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Five Minutes With…Kallista From Homegrown & Handmade

by | Five Minutes With.., Wisdom


Homegrown & Handmade
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What is your favourite wedding theme?

Rustic Chic

What inspires you?

Amazing people seeking mastery around life balance whilst contributing/serving at the highest level they can in all aspects of their life.

What is special about weddings to you?

Where couples already have kids, it’s a promise to your family that you are marrying and committing to the bigger family whole that you have created together, not just a promise between the two people at the altar.



What is your favourite image of all time?

My black horse Cougar. I interact with him twice a day at my home property – horses to me optimise grace, beauty, power and wild nature all in one package. Having an inter species relationship with a magnificent large creature like that is spiritual experience that moves me on a daily basis.

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What book are you reading at the moment?

‘Back from the Brink’ by Peter Andrews. It is about land management practices and how Australia’s landscape can be saved. We have ten acres here and I am trained in the ways of Permaculture and am in the middle of completing a ten acre complete Permaculture property design plan for our place.

What is your Number 1 tip for brides and grooms?

Consider your planning part of the process as bringing everyone together. It’s not all about “the big day”. The planning process should be loving and warm and part of the bonding process for you and “your circle” of people.

Also expect things to go wrong  in the final stages and even on the day. Breath, laugh it off and go with the flow, it’s all good! On our wedding day here at the farm as I drove off with my bridesmaid four hours before the ceremony to get our hair done, we watched three of our four wedding marquees blow away and all our guests run down the paddock to try and salvage the scene that was a complete train wreck! My mum also shattered her femur (thigh bone) four days before our wedding in our front garden and had major surgery two days before and almost didn’t even get to come to the wedding day. Both were totally unexpected events that had the potential to ruin the whole experience if I didn’t keep calm and carry on!

What is the one tool of your that you can’t live without?

My I-phone

What is your resolution for this year?

Be very intentional and mindful about my bed time being 10.10pm or earlier. I have done a lot of study this last year on sleep and how integral it is for peak performance and health, two things vital to my life as a mum of three young boys, an olive farmer and running a full time online textile/produce business as well as contributing on a volunteer level with sport in my community.


What are you excited about right now?

 Flying out to a mini getaway to rural Victoria with my nine year old (one of my three boys) and my closest girlfriend. We are booked to go on a tour of renowned Australian landscape designer Paul Bangay’s rural garden at Stonefields. I have admired his work for 15 years and aspire to create a garden like his on our own property.

What is a special personal talent you possess?

I am an advanced student in Natural Horsemanship and have followed the Parelli system for 20 years.

Where is your favourite place to escape to for downtime and why?

My garden. It’s a work of art in progress; I love connecting with nature and the earth, it’s so very stabilising and grounding.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Making your beautiful gifts in such a lovely location surrounded by your inspirational garden sounds just like heaven!

About Homegrown & Handmade: Hi, I’m Kallista! I opted out of a hectic marketing career in Sydney in search of a simple life and with my husband and our three boys – and found our slice of heaven in the shape of a ten acre olive farm in country Western Australia. Here we live/work in our little weatherboard cottage surrounded by our horses, dogs, majestic trees and ample quiet space. I make beautiful, useful and wholesome items for heartfelt gifting.

Winter Flower Trends – Petal and Pod

by | Flower Wisdom, Wisdom



When it comes to floristry, I love that the seasons change and with each of them comes a new flush of different flowers and plant varieties. It always makes it exciting and new – and it is something I look forward to.

When brides think wedding flowers, they often think of Spring and its abundance of choice and this is true….however, there are also so many gorgeous flower choices that come through at the flower markets at other times of the year and Winter should definitely not be forgotten!

Winter sees so many different and beautiful varieties that aren’t available at other times of the year – which makes them so special!

Various different looks can be created for a winter bride. Something I love to incorporate into winter weddings for my clients are tulips. They come in so many inspiring colours and shades; so many different varieties also provide many different effects.



Apart from the traditional kind of tulip we also source varieties such as the gorgeous double-layered petal tulips which are almost peony like – or frilly edged French tulips in pretty blush colours and sculptural Parrot tulips as well. They give so much beautiful texture, form and movement to an arrangement and work so beautifully with other seasonal flowers that are around as the weather cools down.

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Ms Chinoiserie: A beautiful bouquet of white tulips is absolutely one of my Winter favourites!

About Petal and Pod: Hi, I’m Rebecca from Petal and Pod and we provide a complete floral styling service for your wedding, all tailored to your specific requirements. We make to order all your wedding flowers including your stunning bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, buttonholes, corsages, ceremony and reception flowers and floral cake decorations.

Things To Consider When Choosing Your Eyebrow Cosmetic Tattoo Technician

by | Hair and Beauty Wisdom, Wisdom


HiBrow Eyebrows
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Well-groomed eyebrows create a more balanced and symmetrical look bringing all your facial features into harmony. A well-groomed brow is like a makeover and gives your face a polished, sophisticated look, particularly for wedding day glamour!

If your eyebrows have “shrunk”, if you have over-plucked them, have gaps or want an updated shape – then Feather Touch Cosmetic Tattoo is the answer.

Feather Touch Cosmetic Tattoo is a new semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing technique that gives you the stylish natural look you are after that lasts up to two years. The “Feather Touch, hair by hair technique looks totally natural and is far removed from the heavy hard lines of the past.

Before you book in for an appointment though, you need to make sure you choose your technician carefully and consider some very important points:

1.Ensure that the needles are only used once. Tattoo equipment can result in the transmission of infections or diseases, so choose a technician that disposes of the needle at the completion of each treatment.

2. Ensure the pigments are safe and produced by a reputable company. Less expensive pigments are unsafe and can cause a very severe infection, skin irritation or severe allergic reaction. Make sure your technician uses the best and safest pigments on the market that are approved and safety tested.

3. Ensure that pigment – and not ink – is being used. Ink is alright to use for a body tattoo, but it is unacceptable for a facial tattoo use due the possibility of migration of ink under the skin; the ink colours also won’t look very natural on your face!                                     

4. Ensure that a wide choice of colours is available. Your permanent makeup technician should have a wide variety of natural colours on hand. The right technician should spend at least 30 minutes  with you mixing and choosing the right colour and shape for your brows.


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Here are some other points which are really important to look out for before deciding on a technician:

  • Treatment performed at a nail shop or hair salon out in the open with dust and hair flying around is not safe!
  • Your medical history information should be collected; consent forms need to be signed and home care instructions should be given out.
  • A good technician should never offer to come to your or someone else’s home; non-salon settings are not ideal!
  • An overbooked technician who is unable to take their time to listen to  the customer and who doesn’t spend time choosing/mixing  the right colour and shape should be avoided! You should always be completely satisfied with your choice without being rushed to start your tattoo procedure.
  • Technicians that use a stencil to make “one size fits all” eyebrows without considering their client’s facial shape and structure should be avoided!
  • Technicians should always open sterilized needles in front of you for peace of mind.
  • Technicians should always wash their hands before they put their gloves on.
  • Gloves should always be changed after the technician has had to leave the room or touch something other than their client or equipment used during the procedure.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: With cosmetic tattooing becoming increasingly popular, your tips and words of advice are so great to know before making that first appointment!

About HiBrow EyeBrows: Hi, I’m Jane from HiBrow EyeBrows and in both my personal and professional lives, I like to surround myself with beauty and symmetry. I developed an “obsession” with eyebrows many years ago which led me to embark on learning the art of brow tattooing with leading brow artists. I left my corporate life behind and am now in demand as an expert brow tattoo in New South Wales.

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