Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pintest: Hair bows and "the ultimate office hairstyle"

Welcome (dun dun dun) to my Pintest themed series! In an effort to keep posting regularly while I'm on prac (first day today, yay!), my thoughts immediately turned to a series set of posts, and Pintesting sounded fun.

Today? I'm testing two hair pins which I've had on my boards for ages - the bow bun and "easy" hair for work. For your reference: my hair's just below shoulder level with layers.

First up? The bow bun.

Image sourced from Pinterest

...ok, so I didn't look that glamorous, but this was my result:

Bow bun!

I made a bow on my head. With added flyaways simply because my hair's slightly layered. My poor brother, Dad and dog (not joking) had to deal with me running around going "LOOK WHAT I DID TO MY HAIR ISN'T THIS AWESOME". I regret nothing. It's not exactly the most practical hairstyle ever, (it's a bow and I claim to be an adult some times) but it's still easy and a useful skill just in case.

Secondary style: this one:

Image sourced from Pinterest


Ok, this one I was excited for- a hairstyle that's not a ponytail that I could wear to school? Count me in.

"Easy" office hair results


"Easy" office hair


Back of the "easy" office hair


Results: well, maybe? Not a huuuuge fan of how much the hair tie shows at the back, but I suppose it's cute?
Might give it another go on a future date to see how well it works with a hat.

Any other hair pins I should give a go? Ones that are wearable with a hat would be right at the top of my to-do list. Let me know below!

Catch you next time,
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Nothing quite beats...

...bread fresh from the oven.

17. Learn how to bake bread.
Bread = awesome.

Also because it's number 17 on my 23 before 23 list. Mostly because bread is awesome (these are foccacias, by the way!). Complements of (essentially, don't judge) a "packet mix" of bread, which consisted of bread flour and a packet of yeast; this saved me from having to get new yeast, yay!

Italian herb and cheese; Rosemary and garlic


My pick of flavors? Italian herbs and cheese on one, and rosemary and garlic on the other.

Rosemary and garlic


Rosemary and garlic
two sprigs of rosemary
garlic powder
olive oil

Roughly chop rosemary and scatter across uncooked bread. Sprinkle garlic powder evenly across the uncooked bread, and drizzle with olive oil.

Italian herb and cheese


Italian herbs and cheese
(herb combination chosen from the back of a dried Italian herb mix)
Marjoram
Basil
Thyme
Oregano
Parsley
Rosemary
Chunk of cheese

Roughly chop all of the above herbs. Shouldn't need more than 2 sprigs of each, depending on taste. Grate cheese, and scatter herbs and cheese on bread. Drizzle with olive oil.

My personal favorite? The Italian herbs and cheese. Mostly because I'm not a big fan of the rosemary as it turns out, though with spaghetti? Best. Thing. Ever.

What are your favorite bread topping? Let me know, and I'll give it a go!
Catch you next time,
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Thursday, January 09, 2014

Happy End of The First Week of 2014!

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and new year!

To explain why I haven't had an actual post so far this year is this: I've decided to focus on planning ahead and making sure I'm proud of each and every single post (and item I create) rather than going "OMG IT'S TUESDAY I NEED TO MAKE SOMETHING".

...Which happens pretty much every Tuesday.

So this year, I'm planning ahead and (hopefully) writing loads of posts which I'm super proud of. One thing which I did love doing was a series-post (refer to the Christmas just gone!) so there's plans in the works to do that!

My current sewing story? Bought 3m of bias binding to trim the hem of my circle skirts, and am around 15cm (yeah you read that right) short. Did not think I'd be using that much bias binding...

Meanwhile, I'm most active on Instagram (currently participating in January's photo a day challenge), but feel free to follow me whereever (links in the sidebar!) while I get ready for a good year!

See you soon,
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Monday, December 30, 2013

23 before 23: 6 month update!

Back in August I posted about 23 things that I wanted to achieve before I hit 23 next year (read about it here). Since we're at the 6 month mark, I thought an update was in store!



Writing this post and reading over my list I'm realising how much I've got to achieve - school holidays now, time to get busy! So far I've achieved...

12. Spend a day at the beach
Check! Was a gorgeous day and both myself and my boyfriend came back without being completely roasted. Considering how pale we both are, that was a surprise.

23 before 23 - number 12~


19. Find a signature makeup look
It only occurred to me the other day that I'd done this - I <3 my winged liner and bright lip.

20. Read 2 "classic" novels
Done and done!
Clearly I've gotten lazy with my book reviewing, haha. I've since read The Great Gatsby, Little Women and am currently marathoning my way through Anna Karenina.

I've noticed it just seems like I'm not a Jane Austen fan but have enjoyed all of the others that I've read. Next on my list? The Odessey!

21. Spend more time with friends
So happy with my progress with this! I've met a whole bunch of new friends and have been trying to spend more time with my friends. Still feel there's more progress to be made, but I'm actually motivated now :)

22. Find that perfect shade of red lipstick
DONE! By accident, too. Got my November Bellabox (each month they send you a themed box filled with beauty themed goodies), and in it was a red lip crayon! I'm 100% in love with it, and (...ignoring the fact it isn't a lipstick as such) it's pretty much perfect for me! Here, have a link! (please note: non-sponsored, I just love the product) I also picked up my very first MAC lipstick in a gorgeous red, too :)

And that's it. Hmm so many more things to do, and six months remaining. Guess I'd better get on it!

Hope you have a fabulous new year, and see you in 2014 for a fabulous year!!
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Friday, December 20, 2013

Drink up, me hearties, YO HO!

Admittedly these are drinks (and as a result photos) are from last Christmas (so a penalty picture of the dog being Christmassy is included) but both drinks will still be made in my house for this Christmas!

Vodka punch


Cranberry Vodka Punch
750mL cranberry juice
500mL lemonade
1/2 cup vodka
1/4 cup triple sec

Mix together in a Christmassy jug and drink!



Champagne punch


Ho Ho Ho Punch
1 bottle champagne
1 bottle ginger ale
Strawberries to serve

Mix in a jug and serve!

The champagne punch does seem a little weird, but it was the more popular of the two in my family! Heads up as well, that vodka punch? Hella strong.

Do you have any other drink recommendations / recipes? Let me know below! I'm always wanting to try new drinks for Christmas!

See you tomorrow :)
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PS:
Have a cute Patch pic which I shot last Christmas!
Penalty Patch pic

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hot Little Deliciousness

To explain how I got this recipe, we have to cut back to a couple of weeks ago.

I went to the Black Milk Christmas party and they were giving out the recipe cards. Which have possibly my favorite print on them. Ok, so it's not that an exciting story.

BM Gingerbread card


So I made gingerbread men today. Much to my surprise, they're delicious.

They're mostly not gingerbread men. Partially because my human-shaped cookie cutter is kind of bleh, and partially because my Dad doesn't actually like icing (I know, right? Horrifying.). Go make some gingerbread men! / trees / angels / that random cookie cutter you bought that one time because you couldn't figure out what it was.

Gingerbread stars!


Gingerbread trees and angels


See you tomorrow!
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Always pressies under the tree...

Welcome to 7 days of Christmas! Since Christmas time's pretty much my fave time of year (...candy canes, guys, candy canes) (we're ignoring the fact that I prefer winter over summer, especially summer here in Australia), I decided to attempt something new - 5 days of Christmassy posts!

Today: all about ...how to make the cheap wrapping paper look fancy/expensive. Note: presents have been pre-wrapped to protect the innocent.

...That's not right.

Take 2: presents have been pre-wrapped to not ruin the surprise for the gift-ees.

Double ribbon


DIY bow


Tie ribbons slightly off centre!


Yes. I use the cheap, multipack Christmas wrapping paper, rather than plain brown paper and decorate it, as per Pinterest demands.

Find a print you like, then what I've discovered to make it look less cheap ('cause let's be honest, a lot of them look insanely cheap) would be to use actual ribbon rather than curling ribbon. You can either double up (refer to the first picture) or tie it off to the side (refer picture 3) for as-easy-as-curling ribbon looks. The other thing I've done is DIY'd up a fake bow (picture 2) - let's be honest, actual bows are kind of expensive (even in multipacks), so if you're out, try a couple of strands of curling ribbon lumped together. Fake bows for the win!

Finally, how I've been wrapping my poor boyfriend's presents for years now- taping every single opening up so it's rather hard to open. It's proved to be rather amusing (for me), haha.

How to annoy family members =P

See you tomorrow!
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