Spring has sprung & I have put together my wish list for a home spruce up!
Love Barbara-George xo
I have been a little miserable this past week as frustratingly I wasn’t able to escape winter without catching a dreaded cold and have been laid up trying to fight it off ;( It couldn’t have come at a worst time with family visiting this weekend, so our outings have been cut short as I have needed to get home & succumb to the couch for a snooze! I also had my glucose test this week which is, lets just say, long & boring but mandatory. All and all, I couldn’t be happier to be starting a fresh week and to be moving into Spring!
Thanks for stopping by, love Barbara-George xo
Asos Dress (not maternity)| Nine West Sandals (old)
Steve & I found this garden & pool named “Serenity” while we were staying at Peppers Beach Club in Palm Cove. We would often visit this spot when we wanted a little more piece and quiet from the bigger & busier pools. It was also the perfect back drop to take a few pics of this white dress!
If you didn’t know, off the shoulder is massive news right now. I have always been a huge cheerleader for bare shoulders (another fav dress here) so naturally I am excited to see this style become mainstream again. A white dress like the one I am wearing, or any white dress for that matter, is a perfect investment coming into spring and summer. Don’t be afraid to wear all white as you can always break up the look a bit by injecting some tan tones like a waisted belt & sandals or if you are more of a colour person, add a bold blue clutch & bandana scarf around your neck.
In life news, the bundle is now coming up to 27 weeks old eek! Three months to go before we get to meet the little one! I am grateful to still be feeling well however, it is getting harder to reach down & pick things up from the floor these days! Also, preparations for the nursery have finally begun which is super exciting!
Have a great week & thanks for stopping by. Love Barbara-George xo
A few weeks ago Steve & I spent a week at Palm Cove, one of our fav little spots to visit for a relaxing getaway. We stayed at Peppers Beach Club this time which has the most amazing pools to lounge around and chill in the sun. We also frequently visiting NuNu, for breakfast & dinner, a perfect little restaurant located directly by the beachfront and Vivo for delightful mocktail/cocktail hour & tapas. It We also discovered some new spots like Jack & Shanans for a gelato fix & Chill Cafe for the most amazing smoothies! We couldn’t have asked for better weather while we were visiting with 28 degree sunny days…while Brisbane was having 6 degree days! I would love to hear what your fav spot for a relaxing vacay?
Love Barbara-George xo
No one nails colour like Camilla don’t you think? This dress is actually a few years old, however it always gets a start when on a beach vacation. If you follow me on Instagram you will know that Steve & I were recently in Palm Cove for a short holiday or “baby moon” (more on that later in the week on the blog) and we had to get some pics of this dress on the beach at sunset
Have a fab week. Love Barbara-George xo
I am six months, or 24 weeks, pregs now (where did that go?) and I haven’t had a chance to share with you some fun facts about my pregnancy so far, so better late than never right!
I found out I was pregnant on a Friday night. On the same day I had caught up with a work friend for lunch and I remember telling her how exhausted I was feeling and she asked if I had taken a pregnancy test recently. Not thinking too much into it, (I put the exhaustion down to being ill two weeks prior with a throat infection and cold) that night I picked up a pregnancy test on the way home and took it for the hell of it- it was positive! A few moments after taking the test, Steve asked what the result was & I casually said it was positive, showing him the test. He was super excited and overjoyed as was I, after nearly a year of trying to fall, it was a beautiful surprise to say the least!
The next day, Steve’s car was stolen from our car park lol! We both handled the car theft so well, especially Steve, I think it was due to the fact we were both so happy about the wonderful news. I took myself off to the Dr that week and had a scan shortly after to confirm that I was about 7 weeks along.
From advice by our GP, we made the decision not to share the news with all our friends until after we had safely passed the first trimester and that was quite difficult. I was just about bursting by the time the twelve week scan came around! Leading up to the scan, I was so nervous – more nervous than I had ever been about anything in my life, and it was a huge relief to hear that our little bundle was perfect and everything was progressing as it should. To hear that heartbeat and to see our baby was surreal.
That moment was definitely a highlight of the first trimester. The four weeks of nausea I had most certainly was not! The nausea started at around 8 weeks and subsided at around 11 weeks. It was an all day, everyday nausea that never went away really. I pretty much lived on pasta, bread, cheese and fried chicken for most of that time as that was all I could stomach. The thought of eating anything green repulsed me! Given that I had cut out bread, pasta & most cheeses from my diet for the past 4 years, it was a huge adjustment to have to go back to eating them on such a regular basis again!
The second trimester has been so much more enjoyable. I feel great. My eating has gotten back to normal, I haven’t had any unusual cravings as yet, apart from fruit. I can’t seem to get enough I have heaps of energy & have gotten a hang of how to deal with all of the changes that continually happen to your body during pregnancy. My bump has popped and we can feel and see our little bundle punching and kicking away. ( I spend way to much time watching my belly move around!!) I grow more and more in love with our baby McKellar each day.
Many of you know that I am mad about Crossfit and I have continued training at Crossfit Mitchelton throughout the whole pregnancy (under strict guidance from my Obstetrician of course) by heavily modifing my workouts. I am grateful that I can do this as it is important to me to be a fit and healthy mama.
Finally, maternity clothing! I have been hitting Asos pretty hard as I have found they have a great range of stylish maternity basics like jeans, dresses and shirts. Otherwise, I have found it difficult to find any maternity clothing that I actually like. I have been able to just go up a size in normal clothing so far, which is a bonus as I can continue to wear them after my pregnancy. I find dressing for work the hardest, keeping things corporate when your pregnant can be a bit of a challenge!
With baby McKellar arriving in later November, it will be time to start preparing the nursery in the coming months. I haven’t had time to think about it much as yet as Steve & I have recently purchased a new house and are renovating it. Well Steve is doing most of the renovating, all I can do is supervise which is a bit frustrating, for both of us 😉 I hope to start getting all that organised in September/October so if anyone can offer any ideas for decorating or great baby stores please drop a comment below.
Thanks for stopping by, love Barbara-George xo
Pics by Steve
A Flared silhouette is still dominating when it comes to the jeans/pants stakes at the moment. I personally love the flare due to their versatility and street chic appeal, see my previous posts here & here. Pair them with a cropped top, shirt half tucked in, loose oversized top or even a longer shirt layered with a cropped knit. The options are endless and you can create many different looks with just one pair of pants/jeans. I have my eye on a pair of maternity flared jeans from Asos to add to my very limited current wardrobe collection 😉
In life news, I am on holidays next week which will mean no blog posts for a while however, you can follow my adventures over on Instagram.
Love Barbara-George xo
Pretty street cafes
Distractions of the shoe kind
Real Living inspo
No outfit post this week due to being super busy with home renovations so here is a look at what has been happening lately over on my insta account. Don’t forget to follow me over on Instagram here. Have a great week!
Saturday mornings for Steve & I are our favourite time of the weekend. Usually our day starts with a workout at Crossfit Mitchelton, followed by a big breakfast at one of our favourite places around town. I also like to get a little more “dressed up” on the weekends and wear some of my favourite or new pieces, as most days during the week I am wearing my “work clothes” which are generally more conservative & corporate. As we are in the midst of a winter vortex here in Brisbane, it was perfect timing to throw on a pair of boots for extra warmth. They are my favourite pair, mainly due to their colour and casual feel and the best part is they are getting better with age.
Have a great week!
Pictures by Steve
Witchery Gel Nail Polishes & Elizabeth Arden Crystal Clear Lip Gloss
When I need a pick me up but can’t really go out and drop a huge wad of cash on a pair of shoes or piece of clothing, I find purchasing something new in beauty always does the trick. These Witchery nail polishes are the perfect shade of pastel and cost peanuts. A slick new colour on the nails always lifts my mood and is the easiest way to lift an outfit – win! When it comes to lip gloss, this Elizabeth Arden Lip Gloss is the bomb. As the name says, it is crystal clear and I can’t even put into words how beautiful and glossy it is on. It has been my favourite since I was a teenager and it is just the best.
All pics my own
I only have a handful of maxi dresses in my wardrobe as they are a style that I do not particularly love. However, they are one of the most comfortable, flattering and forgiving items of clothing to wear (especially when pregs) so it does pay to have at least one in supply. Lately, I am taking to this whole layering a chunky knit over a dress or skirt as you may have seen in an earlier post here. I figure why not also use a maxi for a transitional piece in Winter. Next time I wear one of my maxi dresses I am going to layer up by adding a denim shirt and chunky knit or jacket and scarf. In fact, the more I think about it, this may result in me having more love for the maxi. I will keep you updated 😉
In other news, we are moving house again this week – arghhhhhh – it will be all worth it though as it means more room for our new little bundle that will be arriving in November…
Photos by Steve
After a quick stroll on the beach we checked in to Betty’s Burgers for lunch. Seriously one of the most delicious and fresh burgers I have ever eaten & a very comfy, stylish little spot to chill also.
My Lady Chatterly Affair’s carry basket was perfect for a day at the beach. Plenty of room to throw everything in.
A visit to the iconic Signature on Hastings home wares store is always a must on the list.
Taking in the view & the plenty of surfers
All pics my own.
This post is a dedication to layering, a look that I have always been drawn to. Whether it be by throwing on a coat or sleeveless jacket over jeans & a tee (see previous post here), or knits over a classic white shirt, when done right, layering can add interest to an otherwise bland outfit. I have mixed with the classic colours here – black, white & denim – which is a fail safe combo. My key to layering is to mix textures with no more than three items of clothing. By doing this you avoid looking like you are trying to wear everything you own 😉
In other news, our cute little bundle is doing well & I am expanding week to week (everywhere) ! Next Wednesday will mark the 20 week mark – half way!! I can’t wait to share some more #bumpie pics with you very soon. Don’t forget to follow on Instagram here.
Seed Off Shoulder Lace Top & Seed Swing Midi Skirt available here
Karen Walker Deep Freeze Sunglasses & Valentino Vava Voom Napa Flap Bag available here
RMK Veruka Black Leather (on sale) available here
Off the shoulder is a style that has always been high on the list for me. Since it is so mainstream right now, it is the perfect time for us all that to jump on board. Yes, its winter but it has been unseasonably warm in Brisbane so let’s take advantage and pretend that spring is nearly here! Time to bare the shoulder bones stat!