My week of presents 2017.

Having a birthday on Christmas Eve, a wedding anniversary on 2nd January and Christmas in the middle means that I get an overload of gifts all in one week.
Before you get jealous, remember … I don’t get anything all year and then it’s all bundled together in a short period, and speaking about bundles, hubby is often guilty of ‘bundling’ all the occasions into one present, but I won’t complain when the gifts are luxurious handbags!

Here’s my favourite things I received this year from my friends and family who know me well …

Spode Liverpool jug | Peters of Kensigton
Spode Liverpool jug | Peter’s of Kensington

I have been slowly collecting Spode for a few years now, I hope to have a full set one day. My family have bought me so many beautiful pieces and they added this beauty to my collection last year. I love it!

Purse spray | Chanel
Purse spray | Chanel

I received a few perfumes this year, including Elie Saab La Parfum, which I adore, and some Chanel No 5.
Perfume is always a lovely gift, but what I love about the Chanel perfumes is the purse spray packs which come with 3 x 20ml bottles and the refillable purse pack. They are so convenient for travelling or to keep in your handbag.

Rose Signature Earrings | PANDORA
Rose Signature Earrings | PANDORA

These cute earrings were from my parents-in-law. I have a similar yellow gold pair from Tiffany that I were often and they thought I would like these in the rose colour for something different. They were right!
I am actually really lazy with earrings and often leave the same ones in for days, I like small ones that I can sleep in and are crafted from metals that won’t aggravate my ears.

French House Chic | Thames & Hudson
French House Chic | Thames & Hudson
Art of the Bar Cart | Chronicle
Art of the Bar Cart | Chronicle

Books are one of my favourite things, but nobody buys them for me because I have a few and nobody can keep track of my collection, so I buy them for myself!
This year I bought myself these two, I haven’t had time to sit down and read either of them yet, that’ll have to wait till school goes back. I did have a quick flick of both and the pictures and styling look inspiring, I can’t wait!
Oh, and small details ….. I don’t actually have a bar cart (on the wish list).

Aura Manuka Honey Mask | ANTIPODES

I received a few items from the Antipodes range including the Grace cleanser, Reincarnation exfoliator and Aura Manuka Honey mask. They are truly beautiful to use, soft and gentle, perfect for sensitive skin. The mask was so soothing after a little bit of summer sunburn over Christmas.
I also appreciate the simple and stylish packaging in my bathroom.

Gold Polka Dot Apron | ANTHROLPOLOGIE
Gold Polka Dot Apron | ANTHROPOLOGIE

I swear my husband has the biggest grin on his face when he comes home and sees me in an apron. I’m not sure if its because he knows there is food coming of he just loves a gal in an apron.
Anyway, my girlfriend brought me back the sweetest apron and matching oven mitts from Anthropologie. It is totally adorable with gold polka dots and navy trim.

Blue & White spoon rest | William Sonoma
Blue & White spoon rest | William Sonoma

One of the handiest gifts ever!
My gorgeous friend brought me back a box of goodies from her vacation to America. It was full of the cutest things that she’d picked up on her travels, including a beautiful blue and white spoon rest. How did I ever cook without one? It saves so much mess and looks super cute too!
I couldn’t find the exact one she got, but I found this one that is similar.

Threads of Cosmos RNK | Camilla
Threads of Cosmos RNK | Camilla

I love Camilla kaftans, they are so beautiful and easy to wear. I dress them up with heels and statement earrings, or I dress them down tucked into jeans with flats. They are also fabulous for travelling as they pack into a teeny tiny space.
This is the newest one to my collection, I wasn’t sure about all the shades of purple at first, but as the Pantone colour of 2018 is Ultra Violet I’ve decided to embrace it.

Silver Droplets bracelets with charms | Coastalstyle Australia
Silver Droplets bracelets with charms | Coastalstyle Australia

I have worn this silver droplet bracelet nearly everyday for over a year, it still looks brand new and it’s very comfortable to  wear, the clasp design allows you to add charms easily and swap them out as often as you like.
It is also available in gold (on the wish list).
Coastalstyle Australia make handmade jewellery inspired by their coastal finds of shells and coral. They are truly unique pieces. My friend Pippa gave me a gorgeous fine silver charm with my initials stamped on the back to add to my bracelet, you all know how much I love anything personalised and this is no exception. I love it!

I also got the most amazing candle from my sister. It was made by a friend of hers and it has a collection of crystals buried in the wax for you to enjoy after the candle has burned. It has everything from rose quartz to amethyst. It really is beautiful.
Unfortunately she doesn’t have an online store, but you can find her on Instagram @live_in_your_light_

 I feel truly blessed to have such beautiful things and to receive so many thoughtful and luxurious gifts.
These are just a few of my favourites.
Show me yours, I’d love to see!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

Have yourself an ethical Christmas …

This Christmas wouldn’t it feel good to know that your spending is helping shape the world in a positive way?
Wouldn’t it be nice to know that your hard-earned dollars are in someway helping others, fighting poverty and saving lives?

If one in four Australians made just one ethical purchase this Christmas, we’d raise more than $2.2 billion for people living in poverty.
Be one of those Australians ….

There are so many ways you can make a difference!
This year Oxfam have made it easy with four ways to make your Christmas an ethical one.
They include gifting an ethical card with their Unwrapped gift cards or buying an Oxfam Christmas tree.
They have also compiled a ‘Naughty or Nice‘ list, naming and shaming the clothing companies who use ethical practises and who don’t.

Lastly, you can buy an ethical gift from the Oxfam Shop.

Hello … did somebody say shopping?
I can help the world by shopping?
Then let’s go!

I scoped out the Oxfam shop and found my favourite things this Christmas.
My selection of table ware and decor look beautiful set together for your Christmas table, or each piece is a stunning gift on its own.

For all my blue and white lovers I picked 2 of my favourite pieces from the Peony range.
The Peony range is a blue and white lovers dream, everything from cake stands to coffee mugs hand painted in our favourite blue floral designs.
I chose the serving bowl and the dip dishes to add to my collection.

The serving bowl is big enough for a family salad but not so big that you feel like you have to use 3 lettuces to fill it. It has a beautiful pattern inside and out and it’s definitely going to be a regular guest at our dinner table.

The dip dishes consist of five separate dishes that come in a sweet rattan basket with a lid. I know they are called dip dishes and they would be perfect for just that, but I’m also thinking of taco night, antipasto, yum cha and sweets. Or in this case, for a summer breakfast of fresh fruit with a greek yogurt dip, yum!

I fell in love with this sweet little reindeer and just knew he would fit right in at my house.
He is made from coco fibre and wicker and looks perfect watching over our dinner table.

My favourite piece is this stunning Copper Matka, or water jug.
It isn’t just beautiful, it is also highly valuable for its properties of purification and keeping water cool. Copper is bang on trend right now, but drinking from copper water vessels has been popular for many years, and considered by the Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine) as the ‘water of immortality’ due to its multiple health benefits.
I’m looking forward to trying it out, and if I don’t notice a change in my health … I still have a gorgeous water jug!

I also love the matching copper pyala or water tumbler. It has all the same qualities as the water jug, crafted from pure, food grade copper. I have used it on my table as a little vase, I’m wondering whether it’s anti-microbial properties will help my flowers stay alive for longer, I hope so!

What do you think?
Are you tempted by any of these gorgeous items, for yourself or for a gift?

If you’d like to shop ethically this Christmas you can find more details at Oxfam here.

Happy (feel good) Shopping!

Hayley x

Things I love …

This blogger thing is actually so cool!
I get sent some great stuff from so many little brands to review. I only ever share the things I love with y’all. I would never recommend something that I wouldn’t wear or have in my own home.
The fastest way for a blogger to lose their reputation is to be a sell out, endorse something just for the money or promote something they don’t really believe in, so rest assured the brands I share are brands I truly love!

Having said that, sometimes I am extra impressed with something … a product, the quality or the unique talent behind a brand and I feel like I want to share more than I can on Instagram and Facebook.
So, here I am … sharing!

The lovely people from Circa Home sent me an Electric Wax Warmer and some of their beautiful soy melts to try in my home. They are flame free which meant I didn’t have to worry about Orly burning the house down, they give off a pretty warm glow and they provide up to 96 hours of fragrance per tray of soy melts. Seriously guys, I love candles and I always will, but the scent from this is amazing and it radiates through my entire home. The Oceanique scent is my favourite so far.
This is my new go-to gift and I will be buying them for everybody this Christmas.

CIRCA HOME Electric Wax Warmer
CIRCA HOME Electric Wax Warmer

I have been a long time fan of The Source Products, their products are unique, fun and versatile. Their latest collections are absolutely stunning and I can’t get enough of them. The Teal and Blue Vases are just the perfect colours and the Cabbageware bowl is a piece that will sit on my table and never get shoved in the cupboard, it deserves to be on display.

THE SOURCE Teal and Blue Vases
THE SOURCE Teal and Blue Vases
THE SOUREC Cabbage Salad Bowl
THE SOUREC Cabbage Salad Bowl

I met Mari at the local markets a couple of years ago, she is so warm and friendly and I know how much love she pours into each and every piece she creates. She recently made Orly a very special Moringa all of his own, with his name on the back and everything. For those of you who don’t know, a Moringa is a ceramic water jug and cup to be kept on your bedside or desk to keep your water fresh and handy. Her work is beautiful and one-of-a-kind. All 3 of my kids have their own moringas on their bedside tables now, they love them and so do I.

LE Yemanja Ceramic Water Jug by MARI BRAY
LE Yemanja Ceramic Water Jug by MARI BRAY

What do you think?
Do you love them as much as I do?

Christmas is fast approaching, I’m hoping to get organised early this year as we are going to Hawaii in early December for a wedding. I’m on the hunt for lots of Christmas gifts for my loved ones and I want to hear what y’all like receiving? Tell me your favourite gifts you’ve received or given, or show me over on Instagram.

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

Valentines Day, your print and hint list!

Valentines Day is nearly here!

Most boys, yes there are a few exceptions to the rule, but most boys are completely clueless when it comes to gift giving unless they have had a hefty does of hints, nudges and precise instruction from us gals.

So, this year I’ve made it easy for you.

Here’s a list of the best Valentines Day gifts this year. Print it out, circle any or all of the gifts on your wish list, then put it on the fridge, in his briefcase, on the bathroom mirror or wherever your hubby will notice it!

Lovestar X Jasmine Collaboration - Always Vase | Lovestar
Lovestar X Jasmine Collaboration – Always Vase | Lovestar

Every home needs a Lovestar vase, I have 3 in my home and I love everyone of them. This one is a perfect gift, especially when paired with a beautiful bunch of flowers!

Hamptons Style Aluminium Candlesticks | Daly House Lifestyle
Hamptons Style Aluminium Candlesticks | Daly House Lifestyle

This gorgeous pair of candlestick must be accompanied with a home cooked meal, or if you really can’t cook (you don’t want to poison your lover) you can get take out, just make sure you serve it on a proper plate please!

Avanti - 2 person blue check picnic basket | Peters of Kensington
Avanti – 2 person blue check picnic basket | Peters of Kensington

Such a romantic gift, of course you will need to cross your fingers for good weather and pack that basket with cheese and wine.

i heart couture slippers | Peter Alexander
i heart couture slippers | Peter Alexander

These sweet slippers simply must given along with a sleep-in. Wrangle the kids and pets, and keep them quiet for a few hours and let your love sleep. Trust me, she’ll love it!

Red Heart Clutch | The Daily Edited
Red Heart Clutch | The Daily Edited

It goes with out saying boys, that if you are buying your love this epic heart clutch you must also take her out on a date to show it off. A swanky bar would be perfect, Thanks!

Ultra Rich Foaming Bath | L'occitane
Ultra Rich Foaming Bath | L’occitane

Clearly you will need to run the bath and busy the kids for her, or even better, put the kids to bed and join her!

Heart Club - True Love | A Boy Named Aaron
Heart Club – True Love | A Boy Named Aaron

These sweet little ceramic hearts are a unique gift and definitely look better when coupled with their partner, buy them in a pair!

Moroccan Leather Pouf | Thorn and Burrow
Moroccan Leather Pouf | Thorn and Burrow

If your lover is a true interiors decor addict like me, she will love this leather Moroccan pouf, and it passes for a Valentines Day gift because it’s pink!

Brass Love Object | West Elm
Brass Love Object | West Elm

Pop this beautiful brass Love object on her bedside table along with breakfast in bed, croissants and coffee would be lovely.

Rosaviola Candle by Diptyque | Mecca
Rosaviola Candle by Diptyque | Mecca

Yes, I know this candle is exy, but it is the candle of all candles, a statement candle, the Rolls Royce of candles. If you buy this beauty you must promise to never, ever whinge about how much it was, OK?

Alrightly then, I hope you found something!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x