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Luullah Belle

I am in love with Instagram… So are a lot of people you may say… but I love the incredible community it creates, the products you can discover and the people you meet along the way.

Of late I’ve met a few people who I have come across on Instagram and it’s such a fun way to collaborate and work with incredible people. That is how the very talented Christina and I met. We got talking and got together to take some shots and I couldn’t be happier. I think they’ve have turned out really well! Go have a look at her Instagram account!

This top is another one that I have discovered on instagram. When I saw it I knew I had to have it and I’m so pleased that it looks good on! You know that feeling when you buy something because you can’t stop thinking about it… but with online you can’t try it on so have to hope it works when it arrives! (Or is that just me?!) Luckily it’s worked and has come up so well in these photos.
Off the SHoulder
Fashion

Geelong Fashionista
Geelong

I was wearing

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Photos taken by the very talented @skinnygirlsjeans

7 mother’s day gift ideas

Mothers Day

My very first mother’s day is approaching which is very exciting! It’s a day for me to reflect on what an incredible time I have had so far with so much more to come. The mostly ups, occasional downs, but most of all the love for this little human being has been incredible.

I always knew I wanted to be a mum but until I had my little girl, I really didn’t know just how much love I had to offer this amazing miracle of mine!

I thought I would put together my top 7 ideas (maybe even a hint 😉 ) of gifts for not only local Geelong mums but for anyway thinking about what to get their mum for mother’s day!Frankie and I

1. A post natal massage from The Hermosa Room

I was lucky enough to get a massage from Lydia during my pregnancy and it was incredible! Lydia specializes in both pre and post natal massage and I highly recommend! I am hoping I may get that post natal one… They are really relaxing and make you feel so good and is a great gift for either those expecting or that need a good relax from breastfeeding and picking up babies!
The Hermosa Room is based in Torquay and there is a terrific Mothers Day special at the moment!

Hermosa Room

2. A customised print from Alma Designs

I love prints and what Alma Design create are so special! I already have a couple of their prints but there is always room for more right?! 

3. Active-wear from Balance Geelong

I’ve been doing lots of exercise of late, walking seems to be a great way to catch up with fellow mums plus getting back into shape! With a coffee stop always added on, it’s important to look good too! Hence a great new active wear wardrobe is exactly what I need!


4. High Tea at the Vue Grand Queenscliff 

I love high tea. It’s one of my favourite things to do and I always take my mum and mum-in-law each year somewhere for high tea (I’m so lucky they get along so well!)
This year it’s about me too.. and somewhere local will be great to try! I haven’t been here, so always keen to try somewhere new!

afternoon-tea-at-Hilton

5. Body products from Natural Supply Co

I love natural products and possibly why I love these ladies so much! I have changed to all natural cleaning products from them which I love, but would also love to put the natural scrubs on the list for a bit of “me” time!

Plus these ladies have put together a mothers day gift guide on their website too with the code MUMLOVE getting you 15% off!

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6. A watch from The Horse

Already owning a watch from The Horse and loving it… One can never have to many watches right?!

The Horse

7. Another pair of Manolo Blahniks 

A girl can only dream right?! Maybe I have to wait until 10 years of marriage!

Manolo Blahniks

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This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own! 

 

laneways of melbourne

Melbourne

I love exploring Melbourne, especially when you come across the random laneways and amazing graffiti.
This particular laneway was fascinating, it had shoes all different colours as decoration hanging above from wall to wall.

The weather of late has been beautiful, with glorious autumn days here in Geelong and Melbourne. It’s a bit unexpected really as it had started to get quite cold!
Hence I have pulled out the boots but am still wearing skirts in this sunny weather.

This skirt was such a fun find; it’s quilted and I think will be versatile for winter with some tights underneath… (or maybe I need to add over the knee boots onto my want list! )
It’s navy and the colour has become a big staple colour in my wardrobe! My mummy style has made me think about purchases a lot, so I’m tending to stick to very neutral colours and navy is a neutral in my book!

I seem to be living in this jumper! I love that it works with anything I have on plus it’s not thick so perfect for this autumn weather.

In mummy news… it’s nearly mothers day and I have a gift guide coming with some great hints to buy your mum/wife/partner! Make sure you keep your eyes out for that!

COuntry Road
Melbourne Laneways
Quilted Skirt
Kirsty
Graffiti


I was wearing:

  • jumper and sunnies from Decjuba
  • skirt from Country Road
  • necklace gifted from Seed and Stone
  • boots from Wittner (two seasons ago!)

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i forgot i had that….

grey vest

I love it when you find a look on  Instagram or Pinterest and think, ‘I could do something similar, I forgot I had that!’

Or more to the point I forgot I bought that last season (when I had a big baby belly! 😉 ) let’s get it back out of the wardrobe.

That is exactly how this outfit happened! I saw a picture on Instagram last week of a lady in a long grey vest with black jeans and remembered I too had a long grey vest that I could wear! (It’s like shopping without spending money, I tell you!!) It was time to whip it out and experiment with a look.

Luckily the autumn weather has been not to cold yet so I was able to try something I wouldn’t normally. (Like I have said before, my style has changed since becoming a mum!)

A Saturday staple for me has always been jeans and a white tee (I always think of the Lana Del Ray song Blue Jeans when I say that) sorry back on track… I grabbed my new favourite colour grey vest and added it to my jeans and tee and was pretty happy with how the look turned out! I was then able to enjoy the beautiful sunny autumn day.

Ocean Grove
Emisa
Kirsty
grey vest
Geelong Fashionista

I was wearing:

  • vest last season from Forever New
  • tshirt from Country Road
  • jeans from Bardot
  • necklace from Emisa Collection 
  • sunnies from Rockmans
  • shoes from Joanne Mercer

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king of the castle

KOTC #2

When I go out to a cafe or restaurant I look for three things:

  • Food selection
  • Coffee (yes now that I drink it!)
  • Is it pram friendly?

Now yes this third point isn’t something I have always looked for, it has become a new one on my list. However I have discovered that I like to know if a place is designed to take the pram, can kids go or should I be leaving little miss at home and going with grown ups?

As I have wanted to for a while now I am going to tell you each week about places to go and try around Geelong, Bellarine and the Surf Coast.

To start off I thought I would choose one on my favourite places in Geelong; on Pakington Street;  King of the Castle (KOTC)

I’ve got to know Robbie the owner and I am always so impressed with what he puts into the place and his great ideas! Always helping charity and helping other Geelong businesses it’s so impressive!

the menu

Although the menu is fairly new (they change seasonal) I have been working my way through and trying lots of the delicious food.
There are simple items as well as yum treats, plus great vegetarian options which is always very welcomed by me.

Whether a sweet tooth or after something savoury there are so many choices.

Some of my current favs are the Chill Beans; Black Rice Pudding and the simple Avo on toast!
If you have a sweet tooth the waffles are a must!

KOTC #4
KOTC #3

coffee

I only started drinking coffee 12 months ago when it became my pregnancy craving. Weird right?!

It’s good coffee and they do pretty much anything that’s in vogue (I say this as I call my brother a Melbourne coffee snob and he now drinks “Magics” and they make them! )

I am partial to a Mocha but my favourite from here is the Affogatos!! You can choose any flavour gelato (Which are all yum on their own) with a shot of coffee!! Amazing!!

KOTC #1

venue

KOTC is pram friendly and they are very accommodating to helping us mums in and out of the venue if the door is down on a cold day!

That is not to say you can’t enjoy a coffee with just grown ups but it’s great to know anyone can go along!

KOTC

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 *this is not a sponsored post and are my own thoughts. 
All pics are my own except the last picture is taken from KOTC Instagram account

autumn is upon us

Geelong FAshionista

Autumn is upon us, summer has passed for another few months and boy am I going to miss it!
Hopefully the weather still stays alright for a little while so I can still head out for walks with little miss. But the cold is now in the air.
Days usually can stay ok but nights are chilly and noticing even more having to get up to feed!

Two of my favourite colours right now are  grey and white. It feels so fresh and takes away from a gloomy days, (I hate saying bye to summer so this keeps me happy with cold weather looming.)
I am loving putting together basics for my mummy days, especially when I’m not sure what I’m doing and that is exactly what this look was about. Comfortable pants and a warm jumper that can be dressed up if needed, or just simple for a quick coffee too.

The jumper was a great find from Witchery. It’s warm, perfect for winter and has the fun pirate detail at the front. I loved the colour and know it’s going to become a staple in my wardrobe!

Mummy style
Pirate top
Witchery Jumper
Weekend Attire
White pants

I was wearing:

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vamff 2016

Legs

VAMFF (Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival) has come and gone for another year.

This year I only went to one show and it was a lot of fun! That didn’t stop me watching the street style on Instagram from all my favourite bloggers and photographers!
Once again this year I saw so much variety in what people were wearing. All white or all black outfits were very prominent as well as lots of off the shoulder looks, one that I tried for the first time. I love this look, its just been a hard one to try as I’m breastfeeding which has restricted some of my clothing options!

By coincidence my friends and I all went for short skirts all in different styles. Mine was a newie I picked up from Witchery, with buttons down the front, a look that was inspired by one of my favourite blogs, They All Hate Us. I wanted simple this year and an excuse to bring out my beautiful yellow shoes! (if you haven’t read the story about them go take a look here)

VAMFF again confirmed for me that there are so many different trends. Some I like, some I don’t and some you will never see me wearing! For example flares…I’m just too short for that! I loved seeing lots of navy, and lots of gowns as well as beautiful detailed pieces. A sign that you can choose whatever you heart desires when it comes to fashion.

VAMFF
Kirsty
Girl Squad
Geelong Fashionista

I was wearing:

  • top and skirt from Witchery
  • shoes are Manolo Blahnik

Nic was wearing:

  • top from Sass and Bide
  • Skirt from Kookai
  • Shoes from Betts Shoes
  • clutch from Zara

Ami was wearing

  • blazer from Target
  • shirt from Sportgirl
  • necklace from Freestyle (a Geelong clothing boutique)
  • skirt from Bardot
  • shoes from Lipstik

Walking

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Special mention to Chelsea for taking all our photos!

all happening in gtown

Look

Of late, I’ve been asked a lot about my blog and what makes me different from other blogs.
Yes, it started as a fashion blog, but I also want to reflect on the goings on in my often underrated home town of Geelong (also known as Gtown!)

I get asked a lot about where to shop or where is good to eat, and I really want to include a lot more of this in my day-to-day posts. I also love talking about events that are happening or people who may visit my town.

Last Friday Ash Pollard from MKR came to visit with the Heinz Beanz Creation Food Truck. I went along to meet Ash and try some of the tasty samples on offer!

Ash was lovely!! We talked about Geelong and all there was to do, as well as Fashion Week as Ash had attended a few shows.
Plus I got to try her creation once I’d donated to the Jan Juc surf club! A great support initiative  by Heinz, where a $5 donation provided a tasty lunch!

I cant wait to share more fun around Gtown with you all!

Ash Pollard
Heinz Beanz
KOTC
Outfit of the Day

You can tell this hairstyle is my go to of late! Quick and easy plus I love showing off my length. My fringe had got to long hence it parts; lucky I got it cut that night ready for Fashion Week! That post coming soon.

What would you like to hear more about on Geelong Fashionista? Would you be keen to hear about Gtown?

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the traveling bag

Sash and Belle

Have you ever seen the movie “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”? Well that is how this post all started!

Instead of pants, this Sash and Belle bag traveled from Queensland, to New South Wales then to Victoria getting styled by three different ladies, all with different styles.  The traveling bag!
In Queensland it started with Mica from Away from the Blue. It then continued to NSW stopping at Allison’s from Sydney Fashion Hunter, and finished with me here in Victoria.

Trio

We all agreed the bag was exactly what we all wanted and so it traveled the east coast to create stories with us all.

For me this bag is the perfect size for where I am in my life right now. I haven’t been using handbags as the nappy bag has become my go to bag, however when I do get five minutes alone I have discovered I need something small and this worked a treat! Plus its very on trend at the moment and helps pop my outfit.

My style has changed in the last few months with not working and looking at comfort. This bag gave that perfect bit of character with my otherwise plain outfit.

Geelong Fashionista
Mummy style
Witchery
details
Kirsty
Seed and Stone

The other ladies have also written there stories of the bags on their blogs and here is a glimpse below… Go take a look!

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Mica – Away from the Blue

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Allison – Sydney Fashion Hunter

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simple tee

Kirsty

I love playing around with pieces from inside my wardrobe especially when you can wear something over and over again with it looking different every time,like this tee.

Mixing and matching a simple tee with anything that happens to be in my wardrobe is such a great way to create a different outfit and look. This is very much along the lines of what Project SoCo is all about, not needing to consume lots and looking good!

It also helps that I am trying to save save save toward a new house…

It’s come to my attention that we are currently outgrowing our house. Don’t get me wrong it still works, but what I would give for just one more room…  This means I need to continue my limited spending so that I can work toward a new place, especially as I not working!

In saying that, it is why I am all for using simple pieces and changing the way they look by adding a pretty skirt, or maybe a necklace, and I do love a good hat as you all know. The cut of this simple black tee is perfect and goes with nearly everything I have in my wardrobe. Plus having a t-shirt that you know is going to a great cause always makes me feel better too!

There is something about a skirt with pockets, I have sad it so often but it makes you feel good and they can be so practical especially as I find I need to carry a bib or her dummy and simply putting in my pocket really helps.

Project Soco
Geelong Fashionista
Project Soco
Simply Tee

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