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Glitz Vase

Let me just say I am obsessed with glitter and sequins. I love how their sparkle can liven up almost anything and give it a new look. Recently I went to a fashion boutique in Paddington which featured a gorgeous vase that incorporated pretty bright flowers (fresh or fake) in a water bottle vase with a sparkle of sequins. It’s easy to do and it’s a real attention grabbing piece to add to any area of your home.

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To do it yourself you will need : water bottle vase – under $5 at Ikea, a packet of sequins – available at most discount and craft stores less than $3 and a bunch of flowers – fresh or fake.

  1. Add the packet of sequins to the vase and fill the vase with water – close the lid and shake;
  2. Slowly empty the water holding your finger partly over the vase opening to ensure the sequins do not come away with the water;
  3. Once the water is emptied, close the lid and shake again to spread the sequins around;
  4. Finally, add your flowers and style as needed.

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Cakes and Tea

IMG_5135{the array of cakes and sweets is to die for}

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{The lineup and a glimpse of the gorgeous green walls}

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{The design is amazing, each aspect makes it all the more beautiful}

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{Look at that roof}

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{My cousin experiencing the tea and the scones, oh the scones}

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{As per usual my hot chocolate with marshmallows, don’t forget the marshmallows}

In my 23 years in this world I have never been a tea or coffee drinker. Yet, I love going to cafes, especially the hidden ones off lane ways and quiet streets (they are usually the best). ┬áBig up-market cafes that have ‘the best coffee or tea’ are not the ones that pull me in. The small business cafes that really use their space well, are cosy with great design and quirky pieces that bring a sort of happy atmosphere to the place, are usually the ones that grab my attention. On my recent trip to Melbourne we made a stop at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms (mainly because I have never been to a tea room before and the cakes in the window were to die for). The Tea Room was all kinds of incredible. Amazing food, service, drinks and the room was just beautifully designed. I couldn’t stop staring at the walls and the roof! There was a line out the door the whole time we were there and it was packed inside, yet felt wonderfully cosy. Everything I look for in a place to wine and dine. My first time at a tea room, success. Even if all the other patrons where 20+years our senior. Can’t wait to find more to explore.

I think it’s time I let go of the hot chocolate with marshmallows (although I love it) and try some tea or coffee. Although, I really have no idea where to start. Any suggestions on some really great tea or coffee to try for a first timer?