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Yves Saint Laurent genuine leather pants
$2,665 – montaignemarket.com

Converse sport shoes
$78 – office.co.uk

This is the breastfeeding diaries #2. Popbasic is a great little company who curate micro collections of wardrobe staples. I have found quality and value to be great. The wanderlust collection has been paired with converse for running around like a headless chicken ( me most days!) and leather trousers ( easy wipe clean- mums best friend). A tshirt and cardy also works for breast feeding mummas to allow a subtle snack for baby where ever you may be ( bus stop anyone? Just me?).

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The breastfeeding diaries

The breastfeeding diaries

Breastfeeding fashion is in a word ugly! Frumpy cuts, plain styles and not at all trendy! I have found using a set of breastfeeding tanks or singlets I can wear a variety of regular clothes and continue on my merry way. Shirts over a tank provide easy access for an ad hoc feed whenever needed. I like tshirt to be embellished ( so you don’t need jewellery) but I like any detail to be flat or rounded so there is no risk of scratching babies! Flat shoes are perfect for slipping on in a hurry- feed baby, burp baby , throw baby in pram/ carrier to get from a to b before they cry! Always a fan of real leather I am converted to good faux leather jackets- mine is from new look and can be chucked in the wash or wiped down after spew attacks! Finally a liquid liner that won’t budge all day works and a lip stain which doesn’t transfer or those little bubbas end up covered from all the kisses!

what do you wear to breastfeed?

Using what my mama gave me

With my weightloss has come a realisation that however many kg’s I lose my body shape remains in roughly the same proportions.

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This is a quick nap which shows my shape at the moment and although it is an ever evolving piece of work it is what it is. I am 5’5 ish, have a size 12 top with inbetweeny boobies (12c or 32-34c), my waist goes in but is by no means tiny, I have a definite booty and hips ( from a front view, sideways my butt is a little flat) and I wouldn’t say I am hippy as such I just have quite chunky legs all the way down and there is more than a whiff of the candle about me. That said I am pretty happy with it.

A couple of years ago, as we watched the sunset over the sea in Bali after one too many kir royals, my bestie and I had a chat about clothes after a certain age. My friend and I are polar opposites in personality, body shape, colouring and everything and we were discussing that under the age of 18 for her and 20 for me everything looks good on you. You know the boundary the before is the phase when you are still in your child skinny frame and straight up and down but you have just started getting lady lumps without the associated wobble. At the point we found pretty much all clothes looked quite good, they didn’t have to be cut that well and I was a fashion and clothes MONSTER! On the flip side of this boundary is a woman’s body, complete with lumps and bumps, really good bits and really not so good bits. So clothes either look FANTASTIC ( highlight the good Houdini the bad) or MINGING and do the polar opposite.

So, I now know roughly what my body looks like, that I need clothes that work for me and that I want to look the best version of me possible. Which is what this blog is all about and for me that involves being balanced, healthy, happy, toned, well kept with body and skin care and with clothes that work for me and my shape. In my leisurely mornings I have been having a coffee and watching some trinny and susannah what not to wear and I got a bit interested.

I googled, as you do, and found this quiz http://www.bodyshapestyle.com

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I stood in my undies, how rude!,and made my other half objectively do the quiz and we both decided I was a SKITTLE.

Here is what I should wear

http://www.trinnyandsusannah.co.uk/the-skittle-body-shape

Sadly I do wear cropped and tight trousers, but they have to be cropped at a certain length or I do look shocking. I am trying to embrace some more details on the shoulders and I will adventure to cropped jumpers at some point!

what shape are you? Do you dress for it?

Wardrobe update

I thought that I would draft a post with a bit of a wardrobe update. Since my mum visited with her valuable advice I have revamped some of my wardrobe and now spent a week or so wearing some of the newer combos. Rather than seeing all of my wardrobe I thought that I would assemble some equivalents…
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River Island black sundress
$24 – riverisland.com

Leather aviator jacket
$945 – coggles.com

Hue stocking
zappos.com

Blowfish black fold over boots
$105 – office.co.uk

Havaianas black flip flops
lordandtaylor.com
One dress…. two ways. If you are not 100% comfy with bare legs some cropped leggings work well with havianas. Or in winter tights, ankle boots and a leather jacket. Job done.
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Maxi dress $54 – topshop.com

Hollister Co jean jacket hollisterco.com
Nice and casual perfect for a BBQ . A maxi hides many sins, a jacket to be warm if needed and some classic bling.
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Warehouse studded ballet flat $38 – warehouse.co.uk

Crystal Evolution ring swarovski-elements.com
A more smart day look, or could be done with heels for a night out. Skinnys, blazers and casual tshirts are still staples for me.
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Forever new $93 – forevernew.com.au

Dolce Vita roman sandals couturecandy.com

Never did I think coloured jeans or jeggings would work for me… but with a fresh and feminine kaftan (mine is from All Saints) and some good accessories… it worked, I had a skinny day and it is now a favourite.
So far these are my go to looks for summer. Still within my usual style, denim, leather, casual but with some more daring bits I would not have dreamed of 20kg ago.
I have also found myself attracted to more feminine pieces as I have lost weight. Next weekend I will be at a hens do in a polka dot sundress in a size small!
What clothes are you loving??

lustlist

lustlist

Balmain leather pants
£1,220 – brownsfashion.com

Pollini thigh high boots
$595 – saksfifthavenue.com
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Morning Folks!
Sorry about the random layout of this post, clearly my editing skills are not up to scratch at all. Lets talk about the weekend, which for me was great fun. It involved a lot of lounging around at home getting jobs like laundry done. The construction of my favourite soup ever and quite a lot of cider. Lets also discuss the fact it is monday morning and I am not at work… lovely. Lets ignore the fact that next weekend I will be working 12 hour days ( less lovely) still this roster is working for me. Today will be filled with blogging, exercise with friends, dog walking, ironing and finishing up a few jobs.
Lets talk about loves… more specifically my loves at the moment. For some reason polyvore didn’t write all the details but loves are pictured above.
1. leather trousers for when I am skinny ( one of the things I am looking forward to most)
2. Over the knee boots. I definitely like these when they are flat. Yep I want to be Mrs Cptn Jack Sparrow.
3. Tiffany double circles necklace. This one has been a long-term obsession.
4. Fringing.. not sure why but I LOVE it!
Also….
5. Sigma makeup brushes. I have a stippling brush now and it really affects how your foundation looks. Imagine how good I would look with all these brushes.. More always equals more !?! right???
6. Clarisonic. I have heard this my revolutionise my skin. It is pricey. So pricey you would probably need xmas money to treat yourself but I feel I would benefit. That said the skin is looking quite good as the skinstitut I purchased a few weeks ago has got my skin back under control. This really is the only thing which works for me.
Now onto my other loves and there are quite a few.
1. Cherry Healey.. Do you uk folks already know her? My abc catch up app is getting a work out watching her Cherry investigates series. I love it. I have found they all deal with tricky topics she is interested in and as a young woman they help me to get some exposure to all sides of the argument.
(Guardian.co.uk)
2. This fella
(Image from channel 4 website)
Controversial perhaps, and for all you vegetarians and vegans sorry, but I love the use of wild and basic food he has collected and if you are going to eat meat you may aswell use it all. Also watched on my abc catch up.
3. Walking. The weather is a bit rubbish here in Perth but a brisk walk with the pooch certainly blows away the cobwebs.
4. Weight watchers. Yep I am still loving this and not finding it too challenging at all if this takes me all the way to the above trousers I will be one happy lady.
5. Skype catch ups!
So all in all I am feeling pretty happy. Now for the final thing which makes me happy and is the best pumpkin soup recipe you will ever need!
First up chop 1 onion and fry in a splash of olive oil on a low temp until they become clear. Then add a teaspoon of brown sugar ( I used coconut sugar) and stir until it caramelises. Add curry powder ( I use 1 tbsp) and heat until fragrant then add the veg ( I used 1. sweet potato, 1/2 butternut squash and 2 carrots) with stock and leave to simmer until veg is soft. Blend and serve with cracked black pepper and sour cream. I reckon cashew cream would also be lovely on this if you don’t eat cream or a swirl of coconut cream also matches in really well.
On that note, I shall leave you and get to my ironing and jobs. What are your loves at the moment? Share

Workwear

Well it is my last day at the current job and on monday I start at the new one. This current job has been a lot more office based with trips to the field and other places. As I have mentioned previously the next job is fly in fly out to the mine site and so I shall wear a uniform all day at work. This means there is no need for a work day wardrobe. I do intent to return to office based work at some point in the future and so wanted to put a post together on my standard work outfits. I have included 3 daily outfits ( obviously not exactly my clothes) but I tend to put outfits together along these lines.

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Top
forevernew.com.au

Low jeans
€45 – zalando.it

Charlotte Olympia cat flat
$595 – kirnazabete.com

Givenchy grey leather handbag
$1,935 – ssense.com

 

Sleeveless top
$32 – topshop.com

Acne low rise jeans

£150 – net-a-porter.com

Rekavago high heel pumps

€239 – ourstyle.hu

Tote bag

$29 – maurices.com

Michael Kors leather wrap bracelet

$95 – lordandtaylor.com

 

Printed t shirt

€20 – claireandbruce.com

Black blazer

£18 – chiarafashion.co.uk

Dsquared slim jeans

£219 – farfetch.com

Stiletto heels

£45 – debenhams.com

Cleobella leather handbag

$328 – swell.com

My job is quite casual but at the same time it is still an office and still work. The men wear work trousers and shirts but no ties type arrangement. I wear jeans most days dressed up with a nice blouse/shirt or t-shirt and blazer combo. I find these staples wear well over time and are easily updated with a few new purchases of the cheaper items each season. Fingers crossed the next time I work in an office my current wardrobe will no longer fit so I can use this post as reference to what I actually will wear and not waste money on dresses and skirts that I just don’t choose on a daily basis.

 

What do you wear to work? how do you make your working wardrobe work?