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Instagram - What is all the fuss?

Instagram is the new buzz word - and if you have been sitting on the fence, and not sure how to get involved, then we're here to help! It's really a fantastic new tool to capture your favourite moments on your phone, (without having to think up loads of clever text to go with it!) You can decide to share your pictures with everyone in the whole wide world, or just family, or just for your own memories.

The thing we like about Instagram is that it's really easy to use and if you live away from family and friends, it just the perfect way to share special times.

Here we take a quick look at the way to set yourself up to enjoy the delights of Instagram - so you too can 'talk the talk!'

Step 1: Locate your mobile phone from the depths of your handbag. Throw out a few old dockets while you're at it.

Step 2: Click on the 'app store' icon on your screen - it's purple. Type into the search bar 'Instagram' and it will come up, with an picture of a camera - this is what you're looking for - and just press the 'free' button (we love it when apps are free!) Then click the 'install app' button.

Step 3: This is the tricky bit - you will need to know your password to your account. Safe yes, annoying yes.

Step 4: Now the Instagram app will appear somewhere on your screen. You will need a user name and password.

Step 4: The best tip - for quality - is to take photos using your actual phone camera (there is an option to take photos using the instagram camera, but we don't think the quality is as sharp.) So start snapping.

Step 5: Arrange all the tins, flowers, books, candles etc that you can put your hands on and take a photo with your camera.

Step 6: Take another 20 or so shots of the same thing (trust us, that's what you will end up doing!)

Step 7: These images will all be saved to your camera roll so now open up Instagram, click on the camera icon that's right down the bottom in the middle, and choose one of your images that are to the bottom left of the screen.

Step 8: Now it's time to get a little bit fancy (but we think keeping it simple is stylish) You can add filters - which change the colour of your image, the tone, the mood - actually it can make things appear totally different to the original picture. Kind of cool, but can be a bit overwhelming.

Step 9: When you are happy with your image (which may take hours to begin with) you can add a caption - which is to the right of your image. Keep it short and sweet because Instagram is all about the image, rather than the text.

Step 10: Hashtag it! Now hashtags are a whole new concept - we might save that for another day - but basically they are used to categorise images. So for example if you take lots of pictures of shoes, apart from other fashion items, then you might like to create hashtags to help identify your images, #cutepumps or #killerheels. The hashtag thing can also be quite hilarious with ones such as #ithinkimighpassoutifidontsitdownsoon.

Step 10: (Yes, there are 2 'step 10's' but we like even numbers) hit SHARE!

And like any great thing, this takes time to develop. So have fun with it. But Instagram should come with a clear warning - IT IS COMPLETELY ADDICTIVE. And we have it on good authority that women have resorted to checking their phones in the bathroom, so they don't get caught by their husband.

And be sure to follow us! Just click on the little star at the bottom left of the screen and type in jumbledonline and you're all set!

 

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Pip takes a trip: Life Instyle Melbourne

Pip spent a frantic few days in Melbourne last week, viewing all of the latest and greatest wares, soon to make their new home in Jumbled. She was privy to some private showings (Pony Rider and Spacecraft to mention two!) and was able to work with suppliers in bringing the best quality and fun new products to our store.

Among the first new items to impress Pip were the Pooccio dog cushions, for a little bit of luxury for your puppy. They will be the most stylish pets in the street! We can't wait to see their bright colours and patterns in store.

Pony Rider will once again be stocked in store and online, and according to Pip the new range did little to settle her excitement and enthusiasm for this this great label. Cushions from the new Pony Rider collection will arrive in store in late August/ early September.

The colours of Canvas Home furnishings are soft and delightful and will bring prettiness and sophistication to any room. The soft hues are feminine and luxurious and bring a soft palette to the store.

The invitation to visit the Spacecraft Studio was a dreamy experience for Pip and she was amazed at the colour and vastness of their work space. She has made orders of several Spacecraft works and these will be arriving in store next week. Stay tuned!

 

It wasn’t all hard work though – she did manage to eat out at some amazing restaurants, including one of our favourites Cumulus Inc, and take a stroll down some of the fabulous Melbourne lane ways, admiring the views along the way. How could you not be inspired?

 

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Colour It Red

We say colour it red! A nice warm colour that is even making an appearance at New York Fashion Week.
Below is some colour inspiration and products that we have in store and online.

L to R:
1. Pink and red flowers
2. Love these homemade ice blocks with layers of colour
3. XL Bamboo salad bowl available here
4. Paint a door frame red
5. Anna Wintour spotted in a red knit at NY Fashion Week (Photo by Tommy Ton)
6. LOVE print available here
7. Red striped apron available here
8. Spacecraft Backing cloth available here

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