Christmas – Make Your House Twinkly!

IMG_4710Christmas is a pretty time of the year, and one of the most fun parts of it all is without a doubt decorating your home. There are soooo many different styles you can go for during festive fun times – you could go for that classic white winter wonderland feel, keep it modern with metallic and copper, or just go all out with Quality Street coloured tinsel and fairy lights like the good old days.

If you’re looking to decorate your house within the next week or so for the start of December, here are some of the things you’ll wanna start thinking about.

Outside The House – The first thing anyone will see as they pass by your home during the festive season or come to visit you is the front of your home and your front garden, if you have one that is. One of the fun things about decorating your home during Christmas is being able to play with lights and make your home stand out from every other home on the street. You can pick from so many different types of lights for the outside of your home- you could go for colour changing bulbs, white icicles or even go all out and have Santa himself up on ya roof! If you have a few bushes or trees in your front garden you could also put a light net on there to make them sparkle and feel maaaagical!

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The Door- One of the most classic Christmas decorations you can get in your home in the winter is a festive wreath. You can buy a wreath from the store or if you are more crafty- make your own. All you’ll need is a hoop made from wood to start you off, or I often use a bunch of greenery and make it look pretty, add seasonal decorations such as holly, berries and baubles. Wrap the garland around your wood and then use glue dots to stick on some festive baubles, pinecones and bells to make your wreath perfect to hang on the front door. If you really wanna go all out, you can wrap around some battery-operated lights to make it sparkle in the evenings.

The Hallway – Next up is your hallway. Although you and your family won’t be spending the whole of your festivities stood in the hall, it’s still nice to have some decoration there to really tie everything in your home together and make it all feel as festive as you can. To start off with you can have a small table by the door with a tabletop Christmas tree and some scented candles to make your home smell super festive. And then you could have a stocking hanging on the coat rack, some lights making their way into the home- and maybe some small festive ornaments. You don’t need to go nuts with the hallway- it is just nice kinda cosy to have a few festive touches in there.

The Stairs – One huge part of your hallway will be the staircase, and depending on how big your home is- it could be made into a huge design feature during the winter period. The most simple way to decorate your stairs would be to wrap some lights and tinsel around the banister going all the way down the stairs. If you want to go for a more nature inspired theme, you could get a long holly garland and wrap that around the bottom of your stairs- placing small pinecones in there to add extra dimension. And finally, if you want to go all out on your staircase and turn it into the ultimate festive feature- you could wrap a garland and lights at the bottom and then hang large white paper snowflakes on the stairs. This is a better idea if you have a large home- but it will look pretty ace if you can pull it off!

Fireplaces – If you have a fireplace or two in your home, you can make these into a festive feature by placing a garland on top and then adding things such as sparkly leaves, dried oranges and pinecones. And of course, you can’t have a Christmas fireplace without a few candlesticks or a large scented candle jar. You can thread some fairy lights through your design too if you know it is the room you’ll be spending a huge amount of time in throughout Christmas.

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The Tree – The tree is without a doubt the most exciting part of decorating your home at Christmas- there’s simply nothing better than spending the 1st December in your festive pjs with a Christmas movie playing as you decorate the tree with your family. Everyone will have their own jobs when decorating the tree- one person will assemble it, someone will do the lights (after spending hours un-tangling them), and then you can all play around with the baubles. And of course, someone will have the honour of putting the star on top of your creation at the end. Dance around and take your time with this part of the decoration- it will be the focal point of your home and is the perfect centrepiece to your festive design in the home. As for the colour scheme on the tree, you have a whole load of options available to you at this time of the year. You can go for a Scandinavian look and stick to neutrals and white, a classic look with reds and greens- or just put every single colour of the rainbow on there, because it’s Christmas so you can!

The Table – The table is the final piece to add to your festive feels, and if you’re hosting Christmas dinner this year, you’ll want to make the most of the space you have on the table while making sure you can fit all of the food on there on the day. Practice by laying out the dishes you’ll be serving the vegetables and meat in on the day, and you can then see what room you have left for a centrepiece and some candles. Your centrepiece can be as simple or extravagant as possible- and you can really fit it to the style you are going for in the rest of the home. The thing I personally enjoy the most about this season is that it’s an excuse to go crazy with fairy lights and sparkle, go make your home all twinkly, and enjoy! 

I’ve Got A Blank Space, Baby (And It Needs Decorating)

The blank wall. Every home has one. You promised yourself you’d put something ace up when you first moved in, but it’s fallen down that to-do list over and over again, you’ve walked past that blank space of yours so many darn times you don’t even realize it’s there anymore. So, the obvious answer to all this is to create a photo-gallery wall. There’s nothing wrong with this obvs; it’s just a little bit, kinda cliche. It’s been done so many times that it hardly makes an impact anymore. I’ve pulled together a list of creative ways you can add a lil’ bit of color and creativity to this gaping canvas of yours. You’re welcome.

A Gaggle Of Baskets… Baskets come in all shapes and sizes, colors and patterns, yet they seemed to always get stuffed within each other and then left below the coat rack in the utility room. Well, hows about hanging a bunch of decorative baskets on your wall to make a statement. It could be that you collect baskets from each of your holidays from now on, or just start painting the ones you spy in thrift shops – so long as there is a mix of sizes, styles, shapes, and colors you will be smiley by the results.

Letter Of The Law… I adore any look that takes the worlds of rustic and contemporary and slams them together to create art, and that’s exactly what you’ll get from hanging giant metallic letters on your blank wall. Having a couple of letters is gonna make a cool creation no matter where you put them. It could be your initials, a combo of yours and your spouse’s, or your kid’s names; slightly overlapping a pair of letters is a neat idea too, ya know.

Embrace The Wall Brackets… Everyone seems to think you have to hang your art on the wall, with the bravest of this bunch a) hanging their art at different heights or b) not hanging it and choosing to lean it instead. Well, a great way to make your favorite bird art standout in a whole new way is to put up some decorative wall brackets and then stand your framed bits on these. It’ll just add another dimension. You could even paint the wall brackets with accent colors to make ’em pop even more. Or, I love to hang my vintage shoes, bags and dresses on the walls, either with antique coat hooks or creating a cool way to both store and display your wares! 

Use The Wall Itself… Your wall is blank and bare, but that doesn’t mean your only option is to hang something on it. Hells no. A great way to make a wall standout is to turn it into something special in its own right. You could do this by creating a taped-off graphic statement, painting a wall in a lovely base color, waiting for it to dry, applying tape across it at angles and then painting over it to create a lovely statement. Or you could add some subtle wood paneling if you fancied. Perhaps, just framing some wallpaper would be enough. The options are almost infinite. Happy home making, y’all!

Wedding Mistakes You Won’t Want To Make

Most couples spend at least the best part of a year planning their weddings, but almost everyone will forget something kinda critical during that process. If you want the bestest day possible, it’s pretty vital that you make lists to ensure you cover all the bases. There are still some issues that could present problems if you miss ’em in your planning. With that in mind, take a look at some of the wedding mistakes you really won’t wanna make, if you take the time to read about them now, the chances of you overlooking these issues should be lessened so you can have the most perfect day possible! 

Not trying the dress on a week before the event – Ladies who plan to get married will often spend a long time choosing their wedding dress, obvs. The issue is that brides-to-be have to wait for adjustments, and that can sometimes take weeks according to Who What Wear and other blogs. So, between selecting the dress and getting hold of the finished product, a couple of months could pass. During that time, it’s easy for anyone to gain a few pounds and increase the size of their waistline, it’s human and totally fine obviously, if the dress was tight initially, that could pose a problem on the big day, so ya gotta make sure you try the dress on one last time around a week before you get hitched in it.

Not ensuring the wedding band matches the engagement ring – Often, the groom-to-be will buy the engagement ring to pop the question. Most ladies like to keep that jewellery item on their finger and add the wedding band during their ceremony. But, as experts who design Jaubalet Paris engagement rings and those available from other brands claim, sometimes you have to think pretty hard about the design. Will your choice of wedding band match the engagement ring already on your finger? That’s something you need to determine before spending your very hard-earned cash. If you don’t, it could become one of the biggest wedding mistakes you make! Gah!

Not arranging enough food for all the guests – It’s often kinda tricky to work about exactly how many guests will attend your wedding. Which means you should always arrange more food than you think your group will require….and hey, people can take any leftovers home for their doggies, and it’s much better than running out of things to eat. You have lots of options on the table when it comes to catering, so it’s worth conducting a lot of research. Some of the most popular solutions include; Sit-down Meals, Buffet Spreads, Street Food Vans…

If you make it through the planning stage of your wedding without making those mistakes, you stand a real decent chance of properly enjoying your big day. Just remember that something is sure to go wrong at some point, but ya just gotta shake it off and prevent it from ruining your memories. If you cover all the basics, anything you overlook shouldn’t cause too much upset. Enjoy!

The Fashion Accessories A Man Should Have

Us girls know that a well-placed accessory or two can make all the difference between looking good and looking great. Unfortunately, our menfolk, rarely have the same kind of knowledge, nor do they have the inclination to spend their money on what they see as unnecessary fashion accessories. However, with Christmas coming up, now is the perfect time for us to help them out and furnish them with one or two of the fashion accessories every many should have….

A Great Wallet – Does the man in your life have a wallet that you’re embarrassed for him to get out in public? Is it old, worn and falling apart at the seams? If so, now might be the perfect time to do something about it by getting him an attractive, durable designer wallet, like those created by Herschel. Then, when it’s his time to pay for a round, you won’t have to worry about him looking like a hobo, or losing his money as those flimsy seams finally give up the ghost. What’s more, it’s the kind of accessory that he’ll readily accept, too.

A Sophisticated Watch – The watch is another fashion accessory that most men won’t really object to, which makes something like a victorinox watch the perfect gift if you want to give your guy something special and help him to improve his fashion sense in one fell swoop. Just take the time to choose a piece that matches his current style as closely as you can if you want it to be a big hit and be worn regularly.

A Man Bag – In the 21st Century, every man should have his own bag in which he can carry everything he might need for the day, from his wallet to his laptop. However, some men seem reluctant to use any bag that isn’t a rucksack or a suitcase, so it might take some convincing on your part, but if you can find him something that looks really good, like an expertly made satchel, he’ll soon see the benefits, both in the style stakes and for his own convenience. Soon, you’ll never see him without it!

A Leather Belt – A good belt is an essential part of every man’s wardrobe, no matter what time of year it might be, because not only do they serve a very real function, but they instantly make even the most casual of outfits look that bit smarter too. Naturally, leather belts are the best choice, and those made from fine Italian leather are even better, so try to choose something that fits the bill!

Sunglasses – There’s something about a good pair of Ray-Bans that just makes a man look sexier and somehow more manly. Obviously, they’re pretty essential for sunny days too. So, if you want your guy to look more like a movie star than he already does, invest in a good pair of aviators, and leave them under the tree for him on Christmas morning, I’m sure you’ll both be delighted by the results when he puts them on!

The clothes make the man, but the accessories make him even better!

Fall in Love with Autumn Fashion

As summer starts to draw to a close and the days become gradually cooler and shorter, it means that autumn is just around the corner. This season is one of transition as the green starts to fade from the trees and be replaced by a variety of vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. And this is also a period of transition for your wardrobe too. You want to start wrapping up a little warmer without completely retreating into your winter coat and heavy accessories. Though autumn fashion tends not to be as clearly defined as winter or summer, there is still a lot that you can do to get ready for the new season. So, here’s a few fashion trends you may wanna adopt in the coming months.

Don’t Shelve All Your Summer Accessories – Just because the summer is coming to an end, *sad face*, it doesn’t mean that you have to shelve all your accessories. Sunglasses are often practical at this time of year, and they also have a certain appeal when worn with more layered clothing. If you have a neutral beach bag, you can carry this around as your everyday carryall. A beige or paler colour goes nicely with a darker dress. And you should also consider stretching out sandal season for just a little while longer. Many pairs of trousers and longer skirts look ace when paired with sandals.

Add Tights to Summer Dresses – You will undoubtedly have a wide array of dresses that you have been wearing throughout the summer, especially vintage ones, obviously they are DA BEST! It’s simple enough to keep wearing them with some darker tights underneath. This way, you can still enjoy the bright summery dresses while keeping your legs warm and covered up. For a wide array of dress options, check out www.theiconic.com.au While many women will be retreating into darker colours, you’ll stand out from the crowd by staying bright and bold.

Watch Out for Over-layering – There is no doubt that layering is a great strategy when it comes to extending the shelf life of your favourite summertime clothing. But you don’t want to overdo this, otherwise you could be at risk of spoiling the whole effect. So, a good rule of thumb to follow is to make sure that you have three levels of layering at the most. Any more and it could look like your outfit is swallowing you whole!

Choose Accessories Well – Even though the autumn is a wonderful time to start experimenting with accessories, that doesn’t mean that you should bring them all out at once! Just some of your staple autumn accessories could include some lightweight scarves, a knitted hat and a big statement belt or bag. But don’t bring them out all in one go or this could look overloaded.

Try Out This Casual Combination – If you’re looking for a stable outfit to carry you through the season, then look no further than skinny jeans, a white top and a khaki jacket. Starting off with this as a base outfit, you can then accessorize it as you choose. Try out various belt and bag colours to start off with, and then experiment with different jewellery and scarf combinations.

Make Sure Last Year’s Outfits Still Fit – It is a great feeling to dig out some of your favourite outfits from last season. However, you should make sure that they actually still fit before planning to wear them again, we do all fluctuate through life and the seasons, so have a try-on session to see what’s gonna be staying in your wardrobe this autumn! It is not the same as winter when you are wearing bigger and baggier clothing at it doesn’t really matter all that much!

Wear Some Colours that Match the Season – The season’s signature shades are generally warming colours, and you can offset them nicely against paler hues. For example, a mustard yellow skirt works nicely when paired with a white top. Alternatively, instead of a skirt, you could go for some tailored trousers.

Don’t be Afraid to Keep Something Bare – Just because the weather is starting to get a little chillier, it doesn’t mean you can’t keep some skin exposed too. So, you could go for some longer sleeves while wearing a shorter skirt at the same time. After all, the gentle autumn breeze on your legs feels lush!

With autumn juuuust around the corner, these are just a few ways in which you can prepare yourself for the new season!