santa claus is coming…

Santa Claus is coming to leopold

The girls and I headed to Gateway Plaza Leopold on Saturday. It was to not only have our photo taken with the man in red, but to have breakfast with Santa as well!

I knew it would be a challenge with Miss F as she is very determined. Although she likes the idea of Santa I knew she would be a little sketchy on the old man in red.

We first got to go and have breakfast with around 50 other children where Santa made a guest appearance. The kids all were very excited and loved their time playing and yelling for Santa. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer also made a guest appearance! Lots of songs were sung and a few Christmas games and it was so wonderful to watch the delight on their faces. I really do love this time of year, so many happy people and so much cheer!

Last year was a challenge when we went to visit Santa. She was 13 months and aware of stranger danger. She wasn’t sure about the man in red. Lucky mum got to jump in the photo.
This year she knew exactly what was happening! In theory she thought it was a great idea, but without her nap and not knowing Santa, it didn’t quite go to plan! Frankie wouldn’t have any of it and instead of wasting the cute outfits and opportunities I decided to still get Lola with Santa. It turned out super cute!

UPDATE:  I was able to get my hands on three of the outtakes and thought I had to include them!! They are very funny and tell the story of Frankie not been so keen! I had to post as this is real life!!

I’d love to hear your Santa photo stories…

   

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skinny dippers

I love Geelong and exploring everything we have on offer in this great town, so I thought I would start to again talk about the wonderful places we have on offer in this town!

On Saturday, three of my beautiful friends and I tried out Skinny Dippers in Newtown, for a breakfast date. I think it’s important for me to say who I went with as that can alter the experience of the cafe.. (No kids means more relaxing for example!)

When we first walked in we felt over dressed… Everyone was in their active wear! We realised Geelong Crossfit was next door as well as the cafe been known as a great spot for the health conscious, providing clean healthy foods. It was great to know so many people were out and about on a beautiful Saturday morning after doing some exercise!

We ordered a coffee then sat and decided what we wanted for breaky, while making the comment we would have to come back and try one of their “bowls” for lunch!

the menu

When looking at the menu you wont find any naughty treats. As mentioned before it is for the health conscious and allows you to make great choices in what you are after. They do have raw treats as well as muffins, however they are made with activated coconut, so good sugars! Anyone that likes a healthy treat it’s worth a look.

Chelsea and I ordered the “smash brothers” which was poached eggs with smashed avocado and goats curd. My only suggestion would be to make the avo a little more chunky but maybe I too picky!

Nicole and Carol ordered “Bob the builder” where you were able to create your own breaky choice. A great option if you feel like bits from different menu options.

venue

It was great to enjoy some adult time, but the venue was a great space and was very kid friendly.
They offer a kids menu as well as lots of high chairs available! You can most certainly take the kids and be sure you giving them great treats.


Skinny Dippers Cafe
2 Lambert Ave,
Newtown
VIC 3220

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 *this is not a sponsored post and are my own thoughts. 
All pictures are my own 

eclectica and me

Eclectica andme

At the beginning of October I saw a call out from a photographer, Jeanie Irving . I have admired Jeanie’s work for a long time now, and always followed her on Instagram. Jeanie was looking for someone to be a model showcasing her videography in one of Geelong’s gift shops.

I’m always keen to work with talented people especially to get some amazing photos to use on the blog. Jeanie did not disappoint and I was rapt with these images. Plus I got to be in the incredible short film showcasing Eclectica!  I am looking forward to working again with Jeanie and creating more wonderful insights into our beautiful town Geelong!

I have always loved going into Eclectica to look for beautiful gifts, plus it’s on one of my favourite streets, Pakington Street. Eclectica has beautiful homewares, clothing and gift ideas, as well as the talented owner, Amanda Jane, creating lots of the beautiful jewelry. I have followed her journey for a very long time and even wore her pieces back when I did my debutante ball and it still amazes me what she creates.

I’m all for Geelong and these two wonderful women are extremely talented. One with a beautiful store with incredible jewelry. The other an amazing eye for showing off the best that can be seen.

Don’t forget to have a look at this wonderful video below; Jeanie showcases the shop perfectly!






I was wearing:
Wrap top and shorts from Seed

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For more details:

Jeanie Irving
Geelong | Australia
hello@jeanieirving.com 

Eclectica
148 Pakington Street, Geelong West, VIC 3216
Phone: +61 3 5222 1115
info@eclectica.com.au

guess who’s back…. back again in Mamaybebe

Mamaybebe

It has been a long time since I’ve stopped by this blog of mine!

If you follow me on Instagram  you would be all up to date with my life! If not, a lot has happened since my last post back!! Unfortunately something had to give and that has been this platform of mine.. my voice to you the listener.
I’ve had a baby girl (in July), making our three a four; a wonderful addition completing our family. I am loving life with my two little girls. It has made life very crazy time too as I’ve adjusted and adapted to parenting to two! Time is one of those things that seems to have gone out the window. I actually read such a great article about been a mother of two and good for a laugh should you want to check it out!
Two weeks after having Lola I went back into hospital with appendicitis! CRAZY!! I was in so much pain and assumed it was just after birth pains, but no my appendix was about to burst. Caught it just in time. The upside was I got to have some lovely one-on-one bonding time with Lola while in hospital, even though I missed my Frankie terribly.
These pictures were taken when Lola was 6 weeks old. We went away for a much-needed night away and it seemed appropriate to capture the outfit I had been wearing day in and day out for six weeks! They were beautifully gifted by Mamaybebe and I highly recommend them.



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welcome 2017


2017 is here… Can you believe it?!
I certainly can not but am so excited for what the year will hold.

I have many adventures planned and fun things to see and do, which I hope to continue to tell you all about it! Hopefully a little more regularly than of late! I have been slack but it has busy busy busy around here! Sorry for not popping up on your screens a little more, I’ll do better I hope!
I love writing and telling my thoughts on Geelong Fashionista, but time has been running away of late and I’m left wondering, “how did that happen!”

One of my goals for 2017 is to really work on finding the time to write. I want to sharing my thoughts on fashion and style as well as tell you about incredible Geelong events, places and things to do. Especially with a little one, things change and to be able to share with people my thoughts and what I found is something I really want to do.

My biggest goal for 2017 is to work out my beauty regime. To look after my skin and get it to that glowing state where I feel good all the time!
That started with the wonderful present I received for Christmas, Zoe Foster (Blake)’s Amazinger Face
I’m already in love with what it says and only a quarter of the way through!

My style is still evolving and I think will continue to do so this year as I work out my perfect look and really work on my capsule wardrobe.
I spoke to an incredible group of women late last year about returning to the workforce and it really helped me to see what I am so passionate about and sharing my styling tips. Now to share those with you too!

To kick-start 2017 I thought I would look back at some of my favourite looks from 2016 and get inspired to start exciting posts for 2017!







What are you goals for 2017? I’d love to hear them….

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its time to celebrate

its time to celebrate
Kirsty

So much has been going on in my life…. To be honest when does it really stop? But currently everything has been happening at once!

I’m back at work! (think of the money 😉 )
My little girl turned one! (How did that go so fast!!!)
House hunting (well trying too…)
Birthday parties (1st ones!)
Catch ups…. the list goes on!

Plus this blog of mine has turned 4!!
I really need to celebrate that! 4 years I have been doing this passion project that is so much fun and I love writing plus meeting incredible people along the way.

I still have so many plans for where I will go and how I will take this to the next level… All I need is to fit in a few more hours into my day and hopefully that can come true!
So much to tell you all, so much to write…  Where to begin and how to accomplish! That is my goal of right now!

I have so many incredible Geelong stories about people I am meeting and experiences that I am getting to do now to tell you all about them.

Last week I meet an incredible lady from Geelong that designs designer bags! The quality is outstanding and they are a must for every girl who has dreamt of a designer bag but for an incredible price…. I have so much more to tell you about her, and that will be coming in the next post. For now you need to know the name Cecily Clune, and if you are a Geelong local you can go purchase one from the pop up shop now on in Westfield Geelong!

Not to mention my Christmas (And birthday!!) wishlists will be coming soon!

Dancing
Clutch
Cecily Clune
Long view
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wardrobe rut

In the past week I have gone to my wardrobe and decided I don’t like 75% of it anymore….

Leather jacket

Have I changed my tastes?
Is it because I’m sick of everything?
Could it be that I’m back at work?
Could it be this awful weather we having that hasn’t allowed me to get into my favourite season dressing (I LOVE summer!)?
Or if I think about it I haven’t bought much and worn the same things over and over> First pregnant, then breastfeeding and home with baby girl.

I’m in a wardrobe rut!

How do I get out…
I don’t have money to be buying a whole new wardrobe! Plus I hate getting rid of mine when I know there are some great pieces in there that still could get lots of wear.. but I’ve just had enough of it all.

No wonder so many people have giant wardrobes! I would love to keep everything but I don’t have the space either.
Plus I try to live within my means, not buying excessive and you do need somewhere to put it all!

I’m back at work, working part-time; this means I get a part-time wage (gasp!) plus I need to clothe my little girl too! Which again means I can’t just go spend all my money!

Over the past 12 months I have done a really good job of only buying pieces that work with a large percentage of my wardrobe.  I’ve also culled soooo much of it and have sitting in bags… I think someone would still get so much wear out of what I have… I really need to get them moving!

A big part of it has to do with the weather too. It has been awful! This time last year spring was here and we were having beautiful days. This year I can’t seem to put winter away and I don’t think that helping my issues either!

So the question is how do I get out of this wardrobe rut?
How do I breathe life back into what I have as really there are some amazing pieces in there that are still perfect for day-to-day living!

grey tee
Winter Sun
Close Up
Luullah Belle
Project Soco
Stripes

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floral in spring… ground breaking

Florals in Spring…. ground breaking 
Floral Lami Saru

This is the week… The week I head back to work. I can not believe how quickly that has gone and how much I have gone on about it. (Sorry everyone)

On the positive side of things I’m looking forward to the adult conversations, wearing more of my wardrobe and getting into more of a routine.
I have so many clothes for work and it seems like such a shame not to wear, so I am pleased I get to wear them more.

Speaking of beautiful things to wear, how amazing is this floral dress. A beautiful floral number with pink undertones. I wanted to pick up on this and match the bright pink headpiece with pink pumps .

Add the Ocean Grove Main Street background and it makes for a great photo.

Every time I wear floral I think of Miranda Priestly from The Devil wears Prada; “floral in spring… groundbreaking”. It works for as such a beautiful spring look.

This particular outfit would be perfect for Oaks Day. Beautiful tones, shape and so feminine. Plus felt so good to wear.

Kirsty
Close Up
Floral Dress
Ocean Grove

I was wearing:

  • dress borrowed from Lami Saru – this is Cooper St
  • headpiece borrowed from Lami Saru – this is Olga Berg
  • shoes are from Wittner

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you can leave your hat on

You can leave your hat on
 Fate Dress

Sometimes simple is all that is required. A straw hat, a pretty dress and some black heels.

I saw this dress, thought it was very pretty; and the moment I put it on I feel in love. I loved the way it felt on me and how incredible the cut and design was. Not to mention the colour.
I paired it with a simple boater hat, some black heels and the  look was complete.

This is the look I would like to wear to The Geelong Cup (our own race day; generally with a good insight into the winner of the Melbourne Cup!).
The look is simple yet elegant. I love a boater hat and it still works so well for spring racing as well as everyday wear.
The colour is so pretty and really works for this time of year.

There is usually a lot of press around the Geelong Cup in terms of the type of people who head to “country racing”.  I feel the people who dress well and behave well are overlooked and therefore get missed when a recap is done.
We have incredible boutiques that stock beautiful clothes and they need to be seen, in particular on days like this when we showcase off our beautiful city.

My only catch to attending the Geelong Cup will be that I would have only been back at work for a week… Is it a bit cheeky to ask for the day off? Some businesses get the day off work, but my workplace elects Melbourne Cup instead.  How I would love to show you images of the people who attend and some of the beautiful outfits.

Fate Dress
dress love
Attitude
Love

I was wearing

  • dress borrowed from Lami Saru boutique
  • hat from Feather and Noise
  • shoes are oldies but goodies!

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october… spring racing is here

October
Butterfly Fascinator

I can not believe October is here! How did that happen? One minute ago I had a new-born baby next minute she is almost one!!
It means going back to work is nearing.. 11 days!! Plus to be honest Christmas is just around the corner! How did that happen??

I do love this time of year, with October bringing so much fun!
Daylight savings begins; (love me some extra daylight)
The weather starts to warm up (here hoping it does soon anyway);
Lots of fun events arise;
But most of all Spring Racing starts!

Spring racing brings many beautiful dresses, stylish yet comfortable shoes and the most incredible head wear. I LOVE hats, fascinators and anything that makes an outfit pop.
Discovering local incredible Geelong talent is a big love of mine, and I loved it when I stumbled upon Meg Fay Makes.
Together with amazing dresses from my local boutique Lami Saru in Ocean Grove, I have put together some really fun spring racing looks.

I didn’t go to spring racing last year as I was heavily pregnant and felt it would all be a bit much, I did some fun photos with my friends though, which you can go back and check!  This year it’s fun that I can get back into dresses and really play around with looks.

My first look worked better than I had hoped. I loved the beautiful floral dress and to complement it with the incredible butterfly headpiece worked a treat for me. It screamed spring and with the beautiful color palette of pink, white and mint I loved how this look came together.  I’m all for comfort on your feet as well (can’t be taking shoes off) and these pink pumps are like slippers!

Meg Fay Makes
Walking
Mint and Blue
Ocean Grove

I was wearing:

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