work life is looming

Work life is looming 
Back to work
Ok don’t panic! Going back to work after maternity leave is getting closer.
One second ago I was saying goodbye to my work, about to head off on my biggest adventure. Here I am about to return twelve months later.

Am I ready? Is this what I want to be doing?
Adult conversation is going to be great and I love using my brain for ideas, but I am really ready to get back to work life?

My days with little Miss are incredible and I love them! She has so much personality and is so much fun to be around but there are days when I would love some me time.

It really has been an adventure for me and all expectations changed very quickly about what the year would be like. I’m happy I took a year and lucky to have had the support from Andrew to do so but it’s also left me with wonder about where I see myself in five years time for my career.

I have wanted Geelong Fashionista to grow and flourish and lucky for me in the last two months it has! The opportunities it has allowed me to achieve have been amazing, but I think I need to really focus on what and where I see it going… I keep bringing this up. It comes down to how am I going to bring in a wage? I write because of the love of sharing my thoughts and style, and to be a career I would need to bring income. Don’t get me wrong the perks are great and I am so lucky at the opportunities but that doesn’t pay the mortgage!

At least I get to bring back out my work wardrobe and get to wear heels again! Take this incredible white blouse I was gifted from Surafina. It’s going to be a perfect staple for work. I love pieces that will match so much of my wardrobe plus looks great on. I love the cut and really can wear it any season.

What are your go to essentials for work?

Close Up
Surafina Shirt
Outfit
Kirsty
Walking

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my quick 5 step make-up routine

Make up Bag

I have found that some mornings (ok most) I have a short amount of time to get ready to get myself out the door to where I need to be.
Mum life means I need a quick but effective routine. I need make-up products that help make me look and feel good and quickly do the job.

I’ve never worn heavy make-up, always kept things simple and gone for a natural look. Of late this has been my five step process

  1. Base
    Foundation is something I don’t often wear.  Actually only if I have a special event. A BB/CC cream have been my base now for a little while. I was gifted his product but I have loved the glow and feel of it on my face. Not to heavy and just enough coverage.  
    Instaflawless
  2. Eyes
    My eyes are a must. I don’t feel awake unless I have eyeliner on. I don’t know why and where it came from but I must have my eyes done to feel good.
    I actually have found it hard to find a good eyeliner. My pet peeve is when they smudge and leave black marks. This one has been doing the job (for now) but I am keen to find one I love.

    Any tips/good eyeliner are welcome as this is a nonnegotiable step in my routine!!

    eyeliner

  3. Bronzer
    I love summer and part of that is having that bronzed look about me. Where I live this is not possible so a good bronzer does the trick. I have used the Body Shop bronzer for years now and love the look it gives. Still natural but with that summer glow. It’s a must in my bag to make me feel awake and ready to take on the day.
    Bronzer
  4. Highlighter
    I’m very lucky that my BFF does an amazing job at makeup. She has the right touch and I love how she makes me feel. It was her that introduced me to the Nars highlighter (and more to the point taught me how to apply) and again I love that glowed sun-kissed feel it leaves.
    Highlighter
  5. Lips
    Lipstick again is something I don’t often wear. If I do its generally a nude but I still love wearing a good gloss to give me a shimmer on my lips.
    It doesn’t help Andrew hates lipstick. No that it should stop me from wearing but I  don’t reach for it.
    I was gifted this beautiful balm, and I love it. It’s  almost empty and I would happily buy again! It gives the final touch to make me feel ready to go.
    lipgloss

What is your daily makeup tricks and what do you swear by?

5 make up essentials

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This is not a sponsored post. 
I was gifted some items but choose to include as I do like the product. All opinions are my own. 

beanie love

beanie love

Beanie Love

On a bad hair day I like to make life easy and add a beanie or a hat or even a headband. It is not only a quick fix but a look that is fun as well.

I have learnt that sometimes there isn’t time to wash your hair, even to do a proper hairstyle as you need to be out of the door. This is how this look went down. We had to be out of the house by 9 am and the beanie was the solution. Although I do love them anyway to stay warm in winter and they look so good!

I seem to be wearing four/five colours on a regular basis of late, but I still love adding a pop of colour. (even if that colour is one I have been living in) This jacket was a favourite I bought two seasons ago but love that it still works and brings some bright life to my otherwise dark outfit. I love when that happens. You spend good money on a jacket and it still keeps working in with everything you own.  That is why you make sure you invest in key pieces as they really will last through the seasons!

Flats…. they seem to have become my new obsession and who would have thought. I see other bloggers living in heels and don’t know how they do it sometimes running after little people and my bubba not even walking yet! I am loving the change-up and will never lose my love for heels, but will always be practical, especially  when walking around our beautiful town with my little family.

Kirsty
Back shot
sneakers
Ocean Grove

I was wearing

  • beanie from Decjuba
  • jacket (two seasons old) from Sportsgirl
  • jumper from Witchery
  • jeans thanks to Mim and Bas (I love how comfy they are!!)
  • shoes from Seed
  • wallet from Mimco
  • sunnies thanks to Rockmans 

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leather jacket with a pop of pink

Leather 
Geelong Fashionisat

A few weeks ago I went shopping for some new jumpers… Lo and behold guess what happened? I bought a jacket instead.

Not just any jacket, but I finally have my own leather jacket. One I have been looking for a long time. Bonus it was on SALE!  I’m always happy when I find something I love and want, then to have that feeling when you see it is also on sale is the best. A win win for all involved! (yes that may just be me! )

Leather is so fun to play with as its so versatile. Can easily be dressed up and worn with a dress for going out, also easily adapted for casual, like I have done here for a family day of exploring the neighborhood.

It’s so much fun exploring my own town and finding hidden gems. Something I love getting out of the house and doing especially when the winter sun comes out. I grabbed Andrew and little Miss in the pram and off we went to have a look around and get some photos while we were at it.

Once again I wore my blue flats which I’m starting to think are the only pair in my wardrobe! I really need to make sure I not neglecting others!! It is so easy to put these on due to comfort. They look good and work with everything! Anyone would think I’m getting paid to wear them! (I’m not, I bought them and getting my wear!)

What is your current favourite piece?

Ocean Grove
Leather
Kirsty
pop of pink
Leather jacket
Fedora

Don’t forgot you can come see my day-to-day crazy self over on snap chat @gfashionista

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just add a frill

just add a frill…

Madison Square

Don’t you love it when you come across a beautiful item of clothing so different; you can picture yourself in it with at least four pieces you own?!

That is exactly how I felt when I laid my eyes on this white jumper. I was scrolling through Instagram and came across the jumper from Labels and Love

The arms had great detail and I loved the big over-sized look for something to snuggle into for winter. Plus it was different and I love not been a cookie cutter and trying something a little different. I bet this jumper flies out the door as it is so pretty!

Life has been getting really crazy of late, but in a really good way as I develop Geelong Fashionista and get organised for this upcoming fashion parade. It’s going to be so much fun! I love showcasing the incredible Geelong talent we have and I’m so excited to be showcasing this in the parade, while been empowered and working with the incredible ladies at Geelong Women in Business.  Make sure you keep the day free and come to the Geelong Small Business Expo. Geelong Creative’s are there, an amazing kids corner, local Geelong businesses plus Fashion! It’s everything I love!

I’m on snap chat if anyone wants to follow along my daily fun… gfashionista is the username!

Winter Sun
Frilly Sleeves
Geelong Fashionista
Kirsty
Headshot
Full length
White jumper

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warm and cosy

Warm and Cosy
Kirsty

How cold has the weather been!? If you live in Geelong/Melbourne or anywhere in Victoria for that matter I’m sure you will all agree.

I have tried my hardest to stay extra warm and cosy these past couple of days and loving a good knit and scarf combo to do exactly that. I find if the top part of me is warm I can get away with a little skin shown on the ankles (and legs in this case!)

My wardrobe of late has involved five colours on rotation; black, white, grey, navy and pink.  I love the way they all look either alone or combined which has helped me with a really good winter wardrobe. I’ve tried really hard to create a wardrobe that can easily adapt itself from “mum” to “fun” plus  combine to make lots and lots of looks.
I’ve had a massive wardrobe clean out and getting rid of so many clothes. I’m in the process of selling as some have barely been worn but I figure some things I don’t need and anything to make me choosing an outfit in the morning easier.

That brings me to something really exciting I’m working on. I’ve met an incredible group of ladies through Geelong Women in Business and working with them to create a fashion parade at the Geelong Small Business Expo. We are looking for everyday models so if you are from Geelong and keen get in touch! I’d love you to be apart of it!

Navy and grey
Streets of Geelong
Navy shoes
Grey scarf
ripped jeans
I believe

I was wearing:

  • Shoes are Mollini from Goose Store Geelong
  • Jeans from Bardot
  • Jumper from H&M
  • Scarf from Decjuba

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time

talking mum

Time… Something I think I have yet it goes by so quickly!

I love writing this blog. I find it fun, exciting and love sharing my thoughts with the world; yet somehow it gets neglected and forgotten about and pushed aside.

Maybe I should have called this post balance… Finding that balance of looking after your baby girl; cooking meals; doing washing; exercise; catching up with friends, family time and even trying to stay up to date with world news; all seems to pile on top of each other and I sit back and wonder how do I fit it all in.

I’ve tried really hard not to pick up my phone anymore in front of little miss. I don’t want her to think that mum has a phone stuck to her hand, or that I don’t want her undivided attention. So I’ve been putting aside and not checking social media as much. This does make me feel like I miss out on things and have now noticed silly Instagram has changed from a chronological scroll to anywhere and I HATE that! I want it in order and I want to see everyone I follow feeds!!!!!

I have tried to work on the computer while she sits and plays but again I don’t want her to think I have to be in front of a screen, and I get the guilt’s when I see her looking around to make sure I’m watching her! she smiles and always checks I’m seeing her latest trick! It’s so cute and very distracting! 😉

The other thing about time is that I have three more months until I go back to work… That still seems to be a while away but I know it’s going to fly past and gets me thinking about what I really want to do. I love been a mum, yet I do want to work too. Have that life/work balance. What is it that I really want to do?

So I ask you… How do you find the time to fit everything in? How do you prioritize?

 

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winter comfort

You may have heard me say plenty of times before… winter is not my favourite season! People find this bizarre. As a lover of fashion you can have a lot of fun, boots, layers, coats but aside from all this I don’t like the cold. I would prefer summer clothes any day as well as to be in the warmth (unless there is snow… then I guess I’m happy for cold but that is another story! ha ha)

On a winter day I want to be comfortable and warm! It’s my ideal day in winter. Over the weekend a quiet day at home meant exactly that and I layered up in my cozy knit and top with these fun pants that I didn’t think would work on my short statue. How wrong I can be and again I come back to my point about you have to try different styles on different frames. Sometimes they do work and I don’t think I look to short in these, do I?

When I’m having a home day I still like wearing clothes I can pop out in (saves me getting changed 100 times) This outfit was perfect for a supermarket run and a quick stop in town(city centre of Geelong) to help my brother find some shoes! I’m on a tight budget (well trying) I want a new house and in order for that to happen I need to start saving money and this is extremely hard to a shopaholic! The fact I went into town and did not buy anything for myself or little miss for that matter is truly an extraordinary feat and something to celebrate! 😉

What do you think of winter? Are you a lover or a hater/disliker? What are your favourite winter items to wear?

Winter
close up
Geelong Fashionista

Mim And Bas

I was wearing

  • Pants, top and jumper all thanks to Mim and Bas
  • shoes from Seed

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real mum style

Geelong Fashionista

This last week I hosted # real mum style, a hashtag made by the fabulous Bron from Flat Bum Mum to get mum’s to show off their everyday style. Not only for people to see individual style, give inspiration for outfits but most of all a great supportive network of women who love giving you self-esteem. It’s also where age has no boundaries and you can be a mum of any age to join in and show off our style.

I have been apart of this fabulous community since little miss was born. I was lucky enough to even meet some of the incredible Melbourne community a few weeks ago. Such a lovely bunch of women and some support, it was great to have a wine and talk all things mum.

There were some incredible outfits and I loved been able to comment, like and watch these mums wear current winter wardrobes. This depends on where in Australia you are from (or even further abroad) as to how rugged up you needed to be! You can pick the Melbournities!

There were lots of mum posting looks that I have been following for a long time as well as some new people I found and have since started to follow. To sum up my week I have put some of my favourite looks below. Go check out their pages.

Bron from @flatbummum
flatbummum

Jasmine from @prettychuffed
pretty chuffed

Caitlin from @themummystylefiles
themummystylefiles

Kimba from @kimbalikes
Kimba

Bev from @irismaystyle
iris may

Kristen from @hudsonandharper
hudson and harper

Mel from @searchedandsourced
SEarched and sourced.jpg

Jules from @seemeswoon
See me swoon

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winter tones

Autumn leaves

Winter seems to attract dark colours, I guess the gloomy days attract darker colours and hence set winter tones.

I’m not saying it’s a bad think, I think these looks can be great but I do try to add some colour to a dark outfit where possible. Hence when shopping in my friends wardrobe (Thanks Nic; I was over my own!), I borrowed the most comfy of colourful flats and now have the urge (ok need!) to go get me a pair as I didn’t want to take them off my feet!  I didn’t think I was the laced-up-shoe kinda girl but how wrong I was! Another lesson that you should try something and it may pay off! I’m not saying buy it but do try before you reject the idea.

I also borrowed her beautiful leather jacket she got made in Bali (yes, now I too have to go to Bali and get one made!) and layered up a winter look with black and grey tones.

As a mum I really am looking for comfort these days. Something that allows me to easily adapt for my little girl, whether that is going for a walk, out for coffee, playing on the floor or even heading to a play centre with other mummies and babies I want to feel like I can do anything in my outfits.

This look did all the above, plus adding a few touches, like earring, necklace and a nice clutch; I can leave little miss at home and go and enjoy me time as well!

Geelong Fashionista
Rollies
Winter tones
Sash and Belle

I was wearing:

  • jacket – from my friends wardrobe (made in Bali by The Bali Tailor)
  • top from Country Road (yes anyone would think I have shares in that place!!)
  • jeans gifted by Mim and Bas
  •  shoes from my friends wardrobe (these are Rollies)
  • bag gifted by Sash and Belle
  • sunnies from Decjuba

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