Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lovers Lane

Recently I have found peace in the understanding, that, through your life, as you grow and change as a person, it is ok to leave the people, places, and things behind that are no longer a part of what makes you - you. It is a cleansing, in a way, to be ok with letting go; but as a lover, I struggled with this idea for a long time. I love to love. I love my connections and collections. But I also know that when you let go of the tangibles and ideas that are holding you back, you are able to spread your wings even farther and open up a world you never knew existed.

Don't get me wrong, there are people, places, and things that will always be a part of you. They are the soulful connections that we are blessed with throughout our lives. Whether it is a childhood best friend or a vintage treasure, many things in our lives hold incredible meaning and significance; and ultimately, we rely upon these things to bring us the comfort and joy we so long for and rely upon in our lives.

The gypsy and bohemian tribes of our world are masters of this truth. They follow their dreams and roam the world with nothing more than the treasures they adorn and those they hold close to their hearts. They rely upon the freedom to express themselves and the creativity to keep them inspired.

Lovers Lane

Meet the lovely, Arnhem Bickley - A perfect example of the free spirited and timeless beauty of the gypsy and bohemian spirit; which she artfully expresses through the designs in her collection. Inspired largely by vintage florals, each design in her collections represents a profound love for treasured pieces of femininity and beauty.

Arnhem was born in Byron Bay, Australia; where she currently lives with her beautiful, little daughter. Sewing since the age of 4, Arnhem relied upon her love of creativity, as she nomadically travelled around Australia for the majority of her childhood.

Today, Arnhem is part of the creative tribe of amazing designers, artists, and film makers that are coming out of Byron Bay. Her summer collection, "Mira Bettles" and her winter 2011 collection, "Chasing Daisies" are loved and admired for their embodiment of femininity and playfulness, as well as for their style and elegance.

Arnhem captures a free spirited essence in her designs; which she beautifully translates over into her photo shoots. They are just as beautifully designed as her collections. Over the last month, I have fallen in love with Arnhem, the brand and the woman. I have no doubt, you will too.

Between designing magical photo shoots, creating her timeless designs, and being a bohemian mama, Arnhem is a super busy lady; but she always finds the time to make meaningful connections. You can connect with her on her website here, facebook here, and her wonderful blog here.

1. Where do you find your daily inspiration? Every where.

2. What is your most treasured item in your home? 
I don't think i can pick one, 
there are so many treasured things in my home, i am a bit of a collector, i find it hard to part with beautiful things.
3.What is your favorite comfort food? 
Banana choc chip muffins. 
I cook them for my little girl all the time. W
e have the best time making heaps of mess, then even more mess eating them!! 

4. When did you realize that you were an artist? 
I have been creative ever since I can remember. 
Mum taught me to hand sew when i was 4. I
nstead of playing with other kids, I would sit for hours making heaps of clothes for my dolls. 
We lived a very nomadic life style, travelling overseas and around Australia. 
The first 14 years of my life I was home schooled, and lived in a Tipi around a campfire. 
Instead of schooling and tv, we had to entertain ourselves; s
o I was always creative. I never stopped singing, I played guitar, painted, made cloths for my dolls, etc...  
5. Best advice you ever received? 
Mum is full of great advice she always talks about the power of positive thought, 
"what you think, is what you create."

6. Your best advice to an aspiring artist? 
I think surrounding your self with people who inspire you and make you more creative is always a good thing. 
Getting advice form people who are already where you aspire to be.

7. What is one thing people would not know about you? 
Lots of things 

8. Are you a Lover of Vintage? 
Vintage is where i get a lot of inspiration for my designs, i love the prints, the fabrics, the lace, the quality. 
I am always searching for one off vintage finds to add to my already over crowed wardrobe.

9. Where can we find you next? 
This will give you all the latest news on the label.

10. What is your favorite thing to wear? 

Arnhem of course. I pretty much make my designs for me and hope that everyone else will love them too. 

Lately I have been living in my "song Bird Kimonos." T

hey are the perfect thing to wear in winter. You can layer them over anything and they look amazing.


  1. What a beautiful post!!! Arnhem's collection is stunning, and enjoyed reading the interview. Thanks for introducing her! Off to check out more. :)

  2. Beautiful post, Samantha! It is so true that letting go is all part of life - it's hard sometimes but knowing that you can spread your wings further is making it all easier.
    What an amazing collection Arnhem has! Congrats, Arhnem!

  3. wow those pieces are stunning, I love the top dress :)


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