MEXICAN DREAMING

Art, Buyer's Edit, Home, Food & Body

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It’s difficult to believe that only months ago we were wearing little more than a pair of sandals and a cotton slip dress. But, if there is one thing to keep us dreaming about balmy summer nights, outdoor dinner parties accompanied by endless glasses of Sangria and slipping away to the beach for a weekend without enduring negative temperatures and potential hypothermia, it’s a bit of Mexican Dreaming.

So, if you’re finding yourself constantly reaching for the dial on the heater or sneakily searching flights to Cancun, we suggest you indulge in a little Mexi-inspo, too. For us, the love affair started with a couple of taco’s and a painting by Frida Kahlo. Quickly however, we discovered that the bright, fiesta-themed warmth can be kept year-round simply by engaging in a little redecorating.

Mexican Inspired interiors have been creeping their way up our ‘one-day-my-house-will-look-like-this’ list for quite some time. It’s one of those very few cases when less is not more, colors and textiles are permitted to clash and rustic DIY paint jobs are essential.

So, if the winter blues are threatening and you’re feeling in need of a vibrant change, maybe pretending you’re on the set of The Block is the best place to begin. To get the creative-ball rolling, we’ve decided to share a few snaps of our favorite Mexi-Inspired design ideas. And, when it comes time for a few decorative purchases, our ‘Hola Amigo’ tea towels, colorful Pom Pom Garlands and cushion covers in every pattern, color and print have got you covered.

Visit us in store or online to see why we’ve gone loco for Mexico. Join the craze and brighten your day.

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Cushion Clash! The best thing about this trend is the more clashing, the better. Let your imagination run wild. Get the look: Check out our endless range of cushion covers: Stripes, zig-zags and every other print in between.

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FEATURED ABOVE: Hand Screen Printed Cushions by Sunday The Label. Assorted colors and styles available in-store and online.

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Cactus Garden: The best things about these little guys is they’ll grow in anything! Find an old pot, trough or basin and let the collection begin.

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Not huge on the color? Try the trend in black and white. The triangle pattern and unsaturated hues says ‘sophisticated Mexican.’ Get the look: try our Ikat Zig-Zag Canvas Box’s (great for housing pot-plants or other miscellaneous items) or the Zig-Zag Print Cushion Cover in Black and White.

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FEATURED ABOVE: The Ikat Zigzag Canvas box available in small, medium and large (in-store only), Hola Amigo Hand Printed Tea Towel and Pom Pom Cushions in Crying Cross  and Ikat Zigzag.

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Tile frenzy: No pre-planned design required. Whether it’s a feature wall, bathroom bench or border to a mirror, grab the tiling cement and don the old overalls – your imagination is all that’s inhibiting you.

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Take a seat: Your guests are going to need someplace to sit while the tequila is being sipped and the feast is being prepared. An eclectic collection of colorful stools is practical and eye catching. Get the look: Check out our range of Pastel Dipped Stools. The assortment of fun colors would make them a perfect addition to any room of the house, indoor our outdoor!

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FEATURED ABOVE: Pastel Dipped Stool in white, black, mint, peach and yellow. These amazing oak wood stools are made to last and aesthetically appealing!

Hola, from the Amigos at The Dressing Room!

 

DIY Face Mask – Yogurt & Egg Whites

Hair & Beauty, The Dressing Room

Now whilst this might sound disgusting, it is really good for your skin! It’s a great DIY face mask with

minimal ingredients and no fancy tricks to make it work. We loved it, see what you think!

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DIY FACE MASK

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 egg whites, separated from the yolk and placed in a bowl
  • 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt (or any plain yogurt)

METHOD:

  1. Combine egg whites with the 2 tablespoons of yogurt. Mix together well and apply to face. Leave on face for 5-10 minutes then rinse off with warm water, followed by a warm washcloth.
  2. Your skin should e left feeling soft and smooth!

Your skin should be left feeling soft and smooth!

DIY Flower Vases

Home, Food & Body, The Dressing Room

There seems to be a HUGE trend at the moment with ‘do it yourself’ flower vases. At one point in time re using a jar as a flower vase would of had people thinking “what the . . “! Nowadays it’s the uber-cool thing to be doing from home to cafes and restaurants! Here are some that we have come across that may inspire you in your decor.

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We’ve dressed up these amber bottles with a touch of twine for our Brunswick store:

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Without The Hired Help

Hair & Beauty, The Dressing Room

We heard the other day on the news that Prince Charles had hired Kate Middleton a hair stylist to assist her on her trip to Singapore as her hair will need to be tamed amongst the humidity.
Now whilst we would ALL love hired help, unfortunately we aren’t all as lucky as the Duchess of Cambridge 😉

Here are a few ‘do-it-yourself’ styles we’ll be using through the sweaty months to come:

Easy peasy!!

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Scrub-A-Dub!

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We were out the other day getting a facial to get our skin ‘spring’ ready, and yes whilst it was quite relaxing the results didn’t balance out the cost! This got us thinking that whilst nobody wants pimply, oily or dry skin the cost of getting a regular facial can be quite expensive and futile. So we’ve done some research to find out the best exfoliation recipes for you to create your own! Most scrubs can be made from ingredients you already own, so trying and testing which is best for you does not mean you will spend all your $$$!!

Baking Soda Scrub

Perfect for everyday use.

2 to 3 Tbsp. Baking soda Small amount of water

Mix the ingredients into a paste. Using a circular motion, apply to face and gently scrub.

Cornmeal Scrub

Slightly more potent than the baking soda scrub, this works best on a 2 to 3 day interval.

2 to 3 Tbsp. Cornmeal Small amount of water

Mix and apply in the same manner as baking soda scrub.

Rose Almond Face Scrub

To brighten and soften skin.

1 tsp rosewater 1/2 tsp almond flour or finely ground almonds.

Mix into paste and apply.

Oatmeal Scrub

A stimulating, thoroughly cleansing 3-in-1 scrub! Smooths, tones, and hydrates.

1 Tbsp. ground oatmeal (use steel cut oats, not instant) 1 tsp. lemon juice 2 tsp. yogurt

Combine and apply. Optional: let your scrub double as a mask! Let it sit a few minutes before scrubbing and rinsing.

Silky Smooth

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DIY Body Lotion

  • 100% natural shea butter (about 1/4 amount in mixture) shea butter is shiny so don’t use it as the main base.
  • cocoa butter (the main mixture)
  • Red Palm Oil (use lots as long as it doesn’t make the mixture too thin)
  • Almond Oil (it’s possible to a whole bottle) probably about 1/3 of the red Palm Oil

Measurements depend on personal preference, mixing until you’re happy with the texture!

Now you can show those legs off with confidence!

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DIY Chalkboard Frame

Home, Food & Body

From Brown Paper Packages comes a great DIY project to give your home a bit of spunk!

This picture frame chalkboard is great for parties or special events,
as well as being something cute around the house.

WHAT YOU NEED

-frame, with glass intact
-chalkboard spray paint
-spray paint, color of choice (for frame)

Lay out a large piece of cardboard. Place frame and glass on it, several feet apart.

Spray frame desired color, let dry.

Following directions on can (I used Rustoleum), spray entire sheet of glass. You don’t want to tape it off, there isn’t enough of a margin that won’t show on he front side when you’re finished. Let dry.

That’s it, really!!! Just insert your glass back in the frame, and you’re ready to go!

You can use any size of frame for this project—big or small. So, start searching your basements, attics, and thrift stores!

A Berry Nice Facial

Home, Food & Body

Blueberries are known for their antioxidants. They go head to head with all those free radicals

in your body just waiting to do some damage. It seems to us to make perfect sense that these guys

would do quite a bit of good if applied directly to your face. . . and they do.

The reason why is because blueberries are filled with vitamin C and E (the famously hardworking antioxidants).

If you’re looking to get rid of dead skin just add about a tsp of sugar to the ingredients for extra exfoliation qualities.

This masque is fantastic for adding hydration to the skin

Blueberry Facial Masque

¼ cup local organic blueberries (these provide the most antioxidant power as they were just picked)
1 tbsp raw organic honey
1 tbsp organic olive oil

Method

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend well.

Evenly apply all over the face, leaving room around the eyes and mouth.

Leave the masque on for 5 minutes allowing it to fully sink in hydrating and nourishing the skin.

Remove the masque with a damp cloth.