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27 November 2014 Love is the New Black

What if we told you that getting married in black could be super romantic? Don’t believe us? Well, today we’ve got the proof. It’s a stunning styled shoot by the team at Bespoke Occasions.

Now, we know what you might be thinking – ‘I can’t pull off black on my wedding day.’ Oh, but you can dear bridey, just take a look at these gorgeous images and you’ll see how to achieve the perfect sultry, sophisticated bridal look on your big day.

 

 

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27 November 2014 Wonderful Wallpapers

Here’s 5 different desktop wallpapers to pretty up your screen today, thanks to Brittany from Two if by Sea Studios!

TIME

No time

SUITABLE FOR

All ages

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

A computer

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Download wallpapers below.
  2. For mac, right click file and set as desktop picture.
  3. For windows, right click and set as desktop background.
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27 November 2014 Nate's 'Bring a Bow Tie' 1st Birthday

Charismatic little Nate celebrated his 1st birthday with a ‘bring a bow tie’ bash! Sam, Nate’s mother, owner of Dunne with Style and one half of Ivy & Oak Events, planned and styled birthday party herself. ‘I love the vintage charm of a bow tie and wanted to tie this back to an event that was rich in traditional charm and favourites,’ she said.

When planning the event, Sam was inspired by a sage green door her husband found on a job site when Nate was born (symbolising that new doors will open throughout his life), as well as Nate’s grandparent’s small farm, whose paddocks have seen him grow over the year.

‘These little elements came together in an atmosphere that led to an afternoon of traditional fun, picnicking on the lawn with family and friends, with a backdrop of laughter from the kids,’ Sam told us.

Invitations to the event were adorned with a handmade bow tie, which could be unclipped and worn to the party, and upon arrival, guests were greeted at the ‘bow tie bar,’ where they could pick up a bow tie to clip on and wear for the afternoon.

The vintage charm of the bow ties led to an eye catching, rustic grazing table for lunch, where guests feasted on an array of antipasto and homemade baked savouries. This same concept flowed through to the dessert table, which included an assortment of petite sweets, cakes, pies and more!

And seeing as Nate never shys away from a kiss, Sam created a ‘kissing booth’ for guests to have their photo taken him. The photos were then printed and sent as thank you notes afterwards!

Be inspired by this charming, rustic ‘bring a bow tie’ 1st birthday below.

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26 November 2014 It’s Party Time!

Make your silly season a stylish season with fabulous frocks, show-stopping tutus, metallics, sequins and bold prints, as seen in Issue 8 of HOORAY!.

In need of some more inspo for the festive season? Pick up a copy of Issue 8 (our holiday issue), with FREE postage Australia-wide, right here.

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26 November 2014 Throw A Tropical Themed Party

Tropical – one of the most popular party themes EVER! Ok, maybe not ever, but recently we’ve seen a heck of a lot of tropical decorations make their way into our celebrations (especially pineapples, everyone loves pineapples).

So, now that the weather is heating up, we couldn’t resist rounding up some of our favourite tropical themed products that we think you should use in your next soiree. Simply take a look at the awesome stuff we’ve found and click on the links below to purchase them straight from the web.

And if you still can’t get enough, check out Alicia’s 30th birthday, Lauren’s Fruity Fiesta and Alison and Dean’s wedding for more tropical party inspo.

Aloha!

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1. Watermelon Doormat, Papier D’Amour | 2. Chalk Board, Typo | 3. Tropical Pineapples Cushion Cover, Down That Little Lane | 4. Pineapple Ice Tray, Lark | 5. Giant Inflatable Flamingo, Lark | 6. Pink Flamingo Candles, Down That Little Lane | 7. Love Love Love Print, Peppa Hart | 8. Watermelon Wall Decals, Lark | 9. Honeycomb Tissue Decoration, Confetti & Cake | 10. Pineapple Glass Beverage Dispenser, Leo & Bella

26 November 2014 Naked Chocolate Layer Cake

Happy National Cake Day! To celebrate, here is a recipe for the most unbelievable naked chocolate layer cake you’ve ever laid eyes on.

For more decadent chocolate recipes, pick up a copy of HOORAY! Issue 6 from our online shop.

TIME

2-2.5 hours

SUITABLE FOR

Ages 14+

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

350g self-raising flour | ½ cup cocoa powder | 2 tsp bicarbonate soda | 150g caster sugar | 150g brown sugar | 4 large eggs, beaten | 300ml sunflower oil | 300ml buttermilk | 2 tbsp golden syrup | 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Frosting

400g white chocolate | 220g butter, room temperature | 450g cream cheese, room temperature | 440g icing sugar, sifted

WHAT TO DO

  1. Grease and line a 30cm round cake tin. (For the next layers, we used a 20cm cake tin and a 10cm cake tin. You will be able to double the recipe and split the second batch between the 20cm and 10cm cake tin).
  2. Sift dry ingredients into a stand mixer, add sugar and mix well.
  3. Pour remaining ingredients into a large jug.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in half of the liquid mix.
  5. Mix well before adding the rest of the liquid, continue mixing to a smooth batter.
  6. Pour into prepared cake tin and bake for 55 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
  7. Remove from oven to cool slightly, then transfer to a wire cooling rack until completely cool.
  8. Repeat the recipe for the next two layers – these can be baked at the same time in the oven for 35-45 minutes or when a skewer comes out clean.
  9. Freeze for 30 mins.
  10. Meanwhile, make the frosting.
  11. Melt the chocolate until smooth in a heatproof bowl over simmering water.
  12. Cool for 10 minutes.
  13. Beat butter and cream cheese in a stand mixer or a separate bowl until combined.
  14. Gradually add melted chocolate.
  15. Then mix through the icing sugar in small amounts, mixing well between each addition, until fully combined.
  16. Remove cake from freezer, one cake at a time, and carefully slice into desired layers with a serrated knife.
  17. Place base layer on desired serving dish, add a layer of frosting, top with remaining layers, repeating with frosting between each layer.
  18. Sprinkle the cake with icing sugar and garnish with fresh flowers and berries if desired.

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The beauty of the layer cake is that you can use any combination of cake sizes. If you have any leftover cake batter, make cupcakes or bake and use for cake pops!

(We used the ingredients each time we baked each tier. You will need to buy double the recipe.)

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25 November 2014 10 Thanksgiving Cocktails

So you’ve got the turkey, the stuffing, and all of the sides; but alas, something is missing from your Thanksgiving feast (gasp). What are your guests going to drink?

Never fear our northern friends, because we’ve already scoured the web and found 10 delicious Autumn/Fall cocktails that are sure to compliment any Thanksgiving spread. Whether it’s before, during or after your meal, there is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than sipping on a delicious beverage.

Take a look at our top picks below, click on the links for the recipes and then head out and grab everything you need ASAP because T-day is just 2 days away.

Cheers!

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Pear & Ginger-Sage Champagne Cocktail via Dishing Up The Dirt | Pomegranate Orange Sangria via Completely Delicious

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25 November 2014 Love My Shop: Koch & Co

Koch & Co is an online and Sydney based store that can make all of your event styling, wedding planning and gift giving dreams come true! They sell thousands of items (that’s not even an exaggeration) at great prices and are a well-known secret weapon amongst professional stylists, decorators and florists.

Established all the way back in 1931, Koch & Co has since become a superstore that supplies a range of classic and contemporary gift packaging, wedding decorations, candles and candleholders, glass vases, ribbon, wrapping, party accessories and more!

Whether you’re a DIY bride, a stylist, a florist or a decorator, you’ll be inspired by their range of on-trend products. Their website even makes searching for the right item a breeze, because it allows you shop by occasion or colour. This means it’s super easy to plan your event around a particular theme or colour palette.

‘Whatever your needs, we can help you design a look that reflects your personal style,’ said the team. ‘You can even contact us to find out about customising products to carry your name or branding.’

So, if you’re planning for a christening, a wedding, a birthday, Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, or any event for that matter, be sure to check out Koch & Co’s amazing range of products here.

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25 November 2014 Emily + Luke

Due to a shared love of dogs, the Beatles, Star Wars, Seinfeld, and Shaun Micallef, Emily and Luke became great friends in high school. They got together about a year after graduation and approximately 8 years later Luke proposed during a weekend away at Mt Warning.

Both Emily and Luke love all things vintage, so they incorporated this into the feel of their wedding. The pair stuck to a colour palette of warm, earthy colours such as browns, greens, mustard yellow and orange and Emily drew inspiration from the 1920s style when deciding on her own attire and the look of her bridesmaid and flower girls. ‘[My gown] was the first dress I tried on… I was first drawn to it because of its 1920s look and took my mother to take a look, just to be sure. It was perfect – totally glamorous,’ Emily said

For the reception, the couple set up their local town hall with three long tables, ‘to create a feeling of togetherness’, and served a shared feast of rustic style dishes. ‘We wanted our wedding to be simple, relaxed and most of all, fun. Rather than just being about us, we saw our wedding as a special chance to celebrate with dear friends and family,’ they told us.

We are swooning over these gorgeous images of Emily and Luke’s big day. If you’re after a pared back, vintage style wedding, you’ll find all the inspo you need below.

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24 November 2014 Sydney StyleSesh with After the Rock

On Saturday November 8, we held one spectacular (and very informative) wedding planning StyleSesh workshop with Georgie from After the Rock. If you missed it, you can recap the morning right here.

We would love to send out a HUGE thank you to all of our sponsors, especially our photographer Mr Wigley and our videographer Lester + May, who put together the amazing film you’ll see below.

You too can still get in on the StyleSesh action before the year is up! Melbourne, you’re next – we’ve got a beginner photography workshop with Lakshal Perera planned for November 30. Find out more right here.

AfterTheRock+Hooray StyleSesh from Lester and May on Vimeo.

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