Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Loving Right Now: The Colour Spectrum

These Rainbow Cakes in a Jar are enough to make any child (or adult) squeal with delight over their  mixed, neon coloured cake-y delightfulness. Something that's sure to show up the other parents when you whip these out at your little one's next birthday party!

Swatch's New Gent Lacquered Watches are a colour lover's dream- pop bright hues with a visible clockwork mechanism make for a fun and quirky addition to any wrist.

The Museum of Modern Art Store truly is a treasure trove of delight for any design or art fanatic. In New  York last year I spied this Colour Spectrum Umbrella and was going to buy it until I realised I couldn't possibly fit it in my suitcase. Sigh. It's happy colours would make whipping it out on a rainy day an absolute treat.

How could you not love a necklace called Here Comes the Sun? This rainbow even comes with a little dove to make it extra covetable. By MIXKO.

Another awesome find from the MoMA Store. This Ultra-Flat Wall Clock by Thomas Buchhelm would be perfect for an artsy office space or to brighten up an all-white minimalist kitchen or living room.

These neon feather earrings by PeaceFrogDesigns will add a much needed pop of colour to any drab outfit. Would be especially wonderful worn during the cloudy winter months when bright colours are needed to lift the spirits!

What are you loving right now?
xoxo Lauren and Sarah

Monday, 26 March 2012

Makeup Monday: The Look of The Hunger Games

My latest obsession healthy interest is the phenomenon that is The Hunger Games. The foremost reason is that the books are amazing (as is the movie- thankfully) and the leading character Katniss Everdeen is the best strong female lead since in any book or movie since Buffy.

So how could I resist writing a post about the look of The Hunger Games, both in the movie and in real life? Part of the fun of The Hunger Games novel is the description of the people who live in the Capitol. Plastic surgery junkies with a fondness for wacky hair colours, bucket loads of makeup and dying their skin is basically the norm when you're a resident of the Capitol of Panem. Just take a look at Effie Trinket (above).

Katniss is required to undergo a makeover before she competes in the Games in order to transform her (au naturel District 12 look) into a glamorous, sponsor-worthy Tribute. This mainly consists of a whole lot of body waxing -ouch- and a good makeup application. The focus is mainly on Katniss' eyes, with a bronzed eyeshadow being finished off with black liquid eyeliner, false eyelashes and lots of mascara. Check out the difference above and below.

Jennifer Lawrence also knocked it out of the park at The Hunger Games premiere in a stunning golden Prabal Gurung dress and Jimmy Choo heels. The look was complete with a beautiful dark brown/bronze smoky eye, a neutral lip and naturally glowing skin. Love!

A trend sure to take hold now that it has featured in the movie is extravagant false eyelashes. Worn primarily by Effie and also by Katniss on occasion are some seriously cool (and wacky) falsies.

You can steal the lash look of Effie Trinket by getting some false lashes from Paperself. Their Deer & Butterfly (above) and Peacock paper falsies are featured in the film. Unfortunately I couldn't get a screen grab of Katniss' false eyelashes, but you can get a similar look by applying an accent lash in a bright colour to the outer corner of your eyes. Try Shu Uemura's falsies in Partial Floral Feather (left) or Mini Khaki (right).

China Glaze has also created a special collection of 12 nail polishes called Capitol Colours. The collection features mostly classic darker neutrals along with some pops of glittery colour. My pick is the holographic Luxe and Lush (which doubles as an amazing glitter top coat) and the glittery black Smoke and Ashes.

Top row: Luxe and Lush, Fast Track, Foie Gras, Dress Me Up, Mahogany Magic, Harvest Moon
Bottom row: Riveting, Electrify, Hook and Line, Agro, Smoke and Ashes, Stone Cold

Happy Hunger Games!

xoxo Lauren

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Craft Room Renovation: Before and After Photos

A few months ago I promised to show some photos of the mini-renovation of our spare room being turned into a craft room. My parents kindly let me invade the space and put all of my crafty things in it since they were rapidly taking over the small craft desk I had in our other spare room. Yay for Mum and Dad! 

Here's what the room looked like part way into moving out (and throwing out) a lot of random spare room stuff:

Here's what it looks like now after ripping out old shelves, filling in a lot of holes in the walls and a bit of re-painting:

I picked up this postcard of a painting by Frida Kahlo from the MoMA in New York and thought it would look lovely in a hot pink frame I picked up for cheap at Pillow Talk. All together it cost under $20!

This is also another bargain wall hanging. The picture is actually a card my Mum bought for me which she then glued into a frame from Ikea. They sell this kind of thing for $40 in the shops. Way cheaper to do it yourself!
Sarah made the lovely heart bunting for me which I used to decorate the door of the room. It also shows off one of my favourite acquisitions- an original drawing by my favourite illustrator Gemma Correll. (I just have to find the right frame for it!)
Overall I'm really happy with how the room has turned out so far. The only addition I would really love is a few more drawers for storage because, as you can probably tell from some of the above photos, things are currently being stored in bags on the floor!

What I love most is being able to use all of the extra wall space to hang up the pictures, vintage plates and other bits and pieces I've collected over the past few years. Now I just have to save up for a Confetti System Tassel Garland and the room will be complete!

Does anyone else have any pics of a room renovation to show off? I'd love to see them!

xoxo Lauren

Monday, 19 March 2012

Makeup Monday: Loving Nicki Minaj

Minaj channelling Marie Antoinette for Allure's April edition
Nicki Minaj is my new hair and makeup muse. From tri-coloured hair to dying her skin blue for a Vogue shoot, Nicki is never one to play it safe in the beauty stakes!

Nicki is also the new face of MAC's Viva Glam collection along with Ricky Martin. "Nicki's Lipstick" ($36) is a pretty bright pink with a satin finish. All proceeds from the sales of Viva Glam products go to the MAC AIDS Fund, which helps men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. A great excuse to buy a gorgeous lipstick? I'll take three please!

Nicki's staple makeup items include a vibrant lipstick paired with a full set of false lashes, black winged eyeliner (for when she's feeling more subtle) or a pop of neon eye shadow to really bring the "wow" factor. While her uninhibited approach to colourful cosmetics may be daunting for those of us who aren't famous performers (rocking up to a staid office job wearing neon blue eyeshadow might not go down so well), you can definitely get a bit of Nicki's love of colour in your own makeup routine.

A great way to experiment with colour is with eyeliner- just try a bright shimmering blue, green or purple colour instead of your regular neutrals. Simply line your top lashes for an effect that's not too in-your-face or for more effect, line the bottom lashes as well. I love to apply colourful eyeliner to my upper and lower inner eye rims, it gives you an amazing look and really shows off the shape of your eyes. Plus it's easier to apply the liner like this than the traditional way!

The other (even easier) way to get some colour happening in your life, a la Nicki, is to get yourself a bright lipstick or lipgloss. It's super easy to apply and always makes you look as if you've made a huge effort when you really haven't! Try a hot pink (Nicki's fave) or go for a traditional red instead- it never goes out of fashion! I love Lancome's La Laque Fever Lipgloss in Electric Pink, it's a never fail shimmering fuchsia that suits practically all skin types. As for a red, I love Nars's uber-famous Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl.

Have a beautiful (and maybe more colourful) week!

xoxo Lauren

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Flea Market Finds: Cute Animals

Many, many of the flea market finds Sarah and I buy feature some kind of cute animal, whether it's a deer, kitten, squirrel or the crafters favourite- the bird- if it's cute then we have to have it!

I actually have my mum to thank for a few of the above finds, mainly the bluebird plate and the little swan and bear vases. Oh, yeah and for paying for the 1960's kitty cookie jar! Thanks mum! I promise I'll pay you back...

All of the vintage goodies were under $10 except for the 1960's kitty jar which was about $35. I think that's pretty good considering its great condition and the fact that it is also insanely cute.

Check out other lovely flea market finds over at Her Library Adventures.

xoxo Lauren and Sarah

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Loving Right Now: Things That Make You Hungry

Even the butter on top of the pancake stack is happy!

A happy little crochet cake headband, made by You Cute on Etsy, adorned with sprinkles and a strawberry is sure to bring a bit of happy to any gloomy gal. Be warned- everything in this awesome shop is adorably, amazingly cute! You can buy already made plushies or purchase PDF crochet patterns so you can make one of your very own. A healthier way of satisfying a sweet tooth, no?

Tatty Devine's tasty looking Crisp Necklace- one for the hardcore salty snack lovers out there! Just don't try to use it to scoop up any kind of actual dip.

Have a constant craving for Laduree macaroons? Maybe these lavender and lemon scented soaps by Aubrey EA Apothecary  will help tide you over until your next trip to Paris. (Just don't try to actually eat them, ok? Even though they really do look very tasty).

The perfect accessory to wear to a high tea party: a Cherry Jam Cookie Ring by Allarts Kitchen! Pair it with the Tea Cup Necklace with Miniature Teapot and you'll be the envy of the "ladies' who lunch" crowd! 

xoxo Lauren and Sarah

Monday, 12 March 2012

Makeup Monday: Loving Bobbi Brown's Neons and Nudes Collection

Bobbi Brown is one of my favourite makeup artists, mainly due to the fact that she urges women to embrace any so-called "imperfections" they believe they have, and instead of hiding them to actually play them up instead- because it's our differences that make us beautiful. Pretty awesome to hear in a perfection-obsessed society, no?

Bobbi's latest collection is particularly lovely as it is a mixture of pop bright colours and her signature classic neutrals. It's great for the colour-shy because you can stick to wearing, say, your nude eyeshadow but splash out with a bright pink lipstick for something new. Or you could give the neutral eye a rest and experiment with the gorgeous jewel toned Ultra Violet Shimmer Wash eye colour, finished with a slick of winged black liquid eyeliner instead. It's a super easy way of giving your makeup bag a shake up and avoiding the same-makeup-colours-everyday rut.

Image via
Personally, I'm in love with the Neon Pink Lipstick (top right)- a bright lip is the easiest way to look "done" without actually having to do much. Perfect for spontaneous after work get togethers or when you just couldn't be bothered doing full-on eye makeup. It's especially great for weekends too, just pop on a pair of sunnies with a bright lip and you look seriously cool even though you haven't got any other makeup on. (Just look at Gwen Stefani for proof on this one!)

If the seriously bright colours freak you out, then just go for a slightly subdued version instead. Try a tinted gloss like the Ultra Violet or Cosmic Pink Lip Gloss that still gives you some colour, but just a less in-your-face variety.

I also highly recommend Bobbi's books, as they feature normal women and makeup techniques you can actually use in real life. She has written several books focusing on all ages. For the teens there's Teenage Beauty, for the more mature ladies there is Beauty Evolution and the books for all ages are Living BeautyBeauty Rules and Makeup Manual.

Have a beautiful week!

xoxo Lauren

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Our Creative Space

I recently completed the Jewellery and Small Objects short course at Griffith's Queensland College of Art, where we learnt basic metalworking techniques and how to make silver jewellery. It was really cool learning how to solder metal, etch silver and make rings (would I sound like a pyromaniac if I also said it was fun learning how to use an industrial blowtorch?)

I created a little sterling silver bunny ring by sawing out a bunny shape and soldering it to a simple ring I also made. Sawing out the bunny took ages, not to mention the six or so saw blades that I broke in the process! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out though, and it was really fun trying something new since my jewellery making experience up until now was centred mainly on beading, not actually making a piece completely from scratch.

I also made a sterling silver pendant with an etched flower design (please excuse the somewhat dodgy, blurry photo- blogger won't let me upload the better one I took. Thanks blogger!) I just need to finish it off with some silver wire and a clasp so I can wear it. If you were interested in the creative short courses at the College of Art, check out their website here. They have courses all year round, including a pretty awesome sounding Introduction to Screen Printing coming up soon...

You can check out some other lovely Creative Spaces here.

xoxo Lauren

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Loving Right Now

Tattly Designy Temporary Tattoos. Remember how much fun it was to plaster yourself in temporary tatts when you were a kid? Now you can continue the tradition, but with some uber-cool designer ones instead. I love the pug which is designed by my fave illustrator, Gemma Correll and the adorable "I've been a good bunny" design by Lisa Congdon. These temporary tatt packs would be great presents for the ink-happy people in your life, or for those too scared to actually go under the needle! They are also awesomely priced too- $5 for a set of two.

Confetti System Multi Coloured Tassel Garland. I have been seriously pining after one of these garlands to hang up in my room for ages after first seeing them on Hello Sandwich's lovely blog. You can order them in various colour ways and they're over 6 ft long so you can go crazy and hang them in your bedroom, living room, office, kitchen...basically anywhere that desperately needs an injection of colourful party time fun!

Tatty Devine personalised Name Necklaces. The queens of quirk and perspex jewellery now offer you the option of making your very own unique nameplate necklace, where you can choose the type of font, colour and charm for your necklace to have. There are five fonts, 31 colours, six charms and three necklace chains to choose from, so you can bet you'll spend a loooong time deciding which ones to pick! These would make a great gift for one of those hard to buy for friends, or one of those annoying people who already has everything. I'm personally loving the Sundae font in the silver glitter colour, finished with the little birdy charm...  

What are you loving right now?

xoxo Lauren
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