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KNOTTY FOR SPORTSGIRL

We were very excited when Sportsgirl approached us a little while back to collaborate on an exclusive range of Oteki designs. The limited edition towels, available in four best selling Knotty colours (Sherbie, Caribbean, Denim & Charcoal) have now landed in store at Sportsgirl and you can shop the styles at 
www.sportsgirl.com.au/new-in/accessories/knotty-towel-sherbet-sherbet-all

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CHEEKY SWIM by MIMI ELASHIRY

We've been counting down the days to summer, but now we're counting down the minutes too with news that Mimi Elashiry has launched her own swimwear line. A playful collection full of Elashiry's signature boho style, "Cheeky Swim" will be available exclusively in Glue Stores from October.

'Designing a swimsuit collection has been something that I have wanted to do for a while, however I did not realise how soon the opportunity would arise,' says Elashiry. 'I had some out there crazy ideas and designs, which I worked closely with the design team to work back into a capsule range suitable for the Glue Store customers and also most importantly to me and my followers.'

You can check out some of her great designs below....

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KNOTTY GETS TO KNOW

This month we sat down with Melissa Penfold, one of Australia's leading authorities on style and design. Determined to make style easy, accessible and exciting to us all, Melissa honed her skills as interiors editor at Belle magazine, and as the shopping guru at the Sydney Morning Herald. She has a popular monthly decorating column in Australian House & Garden and has penned two best-selling books on the subject of Australian Style and Melissa Penfold's Little Black Book: Sydney's Shopping Secrets.

 As a journalist, where did you begin your career and what made you head in the direction of interiors and style? 

I was interested in style from the start. My mother and grandmother were over-the-top glamorous, with houses to match. And I saw that when people bought something new for the home they had an extra pep in their step. It gave them (and their homes) elegance and confidence. It was like magic. While at university, I did work experience with Kerry Packer at House & Garden magazine and ended up staying for more than 10 years. I did everything from styling to writing across all interior fields: bedrooms to bathrooms, kitchens to gardens, furniture to homewares. And started my annual pilgrimage to the Milan furniture fairs. By 23 I’d worked my way up to design editor at Belle magazine where I stayed until I was headhunted by Fairfax in 1996 to help set up the Domain section in Thursday’s Sydney Morning Herald, and more.

You’ve achieved so much - worked with all the major publications and written two books - what do you consider the secrets to your success?

Making good design accessible to everyone, and democratising good taste. A top designer might not be an option for all of us, but the paint colour they used can be. So can the table lamp, tiles, and cushions. My columns and books have helped everyone know where to go, what to buy, and how to be a smart shopper.

So many people look to you for advice on style and design. How would you describe your own personal style?

My style is about 70 per cent classic, and 30 per cent trends. I think that’s the best ratio for ensuring that your house (and you) are both timeless and up-to-the-minute. My homes are a mix of things from all times and places, from grand to simple. Whether it’s a cup or a commode, I buy only pieces that are well-made, do their job properly, look great, and bring pleasure to everyday living. My favourite colour combos are white, ecru, oyster, sand, straw, stone, tobacco, butterscotch, coffee and black.

In 10 years time, what would you like to be doing?

Checking out how the way we shop continues to completely transform. I don’t think we are half way there.

We’ve recently expanded our range to include more products for the home. Could you give our readers some tips on how to style a Knotty in the home?

Group your Knotty towels together in one place. It’s tidier that way, and they become extra-chic when there are lots of them. Hang them together, with an eye to aesthetics, wall to ceiling. It’s a great way of decorating if you can’t afford art. Think of a wall covered in Knotty towels. Very little money, but lots of style – and a great conversation starter. Try hanging your Knotty towels or throws on simple wall pegs, strategically place. Or hanging them on a row of iron hooks, lining them up in neat piles along open shelves, or stacking them on a chair (or stool). They will bring life to a hallway, kitchen, laundry, child’s bedroom, bathroom or pool house. Ideal for city, beach or country settings. Think Long Island or Montauk chic.

To read more of Melissa's great styling tips and advice head to www.melissapenfold.com

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MELISSA PENFOLD LOVES KNOTTY!

Like most of Australia, Melissa Penfold, style expert & former interiors editor at Belle magazine, has fallen in love with Knotty! Here's a snippet of Melissa's piece on Knotty from her blog. To see more head to www.melissapenfold.com
MUST HAVE: HIPSTER TURKISH TOWELS
Small Melbourne textile company, Knotty keeps things interesting with a new slew of kilim towels and blankets you can wrap yourself around in new-season geometrics. Plus some of the most inspired colour blocking we’ve seen.
Don't expect a fancy website, just affordable, lovely linens hand-loomed in Turkey. Choose from its classic fringed towelling in loads of stripe designs and gussied up in its smart palette of delicious colour combos that spans the paint chart. Plus great lambswool blankets. 

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GOOD VIBRATIONS - A SHORT FILM

"Good Vibrations" captures all the action on our Knotty Towels Summer 2015 Campaign Shoot with Steph Claire Smith. Shot on location in bayside Melbourne, we hope you enjoy watching this film as much as we enjoyed making it! 
A special thanks to the following brands for their involvement: Spell Designs, Lack of Color, Sticks and Sparrow Eyewear, Kissmax 2013, Kitte Accoutrement, Reclaimed Furniture Design, Say It With Flowers and Organic Avenue Australia.
Credits: Creative Direction/Styling - Chrissie Young, Photography - Nick Walters, Videography - Savant Garde Productions, Hair & Makeup - Megan Everett

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KNOTTY GETS TO KNOW

This month we were lucky enough to chat with the inspiring Elise Carver, also known as Little Bantam Surf Trainer about her unique training philosophy.
We love your refreshing approach to exercise. Have you always had an interest in health and fitness or was it inspired by your coastal move?
I have always been exposed to active living from a young age thanks to my Dad. Saying that I didn’t always embrace it and went from rock climbing and roller skating to nightclubs and drinking! When I hit 20 years old I forced myself to move back down the coast to pursue a healthier way of life and as time went on I became obsessed with being fit and healthy instead of boozed and flirty!
Your Surf Training program looks great. How it differs from other forms of training?
Surf Style Training is the very opposite from Cross Fit and Boot Camp style training. Its about working with your foundations of Core Strength, Joint Stability and Postural Strength to help you build a sustainably fit and healthy body. It’s about Strength, Balance and Harmony - looking good is just a bonus!
You seem to have a very holistic and spiritual approach to exercise. Do you believe it’s important to nurture the mind as much as the body?
Yeah for sure! If you’re not in check mentally, dealing with stress and fatigue from lack of sleep, the last thing you can do is motivate yourself! If I’m tired and just CAN’T BE BOTHERED training or surfing there’s a reason why, so I take the time to figure out that reason and deal with the cause for my lack of motivation instead of trying to do the old “push through it” method.
We see you as a great role model for teenage girls who face so much pressure these days with social media to look and be a certain way. What do you think has helped you to become the strong, confident and intelligent woman you are today?
Thank you! I wasn’t born this way, in fact for a long time I had a FALSE sense of self confidence which I realised as I got older only gets you so far. I believe I became the person I am today through countless false starts, broken hearts and rejection. After all of those, I made the choice (often encouraged by my beautiful friends and family) to get back up and try again, learning a lesson from every experience! What's that cliché saying…It’s not about avoiding the fall, it’s about what you do when you get back up. At least that’s how I remember it!
And finally, could you tell us why you love Knotty Towels?
I love how light they are and how with every use and every wash they become softer and even more absorbent! It’s epic!
You can find out more about Elise's programs at www.littlebantamhealthandfitness.com.au and by following her Instagram @littlebantamsurftrainer

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