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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

11-02-2011 Eco Trend: Greetings gone green

Let’s be honest – it is very rare for people to keep the greeting cards they are given. Most people look at the pretty cover, read the funny slogan, smile at the message inside…then throw it in the bin. Since greeting cards are such a disposable item, it makes sense to buy ones that are made from recycled paper. Here at Trendspotting, we’re very happy that recycling is getting sexy! Many card companies have jumped on the recycling bandwagon and are creating cards which are environmentally-friendly without compromising on the designs or quality. So, for the next special occasion, buy a recycled card and give a present to your loved one as well as the environment!

 


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Content source:http://www.earthgreetings.com.au/, http://www.tinyprints.com/eco-friendly-collection.htm, http://www.redbubble.com/shop/recycled+greeting-cards

Related trends: ‘Pepper your house with paper’ , ‘All you need are portraits of love’

11-02-2011 Tea just got trendy

The French are fans of luxury living – and why should their tea be any different? Kusmi is a brand of tea that combines taste and style, two things we can’t resist. Of course Kusmi has every blend of tea imaginable, but what we love the most are the tins. Their tea comes in cute silver tins with a different design for every blend. In fact, the tins are so sweet that we almost don’t want to open them. We’re already picturing how good they will look lined up in our kitchen. If you like collecting pretty things, this tea trend is for you. Want to know the best part? Kusmi has released a whole range of gift sets and accessories just in time for Christmas. Don’t worry, you can thank us later!

 


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Content source: http://www.kusmitea.com/en/index.htmlhttp://www.kitchenisms.com/finds/products/design-crush-kusmi-teas/2440

11-02-2011 Scoot home safely

The party season is just around the corner and most of us like to celebrate with a glass (or two) of champagne. With Scooter Angels, you can enjoy your bubbly without worrying about getting home safely. If you’ve had a drink and don’t want to drive home, simply call Scooter Angels at least half an hour before you want to leave. One of their angels will scoot to come and pick you up. They then put their fold-up scooter in your car and drive you home. Please note that so far, this service is only available in Brisbane, Melbourne and

11-02-2011 Skirting the floor

Gone are the days of the miniskirt and

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the thigh-skimming dress. The fashion world surprised us all with its new message: conservative is chic. Walk into any designer or chain store and
you’ll be sure to notice that legs are hidden and hemlines are longer. Last year there was a major trend in maxi dresses; and this year it is the maxi skirt’s time to shine. For some reason, whether it’s a flowy, frilly, straight, patterned, block-coloured, or striped style, this skirt makes the wearer look lean and lithe. It’s one of those rare items that looks flattering on everyone. A floor-sweeping skirt is the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. It will take you from day to night, and season to season. Long skirts are no longer frumpy, ladies, but fashion-forward!

 

Image source:http://mamasarollingstone.com/trend-report-maxi-skirts/#

Content source: http://www.thefashionspot.com/style-trends/news/102390-trend-the-maxi-skirt, http://www.chictopia.com/maxi-skirt-1257/trend, http://www.anewmode.com/fashion-style/trend-maxi-skirts/

11-02-2011 Food lovers unite!

In the past few years, blogging has become a great way for people to express themselves online. While there are plenty of fashion and entertainment blogs, food blogs are becoming enormously popular. These types of blogs are run by ‘foodies’, that is, people who really appreciate good food. Rather than seeing food as something we put in our mouths to survive, these people savour every meal. Foodies love trying cuisine from different cultures and countries, and most of them are great cooks who love experimenting with new dishes. Most of all, they love writing about it! On their blogs, they share recipes, review restaurants, and basically make their readers mouth water more with every photo they upload. ‘Foodie’ blogs are on the rise, and are a great resource for food lovers everywhere. Bon appetit!

 

07-02-2011 Design Trend: A hook for your handbag

 Do you hate putting your bag down on dirty floors? Do you worry about hanging your bag on the back of your chair? Do you sit at restaurants with your bag in your lap? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ll be glad to hear about the ‘handbag hook.’ It’s a portable invention that can be used anywhere where there is a table. Simply place the flat part of the handbag holder onto the table, and hang your bag from the hook. Some hooks can be attached to the bag, and others fold up after use. It’s such a simple concept – we wonder why nobody thought of it sooner! Carry one of these handbag hooks with you from now on and keep your bag safe, spotless, and secure.

 

 

Image source: http://www.handbaghanger.com.au/handbag_hanger_regular_hook.html

Content source: http://www.pursenalassistant.com/ , http://www.handbaghanger.com.au/ , http://www.handbaghooks.com.au/

Related trends

If you liked this trend, you might also like: 'Street Fashion is in the Bag' or 'I swear that looks like my old jacket.'

 

 

 

03-02-2011 Eco-deco your home

If you have a lot of ‘junk’ lying around your house and no idea what to do with it, Mark and Sally Bailey’s “Recycled Home” book is a must-read. This couple have an eye for decorating and a knack for recycling. Through photos and explanations, they show their readers how to turn old furniture, clothes, and flooring into household items and features. They are experts in transforming old or unloved household objects to the point where they become masterpieces. These authors will inspire you to decorate your home in an eco-friendly, cost-effective, and creative way. Follow their lead and you may end up with a one-of-a-kind home and people asking for the name of your decorator!

Image Source: www.borders.com.au

Content Source: http://ecofriendlyfashion.blogspot.com

http://blog.piajanebijkerk.comwww.borders.com.au

Related trends:

If you like this trend, you might also like: 'Trendspotting Recommends Reading...' , 'Kids say "I do" to recycling' or 'Muji the Japanese Ikea'.

 

02-02-2011 Turning coffee into art

We’ve always thought of baristas as our favourite people to see in the morning, but now we can attach to them a new label: artists. Baristas all over the world are making our mornings sweeter by taking coffee art to a whole other level. Avid coffee drinkers would be used to simple swirls and squiggles, but some baristas are really showcasing their creative sides. We guarantee you will be impressed by how these baristas can craft such beautiful designs out of nothing but coffee and milk! We won’t tell if you sneak out to judge your local barista’s skills. If you want to amaze your next guests, why not sign up for a coffee art course?

Image Source: www.weirdomatic.comwww.fivesenses.com.au

Content Source: www.sbs.com.auwww.coffeeschool.com.au

Related trends:

If you like this trend, you might also like: 'Keep Cup Keeps you Happy', 'When coffee cups have self awareness' or 'Battle of the Espresso'.