LAS stylefile: how I wore, what I wore?

The cool change has now  set into Melbourne. The days are getting shorter and the nights come too soon. I do love the change that comes with winter, the layering, getting all rugged up sitting in front of the telly a little bit more, hot soups! green tea, chocolates, and the rest that go with it. BUT what I don’t do well with is the lack of colour. My brains just don’t really like it. The grey, the way of dealing with this problem of mine? bringing some colour into my wardrobe. I know the darker colours seem to always creep in by autumn/winter, and same way it does into my wardrobe, but I try to keep a little colour going somewhere, somehow…

So, last week, I did some online retail therapy, just a wardrobe update really! And got me self some pretty things, I visited the blue bungalow site, and went clicking. Rest assured, the pretty parcel arrived very soon after, and some lovely new pieces added to the racks!

I sported their beautiful jersey tunic in the Chartreuse, which can be seen here. It was bright, bold and beautiful. The shorter front and longer back length made it perfect to be worn with a pair of leggings for me (perfect for women that are a little heavier on the bottom half). The sleeves can be worn at full length or ruffled up to half way when indoors and it is slightly warmer. The loose fit allows for a relaxed feel and make it comfortable to run around in, for some work or for mummy duties.

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I also paired it with a beautiful animal print scarf, which I purchased a while back from Myer, similar ones still available. Brought my ever so faithful Mimco leather bag out, and to keep warm and dry, I put on a pair of Jane Debster knee-high boots in brown from Sandler, purchased last winter, but you may like something similar here.

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Off I went for a work meet, then to run some errands. And those colours? made me a very happy girl…:)

How do you cope with the darker winter colours? Leave me some ideas below, I would love to hear.

Xx Monica @lifeastyled









I don’t go shopping anymore…


Lately, I have been feeling quite blah when it comes to shopping. Why I have asked myself. I am usually quite spontaneous when it comes to including something new into my wardrobe, or accessory collection. But lately, its been a little different. Is it me just turning a year older and a year wiser? After recently moving homes, I have also begin to wonder if I really need all that stuff…(you know the kind of guilt or remorse you go through when you de-clutter?). Am I realising that I only need a few pieces of clothing or accessory to exist?

After much thought, to be honest I haven’t quite got an idea why this is happening. So lets call this WISDOM…for now at least!

But I thought since this has hit me, I will no longer call it ‘going out shopping’. Maybe, and just maybe if I gave it a different name, it might all change. So I  officially called my shopping trips to ‘going out for some inspiration!’ And I road tested this…

And the outcome is pretty amazing! Now, I find myself looking at things and stopping to think; Do I need it? What can I do with it? How else can I make it work? And I am not as impulsive which gives me a little bit more time to look around, compare and make a decision. Walah! So, perhaps it is a little bit of wisdom thats come with age…

Now, even Mr LifeAStyled  would not have to worry too much when I tell him I am wondering aimlessly in the malls, because really its not aimless shopping, any purchase I make is simply because I found my inspiration. And that’s a good thing…isn’t it?

Have you had a time when you’ve found yourself walking aimlessly in the malls feeling quite blah when you’ve usually been quite a good shopper?

Leave me your thoughts below…And cheers to being inspired!

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.