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Gift Wrapping Mood-board

When I peek through Pinterest, I go paper crazy with all the beautiful ways to wrap. So instead of showing you more gift wrapping ideas, I thought you can get the inspiration through the gift wrapping mood-boards I created.

I'm a traditional girl at heart and although red, green, gold and silver are the Christmas colours, I love seeing other colours used. So take a peek below...

apricot, aqua and black via Adore Re MiApricot, aqua blue and black.

mint, bronze and pink via Adore Re MiMint green, bronze and rose pink.

vintage bright via Adore Re MiRetro/vintage brights for male and female.

Nipon girlSoft pastels and neon brights.

soft pink, silver and mint green via Adore Re Mi

Pink, metallic and white or cream.

retro bright via Adore Re Mi

Retro pop.

colour me happy via Adore Re Mi

Colour me happy.

chroma city via Adore Re MiChroma city. Popping 80's.

Christmas BrightChristmas bright!

I always buy rolls of  brown/craft and plain white paper. Use a thicker paper, it's so much easier to wrap with. You can find ribbons from the $2 shop or the art/craft supply, wash/craft tape from the craft/paper supplies shop. Have fun!

Designed and photographed by Adore Re Mi.

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Spring Inspired Outfits

On the east-coast of Australia it's been hot one day and windy cold the next (maybe refreshing to some.)
I've put away all my wooly winter jumpers but I've kept my lighter essentials for the chilly nights. So I created 3 spring inspired outfits inspired by Pantone colors to mix and match for this crazy in between season. One for each occasion:
  • work
  • casual/date night
  • day to night

The colour inspiration is from the Pantone Spring 2014. You can't go wrong using Sand and Paloma as your neutral colours and boost it up with the brighter colours.

Now considering my personal choice of colour is black, I do like the colour palette, so I'm making some effort to wear navy and grey as my neutral/base tones. It makes a difference to your mood and you get more compliments wearing colour. Mind you I still love black!
The Way She Wears It.

My favourite is the champagne colour pants/leggings. I personally wouldn't be able to wear it without a longer top, but just the remember the rule for the body conscience- Tighter on top, looser on the bottom or looser on top on tighter on the bottom. This will give you some definition without looking frumpy. (Tighter means NOT skin tight but comfortable tight.)
I added flats to the outfits; as much as I love wearing heels, I can't walk in them for long and you can wear dressy flats and still good look.
Hope the colours inspired you as much as it did for me and helped make a decision on a new outfit you for to try.
To my American & Canadian friends, sending you warm hugs with all the
snow you been dumped!
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Quick Gift Idea by adore re mi.

Firstly, here is my suggestion. Gather up all your old bead necklaces in a box, un-thread it to re-create a one-off necklace. Don't have many? I will tell you where to some a little later.

When I heard my daughter's daycare carer was leaving the centre, I thought what gift can I make for her. A necklace! These days jewellery are easily disposable as there are many inexpensive franchise stores, pumping out mass produced jewellery of the latest designs. I have my fair  share of necklaces hanging and collecting dust and I know I won't get much money in return, so the idea to keep them and make new necklaces came up. Now, where do I buy my necklaces/jewellery to re-design? You wonder.

  • boot-sales
  • monthly markets
  • garage sales and my favourite,
  • charity shops.

Let's get started. Here are the supplies I used to make this QUICK GIFT IDEA:

Quick Gift Idea supplies by adore re mi.

Since it's been so long I've made a jewellery piece, I didn't have stringing materials or clasps. You can buy these supplies at a jewellery supply shop, it's like a candy store for the crafters! Instead I used twine to thread through the beads. I normally use cotton or leather cord depending on the size of the bead hole or beading wire for the smaller holes.

But let's keep it simple, and use what you have at home.

I placed the beads on a round plate to see the pattern of the design. To keep the beads from rolling around like a roulette table, I stuck blu-tak on the plate.

Quick Gift Idea by adore re mi.

Once happy with the pattern, thread the beads through with the twine or string, tying knots to keep the middle in place, this is optional. Now tie the ends with a knot, no clasps were used, I kept it simple and easy.

Here (as shown in the picture below) I used a piece of thick cardboard and cut 2 slits on the top to slide the necklace on to see how it hangs before I try it on. The cardboard gave me an idea...

Quick Gift Idea by adore re mi.

What supplies I used to make a necklace display...

Quick Gift Idea by adore re mi.

I changed the thick cardboard to a thinner one to be able to cut it out easily. I drew up the shape and cut it out. To make the shape pop, I used a black marker to draw the boarder. A nice way to display the necklace without it being tangled up. Oh! What about the stapler? I stapled down the necklace to keep it flat on the display. This makes it easy to wrap it up without the necklace sliding off.

Quick Gift Idea by adore re mi.

Also I taped the necklace to the back to secure it. I couldn't believe this photo came out great, Miss 3 took this photo with the heavy Canon camera! A photographer is born. Not bad hey?

So here is the final product.  I was happier to re-used the stuff I kept. What do you think?

Quick Gift Idea by adore re mi.

Now the fun part. Wrap it up and don't forget a card.

Quick Gift Idea via adore re mi.

So the idea is here, it's up to you to gather up your bits and bobs and re-use it. I hope it has inspired you and to create something out of your old jewellery.

Adore Re Mi.

Street art from Mission District, San Francisco


When I traveled to America with my husband and sister-in-law about 5 years old, I had one place in mind to visit- The Mission District. "The Mission" as its commonly known, is a neighbourhood in San Francisco.

I heard of this place from a documentary I watched based on "The Mission" and became fascinated by the large population of the Hispanic community and their amazing street art throughout the district, initiated by the Chicano Art Mural Movement of the 1970's.

The neighbourhood also homes San Francisco's oldest historic building- Mission San Francisco de Asis, as commonly known as Mission Dolores, founded in 1776. Mission Dolores Parish comprises both the Basilica and the Old Mission which is now a museum for all to visit. The Old Mission has lived through the Californian Gold Rush, 1848-1855  and amazingly the 1906 earthquake. My husband was in (pardon the pun) door heaven, he's a joiner/carpenter. We were told to visit the popular street Balmy Alley and The Women's Building (the first women-led non-profit arts and education community center in the country). The mural art of the Women's Building is big, beautiful and full of colour, depicting Latin American culture.

Afterwards we headed to Balmy Alley, the most concentrated collection of murals in a street, a block long. We took lots of photos of the colourful street, a great backdrop to stand in as you'll soon see.  We missed out to see Clarion Alley (another street of murals) as it was getting late but I'll be back.


The Women's Building:

Mission, SF women's building via Adore Re MiSide view of The Women's Building in Mission, San Francisco

Mission women's building close up 2 via Adore Re MiClose up of the amazing mural painting on The Women's Building, Mission, San Francisco

Mission women's building 2 via Adore Re MiBeautiful detail on a large scale of the Latin American culture

Mission women's building 3 via Adore Re MiMy favourite section of the mural- young  girl wrapped up in her Latin indigenous culture

Mission women's building close up via Adore Re MiShowing the scale of the mural

Mission tile mural via Adore Re MiMyself and my sister-in-law standing next to the huge tile mural, beautifully pieced together

Mission Dolores: 

Mission San Francisco de Asis, SFMission San Francisco de Asis

Mission Dolores Basilica, SFMission Dolores Basilica

Mission Dolores Basilica, SFMission Dolores Basilica grand doors.

Balmy Alley:

Street art murals via Adore Re MiWall to wall, street to street of mural paintings

Street art mural close up via Adore Re MiClose up of a mural (artist unknown)

Street art close up via Adore Re Mi

Mission, SF street art mural via Adore Re MiMy gorgeous sister-in-law

Balmy Alley, Mission, SF. Artist Sirron NorrisPopular SF street artist Sirron Norris

Mission, SF street art via Adore Re MiPoster art- Freedom to the people

Mission, SF street art mural via Adore Re Mi



The three of us shared a great time together in San Fran. Afterwards we traveled to Grass Valley where close family lives, I fell in love with this small Gold Rush town Mark Twain visited regularly, but that's another story.

San Francisco is a place I will come back to and explore more the inner hubs of the districts, visit places where the locals go because there is so much more than the tourist hot spots.

Adore Re Mi