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Styling tips: Candy Bar

A sweet candy dream awaits you at this party. Candy, cakes and lollipops galore! If you’ve got an undeniable sweet tooth and love all things pretty in pastel, you’ll love the new Candy Bar party range!

See you at the candy bar! 

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Tip: Use shadow boxes to display cute cupcakes, or as a creative way to serve your drinks. 

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Tip: If things are likely to get messy, use wrapping paper as a table cloth, you can also write cute notes on it too! 

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The Best Popcorn Recipe…EVER!

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Forget popping those weird little dried out bits of corn in some radioactive oven… pop that stuff on a stove like the universe intended!

Alright, so for the best pop corn ever, grab yourself corn kernels- we can’t tell you how much cos we don’t know how many peeps you poppin’ for!

The trick to avoid burnt popcorn bits is to heat the oil with four corn kernels in there, leave the lid off for this part. When they’ve all popped, remove the pot from heat and count to 30 seconds. As in 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, 3 Mississippi…. None of this quick 1,2,3 shizz. Whack in the rest of your kernels and pop back over the heat, now you can pop the lid on otherwise you’ll be finding popcorn till Christmas! Give the pot a little shake around to get all those kernels oiled up like the Hasselhoff. Listen for the first ‘POP’ then give them another jiggle round. (Watch out- hot oil is not your friend!) Let them all pop, you know when they’re ready when the time between ‘POP’S’ is longer than a couple of seconds. Quickly remove the pot from the heat.

Melt some butter, this depends on how much corn you’ve popped but the general rule is a table spoon per cup of kernels (pre-popped). Pour the melted butter over the popcorn, then sprinkle with salt and a little bit of white sugar to taste. More salt than sugar is usually the way to go, but it’s really up to you.

BANG! POP! BEST.POPCORN.EVER!

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Old School Lemonade Recipe

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Say ‘sayonara’ to lemonade that’s full of fizz and a whole lotta numbers and say ‘what the heck is up’ to old fashioned lemonade!

Get yourself six cups of water, that stuff is easy and free! You’ll also need two cups of lemon juice; don’t be slack, squeeze them babies! You could find yourself a sugar cube but if you like to keep it real, a teaspoon should do the trick. 

Mix it all together in some fancy-ass jug and whack it in the fridge for a few hours. Serve it icy and make it pretty in rad glasses with lemon slices. Never underestimate garnish!

It’s thigh-slapping, eye watering amazeball-ness!

Get. It. Into. You.

The Ultimate Favour Bag Formula!

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It can be a little hard to think of what to pop in your favour bags, obviously candy but it’s also nice to add a few little extra non-edible items so the guests have something to remember the party with. 

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Formula:

1 packaged chocolate treat + 3 packaged hard candies + 4 loose jelly candies + 1 lollipop (because who doesn’t love a lollipop?!) + 1 popper or party whistle + non-edible keepsake item like a pen, notebook or figurine + 1 cute as pie favour bag = some kick-butt bags!

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Create your own candy dream, with the new Candy Bar party range at Typo.

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Styling tips: Peta’s DIY Wedding

Meet Peta, our resident DIY bride. Her and hubby Andy recently tied the knot and they did it DIY style. They were kind enough to share their beautiful pictures with us, as well as a few inside tips and tricks to pull off the DIY wedding of the year.

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A quick Q&A with the lovely Peta is sure to get you inspired to plan your own DIY wedding. Champagne?

Full name: Peta Craddock (nee Brown)

Current job title and company: Senior Marketing Graphic Designer for Cotton On Kids and Typo

How did the proposal go down? 

It was on our 7 year anniversary at an ‘all you can eat’ restaurant. We saw “The Social Network” at the drive-ins afterward. Ha-ha

When did you get married?

February 2014, the day after Valentine’s Day.

Where did you get married?

In Apollo Bay. It’s a Craddock family holiday spot fave, filled with lots of fun memories.

What are your top 5 wedding planning tips?

1. Make a list for everything!

2. Buy online. It’s much easier to find things you want.

3. DIY and save a bucket load.

4. Get inspired! Make an inspiration board and start looking on Pinterest, blogs and magazines.

5. Make use of talented friends and family.

What wedding style did you go with?

Old school, romantic and relaxed.

Where did you look for a little inspiration for your wedding style?

Pinterest, Hello May, Once Wed, Typo stores… when you’ve got wedding brain you’ll find inspo pretty much everywhere!

Would you say you were a DIY bride?

Definitely! Almost EVERYTHING was DIY. Andy even made his own ring! We hired a hall, my amazing mother and sister made all the decorations and lighting, some talented friends did the photography, another awesome friend catered, another friend DJ’d, bouquets, flower arrangements, wedding favours, invites, hair and makeup were all DIY. It was a lot of work but it was all worth it in the end.

What was your favourite DIY wedding project?

Probably the wedding favours. I bought some cheap plastic animals and organised a craft-a-noon with a good friend. We painted them all black, fixed them on top of little Typo jars and filled them with yummy chocolates. They were a hit with our guests!

Did anything not go quite to plan, if so what was it?

A few things didn’t go quite to plan! We left all the knives at home, the videographer called in sick and Andy’s car didn’t start, but luckily we all kept our cool and everything sorted itself out. I think it’s important to remember that after all the planning; things won’t always go to plan, but just go with the flow and enjoy yourself.

Best advice you could give to a DIY bride?

Get your friends and family involved and delegate jobs. Try not to be overwhelmed by it all as most people are happy to help! 

Funniest thing that happened on your wedding day?

Our celebrant was quite unique and included a poem about dinosaurs in our ceremony. Watching everyone’s faces wondering what the pickle was he talking about was secretly hilarious.

Did you have any DIY fails? If so, what were they and how did you overcome them?

Putting all the fairy lighting up was an epic task, which my sister did almost single handed. She’d finally finished stapling it all to the roof and when we switched it on only half worked! Luckily my electrician brother came to the rescue and found the fault!

Fun fact about you: I’m about to enter the world of motherhood! Our first little Craddock offspring is due in Feb! I can’t wait!

Fun fact about your new hubby: His favourite food is buffalo wings. So much so that he has a tattoo of buffalo wings on his leg!

Loving Peta’s style as much as we do? Check out the range here.

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Styling tips: Vintage Wedding

Welcome to the DIY vintage wedding of the year! There’s no need for weddings to cost the earth and there are some very crafty ways to make your wedding extra special and unique to you. Let us show you how with the new Vintage Wedding range.

I do! I do!

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DIY Flower Hanger:

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You’ll need four pieces of twine, about 1.5 metres in length each, three large glass milk bottles and four small glass bottles, some flowers and a bit of creativity!

Line up all four pieces of twine, so that they are all the same length. Tie them all together at one end of the bunch of twine, forming a loop as you do so.

Work from the bottom up, by tying the milk bottles at various lengths, use one piece of twine per large milk bottle. Tie the small glass bottles toward the knot (as pictured); wrap the twine twice around the neck of the small bottles, again tying them all at various lengths. You can tie a few smaller bottles onto the one piece of twine, creating a layering effect.

White Cupcake Recipe:

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Makes 36 mini cupcakes

White cake ingredients:

  • 3 egg whites
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter, slightly softened

White icing ingredients:

  • 1 block of cream cheese, room temp
  • 4 tbs butter, room temp
  • 1 tbs milk
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups icing sugar

1. Light up that oven and pre-heat that hot-as-Hades baby to 175°C

2. Separate those egg whites into a medium bowl, and don’t be waster, save the yolks for something else! Stir in the vanilla and three tablespoons of the milk. Whisk that shizz up until just combined.

3. In your mixer add your flour, white sugar, and baking powder. Beat it up on low for 30 seconds.

4. Add butter and the rest of your milk. Beat on Low until all mushed up together, and then beat on medium for 90 seconds.

5. Add your egg white mixture and keep on mixing for 30 seconds.  Add the remaining egg whites, beat another 30 seconds.

6. Give your muffins some love and spoon them into muffin tins.  Bake 14 minutes! Don’t touch those puppies, they be hot! Let them cool for at least an hour before frosting them.

7. Time to make your frosting, combine the cream cheese, butter, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla. Mix them really well, even use a beater to save you the trouble. Add the icing sugar one cup at a time. Keep on beating until smooth!

8. Frost them up and then eat dammit!

Inspired? Shop the range now, fiancé or no fiancé! 

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You can’t fight wanderlust!

Taking a trip? Planning a trip? Dreaming of a trip? Just have wanderlust running through your veins?

1. The Explorer

Your ideal trip is spent wandering the cobble stone streets of famous cities where the likes of Hemingway have wandered and explored before. You prefer to break away from the tourist hot spots, and do your own thing. 

Places to consider: Barcelona, Marrakech & Amsterdam.

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2. The Adventurer 

Itineraries give you nausea, because no good adventure ever involved an itinerary. You’re the type of person who spins a globe and heads wherever your finger lands. You say yes to everything, the crazier the better! 

Places to consider: Havana, Shanghai & Queenstown. 

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3. The Romantic 

Your trip involves champagne and candle lit dinners all the way. You’re not necessarily looking for ‘the one’ just a brilliant love story to keep with you forever. 

Places to consider: Paris, Tuscany and Prague.

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4. The Beach Hopper

Sun, water and pineapples are right up your alley and you dream in coconuts! You can’t understand why anyone would want to go anywhere else but the beach. Mojito?

Places to consider: New Caledonia, Cuba & Fiji.

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5. The Art Seeker

You’ll go down the dodgiest of alleys and into the seediest of buildings to get a look at the coolest art around the globe. You’re not into mainstream art, it’s underground all the way baby!

Places to consider: New York, San Francisco & Berlin.

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Write all of your travel adventures, dreams and plans down in these oh-so swoon-able Fly Fly Away journals! 

Quick, call your travel agent! Stat! 

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Typo’s Top Ten Diners

There’s something nostalgically cool about a retro style diner, maybe it’s the booths or the chrome stools, or perhaps it’s just the smell of a good old fashioned burger. Whatever it is, the not-so-humble diner has really stood the test of time and has somehow avoided becoming outdated before it had the chance to become cool again.

Long gone are the days where you could only find a diner on Route 66, now they are popping up in the hippest of suburbs around the world. We’ve searched around the globe to bring you what we think are the top ten diners of the world, in no particular order.

1. Fatboy’s Diner

Orchard Place, London

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Image courtesy of Bookatable

2. Belle’s Hot Chicken

Fitzroy, Melbourne 

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Image courtesy of Time Out Melbourne 

3. Roadhouse

The Piazza, London

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Image courtesy of Bookatable

4. Mickey’s Dining Car

St. Paul, Minnesota

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Image courtesy of Huffington Post

5. Misty’s Diner

Prahran, Melbourne 

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Image courtesy of Spatula Spoon and Saturday

6. Tom’s Restaurant

Morningside Heights, New York

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Image courtesy of newyork.com

7. 66 Diner

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Image courtesy of Huffington Post

8. Pink Cadillac Diner

Natural Bridge, Virginia 

Image courtesy of Trip Advisor 

9. Ed’s Easy Diner

Soho, London

Image courtesy of Design My Night

10. The Eathouse Diner

Redfern, Sydney 

Image courtesy of The Eathouse Diner

Feeling inspired? Deck out your house retro-diner style with the new Drive-thru Diner range at Typo 

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DIY: Lemonade, how it’s meant to be!

It’s Spring baby, make some lemonade and throw a dam party!

Say ‘sayonara’ to lemonade that’s full of fizz and a whole lotta numbers and say ‘what the heck is up’ to old fashioned lemonade!

Get yourself six cups of water, that stuff is easy and free! You’ll also need two cups of lemon juice; don’t be slack, squeeze them babies! You could find yourself a sugar cube but if you like to keep it real, a teaspoon should do the trick. 

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Mix it all together in some fancy-ass jug and whack it in the fridge for a few hours. Serve it icy and make it pretty in rad glasses with lemon slices. Never underestimate garnish!

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It’s thigh-slapping, eye watering amazeball-ness!

Get. It. Into. You.

http://shop.cottonon.com/shop/typo/home/?page=1#party-events

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Sketch to shelf: Buffalo tablet covers.

Hellloooo…. new and so very awesome tablet covers created and designed at Typo HQ! Curious as to how our products make it to you?Check out how the entire creative process went down. 

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1. Our Buffalo journals are a fave with Typo crew so we thought we’d see what it would look like if we turned the same design into a tablet cover. Best way to test this was to whack a tablet in a Buffalo journal, voila design concept on its way!

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2. We grabbed every Buffalo design we had, as well as a few other items in our favourite colours and patterns and we begun to experiment!

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3. We also have a magical jar of swatches in oodles of colours, textures and patterns. Swatches are the best way to mix n match to see what goes well together and what clashes horribly!

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4. Once we’d all agreed on the best combinations, we stuck them all together and begun to get to work. The swatches and designs are then sent to our manufacturer to turn our ideas into a reality!

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5. Once we have our samples we can merchandise them in our mock-shop to see how they’ll look when they go in for real. We mix and we match, we stand them up and we lay them down until they fit in perfectly!

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6. Once we’re 100% happy with everything we give it the green light. Here is a sneak peek at the final covers to be released very soon! 

Question time: Let’s get to know our product-whizz, Kate Hayes (aka girl in the picture).

1. Where do you look for a little inspiration?

I love spending the weekend walking through markets or wandering around cool suburbs of Melbourne. I also do a lot of people watching, trying to subtly stare at really cool people to check out what they wear and do. (I’m not a creep, I promise).

2. What is your favourite colour combination?

Coral and Turquoise! I love coral so much it has even become my nickname… Everything looks better in coral!

3. Do you think your own personal style comes through in these tablet covers?

Well, there is a coral option with amazing gold spot internals. I hope so, I think there are a lot of covers out there are very functional, but not very pretty. I tried to make ours both.

4. Where did the idea for this range come from?

We were in a creative product review talking about how much everyone loves the Buffalo Journals so I looked at one and realised the paper part was the same thickness as a tablet. The rest is history!

5.What’s your favourite part of the product development process?

Probably the colour and print selection process. There were some other amazing colours we didn’t go ahead with because we only had so much space, but if I had my way – they would have all gone ahead. We’ll keep them up our sleeve though. 

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Styling tips: Man cave Dad’s desk!

Man●cave man- cave (Man cªve)

noun.

a room or space (as in a shed) designed according to the taste of the man of the house to be used as his personal area for hobbies and leisure activities like playing ping pong, foosball or billiards.

Dad can’t always be in his man cave, so bring the man cave to him! 

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Dad should be distracted at all times and be as unproductive as possible, so make sure you deck his desk out in loads of time-killing, addictive games from the Game On range.

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This desktop basketball game is made for desk-dawdling, nothing like shooting some hoops with your morning coffee. 

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Always a favourite and surefire way to keep Dad away from the laptop and phone is a bit of desktop foosball.

WARNING:This game could lead to some very man-child behaviour!

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Complete the man cave look with feature items, such as pens in the shape of tools- genius! He’ll feel like he has a little piece of his man cave with him and please ensure you include an awkward family picture too.

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Check out the rest of the Father’s Day range and deck Dad out!

That’s going straight to the desk man cave!

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If you’ve been asked ‘would you like to buy a bottle of water or tote?’ at a Typo store then you have probably heard of The Cotton On Foundation.  The Foundation is a cause that supports a variety of projects from sustainable living to health, with a big focus on education. 

We travelled to Uganda recently with some of the Today crew to see the impact that The Cotton On Foundation is making on the lives of students and their families.

See what it’s all about…

http://bit.ly/cottononfoundation

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Styling tips: Deck out your desk

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You spend a lot of time at your desk so it only makes sense to make it your own space. We’ve put together a little California Dreams inspired spread, just to get your decorating juices flowing. 

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Pick a vibe, theme or colour scheme. Write a list of your desk essentials, for example pens, diaries and notebooks.

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Jot down some fave items and general things you love, like pineapples, photography and the beach. Just as a starting point. 

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Personalise your space with pictures and letters.

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Play with light, textures and colours. Don’t be afraid to use items in ways they may not be intended for. If you love the pattern on a cushion, use it as an artistic piece to decorate your space.

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How to tell if you’re a crazy cat lady:

  1. You love the fur on your clothes because it reminds you of your cat.
  2. You have loads of photos on your desk of you and your cat. In frames.
  3. Your cat has a full name like Mr Steven Mitchell Brown.
  4. You say purrfect, a lot. Like, a lot.
  5. Your cat has a person’s name like Steve, Kathy or Craig.
  6. Your cat has its own twitter feed which is updated more regularly than yours.
  7. You take your cat for a walk, on a lead.
  8. Your cat has its own side of the bed and bedside table.

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If you have ticked two or more points in the crazy cat lady quiz then you’re going to be in a feline frenzy with the new cats range that has just hit Typo. Check it out in all its kitty glory here.

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