Tie a Scarf into a Summer Vest

how to tie a scarf into a summer vest

My sister gave me a beautiful mint horse print scarf for my birthday.  I adore it! She also taught me how to tie the scarf so I can wear it as a vest over singlets and swimwear (looks especially gorgeous over togs when you want to be just a little more covered post swim).  Always a good thing to be able to extent accessory items! One The scarf needs to be large (and light) Two Fold in half horizontally. Three Bring all four corner … [Read more...]

Tip for Tired Eyes

tip for tired eyes

How to brighten the eyes My eyes often have that “I’m tired” look. Probably because I AM often tired. Ha! I have this ultra quick and subtle way to brighten my eyes and it only takes a few minutes to apply. Products: Concealer Nude eye liner Silver eyeliner or eye shadow Nude eye shadow Mascara How After applying foundation: Apply concealer under the eye. Brush nude/campaign colour eye shadow on the entire eye lid, right up … [Read more...]

New Hair — Rich Brown with Honey & Copper Highlights

long bob hair cut

There was this silly little indulgent plan I had at the start of the year, sort of like a celebration for all my children being at school.  The plan was to get a hair cut more than my previous once (twice if I was lucky) a year one.  But I get excited about my hair now because I found a fabulous hairdresser, and she does amazing stuff to my hair.  For the first time in my LIFE, I feel like I have a hair style. Ha! The colour is awesome -- and I … [Read more...]

I Wore Green Togs

green one piece togs

Summer's come early here in Brisbane.  Beach waves. Afternoon storms.  Hot sand. Big sunglasses. Even bigger hats. Ice cold water. Salads and sorbets. Bare feet. Cute dresses. Flowers in my hair. BBQs in the park. Pool days. Movie nights. All the good things to look forward to in the upcoming months. I found these cute one piece togs are in Luang Prabang in Laos; of all the unlikely places to find swimwear!  After walking around the quaint town, … [Read more...]

Interview: Peter Morrissey & $200 Big W Voucher Giveaway

peter morrissey big w

Sponsored by Big W It was one of those dresses I looked at suspiciously on the rack: horizontal stripes, stretchy material, sleeveless.  I’ll just try it, I thought. As soon as the dressed slipped over my head to the rest of my body, I immediately knew I loved it.  I’m talking about this dress by Aussie designer Peter Morrissey for Big W. Dressing for My Life In a usual day, I can go from a business meeting, to house cleaning, to the … [Read more...]

15 Minute Workout Circuit + $200 Big W Giveaway

run

Sponsored by Big W I'm not sure I can do this, I thought as my legs burned beneath me and my chest threatened to explode outside my chest.  500 metres! 500 measly metres: that's all I could manage when I began training for my first 5k fun run (over a year ago now). I remember feeling depressed after walking-jogging-walking most of the route mapped out around the streets close to our home.  In that moment, there was temptation to give up. Oh … [Read more...]

My Spring Wardrobe + $200 Big W Gift Voucher Giveaway

big w fashion - emerson dress

Sponsored by Big W "No husbands were harmed in the making of this post," he said in a reporter voice at one point.  See, that's the sort of thing my husband says that makes me laugh, and you can see it reflected in the pictures.  Love that man and how he humours me and my many projects. On this particular afternoon, we headed out with the children to a favourite spot where my husband patiently played photographer because I wanted share three … [Read more...]

I don’t cry for my body anymore

motherhood

I could feel the sweat trickling in tracks down my body.  It had been a hard training session.  As I walked in the door -- home -- I pulled off my wet t-shirt, enjoying the cool relief as the air hit my damp skin.  I walked around that way, for a good 10 minutes before taking a shower: shorts, socks and a crop.  As I casually chatted to the children about the upcoming plans for the day, I noticed my son (5) staring at my belly button. "What?  … [Read more...]

New Hair – Warm Red-Brown

hairstyle -- red undertones

This year I decided (as a celebration now all my children are at school) to try and schedule a regular haircut/colour.  Go me! For the past 12 years, 6-7 months (even up to a year) between haircuts was the usual gap.  So the plan was to be realistic, and make time for a haircut every 3 months.  Well, by the time I got to it this time, I worked out it's been 5 months since my last hair cut. Ha! So, not quite 3 months, but I'm getting there. Oh, … [Read more...]

Burgundy Boots

bared boots

I don't care about trends.   I enjoy to wear a mish-mash of what I like -- old mixed with new -- inspired by colours, shades and influences in my life; whether that be the seasons, nature, a book, movie or particular time period.  I dress up most days -- it's one of those things for me, that is an expression of creativity -- and I figure clothes are there to wear so I may as well enjoy them rather than keeping a particular outfit special. A new … [Read more...]

Autumn Hair

Autumn Hair

Autumn is here with all its golden tones and rich colour.  My fabulous hairdresser, Monique O'Rourke cut and coloured my hair with Autumn inspired colours...and I love it! … [Read more...]

Sneak Peek: Talking Mums Magazine Vintage Photo Shoot

be a fun mum

I adore the glamour of the early 20th century, and for an afternoon, I played dress up.  It was so much fun!   It reinforced to me how much I enjoy pretty things, and the importance of weaving little snippets of time to put a flower in my hair, wear lip gloss and decorate the table with posies.  Just throwing little bits of happiness everywhere! Last week, I took part in a photo shoot with a group of five mums in business for a feature in the … [Read more...]

I Believe in Holding Hands

i believe in holding hands

I believe in goodnight kisses I believe in morning cuddles I believe in honey on fresh bread I believe in imagination and adventure I believe in smiling (even when you don't feel like it) I believe in the bird's song I believe in walking barefoot on green grass I believe in looking deep into my children's eyes I believe in wearing a cute hat on bad hair days I believe in the wind (even if I can't see it) I believe in colour I believe … [Read more...]

Giveaway: The Shoes I Couldn’t Wait To Tell You About

mox shoes

Okay, I'll warn you right now on the outset of this post: I'm going to rave about these shoes. You may never, ever wear thongs again. Recently, Velysia, mum to three boys and creator of Mox shoes, emailed me.  I love shoes, and I thought the Mox shoes looked super cute.   The shoes arrived in the post in a 100% cotton, biodegradable, reusable string bag and as soon as I put them on my feet, I knew they were special. WOW!  I've been raving … [Read more...]