I thought that metallic would be easy, but I guess it's all in the interpretation. All week I've had in the back of my mind what I was going to do and keeping an eye on both instagram and Facebook (yes surprise, surprise retentive Kylee follows a LOT of interior designers) for anything new that caught my eye that fit my imaginary brief. But then everything I had in mind changed with just one photo released on the Facebook page of Emily Ziz Style Studio.
Right, so it's not all metallic but I love how the metallic pops when all this is put together. Imagine the gorgeous wallpaper in your bedroom with the mirrored dresser in front of it and the art deco mirror hanging just above and slightly off center. Then the beautiful accessories styled on the dresser with the pop of orange and the metallic homewares reflecting back. If I had more time, I'd play around with them in photoshop to show you exactly what I can see, but for now, just run with your imagination.
Browsing instagram this morning I noticed a post from Katrina Chambers (she's awesome peoples, follow her if you're not already) linking up her Tutorial Tuesday blog post and thought "Hmmm, I could do that" The terrarium that is.
As per usual for me, things work out easier said (or read for that matter) than done. I did a little more research, thank you Pinterest, and went about gathering all the things I needed. You would think in a place the size of Bunnings I'd find activated charcoal and moss but no and to be honest I couldn't be bothered hunting down a pet store selling fish tank stuff to get some. So if these plants die, I already blame my laziness.
Putting it all together wasn't as easy as I thought it'd be. Shoving your hard around inside a fishbowl and trying to strategically place and back fill the soil around the plants without getting potting mix everywhere was crazy. Overall I got the desired result and I'm pretty happy for a first attempt. I have to say that the photos don't do it the justice it deserves.
If you want to try something like this for yourself you'll need the following:
Glass bowl - the size and shapes are endless. Let your imagination run wild.
Small pebbles - for drainage in the bottom
Activated charcoal - really it's not necessary if you have an open terrarium, but if it's closed you will need it
Spaghnum moss - again not really necessary as it only really works as a filter for the water but if you've picked a bowl/jar based on being able to see the layers inside the moss makes it look that little bit fancier
Potting mix - just your standard potting mix. You don't need anything fancy.
Add your plants. The most common plants you see are succlents, but you can put practically any small plant in them.
Decorative layer - really you can put whatever you like. I chose some white pebbles. I've seen moss, I've seen glass beads, I've seen plastic dinosaurs. You put what suits you.
I'm thinking I might have to make some more now. Maybe some kids themed ones to put in their rooms.
Who doesn't like neon? Maybe if you're an 80's child, you may be a little off put by the fact that neon is making a comeback in a big way and you've already lived though it once. But on the other hand neon can be just gorgeous if done in the right way. I love statement pieces in neon. To be honest, as much as I love it, it just wouldn't go in my house. But a girl can dream.
Running if with a really quick Aussie curves post today since I'm tired, sick (again *rolls eyes) and determined not to miss the deadline this week. So I apologise for the dodgy hair not done, no makeup since putting it on for work this morning pic.
Dress : Rivers - thrifted $12
Necklace : thrifted $6
Shoes : Target (on clearance) $9
Now looking at the pics, I think it needs a belt (not to mention a strapless bra) but firstly I didn't have one that matched and secondly I held it in kind of like an empire cut but it just looked weird as the hemline is shorter on the sides and it pulled it up too high. All said and done, I don't hate it but it's certainly not figure enhancing.
Make sure you check out the fabulous outfits all the other curvy chicks managed to pull out for under fifty bucks.
Yes I know it's not Monday, but I'm a lot closer to it than I was last week.
My take on this week's theme is having a green thumb (something that those who know me will be having a laugh about). I really would like to say I'm good in the garden, but no. I kill everything. Don't ask me how, but I've even killed succulents. I am determined though to have at the bare minimum a herb garden this spring/summer. So I figure this is the tools I'll need. Well honestly I don't NEED the gumboots, but aren't they just so darn cute.
Sticking with the homewares theme, this time I'm back in the bedroom and thinking outside the square. This is a look that I would love, but the husband wouldn't be too impressed. Especially a black feature wall and pink flamingos. Spoilsport.
The title says it all..vulnerabilities. No matter how strong, confident and in control we all look there is still that little voice deep down inside that occasionally lets loose. I've read "fake it, 'till you make it" numerous time on Aussie Curves in the last 12ish months, and hell I've used that motto way more times than I care to admit. But do you want know what I've read more over the last twelve months? I've read and followed a mixed bunch of gorgeous women who from reading their vulnerabilities this week have no idea of the impact they're making on other people's lives. I've smiled, I've laughed and I've cried along with them. I see new people with their shy first "what the heck am I doing" faces and I've seen others totally strutting their stuff and I love them all. If only I had discovered something like Aussie Curves when I was a teenager, I think my life would've been a lot different.
In light of that, I'm giving a bit of a glimpse into me, the old me, in a letter to me, telling myself things I should've known but never did.
Dear fourteen year old me: Life does and did get better. You will become a strong, confident and beautiful woman. And even though you are broken and hurting right now, you deserve to live. You are a fighter.
Dear twenty one year old me: You had no reason to be horrified by this photo. Yes I know you're in tracky daks and an old favorite top with your hair not brushed but you are rocking those curves. There was no need to be ashamed of them. Screw what the media portrays and stop with the vicious cycle of dieting. All you're doing is screwing your metabolism for life.
Dear twenty eight year old me: Your wedding day will be one of the most fabulous days of your life. You are marrying the man of your dreams surrounded by family and friends who love you. They won't have any clue that your hair looks nothing like it was meant to be. They will not be looking at your "fat" arms. They will not be thinking "Gee you think she would've lost some weight before the wedding". So you shouldn't be thinking about these things either. Focus on the man that's about to be your husband because a moment you will cherish for a lifetime is just about to happen. Dear thirty year old me: Not everyone sails smoothly through pregnancy. You are going to be one of the unlucky ones. But that is NOT because you are overweight. You will get sick, very sick. You will put on 32 kgs in the whole pregnancy through no fault of your own. Do not beat yourself up over it. Your child will be healthy and beautiful and adored. Yes you are much bigger than you were before, but don't focus on pre-pregnancy weight, focus on that little boy because before you know it his brother will be on the way. Dear thirty one year old me: Having a BMI too high to deliver your baby at the
local hospital will devastate you. You will be inconsolable over it.
Rest assured though, that the hospital you do deliver in is fabulous. The
standard of care you receive is much higher than the local hospital was
with your last child. This hospital will save your life giving birth to
your next child.
And now to current me. I still have many insecurities. Like most people I have good days and bad (admittedly the bad ones are usually PMT driven). I have days when I look in the mirror and am really happy with what I see and there are days where I lament my fatness. Where I well and truly degrade myself, but those days are becoming less and less.
So what am I currently vulnerable about? Let me give you a few acronyms which I'm sure you've seen around: FUPR (pronounced Foopah), you know "fat upper pelvic region". Then there is GUNT. I leave that acronym for you to decipher. Either way that's what I'm vulnerable about. Oh and my fifty billion chins. It's where I carry the bulk of my weight. It makes it hard to dress. I'm always pulling at my tops and tees just to cover it. I struggle getting clothes to fit properly as tops need to be bigger to cover that area but that leaves them too big around my shoulder, neck and chest area. I need pants with adjustable waists as my waist is much smaller than my hips. So yeah, this is what I struggle with.
But I'm going to harden up and leave you with some outakes. The ones I deemed too hideous to put online but in the spirit of Aussie Curves, I'm breaking them out..FUPR, GUNT and all.
Don't forget to check out these wonderful women I'm taking about below.
This week starts with another trip in the Delorian but not quite the kindergarten years, this time were talkin' 2011.
A time where a girl's bestie gets married and I get to play bridesmaid complete with the lovable LBD.
I've seen a few people asking recently about Light in the Box, so I'll add my two bobs because this is where this gorgeous dress came from, all for the *cough hefty sum of $79 (well at least I think that's what it was). And it was custom made. The cut was beautiful, it was made really well and in super quick time. The only issue I had with it was that I had to adjust it a tad (but I think that says more about us doing the my measurments than the actual supplier). So anyway, check out the LBD.
Here's a pic taken of me looking refreshed waiting for the ceremony to start and getting the pre-wedding pics done. It's really amazing what a great makeup artist and hairdresser can do because even I don't think I look like me.
Doing the nervous walk down the aisle. For all my loud outgoingness (for want of a better word), I'm not really a fan of being in the spotlight so walking down the aisle while everyone is staring waiting for the bride really made me nervous. Can you tell LOL?
And on to the beautiful ceremony. Was short and sweet and a tad emotional - just how a wedding should be when your standing in the same spot in a pair of killer heels.
And lastly to show off my hair (cause I loved it) and my tired baby girl (cause I love her too).
Please take the time the check out all the other gorgeous LBD's below.