Bento Monsters Takes Food Art to the Next Level

Stay-at-home mom, Ming, makes the most incredible lunches for her two boys. Trust me; they are something to be jealous of! It all started when her first child went to primary school and he was having trouble adjusting. She wanted to pack a cute lunch with notes, so that he can have something to look forward to when break time came.

The charabens, which are decorative bentos, have now become a hobby. Ming started taking photos of her food art and decided to start a blog; www.bentomonsters.com. Her blog has many recipes and tutorials, so there’s no excuse for you not to try it out! She also posts many photos to her Instagram account and she has brought out a book with some amazing recipes and ideas.

How adorable are the piglets and the sleeping bunnies? To all the moms out there, are you up for the challenge? 

Source: Bored Panda
Images: Bento Monsters

Colour Palette- Greens

The Bosco Verticale in Milan has inspired me to put together a colour palette of beautiful green products from Hello Pretty. A little green here and there can brighten up your home and wardrobe with ease. If you like to take risks go for something in lime green or a rich emerald, and if you like to stay on the safe side, go for something in mint or pale green.

I really like this green handstitched Lulu bag from Created in Eden. It’s not too risky but adds a bit of colour. The arrows green scatter cushion from Phlo Studio is great for some subtle colour too. For something a little brighter, they have this amazing lime green seedling sheen scatter cushion

The Green African Shield from African Swell Creations will brighten up your home; it can be used as table décor or put up on the wall. If you are feeling colourful, go for this green seedbead bracelet from Blossom Handmade, which will brighten up your outfit. 

I like pink drinks.

Some people don't enjoy surprises. I am not one of them.

I've just been away for a month on training, and it's been a little slow-going cranking myself back into gear. I stepped out to grab a coffee, and returned to this:

 

Do you know what that is?

Wine. It's WINE.

Put your desires and intentions out into the universe and watch them manifest, they say. Well, tickle me pink and call me a convert, because that business is real, my friends, and I have consumed the proof.

In celebration of Leap Day on Monday, Spier Secret sent us a this glorious thing:

Let us all have a minute of silence for this delightful pink Leap Day drink, which was gone before it's time.

Thank you Spier. You bring a tear of joy to my eye.

The Perfect Vanity Area

Weekday mornings are always a rush for me as I try to get ready for the day ahead as quickly as possible! Most of us have a routine in the morning, which makes things run a little bit smoother. Whether it’s getting ready for work, school-runs or for that glamourous night out, we all need the perfect vanity area.

Getting ready for the day or an event is so much more relaxing and easier when all of your make-up and hair products are in one place. When you know where everything is, it just goes that much faster. And we all need to save a bit of time here and there, right?

I love the White Organizer Shelf and the Copper Organizer Shelf from Leg Studios on Hello Pretty!  These are great because you can put them on your vanity table or you can mount them to a wall; whichever you prefer! Not only will they keep your cosmetics and products organized, but they look beautiful too.

To top off your perfect vanity area, this rectangular Hollywood Glam Vanity Mirror or the round Hollywood Glam Vanity Mirror from Be Beautiful by Katy M is ideal. I would love the white organizer shelf on my vanity table with a beautiful vase of flowers! 

*Images
Image One- White Organizer Shelf
Image Two- Copper Organizer Shelf
Image Three- Hollywood Glam Vanity Mirror
Image Four- Hollywood Glam Vanity Mirror
Image Five- Make-up by Maria Morri
 

Milan’s Green Building; The Bosco Verticale

Milan may be one of the leading cities when it comes to fashion and design, but they are doing pretty well with looking after the environment too. I was lucky enough to visit Milan last year, and saw these buildings from a far and they definitely do draw your attention.

The Bosco Verticale, otherwise known as Milan’s green buildings, are situated in the district of Porta Nuova. They were designed by Boeri Studio and built because of the growing cities and the loss of nature around us. The project is the world’s first vertical forest; I love the idea of expanding but taking nature into account as well.

The buildings are 110 and 76 meters high respectively, and are aimed at reducing pollution and creating a better living space for people. They are covered in a range of trees, which will help with absorbing carbon dioxide and dust particles, producing humidity and oxygen and will protect from radiation and acoustic pollution.

The plants and trees are planted on each apartment’s balcony. The trees have been chosen to correspond with Milan’s weather; in summer they will provide shade and filter pollution and in the winter the bare trees will allow some sunlight into the apartments for warmth.

If you are wondering about all the water for the plants, they’ve got that covered too! The plant’s water will be reused greywater from the building, which will have been filtered through a system designed for them.

Not only are these buildings helping to save the planet, but they look beautiful too. With Milan being one of the fashion capitals of the world, it is only fitting that they are.

Source: Inhabitat

*Image Sources:
Image One- Bosco Verticale Milan by Phil Beard
Image Two- Urban Forest-Milan by Lorenzoclick
Image Three- Urban Forest – Milan by Lorenzoclick
Image Four- Bosco Verticale by Mishkabear
 

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