My Style ~ 19th July 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 19th July 2014

I really could have titled this post ‘brrrr’ because it has been so chilly in Wellington this week. We’ve been pretty lucky with the weather so far this winter and have managed to dodgy the worst of the storms… it hasn’t even been that cold. So I think Wellingtonians were shocked when the southerly chill descended this week.

Out came the scarves, gloves and thick coats. Out too came a plethora of broken umbrellas… obviously left in offices for just such emergencies. I’ve never seen so many sad and droopy umbrellas as I have this week watching train commuters try to stay dry on their way to the station (the commuters were also fairly sad and droopy to be fair).

I’m a little bit in my element when it’s cold as I have an excuse to really bust out the layers. My favourite winter colour combo is black, white and red, which I happily wore today thanks to my gorgeous coat and boots. Apologies once again for such shitty photos. I really should remember to take them in the morning.

Mama's Style ~ My Style 19th July 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 19th July 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 19th July 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 19th July 2014

Kore Hi Lo Dress ~ TS14+
Decorous Body Tee ~ TS14+
Origami Gilet ~ TS14+
Tape Jacket ~ TS14+
Duplicate Coat ~ DeNada
Fondant Necklace ~ TS14+
Scarf ~ Virtu
Buckle Up Boot ~ TS14+

 

My Favourite Things ~ 18th July 2014

I’m starting yet another new feature on the blog! Each week I’m sharing my favourite things… it could be a gorgeous piece of clothing, the new wonder cosmetic, fab craft project or recipe, handy hack, home interior idea, something fun for the kids etc. Whatever makes me stop and say wow!

Let’s kick things off…

Lush have just announced their Christmas in July limited editions… and they sound good enough to eat! Pictured is the Snow Fairy Shower GelCandy Mountain Bubble Bar and Iced Wine Shower Jelly (top), Rose Jam Shower GelAngel’s Delight Soap and Maple Taffy Lip Balm (bottom).

You can go ahead and treat yourself knowing you’re purchasing from a environmentally responsible and fair trade company .

Check out the entire range here.

Mama's Style ~ My Favourite Things 15 July 2014

Speaking of lush… I found this delectable looking Caramel Banana Upside Down Bread over at Truelifekitchen. I’m such a sucker for anything with banana and caramel. Anything that tastes like banoffi pie gets my bloody big tick!

Mama's Style ~ My Favourite Things 15th July 2014

I’ve just been introduced to the newish Australian based plus size label… Nyata. Their pieces are stunning and they’re all available from size 14 to 30!

The range is pretty much all black which suits me as I’m obsessed with black and monochrome at the moment. Pop over and check out their collection here.

Mama's Style ~ My Favourite Things 15th July 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Favourite Things 15th July 2014

I’ve been following Wendy Blume for a while and as a Mum to an Asperger’s child I know how hard it can be getting kids to try something new and eat their veges. It’s great to see that Wendy’s released her second Vegie Smugglers cookbook.

 It’s packed with recipes that sneak veges into everyday meals, lunchboxes, party food and more. The book even includes recipes for food intolerances! Order your copy here.

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

I just had to share these cute creations from the Valek Rolling Pins Etsy store. You can choose from one of the ready-made patterns or go for a custom design. You’ll have the best looking biscuits on the block!

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

Jamie’s Pukka Yellow Curry

Mama's Style ~ Jamie's Pukka Yellow Curry

Chicken drumsticks were so cheap at the supermarket the other week so I grabbed a huge pack. I generally make the same meals using drumsticks so I wanted to find a new recipe and came across Jamie Oliver’s Pukka Yellow Curry from his Save With Jamie cookbook. Perfect!

It’s a very easy recipe. Whiz up a bunch of ingredients into a paste (I really need a food processor), brown the drumsticks, add the paste and other ingredients and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened. I let it simmer for too long so there wasn’t as much sauce as there should have been, but it still tasted great! I added some sliced beans to the rice for an extra vege serve.

  • 2 onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger
  • 2 yellow peppers
  • 1 cube chicken stock

  • 1-2 fresh red chillies
  • ½ a bunch of fresh coriander

  • 1 teaspoon runny honey
  • 1 level teaspoon ground tumeric

  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 8 higher-welfare chicken drumsticks

  • Olive oil
  • 1 x 400g tin of chickpeas

  • 1 teaspoon tomato purée
  • 320g basmati rice

  • 1 lemon
  • Fat-free natural yoghurt to serve (optional)

Peel the onions, garlic and ginger and deseed the peppers. Put 1 onion, 1 pepper, the garlic and ginger into a food processor. Crumble in the stock cube and add the chilli (deseed it first, if you prefer a milder curry), the coriander stalks, honey and spices, then blitz to a paste.

Place a large casserole pan on a medium-high heat and fry the chicken drumsticks (pull the skin off first, if you prefer) with a splash of oil for 10 minutes, or until golden, turning occasionally with tongs. Remove the chicken to a plate, leaving the pan on the heat. Roughly chop the remaining onion and pepper and add to the pan to cook for a few minutes, then tip in the paste and let it cook down for around 5 minutes. Pour in 500ml of boiling water. Drain the chickpeas and add along with the tomato purée and a pinch of salt and pepper, then stir well. Return the chicken to the pan, pop the lid on, reduce the heat and simmer gently for around 45 minutes, or until the sauce darkens and thickens.

With 15 minutes to go, put 1 mug (320g) of rice and 2 mugs of boiling water into a pan with a pinch of salt and simmer with the lid on for 12 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Serve the curry in the middle of the table with a few dollops of yoghurt (if using) and a scattering of coriander leaves, with lemon wedges for squeezing over and the fluffy rice on the side.

Mama's Style ~ Jamie's Pukka Yellow Curry

 

Style Stars ~ Tilda Swinton

I’m kicking off a new regular (hopefully) feature today… Style Stars! Each week I’m going to share looks from my favourite fashionistas. They could be celebrities (male as well as female), fellow bloggers, instagrammers, designers, stylists etc. Anyone whose style knocks me over, who wear their oufits so effortlessly and always look polished. As well as this, people that have a pure individual style, own it, and hold up two fingers to the rest of the world.

When I first thought about doing my Style Stars there was one person at the top of my list. Tilda Swinton. This stunning and talented lady truly dresses for herself, she always makes me stop and look, and I admire and love her amazing work. Gush, gush, gush.

My favourite Tilda outfits are her pants suits. Her and Diane Keaton are the queens of this look! Tilda appreciates tailoring and structure and likes her pieces to have clean sharp lines. She generally keeps her suits neutral but plays up texture and print, and her enviable height means that she looks beautiful in a wide leg pant.

Mama's Style ~ Style Stars (Tilda Swinton)

Mama's Style ~ Style Stars (Tilda Swinton)

Max (left), Karen Walker (right), ASOSHarlow (middle), DecjubaCoop and Portmans are a few great places to search if you’re wanting your own pants suit.

Mama's Style ~ Style Stars ~ Tilda Swinton)

When Tilda’s wearing a dress on the red carpet she again sticks to her beautifully cut and structured aesthetic. You’ll never see her baring much skin, covered in sequins or choking under the weight of jewels. Think minimalistic… a beautiful dress and killer shoes! She keeps colour to a minimum with her suits, but when she’s in a dress she dazzles with stunning hues.

Mama's Style ~ Style Stars (Tilda Swinton)

Mama's Style ~ Style Stars (Tilda Swinton)

I have a serious crush on Tilda’s hair! I want her hair, possibly more so than her wardrobe. It has great texture and I love that she goes against the typical Hollywood ‘long blonde mane’. It’s modern and edgy… just like her.

Mama's Style ~ Style Stars (Tilda Swinton)

Let me know your thoughts on the new feature. Like it? Who would you choose as your favourite Style Star?

Aussie Curves ~ Blue Take Two

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

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I’m cheating a bit this week by using looks from previous weeks. This is partly because I just don’t have many blue pieces and I’ve already used them, but also because everyone in my house has been sick lately and I haven’t had the motivation to come up with something new. I hope you’ll forgive me.

There’s a very good reason why I only have a few blue pieces (which I talked about when we did the blue theme the first time around). Blue used to be my safety colour. If I found a style I liked and it was available in blue, I bought it. Every day I opened my wardrobe to a wall of blue, but it still took me some time to realise what I was doing. I gradually stepped out of my colour shell and when I had to replace pieces I made myself choose a different colour. Now I only tend to buy blue items if they’re ‘I absolutely must have this in my life’ stunning.

The last couple of weeks have been pretty shit with the kids struck down with chicken pox. We haven’t been out of the house much so I’ve been spending most days wearing comfy leggings, tunics and warm slob-around-the-house cardi’s.

For this week’s theme I thought that I could put together an outfit using my blue jeans, which I wore for the first blue theme, but they have become far too big for me (thanks to My Journey to Health). So it’s another montage post from me this week to fill the blue quota. I’m sharing photos from the Cocktail, Sparkle (Take Two) and Texture themes.

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

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

Summer Haze Dress ~ TS14+
Millicent Necklace ~ Virtu
Herb Heels ~ Ziera
Sequin Clutch ~ TS14+ (gifted)
Nail Polish ~ OPI Every Month Is Oktoberfest

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Aruba Dress ~ Virtu
Peacock Glamour Jacket ~ City Chic
Crystal Castles Necklace ~ TS14+
Samauri Ankle Boot ~ Overland
Handbag ~ Coach

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

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

Breezy Overlay ~ TS14+
Primal Crushed Tank ~ TS14+
Luna Short Sleeve Body Dress ~ TS14+
Integra Capri Legging ~ TS14+
Heverve Wedges ~ Overland
Necklace ~ TS14+

 

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My Style ~ 9th July 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 9th July 2014

 

Here’s my last My Style catch up post. I’ll be endeavouring to post more regularly from now on. It has been good to have a break but I feel more excited about my blog and I look forward to sharing some new features in the coming weeks. On with the show my dear chums (oh, I sound like Miranda).

The weather was very blah yesterday and I felt like dressing to match. I was kinda in a black mood but couldn’t bring myself to go totally black, so I added some purple and my fun Lily Bloom bag. You may wonder why I’m wearing sunglasses in the middle of winter when the weather was crap. Basically I couldn’t be bothered putting makeup on so the sunnies nicely covered a bit of eye puffiness and my almost-non-existent eyebrows. Unfortunately my sunglasses couldn’t cover my red cheeks. Ah well.

I have almost no eyebrows… I’m not joking. People ask if I overplucked them and they didn’t grow back. Nope, they’ve just always been that way. I’ve been seriously considering having cosmetic tattooing as I’m getting so tired of drawing them on. I’m on ‘eyebrow drawing expert level 100′ but it still gets tiresome. If you’ve had your eyebrows tattooed, I’d love to hear about your experience!

So as I was saying, the weather was blah right? Cold and windy so I busted out my Leather Biker Jacket from K&K. Hmmm… so warm.

Mama's Style ~ My Style 9th July 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 9th July 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 9th July 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 9th July 2014

I was out shopping with my Mother-in-Law and we just happened to stumble into K&K (you know what it’s like… somehow you end up in a shop with no recollection how you got there), and I saw this faux leather Bolero Jacket HALF FREAKIN’ PRICE! Two things stopped me from buying it, though I was sorely tempted. I was already wearing a leather jacket (do I really need two, they are very different styles), and I’m in the middle of ‘stingy July’ so am trying not to spend any money on anything that’s not a necessity. Alas, I had to put her back.

If anyone from K&K is reading this and feels like taking pity on a poor Kiwi blogger… the size 16 is a perfect fit! In exchange I can promise you that the jacket will be taken good care of, I will only use my good hangers on her, she’ll be turned into gorgeous outfits and will be taken out on a regular basis.

Go check out K&K‘s sale… they had some great pieces up for grabs!

Mama's Style ~ My Style 9th July 2014

Splendour Dress ~ TS14+
Debut Cardi ~ TS14+
Leather Biker Jacket ~ K&K
Flocked Slim Ponti Pant ~ Virtu
Stamped Necklace ~ Just Right 4 U
Lily Bloom Eddie Handbag ~ Strandbags
Adrita Ankle Boot ~ Number One Shoes

 

My Style ~ 28th June 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 28th June 2014

It’s been quite some time since I’ve worn an outfit with no black. I’ve fallen head over heels for black this winter, which has been easy as it’s everywhere! Wellington is a corporate town so you have to walk through a sea of black whenever walking down the street. It can get a bit boring but we’ve become experts at mixing patterns and texture to give some interest to our outfits. We own our ‘funeral chic’ style and wear our black with pride!

Anyway, enough of me gushing about my fabulous city.

You know those stupid fashion rules? Well, thou must not wear white in winter is one of them. Why? The day was stunning… too stunning for black I decided. Out came my white leggings, white cardi, some gorgeous cardi topped off with my luxe City Chic Princess Coat. I have encountered a problem when wearing this coat and that is that lots of people want to touch it. I’m not really a touchy-feely person, especially with strangers, so I have to fight the urge to slap people away.

Since I bought my coat they’ve released a black and powder blue version and if I could afford it I’d definitely be grabbing the black one. I’ve just realised that I don’t have a black coat… I’m sure that’s some kind of fashion blogger crime!?

Mama's Style ~ My Style 28th June 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 28th June 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 28th June 2014

I love this last pic. It’s my ‘no random stranger, you can’t touch me’ face!

Summer Haze Dress ~ TS14+
Frill Me Cardi ~ TS14+ (black still available)
Integra Capri Legging ~ TS14+
Princess Coat ~ City Chic
Millicent Necklace ~ Virtu
Patent Wedges ~ The Warehouse
Crystal Stud Earrings ~ Forever New 

 

My Style ~ 21st June 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 21st June 2014

I’m playing catch up again with My Style posts…

This is almost a full head-to-toe TS14+ outfit and the first time showing you my pretty Fanfare Jacket (currently on sale) from TS’s Eplisse label. The colour and pleating are just gorgeous… you know I’m a sucker for textured pieces! Adding to the texture is the fab crushed fabric and tape detail of the dress, suede boots and chunky jewellery.

Mama's Style ~ My Style 21st June 2014

I know my photos aren’t the best and that you can’t actually see them properly, but I need to rave about my Adrita Ankle Boots from Number One Shoes. I picked them up for $40 (they’re currently on sale for $23.99 in Taupe and Wine only) and are seriously one of the comfiest pairs of shoes I’ve ever owned.

The sole is pretty cheap so I’ve had to rough them up to stop myself slipping, but I could have had a rubber sole added. Because they were only $40 I wasn’t bothered about trying to keep them in pristine condition so I happily wore them in the rain (a bit no-no with suede shoes that haven’t had a protective spray), but the water hasn’t affected them at all. I am so happy with them… if I wasn’t having a ‘stingy July’ I would definitely buy the other colours!

Mama's Style ~ My Style 21st June 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 21st June 2014

Eplisse Fanfare Jacket ~ TS14+
Tape Dress ~ TS14+
Luna Shoestring Body Dress ~ TS14+
Integra Full Length Legging ~ TS14+
Studio 54 Necklace ~ TS14+
Earrings ~ TS14+
Adrita Ankle Boots ~ Number One Shoes

 

My Style ~ 8th June 2014

Mama's Style ~ 8th June 2014

This post is all about my new Inspire Poncho from Virtu. I’ve never been a poncho person but I fell head over heels with the texture and pattern of this one. And it’s so freakin’ warm! I’m already getting so much wear out of it and I know I’ll be wearing it right through winter.

Mama's Style ~ My Style 8th June 2014

I teamed it with another piece from Virtu… their Flocked Slim Ponti Pant. Such fun!

Mama's Style ~ My Style 8th June 2014

Inspire Poncho ~ Virtu
Sleeveless Top ~ Farmers
Decorous Body Tee ~ TS14+
Flocked Slim Ponti Pant ~ Virtu
Adrita Ankle Boot ~ Number One Shoes
Handbag ~ Strandbags

My Style ~ 8th May 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 8th May 2014

I’m playing catch up with My Style posts. As some of you know, I took a break from blogging but I think I’m getting closer to posting regularly again. Of course I took outfit pics for my Instagram so thought I’d share some with you here.

This outfit was all about mixing patterns. When pattern mixing it’s best to use the same colour palette which makes monochrome the easiest when playing with different patterns.

I added a splash of red with the Nutrimetics Liquid Lipstick in Ruby.

Mama's Style ~ My Style 8th May 2014

Origami Gilet ~ TS14+
Luna Shoestring Body Dress ~ TS14+
Zip Biker Jacket ~ Crossroads
Razzamatazz Curvaceous 120D Tights
Hepburn Ankle Boot ~ TS14+