2017 IS HERE! Happy New Year!

We would like to say a HUGE Happy New Year to all our dear customers, friends and family. 2016 was a whirlwind and we can not thank you enough for your continued support in spreading the eco-friendly, vegan and cruelty-free message, with every little bottle of wooden capped nail polish.

We are incredibly excited for what 2017 beholds, and can’t wait to bring you along for the ride with us! 2017 for us, is focussed on pursuing what really matters. We want to support the people in the community making a difference for the world and empowering those around them. We want to reach a broader audience of people and teach them the importance of supporting local, supporting the environment and supporting the future.

Eco-friendly, Vegan and Cruelty-Free is much more than just a label. It’s a commitment to ensuring that our contribution to the earth is a positive one. Ensuring that everything we do is mindful and thoughtful.

2017 for us is also about fun and enjoyment! We are blessed to live in such a beautiful pocket of the world and we need to appreciate it more! More lighthouse walks, more early morning beach swims, more evenings spent with friends outside or reading books on the balcony. Every day in 2017 brings the opportunity to go outside and enjoy nature, and nurture the soul.

There is so much lined up for Sienna in 2017 and we can’t wait to tell you more about it! Make sure you stay connected with us this year by signing up to our email database for regular updates, or keep in touch via Facebook, Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

Love and light

Sienna xx

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Last Minute New Years Eve Guide to take note of!

If you’re reading this is December 31 and things are about to turn up a notch! Its New Years Eve, plans have been made, outfits have been decided on, and it’s time to ring in 2017 with your closest friends and family. Don’t be caught out however! It’s a crazy time of year and sometimes things can be forgotten, so we have prepared the ultimate last minute New Years Eve guide, for you to use as your checklist.

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  • Have a plan. Yes, being spontaneous sometime can be a lot of fun, but you don’t want to be caught out at 11:55 umming and ahhing over where the perfect countdown spot is! Decide early in the day with friends, and head there with plenty of time to find a perch and celebrate!
  • There is nothing worse than waking up after an amazing night celebrating with friends and family, to be greeted to half smeared makeup all over your face! Have you makeup wipes/remover placed somewhere that is so obvious when you get home, there is no way you’ll forget! Let’s wake up to 2017 with fresh faces and fresh spirits!
  • We aren’t condoning excessive drinking, but sometimes the champagne flows a little bit too freely and we caught carried away! New Years Eve threatens to be one of those times! Do your January 1 2017 a favour and have a water bottle and Gatorade (or alternative drink full of electrolytes) ready for you on your arrival home! Before you crash into bed, drink a fair amount and it will significantly help with your hydration! Tried and tested strategy, and it works!
  • Transport on New Years Eve is always difficult. So be prepared to wait it out in a taxi line for a little while before you get home. Alternatively, scope out the public transport options before the night comes to an end, so you have a plan for getting home in place! Another (preferred) option… wait it out! There will always be a huge taxi rush straight after midnight, but if you can wait it out an hour or two in the company of friends, you’ll find the rush dies down and transport is much more readily available!
  • A last minute New Years Eve guide wouldn’t be complete without some motherly advice now, would it? So please, if you follow only one thing in this guide, let this be it! Eat dinner! Yes we know, you’re most likely too busy getting last minute preparations complete, but please! Take the time to sit down and have a proper meal before (or with) your first glass of champas! It will keep away those mega late night cravings and may save you a trip to the kebab shop (although falafel kebabs with oodles of hummus are NEVER a bad thing!).
  • Rock a chrome nail! You’ll have everyone gushing over your mani with a gorgeous chrome shade as the perfect statement addition to your New Years’ outfit.

There it is, our ultimate last minute New Years Eve guide. Above everything else, have FANTASTIC New Years Eve. Take the time to reflect on the year that was, and once the clock strikes 12, take a moment to think about the year ahead. It’s an exciting time of the year and we love sharing it with all of you! Tag us in any of your photos with #siennabyronbay!

New Years Eve Party Nails to make a statement this year!

The festive season is the best time of year to whip out the extravagant (or seemingly) nail art. Dressing up, celebrating with friends, popping the champagne, it all correlates to making a statement on your nails! New Years Eve party nails can not be overlooked!

We’ve picked out three of our must-do nail looks for this New Years, and we are so obsessed with them it, it will be hard to pick come December 31!

 

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Pink/Gold Reverse French. Gold nail polish is so popular and this one is so simple you’ll be questioning why you don’t rock it all year round! Start with your base (as per usual we hope!), followed by 2 thin coats of Sundance, really making sure you get it right down to the cuticle! Let these first few coats completely dry, then with out go-to fuschia Luscious, place the brush one third of your nail up from the base, and apply to the nail from there. We are creating a reversed French tip here, to try to be as precise with the line of Luscious as possible. Apply two coats and allow to touch-dry before applying the top. As this look is 1-2 coats more than usual, you’ll have to be a little bit more patient with drying.

 

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Glitter Fireworks nails. This one is similar to the starburst nails, but another level of dramatic! Start with the base coat, followed by two coats of Bonsoir, our shimmery midnight blue. Once dry, using a fine brush (or dotting tool if you have them) and Winter (go-to white!), dot the firework shape onto the nail. Start with smaller dots in the centre and graduate out to bigger dots around the edge. Once this is touch dry, carefully go over the nail with a coat of confetti, to really pump up the drama! Seal a look with our top coat. This is another look to be patient with and allow to dry before layering!

Love these looks? We hope you are inspired for your New Years Eve party nails! Share your photos with us using the hashtag #siennabyronbay, or head to our Pinterest board for more inspiration!

Cruelty Free Christmas recipes to drive your taste buds crazy!

We are strong believers that Christmas is a time to come together with family and celebrate the year that was, enjoy the company of loved ones and get stuck into a feast. A cruelty free Christmas feast that is. It is incredibly simple to swap traditional recipes for more wholesome, earth-friendly and vegan recipes- and we have your go-to guide here. For a cruelty free Christmas feast that will have all the non-believers convinced, read on!

Starters

cruelty free christmas vegan basil stuffed mushrooms

Vegan Basil Hummus Stuffed Mushrooms. Yes, you read that correct, only the most delicious combination of foods we could have imagined. This recipe comes from Hummusapien, and involves stuffing button mushrooms with a walnut, basil, spinach, garlic, lemon juice, salt and hummus concoction. And we are totally on board. Head to her blog for the full recipe!

cruelty free christmas cranberry thyme cheese ball

This is the dish you bring for all the ‘I would go vegan but can’t give up cheese’ people: Cranberry and Thyme Vegan Cheeseball. This one is a classic, chuck in the food processor and you’re done type recipe (our favourite), and as far as consuming large amounts of cheese goes, it’s a lot more nutritionally friendly! Cashew nuts, nutritional yeast, coconut oil, thyme, cranberries and you’re pretty much done! Head to it doesn’t taste like chicken for the full recipe.

Mains

cruelty free christmas butternut roast

When it comes to searching for perfect cruelty free Christmas mains, there is one thing we steer away from. Complication. Too many ingredients, too much mucking around, not enough eating. But this recipe is none of that. It simple, makes use of all the cooking time so you’re not sitting around twiddling your thumbs, and is every part a perfectly Christmassy meal. So what are we raving about? Butternut Roast! Simply, a butternut pumpkin, with all its insides scooped out and replaced with a delicious lentil stuffed. This one gets a huge cruelty free Christmas yes from us! Check out the recipe here.

lentil-roast

This next one is another roast, also with lentils, but it’s Christmas right? And you can never have too many lentils! This loaf recipe comes from Wallflower Kitchen and has an amazing balsamic onion gravy to accompany it. It’s as simple as cooking all the ingredients in a pan, mashing them and roasting in the oven to form a crust. The gravy magic happens while the loaf cooks…multi-tasking!

Desserts

cruelty free christmas raw cake

The round we know you’ve been sticking around for! This Raw Vegan Cake is the definition of cruelty free Christmas! The triple layer raw dessert is just as visually appealing as it is delicious. Don’t stress if you’re unsure where to find lingonberries, we didn’t know either, raspberries work just as well! This super simple recipe is from The Queen of Delicious and we are ravenous just looking at it!

cruelty free christmas chocolate pudding pie

Chocoholics unite! This one is for you! Vegan Chocolate Pudding Pie. With a silky texture thanks to the silken tofu (and also added protein!), and depth of flavour coming from the coffee grinds, if you make one recipe, this is it! A bit of food processing and a bit of refrigerating and this one is done. Thanks Emilie Eats, you’ve definitely added to our cruelty free Christmas coma.

So there you have it! Cruelty Free Christmas is as simple as that. Tag us in any of your photos if you try these recipes!

Boho Friendmas Party Styling for your Summer Soiree

It’s the festive season, and what better time than to host a boho friendmas party for you closest friends! For those people who have trawled Pinterest for boho inspiration but don’t know where to start, we are going to break it down to three key elements for you, to make the event as stress-free and enjoyable as possible!

Boho Friendmas Party Set- up

boho friendmas party style cushions

The key to arranging the perfect set-up is ease and comfort. This isn’t a cocktail party, it’s more like a picnic! We’re all about luxe lounging and relaxing at our boho friendmas! Gather up some bright, patterned cushions and throws (from your closet/bed/friend’s house/nearest op shop) and voila! Have a little coffee table in the centre ready for drinks & nibbles, and lay your cushions and throws around it. Do the colours clash? Are the patterns mismatched? Perfect! We recently picked up some gorgeous throws from a local op shop and patterned cushions from a Facebook selling group. Hunt around and the perfect items will start popping up everywhere!

Table setting

boho friendmas christmas styling table settings

If you’re playing up the Christmas tradition with a sit-down meal, this is where you can have a lot of fun with the styling! Gather a collection of candles, vases, fresh flowers and other gorgeous trinkets. Head to your local op shop for this too if you’re lacking, it’s amazing the vintage goodies you can find in the kitchen/cutlery section when you’re looking closely for it! Start with your bigger/taller objects in the middle of the table and move outwards with the smaller items towards the edge. If you’re setting up a buffet style table with all your dishes, your table setting can be positioned on the far side of the table, with dishes placed in front.

 

Finishing Touches

boho friendmas party styling decorations

 

This is where you can play up the ooh la la factor! Simply little finishing touches to make it a boho friendmas party to be remembered! All these ideas we have pulled from Pinterest and think they make a stunning statement. Cocktails pre-prepared in jars look amazing when lying in an ice bucket, and make everyone’s life so easy! Have a drink dispenser near your food table so guests can easily top up their mason jar for round two (and three, four, five etc). When the sun starts going down and the lights come on, these fairy lights in mason jars need to come out too! Place them on tables, around your luxe cushion area and even strung from overhanging trees. We have also be known to add some beautiful nail polishes into our decorating to add an extra bit of luxe! The pops of colour plus wooden caps make a beautiful addition.

Head to our Pinterest board for further inspiration and links to these beautiful boho friendmas styling ideas!

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Eco Christmas Inspiration for the festive season!

It’s easy to get caught up in the fuss of Christmas, and to let things slip by the way-side when concerning reducing your environmental impact. This doesn’t have to be case though. We love all things luxe and beautiful, but we also like to consider the importance of making it as eco-friendly as possible. This is what we will be doing this holiday season, to ensure we are still celebrating the good things in life, and doing it in a meaningful way. We put together a couple of ways you can reduce your impact on the environment this year and have a beautifully luxe eco Christmas!

Christmas Tree

Forget fake! Its not worth the impact it makes on the environment! There are so many alternatives that can be even more beautiful than artificial trees (probably because, they’re real!). Head out into your backyard, or down to a local park and scout around. There will be old branches lying on the ground (you may have to really scout around so be safe!), which are perfect for your new eco friendly Christmas tree. The rustic look is beautiful for Christmas décor and this tree is no different! Hang it from a hook on your wall, plant it in a pot or lean it up against a corner. Then get decorating! We love the look of a photo tree against the wall as well, a beautiful way to celebrate all the fun you’ve had during the year, and perfect if you’re short on space too!

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Decorations

Decorations are always the fun part! With the eco Christmas styling, getting a little bit creative will make beautiful results! Fresh flowers are a must, for your ‘tree’, for your table and around the house. Yes they will dry out eventually, but that’s a good excuse to head back to the markets and fresh bunches! Old jars filled with water look stunning with flowers and leaves floating on top, or a soy tealight candle.

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Wrapping

You can’t deny it, the metres and metres of Christmas wrapping we buy each year, only to be thrown out Christmas night, is incredibly wasteful. But there are so many fantastic alternatives! Your eco Christmas isn’t complete without thoughtful use of recycled materials to wrap all those presents! Newspaper, and recycled brown paper are  fantastic way of going green. Or even reuse shoe boxes or gift boxes so they get a few uses! We love the Australiana look when decorating our pressies, so head out into your garden or the local park and pick a few dried gum leaves off the ground, or some fallen flowers. A beautiful way to add an eco touch and help the environment at the same time!

eco christmas wrapping paper ideas

Presents

You heard this one preached over and over again, it’s the thought that matters. So instead of heading to your local shopping centre and buying whatever jumps out at you, give your eco Christmas a little bit more thought, for a lot in return. There are so many eco brands out there with perfect gift ideas (we’re thinking Earth Bottles, iBark phone cases and Cork Leaf yoga mats)… or even some eco-friendly nail polish! There is also a lot to be praised for homemade gifts. Body scrubs, moisturisers, face masks, candles, you name it, it’s possible to be made at home with significantly less impact on the environment compared with mass produced products!

For more eco Christmas inspiration, head to our Pinterest board, we’re we’ve pinned even more of our favourite looks!

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Australian Sustainable Fashion labels we love!

With the ever-evolving nature of the fashion industry, we believe it is important to support local Australian sustainable fashion brands who focus on eco-friendly and ethical sourcing and production methods. As our industry makes the move towards eco-friendly and sustainably made nail polish, so does the fashion industry. The impact fast-fashion has on our environment is devastating, and choosing Australian sustainable fashion over international, mass-produced and unaccountable brands is imperative. We have compiled a list of our favourite Australian sustainable fashion labels, to share the love for you too!

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Annukka

Annukka focusses on creating certified organic cotton garments, free from toxic dyes and treatments. The Byron based brand believe in the wellness benefits of an organic, chemical free lifestyle, and incorporate this into their beautiful eco threads.

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Liar

Another Byron based label, Liar is an ethical swimwear and athleisure wear brand. All Liar garments are manufactured in Australia, with their swim and active collections made from the best recycled polyester. 10% of profits from their ‘Exoskeleton’ collection is donated to marine conservation.

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Sista of Jac

Sister of Jac create sustainable and ethical high-end modern and innovative womenswear. They focus on the desire to create carbon neutral and ethical garments, with immaculate bespoke tailoring and high quality fabrications.

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Celeste Tesoriero

Celeste Tesoriero are anti-fast fashion. The garments are sustainable, ethical and conscious. Celeste’s design style is inspired by Japanese silhouettes, artistic prints and natural fabrications.

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Pure Pod

Pure Pod celebrates 10 years of creating ethical sustainable fashion in 2017. Pure Pod garments are created with premium sustainable textiles, and strive to have transparent and traceable manufacturing and sourcing practices. As well as their seasonal collections, the brand includes ethical accessories and bamboo layering basics.

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Vege Threads

Vege Threads tread lightly, keep things simple and their garments made local. Their basics are knitted, dyed and made within Melbourne, with limited runs to minimise waste of unwanted stock. Vege Threads styles are timeless, with shapes that carry through each season.

 

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Nail Polish Lover Gift Ideas for this Christmas!

So you’ve been given the task of buying a gift for someone who is nail polish obsessed… their nails are always painted a different shade and it seems like there is never a chip or dry cuticle in sight. What to buy? We’re going to make it easy for you! Here is our nail polish lover gift ideas for this Christmas! You can thank us later…

nail polish lover gift ideas christmas pack

1. Any nail buff knows nail care is hugely important when it comes to achieving, and more importantly maintaining, the perfect manicure. Nails need to be clean of any residue before applying any polish, should be filed into the desired shape and gently buffed to remove any ridges in the nail. Don’t forget the cuticles either! They should be hydrated, and taken care of, just as much as your nails! If you’re reading this and thinking that sounds all too hard, we have the solution for you. Our Christmas Gift pack literally has everything you need to follow these simple nail steps. Plus you can choose your own polish colour to perfectly suit the person you are buying for. P.s. we won’t judge if you get it for yourself!

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2. Base, Colour & Top Coat sets. It’s the best feeling opening a gift of new nail polish and eagerly painting it straight onto your nails. It’s not the best feeling however, when it chips and flakes off because you skipped out on the base and top coat. So when gifting a nail polish lover some new colours for their collection, the addition of a base coat and top coat will score you extra brownie points, and mani points too!

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3.Salon Time! At-home manicures are amazing, but there’s something undefinable about that feeling of walking out of the salon with a fresh mani. Treat your nail polish lover to a manicure from one of our nail salons! Mani Factorie and JT Nail Studio are our favourites!

Chrome Nail Polish & Festival Style, the perfect combination

Are you heading to a music festival this summer? Still deliberating over what dress, what shoes, what accessories and what vibe you’re going to be rocking? Look no further! We have the much-researched, try-and-tested summer festival style guide to suit everyone.

Byron Bay is the spiritual home of music festivals and this year we are doing all things boho. Vintage inspired looks, layered lace with (faux) leather, eye-catching prints and unlimited amounts of sparkle- it’s the festival season, it’s about celebrating life and happiness and being outdoors in the sunshine. This year for the festival season we are channeling everything around our love for chrome nail polish. When we picture festival style, images of chrome nail polish and stack bohemian jewellery is all we see!

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Finding that perfect festival style outfit can be both an art form and a maths equation. You need to stick with what you’re going to be comfortable in, showcases your personality and feels true to you, and also has all the practical elements necessary to withstand transitioning from hot days in the sun into cool nights walking home to your campsite. We like to break it down: base layer, top layer, footwear.

Your base layer is the foundation of your outfit. Think a lace maxi skirt with a vintage band tee; denim cut-off shorts with an off-shoulder crop; or flowing bohemian dress. You top layer is to add that element of coverage for the sun and slight warmth for when it cools down. This could be a floor length kimono in a contrasting print; a denim shirt you can wrap around your waist or throw over your shoulders; or a vintage scarf wrapped around your head, tied to your bag or over your shoulders to protect from the sun or cold! Finally, footwear is really important to get right! It needs to be sturdy enough to last days of dancing and walking around, as well as protect your feet when you’re in the mosh pit! Canvas sneakers and lace up boots are perfect to go for.

We highly recommend packing a spare pair of socks and band-aids in your bag for the day, just in case of blisters or rubbing! You want to be prepared!

summer festival style accessories inspirationAccessories

Accessories take your outfit from day-to-day to festival style chic in a matter of seconds- head chains, body chains, layered necklaces and rings, statement earrings. They all have a place in your festival arsenal. Stick to a particular stone or metal colour throughout, for easy styling, or throw caution to the wind and mix it all up! We love turquoise mixed into our festival look, and when combined with antique silver, it makes a totally statement look. Layer on vintage rings and give your festival wristband a few more friends for a real arm party!

summer festival guide beauty glitter inspirationBeauty

Your summer festival style isn’t complete without the beauty element. Steer away from the layers of foundation and contour and focus on the more bejewelled side of the beauty game for your festival style. Thick, heavy makeup runs the risk of sweating off and not lasting the day. Keep your base simple, a tinted moisturiser with SPF to protect from the sun is perfect for long festival days. We like to play up our beauty game with everything sparkles! A touch on your eyelids, and on your cheekbones to really play on the highlight is amazing. Head down to your local craft store and pick up some diamantes, and with a little bit of false eyelash adhesive, stick them on your face around eyebrows, forehead and below the eyes. It’s a statement look that will have other revellers turning heads!

Of course your festival outfit isn’t complete without nails to finish the outfit… and a chrome nail polish to accompany the sparkle? Yes please!

Want some more inspiration? Head over to our Pinterest board,  it’s full of ideas to get you inspired!

 

Summer Music Festivals Day on the Green

Summer music festivals you need to go to this year!

Summer is here. It’s happening. The days are longer and the nights are balmier and there is nothing quite like an Australian summer. We are so lucky! It seems music festivals go hand in hand with the warmer months. No late nights walking back to your car or tent in the freezing cold. No worrying about carrying a jacket around all day. We love summer music festivals, and if you’re just breaking into the scene, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite summer festivals you must do!

Summer Music Festivals FallsFalls

We spoken about our love affair with Falls Festival already in our Summer Bucket list but it couldn’t be left off this list of best summer music festivals. Falls is the epitome of carefree frolicking in a sea of equally-as-carefree revellers. The line-up is always amazing. The atmosphere is buzzing. And the feeling of pure joy swamps you at the annual 3-day festival. We obviously choose Byron, but there are 3 other locations around Australia as well.

Summer Music Festivals WoodfordWoodford

We’re leaving our coastal town and heading up to the Sunshine Coast for this one. Woodford is the folk festival of all folk festivals- and high on our list of summer music festivals to prioritise this year! The camp grounds are awash of colour and energy, with gorgeously named streets to guide you home late at night. The huge programme allows for all tastes, for those who enjoy music, the arts, yoga and dancing, panel discussions and everything in between. If you’re going for New Years Eve, follow the crowds up into the hills in the early hours of the morning to watch the first sunrise of 2017. It’s a sight not to be missed. The week long festival is fantastic to venture to as a day trip, or for making an entire week of. The days can be hot and dry, or muddy and drenched if the weather plays up, so prepare for both.

Summer Music Festivals Day on the GreenA Day on the Green

With events running from October- March at wineries all over the country, a day on the green is well worth making the effort for. Gather a group of friends, pack a picnic basket and head to your nearest venue for huge International and Australian- which include Cyndi Lauper, Blondie and James Taylor all in early 2017.

Summer Music Festivals Laneway Festival CrowdLaneway Festival

Falling in late January/early February in locations all over the country plus a couple of international locations, Laneway is the perfect festival to see all your favourite indie pop/rock acts in the one festival! Laneway started as a series of weekly live performances in Melbourne and has grown into a highly anticipated event on the music calendar. It’s a must-do over the summer! One day, plenty of sunshine (fingers crossed), and unlimited amounts of revelry. We can’t say no!

Make sure you take a look at our festival style go-to guide for picking the perfect outfit! Oh… and the perfect nail polish is a must as well!