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September 4, 2012

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Pretty in pink…K’rd Saturday markets ♥

August 25, 2012

On my way to Cherry Bishop yesterday, whilst driving along K’rd, such a lovely sight came into my view. Stretching across the bridge and hooked up on the railing was a colourful garland of dresses, tops and jackets…just waving in the breeze. So appealing was the moving sight of colour, I had to stop and have a proper look. There were some lovely dresses in bold pink prints, a cute skirt patterned by little hearts and a purple knitted hat…Definitely a few things to go back for on the next sunny Saturday.

 

 

Hair up at Cherry Bishop

August 25, 2012

 

I love getting my hair done up. Seeing it twisted and set in ways I would never attempt myself is always very exciting. Today my hair was put up in a vintage fashion and I got a little glimpse of how I might have looked, if I’ve lived in the 1940’s.

Brit from Live & Let Dye, a lovely hair stylist from LA, curled my hair in just minutes. I’ve never come close to doing that with my own straighteners! Next she constructed the fringe roll; there was a bit of teasing, a bit of hairspray and then voila, vintage va-va-voom!

Most amazing was that my hair-up was free. Where can you get your hair done for free? I can hear you ask…At Cherry Bishop, on K’rd. Well today at least you could. But keep an eye on the Cherry Bishop website to see if there are future free hair-up afternoons – I know I will be. ♥

Face Me Makeup Trial ♥

August 20, 2012

Last week Sophie (from Fluro Grey) and I got to preview a new makeup range which is set to launch in New Zealand in a couple of months. For about two hours, over Tim-tams and marshmallows, we tested out foundations, eye-shadows, lipsticks and powders from the FACE ME range-to-be.

Participating in the makeup focus group was heaps of fun, especially as I got to be the model!

It’s funny being the exhibit in a makeup session; with the other women oohing every so often I was curious and a little apprehensive about the goings on. In Elisabeth’s experienced hands though I need not have worried. Elisabeth being the founder of FACE ME – the makeup artistry company that’s soon to sport it’s own label.

I thought I knew a thing or two about makeup, but Elisabeth opened my eyes, quite literally. I did not know for example, that brow makeup extended beyond the brow pencil; and I don’t even use one of those!

I was amazed to learn that there is brow powder, brow wax and even a brow brush. When I finally saw my transformation, and my dramatically defined eyes, I was rather impressed by what a little brow powder can do.

I also was in the dark about the need for illuminator, three shades of concealer, face primer, and eye primer; but, by the end of the session, and with the evidence on my face, it was starting to make sense. Primers set the makeup in place and work to ensure it lasts much longer. Different shades of concealer are necessary to accentuate and elongate parts of the face; for example, to narrow the nose. Illuminator gives light and glow in just the right places.

I loved the makeup, but my favourite product of the day had to be the eyelash tip curler – a mini curler that’s used in addition to an eyelash curler and curls just the ends of the lashes. So cute ♥


Food for your face ♥

August 14, 2012

I used to make this face mask often with my old flatmate <Hannah are you reading?!?> and I love it because it is so simple!

It’s very effective – your skin is left feeling incredibly soft – and doesn’t taste too bad either.

Wanna win a dress?

August 11, 2012

This gorgeous floral print dress is up for grabs. All you need to do is register with My Next Wardrobe and you’re in the drawer!

Good luck ♥

Project Pillow…Part Two

August 11, 2012

 

 


The transformation of my pre-loved (but sadly stained!) Mango dress to its new form <Designer-esque Repurposed Pillow> proved not be the simplest Saturday afternoon task.

Pillows have four sides – so surely making a pillow involves nothing more than sewing four straight seams? Or so I thought. In most cases that’s probably true, but with my great ambition for this pillow to retain the zip feature of the dress, the dress pocket, the pleats, and to showcase more of the red print, the simple pillow project quickly became Not So Simple!

Fortunately for me, Sacha’s sewing ability well surpasses mine. She was quickly able to decipher the dimensions of the dress, re-pin seams here and there and measure up the necessary sections of the pillow-to-be. After a few hours of music, chatting, lunch, and of course some sewing, the old dress re-emerged as a new stylish pillow…much to my delight!

The success of my dress-turned-pillow now has me imagining all the other bits of fabric I can ‘repurpose’ into bags, book covers, pillows and purses… Isn’t it great how there is so much one can do with an old wardrobe? ♥