stripes, stripes stripes

baby bump

I’ve reached the point where I need a few more maternity clothes. I can no longer wear the few things in my wardrobe that are starting to feel like a uniform! (I like options!)

So today I went for a quick browse in my lunch break to see what was at the local shops and anything that seemed appealing (stretchy). It was all stripes… Stripe tops, stripe dresses, stripes stripes stripes. Have I missed a memo or is this the only stretchy fabric around? I was on the hunt for some cute dresses and I am happy to wear stripes but I guess I just needed some more options… 

I went into about 5 different shops (I shopped quickly too) but everything that could work to grow with the bump was stripes and I started to think people would question me if I continued to only wear them. I swear my office must currently think I only own five outfits, however not everything I own is stripes…yet! I do love a strip and I’m not unhappy about it, but couldn’t believe what I found… I actually have an amazing purple stripe dress I cant wait to show you on my next post. I decided to show you some of the options I found below. 

I also wanted to ask you all a question… Where have people bought their maternity clothes? Without spending a lot of money (I’m all for a few pieces that are expensive but I’m currently looking for basics..)

Have you too noticed all the stripes around??

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Supre / Cotton On / Supre

ASOS.1  Forever New

Asos/ Forever New

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Asos

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winter sunshine

baby bump

What a beautiful winter day we had on Sunday. It was still cold but the sun was shinning and you need that this time of year to thaw out the bones!

I have reached the halfway mark with the bump and have now realised my wardrobe needs to be altered. The “stretchy” stuff is becoming my new best friend. Although I am excited to say that I can still do up my jeans! (yay for low risers ) but not sure how much longer that will last. Some of my favourite pieces are going to have to stay in my wardrobe and will entice me back in a few months time!

When I wear dark clothes I do try to pop some sort of colour with the outfit. Whether that be my coat, or a scarf and in this case was my trusty mustard beanie. Although the sun was shinning yesterday it was still crisp and the need for layers was a big requirement.

I still very much plan on keeping the fashion focus on the blog, however you will need to bear with me as I alter to maternity wear for a little while! I hope you don’t mind!

I’d love to hear your tips on maternity wear if you have any!

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adding another pair…

I have some exciting news to share with you my readers; you may have seen on facebook or instagram if you follow along…

We are adding another pair to our collection… We are having a baby!!!

I cant wait to show you maternity wear for the next 21 weeks as the bump grows as well that all comes along with this exciting time.

I hope you have all had wonderful weekends.

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let there be sun

Weekend Edit

Sometimes I wonder why I live in the cold… Ok it’s not like Canada cold where I have lived, but we don’t have snow, therefore I say it’s yucky cold weather!

Last weekend we headed to sunny Queensland to visit my grandparents. Now I say sunny Queensland as we experienced 25 degrees for the four days; the sun was shinning and it was amazing! Much better than this cold top of 13 we’ve had here in Geelong.

We headed down to Byron Bay one day to have a look around and I got Andrew to capture some photos. FINALLY I know!!! I have been missing in action. Work has been crazy and I have been snowed under… I need to develop a plan to cut back my work life so I can focus on this blog I love so much… and something may be in the works…. I am trying to give Geelong Fashionista the love and devotion it needs!

I love this white dress for an everyday look and it was perfect for a lovely family lunch and explore! Perfect with my Senso sandals which have done me so well! A great purchase right there!

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the rains back

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You may have noticed I have been missing of late… It’s not from the lack of love for this blog… It’s called work!

Work has been crazy with me gallivanting all over Victoria on the road. It has been fun but no time to put into Geelong Fashionista!

After a glorious sunny few days, the rains have returned. Hopefully not for good!

Just like me missing on here.. I shall return very soon with some exciting news!

I hope you are all well and enjoying your Tuesday!

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images from Fashiion Gone Rouge

love local – peachy parade

Insta love

With my love for buying local, today I bring you the other creative mind of the awesome Mothers Day Raffle that was created supporting Geelong Mums.

Jess from Peachy Parade worked with Emma and Ali from Alma Designs to come up with the fantastic opportunity to win so many amazing Instagram business prizes, with the fundraising going to the amazing Geelong Mums.

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1. Tell me about Peachy Parade; what do you sell?
My main focus is making unique and beautiful baby mobiles that will last well past the baby years. Many mobiles are quite baby-ish and get packed up when the cot is packed away but my mobiles are not only beautiful in a baby’s nursery but look amazing in big kids rooms. I also make other paper products such as garlands and wall hangings and I can customise colours to suit any room.
Some other products that I hand make are mini calico teepees which are a perfect way to spark a child’s imagination and linen black board bags for entertainment on the go.
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2. What made you begin Peachy Parade? 
I’ve been crafty ever since I can remember and I’m the type of person that if I can’t find what I’m looking for, I’ll have a go at making it. When I had my kids Archie and Ellie, I would often make things for them and my friends would always say that I should start a business and sell my creations. Then one day, about 10 months ago, my husband came home with a flyer for an upcoming school market and said to me, it’s now or never! I had 3 weeks to come up with a business name, logo, business cards and make all of my products. It was a busy time but it was so much fun actually doing what I’d talked about for years!
 Jess
3.How can people buy your creations? Do you ship nationally and internationally?
You can purchase through my website www.peachyparade.bigcartel.com or head into the amazing local kids store called Ryder Loves Miller, located at 263 Myers Street, East Geelong 3219.
I ship anywhere within Australia through my website and I can also ship Internationally however please send me an email to peachyparade@bigpond.com for an International shipping quote.
4. What designers inspire you and who influences your style?
It’s hard to only name a few! I get inspiration everyday from the Instagram community and I absolutely love following mum’s working hard to build up very successful businesses through social media.
 Peachy parade
5. As one of the creative minds behind this incredible raffle, what made you want to help the Geelong community and how can people get involved?
When Emma and I met for the first time a few months ago we started talking about how many talented businesses Geelong has to offer and we talked about trying to find a way to showcase them to a wider community. We also both knew about Geelong Mums and the amazing contribution they make to the Geelong Community. So from that one conversation, Insta Love was born. A way to showcase our local talent to the world and at the same time, raise much needed funds for a wonderful organisation.
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For more details on how you can enter this amazing competition go to Alma Design’s instagram account.
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9 top looks from the logies

9 top logie looks

It’s Australia’s night of nights… The annual logies, celebrating Australian television.

I love the fashion and seeing what everyone has on and this year I loved the colours!!

The thing that really annoys me about the coverage of the TV Logies is that out of the 250+  women that attend they seem to always show the same 10 women and not the other 240+ beautifully dressed ladies!! To really see what everyone is wearing you have to hope the websites post other amazing dressed women.

1. Bec Judd

The colour, the style, the material; Bec Judd looked amazing!! I loved this dress and love what amazing creations J’aton create!

Bec Judd

2. Carrie Bickmore

Winner of the Gold Logie (the ultimate prize for those non-Australians) and a winner on the red carpet. I loved the design of Carrie’s dress and the soft blue colour. Who would believe she only gave birth 6 weeks ago!!!

Carrie Bickmore

3. Livina Nixon

I have a real soft spot for Livina. I think she always looks so elegant and sophisticated. The colour of this gown is beautiful and I love the way it sits on her.

Livinia Nixon

4. Jennifer Hawkins

Always stopping a crowd and looking a million dollars Jenn does it again! Simple in black but looks just right!

Jennifer Hawkins

5. Anna Bamford

Anna is a favourite character of mine in an Aussie drama and I loved her gown. Cut outs and sheer in just the right places giving a sexy yet elegant vibe! Simple hair and make up the perfect pair!

Anna Bamford

6. Jacinta Campbell

While I have seen Jacinta in amazing outfits, I still liked this one. I think she could wear a sack and still look good though! Nice to see some colour and stick away from the plunging necklines like the other young ladies.

Jacinta Campbell

7. Melanie Vallejo

I loved the colour of Melanie’s dress. Simple but showed off her amazing figure!

Melanie Vallejo

8. Cheyenne Tozzi

I love a bit of drama to the red carpet and loved the sleeves on Cheyenne’s dress. The back was completely cut away as well which was a great feature. You can tell she is a wonderful model!

Cheyenne Tozzi

9.  Erika Heynatz

This outfit wasn’t shown in many places, (again goes with the rant I had at the beginning) but I like that it is different and not like everyone else! The sequins detail and a different colour are what did it for me.

Ericka Heynatz

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navy, grey and stripes

Park Shot

I have two days to go until I can wear tights. No one would notice if I gave in early but I said I wouldn’t wear them until May and I’m sticking to it! Winter has come from no where and it has been pretty damn cold here in Geelong! I can’t believe it as I really love the warm weather and in no way am I ready for winter!

I thought the challenge I gave to myself would be easy until I realized how many skirts I own and how much I don’t like wearing pants. Don’t get me wrong I love my jeans but tailored pants I just don’t seem to own or wear and not wearing tights has limited my choice of daily outfit!

Someone said to me, “Aren’t you excited about scarves, coast and layering?” Well that answer is no! As much as I do love the looks and what is around I am not looking forward to the cold weather. I love summer!

What I am excited about is navy and grey. Stripes too. I think they will be a staple for me over the next six months. Although I still love these colours in summer I think they will be a good winter base for me as well.

Kirsty

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mothers day community

Insta love

I love what the Instagram community has developed into and the way in which people have come together for the greater good. Here in Geelong is no exception with 67 stores coming together to support an amazing organisation Geelong Mums helping new mothers in need, especially as we approach mothers day.

I am in full support of what they are trying to achieve and as someone who loves supporting local I thought I would showcase some of the incredible businesses involved.

I contacted Emma from Alma Custom Designs who together with Peachy Parade came up with this incredible raffle to support Geelong Mums.

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1. Tell me about Alma Custom Designs; what do you sell?
We love creating items for the home – one of a kind tram scrolls, gorgeous prints (large and small) for young and old, invitations, anniversary gifts, vouchers and so much more.
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2. What made you begin Alma designs? 
About 5 years ago I wanted to get a custom-made tram scroll made for my husband but didn’t want to spend the $800 it was going to cost me. When complaining about this to Alison she looked at me and asked me why I hadn’t asked her to design it for me? Alison is a graphic designer. So she designed it and we got it printed. It is amazing and still hangs on our wall. I told her she should start selling them but she said she didn’t want to start another business on the side, she already had two others on the go at this stage and worked full-time. But she did say that if I wanted to create the business in partnership with her and I dealt with customers, etc and she did the designing that maybe we could sort something out. Last year it finally came true and “Alma” was born. Al = Alison Ma = Emma. So Alma started off selling custom-made tram scrolls and very quickly branched off into prints. We LOVE making custom-made items for people and especially love seeing them in their homes.
Em and Ali
3.How can people buy your creations? Do you ship nationally and internationally?
You can purchase through our website www.almacustomdesigns.com
You can also pick up some of our prints through:
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Weddings at Tiffany’s – Maleny, QLD
Ripe Homewares – Mudgee and Dubbo, NSW
Just Because – Highton, Victoria
Holiday Robe – Robe, S.A
We have free delivery Australia wide and are happy to ship internationally but need to be emailed for a quote first.
4. What designers inspire you and who influences your style?
The whole IG community inspires us all the time in so many ways.
5. As the creative minds behind this incredible raffle, what made you want to help the Geelong community?
I had met with @peachyparade and we had wanted to support Geelong Mums in any way that we could. We both know what a great deal they do for Geelong families but were aware they were in need of some much more to help the ever-growing need in our local community.
We spent a long time trying to figure out how we could support Geelong Mums using our IG accounts and without it just being a basic loop and win giveaway. When we started thinking about it we realised we knew a heap of Geelong based IG stores and when we started a list we were blown away with how many we came up with.
When we approached the stores on our list everyone was so eager to be a part of our raffle and not only said yes straight away but was so generous in the items they were offering.
I am loving how 67 Geelong based IG stores have come together to support Geelong Mums and have shown so much passion in supporting their local community.
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For more details on how you can enter this amazing competition go to Alma Design’s instagram account.
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its getting cold outside

Kirsty

It’s started to get cold outside! Summer has left us and winter is coming quickly.

Time to layer, with the sun still trying to shine in the afternoons.

I’m still on my no tights until May with just over a week to go! But it is a struggle as the cold weather sets in.

I do love some of the amazing winter pieces around but I do hope it’s not a really cold winter…  7 months until summer!

I love navy and grey and I think I will be in these colours a lot of he next few months! Still bringing white and pink in for some pops.

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 images taken from Tuula , Sincerely Jules, Fashiion Gone Rouge and my own