Vacation shopping list


Jessica Stein and Nicole Warne Source: OOTD

Although the Northern Collective is somewhat transeasonal, here in Sydney you can’t help but think of post-Christmas beach vacations. Beach vacations can be the perfect reason to throw a few things in a bag and give little thought to putting together outfits, which is even easier with the perfect black bikini, (which is possibly found here). However, bikinis aside, here is an idea for a classic summer outfit that will take you from the beach well into the evening, and even maybe to work the next week!

This shirt from Weekday is great – worn as a dress (really only suitable at the beach, unless you are quite short…) or top, worn oversized or fitted, depending on your style preference. This would be perfect paired with plain flat sandals (the ones below are really reasonably priced for leather), a beach bag, and an eye-catching towel. If you need any other reasons, the top looks great tucked into a pencil skirt for work!

Weekday Arena Shirt

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Dress available here.

Deena & Ozzy Double Strap Sandals


Sandals available here.

Echo Fishnet Beach Bag

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Bag available here.

Witchery Zig Zag Beach Towel

witchery towelTowel available here.

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DIY christmas trees



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If you are looking for an inexpensive way to spruce up your christmas table this year look no further than these small cardboard trees inspired by Soffa Magazine. This is by far one of the easiest DIYs I have ever done.

All you need is:

White cardboard

A pencil


A ruler

To make one christmas tree:

Using a ruler and pencil draw an outline of a christmas trees making sure that all the edges are reasonably straight. Using your scissors, cut the christmas tree out and then use it as a stencil to draw the next one and then cut the second tree out (this is so that both tree cut-outs are the same shape).

Once you have both of the tree cut-outs, cut a straight line half-way through the middle one of the christmas tree cut-outs (from the top of the tree to the middle).

Using the other tree cut-out cut a straight line from the bottom of the tree roughly two-thirds of the way up.

Assemble the two pieces together and you’re done!

If you have the time and patience make several of these in different sizes and scatter them as a centrepiece on your table.

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Christmas decorating

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I know that I am probably a bit late to be posting on christmas and christmas decoration but I thought I would just share my thoughts when it comes to decorating for the festive season. This year I have not bought many christmas decorations to be honest but have preferred to buy a few simple decorations but have used them in a more creative way.

For example, rather than hanging my christmas lights up I have placed them in a punch bowl, and rather than planting my hyacinth (a flower affiliated with christmas in Sweden) in a pot, I have placed it in a mini jar. As much as I love christmas I think most of us get a bit carried away with the commercialism and end up with a lot of “christmas” things that do not get a lot of use.  How have you guys decorated for christmas this year?

xx J

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