Gift Guide 2018 – the Ladies!

I find girls so much easier to buy for than boys, do you?

I’ve gathered a few of my favourite things that I think would make perfect gifts for the woman in your life, and when you start to think about your gift list, there is a lot ladies in your life!

We are going to try and cover everyone from your Mother to your Sister, Aunt, Step-mother, Mother-in-law, Daughter and Bestie. I’ve tried to select things for every age group, different styles and every budget.
I hope you find something you love!

Before I start, just a little bit of housekeeping for those of us that are not as tech savvy as those ‘young ones’.
If you click on the product title I have shared in the different coloured writing, it will take you directly to the website of that item. No judgement here, I understand … you don’t know these things until you are told!

Let’s go …

I’m starting with a few options for the travelling gals in your life.
The Eden Heritage Wallet on a String is perfect for keeping all the essentials close to your body, safe and secure when running through airports or touring a new city. It has 2 zippered compartments with 16 card slots, room for your mobile phone and a removable long strap that can be worn on your shoulder or cross body style. Such a versatile purse!
The Dover Zip Around french purse is PINK (need I say more?) and enhanced with RFID technology to protect your cards from being scanned. I use this one and I love the peace of mind this sweet little purse gives me.

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Next, let’s find some options for the princess in your life.

I’m pretty sure your princess doesn’t want her feet on the grubby floor, oh no! Protect her tootsies with a pair of Slipper Glam Thongs, and apparently they are perfectly acceptable to be worn out in public according to my 16 year old who often steals mine.
I’m also pretty sure your princess is dripping in jewels, what better way to display them, than in this Glass Cloche Jewellery Storage. This stunning piece elevates your jewellery into a piece of art when displayed on your bedside or dressing table.
Being a princess is hard work, what about somewhere luxurious to rest her head, try a silk pillowcase like this one in pink or this one in blue (other colours available from both retailers). They are recommended by dermatologists, hair stylists and beauty experts to improve your hair and skin. Worth a try?

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What about the über busy woman who’s always on the go?
The Patti Sling bag is a cross body design that leaves your hands free, while the zip top keeps your items secure, plus I love the denim look blue fabric, denim goes with everything!
A charged phone is pretty much a necessity for any busy girl, I found a super cute Rose Gold Power Bank for charging on-the-go, it’s powerful and has in built safety features to protect your phones battery life, and did I mention hat it is ROSE GOLD!

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The outdoors lover.
A hat is a necessity and this Gold Band Brim hat is all kinds of amazing with it’s wide rim and pretty gold embellishment. I’ll be rocking this hat all summer long!
This Dotty Tote is crafted from jute with super cute white spots, it has a zip top and is big enough for all her beach essentials. Who doesn’t love a polka dot!
A great kaftan or kimono is essential for easy, breezy sun protection. This Tie Die Kaftan in this pretty shade of pink is perfect for beach days or drinks on the deck.

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The domestic goddess, we all need one of these in our lives, they are the ones who cook, bake and clean and actually enjoy it, you know, the Martha Stewart type of gals.
This is the sweetest tea cosy I’ve ever seen, the Rabbit tea cosy, isn’t she adorable and perfect for keeping her pot of tea warm. I love gifts with a bit of a theme, so adding some beautiful tea would be a lovely idea with the tea cosy. I’m going to be honest, I only bought this tea because of the pretty tin it comes in, but the bonus is it tastes pretty good too! You can find similar here.
She’s also going to need a pretty teacup for her tea parties, You can’t beat the beauty of one lovingly searched out from your local antique or thrift store! This is such a thoughtful gift, but also very budget friendly.

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Everyone loves a party girl!
She can party longer with the Double Walled Stainless Steel Wine Wine Bottle, simply fill it with your favourite bottle of wine and it keeps it chilled for up to 24 hours.
You’d better get her some pretty glasses to drink her beverages from too, these Pink Chrystal glasses with gold rims are absolutely stunning!

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Does your party girl bake the cakes? I love these fancy cake pans / Bundt pans. Just bake your cake, sprinkle with some icing sugar and they look like they were made by a patissier! Pair it with a fresh pile of  Tea Towels, or even better, wrap it in the tea towels for super cute gift!

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And if we haven’t covered the lady in your life above, the gifts below are great all rounders that every girl needs.
I love the pretty fabric of these essentials of a Heat Pillow, Drawer Sachet and Shower Cap.

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She’s got to sleep, right? Let her sleep in a beautiful silk cotton slip nightie in the prettiest print. Or maybe she’s having a sleepover somewhere gorgeous, this overnight bag with twin handles and a detachable long strap will take her there in style.

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Every girl loves a pretty fragrance, choose a few with some Bath Salts and a Sleep Mist, oh and don’t forget a fabulous candle, I love this Oahu candle which reminds me of Mai Tais on the beach in Hawaii.

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Last, but definitely not least, find me a girl who doesn’t love a big bunch of beautiful blooms, impossible! This bouquet is from my local florist, but I’m sure you could find something gorgeous from your local florist.

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Happy Christmas Shopping friends!

Hayley x

Disclosure : A few of the products were gifted to me for review and I bought a few of them for actual Christmas presents, so if you are one of my friends or family … whoops … Sorry! I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own.

What’s on your Christmas Table?

It should be easy … I mean … it’s the most magical time of the year, but we’ve never had a festive dinner set before, so I wanted to choose something that would stand the test of time. It had to be stylish and subtle for the adults, but also festive and colourful for the kids. It also had to be practical and functional.

So, I’ve done the legwork, searched high and low and found the most magical Christmas tableware that is just perfect for my family, and maybe yours too.

Introducing the Family Fun Park collection from Koh Living.
If you know anything about my family, you will know we love a fun park, so this set was so ideal for us.

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It’s adorned with a gorgeous winter wonderland scene complete with a ferris wheel, merry-go-round and children playing. It conjures memories of our family frolicking on holidays and makes me smile.

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The inspiration for this design was ‘drawn from Christmas in Europe and the feelings of warmth and joy brought forth by traditional wintery scenes and quaint European villages’.

I love the colour palette with shades of blue and petite pops of bright reds, orange, yellow and green. It will pair back nicely with most colour palettes. For this table I chose to bring out the traditional Christmas colours with a red tablecloth and lots of greenery.

The range includes a porcelain Tray, which I have used as a plate, a porcelain Bowl and a fine bone china Mug.
There is also a selection of matching Minikins, candle holders and candles, you can find them here.

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They look incredible laid out on my table and I am thrilled with my choice.

My table wasn’t finished there though!
Of course we needed some movement, sparkle and candlelight.

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I used the white porcelain minikin lanterns in the Christmas designs of Reindeer and Snowflake. The fine white porcelain of the Minikin lanterns allows the candlelight to shine through with a beautiful filtered glow, while the wooden base adds a touch of warmth.

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I added the sparkle and movement with the Rotary Cups in the Christmas Market and Reindeer designs. These little cups spin and sparkle in the glow of the candlelight, they are propelled by the heat from the tealight candle, the movement really adds an extra element to the table. I love them!

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Click here to see the Rotary Cup in action!

Lastly I added some Christmas decorations, fresh greenery and flowers and I think we’ve got a gorgeous Christmas table that is festive, fun and perfect for our family!

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What do you think?

Happy Shopping!

Hx

SHOPPING DETAILS

Find the links to all the items I used to create my table here.

Tray – Family Fun 
Bowl – Family Fun Park
Mug – Family Fun Park 

Minikin – Reindeer
Minikin – Snowflake
Rotary Cup – Christmas Market
Rotary Cup – Reindeer

To see the entire Koh Living Christmas range, use this link.

DISCLAIMER

I was gifted some of the pieces in this blog post. I selected the products myself from the Koh Living range. All opinions are my own. You can be sure I will never recommend something I don’t love!

Strawberry and Avacado Bruschetta

Recently, Coles Supermarkets contacted me to see if I would be interested in getting involved in their Food Festival to celebrate the opening of two new stores on the Gold Coast. My initial thought was – ‘Are you kidding me, I can’t cook’, but then I thought about it. I know many of you are just like me, with a family who insists on eating every day, and looking for ideas for easy snacks and dinners that don’t take hours or require dozens of fancy ingredients.

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Coles gave me a list of the current seasonal produce and let me create my own recipe. One of our favourite snacks in summer is watermelon salsa with corn chips, it’s delicious. So, working from that idea, I thought strawberry bruschetta could be just as good. They are unexpected ingredients, but once I made it and we all tried it, we decided this was our recipe that we wanted to share with you all.

So here it is …

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I promise you it’s scrumptious. We served literally hundreds of lovely Coles customers on the Southport Park opening day and everyone loved it!

It warmed my heart when I offered people the recipe card and they didn’t take one, then they tried the food and came back to grab a recipe card and tell me they were so surprised at how yummy it was!

We’ll be at the Coomera store later this month, keep an eye on my Instagram / Facebook for details.

Enjoy!

Hayley x

Our house in Queensland Homes magazine!

It’s true!
Our house is in the Spring/Summer 2018/19 edition of Queensland Homes.
See more here.

It was photographed by John Downs. He in one of four generations in his family who are, or have been, professional photographers, so you could say it’s in his blood. His work is broad and he photographs people, products, architecture, food, motor bikes, houses and more.
His work has been published by Home Beautiful (he shot my last home, you can see it here), House & Garden and Queensland Homes, to name just a few.
If you think your house would look good on the glossy pages of a magazine, you can send John a few snapshots at johndownsstudio@hotmail.com and he’ll contact you if he’d like to do a test shoot.

The lovely Kylie Jackes styled our home for the shoot and wrote the article, she’s multi-talented!
Kylie is a regular contributor to interior magazines including Home Beautiful and Queensland Homes. She was absolutely lovely and wanted to keep the styling as authentic to our home as possible which I really appreciated.

The article looks great, but of course not all the photos made it to the glossy pages. John was kind enough to share them with me so I can show them to you.

Let’s start with cuteness overload from Holly, we all know that’s the real reason that our house made it into a magazine!

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And a detail shot of my totally OCD colour coded bookshelf.

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I always loved those photos in magazines of the home owner casually walking through the kitchen in a blur. Now I have one of my own, ha!

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Another few of the kitchen because after a 3 month renovation it deserves a little spotlight!

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Moving on to the dining room where they published a beautiful picture of my eldest daughter Lucy setting the table. I’m so glad they chose the shot with Lucy in it, it’s one of my favourites!

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Moving upstairs, I know you’ve all seen my bedroom a thousand times, but I really like the angle that John took this photo from, and those hydrangeas were so pretty!

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Kylie even managed to style my bathroom to look halfway decent, I’d love to renovate them! My ensuite is such a great size, I could have so much fun in there!

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They captured Bella in her natural habitat … in her bedroom, with headphones on. #teenagers

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And Orly in his room. I’m not looking forward to the day that he grows out of this bed and decor, it’s so fun!

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Lastly a couple of shots outside. As you can see from the wet umbrella, it was a grey overcast day and the minute the rain cleared we all ran outside for a quick pic. Kylie styled up this space like a pro so quickly, unfortunately there was no time to style myself, so I’m in my Mum uniform of jeans and a mum bun in the magazine … oh well #keepingitreal

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So, if you want to see me in my mum uniform … mum bun and all, grab the latest Queensland Homes and check it out!

Hx