There are two main focal points when it comes to Christmas, the tree and the table. I must admit I love both. The tree is a family affair, we hang all the decorations together, put on the star and turn on the lights…and there it is, beautiful and glowing, just waiting for Santa. Then there is the table, left mainly to me (if hosting), the table is a very special place, it’s the place where we all come together…we share a meal, share stories, laugh and watch our bellies grow. A meal shared reminds us how lucky we are, we know we are because we are together, surrounded by love, with abundance…and to me that is what Christmas is about. A reminder that we have all we need and that we are loved. Above is my table edit, this season I seem to be lovin’ gold (usually I’m a silver girl), I would use the wreath on the table with candles inside or hung on a wall close to the table. I’m also lovin’ the confetti wine glasses, so so fabulous! Happy entertaining with loved ones!
When I think of jumpsuits, the word ‘playful’ instantly jumps to mind. These jumpsuits encapsulate just that playfulness – fun, fresh + feminine. They are perfect for the summer months ahead and with a few accessories you can take this look, from day to night! For day, team with gladiator sandals, a wrist full of bangles, tosselled beachy hair, wide rim hat and sunnies. For night, pull hair back into a loose bun, add statement earrings, clutch and strappy heels. Have fun with this piece, the allure of the jumpsuit (for women and men alike) is the how! How do you get in it and how do you get out of it…once that is sorted, wear with confidence!
I just finished Conversation with Creative Women (Volume two) by Tess McCabe, which was brimmed with inspiration, advice and lessons (you can see my previous post on this book here). Megan Morton, Stylist was one of the talented women interviewed. I have been a fan of Megan Morton for quite some time and her interview resonated with me, inparticular this quote. I think it’s a wonderful life lesson as much as it is a professional one – about confidence (in oneself), trust (in other’s), sharing (giving) and reward (karma).
I just love decorating with glass jars and have a little collection growing – mason jars, milk bottles, glass bottles of all sizes… When I saw these gorgeous gold stickers (@larkstore), I instantly thought of Christmas and thought they would look great on said jars. Before starting, wash the jars thoroughly and allow to completely dry (note, stickers are like band-aids they don’t like water). Place stickers onto jars, I chose to spell out words. So easy but I think, very effective. Decorate with flowers or candles. Use jars as a centrepiece, to decorate shelves or even steps. You could even personalise everyone’s glass on the table with their initial!
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Today is exciting because it’s my first Christmas post this season and I just l-o-v-e the festivities of Christmas. With only 5 weeks to go (can you believe it?), it’s time to get jolly. Here are some bits + bobs I have found this year to add to my Chrissy loot. I’m lovin’ the bone china reindeer (my collection of bone china is bordering on obsessive), the cone tree decorations are oh so cute + I couldn’t resist these paper stencil santa bags (they also come in pink, blue + black). I love drawing inspiration from what I can find in the stores. Over the coming weeks I’ll be sharing some of my own ‘Makes’ for Christmas so please make sure you pop back by.
Shop my chrissy finds here:
:: Santa paper bags + twine from Ikea
:: Silver placemats + coasters from Avon
:: Reindeer Bone China from Domayne
:: Bingo and Charades table games (The Lagoon Group) + Gingerbread cookie house cutters (IS Kitchen) from Spoilt
:: Hanging cone decorations from Larkstore
:: Holly sprinkles from Riot Art & Craft
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I’m starting to crave summer – we seem to have had an extended winter this year. I want to bask in the warmth + fun + laughter that sun filled days bring. Long days outside, the beach, bbq’s, fabulous summer fruits (melons, mangoes, grapes)…the list goes on. Until then, I am channelling the greek islands and gorgeous Grecian style. Think simple, practical yet bold and glamorous. Keep it breezy and easy with sandals, kaftans, bikinis, sunglasses and a tote. Afterall, you don’t need much when you are in paradise!
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For spring, we are having some really terrible weather (sigh). It has been raining all week, the heater is back on and we are all rugged up. These chunky choc-chip cookies have been a perfect treat to indulge in whilst being stuck inside. Mmmm, can you smell them baking…
- 250g unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 1/2 cups plain flour
- 1 tsp bi-carb soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups of roughly chopped chocolate (I used 1 cup of milk chocolate + 1 cup of dark chocolate, both roughly chopped from a block)
- Preheat oven at 180C
- Cream together the butter and both sugars with an electric beater until the mixture is light and smooth. Add eggs and vanilla essence + continue to beat until smooth.
- In another bowl, sift the plain flour, bi-carb soda and salt together.
- Add the flour mixture to the already beaten ingredients. Lightly beat until they are just blended.
- Fold in chunky choc-chips.
- Place a heaped dessert spoon of mixture on lightly greased baking trays approximately 5cm apart (4 – 5 mixtures per tray).
- Bake for 9 – 12 mins (I think they are best when golden around the edges). Note: they will not be set at this stage.
- Cool cookies on a baking tray.
- Continue step 6, 7 + 8 until mixture is all used.
Trust me they don’t stay long on the tray – warm or cool! Serve with milk and enjoy.
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I love receiving packages in the mail (who doesn’t), it makes my heart skip a beat with excitement. The arrival of this little package yesterday however made me squeal! I had ordered this book months ago and when it arrived in its gorgeous fabric (designed by Emily Green and printed by Frankie & Swiss) wrapped package it was definitely worth the wait and anticipation.
Conversations with creative women (volume two) by Tess McCabe shares the stories, paths and successes of 16 creative Australian women. This little gem is packed with gorgeous illustrations and essential information and advice on how to live your own creative dream. In other words, loads of inspiration. The exclusive interviews includes Stylist, Megan Morton; interior designer, Anna Spiro; Ceramist, Shelly Simpson of Mud Australia; Book designer and illustrator, Michelle Mackintosh and film + television director, Shirley Barrett to name only a few.
Tess McCabe also the founder of Creative Women’s Circle, a networking community in Australia for women involved in creative industries. Tess runs regular workshops for creatives to share information, inspiration, ideas and to meet guest speakers in creative fields. I think the work Tess does to bring creative women together is amazing and inspirational in its own right. By the time you read this, it will be morning for me and I will have already curled up and begun a ‘conversation with a creative women’. Nice!
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The crop is back in force this season! The look has been refined and is clean, fresh, minimal and elegant. Gone is the grunge, tattered and distressed look (you know the one, crops teamed with torn denim). Either way, you still need to ooze confidence to pull this look off but if you have it, why not try it? I absolutely love Nicole Ritchie’s (in Alberta Ferretti) look above – stunning! Follow Nicole’s lead and team with a slicked back up-do and minimal jewellery + accessories.
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This is one of those words I struggle with, balance – is there really such a thing? I have one of those minds that is constantly on, dreaming, wondering, thinking… But with summer and the silly season approaching (can you believe there is only 6 weeks til Christmas?) I really want to find a little more balance in my life. Does anyone else feel the same? Here are my 5 tips to achieving a little (if only a smidge) more balance;
::1 Laugh. Laughter really is the best medicine and I’m not talking about a smirk or a giggle, I’m talking an uncontrollable, can’t keep it in laugh. Laughter relaxes, puts you in a positive frame of mind and just makes you feel good. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh everyday.
::2 Let go. Probably one of the hardest things for all of us to do! I know for me, a huge part of who I am is my ability to juggle so many things. I take pride in being clean, organised, reliable and in control. But at the end of the day, who is asking that of us? It is ok to let go and not be everything to everyone.
::3 H2O. I believe water, on all levels, is good for the soul. A bath, a shower, a swim, a glass of water or even the beach. Water calms, relaxes, hydrates and refreshes in an instant. Making sure you get enough water is essential to your overall well-being.
::4 Read. For me, taking the time to read a book or magazine is me time, it is time that is just mine where I get to absorb information and think about other things. Reading and learning re-energizes me and makes me more rounded.
::5 Take a Walk. The importance of regular exercise has been drilled into all of us but I’m talking about just taking a walk around your block. Walking can clear one’s mind, allow one to think and put things in perspective. If you have a dog, I recommend taking them with you (trust me, you don’t want to be on the other end of muppet disappointment eyes).
Let me know your tips to achieving a more balanced life by leaving me a comment.
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