tablemakers_0029 My goodness, thank you all so so much for the incredibly lovely birthday wishes yesterday – I truly do have the most amazing friends, family and of course readers any girl could ever want, plus I do love that each year my gorgeous hubby takes over Made From Scratch to write me the sweetest birthday post! So thank you all so much for making my day so special!

I also simply have to share this incredibly, and absolutely delicious, Valentines Day Brunch (I know that the day has passed, but it’s far too beautiful not to share!) that the hugely talented Lauren Kelp styled. It’s so stunning that I don’t think it should be reserved only for Valentines Day, I think any celebration calls for a brunch like this where fluffy pancakes with fresh fruit are generously served and champagne flows freely! What do you think? x

| Photography by Half Orange Photography | Dinnerware byWest Elm | Florals & Styling by Lauren Kelp |

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There are days when everything becomes so incredibly overwhelming and you have so much to do that no matter how many lists you make you can’t seem to get on top of things – today is one of those day! But one of my absolute favourite, and there are many, parts of working in such a beautiful industry is that you see a post and it instantly brightens your day that forces you take a little time out to admire it. This stunning pink, white and black party via 100 Layer Cake is one of those parties that makes you want to call your closets friend, slip into a gorgeous party dress and enjoy a couple of glasses of wine and delicious sweet treats – it’s so pretty that you simply must take a peek at the rest of the celebration here. x

For more event styling inspiration, be sure to take a peek at our wedding and celebrate sections.

Photography: Charlie Juliet | Event Décor, Styling + Florals: HANALULU CO. | Hair + Make-up: Sissi Chan | Stationery: Christina D’Asaro Design | Cakes: Nine Cakes | Venue: ICI Restaurant

It’s absolutely no secret that I adore Victoria’s beautiful blog Oh So Pretty – each post is as beautiful as the next and it will take only a matter of minutes admiring her work before you have a serious girl crush. I simply had to share Victoria’s newest post – the most delicious, and pretty, all natural DIY Rose Body Scrub. Not only will this pink hued scrub leave your skin oh so soft and smelling amazing, it’s incredibly simple to make and would make the sweetest gift for someone special, your beautiful bridesmaids or of course your self. Be sure to take a peek at Oh So Pretty for how to make your own beautiful Rose Body Scrub. x


I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s finding it terribly hard to concentrate on work at the moment – the sun is shining, Christmas holidays are just around the corner, the weather is deliciously warm and it feels like all of New Zealand’s beautiful beaches are calling our names. Summer is easily my favourite season, I’m defiantly someone who adores the heat and warmth that summer brings with it – plus it’s the best time of the year to get outside and enjoy our amazing country. So I thought what would be better than a pretty, and bright, round up of a few of my favourite summer beauty essentials – for me summer is all about soft sun kissed skin, bright nail polish, loose beach curls and simple but pretty makeup. It really is such a lovely time of the year, plus if you’re running short of Christmas ideas everything above would be beyond perfect. Happy Summer everyone. x

sun bum suncream | bourjois colour boost lipstick | martina organics oil cleanser | hairband ball | remington hot pink curl itnars | wella professionals sun haircare | topshop false lash mascara | ted baker vinyl bow wash bag |

shop here for more gorgeous summer beauty essentials

Be sure to click here for, Christmas Gift Ideas for her, him and foodies. Click read more to find out about these wonderful products.

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Made From Scratch's Gift Guide: For Foodies

I’m so excited about today and today’s post – not only is today Ben’s final day of uni (I’ve a special post planned later to celebrate!) I’m giddy with excitement to share the most delicious gift guide for your favourite foodie this Christmas, plus run a very special giveaway! Valued at $349NZD one very very lucky reader, from Australian or New Zealand, will win their very own stunning KitchenAid Artisan Blender - and the best part, you’re able to choose your own colour plus it will arrive before Christmas! I’m so honoured to host this giveaway for you – it’s my little way of saying thank you for all of your amazing support this year as I really do have the best readers, followers and supporters in the whole world! I’ll never every be able to thank you enough for everything, you really are so amazing, Happy Christmas shopping everyone and of course good luck with the giveaway! x

| plus printed tea towel | tea pot | kitchen aid blender | charmed dot serve ware | the french market cookbook | highball glasses |

This giveaway has now closed – thank you so much to everyone who entered. I was completely blown away by the incredible response, you’re all so amazing!

more delicious gift ideas for foodies



With Christmas just around the corner I’ve been trying to sort out my shopping early so that I don’t get overwhelmed in the lead up to the silly season, it also means I get to really hunt out that perfect gift. I have to admit I’ve been doing quite a bit of my shopping online, its just so easy especially on day’s when you just don’t feel like battling the crowds. So I thought I would do a little round up of a few of my favourite stocking stuffer gift ideas – teeny tiny bit in love with the everything, especially the coral cosmetic bag that could double as a purse! x

mini sky planter | hanno the gorilla | pom pom garland | cosmetic bag | piggy bank | jasmine candle |

a few more gift ideas

High Tea

high-tea Happy Tuesday everyone, I hope you all had the most glorious long weekend and were able to get outside and enjoy the beautiful sunshine. I’m so thrilled to share this gorgeous tea party in celebration for tonights High Tea at Studio 46 that was featured in the latest issue of Homestyle - there really is something so magical about tea parties and this decedent party complete with pink horse cake toppers, bell jars and beautiful flowers would be so perfect for any celebration. Be sure to take a peek at the full schedule of upcoming workshops at Studio 46 in the lead up to all the wonderful Christmas celebrations, they’d also make a perfect gift for someone special. x

| Styling, Annie O and Red Creative | Cakes, Made From Scratch | Photography, Kelley Eady Loveridge |

| Featured in, Homestyle |

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 With Spring well and truly here I’ve been craving beautiful bright pops of colour, delicate pastels, neutrals and touches of gold – Spring really is such a wonderful time of the year where you’re able to shake off the darker hues and layers from Winter and enjoy that sun kissed feeling that the warmer weather brings. Here are a few of my favourite Spring finds to brighten your day, or of course add to your wish list for Christmas – I can’t wait for all of the Spring and Summer festivities to begin, I’ve a feeling it’s going to be the best Summer yet! x

| flowers | dress | diary | tape | duvet cover | vase | leather pouch | pencils | mini planter | earrings |