What Social Medias do you use?

What Social Media do you use?

After the #NZBloggers chat this weekend, I’ve discovered that other bloggers use different means to promoting their blogs than I do, and I wanted to reach out to my readers and other bloggers to find out what they use and love.

So, I thought I’d share with you my hierarchy of social media use* for my blog, because as a blogger from New Zealand, you really need to rely on social media to get known.

  1. Twitter
  2. Instagram
  3. Facebook
  4. Pinterest
  5. Google+

Does my hierarchy surprise you?

One of the social medias which was mentioned a few times was StumbleUpon which, I will admit, I got into a few years back, great for when I was bored at night not doing a lot, pressing that random button brought up some great things. I honestly thought that it wasn’t around anymore, until the other night. I’ve been investigating it and will take it into consideration for some blog posts I do especially DIYs.

Here are some other social medias I really want to get into using, or investigate using to help promote my content and blog so that more people can see it – and of course experience me!

  • YouTube
  • StumbleUpon
  • Tumblr
  • Bloglovin’
  • Can’t think of any more…

I’d be really interested to find out from readers and bloggers: What Social Medias do you use?

If you are a New Zealand blogger, make sure you join in on the #NZBloggers chat, it’s Sundays at 8pm-9pm – just remember to use that hashtag!  

Printables: Free Easter Printables!

Cute Easter Printables for Free

A month or so ago I shared some great printables for around the home and around the office. Today I bring you some cute printables i’ve found for Easter!

Free Printables for Easter!

// Easter Garland
Minieco have these great bunny printables available for free – perfect for printing out on different coloured paper and cutting out! If you think the mouth is a bit hard to cut with scissors – you’ll probably need an exacto knife – why not get creative and make each of the bunnies have different personalities? Grab these easter bunny printables now

Easter Invitation Printable - Free

// Easter Party Invitation
Having a easter party? These cute invitations are sure to be a hit. Design is Yay features twice in this one blog post, mainly because everything they have is so awesome. Head on over there now to download this sweet sweet easter invitation printable.

Easter Basket Printable

// Easter Egg Basket
You now have no reason to give a easter egg in boring or it’s original packaging. Add an element of surprise to your easter egg and wrap it up in this cute easter egg basket. Download it now

Cute Easter Printables for Free

// Happy Easter Egg Carton Wrap
This is a printable I am definitely using this year – it’s so simple and creates such a cute personal touch. Grab a leftover carton, print this cute label out, fill the carton with chocolate eggs and – bam! You’ve got a personalised easter gift pack. Grab this easter printable from Design is Yay now!

I absolutely loved doing this round up, sometimes it’s hard to find really cute ones that will make an impression, so i’m glad I found a few that you guys can print and use – for free! I’ve added these, and more to my new Printables board on pinterest – follow me?

This post is featured on nzgirl

Join me in creating conversations that count!

Start a Conversation that Counts

16 April is Conversations That Count Day. It’s a special day to raise awareness about advance care planning so that people start thinking, talking and planning for their future and end of life care.

This might be something that you skip over – that’s fine – but I hope it sparks something in the back of your mind at least, to start thinking about the future.

Looking back to when I was growing up I feel that I was lucky, I didn’t have many family members or friends that passed away or that got ill. Everyone seemed to be old, but not that old. When both of my grandfathers passed in the same year, there was a lot drama and stress involved with sorting everything, everyone out.

Ever since then i’ve always had a seedling growing that I will organise myself for when i’m an adult. When Maddy sent a link to Conversations That Count Day, I realised that I’m now a full blown (reluctant) adult and I’ve not had these conversations with myself yet, let alone my husband. It’s time.

Guys, i’m gonna be the first one to say this: Talking about dying sucks.. But once you’ve started the conversation, that big elephant in the room you didn’t know was there will start to make it’s way out, and a weight will be lifted off your shoulders.

There’s a Conversations That Count community page on Facebook for sharing your stories and feedback, or head to the Advanced Care Planning website for tools and more information. There are step by step prompts to help get you started!

 

DIY: Easter Nails

Easter Nails - Nails, Easter Nails, Nail Art Tutorial Easter

Hello again! Serra here form Peacock Pie! I have another easter nail art tutorial for you all to try out! These little guys are easier than they look, and are super cute!

I bought these gorgeous KBShimmers recently from Harlow & Co and thought they would be perfect for a fun mani. The colours I used are Orly White Out and Liquid Vinyl and KBShimmer Pansy-Monium, Life Rose On and Sky Jinks. 

Nail Tip: Always remember to use a good base coat to protect your nails from staining. Blue, green and yellow polishes are notorious for leaving their mark.

What You'll Need for Easter Nail Art Tutorial

Step One Nail Art Tutorial Easter

1. Paint your nails with your favourite base colours. Bright and dark colours will contrast best with white bunnies.

Step Two - Nail Art Tutorial Easter

2. Using your nail polish brush carefully paint half circles at the tip ends of your nails

  Step Three - Easter Bunny Nail Art Tutorial

3. Using a small brush (you can trim down a brush to thin out the bristles if you don’t have a tiny one) paint on the bunny ears.

Step Four - Nail Art Tutorial from Peacock Pie for Easter

4. Once step 3 is dry, add in the pink detail on the ears  Step Five - Easter Bunnies Nail Art Tutorial

5. Using a small dotting tool or a tooth pick add in the eyes and nose and little whiskers.

Eater Nail Art - Peacock Pie - Serra Clark

6. Seal it all with a top coat and you are done!

Eater Nail Art - Peacock Pie - Serra Clark

Oh and just for fun, I added a little bunny cotton tail on my thumb :)

Easter Nails - Nails, Easter Nails, Nail Art Tutorial Easter

xoxo Serra

DIY nail art tutorials by Serra from Peacock Pie for The Dizain Collective. Check out more inspiring nail art from Peacock Pie on Serra’s website

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15 Day Drawing Challenge

15 Days of Drawing

Amanda of Wit and Whistle has come up with this great little challenge, 15 Days of Drawing, and I’ve decided to give it a go! I’ll be posting five drawings up once a week for the next three weeks – and I think you should do it too!

THE CHALLENGE! Draw these things:

1. a pattern
2. an animal
3. your favorite thing to wear
4. something you found on the ground outside
5. recipe instructions
6. a word
7. an insect
8. a cross section
9. an animal doing something only human’s can do
10. something in a jar
11. a diagram
12. something you’re afraid of
13. a plant
14. your favorite food
15. something microscopic

Are you going to give it a go? Use the hashtag #15DayDrawingChallenge and make sure you check out Wit and Whistle!

Leave a comment if you are and i’ll be sure to follow your blog to see your drawings xx

Beauty Scenario Tag

The Beauty Scenario Tag - Make up and About Laura!

The Beauty Scenario tag was created by Lily of Lily Pebbles. I found out about it via fellow nzgirl writer – Sophie of Nana Wintour. I thought i’d give the tag a go, as i’ve not really ever done things like this on the blog before, plus it lets you guys know a little bit more about me – which is something i’ve wanted to do for some time!

Without further ado, here is how I’d solve the following beauty scenarios

// You have to get rid of all your foundations and you can only keep one high end and one drugstore. Which do you keep? As I’m a bit new to this makeup thing - I mean, I’ve worn makeup since my teen years, but have newly found a huge love and passion for it – I only use one foundation at the moment. It’s Mac Pro Longwear. A recent drugstore brand of CC cream that I love is Nivea’s CC Cream. I’d be very happy with having to use those two for the rest of time!

// You go for an interview and the lady interviewing you has lipstick on her teeth. Do you approach the subject or ignore it completely?  If I see it and have opportunity at the beginning to lightly say they’ve got something on their teeth, then i’d definitely say. But, if we’re straight down to business the last thing i’d do is admit it – terrible, I know!

// You’re not feeling your best and need a pick me up. Which lipstick do you put on to make yourself feel beautiful? Absolutely one of Clinique’s Chubby Sticks. They’re perfect for on the go, and the intense ones are so vibrant and add such great colour.

// You go back in time for a day to your teenage years, how would you do your hair and makeup differently? Hair – I probably wouldn’t try and cut it myself to start, and i’d wear it natural more often, I love my natural hair now, because I know it suits me, in school I would always straighten it.
Makeup – I was a huge lover of black eyeliner at school, I would definitely tone that down and use a tinted moisturiser instead of caked on badly chosen colour foundation.

// You ask your hairdresser for a shoulder-length Pixie Lott haircut but they hear wrong and give you a pixie cut. Do you a) Smile, say thank you, leave & call your Mum hysterical? B) Cry in the chair and things get awkward. C) Complain to the manager and demand a refund. I HAVE to agree with Sophie on this one – absolute worst nightmare! I’d probably complain a little bit, but then leave and cry as soon as I was out the door.

// Your friend surprises you with a 4 day city break and you have 1 hour to pack. Which ‘do it all’ palette do you pack in your makeup bag? I would definitely go with my Mac ‘Stroke of Midnight Eyes’. It has the perfect array of gold and smokey that would be great for daytime and evening wear on holiday! Now, where are we off too??

// Your house has been robbed, don’t worry everyone is safe, but your beauty stash has been raided. What’s the product you really hope is safe? Probably my two new makeup palettes that my friend Fran just bought me back from the USA. I’ve only just got them and haven’t had time to use them and fall in love with them properly. They are a Naked 3 palette and a Sephora Moonshadow In The Nude palette.

// Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven’t noticed or b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs? B. I would definitely mention something, but in a way that was a ‘Just so you know this isn’t cool’ rather than a ‘Give me some money bitch!’

This was lots of fun! Make sure you check out Lily’s post on her channel and Sophie’s on her blog!

I’d love to tag Christel from Makeupper and Elese from Elese Aesthete to do this post, and of course, you – you know you want to give it a go!

DIY: Easter Nails

DIY Easter Nails - Easter Nail Art

Hello again! Serra here, Easter is coming, so I have some super cute easter nail art for you to try out! These little guys are easier than they look, and are super cute!

As usual my basics are Seche Restore base coat, HK Girl top coat, Orly Liquid Vinyl and Orly White Out.

I recently bought these cute speckled egg polishes by Model’s Own, Magpie and Egg. I used Zoya Pippa for the yellow and Zoya Sookie for the red beaks. For this look I also used sellotape and sewing pinking sheers (jagged scissors). Love the Models Own speckled egg polishes? You can grab them from Harlow & Co.

DIY Easter Nails - Easter Nail Art

DIY Easter Nails - Chicks Easter Nails

1. I begun with a white base coat and then painted the yellow on each nail leaving the top third of three nails white. I covered the whole nail on my ring finger with yellow – this will be my accent nail. Top coat and let them dry completely

DIY Easter Nails - Easter Nail Tutorial

2. Cut sellotape into small pieces with pinking sheers so you have a zig zag edge. Place a piece on each nail so that a zig zag edge cuts through the yellow. I have placed an arrow in this picture to make it easier to see! Make sure your polishes from step one are completely dry before you do this

DIY Easter Nails - Easter Nail Tutorial

3. Paint your egg colour on each nail covering the bottom half of each piece of tape right down to the tip of each nail.

DIY Easter Nails - Easter Nail Tutorial

4. While the egg colours are still wet, carefully remove each piece of tape revealing you broke egg edges. Top coat all of this.

DIY Easter Nails - Easter Nail Tutorial

5. On the accent nail you can repeat steps 2 and 3. by placing the tape from the middle of the nail to the tip, and painting on the egg colour, when you remove the tape you will have a whole egg with a crack through the middle

DIY Easter Nails - Easter Nail Tutorial

6. Using a dotting tool or thin brush or even a toothpick, add in some eyes and a beak and feathers on the heads.

DIY Easter Nails - Easter Nail Tutorial

7. Top coat and you are done!
xoxo Serra

Love those Models Own speckled egg polishes? You can grab them from Harlow & Co.

DIY nail art tutorials by Serra from Peacock Pie for The Dizain Collective. Check out more inspiring nail art from Peacock Pie on Serra’s website.

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Good Eats: One Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

I eat like a horse when I’m sick, it’s gross. I don’t know who told me but I have it in my head that if I’m sick I need to eat a lot. I definitely feel better after eating when i’m sick, but who knows if it’s actually good for me.

A few weeks ago I was feeling pretty sick, and with a few days off work I managed to finish this months book club -sob- and get caught up on everything on the internet. I decided that I should get up and make myself feel better by cooking a hearty meal, and what’s better than chicken so when your sick? Chicken noodle soup.

I slowly made my way to the kitchen, thinking that while we might not have chicken I had some dumplings in the freezer that would suffice my sick food craving.

One Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

One Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

// Ingredients
Spaghetti – a small handful, broken into small pieces
2 Cloves Garlic – fresh is best, diced
1/2 Tomato diced
Handful of fresh Coriander or Sage
1 L Chicken Stock
1 C Spinach
2 tsp Ginger
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 
1 tbsp Sirachaca sauce or to taste (optional)
Salt and pepper
Dumplings or Chicken, as many/much as you desire

// Method
Make up chicken stock, if pre-made stock, heat up. Add Worcestershire sauce and Siracusa sauce, mix until combined. Add spinach water.

Place all ingredients in the pot apart from dumplings or chicken, place on a medium heat and simmer covered for 7-10 minutes. Add dumplings / chicken. Continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes until chicken is sealed.

Continue to simmer uncovered for a further 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through, remember to taste and add salt and pepper as you please.

Enjoy with a rom-com. Well, at least that’s what I did!

DIY: Ombre Fabric Garland

When change of season hits, I feel the need for change and new things. Ever since moving into our home we’ve not really done much with the lounge, so heavily inspired by Lovingly, Kate’s Fabric Garland post, I decided to give her DIY a go!

Freshen up your lounge - DIY Fabric Garland

As you can see our lounge’s focal point was a little bit drab.

// What you’ll need
Fabric, in colours of your choice
Twine or Spring
Scissors
Tape (for hanging)

Ombre Fabric Garland DIY

// Let’s get started
I started my cutting my fabric into strips, I cut mine into approximately 10cm in length. Keep them all roughly the same length. The widths are up to you, mine were varying from 1.5cm to 3cm wide.

Tie time! Laying my gold string on my lap I got my fabric strips and simply tied a knot the fabric with a simple knot to the string, repeating this until all were attached.
At the beginning I was tying the knots in two different ways to see hoe it would look, but I ended up tying them all the same way for consistency.

Easy DIY - Ombre Fabric Garland DIY - Lifestyle Blog

As I wanted light to dark with my fabrics, once I was nearly finished with a colour I would swap between colours, so it there was no definite line of colour change – more gradual. 

Once all of your fabric is tied and you’ve space them out how you like, get some tape and attach it to your wall! As we are renting we are a bit limited with what can go on walls, which is why I’m using tape.

Easy DIY - Ombre Fabric Garland DIY - Lifestyle Blog

Super pleased with how easy this Ombre DIY Fabric Garland was to make! It also gave me the change to change out what’s displayed on our fireplace – hello brighter lounge!

Ombre Fabric Garland DIY

Win: 1 of 3 Nads prize packs!

Nads - Waxing at home

Last week I was lucky enough to ask Nad’s creator, Sue Ismiel some questions about waxing at home and the benefits of doing it for yourself! 

This week i’m excited to be able to give away some of the amazing Nads products as well as try some for myself. I’ll be doing a review on my favourite product after i’ve given them a proper tried-and-tested go.

Nads - Waxing at home

I have a huge bundle of products to giveaway, all thanks to Sue and the ladies at PPR. We’ve worked together to come up with three little packs of Nads products for three of my lucky readers.

// Without further a do, enter now!
Open to NZ Residents only, and entries until end of day Friday 11 April.

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Bloggers Brunch: Ironique

Ironique - Auckland Cafe Review

This month’s bloggers brunch was going to be at RAD cafe, after reading this great review on nzgirl about it, I knew I wanted to give it a go. So the plan was to meet there and try it out. When we arrived, around 11, it was packed. We decided to take the party elsewhere as we were quite hungry and didn’t want to wait.

We strolled across the street and landed at Ironique, an old faithful to me and a first to some of the girls, perfect blend.

The decor in this place is great, light fittings, table number holders, the bathroom – completely decked out in things made from iron – so cool. The food was deleicous and as always the company was divine xx

Vegetarian Breakfast at Ironique - Auckland Cafe Review

Lizzy and Maddy got the Vegetarian Breakfast, those slices of haloumi had me going for some serious order envy. I got a herb potato stack with a poached egg and chorizo and felt very satisfied! That potato pattie was delicious!

Ironique - Auckland Cafe Review

The Service was great, efficient and busy. In fact it was perfect in my mind as I didn’t really have to deal with them, they were there doing their job and we were left to enjoy our meals.

The Coffee was nice. Nothing stand out for me, but Maddy’s Mocha was really pretty (in picture above) with their name written in hand on top!

The Music was quiet – as we were outside. 

If I Go Back I’ll have a proper look in their front counter for things to eat, the menu had a great array of food available, but when I went up to order there were lots of yummy looking things there too! 

Ironique – Mt Eden Village

What is Bloggers Breakfast Club?
A monthly meet up with local Auckland bloggers. It all started out on twitter, with Laura, Lizzy and Maddy all talking about how amazing food is, and how there are so many lovely -and new- cafes opening up around Auckland. We decided it would be cool to get together and try some of these places out, while talking about blogging, beauty and getting to know each other!
If you’d like to come along to one and join in on our chit chat, you can just give us a tweet! @dizaincollectiv

 

Product Review: NIVEA Q10 Plus CC Cream

Having tried and tested a few of the BB & CC creams around, I’d decided that I preferred CC cream to BB cream – mainly because the CC creams I had tried had a light tint to them – perfect for lazy days and or a pick me up before a late night trip to the supermarket!

Nivea Q10 CC Moisturiser

Trying out NIVEA’s new Q10 Plus CC cream from the first use I knew I genuinely liked it. This is one of the first products in a long time that I’ve used and gone “I didn’t know I needed this.”

Not only is this a great base for foundation, it also goes on great by itself if you are wanting a light coverage – primer or no.

It goes on the skin and fills in fine wrinkles and plumps up skin – and lasts. I’ve also used it as a finish over foundation for a subtle dewy look, as I do love the dewy look in autumn.

// See it in action

Nivea Q10 Plus Before and After Applying

Left: Before with just my daily prep done *
Right: With primer and Nivea Q10 Plus CC cream applied – by hand. You can see it smooths out my skin, those lines on my forehead are reduced and redness around my nose is gone. Dark areas under and next to my eye are reduced.

Nivea Q10 Plus

NIVEA Q10 Plus CC Cream on the back of my hand blobbed and smoothed out slightly

// * Daily skin prep at the moment:
Cleanse using NIVEA’s Thermo Daily Warming Cleanser, exfoliated with Clinique’s 2 clarifying lotion, and moisturised with MedoFlowers Day Moisturiser.
While this CC cream is a SPF15 moisturiser, I like to prep my face first thing and let my skin rest a bit before applying primer and makeup for the day. In my head me giving my skin a small break over breakfast is my skin’s chance to grab all the goodness i’ve just put on it!

// Overall
I’ve really enjoyed using the NIVEA Q10 Plus CC Cream, I’d definitely buy it and recommended it. Like me, it might be the product you didn’t know you were missing out on! 

NIVEA Q10 Plus CC Cream hits shelves April 2014 in NZ, and the RRP is $19.99.

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