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Homemaking tips to simplify your life!

What makes a happy home and a home happy?

“At the heart of any happy home is some one who is content bearing the fruit of love, joy, warmth and life in rich abundance.”

1. You are the centre of your home.

Married or single, you are the heart of your home! 

Create a sanctuary where it feels homey.

How do I get organised at home you ask? 

The Inspired Room is a great website to help you in organising and cleaning your house. 

2. You are the comfort of your home.

This means you have the accountability of sheltering your cherished family. There are things you can do as a mother to keep, protect and teach your children. 

I’ve always thought a housewife or Mum has the biggest job than anyone because your considered to be multiple things! 

3. You are the adornment of your home! 

Decorate your room with your favourite theme.

For example, I have created a “Royal” theme for my bedroom, because I have grown a fondness for the royal family, and like to keep a theme. My quilt is a Princess ivory quilt from Spotlight and when I move I will put up my three letters from the royals to keep the theme! 

Here is an example of a “Paris” themed room!!!! 

There are numbers of blogs on homemaking tips and advice!

I like the Small Notebook blog for basic tips on simplifying your home and space! 

They say “Life is more simple with less stuff” and I wish I heeded to this because my room is cluttered with books, DVDS, and magazines! Sometimes I just can’t help myself! I like to have a clean room but then again I like my STUFF!!!!! 

I need to heed to Holding onto sentimental things to understand how to simplify my things! This is a great article on choosing the right things to keep in your room. I’m sure you will love it!

I also like:

How to decorate your apartment to feel less temporary and more like home

I love to decorate and put things around the house to make it look pretty!!! 

I love this quote: 

Homemaking isn’t about creating the perfect space, it’s about creating a space that feels like home.

It’s about creating a peaceful haven. I just got back from Queensland, and it was so nice to be back to my OWN bed and familiar surroundings. 

It is good to keep good homemaking and organisational skills to essentially live a better life! I find that once I have vaccummed and added fresh flowers that it leaves such a great feel to the place! 

I love the idea of homemaking and creating a haven where I spend most of my time! You need to create a space where you can breathe, live and love! 

Your family would appreciate what you do in your home, and how you do things will reflect. 

I have always said, your character reflects in your bedroom”….. Or something along those lines! 

What theme you choose says a lot about your character as well! 

I bought my white bed from IKEA which is an excellent website for choosing furniture and designing your room! IKEA home furnishings is great to tour inside the store, and get ideas for designing your bedroom, living room or kitchen! 

Also, Here is 150 beautiful designer bedrooms to inspire you which helps you choose the right wallpaper, curtains, mirrors, etc!

I have vertical blinds currently and do not like them! I don’t think they reflect my character….. I like the idea of Austrian curtains as its more cozier and adds warmth! 

To me, a house is not a home without the people in it, literature, furnishings, and laughter! 

So, create your home with some of these homemaking tips and start simplifying!

You will feel a lot better after you do!


Exquisite Emmalisa 

Have you had a look around your house and seen that anything needs improving?

Do you love to decorate like I do? 

Beauty, Lifestyle, TRAVEL, Uncategorized

Pilgrimage to Port Douglas

It’s wednesday,….. And I have arrived in Cairns….. A three hour sleep felt like several hours! I didn’t feel so tired anymore from road tripping through Western Australia. I got tired by the time I got to Perth airport, and I felt I needed a mist spray for my face! I felt wrecked! Haha! 

I shopped at the airport, of course, and bought The Little Paris Bookshop (which has had raved reviews and is an international bestseller) but not many shops were open at 11 o’clock at night! I was travelling with my Mum and we had Original Pizza at The Dome with tea for two. It was delicious and hit the spot before boarding for Cairns.

When arriving at Cairns it was humid and muggy and I wasn’t used to the weather! We got picked up and drove to Port Douglas. Yes! Another holiday in Port Douglas as per my previous blog in 2013! 

We had breakfast at a local cafe and I admitingly had TWO lattes! We then went back home and I have been lounging about in my white and orange casual dress watching television and doing random activities such as reading magazines and adult colouring in! 

Welcome to Port Douglas!

The laid back city and country place in the Northern Tropics of Queensland. It is just paradise! And has a totally different feel to WA! 
Have a look at my bedroom! 😍

It is so cosy and homey – I love it! 

Thursday = shopping in the mall.

I bought three favourite beauty products! 

L’Oreal liquid foundation in golden beige 


L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Rose Creme, which I am absolutely loving! The other lipstick is in the same Matte range but is a little more glossier which is Spring Rosette.

I have already been snorkelling, submarine riding and helicopter riding, so I don’t mind if I don’t do all that! This holiday I just want to shop, have coffee and see the beach! 

I have eyed out a few books in Whileaway Bookshop and cafe (my favourite possy!!) and want to buy so much!!!! As per usual! Here are a few things I want to get:

I am DYING to see the film, Me before you. My mum saw it in Bunbury and she said it is a bit of a tear jerker. It looks like my kind of romantic movie…… 

There’s also this novel that has intrigued me as its my dream destination!!!!!

It looks ssssooooo good!!!!! Well, there’s a “few” items I want. I am trying not to buy so much as its a bad habit of mine! Maybe I need to learn on budgeting…. And heed to financial advice! 

I have already done the Sky Rail (I’m going to let my parents do it on their own!) I am going to just do coffee and the beach, and take in all the scenery and enjoy till Tuesday! 

This is my Aunty Jenni’s house – it is like a resort!!!!! And I love the pool- I had a swim yesterday!

There is MUCH more to do, and I don’t know what I will be doing the next couple of days but it has just been relaxing, and lots of driving around Port Douglas! 


Exquisite Emmalisa

P.S. An extra added Beauty Product I have bought today is the Maybelline New York Colossal Go Extreme Leather Black Mascara.

Plus! This is what I’m doing now!

Along with a delicious Cherry Ripe ice cream from Wicked Icecreams to top it off! 

Have a lovely weekend!


Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, TRAVEL, Uncategorized

Fortnum & Mason Favourites



I have come across a few favourites……. Well, ALOT actually……

I couldn’t help myself but google Fortnum and Mason today. It has been a dream the past couple of years to visit London, and enjoy a high-tea there. It is on my LIST! I haven’t visited London just yet, but I know that I will get there one day! There is something about that place, coffee shops, museums, art galleries, bookshops, and so much MORE!!!! I enjoy watching “Ladies of London” every now and then too.

Find here a number of items I found on F&M’s website – ROYAL COLLECTION

I am in LOVE with this pink mug, Halycon Days Her Majesty The Queens 90th Birthday Mug in Pink


Halycon Days is a London brand. It is an English fine bone china mug that is finished with an intricate trellis design. Featuring a wreath of golden flourishes that frames the inscription ‘In Celebration of the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 21st April 2016’, this mug makes a wonderful addition to any home.

I am LOVING the GIFT section. They have a WIDE range of Bath and Body, Skincare, Handbags and purses, fragrances, jewellery, scarfs, flowers, tea, china and silverware, and hampers! There is so much to shop!!!!

There are TWO kinds of tea that I want to buy.

Queen Anne Blend Tea

Created in 1907, this popular blend is named after the monarch who was on the throne in the year that Fortnum & Mason actually began. The smooth blend of carefully selected TGFOP Assam and Ceylon FBOP teas produces a strong, smooth tea that is refreshing at any time of day.



Royal Blend Tea

This luxury tea is classic. It has ceylon and assam. It was actually first blended for King Edward VII in the summer of 1902, Royal Blend has been popular ever since for its smooth, almost honey-like flavour.


There is also a tea towel that I absolutely ADORE!

It is ‘Her Majesty The Queens 90th Birthday Tea Towel

This beautifully designed tea towel commemorates The Queen’s 90th in true royal fashion. Made in the UK from 100% cotton, this tea towel is finished in royal blue and features an inscription celebrating the UK’s longest reigning monarch.


and of course, I want to get a bag that represents……


They even have a lunch box you can buy!!!!

So that’s just a few to add to my ever-growing list on what to buy. I think that when I DO get to London, I will probably need just about ten grand!!!!

Harrods and Selfridges here I come!!!! World-class shopping is EVERYTHING.

Harrods has Chanel Cosmetics such as the Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base. The velvety finish of this light cream-gel bronzer leaves your skin with a beautiful sun-bathed look. Wear it on its own, or for a hint of outdoors radiance, over or under your favourite CHANEL foundation.








87-135 Brompton Road

Knightsbridge, LONDON

Opening hours:

Monday through to Saturday: 10am – 9PM

Sunday: 11:30 – 6PM

And Selfridges also has Chanel, along with NARS, MAC, Christian Loubiton, Tom Ford and Charlotte Tilbury, Giorgio Armani and so much MORE!!!!

Exclusive to Selfridges, they have THE ESTEE EDIT BY ESTEE LAUDER
Flash illuminator 25m


Estée Lauder Flash Illuminator instantly highlights skin and provides nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, the moisture magnet. Lightweight and non-sticky, this balm glides effortlessly over skin for a baby-soft finish, while its blend of micro-fine pearls ensures extra luminosity. Wear alone to highlight, strobe, blush or shade, or mix in with your foundation for a super sexy all-over-glow.

You can also find it on the Sephora website for $28.




Selfridges & Co
400 Oxford Street


Monday 9.30 – 22.00
Tuesday 9.30 – 22.00
Wednesday 9.30 – 22.00
Thursday 9.30 – 22.00
Friday 9.30 – 22.00
Saturday 9.30 – 22.00
Sunday 11.30 – 18.00



Exquisite Emmalisa

Lifestyle, Thoughts, Uncategorized


One thing I have been thinking about today is that – “Life is so very precious”. We can be here one moment and then gone the next. I lost a best friend when I was about 12-13 years of age to a car accident, and it was the worst feeling I had ever been through….. I cried for days, and had a lump in my throat for the whole duration from being in such an emotional state. I also lost my granny around the same year as well. So I understand how precious life can really be. 

Sometimes we can be sooo caught up with “life” that we don’t even ‘experience’ life!!!!!

What does LIFE mean to you?

Is it about the car you drive? The clothes you wear?

Your education? Qualifications? Work?

Is it about how much money you earn?

We can sometimes get so caught up in the physical that we don’t look at the spiritual. 

You say, what does that mean? 

I mean, stop worrying about what you look like, or how you sound and start spreading some love to the people around you.


It doesn’t have to be the kissy poo-poo kind of affection, it can mean you can just start smiling kindly to people you walk past down the street, or bake a cake for your neighbour. You may have just made their day! – you never know!!!! Or buy some flowers randomly for a close friend! People love it when you are thoughtful, and especially kind. Kindness definitely goes a long way and is a beautiful trait to have.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I recently hand wrote a bible scripture.

“Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience”

This is one of my favourite scriptures, and I think it is vital to hold these qualities if you want a peaceful heart. Maybe start reading the New King James Bible, and get together some Proverbs that you like, and write them on some pretty cards. Or use them for scrapbooking or card-making projects!

I also like this quote:

“Live each day, as it is a precious gift, because it is.”

I think we need a fresh new perspective daily on life, and we need to pull ourselves together and make an effort when it comes to friendships and relationships. 

Also, Passion is a key ingredient to the study and practice of life. 


Elle Woods, (Legally Blonde) 

It is with passion, courage of conviction, strong sense of self that we take our next steps into the world. 

Have faith in people, and most importantly have faith in yourself. 

Have a look at this TO DO LIST! I ❤️ it!!!!

Maybe you can step back and have a look at your own life and write your OWN to do list!!! There are so many things we can change inwardly AND outwardly. When we write things down we have a clear note of what we need to do to live greatly. 

I don’t know about you, but I want to do AMAZING things with my life!!!!! And live a hopeful, fulfilled, inspirational life. 

What things can you do to succeed this? 

So, think about what you can do to live a life of fulfilment. I think that if you have a life filled with love then you are definitely on the road to success. 

Think this weekend about what things exactly you can do to love others, and share things with friends. There are a ton of things you can do to live a life of purpose.

I don’t just have a dream. I have a VISION and a purpose!!!

The word “vision” is profound, as without a vision there is no purpose and things don’t succeed as well. Have a vision with anything you do in life. For example, I have a vision for my blog.

“To create a platform for ladies to find inspiration and pull thoughts, ideas and advice together whether it’s beauty, fashion or reading.”

 I may have more than one! 

To me, vision is a BIG thing and I hope you find a vision for your life, business or work. 



It will keep you inspired with your work, business, blog, writing, or whatever you do!!! 

So venture out and write down everything on a A3 peice of paper and visualise everything and write down your accomplishments. It will get you started,….. With LIFE!!!


Exquisite Emmalisa