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Australia Day playlist and party ideas.

Australia Day playlist & party ideas

 

26th of January is Australia Day. The first arrival of the first fleet from Great Britain commanded by Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788.

Today, we celebrate our diverse culture, our environment, music and sports along with many other Aussie achievements. What makes the day more Aussie is getting together over a BBQ or alfresco lunch (eating outdoors) with all your friends or as we say 'mates'.
So today's post I have compiled a list of Aussie songs for you to compliment your get together. I have:

  • Sia
  • Big Pig
  • The Temper Trap
  • Boom Crash Opera
  • Screaming Jets
  • Diesel
  • Cut Copy and many, many more.

A mixing bowl of Aussie artist you may forgotten from the past to the contemporary . How do you get to my song list is by clicking here or here
(Note: you need to join up with Spotify. It's free and easy to follow so you can find my hit list.)

 

 

Now for the fun BBQ/party ideas and beautiful inspiring Aussie photos:

Max Dupain, Sunbaker

The famous Aussie 1937 photo by Max Dupain, The Sunbaker.

Cameron Herweynen

This beautiful portrait of an aboriginal child is taken by Cameron Herweynen.

aust-day-collage-2Love this setting. Alfresco dining a la Australian way. Styling by Karen Locke, Photo credit by Creative Image. More pics to come...

The Design Files:Katie QuinnYou can't beat an ice-cold drink. via The Design Files, Katie Quinn.

Lamb rolls with tzatzikiLamb chops, lamb sausages how about minced lamb rolls (Greek koftas) with tzatziki. Mouth watering! via SBS

australiaday_party_065Another photo from stylist Karen Locke. This setting has the old Australian country charm.

Chris HemsworthWhoops! How did this photo get here? Happy Australia Day Chris.

australiaday_party_085Anzac biscuits and a cuppa of Bushells tea. You can't get more aussie than that. Honoury mentions to Tim Tams and Iced Vovos. Stylist Karen Locke. For more of Karen's beautiful styling work click here.

mini_pavlovas2Easy to make pavola with blueberries and pomangrant. Love this vibrant colours of blue, red and white. via A Sweet Muddle site full of beautiful food photography.

Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 4.56.10 pmAnother pavola creation and this one will impress your guests. Via A Little Delightful

Summer cocktail via Table For TwoAnd lastly, we can't forget a summery drink. This one is delish, find the recipe on Table for Two

For the kids:

Gold & Green fruit skewers Kids love fruit in summer. Gold and green skewers, freeze them to make it extra cold. Found on Pinterest.

Australia Day masksI love this candid photo of the children wearing these Australia Day masks, (it looks easy to make you need: foam, felt or thick cardboard for the mask, felt for the noses and to finish off, cotton wool and feathers and elastic. Supplies via your local craft shop.) photo credit The Woman's Day. It reminds me of this..

May GibbsWattle babies by May Gibbs (1877-1969). Australia's famous illustrator from her book- The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

Sugarland cupcakesAren't these adorable by Sugarland Cupcakes. I couldn't eat one, too precious!

 To print out Australia Day colouring sheets click here. Lots to choose from for a bit of quiet time.

That is all from me. Happy Australia Day to everyone around the world. Don't forget my Aussie Day song list to play!

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Sexy Hair Styles

So it's the new year and you want to get organise, get healthy and perhaps do sometime new to yourself. Manicures and pedicures are great to polish off your look, but what about hair? Maybe a sexy hair style mightn't  been thought about.
Now you don't need to go for the big chop, perm or major colour change; long or short lengths, you can style it by teasing your hair and gently pulling it back to a ponytail or bun/knot & don't forget to hairspray it to keep it in place. Why not give the ironing tongs a workout? Great if you want to keep it simple with a polished look by smoothing it out or messy with waves by curling it (you can You Tube or even better, ask your hairdresser for a mini tutor, shouldn't be extra cost).
A fringe is effective if you're willing enough. Blunt fringes might be a little extra work in summer, best when the season gets cooler as your hair doesn't get too greasy (bobby pins can be a solution.) or have it swept to the side  if you not ready for a blunt look.
And lastly the accessories-  hair clips, hair bands or different colour bobby pins as seen below can make it interesting and great way to hide any bumps or hold it in place. Best time to work on your hair is planning ahead, make an appointment with a recommended stylist or do a-do under pressure so you don't over-work on your hair as much. Have a go!
For more inspirations for short, long hair styles and makeup click here
  Sexy hair styles

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12 Great Ideas for New Year party

12 great ideas for new year party by Adore Re Mi

I love looking through party ideas on Pinterest, especially when bloggers make such an effort to make their photographic tutorials look good. I have sourced 12 great ideas for NEW YEAR party from Pinterest from decoration to make-up, for adults and kids. You can use many of these ideas for other special occasions too.
Hope you get some inspiration here for your party or BBQ.

 

NY party favors New Year party favours bags can be filled with inspirational quotes, Panadol, mints (bad alcohol breath is blah), or sweets to increase the energy for 10 min then crash on the sofa. For your best friends, earrings, mints, Panadol and a lotto scratchy to share of course.  Source: Oh So Beautiful Paper with printable gift tags.

NY streamers You can't pass a Martha Stewart creation from her website. I like this one, it's simple and uncluttered, great for last-minute preparations. The best part is the backdrop streamers. You can buy all materials from an art/craft store. Tip: Easier option is to use large round stickers (colour is your choice) and string. Stick two round stickers together with the string through the middle and hang from the ceiling or wall.

Good fortune favors Even if you don't eat the cookie (I always do), we all still love to crack a fortune cookie and read our fortune messages out to each other. So these New Year party favours are great and easy to assemble. You can buy fortune cookies from your supermarkets and some even sell clear bags in the party isle, otherwise buy the bags from the craft shop. Source: No Biggie.net with printable gift tags.

NY eve-Midnight Clocks Another from No Biggie, New Year Eve- Midnight Clocks. These are printable and you can use the clocks as cupcake toppers, table decorations, wall garland or attached to the party favour bags.

Champagne EtoileIt's time for a drink! I love a simple and delicious recipe . This one is from Coco + Kelley Lovely photographs too.  For more champagne cocktail recipes click here

champagne shimmer I always love to dress up for New Year parties. If it is a casual one, you can still add some glamour to your outfit with a soft shimmery eye make up. The colour shown above is great for dark eyes. Tip: Use a coppery colour if you have lighter coloured eyes, especially blue as it makes the colour stand out. Source: Lulu's How-To   NY party outfit This Polyvore outfit is great for everyone. You just adjust it to your size and body shape. If you are voluptuous, wear comfortable tight jeans with a long glittery top. If you don't like denim, wear a skirt or lighter coloured pants; if you don't like it, wear a LBD with a sequined jacket. As for the shoes, no limey the heels? Wear sparkly sandals or flats.

NY back drop As I inspected this picture closely, I noticed Christmas baubles being used. Love it! Use thick ribbon from the $2 shop, hook the baubles on and stick it to your wall. Tip: If you don't have brown wrapping paper to write a message on, use any left over wrapping paper, turn it over to the blank side and write your message. A great last-minute idea! Found on Lowes.com

Healthier option So you're not into sparkles and glittery things. Add some colour then. Here is a great idea for the healthy party people, in fact I prefer to crunch on this than chips. To see the whole table display, click on Pop Sugar I used this idea for my daughter's 2nd birthday and it was eaten within minutes. Tip: Display an assortment of veggies in a shot glass (or plastic found on your supermarket party isle) as individual serves.

Bow napkinsSimple and easy bow napkins wrapped around the cutlery. You can use wash/craft tape or ribbon as shown in the above picture. Found in Pinterest.

NY Eve kids treatsWe can't forget the kids! For the bigger kids who can stay up late, a milk and cookies toast in a fancy glass makes them feel special.

SquishycutedesignsWant to have 5 minutes without the kids (because their concentration span is short!) Download colouring pages from Squishy Cute Designs. So many to choose from.

Need more inspiration? Click here and here

To all my followers and visitors from around the world, have a wonderful start to 2015. I can't believe I'm typing 2-0-1-5!
Don't forget to call friends or family members who may not be amongst friends or family. While we are celebrating, some are alone this time of year and a phone call is what it takes to make them smile.
I have lots planned for ADORE RE MI in the new year: my pregnancy, motherhood advice post from other mums, birthdays, inspirational ideas and of course my favourite- Flashback Friday. I leave you with this final thought...

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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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15 Stylish and Simple Christmas Ideas

15 Stylish & Simple Christmas Ideas via Adore Re Mi

We are already busy with family and work, and it's no wonder we stress so easily during the festive season having to buy presents, decorate the home and cook for the family! Ideally we would like to make everything look perfect and nice so I am giving you a heads start with 15 stylish and simple Christmas ideas you can use. Just remember the golden rule, keep it simple and easy!

I was trying to keep it to 12 ideas but there are so many I had to add another three.

I saw this simple idea and made it with neon coloured paper, grass green ribbon and wash tape. Kids will love to help out too!

Via Kickcan & Conkers

How easy is this! I did this for my wedding using ribbon and craft glue, I wish wash tape was available 8 years ago!

 via Trendenser.se

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You don't always have to buy Christmas themed wrapping paper. I always buy brown or white wrapping paper and dress it up with left over paper with ribbon or twine. Print out these cute labels via Tomfo

Christmas decoration found in Buzznet

gift wrapping via Boxwood Clippings

Beautifully wrapped and photo worthy. It would be ashamed to open them up.. Nah! You can use your signature colour to personalise it. via Boxwood Clippings

glitterpintoppersornament

Although it might be messy with the glitter, it sure looks cute to make. Decorate your tree or use it as a present/gift label. via Creature Comforts

Martha Stewart, Holiday jars

Martha extends her holiday jar idea to make it look more effective using wire lights to light it up. You can do without the lighting and use the salt as the snow and an ornament. via Martha Stewart

NordicElvesFeature by Nadine Reeves

Love being able to recycle/re-use. Buy felt & craft glue from your local craft supply shop and write a message for these cute Nordic feel advent calendar idea designed by Nadine Reeves

christmas-tree-napkin-fold-collage by Handimania

This is such a great idea. Make the napkins your main feature on your table, this emits so much clutter on the table. I know because I get carried away decorating mine! How to fold instructions via Handimania

ChristmasTableSetting_thumbYour napkins will look great on an uncluttered Christmas table. It's quick and simple especially when your time should be used hosting your guests or cooking! Vases and extras can be bought from your $2 shop. via Finding Home

Watermelon Christmas trees

Our national summer fruit is the watermelon (we love mangoes but it's a little tricky to make shapes.) Use a shaped cookie cutter. The kids, and big kids too will devour it. found in What About Watermelon

Sweet Scarlet

This Holly cupcakes don't look too hard to decorate, as long as you get to kiss a boy or girl. via Sweet Scarlet

Hot Mama's Cake via FB

You have the cupcake touch, maybe these cute cupcakes can inspire you to get creative. It's the trickiest to do but I had to put this cute designs on the list. Check out her FB page via Hot Mama's Cake

Better Home and Gardens

Another easy to do decoration on your cookie or cupcakes via Better Homes and Garden

Raspberry Limocello ProseccoAnd lastly, we can't have a festival season without a refreshing drink (perfect for the Southern hemisphere.) This easy to make drink  recipe is by Damn Delicious.  Non-alcoholic? Homemade raspberry/strawberry lemonade here

I hope I set your creative bug off with the 15 Christmas ideas,. The idea is to see something you like and interpret it your own way and to have fun. Have a good week and I see you on the next post- wrapping gifts inspiration mood board by me!

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Navy, Blue and Metallic Inspiration board

I love how no mood, colour or inspiration board are the same. Everyone is as unique as their personality and as the creative creatures we are, we design/create for ourselves and for others. Thanks to my friend Emma, I am a virtual collage addict and here is my first one to inspire you.
Navy, Blue and Metallic

Check out what inspiration board I have created for you next week.
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