Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year

Urgh. Waking up on New Years Day after a very late night (musical statues at 2am anyone?) and quite a few wines (for an out of practice mumma who rarely drinks) is not the best way to start a year of positivity… However, I did manage to drag myself off the couch for a lovely walk with a good friend and my babies, which is probably the best you can ask for.

One of the difficulties I’ve experienced since moving to Canberra is making new friends; moving as often as we have means we have some wonderful and amazing people in our lives, sadly the vast majority live overseas or interstate.  Making friends as adults isn't easy and involves putting yourself out there in a way that can be a little daunting. We were lucky enough to be invited to a street party for New Years Eve on a neighbouring street where we met some lovely people including a family similar to ours with a little boy and girl. They seemed to be ‘our kind of people’; a quality that is hard to pin point but essential for friendships to blossom. So, for my next act of positivity I am going to drop a little note in their letter box seeing if they’d like to catch up again sometime.

Have you ever needed to make new friends? I’d love to hear your tips or advice.

Monday, 30 December 2013

365 Days of Happiness

New Years Eve. A great day to reflect on the year that was. 2013 will always be a special year for me as it is the year we welcomed our precious baby girl. But despite this, I must confess there have been challenges along the way; a chronic lack of sleep, a rambunctious energetic  4 year old and a new city I’m yet to love. 

So today, rather than faff around with traditional, soon to be forgotten resolutions, I’m setting myself a goal today to do something positive in the pursuit of happiness every day for the next 365 days.

I’m not really sure where this will take me just yet but here are some ideas; find a yoga class, continue (and improve) healthy eating, spend waste less time on facebook, do less pointless shopping, engage with my beautiful kids more, learn to love Canberra, follow my passions.

Do you have a New Years Resolution you would like to share? Would you like to join me in my challenge?

Sunday, 22 September 2013


When it comes to clothes, I’ll admit, I can get a little obsessed,  I may be prone to jumping on the odd bandwagon and going for quite the ride.. My current obsession? Mint.

It all started when I spied a baby girl wearing a gorgeous mint green cardigan, I get a little weary of the sea of pink that is usually the norm for baby girls, so I sourced some mint green wool and asked my very clever mum to get knitting.  

The mint cardigan that started it all

In the meantime, a trip to Melbourne led me to another obsession of mine, Gap, where I picked up a lovely mint green cardigan for myself, but it didn’t stop there, I had to have some mint green jeans to add to my ever growing collection of coloured Gap jeans (you can read about that obsession here).  Then just today as I was doing a quick lap of Kmart (of all places) a mint green t-shirt caught my eye, it was only $3.. How could I walk away?

denim shirt /topshop /scarf/ gap /t-shirt / kmart 

What I love about mint is that it follows one of the most basic style rules, it matches my eyes (you can read more about that here), it’s fresh and perfect for spring and it goes so well with all my favourite cool colours; pink, navy and silver.

Do you have a fashion obsession? Please share!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

My baby girl

It’s been far too long since I’ve blogged, over 5 months in fact. I’ve been back to reading blogs lately (this isn’t a lot else to do at 2am) and which has inspired me. Besides, despite being so busy now I sometimes forget to wee, my love for fashion and style is still going strong.  I have never claimed to be a fashionista and 5 inch heels will never feature in this blog, what I do know is that if I look good, I feel good and some days that’s important.

So what has been keeping me from blogging? One very beautiful little lady, Freya May, born 9 May. Here I am less than 24 hours before she arrived.

I can’t guarantee I'll become any more regular (surely I can't be any less regular!) and I can’t promise I'll be posing for photos any time soon (at least until I bid farewell to some stubborn baby bulge) but I am committing to blogging again, because I miss it. I hope you have missed me too!

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Birdsnest & other favourites

I'll admit, the combination of returning to Australia after a 18 month US and UK shopping bonanza, along with being pregnant has dulled my shopping/fashion addiction somewhat (hear that sound? It's my husband sighing loudly with relief) but yesterday I was inspired by a trip to Cooma to the headquarters of Australian online fashion treasure trove

The tour was arranged by one of my very favourite bloggers; Amanda from HerCanberra. Shopping, a goodie bag, style updates, a yummy lunch and the chance to meet some fellow style-a-holics, it was destined to be my kind of day.

Cooma is a small regional  town located just over an hour out of Canberra, it’s an unlikely location for a fashion empire and while the main street is home to the one and only retail outlet of Birdsnet, you can shop to your heart’s content on their amazing website.  My favourite features; a huge range of Australian and overseas brands, an excellent filtering system and the styled outfit area which cleverly does all the hard work for you.

Shopping for clothes whilst 8 months pregnant is admittedly difficult on a few levels (not being able to see my toes being one of them) but I did manage to pick up a few new items (yes, the stripe obsession continues).

mink pink stripe long sleeve tunic (buy it here) & mink pink stripe dress (no longer available online)

While it’s nice to know there is a great Australia online fashion option (Birdsnest offer next day delivery to most parts of Australia if your order by 1pm) I still love my international brands (you can check out my original Best of British online shopping blog here). Here is a quick recap of some of my favourites (plus a few new ones). These sites have been tried and tested since returning home to Australia and offer either free or reasonable shipping and returns.

Ahhh Next.. My husband loves telling the story of bumping into the Next delivery man at a local coffee shop one day, he not only knew my name but also my address, and led out us to his van where he had a few parcels for me he was due to deliver that day. Next now offers free and speedy delivery to Australia (in my experience, under 5 days) and an easy returns process. Excellent quality and hard to beat prices for stylish ladies, mens and children's wear as well as items for the home.

In my opinion you can't beat Marks & Spencer for quality. Whilst not always the most fashion forward, they make up for this with fantastic and affordable basics; especially underwear and a brilliant children's range. Currently free shipping to Australia (usually £15).

Two of my all time favourite UK brands are Oasis & Warehouse. They succeed in offering stylish, well priced pieces for those of us in our 30's that no longer have the desire to show our midriff, but aren't quite ready to embrace our inner nana. I'm so excited that they now ship direct to Australia (along with formal wear wonder Coast). As an added bonus they and also offer sale items, a great option for picking up out of season Northern Hemisphere bargains.

Happy shopping!

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Checking in

I have to say, deciding to continue my blogging style journey while pregnant was not one of my smartest ideas. There are very few women who look glamorous at 7, 8 or god forbid 9 months pregnant and I am most certainly not one of them.

However as I haven’t checked in since my birthday back in January, I thought it only fair I post an update.  So I am now 34 weeks pregnant with just 6 weeks to go. These photos were taken on Saturday; we went to a BBQ with friends. I'll admit I made more effort than I have been of late and seeing as I didn't feel as whale like as usual, I harassed the husband to take a few quick snaps.

shirt/ LC for Kohls / stripe singlet / witchery/ jeans / motherhood maternity/ flats / nine west

I’ll admit, second time around pregnancy has been tougher than first, the awful morning sickness has been replaced with unrelenting insomnia and while I'm forever grateful for the blessing that is this baby, the excitement of the arrival of your first child seems to propel you through the negatives of pregnancy, while second time around, with an active toddler to entertain, the level of enthusiasm and anticipation isn't quite the same.

Style? Fashion? I'm at the point that if it fits I'll wear it. Jersey is my friend. Tracksuit pants and pyjama’s are my very best friends.. Till next time xo

Friday, 11 January 2013

The Maxi

As many of my regular readers will know I've always been a sucker for a maxi skirt, lately though they're becoming a little difficult to pull off. It's fine if you can wear them with a long top like I did here, but if they are the belted style you are faced with the dilemma of wearing them either above the bump (Harry high pants anyone?) or below the bump (is she pregnant or has she just eaten too many pies?). Oh how I miss my waist!

maxi dress/ Jeanswest/ beads/ Sussan / metallic flats / Novo

Luckily, I've found a great summer alternative; the maxi dress. This one is from Jeanswest and as it isn't specifically maternity wear it should see me through quite a few more summers. It’s a beautiful print, can be dressed up or down and I'll let you in on a little secret… a bra not is necessary! What more can you ask for?

We spent our afternoon having a quiet birthday catch up with friends at The George, a lovely English style pub fast becoming one of our very favourite’s places in Canberra.

So are you a fan of the Maxi? I can't live without mine!