LAS stylefile: keeping it simple. with a pop of colour.

Melbourne without a doubt has been a little temperamental these last few days. We were fortunate enough to escape the freeze last week as we travelled to sunny Singapore for a week. But the last three days since we’ve been back? Let see. I’ve worn a singlet, a long sleep top, a parka,  a jacket, a pair of boots, and a pair of peep toes. All these in different combinations in three days! Confusion alright..!

This beautiful city has been such a mix bag of temperatures, but on the whole, it is clear that winter is fast approaching. With the foggy mornings, the sunny afternoons and the evening is that time of the year again.

Winter can be a tricky season to dress for. The tendency is to pull out the darker colours. My take on winter dressing? Keep it simple with a pop of colour! ( please excuse my obsession with colour!)

So, today, for a casual outing/meeting, I started with a basic black Camo Tee from Seed, available here, with a pair of skinny jeans from Dotti available here, and I kept warm with this beautiful Ponte Biker Target jacket, available here (comes in a few different colours too!). The beauty of the jacket is that it is lightweight, enough to keep warm as a layering piece, and comfy enough to be kept on while indoors. Great purchase I must say!

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To complete this outfit, I popped on a pair of earrings purchased from Zara in Singapore on my travels, which is available here, and wore a pair of beautiful deep red wedges I purchased at the Round She Goes Markets in Melbourne earlier this year, which was a steal! (definitely worth checking them out). And this bag? A quick pick up for $30.00 from Bardot two weeks ago! Woopa…nothing says winter like fur! Not seeing it online anymore, but you can find a similar one here.

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It was a bright, sunny, chilly kind of day! But I was warm, bright and comfy, enjoyed a quick meeting, and some time in the Melbourne sun.

What are some of your tricks for dressing this season? Do you like adding a pop of colour somewhere, somehow? And if so, how do you do it? 

Oh dear, who’s more excited about the two year olds room!

We are finally making our move down to Melbourne next week after a year of being in the Gold Coast (we are originally from Melbourne). So it is exciting times. Back into our own home! Yippee…which means I can hang things on the wall, without the pre-emptive fear of paint peeling off when the hooks come off. Yes thankful too now that we have those magically amazing 3M hooks!

So it is time for our little girl to move into her own room. Not sure how I feel about that, but will leave that for another blog post. But for now, I am looking at various ideas for her room.

What does a two-year old girl really need in her room? Not much really isn’t it…a bed and lots and lots of toys?

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But in mummy’s view…she needs:

A bed, a bedside table, bedside lamp, night lamp?, a toy storage box, a small chair, a shelf for her books (trust me she has lots), a dressing table perhaps AND lots and lots of toys. That’s only on ground level!

On the top-level, lets see, a wall hanging or a series of canvas prints, some pretty hanging lights, wall decals if can’t get some nice wall prints.

Why one may ask do we need that much in a little girls room? In my very own wise words…

She is only two, once in her life. But most importantly she is only two, ONCE in MY life.

So I have started scouting for some of these items. Browsing through some of my favourite online stores for inspiration and ideas. So far its, Petite Bijou, Lilly & Lolly, Beds 4 Kids, Hip Kids. Plus some DIY projects to consider.

Will update on the blog as we move in and I get started! Can’t wait!

Have you done up your child’s room? Would love to hear some ideas, or retailers with great kids products. Leave me your ideas or thoughts in the comments below.

Persist. Persist. Persist.

Sunday. Church day. Exciting? Yes I do like going to church. But today, maybe not so..why? Because I am slightly disappointed with life at present. Bad few weeks which has resulted in me getting angry and frustrated with life and God in general. SO off we go anyways… we are standing in a beautiful church hall with amazing praise and worship going on. When I stand here each Sunday, my heart is filled with Gods presence. The Holy Spirit is ever so present here. Goose bumps alright. 10am, take my little girl up to Sunday school. Some Sundays are easier than others with detachment and goodbyes as I leave her. Today was one of those not so good ones. I sit with her for a while, reassuring here that mummy will come back to get her and she will be just fine, playing with friends, and enjoying the activities the teachers have got planned. Try not to sneak out, so give her a kiss and say goodbye, get up to leave…CRY! not successful. 10 minutes later I try again..this time a beautiful teacher comes around and gives me a hand with distracting her. And off mummy goes back into the church hall where a visiting pastor from Melbourne was preaching..Happily sits down to listen. And BANG! the words I needed to hear today came straight at me…

‘You must persist in your prayers, don’t get tired of praying, do not give up!’ ‘Persist! Persist! Persist!’ , ‘God has His perfect timing for you, and if something you are praying for does not come to pass when you want it to, it is because he is preparing you for a birth of something big, something you may not even know you are praying for.’

There you have it…that was my Sunday at church. If that didn’t speak to me I don’t know what would. That had to be for me. Given how I have neglected my prayer life, more given up on it because I have become so weary and exhausted with all that’s happened. That has to be FOR ME.

So today, I was reminded to not give up on my prayers. God has a will and plan for me. I have to persist and speak His promises over my life. Claim His promises, and so I will. I may need to be reminded of this again and again as I battle negative thoughts, but WOW isn’t it amazing how God even had it all planned that I had to hear this message today giving me the ability to leave my little one at the right time to walk back into the church hall at that very moment to hear those exact words. So it is His plan, in His timing..and my job is to fervently pray.

When friends disappear..

shutterstock_152606219It has been a rather challenging year. We moved to a new place, leaving what was life for 10 years in Melbourne to the sunny Gold Coast. Yes it was lovely to have come to a nice and warm weather, but with a heavy heart, I was fearful of the unknown. Friends bid you farewell, with waves of goodbyes and warm hugs. Then…

Months go by. The many promises of ‘we will be in touch, we will keep contact, we will come to visit begun to drop off. I asked myself why that was. I was in desperate need for contact. Contact with people I knew, with people who knew me. But that was to change. Only the two that are still in touch, and I thank God each day for them.

I went through patches of happy days and down days. I began to doubt friendship and wonder what went wrong. Surely the invested time, effort and love into some of these friendships could have survived the distance? I was proved otherwise. Sadly, I tried to keep some going. It became a tiring process.The sense of desperation was evident in my outreach. Maybe that was what it has become. Out of sight out of mind? I was hoping that wouldn’t be true…

With time, with increasing activities and continuum of life, I begin to move forward. Some beautiful people have come around, and I thank God for them. They have reminded me again of the power of friendship.

God takes you places and puts the right people in your path, all for a reason. A good reason. Believe it…I had too, now I easily do.