Bubs Australia – NEW Snack Range

Bubs Australia – NEW Snack Range

The news is out… Bubs Australia has a brand new range of wholesome, ACO certified organic and totally tasty snacks, and I know two little loves who are ecstatic about this delicious news!!

Bubs have long been known for their incredible organic products.  Their Goat Milk Formulae alone is available in it’s various stages for children aged  0-36 months.  Both Ari and Chloe have enjoyed Bubs Australia Toddler Goat Milk from the age of 12 months old, I mix fed them both at first as we were still bring breastfeed, and then eventually moved to exclusive Goat Milk.  When they were 4 months old I began to introduce solids into their diets, with the first food they both ate being Bubs Rice Cereal.  At closer to 6 months old I started to introduce Bubs ranges of porridge, oats and baby food pouches.   Another Bubs product that I have found fantastic is the Toothy Rusks, which is especially great for busy hands and teething.

Everything that Bubs stands for  resonates with me as a Mother.  The company was founded in 2006 by a Mother of 3 children, who wanted the best premium organic baby food to be available for children and their mothers to enjoy.  The Bubs product line has grown over the years but their beautiful family values remain the same.

I am so excited about this new snack range and the fact that it is so readily available at Coles, Chemist Warehouse and on the Bubs website.

Here is a look at the beautiful new products which your little ones can enjoy…

Little Fingers (Broccoli & Pumpkin)
A delicious duo of organic vegetables baked into breadsticks, the little fingers are a great snack for babies starting on solid food.  They are baked not fried and use organic wheat flour and extra virgin olive oil.
They have no added sugar, no artificial colours or flavours, and are GMO free. 
Recommended for babies 12 months plus.

Little Fingers (Tomato)
Hearty ruby-red organic tomatoes baked into breadsticks. The Little Fingers are a great meal addition or snack for babies starting on solids, they’re a little crunch of savoury goodness.
They have no added sugar, no artificial colours or flavours, and are GMO free. Recommended for babies 12 months plus.

Little Rollies (Coconut)
This sweet snack is certified organic goodness.  Ancient grain millet rolls, that are filled with temptingly tropical filling of soft coconut.  For hungry bubs that have graduate to solid food they’re irresistible.
ACO Certified Organic.
Recommended for babies 12 months plus.

Little Rollies (Hazelnut)
Deliciously sweet snacks bursting with certified organic goodness.  Vanilla-flavoured organic rice flour rolls with a mouth-watering soft filling of organic hazelnut.
Recommended for babies 12 months plus.

Smiley Squares (Pear & Beetroot)
Premium snacks bursting with certified organic goodness.  Bite-sized squares baked from four organic flours – buckwheat, rice, and the ‘ancient grains’ of millet and amaranth, with organic pear and beetroot.  Sweet and savoury, and deliciously nutritious.
Recommended for babies 7 months plus.

Smiley Squares (Mango & Purple Carrot)
Bite-sized, organic, wafer squares baked from four organic flours – buckwheat, rice, and the ‘ancient grains’ of millet and amaranth, with tropical mango and purple carrot, that’s a sweet and savoury delight.
Recommended for babies 7 months plus.

Tiddly Bar (Plum & Goji)
A premium fruit and cereal snack bursting with certified organic wholesomeness.  A harvest of organic plum, apple, and goji berries, mixed with a crunch of rice and quinoa, and organic agave fibre.  They may be small in size, but Bubs’ Tiddly Bar is big in essential nutrition.
Recommended for babies 12 months plus.

Remember you can find all of these delicious snacks at Coles, Chemist Warehouse and on the Bubs website.  

For more information on the Bubs Australia range visit their website or Instagram.

As always please remember that I am not a midwife, lactation consult, nutritionist, doctor or any other medical expert.  I am just a Mother expressing her journey and opinions.  Thank you to Bubs Australia for sponsoring this blog post so that I can share one of my very favourite products with you.  My opinion is of course and always is my own.  #bubsbaby #bubsaustralia #bubssnacks #bubspartner

 

Ari’s fourth Birthday Party – Circus theme

Ari’s fourth Birthday Party – Circus theme

Recently Ari had his fourth birthday and we enjoyed a week long celebration including a trip to Sea World AND a Circus themed birthday party held at our local Strawberry Fields.  Ari had THE BEST time, and so did I putting it together for him!  I am big on birthdays, not only to celebrate another trip around the sun, but also that we all survived the year together as a family!

The Theme
Ari had total control of choosing his theme and venue for his party this year.  He loves the movie Dumbo so wanted to have a ‘Circus’ themed party.  To me it was an extra special theme for him to choose as Dumbo was the first movie that my Grandad watched in the 1950s, and he still watches it with Ari today!  When I searched ‘circus theme parties’ on Pinterest I found one particular image that I loved, and based the colour scheme on  that.

The Invitations
Jess from Little J Design put together the invitations from concept, design to completion.  I didn’t even have to send an idea to get her started! They were bright, playful and fun.  I love posting out proper invitations because I know how excited children get when they receive them in the mail.  Jess is truly amazing and I am forever grateful for her talents.

The Venue
As I mentioned Ari had control over the venue for his party and he chose our local Strawberry Fields.  Ari’s birthday comes around just as strawberry season commences and it is by far his favourite fruit.  We also had a strawberry themed party for his second birthday, at the same venue, which you can read about on my blog.  At the time of writing this the fields don’t charge a fee to host a party on their property.   The venue is stunning with plenty of patches, a shop, playground and a cafe.  It really is an incredible spot to host a birthday party.

The Food
Earlier his year I wrote a blog post for Chloe’s second birthday party, where I wrote about how I outsourced the food preparation for the first time ever.  I also wrote that I didn’t think I would ever prepare all the party food again and I was spot on!  Once again Sharni from Grazing Acres put together the most delicious spread of food including crackers, drips, cheeses, different fruits, meats, pretzels and more.  The budget was perfectly on point, with only a small amount of food leftover for us to eat for dinner that night.  Outsourcing your food prep really is a no brainer, and if you are close to the Sunshine Coast you must check out Grazing Acres.   Not only did Sharni produce the most amazing party spread, but she styled the entire table using items that I had bought and provided including the decor.  I will write more about this below, but one thing I did learn from Sharni is how food can be used as decor and to create stunning table scape.

I also borrowed a donut bar from a friend and filled it with delicious donut treats.  I wasn’t sure if these would get eaten but every single one did!

The Cake
The incredible Ange from Ange’s Cakes put together a charming white chocolate Circus themed birthday cake.  Ange has been baking all our cakes for 18 months and every single one has gone down a treat!  Ange also made 12 sweet little cupcakes which had circus animals jumping through hoops on them.  Th concept, design and creation of the cakes was all Ange.

Ari’s cake topper was from XOXO Design which is where I always get our cake toppers from.  Again, I had no input into the concept and design.  I love working with suppliers who are passionate about what they do and watching their creativity unfold.   The topper had a gorgeous circus tent on it as well as Ari’s name and the number four.

The Sweets
I also organised custom chocolates from Print and Party, who had the perfect deign for us!  They were customised with Ari’s name on them.   There are countless flavours of chocolate to choose from and you can even select the colour of the foil wrapping.  All of this came be done from their website.

The sweetest circus themed cookies were handmade on the Sunshine Coast by Sweet P Cakes and Cookies.  I love to support local where I can, so this was very special to me.  All the cookie designs were in theme with the party and included fairy floss cones, circus tents and entry tickets.  The cookies were a huge hit at the party because they tasted and looked amazing!

Party Favours
We had two party favours this time.  The first was from Cloud Theory Marshmallows who put together gorgeous wrapped Marshmallows on a red and white sticks.  They looked so cute on the table and really lifted the decor.  Of course, the marshmallows taste fantastic too!   Each gourmet marshmallow was handcrafted and came in the mail from Adelaide with no issues at all.  The wonderful woman behind Cloud Theory Marshmallows is just so passionate about her work, I love it.

Secondly, we purchased an empty punnet for each child to go and pick fresh strawberries from the patch to take home.  This made me feel a little better about all the sugar they consumed… Life is all about balance right!

The Decor
My biggest tip when decorating is to choose one statement piece and put your budget into that.  We chose to do a gorgeous balloon garland from Party Planet again because I was so thrilled with how Chloe’s turned out earlier this year.   I sent Kelly my Pinterest photo and let her create.  She is such a passionate and beautiful person.  If you are close to the Sunshine Coast you really must check them out, they even deliver and do the set up too.  This time we collected the day before and the garland only took 5 minutes to set up, it was so easy!

As the party was outdoors I needed to create a beautiful backdrop, so I ordered a custom screen from Be Branded.  Little J Design provided to concept to Be Branded’s specs and then it was printed.  The idea was perfect and can be used for future parties as we opted for no wording on this one and a simple design.  The cloth attached to a gazebo and was great for providing shade and also as a wind barrier.

Be Branded also supplied a custom cut out for children to have their photos taken with.  It was a sweet little lion design. This not only added to our gorgeous decor but provided a lot of fun fir the children too.

As I mentioned before Sharni from Grazing Acres came up with the whole table concept.  I love that she set the tables up as a square because I am so used to doing them in a normal L shape look.  She is so talented, and I am truly grateful for her creative eye, watching her work her magic on that table was a dream.

Things like the paper plates, cups, popcorn cups and napkins were all purchase online.  I had a photo of Ari at ages newborn, one, two, three and four that I printed and put into white frames.  Jess from Little J Design made me a sign to let guests know to take a party favour home, and made a cute ‘Roll up Roll up’ printable for me too.  I placed vases on the table and filled them with red and yellow flowers that I purchased from Aldi for only $25.  There were plastic animals scattered throughout the table, party hats and a sweet little Ferris wheel puzzle that I made with Chloe.   Whenever we have a party I always go through our home to see what decor might work with the theme.  This time I pulled a few large animals from Ari’s jungle themed bedroom and popped party hats on them.

Photography
The beautifully talented Emma Nayler took the stunning images you will see below, and I am so incredibly grateful for her talents.  She just went about the day and did her thing, with us able to just enjoy the party with our beautiful boy. I would highly recommend employing a photographer for all your important occasions.  The one time I didn’t listen to this advice is the one occasion I don’t have any photos from!   Not only does Emma photograph families, but engagement sessions and weddings also (overseas too.)

Outfits
Chloe’s oufit – Nicole Elliot Designs
Ari’s outfit – Online through Ebay
Gum Boots – Seed Heritage
My dress –   Breastfeeding Wear Autralia

We decided to invite the children to dress in circus theme if they wished.  Ari really wanted to be a Ring Master so after searching high and low for a custom I bought one on Ebay.

Nicole Elliot Designs made Chloe the most stunning Ballerina costum.  This lady is seriously celver with a needle!  Everything from her Tutu to the feather belt was so sweet.  Due to rain the few days before the party both little enjoyed wearing ‘flashing light gum boots.’

Supplier websites
Photography – Emma Nayler
Venue – strawberry Fields
Invites and design of signage and printable – Little J Design
Food table – Grazing Acres
Cake and cupcakes – Ange’s Cakes
Custom cake toppers – XOXO Design
Cookies – Sweet P Cakes and Cookies
Custom chocolates – Print and Party
Marshmallow party favours – Cloud Theory Marshmallows
Balloon garland – Party Planet
Custom back drop and cut out – Be Branded
Chloe’s oufit – Nicole Elliot Design
My Dress – Breastfeeding Wear Australia

Supplier Instagram pages
Photography – @emma_nayler_photographer
Invites and design of signage and printable – @littlejdesign
Breakfast Table – @grazing.acres
Cake and cupcakes – @angescakes
Custom cake toppers – @xoxodesign_au
Cookies – @sweetpcakesandcookies
Custom chocolates – @printandparty
Marshmallow party favours – @cloudtheorymarshmallows
Balloon garland – @party__planet
Custom back drop – @_bebranded
Chloe’s outfit – @nicoleelliott_designs

Discount codes
I have a HUGE list of discount codes available, including to some of the stores involved in the planning of Ari’s epic party.  All you need to do is subscribe and it will hit your inbox.

Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram for more special moments with my little loves, click here.

For party inspiration check out my Pinterest here.

Now for the party spam!

Enjoy x

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5 Common Mistakes Made When Planning a Party (and How to Avoid Them)

5 Common Mistakes Made When Planning a Party (and How to Avoid Them)

Parties are so much fun right!?  But planning them can be super stressful.  So for this blog post I needed to call in a party expert Natty Faulkner who really knows how to party!  Natty is a children’s party entertainer through her company Strawberry Fundaes.  On weekends you will find her glammed up and dress up as anyone from Snow White to Moana, and all the children’s favourites in-between.  Natalie has been to more than her fair share of children’s parties, in fact she’s been to hundreds!  So here are her top tips for avoiding common party mistakes…

Common mistake #1 – Planning an outdoor party with no back up plan.
This is the most common party mistake I see!  Parties in the park are a great idea… Until it rains.  I highly recommend looking at the weekly forecast before and always have a back- up plan.  Your back up location could either be at your house, a friends garage or their home (if they have the space and are willing), or perhaps you could set up a marquee for shelter, use the local church or YMCA / community hall or even sporting club. Have that back up plan sussed out well before the party.   Note – Some parks actually have huge rotundas you can reserve through local council which means you can still host your party in the park, rain, hail or shine!

Common mistake #2 – Planning a party on a national holiday or event without realising.
Before you set the exact date of the party, consult with your calendar to ensure that chosen date does not fall on holiday weekends and school breaks.  Celebrating two occasions can be fun sometimes, but when those days are meant to be spent in a tight-knit family circle, it is silly to expect your child’s school friends to want to attend a big bash party on a date they might want to be with their family.

Common mistake #3 – Over Catering Food
This is easy to do.  I recommend collecting RSVP’s to have a clear estimate on how many guests are attending.  And remember kids don’t eat a whole lot in the time frame they are at a party. A good party time frame is about 2 hour maximum for little ones and they get so over whelmed and distracted with playing or being entertained that they often only pick at the food.  Pick just a few food options and make them easy to eat. Or create little ‘snack packs’ to encourage kids to sit down and each their own individual portions ( this is great for less mess too! )

Common mistake #4 – Planning a party time during nap time
If your child has a nap at midday, don’t force a party time then because it suits your mum/ grandma/ uncle/ cousin. Or if you do, expect to have one cranky child!  Everyone’s nap times are different, but your child is the one being celebrated so try your best to accommodate. Even if it means attempting to pop them down earlier than usual.

Common mistake #5 – Failing to have any activities for kids
Not everyone has the budget to hire an entertainer, so here are my quick and easy options to keep the kids busy at your next party.  Colouring in sheets, pencils and stickers, craft station, Hoola Hoops, Dancing, singing, cupcake decorating, old fashioned party games or water play.

A huge thank you to Natty for these incredibly useful tips!

You can find more information on Natty’s packages here.
Explore her beautiful Instagram account here.

Lots of Love!

 

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Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Rarotonga, Cook Islands

It has been awhile since I blogged, but I couldn’t think of a better reason to put finger to keyboard than to tell you all about our recent Cook Island adventure!  This island paradise, in the South Pacific, is made up of 15 different yet equally beautiful islands. Rarotonga is the island where our little family recently chose to enjoy a blissful 7-night stay.

Our family of four headed over with currently Ari almost four years old and Chloe nearly two and half.  Our friends were getting married on the Island, so we decided to make a holiday of it with a big, beautiful bunch of friends, many of whom have children similar ages to ours.  It was a hoot for all ages to put it short! I was really surprised at how many people travelled to the Cook Islands with children, I guess it goes to show what a family friendly place it is.

Getting there 
Travelling there wasn’t quite as direct as you might think, but still very simple and enjoyable.  From Brisbane we flew to Auckland and then onto Rarotonga.  On our return we had a five and half hour stopover, which was the perfect opportunity to clear customs and explore nearby Butterfly Creek.  Our landing into Rarotonga was one of the most beautiful I have seen, because the runway it practically sitting on the ocean.

Accommodation
Once we arrived we headed straight for our accommodation at Pacific Resort Rarotonga, via convenient transfers they had arranged.  Check in was organised and swift, which was just what we needed for an 11pm arrival. Pacific Resort Rarotonga is perfectly positioned on 5.5 acres of beautiful beachfront right on Muri Beach and lagoon.  The water is the most incredible mix of colours I have ever seen… sapphire, turquoise, aqua with a crystal-like shine, but all so clear at the same time.  The hotel has a boutique feel with only 64 rooms, suites and villas each decorated to a tasteful island feel.  The room we chose was a Premium Family Room (open plan layout,) it had plenty of space, privacy and was a few steps from the stunning hotel swimming pool.  A delicious complimentary breakfast was enjoyed in the hotel’s waterside restaurant, as well as fun activities like kid’s club and water sports (the kayaking across the lagoon is a must!)
Getting around
We found that the best way to get around the island was to hire a car.  Even though there is a bus stop located conveniently close to the resort, we have always enjoyed the flexibility of being able to adventure wherever and whenever we please.  Car hire is very well priced, and the driving couldn’t be easier, with only one road that goes around the island and a max speed limit of 50km an hour.

What we did
Just like island life this holiday was joyously slow paced and relaxing.  Normally when we are on vacation we find ourselves up and about at 8am, but Rarotonga seemed to calm all of us.  Most days we slept in until 10am and had a slow breakfast then hopped in our car and explored.  Here’s some of our favourite places and things to do, as well as some more that I have researched for you!

Restaurant Recommendations

Charlie’s Cafe and Beach Hire – This place was really cheap and the sashimi was amazing.
The Mooring Fish Café – I loved the fish tacos.
The Rickshaw Rarotonga – The best Vietnamese with big portions.
Sandals Restaurant – Conveniently located within Pacific Resort Rarotonga.
Barefoot Bar – Also within the hotel and situated right on the beach. The perfect spot for happy hour!
Muri Night markets – An ecofriendly open-air market located next door to the resort.  Try the garlic and mushroom prawns.

Beaches

Black Rock Beach – Locals have a belief that human spirits depart from this part of the coastline.  At one end of the beach you can find large basalt rocks which make for a stunning photo opportunity.
Muri Beach – The pristine white sandy beach, the bluest ocean, with water sports and scenic boat tours.
Aroa Beach – A perfect spot for snorkelling, where you can expect to see large schools of butterfly fish, sea bream and moray eels.
Tikikaveka – On the south coast of Rarotonga, I am told this is a surfing hot spot.
Nikao Beach – A safe and sheltered beach great for families and soaking up some sun.
Papua (Wilmores) Waterfall – A waterfall and swimming hole located off of the main road with a $5 entry fee.

Cultural experiences and tours

Te Vara Nui – We enjoyed the most incredible dinner and night show, and only steps from our hotel.  Rarotonga’s finest dancers and musicians perform to ‘The Legend of Tongaiti’ by flaming torchlight on floating and fixed stages in a waterfall garden.  A huge buffet dinner was included with a mix of western and local dishes.  This was definately a highlight of our trip.
Captain Tamas Lagoon Cruise – Unfortunately ours was cancelled due to bad weather but this is something I really wanted to do… An afternoon spent on Muri Lagoon, snorkelling from a private glass bottom boat followed by a late BBQ fish lunch… I’m drooling as I write this!
Punanga Nui Cultural Market – Open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm, Saturday is the main market day with all the stalls, shops and huts occupied with vendors, with the bonus of a live show on stage.
Sunday Church Service – Something we couldn’t do as we were not there on a full Sunday, but I have heard that attending a Sunday church service is a phenomenal experience.

Advice for families travelling to the Cook Islands
1. Check out my blog post Surviving Airports and Planes
2. This is a pram friendly island.  At the ages that Ari and Chloe are we decided to just take a carrier and made the right choice not to bring the pram.  However, lots of our friends with younger babies really benefited from bringing theirs.
3. Everyone speaks English, which makes life so easy when travelling with children.
4. Definately hire a car and car seats.
5. I found some things in the Cook Islands to be quite expensive so do your research on where to eat and what supermarkets to shop in etc.
6. Tap water in the Cook Islands is untreated, so drink only bottled water or water that has been boiled beforehand.
7. Pack reef shows for children.  Something that I didn’t do and wish I did!  Some of the coral can be quite sharp, even the sand on the beach which is full of tiny pieces of coral.
8. There is a huge variety of food for children to eat and you will find something for even the fussiest eaters. Fish and coconut are the staples of the island.
9. Pack your mozzie repellent.
10. We noticed that one of the schools allowed children to go and play in the school playground which I thought was sweet.
11. If you like fish food try the Ika Mata… trust me!

 

*Disclaimer: At times this website contains posts where items and experiences have been sponsored, gifted or blog posts have been paid for in return for advertisement/promotion.  Where this applies it will be clearly stated at the bottom of the blog post. Natalie Sullivan and www.thissweetlofeofmine.blog only endorses brands/items that her family uses, loves and highly recommends. To read the full disclaimer see  here.  

(Thank you to Pacific Resort Rarotonga for sponsoring a portion of our stay.) (Thank you to Pacific Resort Rarotonga for sponsoring a portion of our stay.)

 

Remember Mama OUT NOW!

Remember Mama OUT NOW!

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Remember Mama (Domestic Postage)

Remember Mama is a book written by Natalie Sullivan as a reminder to Mothers how truly amazing and loved they are. Beautifully illustrated by Dana Borthistle it serves as the perfect gift for any Mother in your life and will be cherished by her for years to come. With every copy of Remember Mama sold a donation is made to support Mothers with Postnatal Depression. *This price includes Standard postage within Australia – $3.50

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Remember Mama (Pick Up from Sunshine Coast)

Free pick up only from Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

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Remember Mama (Domestic Express Postage)

This price includes Express postage within Australia – $8.50

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Book Details:

Hard Cover book with 31 pages
Dimensions 180mm x 180mm

Shipping and returns: We ship both throughout Australia and Internationally.  All items are sent the same business day or following business day that the order is received. We use standard shipping unless express is selected. Shipping times are control by the postal service, if you need your item in a hurry we suggest express post. There are no returns on purchases due to change of mind. If your purchase arrives and you find a fault please email us so that we can deal with supplying you with a replacement order under Australian Consumer Law. You will be responsible for returning the item to us via tracked shipping, to which the costs will be reimbursed to you if a fault is found with your originally product. If you have any questions, concerns or feedback with regards to your order please send them to hello@thissweetlifeofmine.blog

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10 Accessory Styling Hacks From My Personal Stylist Josephine Eve

10 Accessory Styling Hacks From My Personal Stylist Josephine Eve

About Josephine Eve’s Stylist
I am so thrilled that Josephine Eve Stylist has agreed to write a feature blog post which I am sharing with my beautiful Mamas.  Top 10 Styling hacks to accessorise your looks.

Josephine and I met about 18 months ago and we very we quickly developed  a beautiful friendship.  Not only are we now friends, I have also been lucky enough to be styled by Josephine on a few occasions including a revamp of my winter robe, planning a wardrobe for a European summer vacation, and more recently I completed her e-course ‘How To Create Your Dream Wardrobe.’

I greatly respect and value every piece of knowledge that Josephine has given me regarding fashion and styling, this is why I am so excited that she is sharing TEN incredible styling tips with you.  If you are looking to get started on a wardrobe revamp, Josephine has a free printable download to help you declutter and organise your existing robe, click here.

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Accessorising your outfits can be a frustrating task for a lot of people.  It can either make  or break your look.   It can come across as though you’ve either put too much effort into styling the look, or like you have effortlessly put together an outfit that is on point.  On the other hand, wearing an outfit without accessories may prevent your look from seeming pulled together and nicely finished.

Limit the amount of accessories you wear
I recommend to style your look with no more than 4 accessories, as anymore than this can make your outfit look ‘over accessorised.’  Try and limit the amount of statement pieces in a look as it can clash and come across as too loud.

Think about colour and tone
To balance the overall colours of clothing and accessories styled in your outfit, a good rule of thumb, is that you should opt for no more than 4 colours in the look.  Try styling with a mix of neutral tones in your look whether that be white, black, beige, nude, tan, grey or navy.  Then if you love colour blend the look with 1-2 accent colours like you’re top favourites, (mine are Blush Pink and Khaki!)

Here are some ideas and suggestions for those of you who have trouble styling accessories for your shape and putting together your outfit well… ‘effortlessly’!

  1. Create a more defined waistline with a v-shaped long pendant – This is such an easy accessory to style with as it enhances your waist, especially if you don’t have a clear waistline or you’re wearing something that is loose and shapeless.  It not only creates the illusion of a waistline but it creates balance with an outfit too.

  2. Draw attention to your face with a statement necklace – So for those of you who are a bit self conscious about your body parts eg; tummy, legs, hips, arms.  A statement necklace is the perfect addition to your look.  Wear over a round or boat neckline to accessorise your outfit, this will nicely draw the attention up to your beautiful face!  Chokers can also replace this and work especially well worn with a V-neck.

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  3. Flatter your face shape with statement earrings – Statement earrings can be a really beautiful contrast, and an attention-grabbing accessory that which draw a viewers eyes up to your face.  If you want to be simple yet subtle, opt for your preferred metallic colour, like silver, gold or rose gold.  Or if you’re a bit daring and want to dress the look up to add a bit more colour, then go for something with your favourite pop of colour to dress up a neutral coloured outfit.

  4. Add a pop of your favourite colour or print with statement heels or flats – Adding a statement heel or flat, is a great way to draw the attention away from other areas that you’re conscious about. So this trick is perfect for people with wider shoulders or a tummy, as it balances your shape!  My personal favourite is a pair of rose gold pumps, which quickly dress up any pair of casual bottoms to go out in.  Or a leopard flat, which is simple yet cool.  A lot of my clients are loving the red heels trend at the moment, it dresses up a plain outfit.  TIP: Statement shoes look really nicely styled with a statement earring to really dress up your look!

  5. Balance your hip width with a statement handbag or clutch – Mums with broad shoulders, this one is a great tip for you to try as it makes more width at the hip to create the illusion of an hourglass shape.  As well as being ultra stylish of course!  Go for something fun like these options in your favourite tone.  If you have wider hips (pear shape) you may want to be more minimal with your handbags and wear it over your shoulder or sitting just at your waistline.

  6. Look more polished and put together with neutral coloured accessories – So for the Mums who love being a bit more neutral and minimal, the best way to go about accessorising is ultimately picking more neutral tones like black, navy, grey, tan, camel, beige, nude, gold, silver, as well as matching a couple of the tones together. So for example if I have a pair of black earrings, I might want to match that with a black bag or the shoe.  Or a beige belt and a beige handbag.  Matching is still ‘cool,’ but don’t go overboard being too ‘matchy matchy’ as this only makes you look like you’ve tried to style your outfit too much.

  7. Add some colour around your neckline with a fun scarf print you LOVE – I absolutely love scarves, I find them so ‘chic’ and I love playing around with all the different ways of wearing them, whilst ‘complimenting’ your neckline.  If you’re a bit ‘out there’ and love colour, then go bold with your prints and colours.  For some of you who like a more subtle style, then choose something like a navy and white, or a black and white smaller print, fine animal print, or subtle prints and colours in your scarf.  All of these options will really enhance your look.  Scarves also draw attention to the face if the colour is louder than the rest of the look, or do the opposite eg; a black scarf worn with a white outfit is not going to draw the attention to the neck/face. We will be looking at the white part of your outfit.  TIP: Scarves can also create a waistline if worn in a v shape way.

  8. Belt your waist and show off your curve mamma! – If you have a defined waist, please don’t hide it! J It’s super flattering if you can belt your look, especially if you have a nice fitted/structured top or even try belting over a skirt, high waist pant, dress or what’s really in trend at the moment is belting your blazer!  Try and match the colour of the belt with another tone in your outfit to really simplify and polish the look. Like the shoe, bag, jewellery, clothing etc..  I wouldn’t recommend styling a belt with a pendant necklace. Or style your belt with a pair of statement earrings or with a statement shoe to dress the look up.

  9. Accessorise your hair locks with a silk scarf tie, scrunchie or hair clip – This uber cute hair trend has been on display quite a lot lately, espeically over the spring/summer period, and it looks so chic if you’re dressing up to go to a bridal/baby shower, girls lunch, a date or just a fun day out where you want to dress up the look with something pretty.  Here are some shops/stores who do beautiful silk scarves and hair accessories- Seed, Mimco, Rubi shoes, Bunch of Scrunch.

  10. Bedazzle your look with a hat – If you really want to complete your look, a hat can just be the thing to literally top it off!  Panama hats are super cute, although coming into autumn season fedoras are just as nice to enhance your outfit.


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10 Accessory Styling Hacks From My Personal Stylist Josephine Eve

10 Accessory Styling Hacks From My Personal Stylist Josephine Eve

About Josephine Eve’s Stylist
I am so thrilled that Josephine Eve Stylist has agreed to write a feature blog post which I am sharing with my beautiful Mamas.  Top 10 Styling hacks to accessorise your looks.

Josephine and I met about 18 months ago and we very we quickly developed  a beautiful friendship.  Not only are we now friends, I have also been lucky enough to be styled by Josephine on a few occasions including a revamp of my winter robe, planning a wardrobe for a European summer vacation, and more recently I completed her e-course ‘How To Create Your Dream Wardrobe.’

I greatly respect and value every piece of knowledge that Josephine has given me regarding fashion ands styling, this is why I am so excited that she is sharing TEN incredible styling tips with you.  If you are looking to get started on a wardrobe revamp, Josephine has a free printable download to help you declutter and organise your existing robe, click here.

Enjoy!

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Accessorising your outfits can be a frustrating task for a lot of people.  It can either make  or break your look.   It can come across as though you’ve either put too much effort into styling the look, or like you have effortlessly put together an outfit that is on point.  On the other hand, wearing an outfit without accessories may prevent your look from seeming pulled together and nicely finished.

Limit the amount of accessories you wear
I recommend to style your look with no more than 4 accessories, as anymore than this can make your outfit look ‘over accessorised.’  Try and limit the amount of statement pieces in a look as it can clash and come across as too loud.

Think about colour and tone
To balance the overall colours of clothing and accessories styled in your outfit, a good rule of thumb, is that you should opt for no more than 4 colours in the look.  Try styling with a mix of neutral tones in your look whether that be white, black, beige, nude, tan, grey or navy.  Then if you love colour blend the look with 1-2 accent colours like you’re top favourites, (mine are Blush Pink and Khaki!)

Here are some ideas and suggestions for those of you who have trouble styling accessories for your shape and putting together your outfit well… ‘effortlessly’!

  1. Create a more defined waistline with a v-shaped long pendant – This is such an easy accessory to style with as it enhances your waist, especially if you don’t have a clear waistline or you’re wearing something that is loose and shapeless.  It not only creates the illusion of a waistline but it creates balance with an outfit too.
  2. Draw attention to your face with a statement necklace – So for those of you who are a bit self conscious about your body parts eg; tummy, legs, hips, arms.  A statement necklace is the perfect addition to your look.  Wear over a round or boat neckline to accessorise your outfit, this will nicely draw the attention up to your beautiful face!  Chokers can also replace this and work especially well worn with a V-neck.
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  3. Flatter your face shape with statement earrings – Statement earrings can be a really beautiful contrast, and an attention-grabbing accessory that which draw a viewers eyes up to your face.  If you want to be simple yet subtle, opt for your preferred metallic colour, like silver, gold or rose gold.  Or if you’re a bit daring and want to dress the look up to add a bit more colour, then go for something with your favourite pop of colour to dress up a neutral coloured outfit.
  4. Add a pop of your favourite colour or print with statement heels or flats – Adding a statement heel or flat, is a great way to draw the attention away from other areas that you’re conscious about. So this trick is perfect for people with wider shoulders or a tummy, as it balances your shape!  My personal favourite is a pair of rose gold pumps, which quickly dress up any pair of casual bottoms to go out in.  Or a leopard flat, which is simple yet cool.  A lot of my clients are loving the red heels trend at the moment, it dresses up a plain outfit.  TIP: Statement shoes look really nicely styled with a statement earring to really dress up your look!
  5. Balance your hip width with a statement handbag or clutch – Mums with broad shoulders, this one is a great tip for you to try as it makes more width at the hip to create the illusion of an hourglass shape.  As well as being ultra stylish of course!  Go for something fun like these options in your favourite tone.  If you have wider hips (pear shape) you may want to be more minimal with your handbags and wear it over your shoulder or sitting just at your waistline.
  6. Look more polished and put together with neutral coloured accessories – So for the Mums who love being a bit more neutral and minimal, the best way to go about accessorising is ultimately picking more neutral tones like black, navy, grey, tan, camel, beige, nude, gold, silver, as well as matching a couple of the tones together. So for example if I have a pair of black earrings, I might want to match that with a black bag or the shoe.  Or a beige belt and a beige handbag.  Matching is still ‘cool,’ but don’t go overboard being too ‘matchy matchy’ as this only makes you look like you’ve tried to style your outfit too much.
  7. Add some colour around your neckline with a fun scarf print you LOVE – I absolutely love scarves, I find them so ‘chic’ and I love playing around with all the different ways of wearing them, whilst ‘complimenting’ your neckline.  If you’re a bit ‘out there’ and love colour, then go bold with your prints and colours.  For some of you who like a more subtle style, then choose something like a navy and white, or a black and white smaller print, fine animal print, or subtle prints and colours in your scarf.  All of these options will really enhance your look.  Scarves also draw attention to the face if the colour is louder than the rest of the look, or do the opposite eg; a black scarf worn with a white outfit is not going to draw the attention to the neck/face. We will be looking at the white part of your outfit.  TIP: Scarves can also create a waistline if worn in a v shape way.
  8. Belt your waist and show off your curve mamma! – If you have a defined waist, please don’t hide it! J It’s super flattering if you can belt your look, especially if you have a nice fitted/structured top or even try belting over a skirt, high waist pant, dress or what’s really in trend at the moment is belting your blazer!  Try and match the colour of the belt with another tone in your outfit to really simplify and polish the look. Like the shoe, bag, jewellery, clothing etc..  I wouldn’t recommend styling a belt with a pendant necklace. Or style your belt with a pair of statement earrings or with a statement shoe to dress the look up.
  9. Accessorise your hair locks with a silk scarf tie, scrunchie or hair clip – This uber cute hair trend has been on display quite a lot lately, espeically over the spring/summer period, and it looks so chic if you’re dressing up to go to a bridal/baby shower, girls lunch, a date or just a fun day out where you want to dress up the look with something pretty.  Here are some shops/stores who do beautiful silk scarves and hair accessories- Seed, Mimco, Rubi shoes, Bunch of Scrunch.
  10. Bedazzle your look with a hat – If you really want to complete your look, a hat can just be the thing to literally top it off!  Panama hats are super cute, although coming into autumn season fedoras are just as nice to enhance your outfit.

You can find Josephine on the below links:
Website
Instagram
Facebook
E Course – How To Create Your Dream Wardrobe
Free PDF – How To Declutter Your Wardrobe