How to Find Inspiration

mindSometimes it can be a little puzzling to come up with a new blog post, a topic for an assignment or something awesome to wear to that big event coming up. Even I find coming up with ideas can be a complete road block sometimes. Here are some tried and tested ways that I’ve used in the past for coming up with in-genius ideas!

1 Books, Magazines and Newspapers Are Your Best Friend

– Open up a magazine to a random page and tell yourself ‘I need to find inspiration from the page I look at’ look at the page until you find a word or image that captures your attention and then think of how you could apply it to that blog post you need to write.

– Read, Read and Read. Staying up to date with not only the latest trends but politics, world events, local events, people, places and things will be a great source of inspiration. Read through your local newspaper or on the net (though I think newspapers are more fun!).

– Grab a novel, a pretty coffee table book or even a book you have no interest in and read some of it – not only will you learn something new, enjoy a great story, feast your eyes on pretty pictures, or if its a really awful book learn what not to do. Think about what you can take away from this book and apply it.

2 Mind Map Your Brain

– You need a piece of paper, pen (or pencil or quill what ever floats your boat) and a dictionary for this one. Open up the dictionary to a random page and the first word you look at write down in the centre of the piece of paper and draw a circle around it. draw a line of to the next word or thing you think of that reminds you of that word and keep going for a good couple of minutes until you have a plethora of words scrawled all over your page. You’re sure to find inspiration from at least something you wrote down (or a bit of a laugh if its a really inappropriate or odd word you had to start off with).

– Write in the centre of your page what you need to find inspiration for. then draw lines of from to other things you have thought of so far – see if you can expand them further or take it to crazy ideas that you think won’t work or you’ve done in the past – you may find that the perfect idea will evolve.

3 Mood boards, Mood Books and Pinterest 

Collect pictures of pretty things you love, a style that’s inspired you or even pictures of funny cats. You can just stick to pictures but including colours, colour schemes, textures, trinkets, texts, quotes and anything else you can pin or put into a book will give you a great visual of things that you can take inspiration from. You can pin them on a board, to your Pinterest account or put them in a scrapbook or folder!

4 People Watch

Put yourself in their shoes, imagines what shoes they would have, try to guess their hobbies, wonder where they have traveled before, look at their outfit, guess what they ate for lunch, what do you think would be on their Ipod, what do you think inspires them? these are just a handful of questions and ideas you can use to spur off thoughts and ideas that you can apply  to your lack of inspiration!

5 Do the Exact Opposite of What I’ve Said

Or you can let the idea and inspiration come to you and just wait until something catches your eye or clicks in your mind, it will feel like it was fate!

Cute Cupcake Nail Art

556798_4364045892019_233753462_nVery adorable aren’t they? while this isn’t hand painted, these are pretty awesome if you want stand out nails in a flash before a party or if you aren’t so talented with a nail polish brush 😛

They are super easy to stick onto your nails, first you do a base coat, then you use your cleat topcoat and dab a little on the back of the nail art and stick onto your nail, once its dry just paint on topcoat as usual!

I purchased these online from Urban Outfitters http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=26337097 if anyone else is interested in giving them ago, the packet comes with four different designs, I also got adorable bows, stars and hearts in mine little pack 🙂

nail art and hot pink nail polish, it couldn't get any cuter!

nail art and hot pink nail polish, it couldn’t get any cuter!

 

Sweet Strawberry Cupcakes!

 

I’ve noticed a mini theme going on here  – I’ve posted quite a bit of strawberry pictures and now I’m going to post a strawberry cupcake recipe! Yesterday I decided to bake cupcakes with strawberries in them to use up the ones I picked the other day. Apart from anything fashion related baking is one of my favourite things to do, I’ve made some pretty crazy things in the past! (blue fortune cookies, lollypop biscuits rainbow layer cake…) I know in the picture it doesnt quite have the height, I used really deep fancy patty pans I think I’ll go back to regular ones the shape comes out much better in them. Anyway here is the recipe!

Sweet Strawberry Cupcakes

You’ll need:

125g of butter

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

2/3 cup of caster sugar

2 eggs

1 ¼ (185g) of self-raising flour

1/3 cup (80ml) of milk

6 big strawberries chopped

2 tablespoons of strawberry jam (if you don’t like really sweet cupcakes half this amount

 Method

1 – Preheat oven to 180c/160c fan forced. Line cupcake tray with 12 patty pans.

2 –Beat the butter, vanilla extract, strawberry jam, sugar and eggs in a small bowl with your electric mixer (or just in your mix master/ kitchen aid if you own one of these amazing mixers).

3- Stir in sifted flour and the milk in two batches. Add the chopped strawberries and stir until they are mixed through the batter.

4 – pour mixture into patty pans and put them in the oven. Bake for around 20 minutes or when a skewer is inserted it comes out clean, or they spring back when touched. (I usually use the latter just to be sure)

5 – turn out cakes onto a wire rack to cool. You can either decorate them with whatever takes your fancy or just leave them plain they taste amazing either way!

If you are going to decorate them you could:

–          Just plain coloured icing and sprinkles like I did

–          Chocolate icing – Yum I might do that next time

–          A butter based icing

–          Dust them with icing sugar

–          Turn them into fairy cakes with jam and cream (or just cream they don’t really need more jam!

How to – 80’s Hair, Makeup And Style!

I thought I’d do a fun tutorial today and go very 80’s (may or may not be inspired from a jumper I wore in a previous post XD). This look is very achievable with the right tools and is a lot quicker than my other tutorial I did the other week on everyday vintage, here’s the link if you want to check it out 🙂 https://ohmygoshstyle.wordpress.com/2012/10/06/how-to-everyday-vintage-hair-and-makeup/

This particular look is great if you are daring enough to wear it out, probably best saved for a party or a great time out with the girls!

Step 1: Apply your foundation as usual. (Sorry about shadows in the photos I did this as the sun was setting lighting was a bit tricky!)

Step 2: Blusher time, I used a pinky red shade. Smile when you apply the blusher so you can see your cheekbones, apply in an upwards motion on your cheekbones.

Step 3: Apply your eyeliner start from the inner corner and draw a line to the outer edge of your eye, draw a line with the same thickness from the outer edge to the inner edge underneath your eye.

Step 4: Eyeliner time! to make it easier I have a made a quick diagram using Photoshop I know it looks a little odd I’ve used a photo of myself as an underlay. Start of with your primary blue colour and apply to your eyelid and the above area. Next apply a purple shade to your eyelid area only. Finally apply a lighter blue (try for a lighter version of the main blue you used) in the inner corner of your eyes.

Here’s an up close shot… I hope it helps!

Step 5: Apply a metallic shade of lippy in a pink or red hue! now you’re ready for hair!

Step 6: This hairstyle I’ve done involves a crimper. I find a crimper is an easy way to create big 80’s hair because it makes your hair kinda frizzy and boffy looking :). In Australia you can pickup a pretty good one for around $25 the one I’m using is a VS Sassoon brand crimper. Crimp your hair all over. I then back brushed my hair especially around the front of my head to create height and flipped my hair to one side, its alot eaiser to do it this way than full on teasing your hair with a comb. Play around with how you want your hair and then add lots of hairspray.

Step 7: Accessorize!! I put a scrunchie in my hair, and my mum’s big gold hoops she always use to wear in the 80’s. You can find scrunchies at $2 shops or accessories shops if you are lucky. Raid your Mum’s jewelry to find some gold hoops or big earrings. When I went out today I saw lots of 80’s earrings for sale at Op shops for a few dollars so they are an easy find. You could alternatively wear a scarf in your hair, lots of jewelry, peplum, shoulder padded jackets, lace gloves, over sized jumpers (which Is what I have done) or coloured tights to achieve the eighties look!

Done! Make sure to add some awesome 80’s accessories 🙂

* Extra Tip: Play some awesome 80’s tracks while you do your hair and make up it will really get you in the mood! My personal favorites are: Together in Electric Dreams by Giorgio Moroder / Phil Oakey , Celebration by Madonna , Let’s Go To The Mall by Robin Sparkles (okay it’s not 80’s but hey its from HIMYM), She’s Got The Look by Roxette and Dancing With Myself by Billy Idol.

How To – Everyday Vintage Hair and Makeup

Everyday Vintage Hair and Makeup

Full on vintage hair and makeup looks fabulous when going out on the town but can be a little over the top for during the day. Here is my first how to, rock vintage style during the day without looking over the top!

We will start off with makeup first, for starters, pull your hair of your face, and do what is part of your normal makeup prep routine.

 

1: apply your concealer, foundation and some power to your face, make sure that the foundation and power you use is the same colour as your skin or lighter, we aren’t looking for a bronzed beauty style today 🙂

2: apply eyeliner, do this in a winged style. have the line be thinner towards the inner part of your eye and gradually build up the line to be thicker and winged shape on the outer part. Draw a thin line on the bottom part of your eye from the winged part to a quarter of the way in towards your eye again thinning out the line as you go.

3: Apply a light silvery eye shadow over the eyelid. this can go over the eyeliner a little, play around with this until the eye shadow suits you.

4: Mascara! put a few coats on because this style doesn’t require false eyelashes, build them up as much as you can without them going all thick and clumpy.

5: Next apply your favourite pale/ subdued pink lippy, really define your lips with the lipstick.

haha you can tell I took this one my self XD

6: Makeup is done! now onto hair!

Hair

7: let your hair down.

8: create a side part in between your ear and the middle of your forehead.

9: Grab your curling tongs and curl your hair all over, it does not matter too much if you don’t curl the top half much. hairspray it in and let the hairspray ‘set’ or dry for at least 5 minutes.

10: while you are doing this, grab the front section you hair on the side with the most hair. backcomb this down to your forehead. this is to create a bit of height, and give your hair a softer Veronica style. Pinch this section so it stands up a little more, hairspray this part and then play around with placement of where you want the rest of your hair to sit.

this is the kind of look we are going for, isn’t Veronica Lake amazing?

11: Brush all of your curls out but start lightly, this is so you can judge how much your hair needs to be brushed out to create soft sexy glamour waves. hairspray and then you are done and all vintaged up for the day!

Finished! 🙂 xox