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Monthly Archive: September 2014

Tuesday

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September 2014

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STILETTOS, SANDALS & FLATS- OH MY!

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Ok, so I have a major shoe obsession- what girl doesn’t! Here is my Summer 2014 wishlist – yes “wish” being the operative word!

Tuesday

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September 2014

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LITTLE INTERIORS- PART 3- TWEEN ROOM DESIGNS

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Tween rooms may be the hardest to decorate, as growing children have changing tastes and they are very much in a “no-longer-a-kid-but-not-yet-a-teenager” stage of their life.

Today in Part 3- Tween Room Designs- Svjetlana Miskovic, creative director from Little Interiors shares her amazing and helpful tips on finding a fabulous design- to ensure your tween is happy with their new space.

Boys Room:
The theme behind this room is modern, simple and industrial. The client’s previous room had the same colour scheme, so some items were reused by Svjetlana. When it came to new decor, she introduced some industrial looking pieces such as the bed by Domayne, chest of drawers from IKEA and an acapulco chair. Finishing touches included an enlarged street map, wire baskets and the ever- so- popular stag head.

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Girls Room:
The theme behind this room was to create something that was simple- yet not too girly. Svjetlana decided to go with non-traditional colours to create this space. The gold toned bed was the main piece and the rest of the decor was chosen around that. The end product is a room that can be used during teenage years, with the addition of a few new decorations.

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Svjetlana’s tips for creating a cool tween room:

1. “Same as any other room, keep the foundation simple- white and bright walls, plain and easy to clean floors.”
2. “Always opt for a good, simple styled bed.”
3. “Go crazy and big with art, posters and any wall pieces.”
4. “Use as much storage as you can, so it’s easy to keep clean.”
5. “Let your tween help, after all it’s their room.”

Little Interiors fave stores for tweens:

1. “For gorgeous bed linen go to Feliz- www.felizhome.com.au”.

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2. “For some funky mono prints have a look for One Tiny Tribe on Instagram @onetinytribe”.

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3. “For bits and pieces that complete any room and make it a personal space- you can find some gorgeous stuff at Typo- www.cottonon.com.au”.

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4. “For some personalised cushions go to Miles and Tate- www.milesandtate.bigcartel.com”.

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5. “For some artistic style, changeable shadow frames can make a world of difference to a wall- and it doubles up as display for little bits and pieces.  You can have some custom made at Quirky Boxes. Find them on Instagram @quirkyboxes”.

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Next week will be the final feature of our 4-Part Series with Little Interiors- we can’t wait to share Svjetlana’s tips for toy rooms.

For more great inspiration and tips, make sure you follow Little Interiors on Instagram @little_interiors and on Facebook @Little Interiors.

W: www.littleinteriors.com.au
E: little.interiors@live.com
P: 0479 195 576

Monday

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September 2014

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STYLISH BABY BAGS

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As soon as most pregnant ladies begin shopping for mummyhood essentials- the hunt for a fabulous bag is on.

When it comes to baby bags- there are so many ranges and choices- it may become overwhelming- especially for a first time mum who has so many items on her pregnancy to do- list.

Before you head to a store- check out Mummy’s Life & Style’s top 6 picks- ranging from budget to designer- that are currently on the market.

JJ Cole Caprice Baby Bag

Searching for a chic baby bag? We’ve found one for you. The JJ Cole Caprice offers designer looks- without the matching price tag. It comes crafted with three carrying options, spacious interior, lots of compartments and also features insulated side bottle pockets and adjustable shoulder straps. The ten pockets inside and out are ever-so handy and overall we think this gorgeous bag is lovely to tote around.

RRP: $99.95 Stockists: Baby Bunting and Toys ‘R’ Us W: www.jjcolecollections.com

 

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Marie Chantal Nest Bag

The new Nest bag by Marie Chantal is roomy without being bulky and we are a fan of the lovely natural tones that will definitely match any outfit. It comes in a leather and canvas version and it’s designed to store all the essentials a new mother needs.

RRP: $895 Stockists: Marie Chantal W: www.mariechantal.com

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Mimco Lucid Baby Bag 

Featuring the signature Mimco turn-lock hardware in rose gold colouring, this popular baby bag is now available in a vibrant red tone. Constructed from durable nylon, it has both top handles and a comfortable shoulder strap. Twin front pockets make for easy access storage and it also comes in shades of black, nude and ink blue.

RRP: $249 Stockists: Mimco stores W: www.m.mimco.com.au

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Target Ryco Chevron Tote Nursery Bag 

Great value makes this a standout and it’s available at a quarter of the price of many other baby bags on the market. If you don’t want to spend a lot, definitely check this one out- as it features a modern design with large carry handles, huge main compartment and an insulated bottle holder. This bag is ideal for quick trips to the shops, keeping bottles and food warm or cool and storing all essentials for your baby’s days out.

 RRP: $50 Stockists: Target stores W: www.target.com.au

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Pink Lining In The Mews Not So Plain Jane 

This adorable bag is available in a range of perky prints and not only does it look good, it also has substance. This fun baby bag features two large elasticated pockets for nappies, detachable and adjustable shoulder straps, two thermo insulated bottle holders, water resistant lining, plus a change mat and zip wet bag.

RRP: $128 Stockists: www.thestorknest.com.au W: www.pinklining.com

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Prada Nylon Baby Bag

This classic Prada baby bag is one of the priciest on the market and favoured amongst celebrities- including Jessica Alba and Kourtey Kardashian. And if you are wondering what you get for your money, this tote comes with a changing pad, bottle cover and has an adjustable shoulder strap so the bag can be worn over your shoulder or tote style. There are also lots of pockets and we think the fact that it’s a Prada bag is the biggest drawing card.

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RRP: $1558 Stockists: Prada stores W: www.prada.com

Saturday

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September 2014

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GREEK CUSTARD PIE WITH SYRUP

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This custard pie with syrup (galatopita) is one of my favourite Greek desserts to make when having a get-together or to take to a friend’s place. It’s similar to galaktoboureko- but so much easier as there is no filo pastry- but I can guarantee you it tastes just as good.

This is a recipe I found on the internet about a year ago, however I made some variations and this is my version.

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Ingredients:

- 60 grams unsalted butter (and extra to grease dish)
- 4 cups milk
- 1 cup semolina
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- strawberries to decorate

For the syrup:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 lemon juiced

Method:

- Preheat oven to 180 degrees and lightly grease a 9 x 12 inch baking dish.
- In a large saucepan heat the milk with butter until it boils, stir frequently.
- Add sugar, beaten eggs, semolina and lemon juice and whisk continuously until the mixture thickens a bit- about 10 minutes.
- Pour the mixture into greased baking dish and bake for 40 minutes.
- While custard is baking, boil water and sugar and lemon juice in small pot, simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes- syrup should slightly thicken.
- Take custard out of oven and pour syrup over the custard and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
- Allow custard to cool and place fresh strawberries on top.

Thursday

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September 2014

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BEBI & BEBA- HIP NEW ONLINE KIDS BOUTIQUE

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Most mums I know (including me) absolutely adore online shopping- as there are just some days when it really feels like too much of an effort to get to a store.

And I just love finding out about new online boutiques, that stock gorgeous kids clothes and accessories.

Today we introduce Bebi & Beba (www.bebiandbeba.com)- a new Melbourne based online children’s boutique- featuring funky, fashionable and practical baby and kids items- all hand picked by 3 cousins- Meni, Catherine and Stephanie.

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ML&S: Can you please tell us the concept behind Bebi & Beba?

Bebi & Beba: “Our concept is a simple one- we wanted to create a boutique that was easy to use, with a warm and friendly service. Even though we are an online store, we want it to be a personal and happy experience for our customers. Bebi & Beba is full of hand picked gorgeous product from Australia and around the world. The three of us have a huge amount of retail and business experience between us- and being avid shoppers ourselves – we knew exactly the sort of look, feel and experience we wanted for our shop.”

ML&S: How long have you had your online store for?

Bebi & Beba: “We have been open for trade for just under 5 weeks- however we had been planning and sourcing for a year prior to our launch.”

ML&S: Who is your main target market?

Bebi & Beba: “We are targeting time poor mummies, daddies, aunties, uncles, Godparents, friends – basically anyone who is looking for a fuss free shopping experience and especially those who want to find cool threads and accessories for the little people in their lives.”

ML&S: How would you describe the style of clothing for babies/kids available from Bebi & Beba?

Bebi & Beba: “Fun, edgy and functional.”

ML&S: What do you look for when choosing items for your online store?

Bebi & Beba: “We look for product that is directional, on trend and comfortable. It has to be something that we would dress our own children in- or happily give to our nieces/nephews and friends children- to wear or play with. Fabric, finish and quality are important. We like to source brands that are eco-friendly and who put kids and the environment first.”

ML&S: What is Bebi & Beba’s point of difference?

Bebi & Beba: “Going forward we would like to have brands that are exclusive to Bebi & Beba- we are currently the only Australian stockist to carry Woodstock- a gorgeous accessory label handmade in London. And as we expand our collection over the next few seasons, we will be looking at more exclusive brands that will only be available to Bebi & Beba customers. We have other concepts that we are working towards and more than anything, we pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and a user-friendly shopping experience.”

ML&S: Are there any new exciting brands coming soon on your site?

Bebi & Beba: “We have new brands coming in over the next few months- especially in the lead up to Christmas. This includes clothing and gift items that we are very excited about. It’s important for us to keep the shop looking fresh and exciting- so newness every few months is a must.”

W: www.bebiandbeba.com