Vanilla Sugar Scrub


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This is our first post via our new Samsung galaxy tab. Hopefully no disasters 🙂 anyhoo back to today’s subject – Vanilla sugar scrub. This stuff is amazing!!!!!!!! It’s so easy to make, smells divine and makes your skin feel so soft and silky. No need to moisturise afterwards!


Combine the following:
1/4 cup raw sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon vanilla paste

That’s it! Give it a try and let us know how you go. Have you got any natural beauty treatments that you’ve tried and loved? Please tell us about them. We’d love to try them out 🙂

Keep restyling!
Amour and Renee xx


Almond and Jam Tarts


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My sister (Jade) made her version of these tarts after seeing Jamie Oliver make them on one of his 30 minute meals TV program. She ended up making these on Christmas eve – it was so hot here in Sydney and we were all dripping with sweat but we all couldn’t resist scoffing down this tasty little treat!

Almond and Jam Tarts

Pretty Little Tarts…

What do you need?


  • 1 3/4 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cup self raising flour
  • 185g chilled butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup low GI sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk (play this by ear you don’t want it too wet)


  • 200g almond meal
  • 125g butter room temp
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 2/3 low GI sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste
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The method

The Method:

  • Pastry ingredients – Mix wrap in cling wrap and rest in fridge for 30 min
  • Filling ingredients – Combine all
  • Preheat oven 180 degrees and get pastry from fridge
  • Spray muffin tin with coconut oil spray (or any other oil spray)
  • Sprinkle flour and roll out pastry about 1/2 cm thick we like lots of crust 🙂
  • Cut to squares to fit muffin tin
  • Layer the squares into the tin. Press in lightly to gain the shape of muffin tin
  • Take approximately a tablespoon of the filling mixture and roll it into a ball. Then do the same with a teaspoon of filling mixture.
  • Add a big ball to one muffin section. Then add 1/2 teaspoon of jam. Add the little ball of mixture and then add another 1/2 tspn of jam
  • Put in oven for around 30 min
  • Turn down to 150 and bake for another 10 min
  • Remove from oven to cool then remove from tin and eat your heart out!

Makes 12 and one monster one for the chef!!

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Monster one for the chef!


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Dreamcatcher Restyle


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Mischa with dreamcatcher restyle

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a great time partying with your loved ones – we sure did!

Our client Kadyn wanted a gift for his mother in law that represented one of the loves of his life – his pet parrot – Oliver Tweet 🙂

The end result was Oliver’s fallen feathers worked into a dreamcatcher.

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Isn’t Oliver just the cutest?

We love how it turned out! What do you think of our restyle?

Thank you for supporting us Kadyn!

Take care, until next time…keep restyling!

Paper Rock Scissors – a craft store in Davao City


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It’s my last full day in Davao City, Philippines – tomorrow I fly back home to Sydney, Australia.

During my time in Davao I checked out a stationery store called Paper Rock Scissors. I first found out about them from Aicha of The Late Bloomer Blog. When I read her post I thought to myself – well I’m in Davao soon so I better check them out. Boy am I glad I did!

I found out that they make custom rubber stamps – so we got some made! Here they are:

Love Notes Stamp Collection

Love Notes Stamp Collection made by Paper Rock Scissors

Along with that we got a variety of ink pads:

Stamp Ink

Stamp Ink

Here’s a list of the inks we purchased:

  • Color Box Cats Eye Pigment Brush Pad in Silver
  • Brilliance Dew Drop in Pearlescent Crimson
  • Brilliance Dew Drop in Starlite Black
  • Whispers Ink Pad in Fresh Eggplant
  • Jenni Bowlin Ink Pad in Brown Sugar
  • American Crafts Brand Ink Pad in Black
  • American Crafts Brand Ink Pad in Silver

But wait! Here’s more of what else I got 🙂

More things from Paper Rock Scissors

More things from Paper Rock Scissors

Check out Aicha’s post for photos of the store. I was in a super hurry at the time so I didn’t get to take any pictures. So not only do they sell a variety of stationery but they offer lots of different services. I’ve already told you about the custom rubber stamps – along with that they do business cards, book binding, shape-cutting and much much more.

At the moment I’m working closely with Lilibeth at Paper Rock Scissors to get some custom clothing labels made so that our restyles can look more finished. It will also be the last step before we open up our Etsy store…excited much! Yes I am!

So if you are ever in Davao City, Philippines – give these guys a visit. They are super friendly and you can spend hours lost in their supplies!

Take care, until next time…keep restyling!

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I’m a Blog Love Student!


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Hi, it’s Amour here. Happy Saturday!

When we decided to start Love Notes Restyle Studio we were looking for a platform to host and share our creativity. In order to put ourselves out there more we started this blog. We are still very new to this world and we have learnt a lot so far!

In looking at other blogs we came across A Beautiful Mess – I love their DIY‘s – lots of photos that make them so easy to follow. I started reading their past posts to get to know more of what they are about. As I was doing this I was feeling so inspired and I’m loving the cheery vibe of their posts! In doing all of this I found that they offer e-courses – so I signed up for their Blog Love – an e-course for bloggers!

A Beautiful Mess

I have finished it now and wanted to let you know that I loved it! If you are new to blogging or just want to take your blog to another level I suggest you check it out. It’s only $34 and well worth every bit of it!

It was so comforting to be introduced to ALL of the information out there about blogging in a clear and concise way. It was also refreshing to get more insight into the creators of A Beautiful Mess and their sister businesses.

Just putting it out there – this post isn’t sponsored in any way. I just found something that I personally found valuable and wanted to share that with ya’ll 🙂

Click on the link to take you to the E-course library – A Beautiful Mess E-courses. I plan to do the Dream Job E-course next 🙂

Take care, until next time…keep restyling!

Love Notes Restyle Studio

DIY Posy Flower – we call it ‘The Burnt Flower’


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We first saw the Posy Pin Tutorial by Grace Laced in the beginning of our life with Pinterest.

They are so easy to make and are our favourite of the DIY flowers. The end result is always very elegant and doesn’t look cheaply made at all. We have also found many great ways to use them – from headbands, to tank top embellishment and various other restyles.

Here is our tutorial on how to make ‘The Burnt Flower’. It’s our first one, so we are  open to any feedback you have so that our future tutorials are easy to understand and full of FUN!

Flower - Tools

Flower – Tools

You start with circles of polyester fabric (like satin or organza) – around 3 – 4 different sizes (and around 2-3 pieces of each size) depending how ‘full’ you want your flower to look. It doesn’t have to be neat and perfect – the messier the better!

You will then need a candle and lighter – in the picture we have a normal candle (it is all we had) – but normally we would use a tea light candle. It’s easier to manage the flame. For your first few times you will want to have a small bowl of water nearby in case of any out of control fires.

Step 1 - burn edges

Step 1 – burn edges

Step 2 - burn centre

Step 2 – burn centre

Step 3 - assembly time

Step 3 – assembly time

With this flower we used a button (again all we had on hand) but you can use any sort of bead as well or a clump of beads. We’ve even used an old earring before!

Final product - The Burnt Flower

Final product – The Burnt Flower

Here’s a few links to Pinterest of how we’ve used this little gem in different ways.

Polka Dot Dress Flowers

Pajama Pants Flowers

Disco Shoes Flowers

Necklace Flowers

Bracelet Flowers

Flowers for Headbands

You were warned that we loved them! Hope you enjoyed our first tutorial. What’s your favourite DIY flower?

Take care, until next time…keep restyling!

Amour & Renee xx


The Biggest Bazar in Davao City


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Hi again, it’s Amour here for this post. I’m still in the Philippines but head back home to Australia soon. Last week my husband and I went to the Davao Convention & Trade Center for The 13th Biggest Bazar in Davao City.

Davao Bazar

Davao Bazar

It was the first bazar I had been to in the Philippines and I’d always wanted to go to one. The locals used to advise me not to because they were scared that I would get mugged! I felt safe though I had trusty hubby by my side to protect me 🙂

It was a mixed bag of old and new & factory and handmade goods – and in true Filo style – there was lots of food!

It’s another picture heavy post – so grab a cuppa and enjoy the pix 🙂

One of the first stalls that caught my eye was Burloloy@Craft Haus – all the pretty colours! I bought a few of their earring sets as they were handmade and I’m really looking for some quality handmade goods to give as gifts at Christmas.

Burloloy Stall Set Up

Burloloy Stall Set Up – isn’t it cute?

Davao Bazar Burloloy @ Craft Haus

Davao Bazar Burloloy @ Craft Haus

Now it’s foodie time 🙂

Foodie Goodies at Nina's Kitchen

Foodie Goodies at Nina’s Kitchen

More handmade goodness with the prettiness of wood and pearl..

JER Shell Craft Creations Int'l

JER Shell Craft Creations Int’l

And now for some random pictures of random stalls…

Davao Bazar - all mixed up!

Davao Bazar – all mixed up!

Headbands anyone???

Headbands anyone???

Here is my favourite stall – Crystallized Posh – look at all of the pretty collars! They really inspired me to want to create some – so I can’t wait to get back home and dig through my stash of goodies to see what I can come up with!

Crystallized Posh

My favourite stall – Crystallized Posh

What do you think? Have you been to any good markets recently? Tell me about them – I always love to hear about them and the special treats that people have found.

Take care, until next time…keep restyling!

Love Notes Restyle Studio

Nail Art with a Side of Caviar


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You could say that Renee is pretty well known for her nails! She’s always trying new and exciting things with them. Sometimes they are the only pop of colour in her all black ensemble 🙂

This week her nails have a side of caviar to see what it looked like. The lovely Karen at Burnside Beauty & Nails used Ciaté Caviar polish in black pearl for this design. Karen hasn’t used it before so they were both experimenting.

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Renee’s Nails with a Side of Caviar

This design was done on her right hand which is her dominant hand and her pen would sit against the inside of that nail, which is how she thinks she lost most of the caviar balls. Other than that, they have lasted much better than she was expecting.

Next time she’ll ask Karen to apply it thicker and Renee will just have to avoid any handwriting while she’s wearing it 🙂

Take care, until next time…keep restyling!

Amour & Renee xx

Inspire Me Monday! – Singlet Restyle or Epic Fail


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Yes we know its Wednesday – Let’s not talk about the lack of Monday that it is 🙂

So this week we decided to restyle a singlet that was recently purchased at the Gaisano Ukay-ukay.

Here are the before and after shots – Similar to our last restyle it was made by painting around some paper doilies. This time we used a smaller doily and layered them with the use of blue and purple fabric paint.

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Singlet Restyle Project

We think it didn’t turn out quite as planned but there is a messy cuteness to it – What do you think? Restyle success or epic fail?

Take care, until next time…keep restyling!

Love Notes Restyle Studio

Gaisano Ukay-ukay – Davao City, Philippines


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Hi everyone!

It’s Amour here today for this post. I’m now in Davao City, Philippines for work. So while I’m here my husband and I went to check out the local Gaisano Ukay-ukay.

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Gaisano Ukay-ukay

So what is Ukay-ukay – you might be asking? It is a Filipino provincial term meaning ‘to mix up’. Here is the definition straight from Urban Dictionary“a term used for places that sell secondhand goods (such as clothing, shoes, bags, furniture, etc.) at dirt cheap prices usually shipped from the US Salvation Army to third world countries like the Philippines.”

When we got there it was still daylight but within 10 minutes the dark had crept in. This made it harder to dig around cause there wasn’t much lighting. Plus I had to be careful where I stepped as there were random holes and cement blocks in my path!

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The ukay-ukay…

For under $10 AUD I was able to get 12 items – all t-shirts and singlets for restyling later.

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The ukay-ukay purchases

Take care, until next time…keep restyling!

Love Notes Restyle Studio