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

 

Lightbox Kids Crafts from Mister Maker

The weather was appalling here in Wellington yesterday so we were stuck at home during the school holidays with Mr 7 and Miss 5 getting more and more tetchy… any person with young kids will tell you that’s the worst affliction known to parent-kind!

When the weather’s nice you can fling open the doors and kids will happily run around outside, ride their bikes, race cars through the garden, ‘paint’ the house and enjoy any other activity involving water. There are endless possibilities outside. Until it starts raining. And boy, did it rain here yesterday! We went through the usual inside day activities but then they started getting on each others nerves and they didn’t want to do anything I suggested. Basically the rain drove them crazy. I was ready to walk out of the house and stand in the rain to get a bit of peace when I remembered Lightbox. Tada!

Mr 7 and Miss 5 really enjoyed a new show they discovered… Mister Maker! Each episode Mister Maker (he engages well and is entertaining) creates fab kids crafts that can easily be made at home. We’ve watched him make junk art, a picture made using cardboard as ‘brushes’, making a ‘stone’ footprint and a firework picture, a ship in a jar with blue rice sea, and more.

Check out Mister Maker on Lightbox to start your kids creating their own art and crafts (and to keep you sane during the second week of the holidays)! Here are some fun projects from the rest of the series…

Mama's Style ~ Lightbox Kids CraftsTop ~ Monster Head Mask
Bottom ~ Key Ring Charm

Mama's Style ~ Lightbox Kids CraftsLeft ~ Superhero Wristband
Right ~ Junk Art

Mama's Style ~ Lightbox Kids CraftsTop ~ Stone Footprint
Bottom ~ Mini Robot

Mama's Style ~ Lightbox Kids CraftsLeft ~ Set of Skittles
Right ~ Sparkly Snowman Picture

Mama's Style ~ Lightbox Kids CraftsTop ~ Medal
Bottom ~ Bubble Wrap Cactus

Aussie Curves ~ Pyjamas

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Pyjamas)

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I’m not one for pyjamas. They always end up twisting, bunching and going places they don’t need to be. I can’t be bothered with all of that. But there are some instances when I have to wear something so I keep a pair around just in case. I actually bought this pair to wear in hospital after giving birth to Miss 5 so I’ve become a wee bit sentimental about them.

If I was to wear pyjamas and nighties I’d probably spend far too much money at Peter Alexander. They recently opened a store at my local mall and I’ve ooh’d and aah’d over quite a few things there… especially the Wizard of Oz collection they had a few months ago. I could imagine myself in these fun pieces, and those ruby slippers!

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Pyjamas)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Pyjamas)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Pyjamas)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Pyjamas)

Ironically after I’d taken these photos I refused to take the pj’s off!

Yourself Pyjamas ~ Farmers

 


My Style ~ 5th October 2014 aka Monochrome Madness

Mama's Style ~ My Style 5th October 2014

Most of my readers know that I’m a bit of a monochrome nut. It’s classic, always looks polished and it’s so easy to wear. Monochrome is my favourite fashion trend of all time!

I’ve been needing to replace one of my favourite black and white pieces, my Origami Gilet (see here, here, here and here) for quite a while as it’s gotten far too big. So when I saw the Voltage Dress from TS14+ I snapped it up. I love the shape and it’s a lovely light-weight piece… perfect for summer but I’ll easily layer it up over winter so I’m sure to get lots of wear out of it.

It’s a lovely sunny day here but there’s still a southerly chill in the wind so I’m wearing a 7/8 length legging (white leggings are fantastic… I urge you to give them a go) and a body tee to keep me warm.

Mama's Style ~ My Style 5th October 2014

I also picked up this pretty An Arrangement Necklace last week. Isn’t it gorgeous!? I love the pretty mint colour, and boy, can it sparkle! I’m also wearing my white Crystal Wrap Cuff. I do love me a little big of bling!

Mama's Style ~ My Style 5th October 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 5th October 2014

Mama's Style ~ 5th October 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 5th October 2014

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Voltage Dress ~ TS14+
Decorous Signal Body Tee ~ TS14+
Basiks Frill Me Cardy ~ TS14+
Integra Capri Legging ~ TS14+
An Arrangement Necklace ~ TS14+
Crystal Wrap Cuff ~ TS14+
Garage Czaty Ballet Flat ~ The Warehouse

 

My Journey to Health ~ 2nd October 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Journey to Health 2nd October 2014

I’ve been pretty slack over the last few weeks. I think I’ve only been to the gym six or seven times and I’m still eating way too many carbs. It’s been a busy few weeks and my health has unfortunately been pushed to the bottom of the list… one nasty side effect is that I’ve started having more palpitations. Oh joy.

I’m living a real life with a family, a job, wanting the occasional social life and plenty of other things that I can’t control. Life isn’t perfect. We have to roll with the punches and do the best we can. I’m not going to feel bad for not getting to the gym four times a week at the moment. I know that once the kids are back at school I’ll start my routine again, and until then I can make do with Dance Central battles with the kids and going to the gym when I can.

The one thing I can change is my eating. Exercise is so much easier when I don’t feel like crap to begin with, and I never feel good when I’m not eating well. I will cut down on those evil bloody carbs and eat more fresh fruit and veges. A good start will be to come up with weekly meal menus again… it’s handy knowing what we’re having each day, but a plan also means that there isn’t the mad 4pm scramble when I usually rely on something stodgy and quick. A plan is my plan!

Hit me with your favourite quick and healthy family meals!

Aussie Curves ~ Fears Exposed

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Fears Exposed)

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When I saw the theme this week the first thing that came to mind was sharing a photo without my eyebrows on. I have hardly any eyebrows and regularly draw them on with my trusty Clinique pencil. I don’t put them on every day… just if I’m working, going somewhere semi-formal or if I think I’ll be meeting someone who’ll expect me to be in ‘Mama’s Style’ mode. Day to day I can’t be bothered putting them on.

And before you ask, no I haven’t over-plucked. I’ve just never had many and what is there is very pale and sparse. I’ve often thought about cosmetic tattooing and I think I’m getting closer to pulling up my big girl undies and taking the plunge. Having my eyebrows on really makes a huge difference to my face and I think having them tattooed will improve my confidence as I tend to hide my face sometimes when I think people are staring.

Sharing these pictures with you is very scary… I’m definitely exposing a big fear! I went back and forth all week trying to decide whether or not I was brave enough to share this fear. I’ve never shared a non-eyebrow photo on the blog. When I take photos without my brows on I pop on a huge pair of sunnies so that you can’t tell. Maybe I’ll stop doing that now.

Life’s far too short, isn’t it. Fuck it! Here you go.

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Fears Exposed)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Fears Exposed)

I’d love to hear from other women who have similar issues with their brows. Non-brows unite!



My Style ~ 27th September 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 27th September 2014

It’s Spring here in NZ, but Winter has come back to bite us on the butt! I’ve been busy this week getting things ready for Miss 4′ birthday party tomorrow but I’m despairing at the weather forecast… heavy rain and strong southerly winds. Thank goodness I’ve hired a decent space and have some indoor games planned!

I’m also thankful to have a couple of really warm merino pieces from OBR Merino keeping me cosy. You’ve seen me in the beautiful sapphire Button Wrap here, but today I’m also showing off the U Neck Curved Hem Top that they sent me during the week (I really am spoiled sometimes). I was so grateful to receive the top… I’ve been needing a good basic long sleeve top and because it’s merino it will stand up to the regular thrashing I’ll be giving it. You really do get your money’s worth with merino!

Aside from the beautiful merino fabric and stunning colours, what I love most about OBR Merino is that they do plus sizes! Merino is a very forgiving fabric with a good amount of stretch so you can easily size down (please check measurements first), in fact I’m wearing a size 16 top which hasn’t happened in quite a while. Even though it shows the contours of my belly, which I will usually do anything to avoid, I was happy being out and about this morning with my belly on display. Confidence really is the best thing you can wear!

It would have been great if I’d had one of these capes when the kids were babies as they make beautiful breastfeeding covers. I had to make do with ugly breastfeeding tops or a piece of material draped around me which always ended up falling down. They would also be ideal to wear while pregnant… keeping you stylish and comfortable while your other tops ride up.

I have to apologise for the not-fantastic photos. It was seriously windy (hey, what else should I expect in Wellington during September), and the camera on my phone is pretty pathetic.

Mama's Style ~ My Style 27th September 2014

It’s a bit tricky to tell what I’ve done here, but it’s one of my favourite ways of wearing the wrap. I start with it upside down and cross it over my body, then I bring it around the back and do up one of the buttons. The second photo shows you how it looks at the back.

Mama's Style ~ My Style 27th September 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 27th September 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 27th September 2014

I’ve left the wrap done up at the back and have let the sides hang loose. Great if you’re wanting a vest/scarf look.

Mama's Style ~ My Style 27th September 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 27th September 2014

How good do the buttons look going down the back? This gives the front a cowl effect.

Mama's Style ~ My Style 27th September 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 27th September 2014

And of course the good ol’ sling-it-over-your-shoulders-and-leave-the-house look. So easy.

Mama's Style ~ My Style 27th September 2014

U Neck Curved Hem Top ~ OBR Merino (gifted)
Button Cape ~ OBR Merino (gifted)
Ponti Pant ~ Max
Cross Necklace ~ Virtu
Maya Neera Patent Wedge ~ The Warehouse

My Favourite Things ~ 26th September 2014

Gosh, it’s been quite some time since I’ve done a MFT post. I’ve been a wee bit slack. The life of a busy working Mum and all that. I hope you’ll forgive me.

Kelly Osbourne has just launched her first fashion collection… and it’s fantastic! Stories By Kelly Osbourne is fun, flirty and available in plus sizes. Did ya hear me!? I said PLUS SIZES! She’s designed a collection which is available from size US0 to US26 and she even uses different sized models… sure the models aren’t what I’d consider to be truly plus size, but it’s far more than what some other labels do and at least we get an idea of what each piece looks like on a more curvy body.

I’m loving her first collection! It’s only available through hsn.com and unfortunately they don’t ship to NZ, but you could try a freight forwarder or maybe a kind family member/friend will place an order for you if you just HAVE to have something.

Here are my favourite picks (my absolutely favourite has to be the Union Jack Shirtdress).

Mama's Style ~ My Favourite Things 29th September 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Favourite Things 26th September 2014

Has anyone else used these Hansell’s Soup Mixes? They taste much better than you think they would (in fact you’d swear it wasn’t actually a packet soup), and they’re very economical as one packet, which I’ve bought on special for just $3, makes 1.25 litres of soup! I just take a couple of slices of buttered bread and some soup to work for a super cheap lunch. You can use it as a base and add extra veges, shredded chicken etc, and I’ve heard it works well as a dahl curry by thickening it and serving with rice.

Available in Indian Dahl (my fave), Moroccan Chickpea and Tuscan Bean.

Mama's Style ~ My Favourite Things 10th September 2014

Spring is my favourite time of the year… the days are longer, the blossom tree outside our bedroom blooms and it starts getting warmer. Unfortunately Winter is still teasing us so some days it’s downright freezing!

That’s when a gorgeous merino blanket from OBR Merino would be perfect for cuddling up with. So soft and warm, and of course they’re available in stunning colours. You’ll be using these blankets year round as merino keeps you warm in Winter but it also stays cool in the heat.

Pop over and check out their other merino pieces… including PLUS SIZE clothing! It’s obviously my day for sharing beautiful plus size styles. I have one of their Button Capes (see an outfit post here) and have just received a Curved Hem Top which I’ll be showing off later on.

Mama's Style ~ My Favourite Things 26th September 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Favourite Things 26th September 2014

My last favourite thing this week is a cafe. Beannie Cafe in Petone to be precise. I’m annoyed that I’ve only recently discovered this place as it’s a wee gem. The people are lovely, coffee is great and the food is divine! Today my bestie and I split a Lemon Brioche (OMG so good) and a brownie. Now I’m more than happy to say that I make a mean brownie, but Beannie’s brownie blows mine out of the water!

They have a great selection of counter food but also a pretty extensive menu. My bestie’s ever so slightly addicted to their Eggs Benedict. When you’re next in Petone you have to pop in. You won’t regret it. I promise!

Mama's Style ~ My Favourite Things 26th September 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Favourite Things 26th September 2014