You could say that my home decor tastes mirror my wardrobe – minimal designs in a neutral colour palette – but there’s something kind of calming about this earthy sage green kitchen, in this charming Snickarbacken apartment. It’s that harmonious mix of ‘old meets new’; the original dark stained wooden floorboards, contrasted with the newly refurbished kitchen and natural wood island. Key features that I adore are the panelled cupboards above the work space, the bright gold fittings, and the grey marbled bench top and splash back.
One stunning image can be all it takes to convince me of adding a new destination or hotel to my travel bucket list, but never has that been more true than with The Bower in Byron Bay. Curiosity always gets the better of me, and after learning of the suites from a dear friend who is headed to Byron to stay there in a couple of weeks (who I might add has impeccable taste), I found myself taking a quick peek at The Bower on google, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The beachside accommodation combines an elegant simplicity with the perfect mix of contemporary and vintage decor, striking a careful balance between the two.
It’s the kind of aesthetic that I find myself more and more drawn to, an earthier, rustic feel which has a sense of calm about it – the kind of accomodation where you’d feel like you could really unwind – which can perhaps also attributed to the laid back nature of Byron Bay itself. I don’t think I’d find myself ever wanting to leave. Safe to say I’m taking notes for our next move, as I find myself craving that warmth which comes naturally from the eclectic mix of old and new.
The festive season is well and truly underway, and if you’re anything like me, then you’re probably stressing out about the perfect gifts to buy for your loved ones. Today, I’m teaming up with eBay Australia to share my ultimate gift guide for Christmas – from beauty, to fashion and accessories, homewares and tech. Personally, I prefer to skip the crowds and do my Christmas shopping from the comfort of my own home, so I can avoid the stress and inevitable queues that you typically run into when shopping in-store this time of year!
I’ve been shopping on eBay for years; it’s the perfect one-stop-shop that I know will have me covered no matter what I’m looking for, whether it’s a new purchase to fulfill my fashion fix, or a Christmas gift for a loved one. And with 80 of Australia’s top 100 retailers featured on eBay.com.au, it’s pretty safe to say that you’re going to be spoilt for choice. So keep on reading for some of my top picks for gifts this Christmas…
FOR THE FASHION LOVER
The fashion world seems to have gone absolutely crazy for straw bags, and as we near the height of summer Down Under, I couldn’t think of a more perfect gift for the fashion lovers in your life. This half-moon shaped bamboo bag is absolutely gorgeous, and would be right at home paired with a cute linen dress for a garden party or drinks with the girls on a balmy summer evening.
FOR THE BEAUTY GURU
If you know someone who is a massive beauty lover at heart, then Christmas is the perfect time to pick them up something new to add to their vanity, given how many amazing limited edition sets are released at this time of the year, it’s also a great opportunity to #treatyourself with something special – personally I love the look of this OPI Holiday mini set!
If you’re trying to track down a gift that isn’t quite a new beauty launch or an a Christmas gift set but that would still be perfect for the beauty lover in your life, you could also look at picking them up a really gorgeous set of makeup brushes (these from Casper & Lewis are beautiful), or an upgraded mirror for their vanity. Lighting is key when it comes to applying makeup, which is why I absolutely adore this matte black mirror – it has in-built LED lighting to ensure that your make up is always on point, and also comes in a rose gold version too which is a home decor dream!
Throughout the year, I also love to keep fresh flowers picked up from our local grocery or the flower markets. For the friend who loves a little bit of colour, the dainty indigo-hued vase with gold trim above from Hard to Find makes a real statement, and it would also be a real stunner as a centrepiece on your festive season table this Christmas.
FOR THE TECH WHIZ
Finally, I wanted to talk about tech, as usually it’s around Christmas that I start to think about splurging on those bigger ticket items for my loved ones, and eBay definitely has it all. One of the game-changing gadgets that we’ve recently brought home with us is the Google Home Mini. It might look pint-sized but it really packs a punch; from playing chilled out jazz tunes in the evening, to effortlessly setting reminders and a quick check of the weather forecast for the week ahead, we’ve barely only scratched the surface on what this portable assistant is capable of. Another Google gift I received recently was the new Google Pixel 2 phone; this phone has an absolutely incredible camera, which I’d say has completely upped my photo-taking game for on the go snaps.
You may be surprised to learn that during my teens, I was a major gaming junkie, and even now I still try to squeeze in a couple of hours a week to relax and play one of my favourite video games, so it’s little wonder that the latest RPG or adventure title would always be on my Christmas wishlist when I was younger. I’ll probably be looking to add Final Fantasy XV to my shopping cart for myself, but if you’re on the lookout, the EB Games store on eBay has a pretty incredible selection (The Sims is a classic you can’t go wrong with!).
Still within the tech space, I also think that a great pair of noise-cancelling headphones are also a great gift, and if you know of any aspiring photographers, I couldn’t think of a better time than the festive season to get your loved one started with a DSLR kit – this one from Canon is perfect for beginners!
With so many options to choose from on eBay.com.au, I have a feeling that it’s going to be hard narrowing it down to just a couple of gifts per family member, especially as the site is home to approximately 60 million listings at any one time. I hope that this post has given you a few ideas on what to get your loved ones this Christmas – wishing you all the very best over the festive season! x
Thank you to eBay for partnering with me on this post! x
Unless you’re counting (and I promise, I’m trying hard not to…!), Christmas is just three weeks away, and I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking about what gifts I’ll be popping under the tree for my loved ones. So today I’ve teamed up with Etsy Australia to share some of my favourite finds which would make the perfect gift this Christmas – from thoughtful stocking stuffers to beautiful gifts that stand out on their own.
Aside from the opportunity to support local sellers and small businesses while hunting down the perfect gift, I love the fact that I can find an item that’s unique and one-of-a-kind, plus it’s the ideal marketplace to stumble across some incredible independent brands, with many items falling under the $50 mark!
I first discovered Etsy many years ago, when on the lookout for a piece of customised jewellery, and it’s still my first port of call if I want to find something that’s quirky or a little out-of-the-box. These Frida Kahlo inspired bamboo earrings are unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and I love that they’re hand-crafted. For a more modern option, I adore these beautiful gold double disc earrings, and I’ve featured some of my other favourites in the carousel below.
One of the kinds of gifts I really love giving are the ones that are a little more personalised and tailored to the person it’s for. Gifting a beautiful monogrammed leather clutch at Christmas is such a classic gift that you can be sure is bound to get a lot of wear during the festive season, particularly with New Year’s Eve on the horizon. Another gorgeous personalised option is this saffiano leather cardholder, and if you’re looking to go all out (or perhaps just #treatyourself) then Etsy is also home to some pretty amazing handbags – I personally have my eye on this caramel leather tote in particular.
Given one of my favourite things to browse on Etsy are their gorgeous hand-made or vintage homewares, it probably goes without saying that this is also one of my favourite types of gifts to give. A thoughtfully selected hand-poured candle is one of those small luxuries that you often don’t buy for yourself; a 100 gram candle is a really great choice for a stocking stuffer, and this Nectarine & Mint candle from Maison Blanche not only looks beautiful, but smells absolutely sensational – just like summer.
Finally to wrap things up, a beautiful marble notebook and some ink pens, or a planner for the year ahead are a lovely gift to snap up for the stationery lovers in your life – or for those who like to start the year two steps ahead of the pulse. On my own shopping list is this peachy-hued 2018 planner from MiGoals – not only will the colour pop inside my handbag, but I love the layout of their diaries, which not only helps you keep your schedule on track but encourages you to reflect on your goals and achievements every season, which is great motivation to keep you going throughout the year!
Being my favourite room in the house, today I thought I’d share a little bit of bedroom inspiration with you all. If you couldn’t tell from the pictures above (or from my very full Pinterest board), there’s a few common threads. Linen sheets; oatmeal, grey and blush pink hues; big fluffy pillows; oversized blankets you can snuggle under in the winter; and unobtrusive prints which keep the space feeling calm. Our own bedroom isn’t quite so Pinterest-worthy, but I’ve certainly taken quite a few of these elements and incorporated them over the years. Sitting above our dresser is a calming print of the ocean – it’s not anything special, but I do love waking up to it each morning. I’ve purchased a couple sets of linen sheets; truthfully they’re not the ideal situation for us given we have a long haired cat who sheds e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e, but I love the broken in feel of linen that you don’t quite get with a cotton sheet set. Finally, though it’s summer here, we have a couple of enormous mohair/wool throws for our bed during the colder months – I absolutely freeze in winter, so I rely on these when it gets cold! What type of accents do you like in your bedroom? x