Fun with flatlays

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Hi everyone sorry for the break but I lost my phone and also have been getting ready to launch a new wellness website (more on that in my next post, yay!).
In the meantime, I finally got over my insecurities about flatlay photography. For months I’ve been watching tutorials etc, always loving the idea but never believing I could do it, too. Mainly I felt I didn’t have the nifty props everyone else seemed to have. But boy was I wrong!

I finally thought “just do it” (thank you, Nike!) and gathered some pretty things lying around, dropped them on a large piece of white cardstock near my living room ranch sliders, picked a camellia flower from my tree outside, mercilessly dissected it (all in the name of art, darling), and began snapping.

The real fun comes at the editing stage (but then I’m an app freak). Note the difference between the header image (after editing) and the one just above (original image) – huge difference, right? 

That’s thanks to an easy yet sophisticated app called A Color Story. I don’t have quite enough light so I use the app’s “curve” tool to lighten it, then hit it with the free filters “Everyday” and “Pop”. At this point the white background has a bluish tinge but I really like that so then I’m done!

After one “successful” flatlay I went a little berzerk running around finding new props I could mix n match. My reading glasses, magazines, a travel journal my mom recently gave me for my birthday – all were fun and worked well. Flatlays are supposed to tell a story and although mine stories aren’t specific, I hope a “fun” vibe carries through. 

Comment below if you have been doing flatlay photography! I’d love to hear from you X
#flatlay #photography #lifestyle #blog #blogger #fashion

(*all photos copywrite Design Eye Candy 2016)

Pretty home office inspo to boost your creative spark

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Nothing dampens the creative spirit quite like having nowhere to create!  If you’re like me and have plenty of ideas for crafting, writing, styling, and other creative pursuits, but no fixed spaced for pursuing them in, then check out these fun and creative home office spaces found on pinterest and instagram, for a big boost of style inspo.

For me, a reasonably sized desk with enough room to sit comfortably under it in a good chair is a must. I have a gorgeous mid century teak table gifted to me when I first moved to New Zealand which makes an excellent desk. I’ve yet to settle on a spot to place it however as, with these images below, I’d like a moodboard nearby and a place to put inspirational books and other items, but all my wallspace is already over-crowded and I can’t quite make up my mind whether I want to be in front of the living room ranch sliders overlooking the orange trees or in my spare room where there is plenty of room for everything I need. Once I figure it out and style it though, you’ll be the first to see what I’ve done with it!

Aside from framing your space with shelves, lights, or colourful and interesting images and items, the desk is the key element that pulls the look together. Trestle table desks are very hot right now, with most offices currently being blogged about using this type. With their combination of sleek design and practicality, they are a great go-to for your home:

I also love the creatives forging their own way with warm wood, sleek white metal, and other types of desks – all work fabulously as long as you love it and it makes you want to sit down and get creating!

Do you have a fun/creative/inspirational office space that you enjoy using? Either at home or in the workplace – what touches have you added to make your space “you”? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! X
#homeoffice #interiors #lifestyle #decor #style #design #inspo #creativity #designeyecandy

Braidlicious: Emily Rose Hannon

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If you’re like me and struggle to find morning hair and wardrobe style ideas, look no further than Emily Rose Hannon. With a staggering number of followers on Instagram (and even a few haters and copycats), Emily dishes up the prettiest hair and clothing styles daily:

Emily uses hair extensions from Luxy Hair which she twists and braids into an astonishing array of styles. 

What I love about this style queen too is that she talks about her life in her insta posts, including that she drools all over the place when she sleeps. How sweet is that! 
Do visit her soon for a dose of inspo along with your morning cup of joe!

Insta account: emilyrosehannon

#hairgoals #style #hairstyle #braid #fashion #lifestyle

Cold Days, Hot Baths

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It’s late winter here in New Zealand and I’m sitting on my sofa with the dogs, bundled up in multiple tops, fluffy socks, and a scarf, and dreaming about baths. Hot, steamy, gorgeous baths. Few things in life quite spoil us like a long hot soak in a good tub – perhaps with a handful of candles lit, some mineral salts, a bit of music if you like, maybe a good magazine.

Outdoor baths have long been  trend and if you have the space and inclination, it can be very worthwhile to set one up. A glass roof to keep out the rain and allow you to star-gaze is perfection:

Perhaps safari-style is more your cup of tea. This setup needs no more than an outdoor clawfoot tub, some bamboo siding, a generous amount of wood, and a cd of cricket and lion noises:

This Moroccan-inspired stunner makes great use of pretty, painted tiles and texture in the form of greenery, rough-hewn wood, concrete, and a hanging design feature in the ceiling:

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Indoor rooms with spectacular baths can be soothing to the soul, too. If you’re anything like me, you are inclined to look inwardly when in a tub but I’d definitely be gazing out the window of this lovely room:

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If you’re lucky enough to live in a more tropical clime, you can set your bathroom up to be indoor-outdoor, like this one, looking down onto cat-eyed-green waters and with palms swaying around you. Or perhaps gazing into the blue expanse is more your style? If so, don’t forget to drop a posey of petals into the water before you step in, for an all-out inexpensive spa experience.

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(all images sourced from Pinterest)

#design #bathtubs #lifestyle

10 End of Summer Must-Have Cocktails

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Even  though summer is drawing to an end, there is still nothing like a cocktail to hand at a brunch, beach, picnic, or BBQ. Many made with crushed and whole fruit and with herbs like mint and basil, you can almost convince yourself they’re good for you. So stir up an elegant vintage cut-glass decanter of one of these delicious cocktails today!

Fancy Fig Cocktail from Lindsey Brunk

Blackberry Margarita from izzieofficial/saloonbox

Boozy Basil Lemonade from whatshouldimakefor.com

Blueberry Mojito from Jenny Chang

Red Currant Caipirinha from Olivia’s Cuisine

Meyer Lemon Lavender Mojito from Lindsey Brunk

Blood Orange Mojito from Chef Savvy

Skinny Blood Orange Pomegranate Margarita from Lindsey Brunk

Blackberry Thyme Sparkling Cocktail from Lark and Linen

Blackberry and Meyer Lemon G+T from Spoon Fork Bacon

And as a final note, for simpler mixed drinks a fun end of summer trick is to freeze edible flowers in ice cubes and use them in your drinks. Enjoy!