The current hair accessory trends that I cannot get enough of

The current hair accessory trends that I cannot get enough of

I have to say that I am all for the incredible hair accessory trends that 2019 has produced.  Clips, headbands, wraps, you name it… my accessory cupboard is stocked to the brim with the latest hairpieces to complete all my looks.

Today I wanted to share with you five favourites that I am head over heels for now!   All these pieces are easy to use yet look great.  I wanted to show you items that don’t require a lot of time, rather choosing ones that make your hair look amazing with minimal effort.

Before I get into it I wanted to thank Neutriderm for sponsoring this blog post.  Neutriderm is my chosen haircare solution which leaves my hair strong, soft and shiny.  I use their hair in Hair Enhancer Shampoo and condition.  Both are perfect for women who might have hair loss issues, so are perfect post pregnancy and breastfeeding.   90% of people notice less hair breakage within one month of use.  Both products deeply penetrate and nourish each strand of hair to protect and improve the overall health of the hair.  In times where I my hair suffers from dandruff, I do one wash with the Enhancer Shampoo and the second with their Anti Dandruff option, before conditioning.  I have linked below both products that I use.
Shampoo – https://uaspharma.com/shop/neutriderm/hair-enhancer-shampoo-250ml-bottle/
Hair Enhancer Conditioner – https://uaspharma.com/shop/neutriderm/hair-enhancer-conditioner-250ml-bottle/
Anti Dandruff Shampoo – https://uaspharma.com/shop/neutriderm/anti-dandruff-shampoo-120ml-bottle/

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Also a big thank you to Lovisa for providing the hair accessories for this post, I have also linked them in the images below, to make shopping easier for you!

  1. Paisley Print – I have long been obsessed with paisley print.  Scarfs are so versatile, you can get creative and use them as a choker, hair scarf, bag tie, or wear as a wraparound top!

2. Serpent – I am seeing snacks everywhere now.  Whether its snake print patterned shoes or clothing.  Or serpents adorning rings, earring or hair clips.  This three pack features a pearl, snake and glittery acrylic hair clip.

3. Turban – I practically love turbans as a poolside accessory paired with a cute one piece bikini.

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4. Velvet – I absolutely adore this fabric, whether as a dress, top or headband velvet is super lux.  this hair accessory is the perfect way to complete your event ensemble!  This headband boasts a pink velvet pleated design.

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5. Mini Butterfly Clips – Whether you are heading to brunch, a wedding or just wanting to look glamorous for a party, this hair accessory is the perfect way to complete your event ensemble!  This pack comes with 4 acrylic hair clips in a variety of designs

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Enjoy!

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Thank you to Neutriderm for sponsoring this blog post so that I can share some of my very favourite products with you.  My opinion is of course and always is my own.  #AD

 

 

My Top Winter-Spring Wardrobe Staples (all for under $1000!)

My Top Winter-Spring Wardrobe Staples (all for under $1000!)

When Josephine Eve Stylist offers to guest blog, I know that I’m going to gain a wealth of knowledge in the fashion stakes, and so can you my friends! Read on!!!

Josephine has been featured on TSLOM several times before and I always get the most wonderful feedback from all of you regarding her informative posts. She has been styling many of my looks for almost two years now and I value her keen eye for detail. She is more particular then anyone I know, and this is what makes her such an incredible stylist. Not only does she care so greatly about how her clients look but most importantly how they feel in the looks that she creates. She doesn’t just style you, she educates you. If you want to learn ‘How To Create Your Dream Wardrobe,’ through Josephine’s wealth knowledge then I encourage you to take the e course available on her website. I have done so myself and the knowledge I gained has given me so much confidence. Honestly this is invaluable. Josephine also has a free printable download to help you declutter and organise your existing robe, click here. I’ve done this myself and had so much fun doing so!

All of the clothes featured in this blog post where purchased from the stunning Kawana Shopping World, which is the shopping centre closest to my home. What’s even better is that all were purchased for under $1000 combined! All of items are linked to their stores below. Kawana Shopping World is not only a fashion precinct but a hub for all thing’s lifestyle. Stores, restaurants, events like school holiday entertainment, Gold Class movie theatre, huge playgroup, three supermarkets and a shopping nanny service. One of the things I love most about Kawana Shopping World is the community they have built around families, which you can find on their website here.

I’d love to hear your feedback on this post over on my Instagram!

Enjoy!

There’s something about winter that just makes me feel so cozy amongst layers and layers of warm clothing, however winter can often make us want to hide away feeling dull and drab in our trackies. With that said I think that winter is one of the most fun seasons to style, because you have more options to be able to layer. This makes outfits look more interesting and different as opposed to just your basic shorts, tee and sandals in summer. The textures of winter fabrics can be different to your standard cottons and linens, which adds a cool textural element to your look E.g. tweed, leather, knit, cashmere and wool.One of my top tips for winter styling is to invest in key staples which makes styling so much easier than if you are to buy one off pieces that only style with one or two things… or worse nothing in your closet at all!

With so many of our Australian states keeping a consistently warm temperature throughout the year, it can feel like we completely skip winter and don’t get to enjoy those knits at all! This is where it is important to learn the art of layering so that our staple pieces can worn all year long, bringing those cozy winter looks into a light and bright spring! So here are my top trans seasonal staple suggestions, most of which can carry you through from winter into the more summery seasons.

So here are my top trans seasonal staple suggestions, most of which can carry you through from winter into the more summery seasons.

Trans-seasonal Separates

The Turtle Neck Sweater – styled easily with jeans, pants or skirts. To layer simply pop over your favourite blazer, cardigan or coat. From – Cotton On.


The Light Blue Washed Jeans –
perfect for every season.  Teamed with a neutral coloured knit in winter or casual white T-shirt for spring. These jeans can be dressed up or down for all sorted of occasions. From – Cotton On.

Leather Mini Skirt – Leather skirt- all types of leather pieces are in this season- leather…pencil skirts, mini skirts, jackets, pants & boots. This staple leather mini can be easily styled with either a casual knit, or a dressy top, boots, heels or sneakers. Coatigan – Dotti.

The Corduroy Mini Skirt – corduroy has been huge and this winter, and we are going to see more of it as we head into spring. Choose lighter tones like cream for a trans-seasonal look. From – Cotton On.

The Midi Skirt – such a sophisticated staple for those evenings when you want to dress up with a cami and blazer/coat, teamed perfectly with heels. Or style it down for work with a turtle neck, blazer, and loafers or bootsFrom – Sussan.

The Faux Leather Pant – this look is super hot! Pair with a cute belt and comfy but chic knit for winter. In spring these pants would go perfect with a sweet little cami.  From – Dotti.

The Black Knit – you can layer this piece with a coat when it gets cold or shorts/skirt in springtime.  From – Sportsgirl.

The Silk Cami – Silk actually draws in the warmth, even though this cami is not highly recommended for winter, the correct tones and worn with the right layers equals perfection! Take the jacket off as you head into spring.  From – Sportsgirl.

Trans-seasonal Accessories
The Chunky Belt – belts aren’t just for wearing with jeans, shorts and dresses. One of the sexiest styles of the winter season is to belt your blazer, cardi or coat for this ultra cool look. This works perfectly whether you are either an hourglass, pear, or inverted triangle shape, and will send all of your fashionista friends running to the shops to mimic your look! Pair with a cami as the weather starts to warm up. From – Universal.

The Minimal Glam Necklace – the right accessories can be worn all year long adding interest to your outfit. Accessories can make or break a look. We love multi layered gold necklaces. From – Sussan.

The Printed Scarf – great for drawing attention to the neckline and face. You can break up the colour scheme of a look with a print or splash of colour. Perfectly on trend and great for keeping your neck warm of course! From – Universal.

The Hair Scarf – hair scarves have been hugely popular this year and make a fun addition to any outfit no matter the season. We are currently loving a pop of spots. Coatigan – Dotti.

Black Ankle Boots and Pumps –  boots are such a comfy and cosy winter ‘must have’ to keep those tootsies warm and snug (and stylish of course!) The right style of boot can be worn with practically anything. In springtime pair with a cute dress or skirt. Pumps are an important wardrobe staple that give a classic look no matter the seasonBoots from – Sportsgirl. Pumps from – Novo Shoes.

The Neutral Accessory – whether it be shoes, bags or accessories; light, bright tones accessories are essentials all year round. In terms of shoes a cute boot, pump and flat are exactly what you need. Tan, beige, nude or white accessories are all ok with us!  All from – Novo Shoes.

Trans-seasonal Layers

The Essentials – When it comes to layering there are a few pieces that are absolute essentials. Every wardrobe needs a leather jacket, denim jacket, black blazer and a coatigan. In particular the coatigan is one of those pieces that is perfect to take you from winter to spring. It’s not quite a heavy coat, but not quite a cardi either. Also great for warmer climates where a coat isn’t necessary at all.  Coatigan – Dotti.

Trans-seasonal Dresses

The Leopard Print Dress – This cute little piece can be styled in so many different ways. Layer it with either white cardi, black blazer, black leather jacket, denim jacket, black cardi and even a bold pop of colour as a layer if you’re feeling playful. Easily styled with sneakers, boots, sandals for spring or heels to dress up. From – Sportgirl.

The Monochrome Dress – Black is one of the colours that is really amazing for winter. Other on trend monochrome looks can be navy, oatmeal, grey, or be daring in your favourite colour (we love red!) Add a pop of colour to your monochrome look with contrasting accessories, like this black dress and belt that we’ve paired with a nude clutch and heels. From – Dotti.

The Floral Dress – to lighten up your winter days and to carry right through to spring summer. Pop on a layer and a scarf to add warmth, or pair it back with lighter layers for Spring. From – Dotti.

The Ribbed knit dress – This one is an effortless piece, that can be layered either with a coatigan, a cardigan, leather jacket or denim jacket. Styled well with boots and sneakers. From – Dotti.

For all things Kawana Shopping World: Website & Instagram

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

SPECIAL THANK YOUS – a special goes out to Nicola Holland Photography for photographing such stunning images for this blog post, all of which were taken on the grounds of Kawana Shopping World. If you are a family, expectant mother, future bride, business professional or someone who just simply appreciates superb photography be sure to reach to Nicola.Also to Hannah Mills who is my go to make up artist on the Sunshine Coast. Time and time again she paints my face and tamed my mane with her amazing skills, so that I feel like a million dollarsHannah’s Instagram.  Nicola‘s Instagram and website.

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.

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

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

THE FEEL GOOD POST FEATURING ME AND MINI CLOTHING

THE FEEL GOOD POST FEATURING ME AND MINI CLOTHING

Recently I was inspired by a collaboration with Me and Mini to write a blog post about feeling good! Feeling good sounds simple right?  How hard can it be to feel good!  With the stresses of the modern day world, the pressures we/other put on us, challenges of parenthood… turns out its pretty easy to get bogged down by life.

Even on our toughest days we can do things to help ourselves feel better. I’ve been thinking a lot about the ways I make myself feel good and have put them into a list. 10 simple actions that you can bring into your life to make a positive change to your mood and outlook. Choose a couple that resonate with you and I guarantee you’ll feel good!

  1. PRACTISE GRATITUDE – Take a small note pad and leave it next to your bedside table.  Each morning when you wake up write down the three things that you are most grateful for today.  If your day starts off on a positive note (pun intended) you are off to a good start.
  2. GIVE MORE – Giving doesn’t need to mean money or a donation.  Of course they are always appreciated but giving can show itself in so many forms.  Give your time, your knowledge, your expertise, a shoulder to cry on, a kind word or even a smile.   Giving not only makes us feel happy but the recipient happy too.  We rise by lifting others!
  3. CONNECT WITH OTHER PEOPLE – In a world full of ways to connect it is so easy to feel disconnected.  Say yes when your friend invites you to coffee or a play date.  Pick up the phone and call your grandparents.  Get yourself an online pen pal or even an ‘Insta Bestie’ to vent to.  Whether connections are made in person, over the phone or online they are all valid.
  4. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF – Taking care of yourself means a lot of different things.  Eating well, getting enough rest, exercising, drinking enough water.  Practise self care when you can but never pressure yourself.  All of these things are meant to make you feel good.  Choose the kinds of things (like exercise) that YOU like to do.  There isn’t a one size that fits all in life so be adaptable and keeping changing until you find what works for your happiness.
  5. DO THINGS WITH PURPOSE – Life is full of distractions especially in the online world.  Doing things with purpose and intent leads to feelings of success and happiness rather then guilt from time wasted.   With that said, if you do find that you wander off and get distracted don’t dwell on it, except that it happened and move on.  Be kind to yourself always.
  6. DO YOUR MOST DIFFICULT TASK FIRST – This one is a challenge that is easier said then done.  When you are planning your day have a look at your tasks and choose the most difficult one to start it with.  Starting your day with your most difficult task means that it can only get easier from there and you’ll be proud of yourself for nailing that tricky goal.
  7. REWARD YOURSELF – Rewarding yourself is fun.  Whether the reward is time spent alone, with family, a yummy treat or a material item.  If you have a tough day or complete a task that’s challenging treat yourself!
  8. THINK POSITIVE THOUGHTS – You are beautiful like a rainbow.  Throw away negative thoughts about yourself.  About your looks, your weight, your achievements, something you did, whatever it is throw it away.  Recognise how you feel, how things could change or be done differently, and move on.  No dwelling on the past.
  9. CHOOSE YOUR TRIBE – Stay close to people who make you feel like sunshine!Aside from yourself, your tribe is your biggest influence in life.  Choose wisely and know when a relationship has passed its expiry date.
  10. SET ACHEIVEABLE GOALS – Stop setting yourself unachievable goals.  Whether your goals are daily, weekly monthly or yearly.  Personally I am a shocker for setting myself way too many task to complete in a day.  Aim for the stars not for a fail.

It has been my absolute pleasure to work with Me and Mini to design two tshirts which are now for sale.  “Stay close to people who make you feel like sunshine” and “You are beautiful like rainbow.” We designed these tshirts with the notion that we wanted people to feel good wearing them, and to promote happiness and positivity.  These prints are available for the whole family (Daddy included) and come in tshirts and singlets. Colours are black and white.

Purchase our collaborative Tshirts here.

Other Details –

Me and Mini Website here.
Me and Mini Instagram here.
Don’t forget I have a permanent discount code for Me and Mini, use SWEETLIFE at the check out for 10% off!

And now for 5 quick questions with Me and Mini!

Tell me a bit about Me and Mini. What you do and what you got started.
We are two mates who were blessed with 2 daughters around the same time 2 years ago. That shifted our interests from having a few drinks at the pub to coffee catch ups at the playground catchups. We’ve always had an interest in catchy, funky street fashion and wanted to share that interest with our daughters too. Soon enough, what started as a hobby of making catchy shirts for our princesses, generated enough interest from fellow parents that we decided to share our designs with everybody else through Me & Mini Clothing.
What does ‘feel good’ mean to you?
This changes all the time! At times, we catch ourselves thinking what a stressful day it has been with non-stop schedules of running a business, managing the household along with our respective wives. On top of that, trying to cram activities to keep our little ones entertained. But at the end of day, we reflect on what initially seemed like hectic-ness, actually fills our hearts with joy. This makes us feel good – loving what we do in all aspects of business and personal life.
Do you always ‘feel good?’
Not at all. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. Especially in the age of Social Media, things happen so quickly that you rarely get to appreciate the “now”. It takes deliberate effort to appreciate the “now” and be grateful. Once we do that, it’s a guaranteed feel-good moment.
If you are feeling down is there something you do to make you ‘feel good?’
Taking a moment to take everything in and slowing it down just for a few minutes. There’s plenty to feel good about only if we take notice. Also, breathe!
When do you feel your best ?
Family time is always the best. It’s a double edged sword especially with handling spirited toddlers. It takes the most amount of patience and organisation yet also the most rewarding. When you hear “ I love you, daddy”, it’s the best feeling ever!
Lastly a HUGE thank you to Me and Mini for working with my family on this collaboration! It’s been a pleasure to get to know you more and we love supporting small, family businesses!

Feeding Friendly Clothes that look AMAZING!

Feeding Friendly Clothes that look AMAZING!

Since becoming a Mama three years ago I’ve found it so hard to put together a comfortable yet stylish wardrobe that I can still feed in.  There are so many things to things to consider when finding the perfect feeding outfit… Does it feel right?  Does it flatter my new figure?   Do I have easy breast access?  Does it make me feel good?  And most importantly do I feel myself in it?  When you are a Mum it can be so easy to lose your self-identity.  Your priorities shift and all of a sudden you care less about how you feel and look.  So much of our self-confidence stems from our wardrobe and how we look, that’s why I made it my mission to compile my very favourite ‘Feeding Friendly Stores and Outfits.’  Each of these outfit and store is different but they all offer great quality clothing, chic staple items and are all affordable.  I’ve made your shopping even more easy and fun with SHOP HERE links and some sneaky discounts at the bottom!

Special Mentions
Photography – Nicola Holland Photography – WEBSITEINSTAGRAM
Chloe’s outfits and shoes – Chickaz – WEBSITEINSTAGRAM
Chloe’s bows – Lamb and Sparrow – WEBSITEINSTAGRAM
My silicon necklaces – Lamb and Sparrow – WEBSITEINSTAGRAM
Make up – Hannah Mills – WEBSITEINSTAGRAM
Floral Crowns – The Posy Co – WEBSITEINSTAGRAM
Our waterproof blanket – Wild In Bloom – WEBSITEINSTAGRAM

Moolk Shop – Canter Dress in Black Blooms – SHOP HERE – This dress is light weight and comfortable with an easy access zip at the front.  I love how you can ‘Shop by Boob Access’ on Moolk’s website.  INSTAGRAM – WEBSITE

Mama Clothing – Phoebe Breastfeeding Maxi – SHOP HERE – Stunning for a formal occasion or maternity/breastfeeding shoot.  I love the sneaky little pockets and soft fabric.  INSTAGRAMWEBSITE

Top Secret Maternity – Sahara and Skye Collections – SHOP HERE – Perfect for lounging at home or under a cardigan.  Easy click snap access and no bra required… can I get a hallelujah.  INSTAGRAMWEBSITE

Milk and Love – Organic Sleeveless Midi Nursing Dress in Coral Striped – SHOP HERE – So chic, the fabric is to die for.  It doesn’t look at all like your typical feeding breast until you see the sneaky opening.  INSTAGRAMWEBSITE

Mama Clothing – Riley Breastfeeding Maxi in Grey – SHOP HERE – Stretch material with a gorgeous stripe this dress comes in three different colours.  Perfect from a casual lunch, day at the beach or night-time glam.  INSTAGRAMWEBSITE

Mama Clothing – SHOP HERE – Perfect for popping over a feeding singlet.  The loose fabric can be  used to shelter bub during a quick feed.  I’ll be wearing this one on the plane to Europe!  INSTAGRAMWEBSITE

Emilia Elliot – Tie Me Beautiful Top in Black – SHOP HERE – This elegant top has a professional look but is still comfortable.  Perfect for breastfeeding mums who need easy access for feeds or to express.  WEBSITEINSTAGRAM

Breastfeeding Wear Australia – 2 Way by Sunny Girl – SHOP HERE – This wear 2 ways dress can sit with the zip at the front or back.  Pop the zip at the front for easy feeding access or wear at the back for date night! –  WEBSITEINSTAGRAM

Emilia Elliot – Knot Me Down Top in Beige – SHOP HERE – This casual number is incredibly comfortable, and is made of stain-resistant material where liquids wipe straight off… every mother’s dream!  WEBSITEINSTAGRAM

DISCOUNTS SO YOU CAN SHOP SHOP SHOP!
Chickaz –
 30% store wide – SWEETLIFE – SHOP HERE
Lamb and Sparrow –
10% off store wide SWEETLIFE – SHOP HERE
Moolk – $10 off first order over $50 store wide – SWEETLIFE – SHOP HERE
Top Secret – $20 off orders over $59 store wide – SWEETLIFE – SHOP HERE
Mama Clothing – 10% off store wide – SWEETLIFE – SHOP HERE
Milk and Love – 3 for 2 items in their ‘Essentials Range’ – NO CODE NEEDED – SHOP HERE
Emilia Elliot – 10% off store wide – TSLOM10 – SHOP HERE
Breastfeeding Wear Australia – 20% off store wide – SWEETLIFE – SHOP HERE

Enjoy Mamas xx

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