It is like they are physically unable to wash a dish.
Bridal bouquets are like the centre piece of the entire wedding – they’re in every single photo, they should complement your dress (without taking away the focus from the bride), and they look so pretty! We have compiled a few of our favourite styles as inspiration for wedding plans.
Try this rustic-looking bouquet with violet, lavender and greens for an autumn/winter wedding.
Choose some muted roses which can also be coloured for your wedding day, to match the decor as well as the bridesmaid’s dresses.
Nothing screams spring-time more than peonies, and this bouquet is ideal for all of the bridal party.
Who said there’s anything wrong with daisies on your wedding day? This charming little bouquet would look amazing with an embellished gown.
If your wedding is taking place during the colder months , choose a bouquet featuring lots of greenery to balance out the colour! One of our favourites features stunning eucalyptus leaves with waratahs.
Not only is baby’s breath available all year-round, but it’s so light when compared to a traditional bouquet. This makes it perfect for even the flower girls to hold!
What are your favourite bouquets from our list?
Images via Lucy G Photography, Wedding Chicks, Style Me Pretty, Two Little Owls In Love, Burnett’s Boards, Mondo Floral Designs
With Father’s Day approaching, we’ve decided to focus on the gifts you shouldn’t be getting your loved one this year. Rather than purchasing the same type of present each September, why not buy dad something he would actually use! In the meantime, avoid the following gifts – which he probably already owns.
Who else buckles at the last minute and buys dad a collared shirt? Although it’s a staple, we’re probably guessing that he has an entire drawer filled with the same shirt. Next!
Pretty much in the same boat as the collared shirts (with a little penguin embroidered onto the left side). Give it a pass! Skip this gift and get him something a little less predictable with your siblings.
While some fathers might be excited at the prospect of a new hacksaw for Father’s Day (my dad included), don’t take that chance with your own. Try something a little more personalised that he can actually use on a daily basis.
Do not make this same mistake this year. We’ve all been there, left it to the last minute and somehow a pack of beer makes perfect sense. If you are going down the alcohol route, choose a cellar wine which will hold its value – and flavour.
Dad jokes might be funny (well, sort of) but statement t-shirts are best left for gag gifts. If you’re planning well ahead of time, choose a personal joke that the entire family (dad included) can enjoy for years to come. Otherwise, give the standard dad joke t-shirt a miss for this year.
Images via Huffington Post, Get Kooky, Porters Menswear, The Present Finder
Celebrate a housewarming party in style with some of the best (and non-cliché gifts) we could source from the internet. If you’re looking for something personalised and one-of-a-kind, online stores such as Etsy and Not From The High Street are always a good place for inspiration.
This funky ‘I could eat a horse’ spaghetti measure by Stefan Petur is one of the cutest kitchen gadgets we’ve ever seen. It provides you with an estimate of how much pasta is ideal for children, couples, or the entire family.
Purchase a set of personalised tea towels which will surely be used around the kitchen. Who ever said that dad jokes were a bad thing?
Snoop Dogg is good, but Michael Jackson is better! What do you think of these kitchen tea towels?
Keep all your books and magazines looking neat and tidy with the help of some stylish book ends. These are ideal for someone who cannot get enough of cute pugs!
Relax and get the party started with a bottle of wine for all your guests. Personalise the label with a little help from Etsy, or just write a cute letter which everyone is sure to love.
If all else fails, this cute gift is sure to be loved by everyone – even the kids! Plant your favourite herbs in these little pockets and watch them grow. They are ideal for apartments or smaller houses with no access to a garden.
Images via Listotic, Tumblr, Fenton and Fenton, Minette’s Maze, Etsy
With the worst of winter weather nearly over, it’s time to plan the first few weeks of spring. Discover what’s on offer in Sydney and the places you absolutely can not miss out on. So put it in your diary, tell your friends and make the most of Sydney during the sweet spring weather!
Chocolate Walking Tour
When: 1 August 2015
Where: Sydney CBD, George Street (Meet at Martin Place)
Who doesn’t love a little chocolate? Well, what’s better than a walking tour of the city with eight venues and a tasting of high quality chocolate along the way? Not much else! You will learn how it’s crafted, how to tell good chocolate from bad and other practical tips as well.
When: Saturday 1 August – Monday 31 August (9am-6pm)
Where: 225 George Street, Sydney
Raise your hand if you love oysters? Sydney’s annual oyster festival is back with international awarded executive chef Sean Connolly throughout the month of August. With over twenty different types of oysters on display, there’s so much to do and see.
Wine Tasting and Meet The Makers
When: Friday 28 August (6pm-8:30pm)
Where: Hyde Park, Sydney
Taste up to sixty wines and meet the makers in this interactive festival located right in the heart of Sydney. Indulge in light canapés all night long and bring your friends together for a fun night out!
Taste Orange @Sydney
When: Thursday 10 September (11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-8pm), Friday 11 September (11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-8pm).
Where: Martin Place
The food and wine showcase brings delicious produce from the Cool Climate Orange Wine region right to the heart of Sydney. Pop in during your lunch hour, or bring a group of workmates to the event afterwards for some fun.
Glenfiddich Pop-Up Bar
When: Thursday 10 September (10am-5pm), Friday 11 September (11am-7pm), Saturday 12 September (10am-5pm), Sunday 13 September (10am-5pm)
Where: Carriageworks – 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
Cost: Adults ($25), Concession ($22)
Enjoy quality whiskey at the Glenfiddich pop-up bar and vote for your favourite Australian artist to win big at the end of each night. Your favourites will go into the running to live and work for three months at the Glenfiddich distillery in Scotland
Images via City of Sydney
To create the wedding of your dreams, we have enlisted the help of Maddison & Pride to answer some top queries most couples have about their big day. Located in Mosman, Julie Pride runs her luxury events styling business and works on Sydney’s best weddings to create high-end results for her clients.
With locations such as New York’s Plaza Hotel and heroines such as Princess Grace, Maddison & Pride can really make your wedding unforgettable.
How does the styling process work (from start to finish)?
We have an initial meeting with our bride and groom to capture their vision for their wedding, their must haves, dos and don’ts and generally just get to know the couple. We then head back to Maddison & Pride HQ and pull together a mood board based on our styling recommendation for their wedding.
We then re-visit our couple, gain feedback, work on a collaborated vision and once all is approved, our team will source all the styling elements in preparation for the big day. If the couple are interested in our exclusive range of hired luxury linens we ensure that a Maddison & Pride team arrives to work with the venue to ensure the linens are put on the tables and chairs perfectly. We are there with you every step of the way because it’s all in the detail.
What are the easiest ways to add personality to your wedding?
Incorporating quality table linens are the easiest and most effective way to add personality to your wedding without it being overly obvious. We have designed a stunning range of linens that are available to hire which come in gorgeous hues to compliment any venue or wedding style, making this choice easy for brides.
How many colours should make up a ‘colour scheme’, or is it more different shades that make for beautiful styling?
At Maddison & Pride, I start styling with a ‘base’ hue. This is normally selected from our watercolour swatches. It’s important when incorporating colour for your wedding day to think exquisite and refined, opposed to loud and overwhelming.
How can brides add a luxury feel to their weddings without going over budget?
By spending money on bigger items, brides can cover a lot of styling space with big reward. Maddison & Pride bring luxury to weddings in a simple but stunning way. Our hire range of table linen and bespoke chair covers are beautiful and add an exquisite luxury enhancement to any wedding venue.
What are the benefits of bringing a stylist in to do your wedding?
Wedding stylists visualise a space in ways that can transform something ordinary into something stunning. Choosing the right stylist is so important. They should understand what a bride wants and translate that into a welcoming and stunning mood and environment. Maddison & Pride’s experienced stylists look at the entire space and how it can be transformed.
We then bring this to life with styling options for the bride and groom that are exquisite and stunning. We can work with you on the entire event or you can simply hire our luxury linen and chair cover collections. Whatever you choose, you will still experience exceptional service to ensure everything is taken care of prior and on your wedding day.
How can you add depth to a table setting so that guests remember their evening?
Subtle, stunning table linen, matched with gorgeous napkins and bespoke chair covers can really give depth without crowding or taking away from the functionality of a guests table. This luxury linen range is now available for the first time to hire. It really is all about these details that lifts a wedding to another level of luxury for everyone on the day.
Want to know more? Check them out on Instagram @maddisonandpride.
Looking for a little more guidance in your life? SHESAID has teamed up with author, Domonique Bertolucci, to provide a few tips from her new book, The Kindness Pact. If you can’t get your hands on her novel, head over to Domonique’s official website for free video training on how to break the exhaustion/dissatisfaction cycle once and for all and get rid of that nagging guilty feeling forever.
Congratulations on the new book! What inspired you to write The Kindness Pact?
Thank you! The first seeds for The Kindness Pact: 8 promises to make you feel good about who you are and the life you live were planted a few years ago when I was walking in the park and observed a scene that left me feeling quite uncomfortable. A young boy of perhaps six or seven had climbed a tree and gone beyond the height he was confident to get back down from and I could hear his mother berating him for his lack of courage: “‘Don’t be so pathetic.’ ‘You really are being stupid.’ ‘What a wimp you’re being.’ ‘You really are useless.’”
It was awful to hear, but at the same time the words this used were the very same words I had heard countless people, both in my professional and personal life, use to berate or belittle their own efforts. You see, most people are terribly unkind to themselves. They make harsh judgements, engage in endless self-criticism and are unforgiving of even the smallest of failings. At the same time these people are often loving and kind parents, generous and encouraging friends, and supportive and committed colleagues. They give everyone else their best, only to give themselves their worst.
The Kindness Pact is about learning to treat yourself with the same kindness, love and respect you give the other important people in your life. When you keep the pact, you will build your self-confidence, nurture your self-esteem and have more energy to do what you want to do and be who you want to be.
What are some of the main ways to stay positive in this day and age?
The three best pieces of advice I have for staying positive and feeling happy are to:
- Be present: Learn from the past, plan for the future, but live in the moment. Focus your energy on making today the best day possible and worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.
- Express your gratitude: Regardless of what you want or still want to achieve, appreciate all the wealth and abundance already in your life.
- Be generous: Give willingly and not just with your money. Be with your time and energy too. The more you give the more you receive.
Could you list a few different ways to turn an I can’t into I can?
The three most effective ways to turn an I can’t into an I can are:
- Reframe your ideas with logical thought based on facts. “If I follow a training plan I will build my endurance and be able to run a marathon.”
- Reform your thinking with affirmations: positive, present tense, personal statements. “I have run a marathon and I couldn’t be prouder of myself”
- Take action and prove yourself wrong! Start running, feel yourself getting fitter and stronger and realise that your goal is in reach.
How can our readers use these tips to change their outlook in the workplace?
- Reframe: The key to reframing most experiences in the workplace is not to personalise them.
If things aren’t going the way you want them to, don’t be a victim and think, “why is this happening to me?” Instead, acknowledge that it is happening and focus your energy on what you are going to do about it.
- Reform: Believe in yourself, your abilities and your potential to do well in the workplace.
The more authentically confident you are in the workplace, the better you will be treated and the faster you will progress. People want to work with people they can put their faith in and the fastest way to show them that they can believe in you is to believe in yourself.
- Take action: Be proactive about your career and the experience you want to have at work.
Seek out mentors and create your own learning agenda based on the path you want your career to follow. Learn to accept constructive feedback for what it is, feedback about the work you’ve done, not the person you are.
Many people find it difficult to say they’re happy. Why do you think these feelings are hard to vocalise?
A lot of happy people prefer to keep quiet about their happiness. They’re tired of being misunderstood and having people think that by saying “I’m happy,” they mean “my life is perfect” and that they are big-noting themselves in some way.
You see, most people are looking for happiness in all the wrong places. They think they’ll be happy when they’ve done this or got that; a promotion, a pay rise, a partner, a perfect figure, perfect kids, the perfect home. But true happiness is not a state of doing or having, it’s a state of being. Truly happy people know this and are happy regardless of the size of their house, bank balance or on label of the clothes they wear.
How can readers stay in touch with your tips when they’re constantly on-the-go?
Happiness is a choice, but you can’t just make it once. You can’t say: “Happiness… I think I’ll give that a try next Tuesday.” You need to choose to be happy every day and then continually and consistently make decisions that support that intention.
Before you go to bed each night, take a minute to express your gratitude for today and set your intention for tomorrow. When you wake up in the morning, before you leap out of bed and race around doing a million and one things, reconnect with your intention for the day and use this to anchor your day in positive way.
I also have a whole range of free resources at domoniquebertolucci.com, to help people get the life they want while loving the life they’ve got. These include downloadable workbooks, my free video course Life: Make the Most of Yours and the 100 Days Happier iPhone app which will send you an inspiring thought to help you to maintain your happiness each and every day.
Fans of the Australian hit show, Love Child, are in for a treat aligning with the DVD release of season two. SHESAID had the wonderful opportunity to chat with creator and producer, Sarah Lambert, about main themes of the series, how becoming a mother changed her perception of the world and some of her favourite characters from the show.
What was the initial inspiration behind Love Child?
People often ask where the idea for Love Child came from. If it came from a personal experience or something in my family. And the answer is yes, it does feel personal to me and I guess what drove me is Love Child is the kind of series I’ve always wanted to see on our screens. I’ve always felt the lack of female driven stories. Stories that looked at our history as women. Stories that illuminated our experiences as girls, sisters, mothers, aunts, friends, lovers, leaders, fighters…
I remember in terms of television the impact the miniseries Brides of Christ had on me as a teenager. Set in the 1960s, it told the story of a group of nuns in a fictitious inner city convent school in Sydney. Great writing and great female driven stories. And later films like Girl Interrupted– a film with Winona Ryder and a young Angelina Jolie about a girl entering a mental institution after suffering a breakdown in the 60s made a big impression.
Going inside these hidden, secretive places, watching the unlikely friendships that happen when girls from all backgrounds are brought together, shining a light on female friendships and different roles that we play over our lifetimes has always drawn me in as a viewer and a reader.
There’s another common denominator with those pieces is the 60s. I’ve always had a fascination for the period. Maybe because my elder brother and sister, fifteen years my senior, went through their teens in the 60s and early 70s. They’d regale my brother and I with stories of the Yellow house up in the Cross, parties and rallies.
It was the era that saw the birth of the civil rights movement, the rise of feminism – the amazing shifts in music, fashion and culture. Everything was being challenged and reinvented. In a world which is increasingly more conservative and rule bound, I guess part of me wanted to make a show about the 60s that would remind us all the revolution is sexy. To fight for what you believe in and fight for the rights of people, for peace, for the environment for those worse off than ourselves…
Beyond that the story of Love Child comes from something more profound. A moment from my childhood that had haunted me and that made me aware of a secret history of women in this country that was never discussed.
One Christmas when I was about eleven, we were at a close family friend’s house and there was a knock at the door. I opened it to find a woman in her late 20s outside. She introduced herself as the women we were staying with’s daughter, given up at birth. She’d been looking for her for years and finally tracked her down.
I’ll never forget my mother’s friend’s face. She went so pale. Her knees gave out from under her and she collapsed. No one, not her children or my mother or any of her friends knew anything about this lost daughter she’d had at 16. Sent away from Brisbane to Sydney to an unwed mother’s home in Darlinghurst – all alone at the most vulnerable moment in your life.
Their reunion was troubled and hard. So many incriminations, so much guilt and shame. Over the months that followed, I found out little snippets about what happened to her at the Unwed Mother’s Home and at the hospital. And it was a story that was repeated to me again when I started researching Love Child. It was harrowing to say the least. I was utterly horrified and scared by the stories. My mother said it was just what happened back then if you got yourself into trouble. Even at 11 I knew it was something that shouldn’t be talked about. It was too painful, too dangerous somehow.
So after that year, we never talked about it anymore. So cut to thirty years later when I read about the NSW inquiry into forced adoptions I was deeply interested. The report that came out from that inquiry was a staggering reading: 250,000 women had gone through this system from the late 50s to the early 80s. The experience of our family friend was replicated over and over on its pages. I knew then I wanted to tell this story.
How would you describe the second season for our readers?
The second season sees the original girls who were brought together at Stanton House, a home for Unwed mothers, finally all have their babies and have to deal with life after Stanton House. Can they go back to their old lives after everything they’ve been through? Or has the experience changed them forever?
It’s about finding chosen family – the sisterhood of these women bonded through such extremity and loss. It’s about all the characters forging new futures as they step into the 1970s when Australia was a cultural cross roads. The series also follows Joan’s new role as a resident at Kings Cross hospital facing the hurdles of being the only female resident in a very male dominated medical establishment.
The series explores the rise of feminism and the civil rights movement in Australia. Is this a topic you personally feel passionate about?
I do feel passionate about feminism and civil rights. It’s part of my attraction to the era of the late 60s and early 70s. You only have to look at the issues facing women in particular back in the late 60s and see how far we’ve come, and how much we take for granted as modern women.
You could only get the pill if you were married. There was no sex education to speak of. You were still expected to leave your job when you got hitched. Having a real career was challenging to say the least. Getting a loan from a bank as a single woman was impossible. Equal rights and pay were just slogans (still are really!) and single parents were pariahs who had no support. We’ve come a long way but there’s still a way to go.
Even in my lifetime so much has changed in society. My family split up when I was about four and my mother became a single mother of four children, moving back to Australia from the Phillipines. I remember her feeling very ashamed about leaving our Dad and how hard that was for even when it was the right thing to do. The only thing to do. We rented in house in Balmain and started again. It was the early 70s and I watched her struggle and ultimately forge a future for us.
She went back to school to get an education – thanks to Gough Whitlam – and went on to have an amazing career. It was an exciting and complicated time and we were exposed to lots of different ideas, people from all different walks of life. There were always political discussions going on and varied people coming together around the dinner table.
Watching her fight the battles she did for us and our future made me very aware of how incredibly lucky I was to born in an era where I could get an education, learn about my body, have choices about my reproductive future and plan to have a career in any field I could imagine. So much that we take for granted now was forged by ordinary women challenging the system and just going about trying to have a life. And that fight for basic rights and equality for all people goes on and we all need to be part of that struggle.
If you had to pick just one, who would be your favourite character and why?
That’s impossible question. It’s like picking a favourite out of your kids. I think each of the characters is unique and flawed. They are all people I can relate to even when they do crazy things. Maybe especially when they do crazy things. You create these characters then the actors make them live and breathe. I feel so blessed to have the cast we have as they’ve brought such unique qualities to each role. It’s amazing to see these characters growing and changing over each season.
Congratulations on the birth of your second child! How has being a mum of two changed your perception of life?
I think having children changes you in so many ways. I love spending time with them and find them so fascinating. Tom was a huge surprise. After I had Tilly I was told the chances of us ever conceiving again were less than 4 per cent. I had accepted that we would have one child and had moved on. So getting pregnant while doing Love Child was not on the agenda. He really is a miracle baby. I love watching them both grow up. All the different stages, seeing who they are as they emerge into the world.
It’s so precious and I feel so lucky to have been able to have children at my age that it really makes me question every job I take as to whether it’s worth spending time away from them. I feel like this time is so precious that my work has to really mean something. It has to be something I can believe in and feel passionate about. Something that I can show my kids and feel proud to have been part of.
So having children has changed how I approach everything. It’s given me a work test, I guess. If a project is going to take me away from these little beings I adore, I want it to be working with people I like, who inspire me; creating work that stretches me to be the best I can be and is work that has a truth and authenticity. Beyond that I think being a mother you get to play again – and that is a lot of fun. There’s a lot of daggy dancing and singing that goes on in our house and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Love Child Season 2, $39.95
We’ve all seen enough reality TV to know that finding your perfect wedding dress can be daunting. To help find that dream wedding dress, we asked White Lily Couture Style Director Alera Kingham for her top tips to saying yes to the dress, sans tears and tantrums!
Don’t overwhelm yourself
Trying on thirty gowns in one morning might sound like the perfect plan but you may end up confused and unable to commit to one dress. Start your search by creating a Pinterest or vision board which reflects your taste and budget.
Shop when you’re ready to buy
When you make your appointment be clear about your wedding date. Browsing for ideas more than a year ahead isn’t always the best option as bridal seasons change frequently. We recommend shopping 8 months out because most gowns are made internationally and have a 5 month minimum lead-time. If you are a bride in a hurry don’t panic, make an appointment to check out the Augusta Jones collection from the UK.
Keep an open mind
Try on different styles, it’s often the gown you’d never think of trying that makes you feel like a bride. Trust your stylist to find you the perfect dress because sometimes gowns that look iffy on the hanger can be a knockout on you.
Make your opinion number one
Choose a maximum of four people whose opinion you value most to help you find the perfect dress and remember while family and friend’s opinions are important your vote counts the most.
Trust your choice
If you find ‘the one’ during your first appointment it’s not a bad thing! Saying yes to the dress is not meant to be difficult and the first dress you try on is often the dress you can’t stop thinking about. Once you have found the perfect gown, don’t confuse yourself by trying on more dresses, arrange your fittings and enjoy shopping for shoes and accessories!
For more expert advice check out @whitelilycouture on Instagram and Facebook.
Image via When Elephant Met Zebra
Parents can’t be expected to remember everything, especially those who have recently had a child. If you have a smartphone, which you probably do – apps are a great to integrate all parts of your life into one compact device. Here are just five apps that every mum needs on her phone, and for good reason!
Keep your to-do-list all in one place with this helpful app which is quick and easy to use. It also translates voice entries which is ideal for busy parents who are constantly buzzing from point A to point B. The best part? It’s free.
Allrecipes Dinner Spinner
The best way to access popular website allrecipes.com without leaving your browser. The search functions are are divided by relevance, rating and popularity so you always have a yummy dish.
Simply compare prices by scanning barcodes from your favourite shops, and the app will tell you where to find the best bargain. It’s just like a personal shopping system!
Finding it difficult to keep up with all those bills? This handy app keeps tabs on bills, when you need to pay them, and links all of your accounts into one secure place. You can even pay online!
De-clutter your wallet from all those loyalty cards and keep them in this simple app right on your phone. Here, the shop assistant can easily scan the barcode straight from your phone. Simply search for the shop, and you’re ready to go.
What are some of your favourite apps?
Image via Martini Mum
Most old wives tales are stories which have been passed down from our mothers and grandmothers for centuries, but carry no significant merit – they’re just tales!
Whether you choose to believe it or not, some are actually quite true. Still don’t believe us? Keep reading to find out more!
Chicken soup fixes a cold
There’s something old satisfying about having a warm bowl of chicken soup when you’re sick in bed. But how? It helps to reduce inflammation and actually helps your white blood cells fight back the sickness.
Cheese causes nightmares
Now we had to learn this one the hard way. For some reason, cheese has been known to cause some seriously weird dreams… must have something to do with the bacteria.
Plants help to purify the air
Certain plants such as philodendrons, ficus, and bamboo palm actually help to clean the air in the house. Add one into the kitchen or bathroom for a sweet-smelling home!
Peanut butter to remove gum
Who hasn’t had gum stuck in their shoes before? Apply a thin layer of peanut butter over the area, then scrub it off with a sponge.
Hot baths lower fertility
For men at least. If you’re trying to conceive, make sure your man avoids a hot bath since it can lower his sperm count.
Hair of the dog
Sometimes a terrible hangover can only be cured in one way – keep drinking. Small doses of alcohol the next morning have been proven to subside a debilitating hangover.
Walnuts to remove scratches on wooden furniture
Keep your coffee table looking in pristine condition by rubbing an unshelled walnut over any scratches. Walnuts are rich in oils and will help to mend any imperfections.
What are some of your favourite old wives tales?
Image via Recipe Tin Eats
Buying a brand new wedding dress seems a little overrated, especially considering the fact that you’ll be wearing it only once.
Splashing out so much cash on a dress isn’t sometimes cost-effective, but buying vintage might just be the next best option. We have created an edit of our top ten pre-loved wedding dresses to inspire your own wedding!
Long sleeves are ideal for winter weddings since they provide an extra layer of warmth to the bride. This classic look is usually accompanied by glamourous makeup and minimal accessories.
A voluminous, tulle dress is every girl’s dream dress – especially one which is accompanied by a satin bow!
Spice-up a standard white dress with a low, sexy back which is perfect for a summer wedding. We promise the wedding photos will look absolutely breathtaking.
Throw it back to the early 2000s with this glamourous wedding dress featuring sexy spaghetti straps. The style is flattering for the summer months with a coat of illuminating cream to reflect the suns rays.
Off the shoulder
A popular choice in the eighties was of course the off-the-shoulder look, but it’s certainly making its comeback!
Keep it classy with lace brocade which is a little on the heavy side, and ideal for a winter wedding.
Try a 20s inspired wedding dress which is adorned in sequins, crystals, and intricate beads (oh my!). Pair with gold or silver stiletto heels to complete the look.
A sophisticated cap-sleeve is the best way to show off your decolletage and create a flattering neckline. Choose simple, minimalist necklaces to highlight this area!
Finish off with a flattering empire neckline which is best for bigger chests, and looks amazing with an undo.
Images via Dressed Up Girl, Whimsical Wonderland Wedding, Oh Best Day Ever, Buzzfeed, The Wedding Scoop, Belle The Magazine, Brit Co, Style Me Pretty, F.Wedding Dress
Do you find yourself hoarding lots of clothes and accessories, but still constantly stuck with nothing to wear? There’s a statistic which states that we wear just 20 per cent of our wardrobe around 80 per cent of the time. Who else is looking at their wardrobe (or floordrobe) right about now?
Whether you’re on a tight budget when it comes to clothing, or seriously contemplating a reduction of your wardrobe, the 80/20 wardrobe plan will be the answer to your prayers.
How does it work?
80 per cent of your clothes and accessory budget is allocated to pieces which will form the foundation of your wardrobe. This could be anything from a much-coveted leather jacket for winter, an LBD for the warmer months, or even just an everyday pair of denim jeans. It leaves no room for impulse-buying or chronic late-night shopping, either.
Tip: Keep organised!
Make sure you have a list of your must-have pieces either in a favourites folder or stashed away on your phone. To keep from impulse buying, think about the item for at least one week. That way you might even forget about it altogether and save some money, which is a plus.
What about the other 20 per cent?
The rest is free to spend on sales, a tiny impulse purchase, or just something you had to have before leaving the store. Since the bulk of your budget is already put aside for those more serious pieces, this means that you’re less likely to waste your money on an impulse buy.
The damage will be something small and discrete rather than a white leather and fringed jacket for the summer (not that there’s anything wrong with that!).
Tip: Avoid online!
This could be mighty tempting for those who love an ASOS or Topshop sale, but it’s not really worth it if you don’t know your size. Plus, think about the postage costs which are only free if you spend a certain amount of cash. Who else has time to wait for their package to arrive?
Save yourself the disappoint and try these items on in-store if you have the chance. Also, take pictures (from all angles) and save them in your phone.
Image via The Chalkboard Mag
Who doesn’t love to be spoiled with a bouquet of flowers at work? Little Flowers is a local Sydney start-up offering a unique bunch of flowers for $30 each day – this includes free delivery to almost anywhere in Sydney.
Australia’s fastest growing online florist operates from a garage in Marrickville and offers some of the most amazing floral combinations you’ve ever seen. Simply log onto the website, choose the flowers of the day and send a sweet note to a loved one! SHESAID chatted with Sarah and Chris about leaving their jobs and starting their own successful business.
How did the idea of Little Flowers come about?
Co-founders Ben Sampson, John Kane, Chris Berents and myself realised there was a huge gap in the market. From our own experiences we knew that while it was really awesome to get flowers, we didn’t send them as often as we’d like to because they were really quite expensive. They were also big. And awkward – and sometimes a huge bouquet wasn’t right for the occasion. My partner, Chris, would often send me “just because” flowers and while I felt incredibly lucky to get them, a part of me also felt quite guilty because I knew they would have cost him an arm and a leg and unfortunately, they were going to die in a few days.
The four of us met in advertising and were very good friends. So when we unearthed the idea of taking the ‘bigness’ out of the flower industry, we all got very excited about the possibilities and potential, and quickly began developing the concept.
We loved the thought of making flower delivery more accessible and something that people could do for any reason, big or small, serious or ridiculous, and knew we could have a lot of fun with it. For me personally, the whole concept was also really exciting because it appealed to my emotional side. I loved that I would be helping to spread smiles across the city by delivering these messages and beautiful little bunches of flowers.
What was it like quitting your job and starting in another industry?
It was nerve-wracking, on one hand. I’d been in advertising for over ten years and I felt I was really going against the grain to throw it all in. In retrospect, I’m sure my friends and family must have been quietly questioning my decision to jump ship, as it was quite out of character. But it was time. I felt ready to try something new and to explore other possibilities.
I told myself I could always go back to it later and that I could just think of this as a ‘sabbatical year.’ Not that I intended to, but the idea of turning my back on the familiar and going into the complete unknown was, in some ways, quite terrifying! But I was so utterly passionate about this idea and really, really excited about the possibility of running my own business. It felt audacious, but the possibility of making it a reality was exceptionally enticing. I couldn’t die wondering. None of us could.
What is the most rewarding part about starting your own business?
Well, I find this hard to describe, but I think overall the best thing is this sense of ‘wow.’ It’s a combined feeling of satisfaction, relief, excitement and possibility. I think it’s human nature to sometimes doubt what we are capable of, so to see your dreams come to fruition is immensely rewarding – and what’s more, it makes you excited about what else you could be capable of in the future.
If you had to do it over again, what are some dos and don’ts you would suggest to others in your position?
- Dare to dream.
- Back yourself.
- Surround yourself with people who believe in you and your idea.
- Hire people who can do what you can’t.
- Look after yourself and look after the people who work with you.
- Stop to celebrate all the victories of your business, big and small.
- Be true to yourself and your brand.
- Be scared to ask for help. Starting your own business is a steep learning curve and a huge workload. You can’t do everything yourself.
- Be too hard on yourself. Most small business owners at some point get overwhelmed with the enormity of what they are trying to achieve. Break the big tasks down and just keep chipping away.
- Be scared of making mistakes. You learn more through your mistakes than anything else.
How important is social media in spreading the word about your business?
Really important. We don’t have a shop front, so it’s our way of meeting, connecting and conversing with our customers and our beloved Little Flowers community. Ever since we launched, we have posted the day’s flowers to social media channels to announce what’s available and it’s a lovely way to keep our customers up-to-date with the fun things that are happening behind the scenes.
What’s next for Little Flowers – spill!
We’ve just opened our delivery zone to Chatswood and we’re planning to keep extending to new suburbs in Sydney over the course of 2015 – and then, hopefully a little further afield in 2016… Watch this space!
Choosing a dress for the bride is nerve-wracking, but settling on a cute gown for the flower girl is a piece of cake! We have tracked down some of the best inspiration for flowergirl dresses which is ideal for a summer wedding.
This cute little dress is complemented by a stunning jewel neckline with capped sleeves.
Try this super-sweet flower girl dress which is perfect for an outdoor wedding. A flower crown adds the finishing touches to this classic look.
A classic crochet dress is perfect for summer since the fabric is extra-cool and won’t weigh your flower girl down!
Match your favourite strapless dress with a matching headband – so cute!
A classic tutu dress is a popular choice for most flower girls. Finish off the look with white flats and a bouquet of flowers.
Try a long-sleeve dress in classic white lace for your flower girls. No wonder it’s a popular choice – it looks great in all pictures!
Try this sweet dress with an exposed back for your flower girl. There are so many custom-made on Etsy to suit your flower girl.
A sleeveless dress is the best way to stick to a classic silhouette in the summer.
Give the dress a bit of shape with a contrasting bow which also matches the bridesmaids gowns.
Finish off with a stylish sequin gown which photographs beautifully!
Images via Brit and Co, Bridal Musings, Issuu, Etsy, Karen Tran, Confetti Daydreams Wedding, Style Me Pretty, Blogspot
Are you stuck on an idea for your next big holiday? Rather than entertaining the same hotspots, gain a little inspiration with the help of Love Home Swap, one of the world’s most stylish home exchange networks. Escape the hoards of tourists, long queue’s and congested streets in favour of a holiday just like your favourite celebrity!
With over 70,000 fabulous homes available across the world, you’re bound to find something which suits your lifestyle and budget. If you don’t know where to start, we have listed some of the most on-trend celebrity vacation hotspots below.
Brangelina have settled down in the vineyards of France where they were married last year. In 2008, they bought the 1200 acre Chateau Miraval estate for a cool $70m. The property boasts 35 rooms, a pine forest, olive groves, terraced hillsides, working vineyards, a private lake – and even a moat!
Byron Bay, Australia
Australia’s very own heart-throb, Chris Hemsworth, spent $7 Million on his lavish Balinese-style, seaside property in the beautiful Byron Bay. This holiday home is situated right on the beach and features a multi-level main house, multiple separate villas, a lap pool and its own private lagoon.
Kohala Coast, Hawaii
For obvious reasons President Obama now resides in Washington DC. At Christmas time however, he still likes to head home to Hawaii where he grew up, to stay in the Obama Winter White House! This exclusive five star estate offers beachfront elegance at its finest, costing a mere $3,500 a day to rent.
Being born into megabucks, there was no holding back for Kim Kardashian-West when she splashed out on her 10-bed beach house in Phuket, Thailand. Elsewhere in the country, she also rents a penthouse on Natao Beach, spending at least $2,225 per night and enjoying regular yacht trips and elephant safaris with her family.
San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
It’s a long way from Ramsay Street for former Neighbours star, Margot Robbie, who was spotted taking a relaxing holiday break in Nicaragua. With breathtaking views of the Nicaraguan coast, pristine white sand beaches, exotic rain forests and quaint colonial cities, it’s no wonder industry insiders have pegged Nicaragua as the hottest new tourist destination to visit.
Planning a bridal shower for a relative or friend with no idea where to begin? Start with the party decor, which will leave the bride-to-be feeling excited for the big day! From the invitations to the decorations, SHESAID has you covered for the bridal shower.
Rather than using the same-old vase, get creative with these cute and quirky mugs. Trim down the flowers and place them in the middle of the table for everyone to see.
Who can resist a few sugary treats? Not us! Decorate the sweets table with vintage-looking vases, bowls and cupcake trays.
Don’t forget the balloons if you’re hoping to make a big statement for family and friends. Stick to a colour theme and make sure it’s cohesive throughout the entire shower.
Whip-up this stunning bridal cake made from individual cupcakes, which all your guests can enjoy.
To really personalise your wedding, why not draw up a timeline of how the bride and groom met. This is a fantastic way to make the bridal shower feel more homely.
Mimosa bars are so popular at bridal showers because they’re a great way to enjoy a guilt-free cocktail. Gather today a few different fruit juices, chill the champagne, then let your guests help themselves!
Images via Wedding Chicks, Sweetie Factory, Brit and Co, iVillage, Savvy Style, Smarty Had A Party
You’re engaged – congratulations! For some, it might seem a little early to start planning the wedding (which might be more than one year away), but it’s best to be prepared in matters of the heart.
Tick off these ten essentials off your list after the engagement party has come and gone.
Stock-up on those bridal magazines and start doing your research! It’s best to cover all of your bases and learn as much as you can now… a little inspiration never hurt!
Insure your ring
Make sure you can get the ring appraised and insured as soon as possible. Better safe than sorry, especially if something comes up down the track.
Start thinking about the guest list for your wedding – especially if you come from a big family. Where will the reception take place? Will it be an international wedding?
If you’re the type of couple who knows exactly what they want, it’s best to register for gifts. This way, you will know what to expect from your guests and won’t be stuck with doubles.
Who will be the maid of honour – your sister or your best friend? These are the tough questions!
After the wedding comes the honeymoon, so it’s important that you both make it special! Decide on where you want to go, when you’re both free to travel from work, and how long you will be staying.
While it’s probably a downer (especially if you love an impulse purchase every now and then), it’s important to talk about your wedding budget. Are you willing to try a DIY, or leave it to the professionals?
Will you go at it alone or hire the services of a wedding planner for the big day? Do your research, follow a few in your local area on Instagram and get some inspiration for your theme.
Wedding venues typically sell-out fast, so it’s important to book your venue as soon as a date is planned. Don’t leave it to the last minute, and make sure you have a back-up plan if the reception is outside.
Image via Glamour
Each week, SHESAID features an inspiring woman who has been kind enough to share her story with our readers. She might be a leader in her chosen field, someone still on their own path striving to make a difference or simply someone with a remarkable story to tell. These women contribute their own knowledge, expertise and life lessons in order to truly inspire others.
Name and role:
Kylie Radford, creative director at Morrison
Tell us what you do? What do you get up to on a day-to-day basis?
Whilst every day varies, it almost always revolves around my boys, Baxter and Louis. I take them to school and then head straight into the office. A typical day at work involves research, creative sessions with the design team, fabric selection, designing, fitting samples, approving styles and meeting with my management team.
Baxter and Louis have sport every day after school so most weeknights we get home around 7.30pm. This doesn’t leave time for anything else other than homework and dinner. Life is really busy and so we really appreciate weekends where we can chill together and spend time cooking yummy food.
How/when did you know this is what you wanted to do as a career?
My career as a designer was not a conscious decision. I have always adored fabrics and have often been described as tactile. I actually designed a pair of pants that were hugely successful and that was it – that was the start of my career in fashion. Whilst I didn’t consciously make the decision to become a designer, since the label has taken off, I’ve loved the challenge of designing ranges as well as being part of an incredibly gifted team.
Where do you find your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from primarily from the fabrics that we source, my team, my customers, and travel. I am constantly inspired by my diverse and creative colleagues. I also feel blessed to be able to travel extensively as part of my role.
Did you have a mentor? Who/what helped you to get your career off the ground? Over the years there have been many mentors, some from within our company and also from outside sources.
I have always thought it is invaluable to listen to others who have experience and expertise in any area of a business. I also think it’s important to remember your own goals and values and only take from others what feels right for you.
What were the stumbling blocks, initially getting started on your career path, and since then?
Oh! More than I care to remember. Having two small children and running a growing business will always be my biggest challenge.
The GFC was certainly our biggest stumbling block. It felt as though our industry, in particular retail, was turned upside down overnight. Whilst it was also my biggest lesson, I do feel that I grew immensely as a business woman having experienced this period.
How did you overcome these?
Every avenue of our business became tighter and every member more accountable. We made tough decisions together as a team. Apart from the changes, we worked very hard with more determination than ever before.
What are your goals for the future?
I would love more work/life balance! Just like everyone else! I want my brand to be admired and respected and looked upon as a brand with integrity.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to follow the same path as you?
I always encourage people to follow their dreams. There is so much advice that I could offer but probably the most important is to believe in yourself and work hard to achieve what you want. Be kind to people and motivate people – you have to have a dynamic team surrounding you.