Wednesday, 31 October 2012

New Lovelies In The Whimsy and Juno Shop

We have some new Springtime lovelies in the Whimsy & Juno shop! We're talking macaroon keepsake boxes that look so real you could eat them, a huge variety of gorgeous new mt tape designs and a quirky-gorgeous mug from a famous Swedish illustrator...


Macaroon Keepsake Box Coffrets ($13) available in four tasty colour combinations! We have a limited number of these coffrets in stock and due to their popularity we won't be able to get more until December if they sell out! 



We have the new range of mt wide tapes ($6.95-$9.95) that are extremely popular and hard-to-find! Think adorable forest animals, stamps, French sayings, pretty butterflies and colourful mountain scenes. J'adore! We also have some awesomely coloured and patterned mt singles ($4.50) and double packs ($8.95). Perfect for all of your crafty and decorating needs!


The amazingly talented Swedish illustrator Camilla Engman has had her fun and whimsical designs printed on to a bone china mug courtesy of OMM Design. Surely this would have to be the coolest mug your kitchen (or jealous co-workers) have ever seen? Camilla's World by Camilla Engman Mug ($20).



We also have copies of The Suitcase Series Volume 1: Camilla Engman ($35) available. This beautiful book allows you to explore more of Camilla's magical world through her illustrations, collages and photographs. You also get a free mini book and set of illustrated postcards with each copy! How sweet is that? For a peek inside this gorgeous publication click here.


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Monday, 29 October 2012

Makeup Monday: New Beauty Loves

Hawaii. You go there for the beautiful beaches, lush mountain ranges, ancient volcanoes...and the shopping. To be more precise: the makeup shopping. After cleaning out Sephora's Waikiki outpost, as well as Macy's and Nordstrom's at Ala Moana I have come away with a few new favourites stashed in my makeup bag...


1. Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation (USD$62). Just when you thought his foundations couldn't possibly get any more perfect...they do. This new addition feels gorgeous on your skin due to its featherlight formulation and truly is the closest thing to feeling like you're wearing no makeup at all. 

2. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder Compact (USD$47). Finish off your new base with this silky smooth powder compact with its ever-so-subtle face illuminating shimmer. (This also gets bonus points for its sleek and sexy packaging that just makes you want to whip it out in public and show it off).

3. Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner in Turquoise ($36). The loveliest shimmery peacock blue shade to line your eyes with for spring and summer. Plus it's guaranteed to stay on through anything. I think I hear the beach calling...

4. Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balms in Mighty Mimosa and Pudgy Peony ($35) are the perfect hybrid of a gloss, balm and lipstick. These are the new cult beauty items and since their launch in 2011 one is now sold around the world every 15 seconds. So they must be good, right? Great for those extra windy days when you need to wear something more matte in order to keep your hair from sticking to your mouth. (Because inhaling your own hair is never a good look). 

5. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in Boy ($50). Another gloss/lippy hybrid, this range of lipsticks has a perfect balance of sheer colour combined with a semi-matte finish. This particular shade has accumulated quite a following among the fashionable set due to its dusky pink, shimmery hue that looks amazing on everyone. A great every day staple product for your makeup bag!

6. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer ($46) and Face Touch Up Stick ($58) are your new complexion perfection secret weapons. While I have always been a lover of Becca's Compact Concealer, it is unfortunately very hard to track down and it's kind of hard to pick out your perfect shade off of a website. I have since found the perfect replacements in these fantastic Bobbi Brown formulations. The Creamy Concealer is specifically designed for covering those pesky under eye circles and leaves you looking naturally refreshed, with nary a "reverse racoon" eye in sight. The Face Touch Up Stick is your all-rounder concealer that's especially good at hiding any evil pimple or acne flare ups. There's a great shade range available too so everyone can find their perfect match.

7. Ciate Mini Mani Month ($58). Literally a nail polish fanatic's dream in a box. Or perhaps the coolest advent calendar ever: behind each door lies one of Ciate's signature bow adorned bottles of nail polish *insert girlish squeal of glee here*. This amazing box set includes 20 mini nail polishes, four of them being Ciate's famous Caviar Manicure blends (you can check out the post I wrote here about this awesome product), along with three surprise nail polish colours. Surely the perfect present for any nail fiend (and just think of the major brownie points you'll score for giving such a squee inducing gift!)

Have you made any new great makeup discoveries lately?

Have a beautiful week!

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Friday, 26 October 2012

My Creative Space: Pretty mt tape bows

After Lauren's Hawaiian holiday and Sarah's free seconds being taken up by her new baby, we're finally getting back into the swing of things here at the blog! And what better way then to experiment with creating some decorative little mt tape bows?


Is there any crafty item more irresistible than mt tape? The huge range of colours, pretty designs and the fact that you can use them to decorate literally anything make them instantly covetable. I think the urge to hoard these little rolls of awesome just gets bigger with time too, and before you know it your craft room/office/bedroom/bathroom has literally been taken over by washi tape.


We (okay, well Sarah did most of the making and Lauren did most of the "supervising") made these sweet bows using the instructions from Hello Sandwich's super-gorgeous Japanese craft book. This book is full of great projects with instructions on how to make heaps of zakka things like letter holders, journals, book covers, hair ties and cushions. The book is also full of beautiful photography and fun layouts so if you love Ebony's aesthetic then you definitely have to get a copy for yourself!


All you need to make one of the bows is some of your favourite mt tape and a hole/eyelet punch (which you can pick up at varying prices from craft shops). This is a great project for when you don't have a heap of time on your hands but want to make a special handmade something. The fiddliest part in making the bows is using the hole punch to make the hole to attach the eyelet, but once you get the hang of using the tool you'll be able to make a few bows in a short amount of time. Perfect to have on standby when something needs that bit of extra-cute handmade decoration!


These bows look so gorgeous when they're finished and we think they're much more personal and pretty then store bought ones! Plus you can use them to decorate presents, gift bags and notebooks or even turn one into a unique little brooch or hair pin. I actually think these could brighten up a "blah" work area by simply blu-tacking a few to the edges of any bookshelves or on to the sides of your computer screen. Yup...I think that's where I'm going to put mine!

Find out more about the Hello Sandwich craft book here.
Or check out other people's lovely creative spaces here.

xoxo Sarah and Lauren

Monday, 8 October 2012

Things I've Learnt Since Becoming A Mum...



  • vomit can appear on your clothing from nowhere and remain unnoticed until returning home from the shops.
  • Projectile number 3's do exist and like a rare sighting of Bigfoot, are a sight to behold. 
  • discussing baby's bowel movements will become as common place as discussing the weather. 
  • washing will increase ten fold. Murphy's law dictates that any clean item of clothing placed on baby will be puked on with 2 seconds of leaving the change table. 
  • arranging a photo shoot for bub at 2 weeks old expecting to get serene Anne Geddes style photos is a recipe for disaster. (Within a minute of dressing her in her new dress Soph proceeded to projectile vomit not only down her front, but her back and down the front of my maxi dress!).
  • Sleep deprivation can for example can cause you, to purchase a magazine at the newsagent and then leave it on the counter, go home and then remember 4 hours later. (I can now sympathize with my own mother who once broke down after making tuna casserole and forgetting the tuna!)
  • finally, experiencing the beauty and joy of unconditional love despite all of the above and the knowledge I wouldn't have things any other way.    

xoxo Sarah 


Tuesday, 2 October 2012

In the Kitchen: And In the Morning, I'm Making Waffles!




Whoever invented the waffle iron needs an award for Inventions That Have Truly Benefited Mankind and Made Breakfast-Time Even More Delicious. Is there anything tastier for breakfast or afternoon tea than a crunchy-on-the-outside-and-fluffy-on-the-inside waffle doused with maple syrup, butter and strawberries? Although ricotta pancakes are pretty awesome too...hmm...this could end up starting a foodie argument...

When my parents gave me a Kambrook Little Chefs Sunny Hunny Waffle Maker for Christmas last year I was super excited. Mainly because waffles are strangely hard to come by in Australia when you're eating out, as are waffle irons to buy so you can make your own. Plus, having travelled around America for a month I had become addicted to them and I needed a way to get a waffle fix at home. Sure, my waffle iron is in the shape of love hearts and is clearly meant for the 3-6 year age group but they're totally cute and take only two minutes to make so I'm sticking with it. It was actually difficult to even find a recipe for waffles that didn't include the instructions "go to local supermarket, buy packet of frozen waffles, defrost, serve". How sad is that? Thankfully I eventually found this awesome recipe for Buttermilk Waffles from a 2005 edition of delicious. magazine on taste.com.au. The original recipe includes poached quinces and cinnamon butter but I just love whipping up the waffle recipe for a special (and super quick) afternoon tea.


Buttermilk Waffles 
by Valli Little


Serves: Up to 8 hungry people

Ingredients: 

2 cups self-raising flour
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
2 tsp caster sugar
2 eggs
90 g unsalted butter, melted
1 3/4 cups (435ml) buttermilk
Maple syrup, butter and fresh strawberries to serve

Method:

1. Sift flour, bi-carb soda and a pinch of salt into a bowl. Add caster sugar, eggs, butter and buttermilk, whisking until smooth, then set aside for 10 minutes.

2. Preheat an electric waffle iron. Pour or spoon in enough batter to cover the base of the iron and cook according to manufacturer's instructions. Repeat with remaining batter.

3. Serve with maple syrup, butter, strawberries or ice cream. Apply to face. Try to remember to breathe between mouthfuls.

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Monday, 1 October 2012

Makeup Monday: Baroque Beauty Inspiration

Baroque. Usually this word conjures up thoughts of ornate church ceilings, gilded architraves and a helluva lot of anything gold. It's also a style that is either considered beautiful or seriously over-blown and tacky. If you belong to the latter group the latest fashion offerings from Dolce and Gabbana may convert you from from hate to love with a single viewing of the gilded flower headbands from their A/W 2012 collection....
The baroque trend is actually a craft lover's fashion dream: think embroidery, cross-stich, tapestry and beaded detailing that adorn full skirts, ladylike dresses, handbags, dainty clutches and even heels. No longer relegated to the tatty overnight bag or something your nanna would have worn circa 1930, embroidered clothes and accessories are coming back in a big way. Who woulda thought that granny's good ol' tapestry bag would one day be high fashion and actually kinda cool? So start raiding those closets, attics and op shops ladies! 

Baroque accessories are also a crafty gal's best trend (see what I did there?) because they are super DIY friendly. If you can't spare $1000 to buy one of the gorgeously embellished D&G headbands then why not have a go at making something similar yourself? Hit up your local craft shop for lace, pearls, rose and crystal cabochons and then get gluing to create your own unique hair accessories and earrings. Here is some inspiration to get you going:
When it comes to the makeup, think subtle. When you're wearing clothes and accessories that are so luscious and bold you really don't need to go overboard in the makeup department. Keep it clean with matte, neutral eyeshadows, pretty-in-pink blush and a soft lip. If you want to at least make one makeup statement I would suggest a slick of black liquid eyeliner or a wine coloured lipstick that pairs with the richness of the clothes. Here are my baroque beauty picks with some purse-friendly accessories to complete the look:

1. Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner (12.95). Use this handy little pen eyeliner to define your eyes with a simple line that ends in a little flick across your top eyelid.

2. Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in Rivoli ($50) a classic creamy lipstick that's not too matte and not too shiny. Go for a sexy burgundy to play off the black and gold embroidery of your outfit. Otherwise, stick to a slick of neutral lippie or lip balm and let your outfit make the statement.

3. Priti NYC Nail Polish in Flower of an Hour ($16.95) is a sophisticated dark red shimmer that would go perfectly with any rich brocade outfit or accessory.

4. Whether you choose to go with bold or neutral colours for your makeup you simply must play up your eyes by using a black volumising mascara like L'oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara in Extra-Black ($26.95). This new mascara has a super-big wand to coat every little eyelash so get a super-gorgeous falsie effect. And because L'oreal is the owner of luxury brand Lancome (who are famous for their amazing mascaras) L'oreal's mascaras usually have very similar formulas to its sister company's more exxy ones. So you can get a high-quality formula for half the price. Major win!

5. MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Love Long Distance ($36) provides the perfect amount of natural pink colour to your lips and lets your baroque inspired ensemble shine.

6. The River Island Tapestry Satchel ($59) is a perfect bag for everyday use that totally encapsulates the baroque trend. The fact that it looks suspiciously like a Mulberry Alexa bag doesn't hurt either.

7. These ASOS Mini Gem Flower Drop Earrings are seriously gorgeous and look totally Dolce but cost only $20! The perfect accessory to glam up your workday wear and casual outfits. A winner on all counts.

8. This lovely River Island Perfume Bottle Necklace ($10) will add some baroque glamour to your outfit.

9. This ASOS Clutch Bag with Jewel and Lace Detail ($50) is a modern and kinda glitzy take on the trend.

10. Try wearing this ASOS Spike, Pearl and Crystal Headband ($20) as a baroque-meets-girly-punk experiment in total loveliness.

11. Cath Kidston Stitch! ($14) will get you cross-stitching and embroidering in no time! A great guide for beginners and old hands alike, this book is full of gorgeous stitching projects that are completely naff free.

What do you think of the baroque trend? Are you loving D&G's high fashion take on crafty past-times like embroidery and cross-stich?

Have a beautiful week!

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P.S. We are taking part in Blogtoberfest 2012, where you try and blog every day for the month of October. It's kind of like Octoberfest but without the massive amounts of beer, pretzels and men wearing lederhosen. Sound like fun to you? Then head on over to I Saw You Dancing and sign up!
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