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HOLY MACRAME!

Monday, December 8, 2014































TA-DAH! I've been wanting to make these for such a long time. I was put off by thinking they were really difficult. They're not difficult to make at all! It was so easy and a bit addictive. I found some nice ones on Apartment Therapy and they had links to a few DIY's. I used Hello There Home's tutorial and Minieco knot for my inspiration.


WHAT YOU NEED:
- 6mm thick rope (bunnings)
- Snap hook (or similar) (bunnings)
- Coloured Embroidery string (lincraft)
- Scissors
- Measuring tape

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Firstly, you'll need to cut the rope into 4, 2.5 meter pieces. Then thread it through the snap hook (or whatever you choose to use).


2. Make sure every piece of rope is even on either end. You will have 8 pieces of rope hanging now.


























3. It's time to get creative! Use the embroidery string to wrap the first couple inches of the ropes. I used mint and a peach colour for this one.

4. Measure down 60 cm (24 inches) and this is where you'll get two bits of rope and knot them together. I hope the image below makes sense on how I tied my knots. Just follow the top two ropes around. You'll get it! If you mess up, just untie it! That's the beauty of this DIY!




























5. I've knotted each bit of rope and now it's time to make the second knots. Do these knots 7 cm (3 inches) down from the first knots. Take the adjacent bits of rope and tie your knot.
It's much easier doing all the knots if you have the ropes hanging.  





























6. The second knots have been tied and now it's time to grab the bottom strands and use the embroidery string to secure the bottom dangly bits.

Then you need to find a great place to show off your new macrame plant hanger! I liked having mine inside and on the balcony. It would also look pretty in the bathroom, especially if you have a plant that hangs off the side of its pot! 

These are also a great gift idea, so if you have some time, nothing beats something hand made and customised for the person you love! 

PS: Sorry about some of the images, I took them on my phone! 





-Olivia. xx






ASOS SALE XMAS PICKS

Saturday, November 29, 2014

I've given myself an excuse to look through the sale items on ASOS's website to make this blog post for you all. It's always this time of year that there are so many great sales on and it's hard to sometimes find the time to look through them. Not to worry, I've picked out my Christmas favourites for you guys from ASOS's sale! (Click around to check them out!) 

-Olivia. xx




























































COCKTAIL HOUR

Monday, November 10, 2014

A few days ago I was invited to a Reward Style Master Class and their Friday night cocktail hour. I was lucky enough to meet some really amazing, talented and beautiful Melbourne bloggers. I was also really lucky to meet with the super friendly French Connection and Seed Heritage PR girls. All of the bloggers were gifted some really amazing and generous gifts from French Connection and Seed Heritage; Thank you! 

In this post, I'm wearing a white shirt from Ebay, a black felt hat from The Iconic, my navy pleated skirt from H&M and some black heels from Betts

I felt super comfy in this outfit and I'm in love with this skirt. There are a few items in my wardrobe that I really love and this navy skirt is definitely one!

Hope you're all doing well and have a nice week! 

-Olivia. xx






Shirt: Ebay |  Skirt: H&M  |  Hat: The Iconic similar black floppy hat |  Heels: Betts similar black ASOS heels






TRAVEL ESSENTIALS & MUST HAVES FOR LONG HAUL FLIGHTS

Friday, November 7, 2014

I remember the first time I traveled alone to Sweden, I had just finished my first 9 hour leg. I was at the airport and I had to re-check into my next flight, yadda yadda yadda. I was pretty frazzled and I stupidly stuffed my comfort clothes into my checked luggage without realising I had done so when I was on the plane. I had to wear my highwaisted skinny jeans and t-shirt for the next 13 hours to Finland. I have never made this mistake again on long haul flights and neither will you!

After traveling quite a bit this year, I feel like I can share some advice with you when it comes to what items I find handy having on the plane and in arms reach.
In the lead up to my flight, I start separating my make-up. I hardly use what I have and I know that if I was to pack it the morning before I fly out I would justify taking all my cosmetics.
What I do is get a smaller makeup bag and whatever I use during my normal makeup routines I put in the new bag, so I know exactly the items I've been using and then before my flight, I'll add the extras like a red lipstick or that rosy cheek stain.

When I'm on the plane, I start organising my space. I'm a neat/clean freak so I like to know where everything is, so I can enjoy the flight. In my seat, I always have some moisturising face wipes, lip gloss, hand cream, rose hip oil, collagen eye mask and my own concoction of lavender face mist (Lavender essential oil with some water in a small aeroplane size, spray bottle.) This is perfect for quickly rehydrating your skin plus, it's relaxing! I also keep snacks near by... what!?

My hand luggage will usually include things like my laptop, hairbrush, large scarf in case I get chilly, clean underwear, comfort clothes, makeup, a tooth brush, face wash and moisturiser and snacks (as if you don't do it!)
Leave items that you don't need to reach often in your hand luggage.

Now that you have the flight out of the way, you need to manage how you'll be traveling around and exploring those amazing places! If you're familar with AirBnB, there is a similar thing out there that can help with renting out cars called RelayRides! You can organise an airport car rental through them! Now you can find hidden gems and not have to worry too much about public transport! How easy!

I hope these tips for flying have helped and that you're more prepared for that big trip!

-Olivia. xx