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Mahiya Stockist & fellow Gold Coast local, we chat with White Bohemian founder Sharon Fletcher about her love affair with Fashion 
When did you create White Bohemian?
I created White Bohemian 7 years ago
Have you always had a love affair with Fashion?
I seem to relate Fashion with the current ‘on trend’ styles and have never truly felt our Boho/Hippie styles fit in to this category.  I suppose its a type of Fashion as its originally from an era but to me its always carried through and is an expression of yourself and your lifestyle. Growing up, I would always go to Mums wardrobe and  sneak her 70’s kaftans and cotton floral Hippy dresses on.
   
What do you love most about running White Bohemian?
My staff and my customers, they make it so easy and enjoyable as they are so lovely and we have many customers that have become friends and I love seeing the bonds they form and seeing our customers happy with their new purchases.
  
Most coveted look of the season?
Anything Linen!
  
Most favourite piece you’ve ever purchased?
It has to be my Vintage finds, I have a few treasured vintage dresses.
  
Where do you draw your daily inspiration from?
Im always inspired by Summer, I love the beaches, the blue waters, the white sands, white sea shells and any tropical getaways.
   
What’s the best piece of advice that you ever received?
Pink Gin and Tonic is delicious!
  
Best piece of styling advice that you can offer?
Wear what you love and what you feel comfortable in as it shows in your personality.
  
What lies ahead for White Bohemian?
I hope continuity, I am happy to move forward and focus on my loyal followers and continue to search and find treasured styles for your wardrobes.
  
As a business owner, what does self-care look like to you?
Self-care comes in many forms, however, for me it is ensuring my life has balance.  Balance for me is being Mum, Wife, Business Owner and Me, ensuring its as even split as possible the I find mentally I am happy.
  
For you, happiness is?
Seeing my family happy , hanging out with the girls or…… sitting in the sun with a glass of Champagne in one hand and a book in the other.
  
Dream dinner guests and why? (living or passed)
Drew Barrymore id have to say, she has been through so much and come out the other side, she has a sense of humour and the inner wild child I love!  I think she would be a fun dinner guest, I imagine we would end up dancing around the living room after a couple of bottles of wine! 
  
For our own curiosity, and as an on-going source of inspiration, we always like to find out as much as we can about our featured guests, can you humour us with the first thing that comes to mind for each the below?
  
Currently I am...
Drinking… Always
  
Cooking… Minestrone soup (honemade)
   
Watching… Games of Thrones (finally, its taking me 3 attempts to get past the gore)
  
Listening… to anything really
  
Reading… Sapeins
  
Dreaming… Of summer getaways always
  
Wearing… a warm snuggly cardigan and ugg boots
  
Planning… A European summer road trip next year
  
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Mahiya by Alex Longstaff - 1w ago

We have loved every day of our adventure via @life_on_the_open_road_au and it has been a dream to slow down and spend each precious day with our little Ziggy Man watching grow & learn to walk!

Recently little Ziggy was featured on Children of the Tribe! We loved the feature so much we just had to share x

You can visit Ziggy's full feature here

Excerpt below from Children of the Tribe

Meet Alex & Ryan and their one-year-old son Ziggy - a young family from the Gold Coast who last year decided to pack up and hit the road for an epic journey around Australia. This trio are right at home in their house-on-wheels, embracing the infinite adventure that life on the open road brings – whether it’s sun, surf, sand, fishing or biking - these three are living their best life. We caught up with them as they made their way north along the coast of Western Australia, in the remote and striking town of Red Bluff.
Who's in your tribe?
We are Alex, Ryan and Ziggy Hutchinson from the Gold Coast in Queensland.

Tell us about your inspiration to hit the road for the ultimate Australian road trip.
After building our label Mahiya over the last 6 years we thought it would be a fun adventure to do a trip around Australia to visit stores while living our dream travelling in our caravan for a year. We have always wanted to travel our own beautiful country but never thought it would happen, until we joined the grey nomads. We feel really blessed to be able to do it at this stage in our life and make lots of fun memories for Ziggy to look back on.

Tell us about one really special experience you've shared so far?
I think one of our favourite moments of the trip has been was swimming with the sea lions at Bairds Bay in South Australia. We took our little rooftop tinny out to where they live on an island not far off land and swam with about 7 of them. They were so friendly swimming around us, it was incredible.

What are your top 5 adventure essentials?
1. Bikes - we have loved riding around all the beautiful towns we have visited.
2. Surf boards -Ryan doesn't leave home without them.
3. Fishing rods -we have been catching so many delicious fish like King George, Whiting and Grouper There is nothing better than eating fresh fish that you have caught yourself!
4. Having a 4 Wheel drive to be able to access and explore all the amazing beaches and off road tracks
5. Our beach trolley to load all of our gear and umbrella for long days at the beach.

How has Ziggy adapted to his new home on wheels?
To be honest it was a bit of a struggle for the first couple of months. Not only was he adapting to new surroundings but also broke through 4 teeth the week we left so the poor little man was miserable. Once he got used to things he has blossomed into one very happy little boy who is now up and racing around with his new little buddies. He is playing in the dirt and swimming at the beach most days and loving life on the road.

Where to next?
After spending the last 6 months travelling throughout NSW, VIC and SA we have started our journey up the coast of WA, and boy it doesn’t disappoint. We are currently in Redbluff near Quobba's Station which is very remote and beautiful and we are looking forward to exploring places like Ningaloo, Coral Bay and Broome. We also have swimming with the whale sharks on our list which I'm sure will be a highlight - there are still so many great adventures to come!
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A little while back, the gang at Love Mae did a little feature on our family for the their Journal. Looking back at how small Ziggy was gives my heart little pangs for the baby that is now a little boy! How time flies when your living life on the open road!
Read a little of our feature below, or visit the full feature here
Their fashion and lifestyle brand Mahiya may celebrate Boho LUXE, but for gypsy souls Ryan and Alex, the enforced simplicity of Life on the Open Road has awakened a love of living with LESS. We jumped on board for tales of their choose-your-own-adventure van life, teething toddlers and the joys of the 5-minute house clean!
Created in 2013, Mahiya translates to ‘My Love’, how did you come to find and be inspired by the name Mahiya?
We searched for awhile to find the perfect name that was exotic, different and a reflection of our products. We wanted our label to be a labour of love so Mahiya was the perfect fit. Mahiya is my love in Sanskrit, which is the language of ancient India.
A husband and wife business partnership, how did the two of you meet and how did you come to create Mahiya together?
We met at a mutual friends Christmas party nearly 6 years ago and we have been together every day since! At the time I had another label with a friend and I was looking to move on and do my own thing. It all just kind of happened on a trip to Bali where we decided to try a new direction and give it a go together. Luckily it has been a match made in heaven as we both have our different strengths. I have a design & photography background so I oversee the creative side of Mahiya, and Ryan has a business background so he looks after that side of the label.
Devotees of the Bohemian lifestyle, Bohemian & Gypsy elements flow through into your designs, what drives your design inspiration?
My mum was a bit of a hippie back in the 70s so I always loved the Bohemian style and lifestyle growing up. It all comes kind of naturally as I really just create things I would personally love to wear and use. Inspiration comes from so many things and can come on anywhere. The colours and exotic textures from different countries definitely inspire as beauty is everywhere.
You’re at the beginning of a 12-month adventure around Australia with 13-month old Ziggy. Tell us, how is life on the open road so far, and how is little Ziggy adjusting?
To be honest it has been a big adjustment for little Ziggy who has slowly got into the swing of things, he is finally getting used to his new home on the road. Unfortunately he has had about 5 teeth come through since we left so there has been a few sleepless nights but nothing compares to being in so many beautiful places and getting to enjoy this gorgeous country of ours. We are totally loving living with less, we are such consumers and are always wanting more but its so nice to have everything we need and know that nothing else will fit. The best bit is realising we don’t actually need much.
What do you love most about caravan life and what parts of the country you are most excited to arrive at?
There are so many great things about van life. We spend so much more quality time together as a family without the distractions of everything that goes on at home. I also personally love only having our small space to clean! It’s heaven...5 minutes and our whole house is clean what’s better than that!
We are super excited to visit the Great Ocean Rd, Ningaloo, Esperance and Broome - WA is definitely at the top of our list.
Your Caravan is one of the most well styled Caravans that we’ve seen!
For our own curiosity, and as an on-going source of inspiration, we always like to find out as much as we can about our featured guests, can you humour us with the first thing that comes to mind for each the below?
Currently I am...
Drinking | Scotch. Our love for this really took off at the start of this trip...nothing like a scotch at the end of a long day with a 13 month old! Amen
Cooking | BBQ everything! We don’t have an oven so it’s lots of yummy meats and salads most nights
Planning | The trip ahead. How do you choose locations where there are so many beautiful places to see?!
Listening | Ziggy Alberts, Katchafire, Vance Joy, a bit of everything really
Dreaming | Of all the amazing sunsets we are going to see this summer!
Wearing | Mahiya (of course :) ) + our favs, Olas and Lobster Shanty
Watching | Ziggy exploring all his new surroundings and touching everything he shouldn’t lol
Reading | Articles on "Am I going crazy? - or are 13 month olds just hard bloody work?"
Wishlist...
To hear... Live Music
To see...Whale sharks in Ningaloo
To hold... Our family and friends back home x
Visit Mahiya here, ⭐︎follow the Mahiya journey here ☽ follow Alex & Ryan's adventures here 
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Mahiya by Alex Longstaff - 2M ago
Our new Sapphire Coast Collection is inspired by our wanderlust adventure around the Australian Coastline.
Featuring two stunning colours for winter, Amber - inspired by the deep terra-firma of the outback, and Sapphire - invoked by jewel tones of the sea.

Shop the Poppy Skirt

Shop the Tacola Blouse & Poppy Skirt

Shop the Tacola Blouse

 

Shop the Dahlia Mu Mu

Shop the Dahlia Mu Mu

Shop the Bell Flower Maxi Dress

Shop the Bell Flower Maxi Dress

Shop the Road Trip Harem Pants

Shop the Road Trip Harem Pants

 

 

Stylish Bohemian fashion for everyday simplistic luxury. Style and layer with luxe suedes, leathers and knits. Pair back with our range of leather bags, purses, boots, and knitwear for a complete boheme chic vibe.
Mahiya believe in raw bohemian luxury. Made from delicately soft fibres and fabrics, our Australian designed fashion pieces are hand crafted in sustainably sized batches by small family owned businesses. 
Producing only two small clothing collections per year, each piece of Mahiya clothing is designed to be trans-seasonal. Not influenced by fast & fleeting trends, Mahiya make each bohemian infused piece relevant to your wardrobe for years to come.

 

 

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Mahiya by Alex Longstaff - 4M ago

A modern twist on Bohemian & Festival Fashion Style

follow our journey @mahiya_leather

Free As A Bird Bag

Ashleigh Knit in Smoked Grey

 

Stylish Bohemian fashion pieces for everyday simplistic luxury. Style for weekends cruises, island soirées or fun & flirty festivals with our large range of gypsy leather bags & sandals.
Mahiya believe in raw bohemian luxury. Made from delicately soft fibres and fabrics, our Australian designed fashion pieces are hand crafted in sustainably sized batches by small family owned businesses.
Producing only two small clothing collections per year, each piece of Mahiya clothing is designed to be trans-seasonal. Not influenced by fast & fleeting trends, Mahiya make each bohemian infused piece relevant to
your wardrobe for years to come.
Effortless to style, pair back with fine Gyspy inspired jewellery or bold colourful accessories for an unforgettable look. With form & function at the heart of our designers’ vision, each piece of Mahiya clothing is created to be flattering, enhancing the beauty of the feminine spirt. Live with a little more magic, when step out in Mahiya.

 

 

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For our latest luxe leather shoot, we journeyed to the glorious beaches of Lucky Bay, Esperance, Western Australia
We chose Lucky Bay for its jewel sea-blue & sea-green tones, the perfect back drop for new season hand-crafted leather range 

 

on location with our picnic perfect Soirée Leather Back Pack 
up close with the hand-tooled, hand dyed details  of the  Soirée Leather Back Pack 

 

The unique hand-crafted Dakota Baby Bag perfect for our style mamas

 

 

warm cream tones of the hand-crafted Luna Bag

 

everyday perfect Luna Bag

 

cool hand woven leather embroidery in our Turquoise Dream Weaver Bag

 

fuchsia & turquoise colour pop of our Dream Weaver

 

everyday classic Tan, our Fringe-free Dream Weaver Bag

 

capturing the magic of our location, Lucky Bay with our Dream Weaver Bag
 
 
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You became a household name as stand-out favourite & winner of Channel 10’s Bachelor in Paradise, but despite the TV exposure, the show never really showed much about the true you...can you share with us a little more about you and your everyday life?
Sure! I live in Burleigh heads with my partner (Nick) and I work as a nanny in around the Gold Coast. I absolutely love what I do, and where I live. I start my day with a 6am workout at Xtend Barre in Burleigh Heads, grab a coffee and usually head straight to work from there. After work I come home, sometimes have a sauna and swim with Nick and then we cook dinner. Nick is usually on the BBQ in charge of the meat and me in the kitchen in charge of the salad. Most nights I’m in bed by 8:30!

 

 

TV life aside, what are you most looking forward to in 2019?
I am looking forward to working hard, saving hard and hopefully by the end of the year we will be ready to buy our own home. I also have a project I am working on, so I am really excited to see how that goes. I wake up every morning so pumped to see what the day brings, I love my normal everyday life.

 

 

We loved seeing all of your photos from your Europe trip in 2018, it’s such a beautiful place! Can you share with us some of your favourite spots?
Europe was AMAZING. I really loved Amsterdam, it was so quirky and different. The shopping there was absolutely AMAZING too. My favourite place though was Croatia (I am Croatian, so I could be being biased). We went from Dubrovnik, to a small village where my family of from called Mali Ston. Mali Ston was my favourite place in the whole of Croatia. I saw family who I had never met before, but other than that, it isn’t a massive tourist spot, so it was so quiet and untouched. There is also so much history there, including the Walls of Ston - built in 1333. After the Great Wall of China, they are the longest defensive walls in the world- and they are right in my families back yard!
Apart from the history aspect, the small family owned restaurants there were to die for. We ordered muscles and we saw the chef pull them out of the water right in front of us. I have never had fresher seafood in my life.

 

 

Based in Mahiya’s own home town, what do you love most about living here on the Gold Coast?
I love the ease and how laid back the Gold Coast is. I moved here from Sydney around 2 years ago, every time I go back to visit, I think to myself "how did I live there?!" The traffic is better here, parking is free (or cheap), there aren’t tolls every 5 minutes, rent is cheaper, the beaches aren’t super crowded, the weather is better, and I find the people are nicer too. People here have time to smile and say hello, they aren’t always rushing off to work. Also, I LOVE the fashion sense here,
it’s so me.

 

 

What keeps you grounded and inspired in everyday life?
I am surrounded by amazing down to earth people in my day to day life. Working with kids and the people I surround myself with show me what is important in life- family, friends and love. I am inspired by the families I am around to work hard and to hopefully one day have a beautiful family of my own.
The best piece of life advice you’ve ever received?
Trust your instincts and listen to your feelings.

 

 

Can you share with us your favourite style tips? What’s your everyday go-to look?
Because I am running around all day with work, my hair is always up in a topknot because I get so sweaty! I love to wear an easy jumpsuit or workout gear to work because it is super easy to move in. When I’m not working, I love a maxi dress or a maxi skirt with a cute cropped Tee or singlet.

 

What does your everyday beauty & self-care routine look-like? 
In the mornings I make sure I put on sun cream because I suffer with pigmentation on my nose and cheeks. If I’m bothered, I pop on some foundation over the top with a bit of bronzer. At night I use the Eco Tan range to cleanse my skin. I swear by it. My skin has been amazing since I started using it.

 

 

What’s the one thing that people would never guess about you?
I love art. I actually am half way through a fine arts degree but stopped when I went on The Bachelor! I am going to start doing my art again now that I have more time.

 

What mediums do you love to work with & what are your plans when you finish your degree? 
I love drawing with felt tip pens, especially perspective drawings. I also love experimenting with acrylic paint mixed with other mediums. I’m a sucker for anything colourful too. I’m not sure if I want to finish my degree. Life has taken me in other directions and I feel like I learnt enough to use my knowledge on future projects without needing the degree. 

 

 

What is your favourite art period & which artists inspire you most?
I really like the surrealism art movement. I find the artworks from that time so quirky and imaginative. My favourite artists from the time are Salvador Dali and René Magritte (the two most obvious choices!)

 

…... Can we ask about any details of your new project, or is it top secret?
I don’t want to say too much because it will take a bit of time. But lets just say, I will be putting my art skills to the test!

 

You can follow Tara on Instagram via @tarapavlovic ❤
 
 
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For those of you who don't know us, we are Alex, Ryan & Ziggy Hutchinson, creators of Mahiya.
We are a family of three gypsy souls on the search for endless adventure around Australia in our house on wheels. 
After creating our successful online and Gold Coast-based business, Mahiya, we decided it was time to pack up our belongings and hit the road to explore our Australian backyard with the newest member of the family, one year old Ziggy.
 
​With a passion for the outdoors and all things sun, sand and surf, we are thrilled to kick off a new chapter of our lives while exploring one of the world's most beautiful countries.
Here are some highlights of our trip so far...
For more details of our trip, travel tips and destinations, visit our travel journal - Life on The Open Road
 
⭐︎ Woody Head
⭐︎ Coffs Harbour
⭐︎ South West Rocks
⭐︎ Hat Head
⭐︎ Point Plomer
⭐︎ Point Macquarie 
⭐︎ Treachery Seal Rocks
⭐︎ Shell Harbour 
⭐︎ Jervis Bay
⭐︎ Ulladulla
⭐︎ Boydtown 
Stay tuned for more updates! 
Join our adventures and visit the blog, or follow our journey via instagram 
Until next time....
Alex, Ryan & Ziggy xox 
 
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Mahiya by Alex Longstaff - 9M ago

Shot on location at one of our favourite local caravan parks that's filled with retro vans, beach shacks and colourful folk, GYPSY WANDERER is our latest collection for Summer.

The collection is an ode to our very near adventure at the end of the month, as we pack up our home and lives and hit the road in our van, travelling around Australia  and spreading the Mahiya message. Follow our adventures via @life_on_the_open_road_au

Floaty summer dresses, our signature maxi skirt, staple singlets and a cute, flirty crop, the collection is completed with our newest range of cream and tan luxe leather bags, wallets, sandals, belts and boots. 

Full GYPSY WANDERER Collection

Ballina Belt
Breeze Crop Top
Daisy Duke Boots
Desert Dreamer Maxi Skirt
Dune Mini Smock
Dusky Bag
Fiesta Mini
First Light Mini Dress
Folk Festival Pouch
Golden Gypsy Wallet
Joplin Suede Fringe Vest
Primrose Wallet
Road Trip Tank
Rosa Wallet
Rosalie Wallet
Rose Sandals
Sorrento Round Bag
Sunset Soiree Maxi Dress
Wanderer Bag

Shop GYPSY WANDERER here.

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