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Local Lust List: what we love in July

Hayley O'Neill

We love supporting local businesses here at HerCanberra. From the small independents to the larger centres which employ a multitude of Canberrans, every dollar that you spend locally helps our economy.

We see so many ‘must have’ lists that are chock full of items from overseas companies or interstate online retailers, so we have set out to create a regular ‘local’ lust list – the things that we love that you can find in your own backyard. Rather than clicking to buy, get out and discover the amazing things that our city has to offer.

This is what we’re lusting after this month…

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She may now reside in Melbourne but Canberra-born artist Anna Trundle of ALTA made waves at Honkytonks in Civic earlier this year when her exhibition of papercraft, (in the venue’s ‘The Wall’ series), sold out in a matter of hours. Anna’s designs are all handmade and influenced by Australian flora and fauna. You can buy constructed papercraft (such as the pineapple above) as well as DIY kits.

The Bottom Line: $140.00 from ALTA Papercraft or [email protected]


Featured in our recent hidden gems series, this burst of sunshine Alissa tote was imported from Italy by Gertrude Boutique. The spacious Alissa Furla tote features a versatile shape with all the space you need. This stylish tote comes in blue, green, white and black and all are sold at Gertrude Boutique.

The Bottom Line: $330.00 from Gertrude Boutique.


These sheets are designed in Canberra by local designer Sarah Power and made from 100% certified organic cotton. The grey and yellow floral pattern will take you straight back to memories of your Nanna’s spare room and will become a new family favourite in yours. Be prepared for guests inviting themselves over once they’ve seen what they’ll be sleeping on!

The Bottom Line: Available in Single, King Single, Queen and King Sizes starting from $245 from Oh Mabel.


Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, the Angus & Celeste classic hanging planters from Timber & Tailor not only look fabulous but are also totally functional. Suspended with a super fine, high-strength, stainless steel hanging system that can withstand any environment. Each hanging garden comes in a lovely gift box and includes an extension cable to suit high ceilings and a rubber stopper to allow for drip-free indoor use. These planters are suitable for a wide variety of plants and fantastic for people with small spaces.

The Bottom Line: $89.00 from Timber & Tailor.


Check these off your list with a pair of chequered patterned flats from Gertrude Boutique. Made entirely from leather, these stylish shoes are comfortable and sophisticated which are perfect for daywear. When styling an outfit at home, wearing these flats will add the print to your look with the added bonus that they go well with most colour palettes!

The Bottom Line: $235.00 from Gertrude Boutique.


Made by Urban Design, this French vintage-inspired glass jar is made with gold coloured etchings. This classic, slightly retro jar is perfect for updating any home space by adding a touch of print and class with a modern ware. This jar comes in a collection of other glass jars made by Urban Design which are all available from White Apple Boutique.

The Bottom Line: $18.95 from White Apple Boutique.


Oh Ziggy Zaggy! This doozy of a doona cover has a quilted top filled with organic cotton batting so will suit all seasons and climates. Use as a quilt on its own or fill it up with your cosy doona for extra warmth and comfort. Reversible with modern charcoal chevron on top and pinwheels aplenty on the opposite side depending on your mood. Designed in Canberra by local designer Sarah Power and made from 100% certified organic cotton.

The Bottom Line: Available in Single, King Single, Queen and King Sizes starting from $245 from Oh Mabel.


Say it with a card! This 3D animal greeting card made by Vevoke cards comes to life. Available from White Apple Boutique, these cards come in a wide selection of cute animals from funky elephants, cheeky frogs to adorable pugs. Send someone a very special greeting with this card, which is a keepsake for years to come.

The Bottom Line: $12.95 from White Apple Boutique.


Sophistication at its best. This gorgeous 18 carat Yellow Gold Plated Cuff is part of the Genealogy range in the Royal Australian Mint Fine Jewellery Collection. The elegant seven-coin layer cuff features an interpretation of a tree of life that is symbolic of the majestic virtues of love, strength and wisdom.

The Bottom Line: $319.00 from Royal Australian Mint.

Got something you think should be on our Local Lust List? Simply email details to [email protected]


Hayley O'Neill

Hayley O’Neill is a Canberra based fashion stylist and fashion editor for HerCanberra. Hayley works as a freelance stylist at Westfield Belconnen and Woden and began her career styling for The Work Diaries blog. Hayley has lots of experience dressing real people with every size, age, budget and body shape. More about the Author

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