5 tips for buying and restoring old houses

Not many people realise that one of my dreams is to one day buy an old house and fully restore it to its former glory. There is something so beautiful about older homes, they have spirit and warmth. It’s the sort of feeling you don’t really get with newer homes.

Here are my tips!

1. Choose something that you can finish
Many people get into restoring homes only to find that the job they have taken on is too big and too costly. So make sure you work out exactly how much time and energy you want to expend into restoring the property. Don’t purchase something that is far more work than you want to do regardless of the cheap price!

2. Budget
Make a budget for the renovations and make sure you stick to it!  Again, this comes down to choosing the right property – for your time, your money and for future profit potential.

3. Choose something with natural beauty
Gorgeous elements such as high beam ceiling or exposed bricks are all the rage, so choose something that has these elements. This will add to the value of the property in the long run and also give you something beautiful to restore.

4. Think about your future plans for the property
Do you want to sell the property, live in it or rent it out? If you choose to rent it out it might be useful to invest in some property management software in order to ensure you get the best bang for your buck!

5. Stick to the theme
There’s no point renovating a beautiful old property to turn it into something lifeless and modern. Stick with the home’s natural feel. If it’s a country feel go with that. A bit industrial style? Roll with that. Restoring is all about bringing life back to the thing being restored so take the house back to its original beauty, nothing more.

Need some help remodeling your home? Check out my previous post on giving your home a new lease of life.

Vintage style earrings by Totally Jewel

I recently received these beautiful vintage style tribal earrings from an Australian online jewellery shop called Totally Jewel. They have amazing jewellery at great prices and I was pretty impressed with the quality.

The order came super fast and in really nice packaging. It even came with a soft velvet bag to keep the earrings in which was a nice touch.

I've already worn these earrings countless times, amounting to countless compliments!

I also recently got my right conch pierced too which I will also do a blog post on soon when I have the time.

Let me know which Totally Jewel style you like best!

XO Ilana

Planning your Easter Outfit – 5 Must Have Wardrobe Items

I am so excited that Easter falls in March this year but it has definitely come around quickly. I haven’t had much time to plan any outfit ideas (or lunch ideas!) until now. Here are some cute clothing items I recently found that would be perfect for any Easter event whether it is large or small.

This little number is perfect to throw on over jeans and a blouse or even over a dress. Great for all weather and suitable for the Aussie climate. I could see this being worn to barbeques or for casual dates. I love items that can be layered as they are so much more versatile!

Perfect for dressier events or for when you just want to impress. This little blouse has the potential to take you from work to dinner and drinks with friends. Nothing is better than a cute black blouse and I just love the v-neckline – so flattering!

Another perfect casual item but also a great basic item for your wardrobe! I just love midi length skirts as they are wonderful for hiding any imperfections but also comfortable and stylish enough to wear a bit dressier with a nice blouse and jacket. I would wear this to a brunch with friends or to visit my family for Easter lunch.

Oh so pretty and perfect with so many flattering options such as high waisted pants, skirts and of course your staple jeans. The colours of this blouse also means it will go with a lot of different items which is always a good thing. This blouse will be sure to bring compliments your way!

Probably my favourite things to thrown on for a casual event is a maxi dress. Nothing is more comfortable but also feminine, cool and fun. These look great layered with denim or leather jackets in the cooler months or just wear as is in the warmer weather.
I hope you enjoy my top picks for Easter outfits! 

XO Ilana

How to be a savvy shopper- online coupon codes

As someone who wears glasses fulltime I know just how expensive it can be when you need to update your prescription or even when you just feel like some new frames! I recently got some new sunglasses so I know just how painful it can be.

I like to shop around to get the best deals and don’t just go by what’s available at the shops. Looking online is definitely becoming a popular option – even with buying frames or sunglasses. Many companies are now utilising software which allows you to try on glasses from the comfort of your living room (or bedroom). How cool is that?

So I recently came across Australian Coupon Codes, a super cool website that houses various discount codes to Australian-based retailers. The website is kind of a one-stop-shop with various categories and retailers taking part. It’s a great way to save money (and time). These days, we are all pretty time poor and don’t want to visit the shops to be constantly hassled by the sales assistant. So this is a great option for those who want to save and want to purchase an item quickly and without hassle.

I looked into the Vision Direct Discount Code as I wanted to find a well-known online retailer for glasses and sunglasses but still save some money in the process. I was actually blown-away by the options available via Vision Direct. They even stock some of my favourite brands such as Ray-Ban and Versace. The styles are not limited and pretty much the same as what you would find in a retail shop. If anything there are even more styles available. Super happy!

So if you are looking to save money and time, there’s no better way to get started than through discount coupon codes. Let me know how your shopping goes!

XO Ilana

How to create a romantic, vintage mood in your home using lighting

I have many dreams of one day owning my own house. I even know exactly what I want it to look like – wooden floors, exposed bricks, high ceilings and of course, romantic lighting.

As you all know I am really into the art deco and vintage farmhouse style look, so I teamed up with Urban Lighting to choose some light fixtures that I would love to have for my own house someday.

This pendant light is art deco style to a tee. I just love this brass colored feature light. I think this would be perfect for lighting in a sitting room - I can already picture it in my head!

Seriously, if I was an industrial designer this is the sort of light I would design! The wonderful leaf design is such an amazing feature, and it looks so unique. This would definitely be a good conversation starter. Depending on your style, I think this chandelier would be equally wonderful in a bedroom or a living room.

I have officially found the lighting I want in my future home office! How perfect are these pendant lights? I love the industrial meets vintage style - perfect for my future home.

So what sort of lighting do you like best? Let me know in the comments below!

Showpo Trendy Workwear Style

I was recently sent a lovely skirt by Showpo, an Australian-based company that stocks trendy workwear. I was sent the whirlwind mini skirt in black. It is absolutely beautiful and wonderful to twirl in. It has a full skirt and is the perfect 1950s style skirt.

Unfortunately the skirt didn't fit me and I would recommend sizing up in this skirt as they run small. For reference I was sent the size 12 but it fits more like an 8-10.

Overall very happy with the quality and customer service from Showpo. The parcel arrived very quickly after it was posted.

I would recommend Showpo - just be sure to order the correct size!

In my Activewear

As an avid exerciser I am always on the lookout for quality clothing for the gym. Of course I shop at the usual stores like Lorna Jane and Lululemon however sometimes it’s nice to go for something different to stand out from the clique.

I recently came across Lole, a stylish active wear brand. I was pretty impressed with their clothing so decided to come up with a little wish-list on the items that I would be interested in buying. I am really into stylish gym wear but also stuff I could wear casually on the weekend for example
Here are my favourite active wear items from Lole, perfect for the gym or casual

Perfect colour and interesting back details. I would wear this to the gym for a low-impact class like yoga or for a casual weekend stroll along the beach. The options are endless!

With the cooler weather just a couple of months away in Australia, I am keen for a light jacket I can throw on after a workout. This little hoodie looks perfect to wear after a workout or even at uni!

Perfect for the gym or anywhere these casual active wear tights would even look cute worn under a short dress or top. I love the capri length too.

A perfect throw on for low-impact classes or to wear before or after a gym workout. This top would even look amazing dressed up with some dark jeans, heels and a sparkly handbag for a night out on the town!

Nothing is better than when you don’t need to change your bra when you get to the gym for your workout! I tend to always wear sports bras on days I am going to the gym after work and this one looks just perfect and comfortable – a must have if you are going to be wearing it all day.

Take a look at the website and let me know what items you like the best!

XO Ilana


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