An Easy Bedroom Update

Top Mummy Blog new Zealand Bedroom MakeoverMy bedroom linens have been on my make-over-radar for a while now.  I’m still in love with this pretty pastel mash-up featuring one of my fave Kip & Co duvet covers but unfortunately it’s suffered some major sun fade.  And that BUGS me no end.

We get almost all-day sun in our bedroom so a fresh white duvet is really the only option to avoid ruining any more expensive linen.  Heading into stores to leisurely shop for anything is just not possible at the moment with my 2 year old terror, so I was relieved/excited/super-duper stoked to check out the latest catalogue from Ezibuy Home – in the comfort of my own home!

I’m a very decisive shopper.  I know what I like and I’m great at making no-regrets, snap decisions.  But, I struggled trying to decide on what items to choose from this new range.  I wanted to incorporate a variety of textures and keep the look clean and white, preferring this time to accent with colour rather than feature it.
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I chose the Nantucket Quilted Duvet Cover Set RRP $119.99-$169.99 which is heavy, lush and has the most beautiful detailing – exactly what I was looking for as a focal point for the master bedroom.  White, but definitely not boring!
Top Mummy Blog new Zealand Bedroom MakeoverTo complement the pretty detailing in the duvet cover I wanted to add even more texture.  The Epsom European Pillowcover RRP $27.99 has quilted herringbone chambray on one side and ticking stripe on reverse.  I finished the look with a Velvet Throw pillow in grey RRP $49.99, ramping up the soft, tactile feel I was going for.Top Mummy Blog new Zealand Bedroom Makeover

There’s still a couple of pieces I need to finish this look; a linen valance and linen sheet set are definitely top of my wish list.

I have never, ever shopped at Ezibuy before and the quality, price and on-trend range of this homewares line sees them firmly overtake some other large retailers in the very competitive home decor market.  I love it all!
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How to wear: Palazzo Pants

Mummy Blog new Zealand Best Savoury Palazzo PantsIt may have been a rare flash of fashion brilliance, but it was Dave who bought me my first pair of palazzo pants while shopping in India on a business trip last year.  These ’60’s throwbacks are BACK baby and this is one fashion trend that is not just for celebs or eighteen year olds.

I love palazzo pants.  

You should love palazzo pants, we all should LOVE palazzo pants.  Here’s why;

  • They are super flattering.  The high waist and long leg gives the illusion of legs-for-days even if you’re really more of a legs-for-minutes kinda gal
  • They are figure skimming, no tight bits here!
  • They are super comfy, hello, like PAJAMAS!
  • Easy to dress up or down.  Wedges, flatforms, strappy sandals………palazzo pants don’t care, you’ll look amaze however you wear them!
  • Palazzo pants are the perfect trans-seasonal staple to take you from spring to summer and avoid wardrobe bloat
  • Budget friendly.  Yes it’s true, check out the look below I’ve created entirely from The Warehouse’s Spring Fashion Lookbook. 

Are you convinced yet?

Here’s how I’d build an outfit around these super versatile pants;

The key thing to remember is that you need to balance out the flowy, wide leg of the pants with something slimline and fitted on top.  If you want to accentuate your waist opt for a plain crop like the Garage one below, or, for a more tailored look pair the palazzo pants with a simple shirt – tucked in!  I would pick the latter option, it’s styled but relaxed, a perfect Mum outfit without looking over-done.

Boho accessories are a must for this look, add an oversized hobo, layered, luxe necklaces and once the weather heats up finish the look with a floppy straw hat and some pretty sandals.

Voila!  Palazzo perfection xxMummy Blog new Zealand Best Savoury Palazzo Pants



Garage Palazzo Pant $29

Garage Ribbed Crop Top $15

Maya 3/4 Sleeve Textured Shirt $29

Debut Front Zipped Handbag $39

Fashion necklaces – assorted prices

Debut Chynna Sandals $25

Beach Works Women’s Aztec Wide Brimmed Hat $20

 

* This sponsored post was made possible by The Warehouse Spring Fashion.

 

Shop Tour | Global Baby

This little blogging gig does wonders for getting me out and about and exploring different parts of Auckland – it’s also pretty deadly on the credit card as I discover more and more fabulous businesses that are doing things so right in this very competitive retail market.  Our declining love affair with the bricks and mortar storefronts of old makes sense in a lot of markets.  Hell yes I’m going to order groceries online if Countdown sends me a code for $1 delivery – why wouldn’t I?  I can’t drive to the store for a $1, plus my time………

However, there are some things that one simply must shop for in person, and let’s be clear, I’m talking about everything related to baby-on-the-way.  For me, the nesting, list-checking, stroller perusing days were some of the most fun and special shopping days I can remember.  So much time, energy, planning and lets face it, money goes into ensuring you’ve got all of your bases covered before baby arrives – then you do it all over again after bubs is born when you realise you had no idea what you needed and what you didn’t!  Ethan, Nixon and I visited Global Baby during the school holidays and spent some time in the store with owner Anita and her lovely shop assistant Danielle.  These two ladies were the very picture of calm whilst the two boys manhandled everything in the shop and just as Nixon was about to lose ALL of his marbles Danielle sat down with a box of stickers and peace was restored.

That’s the kind of shopping experience I want need from every retailer!

I’ve picked out a few of my favourite, lust-worthy items that are available in-store or online if you can’t make it to Global Baby at 161 Manukau Rd, Epsom.

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Mutsy Strollers

It was love at first sight when I saw the Mutsy range of strollers.  Never before have I considered a stroller an object of desire but the finishing and leather detail on these are gorgeous.  Further complementing their stand-out range of strollers which also includes the Casual Play and Brevi ranges, Global Baby have their very own Stroller Technician who carries out any repairs and adjustments in-house so you and baby are back on the street in no time.  Both Anita and Danielle are NZQA certified Child Restraint Technicians; these are the ladies you need when deciding upon the very best travel system for your family.Mummy Auckland Blogger New Zealand

Perfect Gift Ideas for Baby and Mummy
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1.  Pretty Brave Mint with Stripes Slip On $49.90.  I’m dying inside a little that Nixon never got to wear a pair of these super stylish shoes, so sad!  Global Baby has an amazing selection of Pretty Brave Moccasins, Slip-ons and Espadrilles in stock in BOTH boys and girls styles – they’ve just arrived though so be quick!

2.  Haakaa Natural Rubber Teether $14.90.  Shop the NZ designed Haakaa range here, all products are BPA, PVC, Phthalate and Lead free + are scratch and chip proof

3.  All mama’s, new or not so new, need recognition every now and then for the wonderful job they’re doing.  These gorgeous candles, exclusive to Global Baby are blended to promote sleep, relaxation and stress relief.

4.  Kip & Co Bamboo Baby Wrap 2 Pack $64.90.  One of my favorite brands, Kip & Co never disappoint and these stylish, functional swaddles are a nursery essential.  Shop Kip & Co here

5.  Mamoo & Lou Zig Zag Pullover $65.  I spied this NZ brand in the latest Good magazine and was even more enamoured after seeing these fabulous 100% merino knits in person.  Gender neutral, classic styles and superb quality.  Mamoo & Lou tick all the boxes for me and with carefully thought out features such as the folded cuff design on their pants, this range should be at the top of every baby shower wish list.

6.  Baby Wilson Lola Boot by Kathryn Wilson $64.90.  I don’t think these need much of an intro, swoon. Handmade, 100% leather, Baby Wilson by Kathryn Wilson boots make an ideal baby gift, christening gift or christening shoe.  These are the heirloom item every mother will cherish!

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Design perfection and functionality plus have finally arrived in the nursery.  The Kaylula YoYo cradle may be one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever laid eyes on.  Crafted from bentwood, this cradle is a lullaby-inducing dream!  The Kaylula range also includes 4-in-1 cots and changing table/drawer combos. 

If you’ve done your window shopping/research and are ready to order then head to the Global Baby website to shop their comprehensive range.  If you’re after advice and high-end service then the in-store experience with Anita or Danielle is a must!  Visit Global Baby at 161 Manukau Rd, Epsom, Auckland.  Phone 09 630 1960Mummy Auckland Blogger New ZealandMummy Auckland Blogger New ZealandMummy Auckland Blogger New Zealandmummy-blog-new-zealand-nz Mummy Auckland Blogger New ZealandMummy Auckland Blogger New Zealand

 

Acquisitions | Emma & Roe Jewellery

There are two things I’ve always loved when it comes to both fashion and jewellery; textural, boho elements and layering/stacking.  Emma & Roe has done an amazing job of combining these two elements in their collections with the additions of gorgeous leather wrap bracelets and totally covetable range of mix and match stacking rings.  I already have a “mummy” charm bracelet so when I was invited to shop the range* I was looking for something a little different, something that would actually add to my mummy uniform style rather then just simply complement it.

Leather looks so good on its own or combined with other metals so I instantly fell in love with these simple wrap bracelets.  The clasp is genius by the way.  The closure is magnetic stainless steel that is super firm but also totally doable one handed.  These are now on high rotation as they are perfect, everyday pieces to add colour to an outfit without worrying about over-the-top styling.  The Wild Hearts collection includes larger charms that fit onto the wider leather bands, giving you the freedom to customize your look day to day.
Emma and Roe Mummy Blogger New ZealandI’m having a tough time with my skin reacting to my white gold wedding jewellery at the moment so I couldn’t resist a little sterling silver stack to put some pretty back on my fingers.  Black is a wardrobe staple season after season but it proves a bit more difficult to source when looking for quality jewellery to pair with your LBD – or your puffer jacket, either way.  These three delicate bands combine for max impact, creating a statement piece that is both pretty and bold at the same time, I love it!

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Very Important Things to note;

Both the bracelets and rings are perfect mix-and-match everyday pieces which I love, as I don’t tend to re-style my jewellery on a daily basis.  I can’t wait to add to my collection with some charms for the leather bracelets and some gold stack rings to make them even more versatile.

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* I was gifted my choice of products in exchange for editorial consideration.  All opinions expressed are my own.

A Girls Guide to Mac’s Cider Pairing

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Bucking the trend that has seen sickly sweet ciders flood the market recently (if I never taste another Strawberry Lime Cider it will be too soon!), Mac’s have taken inspiration from their brewing roots and brought to market four stunning wee drops that will easily find favour with palettes of all persuasions.  I love drinks that have a varietal for all occasions, I think this is why many of us gravitate towards wine.  Cider can also produce flavours as varied and complex as other brews and ferments, you may just have to step out of your comfort zone to experience them! Mac's Cider New Zealand blog Mummy Kids

Food and beverage pairing is difficult to get right and even more difficult to remember – for me at least!  With their crafted ciders, Mac’s offer four stunning new flavours that won’t be forgotten; Cloudy Apple, Cranberry & Ginger, Blood Orange & Cardamom and Chilli & Lime.  To make things a little easier for those of us who struggle with the complexities of menu planning, I’ve put together some handy infographics to ensure you always get your cider pairing just right!  Take special note of the flavour scale which is now on all Mac’s beers and ciders, a #1 on the scale will offer refreshment and quenching relief while a #7 will leave you wanting to take your time and savour the intense flavour experience on offer. Mac's Cider New Zealand blog Mummy Kids

This range brings innovation and a modern twist on classic cider while remaining true to the tart apple base which remains present throughout the range.  Whether you’re a gumboot girl or a city babe there is something for everyone here, but you simply must try the Chilli & Lime.  Get over the seemingly bizarre concept of a chilli cider and prepared to be wowed.  This one’s a keeper for sure!

Enjoy!

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Shop |New Season Winter Jeans from Kmart

Fashion blogger nz DenimBlack on black on black.

I’ve always wanted a pair of black jeans but the shore girl in me resisted for far too long. HA!  Shore girl no more……

We all know Kmart have totally upped their game in the homeware department but what’s happening on the racks?  Kmart asked me to head in for a bit of a shop and it turns out the denim is kinda their jam!  I found heaps of designs, styles, shapes, colours and sizes and ALL are under $25!  I have never actually gone jean shopping before and headed to the changing rooms with so many potential options.  Turns out there was only one pair calling my name, and that was the Womens Mid-Rise Skinny.  In black.

I’m in love with these jeans.  They are soft, stretchy and they cover my bum – all the way up!  I can’t believe I’ve never worn black jeans before, these are definitely going to be on high rotation as we head from Autumn to winter and can so easily be dressed up or down – though this look with my Nike Roshe fully ticks all the boxes for me!

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I was provided a gift voucher to purchase some jeans, styling and opinions are my own x #kmartstylingnz

 

FASHION CHALLENGE AUTUMN 2015 | Trending for Boys

A little chill in the air at night is certainly hinting that Autumn is here, meaning it’s time to think about ditching the sandals, lowering the hemlines and starting to add a couple of layers to our summer wardrobes.  I’m super excited to be taking part in The Warehouse’s Fashion Challenge this season, meaning I will be heading in store as an official blogger to dress our family head to toe in the latest trends for $200 or less!

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1.  Urban Equip Volley Shorts $20

2.  DC Mens Tee $25 – on sale for $15

3.  Urban Equip Robbie Shoes $30

4.  Active Intent Men’s Zip Thru Sweatshirt $29

So first things first: E does not wear pants.  Ever.  So updating his wardrobe for seasonal temperature fluctuations is essentially an exercise in layering!  Second thing, my delicious 10 year old is a big guy, we shop in the men’s department so sometimes it can be a little tricky finding on-trend and age appropriate outfits that he loves.  But, dude picked this whole outfit himself including the shoes in approximately seven minutes, and he totally nailed it right?  The graphic print shorts are my absolute fave, they are the perfect ‘above-the-knee’ length which is hard to find when you are 10 years old and shopping in the mens department!  The DC t-shirt was on sale for $15!!  I initially thought this combined with the shorts was going to look a bit too blue, but I think the outfit just comes across as very smart and well-styled.  

The super-wide drawstring in the zip hoody is a nice, updated look for this common winter staple.  This sweat will get worn to death so I’m loving it’s neutral base which ties in perfectly with the grey Robbie Shoes that E chose!  What a hip little guy – I think I’ll keep him x

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I can’t run in $135 leggings

Since December 23rd 2014, I have run 251 kilometers.  This is something I’m pretty proud of, I can also feel every single one of those kilometers concentrated in the arch of my right foot!  Ow.

I don’t have plans to give up anytime soon as the changes in my body {NOT on the scale I might add} have been so beneficial that I really hope I can maintain this level of activity throughout the coming winter months.  Fingers crossed x

I run quite hard {so it seems to me anyway!}, I sweat a lot and sometimes I feel like puking when I’m done.  My favorite running outfit is a pair of seriously amazing compression tights that cost me a whopping $20 from The Warehouse and a meshy sports tank of some description.  I’m not running along Ponsonby Rd here.  Most days when I run I won’t even pass a single person, ergo, it doesn’t matter what brand of running gear I’m wearing as long as I’m comfortable.

Despite this, I was beyond excited to have received a sizeable gift card recently to spend at Lululemon, the world-wide athletic apparel store with somewhat of a cult following.  After picking out his rugby boots for the coming season, Ethan and I headed to Takapuna yesterday to check out the Lululemon phenomena for the first time;

  • Beautiful store – check
  • Super helpful, friendly and attentive staff – check
  • Gorgeous, large range of high end product – check

It was truly, a lovely shopping experience.  But, I had anticipated leaving with some great running wear.  Turns out I just can’t stomach the thought of purchasing luxe $135 tights that will end up stinky and sweaty, doomed to a life of 35 minute runs around our neighborhood, with no-one appreciating their beauty and hefty price tag except me and the inside of the washing machine where they would spend most of their time.  Truth: my workout clothes smell bad.  I wash them right away but you can never entirely remove that smell of sweat when you’re running 4 times a week.  The beautiful clothes at Lululemon were just too pretty {and expensive} to relegate to my workout drawer.  I know many ladies around the world regularly get their sweat on in these gorgeous threads, I mean that’s what the brand has built their reputation on, but I just couldn’t shop with that intention.  Did I get it wrong?

I ended up choosing some items that I will wear on a daily basis as the weather cools, a jacket, sweatshirt, some leggings that are ‘Mummy’ appropriate {in my opinion!}, the most perfect cap ever – I wear hats all the time, and a sweet purse for every-day use.  As for my workout gear, I’ll be sticking with my existing functional compression clothing that doesn’t blow the family’s grocery budget on one outfit!

What do you guys think?  Do you spend a lot on premium labels when it comes to workout clothes or are you like me in that you like what looks and feels good regardless of brand?

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FASHION CHALLENGE AUTUMN 2015 | Husband Styling 101

A little chill in the air at night is certainly hinting that Autumn is here, meaning it’s time to think about ditching the sandals, lowering the hemlines and starting to add a couple of layers to our summer wardrobes.  I’m super excited to be taking part in The Warehouse’s Fashion Challenge this season, meaning I will be heading in store as an official blogger to dress our family head to toe in the latest trends for $200 or less!

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1.  Match Long Sleeve TTC Shirt $20

2.  Match 5 Pocket Jean Green $39

  3.  Urban Equip Wills Shoes $30

My husband is a bit of an odd mix when it comes to styling.  Off the clock he is a skateboarder, always has been always will be.  He likes one brand of skate shoes and one brand only {I can understand this as when you’re flying around a concrete bowl you need to be able to feel and trust your feet}, and his clothing aesthetic hasn’t really changed too much over the 15 years I have known him.  His jeans have gotten a little tighter – thank goodness – but his basic old dude skate attire is pretty simple and doesn’t follow fashion trends.

Work is a different story.  Dave works for a major global corporation, so smart-casual is pretty much always required.  A classic plaid shirt is such a great office staple and does double duty off the clock when wearing it untucked is an option.  We were stoked to find these great 5 pocket pants in a deep olive green, these are totally Dave’s style and would work dressed up for the office or dressed down with a tee for after-hours and weekends.  Not as casual as jeans but the slim cut keeps them on-trend and relevant.  

We were looking for a comfy sneaker-based shoe in a contrasting colour to lighten up Dave’s look for Autumn.  The Wills shoe from Urban Equip was a no-brainer, totally office friendly and crosses-over easily for an after work drink or BBQ. 

So total cost, $89, easily reduced by shopping on sale.  I think Dave looks hot!  Most importantly to both of us he looks like DAVE.  He won’t wear clothes he doesn’t like so I’m feeling good about our shopping trip to The Warehouse and so is he.

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Fashion Challenge Autumn 2015 | Toddler Trends

A little chill in the air at night is certainly hinting that Autumn is here, meaning it’s time to think about ditching the sandals, lowering the hemlines and starting to add a couple of layers to our summer wardrobes.  I’m super excited to be taking part in The Warehouse’s Fashion Challenge this season, meaning I will be heading in store as an official blogger to dress our family head to toe in the latest trends for $200 or less!

I like to keep things bright and fun when dressing Nixon, he’s a toddler and the whole monochrome trend is a bit lost on me when it comes to both his bedroom decor and his wardrobe.  I base his clothes on both form and function, Nix is one helluva boy, a full-on, dirt loving,  rock throwing, future All Black-type {fingers crossed : P} BOY.  His clothes need to be easy care, but also look great and wear well.  I found some key summer pieces at The Warehouse  – did anyone else pick up those super cute navy drill shorts with the anchor print?  Amaze – so knew I would have no problem dressing Nix for the challenge.

The Warehouse Autumn Toddler Fashion NZ 1.  Bonds Infant Anchor Leggings $18 Size 2

2.  Hippo + Friends Short Sleeve Striped Tee $8 Size 2 1/2

3.  Hippo + Friends Boys Strike Canvas Shoes $8 Size 6

Starting with quality basics is key to creating a versatile and lasting wardrobe that can be mixed and matched easily.  The Bonds Baby range is my favourite, these anchor print leggings are perfection and can easily be styled for both little boys and girls.  With quite a neutral bottom I was looking for a shirt with a bit more colour; classics stripes never go out of fashion and should be a wardrobe staple, plus there are plenty of colorways to choose from in this Hippo + Friends range.

Shoes are trouble for us.  Both of the boys have feet akin to little chubby sledgehammers.  No laces just works for us and so do these uber cute little canvas slip-ons, comfy for Nix and easy to put on for me – everyone’s happy!

So, total cost of this stylin’ little outfit?  $34.  Hello!?  It’s gorgeous, comfy and totally on trend.  Nix thinks he looks like a babe, what do ya reckon?

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