Monday, 29 December 2014

What I Got For Christmas 2014

Hi :)
I hope everyone had a great Christmas, I thought that today I would make a post about what I got for Christmas this year. I'm incredibly grateful for everything I was given and for everyone who spent their time and money on buying things for me. Also these were the things that were on my bedroom floor from Christmas Eve/Christmas Day, I did get a few more things from friends and family that have already been used etc.

Work-out clothes
I got LuluLemon shorts and orange shirt and Forever 21 socks from my parents and a Lorna Jane quote shirt from my uncle.

My brother got me these cute combi van earrings from the Newcastle markets we went to.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell from my parents
Decadent Gluten-free vegan baking cookbook from one of my best friends
14,000 things to be happy about from my cousins, aunt and uncle

Bikini from Seafolly from my parents

Black shirt from Target and pyjama shorts (store-Susan) to go with it from my parents
New Look crop top and TopShop bag (also Topshop make-up/nail brushes) from family friends in England

Lush 'Whoosh' shower jelly and 'Blooming Beautiful' gift box from my cousins, aunt and uncle.

Tigermist faded midi dress from my parents (BTW it doesn't look that great in the photo but it's beautiful on, it's really well fitted and I wore it on Christmas Day and got so many compliments!)

Parisian Pedicure set from family friends, Body Shop Moringa Trinket Tin from my Secret Santa, Australis Parisian Pretty gift set from my cousins, aunt and uncle and Body Shop Brazil Nut shower cream.

I was also lucky enough to be given money from different people in my family, a Westfield gift card and tickets to Taylor Swift tickets which was a joint present from my Nanny and parents!

Thank-you for reading and I hope you had a great holiday time spent with family and friends!
Have a safe and relaxing end to 2014!
Morgan xx

Sunday, 21 December 2014

DIY Easy Snowflake Decorations

Hi :)
Today I thought I would find an easy DIY for decorations to put around the house. This is not only easy but it's also really cheap which is great when you're trying to save some money around the holidays!
With this DIY it would be a lot quicker and easier if you just use a free snowflake template from google like this one.

If like me your printer runs out of ink... I have the next best thing which is how to make your own!

Snowflake Decorations
What you'll need:
- Plain paper
- Scissors
- Pencil
- Different sized circle things to trace around
- Glue and glitter (optional)

What to do:
1. Trace around your circular shaped object.

2. Cut out circle.

3. Fold circle in half 3 times.

4. One one side draw out your template.

5. Cut out around the shape.

6. Open out shape.

7. Put shape into a heavy book to flatten out.

8. Repeat with lots of different shapes, sizes and patterns.

9. If you want you can make them sparkly by putting glue onto the the snowflake and then sprinkle loose glitter over it until you're pleased with the amount of sparkle.

Now you can just you blu-tac to attach them to a window or you can attach them to a string and use it as a garland to hang in a window.

Hope you enjoyed this easy, cheap holiday decoration idea, have fun creating your own patterns!
Just 3 days until Christmas!!
Morgan xx

Twitter: @Littleblogknows

6 Holidays Outfit, Hair & Make-up Ideas

Hi :)
Yesterday on my twitter I promised 2 posts today as yesterday I didn't have time to post so, it's currently 10:17pm Sydney time and I'm just beginning to write this post. Hahah anyway as it's almost Christmas I thought that there are probably a lot of people going to holiday parties or just trying to think of an outfit for Christmas Day or Christmas Eve etc. 
I used Polyvore to create these outfits so although a lot of the actual items of clothing are incredibly overpriced I'm sure you could find cheaper options elsewhere. :) 
All prices in AUD.

Casual Dressy
Black Crop- $31 River Island
Skirt- $55 Chic Wish
Watch- $390 Net-A-Porter
Earrings- $75,000 RRP (!!) Van Cleef and Arpels
Shoes- $31 ASOS
Keep make-up simple with a dramatic smokey eye,and hair in a half up/half down hairstyle that has been loosely curled like Skye's in the picture. If you like you could add a bow either black or dark red to match the skirt.

Classy Casual
 Jeggings- $61 Zara
Hat- $77 Nordstrom
Coat- $59 Blackfive
Shirt- $25 New Look
Scarf- $17 Charlotte Russe
I love Rosie's natural look with a strong contour/highlight, the lip is a muted dark red/burnt orange even. The hair is kept simple with just a blowout parted on the side.

Australian Christmas
Shirt- $595 T by Alexander Wang
Shorts- $22 Chic Nova
Sunglasses- $605 Lindele Palais
Shoes- $98 Converse
Nail Polish- $38 O.P.I
Lipstick- $37 Lancome
Keep make-up natural with a pinky-red lipstick, leave hair in a messy high pony-tail.

Dress- $29 Chic Nova
Bracelet- $19 Oasis
Shoes- $110 Nasty Gal
Lipstick- $46 Nars
Keep hair simple and straight, parted at the side and make-up natural with a deep red lipstick.

 Elegant Casual
Dress- $29 Nelly
Coat- $37 FashionMia
Shoes- $57 Oasis
Nail Polish- $17 Julep
I love Kim's windswept looking hair and natural make-up again focusing on the contouring and eyes.

Lazy/Family Day
Jumper- $26 Chic Nova
Leggings- $19 New Look
Glasses- $245 Ray-Ban
Slippers- $120 Australian Ugg
Keep hair natural in a messy bun and no make-up :)

I think with a lot of these looks you can really pull the entire outfit together by using a deep red lipstick and it keeps the look festive at the same time!
I hoped this helped a little or at least gave you some ideas for your outfits!
Morgan xx

Twitter: @Littleblogknows

Newcastle Markets

Hi :)
Yesterday I went with my family to the Olive Tree Markets in Merewether, Newcastle and then spent the day in town and at the beach. I took heaps of photos so I chose some of my favourites and thought I would share. I also found some really cute brands at the markets and restaurants so I thought I would share!

First thing we did was take the two hour drive up to Newcastle which meant a lot of listening to Taylor Swift ;)
Sorry about the awkward selfie and bad quality photography but this is me, hello :P
I wore my grey Glassons basic shirt, black H&M a-line, midi skirt and grey boots from Monoprix Femme (skirt and boots bought in Paris). I finished the look with my new favourite lipstick the Rimmel Kate Moss 107.

 I'm so upset because so many of my photos didn't turn out well because the lens was fogged over or something :(. Anyway there were so many beautiful brands and home made goodies at the market, a lot of the food there was all organic and artesian type foods which was super yummy!

Cannot express to you in words how delicious these macarons were, the one pictured was red skin flavoured (I know right!!) and I also got vanilla bean flavoured. The stall (called Sugar Jones) was so cute there was a little caravan that you could go and eat your macarons in and they had so many interesting flavours. You can find them here

This brand (Lauren Merrick illustration) had the most beautiful prints, my mum and brother both bought prints and our family friends bought beautiful wrapping paper. Also everything was so well priced and amazing quality!! You can check out their products here

After the markets we explored in the town and there was some really pretty wall art and graffiti and this really creepy animal head thing in a store window...

 We also found this old book and record store where I bought a few books. We also found a normal record store and look what I found hahah.

Just a little reminder in case you'd forgotten ;) (it's actually 4 days now) and unfortunately I didn't buy a super hip shirt but the sign made me laugh.

The last thing we did before dinner was go to Merewether beach where we had coffees and then I went exploring with my brother and cousin along the rock pools.

Thanks for reading this super long blog post but all in all I had a really lovely day in Newcastle and it's a really cute town with some really great shops and restaurants! If you ever get a chance I would totally recommend taking a trip to Newcastle and also going to the Olive Tree Markets. Just 4 days until Christmas eeeeek :P
Morgan xx

P.S. Huge shout-out to the people at DeLucas Pizza who made me an amazing salad super quickly after I couldn't eat what I chose due to allergies (stupid me forgot to check...)

Twitter: @Littleblogknows

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas TAG

Hi :)
I was tagged by my bestest Chummy Tara AKA her blog RahRaah  to do the Christmas TAG. As it's now just 6 days away I thought there was no better time than the present!

1. What is your favorite Christmas film?
I love Arthur Christmas!
2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?
No, but I'm hoping to one day when I'm older.
3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?
My grandparent's house, spending time with my Mum's side of the family
4. What is your favorite Christmas song?
An all time favourite is Baby it's Cold Outside but this year I've been loving the Santa Baby cover by Simone Battle.
5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Yes, because we spend Christmas Eve with my Dad's side of the family and go to their church where my uncle is the minister and then we open presents afterwards!
6. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Rudolph, Dancer, Prancer, Donner, Blitzen... Nope!
7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
A new tradition but spending Christmas Eve Eve with Tara and also I always look forward to watching all my favourite YouTubers doing Vlogmas.
8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Fake unfortunately but I'm hoping when I'm a bit older and move out of home I can get a real one.
9. What is your all-time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?
I've always loved candy-canes but this year I've been loving the Starbucks Gingerbread Frappicino (with soy milk and no whipped cream) 
10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
I like giving gifts because I'm such an awkward person and find it incredibly embarassing when I have everyone's attention on me.
11. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
I'm so grateful for every gift that I receice but one of the best would  have to be a few years ago when my parents surprised me with Taylor Swift concert tickets!
12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
 England because it is one of my most favourite places in the whole world and it's where I want to move when I'm finished school although I do also think that New York would be amazing.
13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
I'm definately not a pro but I also don't fail so I guess in the middle!
14. Most memorable Holiday moment?
Probably when I was younger my family was in the car on the way to my grandparent's house on Christmas morning and my younger brother all of a sudden yelled out "SANTA ISN'T REAL!" and even though I already knew I don't think my parents realised but in the end we were all laughing.
15. What made you realize the truth about Santa?
I think as you grow up you just eventually realise.
16. Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?
 Not really.
17. What makes the holidays special for you?
Spending time with family and friends!
Thank-you for reading my answers and thank-you Tara for the tag!
I tag everyone reading this!
I'm going to try and blog every day leading up to Christmas :)
Morgan xx