What is the secret seven you may ask? Well what I can tell you is that I have been working on a new tea range (yes 7 different varieties) which will soon be released! We have had a little packaging revamp which I am proud to say has much improved. These new tisanes will come packaged in our lovely crisp white zip lock packets with a wooden spoon which has a secret words of wisdom scroll attached. These little packets of loose leaf tea make for a wonderful gift to let someone know you're thinking of them or just a nice little pick me up.
Some of our more popular tea blends will be making an appearance in the secret seven along with some new and some improved! We can tell you that our Flora blend will be returning (see pic above) and also our ever popular Cleopatra blend - but with a lovely addition to tantalise your palate. We will have the new, the improved and the classics up on the website very, very, soon! Stay tuned and make sure you check our IG and FB to stay informed. We're very excited to launch these newbies with a fresh clean look, we hope you love the changes as much as we do.
When you send us feedback, we want you to know we're listening! So having said that we had a few lovely customers let us know that our Activated Charcoal Mask was a little difficult to remove. We want you to know that we deeply appreciate your feedback and we have taken it on-board. Now whilst trialing the Activated Charcoal Mask, I myself did have a bit of trouble removing it with just water - but to counteract this I used a cleanser afterward to remove the residue, I now realise that customers would prefer to have something with the activated charcoal for the removal of residue, so now included in the Activated Charcoal Mask are two sachets - 1) contains the activated charcoal mask and 2) contains baking soda - it is highly effecting at removing the residue of the mask and is also great for pulling away blackheads that the activated charcoal is drawn to. The baking soda also has an exfoliating action which will clear dead skin cells and help to make your skin feel soft after the treatment.
Once again, thank you lovely customers for your feedback and if you are looking to try the new improved Activated Charcoal Mask, we'd love to hear your thoughts on the improvements.
If you'd like to know more about baking soda and its many uses click on the image below.
It's been quite some time since I have created something with lace, so I thought I should get embellishing! A lot of time has been spent on my new range of bath & body products and tea blends, so designing and creating bridal and event adornments had been put on the back burner for a while. It was really nice to sit and just design and then hand sew some new lace beauties for half a day. I am going to make sure I do it more often from now on!
Below is a new rather simple design in a deep ivory lace with silver seed beads and crystal rhinestones. It's a wonderful piece for a bride who wants to wear something in her hair but also a piece that is a little bit understated.
Another newbie I have added to my Luxe Headpieces is this heavily heavily embellished wrap around freshwater pearl headpiece. This headpiece is set on the same deep ivory lace as used on the above design, but I thought I would use ivory seed beads and copious amounts of freshwater pearls. This bridal headpiece has a very vintage feel to it which I love. Hours upon hours of embellishing work were done on this piece, but I think it was worth the effort!
I'd forgotten how much I love embellishing lace! It really can be a soothing experience and is great for slowing down the mind! Maybe it's time for me to create a new collection!
We want to thank our wonderful customers for a fabulous 2015, so we are offering you a huge 30% off everything from 29/12/15 until 2/1/2016, what a wonderful way to bring in the new year! Now is the time to stock up on our organic tea range, all natural bath & body products and maybe even pick up a pretty adornment for a special occasion. Sale is on for only a few days so get in before our products are back at their original retail price.
Thank you for a wonderful 2015 - can't wait to bring in 2016! Stay tuned for our new products in the new year.
You may have noticed our new range of candles that have recently been added to our shop. These aren't just any candles, these candles are a bit special if I do say so myself. So what's so special about them you may ask? Well let me tell you, when I first decided to add soy wax candles to my collection, I found that all the synthetic fragrances are not particularly great for your health, I didn't want to create a range that was going to contribute to peoples heath problems. Not only was there the problem on synthetic substances used in making candles, but the ethical problem of the kind of wax to be used. I could not feel good about using palm wax, knowing it in many cases is not sustainable or ethical. I spent a lot of time finding a sustainable, ethical and non-GMO soy wax so I could feel good about my product having less of a negative impact on the environment and people. I have also sourced 100% natural cotton wicks for a clean even burn that pollute the air you breathe. Peacock & Lotus candles use only natural fragrances which are created with blending 100% natural essential oils. You won't find any chemical nasties in our candles or bath & body products. I am committed to using natural ingredients - I wouldn't create anything that I wouldn't use myself.
I have created 4 new essential oil blends to fill your home with a natural, clean, non-toxic scent.
Invigorate Me - One of my favourites - encompasses a blend of Bergamot and Pink Grapefruit for a zesty and uplifting scent that will invigorate your home and spirit!
Flora - A floral sensation of Rose Geranium, Lavender and Pettigrain.
Into The Woods - A woodland dream, light this candle to take you to a magical woodland forest. With essential oils of Rosemary, Cedarwood, Lemon Myrtle, Thyme & Lavender. An earthy & masculine scent.
Citrus & Sunshine - Smells as it sounds! A summery scent with hints of vanilla and sunshine. Scented with essential oils of Vanilla, Pink Grapefruit, Bergamot, Orange & Lime.
All of our candles come in a gorgeous quilted mason jar - they will burn for approximately 40+ hours. Available in our shop for $25 each or $40 for two what a super deal.
You may have noticed a few months back I created my organic tea Tub Teas. I have recently added some new Tub Teas to the range which are available individually, in a set of 3 or in a Tub Tea sampler pack featuring all 5 varieties. Each little packet of Tub Tea contains a lovely blend of organic tea, muscle soothing epsom salts, essential oils to match the tea and zeolite clay to detox the body. There is a Tub Tea to suit everyone - whether you just want to unwind and relax, or you're in need of a soothing detox bathing experience or just want to feel like Cleopatra in a milky rose bath. Tub Tea is the perfect way to relax after a long day. I have created a range of hand blended organic teas which are perfect for sipping on while you're enjoying your soothing Tub Tea experience.
Here's a little bit of info on each so you can decipher which one tickles your fancy!
'Cleopatra' - a lovely organic blend of Jasmine tea and rose petals with rose geranium essential oil - this lovely rose Tub Tea includes rose petal powder - fantastic for softening the skin. You'll feel relaxed and your skin will feel amazingly soft and nourished. Our matching Cleopatra organic tea is also available to complete you rose bath experience. Help your skin from the inside out with this beautiful rose petal combo.
'Vanilla Chai Latte Tub Tea ' - a spicy blend of organic chai along with vanilla essential oil, epsom salts, oatmeal and zeolite clay. Our Chai Organic blend is also available - why not make yourself a real chai latte and indulge your senses in the spicy aroma of chai. This lovely combination will whisk you away to wonderful spice markets in far away lands.
'Calm Me Chamomile' - Organic chamomile flowers with Roman chamomile essential oil, epsom salts, oatmeal and zeolite clay. The perfect way to unwind. Our Chamomile flower organic tea is also available so you can sip on a cup to complete your calming bathing experience.
'Invigorate Me' which is my hand blended earl grey organic tea with rose petals and cornflowers - it's so pretty and is lovely to pop in the bath for an invigorating home spa pampering. This invigorating tub tea features essential oils of pink grapefruit & bergamot, epsom salts, oatmeal and zeolite clay. Lovely when paired with our Invigorate Me Organic drinking tea.
'Flora' This all natural Flora Tub Tea is named after the Roman Flower Goddess of the same name. A Colourful and aromatic blend of organic rose petals, chamomile, calendula petals, Heather flowers, lavender and white peony tea make for a visually appealing bath time. Epsom salts, oatmeal, zeolite clay and rose geranium & lavender essential oils make this Tub Tea a luxurious floral bath time experience.
All of my Tub Teas come packaged individually with the organic tea in a little organza bag so the tub doesn't get messy. Give the bag a little squeeze every now and then to release the teas healing properties. Once the tea has softened in the organza bag you can use it to brush your body. The bag acts as an exfoliant and the tea properties can then be absorbed into the skin.
All of my Tub Teas are available to purchase in my online store as individual packs or in a pack of 3 and also in a sampler pack which features all 5 Tub Teas. If you would like to enjoy a cup of our organic tea along with your Tub Tea I have also put together a gift sets which includes a Tub Tea, Organic drinking tea and a beauty mask.
The Linny Loves... shop is growing, and we have just recently welcomed a new family member - Peony N Pearl! Fionna is the brainchild behind Peony N Pearl, she is a super talented lady with skills from handmade wire jewellery to amazing florals. This multi-talented creative is a good friend of mine that I met a few years back during some creative ventures, and I am sure glad I did meet her! Along the way, Fionna and I have worked together on a few photoshoots and actually worked together on our own projects from her home. It's been so wonderful for me to have met such an amazing friend and creative talent. Sounding ideas off each other rather than talking to ourselves (any creative who works from home knows how isolating it can be working solo, and the chatter between me, myself and I can become a little too real).
So now that you have a little bit of background, here is some of Fionna's amazing work. Although I am not selling her florals on the website, I must show you some of the artistic florals she has created, afterall, she is a very talented florist/floral stylist too! But first, here is a bit of what you'll find in the Linny Loves... shop
Each one of Fionna's wire work pieces are so intricately made, you have to look closely at the amazing detail! Each piece is made from scratch - she creates the base frame of her work from strong bendable wire, then coils yet more wire around the wire frame she has created. Each piece is first sketched out and then measurements are made to precisely create the intricate work detailed above. Fionna uses quality components including gemstones and Swarovkski crystals to create these unique wearable pieces of art.
Her jewellery is unique, intricate and truly handmade - I have personally seen the hours that go into making such beautiful work - certainly a skill to be admired, I hope to get some lessons one day, as I can only imagine the headpieces I would come up with having such a skill in my arsenal!
These silk flower crowns and hair pins are a more recent addition to Fionna's gorgeous work. As sometimes working with fresh flowers and their lack of permanence can be difficult, Fionna ventured into making silk flower crowns and hair accessories. Flower crowns have been so popular for weddings and they're sure to stay on-trend for quite some time and with pretties such as these, how could they go out of fashion!
Here is just a couple of examples of Fionna's floral work with fresh flowers. I particularly fell in love with the Peony N Pearl display she made for RAW. I want one! It also has some cute air plants hanging from the branches. Now, lets not forget about that dress! This dress and others from The Rock Stars & Royalty collection were showcased at Fash Fest this year and what an impact they made! The dresses used a combination of real and silk flowers and now have been immortilsed with silk and real touch flowers. Just beautiful! Fionna is available for weddings and events for floral styling and she also does custom jewellery if you are looking for something extra special. Head to her website for more details.
Linny Loves... shop has officially landed! I am very excited to launch my hand selected handmade and Independently designed awesome items from various talented people in Aus and across the globe! These hand picked goodies have all been carefully curated into my Linny Loves... Shop. Linny Loves... is a celebration of handmade and independent designers reigning from all parts of the globe. I am so excited to share these wonderful items with my customers an hope that you love these hand selected items as much as I do.
Quite a few designers have already joined the Linny Loves... family and there are certainly more to follow! Peony N Pearl was the first to hit the Linny Loves... Shop and now Barkly Belle and Belle Ame.
Peony N Pearl handcrafts some beautiful jewellery using semi-precious stones - her techniques are intricate and made from scratch - Fionna's work is truly handmade and that's why I love it so much! Her skills come from many years of hand coiling wire to create these wonderful designs.
How beautiful are these gemstone soaps! So pretty and with fragrances to match their beauty! Belle Ame's gorgeous gemstone soaps come in 4 different scents - Japanese Cherry Blossom, Southern Peach & Rose, Crisp Apple & Rose and Lavender Fields. Great little gifts for any occasion! Christmas is coming up too, these would work wonderfully for stocking stuffers.
Many more amazing handmade items to be added over the coming weeks! So watch this space - more amazingness to come! Until next time.
For a long time now I have had a strong love for tea and organic produce. A few years back I was studying Nutrition and some of my units included Herbal Medicine (the units I enjoyed most in this course) but wondered where I would go once I had completed my studies. Eventually I realised I couldn't see myself starting or working in a practice and I ceased my studies in Nutrition. I felt like I had wasted a lot of time and money once I came to this realisation.
Years later Peacock & Lotus was born and now my label is growing and changing with the addition of my wonderful organic tea blends! In retrospect I can see how my actions have led me to where Peacock & Lotus is now and how some of the small steps which I felt were mistakes, actually led me on a path to what I truly wanted. My love of all things natural has led me to follow a new path and an interesting turn of events for my label Peacock & Lotus.
The addition of organic teas to the Peacock & Lotus family has been a source of joy and it's a big bonus that I get to have fun experimenting with blends and then taking some time out to sip on a lovely cup of organic tea! I love to unwind at the end of the day with a nice cup of tea and a nice hot bath - it's the ultimate way to relax and take a load off. I absolutely love earl grey tea, so I knew I had to create a new and exciting blend with rose petals and cornflowers. Visually it is so pretty - the colours are vibrant and the tea tastes pretty darn good if I say so myself! I love this blend at the beginning of the day and then to settle in and relax before bed, I love to sip on a cup of organic green tea with lavender and calendula. This blend has a slight honeyed taste to it, taking the edge off the bitterness that green tea can sometimes leave on the palate.
I have packaged these lovely tea blends in 20g and 80g packs so if you want to try a variety of teas you can purchase the 20g and if it's to your liking, the 80g packs are also available for purchase. These little packets make for wonderful gifts and I also have them available in a 3 pack gift set. I love blending these teas so much I created another product called tub tea. Using some of my tea blends with added essential oils and epsom salts, these little bath time beauties are fabulous to pop in the tub whilst sipping on one of our organic tea blends! Currently I have a lovely blend of pink grapefruit & bergamot tub tea named 'Invigorate Me', which uses a herbal brew (my earl grey blend). The organza bag which encases the tub tea can also be used to brush the body helping to exfoliate the skin with all natural ingredients. New varieties of this product are coming soon, check here to view our current Tub Teas. More on my Tub Teas in my next post.
I have always loved an Old Hollywood look - it's so elegant and timeless, so I decided to create a collection showcasing some bling and this time I wanted to add some jewellery pieces to match my headpieces. Quite often I give the advice that if you are wearing a headpiece for your wedding you should limit your additional accessories but with an Old Hollywood look, it's difficult to go wrong with a headpiece, matching cuff bracelet and necklace! Less isn't always more.
I truly love this old world feel - the collection has a lot of crystals and pearls, but have been put together in a way that the headpieces and jewellery aren't too blingy and are slightly subdued to not appear too sparkly. This collection can also be worn for special occasions - I find the necklaces and cuff bracelets are fantastic for adding a bit of sparkle to a cocktail dress. All the components for these pieces have been painstakingly hand-sewn (actually it's quite relaxing) to create these beautifully heavily beaded pieces.
We had a lot of fun on this shoot and it is one of my favourites to date. I had a wonderful team in creating my 1930's Old Hollywood look which is also modern enough to be worn with outfits don't quite fit the Old Hollywood theme. These pieces are fantastic for when you want to feel glamorous with minimal effort - just pair one of these pieces with a little black dress and you're all set!
Model: Angelina Leljac
Hair: Angelina Leljac
MUA: Paula Gleeson
Styling: JNalin Kiczurczak - Peacock & Lotus
Headpiece: Peacock & Lotus
Photography: GC Photography