DREAM SISTER | ADRIANA GIUFFRIDA

Behind the lenses of everyones dreams is Adrianna from Pom's. We first noticed Poms when their fluffy pom pom earrings started bobbing around. Since, creator Adrianna has collaborated with Pared eyewear to make the Gatto sunnies! Looking at the world through these shades makes everyday fabulous whether it's riding in a convertible, sunbaking at the rave or just life. As well as all this, Adrianna is a Mama and has generously shared some of her life with us here. 

Full name: Adriana Francesca Giuffrida

 

What does work mean to you and what do you do?

To me, it means having the freedom to look after my little ones, fulfill my creative fantasies and having the lifestyle that I always dreamt of.

 

Tell us a dream you’ve made come true?

Creating a beautiful loving home and an exciting business. 

 

How do you unwind?

Cooking and eating food with a glass of wine watching a new TV series I'm obsessing over.

 

How do you wind up?

Attempting to change my little dudes clothes in the morning... 

 

What can friends count on you for?

A nice meal, a good time and a shoulder to cry on

 

What does the word sisterhood mean to you?

Everything, there is nothing better than laughs / tears with your best sisters. 

 

What does your dream house look like?

3 Roslyn Street, Brighton - one day! 

 

What’s baking in your oven/ Specialty?

Last thing I baked was a spiced pumpkin cheesecake, it was yum! 

 

Favorite food?

A close tie between Chocolate & ice cream.

 

Describe your favorite piece of clothing and why?

My DRESS UP denim cape, it's from one of the first collections from Steph Downey and from a collection where I made my first ever accessory, which was a giant friendship band scarf. I'll never forget that collection and Steph is a dear friend. 

Also my SISTER lace up dress, cause it the most comfy! 

 

How do you keep a healthy mind, body and soul?

Is a glass or two of wine an acceptable answer?

 

Your most memorable holiday?

A 3 month sojourn to Europe me and the hubby did before the little angels arrived. We spent some amazing time in Italy and Paris, it was unforgettable and we made friends for life. 

 

Ocean or desert? Ocean!! 

Apertiff or digestiff? Aperitif 

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset

Dance party or dinner party? Dinner party w a dance party.

Favorite smell? Rose / tuberose / anything rosy 

 

What’s on your bedside table?

Books, magazines and kids toys

 

The first album you ever bought is…?

I was lucky to be the youngest of 5 kids with great taste, so i pilfered loads of classic 80's albums from them. But I think a Mariah Carey cd was the first I really bought for my own collection? 

 

What are you listening to now?

I'm loving old Outkast, erykah badu and fugees at the moment, as well as some trap music, to make me sound less old and more hip.. 

 

One or two things you want to do before you leave earth?

Watch my kids grow up and fulfill their dreams and fall in love. Also to visit the northern lights, and id also love to see a flamingo in real life, in Mexico.  :) 

 

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DREAM SISTER | ROSE LEAHY

Rose is our very talented friend who shares our design aesthetic and appetite for pasta. Emma first met our dear friend Rose in 2008, both girls had moved from the country with big dreams of glittery life in the big smoke. Together they studied fashion at RMIT and shared many late nights working on folios and many afternoons skipping class to sun-bake by her pool. Skip forward a few years and Rosemary now makes our look books delectable and has been a big supporter of Sister from the start. A graphic designer by trade, when she's not travelling through cyber space, she's exploring far away places on earth. 

Full name: Rosemary Catherine Leahy

 

What does work mean to you and what do you do?

Work for me is an outlet to express my creativity; solve problems and be surrounded with like-minded people. I’m a communication designer, with a background in fashion.

 

Tell us a dream you’ve made come true?

Later this year I’m doing my dream trip through South & Central America with my best gal.

 

How do you unwind?

A glass of red, a cheese platter (I do a mean platter) and some giggles with my pals.

 

How do you wind up? ^see above question + plus a few more glasses.

 

What can friends count on you for? A good cup of tea and I mix a great punch.

 

What does the word sisterhood mean to you?

Everything…. support, encouragement, laughter, loyalty. My mum has always said to me to surround myself with wonderful women and life will be grand, and I have some pretty incredible sisters in my life.

 

What does your dream house look like? It’s a stroll to the seaside, with a big veggie patch, high ceilings, a large wine selection and lots of loved ones drifting in and out.

 

What’s baking in your oven/ Specialty? I love making vegan desserts. I make a yummy chocolate cream caramel slice…. I’m not vegan; but my logic is I can eat more guilt free haha!

 

Favorite food?

My nonna Rosa’s pasta with her red sauce.

 

Describe your favorite piece of clothing and why?

My SISTER joy jumpsuit always makes me feel happy and my collection of vintage tees I’ve found throughout my travels. They remind me of the beautiful places I’ve been and the people I’ve met along the way.

 

How do you keep a healthy mind, body and soul?

Mind – alone time, Body – Pilates and Soul – a bowl of pasta and a glass of red.

 

Your most memorable holiday?

A few years ago I spent new years in Eaglehawk Neck / Tasmania with a big group of pals. Our days were spent swimming, sunbaking, hiking and fishing…the boys slept in the little beach shacks while the gals stayed in my girlfriends childhood home. It was such a magical way to bring in the New Year. Other places that will always hold a special place in my memory – Tulum for its dreamy beaches, sunset rose’s in the Cinque Terre, visiting the Valley of Kings in Egypt and bringing in my 21 st birthday at carnival in Rio.

 

Ocean or desert? Ocean with desert temperatures ;)

Apertiff or digestiff? I’m an afternoon aperitif kinda gal.

Sunrise or sunset? Sunsets

Dance party or dinner party? I love nothing more than hosting a dinner party (I’m my mother’s daughter) but definitely some post dinner dancing, always.

 

Favorite smell?

- The smell of my Nonnas/Mums pasta sauce cooking on the stove all afternoon.

- I kept my nonnas perfume bottles when she passed away a few years ago. She wore Dior – Dolce Vita, every time I open the cap I’m flooded with beautiful memories of her. I love that scents can transport you to a person, a time or a place.

 

What’s on your bedside table? A collection of jewels, hand cream and books.

 

The first album you ever bought is…?

5ive

 

What are you listening to now?

My favourite Murder podcast, my latest obsession… its sounds super heavy but these two gals are hilarious!

 

One or two things you want to do before you leave earth?

Go to Italy with my Mum and visit her families’ town.

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DREAM SISTER | KIM LEWIS

 

Where do we even start with this woman! Kim stokes the fire that is Sister Studios. She is a beloved friend and the director of Welcome Creative, the sales and creative agency that is accountable for Sister Studios. Kim is the sweetest peach on the tree with an open perspective on all things, she is our voice of reason. Kim is the ultimate go to sister for a party night and can throw down the moves like no one else on the dance floor. 

Full name: Kimberley Jane Lewis

 

What does work mean to you and what do you do?

It has always been important to me to work in an environment where women are the leaders and the drivers of their own businesses, and I am thankful that I encounter this within my work everyday. I feel so lucky that my job schedule allows me to surround myself with some of the most driven and creative women that I know.

 

Tell us a dream you’ve made come true?

 Immersed myself in some of cities that I used to dream of as a kid.

 

How do you unwind?

Whether I am cooking a meal at home or going out for dinner with friends, good food and great company is my favorite form of therapy.

 

How do you wind up?

Dancing. Always.

 

What can friends count on you for?

A shoulder to cry on, a vino, a laugh and a serious boogie session

 

What does the word sisterhood mean to you?

I do truly feel women are the driving force for change in this world. I think, right now it is especially important for us to be looking beyond our immediate group of sisters, because we are ALL connected and when we work together we will be an unstoppable force.

 

What does your dream house look like?

Loved ones, all my favorite foods, a fully stocked cellar, ocean, trees, warmth and a constant sense of calmness.

 

What’s baking in your oven/ Specialty?

My secret chili recipe ;)

  

Favorite food?

Pasta.

 

Describe your favorite piece of clothing and why?

The SISTER merino wool skivvies have been my lifesaver this winter. I literally layer them under and over everything!

I also adore anything my mum has handed down to me, as well as a couple of dad’s tees from the 70’s. I am a Cancerian so I cling to anything with meaning and that reminds me of home or loved ones.

 

How do you keep a healthy mind, body and soul?

I am currently trying to master meditation haha! I’ll also try to squeeze in yoga or a Pilates class when I can.

 

Your most memorable holiday?

Hiking in Guatemala and sipping coconut rum in Belize.

 

Ocean or desert? The ocean! I wish we would take better care of it 

 

Apertiff or digestiff? A spritz in the sunshine please.

 

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset

 

Dance party or dinner party? When does a dinner party not turn into a dance party?

 

Favorite smell? Mum’s house and eucalyptus

 

What’s on your bedside table?

Rose water, a handful of essential oils, my notebook and a pen.

 

The first album you ever bought is…?

Destiny’s Child – The Writing’s On The Wall

 

What are you listening to now?

A bunch of BBC podcasts including the ‘The Inquiry’, ‘Great Lives’ and ‘Desert Island Discs’.

SISTER mixes will always gets me in the mood for a boogie J

 

One or two things you want to do before you leave earth?

Be more creative for my own personal enjoyment. Adopt a dog. Make the time to volunteer. Travel more with my love.

 

 

 

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DREAM SISTER | ELLIE KING

Back in the old days of Sister, we used to share a studio with Melbourne design heroine, Ellie King. Ellie's sassy ambition and all round hustling is contagious you just wanna share every possible Rose' and chicken & chips with her. 

Full name: Elena June King but call me Ellie

 

What does work mean to you and what do you do?

Work means making art and selling secondhand clothes

 

Tell us a dream you’ve made come true?

Having my own baby in the form of a dog called Coco

 

How do you unwind?

Drinking wine with my friends and going to the op shop to uncover some hot ticket items

 

How do you wind up?

Drinking wine with my friends and talking trash 

 

What can friends count on you for?

Some gossip and second hand presents 

 

What does the word sisterhood mean to you?

Good women looking after each other and sticking together to achieve great things 

 

What does your dream house look like?

Something small and cosy with big windows and a great vegetable garden 

 

What’s baking in your oven/ Specialty? 

Vegetable lasagne!

 

Favorite food?

1/4 chicken and chips

 

Describe your favorite piece of clothing and why?

A pair of vintage high waisted wool woven cropped trousers that I wear pretty much every day.... 

 

How do you keep a healthy mind, body and soul?

Keeping busy with lots of projects on the go, try and not eat junk every day and only smoke 2 cigs a week.

 

Your most memorable holiday?

I love home holidays the best, ones when you can just stay in bed watching movies and eating food with nothing else you should be doing. I love travelling but getting home is always the best part! If you had to push me I'd say Paris because it was like the movies

 

Ocean or desert? Woah neither can I say city?

Apertiff or digestiff? Aperitif

Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise

Dance party or dinner party? Dinner party

Favorite smell? Wonderwood!

 

What’s on your bedside table?

Lamp and rings 

 

The first album you ever bought is…?

Aqua

 

What are you listening to now?

Bjork - debut 

 

One or two things you want to do before you leave earth?

Go in a helicopter and learn to drive so I can go on a road trip around America !

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DREAM SISTER | JAZZ MONEY

One of our dearest friends, Jazz! Born with an old soul, Jazz is a vessel of ideas. She understands people, the world, nature and siphons them into language we understand. She is a great teacher who nourishes us with her words and will be releasing a book of poetry in the near future. 

Full name: Jazz Ash Money

What does work mean to you and what do you do?

Work is the way to keep the class structure in place. A charismatic capitalist system that keeps the rich rich and the poor poor.

Sometimes work is the interference to the life I want to be living, other times it is the impetus.

Usually I work using the written word. Currently I am learning about nature and teaching creative classes with Nepali children while putting together a book of poetry.

 

Tell us a dream you’ve made come true?

When I was young I would dream about being the big proud queer global Indigenous babe I now get to be every day.

 

How do you unwind?

Immersed in a body of water.

 

How do you wind up?

Big Baby D.R.A.M.

 

What can friends count on you for?

Dream-plan making, proofreading, sky gazing, hand holding, rambling conversations, being in love, being enraged by Australian politics, dancing.

 

What does the word sisterhood mean to you?

My world in a word.

 

What does your dream house look like?

Lots of windows on to green, artwork by friends, a big kitchen table, a place for my books, Australian flowers and fresh food.

 

What’s baking in your oven/ Specialty?

Right now I am living in Nepal and we are baking with local fruits, lots of apples and apricots.

My best trick at home is risotto with pine mushrooms and slippery jacks collected on my mama’s property (the bougie secret is to use Martini Bianco instead of white wine).

 

Favourite food?

Last year I ate a kouign amann at the Rennes Saturday market that changed my life. But, failing that piece of hot heaven anything cooked in my mama’s clay pot.

 

Describe your favourite piece of clothing and why?

Clothes with a story are my favourite - gifts, pieces found while travelling, things made by friends. My favourite might be a gold lace dress with sleeves that hang below the hem. I designed it for a big love party. It hangs on my wall to remind me that life is for celebrating.

 

How do you keep a healthy mind, body and soul?

Good conversation, walking every day, lots of time away from the city, cooking with friends, love.

 

Your most memorable holiday?

Road tripping around the South Island of New Zealand with a carload of babes. At sunrise going straight from the crowded dark of the club to the crowded light of the Tsukuji fish markets in Tokyo. Motorcycles in India. Bicycles in Denmark. Buses in Vietnam. Walking in Nepal. Swimming in Greece. Pasta in Italy. Pastry in France. Dancing in a Croatian amphitheatre. Black Bike Week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Haunted cabins in Australia. Life in New York. Walking home in the early hours of the morning watching the tropical flowers open themselves to the dawn light.

 

Ocean or desert?

Ocean.

But, there’s nothing quite like pondering your earthly insignificance while pissing in the desert at night, hearing your steamy stream hit the sand while you look at those forever stars.

 

Apertiff or digestiff?

Yes please.

 

Sunrise or sunset?

Sunset with a drink. Sunrise with kissing.

 

Dance party or dinner party?

Together but not in that order.

 

Favourite smell?

Onion and garlic frying in the pan before you’ve put anything else in, summer rain on jasmine, Comme des Garçons 71, my babe.

 

What’s on your bedside table?

Too many books, journals, sketch pads and photos.

 

The first album you ever bought is…?

With my babysitting money, Gwen Stefani’s Love.Angel.Music.Baby.

 

What are you listening to now?

On repeat, Les Amazones d'Afrique - République Amazone.

 

One or two things you want to do before you leave earth?

1. Be helpful.

2. Have a garden to call my own.

3. Be present at a puppy calendar photo shoot.

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DREAM SISTER | ROULA TZIDRAS

This dream sister, Roula is the founder of Melbourne institution Monk House Design. Roula is one of the main reasons SISTER is where we are today, her guidance and encouragement from beginning has been an inspirational source for us. If anyone has ever met Roula, her calm aura is unforgettable and radiates love through the universe. 

Full name: Roula Tzidras

 

What does work mean to you and what do you do?

My work means spending time with people I like and admire and cloths that I find inspiring and beautiful.

I own and manage a business called Monk House Design.

 

Tell us a dream you’ve made come true?

Many years ago I was a single mum and always poor. I had a dream that I’d take an overseas trip every year. It seemed totally unrealistic at the time but somehow it happened soon after and I’ve have that yearly overseas trip ever since.

 

 How do you unwind?

Getting out into nature.

 

How do you wind up?

I love music and I don’t mind a drink. They do it for me!

 

What can friends count on you for?

I think I am a pretty loyal person – but you’d have to ask my friends.

 

What does the word sisterhood mean to you?

To me it is that special bond that exists between all women. It’s hard to define but I feel its there and I love it!

 

 What does your dream house look like?

Open, light and lots of plants.

 

What’s baking in your oven/ Specialty?

I have been trying to master my mums (Macedonian) baked lima bean dish.

 

Favorite food?

I am a sucker for pasta!

 

Describe your favorite piece of clothing and why?

It’s always my latest new piece. At the moment I am looking for my new favorite.

 

 How do you keep a healthy mind, body and soul?

I have practiced yoga regularly for about 15 years and I meditate. Sounds very zen but I’m not that zen at all – in fact the opposite, which is why I keep up the yoga and meditation.

 

Your most memorable holiday?

My now partner, invited me to accompany him to his sons wedding in Italy a couple of weeks after we got together. He offered to pay if I agreed. Obviously, I said yes and it was so much fun!

 

Ocean or desert?

I love the ocean. I often daydream of summer sunsets – especially in the winter.

 

Apertiff or digestiff?

I love a pre-dinner drink or two!

 

Sunrise or sunset?

I’m not a morning person so definitely a sunset.

 

Dance party or dinner party?

Dinner – I Love food.

 

Favorite smell?

Old style dark red rose.

 

What’s on your bedside table?

Always a pile of books…

 

The first album you ever bought is…?

I didn’t buy my first album, I unintentionally won the entire Santana collection when I was 13.

I arrived home from school one day, went straight to the phone and called the radio station to request my favorite song, so I could hear it as soon as I switched the radio on. There was apparently a comp going and the switchboard was jammed – the DJ was so surprised that I got through, that even though I had no idea what the question or the answer to the quiz question was, he said I deserved to win.  He had a good sense of humor. I won 12 Santana albums!

 

What are you listening to now?

At work - Syd by Fin

In the car – Live From The Dentist Office by Injury Reserve

At home – 3 Gymnopedies by Erik Satie

 

One or two things you want to do before you leave earth?

Learn to make ceramics well.

Live in a random country other than Australia for a year or two.

Here are some holiday snaps for you…

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DREAM SISTER | RUBY KANNAVA

 

Our very first dream sister interview is with one of our all time favourite women Ruby Kannava. Ruby is a talented artist, jeweller, DJ and life long SISTER club member. We just launched our very first SISTER t-shirt with beautiful imagery created for us by Ruby. The drawing on the front is a nostalgic scene of her Yiayia's house in Cyprus where she spends her European summers. Falling asleep to waves, waking up and swimming with the women of her town, they wrap their hair up and bob along to keep afloat in the Mediterranean sea. :) 

 

Full name: Ruby Melina Wolfe Kannava

What does work mean to you and what do you do?

I make stuff! Whether it's drawing, ceramics, or cooking; It's a pleasure thing. I went to art school and used to draw a lot, and after a bit of a hiatus have found a new love for silversmithing and jewellery making, which has been really exciting. I am also one half of Dior di Latte, a groovy DJ duo with the one and only Emma Cutri 

Tell us a dream you’ve made come true?

I lived in New York for a few years, which I didn't realise was a dream of mine until I was living there. Everyone should live overseas!! It's such a special time, you learn so much about yourself 

How do you unwind?

By making things, listening to a podcast,  or taking our dogs for a walk

How do you wind up?

Listen to groovy music, have a wine, and hang out with my besties 

What can friends count on you for?

A giggle and a cuddle and eating good food 

What does the word sisterhood mean to you?

The connection between women who are diverse and powerful, who support and encourage each other and celebrate their differences. The sisterhood is life!! 

What does your dream house look like?

Lots of sunlight and plants, beautiful colours, a bath, a fire place, a few doggies, food in the fridge, a little studio, and my boyfriend Max making me breakfast 

What’s baking in your oven/ Specialty? 

Stuffed tomatoes, my Yiayias recipe 

Favorite food?

Pasta!! 

Describe your favorite piece of clothing and why?

Honestly my favourite are my Sister Priscilla Overalls, I wear them all the time and always feel so cute and special in them. They're perfect for a busy working day with a tshirt underneath or a groovy night out just on their own. 

How do you keep a healthy mind, body and soul?

I spend a lot of time with my girlfriends, eat home cooked food, ride my bike, and take pride in my beautiful home

Your most memorable holiday?

I go to Cyprus and Greece to stay with my dad most years, and that is a very special place for me. I spend a lot of time with family, eating Greek food, and swim every single day in the ocean. It's more like a home away from home than a holiday. 

Ocean or desert?

Ocean ocean ocean!!! 

Apertiff or digestiff?

Campari ;)

Sunrise or sunset?

Sunset 

Dance party or dinner party?

A dinner party turned into a dance party 

Favorite smell?

Cooking garlic and onion 

What’s on your bedside table?

My giant shell lamp, a cup of coffee and chocolate 

The first album you ever bought is…?

Kylie Minogue, Impossible Princess 

What are you listening to now?

Dior di Latte set for Daydreams on the Groove Control Mix series 

One or two things you want to do before you leave earth?

Have babies, get a caring for injured wildlife license, live in a few more countries 

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