2012, The Year That Was.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

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Top & split pants courtesy of Boohoo, DIY flower crown, Yves Saint Laurent Ring

Some people say that they'd rather be comfortable than wear pretty clothes, I think Boohoo challenges that statement perfectly by providing their customers with the most comfortable split pants known to mankind! If you're keen to grab some Boohoo goodies, they're currently having up to 50% off on selected items and if you enter 'EXTRAS' at the checkout you can grab yourself an extra 10% off :)

On another note, it looks like this is going to be my last blog post for the year...how did a whole calendar just slip by so fast?

2012  started off as a year so full of trials and tribulations. Looking back at the new life adjustments, new responsibilities and new friends that I've made this year, the deeper gratitude that I now feel for the current people and opportunities I have in my life fills my heart with so much love.

So, as my last blog post for the year this one will be a small keepsake of 2012.

This year I:
  • Attended my Graduation Ceremony at the University of Technology Sydney for completing my Bachelor Degree of Business
  • Walked over a pathway of 400-800 degree celcius of burning coal at Unleash The Power Within, which you can read here :-O
  • A new work opportunity was presented to me and I went from Account Manager for E-Web Marketing to Creative Director for Bellagio & Co. During the entire process and hopefully for the rest of my professional career, I've been given invaluable advice and mentorship from the CEO and COO of E-Web Marketing on how to improve my business acumen, become a better leader and a better person and I am ever so grateful for them.
  • I've met some really great bloggers and PR agencies this year, to top it off I got to go on my first sponsored trip to Melbourne, all of this thanks to my blog. Where would I be without the World Wide Web! 
  • Guest Lectured the Post-Graduate Marketing class at UNSW as well as the Undergraduate Marketing students at Monash University and had a blast!
  • Was interviewed and featured in a BBC Documentary 'Generation Asia'. The camera really adds on the pounds doesn't it? Haha 
  • Although I haven't had a lot of time to focus on it, I feel like I've surpassed leaps and bounds in my previous obstacles with Anniepopshop. Things are now running smoothly and wheels are turning themselves which I'm happy about!
  • My CEO and I started a non-profit organisation to inspire more people to choose happiness as a part of their every day life. It's called Punnky, which stands for Positive Uplifting News Network and within 6 weeks I generated over 70,000 fans. Hopefully by 2020 this turns into 500 million happy people :) 
  • Finally commited myself towards getting fit at least 3 times a week with 3 amazing trainers and cut out a lot of bad food in my diet. With the exception of cheat days of course ;) 
  • Recently I got to serve morning tea and give gifts to the residents of Charles Chambers Court for Mission Australia which really made my Christmas special!
  • Have made new relationships including one I hold dear to my heart with the last person I expected but is now the first person always on my mind :) 
And in a few hours I'll be making my way to Vanuatu and New Caledonia! Have a happy and safe new year every body and remember to thank all your friends and family for sticking by you for another year of greatness :D

DIY Flower Crown

Monday, December 17, 2012

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DIY Flower Crowns, Cut out dress by ASOS

I'm not sure where my recent fixation with flower crowns came from, I think it might have something to do with the fact that I spend too much time on the internet and I somehow end up browsing pictures of the different types of flower arrangements that the brides of today have been favouring..

So instead of feeling the sudden need to buy flowers, like a normal person would, I felt the need to wear the flowers.. on my head.. I don't think many of my friends will understand it but they're so quick to make and so pretty to look at that I thought I'd share it with you :)

How to Make a Flower Crown

What you'll need: 

  • Fake flowers: You'll be able to find plastic and foam flowers at Spotlight, Lincraft, dollar shops and home decor stores. These particular ones are from different dollar stores & cost me around $2-3 a bunch 
  • Headband 
  • Felt paper
  • Hot glue gun + hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon (optional)

1. Cut a strip of felt paper which is going to cover the area of the headband which you want to cover with flowers. Thickness of the felt will depend on the size of the flowers you use.
2. Hot glue the felt to the headband. Make sure you try the felt + headband first to make sure that the felt doesn't uncomfortably sit on your head/touch your ears. Also remember to be quick when using the hot gun, it will harden really fast so I suggest you hot glue the felt and headband together a centimeter or two at a time.
3. Hot glue the flowers onto the felt, one flower at a time
4. Cut an arch felt (this will go at the back of your flowers)
5. Turn your flower crown around, hot glue in between the flowers
6. Hot glue the felt to cover the back of the flowers
7. If you want to decorate the back of your flower crown you can fold and hot glue some ribbon onto the back

And you'll have yourself a brand new flower crown! :)