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Brilliant Buffalo’s

Buffalo’s are everywhere!

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You can often find Buffalo’s near water, and close by to leopards wearing specs.

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You will always find them hanging out all together in the one spot.

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When heading out to look for Buffalo’s, we recommend getting pretty dolled up.

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Not many people know this, but Buffalo’s come in an array of colours! Watch out for the stampede! 

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Their original colours were black and brown though, just good to know.

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Once you see one Buffalo, you’ll certainly want to see more!

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Some Buffalo’s are seasonal, and only come out to play once a year.

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There are some really rare Buffalo’s out there, we recommend snapping them up in case you never see them again! 

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Have you ever seen a baby Buffalo? One word. Adorable! 

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Please note: No Buffalo’s were harmed in the making of this post. 

Buffalo Journals:

Available in A6, A5 & A4. Ruled lined paper, with elastic strap and inner page marker. 

*No, they are not made from real Buffalo skin - c’mon guys!

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@thelittledesigncorner
@sune_db 
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DIY Tips: Handlooming

If you’re the crafty type, you’ll love spending a lazy Sunday afternoon creating a beautiful handloom. An amazing wall hanging piece for your special space, or a super thoughtful gift!

Get inspired to create your own with these tips and tricks.

Warp = vertical weave.

Weft = horizontal weave

How to create a plain weave:

1. Use twine to create the warp.

To begin tie a knot in the top corner. Pull tight and start to wrap twine up and down around the pins until you have reached your desired width. Knot the end.

Ensure each warp is pulled tight as you go, otherwise your weave will not hold its shape well.

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2. Cut approx 1-2 meters of your selected weft yarn. Thread into needle and knot once to secure. Start your weave approx 2 inches below the pins (this is so you can tie it off at the end). Pull the needle over and under the warp twine and pull yarn through. Leave approx 5cm loose at the end.Tie a knot with this to secure.

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3. Start 2nd row of weave in the other direction, going over and under the opposite warp twine to the row above. Pull yarn through, being careful not to pull too tight as this will make the sides of the weave un-even. Push the 2nd row up next to the 1st row with your fingers or needle gently. Repeat these steps until required. To change yarn colour cut at the end of the row, thread new colour onto needle. Start weaving from where you finished (tie a knot on reverse with the old and new yarn). You can do this at any point in the weave. Just remember to secure the yarn by tying a knot behind.

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How to create a triangle pattern

1. Decide where you want the triangle and its colour. To do an upside down triangle in the middle., start weave and return at the symmetrical point, e.g. on a frame with 20 pins, start at pin 5, and return at pin 15 (so there are 5 pins with no weave on either side). Then go back and forth but each time missing a pin so it starts to form a triangle. E.g. 2nd row is from pin 6 to 14, 3rd row is from pin 7 to 13, 4th row is from pin 8 to 12 etc. until you finish at pin 10 - the middle point.

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2. To fill in the outer part, start again as normal with new yarn and return when you reach the triangle. The method is the same so each row returns at the next or previous pin to form the triangle. By doing this you can form another Triangle or fill in the sides completely.

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VOILÀ!

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Styling Tips: Glitter Party!

Who doesn’t love glitter? Those little messy flicks of shimmery happiness can really make your day. In honour of all things glitter, and a good time we’ve created one glittering party! Perfect for a 21st birthday party, New Years Eve party or a ‘Just Because’ party.

All that glitters you’ll find at this party! Oooooo sparkly! 

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Glitter Bottles 

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Make some seriously glittery drink masterpieces at your party. Also, a great option if you’ve skimped and bought cheap champagne too! 

You’ll need some glue, a paint brush, some bottles or even jars and glitter. Pour your glitter onto a clean, flat surface, we recommend using a large piece of paper over a hard surface. Paint the glue to the area in which you would like the glitter to appear on the bottle. Roll the bottle over the glitter. Allow a good 3-4 hours for drying.

Voila! Glittery bottles and one very pretty mess to boot!

Unique Table Covering

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Think outside the square of your traditional table cloth by using different textures, patterns and materials. Using wrapping paper as a base is a great way to cover a large area and create a base for other coverings. It’s also great for spills, just scrunch up and throw away after the party! 

Table runners are an awesome way to create a layering effect in the centre of your table. Try to use multiple runners that are of different widths to get the desired look. Use confetti as a nice finishing touch to your table. 

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Remember, the sign of a good party is the amount of mess you find the next day, also the number of sleeping friends you find in odd places, this is also the sign of an epic party! 

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The Typo Tacoria!

Spicy Virgin Margaritas:

If you love a good old margarita, but also like things that are hot, hot, hot and just aren’t that into Jose, you’re going to be in all kinds of Mexican heaven with this hot sauce margarita recipe! 

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You’re going to need 250mls of lime concentrate, 1/2 a teaspoon of hot sauce, 1/4 cup of orange juice (yeah, we know it ain’t the pic. We ran out oranges okay! Geeez!), some salt to rim your glasses with, ice and some limes.

Wet the rim of the glass with a little lime juice, then dip the rim into some salt and slowly twist, four words people ‘use a wide bowl’. Pop the lime concentrate, hot sauce and orange juice into a cocktail shaker and shake. We highly recommend playing ‘Shake Your Bon Bon’ by Ricky Martin for this step. Whack the ice into the glasses and pour the liquid from the shaker over the ice. Grab yourself two limes and handful of mint to garnish those Mexican beauties!

Put your sombrero on and sip, sip, sip! 

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Holy Guacamole! It’s Guacamole!

When you think about it, guacamole is just one big mush of green, and to be honest, it doesn’t look that pretty, but damn it’s tasty!

Oh guacamole, you strange little dish you! 

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Grab yourself four soft-ish avos, a red chilli, half a red onion, two limes, a lemon and some tomatoes. Also have some salt and pepper at the ready, just add that to taste.

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Chop up your onion, tomatoes and chilli into little pieces, the more finely chopped, the better. Okay, so this is the fun bit, you pretty much chuck everything into a bowl, including the avos (peeled, obviously) and just mush the heck out of it. Add in the juice of the lemon and limes, and that’s pretty much it. Mmmmmmm Guac! 

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Braai Day 2014!

South Africa has just celebrated Braai Day, or National Heritage Day, which is a public holiday devoted to celebrating South Africa’s rich heritage. The customary celebration is to light a fire, cook up storm and have some fun.

It looks like our Typo crew in South Africa had a great Braai Day from these pictures! 

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Thanks for sharing your Braai Day with us guys! 

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DIY: Custom made hula hoops

We’ve done some DIY hula hoop making for the ultimate personalised hula experience! Create your own hula hoops, and get twisting! 

Time to make: Approx 1 hour

Difficulty: Piece of cake

YOU WILL NEED:

1. Irrigation tubing and tubing connecters/fittings

(Try your local hardware store!)

2. On A Roll Tape in contrasting colours

3. A tape measure

4. A pair of sturdy scissors

5. Some dry rice or beads

6. Super glue (optional)

7. A hair dryer

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Start by measuring your tubing. Some hardware stores only sell tubing in large rolls, so why not chip in and buy a roll with some friends? That way you can all hula together.

For beginners,we’d recommend a hoop that is 38 inches in diameter.The bigger the hoop, the easier it is to hula. Measure and carefully cut the tubing using sturdy scissors.

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Pour a small amount of beads or dry rice into the tubing. This makes a great ‘swooshing’ sound when you really get the hoop moving, and also helps with the weight of the hoop, making it easier to hula. Connectors are usually sold next to the irrigation tubing in the hardware store.

Make sure you get the right size to fit your tubing. Carefully fit the connector into the ends of the piping. You want it to be a firm connection that won’t become undone. You can use a little super glue to help bond the ends of the tube to the connector. If you have difficulty fitting the connector into the tube, you can use a hair dryer to carefully heat the tubing so if becomes more pliable. Tricky!

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Once you’ve successfully joined the ends of your hoop, give it a gentle squeeze to even out the circle. Pick your favourite On A Roll Tape and cut it on a slight angle as pictured. We started with a thick tape for the first layer. Start by wrapping the tape from the connection around the tubing. Don’t worry about being too neat or if the tape slightly overlaps. You want to keep wrapping the tape around and around until you are back at the beginning and the entire hoop is covered in tape.

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Now, pick contrasting colours, we used a thinner tape for this part, repeat the process, this time spacing the tape so that the first layer shows through. See the picture? Cute, hey?!

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That’s it! Easy peasy! Now all you need to do is hula.

If you’re a beginner take some time spinning the hoop both left and right to see which you like better.

Hooping is great exercise and so much fun to do to music.

Happy hooping!

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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.

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