How to Style Your Dream Christmas Tree with Taline Gabriel

Hippie Lane founder, Taline Gabriel, has taken a moment to share with us how to decorate your Christmas tree, and how to stay focused on your styling vision to create your Dream Christmas.

A Dream Christmas for me revolves around food, family and simple, yet elegant styling. Simplifying has been a recurring theme in my wellness goals and this applies to all aspects of my life including the festive period.

The first sign that Christmas is on the radar is the appearance of Christmas trees in all the local stores. This leads to the excitement of assembling and styling your own Christmas Tree!

My advice is to:

1. Collect some snaps of your ideal tree and direct your energy into achieving this look.

2. Stay true to your vision and notice what you like about it.

3. Pay attention to its size, styled colours, decor and room setting.

4. I like a minimal look so I keep it simple with tree baubles (using a few colours only) on a petite Christmas tree, with a few added fairy lights to set the mood  and create ambience.

5. Add final touches with stars and confetti; they’re always a welcome addition to the styling… and puppies also help!

Taline x

Shop Taline’s look: Metal Star Wreath |  String Lights | Mini Glass Baubles | Glass Bauble | Navy & Gold Wrapping Paper 3pk | Navy & Gold Gift Tags | Navy & Gold Ribbon 3M/3pk

Discover your Dream Christmas via our Christmas Gift Shop.

Celebrate Cinnamon Bun Day with this Tasty Recipe

October 4th is a special day for lovers of the delicious cinnamon bun – yum! All across Sweden, families and loved ones gather together to celebrate Cinnamon Bun Day by making – and enjoying – this classic homemade treat.

Be inspired to embrace this wonderful Swedish tradition for yourself with our simple recipe. Why not take a moment this week to slow down, pause and reconnect with the simple joy of baking from scratch?

Let us know how you go by sharing your buns on Instagram with #kikkiKLove.

Ingredients

300ml / 1 ¼ cup whole milk
1 tsp ground cardamom seeds
50g / ¼ cup butter
425g / 3.4 cups plain flour
7g / 1 small packet fast action yeast
60g /⅓ cup caster sugar

¼ tsp fine salt
1 egg, beaten lightly
Oil, to grease

For the filling

75g /⅓ cup cup butter, softened
50g / ½ cup dark brown sugar
2tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt

To finish

1 egg, beaten lightly
Demerara sugar, to sprinkle

Method

Start by heating the milk until steaming in a pan with the cardamom. Allow to simmer for a couple of minutes before taking off the heat. Allow to cool until lukewarm. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients. There is no need to add water to the yeast before adding this in. Make a well in the bowl and add in the lightly beaten egg and the warm milk mixture. Combine with a wooden spoon.

Using your hands, kneed for 5 minutes on a floured surface until the mixture feels soft and springy. Place dough into a greased bowl, cover and leave somewhere warm to prove for at least 45 minutes. Meanwhile, make your filling by beating together each ingredient until well combined.

Once your dough has risen, take it out of the bowl, knock back and roll into a 35cm x 25cm rectangle. Spread the filling evenly onto dough and roll tightly into a Swiss roll shape. Cut into 7 equal sized buns and line up on a baking tray. Leave to prove a second time for 30 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator. The dough should spring back easily when you press it lightly.

When ready to bake, heat oven to 200C/400F/gas mark six and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Feeling inspired to get baking? Discover our Foodies Collection here.

Be Inspired to Plan your Dreams and Goals – Q&A with Jordan Clark

We love seeing how kikki.K fans are using their favourite products, so we asked the amazing Jordan Clark to show us how she was inspired to use our new Life is Wonderful Refillable Leather Notebook. Jordan has built a passionate community who love seeing her bullet journal ideas, letter art and organisation tips. Find out how she is using our latest Notebook to plan her dreams and goals in her video and short Q&A below.

 

Jordan Used…

Leather Refillable Notebook
Leather Notebook Refills
Decorative Tape
Paper Clips
Mini Wooden Pegs
Porcelain Jewellery Dish
Porcelain Trinket Box 
Sticker book
Metal Rollerball Pen
Coloured Permanent Markers
Adhesive Notes
Life is Wonderful Collection

Do you enjoy keeping a journal? What are the benefits you have found from doing so?

Yes, I love keeping a journal! I’ve kept a journal ever since I was a child, and have loved being able to look back on all my memories that I otherwise would have forgotten over the years. I also love journalling as a way of relaxing at the end of a long day! It helps calm my mind and reflect on everything that happened.

Which different ways did you use this refillable notebook?

I used the refillable notebook in several different ways! One way was to make gratitude lists at the end of each day in order to reflect on what I appreciate. Another way was to plan some of my goals, so each day I know what to do to work towards them! And finally, I used the refillable notebook to sketch and doodle whenever I wanted a little break to be creative!

How did you enjoy the flexibility to create a set-up personalised to your life?

I absolutely loved being able to set up the journal however I wanted! I like having the freedom to switch things up when I get bored, or whenever I want to try out something new. I also loved being able to separate things into the different notebooks inside the journal!

Tell us a little about your daily routine. How do you ensure you make time for the things that make you happy?

Since I work from home, having a routine ensures I’m able to achieve all the goals I’ve set for myself. Morning is my favorite time of day, so I like to wake up early so that I have lots of extra time for drinking coffee, reading, and taking things slow before I begin my work.

The number of hours I work varies each day – I often end up working late into the night because I’m so excited about the project I’m working on! To make sure I have time for things that make me happy, I schedule a day or two each week that are completely open, so I have the freedom to do whatever I’d like! This gives me a break from my usual work and allows me to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

What stationery item can you not live without?

I can’t live without at least a few notebooks! I’m always jotting down ideas, sketching, or making lists- so I love having a collection of notebooks to keep everything in!

If you’re inspired to pause and take time to discover your own wonderful life, grab our latest notebook and start your own journey to creativity today!

How to Decorate your Planner and Make Life Wonderful

There is so much wonder and so much to be grateful for in life. Organise your days in style and welcome more joy into your everyday with our latest Life is Wonderful Leather Personal Planner.

Take some time to appreciate the beauty around you as you plan your days and and organise your time. Watch our video below and discover some of our favourite ways decorate your Personal Planner. And remember, life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful!

We used…

Leather Personal Planner
Leather Stickers
Metal Heart Keyring
Sticker Book
Paper Clips
Paper Lover’s Book
B5 Daily Notes Pad
Scissors
Everyday Gel Pens
Quote Cards
Adhesive Notes

Make your mark with personal touches

Each day should be filled with the things that bring you joy, so it’s important to decorate your Planner with elements that make you smile. Our Life is Wonderful Collection is perfect for this, and for that added personal touch, we’ve used gorgeous Leather Stickers, the beautiful Metal Heart Keyring, and more stickers and paper cut-outs from the Sticker Book and Paper Lover’s Book, attached with elegant Gold Paper Clips.

Add some fun to your days

Life is beautiful, especially when you remember to schedule in a little fun to your weeks. Why not create a list of fun things to do as well as your must-do tasks and special events? We’ve used the B5 Daily Notes Pad and gorgeous cut-outs from the Paper Lover’s Book, attached with gold Paper Clips.

Remember to live in the moment

Add a personal touch to your planner with quotes and beautiful messages to remind you to pause and enjoy the little moments. We’ve added some daily inspiration with Quote Cards and a range of different stickers.

Create your bucket list

Creating a bucket list using the sweet heart-shaped Adhesive Notes in this collection means you can easily update your list as you complete each item. Whether your list is for must-visit travel destinations or something else entirely, make sure you keep it at the forefront of your mind by giving it a home in your planner. Why not attach photos and other inspiration as well? We’ve attached ours with stickers from this collection’s Sticker Book.

Stay organised and embrace the wonder in everyday with this gorgeous Personal Planner.

And don’t forget to let us know how you’re using your planner on social media with the tag #kikkiKPlannerLove