Elegance, Fashion, Hair, Uncategorized

Dressing Well


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How do you feel about how you look?

Do you feel the need for a new makeover?

Do you feel like you need to put more effort in making yourself look more beautiful?

Beauty is a widely communicated topic world-wide. We have etiquette experts, leading lady’s in focusing on Makeup and Beauty, socialites in every city that talks about being beautiful in magazines, newspapers, articles are everywhere!

For a while now I have been wanting to target on “Dressing Well”. When I lived in Melbourne growing up I wore special dresses on a Sunday morning to church, and for years I wore only dresses on Sunday mornings, NEVER pants – that was Sunday nights. I used to love dressing up, and powdering my face. I didn’t wear makeup till I was about 16. I started with just eyeliner and lipgloss, but when I entered my early twenties I became obsessed with mascara, and eye-shadow, and contouring, etc.

When it comes to dressing, I have always liked lace kind of dresses – white lace or ivory laced dresses are my favourite because it is so effeminate, delicate and charming. I was a Cue enthusiast and people would brand me with that name! My first outfit I ever bought with my first pay in my first job was a CUE jacket and skirt, and I still have it after 10 plus years! I loved that outfit and wore it a lot.

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I think if you have a corporate/administration job working in an office it is important to impress your bosses with the way you present yourself. I once put in a bit of effort and had a compliment from my boss! He said he was impressed! So, if you do work in an office environment it is imperative that you dress appropriately, and refine your look.

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Currently, Cue has a “wear to work” section on their website, and I think it is the best brand out there if you want to have a Corporate look.

A Work Look

You can pair a classic Black Cigarette Pant with a Georgette Ruffle Front Blouse.

Dresses

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Check out this Black Lace Full Hem Dress for $409. It comes in size 6 to 14. It is made from corded lace, features cap sleeves, a boat neckline and a full tulle skirt. The belt that comes with it is also Rose Gold.

There is also the Textured Lace Funnel Neck Dress for $339 which is a Zip front dress, has a funnel neckline, and a slight A line hem.

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Dressing well involves getting your hair done as well. 

Looking Irresistible involves getting yourself together, and finding the perfect outfit and making yourself look right. If you haven’t seen my post on the brand Irresistible Me, check out the difference of me with my normal hair to wearing the new hair extensions!!! There is such a difference! Making sure you wash your hair at least twice a week, doing a hair treatment or mask once a week and doing a blow wave or straightening your hair is beneficial, and its imperative that you do it regularly if you want to keep yourself well-groomed.

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Now, back to the topic of wardrobe changes, Don’t forget to check out Australia’s In Style Fashion section! There are a few outfits to check out!

One for a Friday night movie:

Shop the look: 1. Equipment shirt, $220; net-a-porter.com 2. Zara sweater, $26; zara.com 3. Jennifer Fisher earrings, $215; barneys.com 4. Adidas sneaker, $100; needsupply.com 5. Adidas pants, $90; adidas.com 6. VOID Watches watch, $155; voidwatches.com 7. Mango bag, $80; mango.com

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A Beyond cozy way to master day to night dressing

Shop the look: 1. Melissa Joy Manning, $165; net-a-porter.com 2. Theory bodysuit, $160; net-a-porter.com 3. G.H. Bass & Co. loafers, $110; ghbass.com 4. Tibi dress, $495; modaoperandi.com 5. Aurelie Bidermann earrings, $320; shopbop.com 6. Mango clutch, $50; mango.com 7. Prada sandals, $1,000; net-a-porter.com

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This is the latest October issue, and in the Style section there is a Coop polyester and cotton dress that can be found on Trelise Cooper’s website.

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Here is a list of websites and style bloggers aiming at  Corporate Fashion Wear:

Closet Affairs Melbourne – Jessica Takla is a corporate fashionista showcasing & blogging about her work wear

The Iconic

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Corporate Fashion on Pinterest – a collation of pictures, and you can find the websites from there!

Pink Peonies – I just stumbled across this fashion blogger blogging about “all things girly”.

This time tomorrow – Most original wear to work looks, Krystal features daily images of her creative office attire. She loves her stilettos, and doesn’t mind pant suits.

9 to 5 Chic – Appropriate for: A corporate setting or a big, important meeting, her clothes can be a BIT pricey for the average girl, sophisticated, classic pieces like trench coats. If you have a meeting with your top boss—look to her for inspiration!

Viva Fashion – Carmen teaches you how to get that latest look of Pippa Middleton, but with affordable items you can find at places like Kohl’s (american department store) which would be like Myer. She also reviews the latest looks from places like Zara and Target, so you don’t have to spend hours browsing the Internet doing it yourself!

For MORE great fashion, beauty and lifestyle tips head on over to Glitter Guide – My mouth is watering over the photo of a Blush Berry Smoothie Bowl!

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Exquisite Emmalisa

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Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Tea Etiquette


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They say that the traditional time for Afternoon Tea is Four o’clock, because it is between lunch and dinner, however any time between two and four o’clock is fine.

Here is a guide to show you how to have a traditional English Afternoon Tea:

When setting up your tea tray, it should consist of:

A Teapot

Tea Strainer (optional)

Creamer

Sugar bowl (with Sugar tongs – to serve the sugar cubes)

A small saucer (For lemon slice on the side) Or you may want to put some Classic Cream Scones on the side.

Guests cups and saucers

You don’t have to have a flash silver setting, if you are having a less formal setting, and you don’t have to go out to the department stores and buy the most expensive thing!!! It is nice to have either “Old Country Roses” Royal Albert collection or “Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert Friendship Tea for Two“, if its just with your best friend! It is so pretty because it has peonies printed on the teapot and teacup, and you can also get the mug too! This fine bone china is microwave safe and the banding is 22 carat gold plus there’s FREE shipping!

I especially like the Polka Rose Formal Vintage Teacup and Saucer as it is very pretty.

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Etiquette & Manners

When hosting a proper afternoon tea, invitations are a must! So that the guests know what to wear, or what to bring. I recently just learned that afternoon tea is not the same thing as a “High Tea” – High Tea is actually what the servants had in grand estates at 6pm after they had given upstairs their afternoon tea.

Being well-mannered is a lovely thing to have. Learning how to conduct yourself at the dining table is essential, and is something that you learn over time. It is not something you learn over night (although if you are a quick learner, it can be easy to learn). It is important to practice graceful and splendid manners! and I have talked about etiquette in a few posts such as “How to be a Lady“, and “Easy Etiquette“.

Extra Tea Equipment

A gorgeous pretty table cloth would be essential to match with the china, if possible along with cloth or linen napkins.

If you choose to have scones, knives can be needed to cut the scones in half (but the proper british way is you merely break the scone in half with your fingers, I have hear using a knife isn’t really the proper way but people do still use them occassionally) and you can add a small bowl with strawberry jam for the scones. Or clotted cream – YUM!!! and don’t forget some forks if you are having CAKE!

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When everyone is seated at the table, take the napkin and unfold it on your lap with the crease folded towards you. The hostess pours the tea and always ensures that each guests teacup is full. Then you offer the milk, sugar or lemon.

When pouring your guests tea, make sure you don’t pour multiple cups at the same time and pass several cups at a time. The pourer should hold the teacup and saucer in their left hand and can ask their guests if they like their tea strong or weak, and then ask if they want sugar or milk with it.

Once the tea is poured, wherever you are, at home, someones house, make sure that you don’t make a loud noise when stirring. Make sure you stir gently. Don’t stir in a circle (to avoid clanging), so move the teaspoon in a small arch back and forth, so not to make a noise.

Once finished stirring, do NOT put the teaspoon on the table, make sure you put the teaspoon on the saucer on the right hand side behind the china cup. That is the proper etiquette – whatever the culture is.

Number One Rule

Don’t lift your pinky (People think this is the proper way of etiquette but it is actually NOT). In social settings it is actually considered rude and in British Etiquette especially it is best to curl your pinky finger in. The correct way is to make sure your thumb and index finger meet in the handle.

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and when you have finished your cake, make sure you dab your mouth with a napkin (not wipe!)

Tea Sandwiches must have their crusts cut off and can be presented either in a rectangular or triangular way. I also just learnt that the Royal Household prefers to have them cut in small squares, and (That’s the way I like it! hehe) They can also be eaten with your hands, not cutlery.

And then you can have your scones……

Spoon a dollop of cream, or your jam onto the edges of your plate.

Spread just enough of a bit of jam and cream onto the scone with your butter knife, and enjoy! It is nice to take a sip of tea between each bite.

You can learn how to use the Basics of learning to eating a scone properly here.

If you are unsure on what sort of tea to buy, have a look at some loose leaf tea and tea bags on the T2 website. The gift cubes are only $14! If you haven’t read my previous post, I have recommended my new favourite tea!!! It is called “London Strand Earl Grey” – I have been drinking it every day!!!  It has bergamot and a hint of citrus, but tastes positively heavenly.

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Reference Articles

There is a fantastic article on Vogue teaching you the Do’s and Don’ts of drinking tea.

“How to do a proper English Afternoon Tea like a Royal”

and theres another one on Afternoon Tea Etiquette – Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts written by Afternoontea.co.uk

and I absolutely ADORE Huffington Post’s article on “British Tea Etiquette: How to Drink it Downton Abbey Style

 

Celebrities, TRAVEL, Uncategorized

A Lady in London


Okay, girls! So, I have come across an extraordinary writer, Julie Falconer, on writing about travel, and well, especially London. If you have not read any of my previous posts, you might need to know the fact that I have gained a fascination for London, especially after watching the “Ladies of London” TV Show, and well, Kate Middleton basically lives there! I bought the novel, London by Edward Rutherford, but it is quite a challenging read for a novel! haha! I like the “upper class” attitude that Londoners have, and London Life just seems so……. sigh!…… Wonderful……

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So, this website is written by a Californian girl who moved to the UK, and is a TRAVEL writer and speaker. Her travel writing has also been featured in the National Geographic Intelligent Travel, Lonely Planet, Time Out and Metro! What a talented person she is!

This website is an AWARD-WINNING blog. You can read her story of how she became a blogger here. I think its an energetically stimulating change from finance to travel writing. I think it is EXCITING and impressive also that she works with BBC Travel showcasing her photos of London on their Instagram and Twitter accounts!

A Lady in London

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She has written over 400 posts on London itself!!!!! I could not believe that when I read that!!!! How amazing is that, girls? and additionally teaches one on one coaching for beginning bloggers which I would LOVE to do!!!!

I am going to focus on one article that appeals to me the most.

The Ultimate Travel Guide

I like how she breaks down each inscription on the best places to go to to eat, and have afternoon tea.All us girls love our afternoon high teas! and I like how she starts off with “When to visit London”. Click on “The Ultimate Travel Guide” link above to get all the best advice if you are planning that trip to London! I believe it has the easiest, and simple recommendations and she writes 6 essential items of what you should pack. I love reading other peoples advice on what to pack, because travelling is one of the most exhilarating  things in life! When I went to Mandurah in January I was very basic, and sometimes being basic is the prime way to go!

Summer Packing List for London – This is a great list to help you get packing for your holiday, incase you are not sure on what to pack when it comes to looking more Londonish!

She bought a Long Champ Le Pilage tote bag, which Kate Middleton had on her graduation day! Having a bag like this is spacious, and is the best for a carry bag because it is lightweight, and fits basically everything.

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There’s a section on Events and Festivals, and of course when you go travelling overseas you want to attend things that involve fun and entertainment. I can’t wait to go to the Chelsea Flower Show one day!! It is one of the most popular events held in London. EVERYONE knows of it!!!!

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I have been told that the best time to go is in June/July because summer there is just sensational! But would love to experience September for the annual orchestral classical music concert because I have always been a music fanatic! I love singing, and classical music and recently downloaded “A Midsummer Nights Dream: Wedding March” and the Best of British Composers album which you can find on I Tunes!!! On top of that, I have always wanted to attend the Royal Albert Hall where MANY famous people have performed!

A Lady in London does a whole segment on “Sight seeing”. Of course I have to start with Buckingham Palace. I recently spoke to someone that just got back from London and she just did a tour in there, and I was JUST jealous of her as that is my NUMBER ONE item on my list!!! and the museums!!! My!!! I was recently talking about how I had to do a little discussion post on museums for library studies, and my choice was, and will be, The British Museum. What I found thought – provoking was there were these Celtic coins discovered recently after being hidden for 2000 years! The exhibitions are riveting, and I have only seen whats on the website! I can’t wait to ACTUALLY be there!!! and hear and discover ancient history.

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Julie also said that Hampton Court Palace is worth a visit and Strawberry Hill House looks enchanting!!!! Gardens and parks are the way to go and Hyde Park is one of the most known.

Now, as for restaurants, I am not a Londoner, but she has organised a list of:

Seven restaurants you have to try for Weekday breakfast.  It is a fantastic list detailing each establishment. She does it so well.

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Afternoon Teas – Surprisingly, Fortnum and Mason isn’t mentioned, but each one listed looks stately and refined!

Also, read her article on 6 Coffee Shops she can’t live without! There are numerous articles on the website, but this takes the cake! I can’t live without my morning coffee!! and I can’t wait to check these places out!!!! The article is just unbelievable, and PLEASE DO NOT FORGET to read up on An Expat’s Guide to British Tea Culture. It just has it all!!!!!

Speaking of tea, I have to share with you my new discovery!!! This week I noticed at the supermarket the “London Strand Earl Grey” by Twinings. BEST tea I have ever tasted once mixed with milk and sugar!!!!

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Now for the BEST detail of all!!! The best places to shop!!!!

She fixed on the London markets, but my eyes popped when I saw the bookstore section!!! Plus she has done another article on a “Guide for the best places for books” and said that Daunt Books is one of her favourite bookstores she has visited. It looks soooo welcoming, and is a great choice of meandering through.

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I can’t WAIT to check out Foyles because it is one of Londons OLDEST bookstores which I find fascinating considering what I am studying IS Library Studies. I can imagine myself in there AAALLLL day!!! with coffee in hand, and browsing through every single book there is!

Choosing where to stay in London, you have sooooo many suburbs to choose from. London is so vast, and I am still learning about certain suburbs from watching either 60 Minute Makeover or Homes Under the Hammer which I absolutely LOVE!!!! I have become addicted to those two particular shows for afternoon watching.

I like how she recommended the Cotswolds as I particularly have taken an interest since buying the Britain magazines in Merredin, Western Australia. Like she say’s, “it seems all perfectly charming” and it seems like the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful and magical.

At the end of the post, she challenges the reader for tips. If you have been, hop on over to her website, or comment on my website, so people can see and observe some awesome NEW advice! There is no such thing as too much information!!! Maybe share a bit of your travels, where you have been lately, or an adventure you remember growing up!

I am also captivated by the thought that she also wrote a book called “Blogging Basics: How to create a Successful Blog and build a loyal following“. I know what I am buying with my next pay!!!!

and… some exciting news!!! She is coming to Australia!!!!! I can’t WAIT to see her reviews on where she travels here.

Don’t forget to follow her on Instagram

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Exquisite Emmalisa

Celebrities, Elegance, Lady, Lifestyle

Charming Catherine of Cambridge


 

I have loved my copy of British Vogue’s issue of 100 years in FASHION. The one with Kate Middleton on the front is the June Issue, but by far it is my favourite British Vogue magazine. I have about three books on Kate, and have read quite a bit about her the past few years. Katie Nicholl is a journalist/author/royal correspondent that I follow to get information on the Royal and she gives lots of detailed information on upcoming events such as the Tour that is going to happen in Canada very soon! They will be visiting Kelowna and apparently are planning on taking little George and Princess Charlotte along with them.

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You can find their recent work on the Vanity Fair website as well which has LOTS of information on where and when they will be doing engagements. british-vogue-kate-middleton

If you want to read about Kate Middleton I suggest you buy the book, KATE by Katie Nicholl herself! It is the BEST book I have read on her and I absolutely loved it and I have uploaded a picture of it on my Instagram a little while ago, when I first started becoming a Kate fan! Go to Katie Nicholl’s website for MORE details and coverage! She has all the latest news on her!

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You learn a little bit about the commoner turning royal, and where she was brought up and what she did with her parents, etc. We all know her parents, Michael and Carole Middleton who became millionaires from launching their business, Party Pieces and Carole was a former flight attendant that then turned into a businesswoman. I did a whole bibliography on Kate for my subject on Applying Information Services. It had me hooked! and I loved referencing off many websites that also have a love for the Duchess.

Growing up she lived a normal easy-going childhood, and was born in Reading, and grew up in Berkshire. She now resides at Anmer Hall with her beautiful family, and I was quite blessed to receive two replies from her in the past year!

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and this was Catherine when she was five years old.

Catherine Middleton, graduated at St. Andrews in an Arts History degree on June the 23rd 2005. I find this fascinating as I want to do an Arts History degree specialising in Ancient History! This was her on her graduation day.

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Also, This was her on her 25th birthday.

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You can go to Vogues looks of fashion this year and eye out what she wore to every event! There are more photos and a whole timeline of her fashion. I particularly liked this dress she wore at her latest solo public appearance as its a soft grey and doesn’t look dull but neutral at the same time. It is a peplum styled dress and she decided to part her fringe instead of having it all at the front. This was when she visited the Send women’s prison with the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt), an addiction charity that works to help prisoners addicted to drugs and alcohol. She learned about the role that addiction has played in the prisoners offences.

“I was reminded today how addictions lie at the heart of so many social issues and how substance misuse can play such destructive role in vulnerable people’s lives,” she said. “I saw again today that a failure to intervene early in life to tackle mental health problems and other challenges can have profound consequences for people throughout their lives.

This was her second public appearance after giving birth to Charlotte, who is now 1 year old!

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Now I just have to COO over little Charlotte – everyone has seen this gorgeous picture of her at six months, and there has been newer photos, but I just LOOOVE this one!!!

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She is a CUTE little thing! and I think it is sweet what they named her! Charlotte (feminine version of Charles) Elizabeth (After Elizabeth II) Diana (After Prince Williams mother).

and I can’t wait to watch her grow up, and maybe give future speeches!!! and hear how she sounds! I am sure we are all looking forward to future events, and you know I AM!!!!!

My favourite dress of hers is in my post, Real Replikate, the Alexander McQueen Champagne Lace Dress. Go to my post to buy a replica of this dress (if that’s your favourite too!)

Today I am going to try and find some new replica dresses online as I only have ONE!!!! yep!!! How unlike me! It can be a little hard trying to find the perfect size, and not being able to try them on, but the Issa Bird Print dress I’ve got was a perfect fit, so will be eagerly looking for more!!!

Anything to look like “Kate”!!!! hehehe

For posts on my replica’s, check out “Feminine Fashionista” or the “Issa London Blue Bird Print Dress” or have a look at Real Replikate to see my FAVOURITE replicate dress!

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Lifestyle, Thoughts, Uncategorized

Crafting and producing a blog


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I have had quite a few people recently ask me how I started a blog, people that want to start but don’t know HOW. I don’t really have a “step by step” program but a couple of handy tips, and lots of articles to share with you.

To be totally honest, when I first started my Instagram account I started having a fascination of following UK Beauty and Fashion bloggers and people that I loved what kind of photos they were posting on Instagram.

For example, I follow “The Rollinson London“, as he posts ‘exquisite’ material and I love the places and things he posts as it is just, well, ‘exquisite’. I have become a MASSIVE fan of his and the more posts I see, the more I want to visit the UK, and well, London! So, follow Nathan at http://therollinson.london/, and you will totally not be disappointed, and the material is just divine!

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The UK bloggers I follow are on my “Top 10 Favourite Bloggers” post.

So, there are a number of material and pieces online that teaches you how to start up your website.

There is a FREE Beginner WordPress E-Course on how to start a WordPress blog in just 15 minutes, through “The Blog Stylist” – an outstanding website written by Bree, who is the editor in chief. It gives an in -depth blogging course for beginners! It also teaches the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org and “Top 10 lessons in naming your blog”.

So when I was following these UK Bloggers I stumbled upon Word Press and basically just followed the prompts.

I already had my signature name on Instagram and when I signed up on WordPress I just put my website link in my profile, so people can just simply click and be navigated to my website. I chose a “New York” theme but eventually I want to dream BIGGER and create a unique theme.

You can buy themes for your website on www.bluchic.com.

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For example, I love the “Olivie” theme because it is pretty, pink and girlie and my kind of theme! So, select a theme that expresses your kind of personality and what exemplifies your character. I have my own idea for the layout and I absolutely LOVE the Olivie theme, so will be upgrading when I can! Most themes are $79.

There is an article by Thirteen Thoughts called “Resources for bloggers“, a beauty and lifestyle blog, and for when you start up, it is an article called “How to take your blog to the next level, which has inspired me to want to research NEW topics and write down more and MORE ideas!!!

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I have very high organisational skills and like to collate information and bring together a whole piece of something that would inspire other people to want to do the same thing!

I have always worked in an office, either as a Receptionist or Administration Assistant, so I have become completely savvy with computers and technology, and I may have said it before! I love typing. It is my strength and I intend to continue doing so for as long as I can.

Everything is a work-in-progress and I am still learning. As they say, you can never stop learning. Finding your niche is always a work-in-progress and here is an excellent article on “Finding your blogging niche” by Elle and Co.

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It will help you get your business or blog together and teach you to be creative and use your mind to create admirable quality content. If you have a love for reading and writing, then I believe it will be easier for you to get it together and create a gorgeous blog for your readers!

I would say the best content on creating your blog is found on “Resources for Bloggers“.

There are a number of articles on tips on “How to start a blog” and because I like being organised I find the section on Productivity and Organisation has the BEST articles on planning and blogging consistently.

If you want a successful blog, the best thing to do is google things like, “how to start a blog”, or “the best blog post ideas”. I did this to expand on my ideas, And the inspiration will come to you when you start reading other peoples blogs or posts!

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Get Creative

For example, I am a very creative thinker and I like to have a nice ring to my titles, such as “Best Beauty Buys”. Every word starts with the same letter and I like to come up with a thoughtful title. Titles grab the reader and choosing the right words is the key.

Brainstorm ideas and read magazines like I do! I get all my main inspiration from a LOT of reading magazines or going on magazine wesbites, like In Style. It gives you a creative flow!

Ask yourself questions

What grabs me when I look at someone’s blog?

What is it that keeps me coming back to their blog?

Always ask yourself something, so that it gives you an idea of WHY you want people to read your blog.

Don’t forget to write a description or create an “About” page to explain why you created the blog. People like to see a reason and what kind of topics you like to cover.

Head on over to my “About” page to see an example.

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I hope these ideas and guidelines give you motivation to start your own blog and compose to some degree what you are passionate about. Being enthusiastic about a particular topic is KEY because the more you research, the more you have to talk about it! People love to hear more and more about what they like!

So, download the “WordPress” app on your phone, that’s how I started, or get onto a computer at the library or use your MAC laptop or computer, and begin a new project that could change your life endlessly. You could also search the internet for “Blogging Workshops“. There are lots of workshops in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth! When I move to Perth, that is on my “to-do” list, as I want to expand my ideas, and further my blogging life!

Happy blogging!

 

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Exquisite Emmalisa

P.S. Don’t forget to grab the October issue of In Style magazine! I feel like I may get some inspiration from that!!!! (Thinking of working on a Fashion piece for you) I recently got some pearls for my 30th…..

Check out this beautiful 19 carat yellow gold clasp with naturally coloured freshwater Serena Long Pearl Necklace from Neiman Marcus

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BOOKS, Uncategorized

3 Books to Inspire


I probably have already said this, but I love reading. I like to keep cultured, and have a love for history, art and language. I have only done one post on My Book Collection mentioning 20 books to read for this year, but this year is closing sooner than I think! I thought it would be a good idea to do a book review on one of them, or on a favourite book of mine.

1. One of my FAVOURITE books is “The Undomestic Goddess” written by Sophie Kinsella. She is one of the best writers out there! She is extremely exceptional at English language and comes up with witty characters. So she writes with great articulation and vocalisation.

This is a story about a office lady working for Carter Spink. 29 year old Samantha Sweeting is a high-powered lawyer in London working onwards and upwards for that career climb to be a partner for the firm. She works long hours, and has no home life putting all her energy into her work life, until…..

One day she makes a terrible mistake. Costing her career!!!!! She gets terrified thinking she will be fired from her hardworking job.

Instead of speaking to the boss she walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and then finds herself at a stately house in the countryside where they have mistaken her for their maid! She ends up working as a maid for a big, beautiful house in the middle of nowhere and works there instead.

Not knowing how to turn on the oven, Samantha learns how to do home duties, things she could never do before in her life!!!!!

She learns how to bake, cook, do laundry, iron, etc and during this time learns to love this new life in a wholly unexpected way.

Her employers don’t know she’s really a lawyer, educated at Cambridge with an IQ of 158 from London. So, she learns to live the life of a housekeeper.

A lawyer turned housekeeper is an interesting turn of events and the ending is even more surprising!

This book does NOT disappoint! Does she go back to her job? Or does she keep on working as a housemaid?

You can go to this website to buy. In England it is only $8 pounds.

It is actually a number one bestseller! And I can see why!!!!!!

To me, it’s the greatest heart-warming piece of chick-lit! Full of laughs and fun! Kinsella is full of genuine charm in writing this book. I read this book within like TWO days! It is that funny and contemporary!

2. Shopaholic Abroad

I am currently reading the second book in the shopaholic series. My favourite series ever!!!!! Everyone knows the first book, “Confessions of a shopaholic” and this second book is more about shopping!!!!!

Becky Bloomwood has been offered a job in New York! So there’s The Museum of Modern Art! The Guggenheim! The Metropolitan Opera House! And Becky Bloomwood does mean to go to them all, honestly. It’s just that it seems silly to not check out a few other famous places first, like……

Saks, Bloomingdales and Barneys! Yep! The famous SHOPS!!!!!

And one of those fantastic sample sales where you can get a Prada dress for $10, or was it $100!!???

Get ready for the BIGGEST culture shop of your life.

3. The third book I want to talk about is actually based on ancestors of mine!!!! It is called “Separate Lives” by Gwen Chessell.

She became interested in the story of Sir George and Lady Eliza Grey when writing on Sir Richard Spencer (my greatx4 grandfather) who is Eliza Grey’s father.

Here is a snapshot of the blurb:

I am only just starting on the book, so I can’t give a detailed review just yet, but this book intrigues me because of the history.


Eliza Lucy Spencer was born early in November 1823 and was welcome in a close-knit family, and she joined her two brothers, Hugh Seymour and Edward, and her sisters, Mary Ann and little Augusta. Eliza’s father was Captain Richard Spencer (as mentioned previously), a sailor hero of the Napoleonic Wars and perhaps the illegitimate son of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, and her mother a member of the local gentry.

The Spencer family lived in a large house above the harbour, but picturesque little haven encircled since early medieval times by the arms of the ancient Cobb. Living in Lyme Regis.

In 1830 when Eliza was seven years old, her father had decided that they emigrate to Australia. They thought of New South Wales or Tasmania. They ended up settling at Strawberry Hill Farm in Albany, Western Australia.

(I got a picture taken of myself here when I was 29. On my “Travels in Australia” post. I was so glad because my grandmother had a photo of herself here as well. )

So, in February 1833, the life of the family changed abruptly. On 22 February Richard Spencer was knighted the accolade of the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order being in King William IV’s personal gift to him.

The town of Albany was the first settlement on the western side of Australia. It had been established in 1826. In 1793, Captain George Vancouver had taken possession of the region and had given the name King George’s sound to the Seward approach to what would become Albanys harbour, in honour of King George III.


The promontory overlooking the harbour opening off the Sound and Vancouver named this after George III’s grand-daughter, Princess Charlotte, calling it Princess Royal Harbour.

There is more information on Wikipedia also.


If you love history, especially in Australia, this book you will LOVE! Gwen writes historical biographies with a special emphasis on 19th century colonial personalities.

It is a very interesting book, and I would love to write just like her! She writes with a gripping and engaging flair! And I was so excited to receive a reply from her when I decided to email her! How wondrous! She lives in England and visits Australia to do author talks every now and then. So, like I said if you have a fondness for Australian history/literature, THIS you will utterly be ardent about.

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Hair, Uncategorized

Irresistible Me


Now, This has been what I have been DYING to show you all week!!!!!!

I received an email from Blair at Irresistible Me in New York and when I received an email from a company in New York!!!!!! I was OVER the moon! And even more excited that they have been reading my blog!

I am very eager to share with you two products that they sent me in the post. I really liked the idea of hair extensions as my hair needs volume and a bit of pizz – az to it!

We decided on getting a Medium Brown coloured hair extension clips as my natural colour is a natural brown and the product is in 16 inch (140 g) just incase you are wondering.

I didn’t know how to clip in as it was my first time doing it!!!! And Blair so kindly sent me YouTube tutorials, so that I can learn how to do it properly.

When I received the package I was delighted with the colour as it looked nice and shiny and had a beautiful natural finish. It is in the Silky Touch range.

First off, I would like to say a bit about the company in which I am collaborating with.

Irresistible Me is an American Hair accessory company which has a wide range of hair extensions from pony tails to full lace wigs to clip in and tape in extensions. They currently have a 50% off Labour Day SALE. When you sign up with your email you get 20% off your first purchase!

Now, onto the best part!

I looked at these tutorials online and it helped ssoooo much!!!! I followed the order of the number of clips. For example, the one with four clips I clipped in first, and then the one with three was next and so on and so forth!

Here is a clip to help you when you need to put hair extension clips in.

They have their own YouTube channel in which many other girls share how they put theirs in. It is easy to choose the right shade as there are a number of them to choose from! Medium Brown was a PERFECT choice as it naturally worked with my hair colour! I am so excited to receive these as I can wear them out dining or partying!

 

Here is a BEFORE photo shot of just my natural hair.

 

I clipped in each section and it filled out and created SOOOO much volume!

 

I love how it has created a LUSCIOUS look!

And it has given MUCH length…..

I also received a pony tail clip on the right side of the package which is a weft that belongs to the whole set but I decided to just put this one in on its own in this picture. They put it separately so that clients can check the colour and length. Thanks to Blair she had to kindly explain this to me!

It added a “curl” to my naturally straight hair which looked voluminous once clipped in.

Here is before without the ponytail extension.

And this is after…….

Here is a clip showing how to clip in pony tail extensions.

You can follow Irresistible Me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

They also are on Pinterest! Which is perfect for creating a HAIR board on your account!

I want to thank Blair so much for emailing me and allowing me to review their products, I appreciate it kindly for trying it out! And I am very happy with the result. What a very well renowned genuine company, I must say.

They are very helpful when choosing the perfect colour and length. So, hop on over to their website and check out their beautiful accessories!

❤️🌹❤️

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RECIPES, Uncategorized

Victoria Sponge



I have found a recipe that is perfect for that delightful afternoon high tea, or a morning tea with your coffee.

This looks like a recipe that is English and traditional and to have for many years to come! And I will be keeping this aside for when I need that perfect recipe for a dessert! 

Victoria Sponge

Serves 8

Ingredients:
For the cake
175g butter,softened

175g caster sugar

175g self-raising, gluten free flour

3 large eggs

75ml milk 

Few drops of vanilla extract

Filling

150ml whipping cream, lightly whipped

3-4tbsp strawberry or raspberry jam

2x20cm (8 inches) round sandwich tins, buttered and bases lined

1. Preheat the oven to 190•c/gas mark 5

2. Tip the cake ingredients into a bowl and beat until smooth. Divide the mixture between the sandwich tins.

3. Bake for 20-25 mins, until sponges have risen and feel springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tins for 5 mins, then transfer to a wire rack until they are completely cool.

4. Fill with the cream and jam, and then dredge the top with caster sugar before serving.

TIP

*The unfurled sponges can be frozen for up to a month. Allow to defrost before filling with cream and jam.

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Just a simple recipe to share until I have a NEW product to review coming up!!!

Exquisite Emmalisa