Organise your linen cupboard

Even though I am not married yet, I’m currently living with my fiancé (such a bad wog child I am – always been a rebel). I like to call myself a real housewife of Melbourne. If it’s okay for Gina Liano, it’s okay for me, ladies!

So  I have never had to manage a linen cupboard before – that’s been mums job for the 28 years that I have been fortunate enough to live with her!

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Life is easier with Acer

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I am so excited to talk tech with you all – a little something new on my blog that I can’t wait to share.

I have always been more of a Windows kinda gal. Just recently I ditched my Apple Macbook and was gifted an Acer laptop from my fiancé, and, honestly, life has been simpler ever since!

The lovely people at Acer have gifted me a pretty awesome 2 in 1 Switch Alpha. It’s essentially a stylish tablet, but with so much more packed in.

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Kismet by Milka

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Hande Kurtulus who has just just brought Kismet by Milka to Australia for all you lucky ladies who are obsessed with statement jewellery, including myself. The likes of Madonna, Margot Robbie, Nikki Minaj, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Bella Hadid (Just to name a few) have been seen in this amazing company’s jewellery. The line feature chokers, statement earrings, and necklaces along with my favourite, the initial ring. Secretly hoping Santa brings me a Z ring this Christmas! For now enjoy my interview with Hande and enjoy my favourite items from Kismet by Milka, below.
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Food Alert

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Over the weekend, I headed to the Taste of Melbourne event, in partnership with Electrolux, at Albert Park.

Let’s be real. I love to eat. I can never say no to a food festival, which may explain why I’m on the double digits in weight. Buuuut in saying that, life’s too short for calorie counting, right? You enjoy your weekends, ladies.

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Becoming a Famous Fashion Photographer

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Getting to the top of any industry is hard. And Australian fashion photographer Chris Polack knows it. He’s spent more than a decade perfecting his craft.

But with blood, sweat and tears comes progress. Earlier this year, Chris was chosen from more than 800 applicants from around the globe to fill one of 26 mentorships with legendary UK fashion photographer Nick Knight (who, by the way, charges $1million a day!). Chris has since had his portfolio featured by Italian Vogue and is currently jet-setting between Australia, London and New York on a range of exciting projects.

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My Secret is Your Secret

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Guys, I gotta admit. I have been a little lazy when it comes to posting book reviews on my blog. It’s a shame, really, as I read quite a lot. I’m a bit of a bookworm, y’see! Bookworm and proud, girls.

I was delighted when Kerrie Denton, author of My Secret is Your Secret, reached out to me to review her book. After a little Googling, I was interested to find out more and read the book –  which I finished in 30 minutes, just sayin’.

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Le Petit Rosé by Jacob’s Creek

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Rosé lovers you are in for a treat with this post. The good people at Jacobs Creek Wines sent me 6 bottles of Le Petit Rosé, and within three days we were out! (Of course). We went and bought more it was just that delicious or ‘crisp’ as the connoisseurs may say hehe.. All four ladies who tasted Jacobs Creek Le Petit Rosé loved it. I’m talking moscato and red wine drinkers.. enough said huh. 

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My Derby day look

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Derby Day is the start of the four day race days that make The Melbourne Cup Carnival. I unfortunately can’t attend this year as I am moving into our new home, but to all you ladies who are attending and need some outfit inspiration from a amateur fashion blogger, (moi) you have come to the right place.
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GIRLS NIGHT IN

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Over the weekend, my sister in law and I hosted our first ‘Girls Night In’ raising funds and awareness for women’s cancer with 100% of proceeds going towards the Cancer Council. We wanted to create a fun, relaxed environment for all our guests which is why we went for PJ attire. All the girls looked super cute in their robes and slippers including Mads and I, but you be the judge hehe. 

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Portugal is the new black…

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I had my first taste of Oporto a few years back and I honestly loved the taste. The Bondi Burger is my favourite, along with their selection of dipping sauces. But I have a little confession to make… I thought Oporto was based on Bondi Beach! (blushing in shame)

 After a little research on the company (and constant cravings after seeing the new commercials on the telly), I now know that Oporto is all about PORTUGUESE CHICKEN! The Oporto team travelled back to the motherland capital of Lisbon to put this sexy commercial together… (check it out here) believe me, you’ll be racing to Oporto after you see this! (or booking the next flight to Portugal!)  

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Hostess with the mostess

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I recently attended a styling workshop at Northland Shopping Centre hosted by The Three Piece Suit. I have seen their work via Instagram and ladies it’s to die for! From the weddings to events, Belinda and her team are incredible.

Jess, the owner of @abrokegirlwithexpensivetaste and I could not wait to get started. What I loved about this event was that it was hands on. Belinda took us through all the essential steps needed to make a great dinner party. Now you may think you already know all this but I am new to entertaining, especially with moving into my new home, so this workshop was needed for an amateur housewife in the making, me.

Tips I picked up when entertaining and styling a dinner table

  •    Have background music
  •    Light a candle or incense stick
  •    Have a conversation starter for guests; a beautiful centrepiece does the work
  •    In the bathroom add a little candle or flower in a vase that matches your table setting.
  •    Get creative with your table setting; think placemats over tablecloth, arrange your serviettes in more creative ways (add a flower, tie up some thread, let the serviette drop off the table a little)
  •    Purchase random dishes, not everything needs to come in a set
  •    Don’t ruin a beautiful dinner set by adding a white dish for your starters.
  •    Linen spray is totally a thing, shop here

We also got to put together a flower arrangement and keep the entire thing (spoilt as always). I had the most amazing vase … wait for it ladies, it’s called a vessel, not a vase … always learning hey?

How often do we all buy flowers and just throw them in a vessel? Belinda advised us to lay all the flowers out, cut flowers when required, and pull a few leaves off if needed to create a beautiful arrangement.

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Jess & I arrangement
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I loved all the little tricks she showed us and both tables looked amazing! For only $20 we received a wonderful gift bag, voucher and got to keep our arrangement, the best $20 I have spent in a long time.

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I can’t wait to have my family and friends over and show off the new skills I picked up.

Check out The Three Piece Suit here, I’m sure I will be using the tips for my wedding when I get off my lazy ass and actually plan it.

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Sydney Fashion Weekend

I thought it would be fun for Christina the lovely competition winner of my Schick’s catwalk with a twist comp to write a post to feature on my blog. I hope you all enjoy the below and give her a follow (support a sister) @madeformadison.

 

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Spring Racing: Caulfield Cup Style

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If you haven’t had a chance to read my post on the Caulfield Cup then visit the page here. I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and organise a shoot with Bianca Lamont, a brilliant Melbourne photographer I met via Pedestrian TV. I have always loved fashion, I have got it wrong and I am sure I will continue to get it wrong and that’s okay but I think I got it right on this occasion. But you be the judge? 

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En Route Caulfield Racecourse

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I am so excited to share this post with you all. Those who know me well know I am obsessed with attending the races. I have been attending the Caulfield Cup over the last few years. A few years back I volunteered with Starlight Foundation and just fell in love with the racecourse. It’s a lot smaller than Flemington and the vibe is a lot more relaxed and fun.

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Tiny (only pic I could find) 

This year I will be attending Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day and Caulfield Cup, a week apart! Apologies to my feet in advance, ouch!

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Bloggers United

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With over 1200 members on Facebook and over 15k followers on Instagram, being able to secure a ticket to a Bloggers United event was like getting a Willy Wonker golden ticket. Yup, I was one of the lucky ones. Like every other blogger who attended, I purchased my ticket to support this non-for-profit organisation.

The event was held by Melbourne founders Nikita @njtblogger & Jasmine @sweetaholicbeauty. I have been a fan of both the girls’ blogs and have followed them both on social media for ages, so it was good to actually see them in the flesh! 

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New York City

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When New York City comes to mind I think sky high buildings, Sex and the City, yellow cabs and hot dogs. We were finally on our way to our ‘engagement moon’. Cute, I know.

We flew with Qantas I was excited to get on their Airbus A380-800 as I have never been on a double decker plane. Flying time was just under 23 hours but it gave me time to enjoy some bubbles and catch up on reality TV.

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DIY lavender soap

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Who doesn’t love a beautiful soap? I find the best ones at local markets when I go away on a little staycation. Soaps make amazing features in the bathroom or in your linen draw or even a brilliant little last minute gift for a loved one. As you all know I am loving a DIY lately so enjoy my DIY soaps below- it’s so easy ladies.

What you need:

• 6 pack of plain soap. I got mine for $2 from Coles.

• Candle/Soap moulds (could also use a muffin tray)

• Dry flowers (I used some dry lavender I had laying around the house) Fresh flowers, rose petals would look so pretty.

• Diffuser oil (Euphoria) scent of choice lovelies.

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Step 1: You can chop up your soap with a knife but I found using a cheese grater an easier option. Alternatively, place all soap in a plastic bag and smash it on the ground a few times if you need a little de-stress.

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Schick’s catwalk, with a twist, at Sydney Fashion Weekend!

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I am very fortunate to get invited to quite a few events thanks to my blog. With so many being in Sydney thought I unfortunately have to decline. I wont lie, I have thought about relocating as I feel there is more opportunity for bloggers in Sydney but due to my fiancé business I don’t think this is possible and I love Melbourne to much anyways so I guess I will just have to invest in a private jet to take me to these awesome events that I’m clearly missing out on.

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“In the Youth of Our Fury”

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I recently attended the launch of Margaret Zhang’s first photographic book, “In the Youth of Our Fury” held at Eastland Shopping Centre. Firstly, the room where the exhibition was held was just gorgeous. I loved the hanging floral arrangement.

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Confession time, ladies: I am guilty of not knowing anything about art or good photography. I mean, I see an image and think, “that’s a great shot”, but can’t stare at a photograph for more than a few minutes without reaching for another glass of champagne or the passing mini borek – yes, they were delicious! 

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What I can comment on, is Margaret Zhang. I have seen her flatlays, brunches and to-die-for effortless outfits pop up on my Instagram feed over the years. Major blog goals right there.

I recently watched Fashion Bloggers TV and Margaret would be at uni one minute, and fashion week the next, or even shooting (and modelling) for Swarovski. She is also a Vogue cover girl. Serious girl crush! It was a great insight to the world of Margaret.

It was so great to see those who worked with Margaret were actually in the room celebrating her moment, along with the images featuring Eastland staff members in the book. It’s so great that Eastland could collaborate with such an outstanding talent. 

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Back to BEAUTY school!

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Ladies! I went back to school the other night. Back to beauty school that is! It was an event held at Priceline in Doncaster. By the way, the store is gorgeous and had really great lighting for a killer selfie – bonus!

I was in the company of some wonderful bloggers, and we were all broken into three groups. First, we were taken around the store to see the best sellers, new products and learn about staff favourites.

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MSFW 2016

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I was pretty excited to attend my second Melbourne Spring Fashion Week to watch the closing runway show featuring resort. If you’re a little unsure on what resort is, basically its swimwear and holiday attire.

Fashion can be a little unrealistic on the runway sometimes so it was wonderful to see great wearable items this time round.

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Move over Martha

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I am so excited to announce that I am now a creative contributor to one of my favourite blogs Who Loves That, massive pinch myself moment! I am such a fan of Emma from her style to her DIY projects to her recent wedding. Emma inspires me when it comes to blogging and now she is kinda my boss! So cool.

I look forward to putting together some fun content for a new audience and working with photographers and creating some magic for you all.

Take a look at my DIY coffee scrub which featured on Who Loves That here. I thought I would also share it below for you to try.

 

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Simplicity with Akin

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As always, when receiving blogger mail, the excitement is next level and I can’t wait to try my goodies and share them with you guys. Yep, I’ve been blogging for over a year, but I’m still like a kid at Christmas when my blogger mail arrives!

So, what did I get this time?

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