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Shadow Boxes: Beautiful Christmas Gift Ideas from Etsy Part 1

Shadow boxes are glass-front display cases that contain salvaged and created beautiful objects placed artfully at various heights to generate a depth of field. Some shadow boxes include mood lighting for added dramatic effect and can be used as a night light or as a piece of art in the lounge room. Others are contain nostalgic…

Vintage textile: A treasure trove of fashion

Vintage textile: A treasure trove of online fashion from days of yore

Are you a fan of period clothing of the like seen on Downton Abbey, Poldark, Harlots and so on? I am and I'm not ashamed to admit that. Although the sublime beauty of these forms of clothing hides the fact of how uncomfortable women were, in their corsets and itchy lace and canvas constructions. Still…

Luminous Edinburgh during Christmas time lit the way for work-weary me

Travel: Luminous Edinburgh during Christmas time lights the way through winter 

Edinburgh is bewitching at all times of year but arguably the most captivating time is before and during Christmas. From early December the area in Princes Gardens is turned into an enchanted frozen amphitheatre. The faerie wonderland buzzing with a German Christmas market and overflowing with handmade, wooden and delicate trinkets, along with carnival rides…

Four Easy Ideas To Inject Some Inspiration Into Christmas

Four Easy Ideas To Inject Some Inspiration Into Christmas

This Christmas, I've felt a little bit more festive than usual. With my own place in another country and away from my family who are notoriously traditional about Christmas, it was up to me to take up the mantle of Christmas nostalgia. Gingerbread Men Gingerbread men double as effective Christmas decorations for the tree. Implant…

Six Great Foodie Inspirations For Christmas

Six Great Foodie Inspirations For Christmas

In the lead up to Christmas, most people consume their body weight in food. But you don't need to spend a fortune to eat posh nosh. Here's ten ways to inject some luxury into the day without the big price tag. 1. Cheese Platter Combos A delectable selection of cheeses can really kick off social…

Cut The Crap at The Checkout: A Guide to Free Shipping For Australia and New Zealand

Cut The Crap at The Checkout: A Guide to Free Shipping For Australia and New Zealand

After a few months of living in New Zealand, I've found the selection of bricks and mortar clothing stores, book shops and electronics outlets very wanting. Particularly when it comes to men's clothing. My boyfriend, although incredibly fussy – was pretty much unable to locate a plain black, classic fit shirt or plain black t-shirt…