Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hints + Tips - DIY Stylish Magazine Rack

I'm not sure about you but I know that have quite a collection of magazines, I've also got quite a few on the go at a time. It's nice having a place to keep them all together, neat and tidy. I quite like the look of the one Fall For DIY has created using leather, pine and copper, you can check out the tutorial here.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wings For Life World Run - Re-Cap


Earlier this week I was part of an unforgettable day and night of running and inspiration. I along with some friends (including Jean from Traveling Honeybird) were just a few of the 101,280 people who partook in the Wings for Life World Run. I ran in my home town Melbourne, Australia, which was just one of the 35 race locations around the world where the run took place.

Introduced in 2014, the Wings for Life World Run is a global running event held annually in May. This year on 3 May 3, athletes in 35 locations around the world started at precisely the same time, 11am UTC. As if that wasn’t unique enough, the race has no finish line. Instead, you are followed by a Catcher Car, which takes off 30 minutes after the start at 15km/h and steadily increases its speed until the last athletes have been caught.

I had set my target as being some where between 5-10km, I knew I would smash 5km and would be happy to reach 10km before the Catcher Car caught up with me. In the week leading up to the race I did a really good run which made me reconsider my goals, it looked as though I should be aiming for 10-15km. In the end on race day I managed to reach 12.69km before the Catcher Car caught me. This is the best I've run in my entire life and is something I'm rather proud of not just achieving but being a part of.

In case you're curious the winner was two-time global champion, Lemawork Ketema, he was caught after 78 km in 2014 and 79.9km in 2015. That's a lot of running!

This unique event raised €4.2 million for Wings for Life to take the foundation another step closer to finding a cure for spinal cord injury. Worldwide, millions of people are dependent on a wheelchair after having sustained a spinal cord injury. Wings for Life is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation with a mission to find a cure for spinal cord injury. Since 2004, Wings for Life has funded life-changing research projects and clinical trials around the globe. While the cure is still to be found, steady progress has been made. The funds raised in the inaugural Wings for Life World Run and all future entry fees and sponsorship of this global running event will help work towards their ultimate goal.

To find out more and to pre-register for 2016 visit www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Introducing 3...

Wings for Life World Run Red Bull Nicole Tattersall
Tonight I'm running for those that can't in the Wings for Life World Run in Melbourne. Running generally isn't something I do a lot of, but the Wings for Life World Run is such unique format and it's raising funds for finding a cure for spinal cord injury, a cause I'm rather passionate about, I wanted to be apart of it. Whilst I could talk about about training tips and race preparation, I wanted to share three things that I think makes running in a race such as the Wings for Life World Run even more rewarding:
  1. Racing with friends.
    I'm going to running alongside friends not just in Melbourne, but due to the Wings for Life World Run being run simultaneously in 35 countries, I'm running with friends in different parts of the world at the same time. We've been inspiring each other and helping each other prepare for race day.
  2. Pushing your limits.
    I get a lot of satisfaction out of the thrill of taking on more than I can chew and seeing what I'm possible of. Every training session in the lead up to race day I've been pushing myself further, faster, and harder. Whether it be weight training, running, walking or stretching, I've noticed improvements in myself both physically and mentally. I honestly don't think I've ever run as well as I've been running lately and I find even that in it self rewarding. 
  3. Spread the word.
    I think almost everyone I've spoken to over the past few weeks I've told about the Wings for Life Run. Telling them about my target of 5-10km, which has now changed to 10-15km, due to how well I've been running. It's not just my personal target I've been sharing, I've also told people about the goals of my friends who I'm running alongside with.Whether you're running in the event, a volunteer, a supporter, a fan or are just interested in the race, it's something pretty amazing. Speaking of sharing you can watch the race live at http://win.gs/1DLMkKs.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Wings For Life World Run Volunteers Wanted

Ignacio Casale poses for a portrait during the Wings For Life World Run Press Conference in Santiago, Chile on April 21st, 2015
Ignacio Casale, Wings For Life World Run Press Conference in Santiago, Chile
In just over a week I'll be running the Red Bull Wings For Life World Run in Melbourne, Australia. I've some great friends who I'm excited to be running along side with for such an amazing foundation, some of who will be running in different countries, but we'll be all running at the same time.

Coming from an events background I know all to well that volunteers play an important role in ensuring that events such as the Wings For Life World Run being a success. I've volunteered with Red Bull in the past on many events and can say first hand that it's a great experience and one you shouldn't pass up.

If you're unable to run at this years event but still looking for a way to get involved, they're looking for volunteers to assist in the Wings for Life World Run Melbourne event. To take part or for any enquiries please contact michaela.langsdale@limelightsports.com or call +61 473 536 451.

Friday, April 24, 2015

A Moment To Pause

Pretty...almost like cotton by Carmen D Cluj
Pretty...almost like cotton by Carmen D Cluj
Photographer: Carmen D Cluj
Title: Pretty...almost like cotton
Website: www.flickr.com/photos/carmendcluj

Beat The Winter Blues

San Churro Winter Menu Crème Brulée
San Churro Winter Menu Lamington El Grande Hot Chocolate
San Churro Winter Menu Salted Caramel Tart
One of the many ways to beat the winter blues is to spend time with good company, and I'm not talking about spending time with a furry friend in front of the TV, I'm talking about catching up with friends over a hot beverage and some delicious treats.

San Churro (my personal favourite place to grab a hot chocolate) is releasing their winter menu which features six new indulgent desserts and drinks on Tuesday 28 April. I've had a sneak at the new menu and I'm already thinking about who I'd like to share (or may be not) the Crème Brulée with. It's been refereed to of the star of the new menu. Given that it's freshly scorched with a blow torch to create a crisp toffee layer on top, and has been given a Spanish twist by being served with mini churros and vanilla ice cream, who could resist.

Then again, the other new menu items are the Banana Carmel Cup, Salted Caramel Volcano, Salted Carmel Tart - which looks amazing, Tiramisu Sundae and the Lamington El Grande Hot Chocolate, so their are quite a few deliciously indulgent options to choose from.

If like me you like the idea of spending time with freinds enjoying not just good company, but a great atmosphere and tasty treat why not ctach up and one of San Churro’s stores to indulge in the new winter menu items.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hints + Tips - DIY Luna Inspired Necklace

Lunar Inspired DIY Necklace
With all the hype surrounding lunar and space activities recently this DIY Luna Inspired Necklace is on trend as far as topics of conversation goes. I'm also one for jewellery that has a meaning. To see how you can make your own pop on over to Design Happens and check out their Lunar Inspired DIY Necklace tutorial.

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Wings For Life World Run

Wings for Life World Run
I'm generally not one to participate in fun runs. Actually, I think the last one I participated in was the Run Melbourne in 2011 where I had run 5 kilometers. I do recall finishing it and thinking that I should of tried doing the 10 kilometers.

I think that's probably why I love the format of the Wings for Life World Run. The Wings for Life World Run is a unique race, where you run ahead of a ‘Catcher Car’, instead of running towards a finish line. So even though you can set your goal to run a certain distance, whether it be 5km or 50km, once the ‘Catcher Car’ overtakes you, your race is over. Which means you may possibly end up running (or walking, or skipping, or hopping) further than what you originally set out to do. Oh, I should add you get a 30 minute head start on the ‘Catcher Car’!

The event is a global event, with the whole world running at exactly the same time. People around the globe will be taking part in 35 cities across 6 continents, all running for those who can’t. The entire entry fee for the race goes towards Red Bull's foundation Wings for Life which funds research into making spinal cord injury curable.
Nicole Tattersall after running
The Wings for Life World Run will take place in Melbourne for the very first time on 3 May 2015. I've signed up with the aim of running between 5 and 10 kilometers. If I run over 10 kilometers I'll be very proud of myself. I've been training hard and am feeling confident that I'll hit my target of 10 kilometers.

Check out my profile to make a donation to Wings for Life.

Are you in?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Hints + Tips - 6 Ways To Beat Back To Work Blues

6 Ways To Beat Back To Work Blues
If you've ever had some time off from work, whether it be to an exotic location or you've spent some just some time exploring your own city, you've probably experienced the back to work blues. This inforgraphic from Medway Leisure Travel has some pretty handy tips on how to beat them. I especially like the advice about looking ahead to the future and starting to plan your next trip.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Introducing 3...

I wish everyone a wonderful Easter Sunday to celebrate here are three facts about the Easter Bunny:

1. Germans who settled in the Pennsylvania Dutch area told tales of the "Osterhas," which refers to a hare, not a rabbit.

2. Pre-Christian pagans worshipped Eostre, the goddess of Spring, whose symbol was a hare.

3. The first story of a rabbit (later named the “Easter Bunny”) hiding eggs in a garden was published in 1680.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Introducing 3...

What To Take To A Picnic, Food, Wine, and Music Event
Today I'm off to the Peninsula Picnic, a food, wine and music experience. The event plays host to some of the very best local chefs, resident restaurants, artisans, and expert vignerons and vineyards. With the soundtrack of the day being some of Australia’s finest live music acts. So what are three things I've packed to ensure a most wonderful day...

1. Picnic blanket - from Element - this one is a given I feel, but I like to ensure it's a pretty cute picnic blanket and one that will stand out from the crowd so that it's easily findable.

2. Sunglasses - Beckon by Oakley - I'm an advocate for sun protection, and a stylish pair of good quality sunglasses are a must have to protect your eyes from the harmful sun.

3. Rain jacket - Kensignton Print Stowaway Jacket by Rainbird Clothing -  I'll be upfront I work for Rainbird Clothing, however I love that the classic Stowaway Jacket folds up so small and comes in so many fun colours and prints. Great for just in case it happens to rain.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hints + Tips - To Attend That Blogger Function, Or Not

Last Thursday I went to attend the How to Become a Full Time Blogger event at General Assembly, I had booked my ticket way in advance, left work on time to make sure I was there at 6pm, drove through peak hour traffic in the city, parked my car in a car park and arrived at the event. Though I did not stay, after lining up to get in, I found it way too over crowded and noisy, so I left. On leaving I overheard phrases being said like "it's on a first come first served basis" and "you should of arrived earlier", as they were turning people away.

I was rather frustrated by the whole experience, for a couple reasons, one was that I had double booked myself that night and chosen to go to the discussion instead of the other event, the second being that it cost me valuable resources, including my time to get there, only to walk away empty handed.

On reflection I do find it interesting that an event titled How to Become a Full Time Blogger managed to do what all good bloggers shouldn't do, and that is piss off their audience. It was not just me who left feeling rather cheated.

Would I attend a similar event in the future? Probably not. Am I interested in the topic and hearing what other bloggers have to say on it? Most certainly. So I've not lost complete interest, I just feel that when you commit to attending an event of this nature you should weigh up what resources you're giving up to attend and what you expect in return. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Juddy Roller Presents Choqworld

For one weekend only, the main exhibition space at Juddy Roller is being completely transformed for Choqworld. Featuring the work of acclaimed Parisian street artist Choq and a new video by Selina Miles.

The solo exhibition is based on the life and times, both good and bad of Choq’s world. Growing up in the gritty outer suburbs of the world’s most “romantic” city, Choq knows all too well about the dark underbelly of a place known only for it’s romantic scenery and artistic and cultural roots.

It’s this dark underbelly that has led Choq down a path to recreate this world in a way we can all relate to. The work subtlety reflects his inner most personal longings, his dreams and his goals. His weapon of choice to express such complex emotions? Cartoons of course.

Choq uses his cartoon worlds as a way to connect with a range of people; both young and old, rich and poor. This is the inherent beauty in Choq’s work. He crosses socio-economic values and ties in an attempt to bring people together as a whole and forget about the superficial differences. His work explores complex themes and attempts to offer a satirical critique of the modern world.

Choqworld - Choq and Selina Miles
Where: Juddy Roller Studios, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
Exhibition Opening: 20 March 2015, 6pm - 9pm
Exhibition: 20 - 22 March 2015
Website: www.juddyroller.com.au

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hints + Tips - DIY Pom Pom Bunny

DIY Pom Pom Bunny
1... 2... 3... Awww... Seriously, how cute is this little Pom Pom Bunny. It's perfect little DIY craft project just in time for Easter too. To find out how you make one (or maybe a whole warren full) hop on over to Fab DIY for their DIY Pom Pom Bunny tutorial.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Introducing 3..

Easter is just around the corner, and it's a perfect excuse to decorate the house a little. My own personal taste is to have a few pieces around the home that nod at the Easter holidays without going overboard. For Easter this means a few bunny and rabbit related homewares, and as it's autumn, pieces that are warm and organic colour. Here are my top 3 not so Easter but Easter homewares...
Handpainted Bunny Bookends - Anthropologie - www.anthropologie.com
Handpainted Bunny Bookends - Anthropologie - www.anthropologie.com
Bunny Pot Plant - Poarttery - www.etsy.com/au/shop/Poarttery
Bunny Pot Plant - Poarttery - www.etsy.com/au/shop/Poarttery
Flying Bunny Mug - Yunik Design - www.etsy.com/au/shop/YunikDesign
Flying Bunny Mug - Yunik Design - www.etsy.com/au/shop/YunikDesign

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hints + Tips - The Science Of Posting On Social Media

The Science Of Posting On Social Media
There is so much information out there guiding when and how many times you should post on certain social media channels. It can all be rather overwhelming at times. I think that you can learn something from all that information.

Take the above infographic for example, yes, I should probably be doing two blog posts a day, actually that's what I use to do, how I managed it I don't know. However the times that they recommend to post a blog post conflicts with what information I gain about my blog and when people are visiting it. In this case I can see value to me in posting twice a day, but using my own analytics as a guide as to when it is best to do so. I also agree with the fact about peak time being on a Tuesday and Wednesday, this is in line with the information I have in regards to my blog.

When looking at the information that is being presented to you, take from the areas that best suit your personal or business goals. If Pinterest isn't a big driver for you or your business, maybe it doesn't really apply, or it's not something you really want to do, don't feel pressured to pin five things a day to your boards just because someone says you should. Also don't feel limited to just five pins a day if that doesn't suit you, sometimes I go a little crazy and pin 20 things, especially if I'm researching something. 

When looking at information about when to post, where, and how often, ensure that you look at how it best applies to your business or personal goals when it comes to social media. Take the time to compare the information being provided with other information, whether it be your own analytics, other sources that you use as a guide, or even your gut feel. If it doesn't seem right, it probably isn't - within reason though.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Introducing 3...

Autumn is now here, it has to be one of my favourite times of year. It's not to cold to be outside with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, curled up in a warm blanket whilst reading a book or sketching away at a new drawing. Here are my top 3 homewares to keep you cosy inside or outside this autumn...
The Third Row - Mr Kitly - Terra Hydro - www.thethirdrow.com.au/products/terra-hydro-100-100-2
The Third Row - Mr Kitly - Terra Hydro - www.thethirdrow.com.au/products/terra-hydro-100-100-2
Lightly - Amanda Pink and Natural Throw - www.lightly.com.au/product/amanda-throw-pink
Lightly - Amanda Pink and Natural Throw - www.lightly.com.au/product/amanda-throw-pink
East Editions - Luke Taaffe Cushion Covers - www.easteditions.com/edition/005-2
East Editions - Luke Taaffe Cushion Covers - www.easteditions.com/edition/005-2

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Introducing 3...

Autumn Beauty Natural Must Haves - Coffee, Honey and Coconut Oil
Don't get me wrong I love the long warm days of summer, but I do love autumn too. Cooler evenings, the changing of the colours in nature and autumn fashion, it feels so earthy and back to nature like. Each season I've introduced three beauty products that I think are a must have, this season I'm changing things up a little by introducing three beauty products that you can find in the kitchen and how I like to use to them as party of my beauty regime.

Honey 
Ever since I was a child and the only honey we had in the house was that from the bees that my Grandad kept, I've been passionate about buying raw honey. It tastes oh so good, and has so many fantastic health befits, that I've never bought over processed honey. Plus it has so many uses when it comes to looking after your skin, hair and nails.

I primarily use it to lighten up my hair by mixing three tablespoons of honey with two tablespoon water. Applying it to my hair after shampooing, then after an hour I rinse it well. Followed up by using my conditioner as per normal.

I also use it as a moisturising mask once a week, by spreading one teaspoon raw honey over my face after cleaning it. I let it sit for 15-20 minutes before rising with with tepid water. My skin feels so soft afterwards.

Coffee Grounds 
I don't mind a cup or two or more of coffee during the working week, when at home it's no different either. Well kind of is... when at home I use a french press and I hand grind the beans, it's a way of taking some timeout and slowing things down. Which seems odd when talking about coffee, if you think about it. Why coffee grounds as a beauty must have? I keep the grounds to use as an all over body scrub. I simply scrub the crumbly goodness all over my body for a natural exfoliate. Sloughing off dead skin cells it leaves my skin feeling all refreshed.

Coconut Oil
Recently I've become a fan of coconut oil, using it both in and for preparing meals, as well as a beauty product.

As a pore cleanser I mix it with one of my other favourite natural ingredients, honey! I mix one tablespoon raw honey with two tablespoons of coconut oil until the mixture is spreadable consistency. I then apply it to my clean, dry face, massaging gently in a circular motion, avoiding your eye area. Once done I then rinse it off with tepid water.

It's great to use to remove eye makeup. Just put a little on a cotton ball and gently sweep it over your eyes. Coconut oil does a great job breaking down waxy, inky eye makeup, and leaves the eye area hydrated too.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hints + Tips - Not All Artists Are Full Time

It's interesting when you tell people you're an artist, you get quite a few different reactions to it. Especially when I follow it with that I do illustration and stencil art. I think the reaction that gets me, is when people assume that I'm a full time artist, now whether that's in response to how I present the fact I'm an artist, I don't know. I always feel awful when explaining, that that's not the case and that in fact I've a full-time job that I love and my art is something I do in my own time, along with everything else.

I also find it's not just people who I'm chit chatting to that seem to make this assumption. It's sometimes galleries, suppliers and others in the industry. I've felt myself over the last few months having to explain that I'm not available during certain times due to work, and having to repeat this over and over again to some. Which can get rather frustrating - I've always liked the phrase "I don't wish to repeat myself because it makes me sound stupid."

What I'm getting at here is that not all artists create during the typical 9 to 5 working day, some are up late working at what they love. Others may have been up at the crack of dawn making coffees for some of the artists who work in the corporate sector and wear a suit instead of paint splattered jeans during the day. Creativity has no allocated time slot, there are no hard and fast rules on when you can be creative. Well... kind of... you might not want to be using the power drill at 3am though.

I also feel that just because you haven't committed your entire being to art it doesn't make you any less of an artist. I love my job, I love going out surfing, but I also love painting and drawing, for me that's what makes me who I'am as an artist.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Flamingo Surfboard

When I started getting my surfboards custom made for me, I also wanted to have custom artwork on them too. It was this interest in customising my own surfboards that led me to take up stenciling as a suitable medium in which to do so. Since stenciling one of my early boards with a pink palm tree my style and skill has changed. I'm also painting more than just surfboards.

My latest surfboard shaped by Scott Peberdy at Outereef couldn't be left blank. Following all the surfboards before it I knew  when placing the order for this surfboard that I wanted to cut yet another flamingo stencil to spray on it. I also knew that I wanted to have bright greens and blues behind it to make it pop.

Shortly after picking up this fine looking surfboard, selecting the tailpad and fins, I cut the flamingo stencil, bought the Belton Molotow colours that I required (also note they match the tailpad) and got to work on completing the artwork.

Since painting it I've taken the surfboard out at Woolamai down at Phillip Island, and it rides like a dream. I'm stoked to have this board as an addition to my quiver of surfboards.

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