Monthly Archives: December 2013

Bohemian Beauty: Five Beauty Ideas To Ring in The New Year

An effortlessly elegant look, adding a braid to an otherwise sleek up-do or strategically undone low bun, gives a laid back and beautiful easiness to your look. Simply create a braid or a couple braids and pin or wrap around your head like a hair band. If you are in a pinch for time, find a faux braid that matches the colour of your hair (can be found at most salons and drugstores).

Whether you prefer them to be sweet and subtle or bold with bright colours, patterns, decals and the works – a lady’s nails can be her most head-turning (and inexpensive) accessories. Try a fearless tribal print with clashing colours to really create a statement at your New Years parties. They look fabulous gripping a champagne flute.

Inspired by big-browed-beauties such as Lily Cole and Camilla Belle, nothing will frame your pretty peepers quite like a sculpted full set of eyebrows. When grooming your eyebrows remove only the stray hairs and leave the natural shape of your brows alone. Then fill in your brows with a pencil that is only slightly darker than your hair colour with slight, subtle strokes.

Nude lips are not only classic, they are low-maintenance. A gal need not worry about grievances such as lipstick on her teeth or a dulling pout that she needs to continuously reprint throughout the evening. Simply prep with a good, matte concealer, dust with translucent powder and apply your nude lipstick of choice. Blot and then reapply for extra lasting power. Nude lips go great with sultry smokey eyes or bold and brightly coloured eyeshadow.

The smudgy and mysterious smoky eye is a tried and true look and is always a sexy and glamorous look. That being said, when ringing in the New Year, we should all be shaking up our beauty routines. Try to create a smoky eye using complementing colours instead of classic charcoal and black. Create a sunset with warm shades or amber, peach and pink or an oceanic look with turquoise, cobalt and sea-foam green.

Are there any bohemian-inspired beauty looks that we have forgotten? Let us know in the comments and we will be sure to include some ideas within our next beauty post (with credit of course!). Happy New Years, have a wonderful time and be safe!



Indiverve Restyled | Ashley Tisdale


Photo Credit | Celebrity Style Guide

Maxi-dresses seemed to be reserved by most people for the spring and summer. We argue that they can be fabulous for any season (even wet and icy winter) when accessorized appropriately. We love Ashley Tisdale’s casual yet effortlessly chic look. With an all neutral palette of slate, taupe, black and silver, she keeps her look dynamic and subtly striking with sequins, a structured jacket and layered pendants.

What’s our take on Miss Tisdale’s understated ensemble?

We would pair either our charcoal grey (for a more subdued look) or leopard print maxi-dress with our silver paisley and turquoise pendants (one a longer 30” chain and the other on a shorter 20” chain) to recreate Ashley’s outfit with our innate bohemian flare.

maxi dress in charcoal grey

Maxi-Dress in Charcoal Grey – $75.00

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Maxi-dress in Animal Print – $75.00


Paisley Leaf Pendant Necklace – $18.00


Turquoise Stone Pendant Necklace – $18.00

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Indiverve Holiday Recipes | Vegetarian Comfort Food

There can be no question that holiday meals typically, if not always, center around meat. Turkey, ham, roast chicken – animal foods are the stars of these foodie festivities. But what if you are vegetarian or vegan? While there are tons of recipes out there for vegetarian/vegan holiday meals, appetizers, and desserts it can be a challenge finding recipes that will appeal to everyone, including one’s carnivorous friends. In the spirit of this, we have poured through our favorite vegetarian recipes and have come up with some fantastic drink, appetizer, meal and dessert recipes for you to enjoy. The theme? European Comfort Food.

Fave Drink (Vegan and Non-Alcoholic): Pear Tree

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker

Holiday drinks are often over the top sweet. Sugary egg-nog, syrupy apple ciders and decadent hot chocolates can leave one feeling exhausted and bloated before the feasting festivities even begin. The festively named “Pear Tree” (from the Christmas classic “The 12 Days of Christmas) is light and refreshing with lemon-lime juice, pear juice, simple syrup, and lots of ice and mint. It can be made with or without alcohol and is just as delicious either way. The juicy pear flavor balances out the tartness of the lemon and lime and leads us into our next recipe….

Fave Appetizer: Gluten-Free Parsnip-Pear Soup 


There is nothing like a hot bowl of soup on an icy cold winter day. This thick and creamy soup made with protein-rich almond butter and coconut oil, fragrant pears, hearty parsnips, leeks and rich spices (cayenne, cracked black pepper and nutmeg) is not only delicious, but utterly comforting. It’s like the food equivalent of that oh-so-warm, hand-knit blanket your grandmother made you when you were small. Always wonderful, and more delicious the next day after the spices have mingled and developed.

Fave Main-Course: Sweet Potato and Edamame Shepherds Pie


With thick layers of baked, buttery mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables and gravy (vegetarian in this case), Shepherd’s pie is pretty much the creme de la creme of all comfort food. Nutritious edamame, sweet potatoes and succulent mushrooms make this decadent meal just as delicious as its meatier counterparts.

Fave Dessert: Vegan German Chocolate Cake


Chocolate cake is a dessert loved by virtually all. A known aphrodisiac and endorphin booster, there is no dessert cozier than chocolate cake to share with those close to you this time of year. This vegan version of a German Chocolate cake is rich and yet light as air. Garnish with kumquats and chocolate cigars like the recipe says for a cake that is sure to impress (we feel cultured just looking at these cakes, let alone eating them!).

We hope you have fun trying at least one of these recipes! Enjoy and happy holidays xox


Globe-Friendly Gift Giving | Five Fabulous DIY Gifts

Tis the season of gift-giving  and as many will agree with, it can be a challenge! Finding the right gift for those in your life is not always an easy task! That is why we have rounded up five of our favorite do-it-yourself gift ideas, everything from bubble bath and home-made truffles to tea. Not only is it infinitely easier on your wallet to make your gifts this year but is only incredibly environmentally friendly and somehow more personal than buying a gift. Whether for your colleague or best friend, those on your list are sure to love your home-made gift! We wish you happy, healthy, eco-friendly holidays!

Home-made Travel Photo-Albums


A fun and personal gift that will have your loved one reflecting on good memories of your relationship. It doesn’t have to be travel theme of course, but if your loved one went somewhere fantastic recently, why not document it for him or her?

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Holiday Scented Home-made Sugar Scrubs


With yummy flavor ideas like pumpkin pie, chai, and vanilla peppermint, the sky is really the limit in terms of how creative you can get with these. Cranberry-orange or maple cinnamon? Perfect for the beauty buff on your list.

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Decadent, Home-Made Holiday Truffles


Truffles are the perfect, gender/emotionally neutral, but still incredibly thoughtful and sweet (pun-intended) gift. Truffles are ideal gifts for people that you don’t know all that well or aren’t that close to but still want to acknowledge during the holiday season. They take a bit of time and effort to make and can be personalized with your own flavor ideas which make them thoughtful. A delicious and sophisticated gift for the question marks and/or foodies on your list.

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All-Natural Bubble Bath


A good book, good music, frothy bubble bath and (optional) glass of wine or cup of tea in hand is the epitome of bliss. In the spirit of this, a good-bubble bath is a fool proof gift. To make it even more fool-proof, this home-made bubble bath is simply made, ultra-gentle and naturally scented. Package it pretty with a nice jar, ribbon and wooden tag and your bubbly creation will look even more luxe than if you got it from a swanky spa.

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Hand-Made Flavored Teas

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Forget pricey tea-bars – you can make your own gourmet teas for nothing and in no time. Simply buy tea of your choice in bulk (oolong, black, green, white, rooibis – it’s your choice) and get creative with different ingredients. Dried fruits, nuts, herbs, (edible) essential oils and flavorings, peels, can all make delicious mix-ins. Mix your tea-granny friend a blend that suits their personality and tastes and get creative with the packaging. Mm. Delicious.

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Happy Holidays!