Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in Australia / New Zealand for the last few weeks and I have been excited to see everyday what Kate has chosen to wear. Kate Middleton just has that effect on everyone. Her style is impeccable. So classic. So elegant. So chic.

One style of Kate's that we can all emulate is her parisian chic look. The Navy Blazer. The Striped Top.

Sportscraft - Navy Blazer // Stripe Top // Skinny Jeans // Bea Loafer ( all on SALE)


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

 'When it comes to jeans, the most iconic model of all is the one that suits you best.'

Is there a perfect jean? I believe there is a perfect jean for everyone. We all have our own signature style to the cut and shape of the jeans we wear. According to Ines de la Fressange and her book Parisian Chic - A Style Guide the straight leg jean tend to be the most timeless of all and suit all body shapes.

Jeans are a must have in everyones closet. They are one of the most versatile pieces for us all. But years ago we all just had one pair of jeans in our closet and now there are so many colours and varieties which leave our options wide open.

- A black pair is compulsory and white is a must for a brighter touch.

- Navy blue are the favourite alternative to wear everyday

- Jeans go with everything.

- Wear white with a navy sweater in winter and ballet flats. At night pair them back with a silver sequinned jacket.

- Classic celeb style is to wear used denim with a tuxedo jacket, brogues and  printed scarf.

One Teaspoon Baggies $140.00 // Cotton On Boyfriend Jean $49.95 // Aztec Rose $64.95

Country Road Low Rise Jean $119.00 // Witchery Coated Jean $129.95 // Forever New High Rise $79.99 

Which style jean are you loving?

What colours are available in your closet?


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I have been feeling really sluggish in the mornings as I have a little insomnia. Waking around 2 or 3 in the morning and not getting back to sleep for an hour or two and then eventually falling asleep to wake at 6 or 6:30 am. 

Here are a few ways to boost your mind and focus on your thoughts. Especially after the Easter break.

1. Make your first thought a good one. 

Awareness is critical for change. The minute you become aware you're thinking unsupportive thoughts, you have the opportunity to change. Thank your bed for a good night's sleep when you wake up. 

2. Create positive morning rituals. 

The energy we put out into the world absolutely affects our state of mind and quality of life.By ruminating about problems as you get ready for your day, you are only giving them more power. Take note of your inner commentary amid the morning rituals. Be thankful that you have clean hot water for your morning shower and appreciate that you are able to
create a healthy breakfast. 

3. Make friends with the mirror. 

Use your mirror experiences as an invitation to become your best friend. Write a list of affirming phrases that could work for you such as "I love you" or "You're looking great." Take every chance to look into a mirror and say something loving to yourself. It may feel awkward at first. It gets easier and more sincere over time. 

4. Send out a smile. 

Get in the habit of acknowledging everyone and everything with a smile. Your experience of being at work will change for the better. Smile at your co-workers, your boss, your desk and your computer. Keep smiling. When your thinking gets upgraded, you send a different vibration out into the world and your world reflects better outcomes and better interactions back at you. 

5. Embrace affirmations. 

Write them on sticky notes and post them on your computer screen, fridge, bedhead, mirrors and toilet door. Write down the positive messages you would like to see through your day. These could be: 'Only good lies before me', 'I am healthy and happy' and 'My mind is calm.' It is important to know that it is affirmations plus action that creates real change in our lives. Use affirmations by letting them generate the right energy around you, then take the right action to make changes in your life.

source - Body + Soul | image - pinterest


Sunday, April 20, 2014

20 Oreos (or other chocolate cream biscuits) 
175g unsalted butter 
400g crunchy peanut butter
175g icing sugar, sifted  
200g good-quality dark chocolate, chopped

Finely crush biscuits in a food processor. 

Melt 75g butter and combine with biscuits. 

Press into the base and sides of a 24cm loose-bottomed tart pan and chill for 30 minutes until firm.

Combine peanut butter and icing sugar in a bowl and spread in the tart base.

Place chocolate and remaining 100g butter in a clean bowl over a pan of simmering water (don’t let the bowl touch the water). 

Stir until melted, then cool slightly. 

Spread over the peanut butter layer and chill for 30 minutes until firm. 

Cut into slices and serve.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

I just adore Sally. I guess you could say I have a girl crush. I just love everything about this wonderful lady. I have followed Sally through her journey with breast cancer to see her come out the other side better than ever. I love her site Swiish and watching her along with Tom, Monique and Kris on The Daily Edition

I featured a little about Sally's book back in March last year you can read it here

This gorgeous lady just shines. Sally radiates to me everywhere she goes like a ray of sunshine.

A little snippet from the Swiish about page

Like most women, Sally has always enjoyed expressing who she is through her sense of fashion and lifestyle. In addition to swiish, Sally is also the co-host of Channel 7’s new afternoon show The Daily Edition. She is also an ambassador for Bio Oil. Incredibly passionate about supporting charities, Sally is an ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Sony Foundation. She also works with the Nelune Foundation and the Breast Cancer Network of Australia. Keen to put her own swiish stamp, Sally and her team have launched the charitable initiative wish by swiish™ where they try to bring a little joy and happiness into the lives of breast and ovarian cancers sufferers by turning their wishes into a reality. Sally is passionate about health and fitness and is a qualified personal trainer as well.
A bestselling author, Sally’s book Never Stop Believing was released in April 2013, through Allen & Unwin.  Sally shares her truly inspiring story of triumph over almost unbeatable odds in a wonderfully warm, funny and honest memoir about her struggle to succeed in the cut-throat world of commercial television and her courageous battle with cancer.
Have you read Sally's book?
Do you have a style crush/girl crush?

photos courtesy of Swiish

linking in with Rachel over at Redcliffe Style for 30+ style


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The little black dress can take you anywhere with style and class.

According to Ines de la Fressange author of Parisian Chic everyone must have The Magnificent 7 in their closet. 

With so many little black dresses to choose from, you should choose one that looks great on you and you feel comfortable in. Ines states in Parisian Chic that 'The Little Black Dress is not simply an item of clothing, it's a concept. It is abstract, it's universal - which means there is one that fits perfect for everybody.'

To wear the LBD keep it simple with a little elegance and a few accessories. 

To help with choosing the right style dress for your shape you will find that -

Apple Shape (full middle) an empire waist will suit you the best.

Pear Shape (fuller in the lower body) A - line shape will work better for you.

Triangle Shape (broad shoulders) a wide strap works well for you.

Rectangle Shape (straight waist) a more fitted style works best for you.

Hourglass (balanced lower and upper body) Definition in the  waist is the one for you.

A perfect place to shop for your little black dress would be The LBD The Little Black Dress boutique where perfection and sizing meets for everyone. They also have fabulous tips for choosing the right one for your shape here.

I hope I did not overload you too much. Everyone should have a variety of black dresses in their closet, don't you think. They are everywhere to suit all budgets.

What style do you love the most? 

Where do you love to shop for your black dress?

linking in with the fabulous Kimba Likes for wardrobe wednesday


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

For most of us it can be nice to have a change in our lives to renew and refresh. Small changes that may seem insignificant can a have a huge impact on your progress through out your day. A change how ever significant can make for a more productive day, week, month or year. See if something can change for a more positive outcome.

1. Switch up your typical responses. 
When someone asks how you're doing, do you often reply in the exact same way, such as with the word "Fine." or "Great!"? Most of us have a pretty standard default setting for the way respond to questions we hear all the time. To switch things up, start altering your responses. Really think about the question and answer honestly. 

2. Travel an entirely new way to school or work. 
It's common to take the exact same route every day (mostly because it's the fastest or easiest one to take!), but what if you switched it up and took a different route? Even if it takes a little more time, it's worth traveling down a new road just to give your brain a new point of view to take in. You don't have to switch it up every day, but it's worthwhile every once and awhile. 

3. Throw out / replace something you complain about. 
Is there something you're always complaining about? An appliance that doesn't work right? A shirt you don't like but for some reason wear anyway? Most of us have something like that—a thing we moan about but don't do anything about. Today, throw it out or replace it with something else. Sometimes our complaining is simply a habit—and it's up to us to change it. 

4. Focus on doing one single thing at a time. 
If you're a notorious multitasker like myself, focusing on a single activity can be a big challenge—but it's a worthwhile pursuit. Apparently, studies have shown that you're more effective if you do only one thing. And, for most of us, intently focusing on a single thing is actually quite a novel activity in itself. Keeping your attention narrow gives you a chance to stay more present too!

5. Take a break at an unusual time and go for a walk. 
Being outside, even for a short while, seems to offer all sorts of benefits. Take a break at an unusual time—say, 10am instead of 1pm—and go for a short stroll. Switching up the timing of your break will break you from a rut, and enjoying the outdoors gives you an opportunity to appreciate the world outside of your daily routine. 

6. Get into bed an hour earlier than usual. Like it or not, youneed sleep. Most of us know how much we need, but rarely actually get that amount. Even if you can't fall asleep right away, getting into bed an hour earlier—with a good book or even a journal—can tweak your nightly routine and, if you're lucky and can fall asleep, it can also provide you with some additional rest.

7. Enjoy a meal you've never had before. 
It's perfectly fine to have culinary preferences, but there's something to be said for trying a new meal. Whether you order in or cook it up yourself, give something new a try. Even if doesn't make your list of favorites, the experience of trying something new will be invigorating and, at the very least, will help you switch up your routine. 

8. Turn off the TV + pick up a book. 
Mindless television watching can be lovely, particularly after a long day, but tweaking your evening routine and throwing in a book (or magazine or something other than a screen) can provide you with a new kind of relaxation. Even if you're not a big fan of reading, just give it a try. You might find it surprisingly enjoyable, snuggling up with a good read. 

9. Spend time with someone unfamiliar. 
Now, don't just go running over to some stranger to switch things up. It's important to spend time not with someone random, but with someone you know but aren't too familiar with, like a coworker you interact with frequently but don't know well. Ask him or her to grab lunch or coffee with you, even if it seems a little random. You never know when you might make a friend!   

10. Reverse a habitual schedule. 
Do you have a pretty standard morning or evening routine? If so, trying reversing it. Instead of brush teeth—wash face—brush hair, try doing the reverse. Or if you normally eat breakfast at home, try grabbing a bite on the way to (or at) work. It might seem silly, but small little tweaks to your routines can be really useful, especially when it comes to being more mindful. 

Today I'm linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT


Monday, April 14, 2014

Today I would like to introduce you to age 4. Beth from BabyMac. Beth is a mother to two sweet girls Daisy  age 7 and Harper. 

1. Where do you reside? 

Southern Highlands NSW

2. What is special about where you live? 

Amazing natural beauty – rolling green hills filled with dairy cows and potatoes.

3. How long have you had your blog? 

8 years in July

4. What is your favourite childhood memory? 

Colouring in and playing with my little sister. Family holidays.

5. What are some memories that you like to create for your children? 

Spending time together as a family – road trips or holidays. Family movie nights all packed down together in front of the fire. Having people over for meals and entertaining.

6. Describe your perfect day?

Having a good nights sleep, lazy morning, breakfast or lunch out and then a quiet night at home – cooking a special meal for friends and family.

7. Favourite holiday destination?

My father in laws property on the mid north coast NSW.

8. What are some of your favourite items that you could not live without? 

Vacuum cleaner!

9. What is your favourite product for kids and why?

Humble paper and pencils – anything is possible!

10. What is one product you have bought that you did not need but just had to have?

Where do I begin?!!  Bed linen and cushions are my weakness.

11. What is your family’s favourite meal?

Roast chicken.

12.What is your go to mummy uniform?

Jeans, striped long sleeve t shirt.

13. What is the best thing about being a mother?

The selflessness, the unconditional love and learning something every single day – mostly about myself!

14. Favourite place to shop? What are you loving right now?

Anywhere down in the Southern Highlands (refer to my recent blog post)

15. To finish off would you like to add a favourite photo? 

This symbolises all that makes me happy. Food. A table for friends to sit around and share. The beauty of our home and surrounds.

I just love Beth's photos around her home ...... and I just had to share a few extra photos from her blog.

Thank you so much Beth for taking the time to be a part of Mum Revelations.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

SPREAD BUNNY KISSES for Barnardos. Sass and Bide have teamed up with the world's most fashionable bunny, Fifi Lapin you can style her in the new ‪#‎KickySaints‬ collection and share your creation with the world. With every creation sent $1.00 will be donated to Barnados Australia!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Today was going to be my grand adventure into the city with loads of other bloggers for the Kidspot Voices 2014 Masterclass and Official Launch Party. I was dressed and ready to go ...... but then my phone would not turn on and my vision was going spotty and showing all the signs a migraine was on the way. I took these as signs that I should not be attending these events that I have been excited for all week. Getting out and mingling with all these lovely bloggers I am really wanting to meet. 

I am an incredibly shy person and I do let the littlest things sway me in the other direction, although part of my is kicking myself for not attending. 

My head is starting to pound. Have a fabulous time all you wonderful Kidspot Voices of 2014 attendees and hosts. 

Are you one to chicken out and let all the little signs take over and stop you from attending events you are unsure of?


Friday, April 11, 2014

This gorgeous little prince melted hearts everywhere when he had a little play date in New Zealand.

This is amazing and really moved me. Dove has created beauty patches that make you feel beautiful. 

Do you think differently after watching this?

How amazing Megan Hess is designing rugs for Designer Rugs. I am in love with this 'The Vintage Jewels' Collection.

The new range of clothing by Zooey Deschanel for Tommy Hilfiger.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

The tank is a very versatile item to have in your closet. You can wear it all year round. Keep the colour simple and basic like white, grey or black to co-ordinate with anything. A necessary essential for every closet.

As Ines de la Fressange states in her book Parisian Chic- A Style Guide - - - wearing a tank is there to support your look. 

- Wear it with shorts, jeans, a skirt plain or print.
- Add a good quality necklace 
- Wear it under a quality blazer or jacket
- Avoid colours from the season stick to the basics

Do you have the essential tank in your closet? 

What is your favourite way to accessorise or style your tank?

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