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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 7th February 2013

The Design Files’ Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, from top to bottom – 7-bead necklace pastel pink necklace ($185.00) by Dani M vs Kuwaii from Monk House Designtassel earrings in blush ($79.00) by House of Baulch ($79.00), Clifton clutch ($380.00) by LIFEwithBIRDYou and Me wooden blocks ($15.00) by kikki.K, and Ostara silk scarf ($149.00) by Rapp from Monk House Design. Styling by Marsha Golemac, photography by Brooke Holm. Shot at The Establishment Studios.
 The Design Files' Valentine's Day Gift Guide via thedesignfiles.net. Styling by Marsha Golemac, photography by Brooke Holm.
The Design Files’ Valentine’s Day Guift Guide, from top to bottom – Tree House candle ($98.00) by Byredo from Mecca CosmeticaA-Z Coffee Guide ($12.50) from St. Aliwhite mod shirt ($99.00) by Jack London, and satin bow tie ($129.00) from Calibre. Styling by Marsha Golemac, photography by Brooke Holm. Shot at The Establishment Studios.

OK ok I MAY have misled you earlier this week when I gave the indication that we would not be running VALENTINE’S DAY content. I secretly always had this little gift guide in the works. Because really, all religious / non-religious / overly commercialised holidays aside, I am, at the end of the day, a retail junkie, and any chance of gift gifting between loved ones I think should be encouraged!

We enlisted the dream team for this little story – photographer Brooke Holm and stylist Marsha Golemac (who just happen to be real life besties – so convenient!) have joined forces to capture a handful of fun gift ideas for the person you love. Could be your fella, your lady, your housemate or even your Mum…everyone likes a heartfelt gift, and even better if it’s from a lovely local retailer!

So we have three spreads for ladies and two for blokes. Though it’s a very tightly edited round-up, lots of brilliant retailers and designers are represented – for the girls Marsha has selected key pieces from Melbourne jewellery labels Dani M and House of Baulch, Sydney-based designer Jen Booth, and let’s not forget the womens interest book of the season, Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington (assuming there isn’t a copy on every bedside table in the country already). The men’s ideas are particularly inspired, I reckon…they include St. Ali‘s A-Z Coffee guide, the world’s most beautiful hip flask by Izola from Mister White, seriously sexy leathergoods from Isaac Reina at Epatant, Head Full of Snakes Issue II gets another mention because it’s just SO good and still hot off the press (!!) – and there’s even a classic shirt from Jack London, because seriously, a dinner date with a man in a crisp white shirt is just the best. thing. ever.

Sooo that’s it. You shall hear no more about Valentine’s Day from me until next year. We hope this little spread will inspire an impromptu gift or two next Thursday – fingers crossed!

MASSIVE THANKS once again to The Establishment Studios for the generous use of their space for this shoot!  Thankyou Carly, Rachael and Glen!

The Design Files' Valentine's Day Gift Guide via thedesignfiles.net. Styling by Marsha Golemac, photography by Brooke Holm.
The Design Files’ Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, from top to bottom – vanilla caramelised white chocolate 100g ($12.00) from Burch & PurcheseBouvardia flowers ($14.00 per bunch) from Flowers Vasette, Burch & Purchese’s Famous Gold Boullion Chocolate Bars ($9.00 for a three pack) from Burch & Purchese, and Heart U leather wall flag ($59.00) by Pony Rider from Form Function Style. Styling by Marsha Golemac, photography by Brooke Holm. Shot at The Establishment Studios.
The Design Files' Valentine's Day Gift Guide via thedesignfiles.net. Styling by Marsha Golemac, photography by Brooke Holm.
The Design Files’ Valentine’s Day Gift Guide from left to right, top to bottom – The Hell with Work 3oz. flask ($29.95) by Izola from Mister White (03 9681 9109), extra pocket leather pouch ($359.00) by Isaac Reina from Epatant, Life Noble notebook ($24.95) from Handsom, Head Full of Snakes Issue II ($20.00) by Stuart Geddes and Luke Wood, Burroughs beard oil ($29.00) from Drugstore, and Scout soap set by Izola from Mister White. Styling by Marsha Golemac, photography by Brooke Holm. Shot at The Establishment Studios.

The Design Files’ Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, from top to bottom – Grace: A Memoir ($39.95) by Grace Coddington from Taltrade, natural oil orange rock candy ($5.90) from Suga, and tangerine leather locket bag ($120.00) by Jen Booth. Styling by Marsha Golemac, photography by Brooke Holm. Shot at The Establishment Studios.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 7th February 2013

11 comments

  • Lauren 2 years ago

    I’m an idiot by trade and may have missed detailed instructions on how to enter, but I’m assuming I’m doing it right now by posting a comment. Am I doing it? I hope I’m doing it.

    In any case, amaze gifts and stylin’. It’s intimidating how clever some people are.

  • Tamarin 2 years ago

    I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s day, only because couples shouldn’t need to have a day set-aside for romance. But, any excuse to give or receive these lovely items can’t be a bad thing!

  • Kylie 2 years ago

    It would be very nice to win these prizes.

  • kristie 2 years ago

    Thanks, there are a few ideas in there i might be passing along to my husband

  • Megan McKean 2 years ago

    So many amazing items! Sure to inspire some love this year!

  • Caitlin 2 years ago

    gorgeous and understated, I LIKE

  • beci 2 years ago

    i’m not a fan of valentines day, but i am a fab of this duo’s work. best styling ever!

  • Lynn 2 years ago

    Beautiful! I love the peach/blush background !

  • Zoe Alexander 2 years ago

    Such a beautiful presentation! Great for Valentines day! Love the peach background too!
    Zoe xxx

  • Penny 2 years ago

    LOVE the photography & styling! I think that is the least Valentines-y photographed flowers & chocolate combo I have ever seen! Amazing!

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