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?


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I have a denim/chambray which I purchased from Sussan a few years ago. Chambray and denim are everywhere this season and so are shirt dresses. There are so many stylish ways you can wear the shirt dress. 

Layered in the cooler weather with cardigans, long socks and boots. 

Over dresses cinched in place with a belt for waist definition.

Under patterned or plain dresses with a trench over the top .... chic perfection. 

Which is your favourite way to wear the denim/chambray shirt dress?

I have been stalking through pinterest for different ways to style the denim shirt dress and found a way to extend wearing my Country Road Dress through Autumn.

How will you style your denim/chambray dress?

linking in with Kimba over at Kimba Likes for Wardrobe Wednesday


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Everyone has to conquer the good and bad throughout life. Life may not turn out how we planned but choosing how you react to certain situations can make a difference in the outcome of how you handle those obstacles. 

I have been struggling quite a bit lately with so many aspects of my life and I am choosing and try so hard not to dwell on them too much. People tend to say that as time progresses it gets easier and I do believe this but it takes longer some times than a year or two. I have been trying to keep my emotions in check with the occasional welling up of tears in my eyes. Sometimes life can be so hard and getting through each day is a challenge. 

Everyday is a new day and you get to start that day new with new and refreshed vision. Let everyday be worthwhile by spreading love, joy and happiness to those around you. I find posts and uplifting words like these below help me change my focus and clear my head of the negativity and sadness. I hope they inspire you as well.

Be kinder than necessary. 
You will never fully understand some things until these things actually happen to you.  So be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of unique battle.  And remember, you will come across some people in life who always seem to create conflicts.  When you meet them, smile and walk away.  The battle they are fighting isn’t with you, it’s within them.

Put sincere effort into your relationships.
Don’t confuse the people who are always lingering around with the ones who are truly there.  Good relationships don’t just happen, and they aren’t built solely on a foundation of convenience.  They take time, patience, effort, and two people who want to be together and are willing to meet in the middle. 

Remind your loved ones that you love them every chance you get. 
It doesn’t always matter where you go, what you do, or how much you have.  Sometimes all that matters is who you have beside you.  So be grateful for the wonderful people in your life, and let them know how much they mean to you on a regular basis.

Stretch yourself, and make yourself proud. 
You can’t grow unless you do.  Yes, as you stretch you will feel some discomfort.  You will have to deal with the pain of the unknown as you work new emotional and intellectual muscle groups.  But don’t let that stop you.  Far too many people are fearful of the unknown, comfy with putting in the least amount of effort, and not willing to put up with short-term pain for long-term gain.  But not you – you know better.  Stretch yourself, be all you can be and seize your true potential.

Let your tears nourish your healing. 
If tears could talk, this is what they would say:  I am the raindrop that nourishes your healing.  Open your door to me in times of angst.  I will not stay forever.  Only long enough to clear the path of debris so hope and joy can reach you.  Only long enough to cleanse your eyes so your vision will be clear enough to recognize goodness when it comes.

Don’t wait for a reason to be grateful. 
Just be grateful for everything you have now, and the reasons will quickly find you.  Being happy doesn’t always make us grateful, but being grateful will always make us happy.  And if you’re finding it hard to be grateful for something, sit down, close your eyes and take a long slow breath, and be grateful for oxygen.  Every breath you take is in sync with someone’s last.  

Express your appreciation daily. 
Before going to bed tonight, take a moment to appreciate yourself for three things you accomplished today.  If you are in a relationship, take moment to openly discuss and appreciate three things you each accomplished today.  What we focus on expands.  What we appreciate, appreciates in value.

Say less when less means more. 
You are as beautiful as the love you give, and you are as wise as the silence you leave behind.

Rediscover your inner child. 
If you’ve forgotten the feel of joy, and don’t remember when you last felt wonder, let a child lead you back to the days when rocks breathed, and leaves sailed, and happiness was watching water dance through your hands.  Back to a time when you knew that every treasure worth having could be unearthed in your own back yard.

Be good to yourself. 
Look at yourself in the mirror and say, 'I love you, and from now on I’m going to act like it.'  It’s important to be nice to others, but it’s even more important to be nice to yourself.  When you act as your own best friend, you allow yourself to be happy.  When you are happy, you become a better friend, a better family member, and you inspire others to be happier too. 

Stop waiting for the perfect moment. Take each moment, appreciate it and make it perfect.  If you want to get really good at something or get somewhere new, let go of the notion of perfection and replace it with the notion of endless, playful exploration.  And don’t be afraid of change; oftentimes we will shed something good, and gain something even better.

Inject a little goodness into the world whenever you can. 
When you become overwhelmed because it seems the whole world is exploding with hatred, violence, ignorance, and apathy, you have two choices:  You can either bury your head in the sand, or you can rest your cheek upon it, breathe until you feel whole again, then lift your head and ask, 'How can I add some goodness?'

I have taken all these tips on board as I do love to start each and everyday a fresh and with new vision.

What will you take away from reading the ways to show more love and spread happiness?


Monday, April 7, 2014

Today I would like to introduce the gorgeous and fun loving Sonia from Love Life and Hiccups.

Sonia and her husband have 3 boys aged 7, 9 and 12 although often they act more like 2, 2 and 2. I blog at Life Love and Hiccups and I also run my own Social Media & Brand Development Business.

Where do you reside?
The hubby, offspring and I live on the Northern Beaches of Sydney although we like to fantasise about one day living in Byron Bay.

What is special about where you live?
It is the people we have around us – family and friends that make this place so special. It is where both my husband I grew up so we have deep roots here.The beautiful beaches we are blessed with make it pretty damn special too.

How long have you had your business/blog/job?
My blog has been going now for 2 and a half years and my Social Media and Brand Development business since I escaped the Corporate world in June last year.

What is your favourite childhood memory?
Oooo now that is tough as my memory gets a little foggy at times –that makes me sound super old doesn’t it?
I think my favourite memories would have to involve our yearly camping holidays to Lake Conjola.

What are some memories that you like to create for your children?
I am forever trying to ensure that my kids have only the fondest of memories to carry with them. I am big on creating traditions for us and using simple everyday events to create memories. For example; Friday night movie nights with Snuggles on the couch, popcorn and hot chocolate. Spontaneous dinners where we throw our dinner into a picnic basket and head to the beach or the park to eat it. Christmas and Easter are a busy time as far as traditions go but I will pretty much use any excuse to do something special for the kids.

Who inspires you and why?
I am inspired by so many people it would be impossible to pick one. Good souls inspire me – individuals with big hearts who go out of their way to show kindness to others, they inspire me the most.

Describe your perfect day?
Oh now this is just teasing. My perfect day would involve a morning with no arguing between the kids, a quiet leisurely breakfast followed by a day at the beach. Then to finish of the night there would be dinner with the family at one of our favourite beachside restaurants … oh and a little shopping thrown in there certainly wouldn’t hurt.

Favourite holiday destination?
Bali or Byron Bay. Please don’t make me choose between them.

What are some of your favourite items that you could not live without? Beauty products/appliance…
I am inclined to say my iPhone as it allows me to run my business from wherever I choose to be, but that sounds pretty lame that I rely on a phone that much doesn’t it? I also love my hair straightener, my eyebrow pencil (I suffer from over plucked eyebrows from my younger days) and my iPhone … again… but for the music I have on it.

What is your favourite product for kids and why?
Their bikes and skateboards as they get them off their electronics and outside into the fresh air.... and nothing to do with the fact that they leave them exhausted and with no energy to fight....

What is one product you have bought that you did not need but just had to have?
Oh man – I could list so many as I am always buying crafting stuff that I think I will one day use but they then sit in my craft cupboard along with all the other bits I haven’t figured out how to use.

Your favourite children’s fashion label?
Cotton on Kids because their stuff is so damn cute and affordable.

What is your family’s favourite meal?
Sushi / Sashimi homemade or shop bought – it doesn’t matter we will wolf it down either way and we can demolish a bucket of prawns like no man’s business.

What is your go to mummy uniform?
Can I say Pyjamas as I could stay in them all day if I was given the chance? Otherwise it is a little cotton shift dress in Summer or jeans and a cardie in winter.

What is the best thing about being a mother?
The cuddles you get – you know those ones where they wrap their arms and legs around you and melt into you. They fill me with so much love and wonder and joy and God Damn they are the best thing in the world.

Favourite place to shop? What are you loving right now?
I love to shop online including at Down That Little Lane as that  website is loaded with an insane amount of gorgeousness. I also love Birdsnest for clothing, Freedom & Ikea for Furniture and Little Paper Lane and Typo for stationery porn.

This is my most fave photo as those people right – they are my whole world, my everything. 

Thank you so much Sonia for taking the time to let su know a little more about you and your family. x

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