5 tips to hosting a pool party

Who doesn’t love a pool party? And no, they’re not just for kids! Pool parties can be a fun way to celebrate a special occasion during the warmer months. With summer just around the corner, we thought we’d share some tips to help you make a splash out of your summer pool party.

1. Make some popsicles 

Nothing says summer quite like a popsicle. All it takes is some lemonade and fresh fruit, then pour into a popsicle mould and freeze overnight. Voila! The perfect summer treat for your guests to enjoy on the pool side.

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Image via Paper and Stitch.

2. Provide the pool toys

After all, what’s a pool party without some pool toys? Whether you’ve opted for inflatable swans, donuts, or the humble pool noodle, pool toys are an essential part of any pool party. They’ll keep your guests entertained, plus they’ll make for some cute decor.

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3. Pull together a fruit platter

Fruit platters and pool parties go together like peaches and cream. Make a fresh fruit platter with bright summery fruits for your guests to enjoy in between dips in the water. Your guests will love it (and you’ll love how easy it is to prepare!) 

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4. Set the scene

A few simple, creative touches will do the trick. Summer pool parties demand colour, so add some bright tableware, fun decorations and colourful touches like these super cute flamingo straws. Let the warm colours of summer influence your colour palette. 

FlamingoPoolParty-3Image via Sugar and Charm.

5. Serve some pink lemonade 

Pool parties provide the perfect excuse to make a batch of lemonade. When it’s hot outside, an icy cold refreshment will go down a treat. We recommend pink lemonade with lemon garnish and plenty of ice.

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Image via Gringalicious. 

Caught up in Córdoba

Located in Andalusia, Southern Spain, Córdoba is an amazing cross-section of culture, beauty and history. Before touching down, we knew that Córdoba would be beautiful, but it wasn’t until our arrival that we realised how beautiful it truly was.

We loved exploring winding white washed alleys decorated with flowers, and discovering ancient Arabic and Roman ruins, which are dotted throughout the city. Almost every street had historical significance.

Thanks to our amazing hosts, my mother’s cousin Paco and his beautiful wife Esperanza, we felt as though Córdoba was our home away from home. I am caught up in Córdoba and I cannot wait to visit again.

Adios!

Emily x

Caught up in Cordoba

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Ashley

Straws

 

From Paris, with love

Bonjour from Paris! We are absolutely loving the city of love, with its stunning architecture and superb street style. Elegant boulevardiers wander the streets in their crisp white shirts, Celine bags and small white fluffy dogs. I could never tire of smelling freshly baked bread and sweet peonies. Paris; I promise we will meet again!

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Ashley greenery

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Outfit details:
Dress: Alice McCall
Sunglasses: Stella McCartney
Shoes: Unknown brand from a boutique in Sydney

Au Revoir!

Emily x

Fashfest

Fashfest is Canberra’s premiere fashion event. Introduced in 2013, it invigorates the Nation’s Capital with a flurry of talent  from up-and-coming designers and on the pulse bloggers, to amazing musicians and talented hair and make up artists. The event offers designers a sublime opportunity to push their designs in the spotlight and celebrate their skill.

This year I had the wonderful pleasure of looking after the Fashfest Instagram and Twitter accounts. Here I am in the ‘frow’, deep in concentration Instagramming and Tweeting away!

Picture via Martin Ollman

Picture via Martin Ollman

Emily Coates

Picture via Closet Voyage

Noosa

Blue skies, aquamarine beaches and golden sand. If there’s a heaven on Earth, I’m sure this is it. While in Noosa, we loved relaxing on the beach, trekking through the national parks, bathing in the sun and shopping up a storm on Hastings Street.

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Outfit details:
Swimwear: Sass and Bide ‘A New Face’ one-piece
Hat: Sportsgirl
Sunglasses: Stella McCartney

Emily x

Palm Springs

Our week in Palm Springs, CA was the highlight of our recent US trip. Renowned for being ‘Hollywood’s playground’, Palm Springs is a lush resort oasis surrounded by barren cactus-ridden desert. The unique landscape of green grass and palm trees against dusty, dry canyons is truly surreal.

During our time in Palm Springs we stayed at Rancho Las Palmas, a beautiful resort in the heart of Palm Springs with velvety green lawns, crystal blue pools and vibrant flowery gardens.

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Outfit details:

Top: Witchery
Skirt: Asos Petite
Shoes: TopShop
Bag: Colette Hayman
Earrings: Mimco
Sunglasses: Stella McCartney

Emily x

Hello June

Hello June

The countdown is on! I am very excited to have been accepted as part of the Australian delegation to study the Fashion Marketing program at Instituto  Europeo di Design (the Institute of European Design) in Italy’s fashion capital, Milan.

In June I will be embarking on a journey through Europe before commencing my studies in Milan at the start of July.

Top countries on my hit list include:

  • England
  • Spain
  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy

I absolutely cannot wait to see, taste and experience all that Europe has to offer and share my adventures on this blog.

Emily x