Mini Food, Big Fun

I have always loved making mini food for parties but have not done any for quite a while, so when I was choosing a menu for Easter, I decided to do the whole meal bite size. It is a really fun and easy way to feed guests whether it is for a party or just a casual get-together.

Mini Food tasty fun

 

All you need is a packet of disposable shot glasses and any food that is cooked or will set in the fridge as you can’t put these plastic ‘glasses’ in the oven. The two above were super quick to make and disappeared in a flash. Best of all they can be done in advance so you don’t have to spend all your time in the kitchen.

MINI PRAWN COCKTAILS

Simply layer finely shredded lettuce, cooked prawns that have been chopped into small pieces, Masterfoods Seafood Cocktail sauce and a mini lemon wedge.

MINI THAI BEEF SALADS

Layer shredded carrot, finely diced cucumber, small slivers of beef and a few pieces of red onion.

(To make the beef, fry or BBQ a 500gm piece of rump steak and allow to rest wrapped in foil for 10 minutes. Mix together in a glass bowl 1/2 cup lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon of fish sauce, 1 red chilli finely diced and one spring onion chopped. Slice the meat into slivers and then place in the marinade. Making this the day before required allows the flavours to develop a lot more.)

Here is a few other ideas that I have done in the past:-

Tomato bruschetta with tiny toast fingers, diced chicken with mayo and sundried tomatoes, mini ‘buckets’ of hot chips, mini fried rice cups, potato salad with crispy bacon bits. Any food that can be cooked in advance and served cold or gently warmed will work.

Filling them full of sweet things for dessert is fun too. Chocolate mousse, Tiramisu, Eatons Mess, cheese cake, fruit salad, jelly and custard all work really well. Jelly shots with a splash of Vodka are always popular.

I usually buy a packet of cocktail forks from the supermarket to serve with mini food just to make it a little easier to eat without having to tip the food into your mouth. Small spoons work better for desserts and I get these from my local cheap shop.

The best part is cleaning up, you just through it all in the bin when you are finished. But if you want to be more environmentally friendly I also have a big stash of mini latte glasses that I have used when I want the event to have a bit more formality and I just pop them in the dishwasher at the end of the night.

What is your favourite party food that you could serve in mini form?

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The One Minute Mojito

It might be the first day of Autumn, but you sure wouldn’t know it if you are outside today here in Brisbane. It is so hot and steamy that my new favourite drink will probably make an appearance today. The One Minute Mojito was an accidental discovery I made on an equally hot day a month or so ago.

 

a quick and easy mojito

 

Scrolling through Facebook as you do on a hot Saturday night at home, someone posted an image of this cool and refreshing looking drink and I wanted one immediately. Having rediscovered my love for Mojito’s at Christmas time, I decided to see if I had the ingredients needed to make such yumminess.

This version is not 100% correct to the true recipe, but it is a quick and easy alternative that tastes great and has far less sugar than the original version and I am all about less sugar at the moment…but that’s another story for another post.

Follow these simple steps and you will be sipping in no time.

  1. Get a large glass or mason jar and place two slices of lime in the bottom and muddle it with a spoon to help release some of the juice.
  2. Add a shot or two of Bacardi.
  3. Fill the glass 3/4 full with ice and add 4 torn mint leaves.
  4. Top up the glass with Schweppes Lime Infused Soda Water. (Not sponsored, its just the best stuff)
  5. Add a straw and you are ready to drink……enjoy!

Now my next job on the to-do list is to buy a mint plant and have it growing in a pot so I always have some fresh leaves at hand.

What is your favourite go-to drink for a really hot day?

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Favourite Finds This Summer

Summer has sure thrown some hot days at us over the past few weeks and the last couple of rainy days have brought great relief. I love summer but as I can’t spend every day at the beach unfortunately, so I am always looking for ways to make coping with the heat a little easier. Here are some of my favourite finds that have helped me survive the heat wave.

DRY FINISH SUNSCREEN

At the beginning of summer Miss WW spent a couple of weekends away at the beach and scored herself some pretty bad sunburn. I keep reminding her to apply ALL the sunscreen ALL the time to protect her beautiful skin, it easy to get caught up in all the fun and forgetting to reapply regularly has not been happening. I tried to get her to use good old zinke stick especially on her nose, but most sunscreens tend to make her break out and she hates that.

dry finish sunscreen helps avoid breakout

After checking out all the sunscreens on the shelf these two have proved to be real winners in our house. Dry touch sunscreen is the bomb! That heavy and sticky feeling that is often experienced with normal sunscreen is no more. Both of these only take a couple of minutes to ‘set’ and you don’t even feel as though you have sunscreen on. Miss WW is happy to reapply regularly and neither of them caused her to breakout. That’s a major win in my books as life in Queensland without sunscreen is just not on.

COOL COTTON FOR HOT DAYS

Wearing long sleeves in summer for sun protection is a great idea, but ahhhh no, its too hot for that! I was invited to a picnic in the park on the banks of the Brisbane river and rain was forecast for that evening and I thought it might get a bit cool once the clouds rolled in.

Cool cotton for hot summer days

This super light, 100% cotton long sleeved top from the Portobello range by Vivid International (gifted) turned out to be a perfect choice and was so cool to wear in the hot afternoon. The best thing about this top is it comes all rolled up and when you wash it you roll it up again and its crinkled look does not require ironing.

Just love the colours in this one!

KEEPING DRINKS SUPER COOL

Hot weather requires cold drinks and tiny little ice blocks that melt in a flash don’t help the cause.

Giant ice blocks are the answer and this awesome ice cube tray was one of my fav finds from Kmart and cost a whole $1.50 each. Buy a few and store them in a large plastic container so you always have plenty on hand.

keep cool with giant ice cubes

Freezing coffee in these and adding one to a glass of milk makes a very yummy iced coffee too!

RELAX WITH A GOOD READ

Just before Christmas my mum went to a charity market and bought three books for $1.00. She liked the look of the covers and thought they would be a good romance novel read. Had she read the back and saw the words such as warlocks and vampires she would have put them back in a flash. I am so grateful she didn’t.

The Infernal devices a great summer read

So not have I only devoured the three part The Infernal Devices book series, I am on the 6th and final installment of The Mortal Instruments. Miss WW has been a big fan of these for a few years and I showed zero interest in reading them. They are thrilling reads will lots of plot twists and I won’t mention that they are listed as ‘Young Adult’ reading….because I am way past that stage of life and just love reading them. This is one of new habits that I have been working on to go with my word of the year ‘Joy’.

The only other thing I need to find is a mascara that will not give me panda eyes when the heat is on. I have tried so many and not one of them has done what it promised! Any suggestions?

Have you found any great things this summer to help you keep cool?….and moving to the Southern States is not an option as I hate winter, even our pretty mild Brisbane version.

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Hello 2018!

Hello 2018, I am very glad to see you.

Last year was full of challenges and exhaustion from over work and under relaxing, so this year things must change and I have to make myself a priority.

For the last few years I have chosen a #wordoftheyear and it all seemed like a good idea at the time, but I honestly did not live by my choice of word or achieve all the goals I had set.

So this year I will be doing things a little differently. There will be no goal setting, or making promises that might not be kept, instead there is a word and a question to ask myself every time a decision needs to made.

planner page makerMy word for 2018 is JOY!

I made myself this little page maker for my planner so that every single day I see a reminder that I get to choose to do things that bring me joy or things that wear me down.

Pushing myself to the brink has got to stop. Feeling guilty about taking downtime has got to stop. Stressing about the future has got to stop. Not expressing my true feelings has got to stop.

Less pain more fun is the plan!

I have big list of all the things that I love, and whilst I will not be throwing all responsibility to the wall, I am starting small by taking 15 minutes a day to just do whatever I like and will build on this as I adjust to being a little selfish. Small steps are better than no steps at all.

It is time to start filling the cup before it runs completely dry.

Wishing you all a wonderful 2018 and make sure you fill your cup, often!

Do you pick a #wordoftheyear and if so what is it?

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10 Things To Do Now To Make Christmas Easier!

10 things to do now to make christmas easier

As soon as the Christmas magazines hit the stores, I know it is time to get myself organised. In years past, I would have already done all my shopping and would coast into the festive season with ease, BUT life has been chaotic and I am behind this year, but starting now I am getting on it.

I love Christmas, cause I love sparkly things and I get to play with them for a whole month and nobody thinks I am nuts. With a little bit of planning and action, get these jobs done in November and you will have more to time to enjoy the season rather than running around trying to get everything done.

christmas planning 2017

One – Make ALL the lists!

    If you don’t already have some to-do lists done, sit down today with a notebook and start making them. The easiest way to not forget any of the important things you need to remember, keep this list handy so you can keep adding to it as you remember things.
    Include lists for gifts, food, shopping, decorations, events, travel arrangements and cleaning. Carry a red pen with your notebook to tick of things when they have been completed, as that is such a satisfying things to do.

Two – Stocktake the PANTRY

    Don’t do what I did one year and try to start a Christmas bake-a-thon without caster sugar! Take a good look at each shelf on the pantry and make a list of everything that is running low, or you know you will need extra of and buy them now when you next grocery shop. Or put in an online order and have it all delivered. If you have a little spare space in a cupboard don’t even unpack it, just put it away until you actually need to start using it.

Three – Wrapping supplies!

    I always stock up on gift wrap and cards at the Boxing Day sales. If your stash is looking a bit bare, buy all that now. Why not add it to your online order and have it delivered at the same time. Make sure you include paper, gift bags, cards, tags, sticky tape and ribbon if you like to use it. Setting up a gift wrap station in a spare room makes things easy for quick access, but if you don’t have room, keep all the supplies in washing basket or cardboard box so that it is quick to grab and you don’t have to waste precious time collecting what you need when its time to wrap.

Four – Eat from the freezer!

    For the next two weeks make an effort to use up all the things you have stashed away in the freezer. Having space in your freezer is a must at Christmas time, so eat up things that are lurking in there so you can make space. When frozen nibbles, berries and other goodies go on sale you will be able to grab them knowing you have room for them. Its a great way to build a stash and save some dollars.

Five – Stock up on gift cards on sale!

    Keep your eye on your junk mail in the lead up to Christmas. Supermarkets will often offer discounts on gift cards in the lead up to the big day. Instead of spending hours looking for the perfect gift for those hard to buy for, a gift card can save your sanity and if you feel that gift cards a little impersonal you can always add a little gift as an extra.

Six – Pick a Theme!

    Whether it is a colour or symbol theme, picking one now can help you create a cohesive look for Christmas that will have others thinking you are totally awesome. Traditional, pastel or metallic are these easiest colours schemes to work with and using a tree, bell or star as your centering object if you want to pick one can make your shopping trips quicker. When you choose a new decoration or ten, candles, serviettes or any other festive items, if you stick to one style you can grab what you need without having to decide which ones you prefer. The end result is a home and table that all fits together beautifully.

Seven – What needs a wash?

    Christmas tablecloths can get a little musty from being hidden away in the linen cupboard for a whole year. Pull yours out now and check if they are clean and ready to use. If not, wash and iron them now, so they are ready to go. If you are having guests coming to stay with you, make sure sheets and towels are ready for the onslaught.

Eight – Find it fast!

    Every year I go through a pile of recipe books and magazines trying to decide what to make. When it came time to make a final list and grocery list sometimes I could not remember which book or magazine it was in. Now I make a list with the recipe, book or magazine it is in and the page number so that I can find it in a flash. Recipes from past magazines are now stored in a lever arch file in plastic sleeves and the ones I want to use are placed on the top so I have instant access.

Nine – Count the cutlery, and the plates, and the glasses!

    Miss WW is chief executive dish washer in this house and at her last birthday party afternoon tea, I discovered I had a whole TWO teaspoons to my name. Yep, 4 cutlery sets including my good one no longer included teaspoons. No idea where they have gone, but probably they ran away with all the single socks. Needless to say, more have now been purchased and if you are entertaining at your home, make sure you have enough of all the basic supplies required to eat a meal comfortably. If not add them to the shopping list asap!

Ten – Pencil in some ME time!

    Save your sanity and pencil in some time just for you. Book in to have your hair done, nails painted, a massage or anything that will give your some time to yourself. Hairdressers and beauticians will be busy as everyone wants to look their best so if you have a favourite book them now so that you don’t miss out. Your happiness will flow on to all those around you so make yourself a priority this year.

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Make this the year to coast through Christmas with ease and grace and leave the stressing last minutes rushing around to everyone else. Start today and spend 15 minutes getting those list done and the rest will flow.

How sorted are you for Christmas?

What is your favourite tip for getting it all done?

How To Decorate Your Planner With Scrapbooking Supplies

Planner decoration with scrapbooking supplies

 

Decorating your planner has become so much more than sticking down a few stickers and writing in your to-do’s!

As I have always loved to play with pretty things, decorative planning was an accidental find a couple of years ago that has got me in hook, line and sinker.

Thanks to social media, there is always something new to buy but not everyone’s budget allows for this. Planner kits such as The Planner Society send you a new parcel of goodies each month so that you can make your planner look super pretty. Whilst I absolutely adore their kits, its not cheap having them delivered to Australia and you get sent so much that I just don’t have the time each month to actually use it all. With some pretty fast typing I have collected quite a large collection of their products thanks to Facebook destash pages and I don’t have to suffer from FOMO!

Another very cost effective way to create pretty things for your planner is to invest a small amount in some scrapbooking supplies. Even though I was a stall holder at the recent Brisbane Planners Market, this time around I made sure I got some shopping in so that I could enjoy the same thrill as all the customers. At the last two markets I had all intentions of buying things but it didn’t happen or things were sold out before I had a chance to grab them.

Blush crush

 

One of the first things I bought was this 6 X 6 inch paper pad with the matching ephemera pack from Washi Gang as the blush crush is very real in this house. Unfortunately foiling does not photograph well but all of these products that include foiling are done in a beautiful rose gold.

rose gold planner accessories

 

As the 6 x 6 paper pad is just a bit too small to create a complete personal size planner dashboard, I simply used the one that came in my Kmart planner and cut a rectangle to cover most of it and added some ephemera pieces and a doily.

decorated planner pockets

I cut out a piece of cardstock to use as a backing sheet and then added some ephemera and clips etc to fill the pockets. A thin strip of laminated card stock is perfect to add some washi for future use.

 

diy planner page marker

 

And of course I had to make a page marker because that addiction is real and are using it to hold some of the beautiful rose gold foiled stickers I recently purchased.

The Americans can duck down to Target and buy these awesome clear pockets complete with adhesive that you simply stick on to your back sheet. BUT of course we can’t buy them here. I did grab a pack of pockets from Officeworks, but only two are a good size and the others are too big so will require surgery to make them useable.

Whilst perusing the aisles of a local cheap shop I found these things….

an easy way to make page markers for australians

The ‘pockets’ are actually crystal clear business card tags. One pack are cut for vertical use and the other horizontal.

All I did was trim off the top portion to leave a nice clean pocket and used these heavy duty double sided tape pieces to adhere it to the back piece of cardstock that I ran through the laminator for strength. $6.50 spent and I can make lots of pockets for very little cost. The vertical ones are ideal for personal size and the horizontal will be ideal for A5 plus.

Hope this gives you a little inspiration to give your planner a face lift without spending a fortune.

Have you used scrapbooking supplies in your planner?

Are you team rose gold?

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think or if you want some help in making any of the above.

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Chocolate Grazing Plate, A Great Alternative To Cake!

A few weeks ago my ‘baby’ turned 18! How the hell did that happen, it did not seem that long ago that she had her first day of school….

Both of my girls have always had a birthday party every year….yep, I am one of those mums that loves organising parties, coming up with themes and baking up a storm.

As we were planning her 18th party, she informs me she does not want a cake….WHAT!

Who has a major life event party without a cake? Miss WW does. Ok, time to come up with plan B.

At birthdays we eat cake

We did have a caramel and pecan mud cake at her family and friends lunch, but I hatched a different plan for her party.

Admittedly I did notice at last years party that the awesome cake I made did go virtually untouched so I did not argue about not having one this time.

Miss WW loves chocolate and adores brownies, so I combined the two and popped it all on a large white platter and that was a huge hit and was literally inhaled by everyone.

 

we love chocolate

 

I did not have time to experiment with brownie recipes so I played it safe and went with my one pot brownie that is just lush and you can get the details here.

Then I added the following goodies:-

A packet of Cadbury Milk Chocolate Finger biscuits

A packet of mini Kit Kats with the wrappers removed

A packet of mini Twix bars with the wrappers removed

A block of Nestle Cookies and Cream chocolate cut into pieces.

But you can use whatever chocolates are your favourites. Nestle was on special that week so they won out.

Sparklers also won out as I did not want to try and stick 18 candles into all the brownie pieces.

The brownie can be made the day before and with virtually not preparation required so it is an easy dessert for any party.

Have you gotten into the grazing plate style of food service that is so popular right now?

 

Smashing Salmon Bites

Huon Salmon Bites

I have never met a piece of smoked salmon that I did not like, and these smashing salmon bites take that love to a whole new level!

Whether you want to impress your guests or simply make a healthy lunch you can’t beat the delicate flavour of this fresh salmon that does not have quite the same intensity in flavour as traditional smoked salmon.

This style of salmon is also available with additional flavours such as sweet chilli and are well worth trying.

My brother had a Huon Salmon hamper delivered to mum and dads house for Christmas and then again at Easter and we created these yummy bites and they disappeared so fast. Thankfully you can buy the salmon in the supermarket and this is now one of my favourite lunches.

They are super quick to make and you only need 4 ingredients!

1 packet of Huon Smoked Salmon

6 slices of a good pumpernickel or heavy grain bread, thinly sliced

Good quality mayonnaise (only Thomy brand is allowed in this house)

Fresh dill sprigs.

To make these lush morsels, simply spread some mayonnaise on to the break slices, break up the salmon with a fork and spread over the slices. Top with small sprigs of fresh dill and serve.

These bites can easily be made in advance and kept covered in the fridge. Fortunately using a nice heavy bread, ensure that they  do not go soggy if left in the fridge for a while.

The salmon addiction is real, do you love it too?

FYI – This is not a sponsored post, these products are just too good not to share, and if you need smoked salmon fix, their Kaffir Lime Leaf and Gin flavoured one, is to die for!

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Why Don’t ‘Wee’ Put Ourselves First?

(This post is in collaboration with The Continence Foundation)

Ladies, we need to talk!

There is a ‘wee’ matter that needs to be discussed right now, and there is a very good chance that you are one of the 4.8 million Australians that suffer every single day with incontinence. If you are one of the lucky ones that do not have an issue with bladder leakage it is more than likely that someone near and dear to you does.

Is that information you share with others, or do you keep it to yourself?

Have you made a joke of your condition to hide your embarrassment?

It’s no laughing matter, but an actual medical condition that you do not have to put up with for the rest of your life. There are plenty of women who have all but given up on exercise and even hesitate to accept social invitations due to bladder leakage concerns.

I was quite lucky that both of my two daughters decided to escape the oven and join the world 5 weeks prematurely so they were not very big and no damage was done. The only time I noticed that I did not have full control over my bladder was if I coughed or sneezed first thing in the morning. So many years ago I started doing pelvic floor exercises, not quite as regularly as I should, but never the less, I am fortunate that now in my early 50’s I have no issues with bladder leakage.

The same can’t be said for my little run in with a fibroid the size of a tennis ball that caused an enormous amount of grief including almost going in to renal failure from excessive blood loss. All because I would not book myself in for a hysterectomy as I was worried about how the girls would get to school, who would cook dinner and clean the house. Such trivial excuses for putting off an operation that I really needed. My stupidity could have had dire consequences, but thankfully did not and surprise, surprise the girls got to school everyday, we ate dinner every night and even the sheets got changed thanks to friends and family that were happy to help out.

Whilst bladder leakage is not life threatening, 72% of women will not seek help to overcome this issue as they are always putting others before themselves. We are so good at making sure everyone around is well cared for, but why is it that our needs get put on the backburner?

Around 85% of women who live with incontinence everyday believe that it is simply the price we pay for getting older or for having children. You simply have to walk into the supermarket today and see that an ever expanding range of products is now available to help with catching the flow and reducing the risk of odour release. Every female spends a large amount of money on sanitary products every year and then add a selection of incontinence pads to the mix and we are doing a really good job of boosting the profit margins of the producers of these items.

How to get help with incontinence

The really good news is that there are treatments for bladder leakage that are very successful and don’t require surgery. With a few easy to manage life style changes and pelvic floor exercises done very regularly, so many women could throw those incontinence pads into the bin for good. You can start doing your exercises today and if you don’t know how, here is a handy guide to help you.

Today marks the start of World Continence Week, why not make this the week you start taking care of yourself for a change. There are plenty of ways to start the ball rolling. Make a call to the National Continence Hotline on 1800 330066, visit the Continence Foundation Of Australia website or make an appointment with your GP.

Please make this week that you take action and get this ‘wee’ issue under control!

Be honest, do you have a ‘wee’ problem?

My Favourite Planner Supplies From Aliexpress

I am always on the lookout for a bargain, especially for my planner. It is so easy to fall down the rabbit hole of wanting all the pretty things and I have found so many great buys on Aliexpress that you might like too!

Well over a year ago, I saw a post on one of the American Facebook planner groups about this gorgeous pen that was purchased on Aliexpress, so needless to say I hoped on over to that sight in a flash. I ummmmed and ahhhhhhed for quite a while before I made a purchase, because they do not take Paypal and I was so hesitant to hand over my card details. I do have a card that I keep very little balance on to use in situations where I am worried about security, so I bit the bullet and ordered that pen.

It arrived safely and so did many other things and I have had no attempts of fraud made against that card, so a bargain hunting I go.

Bargain planner supplies from Aliexpress

I have an addiction to rose gold and must have #alltherosegoldthings.

The large gem pen cost me $1.80, the crystal filled one in the centre cost $3.53 and the clip was 99c.

That $3.53 pen is the most expensive purchase I have made from Aliexpress so far.

This is just a few of my favourite washi tapes that I have bought and I have a rule not to spend more than $2.00 on a roll.

Most of these were just over $1.00 each.

Skinny washi is a must have for me as I like to cover the coloured section dividers in my Happy Planner.

Most of these were bought in small sets and I have yet to finish a single roll.

A little while ago I decided I wanted to up my gel nail game and ordered some pretty things and this micro foil tape comes in so many colours and can be used to add pretty highlights to your planner. For $1.00 per 10 rolls, that’s a bargain!

Before you rush off to see what you can find, here are some handy hints to help you get the best value for money –

  1. When you start searching for products, add things that you like to your cart, but keep scrolling through before you purchase as you will often find the same item listed at a variety of prices. You can then delete the more expensive ones and pay for the cheapest.
  2. I only buy if it includes free shipping as some sellers offer a cheap price and then try to make up for it with high shipping costs.
  3. You need patience when you shop this way, as most things take between 3-5 weeks to appear in your mail box. Some have come quicker but don’t buy if you need things in a hurry. That being said, it’s fun when little parcels arrive and you can’t remember what you bought and you try to guess.
  4. Keep a list of all that you buy and if an item does not arrive you are able to dispute it and have it resent. Fortunately I have never had that happen yet.
  5. Just like Ebay, you can leave feedback which is a nice thing to do if you are happy with your purchase, reading other peoples feedback is a great way to check that you will be happy with your purchase. I have looked at handbags on Aliexpress but some of the feedback turned me off making purchases.

Have fun shopping!

What planner supplies other than stickers do you buy online?

Easy Ways To Add Colour To Your Winter Wardrobe!

As soon as the weather turns cold, out come the jackets, jumpers and all the boring black, brown and greys!

That is one of the reasons I love summer, apart from detesting layer upon layer of clothes, I adore colour and the traditional winter hues I find depressing and bleak.

I go out of my way to find pretty ways to add colour to my wardrobe as it definitely makes me feel happier and more confident, and with serotonin production (happy hormone) decreasing during the winter months due to lack of exposure to sunlight, it is so important to find ways to brighten our days.

Here are some beautiful ways to add some colour to your day!

A SILK SKARF

Wearing a silk scarf around your neck is just the most beautiful feeling. Instead of the traditional wooly variety that can be a little prickly, try the luxurious texture of silk and you will be won over.

I found this Australian company Seahorse Silks by accident a few weeks ago, and they have some stunning designs, many of which have an Australian theme like Noosa, Margaret River and Avalon just to name a few. The colours are incredible and they are nice and long, so can be wrapped around your neck a couple of times if its really cold.

WRAP IT

These clever little numbers are perfect for our winter in Brisbane, but would work brilliantly as an extra layer under a jacket in the colder zones!

When I received this red wrap from Vivid International (gifted) I knew it would become a firm favourite. It is so soft and is perfect for keeping the chill off my neck which is where I feel the cold first as I always wear my hair up. This burst of red is just what I need on a cool morning. You can find your local Australian stockist here.

BLING IT UP

Adding some pretty jewels in warm colours is an easy way to brighten up your outfit. A few years ago mum and I walked into a gift shop in Noosaville and fell in love with Mariana Jewellery instantly. The displays are so vibrant it is almost impossible to pick a piece.

This beautiful bling is worthy of your investment, as my first pair of earrings that I got still look perfect after a few years of wear. I know you can pop into Lovisa and pick up sparkly things for a few dollars, but for me I only get to wear them a couple of times and the metallic finish wears off and the gems fall out. Find your closest stockist or buy online here.

BYE-BYE BLACK BAG

No one will argue that using a black handbag is practical as it goes with everything and you don’t have to change bags all the time. There are three BIG drawers full of handbags in my bedroom as the addiction is very real so I have plenty to pick from.

I get emails from Strand Bags regularly and as I am a Guess fan, I often open them to see if they have any good deals. This tote is a beautiful warm colour and would not clash with a winter wardrobe and could be a great alternative to black.

Stay warm this winter and invite some pretty colours into your wardrobe, it will make you feel much more cheerful.

Do you have a favourite colour as your go to in winter?

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