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How amazing are these boots?! They are 40% off now and would make such a great gift!
Holiday traditions are always so much better with him
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! There are so many holiday traditions that I love doing with my family this time of year.
A few of my very favorites are:
- Doing the Elf on the Shelf with the kiddos (if I can keep track of and find that dang elf each year!! haha) The kids look forward to this one so much — so just to warn you, once you do it one year…you have to do it every year! Even though I always run out of ideas, its worth seeing the look on the kids faces each morning when they find the elf! If you need help with ideas like me – there are so many cute ideas of what to do with the elf online, and the Elf also comes with a book with tons of good ideas too!
- The 12 days of Christmas! This started yesterday and its something I have been doing since I was little with my parents. They would surprise me each morning with something new (socks, candy, etc) and each morning I would sing the 12 days of Christmas song with them counting down every day until Christmas. It was so much fun that I do this with the kids now too!
- I grew up in Montana and went to cut down our Christmas tree with my family each year and its one of my best holiday memories. The smell of a fresh tree reminds me so much of home at the holidays now that I had to get a fresh tree this year too! Its another fun holiday tradition that I want to continue with the kids as they grow.
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?! I would love to hear! Hope you all have a great weekend!
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A fresh list of links to sink you digital teeth into this week
Rare Undercover books; Chaos/Balance. This is published in limited edition numbers of 700 by Taro Mitzutani. I love Paris and it’s so interesting to see it through his eyes.
2. The Teacher’s Pet
The Teacher’s Pet: If you have been listening to The Teacher’s Pet, you will probably already be well abreast of the new chilling details of the case. Chris Dawson was taken into police custody yesterday, Australian time and it is only the beginning of what is yet to come. If you haven’t listened, it is well worth your time, not only is it compelling, but journalist Hedley Thomas and producer Slade Gibson have won the nation’s most prestigious award in journalism, the Gold Walkley. So you know you’re on to a great thing. In the way of keeping tabs; you can do that here.
3. The Shining Sequel
One of my favourite horror films is The Shining and they have just finished wrapping the sequel. Will it be terrible? I hope not.
4. Mediocre Premium Fashion
This article is very interesting. It speaks whole truths about how mediocre premium fashion has, in fact, conquered the world. It has some really valid points, such as: “We live in a world where many people feel entitled to luxury. Treating oneself has become the norm. Saving money to buy, well, pretty much anything, feels like an outdated notion…”, and also “The logo is key, because in the age of Instagram, where people curate their lives in two dimensions on a small screen, the logo is more important than the product itself…”
5. 42 Journalists
In the era of fake news…There is a lot of great quotes within the article.
Art: Kit Agar
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Photo via: @lisa.aiken
If you’re among the lucky few headed out of town this season to soak up the sun poolside or perhaps island hop in some dreamy local, then you’ll want to take a peek at our roundup. From the latest hats to chic swimsuits, these pieces will keep you feeling easy breezy. And, if you find yourself stuck in a colder climate, don’t fret––simply bookmark these cute pieces for spring!
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I’m always envious of women with beautiful long nail beds, and without being genetically blessed in this area, i’m forever looking for insights into how to make my nails look and be the healthiest they can.
Luckily for me, I was recently treated to a CHANEL manicure by one of the best manicurists in Sydney, who is also an official nail expert for CHANEL, Jocelyn Petroni. CHANEL have launch two limited edition colours for the holidays, so I got into the festive season with the new holiday red ‘Flamboyance’ which has the most chic subtle shimmer.
Jumping at the opportunity to pick the brain of one of the best in the biz I asked Jocelyn some of my biggest nail and manicure questions.
How long should a manicure last, what are you tips for making them last the distance?
Our professional manicures last two weeks as we treat the nail to ensure the polish wears for as long as possible. There are also a number of ways to making your polish last longer including:
1. Reapplying the top coat. The day after your manicure, wash your hands and apply top coat. Top coat should be applied after every manicure, every second day for chip resistant polish. The top coat acts as a protective shield and will wear down before the polish does, so the colour lasts longer.
2. Push back cuticles whilst you’re in the shower and cuticles are soft and soapy. This way you’re less likely to tear or break the skin and cuticles stay intact.
What’s your advice for those that aren’t born with genetically blessed long nail beds? Is there anything we can do to improve their shape?
Everyone suits a slightly different nail shape so we always work with clients to determine what shape and length will be best for optimum nail health.
We shape nails dependant on the existing shape of clients nail bed, nail curve and cuticle however a shorter nail length is preferred if you like a sophisticated finish. Short nails are classic cool but they must be neat and well-manicured worn with a vibrant sexy shade or sophisticated nude. If you have shorter nail beds then you can wear your nails a little longer. Once nails are painted you can’t see where the nail bed stops and the free white edge begins, so this gives the appearance of a longer nail bed. If you consistently have your cuticles pushed back then this will gradually lengthen the nail bed over time.
Best way to care for your cuticles? Should we be trimming them, pushing them back, apply oils, or all these above?
Soft cuticles are much better to work with than dry hard cuticles because the skin is malliable and cuticles push back easier. Soften cuticles by soaking for a few minutes in a bowl of warm soapy water. Pat dry and gently push cuticles back with an orange wood stick, which you can also use to clean under the nail edge. There is actually a cuticle under the free edge of the nail too so cleaning under your nails removes this skin build up as well as dirt and debris.
It is important not to trim away too much cuticle, as it is easy to nip away too much skin which can cause bleeding and infection. Some salons cut away too much cuticle which can actually make them grow back worse.
Because a manicure removes all traces of dead skin, if you regularly apply cuticle oil after your manicure (as the cuticle grows back) it will be smooth without splitting, breaking and hardening.
How often should we be treating ourselves to a professional manicure?
Ideally investing in fortnightly manicures will ensure optimal nail health. If you are looking to prep your nails for a big event such as a wedding I would recommend 3 consecutive manicures over six weeks where your manicurist can assess your nail condition, perfect the shape, trial colours and get to know the exact amount of cuticle to trim, plate to buff and condition and strengthen your overall nail health.
How should we look after thin, weak nails?
The best way to care for thin, weak nails is to have regular manicures as they’ll protect your nails, and also nourish at the base, encouraging good growth and strength.
What’s your favourite CHANEL everyday colour?
Nude nails will never go out of fashion because they are the most complimentary shades to wear, reflecting the natural colour of a healthy glossy nail plate. They always make our hands look their best, at any age.
What is your current favourite statement nail colour?
I am loving the new Chanel Flamboyance shade for its sophisticated shimmer. Red is the perfect colour for the party season, its rich texture is deep and sexy whilst also being elegant and sophisticated.
The key to applying vibrant colours is to prep the nail before painting, it is essential to remove excess oil from the nail which otherwise prevents the polish from adhering to the nail plate properly, which results in chipped polish. Wipe the nail plate with polish remover before painting so you have longer lasting results.
Apply two coats of polish, then apply top coat every second night to lengthen the duration of your colour by protecting the polish from chipping and sealing the free edge of the nail where polish tears away first.
Photography and Gifs by Tim Kindler
*Shot In Collaboration with CHANEL
When you kick off the holiday seasons meeting up with friends for a holiday lunch and decide to make an effort beyond jeans.
This A.L.C snake print wrap dress with puff shoulders from Intermix had my name all over it. Casual enough but dressy enough at the same time. I clashed it over classic black slouch boots for exactly the same reason. I am already roladexing more ways to wear both as the holiday season gets going.
ps. The dress has side pockets. You know how I feel about side pockets and to have it on a dress for possible party event rotation is about as dressy casual as it gets.
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Beckam is really into crafts these days, and this time of year I love making easy Christmas snacks that B looks at as a craft he can eat! Does anyone else have way too much junk food this time of year! Can’t help it I printed out a bunch of easy holiday recipes for us to do together.
He kills me in this little apron! He was so excited to wear it
Beckam and I had so much fun making these Christmas tree brownies recently…and they were so easy! Thought I would share the recipe along with a few of our other favorites Happy baking!
- 1 box Brownie Mix
- 1 tub white vanilla icing
- green food colouring
- small round sprinkles
- small star sprinkles
- candy canes
- Line an 8″x8″ baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
- Prepare the brownie mix according to the package directions and bake as directed.
- Allow brownies to completely cool, approximately 1.5 hours.
- Remove the brownies from the pan, and cut into triangles. (Cut in three rows, then cut in alternating diagonals, as in the photo shown above).
- Unwrap the candy canes, and use a sharp knife to gently cut/break the candy canes into 1.5″ long pieces.
- Press the sharper end of the candy cane into the bottom of the brownie triangles.
- Spoon out approximately ½ of the tub of icing into a bowl.
- Add green food colouring until you’re happy with the colour.
- Spoon the green icing into a zip lock bag.
- Seal the bag and cut off a small corner of the bag with sharp scissors.
- Starting at the top of the brownie triangles, gently squeeze out the icing in a curvy zigzag as you go down the tree.
- Add your favourite sprinkles and a small star sprinkle at the top.
Source: One Little Project
- Hot cocoa (powdered)
- Mini marshmallows
- Large Piping bags (can be purchased at your local craft store). If you use smaller ones you will need less cocoa.
- Red Pom Poms (can be purchased at your local craft store)
- Brown Pipe Cleaners (can be purchased at your local craft store)
- Googly eyes (can be purchased at your local craft store)
- Chocolate chips *optional
- Circle Sticky tabs or velcro circles to adhere the red pom poms
You will need two cups of powdered cocoa for each cocoa cone if you use the large sized bags.
- Fill your Piping bags with the hot cocoa mix (2 cups worth per bag- I used larger bags)
- Top with mini marshmallows, and then a small amount of chocolate chips.
- Tie them off it a knot.
- Wrap your pipe cleaner around the knot to make them look like antlers.
- Using double-sided tape, or sticky circles tape the googly eyes, and red pom poms to your bags.
Source: Savvy Saving Couple
- 2 cups milk or dark chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon shortening (optional)
- White candy melts
- Pretzel sticks
- White non pareil sprinkles
- Black and orange candy color OR black and orange food writers
- Small paint brush
- Line a baking tray with wax paper and set aside. Have your white candy melts, pretzel sticks and sprinkles ready.
- Place the chocolate chips and shortening (if using, it thins the chocolate for better consistency, but it isn’t necessary) in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 90 seconds at 70 percent power. Stir and continue to microwave at 30 second, then 15 second, intervals until fully melted and smooth when stirred well.
- Spread on the baking tray. Tip: Use a large offset spatula greased with shortening to help spread the chocolate. You won’t fill up the entire tray, just spread to fill about 80 percent of the tray. Immediately assemble three white candy melts for each snowman scattered across the chocolate. Add pretzel stick arms. Sprinkle white sprinkles over the chocolate.
- Place a few drops of black and orange candy color on a piece of wax paper. Use the paint brush to paint faces and carrots on each snowman OR use the edible writers. The edible writers are much easier and dry more quickly, but they are less vibrant on the candy melts.
- Let the tray sit at room temperature to set about an hour, or place in the refrigerator to set about 30 minutes. Cut the bark into pieces around the snowmen. Let set fully at room temperature or in the fridge.
Source: The Decorated Cookie
- 2 bananas
- 1/4 of a carrot
- Handful of currents or sultanas chopped
- 3 strawberries
- 6 grapes
- 6 skewers
- Cut the bananas into thick slices (approx. 9 rounds per banana)
- Peel the carrot and cut into small triangular slivers for a pointy nose
- Trim the stem from the strawberries and then cut in half. You should get two hats out of each strawberry
- Cut the grapes in half. (We only used the smooth half and ate the stem end)
- To assemble, thread three slices of banana on to each skewer followed by a strawberry hat and grape half. Gently press the currents into the banana slices to create eyes and the buttons on the body then add the carrot nose
- Serve immediately
- Tip: Chop everything up, place all the bits in separate bowls and then have the kids assemble the snowmen
Let me know if you guys try any of them! Who else loves baking during the holidays?
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WHAT YOU WILL FIND IN THIS ARTICLE
- A round up of my time
- Accommodation recommendations
- How to get around
- What to pack
- Flying from Australia
- Food must-try
- Miscellaneous facts
- Some things to do
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I was recently in Sweden. I flew into Stockholm in November and I also visited Are in the north. The first thing I realised about Stockholm is the daylight, or there lack of at this time of year. During winter it is only light for 6 hours a day, in comparison to their summers which can be up to 18 hours a day. Lack of daylight coupled with hefty jetlag, made me feel absolutely exhausted for the first few days of being there. After experiencing my first trip with little light, I can definitely see why seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a thing!
What I really loved about the city was how walkable and clean it is. All the little islands and inlets made me feel right at home, given Sydney and where I grew up on the far South Coast are by the water. If the winters weren’t so intense, I even think I could live there; the historical charm just had me sold.
Whilst we were there it was overcast and raining most days. We did however get one full day of sunshine and it was glorious!
• The months June, July and August have a nice average temperature.
• Cold season / winter is in the months January and February.
• On average, the warmest month is July.
• On average, the coolest month is January.
• The average annual maximum temperature is: 10.0° Celsius (50° Fahrenheit)
• The average annual minimum temperature is: 2.0° Celsius (35.6° Fahrenheit)
For the first couple of days we stayed on an old boat in the harbour. It was definitely an experience. It was miserable out, but then the boat was so cosy and authentic.
After staying on the boat we stayed at Burns which is a restaurant, hotel and bar. The building itself is beautiful, however I would NOT recommend staying there. It is so overpriced for the size and if you don’t get a good room then you will hear the sound of the bar downstairs (night depending). The reason why we chose to stay there is because of the proximity to the main centre of town. It was very convenient location wise.
Where do I even begin?
Stockholm has amazing food and a great nightlife. With the help of Alex, we compiled a little list of the best places and the places I went to!
Breakfast: Gretas, Greasy Spoon, STHLM Brunch Club
Bars: Sophie’s at Bank Hotel, Tjalans, bar at Videgård Restaurant (where we had japanese inspired cocktails), you were also at Taverna Brillo
Restaurants: we were at Vassa Eggen (great steak house and espresso martinis), Tako great Japanese restaurant with a good bar, sturehof is a fancy restaurant that has a good bar and a club/bar called Obaren. Serves great selection of seafood, Mister French a great and trendy restaurant and bar that have awesome day parties in the summer and DJs on the weekend. French style food with inclusion of other international dishes as well. Known for their fresh seafood.
A couple more: Then we have Nybrogatan 38 – amazing neighborhood restaurant. Elverket a down to earth bistro style restaurant that offers traditional Swedish and French dishes
Kommendoren also a nice neighbourhood restaurant with a nice bar and great selection of food including the awesome lobster taco
Södermalm, Vasastan, SoFo & Medborgarplatsen and of course old town Gamla Stan & Riddarholmen
THINGS TO DO
There is so many things to do in Stockholm, you will never get bored!
– Stroll through old town and see the historical side of Stockholm
– Vasa Muesum
– Explore Södermalm
– Go to one of the best museums in Stockholm – Fotografiska. It is a modern photography museum.
– Head to Östermalm where you’ll find all the high-end stores
HOW TO GET AROUND
Walk! Seriously, you see so much more than if you get an Uber.
Uber is available and so are taxis, but you have to be careful with catching taxi’s there. For such a cool, forward city, its crazy that the taxi system is so corrupt! It is such a rip-off as the fares aren’t regulated like Sydney, London or New York and it’s hard because the private taxis look identical to the “regular” taxis. I found it super confusing at times as many of these private taxis use names and logos similar to the big three companies.
The other AMAZING thing were the electric scooters! You just download an app, scan the QR code and then away you go! They actually are so fun and we used them every day! They are call Vois – kind of like the Parisian Birds. WHAT TO PACK
All I can say at this time of year: LOTS OF WARM THINGS.
Stockholm is one of the most stylish cities, ever, so make sure you pack some smart casual pieces. Everyone is dressed super well during the day and night.
Make sure you check what airport you’re flying in and out of! We nearly made the mistake of going to the wrong one when we were leaving. It was not Arlanda! It’s another one about an hour and a half from Stockholm – not very convenient when you realise right at the last minute! WHOOPS!
– The name Stockholm comes from the words stock meaning “log” and holm meaning “islet.”
– Stockholm was built on 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges, earning the Swedish capital the nickname “Beauty on the Water.”
– Stockholm’s Old Town, or Gamla Stan, remains one of the best preserved historic districts in Europe—partially due to the fact that its cobblestone streets are reserved for pedestrians only.
– In 1628, the great Vasa warship, which took three years to build, sunk in the Stockholm harbor after sailing barely 4200 feet. It took a whopping 333 years to salvage the remains. Today the iconic ship stands in its own equally striking 134,979-square-foot museum, which features 55 outer wall corners.
– The Nobel Prizes in physics, chemistry, medicine and literature have been awarded in Stockholm every year since 1901 on December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death. Why? The Swedish-born inventor requested so in his will. As for the Nobel Peace Prize? That honor is bestowed in another Scandinavian capital: Oslo.
– The city is located on Sweden’s east coast
– The population of Stockholm is about 950,000 people
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