Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Time Saving Beauty - Getting out the door on time

I remember when I could spend hours trying on outfits and an entire afternoon could be spent lazily getting ready for an outing. Now with bebe in tow I like to keep things simple and fast.

a naughty haul of most necessary products, staying well stocked is very important

Here are my hot tips for getting ready on time and still looking glamorous

  • Primp and Preen ahead of time, if I know I have an event on the weekend I make sure my hair is washed the night before, my tan was applied on Thursday and my eyebrows have been tidied up mid-week. 
  • Plan your look, and stick to it. If you create a bold lip stick to this look, don't rush another look last min and do a half a***d job, or run late because your fixing up your mistakes. Pick a look, schedule the time needed to create this look and your well on your way to a glamorous you
  • Outfit plan, now this isn't necessarily a beauty tip but its a GREAT life tip
  • Pack your bag with the essential touch up tools
Keeping my look simple and focusing on a bold lip or a statement eye means I can relax and enjoy getting ready and still feel like I have made an effort with my look 

I also have the right tools and products, I keep my makeup brushes in a roll and keep them clean. I keep my makeup stored and organised so I can (nearly always) find what I am looking for and I have always got tissues, cotton buds and cotton balls on hand to tidy up. 

Hope some of these tips helped.. Let me know what you do to stay on time and glamorous x

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Summer Casual

With Summers heat fast approaching in Australia its time to break out the resort wear and embrace some summer casual styles.

To beat the heat I am embracing cottons that breath, loose styles that let the breeze hit your skin and are easy to throw over swimmers.

Get the look

Stripe Waterfall Side Dress Seed Dress $79.95

 Sussan Chambray Pant $89.95

Hibiscus Flippy Skort  Country Road Skort $99.95

PRETTY IN PINK FEDORA Sportsgirl Fedora $29.95

and don't forget your basic cotton t-shirts, tanks and long line singlets.

I get my basics from Country Road, Sportsgirl, Witchery and Glassons in Black, White, Grey and Beige

Enjoy x

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mummy friendly Swimwear

With Summer holidays fast approaching and the beach calling my name its time to investigate and find some Mummy friendly swimwear.

I need a little more coverage and some clever cuts to make sure I am feeling fabulous. 

Ill be looking for

  • thicker straps for more support
  • in built bust support
  • draping, ruched or pleats across the stomach area
  • detail that draws the eye away from my trouble areas
  • clever beach cover ups to keep me protected from the Sun, and feeling confident

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Boho Summer 2014

This summer is going to be a HOT one, I very much intend to embrace the casual boho style, wearing lots of loose pieces made of natural fabrics.

Boho Summer 2014

Isabel Marant dress / La Garçonne Moderne short sleeve dress / Jane Norman boho chic top, $24 / Emilio Pucci tunic, $1,150 / Etro red top, $925 / Echo Design dots swimwear / Floral fringe kimono / American Eagle Outfitters strap sandals / GUESS leather sandals / Bead necklace / Red necklace / Dorothy Perkins scarve / Felt hat / Contents bags case

A neutral color palette with lots of fun, punchy accessories. Printed kaftans , casual smocks and lots and lots of icy drinks.

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on my wishlist

this piece from Bohemian Traders

Dusty Linen dress in pink

Kaftan glory from Sequins and Sand
ollie max mexico white neon dress

[Ollie & Max Mexico White Neon Dress]

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

OOTD - Baby Friendly Outfits

Being a new mum has created new wardrobe rules and while its created a need for a whole lots of shopping its been a new experience having new rules to abide by such as

  • can I bend over in this without showing everyone my huge mummy boobs
  • can i bend over in this without showing everyone my mummy behind
  • will vomit wipe off of this fabric easily
  • does it need ironing? if yes then its not happening

Shirt Desses, comfy, tummy friendly and easy to throw on

Comfy Stretch dresses

Another short dress, this time chambray

Comfortable Shift Dress

Print Pants and a casual T-shirt

Sussan Silk skirt with a Sportsgirl T-shirt

Sussan Stripe Dress

Stripes for the win, every time

Boohoo drop waist dress

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Our Birth Story

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Lets start at the beginning. My pregnancy was not the best, I had awful morning sickness up until I was 20 weeks and had a pinched nerve in my neck for the rest of my pregnancy. All that fun aside our baby was healthy and we had no major complications. We both knew how lucky we were to have fallen pregnant so easily and `were feeling blessed regardless.
At 32 weeks we found out bub was breach and started to prepare for a caesar , at 34 weeks bub had done a full turn but my cervix was fully compressed so we had steroid injections as a precaution and it was back to the original birth plan...
Then when we were nearly 36 weeks I started to have terrible abdominal pains, I could hardly walk and was crying in pain. The midwives told us to come in for them to check us out and so we were off to the hospital. I was convinced we would be there for an hour and they would send us home. This wasn't the case...
They strapped me to a monitor, did an internal examination (the horror) and injected me with pethidine, took blood and tested my wee wee. I was admitted then and told we would be there over night. I was starting to get scared and the pain was getting worse. The nurses and doctor didn't think I was in labor but I was having contractions and I was in so so much pain.
The night continued much the same, more monitoring and pethidine and more pain, by morning I hadn't slept a wink and I was just wanting the pain to go away.
My obstetrician came in at 9am and gave me two options, head to the ward for the next few weeks and have pain killers or get baby out. I asked what he would do and he said get my child safely out so we agreed and it was all stations ago.
15 mins later I was on a operating table, having a spinal block and shaking with nerves, was I really ready to meet our baby? A million thoughts raced through my little head, but with my husband close by holding my hand I knew we were doing the right thing for both bub and I. The operation was quick and Sophia Grace was born healthy and perfect, she screamed as soon as she was out and threw her arms in the air as if to say, Im here World !!! After a quick cuddle she was whisked off to special care and my surgery continued. The surgeon found a tumorous growth on my bowel that had twisted upon itself , he removed it and hoped this would be the end of my pain.
Once I was back on the ward I felt great, albeit numb.... Once that wore off the pain kicked in and I was on some serious pain relief and rest, I was a Mum and there was no greater feeling in this World. 

So that's our story, it was a whirlwind, so unexpected but in the end we had a beautiful and tiny baby who is healthy and brightening our every day with her presence. xxx

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

5 minute face

Now I have my little bebe in tow my daily makeup look needs to be quick to apply and long lasting. I need to look fresh faced after minimal sleep and running around all day after my little lady.

My current go to products fir a simple fresh faced look

NP Foundation

a quick and easy to apply foundation, a literally just slap this stuff on my face and go...

Napoleon Camera Finish Powder

NARS Deep throat

a swipe of this across my cheeks and cheek bone

MAC Opulash Optimum Black
 Opulash Optimum Black

a few lashings of this on my lashes and I am nearly ready to race out the door..

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Mummy Styling

Being a first time Mum I had no idea what I was in for. I mean I knew life would change and that I would change but I dont think I was prepared for all the little things that would challenge me. Like finding cute and chic breast feeding friendly outfits, or clothes that hide those lumpy bumpy bits, wobbly tums and after having a Caesar clothing that sits above the scar and underwear that leaves me comfortable and supported. Its been a steep learning curve and one I have taken as a personal challenge.
Here are my tips for creating a functional post baby wardrobe..
Something that makes you feel pretty and feminine, for me this was a pleated silk skirt.. Link
Singlets, underneath everything. They offer you some modesty and support. I love these from Glassons, link
Plain Tank
Button up tops, these are essential for breast feeding and even if you not they are so easy to throw on and look chic. I love this one from Seed, link
Wrap Collar Shirt
Invest in Jeans, or comfortable pants. I chose to buy a few pairs of pull on elastic waist pants. Like these from Sussan, link . They are easy to pull on and very flattering. Although I am def a fan of frocks with all the bending over and breast feeding I have def found it easier to pull on pants and a comfy top when heading out with little bebe.