Friday, November 28, 2014

A CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY







CHRISTMAS IS NEARLY HERE!!! Seriously, it's less than a month away??!! I can't quite believe that another year is drawing to a close.

It's time to start thinking about decorating, soaking dried fruits in brandy, gift giving and present wrapping - so many good things in one sentence.

This year I'll be wrapping my loved ones gifts in wrapping paper designed by one of my dearest friends Lauren Merrick. The girl is a selfless, quietly spoken, loudly laughing creative. She wears printed scarves in her hair and rocks harem pants like you wouldn't believe. When she reads my children stories, she does so with passion and when she cuddles them, tickles are included.

Clearly Lauren is a woman of many skills because she also produces the MOST beautiful art work imaginable and this year, she's created a line especially for Christmas.

There's gift tags and wrapping paper and greeting cards. Note books and pens and beautiful prints. There's even a little collection of story books for children - literally something for every one.

Because she's a generous girl, Lauren is giving away a hefty prize pack to one of you! All you need to do is enter by following the prompts below to win the following;


10 Sheets of Wrapping Paper - two of each design 
8 Christmas Cards - one of each design 
12 Gift Tags - two of each design 

Total giveaway worth $122

You can find Lauren on Social media via the below links;

fb:                  www.facebook.com/laurenmerrickillustration
instagram:     @lauren_merrick
shop:             laurenmerrick.bigcartel.com


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DIY | VINTAGE LACE TABLECLOTH TOP





Lace is everywhere lately! I love it. Try this easy DIY to turn a family treasure into something beautiful you can wear.. or if you're like me and a little too sentimental to turn the scissors on something so special - pop into your local op-shop digs to find the perfect piece!

what you need
  • Vintage lace tablecloth (mine is from my local Op-shop and set me back $3)
  • Needle 
  • Thread
  • Scissors
how to 
  • Fold your lace in half longways and pin sides together
  • Measure and mark the armhole opening (mine is 15cm from shoulder)
  • Hand stitch the side seams, remembering to leave the armhole open
  • Carefully snip out an opening for the neckhole, following the pattern of your chosen lace piece (you'll see I've followed the line of the square pieces to create my neckline)
  • Hand stitch the neckhole seam, using the rolled hem technique
DIY by Nicole x

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SPRING BEDROOM PALETTE



 A subtle spring palette of sea foam musk and crisp white in luxurious linen and silk - hello dreamy Spring bedroom.

Making the bed is pretty much the ONLY house work I delight in… actually, lets be honest, it's almost the only house work I do so when the opportunity arises to try out new linens, I simply can't say no.

We've been sleeping amongst the new Shannon Fricke collection which consists of dainty pattens and subdue hues. The All of You Pom Pom Quilt Cover* is made from a lovely cotton linen blend which means you get the crumply look of linen without the hefty price tag, plus Pom Poms. You know! I've teamed it with the Hedgerow Striped Cushions* and some sweet silk and velvet cushions from my massive collection.

You can see these darlings in the flesh in either Domayne or Adairs or just impulse buy them right here.

*this item was gifted to me for editorial consideration.






Tuesday, November 18, 2014

WEARING | DUSTY LINEN




White can be tricky when you're a mum, can't it. It shows the boogers and (wine) stains but for me it's redeemed by it's bleach-ability. Stain it, bleach it.

Easy.

I've worn the Dusty Linen Dress in Pink here and Steel here. It's safe to say this dress is a wardrobe staple for me and so easy to buy online due to the oversized nature of the style. Roll the sleeve and away you go. In know some people shy away from linen due to that small quiet (otherwise known as your mother) voice telling them 'LINEN MUST BE IRONED' - but that voice is wrong. Linen is best on the second day when picked up off the floor. Crumpled and soft.

I hate to tell you that you can currently get your Dusty Linen Dress at $119 during the Bohemian Traders Spend & Save sale.



WEARING

Dusty Linen Dress in White | medium
Gypsy Weekender Bag