Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hunters and Gatherers New Website Launch


The fantastic folk at Hunters and Gatherers have recently relaunched their website as 'The Hunters and Gatherers Bazaar' with oh-so-many amazing brands all in one place.

Shop for interiors (Ahoy Trader, Family Love Tree...), mens ( The Academy Brand, Insted We Smile...), womens (Spell & The Gypsy Collective, Free People..) and kids clothing (Neon Nununu) and even take advantage of their buy now, pay later 3 month interest free option...this could be dangerous...


Emma xxx

CHAMOMILE AND PEPPERMINT BLOG - Hunters and Gatherers New Website Launch



TOP:
WILD DAISY BODY SOUFFLÉ - BABE SCRUB $27
SKULL TRIBE JUMPSUIT TURQUOISE - SPELL DESIGNS $159 
NUMBERS BAGGY PANTS - NEON NUNUNU $55



MIDDLE:
SPINIKER SHORT - THE ACADEMY BRAND $69.95
THE AZTEC ROUNDIE - THE BEACH PEOPLE $99
NED - SUNDAY SOMEWHERE SUNGLASSES $299

BOTTOM:
NAUTICAL LARGE CROSS - AHOY TRADER $200
PEACOCK KING SINGLE BED HEAD PEACH - THE FAMILY LOVE TREE $399
BEACH CART - THE BEACH PEOPLE $245






Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Siesta Collection - New Season Bedding from Hunting for George


One of my fave online homewares shop, Hunting For George, has just bought out a new bedding range - The Siesta Collection. Isn't it just scrumptious?




The Siesta Collection - New Season Bedding from Hunting for George



The Siesta Collection - New Season Bedding from Hunting for George



The Siesta Collection - New Season Bedding from Hunting for George



The Siesta Collection - New Season Bedding from Hunting for George



The Siesta Collection - New Season Bedding from Hunting for George



The Siesta Collection - New Season Bedding from Hunting for George






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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Karrie-Anne from KwithHeart - Modern Designs for Spunky Bubs


It's been a while since I've done a "support local design" post, but I'm sure you'll agree it's worth the wait! Being a proud new mum to a gorgeous little lad I now know what it's like to be totally uninspired by whats on offer for these groovy little guys in the shops. This weeks feature, Karrie-Anne from KwithHeart, talks to us abut what inspired her to create bang-on-trend goodies for SPUNKY bubs and lets us know a little about herself too.

 Take a look at Karrie-Annes website here and buy a spunky bub you know something unique while supporting small, local design. They will be the coolest little guy or gal on the block :)

All of her creations are handstamped with lino blocks so no two items are ever exactly alike. She also uses non-toxic inks that are safe for bubs and the environment.

   
    Emma xxx




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Karrie-Anne from KwithHeart - Modern Designs for Spunky Bubs - Hand printed baby wraps, tees, sheet sets and swaddles. Batman and robin, pineapple, diamond, cross, modern..



Tell us a little bit about yourself...
Hmmm… This is always a tough one!
I’m a happy mumma to one lil spunk.
I'm a loved up wife to one spunk of a husband.  
I have a commerce degree but can't 'do numbers' to save myself.
I love creating things.
I love making rooms look and feel nice. 
I physically can't bring myself to use a blue pen or write on lined paper.
can’t stand the colour red.
I would eat an antipasto platter every night if I could get away with it.
I’m a night owl.
I’m a dreamer. 
I'm the world’s worst procrastinator but I love getting s#@t done! 

Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Karrie-Anne from KwithHeart - Modern Designs for Spunky Bubs - Hand printed baby wraps, tees, sheet sets and swaddles. Batman and robin, pineapple, diamond, cross, modern..
Cotton Bibs (set of 5) $40



What inspired you to start KwithHeart?

KwithHeart was born out of a desire to wrap my own bub with a little bit of spunk. I wanted something a bit 'different' to the traditional baby colours and patterns available when I was pregnant, so I decided to make them instead. Friends and family started asking about buying my pieces so I decided to turn it into a business.



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Karrie-Anne from KwithHeart - Modern Designs for Spunky Bubs - Hand printed baby wraps, tees, sheet sets and swaddles. Batman and robin, pineapple, diamond, cross, modern..
Organic Cotton Muslin Wrap $40





How would you describe your style?

I would love to say I am super stylish with lots of options in my wardrobe, but the reality is I live in a rotation of cut-off denim shorts, oversize tees and tanks and my trusty black haviannas. I dream of one day going nuts shopping with a personal stylist and a stash of cash. 



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Karrie-Anne from KwithHeart - Modern Designs for Spunky Bubs - Hand printed baby wraps, tees, sheet sets and swaddles. Batman and robin, pineapple, diamond, cross, modern..
Cot Sheet + Pillow Case Set $45





Name 3 things you love at the moment...
1. I am absolutely loving sitting out on our deck. Every morning I have my coffee and breakfast on my comfy pretzel bamboo chairs and watch Seb tuck into his toast. I then put up the big umbrella over the lawn, put down a huge rug and set up his toys for the day. We will spend the majority of the day here which I am loving - Oh and I may even finish the day here with a sneaky drink with the husbo! 
2. This Gold Coast humidity and this warm summer breeze - although it's not ideal for my hair!
3. Marble. I am obsessing over everything marble at the moment! I'm loving marble cheese boards, coasters, desk items and random decorative pieces.



Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Karrie-Anne from KwithHeart - Modern Designs for Spunky Bubs - Hand printed baby wraps, tees, sheet sets and swaddles. Batman and robin, pineapple, diamond, cross, modern..
Organic Cotton Jersey Swaddle / Blanket $55




Chamomile and Peppermint Blog - Karrie-Anne from KwithHeart - Modern Designs for Spunky Bubs - Hand printed baby wraps, tees, sheet sets and swaddles. Batman and robin, pineapple, diamond, cross, modern..
Cards $2

















Are you or is someone you know a local designer 
who would like to chat to Chamomile and Peppermint?
If so, get in touch!
We love all things unique and to find out 
a little about the creative forces behind them :)




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 TRESemmé Australia.
For more great styling and haircare tips visit TRESemmé 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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This post was sponsored by Vaseline Australia.



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 



Check out the Dove range of Shampoos, Conditioners and Hair Treatments for gentle and affordable hair care




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