29 April 2015

Life Hack: Expectation Vs. Reality

Reality? R-e-a-lity. What's that then? Here are life's moments where reality well and truly slaps our rosy expectations in the face with a a slimy wet fish..!

Perils of Faking the Bronzed Glow
You can picture it now, you've got a girls reunion night on the tiles this Saturday and you're determined to be the hot-to-trot transformation babe who lost her Kitkat winter padding and discovered the marvels of a beauty counter. Everyone knows that the only way to do your inappropriately navel sweeping swanky number any justice at all is to pair it with a brazen bronzed glow that would make even an Australian beach goddess frazzle with green eyes...cue the biscuit bottle. 
It just so happens that whilst you happily slap on your deep chocolate hue of smug, the heavens above are also mixing up their own raucous party of fun plans. As soon as your legs hit the pavement - Bam! The rain clouds slink out to flirt and you find yourself enacting a more than entertaining rain dance. If you were going for the head-turning look then girl you totally nailed it! 
But hey it's all playful tomfoolery, right?

British Tea Woes
It's a British right of way to indulge in a spot of afternoon tea complete with nibble biscuits to dunk. Now don't underestimate the art of the perfect biscuit selection for the task at hand. It's got to have that delightful crunch factor that brings pure tummy satisfaction, be nibbly enough to last the duration of your cuppa but sturdy enough not to melt at the first touch of the golden liquid. Expectations are sky-high yet sadly always seem to crumble into misery. You select in anticipation, hover, submerge the hailed chosen one, remove and what d'ya know, the bloody tea has eaten half the damn biscuit!
One soggy nightmare. One unhappy tummy. One distraught cookie-less girl with a mug full of crap.
Oh life, we guess that's just how the cookie crumbles.

Crackin' the Gym
You rock open the glass doors with the hip swag and booty shake of a lean machine ready to pump out a 7 mile HIIT run on the treadmill, dead-weight like a beast on crack and then jog on home to post-fuel by whipping up a turkey protein egg-white omelette all washed down with a nut butter protein shake. We bow down to you in awe you admirable Goddess! 
If only that wasn't just the daydream you played in your head on your sweaty commute home. Your holiday slim-down reality? You scuttle through the front doors after seeing your BFF upload yet another selfie after completing day 69 of her Kayla Itsines workout programme on Instagram. You get a deaths-door stitch after your 2 minute warm-up walk leading you to justify a somewhat shaky 15 minute uphill 'brisk walk' as a cardio busting fat burner and skip the weights corner as your triple Starbucks coffee run for the office was enough of an arm workout to add any more pressure to your guns. 
And your post-workout replenishment to help fuel your muscle exertion? Collecting the double-stuffed hawaiian dominoes pizza and complimentary garlic dough balls that took you said 15 minutes on the treadmill to order on your drive round the corner home.

Nailing that Night Out with Your Girlfriends
You're movin', groovin', shimmyin' and shakin' and 100% utterly convinced that once these bad boys moves are busting' their allure on the dance floor of the local Oceana and not the carpeted living room floor of your BF's pre-drinks pre-party, you'll seduce every man with a drooping rabbit so that they're pulsating round you like a bunch of vibrating machines on auto-lust. Top notch girlfriend! You'll not only be getting up close and personal with a packet of paracetamol come morning time but find yourself studying the contours of a mighty sex-God who you scampered back into your sex cave of wild dreams. Christian Grey can bore off! 
Strutting your way through to the bar whipping your 2 hour-tonged hair about, your eyes land upon multiple pairs of nunga-nungas in various arrays of display. 
What. The? That's when you see it. The sign to crush all hopes of a single girl's needs. Bloody ladies night. Feeling bruised, battered and betrayed by the love Gods you waltz with your head held high back through the same doors of hope you entered through. Not bothered. Nope. Not in the slightest...

That Pilates Class that Puts The Glow in Your Hue
You see it every morning bright n'early as you peruse the educational right-hand section of the DailyMail online, the enviable aura that pulsates from the luminous skin of the A-list celebrity who kickstarts her morning with an early-bird Pilates class. Nimble, lean and gleaming with a pair of pins on par with the likes of Gisele, if those beauties can attain their gorgeousness from a measly stretching class then you can totally get a rockin' bod the same way without sacrificing the mandatory donut run every time 3pm strikes right? 
Armed with your lululemon capri pants and sweaty betty slouch vest, you set up ship with your matt already daydreaming of emerging like a glowing goddess of pure health engulfed in a rosy hue of golden delight. Yet after your fifth attempt at trying to retract your left foot from that god-forsaken pose that nearly left you popping out a fluffer, you catch sight of yourself in the mirror. You're not bathed in that Rosie Huntington-whitely glow, nor are you smiling gleefully like Vanessa Hudgens...no, you're a drowned rat that needs to scuttle back to her hovel and hide in shame. 
Gone is the berry-licious scents of your new chic gym wear and instead a layer of sickly sweet shame clings to your body like a flashing neon light, fragrancing the room like your dog after he's nose-dived into a pile of Stagnant water. Exactly the look you were going for. How delightful.

[Also available to read at Couture Stories]
[Photo Source Inspiration: Pinterest]

27 April 2015

Burnt-out Babe? Cue The Pamper Hamper!

Feeling like the frazzled, burnt-out end of the New Years sparkler you solemnly proclaimed your long-abandoned resolutions to? It's that time of year that can start to look a bit like a gloomy lost puppy...long forgotten are the snuggly evenings wrapped up in front of roaring fires and hot cocoa dates waiting for Santa Baby and the countdown to your beach babe hazy-days on milky sands has got you all cranky from your no-carbs-before-marbs slim down "lifestyle change" (* i.e. diet of despair).

With all that meddling head hassle to contend with it's no wonder you're feeling less than your sparkly, bubbly self! So I've taken one for the team and popped my fairy god-mother tiara on again and have whittled together a deliciously divine pamper hamper for all you girlies out there living on a touchy live wire! From sensual silky body cremes, Spring-tastic nail lacquer selections to a hub of naughty nibble sweet-treats all washed down with a chilled bottle of the good stuff (this is a pamper box after all!), this goodie-box of sunshine is guaranteed to revive, rejuvenate and reclaim the downright fabulous y-o-u!

Get your eager hands on this treasure-chest of R + R indulgence and unveil it whenever you feel your live wires working their way lose and exposing their less than pretty power...

For the Beauty pamper puss...

Treat bites: 

  • Pick n'mix lush bath bombs, Silky hand creams, Sensual body butters & essential oils, Body brush buffer, Fruity fragranced room diffuser, Yankee candles selection, Selection of face masks, Gel nail lacquers, Pair of fluffy slipper socks, Pretty set of Pj's, Rom-com DVD selection, Cucumber gel eye mask, Emergency bar of galaxy chocolate, Fruity tea leaves & diffuser, Mindfulness colouring book, Book of happiness quotes, Journal/ writing set.

For the Green-finger lover...

Treat bites: 

  • Pair of luxurious gardening gloves, Creamy nourishing tub of hand cream, Personalised trowel & fork set, Selection medley of grow-you-own kitchen herbs, Home-brewed tipples, Personalised sundial, Garden journal notebook, Pair of fluffy socks, Hot lavender heat pack, Herb garden salt scrub, Moisturising hand mittens, Bar of 100% cocoa bean chocolate.

For the Baking maven...

Treat bites: 

  • Selection of nourishing cookbooks, DIY cookie dough mason jars, Truffle chocolate selection box, DVD selection (Hotel Chocolat, Julie & Julia etc.), DIY Slutty brownies baking kit, Flavoured infused olive oils, Gourmet knife set, Bottle of Champagne, Personalised wooden chopping board, Artisan beer bread making kit, Pretty apron & oven glove set, Chocolate-candy pizza, Fruity cocktail making kit, Gourmet Fudge selection box. 

For the Movie madam...  

Treat bites: 

  • Popcorn selection boxes, Retro popcorn dish, Pick n'mix sweetie selection medley, Comfy Pj set, Fluffy slipper socks, Creamy body butters, DIY soda-float kit, DVD selections, Squidgy fleecy neck rest, Ice-cream dish & spoon, Ice-cream selection tubs, Bottle of wine, Netflix movie voucher, Redeemable cinema vouchers.

For the Sugar-tooth sweetie...

Treat bites: 

  • Mason jar filled with pick n'mix medley of sweets & lollypops, Truffle chocolate selection box, DIY vodka & soda mixer set, Fruity bath bomb selection, Indulgent bath cremes & butters, Pastel nail lacquers, DIY rocky road mason jar kit, Bottle of bubbly, Rom-com DVD selections, Marshmallow clumps, Galaxy chocolate bar selections, Golden graham s'mores crackers, Ice-cream selection tubs (hello Ben & Jerry's!), Selection of pouring sauces & sprinkles.

[Also available to read at Couture Stories]
[Photo source Inspiration: Pinterest]

22 April 2015

Whimsical Boho-Chic Instagrams For A Touch Of Escapism

Feeling flustered by your flashing red inbox and demands of a grouchy boss, day-dreaming of nothing more than slipping away and escaping to scamper with the happy rays of Mother Nature?! Oh trust us, you're not the only poor miserable morsel!

We'd all love to be traipsing the globe, sinking our feet into the warm milky sands of crystal beaches floating around in flowing dresses, precious stoned jewellery and sleeping easy underneath shell encrusted feather dreamcatchers. Unfortunately reality is a terrible tease and insists in the daily necessity of dodging the gym eschewed pavements of the big smoke, fervently trying to squish our tootsies onto any spare inch of the tube seat whilst only just being able to afford carrot sticks and pot of Sainsbury's basics hummus dip for dinner. #LivingTheLife2015.

Sadly we'll have to lead the tropical passionfruit boat slushies and organic Acai fruit bowels to those waking up on the other side of the World to the lapping moans of the Ocean glory and count al-fresco lunch dates on the beachfront as all in a day's tiresome work. Double drats.

Grab yourself a chilled beverage and creamy choccy magnum to munch, switch off your emails for a cheeky 5 minutes and escape all responsibility for a carefree existence with these whimsical instagrammers...!

Caroline Hogh Groth 


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Rochelle Fox 

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Sjana Elise Earp 

Brooke Saward

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Show Me Your Mumu

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Leana Marie 

Lula Le Bon 

Chriselle Lim 

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Rachel Marie Iwanyszyn

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[Also available to read at Couture Stories]
[Photo Source Inspiration: Instagram, Pinterest]


20 April 2015

Bizarrely Beautiful: Wondrously Weird Beauty Hacks

Whether you like to admit it or not, we all have them! I'm talking about our secret bizarre beauty habits! It's the tweak you do with the edge of your old toothbrush that gets your eyebrows looking razor sharp like a Delvigne, the way you apply your taupe eyeshadow that has you looking hot hot hot like the Sahara desert...all these little quirks make for our bizarrely beautiful finished product! They may be weird and wonderful and certainly something you'd rather keep concealed like your MAC long pro-wear but the truth is they're actually bloomin' brilliant!

Pepped your curiosity? Mine too! Time to pull our hidden coveted secrets out of our beauty handbags and celebrate them in all their glorious oddities...

Hoarding broken/smashed/smudged palettes

Yes ok I know there's roughly an inch of usable glittery shadow left in the empty palette but you may just need it for that one special occasion, right? It could be the finishing touch you need to nail that killer date look so you shan't be parting with the broken empty any time soon thank you very much...even if it's been waiting for its home-glory moment for the past 6 months already!

Skimping on the real deal for its free tester pots

Why splash the cash on a full-sized bottle and spend the rest of the month sobbing over lettuce leaves when you can bag yourself a couple of free tester sachets from magazines and charm your way into freebies from the beauty counters? It may add an extra couple of minutes to your morning routine as you painstakingly muster every last damn morsel out of the packet but at least you'll look fabulous and still be able to afford your Sainsbury's basics baked beans...#winning.

Fervently ignoring expiration dates

Anyone else find that your mascara suddenly becomes a tube of wondrous gold dust as it hurtles towards the 8 month open-mark and is starting to show signs of a weary life? Mascara is that one pesky little morsel that always seem to unearth its shining glory just as we're faced with the ultimatum of choosing between lust-worthy bambi lashes or a less-than-pretty case of the yellow sticky eyes. Hello gorgeous! Either way you're going to be eye-catching so I guess it's a win-win situation after all!

Lubing up the eyes

Ok this one sounds beyond bonkers but it's actually a pretty nifty little habit to steal and whittle away into your bank of beauty secrets! Grabbing any sort of lubricating ointment such as Lucas paw paw or Elizabeth eight hour skin protectant and sweeping it across the lids allows for a refreshed and bright-eyed look without the heaviness and hassle of eyeshadow contouring. Quick, simple, easy and guaranteed to make for some hydrating and summer fresh pretty peepers.

The Minx effect

Hailed as the understated grooming range for men but where's the fun in that? I refuse to believe that I'm the only one who can't resist reaching for the boys much-loved lynx range! They just smell too.damn.fine. I have to admit part of the reason is that I'm immediately attracted to boys regardless of whether they're sporting chin beavers or not when wearing a swipe of the good stuff so I figured I must be that irresistible too when sporting the spicy aromas. 
C'mon admit it, the best bet for us girls is powder fresh whiffs and what lady of seductive sass wants to smell like a baby's butt? Give me the throaty scents of lynx that last all day long and ultimately bring all the boys to the yard...It's a hard life sometimes.

Nips out, heels shout!

Can anyone take a guess where I'm heading with this one? Probably not! Got some McNasty cracks and unsightly skin lurking on the soles of your feet? To help treat the troublesome woes of icky tootsies, whip out your nips and you'll be a silky smooth mama in next to no time. Keep your heads clean ladies, I'm talking nipple cream! 
Cheap as chips, available just about everywhere and one hell of a saviour in kissing goodbye to your bothersome winter skin! By all means get your nips out too but I can assure you they'll get you far more attention than your cracked heels ever would!

Haemorrhoid cream to get rid of your eye bags

Still trying to convince yourself that the only bags you own are Chanel? Leave those fanciful dreams in la-la land ladies and crack down on your unsightly black rings by whipping out a trusty tube of haemorrhoid cream. A beauty habit best kept under wraps and not drunkenly blurted out at your next family reunion, this trusty little cream is said to help shrink any enlarged capillaries around your less-than-perky puffy peepers, reducing the appearance of your designer bags! Approach with caution though as the skin around our eyes can be a sensitive ole' soul at the best of times! 

Keep it clear with cider

Extra motivation to get on the beers? Oh go on then you cheeky scamp! A celebrity secret to keep your skin crystal clear, delicately smooth and enviably glowing is to cleanse your face with that bottle of apple cider vinegar lurking at the back of your kitchen cupboard. A little bit rough and tumble for those with sensitive skin but an excellent healing toner for the rest of us battling the woes of temperamental skin!

Wake up with caffeine

Before you roll your eyes and scoff at the obvious here, I'm talking about waking up those lazy dormant skin cells causing an unsightly performance on the back of your thighs. Sounds odd but adding a scoop of loose ground coffee into your daily morning scrub will help to buff your way to silky smooth skin and increase the blood flow to your pins. Anything to help morph me a little more into Candice Swaneopoel and I'm sold!

Pump it up

Hankering for your own share of Kylie Jenner's peachy pout? A beauty tip I've plucked from the perky lips of beauty cupboard insiders is to add a few drops of peppermint oil to your favourite lip gloss. Mint is known for its invigorating qualities and when applied to your pout, helps to stimulate blood flow tickling the nerves and leaving you with a bee-stung set of lips. How swell!

Got any more oddly creative beauty hacks to throw into the mix? Drop me a comment below as I'd love to add to my ever-growing bag of happy habits!

[Photo source Inspiration: Pinterest]

15 April 2015

Spring Makeup Trends Ruling The Fashion Runways

Gorgeous makeup looks, fresh n'fierce colour makeovers and enchanting hair trends springing into glorious full bloom from backstage to runway straight to you. Get yourself immersed and inspired in Springtimes' dreamy sunshine offerings...

Gold Dust Peepers 

Sparkly shimmer was fluttered across the lids of models backstage at Ralph Lauren. Sweep some glittery sass across the lid of your upper lash lines with a flat concealer brush, finishing the look with a dusting in your inner eye to give a fresh, ethereal and brightening look. Opulence is the key word to bloom with this effect.

[Inspiration: Ralph Lauren, Elisabetta Franchi]

Glittery Eyes 

Glitter danced about backstage at Anna Sui where stage lights struck the shimmer throwing off 70s Boho vibes of rock n'roll chic.

[Inspiration: Anna Sui, John Galliano]

Rose Blush Glow

Fresh, crisp and bonny beautiful...rose stained cheeks, blush bitten stained lips, natural bronzed high bones and brushed out fluffy brows swept across the faces of Tory Burch and Marc Jacobs, taking the easy-breezy wind-swept beach look to new levels of natural ease and effortlessly sexy.

[Inspiration: Tory Burch, Victoria Beckham, Balmain]

Pastel Highs 

One of the most striking and unexpected look to flower backstage on the runways is Badgley Mischka 's enchanting and dreamy soft focusing upon pastel hair and painted brows. Natural tousled waves were achieved through rough and messy blow-drys interwoven with milky colour extensions whilst eyebrows were painted with a plethora of colour chart dreamy shades of summer.

[Inspiration: Badgley Mischka, Holly Fulton]

Matchy Matchy

Devilish, dramatic and alluring are the words to describe the matching crimson nails and lips plastered across the models walking at Zac Posen. Matching the same orange-stained red tone to that seen in his Spring season collection, MAC is the direction to hop, skip & jump to for a matte stained pout and super shiny luxe talons.

[Inspiration: Zac Posen, Chanel]

Undone Lazy Top Knots

Top knots have been gracing the style stakes for a while now not only creating effortlessly cool lazy looks but taking next to no time to whip up. Spring sees the return of the knot but in a relaxed, messy and undone fashion where baby flyways are no longer your enemy but welcomed friend. Toss out the polished preen look and embrace this beachy take on the bun which works fabulously with just about any hair texture! Curly girls take a sigh of relief!

[Inspiration: Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang]

The Eyes Have It

There's no doubt that eyes are having a fashion focus this Springtime with defined brows and statement lips taking a backseat in the soil. Mermaid colour pops swept across the eyelids of models complete with lashings of mesmerising lashes whilst bold dramatic lined peepers made for striking winged ways. Designers raided the paint box colour charts waking fun aqua marine blues, hazy violet shadow sweeps and fruity orange-red accents from their sleepy beds, dazzling and enchanting in the spring sunshine.

[Inspiration: Elie Saab, Honor, Max Mara, Tommy Hilfiger]

Smokey Sunshine Heat 

Makeup underwent a sultry springtime bloom mimicking the French Riviera glamour of 60s mavens like Bridgette Bardot. Eyes were laced with smudgy kohl liners to showcase smokey bed eyes when blended with coffee stained brown shadows and mocha-latte pigments.

[Inspiration: Diane Von Furstenberg, Giorgio Armani, Reem Acra]

Braid It Out

Herringbone deconstructed fishtail braids were swinging about catwalks in a flurry of textures, styles and undone wet-look accents. Think thick rope textures, tousled volume, salty beach flyways and a messy haphazard twisted finish. The less polished and preened your braid can be, the higher you'll hit the Spring fashion waves and the more you'll make the mermaids sing in glee!

[Inspiration: Supima, Suno, Mara Hoffman, Marissa Webb]

[Also available to read at Couture Stories]
[Photo Source Inspiration: Pinterest, harpersbazaar.com, beautyhigh.com, stylebistro.com, elle.com]

13 April 2015

Pack Your Hampers, We're Going For A Picnic!

As summertime fun and frolickings creep their way upon us, the notorious pimms-laced gossips and mindless sausage roll munching al-fresco become inevitable sunny summer past-times to whittle away a few breezy hours. You guessed it ladies, it's time to welcome back with happy arms those long-forgotten picnic dates!

Whether they're strategically planned down to the very last grape or knocked up in a spur-of-the-moment flash, there's nothing better to get those happy endorphins flowing free n'easy like wasting hours out in nature surrounded by glorious beauty, feel-good company and scrumptious pique-nique nibbles to make your tummy smile alongside little Miss Sunshine herself!

Fling off your winter coats and scarfs (...they are SO last season darlin'), pull out your gingham lined hamper baskets from hiding, fill it high in haste with tasty treats, grab your picnic girlfriends and traipse on out for some magical and dreamy sun-drenched giggles! Whilst you're at it, why not sling on your best petticoat dress & scamper the blossom-kissed fields doing your best impression of a British drama helpless heroine...anything to bag your very own shirtless Poldark panting heavy in the potato fields! Such a minx!

There's simply nothing more glorious then when the sun comes out to play, drenching the nation in a cascade of tumbling sunshine so when little miss sunshine flashes the goods, make the most of it with our perfect picnic pickings! Oh and if there's one essential item to always remember to pack it's the wine box! Naturally.

Here's how to pack a sumptuous picnic hamper to get your Summer time fun dancing footloose n' fancy free...

Secret #1
Think of your picnic as a transportable little fun party making the top priority on your list the location, location, location! You want somewhere that isn't swamped with sugar-fueled kids stomping on your vintage blanket and screaming garbage in your face but not a spot that's so quiet even a monk would break wind to crack the silence.
Making sure you've got your best gals around you fully loaded with some chilled cases of fruity beverage and a bum-wiggling playlist is equally at the top of the picnic checklist!

Secret #2
Picnics are known for their pick n'mix foodie nicknacks where you can grabble up a tumbling plate of foods that in real life would be illegal...scotch eggs slathered in peri-peri coleslaw, why the hell not?! To mix it up and keep it interesting, consider giving your picnic a theme or cuisine type depending on the time of day you set up ship and nestle down to chomp down! A morning set up could lead to a breakfast brunch medley complete with natural yoghurts, honey, cinnamon granola, boiled eggs and toasted muffin soldiers whilst an evening date could see you firing up a hog roast complete with a cheese, wine & grape bruschetta bar with dainty jelly meringue desserts for afterwards!

Secret #3
It's time to think of your little friend that's always there for you, cushioning you when you take a tumble in life and will always have your back...your arse. With all that munching, grooving, belly-laughs and gossiping, your behind will need to be comfortable and a happy chappie to see you through several hours rolling around on the ground! Fold up and bring any spare old beach chairs you have lurking around or rummage round and find some old quilts, blankets, cushions, beach towels or woven mats to settle the job nicely! Treat your bum well and it'll treat you well right back!

Secret #4
If you're thinking about stretching out your picnic date for a day-long rendezvous affair then consider going the whole hog and bringing some whimsical decorations to really bring the atmosphere alive (...and snap up some insta-worthy shots of your boho vibes!) Tipee tents are really easy to whip together by parking yourself near some low branches and slinging over some chiffon netting or old bedsheets. Not only does it look super-cute when slung with some battery-operated fairy lights but it'll give you some sheltered privacy if your innocent picnic date takes a turn for the naughty after 2 boxes of Sainsburys finest vino!

Secret #5
Everyone knows that a picnic isn't complete without some good old-fashioned kids entertainment! Turn up the heat and get tapping those feet by plugging in your iPod to some portable speakers and cracking out some fun and games to waste away a few hours of content, work off your food coma and post-tipple giddiness and spend some quality time with your nearest and dearest! A few of our favourite must-packs are a twister mat, rounders, board games like monopoly, charades, Guess who and bananagrams! Oh and don't forget the classic pack of cards...with those by your side, you could find yourself high on life until the fireflies begin to dance in the night sky.

Picnic SOS...

  • Location: Think parks, beaches, meadows, river parks, nature valleys, wooded forest clearings,  hillside spots, beaches, twilight rooftops, vineyards, pick-your-own farms, boats, local festivals.
  • Practicalities: Hamper basket, tupperware, blankets, chairs, cushions, towels, plastic cutlery, resealable bags, cling film, baby wipes, plastic glasses/cups, napkins, paper plates, condiments, bug spray, sunscreen, corkscrew, portable speakers, camera, torch.
  • Nourishing nosh: Think mezze selections like olives, hummus, flatbread selections, cured meats, cheeses, roasted veg, mixed salad, sushi, scotch eggs, mini sausages, strawberries, fruit salad, meringue nests, jelly, brownies, flapjacks, cookies and sweeties.
  • Cooling beverages: Lemonade, sparkling fruit drinks, wine, pre-made pimms, bottled water, selection of beers/ciders, cordial mixes, bubbly champagne!
  • Pretty extras: Tea lights, fairy lights, chiffon blankets for decoration, rugs, flowers, music, board games, frisbee, cushions, kites, kindle/books/magazines! 

So now that we've revealed our best kept picnic secrets it's over to you guys! A quick hop, skip & jump through your cupboards and a group message rallied out to your favourite gals and you'll find yourself rolling around in the evening sun with an icy glass of bubbly in one hand, a devilish nibble in the other and infectious smiles all round!

[Also available to read at Couture Stories]
[Photo Source Inspiration: Pinterest]

08 April 2015

Best In Bloom: Flower Market Language

There's something pretty magical about waking up with mother nature and the creeping warmth of the lazy weekend sun, hopping out of bed, slinging on a slouchy breton top and vintage levi 501's and traipsing the cobbled streets ready to tackle the sleepy market stalls!

Who doesn't love the sound of meandering round an old-school pathway dotted with Artisan coffee shops, bellowing buskers and quaint boutique markets flogging vintage trinkets and charms and umbrellas struggling to shade an abundance of springtime flowers? A bursting fresh blossom of rainbow flowers can transform the atmosphere of just about anything...it can pop the sunshine back into a dingy bare office, crack a giggle from the lips of little miss moaning myrtle and add that fabulous finishing touch to your bohemian-chic bedroom of dreams! 

Never been to a market of mother nature's finest beauty? Get yourself on google, find your local set up, pencil in a budding date with your diary and get ready to watch your sleepy sunday ritual spring into full bloom!

You'll be mesmerised by the burst of vibrant colours, shapes, patterns and plethora of choice as you flutter about like a fairy in her enchanted forest, spellbound by the array of rich delicious scents dancing in the air!  

I've scampered around in delight gathering and plucking the very best bundles of top tips and bodacious floral picks to wrap up in a great big bouquet and skip on home with to inject a pocket of cheer into your humble abode! 

So grab your wicker basket and skip on out this weekend for an oasis of Spring colour blooms, infectious giggles and a foliage of glorious smiles....

Rise with the birds and get there early

If you want to nab the best picks of the bunch then remember to get to the markets early! Whilst a lot of stalls stay open for longer these days, to really get the freshest of the bunch you'll need to take yourself for an early brisk walk whilst the wake-up birds sing their morning songs! 

Remember to do your laps

With an abundance of blooms swaying in the breeze all vying for your attention, it's easy to get yourself in a flap and feeling rather overwhelmed. Take your time in choosing exactly what you want and take yourself off for a cheeky few laps round the block as you can guarantee that you'll spot your favourites in several different stalls each at different competitive rates! To get the best deals, keep your eyes peeled and if all else fails just remember to slap on some bambi-lash mascara, swing your hips and giggle! Those flowers will be sitting pretty in your swinging basket before you can say "How much Sir?"

The Language of Flowers

The language of flowers can be a truly beautiful and powerful sentiment both in giving, receiving and enjoying! Take a peek down below, get inspired and allow your blooms to whisper their magic and charm your surroundings....

  • Azalea: Abundance, Alstroemeria: Aspiring, Apple Blossom: Promise, Aster: Contentment
  • Black-eyed Susan: Encouragement, Begonia: Deep thoughts
  • Camellia: Graciousness, Pink Carnations: Gratitude, Yellow Carnations: Cheerful, White Chrysanthemums: Truth, Crocus: Foresight, Cosmos: Peaceful
  • Daisy: Innocence, Delphinium: Boldness
  • Freesia: Spirited
  • Gardenia: Joy, Geranium: Comfort, Gladiolus: Strength of character
  • Hibiscus: Delicate beauty, Heather: Solitude, Hyacinth: Sincerity, Hydrangea: Perseverance
  • Iris: Inspiration
  • Jasmine: Grace & elegance
  • Larkspur: Beautiful spirit, Lilac: First love
  • Orchid: Delicate beauty
  • Pansy: Loving thoughts, Peony: Healing
  • Ranunculus: Radiant, Pink Rose: Admiration, Red & White Rose: Unity, White Rose: Purity
  • Star of Bethlehem: Hope, Sunflower: Adoration, Sweetpea: Shyness
  • Pink Tulip: Caring, Variegated Tulip: Beautiful eyes, Yellow Tulip: There's sunshine in your smile
  • Yarrow: Good health

[Also available to read at Couture Stories]
[Photo source Inspiration: Pinterest]
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