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July 20, 2023
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Improve your life

The best way to improve your life is to shop local. Adelaide makes a lot of cool things – pretty objects, great body products and well-cut clothing. These are a few of our favourites.

  • Words: Sharmonie Cockayne
  • Pictures: Supplied

George Haircare

I admit, I’ve spent many hours rolling my eyes at my boyfriend and brothers for their one-product cleanser-shampoo-conditioner routine, but the time has come for me to eat my words. Adelaide’s newest clean hair care brand, George, has just launched its second product: the Stay All Day Clean shampoo, which cleanses and conditions, hydrates and repairs, for super clean and nourished hair and scalp.

The shampoo is available online at georgehaircare.com for $32.95, and can be purchased as a bundle with George’s iconic first product, the Better Hair Days hair mask.


YO.DAN

Did you know that Adelaide is home to a glass artist who hand-makes wearable glass jewellery? While her vases, glasses and series of earrings are gorgeous, Danielle Rickby’s statement chain necklaces are iconic.

You can purchase most of her work at her online shop, but for a custom chain necklace contact Danielle directly at yo-dan.com/contact or DM on Instagram.


 

GoodSelf

It’s Friday night, you’re home in your fluffiest robe and bed socks, the heater is on, you’ve poured yourself a glass of wine, snacks are on hand, and you’ve got fresh episodes of your current Netflix obsessions queued – it’s skincare time, baby! These gorgeous reusable silicone eye masks by newly launched local beauty brand GoodSelf will lock in all the goodness from your serums for extra hydrated under-eyes. They’ll also give you an ego boost, because saying goodbye to single-use masks is a slay.

You can buy your for-keeps eye masks (that come with a cute aluminium tin) for $34.95 from the GoodSelf website.


 

Cadell Canute

From a casual dinner at Oggi to your best friend’s engagement party, Cadell Canute’s powermesh Josephine dresses are a wardrobe staple in the making. They’re a fun twist on the simple slip and a great layering piece that can work across seasons. Every dress is made to order here in Adelaide with no-waste production.

A small selection is available at a flat shop and you can also purchase online.


 

 Michell Ceramics

Concept: you’re after some cool new vases and tableware pieces to impress your friends at the dinner party you’re hosting next month but you’re truly bored by what’s on offer at IKEA and Kmart. Actually, scratch that – you don’t just want these pieces to impress your friends, you want them to be wildly envious of your talent for interior decorating and maybe even a bit mad that they didn’t find this local ceramicist themselves. We suggest you get your hands on some statement items by Michell Ceramics immediately.

You can find these stunning ceramic wares at Sally Wotton’s floristry shop on Melbourne Street, Terrace Floors on Glen Osmond Road, online, or you can reach out directly via Instagram for custom commissions.


 

Adamo

A scene that will no longer occur due to the existence of ADAMO tote bags: you, dry-lipped, angrily dodging people as you power walk down Rundle Mall with your tote bag half-on, half-off your shoulder while desperately looking for your chapstick that’s gotta be somewhere in the endless pool of crap floating at the bottom of your tote. ADAMO has solved pretty much all of our problems (except that pesky existential dread) by creating a large tote with a deep gusset (for lots of stuff), longer than usual strap (very comfy on the shoulder), two zipped internal pockets (for ease of finding your chapstick), a padded laptop sleeve, a compartment for a water bottle with waterproof lining, and a hook loop for keys.

Pick one up for $85 from a flat shop or at their website.


 

Toast Society

Gone is the totalitarian rule of the black Kathmandu puffer! We’re doing fun, colourful puffer jackets now and we’re feeling liberated. Toast Society’s puffers are filled with Sorona Cloudmax faux down, which uses 30 per cent less energy and produces 63 per cent fewer emissions than real down. So not only are we looking great when we wear our Toast puffers, we’re feeling great about ourselves too.

The Neptune puffer in chalk pink is $239 and is available to purchase online, as are many other classy and colourful options.

 

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