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The 52 Project: Lily (39/52, 38/52, 37/52, 36/52)

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38/40 – Lily’s first fashion show!

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”A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Oh gosh…I’ve been so behind on the 52 project posts! I think after this year I won’t be participating in this challenge anymore as I’m finding that I’m quite content with just taking photos, saving it on my computer and not having to edit or share. Just taking the photos for myself and the family rather than weekly updates for this blog.

So above are 4 weeks worth of Lily! What I’m really seeing is that she is so much of a proper little girl and most of the time independent and doing her own thing. In just a manner of weeks she will be 4 – an age I can clearly remember myself.  I’m not dwelling over the fact that she can’t read like some other kids I know as I’m just happy that she knows the alphabet, counts and is well travelled for her age. The most important thing (well I think anyway) is that she quite sociable. She plays well with other kids, interacts with adults but can also occupy herself too.

Life during the preschool years is about having fun through imagination and playtime. An active life with a creative mind. A life before the dancing/music lessons, homework and competitive team sports – which I’m sure will be in full force around the corner!

Do you remember life at 4?

Linking up to Practising Simplicity’s 52 portrait a week challenge for 36/52, 37/52, 38/52 and 39/52.

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Fashion Friday: Why you need to wear Cashmere

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Cashmere comes from the downy undercoat of goats bred in extreme cold. It takes more than two goats to make a single two-ply sweater and the majority of the world’s cashmere comes from Inner Mongolia where it gets colder than -30°C. The labour intensive process involved with sorting and combing the hair contributes to the relatively low global production rate and high costs of cashmere.

I personally love 100% cashmere because it’s ultra-soft, lightweight and keeps me warm (cashmere can be up to eight times warmer than sheep’s wool). It’s also ideal for travelling as it doesn’t tend to wrinkle either. The disadvantages of 100% cashmere are the high costs, difficulties associated with care (hand wash is recommended) and pilling which wouldn’t occur as much if mixed with silk or cotton (although cashmere of higher quality will pill less).

Invest in classic pieces and treasure your cashmere as it will offer great insulation all year around- whether you need the warmth for winter or coolness in spring – and it should last you a lifetime.

Here are my picks for cashmere for this season (all 100% cashmere):

1. This Uniqlo jumper is currently on sale and a great price. $AU 49.90.

2. I love the intarsia knit star pattern on this Banjo and Matilda knit. $AU 395.00

3. Who says cashmere has to be one toned when you can subtlety colour block with this Gasparre cashmere cardigan? $AU 408.00.

4.  A thicker ply jumper such as this Banjo and Matilda turtle neck cable jumper is perfect for Winter.  $AU 495.00.

5. Classic shapes and neutral colours such as this from Skin and Threads will never go out of style. $AU 290.00.

Are you a lover of cashmere?

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Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2014: Katherine Dunmill (WA Designer Installation)

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Last week, the WA Designer Installation show for the Telstra Perth Fashion Show (TPFF14) presented eight WA designers: Apate, Emily Muco, Bhalo, Catini Designs, Monster Alphabets, Convict, Tindale and Katherine Dunmill. This show was done a bit differently to your typical fashion show when one model walks up and down the runway one at a time. Instead, a series of models  stopped at particular spots on the runway as the lights were dimmed and when they were stationary the lights slowly flickered and came on to spotlight each model. This allowed the audience to observe each outfit quite intently.

This post I’m dedicating to Katherine Dunmill as I have come to love her trademark leather accessories and excited that she is continuing to branch into clothes too. The collection she showed was very feminine with white on white action, pastels and ruffled off the shoulder tops (this will be a huge summer trend!). The added fringing and leather gave it the right amount of texture and edge although still maintaining an overall soft and romantic look.

I’m currently lusting over that white neckpiece – really getting me in the mood for summer!

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Welcoming spring at Araluen Botanical park

*Warning: Be prepared for tulip bombardment!*

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Is there any other prettier scene than the one spring paints for us year after year? Masses of colours seem to pop out of nowhere along with a rejuvenation of energy as our spirits are lifted from the dreariness of winter.

Days become longer as flowers blossom on trees and carpets the floor. Slow cooked hearty casseroles and thick outer layers are replaced by lamb cutlets, salads and cardigans. Heaters are permanently switched off as we get to bask in the warm but not too hot sunshine.

And personally I love spring because it is the season in which I was born in and the season in which I first became a mother.

And yes that is nearly 4 years ago now. Can you believe Lily is turning 4 in a few weeks?!

Well today in Perth it’s raining but on most days for spring you have to admit it’s beautiful right? And if you haven’t already, remember to catch the last glimpse of the tulips in Araluen this long weekend. They are simply stunning and shouldn’t be missed.

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Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2014: Melissa Shoes

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If you follow me on Instagram you will know I’m mad about Brazilian shoe brand Melissa shoes. I’ve also bought pairs for Lily and I’m pretty impressed by their durability as well as being oh so very cute.

On the weekend I managed to take Lily to the Melissa shoes show for the Perth Fashion Festival. This was one of the free events running at the Fashion Central runway in the CBD. Sweet candy scents came down the runway as models held lollypops and showed the latest styles including shoe collaborations with Vivienne Westwood and Karl Lagerfeld. Creative director and celebrity stylist Philip Boon created a colourful, fun and pop art inspired show with PVC dresses and plastic jewellery.

If you are in Perth, be sure to visit M Dreams – an official retailer of Melissa shoes:
Address: Cnr of Piccadilly Arcade, & Murray St Mall, Perth
Phone: 08 9322 7701

Are you a fan of Melissa shoes?

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Kids Fashion: Little Alannah May (Part 2)

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Here are some more gorgeous outfits from Little Alannah May. Lily is wearing the SUMMER dress and Nyla is wearing the BRONTE dress. Lily was especially pleased with this dress when random people from the supermarket came up to her saying how much they liked her outfit!

Remember to check out their opening a new store in Claremont: Shop 5, Old Theatre Lane (opening 20/9). I’ll be giving away a Little Alannah May gift card so stay tuned for more details.

* Thank you to Little Alannah May for the clothes. My family genuinely loves this brand so wanted to spread the love.

Linking up to Practising Simplicity’s 52 portrait a week challenge for 36/52.

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Kids Fashion: Little Alannah May (Part 1)

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Last year I came Little Alannah May at a local market. Created by two sisters in Perth, the design duo creates cute and vintage inspired clothing for little girls. Their fabrics are bright and colourful – which kids especially love and Lily usually ends up choosing a Little Alannah May outfit when she dresses herself . I also love the classic features such as Peter Pan collars and floral patterns but with the added quirk and distinctiveness.

Lily is wearing the AIMEE dress and Nyla is wearing the ‘BETTY’ romper. Stay tuned for Friday’s post as I’ll show some other cute dresses from Little Alannah May and details to winning a voucher.

From the 20th September 2014, Little Alannah May is also opening a new store in Claremont: Shop 5, Old Theatre Lane. You can also shop their online store at www.littlealannahmay.com.au. And be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram (@littlealannahmay) too!

* Thank you to Little Alannah May for the clothes. Previously I have bought outfits for my daughers from Little Alannah May so I genuinely love this brand and wanted to show my support and love.

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Personal Style: Questions to ask yourself before purchasing

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{Outfits}
Vest: MLM (via Emporia Subiaco)
Top: Nicholas (old)
Skirt: Vintage
Accessories: Bag (Mulberry), Necklace (Tatty Divine), Boots (Acne), Sunglasses (Zara – old)

How beautiful are the tulips at Araluen? The tulips are in full bloom and they are so beautiful. I’m wearing my trusty favourite skirt (seen here, here and here) which I got years ago from a vintage shop. It goes to show that fashion doesn’t always have to be ‘fast'; to be consumed, regrammed, retweeted and then to never been worn again. I really love this skirt and doubt I’ll ever part with it.

It’s hard to not fall victim to purchasing new things to cheer us up or to keep up with trends. I admit I do this more than I should, but I’ve been trying to get smarter with my purchasing and believe that you can hold on to items which you will wear again and again without it always being expensive – just timeless and practical.

Here are some of the questions I’ve been asking myself recently (especially if something pricey, e.g. over $200):

– Can I wear it with existing clothes in my wardrobe? (i.e. Can I create at least 3 different looks with this new item?)
– Am I just buying it because it’s the latest thing coming through on my Instagram feed? (i.e. Is it on my ‘Wishlist?)
– Do I have something similar in my wardrobe already?
– Is it worth the time & money if it requires dry cleaning, hand washing or constant ironing?
– Will I have an occasion to wear it? (e.g. I doubt I’ll have reason to buy a ball gown any time soon)
– Will I still be wearing it next year?
– Can I get a similar item for cheaper? Most of the time I don’t want to sacrifice quality or unique design but if it’s not an original item anyway and a cheaper alternative is just as good quality and fit, I’ll go for cheaper.

I first saw this MLM leather vest a few months ago and I waited thinking I was going to the UK/Europe during summer so wouldn’t need it immediately. And luckily it went on sale at a different place (in fact all the items above except for my necklace and skirt were bought on sale) and it got even further reduced so I bought it! So far it’s been the perfect transitional weather gear for Spring.

What questions do you ask yourself before buying clothes and accessories?

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Karrinyup Shopping Centre SS14: Tash Sefton and Elle Ferguson (They All Hate Us)

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Once in a while it is a good idea to check your junk mail. In my case last week I found my invitation to the Karrinyup Spring Summer 14 (SS14) launch and consequently had to frantically RSVP on time!

And good thing I did as mega fashion bloggers ‘They All Hate Us‘ flew in from Sydney to Perth especially for this event. Known for their casual yet stylish trademark cut off shorts, striped tees and ripped jeans, Elle Ferguson and Tash Sefton were even more gorgeous in the flesh as I’m afraid their long tanned legs and luscious locks are the real deal!

At the Karrinyup SS14 launch they presented a mini styling session with key trend looks for SS14 available at Karrinyup shopping centre. All with a beautiful floral wall backdrop created by Centre Flowers and live art by illustrator Mekel.

Some key looks I took from their styling session included sheer tops, polka dots, white on white (still in season), the midi flared skirt and sportswear you can wear all day round.

Then afterwards we had a Q&A session and opportunities for lots of photographs. I asked Tash (mother of two boys) how the hell she manages all her work, stays so stylish and still be a mother and wife. She told me she has A LOT of help from family and relies on key reliable basics (e.g plain white tee or striped tee) to get ready quickly.

Click here for a full list of the prices and items in their styling session as well as the fashion parade.

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”A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Lily: You have such a thirst for knowledge that I think you’re so ready for kindergarden although you won’t be starting until next year. It’s so scary thinking that you will be in a a proper school with a uniform soon.

Nyla: Last Sunday you took 10 consecutive steps and now you can’t stop. We are definitely entering the toddler stage now with you officially walking!

Linking up to Practising Simplicity’s 52 portrait a week challenge for 35/52.

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