These Boots Were Made for Walking…

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Boots

these boots were made for walking…

Over the Christmas holidays my mum and I went to London and Paris. One of my favourite days was spent just wandering around Kensington (where we were staying in London).

FARA Charity Shops

We came across a cool little op shop called FARA Charity Shops. The website says that “in 2009 it was ranked by the Sunday Times Style magazine as one of the top charity shops in London”.

Mum found a practically brand new pair of Ecco shoes for £5. I found a gorgeous pair of Hobbs heels for £47. A similar pair of Hobbs heels I found online were £180 brand new.

The shop was gorgeous with a lot of quality stuff, the staff were lovely and I would highly recommend a visit next time you’re in London.

HOBBS

HOBBS

Do you have a favourite charity shop that you go to? Please tell us about it. We love to hear about new and exiting places 🙂

Take care, until next time…keep restyling!

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Renee’s Personalised Bath Pamper Packs

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For Christmas I wanted to make a unique holiday gift for a friend and their family. I came up with the idea to make them each a personalised bath pamper pack.

Here’s what I came up with.

For dad and mum...

For dad and mum…

For Dad

  • Xxxx beer
  • Radox bath salts
  • Heavy metal magazine

For Mum

  • Champagne
  • Bath salts
  • Vogue magazine
For daughter and son...

For daughter and son…

For 7 yr old daughter

  • Lavender bubble bath
  • Pretty loofa
  • Princess magazine

For 4 yr old son

  • Duck bubble bath
  • Bath toys/face washer
  • K-zone magazine

What do you think of my gift packs? Would you have done anything differently?

Take care, until next time…keep restyling!

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Wrapping Paper Restyle

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Jasmine and her wrapped present…

Last Friday was my nieces 1st birthday! I was having such a busy week at work that I forgot to buy wrapping paper. So it was time to get creative with what I had on hand.

Being that Christmas had just passed there were endless half used rolls of wrapping paper lying around. I decided to use the inside of the paper as my base. My other niece Mischa said she wanted to be my little helper for this restyle. So we got our creative minds together and got to work.

Here's what we did...

Here’s what we did…

– I cut up some scrap paper into different sized hearts
– I gave Mischa some paper doillies
– I then gave her little balls of blutac so she could stick the doillies and hearts randomly on the plain side of the wrapping paper
– We then took it outside and spray painted randomly all over the paper
– After it had dried nicely we wrapped Jasmine’s present ready for her birthday

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It’s a wrap…

What do you think of our emergency restyle? I think it’s great and Mischa was an awesome little restyler 😉

Take care, until next time…keep restyling!

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Apricot Toastie

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Happy Hump Day! Hope you are all having a good one.

Apricot Goodness...

Apricot Toastie Goodness…

The other week we were telling you all about our toasted sandwich obsession being a Blackberry Toastie. Well we’ve tried another version being the Apricot Toastie!

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All you need…

Here’s what we used:

  • Some bread
  • Brie Cheese
  • White Chocolate
  • Fresh Apricot sliced

Bang it all together into a sandwich maker – keep it in there until it’s toasted to your liking. Again enjoy with a hot beverage of your choice :)

It’s another delicious version! So please try it!

Take care, until next time…keep restyling!

Amour and Renee xx

Issy’s Fruit Tea

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Issy's Fruit Tea

Issy’s Fruit Tea – in a pot

Issy is my friend’s daughter, she is also my friend. She is absolutely, no doubt, my favourite 16 year old. Issy inspires me to be myself and to be creative.

Every time I see this gorgeous girl she is making something new and wearing something effortlessly cool. Today, she had made fruit tea.

Issy’s fruit tea

  • Handful of mint leaves – oven dry for 15 minutes
  • 2 oranges, 1 lemon, 1 baby fennel, Ginger (to taste) – oven dry for 45 minutes
  • Store bought dried craisons, apple, apricot, added to oven mix 10 mins before end.
  • Mix in jar and add stick of cinnamon and the contents of 2 camomile tea bags.
Issy's Fruit Tea - even the puppy wants some...

Issy’s Fruit Tea – even the puppy wants some…

Yummo!

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Toothpick Scratch Art

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Toothpick Scratch Art – Final

We had an unsuccessful photo canvas living in the garage – this was the perfect project for my niece and nephew to get involved in 🙂

Here’s what we did:

  • First I painted the canvas with a layer of white acrylic paint. Set aside to dry
  • Myself and the kiddos just coloured the whole canvas in different coloured crayons. In no ordered way – just however we felt
  • I then painted over our crayon masterpiece with black acrylic paint with a foam roller. This was to ensure it would be a nice thin even layer. Set aside to dry
  • This was the fun part! We got a toothpick each and just started scratching into the black acrylic paint. Again in no ordered way – anything goes!
Work in progress...

Work in progress…

Here are some close ups of our finished artwork.

Close up time...

Close up time…

What do you think of our artwork? We love it! Now I just need to find a place best to display my new artwork 🙂

Take care, until next time…keep restyling!

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Where’s my iPod? It’s roadtrip time!

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Last weekend I set off on a road trip to Orange (3.5 hours drive from Sydney). I love road trips!

The road ahead...

The road ahead…

Growing up in Alice Springs, we had to go on a huge road trip just to get to the next town. As an only child, I was lucky because I got the whole back seat to myself, well, I shared it with the esky, the thermos, the Tupperware box full of crockery and cutlery, the pillows, blankets, akubras and Dad’s rifle. My dad was a pilot and didn’t like flying if he wasn’t in control of the air plane so all our family holidays involved days and days of driving.

I’ve pretty much seen all of Australia, which is something I’m very grateful for now I’m an adult. As a child though, it was boring because you couldn’t play eye spy (R for red dirt and D for dead animal got old pretty quickly). So I would put on my Walkman and lose myself in my favourite songs.

My favourite part of a road trip now (some 25 years later) is still the music. These days I always go on road trips by myself. I think the only person I could possibly share a car with for hours on end would be Amour, mainly because she is the only person I know with taste in music as unpredictable as mine.

Five iPods

Five iPods (Photo credit: mcwetboy)

Here’s what was on my iPod for my last trip:

As you can see it’s a pretty eclectic mix – What’s your must have music for a road trip? Please share it with us…

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Mango Pandan

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Mango Pandan

Today is Australia Day here in the land of the green and gold Oz.

English: Australian rules football jumper, gre...

English: Australian rules football jumper, green and gold with mudlarks logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To celebrate we decided to do an Aussie twist to the Filipino dessert Buko Pandan. Buko Pandan is a creamy dessert with fresh coconut, condensed milk and flavoured with Pandan. What is pandan? I guess you could say it’s Asia’s version of vanilla.

Our Aussified version of this Filipino dessert classic is the Mango Pandan – basically we substitute the fresh coconut with juicy sweet Australian mangoes! Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi oi!!!

Ingredients:
– 1 x can Asian green jelly grated (see picture below)
– 1 x tub Philadelphia dessert cream (alternatively some thickened cream will do the same thing)
– 1 x tablespoon condensed milk
– 1 x teaspoon Pandan (see picture below)
– 2 x large mangoes diced

Green Jelly and Pandan

Green Jelly and Pandan

Method:
– Gently mix jelly, cream and mangoes together
– Add condensed milk
– Add pandan
– Gently combine to distribute the green colour of the pandan
– Adjust amount of condensed milk and pandan to your taste

Be warned this is a very sweet dessert to be had in small doses. But geez it’s a delicious ‘sometimes’ food 🙂

Enjoy! Happy Australia Day!

Lavender and Marjoram Sugar Scrub

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Lavender and Marjoram Sugar Scrub

Lavender and Marjoram Sugar Scrub

Another super easy scrub. So far we have made a Vanilla Sugar Scrub and a Lemon and Thyme Salt Scrub.

All you need....

All you need…

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 4 heads lavender pulled apart
  • 4 stems marjoram leaves pulled off stems
  • A few drops of lavender and marjoram oil to your liking

– Mix mix mix

So have you got any ideas for a natural body scrub? Please tell us about it and we’ll give it a go 🙂

Take care, until next time…keep restyling!

Amour and Renee xx