Aussie Curves ~ Favourite Colour

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Favourite Colour)

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I did things a wee bit different this week. I’ve been trying to choose my favourite colour all week and I just couldn’t do it! So I decided to leave it up to my Facebook followers. I shared six of my previous coloured AC outfits and they voted for their favourite which I would then restyle. The winner was… YELLOW!

The outfit that my followers voted for as their favourite is what I wore for Date Night. Specifically the fun yellow City Chic blazer.

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Favourite Colour)

I hope you like how I reworked it…

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Favourite Colour)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Favourite Colour)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Favourite Colour)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Favourite Colour)

Blazer ~ City Chic
Miami Dress ~ TS14+
Luna Shoestring Body Dress ~ TS14+
Cuff ~ Forever New
Seaglass Necklace ~ TS14+
Disco Clutch ~ TS14+
Maya Neera Wedge ~ The Warehouse

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Mama’s Potato Salad

Mama's Style ~ Mama's Potato Salad

I have been making my potato salad for years and it gets rolled out every summer. Mostly for family get togethers but I’ve been known to make a batch just for the heck of it and we’ll use it as a side for a few days (it’s fab with steak, grilled chicken, fish etc). If you are going to eat it over a few days I recommend making some extra dressing to ‘freshen it up’ each time.

I found the basic recipe in a magazine and have added my own extra wee bits to it. Put whatever you want in… avocado, blanched beans, asparagus, peppers, smoked salmon, tomatoes, flaked fish etc.

Enjoy!

1.5kg new potatoes (I use Perlas)
3 or 4 eggs, hard-boiled and chopped
2 ribs celery, diced
1/2 red onion, finely sliced
6-8 sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
4 spring onions, thinly sliced
4 rashers bacon, chopped
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Cut the potatoes into chunks (if needed) and put into a large saucepan. Cover with water and bring to the boil. Add the eggs and simmer until eggs are hard-boiled and potatoes are just tender. Remove eggs and put to one side. Drain the potatoes then cover with cold water to cool them quickly.

Peel and chop eggs, then add the potatoes, celery, red onion, sun-dried tomatoes and spring onion. Fry the bacon then add it to the potatoes. In another bowl combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar and Dijon mustard. Add to the potatoes and stir gently to combine. Fold in the dill (reserve a little to sprinkle over just before serving) and salt and pepper.

Eat warm immediately or chill and serve cold.

Mama's Style ~ Mama's Potato Salad

 

Aussie Curves ~ Races Take Two

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Races Take Two)

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Hey hey… we’re off to the races again! And once again I’m only pretending. I’ve never been to the races, and to be honest I have no desire to go. It’s just not my idea of a fun day out. But I’m more than happy to put on something pretty and pretend that I’m going.

This is the second time that Aussie Curves has headed to the races (you can see my first outfit here). This time my look is more fun and it’s another example of how my style has changed in just 12 months.

I was lucky to have been sent this gorgeous dress from Autograph. It’s beautifully soft and drapey, and I love that it’s different to anything I have. The leaf print is so summery and the pinky mushroom colour will go with anything (although I’ve kept it fairly neutral here). I’m sure I’ll be wearing this year round.

Check out Autograph’s other pretty dresses here.

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Races Take Two)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Races Take Two)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Races Take Two)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Races Take Two)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Races Take Two)

 

Overlay Mid Dress ~ Autograph (gifted)
Sequin Bolero ~ Farmers
Seaglass Necklace ~ TS14+
Earrings ~ Lovisa
Headband ~ Lovisa
Clutch ~ TS14+ (gifted)
Shoes ~ Overland

 

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My Style ~ My New ‘Do

Mama's Style ~ My New 'Do

I’ve been needing a good chop for weeks now, but leave it to me to get my hair chopped off on the coldest sodding day. It’s November and I was wearing boots, a scarf and my leather jacket. Oh and lets not forget my sexy raincoat! It’s just one month till summer and we were wrapped up in more layers than pass the parcel! Thankfully it looks like the southerly blast is on its way out so normal shorts and sandals service will resume shortly.

Anyway, back to my hair. It’s really blonde, reaaaaally blonde. I don’t think it’s ever been this light. I put a colour in a box through it and it hasn’t quite settled down yet. I’m still toying with the idea of putting a bright streak of colour through it… pink maybe? I’m not sure what a patch of bright colour will look like with curly hair. The words ‘clown wig’ spring to mind! Hmm I’m rapidly talking myself out of it.

The cut was swept forward more with a sort of mini fringe. It didn’t grow on me so today I swept the front to the side and I think it looks so much better. It’s so short but there’s still enough volume to play with headbands and clips if I want.

I love it!

Mama's Style ~ My New 'Do

Mama's Style ~ My New 'Do

Mama's Style ~ My New 'Do

Mama's Style ~ My New 'Do

Mama's Style ~ My New 'Do

Miss 5 joined in the fun…

Mama's Style ~ My New 'Do

Mama's Style ~ My New 'Do

Northern Lights Dress ~ TS14+
Luna Sleeveless Nero Body Dress ~ TS14+
Debut Cardy ~ TS14+
Legging ~ TS14+
Fondant Necklace ~ TS14+
‘Garage’ Carlina Sandal ~ The Warehouse

Chicken Favourite

Mama's Style ~ Chicken Favourite

I get that this has a quite broad/random/boring name, but I promise you that it’s so much more delicious than the title suggests. After Miss 5 was born some of the lovely Mums at our local playcentre put together a dinner roster, and this is one of the meals we were given. I enjoyed it so much that I hassled the maker for the recipe! The name came from her husband… it was his favourite meal and it had chicken, so it became Chicken Favourite. Ta da!

I like to double the recipe so that there’s plenty of leftovers. Mr Mama is in charge of making dinner two days a week while I’m working, and I like to make this the day before so that I know there’s something for dinner that involved more than just opening a can. You know how we all dream about what we’d do after winning lotto? Well aside from the fantastic new house, helping out friends and family, taking that round-the-world holiday and loading up a platinum credit card… I dream of sending Mr Mama to cooking school! Yes, some days it’s that bad.

The problem with doubling the recipe is that it needs a lot of chicken, and meat isn’t exactly a cheap staple, so it generally only gets made after Pak n Save has a ‘meat week’. I also like bulking it out with whatever veges are in season. I’ve used spinach, mushrooms, leeks and peas today but it’s also really nice with potato, kumara, courgettes, peppers, grated carrot, spring onions etc. Also try it using leftover roast chicken meat… it has a different flavour (I prefer using non-roasted chicken for this recipe) but it’s still good and is a great way of stretching out a roast chook. I usually serve it simply over pasta.

Here’s the recipe…

  • 1250g cooked chopped chicken (steamed or poached is best)
  • 90g butter
  • 4oz plain flour
  • 500ml milk
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup grated cheese
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Optional veges… onion, peas, kumara, potato, leek, spinach, mushrooms, peppers, courgette, cauliflower, spring onions etc
  • 1 cup soft breadcrumbs
  • A few handfuls slivered almonds

Steam or poach the chopped chicken then put to one side. Cook any optional veges then put them to one side.

Mama's Style ~ Chicken Favourite

Melt the butter, turn down the heat a bit, add the flour and mix. Slowly add the milk and the stock, stirring continuously until it starts to thicken.

Add the mayonnaise, cheese, lemon juice, egg, chopped chicken and any veges and combine. Pour into an oven proof dish. Sprinkle slivered almonds on top, mixing them in just a little, then scatter over the breadcrumbs.

Mama's Style ~ Chicken Favourite

Bake at 180C degrees for 15-20 minutes until the top is golden.

Mama's Style ~ Chicken Favourite

Aussie Curves ~ Skirt

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Skirt)

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We’re busting out some fab skirts for Aussie Curves this week. I only have five skirts (two of which are too big for me these days) so I really only had three to choose from. They’re all great basic pencil skirts, which is the best style for my shape, and I wear skirts year round… with bare legs and sandals in summer and with leggings and boots in winter. I get a lot of wear out of them.

This pleather skirt from Farmers was a bargain at just $15 from one of their ‘red dot’ sales. It’s from their Ignite label which I don’t think was plus sized (someone feel free to correct me if I’m wrong), but they don’t seem to be stocking the label now so I can’t check. It’s a large so I wasn’t even going to bother trying it when I first saw it as I thought it would still be too small, but it has great stretch and I was excited when it slid on easily.

I had to wear it with another great purchase from Farmers… my Believe In Your #Selfie Tee. This has got to be the perfect tee for a fashion blogger! I can’t stop wearing these sandals from The Warehouse… for a $30 pair of shoes they’re amazingly comfortable and go with almost everything.

Wow, would you check out my blazing white legs! This is what happens after they’ve been covered up through an entire Wellington winter. I would use a self-tanner if I could find one that doesn’t make me turn a mild shade of orange. I’m waiting patiently for the oompa loompa look to trend!

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Skirt)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Skirt)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Skirt)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Skirt)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Skirt)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Skirt)

‘Ignite’ Pleather Skirt ~ Farmers
‘No Issue’ Believe In Your #Selfie Tee ~ Farmers
Bangles ~ Lovisa
Ring ~ Lovisa
Earrings ~ Lovisa
Lily Bloom Handbag ~ Strandbags
‘Garage’ Carlina Sandals ~ The Warehouse

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My Journey to Health ~ 30th October 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Journey to Health 30th October 2014

I enjoyed having a break from exercise over the school holidays but now it feels good to be back in my routine (I really am a routine lover at heart). I’m back aqua-jogging and even had my first pilates class on Tuesday with Nikki at O2 Exercise. I had no idea what to expect. Nikki may have taken pity on me since it was my first class, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was able to do most of the poses fairly well and they weren’t difficult. There was one move which was too uncomfortable to do which involved rolling into a ball and rocking back and forth. Oh no, no, no, my lower back screamed!

I had another nasty run in with heart palpitations a few weeks ago (they were bad enough for an ambulance to be called again). Of course I had no palpitations when the paramedics were here, but sure enough the thump-thumping and flop-flopping started as soon as they left. I was awake most of the night and was just exhausted by morning. I’d been slacking and had felt palpitations more frequently in the weeks leading up to it, but I also think I muddled up the coffee cups and had Mr Mama’s proper coffee instead of my decaf. I won’t make that fucking mistake again!

I was pissed off that I’d let them get to a point where I was having palpitations daily. Seriously… how many wake up calls do I need!? So as well as getting back to regular exercise I’ve also overhauled my eating, which is so much easier with all the lovely fresh summer fruit and veges arriving. It’s no secret that my healthy eating slacked over winter but I’m getting more fruit and veges into my meals. My favourite snack is chopped fruit with a couple of dollops of yoghurt… yum! I’m making weekly menus, and as long as I remember to take things out of the freezer in the morning I can avoid the 4pm what-to-make-for-dinner-panic-and-usually-make-something-pretty-crap situation.

The blog’s been fairly quiet for the past couple of months. I’ve been trying to take more time for myself, and to be honest I’ve (again) become a bit uninspired with blogging. So things are going to be slow for a while. I’m not going to push words out or share aimless posts just to have something new. When I started blogging some advice I read was to publish a post each day… I’ve come to the realisation that very few bloggers actually have the time or inclination to do that so I’m giving myself the advice to just sodding well share what and when I want. No pressure, no expectations and definitely no comparing myself to what anyone else is doing!

I’m loving my ‘lightbulb’ moments…

 

My Style ~ 28th October 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 28th October 2014

Today’s post is all about my fun new tee from Farmers. It’s hard to see the letters in these photos but it says Believe In Your #Selfie which is definitely me! As soon as I saw the tee I knew that it had to be mine. It’s from the No Issue label which is a bit street and fun… there are some cool prints and lots of nods to current trends. The best thing about the tee is that it has sleeves almost to the elbow. Hooray! It’s hard to find summer tee’s that still have a decent sleeve for us girls who aren’t fans of showing our upper arms (yea, yea, I can hear some of you saying ‘just get over it already’).

I originally just had shorts on but the day got so cold that I had to pop on my Crossroads 7/8 pants and biker jacket. I’ve been wearing these sandals from The Warehouse almost every day… they are super comfy and go with nearly everything. I’m really loving this outfit and I would prepare yourselves for posts featuring various combinations of these pieces!

I do love me some good monochrome…

Mama's Style ~ My Style 28th October 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 28th October 2014

No Issue ‘Believe In Your #Selfie Tee’ ~ Farmers
7/8 Skinny Pant ~ Crossroads (similar)
Biker Jacket ~ Crossroads
Necklace ~ TS14+
Sunglasses ~ Crossroads
Garage ‘Carlina Sandal’ ~ The Warehouse

 

 

Aussie Curves ~ Then and Now

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Then and Now)

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For ‘Then and Now’ I decided to restyle a dress that I wore for my very first Aussie Curves theme. I wore this dress for ‘Celebrity Copycat’ (see it here) which I think was week five back in 2012.

I’ve enjoyed looking back at my first AC outfit and to see how my style has changed in just two years. I’m definitely more confident… I never would have bared my arms back then and I’ve gotten better at using photos which show a lot of curves. Getting so many positive comments from the gorgeous AC ladies, and my own readers of course, has given me confidence and the encouragement to try new things. Like these shoes… two years ago I would have totally walked right past them!

I hope we do another Then and Now week later on as it was great looking back. Maybe next time I’ll show you a pic from waaaay back when I was in my jeans ‘n jumper days… shudder. Mmm probably not.

Boy I wish I’d remembered to put some lipstick on. Whoops!

Mama's Style ~ My Favourite Things 18th October 2014

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Then and Now)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Then and Now)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Then and Now)

 

Dress ~ Emma Rose
Crystal Wrap Cuff ~ TS14+
Necklace ~ TS14+
Earrings ~ Lovisa
Clutch ~ TS14+
Garage Carlina Sandals ~ The Warehouse



My Favourite Things ~ 18th October 2014

Here are a few of my fave things this week…

Check out these new pieces from Mocka! The fab drawers are from their Whitehaven range and are available in Single, Low Trio, Tall Four and a Chunky Six option for great storage. Thanks to the lovely neutral colours they look stunning in a child’s bedroom as well as the lounge, entryway, dining room and grown up’s bedrooms.

Mama's Style ~ My Favorite Things 18th October 2014

I’m totally obsessed with the Jaffa Yoghurt from The Collective! Unfortunately it’s a limited edition flavour so who knows how long it will be around for… I’m making the most of it while I can. I swear I’ll cry when they stop making it!

Mama's Style ~ My Favourite Things (18th October 2014)

I’ve been hunting for a really good eye makeup remover that doesn’t sting my eyes (good god, that’s a bitch right)? I heard good things about The Body Shop’s Camomile Eye and Lip Makeup Remover so I gave it a go and I’m really glad I did. There’s no sting and it removes waterproof makeup easily. Woohoo!

Mama's Style ~ My Favourite Things 18th October 2014