10.29.2014

Guest Post | Of Trees and Hues

Hi, lovely readers of myLifebox! I’m Latrina, writer and curator, of the lifestyle blog Of Trees and Hues and I’m elated to be guest writing for Anna-Rosa while she’s exploring Europe – which I can’t wait to hear all about!

I’m such an admirer of Anna-Rosa’s DIY posts and thought it would be a lot of fun to contribute to that, so today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite things to make during this time of the year – aroma simmer pots! They’re incredibly easy to make and will fill your home with the most comforting and divine scents. So, whether you’re currently experiencing the crisp, cool air of Autumn or the warmth of Summer, I have two recipes that I think you’ll love all year around!

 The first is one of my favorites and one that reminds me so much of being a child during the holidays – it always manages to put me in such a festive mood and not to mention the aroma is absolutely amazing!

Ingredients:
An apple, cut in slices. The peels from one orange. Three cinnamon sticks and a tablespoon of whole cloves.

Process:
Fill a small saucepan with water along with all of the ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil. It’s best to designate a saucepan just for aromas as you don’t want to cook with it later. Once at a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. You can leave to simmer all day long, just remember to replenish the water when needed. You can store the mixture in the fridge for up to three days to enjoy later.

Another one of my favorites is the aroma of lemons, rosemary, lavender and vanilla extract. It’s incredibly calming and the perfect scent for those days where you want to pamper yourself. Just like the previous recipe, you’ll boil your ingredients for a few minutes and leave to simmer to enjoy for the entire day!


The possibilities are absolutely endless when it comes to aromas – and such a great way to make use of discarded fruit too. I hope you try these two recipes and let us know what you think!


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Short bio:
Latrina is a nostalgic, ambitious, warmhearted gal who thrives on living an adventurous life, one filled with new experiences, explorations and lots and lots of happy moments. She blogs at Of Trees and Hues, a design and lifestyle blog, with the purpose to curate beauty and inspiration as well as encouraging others to live enriched and adventurous lives.

10.27.2014

Guest Post | Hommie



Hello everyone! My name is Petros and I'm a Greek architect, designer and blogger, proud owner of Hommie. I'm so excited being part of Anna-Rosa's guest-blogging posts, featuring an easy and minimal DIY clothing rack.

Copper is still a strong and beautiful trend in home design and decoration. I think there's something in copper's colour that makes it so elegant and stylish. My inspiration came by several DIYs I found online, using copper plumbing accessories and round wooden sticks. I really like the simplicity and the scandinavian-design feeling of these two materials, when combined.


Instructions:

Get round wooden sticks from your local hardware store. Calculate how many pieces you need for your DIY project in order to buy enough supplies. Hardware stores usually have wooden sticks cut in standard length, for being easily transportable. The ones I got, for example, were 3m long each.
Cut the sticks into two 125cm long pieces, two 70cm long pieces, four 20cm long pieces and six 10cm long pieces.
Connect the wooden sticks with the copper pieces, as shown in diagram.
Check if the clothing rack is straight and steady and glue all the pieces together.
Enjoy!

Notes: Remember to check the diameter of the copper accessories. It has to be the same with the diameter of the wooden sticks. The ones I used for this DIY project were 23mm.
You can adjust the size of your clothing rack according to your needs. Change the length of the sticks marked as (b.) in the diagram, if you want it to be taller or shorter. Change the length of the sticks marked as (a.) in the diagram, to adjust its width.

10.25.2014

GIVEAWAY | 150$ Kate Spade Giftcard


So, although I have arranged all these beautiful guest posts i thought to pop by to say hello and share an amazing giveaway (agaiiiin? Yes! again!!) with you guys.

This time we celebrate Sam's birthday and we are giving you a chance to win a Kate Spade giftcard!! Yeah! :) I know all of you have "craved" a little something from Kate Spade and either you can't afford it either you haven't decoded yet what to buy, since everything is amazing. Now it's the time to purchase the shoes you've been eyeing!!

no need to say that the more entries you have the more possible it gets to win the prize. And don't forget to check out these people's lovely blogs, since without them this giveaway wouldn't have been brought to you.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Maru (Fashiony Fab) | Brooke (Honestly, B.) | Emma (Emma-Lou Designs) | Anna-Rosa (MyLifeBox) | Sam (Sam Bell Creative) | Jessica (Jessica Says) | Tara (Tara Victoria) | Sarah (Safaris and Sunsets

10.24.2014

Guest Post | Cocorrina




Hi everyone! This is Corina, and i’m super excited to be posting today for Anna-Rosa! Halloween, is pretty much my favourite holiday of all. Although we don’t celebrate it in Greece, i do have a soft spot about anything spooky, even though i’m an extreme scaredy cat, there’s something about Halloween that makes my heart beat faster.

I’ve been always fascinated by Catrina, the Mexican Goddess of the dead. So much that in fact i’m already working on my next -and big one- tattoo, that’s going to be Catrina herself, amongst with Peonies. The idea of celebrating, and not be scared of death, remembering our loved ones with happiness could not describe me more. 

Working on designing this Catrina skull, maybe me happier than any other personal project i’ve ever worked on. All purely designed in Illustrator, with a huge smile on my face, experimenting with dots and shapes that look like flowers. This is definitely my favourite kind of illustration. 

So, i prepared two versions of a Muerta Invitation, one in gold and one in black. You can simply print the black and gold one and write your wording on the back with a golden marker. It’s going to look amazing trust me. Or you can choose the most minimal black and white one. Enjoy!

Download here

10.22.2014

Guest Post | OY Blog


Hi MyLifeBox readers! I'm Carol from OY! blog, I'm guest posting for Anna-Rosa while she is away with friends traveling and having fun. So glad she invited me to her beautiful blog and because we have a love for fashion i wanted to share some TRIP BASICS for travelers that want to carry light but don't loose style. I will pack basic pieces that match together and can be layered up, don't forget to travel chic with some fashion sneakers with fun patterns to match with solid colors on other garments. Some hip accessories like sunglasses, iPod cases, and little bags to put all your cosmetics and bath essentials. I will recommend a light notebook to keep all inspiration track and places to visit too. And a big bag to carry all things for long walks and keep camera and wallet safe.

Hope you enjoy this guest post and the next time you travel you do it with style and fun.

Hi Tek Sunglasses
Field Notes Notebook
Lagarconne Dress
Cos Coat
Building block Bag
Clare Vivier iPad case
Anthropologie sneakers

10.20.2014

Guest Post | My Paradissi

Hello My Lifebox readers! This is Eleni, blogger behind My Paradissi and I’m here to fill up for sweet Anna-Rosa while she’s enjoying some well deserved time off. I know Anna-Rosa is a dearest fan of cooking (like, please, how delicious does this salad look?) so I thought I’d prepare for you a post that combines both the culinary essences of smell and taste with the visual one a decent interior designer and architect (hello Anna-Rosa) swears by. That means delicious recipes prepared in equally astonishing kitchens that, of course, get along perfectly in style and vibe. Like fresh vegetables and sleek surfaces, creamy cheese and whitewashed spaces, crisped bread and unrefined woods. Does it make any sense to you? I feel that the surroundings play a vital role for ones health and inspiration. Yes, no junk food is allowed in the above kitchens ;)

If you are indeed inspired and crave for some healthy delicacies, you can find the links to the recipes here:


You can always drop by My Paradissi to say hi :) Thanks Anna-Rosa for having me!

Image credits:
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10.17.2014

Guest Post | Yeobo



Hello, we are Becka & Nathan from Yeobo blog  We are so excited to be joining you on Anna-Rosa’s lovely piece of the web. Since she’s on a Euro-tour of her own (lucky lady), we thought this would be a perfect time to give you a few of our travel tips. Nathan just visited Italy in June, so let’s start there!  If you’re visiting Italy, you're probably staying in a bigger city as a hub and taking day trips to explore the surrounding areas. Here are four things to always have in your day bag. 





Camera 
Don't leave your camera behind for the sake of comfort, you'll end up regretting it an hour into your day. Plan ahead, bring a larger bag to comfortably tote your gadgets. Or invest in a camera strap you won’t be embarrassed to wear all day. We love this one from Tanner Goods. 

An easy change
Guess what, Italy can get really hot... Depending on your traveling dates, it can be shirt sticking, face dripping kinda hot. Yuck. A smart traveler brings an extra shirt, or even a complete change of clothes. This will save you come 9 o'clock when the sun has gone down and your looking for a nice place to eat dinner. We realize this isn’t the most glamorous tip, but trust us... you’ll want to freshen up a bit after walking about all day in the hot sun. We love basics that can easily be tossed on with just about anything. Everlane has the perfect pieces for him and her.

Phone charger / adapter
Your phone will die and it will die fast. Even if your battery is fully charged, the constant yelping, gps locating and instagramming (all while you're roaming in a foreign country) will surely drain your battery. Fortunately there are tons of places to charge, like outlets on trains or in train stations. Just make sure you have the right adapter for your cables. We love these cord tacos to keep everything neat in your bag. 

Extra room
Lastly, you want to leave some room. If your packed to the brim, you're going to be very sad when you can't fit that gorgeous pair of leather sandals into your bag. Roaming new cities often leads to shopping. Leave space for it!




Thanks for having us!
Becka & Nathan
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