½ cup of quinoa
3 stuffed peppers – with fetta
¼ red onion
¼ red capsicum
hand full of baby spinach
Option: Add a handful of chicken breast.
Note: Serves 1.
I have been wanting get into photography more and so I thought I would start a December Photo Challenge! I spent some time browsing Pinterest for a photo challenge and I decided to make my own pulling my favourite elements together from each of the challenges I found. Each day has a word or short sentence – this is the inspiration for the day and the photo needs to interpret the word or phrase – it doesn’t have to be a literal interpretation. I plan to try different techniques and shoot with a combination of my iPhone, Olympus TG310 and Nikon DSLR D7000. I would love to encourage everyone to participate so feel free to Pin this challenge card, save it onto your phone or print it out and if you participate, pretty please leave the link to your challenge post in a comment below so I can see your creations! Don’t have a blog? No worries – you can make it a Instagram challenge or create a folder on Facebook, either way, I would love to see the finished product. I will be posting on here, so stay tuned!
It is heating up here in Australia and I was browsing Modcloth and found these cuties – this is the style I am going for this summer. I love the high wasted demin with cropped tie tops. I have always been a black accessory kinda girl but this season I am loving brown bags and sandals. And look at this gorgeous little necklace! So cute!
1/On the Flight Side bag 2/ It’s High Time shorts
3/ Signed, Sealed and Quivered necklace 4/ Bettie Page Little White Tie top
What are your favourite things to wear in summer?
You may have noticed a few changes popping up around here. I have been re-designing In-Aeternum.net! I still have lots of things that I want to do, so you will notice more changes over the next few weeks but I am loving the direction it’s going! Here is the mood board that I put together. I would love any suggestions, plugin recommendations or feedback!
I am not going to explore my every day apps like Instagram and Facebook – they are stables that pretty much everyone with a smart phone frequents daily. This is a list of my five favourite apps that you may not have heard of or may not use frequently.
1. CARROT // To Do List // $1.99
This little app is hilarious! It is essentially a very basic to-do list – you can’t group your tasks or write details etc but the cool thing about this app is that it has a personality and you earn points and advance levels for completing your tasks. CARROT will get angry at you if you don’t complete your tasks and the theme will change from white and blue (active when CARROT is happy with you) to black and red when CARROT is unhappy (or as the app says ‘wrathful’). More info?
2. Pinterest // Photos Boards // Free
This is an app that a lot of readers probably already have, but I am loving Pinterest as a boredom buster – when you are waiting to meet someone or waiting in a doctor surgery perhaps, this app can provide entertainment and inspiration. I love to look at DIY craft and graphic and web design pins. More info?
3. See Me Get Fit // Health // Free
A few months ago I made the decision to change my lifestyle and become fit and healthy. This app was a bit help! You set a goal weight and then watch your progression as it is tracked in a line graph. You can enter your weight, add progress picture of yourself and what you eat, write notes that could include anything from your body measurements to what you ate and what exercise you did, and my favourite part – you can add a password which makes it private. More info?
4. A Beautiful Mess // Photography // $0.99
I adore Instagram – I visit it multiple times a day! But this is another app that I love for photo editing and it is great to use in conjunction with Instagram. This app was developed by the very clever girls over at A Beautiful Mess and features backgrounds, frames, elements and text along with a few filters to create unique and fresh images. More info?
5. Mechanical Pomodoro // Productivity // Free
If you haven’t heard of the Pomodoro Technique – you should watch this video. It is a technique that can be used to increase productivity when working. I am not 100% sold on the technique yet, but I am trying it out and this app is the best one I have found to help. It is also pretty cool visually. More info?
What are your favourite iPhone apps?
This year I attended Melbourne Cup, in Sydney. I wore the gorgeous dress Gavin gave me for my birthday and thought I would try my hand at making my own spring racing hat. I wanted something asymmetrical, sitting to one side. The dress is a slightly deep red, so I thought black would be best and I would team the ensemble with black shoes and a black clutch. The neck of my dress is quite stylised and sits up. I wore my hair in an up-style so I thought this style of hat will suit it best. This is how I made my hat – this technique can be used to make any number of designs and styles.
- Sinamay roll of fabric – I got 1m*
- 1 x teardrop sinamay base*
- Bias binding
- Millinery wire* (I am using normal thin wire)
- Needle and thread of an appropriate colour*
- Any flowers, feathers or beads that you want to use for embellishment. I chose two sculpted ostrich feathers
This is just a guide. You can get any additional flowers and feathers that you like. The items that you will really need have an asterix against them. I get my millinery supplies from Feather.com.au.
Here are a few hats I found on Etsy that I really liked.
(Click image for the Etsy listings)
1. Using a pencil, chalk or sewing chalk, trace a large circle or draw freehand if you are after a different shape. Ensure that you sinamay is doubled over and it is best if the grains are slightly off-centre from each other.
2. Pin the layers together and cut along the guide line that you drew for yourself.
3. Sew your millinery wire (or in my case, normal craft wire) around the edge. I like to fold the end back on itself to ensure that no sharp bits can stick out.
4. Stitch your bias binding, open, to the edge.
5. Turn over and close the bias binding over the wire and stitch down. Use small stitches and be mindful of the cotton catching on the sinamay.
6. Style/sculpt your sinamay into an interesting shape and stitch creases into place. This takes a bit of playing and you might need a mirror so you can keep checking how it looks on your head. Once you have completed step 6, stitch to a sinamay base, headband or clip and decorate.
HINT: Sinamay reacts to steam so if you are having trouble moulding it the way you want, boil a pot of water and just hold it over for a minute until pliable.
I work from home a lot. As a uni tutor, a soon-to-be PhD candidate (fingers crossed), marketer and performer – the majority of my days are spent based at home. I will pop out for groceries, to teach or to go to the gym, but generally speaking, home is my workspace. I have been thinking lately about how to work from home efficiently. I would say that I am fairly good this style of working but as I start thinking about working in 2014 I realised that it’s not enough to just get up in the morning and do work. Here are some tips.
1. Make your bed.
I went through a period where I would keep visiting my bed throughout the day to ‘read’ – no good. This just meant that I would have a bunch of naps and not really achieve much. Get up in the morning and make your bed. It will put you in the right frame of mind and even though beds can be easily unmade, it will help to remind you that it isn’t the time for sleeping.
2. Eat breakfast and get dressed.
It’s important to treat working from home like you are going to a job off-site. You wouldn’t rock up in your PJs without having breakfast so don’t do it at home. Get dressed like you would if you were going to leave the house. I don’t mean suit and tie, but just don’t sit around in your PJs and hope to produce work fit for an office.
I am terrible with this but with practice you get better. It’s important not to go cold-turkey when you are as tech-dependant as I am. Put your cellphone on silent and put it in the kitchen on charge. That is it’s home for the work day. I do check it often, in fact every time I make a cup of tea, but the important thing here is that it doesn’t distract you every time you get a text or a Facebook notification.
4. Be organised.
Some people think that filing as you work is a waste of time, and I am sure that there are other methods but I prefer to file my work away as I do it. I have a tray on my desk labeled ‘incoming’ which is basically a ‘to do’ tray. I am not always the best at this, but if you preserve you will get better at being organised and it makes a real difference. I find that when I am organised, I work more efficiently and it is of higher quality.
5. Take breaks and remember to move.
I like to take regular breaks to go to the gym or to do some sewing. The gym is particularly important when working from home, otherwise what exercise do you get? It is also great for your mood and concentration levels so I always go around midday, breaking my work day into two halves.
What tips do you have for working at home?
Day 1 – 25th October
Waking up at 4.45am to get to the airport was hard enough, but when Renee, Ben and I missed our flight, the early morning certainly seemed unbearable! We were at the airport at 5.30am for a 6.50am departure. Our manager said to head through and so the three of us went through security, not realising that we had to check in. Generally when we have carry-on luggage only, our manager just checks in for us. We didn’t think today was any different. So we get to the gate for departure and our manager tells us we need to check-in. Obviously it’s too late and after running through the airport to find the tiger air desk shut (never fly with tiger air, they are dreadful!) we are told the next flight we can transfer to is at 1.50pm. 1.50!! That’s in 7hours! So the wait began.
In all fairness, it didn’t feel that long but I was just in the worst mood all day, storming around the airport just being generally angry. At 1.20pm we head to our gate just as they announce our flight has been delayed another 45 mins. Make that 8 hours at the airport. We entertain ourselves by having wine samples and then I fell asleep on the floor. Finally we get to Brisbane and it’s a struggle to find our manager and the tour bus. Finally we spot him and I bust in there and throw myself down on the bus seat and instantly fall asleep.
Tonight we performed at the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba. It was a really lovely venue and the crowd seemed to enjoy it, they gave us standing ovation which was lovely. Tomorrow we get to sleep in and I do believe we will be going for a swim.
Day 2 – 26th October
Today, we woke up late and headed to the shops of Ipswich for breakfast. Muesli and toast. There were vintage/retro markets on so we wandered around there for a while. Jemilly and I tried on a few silly sunnies and we played with some vintage hats. We bought some magazine and fruit and headed back to the motel.
I spent the rest of the afternoon chatting with Jem and planning my garden. I want to do up the little courtyard at the back of my house and so I have been researching plants that can be planted this time of year in partial sun.
We performed at the Ipswich Civic Centre and the show was really strong. We got a great reaction – another standing ovation! I signed some autographs at the end which I always enjoy doing! It is so nice to talk to the audience and hear their thoughts – what they enjoyed etc.
We have to get up at 6am to leave by 6.45 tomorrow. Home by 1.10pm.
This is the last Ten Sopranos tour for the year. I am really looking forward to getting stuck into the new program! I can’t wait to share the new CD with you when it is released!
Just joking, I didn’t turn 21 unfortunately. I turned 26 yesterday, but that is ok. I think I have achieved a fair bit in 26 years and I look around at my life and I feel very lucky. My family ended up at my house yesterday – they were evacuated from the Blue Mountains due to the fires and ended up staying at my place, with their three dogs plus my Rosalie, a cat, a galah and a budgie. It was a lot for my little house to handle, but it was lovely. Gavin sent me the most amazing bunch of flowers (as you can see above!) – completely made my day. There is something about flowers, they just light up the room and make me smile! Especially when they are from such a lovely man! We all went out for dinner and my parents gave me some clothes and money to put towards traveling and my brother and sister gave me a matching necklace and earrings. Gav gave me a gorgeous red pin-up style dress that we picked together a few weeks ago in Newcastle. It’s from a little shop called Catfight Collections, you can see the dress here. Despite the fires and all the chaos surrounding that, I had a really nice day. I head off on a Ten Sopranos tour tomorrow! So 5.30am at the airport – I better get to bed!!