Thursday, April 3, 2014

Adairs Style Editor Interview

I was so excited when Adairs invited me to feature as a Style Editor. Two wonderful words to have near my name, and even better was that I had the privilege to select beautiful linens of my choice to showcase on my bed as well as in a beautiful post on their blog here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Win a Gorgeous Baby Nursery Bundle from Julie Petite Chose

Jolie Petite Chose has been producing the most divine handmade customisable nursery décor since 2009. 

What started out with gorgeous nursery mobiles has over the years been extended to include cushions, quilts and blankets including the recent introduction of the adorable Patchwork Pompom Cushion range and Knitted Jacquard Blankets

The beautiful unique designs are of the highest quality and are the perfect addition to any nursery.

Jodie the creative talent behind Jolie Petite Chose is giving away an ovary exploding Baby Bundle that includes a beautiful handcrafted Mint Elephant Baby Mobile and a 100% cotton Jacquard Knitted Baby Blanket to one lucky winner.

All you need to do to enter is:
1. Leave a comment and in 25 words or less tell us about the little cherub you would like to win this for; and 
2. Follow the prompts in the rafflecopter widget below.

Fingers crossed and Good Luck!

You can view the full range of products from Jolie Petite Chose here.

Friday, March 21, 2014

A Sweet Collaboration


Collaboration. Double the inspiration. The results are something you could never otherwise imagine.  

When Jade from sofofo (it means 'cute' in Portuguese) contacted me to tell me about her little business selling only the most beautiful dolls made with love, I jumped at the chance to assist.  I also roped in my beautiful friend Elizabeth from Squeak and Squirrel as I thought her uber pretty style would be a perfect fit. Here are the results.

Elizabeth's pic are those shown as row 2, 4, 7 right, 10 left. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

This is Not a Birth Story

I wasn't ever going to do this post. I felt my pregnancy and bringing our babe into this world was for me, an intensely private thing.  I'm so grateful that our little one arrived safely, happily and healthily that I feel safe to share a little of my experiences of new motherhood. These photos were taken the day before Piper was born.

Less than 24 hours before she was born

I was lucky enough to have had a very easy pregnancy.  I felt a little bit queasy early on and light headed but otherwise felt better and more energised than I did normally. By the end, I didn't get over it either; the fear of birth made carrying her around in my belly quite comfortable. In the last few weeks after I had stopped work to wait full-time for spontaneous labour to hit, I would pace around the house unable to sleep, wondering when I would be struck and how would it feel. It turns out it wasn't spontaneous at all and I had to be induced.

33 weeks pregnant

Pregnancy - Little things I wish I worked out earlier
Start using stretch mark cream from the beginning. Even before you're showing. Morning and night.  I changed between bio oil and a lavender mama cream because I got sick of the smell of bio oil on me day and night.

Avoid the part of the supermarket where the seafood section meets the deli and the meat section.  Actually avoid the whole seafood side of the supermarket. Blurgh.

Get a little wedge pillow for your belly.  I spent $70 on a super long maternity pillow which completely cut me off from Mr in bed and didn't help at all.  The wedge I found in a baby shop for $10 (of course I found it after I had the baby).

Advice is annoying
If people wanted to give me advice (I was so over hearing horror stories among the usual, "your life will never be the same again", "get ready for sleepless nights", blah, blah), so I would ask people if they could tell me only one thing what would it be.  A few good ones were:

"In the first few weeks, you can't spoil your baby by snuggling or feeding it too much."  This was in a booklet from antenatal classes. This made me never feel guilty for holding my bubs when people would tell me she needs to put herself to sleep.

"Don't even bother with a routine until after 3 months, and then try one if you feel you need it". From my sis who has 3 kids and knows how to support a new mum better than anyone.

"As long as you don't intentionally harm you baby, everything you are doing is right."  The clinic nurse told us this and I felt that everything I was doing was just fine.

My top two are:
"Its' common sense."  It really is.  Before you have the baby you don't know what it will be like or what they'll need from you, but once it arrives, your instincts kick in and you 'feel' what they need and it all starts to make sense.  Just try different things and you'll work out for yourself what works for the both of you.

"Buy a 12 pack of cloth nappies."  I followed this and it was awesome.  They are so great to have on hand to mop up spills, and there are lots of types of overflows when you have a newborn, trust me.  But even just to use as a towel to lay them on to change a nappy in the car or a public place when you don't want to use your beautiful blankets.

Piper - 1 hour new

The gift of an easy baby
I know. It almost sounds like an oxymoron, but she is such a placid, cruisey, content kid. As a first timer, I was guided entirely by her - she knew what she wanted and she would make it clear. She gave me signs starting from the day she was born. 'How can a baby give signs? She would use all her might to push herself back to keep feeding and try and lift her head and sit herself up when she needed a break and a burp.  She would try and climb up my shoulder when I was sitting which meant stand up and walk me around to help me get to sleep. I did as I was told and she fed and slept like an angel.

In saying that, my baby was very placid, happy and healthy. We were blessed a million times over. She loved her milk and her sleep, so my challengers were few.

I guess you develop your own language of understanding with your little one from being with them all day and night. Mr has been at home with her now for 2 weeks and he understands new signs which he translates into words for me.

On becoming a mum:
Loving Piper and being a mum is the highlight of my life. She has been such a delight and a pleasure to meet and get to know and love and kiss and snuggle and nourish. I tell her I'm proud of her everyday.  She has been a breeze, a beautiful sunny breeze.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Cloth & Thread

Are these not the most delicious images you have seen for a while? These glorious dolls are by a Melbourne girl, Jenni Harley of Cloth & Thread and styled by Captain & The Gypsy Kid. Seriously beautiful.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

My Little List of Loves

If you read my post from yesterday, you'll know my favourite part of the profiles on The Grace Tales  is the mothers' list of loves.  I thought about mine and here they are.

My little list of loves
Our morning routine - A big feed in bed, a warm bath, a cute outfit and a big sleep to follow
Long hot showers morning & night
A morning walk and a large coffee
The feel of her warm head against my cheek
Cadbury Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut chocolate. I'm not sure what happened but my love of dark chocolate is now long gone.  Dairy Milk Rocky Road slides down extremely well too.
Listening to her breath
Mr putting his glasses on whenever he comes toward her so he can see her little face clearly
A glass of wine with dinner

Friday, February 28, 2014

Beautiful Blogs for Motherhood

Since becoming a mush-minded mum, I am pretty engrossed in all things baby related (in case you haven't noticed).  I am also interested in trying to retain some style and grace on the motherhood journey and have found some beautiful, inspirational blogs devoted to just this.

The Grace Tales
Do yourselves a favour and spend some time reading about the stylish Australian mums and bubs profiled on The Grace Tales. Beautiful mums who are successful creatives talk about what they love wearing post and pre pregnancy, share their bubs' nurseries and their family life and always share their list of loves, which is my favourite bit of all (I'll share mine in the next post). They're on IG too @thegracetales
images from this post

The Glow
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Captain and the Gypsy Kid

Style inspired by small folk by a fashion designer and stylist living near the beach in Sydney with her kids Sugar and Captain.
Images from here and here.

Not So Mumsy
'Sydney life, style and leisure for cool kids and modern mums'.
image from this post

p.s. I really wish I bought some great smart casual clothing for my time off after baby as my wardrobe is full of corporate clothes and gym wear with little in between.  The reason I didn't was because I didn't want to put any pressure on myself to be a certain size and I didn't know what my size would be. Turns out I'm thinner than ever (thank you breastfeeding and eating like a horse) and I could have looked rather fab, but instead looked rather av...

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Real Weddings Style Annual Collectors Edition 2013/2014

We are honoured to have our wedding in the Annual Real Weddings Style Collector's Edition. Turn to page 72 to read our love story.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Instructions for Piper

One more week at home with my babe, then I am back to work.  Mr is taking over the primary carer privilege for the next 6 months. He asked me to write down some instructions. Um, we just hang out all day and she she eats when she's hungry and sleeps when she's tired. I started telling him she needs a bottle every 4 hours but that day she she fell asleep an hour before she was due for a feed and slept for 4 hours so her feeds were 10am and not again til 5pm.

It may look like a long list but it just details what makes her happy and encourages him to enjoy her and give her extra kisses from me (you can read the full list of instructions on Instagram). I can't image how much I'll miss her.  I think all the tears shed in the first few weeks will be mine.

The idea behind sharing the caring was so Mr would understand the day's work looking after a baby.  But it really must depend on the child and little Piper has been very easy.  She is just heaven to spend all day every day with.  I'm excited for him to really get to know her and for them to essentially have a 6 month holiday at home together.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

In You, All I Find is Beauty

Dear Piper,
In you, all I find is beauty.

Words from the beautiful xmas printable from Kelli Murray c/- my own mum who topped my xmas gift with this tag.