My beloved city of Barcelona was targeted in a senseless terror attack yesterday. I have no words, only tears. I was in Barcelona just six months ago and walked along Las Ramblas many times. The atmosphere was always lively, filled with people, with lots going on in the food markets, shops and restaurants that line the avenue. Yesterday’s events are simply too much to comprehend. I’m so devastated to see what this world has come to now. To the beautiful people of Barcelona, stay strong as you move forward. Your city will always have my heart. Sending love and prayers to everyone affected.
We’ve shown you our other two themes for “Cute Parcels” and today we’ll showcase the Birthday-themed goodies you can choose from to make your very own cute parcel. Remember, you choose one item from each category (four items in total plus we include a special FREE GIFT), then securely checkout with PayPal. We’ll create a lovely package of your selections and ship it to you worldwide. It’s very simple!
For the “Cute Parcel of Birthday Love” we have these products for you to pick from…
Has something caught your eye? Don’t forget that you can add a “Cute Parcel” to your shopping cart and mix it up with other products from our Online Shop before checking out! We sell stickers, postcards, greeting cards and wall prints on our website too.
Have you seen our “Cute Parcels” concept yet? Today we’ll show you the second of three themes – Romance. Jam-packed with stationery you could gift to your partner, we’ve put our heart and soul into making this issue a love-filled one.
So here’s what is included in the “Cute Parcel of Romance” for you to choose from…
Have you made your choices? Great! Head over to our Online Shop and make your purchase. Remember, all orders $25 and over will be shipped for free. Plus, every “Cute Parcel” order is beautifully packaged and comes with a very cute FREE GIFT!
So yesterday we launched our newest concept called “Cute Parcels” and we’re so thankful for the response already. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here.
The way “Cute Parcels” works is really simple. You can choose from 3 themes (Birthdays, Romance, Travel) and then 4 product categories within those themes. After you’ve picked one item from each category and have checked out with PayPal, we’ll put together a beautiful parcel of the items you’ve picked and send it out to you anywhere in the world.
For the travel edition, we wanted to put together stationery you could use to wish someone a safe journey and have primarily focused on the cities of London, Barcelona and Paris, with hints of Italy and La Dolce Vita here and there.
The products currently available (we may mix it up later on) for our “Cute Parcel of Travel Stories” issue are…
Plus, every “Cute Parcel” order comes with a FREE GIFT and if you spend $25 or more in our Online Shop, we’ll ship everything for free!
It’s incredible to reflect on these past months and realise that we actually managed to create a whole year’s worth of Mishka Mail kits to send out into the universe. What began as an idea 12 months ago, launched in August 2016 and has finished its course this month with the last of our July orders getting shipped out today. Mishka Mail was our monthly stationery subscription box filled with cute greeting cards, gift tags, stickers, wall prints and more. We’d like to sincerely thank everyone who supported this concept, those who agreed to review a box, helped spread the word to their family and friends, ran our giveaway for us, and of course subscribed for the months they wanted. Thank you! We are forever grateful.
All past Mishka Mail kits can still be purchased until July 31st. Then from August 1st we’ll be launching our new concept called “Cute Parcels”, which will allow you to choose the products you’d like to receive in your cute parcel of stationery from a selection available! We can’t wait to show you guys how it works! Thanks for the support!
Please visit our Online Shop where you can buy many of the products from Mishka Mail:
We’ve partnered with the lovely Danielle from “See, Shop, Love!” for a second GIVEAWAY! This time the winner will receive the entire July Mishka Mail kit as the prize. You have just over 5 days to enter and the giveaway is open to participants worldwide, 18 years and over only. *SPOILER ALERT* By visiting the Giveaway page, you’ll see the entire content of the July Mishka Mail kit and thus will lose the element of surprise!
Enter here! Good luck!
We’ve decided to stop making Mishka Mail kits after this July one as starting from August we’ll begin an exciting new concept called “Cute Parcels” which will be similar to Mishka Mail but at a lower price point and not following the subscription business model. So please stay tuned for that!
You can buy July’s gratitude-themed Mishka Mail kit from our website here:
Thanks for the support and love you’ve shown our Mishka Mail packs, it’s been so very heart-warming. We appreciate YOU!
It was through my love of Audrey Hepburn that I first discovered the classic American film My Fair Lady (1964) directed by George Cukor. I instantly adored it and have wanted to see the live musical version ever since.
Based on the play by Bernard Shaw entitled Pygmalion and with the dream of Gabriel Pascal to turn it into a musical, lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe brought My Fair Lady the musical to life. Taking audiences on a grand melodic journey on Broadway in 1956 for a sensational 2,717 performance run, the lead female role of Eliza Doolittle went to the young and talented rising star, Julie Andrews, and the lead male role to seasoned theatrical actor, Rex Harrison, who won the Academy Award for his performance in the film version, with the Warner Bros film also taking out the Best Picture of the Year category in 1965. The Broadway version was followed by a hit London production (running for 5.5 years at the Theatre Royal) and the musical eventually reached Australian audiences by 1959, playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne to high acclaim.
The story is set in London in the year 1912. Eliza Doolittle, a common flower-girl from the lower classes meets phonetician Professor Henry Higgins outside Covent Garden one night. He makes a bet with fellow language expert, Colonel Pickering, that he can transform Eliza into a duchess at the embassy ball, teaching her to speak proper English and to behave like a lady who can then work as a shop assistant at a flower shop. Through their ups and downs, the audience is able to witness her transformation and gain insight into British classes, gender politics and social values of the time, all within a light-hearted sense of comedy and playfulness.
Dame Julie Andrews directs this very special diamond jubilee production, which broke box-office records at the Sydney Opera House when it played there in 2016. Last month the beautiful production hit Melbourne’s Regent Theatre where it will continue until July 29th. Don’t miss your chance to see it!
First of all, the majestic Regent Theatre is a breathtaking place to hold such a special show. The organisers and everyone involved should be praised for their choice of venue and everything about this musical production. The interiors of the Regent Theatre are simply spectacular and I was pleasantly transported to the class of creativity seen in Barcelona earlier this year whilst on holidays there. The exquisite detailing, lavish furnishings and luxurious fittings leading up to and inside the main concert hall were elegant and set the mood nicely. Photography was allowed prior to the start of the show only. The lights went out and the live orchestra began the Overture, entertaining us with short renditions of all the main musical numbers we were about to hear play out on stage. The curtain opened and I immediately knew that we were in for a delightful night of heartfelt, glorious music accompanying the amazing performances from the cast and the hardworking crew backstage.
In this wonderful 60th anniversary production it is also worth mentioning that as a world first, director Dame Julie Andrews teamed up with the associates and former staff of the original set designer Oliver Smith and costume designer Cecil Beaton to recreate the original look of the musical of 1956. Audiences are able to come face-to-face with designs from both these visionaries in the upper and lower foyers before the show and during the short interval.
Piece by piece the audience were delighted by music that makes the heart sing. The vocal performances of the Melbourne cast were incredible. The role of Professor Higgins was played ever-so-brilliantly by Charles Edwards and Anna O’Byrne’s Eliza Doolittle almost brought me to tears because of my connection and love of Audrey Hepburn. There were revolving sets, wonderful lighting and sound effects, and even a surprise on stage that no one was expecting but was always intended for the original Broadway production.
My favourite part would definitely have to be the immaculate Ascot Racecourse scene where the curtain opens to reveal a cast of men and women all dressed in black and white attire at the famous London horse race. The attention to detail on the hats and gowns of the women and the charm of the men with their suits, still gives me such a thrill just thinking about it. They sing an opening number and then we are introduced to the beautifully transformed Eliza Doolittle, now a lady with confidence and poise, who converses with other race-goers about the weather and everyone’s health. Once the horse race starts though, her cockney upbringing comes to the foreground and audiences are laughing out loud uncontrollably as she cheers for her horse, Dover, to win the race. I love it!
I enjoyed this production immensely and couldn’t stop smiling for the entire duration of the show! I would like to thank Dame Julie Andrews and everyone involved (notably Opera Australia and John Frost) for bringing this musical to life for younger generations like mine who only came to know it from the film version. Having one of your favourite musicals play out right in front of you is an unforgettable experience that I will always cherish.
My Fair Lady is a masterpiece.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster but are selling fast.
Presenting our Q and A with Zara from Zaracreates Blog…
Today I’d like to introduce you to Naira, founder of creative stationery business, Graceful Avenue. She’s here to talk about her label’s monthly subscription box service called Mishka Mail, which started in August 2016 and will end with the July issue next month.
So pour yourself a cup of tea and escape for a few minutes into the world of Graceful Avenue and Naira’s passion for all things stationery.
Hi everyone! A big thanks to Zara for featuring me on her blog today. Throughout this post you’ll be seeing photographs of Mishka Mail’s February kit with the theme “Wonders of Travel”. Over these last 11 issues I approached my fellow bloggers to review Mishka Mail for every single month and very soon all the reviews from our past kits will be posted on our website for you to read. For now you can just Google the term: “Mishka Mail”
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I have a confession to make. Apart from owning my own stationery label I’m also a massive stationery fan with a stash of postcards, cute stickers, patterned washi tapes, greeting cards and funky envelopes all waiting to be used up when an opportunity presents itself. Luckily for me I absolutely love the art of writing letters and usually end up using store-bought items as well as my own creations in my outgoing snail mail to friends.
We live in a technological age where it has become the norm to send instant text messages, emails and social media posts out into the world. This simplifies our fast-paced lives and ensures we’re always connected. Everything happens in the blink of an eye. For me there’s something so special about sending out a message in the old form of a letter. I love spending my spare time just sitting down with a cup of tea in the garden, pen in hand, filling the page with all the events of life that occurred in the time since our last correspondence and describing everything there is to look forward to in the future. There’s a great deal of therapeutic value in the art of handwriting your thoughts on paper to a friend half way across the globe. Have you tried it yet? It’s truly so much fun!
Thankfully there’s still plenty of love for this tangible form of communication. On Instagram there are great hashtags such as #snailmailrevolution and #sendmoremail going around. Indeed many of my penpals and I still rely on the instant messaging service within Instagram to communicate to each other when we send or receive a letter. I don’t think I could’ve ever had the patience to write letters in the good old days.
In many ways we are fortunate to live in the 21st century but I just hate the thought of imagining email replacing handwritten correspondence the way the keyboard I’m currently typing on replaced the classic typewriter and the way in which e-cards are slowly replacing actual greeting cards in the mailbox. We can’t let this happen.
I encourage you (yes YOU!) to help us revive the snail mail movement. I can’t vouch for the online post-crossing websites many people use because I managed to find all my penpals via Instagram, but if you’re passionate about putting pen to paper, send someone a letter today and you’ll know just how good it feels to send as well as receive one back. It can be a simple thank you card, a declaration of love for your better half or a creative masterpiece to a friend. Have fun with it!
Oh and if you’re so inclined to buy your stationery from me and support my small business, I’ll be eternally grateful. Visit our brand new Online Shop here.
There are so many things to love about Japan. Today I’d like to introduce you to ZenPop, a Japanese company that sends the coolest products from the heart of Osaka to anywhere in the world. While it sounds like a subscription-style service, it isn’t. You can purchase individual packs each month without knowing exactly what’s included (because it’s a surprise!) but ZenPop do showcase a few products on social media and hint about the contents on their website.
There are 6 packs to choose from and all prices are in US Dollars and include shipping:
- Japanese Ramen + Sweets Mix ($24.50)
- Japanese Sweets Pack ($19.50 – $29.50)
- Japanese Ramen Pack ($29.50)
- Japanese Stationery Pack ($29.50)
- Japanese Beauty Pack ($29.50)
I bought the Japanese Stationery Pack for the month of April with a “Kawaii” or cute theme, which promised 12 or more items.
The box in which the products arrived was so cute and featured the ZenPop bunny mascot jumping for joy! Inside the box the first thing seen was a little note which said “You got a lucky box with a pair of lucky socks” and of course a smile instantly came to my face.
What a sweet gesture!
Now let’s explore the actual products inside the Stationery Pack. The April kit included:
- 1x Decorese Pen (1 of 10 pastel colours)
- 1x Kuretake – Mangaka Pen (1 of 4 colours)
- 1x Uni Jetstream Pen – Black ink
- 1x Kuratake Brush Tip Highlighter (1 of 5 fluorescent colours)
- Washi Tape (1 of 5 designs)
- Sanrio Memo Pad (1 of 6 designs)
- Rilakkuma Folder (1 of 4 designs)
- Schedule Stickers (1 of 3 designs)
- Nico Sticky Notes (1 of 4 designs)
- Bento Flake Stickers
- Tombow MONO 2 Way (1 of 5 colours)
- Flip Out Message Cards
The items included were all so cute and useful too. I’ll certainly be using the pages of the Sanrio notepad to write letters to penpals and the sushi stickers to decorate the envelopes! All the pens were great and wrote ever-so-beautifully on paper. The washi tape was certainly a highlight as was the gorgeous Rilakkuma folder. Can’t wait to also use the MONO correction tape on one side and eraser on the other!
Overall, I loved the ZenPop Stationery Pack. All the products were of very high quality and with a large variety of inclusions from stickers to sticky notes, paper, washi tape and pens. No two boxes are the same as there are endless colour and design combinations ZenPop sends you. It took just under 4 weeks to arrive to Australia from Japan but it was so worth the wait. For all the info on ZenPop’s other packs please visit their website here and try something new from Japan for yourself.
Disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this review are 100% honest. This box was purchased by me and I genuinely loved all the products and wanted to publish a review here.