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A gorgeous Twilight Christmas Market is (almost) here!

posted by Karlicca Culalic November 13, 2017 0 comments

Here are six impending words you need to get crazy excited about an imminent road closure…The annual Stones Corner Christmas Market. Big, big yes! This year, on the 3rd day of Christmas you can expect just as much charm and entertainment as last year’s dazzling twilight street markets. Foodie friends, you have been notified. Come with your stomachs bare and your pockets fully lined!

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Last Minute DIY Christmas Table Decor Ideas

posted by Alice Duffield December 22, 2014 1 Comment

Christmas is creeping up in a few short days and if you’re anything like me, you like to give it your best and go all out – decorating up a storm, true Pinterest style but you may have left it to the last minute. Whether you’re on a tight budget, have a little more to spend or want a theme, we’ve got you covered. Happy decorating, may your guests be impressed and your photos be re-pinned for the world to see.

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You’re on a budget, but it doesn’t mean your set-up can’t be effective. Think Australiana for a simple way to save some dollars but keep it stylish.

The following ideas are a great way to stick to your budget but pack a punch:

If you’re having Christmas dinner and want some mood lighting, rescue a few glass jars from the recycling bin. Wrap them in a simple strip of burlap (or hessian) and pop some sand and a tea-light candle inside. You should be able to pick up some recycled hessian sacks from local the fruit shop for a few dollars. This is such an effective way to make an impact. Not only this – but in the dark of night it makes it look like you put more work in then you did. And that’s what decorating should be all about, right?

My all time favourite thing to do in the lead-up to my Christmas day is traipse around the garden (or even a cheeky walk around the neighbourhood) gathering anything that I can turn into a table display or wreath to go around jars and candles.

If you’re getting greens and flowers, make sure you leave this as late as possible. Brisbane heat will wilt those babies before too long!

Cut remaining hessian into ribbon strips or just use some simple kitchen twine. Wrap each person’s cutlery up threading a simple hand-written name tag on brown card and bow it sweetly by their plate like a little parcel.

Cheap and cheerful baby’s breath or general bush-style scrub from the florist (or the actual bush!) will go a long way in recycled jars as filler. Go crazy with this for a great impact.

Approximate Budget: $6 (recycled hessian sacks) + $3 brown card for name tags from Office Works + $11 babies breath (from market or local florist) = $20

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Australian Style DIY Table Decor

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You’re still on a bit of a budget but you do have a little more money to play with. When you’re limited financially, sticking to the ‘Straliana theme is still ideal. It adds character and allows a lot of DIY elements that aren’t costly.

You’ve got a little more money to play with so let’s think about the details:

Buy some off-cuts of timber from the local hardware store, or even use a fallen branch in the back yard! Hardware shops can usually cut these up for you for a small fee if you don’t have the tools. You want to saw a slight indent in the top and centre so that a name card can easily slot in (as pictured above).

Invest in a few bold natives from the local florist. You can fill them in with backyard scrub, they will make an impact as a centrepiece and will last for weeks afterwards.

Take a visit down to the local op-shop and see if you can find any vintage tins or wide mouthed bowls or vases. Because you’re getting natives which have thick stems, you’ll need a little room.

Approximate Budget: $20 (timber and timber prep) + $20 native flowers (from market or local florist) + vases $10 = $50

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You’ve got a decent budget, so let’s think grand and bold. Try a white Christmas theme with hints of colour. To keep it classy but with a twist of something different, pair the white with a Tiffany blue for a grand affair. You have a little more money to play with so let’s get the most out of it:

Head to Spotlight or your local fabric store and buy some plain white fabric for a crisp table cloth. The beauty of making a table cloth is that all you have to be able to do is sew in a relatively straight line around the edges – but you still get to claim handmade! Make sure you head to the furnishings part of the fabric store and get a heavy duty linen that will last you for Christmas’ to come! Measure up your table and add a good 50-60cm to the width and length for some over-hang. Any left over? Turn it into napkins!

Keep an eye out for some tiffany blue baubles, tumblers, small-medium sized vases and jars. If you have plain white plates, this combined with a pure white table cloth will look striking with some blue centrepieces.

Fill your jars and vases with baubles and some with plain white flowers from the local florist and get some baby’s breath for filler.

Pop down to Office Works or the craft shop and buy some slightly textured white card. Simply cut into rectangles, fold in half and use as individual place cards.

Approximate total: $60 fabric + $50 baubles, tumblers and blue décor + $30 flowers + $6 place cards native flowers = $146

No matter what your budget is, you can still create a beautiful table setting with a little creativity and time. Have a good look deep into the kitchen cupboards or garage and see what you can use that you already have on hand, and work around that. The Australian theme is perfect for a tight budget because you can make the most of your natural surroundings.

Have you got a theme in mind for Christmas this year? Do you plan to decorate your table and get into the Christmas spirit?

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Christmas Gift Guide: For Your Mother Dearest

posted by Chloe Clark December 8, 2014 0 comments

Need some gift-spriation for the number 1 gal in your life? Christmas is just around the corner and if you don’t want to brave the shops, all of these gift ideas can be delivered straight to your door!

I have given all of these gifts to my mum at some point in time, so I know they are going to go down a treat.

Happy shopping!

Go-To Skincare

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We’ve raved about it before, but Go-To makes skincare uncomplicated, and we could all do with a bit of that in our lives! Founded by beauty editor Zoe Foster Blake who spent 10 years testing and reviewing all kinds of beauty products, she knows her skin care!

You can choose from a facial cleanser, exfoliating pads, multi-purpose oil, lip balm and anti-ageing moisturizer, all of which are cruelty free.

Choose what you think your mum will love the most, or take the lot! You will be sure to have a laugh when ordering online with Go-To, and can have a personal email delivered straight to your Mum’s inbox.

Piyama

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Let your mum relax, rejuvenate and recharge in style. Piyama sleepwear and loungewear is made to be worn in the bedroom and beyond. Their soft breathable fabrics are not only comfortable, but perfect for the balmy Brisbane climate. Free Xmas gift wrapping is sure to make this a no brainer.

Lorna Jane – 2 for $60 gifts

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Give your mum something, or two things, from Lorna Jane that will motivate her for a fresh new year. She can get organised with a planner or diary, get motivated with Lorna Jane’s fitness and business success stories, and make some nourishing recipes in a stylish new apron.

My mums picks are the insulated lunch bag and Nourish cook book – which if you grabbed for your mum, would save you $30!

Enjoy spoiling your Mama the way she deserves!

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Christmas Gift Guide : For Dad

posted by Georgia Terry November 30, 2014 0 comments

It’s less than a month until Christmas – yes that is right, not even four weeks! – and the silly season is well and truly upon us. And with that comes gift giving and part of that includes buying a present for dear old Dad. If you are anything like me, finding something for Dad can be challenging if not a bit painful. We do our best to avoid giving the old reliable yet somewhat clichéd socks and undies but sometimes it seems impossible. To help you out, here is a list of Brisbane’s best bets for the father figure this festive season.

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Clothing wise, fashion house Scotch and Soda is a must. With an array of men’s apparel, from floral shorts to the more formal chino, there are pants for every type of dad here. These can be teamed with a comprehensive range of tees, polos and button ups. But if you’re thinking of shirts – who could go past the classic white linen from Witchery?! The perfect addition to any Dad’s wardrobe, this one will be a staple for years.

For those with a bit more cash to splash, an aromatic cologne, a stylish watch, or leather wallet are always a welcome gift – because let’s face it, everyone likes to be indulged. For the Techo’s , a set of portable speakers may be the way to go or if you’re Dad’s a bit more on the organized side a 2015 diary and fountain pen could prove winners.

For the Dads that are a bit harder to buy for, a bottle of grog is always appreciated. A good whiskey, a fine wine or Ho Ho Ho and a bottle of rum can add plenty of Christmas cheer. For a good holiday read over the festive season, a best-selling thriller will go down well.

Whether your dad’s a style icon, a chic geek or just loves to relax with a glass and a good book, he will be sure to appreciate the extra thought you put into his pressie this Christmas earning you definite brownie points.

Pictured: swim shorts with allover printed Hawaiian designs by Scoth & Soda, John Grisham: Gray mountain via QBD the Bookshop, Swatch Watch “Dark Rebel”, Witchery “White Shirt”, Tom Ford “Noir De Noir”, Status Anxiety “Perez Tan” wallet, Soniq Carbon Bluetooth speakers, Maker’s Mark Whisky, Zu “Titan” Boat shoe, Kikki K Diary and Pen.

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Christmas Gift Guide : For The Gals in Your Life

posted by Teagan West November 24, 2014 2 Comments

We’re four weeks out from Christmas (gasp) so we’re here to lend you a helping hand when it comes to ticking things off your ‘presents to buy’ list.

I’ve got endless inspiration for gift-giving to the ladies in your life – the sporty chic, homely gal, fashion dolly, boho babe, trendsetting sista, bling-loving diva, stylish fashionista, girly girl, brand-name dame, active woman and social butterfly. I’ve got them all covered!

Lads especially, take note.

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I’m loving the entire High Summer 2014 Collection of sandals, flats and heels by Sol Sana that I couldn’t stop at including just one in my gift guide. They’re the perfect addition to every summer wardrobe when paired with a cute new hat, statement jewels and gypsy luxe threads (Spell Designs can do no wrong in this department).

Makeup, bags, perfume, skincare and accessories are all 20-something’s dream come true, and a fancy new camera to ignite creativity is the perfect gift for someone extra special.

For those who are a little harder to buy for, a beautiful candle and a selection of quality tea make a fabulous present – they’re both something we love, but wouldn’t usually splash the cash on, instead opting for a very cheap alternative.

An inspiring bio, healthy living cookbook and a dash of activewear to get her moving and motivated post festive season round off my go-to christmas gift guide.

Sister, check. Cousin, Check. Girlfriend, Check. New love interest, Check. Friend, Check. Sister-in-law, Check. Secret Santa Gift, Check. Best friend, Check. Daughter, Check. They’re all sorted come December 25.

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Pictured: Sol Sana “Betty” Sandal, Daring and Disruptive by Lisa Messenger, Samantha Wills Bohemian Bardot Ring – Magenta, Spell Designs Desert Rose Boho Dress – Raven, Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette, Go-To Skincare by Zoe Foster Blake, Lokoa ‘Breakaway’ Bag – Rustic, Striped tee by Bohemian Traders, Sticks & Stones Fedora by Lack of Color, Sol Sana “Miller Sandal” in Papaya, Mimco Celestial Lovely Pouch , Sistaco Love Letters Necklace , Chanel No. 5, Palm Beach Delux Candle – Coconut & Lime, Napoleon Perdis Megamix Lip Gloss Collection, Twenty Moments Assorted Loose Leaf Tea Bags from the Flutterby Range at T2, Canon EOS700D with single lens, Spell Designs Wild Ones Shorts – Dust, Nourish Cookbook by Lorna Jane Clarkson, Seafolly Sleek Visor in Black, Michael Kors Slim Runway Black Stainless Steel Watch, Nike Free 5.0 TR FIT 4 Print – Hyper Punch/Deep Burgundy/White via Stylerunner  

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13 Christmas Gifts with an Eco-Twist!

posted by Danielle Lewis December 16, 2013 0 comments

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For every person in your life, whether it’s the foodie, the animal lover, the ‘Miss I’ve got everything’, there’s a gift to be bought. But this year I challenge you to give a little thought to where your gift comes from. Embrace re-cycled, up-cycled, eco-friendly and sustainable practices! Show the receiver you not only care about them, but their world and their future.

To give you a hand we’ve hand-picked our top 13 eco-friendly gifts from our favourite Brisbane eco-store, Biome!

With locations in Milton, Brisbane CBD, Paddington and online you’ll have your Christmas Shopping done in no time!

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For the homemaker…

1. Organic Bed Linen

2. Japanese-style Luminaria Candle Bags

3. Vintage Jars + Accessories
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For the fashionista…

4. Solemate Socks

5. Earth Bracelet

6. WeWood Watch

7. Apple & Bee Canvas Tote

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For the beauty queen…

8. EcoTools Bamboo Make-up Brush Set

9. Inika Mineral Eye Shadow (in fairy floss of course!)

10. Butter London Nail Polish (Jaffa is my Summer colour pick!)
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For the littlies…

11. SoYoung Backpack

12. Recycle Yourself Bag Tag

13. The Lorax by Dr Suess

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Agent Provocateur opens in Brisbane!

posted by Danielle Lewis December 13, 2013 0 comments

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Last night was the official opening of the first Agent Provocateur boutique in Brisbane. A flurry of excited Brisbane ladies, keen for a first look at the luxury lingerie that has empowered a generation of women.  The new boutique was gorgeous, and the selection is sure to make a few gift wish lists!

Davis Jones department store in Brisbane is the location for the fourth Australian boutique for the luxury lingerie label. At 44 sq m the space features a combination of freestanding and built in display fixtures finished in black and baby pink lacquer with polished brass hardware. Design details include black bevelled edge glass and bespoke carpet displaying the iconic lace print for which Agent Provocateur has become renowned. Fitting rooms are luxurious and intimate with oversized silk crepe curtains, crystal wall sconces and grey, green and pink foliage print wallpaper designed specifically for AP boutiques.

The boutique houses the Main collection, Classics, Bridal, Swim, Hosiery, Accessories and Beauty ranges.

If you are new to Agent Provocateur, the label was founded by Joe Corre and Serena Rees in 1994 opening its first boutique in Soho, London. Since that time Agent Provocateur has become an iconic globally recognized brand breaking new ground with every collection and rightfully earning its place as a benchmark brand in the world of lingerie. It is a brand that is confident, sensual and irreverent. It is known for its craftsmanship, its fit, its appreciation and use of beautiful fabrics and its playfulness. Agent Provocateur’s unique brand image is renowned for being provocative and yet always leaves something to the imagination. Agent Provocateur celebrates and empowers women.

Australia’s own Melissa George and Kylie Minogue have appeared in stunning campaigns for the label, bringing both the Australian stars and the label extensive media recognition. In January 2009, the video ‘Proof’ starring Kylie Minogue was named the number one cinema advert of all time in a Digital Cinema Media poll. It let me tell you, it’s saucy!

Ladies, if you haven’t finished your Christmas wish list.. may I suggest you pay a visit to the new boutique!

Location:

Level 2, David Jones

Queensplaza 210 Queen Street, Brisbane

Or browse their new collection online here.

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Last minute Christmas gift ideas!

posted by Danielle Lewis December 22, 2012 0 comments

If you’ve been agonising over those final few gifts and worrying that time is running out… then we have a few little ideas that cover the whole family! The best part of this list? You will find them all at The in.cube8r gallery… your one stop shop for local, handmade, unique goodies!

Frames – perfect for mum, sister, best friend and co-worker.

Artist – almond tree frames

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Candles – perfect for mum, sister, best friend and co-worker.

Artist – hinterland candles

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Unique Shirts – perfect for brother, dad and boyfriend.

Artist – j dog

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Satchels – perfect for mum, sister, best friend and co-worker.

Artist – fun key creations

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Resin jewellery – mum, sister, best friend and co-worker

Artist – Lucid Doll

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Find them here…

368 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

0468 861 841

Or online.

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Our Top 10 online boutiques with FREE Shipping to Brisbane!

posted by Danielle Lewis December 2, 2012 2 Comments

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Planning on doing your Christmas shopping online this year? Here are our Top 10 online boutiques with FREE Shipping to Brisbane! Of course they are a little fashion-biased… in case you are just shopping for yourself!!

1. Shopbop 

I cannot go past Shopbop… ever. If I ever want to make an investment purchase I always head there to compare prices and their SALE section makes high-fashion brands affordable. I particularly love their ‘Holiday Gift Edit’ which recommends presents according to price-range – perfect for fitting in to the Christmas budget.

2. The Outnet 

Who doesn’t love a sale? And when there is a whole site dedicated to luxe items at sale prices… why wouldn’t you start here first?

3. ASOS AU 

ASOS has the biggest range of fashion on the planet. From your cheap and cheerful fast fashion fixes to the investment items; ASOS has got you covered. Plus they have been in the game a long long time – so you know your order is safe! Oh, and did I mention they have 25% off ASOS Collection at the moment?

4. Shopruche.com 

Shop Ruche makes me swoon… the vintage inspired boutique has gorgeous girly dresses that I could just look at all day! PLUS their gift sets are the best… beautiful gift ideas for every member of the family!

5. Farfetch.com 

If you are ready for a Christmas SPLURGE farfetch is the place to click to next.  Curated by some of the world’s top boutiques you’ll find labels like Alexander Wang and Jimmy Choo… certainly on my “in-your-dreams-list”.

6. My-wardrobe 

If you’ve already spent way too much on your shopping already this Christmas I recommend a visit to My-wardrobe! They are having a 50% off sale for Australian customers! Don’t mind if I do! I particularly love browsing their wardrobe inspiration and trends sections when I am in a fashion-lull.

7. Samantha Wills 

Samantha Wills is just gorgeous… the woman herself, the brand and her gorgeous products. And her goodies are so in-demand they have a waiting list you can subscribe to for some of her signature pieces. Proud to be an Aussie designer!

8. Oasap.com 

Oasap has a massive range of quirky pieces that you won’t find in your big online retailers. Claiming to deliver fashion and love and only stocking items produced in an ethical environment…. PLUS Oasap are offering 25% off all items for Christmas using the coupon code XMAS at the checkout.

9. Net-a-Porter 

Whilst Net-a-Porter is usually out of my price range I love to stop by and check out their weekly magazine. It gives you up to date coverage on fashion and beauty trends plus what the old celebs are wearing. I also love their TV Channel – fabulous for some day-dreaming for when I become a millionaire.  Definitely bookmark their SALE section.

10.  Style Tread 

Back down to earth Style Tread is a must-visit if you are considering a new-shoe purchase. Not only do they literally have thousands of brands and styles to choose from they are also aware that shopping for shoes online is a bit difficult… they actually ENCOURAGE you to buy two sizes and return the second pair for FREE!! PLUS they are having a 30% off sale right now… just enter the code MEGA30 at the checkout!