Exciting times! Momentous! Earthshattering! Well, maybe earth shattering is pushing it but I am a little bit excited – my blog has moved to a new home…..but it’s not far. Kinda more like moving to the house around the block rather than across the country…
I have a brank spanking new website, with an expanded online store, and my blog is making a new home there! http://www.kablooiestore.com.au . Pretty cool, huh?
This year I’m expanding my adult range. So many requests for cool stuff for grownups. So I’m delivering. And along with that, I’m expanding my blog to include all sorts of things quirky, colourful and fashionable for kids and grownups.
So If you wanna keep following along and seeing all the uber cool things I’m blogging about from this point on, come over and visit me and subscribe at http://www.kablooiestore.com.au . See you soon my friends, and stay colourful!!
Well hello there Spring!! The season of fresh flowers, warmer weather, hay fever, that awful wind…. and the never ending runny nose in our kids! 😂
Ha, there are some downsides to spring, but it’s definitely an exciting time for fashion – fresh new styles for warmer weather start pouring in, and the colour comes back! (Unless you are Kablooie Store of course, where the colour never stops! 😆❤️)
I’m excited about the fresh new looks for spring at Kablooie – if you haven’t already checked out my newest collection – I’d love to invite you to view them at http://www.kablooiestore.com/store ! The first release of my Party Time Rara Skirt and Flamingo Fling skirt are now sold out, but they will be back in time for Christmas shopping!
Noggin and Toosh new spring tunics! I love this retro feel print – doesn’t it just make you happy?!
Oomph and Floss – Organic clothing with attitude! Check those hippos – so much RADNESS! I was introduced to this brand by Captain & co on Instagram (www.instagram.com/captainandco) and I’m in love!
Neapolitan Homewares – Oh to be a kid again! These bright bold childrens suitcases are handmade with recycled materials in Europe, and are part of the gorgeous range online. If you love colour in your home you should be following this store!
Hopscotch Baby is always my go-to girl for gorgeous bloomers in bold prints and I’ve got a fruity crush on these new ones!
Piper and Ike never disappoints! Ash has some bold new collections instore for spring but right now I am GOING BANANAS over these new handmade shoes. Can’t even deal! 🙈🍌🍌
Nanna Lou crocheted baby rattles – nothing says warmer weather like icecream and these handmade rattles from local maker Louise are out of this world cool!
If you haven’t yet discovered the delicious world that is Red Bobble then thank me now and head over there pronto! Gorgeous colour and all sorts of fabulous kids accessories (including diy kits)
Anna from Global Bambino has just launched new swimwear for bubs and they are everything! Check out this fabric! 😱😱
I’ve only recently discovered the world of bold prints that is Doowop Kids and I can’t look away – so good!! 💥👊🏻😎
Fussy Gus has recently released her new Summer of Love collection and it is gloriously retro! Put it on your must view list!
What do you think? Be sure to check out these Instagram accounts and websites for their full ranges – in my view these are definitely worth adding to your favourites list!
As always I’d love to hear what you think! Chat with me here or on Instagram/Facebook!
Heeey! So you wanna improve your flatlay game? It’s fun, and addictive! I love to style a good flatlay, and I’ve come up with my TOP TEN TIPS to help you out! Note – this is not the high tech version, cos I’m not a high tech person! 😂😂But hopefully it will still,be a huge help! 🙌🏻
Top Tip #1
Decide on your focal point! When you’re starting out, make just ONE item your feature! Then build the flatlay around it. Don’t add items that will overshadow your big ticket item! You can always break this rule later (I often do!) but you’ve gotta understand the rules to break ’em!
Top Tip # 2
Don’t overcrowd your picture! Whether you’re shooting a real flatlay or composing one on an app, you want enough detail for interest, but not so much your don’t know what you’re looking at! When you’re taking photos, make sure you don’t zoom in too close – it makes it harder for people to see and appreciate your full flatlay!
Top Tip #3
When shooting photos, find a place with perfect lighting and stick with it – take photos at the same time, and in the same location, for great results! You want indirect but good strong natural lighting – think near a window or door, or outside on a patio.
Top Tip #4
Dont be afraid to edit your photos, but DON’T over edit them!! There are lots of editing programs out there, including snap seed and picmonkey. I mostly use just the apply photo app editing tools! I find once you take a good shot you shouldn’t need to spend hours editing to make it look amazing, My favourite areas to adjust are exposure, brightening, contrast and saturation. BUT I like to edit the first photo quickly while in front of the real flatlay – so I can compare back. If it doesn’t look real and the colours aren’t the same, dump it and start again! Sometimes all the editing in the world can’t correct bad lighting and grainy photos – and it’s better to try taking some new shots again later.
Top Tip #5
Don’t forget about your background! White is a great starter – I love using white board or corflute sheets available from Bunnings for less than $10. BUT don’t feel like you have to stay with white – especially when creating a flatlay in an app – get adventurous and play with colour and texture. I use coloured cardboard sheets from the hobby shop as a background too! Think about what will complement the products in your flatlay and match the vibe! When making flatlays in an app, my fave one to work with is PICCOLLAGE (the flatlay below was made with it!)!
Top Tip #6
Be adventurous! Play with different combinations and colour clashes, and don’t forget a flatlay does not have to be a complete outfit – it is outfit inspiration, so there can be double ups or items missing from an outfit, as long as it inspires a certain look!
Top Tip #7
Find an app that is easy to use – I like to use pic collage for all my flatlays, so I can clip backgrounds out and easily place items. I’ve also heard polyvore is popular for flat laying. Ask around to see what others use – I’d love to know what you use!
Top Tip #8
Don’t be afraid to try a few different combinations of products – if it doesn’t look quite right, move them around! Take something out, try a different angle. If you’re taking photos, sometimes I take at least 20 and it’s the very last one I love the most! Often taking a photo and looking at it will tell you what you need to change.
Top Tip #9
When posting on social media, don’t forget to tag each store or maker in your photo, to acknowledge the use of their product or photo. If you’re unsure, check with them first!
Top Tip #10
Most importantly, have fun!!!
I hope my TOP TEN TIPS were a bit of help – of course there’s plenty more I could share, but these will get you off to a good start! Got any questions, or wanna share another tip of your own? Comment below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d LOVE to hear from you! 😍
Hey! We’re up to week three of the Kablooie winter style guide, and this week is all about food! [And yay that my website is working this week! 🙌🏻]
I hope these flatlays get you hungry for some fun food themed style!! 😆 As always, click the links below the flatlays and you’ll head straight to the source of all these products. It’s definitely worth checking out some of these – many are from micro handmade businesses who are rocking their style. 👌🏻 Have fun, and don’t forget to EAT YOUR GREENS!
I’m crushing on Hey Jude Kids sweater tees right now – so many rad prints! Check these out!
Wanna add a little bit of sparkle to your wardrobe? Check this one out!
Wanna have a go at a food themed flatlay yourself? I’ll be having some fun on Instagram soon with food themed flatlays – come get your flatlay on and join us! 👌🏻🍒🍠🍆🍌🍍🍇🍉🍕🍔🍟🍤🍖🍞
Welcome back to PART 2 of the Kablooie winter style guide for kids – settle back and enjoy the ride! This week I’m making BLOCK COLOURS the star of the show – and I can’t believe how many amazing products I have to play with here – so much talent in the kids fashion arena. 🙌🏻
[Please note – at the time of publishing, the Kablooie Store website is currently under maintenance, so links to my site won’t work, but will be functional again very soon!]
To start off we have …. SAY IT WITH RED!
Theres nothing like a statement colour offset by monochrome to really stand out….
Up next SUNSHINE MAKES ME HAPPY! Love a pop of yellow so much! ✨
We also had a chance this week to road test some stunning products including some gorgeous MayaMe designs tops, and Ice Cream melt socks from Just Ray Baby. 😍😍😍
It’s…..COLOUR BLOCK CRAZE! (Yeah sorry, I couldn’t pick a favourite picture!😂)
I’d also love to share some snaps from my gorgeous Brand Ambassadors – who are absolutely crushing the colour layering look for winter!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻
You can see more of their shots on their Instagram accounts – just click the links to go straight there!
I hope you enjoyed this week’s style guide and got a little inspiration! Don’t forget you can shop any of the products above using the links underneath each picture. Until next week – don’t forget to have fun with kids fashion!! ❤️
In March I released an Easter Gift guide, with all sorts of handmade and shop small (and non chocolate!) goodies from makers and business owners across Australia.
My gift guide was so popular and I got asked to resend it so many times, that I’ve published the link to it here, so others can access it. Cos these gorgeous products are perfect for gifting year round! Just click on the picture below to access my last newsletter and the gift guide! ❤️
If you’d like to be subscribed to future gift guides and newsletters and get hem straight to your inbox, just click this link 👉🏻 http://www.kablooiestore.com/mobile/page/subscribe !
This week I caught up with Fiona, the style savvy mum behind the eye catching Instagram account @fee_loves_ . As well as having a gift for styling and kids decor, this lovely lady is also a strong supporter of shopping small and handmade. I LOVE scrolling through her gorgeous Instagram feed! If you haven’t seen it yet – go check it out, it’s addictive 🙊
How would you describe your style?
Style // When it comes to the children’s rooms I love bright, happy and busy spaces. I love using handmade pieces in their rooms especially as main features. The other rooms in the house are very minimal and white with soft touches of colour.
What is your favourite thing to do with your kids?
I love baking with the kids, especially Michael who is almost four as he loves it and wants to be a chef when he is older…this week anyway. We all enjoy the veggie patch planting, watering and harvesting.
If you could do anything, describe your ideal day!
I think my ideal day would start with the kids sleeping in. A little trip down to Barwon Heads to watch the kids paddle in the rock pools and some fish and chips on the beach for lunch. A nice lazy afternoon at home just enjoying each other. A lovely meal and wine with the hubby to end the day.
Can you tell us some of your top store picks for shopping small and handmade?
There are so many handmade stores I love on Instagram! @piccolostudio_sarah for quilts and cushions, @ellieshm for beautiful handmade dresses, and @quackaryhandmade for some funky boys threads.
I love @mitahli_designs for kids decor, @blooms.butterflies.doll.studio for stunning dolls, and @bunyetskahandmade for crochet rugs.
@littlelopbunnies, @rhapsodyandthread, @littlepeachhandmade, and @hellolucy for gorgeous softies.
Some new stores to watch?
@feltinbloom is a new store that make beautiful felt hair accessories. And @littlewildoak is another new store launching this month with gorgeous name plaques!
Do you have any big goals for 2016?
This year I would really like to start my own product photography business but it is only in the very, very early stages but I hope 2016 is the year I can get started.
Find @fee_loves_ here … www.instagram.com/fee_loves_
To check out all the accounts that Fee loves, search each stores account name on Instagram – happy browsing! ❤️
InstaBlog in the Spotlight: My Shopping Dreams
If you’re not following @my_shopping_dreams on Instagram or Facebook, get on it! I LOVED finding out more about the face behind the Instablog – Kellie Varidel, mum of two, shopping queen and bargain hunter extraordinaire!
What are 5 fast facts about you?
✏️I’m a Capricorn, ✏️I was obsessed with the Beatles in highschool, ✏️I eat porridge for breakfast most days, ✏️I have travelled from Brisbane to Cairns in a Kombi camper, ✏️I work at a major tourist attraction.
How would you describe your style?
My style is definitely eclectic. That goes for everything from music, to movies, clothes and homewares.
What is your fave thing to do with your kids?
My favourite thing to do with my kids is laugh! Nothing gives me greater joy than making my 2 munchkins laugh.
Describe your ideal day….
My ideal day would be a sleep in, brunch at a nice cafe, some pampering (hair, nails, facial etc), a few hours of shopping (of course), then a date night with my husband. I rarely get kid free time, so my ideal day would be some “me time”. I’m sure a few mums can relate.
(Oh, we totally can!! 🙊)
What are your goals for 2016?
In 2016, I have a couple of goals. My main personal goal is to improve my physical well being and fitness. My goal for ‘My Shopping Dreams’ is to keep sharing amazing finds; and to feature more handmade businesses and local Sunshine Coast businesses.
What is the inspiration behind My Shopping Dreams?
I started My Shopping Dreams as therapy initially, after being diagnosed with post natal depression late last year. Shopping is something I enjoy doing and did fairly frequently, so I thought I would turn a favourite past time into an outlet for helping others discover good deals and awesome finds. I was stoked to find so many other like minded woman (shopaholics) and to now be part of an amazing Instagram community.
You can find My Shopping Dreams here:
Facebook: My Shopping Dreams
Blog: is soon to return