Homdemade Frooze Balls

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In New Zealand we have these snacks called Frooze Balls but they are basically protein balls. They are super delicious and are really healthy. To make them you just need a blender and a mixture of dried fruit and nuts. You can easily adapt how you make them to suit what you have. They are perfect snacks to just have available so that you don’t just go straight to unhealthy snacks. 
IMG_3613To make them you just blend up the fruit and nuts until the mixture is a good consistency and easy to roll in to firm balls. Then you rolls them in desiccated coconut and pop them in the fridge! Some ideas of what to put in them are pitted dates, dried apricots, cranberries, cashew nuts, ground almonds, linseeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon or cocoa powder and desiccated coconut. The important part is to get the consistency perfect so they will get their shape and be easy to eat! I hope you enjoy making them x

Dying my hair

Hair transformationHello everybody, so I’ve recently died my hair! I’m naturally blonde and last weekend I died my hair brown (crazy I know- going from blonde to brown!) Its not t0o dark as that would look really unnatural and make me look really pale. I’ve always liked the idea of having a brown chin length bob and now my hair is finally long enough I’ve done it! I didn’t get it done professionally but I got my friend who’s died hair before (and I trust…)  to do it. I really love my new hair and its super exciting and fun 🙂

Thanks for reading x

Easy DIY Purse

IMG_3647Heres a tutorial for a simple coin purse. You will need two different fabrics; this is a great way to use up old scraps as you don’t need much! A purse frame which you can buy from most craft/sewing stores. Thread and you can also use embroidery thread for the top as I did if you want to.

IMG_3631First you need to work out the shape of your purse. To do this place your frame on a piece of material and then draw around it. You can decide how big or small you want your purse to be. Remember to leave 1cm for the seam 🙂

IMG_3632Next cut out your shape twice with the lining fabric and twice with the outside fabric. You have to cut notches where the frame starts! Remember to do this on all your pieces!

IMG_3634 (1) IMG_3635Sew the outside together and then sew the lining. IMG_3640Fold over both edges and sew the purse frame to the top of the material. Some purse frames use glue but the one I have used has holes to sew through. Here is where you can use embroidery thread if you want, otherwise just double the thread you were using before!

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Here is what the stitching at the top should look like. Now your purse is all finished and I hope you enjoyed my tutorial 🙂

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Racism in Pop Culture

In New Zealand we seem to have the mentality that racism isn’t a thing anymore. As a country we like to think that we are progressive and that racism is a thing of the past. And maybe in comparison to other countries south as Australia and the USA we do treat the native people from our country well. But just because it looks good in comparison to them doesn’t mean that we actually are an equal society. In fact it is quite the opposite.

We have a very multi-culteral society with people from lots of different countries not just Maori and NZ European. However it is crazy how underrepresented these other cultures are. We are a western society so therefore it is expected that we would follow the trends of the US and the UK; but somehow we still get told that New Zealand values its own culture and embraces a range of others from around the world.

Today I want to talk about racism in pop culture. The first graph I have is of the nationalities of artists in the top 100 charts for NZ. They were mainly all American singers other than Nyssa Collins and Beau Monga from X Factor NZ. This graph is clearly showing the white privilege for artists in the music industry and how other cultures are side lined.

Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 5.06.03 pm The second graph that I have is the nationalities of the top 100 most subscribed people on Youtube. As you can see 88% of them are white. These statistics really highlight the disadvantage that other nationalities would have when getting into popular culture as it a extremely white dominated society. Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 5.07.33 pm

It is super important that we notice the privileges that we have. Privileges can be down to race, sexual orientation, gender, education etc. Here is a really great video that I watched about checking your privilege and why we should all acknowledge the privileges we have: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1Mt-W6ae4o

Sparkles for Spring

Okay I live in New Zealand, so it’s not Spring. But I thought I would do this post anyway because for the rest of world it is getting into spring 🙂IMG_3343

Sparkly nail polish is so much fun to wear. If your having a bad day wearing sparkly nail polish can make you so much happier! I also love liquid sand because it stays on so much longer (and I’m lazy..) The ones I have here are OPI’s As Silent Stars Go By, a cheap sparkly green, and My Current Crush by OPI. As Silent Stars Go By is one of my all time favourite nail polishes it’s so pretty and it makes me feels like a princess!

Easy DIY bag

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The bag has a calico lining and you can use two fat quarters for the outside. I made  the straps out of calico but you can use any the outer fabric if you want!Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 5.17.44 pmScreen Shot 2015-05-03 at 4.56.51 pmScreen Shot 2015-05-03 at 5.21.03 pm

Sew down the sides and base of the two outer pieces of the outer material. Then flatten the corners and sew in a straight line across them. Repeat both these steps with the with the lining material.

Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 5.25.40 pmScreen Shot 2015-05-03 at 5.28.30 pmThen sew the inside and outside together along the edge that you just sewed. Make sure the middle seam matches up (try to do it better that I did!!!!)

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Fold down the top twice and pin along the edge. It is easiest to turn the bag inside out for this! Sew along the edge round the top- be careful because this stitching will be visible 🙂

Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 5.38.10 pmGet your strap and fold the side into the middle and then fold it in half. This is a really great way to do straps because there is lots of material in them so they are strong and there is no tricky turning in the right way!

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Do two lines of top stitching down the straps. I chose to do it in pink to match the outside material but you could just use thread to match.

Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 5.41.57 pmIMG_3572Sew the straps on with a cross for your top stitching so thats its strong! Make sure to measure the distance from the edge when you sew each of your straps on so that it’s symmetrical.

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And et voila! Your bag is complete. Hope you enjoy xoxo

My Backpack Collection

So… I think I have an addiction to backpacks. I was organising my wardrobe the other day and I realised that my bag collection is getting kind of out of hand! I love backpacks and I use them all the time; I’m not really a handbag girl (I always have heaps of stuff to carry round). Yeah so I chosen a few of my favourite backpacks to show you. Here they are!

Small Floral backpack- Roxy

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I love this backpack! I use it all the time as it is the perfect size, it goes with lots of different outfits and is super cute 🙂

Black and white polka dot backpack- Herschel

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This is my school bag and I use it everyday. Herschel bags are really great, they make really practical strong bags that look really cool. I would defiantly recommend Herschel bags as a school bag as they are really strong and good quality.

Fox Bag

IMG_3524I love this bag and its so cute! The only problem with it is its not very good quality and I’m not sure where its from. Also me and friends have an ongoing debate on weather this bag is a fox or an owl.

Lime green flower backpack

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This bag is quite out there so it’s hard to find outfits that it goes with. But its a really fun summery bag and it makes me super super happy!

Teddy Bear Satchel

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I’ve had this satchel for a long time and it’s still my go to bag! It has a drawstring close and it’s a really great size for casual situations.