Thursday, November 28, 2013

Origrami Instagram Prints!

A couple of weeks ago I did a Google search for where I could get instagram prints, relatively cheap. Taking shipping costs into account, the most economical website for me to get them from was Origrami. What sealed the deal for me was that they're also a Sydney-based company. I love taking the opportunity to support local peeps so this worked well for me. I was also super impressed that they had so many different options for printing your instagram photos. In the end though, I decided to go with the standard 4" x 4" "squareprint".

The hardest part about the whole process was choosing only 36 photos to be printed. After painstakingly deciding, I proceeded to payment and in less than ten days my prints arrived. YAY!

Of course, I had some ideas about what I was going to do with the prints. However once they arrived, I had the idea of turning the area next to my desk into a feature wall. I 'gridded' out the area with masking tape to make sure each photo was individually spaced and then stuck them down with blu-tac.

I seriously could not be happier with how they turned out. The quality of the photos is awesome. They're printed on a matte card, so they don't get fingerprints and are quite sturdy.

Instagram is probably my favourite app on my phone, and I love that I can now easily transcend it to "real life" and have my photos as a feature in my home. The wall that I've stuck the photos on is directly opposite to our front door, so it's the first thing I see when I come home. And honestly, that just makes me so happy. There's not a lot you can do to personalise your home when you're renting, and this is a quick, cheap and non-damaging way to do that.

I will absolutely be ordering some more prints, and my next order may be a different size! I just love these so, so much.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

My Week in Pictures #40

It has been a busy couple of weeks here in my world!
I am OFFICIALLY on uni holidays (YAY!) although it doesn't really feel like holidays because my hours at work also increased for Christmas.

Speaking of Christmas...


I've spent the last week catching up with people as everyone finishes off another year at uni. 

Caught up with a friend from work (one of the casuals from my old store) over some Max Brenner. 
So delicious. 
Nomming on some cheese, rice crackers and grapes for lunch. I am so in love with that cheese knife; I picked it up at the Oxfam store! So cute! 

Caught up with my two best girlfriends for the first time in agessss. Homemade sangria and cheese and dips. Chilling in the backyard, drinking wine, as the sun sets is the most ideal way to spend my time. 

The next morning I caught up with Oishee for breakfast. I had the baked eggs and she had the chilli eggs. So, so good. 

 I'm thoroughly enjoying returning to leisurely reading. Currently reading 'Destroying the Joint'; a collection of essays from some brilliant females. This book is fantastic at explaining what feminism is, and why it is needed. But sometimes I get so angry reading it, as it reminds me how far we have to go before equality is actually reached. So I have to take breaks from it. But it is brilliant writing and I highly, highly recommend it. 

I also bought some new $6 flowers (Thanks Woolworths!). It really is the little things that make me happy. 

Yeah, that's Will Ferrell. I went along to the Anchorman 2 Sydney premiere yesterday and it was AWESOME. 

I really enjoyed the film, but of course it was also pretty awesome being mere metres away from the main actors. 

What did you get up to this past week?

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Sunday, November 24, 2013


Christmas is less than 5 weeks away! Can you believe it? We've put the tree up at the J&M household, and we've started buying gifts for everyone. Christmas and I have such a love-hate relationship... I hate the inevitable drama of the season. But I think that my love  for the high spirits of the season, and my love for giving gifts outweighs anything negative about this time of year. 

So in the spirit of giving, I'm going to give away TWO prizes to TWO lucky winners! 

SO. This is TWO SEPARATE giveaways. If you wish to win both or either prize, then you will need to fill out both forms! Today I will reveal the first gift I will be giving away, and then next Sunday I will reveal the second gift! 


A little 'ZING' from Lush! I thought this gift pack was so cutely wrapped, and had some great products inside, I couldn't resist grabbing it for one of you! 

Inside is a Rub Rub Rub shower scrub, and an orange jelly soap! Tropical scented sea salt shower scrub and orange soap.  Hello summer!
Being from Australia, I tend to associate Christmas time with summer and citrus and sunburn and barbecues and all the good things that come with this time of year. So I thought this would be a great gift for an 'Aussie' summer! If you're from a hotter climate then this will suit this time of year perfectly! And if you're one of my northern hemisphere readers...then you can use these products and wish you were somewhere with a bit of warmth.

  • This giveaway is open internationally
  • You must be over the age of 18 to enter. If you're not over the age of 18, you must have your parent's permission to enter. 
  • You need to be a follower on GFC, and answer the questions in the google form below. Leaving a comment DOES NOT COUNT as entering. You can leave me comments if you wish (I do love reading and interacting with you guys!) But this will not count as an entry. 
  • For extra entries, follow me on bloglovin and on twitter, and tweet about the giveaway! 
  • You can enter both this giveaway and next week's. 
  • All entries will be checked and verified. If you do not comply, your entry will be invalid. 
  • The giveaway will end on the 15th December, 2013. The winner will be decided and notified on this day, and given 24 hours to respond. If there is no response, a new winner will be decided and will also have 24 hours to respond. 
  • The prize will be mailed out, using regular Australian Post within a week of responding. If the winner would like registered post or tracking, they agree to pay the costs of this.

ETA: THE WINNER is Di from Max the Unicorn! Her favourite thing about Christmas is "Watching my six year old son rip open his presents under the Tree on Christmas morning! The excitement in his eyes bring me such joy."
Congratulations to Di, and thank you so much for everyone for entering...I loved reading through all your entries and wish I had more money to buy you all prizes. Thank you all also, so much, for supporting my blog :)

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Her Fashion Box: October

I debated about whether or not I should post this, as it's been so long since I received it. It was such a fantastic box though that I decided I should post it anyway.
Of course it won't be an unveiling, but since I've had the chance to use most of the products in the box I thought it would be good to give mini reviews on what was inside!
Check out last month's post on the box for a run-down on the box's premise, and how it works.

This box was jam packed with lots of good stuff, and a couple of gift cards as well; which is of course, always appreciated! I also love the little magazine that comes with the box. It presents all the products in the box so well and makes me so excited to use it all! I also really like that it includes what was in all the boxes. This means if I decide I like another 'style' then I can choose that one for next month!

As a tea lover, I was really happy to see a 15g pack of tea included in the box. HFB also threw in a little tea strainer as a gift in case you didn't already have one. Super thoughtful! I haven't yet had a chance to drink this blend, but I couldn't resist opening the packet and having a sniff. Honestly, I'm undecided. There's a really strong scent that I don't think I'm that keen on, which is turning me off trying it. It might be the burdock root since I have no idea what that is, and I generally like the other ingredients in the tea. I'll probably still give it a go though. Just as a side note, I am firmly against the detoxes (or...teatoxes) that this brand advocates. My liver and kidneys do a fine job of "eliminating toxins and restoring digestive balance" thanks. 

I am IN LOVE with the jewellery pieces in this month's box. The necklace is the 'Great Southern Land' necklace (RRP $29.95). It's just so different to anything I have, and is perfect for brightening up a plain shirt. Red is also my favourite definitely happy with getting this necklace. 

I've been wearing this midi ring non stop since I opened my box, and have gotten SO MANY compliments on it. I think I'm a total midi ring convert. I also love the detail on the blue turquoise ring. Simple, but still detailed enough to be eye-catching. I love the vintage-y outside setting of the ring. 

I received the colour 'Cherry Wine' in the Ulta3 matte lipstick. I absolutely love red lipsticks, and this one sits on the darker side of red. I think it suits my skin colour nicely, and despite being a matte colour isn't drying at all! Staying power isn't that fantastic and it does transfer quite a lot (as red lippies tend to do).

The Revitanail nail polish is designed to strengthen, protect and hydrate your nails as well as providing a gorgeous colour and shine! I received 'Cashmere', a neutral, creamy beige colour. I would normally be a bit sad that I missed out on a bright colour but I struggle SO HARD to find a neutral colour that suits me, and I actually really love this one! My nails are naturally quite strong and healthy (Hit the jackpot on that one!) so I personally didn't notice a difference in nail strength compared to other polishes. It is an awesome concept though!

I don't think an eye mask could have come at a more appropriate time. In the craziness of exams I had three all-nighters in a row, and my god were my under-eyes giving it away. I love the gloopiness (totes the technical term) and the shape of the eye mask, and the way it sat on my skin. I definitely noticed the puffiness under my eyes go down, and a massive difference in the overall hydration of the area.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013



I still technically have one essay to finish writing until I am officially on holidays, but I'm mostly done with it so I'm starting to get excited about my impending freedom.

I have really, really missed blogging and am glad to be back!
I have a few posts planned for the next couple of weeks that I'm pretty excited about, but for now, here's some snaps of what I was up to in my absence...which really was not that much now that I look back on it...

I had an exam on early Monday morning, so stayed Sunday night in Wollongong. Brad showed Cailin and I the local vegetarian restaurant, much to our protest. Don't get me wrong, I have absolutely nothing against vegetarian food, but I kinda draw the line at soy pretending to be meat. That dish on the left? Lemon soy chicken. I probably should have just ordered a salad or something. We finished off the night with with deep fried ice cream. Probably one of my favourite desserts ever. 

The weather has been sufficiently gloomy lately, with temps dropping. I've kind of enjoyed studying while it's been raining outside. Makes it a lot less tempting to escape my desk. 

Finished off the semester with a take home exam and a normal 3 hour, open book exam. I do feel kinda bad for killing so many trees to make into notes. I think I did well in my exams though. Which could mean either I actually did do well, or I missed something important and will do very badly. You never can really tell with law. 

Headed off to the unibar for a couple of beers after our evidence exam was over. Also started reading Orange is the New Black. Absolutely loved the TV show, so thought I'd give the book a read. Am enjoying it so far, although it is pretty different to the show. 

Mandatory animal cuddles. 

Headed off to my local Target in my lunch break to check out the new NYX stand. How exciting we get NYX in Australia now!? The prices are relatively cheap, but still about 3x more expensive than everywhere else gets it. I picked up a couple of things, can't wait to share it! 

We've also been eating the beans from our veggie patch in the garden! So satisfying, eating things you've your boyfriend has grown from scratch! Things taste better from your own garden, definitely. 

And have been practicing lots and lots of headstands and forearm stands and handstands. Finally managed to get the pike I've been working on. 

Accomplishment. Feels good, yo. 
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