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Local Lust List – August

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. This is what we’re lusting after this month…


1)  Protégé Wide Sleeve Crop Top by ELLERY.

The Coolest Cool kid. Marie Claire Designer of The Year, Ellery gives us cutting-edge style in this blue bonded rib wide sleeve crop top.

The bottom line: $990.00 from Pink Ink Boutique, 130/24 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

2) Peachy Keen Necklace.

A simple white tee, your favourite jeans, and this handmade polymer clay, wooden and metal bead necklace on a 60cm gold finished chain – the perfect weekend outfit! Each bead is handmade or hand painted so each necklace is unique.

Loveday Designs is the creation of local ladies, Lauren and Kate Cooper, and was ‘born out of a desire to create items by hand and be surrounded by beautiful and inspiring things’.

The bottom line: $39.95 from Loveday Designs at

3) Cookies & Cream Cheesecake. 

It’s a cake in a jar. Yep, no more eating the icing and being left with half a cake…these little babies are ‘perfectly proportioned’.

Pick up is available in Conder during selected hours – get the details here.

The bottom line: $8 each from Practically Perfect Portions – Cakes in a Jar.

4) Marble Basis Cheese Paddle.

The Marble Basics Basic Cheese Paddle is perfect for entertaining. With an easy to use handle, it is the best size for a few cheeses, delectable fruits and an abundance of crackers to keep your guests nibbling and enjoying.

The bottom line: $85 from Timber and Tailor, 67/30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

5) Aphra Ellen Rings.

Organic forms and odd shapes inspire Aphra’s current collection of wearable art – we find its irregularity and imperfection irresistible. Wear these rings on their own or stacked for maximum impact.

The bottom line: 14ct Yellow Gold with Diamond Ring $390; Blackened Sterling Silver with Diamond Ring $160; Blackened Sterling Silver with Ruby Ring $160; from Kin Gallery, Shop 4 ‘The Hamlet’, 16 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

6) Little Papeterie print

This A3 print features a handwritten sentiment, “And suddenly you were my everything,” by Little Papeterie. It was originally created for a nursery but it can also be the perfect addition to any room.

The bottom line: $25.00 from Little Papeterie at

7)  Sierra earrings

The work of local jewellery designer, Nastia Zaric, often consists of mixing different tones together to create an unfamiliar but harmonious combination. These gorgeous statement earrings are handmade with ceramic and copper – build your outfit around them.

The bottom line: $69.00 from Zaric Jewellery at

8) Spa of the World Products.

Give yourself the ultimate home spa experience with The Body Shop’s exotic products inspired by traditional Polynesian, Japanese, Moroccan and African spa treatments. The aromatic spa products, salt scrubs, butters, balms, oils and body milks will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and fragrant.

The bottom line: price range $29.95 – $52.95 from The Body Shop at Westfield Woden, Westfield Belconnen or Canberra Centre. 

9) Soy Candle by Peppermint Grove.

A delicious range of soy candles and diffusers made in Bowral – the fragrances are just divine. The glass fluted jars are elegant and can be reused as a beautiful vase.

The bottom line: Candles start at $22.95 from White Apple Boutique, Shop 2/29 Bentham Street, Yarralumla.

10) Fir Earrings

Made in Canberra by Anne Masters from Southern Ice Porcelain, these Fir earrings will bring a little Swedish style to your closet. These matte white with fir design beauties are hand pressed and fired twice for strength. 

The bottom line: $45.00 from AM PM Ceramics at


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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