Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lovely Locks - A collection of hairstyle tutorials


Sometimes I get so bored of my same old trio of hairstyles - bun, ponytail, hair down, repeat...thank goodness for a little pinspiration! Here's a collection of some great hairstyle tutorials found on Pinterest that I've traced back to their awesome origins so that you can create and explore!  You can follow my Pinterest "hair" board for more.


Emma xxx



The Beauty Department


This is why I love Pinterest - find an image you love, trace it back to its source and discover an amazing blog. The Beauty Department not only has awesome hair tutorials like the one above, but also great easy-to-follow make-up tutorials. You can follow them on Pinterest here for a direct dose of goodies.








Vecko Revyn


Now this tutorial is sourced from the blog of the Swedish magazine, Vecko Revyn, that bought out its first issue back in 1935! The blog is written entirely in Swedish, but luckily there are some great picture tutorials like the one featured above, so if your Swedish is not up to scratch, it shouldn't really matter, you'll still have pretty hair.






A Beautiful Mess


This has been one of my fave blogs for DIY inspiration for a long time. Not only do these gals know how to put the power tools and paintbrushes to use, they are also pretty good at being pretty and sharing their how-do's for up-do's with their readers. This one is the double waterfall twist





Yet Another Beauty Site


As the name suggests, Yet Another Beauty Site has loads of hair and beauty tips, as well as some really great unpretentious fashion tips. Beautifully presented with content that actually works. Also on Pinterest here.







This post for your lovely locks was generously sponsored by TRESemm√© Australia.
For more great styling and haircare tips visit TRESemm√© Australia here.













Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pretty Up Those Pegs! Spring/Summer 2014 Short Shorts Collection


Have you noticed that short-shorts are out in force this season?
I'm loving the high-cut high-wasted look for casual beach days teamed with baggy singlets, bikini tops and flowy, feminine kaftans. All of these have a relaxed, boho look that is right on the mark this year.
I'm going to have to get the pegs in order if I'm to pull off any of these this summer!

   Emma xxx



 SPELL Fleetwood Shorts $105

SPELL Fleetwood Shorts $105


ONE TEASPOON Melrose Bandits $99
ONE TEASPOON Melrose Bandits $99




ARNHEM Avalon Shorts Cinnamon Flower $59

ARNHEM Avalon Shorts Cinnamon Flower $59





STARING AT STARS Maisy Shorts $39 via Urban Outfitters

STARING AT STARS Maisy Shorts $39 via Urban Outfitters





 THE PEOPLE VS Denim Jogger Short $69 via Market HQ

THE PEOPLE VS Denim Jogger Short $69 via Market HQ




MINK PINK Herringbone Shorts $54 via Princess Polly

MINK PINK Herringbone Shorts $54 via Princess Polly




CABO GYPSY Boho Shorts - Janis $49 via White Bohemian

CABO GYPSY Boho Shorts - Janis $49 via White Bohemian




ASOS High Waisted Floral Shorts $89

ASOS High Waisted Floral Shorts $89






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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Get summer ready! 4 steps to simple hair care


I have had long hair forever - I avoid hairdressers and have trimmed my own hair for years for fear that "they" will want to chop it all off, all of it. The most outrageous thing I've done was to self-balayage with my sister-in-law a few years back, which pretty much looked the way my hair does anyway, just a little more pronounced.

About 7 months into my recent pregnancy however, I got to the point where you just feel "blah", and my dry, split-end ridden locks were not helping, so on a whim I went to the local hairdressers and asked them to chop it off above the shoulders. "Really?" the young hairdresser asked, "are you sure?" yes, I replied. "Wow, are you nervous?" no, should I be? "have you been thinking about this for ages?" no, I just thought about it this morning, so chop it before I start to have second thoughts! "can I take a before and after shot?" just cut!!!!  It'll grow back...won't it?

And guess what, it wasn't so scary, in fact I felt great! Under those long ratty blonde ends was a thick and health crop of naturally brunette locks that sat beautifully without me having to do anything much except a quick blow dry and a bit of a scrunch. It gave me a lightness in my step and I survived the last couple of months of pregnancy feeling ever so slightly glamourous.

Anyway, determined to keep this head in good condition throughout the summer months, I thought I'd better do a post about summer hair care....



   Emma xxx


Get summer ready! 4 steps to simple hair care

Probably best to do this at the hairdresser, not trying to hold those ends up in the mirror and "hope" for a straight line. Every 6 weeks will keep rattiness at bay.

Get summer ready! 4 steps to simple hair care

I've always struggled with this one. Some make my hair really greasy and heavy, others really dry. I've had to sample heaps and quite often change. I have loads of hair but it is quite thin and flyaway and tangles easily. An intensive repair one usually works best for me, preventing split-ends and keeping me from getting too dry. If you do a lot of styling with heating tools or hairdryers try a heat defence shampoo and conditioner. If you colour your hair, try a colour care shampoo and conditioner. How often? Experiment. I used to wash everyday but found my hair looks better and doesn't dry out as much if I wash every three.

Get summer ready! 4 steps to simple hair care


This not only keeps your hair in good nick, it's also nice to treat yourself to a home spa experience. Run a big bath, pour a glass of wine, light a few candles, pop a mask on your face and another on your hair and voila - self-love ladies and gents. You could even try a leave-in conditioner or hair oil if you need that little bit extra.


Get summer ready! 4 steps to simple hair care


Coming into summer, we expose our hair to the elements and sun and salt can be a little nasty. Add a hair straightener and dryer into the mix and you're back to square one. There are plenty of products geared to summer protection or to prevent dry out from those do-without tools to tide you through to winter. Make sure you rinse out the saltwater asap after a dip in the ocean to keep nice and shiny.





This post was inspired by and sponsored by Dove 



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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Chamomile and Peppermint is back! With a new addition....


Well, this is probably the longest break I've had from blogging in a while but I have a good excuse - We've added a new member to our little family - Jed Francis, born last month after a long wait and an even longer labour (all 4.45kg of him - made my eyes water a little).

With studies complete for the year and back to being a stay at home mum for a while, I will have more time than ever (between feeds, nappies, cuddles and entertaining my stroppy personality plus two year old) to bring you more Chamomile and Peppermint goodness.

I'm thinking more DIY goodies - some sewing, furniture revamps and craftiness; more fashion faves and posts on local creatives doing their thing. What would you like to see more of? Drop me a line to let me know or just to say hi :)

Emma xxx




Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Carefree Boho Spring 2014 Wardrobe

Well the countdown is on to Spring and we are not at all far off! I'm dreaming of carefree boho inspired fashion and am in definite need of a wardrobe update! Not to mention that my second bub is due in a month and dare I say it out loud (bad mama), but I'm looking forward to losing this bump and getting into some normal clothes (trakkies and uggs are not a good fashion statement, no matter how hard you rock them). Better yet, everything here is on sale so they won't break the bank. Oh how I love a bargain!

Emma xxx


A Carefree Boho Spring 2014 Wardrobe
 SPELL Daisy Chain Playdress - Was $159 Now $110
FREE PEOPLE Extreme Front V Bra - Was $72.42 Now $53.19A Carefree Boho Spring 2014 Wardrobe
RIVER ISLAND Classic Fedora - Was $45 Now $32

A Carefree Boho Spring 2014 Wardrobe
GLAMOROUS Denim Shorts in Dip Dye - Was $51.39 Now $35.58
ALL ABOUT EVE Native Fringe Onesie - Was $79.95 Now $47.97

A Carefree Boho Spring 2014 Wardrobe
LOS CABOS Mara-W Sandals - Were $69.95 Now $27.98




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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What I'm Pinning...July 2014


I'm a big fan of pinterest. It must be the stimulation of the visual part of my brain, being able to see so many beautiful images all at once. Plus there is the added bonus of discovering some really cool blogs. Here's a collection of my latest pins - if you like them you can follow me on pinterest. Shoot me a msg if you have a board you think I will like!


Emma xxx



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - What I'm Pinning...July 2014 - Laura Letinsky, Sunday's Pearl, DIY suspended bedside table, La Perla swimsuit, Positano, Fleur and Dot.
Amazing white pottery by Laura Letinsky 




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - What I'm Pinning...July 2014 - Laura Letinsky, Sunday's Pearl, DIY suspended bedside table, La Perla swimsuit, Positano, Fleur and Dot.
Love this girls style - Mary Ellen Skye at Sundays Pearl



Create This! DIY suspended bedside table from Merry Thought



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - What I'm Pinning...July 2014 - Laura Letinsky, Sunday's Pearl, DIY suspended bedside table, La Perla swimsuit, Positano, Fleur and Dot.
I love both her hair and her La Perla swimsuit - original source from Plush Swimwear



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - What I'm Pinning...July 2014 - Laura Letinsky, Sunday's Pearl, DIY suspended bedside table, La Perla swimsuit, Positano, Fleur and Dot.
The Italian city of Positano - Camilla Styles



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - What I'm Pinning...July 2014 - Laura Letinsky, Sunday's Pearl, DIY suspended bedside table, La Perla swimsuit, Positano, Fleur and Dot.
Beautiful little girls skirt - Fleur and Dot







Wednesday, July 9, 2014