Eco-Friendly Products for the Home

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25 May, 2015

Like many people these days, I'm becoming increasingly aware of the impact that excessive human consumption has on the planet. When it comes to the home, there are many things that I've changed over the past couple of years to create a more eco-friendly environment. These include switching out plastics for glass or stainless steel alternatives, choosing sustainable materials, and cutting down and becoming more aware of the types of chemicals I introduce into the home. Luckily, these days, there are plenty of places that make it easy to find and shop for eco-friendly products. These are just some eco-friendly items that I either already use or am looking to use in the future, all of which can be found on the Biome website.

Clockwise-ish from top left:
- Redecker olive wood salad servers
- Keep Cup brew reusable coffee cup: I use my Keep Cup all the time, not only at home but out and about.
- Camphor Laurel cutting board
- Ball mason jars: so they've gotten a bad rep as being a hipster cliche, but they're still pretty useful around the home
- Tin of twine jute: for use around the house and garden but mostly for decorative gift wrapping ;)
- Redecker wooden clothes pegs
- Hessian sack with tassels
- The Environmental Toothbrush
- Little Veggie Patch Co heirloom seeds
- Stainless steel straws

This post is in partnership with Biome, a fantastic Brisbane-based company.

Chocolate, Banana, & Coconut Muffins

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17 May, 2015

Chocolate, Banana, and Coconut muffins
I was flicking through the latest issue of Donna Hay magazine when I came across a recipe for chocolate, banana, and coconut muffins. While I'm quite partial to a choc chip muffin, I thought that the addition of banana and coconut would make for a tasty treat. So, here we are. One batch of chocolate, banana, and coconut muffins done and dusted. The recipe couldn't be easier and you end up with some deliciously gooey chocolate muffins. They're the perfect bite for morning or afternoon tea.

Review: Sapphire 8 in 1 Curling Wand

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13 May, 2015

When it comes to doing my hair, I prefer fuss-free styles that take the bare minimum amount of time to do. Mainly because I'm lazy and also because over the course of my life I've come to the conclusion that no matter how much time I spend on my hair, it always ends up looking the same. I don't have a particularly good track record with curling my hair but when Irresistible Me sent me their Sapphire 8 in 1 Complete Curling Wand to review I thought it would be a good opportunity to try my hand at achieving the ultimate wavy 'do, once and for all. Read on for my review of their curling wand and also for some before and after shots.

Love: Linen Quilt Covers

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11 May, 2015

Let's talk about quilt covers. Linen quilt covers in particular. I currently have one adorning my bed and cannot speak highly enough of it. Is adulthood defined by an increasing love of homewares? Because that's pretty much been my experience over the past couple of years (which isn't saying much to be honest). What I love about linen covers is that they age beautifully and become softer with each wash. They're perfect for creating that inviting, lived-in look. While my quilt cover is one I bought on a whim on sale at Target a while ago, I've been scouring the internet for more linen goods. These linen quilt covers are topping the list.

- Pure linen quilt cover from I Love Linen
- Duvet and pillow case set from Scottie Store
- Linen duvet cover from CULTIVER
- Linen duvet cover from IN BED Store
- Linen quilt set from In The Sac
- Blind & Fold linen quilt from Mr Kitly

Sydney Travel: Art Galleries

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05 May, 2015

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Hi, my name is Sophie and I'm an art gallery junkie. For me, no trip is complete without a cultural excursion to an art gallery. It's one way for me to stack cities up against each other. "You've got James Turrell? Well WE'VE got David Lynch" etc. My trip to Sydney coincided with the opening of the Light Show exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, which I was really looking forward to. Photos weren't allowed inside the actual exhibit (although plenty of people were trying) so the ones here are from the Luminous exhibit and other collections. The next day I escaped the torrential rain and retreated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Despite visiting the art galleries on separate occasions, they're so close by that you could easily nerd out and make a day of it. While there was plenty to see at the Art Gallery of NSW, I did go during a weird in-between phase so a few of the collections were in the process of either being dismantled or put together. Turns out I missed out on some really interesting exhibits like Loud! and Matisse And The Moderns by only a few days. While there are plenty of other galleries in Sydney I would have loved to have visited, like the White Rabbit Gallery, the MCA and Art Gallery of NSW are must-dos for those short on time.