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.

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