picking berries

Berry Picking 

I love spending time with the girls, and still love one-on-one time too. Back in early January I took Frankie to Tuckerberry Hill to go twilight berry picking. A nice mum and daughter evening out.

It was so much fun! The weather was perfect, the company was great and it was a lot of fun.
At two years of age I wasn’t sure how successful we would be with the concept of picking berries. After only one accidental green berry Frankie got the hang of only picking blue berries. Then adding to her growing bucket. We would go looking for blue berries and she would continually say “these are good ones” as we got to another bush. A good laugh too.

After about 40 minutes of picking berries we headed back to the cafe at Tuckerberry. We had a nice cold drink (I may have decided it was a nice night for a beer) and ate some of our freshly picked berries, enjoying the beautiful summer evening.
My only complaint was there wasn’t enough food to choose from for a dinner meal. I should have researched more, as I hadn’t fed little miss dinner! (mum fail) That didn’t damper the evening though, still watching the kids run around and enjoy perfect evening.

I highly recommend this as a fun kids activity and something a bit different to try. Twilight picking was only for the month of January but you can still pick berries on Wednesdays and over the weekends, during berry season. Jump on their Facebook page to find out their opening times.

Location: 35 Becks Road, Drysdale



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#this is NOT a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.  

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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what’s the time

Emma and Roe tme 

How is it nearly Christmas?! It only feels like it was July a second ago… This year is flying by!

I’m normally the type of person who is organised for Christmas by the time December comes around. We not only have Christmas, but half our family celebrate birthdays in November and December. This makes for a very busy (and costly) time of year. This year I still have one last present to get.

My birthday is the week before Christmas; (yes another year older this week); I need to look for myself too!

I have been looking for a new watch since my last one battery died. Yes probably any normal person would replace the battery but I decided I wanted a new one.

I had been investigating options when I was contacted by Emma and Roe! When I looked at their range, not only did I fall in love with all their pieces but I discovered their beautiful watch range. I’ve been right into rose gold of late. I’ve been a gold girl since I was born but I love having something a little different. Add the grey band and it was the perfect watch. They have an incredible watch collection and I recommend you taking a look!

Emma and Roe have incredible pieces and I already have my eyes focused on a stacker ring! Might have to wait until next year!





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This watch was gifted, however all opinions are my own.
You can find the link to my new watch here

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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Navy and tan

navy and tan
Geelong

What is it about navy and tan that gets me so excited?! I love the combination of the two colours together especially as we come out of winter.

All of a sudden life has got really busy with so many things on. I’m not complaining they are all very exciting but it’s as if something goes winter is over lets move onto busy warmer months!

It also makes me see that I really need to find a solution to me time. Some time to be alone and really work out exactly what I want and how I’m going to achieve it. Here I was thinking I had so much help and support to get this off the ground and don’t get me wrong I do but what I would give for 3-4 hours of uninterrupted me time would be incredible. I’m my own worst enemy though as I can’t bear to spend much time away from the cute thing that we created and she makes me laugh so much and fills my heart with so much joy. I’m really struggling with this back to work thing I think and need to remember that money is a must!  Someone has to help my shopping addiction!

Fashion is going to get me through the transition! Outfit planning on a budget and wearing fun exciting pieces; maybe even a heel every now and then! What I am looking forward to, is getting back into more of a routine and been really organised . I love having structure and I think it will help me to find the time to sit at the computer and write. This will lead to the dream of one day becoming a professional blogger!!

I ask this question to fellow mums… Do you get enough “me” time?

Navy and Brown
Details
Geelong Fashionista
Surafina
Kirsty
Navy Dress

I was wearing:

  • navy dress thanks to Surafina
  • boots from Wittner
  • bag from Michael Kors (best sister-in-law ever!)

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spring is in the air

Spring is in the air
Khaki

The weather is warming, the flowers are blooming… YES!! spring is in the air.

I love spring as the surrounds start to change; flowers are blooming, days get warmer and longer and summer is that much closer.

It means you can use much more of your wardrobe. Jackets are needed but they are taken off during the day! Boots can be worn but so to can open toe shoes. So much choice and variety, a fun change up from the cold rugged up weather. I love getting more wear out of my clothes and its when I start to see the gaps in my wardrobe as well as what I need to start saving for!

These khaki pants are going to become one of my basics for my work wardrobe (work time is getting closer for me to go back). They are so comfy and feel like I’m in pajamas! I was kindly gifted them by Surafina and was happy to receive as I am loving khaki. I paired with stripes and my updated essential blazer to create this look.

White and black work so well with khaki and really do allow for so many different options to change up the look. It’s so important to me to have pieces that can be so versatile but still worn like a uniform.

What is you favourite work essential?

Details
Colette
Surafina
Kirsty
Gold Buttons

I was wearing:

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