DIY IDEA: PEGBOARD WARDROBE

An open letter to giant pegboard storage:

You’ve been dominating my Pinterest boards for far too long. I’ve been dreaming about you, annoying my wood guy about you, taking photos of you and making collages based on you. And now it’s finally time. Time to have some of you myself.

How amazing is this pegboard wardrobe idea? I’m such a fan of versatility and this is the definition of. Can’t wait to share with you where I’ve finally decided to add some giant pegboard to my place…

Pegboard storage

Oh btw, if you’re thinking of working with plywood, consider asking your hardware store for plywood with low VOC (essentially lower levels of chemicals used when manufacturing). There are more brands on the market these days. Important if you plan on having it in your bedroom!

Pegboard wardrobe

This pegboard system was spotted at Uashmama in Bondi.

LAST MINUTE V DAY IDEAS: DRESSED UP CHOCOLATE

If you live on Pinterest, chances are you’ve been pinning potential V day gifts for a while… But have you made any yet? Prrrrrrobably not. For those of you after a little V day treat, but conscious you’re running our of time, here’s a little shortcut. Tags, cards and chocolate wrappers – all for just the cost of paper and your work/neighbours/dads printer. Download these now:

Printable chocolate wrappers

V Day Cards

Gift Tags

Chocolate wrappers

Experiment with what you print on in terms of colours and textures – these chocolate wrappers look completely different on brown craft paper!

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If you’d prefer to ignore V day entirely, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t dress a nice block of Lindt (the one with a touch of salt is amazzzzzee) in a nice wrapper… and gift it to yourself. You deserve it. 😉

A VALENTINE’S DAY MEXICAN FIESTA

Contemplating how to show your boo you care on Valentine’s Day, but wary of going down the heart shaped balloons route? I hear ya. This year, why not partake in the international language of love, that is: tacos and guacamole. Yep, a little Mexican fiesta, all to yourselves… Perfect for two, three or ten people! Obviously the ultimate Galantines celebration. Cos who doesn’t like a Mexi-love-in?

To celebrate V day differently, I recently got together with Cointreau to put together a little taco party. Read on for our guide to doing it yourself.

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HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN V DAY MEXICAN FIESTA

Decide your guest list

Maybe you met someone nice on tinder recently, have a long termer or perhaps you’d prefer your whole squad to come along, either way you’re going to want to pick the funnest people you know for this little Valentine’s celebration.

Pick your spot

Inside, outside, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that the place you pick has a nice cosy vibe and will lend itself to a) plenty of time to eat and drink and b) room for you to get creative. Being down under at the moment we were lucky to get to set up outside, but if you’re in a chilly part of the world, a simple dining room would work!

Go for colour

Nothing says ‘you’re sure to have a good time here’ than a touch of colour – we had an amazing set of chairs and tables that were just the right amount of colour, but if you’re working with a more simple canvas, colourful paper banners, rugs and throws work perfectly.

Create your floral arrangements

He doesn’t like flowers? Oh well. You do, right?! A mexican floral palette is really easily achieved by using the following colours: magenta pink, red, orange and a touch of yellow. Throw in a few different foliages like eucalyptus and ferns (pillage your back yard for this one!) and you’ve got the perfect arrangement. I don’t need to tell you that flowers instantly lift your table setting, to the point where you don’t have to do much else. If you like, throw a few succulents and chillis on the table and you’re good to go.

Lay the table

What I like most about a Mexican party is that you don’t have to be too pedantic about how you set the table – because it’s shared you can opt for something more casual, and literally pull together lots of different things from your house and tie them in. Go for texture and a worn in feeling here. We found a few woven place mats and lined them up in a diamond shape to create an impromptu table runner, added the flowers and some enamel plates and we were good to go. You can also use colourful tin cans to hold the cutlery.

Taco bout a party…

Finally, you’re going to want to create a seriously yummy menu. Another area in which it’s easy to succeed – tacos, guacamole and parmesan rubbed corn are simple and will have your dates (tinder or otherwise) declaring your love in a matter of moments. You’ll also want a few spicy drinks on hand (have you heard chilli is an aphrodisiac?), so scroll down for my spicy Cointreau Fizz recipe. To finish off, we splashed out on an ahhhhhmazzzzing cake, talk about true love.

Once you’ve done all this, the only thing left to do is have an amazing time. Who said that love  doesn’t come in, small, taco sized pieces?

Create your own mexican fiesta

Spicy Cointreau Fizz

Ingredients

30 ml of Cointreau
Soda water
Lime Juice
Chilli Powder
Salt
Fresh Chilli

To make

1. Create a mixture of salt and chilli powder.

2. Rub the rim of the glass with lime juice and then dip the rim in the salt mixture to create a spicy salt rim.

3. Fill your cup with ice.

4. Add the Cointreau, lime juice and some pieces of fresh chilli to the glass.

5. Muddle/mix with a spoon.

6 . Top with soda water and add a garnish of chilli. If you can handle it!

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Dear cake, will you be my Valentine?

Creating a Mexican Fiesta

Clearly I didn’t want to limit myself to just one boo for my Mexican fiesta, so instead I brought along all my girls! Hope you’ve got something lovely planned for the weekend, regardless of who you celebrate with.

This post is in collaboration with Cointreau. Photos by Ana Suntay-Tanedo. Thanks Sadhana Kitchen for the amazing cake!

QUICK DIY: FRINGED SNEAKERS

Can we take a moment to celebrate the fact that these days sneakers are acceptable for almost all situations? Beach, bar, work – wherever. There’s nothing better than comfort, right? In the event you’re looking to take the humble sneak up a bit, take inspiration from the runway and add a simple leather fringe. Read on to see how.

DIY Fringed Sneakers

You need:

  • A pair of sneakers
  • A piece of leather
  • Scissors
  • A ruler
  • A multi hole punch

DIY Fringed Sneakers

How to:

1. Measure and cut your leather so that when placed on your shoes it covers the laces.

DIY Fringed Sneakers

2. To create the fringe, mark with a ruler regular intervals along the short edge of the leather.

DIY Fringed Sneakers

3. The cut the fringe, making sure not to cut all the way through!

DIY Fringed Sneakers

4. Trim the fringe ends to symmetrical points.

DIY Fringed Sneakers

5. Use your hole punch to make holes matching where the laces sit on the shoes.

DIY Fringed Sneakers

6. Put the leather fringe on top of the shoes and thread the laces through. Tie the laces to secure in place.

DIY Fringed Sneakers

Voila!

DIY Fringed Sneakers

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

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