention that she is stunningly beautiful and with the most amazing body!  Yeap! Hard Life...

The 24-year old Sydney-sider ex-real estate agent started her blog in 2010 and now has a twitter following  of $11K and instagram of $235K...

Here she is wearing one of our personal faves from Zimmermann Resort, available online at ... in Croatia!

Chat soon!


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Final Day in Black Rock

They do call it the 7-year itch... I guess there is merit to that phrase.

On the 15th of August 2006, I took over a little shop in Black Rock called Little by Little.  I had no knowledge of running a business.  NOTHING!  All I knew was that I loved fashion and especially kids fashion!  The shop was quite run down, crowded and dark.  Dark grey carpet, butter cream walls with antiquated fittings and not a mannequin in sight.

I knew the potential, I could honestly picture the transformation from the moment I set foot in that shop... White walls, white fit-out, clean pine floorboards, with a splash of colour... a red chandelier!  A bit of a Nordic theme about it!

It took us 2 frantic weeks to get it up and running... I still remember the excitement of unpack the unknown stock... the good (Fred Bare at its best!) the bad (striped purple and orange dresses) and the plain ugly (imagine a dress with puffy sleeves, blue ombre with a safari/giraffe print on the skirt, needless to say it was sent straight back!).  I didn't do the ordering but had to accept some of the previous owners orders.  The VIP night where I invited family and friends to join me in launching my new business.  The excitement, the anticipation, the pride.

The first day I opened to the general public, I remember I was so nervous I wanted to throw up.  I distinctly recall my very first general public customer.

Fast forward the years during that time I have had the privilege and honour to see my customers children be born, some go to kinder, others to school, go to formals... grow into beautiful young ladies and men!  I have been blessed to have made the most beautiful empowering friendships, the most amazing support network and all through this little shop in Black Rock...

After tomorrow, 15th August 2013, Little by Little and I will embark into a new phase... an exciting new era of Little by Little... again the same anticipation, excitement and pride...

Little by Little will take a new form... Like I promised, different yet the same!  One thing I have always had great pride in is our customer service and I don't want to lose that!

Little by Little won't be just your run of the mill web store... We will be pop-ups and not just for sale time!  Pop-ups and Open days when we have optimal stock levels so that our customers can buy the best, and at the best times!   There are so many new and exciting things that you will slowly  find out in due course...

In the meantime if you haven't subscribed to our website please do so by clicking here.

And Thank You for the support, the journey and the future.

Chat soon!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Adele's baby boy... Angelo

Go girl! I love Adele, I love her for being "normal"... as normal as one can be when you sell sqizzilion copies of your CD's I guess.  I love that she hasn't managed to conform and lose weight like she has been advised by many designers.  I also love how Adele has managed to do what most "celebs" don't do when it was time to show off baby Angelo...

How did she do it...

No she didn't hold a press conference... No she didn't sell pictures of her baby boy for ridiculous amounts of money...  No she didn't twit/instagram/facebook photos of him to the world!

What she has done after shielding baby Angelo from the public eye for the last 8 months and when she was ready for her baby to be shown to the world, she did what any normal person would do,  she just took him to the zoo!  No make-up, hair in a bun, spending the day at the zoo... totally unaware of who is watching!

It's not like she kept baby at home... She freely took him out, for walk daily, wrapped in his blankey or in his Missoni Bugaboo  pram.

So here is Adele with her little man Angelo... Uber cute...

Good one you Adele for doing your own thing and in your own terms!

Chat soon!