{Pictures of New York city} the view from New Jersey

ihyt-2014 photo NY weekends 1This past weekend was a beautiful weekend in New York. It made me reignite my love with the city especially since the weather was warm”ish” and the days are getting longer.

On Saturday we headed over to New Jersey to catch up with some friends who recently got engaged – happy times. We caught the ferry across to New Jersey city and then caught the light rail up to Hoboken. It was super easy even with a stroller and the views of New York are phenomenal from the other side of the river.

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Creating the Perfect Gallery Wall

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I have always loved the look of a gallery wall but never been game enough to put one together as filling up a wall space with your favorite pieces of art can be intimidating and combining art styles overwhelming. A gallery wall can be a cheaper alternative to buying one large expensive piece of art and gives you the opportunity to display illustrations, paintings and a variety of distinctive pieces. But it can take a little bit of effort.

Victoria from Hamilton Hill has shared her tips in creating the perfect gallery wall:

1. don’t be afraid to mix prints & colours and different size frames. This can make a real impact in an monochromatic room and makes it looks like you have collected pieces over time

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2. set it up before you hang. Either cut each frame out in newspaper or use painters tape to lay it out on your wall. You can also use the paper inserts you get with the frame. This Wall Display Template from Etsy is a great idea https://www.etsy.com/listing/72323502/wall-display-template-10-pack

3. hanging frames on corner walls (where 2 walls meet) can be a really effective way of creating a ‘nook’ in an otherwise dead space.

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4. a cheap and effective way to decorate a baby’s nursery or children’s room. Use fabric & wallpaper cuttings and frame these!

5. don’t worry if it doesn’t look ‘finished’. Part of the charm of a gallery wall is that you can add to it as you collect new pieces. You may only start with 3 frames and that is ok!

6. use a larger matte to enhance the size of smaller photo’s.

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7. use your kids artwork. The majority of people don’t know what to do with the abundance of drawings & paintings that come home. Frame them and create a colourful wall in your kids play room or bedroom. A very cost-effective way to decorate!

8. You can also add other objects into the mix. Try using oversize letters, clocks or mirrors to create a more eclectic look.

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9. Maintain some sort of balance in the arrangement. Even if it is a more organic hanging style it does need an element of planning. You don’t want your wall to look top-heavy or unbalanced to one side. A good tip for maintaining balance to leave the same amount of space between each piece you are hanging.ihyt-2014 photo gallery wall 2 ihyt-2014 photo gallery wall 1

10. If you don’t want to hang on the wall or want to change-up your frames often, sit them on shelves. You can still use different sized frames and overlap them if desired.

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11. If you are finding it too difficult to hang yourself – hire someone!! There are professional hangers out there who will make life a whole lot easier for you.

For interior design inspiration, follow Hamilton Hill on Facebook or Instagram @hamiltonhill.

If you are looking for some cheap art work i’ve rounded up a couple of great options:-

Ork have some amazing posters of city neighborhoods all around the world (sorry Aussie friends but they don’t have any Australian cities yet). Made by Girl  has some good fun prints which are cheap and cheerful and perhaps some vintage Vogue covers would make an excellent addition to a gallery wall.  When we first moved to NY we purchased a photo from She Hit Pause Studio at the Brooklyn Flea and there are still a couple of prints that I’d love to convince my husband that we should buy (you can see which pic we purchased here).

{Spotted} The leather jacket

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When I saw this I had to laugh, it totally depicts winter in NY. And as Natalie Holbrook from Hey Natalie Jean pointed out it clearly shows that the opportunity to wear a leather jacket in New York is minutely thin based on the length of spring and autumn in this part of the world.

It did get me thinking that it will soon be one of those rare days where its not too cold and not too hot that I might be able to break out my leather jacket and wear it which then brings me to the point of this post, how am i going to style it? So whether you are going into winter in the southern hemisphere or entering spring here are some pictures to inspire you to get your leather jacket out of the closet.

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If you are in the market for a jacket I’m loving both of these from Zara which are a great price and great new colors for this season. I’d buy them both if i didn’t already have one.

{Spotted} Springtime florals

Spring time, no matter which hemisphere you live in is a beautiful season.  You can smell it in the air, the warmer weather is on its way, the days are getting longer and bare trees start to show signs of life after there long winter hiatus.

Here, it gets warm and then the next day it’s just down right cold again, subzero cold again. Spring is teasing us but while we wait…patiently (i am so not the patient kind) ?)…for the weather to consistently warm up (its suppose to snow in NYC on Tuesday – wtf?!) let’s look at some floral street style inspiration. Whether you go the full floral outfit or add one element like a jacket or a gorgeous pair of shoes, nothing says spring better than florals.

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This Equipment blouse or these gorgeous Miu Miu pumps are perfect if you want to add a floral accent to your spring wardrobe.

What to do when your 10 month old has jet lag

ihyt-2014 photo jet lag 1Three weeks ago we packed our bags and did the long haul flight from New York to Australia to see parents, grandparents, great grandparents and friends. We had such a wonderful time – we are truly blessed to have such amazing friends and family. Now we are back home in our little apartment, we are paying the price – the little guy is majorly jet lagged. So here’s what has been happening in our apartment at 2am this week.

{He got called a ‘she’ on numerous occasions when we were away, seriously how can you mistake him for a girl? Maybe I’m biased or maybe its his long eyelashes?!}

ihyt-2014 photo jet lag 4 ihyt-2014 photo jet lag 5I thought I was pretty well read on the topic of flying with kids, I had read all the websites, spoke to friends but you know what – no advice really helped.  George ended up with a stomach bug a few days before we left so he diarrhea and a really bad nappy rash – 16 nappy changes in 22 hours….go team Huett! So if you ever do a long haul flight with a kid, the only advice that I can give* is to know your kid and know that anything can happen . Your kid will cry and most people will be understanding, your kid might or might not sleep – you’ll deal with it, you’ll probably annoy the person behind you because you constant get up and down, but honestly you won’t notice them much because all you care about is making sure your kid is reasonably happy.

*I have to preface this advice by saying that I have friends who have done the US-Australia trip with kids (and more than one) way more than we have so I really don’t feel like I’m in a position to give any substantial advice.

Finding the perfect {white} t-shirt

The perfect t-shirt

 1. Everlane / 2. Madewell / 3. T by Alexander Wang / 4. Club Monaco /                                              5. Vince / 6. Rag & Bone

I’ve been trying to find a perfect t-shirt for years now – the all-encompassing dress-it-up-or-down, goes-with-anything classic t-shirt. It started with the search for the classic white t-shirt but moved to different shades of white – slate, heather grey.  Over the years I’ve tried so many different brands and always find that no-one t-shirt does everything i want it to. I also find that a lot of them lose their shape in the wash quickly and i end up with a pile of t-shirts that i don’t use. I’d really like to try the T by Alexander Wang but i have issues spending more than USD50 on a t-shirt but maybe that’s what it’s going to take – quality over quantity right?

With the warmer weather hopefully heading to the northern hemisphere soon (i’m extremely optimistic) its time to start getting that spring wardrobe ready and a good t-shirt is a wardrobe staple. I’ve listed a few of my go-to brands above (Everlane, Madewell and Club Monaco) and then added a couple of brands bloggers and celebrities seem to love. Does anyone have any favorites brands that they want to share?