My Last Minute (don’t panic) gifts for EVERYONE!

Flashback to yesterday … I was PANICKING!

I am usually THAT person that has everything beautifully wrapped in pretty papers and perfectly paired ribbons, placed under the tree with care and ready for Christmas by the first week in December.

Yes, I am usually THAT person that everyone does massive eye rolls at while they are loaded with coffee, armed with their shopping list and battling the crowd during midnight shopping hours.

This year, I am NOT that person!

Yesterday, I wrote out my list and cleared my calendar for the entire day to shop, I had 12 hours of uninterrupted shopping hours to get it done.
Yes, I was panicked, but I was a lady on a mission!

I started at the stores that have something for everyone, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and West Elm and I took you all with me in my Insta-stories, which is what brought me here … It seems I am not alone and the messages started flooding in –
What one is that?
What size does that come in?
Does that come in another colour?
Is that available online?
Do I still have time to order online?

Because we all know I believe sharing is caring, here I am, sharing all my last-minute gifts complete with links direct to the website for you to shop.

Let’s Go!

Starting with one of my favourite gifts for just about anyone – a lantern, pair it with a beautiful candle and tie it with a bow, no wrapping required!
I couldn’t pick just one, so here’s a few that I love, but really, they are all gorgeous.

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TOP – Shutter Lantern
1 – Nantucket Silver Coastal Lantern
2 – Maxwell Lantern
3 – Malta Lantern, Silver

I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love a snugly blanket!
The Cosy Pom Pom throw was actually on my 16 year old daughters Christmas list, one of her friends has one and she was raving on about how soft it is, then she came in store with me and made me feel it … we bought it and now I’m the one raving on about how soft it is. It’s seriously softer than any blanket I have ever felt before!

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1 – Faux Fur Throw
2 – Cosy Pom Pom Throw

Christmas is entertaining season, buy one of your friends some bar tools and let them make you cocktails, it’s a win win!
I love this one finished in nickel with gorgeous leather accents.

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1 – Hudson Bar Tool Set
2 – Hudson Cocktail Shaker
3 – Hudson Ice Bucket
4 – Hudson Tray

Do you know someone who has a crown? Then I’ve found the perfect jewellery box!
The McKenna range comes in 5 sizes, there’s one to suit everyone’s  jewellery collection. It also comes in a few different colours including white, porcelain blue and blush pink.

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McKenna Jewellery Boxes

If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know I love a personalised gift.
Monogram everything I say! These vintage print mugs are fun and easy to gift to just about anyone on your list.

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Vintage Print Mugs

For your funky friend or family member who has everything – I bet they don’t have a salad plate with a shark sporting a bikini? I have one of these awesome plates hung on my wall, but they are equally as fun to eat from.

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Dapper Animal Salad Plates

For the plant lover, these terrariums and planters would make a gorgeous gift paired with some fresh plants. Try some succulents or a fluffy fern.

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1 – Wood and Glass Terrarium
2 – Ceramic Turtle Planter

I didn’t forget the kiddies!

But seriously, can I have a tea party with this Kitty tea set?
It is absolutely adorable!
I’ve included a couple of options below, because honestly, how can you choose just one!

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TOP – Ceramic Kitty Tea Set
1 – Pink Ceramic Classic Tea Set
2 – Silver Tea Set

Jewellery Boxes are one of my favourite gifts to give to kids, they love to have somewhere special to hide their secret treasures. I used to find the funniest things in my kids … random buttons, shells, parts from board games and body parts from broken toys.

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1 – Crystal Laquer Jewellery Box
2 – Abigail Jewellery Box

I love wooden toys and Pottery Barn Kids has the best range around!

They have some fabulous train sets, Orly loves this one …

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Wooden Metropolis Play City Train Track Set 

This is a few of my favourite toys that my own kids had/have. They are tried and tested by my kids and they have been played with again and again, some of them for all 3 kids and they are well loved.
These are toys and games that I gift often because I know they will be favourites.

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1 – Learn To Tell Time Clock
2 – Dominoes Family Game
3 – PBK Blocks
4 – Doctor Kit

The Gotz Doll collection by Pottery Barn Kids is truly a gift your little one will cherish for years. They have a few Special Editions out for Christmas including the three below that I thought were absolutely gorgeous.
What I love about gifting a child with one of these dolls is that you pretty much have every birthday and Christmas covered for the next few years with all the fun accessories. You can add to their collection every year with everything from awesome outfits to doll size furniture and even a horse stable and pony!

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1 – Unicorn Sleepover Doll
2 – Lola Rockstar
3 – Natalie Princess

Are you lucky enough to be buying for a baby this Christmas?
Then you are going to go ga-ga when you see these animal chairs and rockers! They are super soft and snugly and come in a range of adorable animals, good luck choosing just one!

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TOP – Animal Chair – Bunny
1 – Fawn Nursery Rocker
2 – Arctic Hare Nursery Rocker
3 – Koala Nursery Rocker 

OK, So that was all the gorgeous gifts that I shared on my Instagram yesterday.
I hope that has answered all your questions!

Here’s a few more things I found while scrolling the websites that may have just jumped in my cart, or are currently on my wish list.

This jumped in my cart … because you can only get it at Christmas so you simply must make the most of it!
I know y’all go crazy for the Peppermint Bark and I get it, it’s pretty good …. but the TOFFEE!
The Toffee is something else and I may have just ordered 2 tins that I will be hiding and not sharing with anyone, yes I’m greedy like that!

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Williams Sonoma Handcrafted Toffee

On my wish list … because I want to feel like I’m in a fancy hotel everyday!

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Hotel Piped Trim Robe

And lastly, on my wish list … because everyone loves a good vase. I adore the organic feel of this range that is crafted by hand inn terracotta and finished with wrought iron handles.

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Marlowe Ceramics

 So here’s the low down –
The cut off for online orders to be received by Christmas is midday 21st December (Friday) for small parcel deliveries to Metro Sydney, Melbourne  and Brisbane only,
OR
You can shop in store until Christmas Eve with FREE gift wrapping.

Oh, and remember how I said I had 12 hours of kid free, uninterrupted shopping time … I got my list ticked off in just a couple of hours!
Do you think I went home to the kids?
No way, I made the most of those hours of bliss! I sat in cafes and sipped coffee, went out to lunch with my daughter and went clothes shopping, because I always need another pretty dress!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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It’s a Colourful Life – Christmas Home Tour

This year I was invited to join some of my favourite bloggers on a Christmas home tour.
The gorgeous Jennifer from Dimples & Tangles and Rachel from Pencil Shaving Studio put this one together and I am so excited with the group of gorgeous girls they have handpicked for you!

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Firstly, let me just say I am totally chuffed to be part of such a fabulous group. I feel like I’ve found my tribe with these colour loving gals, their homes are bright, bold and beautiful and I love them all.

OK, If you are following the tour, you’ve probably just come from the self-proclaimed freak herself, Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof, her pops of bright colour and amazing wallpaper selections always makes me smile.
(The full list of the home tour is at the bottom of this post)

Let’s go!
Today I’m going to share my living room and bedroom with you.

I recently discovered plaid, I mean I knew it existed, but I have ever used it in my home before. Then I found a fabulous plaid at Pottery Barn that has a touch of blue in it, so it mixes back with my #blueandwhite home beautifully. Now, I have a little obsession with plaid, OK, make that a BIG obsession with plaid! It was my inspiration for this years Christmas colour palette, I pulled the red and green from the plaid, and added it to my existing blue and white decor.

I’ve also added lots of metallic accents like mercury glass, silver and galvanised metal to give it some sparkle!

Lets start in my living area where you are welcomed with pops of red and lots of plaid which is perfect with my blue and white ticking sofa.

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My favourite thing is this room is the sweet pillow with embroidered and beaded details. The colour and art have a vintage vibe that I adore, and the map of the North Pole has been a great conversation starter with the kids.

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I also adore these gorgeous little sugared fruit decorations that I found at my supermarket for 80 cents each, proving that it doesn’t cost a fortune to decorate your home!

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Just off the living room and next to the kitchen is this little area that I have turned into a FROZEN hot chocolate bar. It’s summer in Australia and too hot for the traditional hot chocolate so we’ve put in our own spin on it. The kids absolutely love it and it’s getting quite the workout!

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Everyone has their own mug and we have a few spares for guests.

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I designed the artwork myself and my Dad brought it to life. It was a quick and easy activity and I love that it is personalised with our family name.
I bought the large frame from a local thrift store for a few dollars, the frame was originally a yellow pine wood, it only took me a few minutes to spray paint it white. My Dad has a giant printing machine so he printed my artwork to look like a blackboard, I’m sure you could get this done at your local printers. Then I added 2 small brass rings to the top of the frame to use the ribbon for hanging.

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And as for the frozen hot chocolate, here’s a couple I prepared earlier …

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Let’s go to my bedroom next where the backdrop of my blue walls really makes the red and plaid pop!

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I’ve paired it with all white bed linen to keep it from looking too dark, and added the Merry & Bright pillowslips for a festive touch.

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I popped some traditional Christmas flowers – amaryllis – on the bedsides in these gorgeous glass vases, I love the little bit of sparkle the mercury glass vase brings.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my colourful Christmas home tour!
I’ll be sharing more of my Christmas decor over the next few weeks on my Instagram here.

 Now, refresh your cup of tea or glass of wine, and pop over to all of Tuesdays and Wednesday’s home tours, they are listed below, seriously guys, there is so much inspiration in these gals homes and style, you don’t want to miss them!

Then tomorrow start with Pencil Shavings Studio and say hello to Rachel who loves blue and white nearly as much as I do. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us!

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Wednesday, December 5
 
Thursday, December 6

 Happy Christmas Decorating!

Hayley x

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Gift Guide 2018 – The Little Ones

Buying presents for kids is so much fun, but if the children in your life are anything like mine the last thing they need is more plastic toys.

I’ve found some great gifts that the kids will love but that are also practical, pretty or useful.

Before I start, just a little bit of housekeeping for those of us that are not as tech savvy as the young ones.
If you click on a product I have shared in the 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!

Lets start with some pretty pink presents.

The Little Faces Slippers are super sweet with their pom pom ears and embroidered face. They are lined with sherpa to keep your tootsies warm and have an anti-slip tread on the soles. They are available in 2 sizes to fit older kids and teenagers.

What girl wouldn’t go crazy for a Unicorn Hair Turban? My girls love hopping out of the shower or pool and popping on a hair turban. They are made from thirsty microfibre to soak up water fast, and how fun is that unicorn horn!

Is your little one heading off to sleepovers yet? A Cosmetic Bag is so handy for them so keep all their toiletries together when visiting Grandma or their friends houses. This one is made with an easy-wipe fabric that is machine washable, so functional but fabulously fun with those cute bunny faces.
Fill it with pretty bows and hairbands for a gorgeous girly gift.

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Meet Ratsy …..
She’s a little fashionista with her cute outfit and fluffy collar. She is as pretty as she is cuddly and would be adorable sitting on a bed or snuggled under the covers. Every kid needs a bedtime companion, I think Ratsy is perfect.

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If your kids are as grubby as my littlest 7 year old, a towel comes in handy for so many occasions. I keep one in my car for cleaning up spills, wrapping him in when he’s been jumping in puddles and keeping him warm when he is positive he doesn’t need a jacket then complains of being cold the minute we leave the house.
Oh, and apparently you can only take ‘cool’ towels to your friends houses for swimming, this Beach Pareo is a little lighter than a plush towel so it folds up smaller, but it is still super absorbent and soft. This one has a large anchor on it and passes the ‘cool’ test with my kids.

Again, the Cosmetic Bags, smaller for the boys as they don’t generally have as many bits and bobs as the girls. Orly uses this one for his toothbrush and toothpaste for sleepovers, but he also uses it for his goggles and swimming cap at school swimming. Fill it with sweets and tie it in a bow for a fun gift.

I found these light-weight slip-on Shoes that can be worn in the water or on the land. I got them for Orly to wear for boating or jet-skiing, but he has found them so comfy that he has been wearing them everywhere. I would definitely recommend them for any kids that don’t like shoes, Orly says it feel like he is just wearing socks.

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If your child has a puppy on their Christmas list … I’ve found the perfect one, he’s much more affordable, he doesn’t eat much and you’ll never need to pay an expensive vet bill.
George also looks very handsome sitting on a bed or shelf.

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Maybe they take after their mother, but something that my girls always love is a room makeover. Choose some pretty new bed linen and a few key decor accessories for a fresh new look.

I love this hand block printed Kantha with it’s pretty pink floral design. It’s perfect for any age from babies to teenagers, my 16 year old has it in her room and still loves it.

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My daughter loves this sweet Jewellery Box, she’s had hers for a few years now and uses it everyday for her jewellery and secret girls business. She loves the fact that it has a key so she can protect her secrets, and it plays the music of ‘Swan Lake’ when it is opened.

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I’m not sure whether the boys would be as excited by a bedroom make-over, but my son loves a soft and snuggly blanket or bedcover. He doesn’t really care what it looks like, but he’s quite particular about how it feels. His latest favourite is this padded Kantha in patchwork shades of blue. It is a great weight for Spring through to Autumn and is great to layer in Winter.

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Boy still love somewhere to keep their treasures, but since they are always on-the-go I chose a Little Red Wagon on wheels so they can take it with them. Orly loves his, he wheels it around from room to room with his favourite toys and it keeps all his stuff of the floor, everyone is happy.

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I hope you got some ideas for the little people in your life.
If I find anything else that is super cute and needs to be shared I will add it to this post, so check back before you start shopping.

Happy CHRISTMAS Shopping!

Hayley x

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Our Christmas Tree 2018

You know those cartoons you see of people putting their Christmas tree up and they are tied up in the string lights and cursing at the tangled mess?

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That was me, I am not a very patient or coordinated person, until last year when I got myself a Balsam hill pre-lit tree. It was like all my Christmas’ came at once, it was so easy to put up and the lighting was already done for me. It’s like a plug and play christmas tree!

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So, this year, I’ve gone bigger and better with a 210cm pre-lit Silverado tree and it’s the prettiest tree we’ve ever had. We have selected a stunning range of glass ornaments and sparkly decorations and I feel like our tree is sophisticated and absolutely beautiful.

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We love putting the Christmas tree up, the whole family gets involved. This year Orly was particularly excited to help with the decorating and he was so careful with the glass ornaments.

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I chose a colour palette of metallics with pops of blue (of course). My entire house has splashes of blue and I wanted to continue the palette with our tree. The metallic finish of these ornaments allows the tree lights to bounce around and make everything extra sparkly.

I already had the Silver and Gold Glass Ornament set.

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Silver & Gold Glass Ornament set

So, this year I added the Georgetown Ornament set which includes hand-painted glass ornaments in matte and metallic finishes. There is 35 beautiful ornaments in different shapes such as balls, teardrops, and finials, all in my favourite colours of navy, copper, and turquoise hues.

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Georgetown Ornament set

Both these sets compliment each other and looks amazing together on my tree!

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I also decided to add some tree picks this year. The Arctic Blue Champagne Glitter picks come in a set of 12. The textured petals and lashings of champagne gold glitter pick up the colours from the Georgetown ornaments and make such a big impact.

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I love how all the different shapes, textures and metallics are vibrant and interesting, while still working harmoniously together.

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No tree is complete without it’s crowning glory, a tree topper!
Do you have a star, an angel, or something else?

This year I went with the Double-sided Mirrored Star tree topper. It is designed like the Star of Bethlehem which adds a little bit of a traditional Christmas vibe to my tree. It is crafted with real mirrors and set in a gold frame, it commands attention and really does deserve to sit atop my gorgeous tree.

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The rich colours of my ornaments this year called for balance with a textural but sophisticated tree skirt. The Lodge Faux Fur tree skirt was the perfect fit, it is plush and luxurious.

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Lodge Faux Fur Tree Skirt

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Lastly, don’t overlook your wrapping. The gifts under the tree add to the overall presentation and are important. Choose a wrapping paper and ribbons or embellishments in a coordinating or complimentary colour to your tree and take care to wrap your gifts with love.
I got a few rolls of this elegant Gold Mesh Ribbon for my gift wrapping. I also tied a few bows on my tree with the ribbon.

We love our tree this year, in really is the prettiest one we’ve had.
Would you have a look at it all lit up at night time. It takes my breath away!

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The ornaments absolutely glow with the fairy lights. I would never have had the patience to string that many lights myself. The pre-lit tree is worth every single cent!

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While I have you, let me share my Christmas wreath because it is an absolute showstopper!
At a whopping 75cm in diameter and adorned with pine cones and mixed berries, it really looks incredible. It is the Bay Laurel wreath with Mixed Berries foliage.
Oh, and it is pre-lit too!

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So, that’s us this year, our tree was easy-as-pie to assemble, decorating with such beautiful ornaments was a pleasure and there was no cursing at all! In fact, I am currently sitting back with a hot cocoa listening to Christmas Carols, feeling very happy with myself, while Orly is reading a book by the tree with his little shadow Holly.

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Merry Christmas Y’all!

Hayley x

DISCLAIMER: I was gifted some of these items from Balsam Hill in return for a review. All opinions are my own. I would never put my recommendation or reputation behind a product I don’t truly love. Hx

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