Wednesday, September 3, 2014

shopping confession with PETER ALEXANDER


Today my first born turns 19. Oh my! I cannot believe that I have now have a 19 year old daughter. Last Friday Miss R and myself went shopping at one of our favourite shopping destinations Westfield Parramatta. Main reason for going was to purchase gifts for the birthday girl and to have a little mother daughter time with brunch at my favourite cafe.

I am here to state that I have a huge love for nice pyjamas and my favourite destination is Peter Alexander. I have to purchase a new set each season and I like them to match. I cannot wear mis matched pj's. They have to be a matching or a coordinated set. 



Do you like to wear nice quality pyjamas? 

Where is your favourite shopping destination for them?



linking in with Kimba Likes

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

photo outtakes THE RED LIP



 I am not a huge fan of taking photos of myself but I do love taking part in the Fox In Flats style dare challenge. Andrea introduced me to wearing red on my lips a year or two ago and I have just fallen in love with how confident and glamorous you can feel with a little red across the lips. I recommend the Style Dare Challenge for you all. Bringing something new to your everyday and challenging your photo taking to being the best you can be. 

I take a video with different poses and screen shot the ones I like until I am happy with the image and then share. But needless to say It takes awhile to find the one I am happy with.

How do you get the right look and photo image to share on social media?





how to BEAT THE BLAHS


I am sure it is ok to feel BLAH and I would like to think that most of us go through these periods throughout our life. Yesterday I was feeling BLAH - feeling out of sorts a little down in the dumps. I have been feeling this a little of late and thought I would share. 

I missed the pro-blogger conference on the weekend, which did not help. I also had an epiphany last night while my daughters were climbing ticking off a bucket list challenge - climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

The girls father and I parted ways a number of years ago and we remain friends, which is great and makes me happy. But as we parted (last night) I walked around The Rocks for 2 hours and I realised that I am alone and I should get out more. I ventured to Pancakes on the Rocks, although I was by myself, I ordered a bowl of chips with aioli and a margarita (a favourite cocktail). I was content a little. I looked around and realised that I was the only one there alone, but that was ok. I was doing something I enjoyed although it would have been nice to have someone with me. Oh well! 

I feel like I am in a little bit of a rut at the moment. Do not get me wrong I love blogging, but sometimes I feel as though I am not getting anywhere and that I am not achieving all I wish to achieve. I have so many ideas but I just fall into this period where I procrastinate too much and get no where with what I want to do or publish.

I am hoping to plan more and that will help me to achieve all I want with my blog and YOU my beautiful and wonderful readers. You make me HAPPY and for that I am forever thankful. x

A few strategies from Psychology Today

You’ve got the blahs.  You’re not feeling hopeless, but you’re not feeling good either. Sometimes it’s hard to put a finger on it, but it’s a normal thing for most people, and it doesn’t mean you are clinically depressed. (I am not feeling depressed just out of sorts)

In life, we have to take the good with the bad, and some days just aren’t as nice as others. It could be raining, which has an effect on quite a few folks, or it might be that things just aren’t going well at work or in your relationship. Perhaps you didn’t sleep well, or you haven’t been getting enough exercise. 

Whatever the reason, having a blah day is part of being human, and learning to accept and push through the blahs is imperative if you don’t want to let your moods rule your life.
There are a 1,001 ways to change your mood and turn a bad day into an okay or even a good one. The trick is to recognise that you aren’t feeling as good as you’d like and then rise to the challenge of making yourself feel better in some way, shape, or form.

Don’t blame others, even if you did have a fight with your significant other last night. And don’t just lie in bed and pull the covers up over your head. That never works. The only way out of this is to make the choice to change your behaviour, so you can alter your mood for the better.

Here are some ideas. Try imagining yourself doing something pleasant. If that doesn’t give you enough energy to get up and going, try a little meditation. Just a few very deep breaths, focusing on the positive energy within, can make a big difference. 

If meditation is too passive for you, then force yourself to do something active. Getting your body moving is the easiest mood elevator you have at your disposal, and too few of us use it as the great healing tool that it is.

Remember too that the blahs are temporary. And focusing on what may have caused them is less important than choosing not to give in to the desire to do nothing and just feel down. If you don’t fight the blahs, they can get worse. Conversely, when you are successful in chasing them away, it will be easier the next time you need to do it.

Most everyone who has been through this has discovered a personal method that works. There is no wrong way. Anytime you make the effort to feel better, you are adding to your arsenal of weapons to fight the blahs, and those are some great arrows to have in your quiver. If you have a special technique, email me, and perhaps I’ll be able to share it with my other readers. 

Not all your days can be good ones, but they don’t have to be blah either. So take these tips, add a few of your own, and the next time you get a case of the blahs, you will be ready to kick them to the kerb.

Pic made with Word Swag App 

What do you do when you are a little out of sorts or have a case of the blah's?

Monday, September 1, 2014

for your GLAMOUR GIRL


Spring has arrived at Milk and Ivy Children's Boutique. This stunning Floral bodice Tutu Dress is now available for you little glamour girl.


mum revelations KATE PASCOE | KATE & KATE


Today I would like to welcome Kate Pascoe director at Kate and Kate label, whom I introduced you to here a few weeks ago. Kate has two beautiful boys, Jack (2) and Benjamin, who is only a couple of days old.



 1. Where do you reside? Brighton, Melbourne

2. What is special about where you live? 
I have lived in Brighton my whole life - it’s like a small country town.

3. How long have you had your business/blog? 
Kate and Kate was launched October 2013.

4. What is your favourite childhood memory?
Staying over at my Nan & Pa’s house on weekends, watching Mary Poppins & eating freshly baked cakes.

5. What are some memories that you like to create for your children? I would like my children to grow up close to their family.


6. Who inspires you and why? 
My sister-in-law is pretty amazing. Her ability to juggle life with kids/work on very little sleep is pretty impressive. I definitely couldn’t function like she does. 

7. Describe your perfect day? 
Definitely a warm, summer day spent having a long lunch with friends and family… with endless chardonnays.

8. Favourite holiday destination? 
Noosa

9. What are some of your favourite items that you could not live without? 
Beauty products/appliance… Anything from Mecca Cosmetica is always a treat.

10. What is your favourite product for kids and why? 
I know I’m biased but I would honestly have to say Kate & Kate blankets. We have so many scattered all over the house. Jack loves them and is always wrapping himself in one. It’s so handy with the new baby too – you can never have too many blankets around! And for the late night feeds, it is such a beautiful comfort to wrap yourself in something so luxurious. It’s a win for both adults & children.

11. What is one product you have bought that you did not need but just had to have?  
I’m always 100% that I need everything I buy!  Ok… maybe I didn’t need all those new clothes for the hospital stay when I was having Benny.

12. Your favourite children’s fashion label? 
So many amazing ones… Munster, Nico Nico, Bobo Choses, Nununu.

13. What is your family’s favourite meal? 
Tacos of any kind are always a hit.

14.What is your go to mummy uniform? 
Lately is has been all about sloppy Scanlan & Theodore jumpers teamed with Nike leggings & trainers (I’ve been pregnant ok!).

15. What is the best thing about being a mother? 
Experiencing those super sweet moments where they just melt your heart.

16. Favourite place to shop? What are you loving right now?
Crate Expectations for homewares & I cant go past Scanlan & Theodore for some retail therapy. For the kids – Mr Wolf in Melbourne or Kido Store in Sydney.  Very, very dangerous.


16. To finish off would you like to add a favourite photo? 
Tell us why it is your favourite. I received this from my beautiful boy for Valentines Day – it makes me very proud to be his Mum.

Thank you so much for sharing more about you Kate. I really appreciate your time and effort, especially since you have a very new newborn. Enjoy your little ones and I hope all goes well with Kate & Kate. V x











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