Friday, August 29, 2014


The lovely Sonia over Life Love and Hiccups prompted me to start taking a more proactive role into journaling. I have ideas running around in my head all the time, as I am sure many of you do also. But I do not journal. I have a diary but hardly ever write in it, let alone look at it. The thing is I want to journal and diarise more of my life and ideas to reflect on later on and for provoking memories for myself and my family, especially my daughters, if they ever read them later on in life. 

I have a problem I buy lovely stationary only to leave it sit in a draw unused and loved from a distance without even putting pen to paper. That diary you see sitting on top of the pile here has only been written a handful of times. Ridiculous, I say. A lovely looking diary or journal should be used for inspiration, doodles and loads more.

I am hoping to journal every day or at least once a week. Lets all be HAPPY together and be thankful for all we have. 

I have been inspired by the journaling prompts that Kikki.K inspired me with a number of years ago. 

Journaling is a fantastic way to document your year and is the perfect tool to offer insight into the journey you take. 

Journaling can sometimes seem overwhelming as we often set high standards for ourselves and while we hit the ground running, we end up slowing down or even stopping after a few days. 

Don’t be afraid of journaling; here are some simple tips to help you on your way. 

Start simple. 

Don’t start your journal out with an extravagant display of your creativity using numerous materials, shapes, glitter and glue. Start with something simple and stylish. 

It takes 21 days to form a habit, so keep journaling manageable until after that period and then unleash your creativity. 

Your journal doesn’t have to include day by day accounts of your life. 

Think outside the norms. Instead of writing you could draw a picture, write down an inspiring quote, stick in a photograph, a poem or the lyrics of your favourite song. 

You might only feel like drawing a grid of black lines, but make sure you put something on the page. 

If you miss out one day, it’s easy to miss the next and the next… 

At the end of the year you will be so proud of your effort and of the keepsake you’ve created. 

It’s something you’ll look back on for years to come. - Kikki.K

Do you journal or keep a diary?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

packing tips with LOUIS VUITTON

When a Louis Vuitton shopper buys a piece of the framed luggage, they receive a travel tutorial. Here are a few tips :

+ Rolling is the best way to save space. Do this with casual trousers from the ankle up T-Shirts should be folded in once and then rolled from the neck down. When allocating items in your bag, the heaviest items should be place above the wheels.

+ Anchor your heavy items with rolled garments and shoes to either side. Scarves can be used to fill any empty spaces, while socks and adapters can be placed inside shoes. Line belts around the edge of your bag to save space, while preserving shape.

+ When hanging pants in a dress bag, the inside legs should be folded over the hanger in 
opposite directions from each other, to prevent them from slipping off.

+ Finally, if you are landing at night, place a scarf or pyjamas on top to grab when you land.


Louis Vuitton shows you packing tips with 'The Art of Packing' an interactive site which shows how to fold and where to place your specific items when travelling. I love the Zephyr. Which is your favourite?

The Zephyr

The Alzer

The Pegase

The Keepall

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

home inspiration PRETTY WEEKENDER

home inspiration: PRETTY WEEKENDER, DECOR

I am loving every little pretty touch in this lovely weekender in this Red Hill weekender.

home inspiration: PRETTY WEEKENDER

home inspiration: PRETTY WEEKENDER

home inspiration: PRETTY WEEKENDER

home inspiration: PRETTY WEEKENDER

home inspiration: PRETTY WEEKENDER

Source | The Design Files

beauty tips ALEXA CHUNG | IT

I have been reading Alexa Chung's, 'IT' and I wanted to share with you some of her beauty tips which I thought you may want to think about.

"If I know I'm going out for the day and potentially into the night I add a cat-eye eyeliner. I stole this look from Cleopatra and Ronnie Spector from The Ronettes and I think it's pretty much the most flattering make-up of all time… Practice makes perfect and always think 'up and out'."

"A little eyelash curl goes a long way, especially if, like me you have what could pass as a row of iron filings for eyelashes." 

My youngest daughter stated that an eyelash curler is a must. 

I have never used one before - have you?

"With lip balm it's best to stick to Australian pawpaw cream or natural products to avoid a massive lip peel, which can happen when you use glosses or overly fragranced products. I will occasionally exfoliate my lips (sounds disgusting, sort of is.) An impromptu exfoliation kit I have used in the past is some Vaseline and brown sugar, which I rub onto my mouth and rinse off with warm water."

I use paw paw cream all the time. Have you used paw paw cream? Which brand is your favourite?

"A dot of cream blush on each cheek blended with my fingertips is the approach I now take for that slightly flushed but not overly embarrassed look."

A little snippet from her book 'It'. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

sometimes we need 10 GENTLE REMINDERS

1. Making others feel at ease is the essence of etiquette, yesterday and today.

2. There are few more words more elementary or welcomed than please and thank you.

3. Good moods are contagious hopefully yours will be pleasantly catching.

4. Be aware and considerate of other peoples personal space - physical and aural.

5. Showing respect is a gift - one that costs nothing and is endlessly appreciated.

6. Think of your tone of voice as a telegraph - as a listener it speaks volumes.

7. A short fuse does nothing but burn - should you find yourself with one - steer clear of others.

8. Never underestimate the message that is sent by your poise and posture.

9. Clothes count. Appropriate attire is not only respectful, but refreshing.

10. Let common sense be your guide and graciousness your goal.

Linking in with Essentially Jess

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