Indulge Your Senses In A Luxury Bathroom

Maybe there is no room in the house that has come quite so far as the bathroom. That is quite literally, as it might well have been outside in yard in days gone by! Today’s modern bathroom is no longer a convenience. It has become a place of luxury, it has become a spa like temple to wallow in peaceful luxury and it has become a little heaven in your home.

If your bathroom has seen better days or it is not quite taking you there, then maybe it is time for the upgrade.

Plan it out

Bathroom fantasy is not in short supply. Indulge yourself. There are plenty of examples to look at. Design does not comes more refined than a European influenced bathroom with a lot of Italian style. Measure your space. If it is one thing bathroom fixtures and fittings do, it is to come with sizes and dimensions.  So it should be possible to work out exactly what you can fit and what you might have to compromise with. If you are not sure or don’t want to tackle the project yourself, talk to a professional. Have a look at http://www.lavare.com.au/what-we-do/ for example. A professional company will be able to offer you a lot of experience and know how.


Smaller space ideas are an important feature of great bathroom design. For example, a bathroom with a lot of space might have room for a bath, a separate shower stall and still have room for a 'his and hers' vanity unit. Then again a smaller room might get away with a nice sized corner bath with overhead shower and a roomy double sink. Don’t be afraid to play with the space and move things around.

Choose your fittings.

Decide on the look you want. Most arbiters of design and style are working with very clean lines, and these have a timeless feel. The modern bath is free standing, giving you open space around the base. This has the option of making your room seem a little bigger.  Pick basins that complement the bath and if you are feeling like running with a theme, modern toilets can be matched easily. They are way less cumbersome than their old relations. White is still the colour to go for. The real luxury fittings are sleek modern designs using steel. Think powerful shower heads and robust taps to match. It is well worth getting quality fittings that will look and feel great. Upgraded bathrooms are always going to add value to any home.

Sumptuous backgrounds

These comes from tiles. The bigger the better unless you prefer them really small!  So much of a bathroom’s feeling of quality come from these tiles. There are some great selections at https://www.flooranddecor.com/bathroom-stone. Dark greys and greens can look stunning. Browns and earthy stone colours also work really well. For a complete look that will enhance the space use the same tiles on floor and walls. This also adds an illusion of space and work particularly well in wet room style bathrooms. Give some thought as to how and where you will install mirrors.

To finish off your luxury bathroom, use minimalist storage space solutions and display your towels and robes. Your final touch may well be simply shutting the door and turning on the taps!

What I wore - Khaki & Stripes

Its no secret I love a good stripe, I'm not fussy, it can be navy, red, black even pastel on occasion. Stripes are so easy to just throw on a pair of jeans, a denim skirt or shorts and you have a put together classic look. Sometimes I like to mix things up a little and throwing in some khaki adds some tough and I loved the combination. 

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I am wearing a swing top with interesting pleat details, colorful beads and a striped pencil skirt. 
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What do you wear with stripes to mix things up? Or do you stick with the classics and keep things simple? x



Tips for Planning a Night Out in Style

So, you want to make your next night out a stylish and special one. Read on to find out how.

Make a Whole Day of It

Why should I night out only be a night out? It can be so much more than that, so why not make it last for the whole day? You could get together with your friends in the morning and do something fun together and get some lunch. And then spend the afternoon getting ready for the night ahead. If you ask me, it’s the best way to spend the day before a great night out. It will make the build up to the night out even more special, and it extend the fun throughout the whole day.

Set a Theme for Yourselves

It’s always a lot of fun to set a theme for yourselves when you go out for the night. You might want to dress up in a certain style, such as dressing as something ridiculous like pirates. Or you could give yourself an 80s or 90s dress theme. This can be a lot of fun. It’s a good way to add something a little extra to your night out, so give it a try. There are no rules at all to this kind of thing, so you can do pretty much whatever you want to do as long as it’s fun for everyone!

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Arrive in Style

If you want to make the night out truly stylish, you should make sure that you arrive in style too. Turning up on the bus is fine, but it’s not exactly what you’d call a stylish start to the evening’s proceedings. So, make sure you arrive in style, and the best way to do that is to hire private transport with your own driver working for you for the evening. It’s not something anyone can afford to do every weekend, but for a special occasion, it’s a fantastic idea. So, use a trusted limousine chauffeur service for your next big night out.

Pace Yourselves

We all know that nights out can be pretty wild, and it’s easy to get carried away. But it doesn’t have to be that way from the get-go. If you ask me, it’s much better when you and your friends pace yourselves and make the most of the whole evening, not just the start of it. The evening won’t be much fun if you go too fast at the beginning and end up burning out while the night is still young. So, if you want the fun to last longer, don’t get too drunk too quickly. You’ll regret it!

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Just Have Fun

The most important thing about a good night out is having fun. There is no point bothering to go out at all if you’re not going to have fun. And that means doing what you want to do and what you find fun. Don’t just do something because that’s what someone else’s idea of fun looks like. So, you could go out and tour the bars in town. Or you could do something a little different if that’s not your thing. Some people choose to go on wine tasting evenings, and that’s just one of the many examples out there.

Hectic Week as a Mother? Here's How to Make it Less Stressful

As a mother it’s an absolute that you’re going to have some hectic weeks. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you do, it’s chaos. There are loads of things that need to be done in your work and home life, and there never seems to be a lot of time to get any of it done. It also seems to be more and more difficult to keep yourself looking nice. That’s why you need to take steps to try to help yourself make the week less stressful.

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You are effectively doing two jobs - working, and looking after the kids. And this is bound to take its toll on anyone. When it comes to your week of chaos, you need to make sure you have all your bases covered. If you can make it less stressful, you’re likely to get more done, and you can do it to a better standard. So, have a look at these suggestions that will help you make it less of a hectic week.
Prioritize
Whenever there are a lot of different tasks or errands to do the best approach is to prioritize them. This means you have to do what you can to sort them into some kind of order. The best thing to do is to make sure that the most important tasks get sorted out first. This is the best way to prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done. Sit down and write a list of all the things that need to be done. That is the best way to figure out what things are the most important.
Can You Push Anything into Next Week?
While you are compiling this list and prioritising, you need to look at whether anything can be put on hold. That means you need to take a look at any tasks you might be able to push back to next week. You won’t always be able to do this as some of the stuff might be quite urgent. However, if you can move stuff then you should consider doing so. It will make the week a little less busy and chaotic, and you’ll find things a bit easier.

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Get the Kids Looked After
Sometimes you’re going to have a lot to do, and you’ll need to move around a lot. But, that means you need to sort the kids out. You can’t always cart them around with you, and you may not be in a position to leave the at home. So the best thing to do would be to drop them at one of the Mission Australia Early Learning Centres local to you. That way you will make sure the kids are in a safe and healthy environment while you get all the things done that you need to do.
So, as you can see, there is plenty you can do to help you have a smooth week. A lot of the time you just need to take a deep breath, step back and assess the situation. Try to implement some of these ideas into your week as they will help you get more done. Removing stress and trauma is one of the key principles to successful, burden-free motherhood!

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Off the Shoulder tops - What to wear with them.

Off the shoulder dresses and tops are undeniably this Summers hottest trend... They are so flattering and comfortable and suit our gorgeous climate beautifully.

But what do you wear with these tops to balance your outfit? Here I am sharing my hot tips on what to wear with this Summers hottest trend.

I love a denim skirt, jeans, striped tube skirt, shorts or tucked into a fit and flare skirt. Balancing skin baring can make or break your outfit. Here are my favorite looks with off the shoulder tops.

The Denim Skirt

off the shoulder with belted denim. Zina in Madrid. #Fashionvibe:
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Pair your favorite off the shoulder top with another of this Summers hottest looks, the denim skirt. They are here to stay ladies

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Jules SariƱana of Sincerely Julse wears an off-the-shoulder black top with lace detailing, army green shorts, a matching clutch, and lace-up sandals:
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A more casual look, pair your off the shoulder top with some cute denim cutoffs, cropped shorts or some dressier tailored shorts, Twist and tuck your top into the shorts too if the shirt and shorts are both loose.

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The tube skirt adds a casual element to the dressier top, its practical and comfy, flattering too .

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What do you wear with your off the shoulder tops and dresses? x

City Chic Plus Size Active Wear



Working out with curves shouldn't be uncomfortable, frumpy or dull, it should be stylish and fun, comfortable and functional.

The new City Chic Active wear range is all these things and more.



Lets get down to business, active wear is well,  big business these days but for us curvy girls there is very little in the way of quality choice, until now. The city chic range of active wear caters from a 12/14 to a 24, is made of quality thick Lycra and fabrics so everything is held in, lifted and smooth. The colors are bright and fun, with flattering blacks that coordinate with everything. The range is well made, stylish and designed to take you from the gym to lunch in style.


I love this outfit, I can imagine myself hitting the pavement for a run, sitting at my local cafe sipping my soy cappuccino and feeling like a yummy mummy in her active wear.


The ultimate sports jacket, its gorgeous and soft, bright, structured and has little holes so you can put your thumbs through. It has zippered pockets and I really, really love it!!!
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Lets start with the crop... It features a T bar back which is both supportive and stylish. The crop is padded and comfortable and offers full and support. The Lycra is thick and reinforced Tick, tick, tick

Buy it here I am in a XS and I am a 12DD 



The leggings... I am fussy when it comes to leggings, they have to be supportive and hold everything in and I prefer a 3/4 length. The Lycra has to be thick and have no sheerness to it!!! These Leggings are thick, long, stretchy but hold everything in. There is a drawstring waist and a zipped key pocket at the back. 
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Run don't walk ladies and buy them here


Have you checked out the city chic active wear range?? x


























Gift Guide: What To Get Your Best Friend

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Choosing a gift for your best friend can be a tough one! Especially if your funds are limited. We don’t always have the money to splash on a designer gift. However, here are a number of gifts that will give your bestie that warm feeling as soon as she unwraps them!

Jewellery

No doubt your main girl loves something pretty, so be sure to get her some lovely jewellery for whatever the event is that you two are celebrating. You could get her some cute earrings that you know matches one of her cocktail dresses. Or even better a gorgeous ring to signify your friendship. Pandora do some amazing rings, and even special friendship bracelets. If none of that sounds like your best friend’s type of thing, then perhaps a simple, delicate necklace would be best. If she wears predominantly silver jewellery, then stick to that, and vice versa with gold.

Teddy Bear

Never think that your best friend is too old for a good, old teddy bear! They’re super cute. Don’t worry, they don’t need to be used in the conventional way. Teddy bears make great ornaments, too! Getting a nice, antique-style bear would be a perfect gift for your best friend - I’m sure. Gift fairs are great for finding awesome little teddies, too.


Ornament

Who doesn’t love an ornament? They’re just something men see no value in, unless it’s a framed jersey, of course! Your girly best friend is bound to love something new to place in her living room. Statuettes of animals such as elephants, giraffes and tigers will go down a treat. If your girl is a bit more gothic, then consider some beautifully carved skulls. She could put these over a light bulb - they’d make an incredible lamp shade. Alternatively, a Yankee Candle could make an excellent gift choice. These incredible candles give off luscious scents that you best friend will die for!

Flowers

Even something as simple as flowers can make an incredible gift for your nearest and dearest! Maybe it's your best friend’s birthday. If so, then surprise her by getting the likes of Manic Botanic flower delivery to deliver fresh flowers to her work! This is an incredible gesture and could really make her day. Bouquets needn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, they can range from anything low-range to a couple of hundreds. However, if you get them delivered to her, remember this will incur an additional fee!

Spa Day

If you’ve got the cash then a spa day could be the ultimate treat for your best friend - you could even go along with her, bonus! As well as spa access, you could really spoil her by paying for you both to get a massage or facial. If she wouldn’t fancy that, then perhaps a manicure or pedicure is better suited! Your kindness won’t be forgotten I’m sure.

Hopefully, these gift ideas have enabled you to find the perfect gift for your best friend. If you’re still stuck for ideas, check out my Holiday Gift Guide for more inspiration. xx

Dealing With Family Break Ups The Right Way

I might be happily married, but I have plenty of friends who aren’t. I guess when it comes to family breakups and divorce, no one expects it to happen to them. Recently, quite a few of my close friends have gone through divorces and marriage breakdowns. I’ve seen how it’s affected them and their children, and how they’re struggled to know what to do. It’s an unimaginable situation and you wouldn't wish it on anyone but unfortunately it is a reality many people face.

With this in mind, I thought that today, I would share some advice about all the best ways to get through a family breakup. Including how you can help your children to cope, and work out what living arrangements are best for everyone. (I’ve done lots of research about this so that I can give you all the essential info that you need.)

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Kids tend to take breakups hardest and often blame themselves

Before you tell your child about your breakup, it’s best to speak to your ex-partner. Discuss how you should tell them and whether it’s best that you’re both there - in most cases it is. The chances are that your child will take your break up hard, and may even blame themselves for what’s happened. Make sure to tell your child that the breakup is in no way their fault, regardless of how naughty or difficult they were.

The chances are that your child will grieve over the breakup, leading to tears, tantrums and sometimes even anger. You may find that your child is fine one day, and then in a real state the next. This is all a perfectly natural part of the grieving process, he or she will soon accept the changes. It just takes time; that’s all.

Helping your child cope can be hard

It’s important to realise that at first, your kids will need lots of support. Your kids may act out both emotionally and physically, as a way of showing their distress. You need to be there for your child, to help them through what’s happening.

If you’re struggling to get by yourself, don’t make the mistake of leaning on your child for support. Get in touch with a therapist or chat to your friends about what’s going on, but never talk to your child about it. If you want your child to be okay and to get through your breakup, you need to make it as easy for them as possible.

Ask your child what they want

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The hardest part of dealing with a family breakup is working out where your child should live. Should they spend most of their time with you and only see your ex-partner every other weekend? Or should the two of you share custody? It’s a case of thinking about what works best for you as a family, as well as what your children want.

If both you and your ex-partner want custody of your kids, that’s where trouble can arise. If you can’t be amicable about it, it’s best to consult a specialist firm, like Kim Wilson & Co Family Law Services. By consulting a lawyer, you and your ex-partner can work out a fair custody agreement that gives you both access to your little ones. It’s more than worth using a family law service if you can’t be amicable. As it makes things much easier and less stressful for your children.

Never criticise your ex-partner

Whatever you do, never criticise your ex-partner in front of your children. Regardless of what they’ve done or the reason you broke up, always refrain from being nasty about your child’s other parent, in front of them. If you say mean things about their other parent, you child may begin to resent you for it.

Family breakups are hard for everyone involved, but if you deal with things the right way, you can make it easier for your little ones to deal with.