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5 Must-Read Books This Winter (or for wherever you may be)

5 Must-Read Books This Winter (or for wherever you may be)

Just like we love writing, we also love reading. Well, the two go hand in hand after all! And one of the benefits of these colder months is the free excuse to curling up to a good book. Look, don’t get me wrong, us gals at BC HQ love a night out on the town as much as the next person, but there’s just something about the perfect night chillin’ at home, rugged up on the couch with a good book in one hand and a bottle glass of wine in the other.

So, whether it’s winter reading or summer reading (if you’re lucky enough to be jetting off to the Euro sun), here are the five must-reads we can’t get enough of right now.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson

You’ve no doubt heard the phrase “live, laugh, love” once or twice before. We have one word for this: lame. Mark Manson cuts through the crap to show that we don’t have to be “positive” all the time to become better, happier people. Instead of turning lemons into lemonade, Mark teaches lessons of how to stomach lemons better. The main thing is, you’ll realise what you should actually be giving a f*ck about. 

Work Strife Balance – Mia Freedman

In a world where we are bombarded with #couplegoals and how #blessed people are and all that jazz, it’s easy to feel like your life is nowhere as together as it should be. Our leading lady Mia Freedman gives a big ol’ high five to the guilty friends, bad mums, rebellious daughters and anyone who’s had one misadventure or another.  We guarantee you’ll be able to relate, and take comfort in the fact that most people are giving this whole ‘life’ thing a go and hoping for the best!  Now that’s something we can sign up for.

Textbook Romance – Zoe Foster-Blake

Our spirit animal Zoe Foster-Blake is here to save us all from blindly navigating through the world of dating and relationship. One for every gal to add to their reading list, Zoe dishes out clear pieces of advice on clever dating and how to build not necessarily the perfect relationship, but YOUR perfect relationship. She tells it like it is, with all of the laughs on the way.

Buddhism for Breakups – Meshel Laurie

“Break-ups are so much fun!” said no-one, ever. Funny lady Meshel Laurie draws on some Buddhist philosophies to show how, interestingly, Buddhism can be the ultimate remedy for a broken heart. Teaching readers how to see things clearly and embrace change in order to heal, if you feel you need to be transported into a state of Zen, you need this book in your life.

Get Your Sh*t Together – Sarah Knight

We’ve all had our stages of being a hot mess, but now it’s time to stop whining and start winning! Sarah Knight is here to kick your butt into gear and help you not just set goals, but freakin’ SMASH them. Make this book your new BFF and you’ll have your sh*t together, one page at a time.

As lovers of fine paper delights, we’re equally partial to a great book. Have we convinced you to add one or all of these to your Amazon shopping list?

Got any other must-reads of late? Share them with us below!

BC xo

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5 Tips To Organising Your Life Like A Girl Boss

5 Tips To Organising Your Life Like A Girl Boss

We get it, you started out the year feeling like Beyoncé. Who runs the world? You. That New Year's resolution to keep on top of work, your social and family life seemed all too easy for this new and improved 2017 version of you.

But let’s be honest, it’s nearly halfway through the year and things are looking a little more hectic and disorganised. Even though stationery runs through our veins and we are meant to have organisation options at our finger tips, we too will throw our hands up and say it’s a little too easy to get thrown off the organised train.

Because we appreciate a good little kick in the backside, we decided to jot down (as we do) the things we always turn to when the sh*t hits the unorganised fan.  

Let’s hope these five tips to organising life help us, and you get the sparkle back. 

1. Use an Agenda or Planner book religiously:

If your brain is a mess of mental Post-It notes filled with appointments, meetings and birthday parties, it might be time to purchase an agenda. Seeing your plans organised weekly, monthly and yearly on paper will help you stay on top of things and keep a clear head.

Psst, our 2017 Grey Linen Agenda is the perfect size to fit in your handbag. 

 2. Create a daily to do list:

An achievable to-do list should really focus on quality over quantity. Instead of squeezing every little thing on to torture yourself, choose three of your most urgent/important tasks from your weekly planner in your Agenda. If you are a sucker to procrastination when creating a to do list, fill it out the night before

Oh yeah, the Rose Gold Daily Planner is a great way to organise your day. 

3. Arrive 10 minutes early for everything:

Arriving early gives you a chance to catch your breath, compose yourself and be present. Whether it is a job interview or a lunch meeting, arriving early gives off the air of someone calm and in control. Even if you are having the busiest day of your life, a Girl Boss is always composed.

4. Buy your Greeting Cards in bulk:

Always be prepared! Buying greeting cards in bulk for any occasion means you can send off that thankyou card without having to rush out of the office quick smart. Plus, you will be that girl who's forever organised when a last minute b'day celebration pops up on Facebook. 

5. Delegate, delegate, delegate: 

Just because you are a #GirlBoss doesn’t mean you are a super hero! Learning when to delegate is an important skill that all successful women use. Incorporating the delegation of tasks into your daily planning will help you achieve more with your time.

By following these quick tips, we guarantee you will back on top of your game in no time!

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Top 7 podcasts you’ll ACTUALLY listen to

Top 7 podcasts you’ll ACTUALLY listen to

At BC HQ, we’re a bit obsessed with podcasts of late, so we’ve penned some of our faves just for shi*tz and giggles. No, in all seriousness, we are mad podcast-ers and tune in whenever we get a spare sec, whether it be on the daily commute or unwinding after a hard-days work. There’s also no better feeling than being ‘that’ person who can easily list a handful of recommendations when you get the old, “Do you know any good podcasts to listen too?” Ah yeah, we do… and now you will too!

The Lively Show

Not a morning person? Neither are we, let’s be honest. However, we may have found a cure for the morning blues, and it’s in podcast form! This podcast is all about getting your daily dose of inspo. Host Jess touches on possessions, personal habits, relationships and career life. Kick start your day with some morning motivation (and maybe a coffee for added fuel). A recipe for morning success if you ask us.

The Great Girlfriends Show

Here at BC, we are all about being a #girlboss, and this podcast speaks to our soul! Co-hosted by Sybil Amuti and Brandice Daniel, this show connects women with daily tips for living the best life and building thriving businesses. It serves up conversations that matter, leaving every woman echoing ‘yasssss’. 

Deeply Shallow Podcast with Em Rusciano

As Aussie gals, we couldn’t leave out our numero uno, Em Rusciano. If you’re looking for a laugh, don’t go past this baby. Not shying away from any topic, Em is funny, authentic, supportive, surprising, topical and truthful… all of the things we love and more. She’s such a QUEEN!

Stuff Mom never told you

We are all about keeping it real, which is why we love this podcast. Listen to co-hosts Emilie Aries and Bridget Todd tackle some of the biggest girl-probs with kick-ass strategic solutions so you can slay all day, everyday. It’s also super comforting to know that you aren’t the only one going through, or feeling that thing.

Women of the Hour with Lena Dunham

Lena Denham has a podcast. Repeat. Lena Dunham has a podcast!!!

If this isn’t any more of a reason for you to kick start your entry into the world of podcasts IDK (I don’t know) what is. Sit down with Lena and absorb all her wisdom from conversations with women about love, sex, work, bodies, friendship and more. With two seasons, prepare to binge-listen.

How I Built This

If you really want to step up your dinner party game, this podcast is just for you. Each episode looks into the triumphs and failures of some of the world’s best-known innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists and their journey of building something from nothing. Who knows… listening to this one might even be the thing that gets your big idea started.

Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert

As the bestselling author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, Elizabeth is the ultimate life guru, so it’s no surprise this podcast is well into its second season. Light your fave candle and our yourself a glass of wine as you learn how to overcome your fears and live life more joyfully.

With this irresistible list, it may mean a temporary farewell to Netflix and a big hello to podcasts, but we guarantee you won’t be disappointed! Let us know some of your faves in the comments below, because, we are podcast obsessed over here!

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BC takes NYC - Top 6 Places To Eat in New York

BC takes NYC - Top 6 Places To Eat in New York

Just in case you don’t follow us on Insta (that’s @blushingconfetti for those playing at home), we’re currently in New York for the National Stationery Show. We’ve had some looong days of setting up our booth, talking to only the very best in the biz about our new collection, packing up, and showing New York what we’ve got, and it’s been amazing in every sense, but the whole time we had three things on our mind: food, food and food.

The streets of the Big Apple are jam-packed with drool-worthy food haunts whose offerings are so Instagrammable you won’t be able to resist hashtagging #foodporn over and over again. But NYC is a pretty big city, it can be a lil’ overwhelming, and we get that you may not know where to start.

Because we are great like that, we decided to do the research for you, so without further ado here are our top six places to eat in New York.

Warning: content from herein may be preserved as food-porn.

Two Hands

164 Mott Street

If our diet consisted of unlimited avocado toast and acai bowls, we’d be pretty happy TBH, especially if it meant we got to eat brekky at Two Hands every morning. Frequented by beautiful people who love beautiful food, you’ve probably seen this gorgeous café pop up in your feed more than once. We figure if the dishes look like works of art, you can’t go wrong… not to mention the fact that everything on the menu tastes amazing (we’d know because we may or may not have order more than one thing).

 

Tacombi

30 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10010

Tacos. Need we say more? Tacombi, in Nolita, is the ultimate taco hotspot in NYC. Pop in to enjoy a sangria and tacos as they should be. Decked out with a trendy, Mexican street kitchen atmosphere, you’ll hardly believe you’re in the heart of New York. The tacos are made in a converted VW kombi van. It’s legit.

 

Dough

448 Lafayette Ave (at Franklin Ave), Brooklyn

If you dough-nut love doughnuts, soz, but we can’t be friends. Perhaps a trip to Dough will convince you? These aren’t just any old doughnuts… these Latin-American inspired circles of doughy deliciousness are freshly-made on the daily and will without a doubt surprise and delight your taste buds, with flavours like chocolate chipotle, tropical chilé, passionfruit and dulce de leche. Sounds kinda weird at first, we know, but trust us… your mind will be blown.

 

Shake Shack

409 Fulton Street (between Willoughby Street & Adams Street)

The Statue of Liberty is great and all, but it’s got nothig on the Shake Shack. Your NYC to-do list HAS to include devouring a burger and cheesy fries here - it’s a non-negotiable! It’s 100% worth the queue for one of the best, if not THE best burger on the planet. We bet you’ll love it SO much, you’ll be back for more.

 

 

Rubirosa Ristorante

235 Mulberry Street

What kind of foodie hit-list would this be if we didn’t include Italian food? New York is renowned for delish pizza and pasta, and we think Rubirosa is one of the best. When it’s constantly bustling with locals and tourists alike, you know it’s the real deal. Make sure you come with an empty stomach, ‘cause you’ll want to order one of everything on the menu. 

 

Russ and Daughters Cafe

127 Orchard Street

The Russ and Daughters Cafe is an extension of the world-famous store that has now been open for over 100 years! This lush lil’ spot is the perfect place for any occasion – brunch, lunch, snacks, dinner, cocktails…you name it, they do it, and they don’t just do it…they nail it! This place is what dreams are made of.

This may just be us scratching the surface here, because like most amazing capital cities around the world, this place is full of non-stop eating spots.

Where are your top places to eat in the Big Apple? Let us know in the comments below!

BC xo.

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A love letter to love letters…

A love letter to love letters…

You know who are just the worst kind of people? Lovers. All alone in their bubble of untouchable in-jokes, loving glances and butt-grabs. It’s sickening. And you know what’s worse than lovers? Lovers that existed in the age of love letter writing.

Whilst we may love to hate them, it’s mostly because they’re so perfectly perfect and epitomise a point in history that was just utterly romantic and distraction-free. A time when sending a dick pic would likely get you hung and quartered (and rightly so, huh ladies?).

Throughout just about, well.. all of history ever, love letters have stood as the ultimate romantic gesture. And as historical - albeit rose-coloured - testaments of grandeur, they’ve served as a way to preserve history and a way to make human the times gone by that we would only otherwise read about in history books (or Wikipedia). 

Perhaps we hold love letters in such high esteem because we exist in a world where texted ‘netflix n chill?’s  are the extent of some modern lovers’ literary charm. Perhaps the ancient art form of physically penning our feelings dives so much deeper into the human experience. Perhaps it means more because it can’t be deleted, and serves as a tangible motif of love forevermore. 

In any case, we’ll admit it, we’re hopeless romantics in love with the love letter, and we’re here to share you some of our favs.

One of the most woo-worthy trips down memory lane has to be Abelard and Héloïse, 12th Century baes who existed well before Romeo and Juliet’s hot mess of a relationship was a thing. Abe was all up in Héloïse, but after they were dramatically separated by forces beyond their control, Abe was castrated (ouch) and forced to live in some kind of purgatory where Héloïse could only reach him via heartbreakingly longing love letters that lamented the desperation of their separation.

I never sought anything in you except yourself. . . . I looked for no marriage bond… if Augustus, emperor of the whole world, saw fit to honor me with marriage and conferred all the earth on me to possess forever, it would be dearer and more honorable to me to be called not his empress, but your whore.

Damn Héloïse.

But it wasn’t always the ladies hitting you in the feels. John Keats, mad poet in the 1800s loved himself a bit of a letter and his muse, Fanny Brawne didn’t hate receiving them either;

My love has made me selfish. I cannot exist without you - I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again.

Could you imagine receiving that on Tinder? You’d swipe left faster than you could question his hidden agenda..

How about Ernest Hemingway though? In 1951, the writer famously writes to his love, Marlene Dietrich;

I can't say how every time I ever put my arms around you I felt that I was home. Nor too many things. But we were always cheerful and jokers together. 

#swoon.

But before you roll over and cry yourself into a tub of Connoisseur proclaiming romance is dead, let us remind you the art of letter writing is far from dead.

Still not getting warm and fuzzy? Have a gander at Frida Kahlo’s musings to Diego Rivera;

Remember that once you finish the fresco we will be together forever once and for all, without arguments or anything, only to love one another. 

If all else fails, you can always rely on Johnny Cash delivering the goods to his beautiful June;

Happy Birthday Princess,

We get old and get used to each other. We think alike. We read each others [sic] minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.

But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.

Melted. Done. Complete.

What are some of your favourite love letters? Are you overdue a good ol’ love letter writing sesh? Find some inspiration between our pages here.

BC xo

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How to write a greeting card message that will knock their socks off!

How to write a greeting card message that will knock their socks off!

Raise your hand if you get all weirded out when it comes to writing in a greeting card? Beside the fact that you’re preaching to the wrong choir here, as cute greeting cards are our guilty pleasure, we thought being the blushing babes we are we’d help a sister out. Because, we know all too well how challenging it can be to craft that perfect-not-so-soppy message. It’s a fine art if you ask us, but one anyone can master (just like drinking aged wine, really well).

Apparently, something crazy like 6.5 billion greeting cards are written every year – and that’s in America alone. Can you imagine how many, “Dear Jonny, Happy Birthday, Love Aunt Susan” are out there? We mean, come on, get a little creative people….

Writing a greeting card can either be a hidden curse or a blessing in disguise. When a blank page is staring you straight in the face, it’s hard to gather up the right sentiment or words – especially if the card is for a distant relative, or the wacky aunt you haven’t spoken to in 10 years. Whether it’s a birthday card, Christmas card or simply for a special occasion, it’s just one of those things that a person either loves to write or simply dreads.  

Let’s be frank - we all need a little help when it comes to constructing a thoughtful, sweet message for our loved ones. We, at Blushing Confetti, present to you 3 simple tips that will help you create the perfect greeting card message for any occasion. Pens at the ready…

Make it personal:

The best greeting card messages are the ones written with a lot of love. A personal message goes a long way, and cards are all about making someone feel special! It doesn’t have to be a novel, just a few sentences to say congratulations on achieving that thing they’ve been working hard on, or how much they really means to you. If you are writing to someone you have a close bond with, go that extra mile and make it count… put a little effort in to show them just how much you care. After all, effort is the best indicator of interest.

A compliment never hurt anybody:

Making somebody feel special is easier with a compliment! Every woman loves a good, empowering “You are amazing babe, you really are!”, or just some general “You’ve Got This!” talk here and there. In fact, men cannot resist a cheeky lil’ compliment either – they just tend to keep it more of a secret than us ladies do (read: men are from mars women are from venus). It’s the simple things that count really - I love your smile; you are a great friend; see you at mine later tonight *winky smiley face*. We can promise you that a little ego boost written will go a long way, no matter how short.

Steer clear of the obvious (i.e. the boring stuff):

Finally, be CREATIVE! Your card does not need to follow a boring structure or generic outline. It can be written however you wish, and the best ones are usually the most unique. Of course, if it’s simpler for you, an outline can help – but don’t be boring! Be inventive and fun with what you say. 

The bottom line is, your greeting card doesn’t need to be something you dread every time Christmas comes around or your relatively close (but not-so-close) friend has a birthday. Keep it simple, keep it personal, and make it count with a lil’ bit of love!

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A Daily Planner vs. iCal: Why a physical to-do list is better than a virtual one

A Daily Planner vs. iCal: Why a physical to-do list is better than a virtual one

The old adage that an organised desk mirrors an organised mind is basically the old version of saying if your iCal isn’t highly functioning, then you definitely don’t have your shit together, or if you haven’t got your iCal synched with your BF, are you even in a real relationship?

For anyone who’s ever been let down by technology, or prefers their month to not be displayed as a mess of looming circle engagements, we’re here to tell you there’s method to your madness – we too prefer a physical planner that gets us excited about our to-do list! If you’re like us and find virtual to-lists slightly anxiety-inducing, or plain right uninspired, read ahead and join our (not-so) secret support network for likeminded physical planning enthusiasts on Instagram at @blushingconfetti

Physically writing things down, can create stronger memory retention
The practice of physically making notes of things to-do has been proven to be more effective than the use of Apps. The act of grabbing a pen and just writing it down engages the part of our brain that relates spatial relations with information – strengthening the process by which our memory retains information. So when you write down that list of chores on your stylish new notepad (wink wink, nudge nudge), you’re more likely to actually remember it, and make an action.

Customisable to your own way of planning
Everyone is different in how they plan and keep on top of their hectic schedules. When using an App, you’re limited to the style in which the application was designed or laid out. When using a planner, you’re able to design a way to get organised that suits you individually. If using colours, sticky notes, or drawing pictures keeps you engaged with the ever-growing list of things to do (yawn) – then you can go ahead and get as creative as you like. Long story short, it quells individuality and makes us sad. Pretty papers = happy planning.  

When technology fails
Nobody likes to talk about disasters, but sometimes, your phone battery will die (be strong). Your laptop will stop working, or you will drop your iPad for the 100th time, but now the screen smashes and you’re instantly without all those critical list-information and a $330 bill. So, imagine if that was to happen, but being the pen-to-paper kinda gal you are, your handy list is still intact (as is your sanity) to keep you on track? It’s just smart.

So there you go folks. Wondering why you forgot all of the to-do’s you added into your phone that time? It’s because you didn’t write them down.

Got some handy hints as to how you keep on top of your own to-do lists? Leave a comment below and we will test it out!

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Yeah, 2017 is well underway, but we’ve got 7 tips to staying organised (and sane) this year

Yeah, 2017 is well underway, but we’ve got 7 tips to staying organised (and sane) this year

So it’s a quarter of the way through 2017 and you’re sitting at home, watching Netflix, internally freaking out about the endless list of things to do and seriously considering if opting out of adult-hood is an option? Sounding familiar? Well you’re not alone! 

Sometimes life can get so far ahead of us that we feel like we’ve been entered into a marathon and started running the wrong way. But fear not – for here are some sure fire tips to see you making leaps and bounds towards the right route.

1. Start with what motivates you
Often the hardest part of getting on top of the many errands of life, is getting the motivation to do so. So, start with the task that you find most interesting – whether you’re big into grocery shopping or love to meal-prep. Do the task which makes you begin your spare time, on the right foot!

2. Schedule time to de-clutter
What your Mum told you as a teenager is right! Shocker, right? You get more done in an organised environment. So schedule five or ten minutes in the morning to make your bed, organise that mess, and jot down in your planner those few to-do’s that popped into your head the night before. The way our physical spaces are, are an indication of what’s happening internally. Get clear to be clear.

3. Write it down and give yourself (realistic) deadlines
Ever gotten home, knowing you have a mountain of things to do, but you can’t remember a single one of them? Been there, girl. As you think of to-do’s make sure you write them down and give them a deadline! For the jobs you know aren’t urgent, make sure it’s a realistic one – or you’ll get flash backs of that day at university where you had four essays due, a job interview, a bad breakup and your car broke down – and no one needs that!

4. Find ways to make the tedious, terrific!
Hate doing laundry, but love that new Ed Sheeran album? Well honey, How Would you Feel if you could Dive into that boring task but feel so much Happier? Pretty Perfect if you ask me! What Do I know, you ask? Well it’s been proven that music releases dopamine – the feel good chemical in your brain, and can instantly brighten your mood no matter the task! So Don’t feel bad about the boring, just Sing along! But hey, just Thinking Out Loud!

5. Delegate!
Sometimes, it doesn’t have to be all on you! Responsibility can be shared, and it’s okay to ask for help sometimes. The best way to a successful work/life balance is recognising the tasks that you don’t have time to do to your best effort. Whether in the office or out, there are always people there to help you out – you just have to ask!

6. Change your bad habits, and reward yourself for it!
Make the mistake of beginning your day off embracing the couch potato life, or sitting in bed for 45 minutes scrolling through your IG feed when you should have been up already? The week can sure take it out of you, leaving you wanting to curl up in your doona ordering UberEats and ignoring the beautifully organised list you’ve created throughout the week. But unfortunately, how you begin your day is often how you spend the rest of it! Get motivated in the morning and reward yourself once you’ve gotten done what you can.

7. One thing at a time.
When you have a list as long and complicated as Homer’s Odyssey, you know you are going to have a problem. You’re only human! Focus on one task at a time, and acknowledge when you won’t be able to get it all done. Prioritise what needs to be done, and recognise how fab you are for getting what you can out of the way! Tick it off, make a cup of tea, and get onto the next one.

Now you have your tools, it’s up to you to use them. Just remember, you’re capable of doing it all with a bit of positivity, a little of bit organisation and tad more self-reflection - just don’t forget to schedule in some ‘me’ time too!

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