Monday, 21 April 2014

Easter Vignettes

In honour of the tastiest of holidays (well, aside from the wondrous lolly gorge-fest that is Halloween) Sarah and I decided to experiment with arranging some Easter themed vignettes. We've both been wanting to get into photography some more and the long weekend was the perfect opportunity to whip out the SLR and try some styling.

It was a lot of fun trying out different scenes, although Sarah definitely has more patience than moi when it comes to fiddling around with those finer details! (I mean, seriously, who knew how freaking difficult it really is to arrange flowers attractively in a vase? I really don't recommend attempting any sort of intricate vignette when you've got PMS and are also suffering from a chocolate-egg-induced sugar crash. People could get hurt).

Sugar induced metabolism crashes aside, arranging and shooting a vignette is definitely a great way to experiment and learn more about styling and photography techniques. One thing I will try to remember in the future is to take lots of shots from different perspectives instead of automatically doing the bog standard point-and-shoot-directly-from-the-front thing. And that creating a vignette with edible elements is always a good idea. Because we've gotta try and avoid those dreaded sugar crashes, right?

Do you love styling and photographing your own vignettes? What are your favourite things to shoot? Leave us a link in the comments section because we'd love to see your work!

I hope you all had the most awesome long weekend and that the Easter Bunny was especially generous with the chocolate eggs!


Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Springtime Lovelies

It's official! Spring is here! (Okay, in Queensland its kinda felt like Spring for a while due to an unusually hot winter, but now it's officially Spring, so there's, erm, a bit of a difference). Sunny days, blooming flowers, buzzing bees and cute baby ducklings abound in the prettiest of all seasons.

In celebration of all this sunshine and cuteness I've put together a selection of a few of my favourite things for Spring (and no, they don't include raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens).

1. Spring means lots of colour, and these hand woven vases by Crayon Chick have just the perfect amount of neon pop. The natural jute ensures they will fit in perfectly with your existing decor while adding a much needed dose of Springtime colour. $38.

2. *Shameless shop plug* These pretty little love bird hook magnets by OMM Design will add some Springtime cuteness to your fridge or magnetic pinboard. Use them to hang necklaces, lanyards and other random bits of pretty-ness on. Plus they're designed in Sweden and they always make cool stuff don't they? $11.

3. This Down to the Woods Dress from Maiocchi's new Spring collection is my pick for frolicking through wildflowers in. (And don't you just love the word frolic? It conjures up the happiest feelings ever). The Scandi-inspired print and natural hues make this one a winner that you'll want to wear year-round. And did I mention they go up to a size 18 in all their clothes and they're all made locally? Winning! $289.

4. If you're in need of some quirky and original home wares look no further than Stampel's range of handmade wooden vessels, wall hangings and accessories! With spray painted vases inspired by 80's surfboard designs, pretty polka dotted vessels, necklaces adorned with geometric designs and macrame plant hangers, Stampel brings a cool modern edge to retro aesthetics. $45-$120.

5. This Polka Dots and Moonbeams silk scarf by Emily Green (and isn't that the best name for a scarf ever?) is the epitome of Spring with its pastel apricot base and multicoloured gelato spots. Perfect for those days when Winter's chill still hasn't quite left the air. $129.

6. Melbourne screen printer extraordinaires Harvest Textiles create some of the yummiest prints around and this Melting Ice Cream Wrist Bag is the case-in-point. Each bag is different due to the made-by-hand screen printing process, which I think makes them even more special. And nothing quite evokes a Springtime feeling more than the thought of strolling around town whilst toting your new wrist bag and eating an ice cream cone, does it? $60.

7. This Woodland Flower Wreath by Whichgoose is just the thing to wear with your favourite flowy Springtime dress for that aforementioned flower-field-frolicking. This would also make the prettiest hair accessory for the Spring bride, no? $70.

What do you love about Spring? Are there any clothes or accessories you're looking forward to wearing (or buying!) now that the Winter months are behind us?


Thursday, 27 June 2013

Loving Right Now: K-Pop Cuteness

Ever since Psy's Gangnam Style went viral, everyone now knows about K-Pop, and K-Pop artists are gaining popularity overseas like never before. Still don't know what K-Pop actually means? Well it's shorthand for Korean Pop (there's also J-Pop, for Japanese Pop) and it is a massive phenomenon in South Korea and throughout the East Asia region. K-Pop and J-Pop bands have millions of die-hard fans and put those try hards (*cough* One Direction!) to shame. 

So, what makes a K-Pop or J-Pop band? They must have a) exceptionally fabulous hair that defies the laws of gravity b) cute, non-threatening baby faces that make fans go "awww..." and c) possess either a "cutesy quirky" or "punk lite" dress code. Basically, they have everything a person wants in a pop group. (And who doesn't want someone with fabulous hair, great clothes and dreamy eyes serenading them? Sigh...)

But apart from the pop-tastic fun of their music what I really love about these bands is their style. They have the edge on any Western group where it comes to the level of creativity in their music videos and photo shoots. The amount of daring and fun they seem to have with their clothes and hairstyles is just plain awesome, and puts that impostor Justin Bieber to shame. Really kiddo, you call that good hair?! Pfft. And would you ever see One Direction in pastel coloured suits, angel wings or big band uniforms? I don't think so!

I've put together a little montage of my favourite groups- they all create some seriously catchy music, have the coolest videos and rock some seriously awesome fashion ensembles!

And what would a K-Pop feature be without some actual music? Here are my fave video picks:

Perfume: Spring of Life. Japanese girl group Perfume make the cutest videos with the best dancing! Check out their official You Tube channel for more of their gorgeous videos. Magic of Love has some particularly awesome 70's styling going on!

Big Bang: Fantastic Baby. These boys have been rocking some seriously sweet outfits, hairstyles and accessories since their debut in 2006. If you're looking for the edgiest and most creative hair styles to emulate then watch their videos! (And really, how can you not love a boy band called Big Bang?)

2NE1: I Am The Best. These gals aren't afraid to edge it up and are known for their bold hairstyles and outfits as much as their catchy hooks.

Super Junior: Sexy, Free and Single. It's not hard to see why this this nine-member boy group is so popular! They're all hot, but in a "you can take him home to see mum" kind of way, have fantastically quiffed hair and own some serious dance moves. Swoon.

If any of these songs have got you hooked, they can be found on iTunes along with all the other fantastic K-Pop and J-Pop artists that I didn't have room to mention in this post! And if you want to see more and keep up-to-date with the latest music releases then tune into SBS's PopAsia TV show and radio show. It's on SBS2 at 6pm every Saturday and every Sunday at 4pm. It's chock-full of Asian-pop awesomeness and is not to be missed!

Are you in love with any K-Pop or J-Pop artists? Which group do you think has the best style? I'd love to know!


Monday, 24 June 2013

Makeup Monday: Fresh Hair Inspiration!

Hair colour: it has to be the easiest (and most fun) way to change your entire look. If you're too squeamish for a body piercing and the thought of a tattoo makes you wanna pass out, changing your hair is the best way to give yourself a touch of crazy without going overboard. After all, if you hate it you can just wash it out and start over. Plus hair colour is the commitment phobic gal's best friend. If you can't stand having the same look for more than a few weeks you can simply change your colour to match your latest whim. What could be sweeter than that?

What I really love is finding new inspiration for future hair cuts and colours, and you never know what random photo/celeb/fictional tv character you might come across that will influence your next look. All you have to do is add them all up to find your new style. I like to think of it as the Hair Colour Equation Game (which has to be the most awesome mathematical equation ever invented, if I do say so myself). For my latest minty green hue a few things combined to create the colour:

My Little Pony's rainbow hued manes + Katy Perry's electric blue bob + some Anime inspo in the form of Sakura's candy pink hair from Naruto + Bedtime Bear's fuzzy blue coat (and really, who doesn't secretly want to look like a Care Bear) + the minty freshness of a Peppermint Crisp chocolate bar = a new turquoise hair colour!

To create your own hair equation all you have to do is add up the things you're crushing on at the moment and find a common theme, cut, colour or style. Inspiration can come from anywhere- your current celeb girl crush, a cute cartoon character, random fashionable peeps you pass on the street and even the colours of tasty treats like macaroons or cupcakes. (See, sugary things are good for you... or your next hair style at least).

In need of some new hair inspiration for yourself? Well I've done the research for you! Just pick and choose your fave looks and you've got your very own Hair Equation!

 What Hair Equation would you create from these looks? Are you seriously crushing on Jessica Chastain's flowing red mane? Or are you in love with Demi Lovato's blue dip-dyed ends? Or maybe you wish you could sport Khaleesi's icy blonde-ness instead? (Dragons not included with that look, sorry!)

Have a beautiful week!


Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Whimsy & Juno Pop Up Shop at the Boutique Markets!

We are excited to announce that we will be having a pop-up shop at the fabulous Boutique Markets this Saturday at the Brisbane Racing Club in Ascot! Come along to see the gorgeous handcrafted wares of local creative folk!

We will have all of our products from the online shop available to purchase as well as some lovely vintage items including tea sets, assorted crockery, fabric and accessories.

Plus we will have some super-new products that haven't even made it onto the website yet! Here's a little preview:

MoTEX Embossing Machines and tape. Just like the one Bart Simpson has!
Bespoke vintage inspired Australia stamp by Stamp Couture. Aussie love!
Bespoke vintage inspired QLD stamp by Stamp Couture. Show your love for your state!
Handmade washi tape stamp by Stamp Couture.
Antique-style Printer's Trays, perfect for storing your washi tapes and stamps.
A tan-coloured Jackalope head ready for wall mounting. So quirky and adorable!
Masking tape sticker sets in a gorgeous array of colours. Perfect for any crafty project!
Washi tape scissor holders. For those pesky little embroidery scissors that you're always misplacing.
Little Lamb Garlands that will brighten up any dull room!
These super-cute Little Lamb Pom Pom Garlands will bring back fond primary school memories!
Use these label templates to decorate letters, envelopes, stationery and notebooks!
This handy envelope template allows you to turn any pretty paper you have into envelopes super quick!
One for pastry lovers everywhere! A wee croissant stamp!
Keep an eye out for our marquee set up outside near the cafe area- we'd love for you to come along and say hello!

xoxo Lauren and Sarah

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