Life & Reflections

Life & Reflections
Life and Reflections





Engagement Ideas to Kick Off 2013

engagement ideas 2013

The location, timing and the ring should all be perfectly unique and outside of any traditional box of thinking when planning a proposal. If you are looking for ideas on how to create the perfect engagement for 2013 that will give a unique memory for a lifetime, then consider the following engagement ideas to kick off 2013.

Step Away From Diamonds
Diamonds are the traditional stone for engagement rings. However, women want a bit more than the ordinary. In fact, the last few years have seen rise to unconventional stones and cuts as the centerpiece for engagement dream engagement rings. The most popular stones have been rubies, emeralds and the mesmerizing black diamond. 
The black diamond, in fact, is the most misunderstood stone choice for engagement rings due to the misconception of price. Unfortunately, black diamonds are assumed to be highly expensive when in reality they are affordable. In fact, if you want to find affordable black diamond rings online, there are plenty of options. Imagine picking out the perfect black diamond ring with ruby or diamond accents, encasing the ring in a beautiful white gold setting and delivering it in a proposal on a moonlit night. The only thing that would shine brighter than her smile would be the stars.

Untraditional Locations
The most common places for engagement proposals are in front of her parents, a restaurant or a spot that the couple frequents. This is 2013, so think outside of the box. Instead of using the same old tired places for your proposal consider an obscure location that has some sort of meaning for the both of you. Choose a location that she said she always wanted to visit or a location that you went to once, but had a wonderful time while there. 
Some ideas are places like a hiking trail that you went on once several months or years ago, an outside concert or venue or a simple location that was the backdrop for a wonderful memory. Engagement locations to do not have to be the location of a first date, first kiss or first laugh to remain meaningful.

Unique Methods of Engagement
The engagement proposal should be memorable. Even though she will never forget how you proposed, the engagement moment should still be packed with as much unique memory as she can stand. With that in mind, consider a few unique methods of engagement for 2013. One engagement method, that takes some preparation, is a flash mob. Flash mob groups can be located and hired through college drama and chorus groups. With some preparation and some careful set up plans, you can organize the flash mob to show up right at the time of the proposal.  
You can even have the flash mob sing, dance or announce the big question to her while you drop to bended knee with the ring. She will always remember being serenaded, proposed to and the lengths you went to in order to make the engagement perfect. 

The New Year brings ideas of fresh thoughts, change and a break from anything normal. This is especially true when you are considering proposing marriage. The proposal should be anything but ordinary. 

Personal Giveaway! (NOW CLOSED)

Hi everyone. This week I am hosting a giveaway brought to you by Personal
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Their planners provide you with endless design possibilities. You can change colour, text and design on front/back cover as well as inlay. There are also clever boxes for to-do list, gym session, preschool, idea of the week and weather. Friend’s and family member’s birthdays can also be added to the inlay directly from Facebook. They print and deliver the finished product directly to our your doorstep. Here are a few things that I like about these planners: image002
· Design the front/back cover
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The winner is Jessica Marionne Cruz!
Thanks to all who entered and check back for another amazing giveaway in the next few weeks!


Review Australia Scarlet Fever Lookbook




Scarlet Fever

What better to celebrate Australia Day than with a gorgeous lookbook from my favourite Australian label! I am totally in love with all of the pretty red hues in stock at the moment.


My favourite dress of all is the Scarlet Fever Nicola Dress (pictured left) and if I end up getting the job at Review (fingers crossed!) then this will be the first thing I am getting!

I got a call-back second interview this week and I am sooo excited! Seriously can’t imagine how amazing it would be running my “own” shop selling these amazingly beautiful Australian dresses!

This is my dream and I hope for once in my life I can make my dream a reality.

Wish me luck!


XO Ilana


Weekly Addiction: Crazy Cat Lady

Cute cat print skirt via Etsy

Pink I Love Cats Sweater via Etsy

Cat Nail Transfers

Cat Face Shoes via Etsy

Quilted Cat Tote Bag

Keep Calm and Love Cats iPhone Cover

Custom Painted Typewriter with Cat Stickers

Nothing beats being a crazy cat lady except having a bunch of cute cat things!

Well you are in luck my friends as this curated cat lover list is the crème del a crème of all crazy cat lady lists ever made!

Which thing do you like the best?



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Polka Dot Dress: Portmans (no longer available)  Studded Tights: Pamela Mann (get them here)   Burgundy Suede Wedges: Naturalizer via David Jones  Studded Belt: Dotti

Today I went for a job interview for Review which is seriously like my favourite shop ever. They have the most beautiful, feminine, vintage inspired clothing and walking into the store is like heaven. I just want to buy everything in sight as soon as I step into one of their stores which is no good for saving money!

I am really hoping it goes well as I would kill to work there and wear all of the adorable things. Will keep you all posted of course!

I decided to wear my polka dot dress with studded tights and a studded belt. I really must say I love this outfit, it is a shame that is was so hot and glary outside today so I only got one outdoors pic before running inside for the comfort of my air-conditioning.

Can’t wait for summer to be over!

xo Ilana


Make It Monday: DIY Frame Earring Organiser

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  DIY tutorials  craft ideas

Step 1: Using a regular nail/screw hammer the back of the photo frame until a hole is made. Do this all the way along with spaces.

Step 2: Once all holes are made screw in the photo hooks

Step 3: (If wanted) add additional holes with the nail for stud earrings

Step 4: Put the frame back together without the glass front (dispose of this or use in another craft project!)

do it yourself craft project

Sponsor Spotlight: Rock Indigo





Dress: c/o Rock Indigo   Jacket: ShopRuche   Belt: from an old skirt   Shoes: Vintage via Etsy (gift from my mum)

HI everyone today I would like to introduce you to my lovely sponsor Rock Indigo. They sell the most beautiful vintage inspired (and real vintage) clothing right here in Australia!

The lovely Pauline who runs Rock Indigo sent me this 80s style dress by Many Belle’s Down to style and I decided to wear it with mixed prints and some vintage 80s shoes my mum bought me from Etsy. This is not the sort of dress I would normally wear as it is more figure hugging then anything I own but I think it looks ok- what do you think?

Also Rock Indigo is offering My Modern Vintage readers 20% discount using code: mymodernvintage20.

They are also having a giveaway which you can find here.

So be sure to get in quick to snap up some lovely dresses just in time for the summer heat! Here are my favourite things below.


Cute dress by Emily and Fin              Vintage Bambi Necklace                 Floral skirt by Emily and Fin


Fashion Inspiration: January 2013

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These are some of my fave looks at the moment. Notice how most of them are winter looks? That’s because I hate the heat and Summer and am totally jealous looking at all the cute sweaters, boots and tights- not to mention snow!

Also notice my new blog layout? I had to remove the old one as for some reason it totally screwed up the background. I had to re-do the whole blog from scratch as something seriously went wrong with my previous blog unless it was something blogger did? Who knows – oh well now I have a pretty sequinned blog so I couldn’t be happier!


Florals for Friday

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Floral dress: Jeanswest   Tan Bag: Fossil   Tan Huarache Flats: Just Because at Birdsnest

TGIF! I am so over this week already- how about you?

This week for me has had its ups and downs. I managed to get some freelance writing work which has been fun. I love learning about new things and writing of course so being paid for it is always a bonus.

I also lost 1.5 kilos and am now just a few kilos away from my goal weight so super excited about that!
The downer has been the heat! I am drenched and itching non-stop if I am not in air-conditioning. Scratching has also made me really bruised and sore and I even got a skin infection (which has cleared up now- thank you antibiotics!)

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend and be sure to check back tomorrow for my sponsor post!

Weekly Addiction: Shabby Chic Bedrooms

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Is there seriously anything more beautiful than a country, shabby chic bedroom?

One day I will have something like this- maybe when I am a rich and famous writer! Laughing out loud

I am attempting to make my room more shabby at the moment and will be doing a sneak peak of my bedroom post soon.

xo Ilana