How Do You Brew?

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27 October, 2014

It would seem that I like my coffee colourful and cute. These days I can't leave a homewares store without purchasing something and this KeepCup and Bodum French press are my latest acquisitions. Because, seriously, how can you say no to this kind of cute? My latest coffee find has been Mannya Trading Co. which is one of the latest initiatives of the Cotton On Foundation. The company uses direct trade principles and works hand in hand with farmers in Uganda, and all gross profits from coffee sales goes back into the project to help fund education and facilities for farmers. On top of that, if their Kabingo Twanzane blend is anything to go by, the coffee is pretty darn tasty. The only bone I have to pick is that the ground coffee is very fine, which probably makes it more suitable to a pour over/filter method. Next time I'll probably buy whole beans and get them ground coarser. At home I tend to use a French press because I feel that a) instant coffee is gross and b) coffee machines are a bit of a hassle for the home. Also, I'm not too sure how I feel about pod coffee. It just seems like glamourised instant coffee and very wasteful. I am keen to try the pour over method though so if you have any tips to impart that would be most helpful. How do you brew?

Midnight Lovers

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21 October, 2014

Today's round up of themed objects is for all the stargazers and night owls out there. My affinity for the night sky and all things moon/star/constellation-related has reached fever pitch lately and is being further enabled by the amount of *good stuff* out at the moment. Instead of gazing listlessly at far off galaxies, these items are a way to bring those celestial bodies a bit closer to home.

Louvelle Showerwear

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13 October, 2014

The simple act of showering is about to get a whole lot glamorous thanks to Australian label Louvelle. Designed by Simone Taylor, Louvelle's range of luxury showerwear takes its cue from bohemian-style turbans and headscarves. The designs have a distinct retro glamour to them and you could easily envisage the likes of Bianca Jagger and Sophia Loren donning some of Louvelle's chic showerwear. Not only do Louvelle's range of turbans and headbands look good, but they also serve a purpose. Wear them in the shower to keep you hair dry and frizz-free or use them to protect your hairline when applying or removing makeup. They look so good you'd also be forgiven for wanting to wear them out of the house. So, get ready to ditch those tacky plastic shower caps because Louvelle have got you covered from here on in.

Kester Black Hand & Body Soap

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03 October, 2014

Kester Black nail polishes have long been a favourite of mine and they've recently released their first ever line of hand & body soaps. Not only do the soaps smell lush (helloooo gingerbread deliciousness) but they also contain nourishing Coconut Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Vitamin E and Shea Butter. If that isn't enough to win you over, just look at that ridiculously cute packaging featuring special edition illustrations by the talented Dawn Tan (future collections will see Kester Black collaborate with a range of Australian artists and designers). I've been making more of a conscious effort to use beauty products that are ethically produced and the Kester Black ethos is one that really appeals to me. On top of creating some ace stuff, Kester Black products are CCF (Choose Cruelty Free) accredited and are free from nasty chemicals. Their new hand & body soaps stay true to that ethos and are free from palm oil, parabens, sulfates and petrochemicals. On top of that, Kester Black are Australian made and owned and employ sustainable production methods. I think that's the definition of a feel-good product right there.

Kawah Putih, Indonesia

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30 September, 2014

Kawah Putih is a crater lake situated on Mount Patuha, south of Bandung, Indonesia. The last time I visited Kawah Putih I was about seven years old and I had vivid memories of this huge, almost unreal landscape. So I was pretty keen to revisit it. Like most childhood memories, the lake seemed much smaller upon revisiting and it was also much more populated with tourists. Where we once had the entire lake to ourselves there were now bus loads of crowds and even a film crew. That's not to say it's not worth a visit though. The defining character of the lake is its striking greenish-blue colour. The name of the lake translates to "white crater" and the colour of the water varies depending on the sulphur concentration and temperature. Because of the acidic nature of the lake the surrounding rocks and sand are bleached white, at times creating an almost moonscape-ish appearance. As you probably already would have guessed, the sulphuric nature of the lake means any contact with the water is a huge no-no. If you ever find yourself in Bandung/West Java then a trip to Kawah Putih is definitely worth a look in.