welcome 2018

Someone once said to me as you get older the years get shorter! I can not believe how true that is and here we are starting 2018.

Last year had so many ups and downs! I realise that is adulthood, but boy we had so much happen in such a short time. So many lessons were learnt and one of the biggest was how important amazing friends and family are! I am so grateful for my village and those that surround me!

Last year our biggest achievement was growing our family from three to four! I love been a mum and so lucky to have my two precious girls! They love each other so much and I love the way they both always looking for each other… no doubt that will change but for now I’m loving this stage. I also love the way they adore their dad and the love he has for his three girls (me included).

Late last year we had our wonderful friend Kiah come to visit and she captured some amazing images of us with the girls. We didn’t have a lot of time but I love she still got some great shots as we walked around Geelong. Andrew and I love photos that capture the moment and she did an amazing job! You have to go look at her work here

I thought it was a great time to show my family as I commit to writing so much more this year and getting right into the swing of blogging. Especially to talk more about Geelong and the incredible town it is becoming! My brother had friends down over New Year and he showed them around and they loved it! I want the world to see that and all there is to offer.

Plus I still have to talk about fashion as that’s what I started this for plus motherhood… That is who I am and the direction I’m going. I hope you continue to follow the journey and please tell your villages about my little voice here. I’d love to hear your feedback and if you want to see, hear anything from me…

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope it’s a wonderful 2018!






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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

in the navy…

Kirsty

Navy and grey have been big favourites of mine of late. I seem to be drawn toward them and building up a collection of clothes in those tones.

When thinking of what to wear, I thought what better autumn look than putting an all navy look together. Plus when you add tan tones how can you go wrong!

I like experimenting with ,my outfits and this one paid off. My favourite quilted skirt (I seem to be living in!); my last season long cardi (love wardrobe shopping, plus it was perfect for winter last season) and my navy singlet (I can’t seem to get off); all combined to create this tonal, monochrome look.  Add in my new Wittner boots (I really shouldn’t have bought but it’s very hard when you get a $30 voucher plus 30% off!) with this beautiful Michael Kors bag (my sister-in-law gave me as a beautiful gift for helping with her wedding; I know spoilt right!) and it all seemed to work really well!

Bare legs may not happen for much longer as the weather really does seem to have turned colder as we approach winter but I’ll be trying as hard as I can until June is here!

Again I was lucky to work with the talented Christina (SkinnyGirlsJeans) who did such a great job at capturing some stunning images! She knows how to capture the moments and really does have an eye for fashion photography. You only have to see her Instagram page to see her talent. My favourite image is the autumn leaves on the white house! Really captures the season and is such a strong photograph!

Navy
Wittner
Geelong

I was wearing:

  • cardigan, skirt and top all from Country Road (Yes I may have a problem)
  • boots from Wittner
  • sunglasses and necklace from Decjuba

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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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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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windy days

Windy

What a beautiful weekend we had, however we still haven’t quite skipped the cold days of winter!
The forecast is saying very cold the next couple days, but lets hope that’s the end as I heading toward maternity leave and would love spring weather!

I took these photos on a sunny but windy day in Melbourne. I saw the lamp post and knew it was the place to stop and get a few images.
Andrew whipped out the camera and captured this amazing spot with such a great lamp post and the plain white wall. Really making my outfit pop! I love exploring Melbourne and love that there is something amazing around every corner. Great places for photos every where I look.

I have been trying to wear some colour and this woolen dress has been a great addition to my baby bump wardrobe.
It’s warm and give the right amount of colour, even if I have paired it with everything black!

Are you someone who likes to inject colour?

Lamp post
Bright red
Bardot cardi
close upKirsty

I was wearing:

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last weekend – part one

Wedding Day

What did you do last weekend?

I got married!! That’s right after a decade Andrew and I decided to tie the knot in an intimate and low-key affair.

It all started four months ago when I went to my wardrobe and found a foreign shoe box.
At closer inspection I discovered it was a Manolo Blahnik box.

To give you some background, 5 years ago when on our big year-long adventure and in New York, I lived one of my life long dreams and got to buy a pair of Manolo Blahniks.
While in the store for well over and hour (Andrew was thrilled 😉 ) I pointed to a pair of Yellow Satin Hangisi Pumps and said to him ” You don’t have to buy me a diamond ring, just buy me a pair of those!!”

Andrew had walked into our room and I had begun to cry, as I start to realise what was happening. I opened the box and lifted the shoes out of their bags and there they were; the yellow satin Hangisi pumps! As I continued to cry, Andrew told me I better try them on and of course they are the perfect fit and I felt like Cinderella!

Manolo Blahniks

As we had just announced to family and friends that we were pregnant we decided to keep this to ourselves and wanted to do something very low-key. So planning began to tie into our 10 year anniversary.

Only eight weeks ago did we tell our parents and siblings as we needed them to get a day off work and told them what we were doing.

On Friday last week in front of our parents and brothers and sisters we got married and became husband and wife.
It was perfect and one of the best days of my life!
The Melbourne Treasury Building (Registry Office) was a wonderful venue and my dad still got his dream of walking his little girl down the aisle.

We followed up Friday with a dinner on the Saturday evening with our very close family and friends, where we announced to them that we had got married.
More to come on that in part two!

kirsty
Mr and Mrs
Rings

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I was wearing:

Andrew was wearing: