Back In Black

 

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Witchery Knit | Cue Pants last seen here | Converse Sneakers | Ray Ban Sunglasses

This outfit took me back to a time when I only wore black, black, black & black. I am not sure why I went down this road, I just remember one day deciding that I was only going to wear black.  I did eventually loosen up to bring colour back into my wardrobe, much to Steve’s delight. Perhaps it was the cold weather this weekend that prompted me to go back to black.

While I was taking a trip down memory lane, I realised that it has been a long time since I shared a little bit about me.  It was a few years ago back here so I thought it would be fun to share 20 fresh facts about me now! I was also inspired by one of my favourite Aussie bloggers @whatwouldkarldo who recently shared similar:)

Here we go….

  1. I have a slightly obsessive personality.  For example, if there is a new song that I like then I will play it on repeat for a week or until I can’t listen to it anymore. Similar thing with food.  I still can’t eat pad thai for this reason.
  2. If I pass a speed camera then I will warn oncoming traffic. (sorry any police officers reading this)
  3. If you invite me out I will most likely be overdressed. I will not apologise for this as I am usually getting around in my tracks or pj’s at home so I like to make a big effort on the odd occasion I go out.
  4. My hair is currently falling out in clumps. Apparently this is “normal” for women post partum.  This is not normal…it sucks. It’s playing havoc with my self confidence.
  5. On the hair note, I have more grey hairs then I would like to admit.
  6. Depending on what time I go to bed, I am lucky to get 6 hours of broken sleep each night. If I have a super lucky night,  I will have one block of 4 hours 😉 Welcome to parenthood 🙂
  7. I never have manicures. I much rather do my nails myself. Pedicures, different story.
  8. Alcohol – in the past 18 months I have only had one glass of champagne. I am thirsty.
  9. Three things I can’t live without – water, lip balm & tissues
  10. Re the water – I drink 2.5 – 3 litres a day religiously. I won’t share any as I like to be sure I reach my consumption. It drives Steve nuts. ( starting to think I do have OCD)
  11. I love trash tv.  The Housewives of New York & Beverly Hills are a few favourites.  I also watch Million Dollar Listing New York. Frederick is the best.
  12. I currently eat double my normal daily intake. If I don’t then I am so weak I can’t get out of bed.  I put it down to breastfeeding. It has actually made me put on weight. Whoever said it helps you lose baby weight is a liar.
  13. I am back training (Crossfit) three-four times a week. Its probably more like three but I am trying really hard! Its my therapy so its important to me.  (I personally haven’t found it easy to be as motivated after having a baby – cudos to those Mum’s that are)
  14. I loath any type of “inspirational” posts on social media.  They make me cringe.
  15. I spend way to much time wondering how people grow their Instagram accounts so quickly. (probably because I am secretly jelly!)
  16. I only have 60 pairs of shoes. Steve made me count them. He thought I had over 100 and asked me to throw a few away. I won.
  17. I had a breast cancer scare this year. Thankfully it turned out to be a benign cyst but it was up there with the scariest moments of my life.
  18. Shopping centres are my pet hate. I am much more of an online gal. Or boutique street window shopping.
  19. The longest I have left Ruby’s side has been three hours. That was to attend an appointment for number 17.
  20. I prefer Summer over Winter. A warm sunny beach is my favourite place in the whole world.
  21. I love being a mummy. It has made me so happy inside.

I threw the last one in for good luck!

Thanks for stopping by. Love BG xx

All pics by Steve

Fav Eating Spots In Brisbane

Going out for breakfast and lunch is something that Steve and I love to do on weekends.  It is a little more challenging with Ruby but we still try and get out whenever we can.  This is a wrap up of the latest of our current eating spots around Brisbane.  There are some new and some old! Where is your favourite spot? Any recommendations for other places to try?

From top left to right

The Southside Diner, Southbank – This retro American feel diner is right up my alley with their delicious burgers.

Charlie’s Raw Squeeze, Everton Park Acai Smoothie – yikes I am addicted to these and a genius idea for the fruit shop.  These stores are popping up all over Brisbane.

Cowch, Southank – I am more savoury over sweet but this dessert bar could possibly change all of that! Churros were my favourite.

The Flying Nun, Samford – this unique spot set in an old church is gold.  Samford is really not that far out of Brisbane and each time we have visited the food and service has been consistency good. Berry smoothie and anything on the lunch menu is good.

Nodo Donuts, Newstead – no words required. Get there is you haven’t already.

The Wild Canary, Brookfield – I have Steve to thank for introducing me to this pretty cafe that sits in the heart of a nursery.  With beautiful surroundings and very good breakfasts, it is a hidden gem.

Hopscotch and Beans, Petrie Terrace – An old favourite for breakfasts. Always does the trick.

Corner Store Cafe, Toowong – This house conversion to cafe is always sweet to visit for brunch.

Betty’s Burgers, Surfers Paradise & Noosa – Cool and cheap, you will have the freshest & most tastiest burger every.

 

8 Ways To Make Denim Interesting

Denim. Its the best. It is the most versatile staple for your wardrobe and it never gets boring. Need more convincing? Keep reading for 8 ideas on how you can make your denim more interesting.

Ripped Denim

The ripped denim trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and if it did I don’t care I would still wear it.  Try it for a laid back cool feel to casual day outfit. Don’t be afraid to wear it out at night either. Looks on point with black & pair of high pumps.

 Layering

Layering is ideal for the cooler months and it means you can use bits and pieces from your summer wardrobe.  Try not to go to overboard with too many pieces though, stick to two items and maybe a jacket over the top if you need extra warmth.

A scarf

Next time you are standing in your wardrobe saying to yourself “I have no clothes” try reverting to  denim, white tee & scarf. This is a no fail combination every time.

Blazers

I have mentioned before in a previous post that denim, tee, blazer & heels is one of my most favourite outfit combinations.  Basically its a no brainer.  Try this combination for a casual Friday at work or any day really.

Long Cardigans

I am a huge cheerleader for this longer length when it comes to a knit or cardigan.  They are super stylish and can be worn all year round.

Stripes

The stripe is also a staple for any wardrobe.  Its versatility is up there with denim so it makes so much sense that are a match made in heaven when worn together!

White

Denim and white will always be a winner. Try white shirts, knits, tees or long sleeve shirts.  It is fresh, classic and you will always look & feel polished.

Coloured

Denim doesn’t necessarily have to mean wearing blue! Throw a black or white into the mix for a complete new look.

Shape

Try a new shape, for example flared denim.  This seventies trend is still strong and not only is it a bit of fun its also flattering for most shapes.

Eyebrows with Jane Iredale

Jane Iredale GreatShape Eyebrow Kit $47.56 (gifted) available here

When it comes to beauty treatments, there is one that I could never give up and that is to have my eyebrows (and eyelashes) tinted.  A tint instantly shapes your brows, brightens your eyes & lifts your face to make you look less tired.  However being time poor these days, tinting appointments are few & far between so I either use a pencil or powder to fill in my brows in between.

I had the opportunity to try Jane Iredale GreatShape Eyebrow Kit recently. Jane Iredale is a new brand that I haven’t used before so I was excited to see what it was all about.  When the kit arrived I was impressed with the packaging as it was compact and elegant.  The kit contained a transparent brow wax and pigmented brow powder. I began to fill in my brows firstly with the wax then the powder using the provided applicator which was easy to use.  I found the wax helped to tame any stray hairs and provided a good base for the powder to blend and stick to.  The colour of the powder ( I used brunette) suited my brows perfectly.

The powder did an amazing job to fill in my brows and help refine my natural shape without looking heavy.  The colour lasted all day and there was no smudging which you can sometimes experience when you use a pencil.  I was super impressed. When Steve arrived home he even commented on how good my eyebrows looked and asked if I had them tinted!

Fair to say this product has won me over and is my new favourite everyday beauty product. (Head on over to my Instagram account here to see the results of my brows.)

It is available for purchase via the RY website here.

 

The Perfect Knit- Found!

Feature Piece : St Frock First In Line Basic Knit(gifted) available here 

Seed Denim | Sussan Bag | Converse Sneakers | Karen Walker Sunglasses

I am a little obsessed with knits and this one in particular is seriously good.  Why? Oversized, flattering, fresh stripe/colour -(perfect for winter here in Brisbane) and under $60 – tick, tick, tick and tick!  This has to be my pick if you are on the hunt for the perfect knit this winter.  Get in quick, I don’t think it will last long.  Available from St Frock here. ( I am wearing the M/L)

#imovebecause

Have you heard about the Queensland Government Start Playing Stay Playing campaign?  Neither had I until a few weeks back when I was asked to participate in the initiative.  At first I was a little reluctant, I mean having an active lifestyle had always been important to me, but I am no fitness guru!  Then I thought I am missing the whole point.  You don’t have to be a “guru” to lead an active lifestyle.

So why is being active important to me? Simple really, I move because it is an hour for me to zone out and turn off from everything which in turn keeps me balanced, happy, and energised.  My journey of active living began with school sports and walking.  Over the years I  took up running and eventually went on to participate in many 10k events and then completed a half marathon.  For those North Queensland folk you would be familiar with Castle Hill.  I walked/ran this hill nearly every day while we where living there and I loved it.  When Steve and I moved to Cairns we started a new sport called Crossfit.   At first, I just went along just to keep Steve happy! I was having a merry time with my runs along the beach and spin classes.  However, it didn’t take long for me to become a huge cheerleader of the sport and not miss a single class.  That was five years ago and I am still as passionate about Crossfit now as I was back then.  When we moved back to Brisbane we took up training at the Crossfit Mitchelton box.

For me Crossfit is how I choose to move because I love the challenge it provides in terms of fitness and also the social aspect in  that you get to train with lots of other people. While I was pregnant I continued training (safely) up until 35 weeks and I commenced training again at around 16 weeks post-partum. There was no need to stop training as I could modify every movement that I was doing.

Now that I have a baby staying active is so much more important to keep the energy levels up and to remain sane!  However, the catch is that it is that much harder as you are so physically and mentally exhausted most of the time!! It has been so easy just to put it on the back burner using the reason that I have way more important things to do. Thing is, taking just an hour out to switch off and move is probably the most important thing of all for my well being and makes dealing with the day so much easier!  So I  have set myself a goal of trying to train Crossfit at least three times a week.  If I can’t make my 5am class then I will do something at home while Ruby is asleep.  I also walk each afternoon with Ruby no matter how tired I am as she enjoys it and it is a great way to unwind after a busy and hectic day.

So how do you keep active? Why don’t you join the movement and share why you move using the hashtag #imovebecause. You can find more info here about the Queensland Government initiative.

 

My yoga!  Image credit @lilcosgrove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “Sexy” Bra

Chloe & Lola Layla Lace Maternity Bra 

Since having Ruby I have been wearing the same boring basic t-shirt maternity bra (which I have in nude, white & black!) day in day out.  The other day while trawling the internet I came across this soft cup lace maternity bra & thought this is really pretty.  Initially I was hesitant as I thought there would be no way something this pretty could offer any support.  I took the risk and purchased anyhow.

When it arrived, I couldn’t wait to try it on and I was pleasantly surprised! It actually offered more support than the bra I have been wearing and it looked so beautiful on.  It made my day and I couldn’t wait to wear it the next day and the next day after that! There is definitely something wonderful about wearing pretty lingerie underneath your clothing. Being a new mum who is nursing, I would say that feeling, or wanting to feel “sexy” is something that is in far reach but it really shouldn’t be.  It is still important to feel good about yourself any way you can and putting on this bra gave me a little boost of confidence knowing that, even though I am a milk bar 24/7,  I am still able to wear something luxurious underneath my clothing. ( rather than my daggy usual!) It was also not unnoticed by the husband who thought it looked pretty good & now asks if I can wear that “sexy bra” again! It is also available in navy and pink. I so wish there was a white version!

Love BG x

Pink Scarf

Feature Piece – St Frock Mia Scarf (sold old) available in blue here (gifted)

Sportsgirl Tee | Frame Denim | Cuyana Tote | Wanted Shoes Flats

I am dedicating this whole post to this amazing pink scarf from St Frock.  It’s superb and is the perfect way to finish this outfit of denim jeans and white tee!  It will be on high rotation over winter – for sure. It is also available in a beautiful blue if pink is too girly for you 😉 Enough said.

Have a great week! Love Barb xx

PS. don’t mind the weird old lady shadow in these pics haha!

Gone Girl

Feature piece – Gone Girl Shirt Dress in Grey available here ( gifted, I am wearing size 12)

Seed Heritage Jeans | Karen Walker Sunglasses | Windsor Smith Sandals | Adorne Bag (all non current)

I am a few days overdue with this post but I don’t think it’s too late to wish the mamma’s out there a very Happy Mothers Day. I hope you were all spoilt in some way, shape or form. This was of course my first Mother’s Day and unfortunately I was (& still am) feeling under the weather with a cold & sore throat so spent most of the day resting when I could. We did get out on Saturday though and had a lovely day so I don’t feel like I missed out. I used the opportunity to wear this cute shirt dress from St Frock. I love the grey colour and the super relaxed shape, which makes it easy to wear on its own as a dress or as a top like I have done here with jeans.

Since Sunday turned out to be a quiet day I found myself reflecting on motherhood and what I have learnt five months in.  I wouldn’t change being a mum to Rubes for anything but it is fair to say I was a little naive  going into it. There are a few things they don’t tell you at antenatal classes and they are what I would tell my pregnant self now. I have listed the good and the bad below….

  • Giving birth WILL be the most physically challenging thing your body will ever experience (but you will recover!)
  • You will experience a love that you didn’t know possible for your child (not necessarily immediately but it will happen) and will do anything to ensure they are happy and healthy
  • Be ready for mummy judgment from everyone!
  • Prepare yourself for a lot of crying (even if you never cry)
  • You will question every single thing about yourself
  • Breastfeeding does not equate to weight loss
  • You will be exposed to the best and worst side of people
  • Only surround yourself with positive influences, drop anything that is negative as you will not have time
  • Your phone will exceed its storage for photos and videos every three days
  • There may be rolling eyes sometimes when you walk into a café or shop with a pram (my pet hate, my money is the same your fu*&ers)
  • You will experience a sense of completeness and find a new inner strength
  • Sometimes you will miss your old life
  • Now more than ever, all you can control is how you conduct yourself and treat others.

 

 

Lately On Instagram

#OOTD

Kissin the Berry!

Boot love courtesy of Sandler Shoes 🙂

#OOTD

Brisbane Days

Neck candy

Addicted to these Charlie’s Raw Squeeze Smoothies

Favourite street corner

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#OOTD

Samford life

Watch love

Me and my babe

Coffee & Smoothie time
Sneakers + Jeans #mumlife

Hi peeps, no time for an outfit post this long weekend so I have wrapped up what’s been happening over on my Instagram lately. You can follow along here.  I usually try to post each day!

Have a fab week. xo

Lets talk Primer

Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer

I have always used a primer under make-up as I find it makes a dramatic difference in the way my makeup lays on my face and stays on all day.   I never thought that a primer could also benefit my skin by wearing it alone also.  I was given the opportunity to try Dermalogica’s new Hydrablur Primer and want to share the results with you.  First of all, Dermalogica is a beauty brand that I have been using on my skin for many many years. I trust their products to always deliver on what they promise to do.  This primer is no different.

I have been using the primer for a few weeks now, both alone and under makeup and I am sold!  It has a lightweight, non greasy texture and felt silky & tingly when I applied on my skin.  I can’t quite put my finger on what it smells like but it is very fresh & quite pleasant. My skin is prone to get oily as the day goes by but found that by using the primer oil was reduced and my skin stayed matt looking for longer.

When I use a primer under makeup I expect it to create smooth canvas to which I can apply my makeup.  This primer did just that.  It also extended my makeup for longer.  I remember looking in the mirror at the end of the day and thinking wow my makeup still looks really good!  I have never used a primer alone so was looking forward to see if it really makes a difference.  I actually think this primer helped the appearance of my skin, making it look sort of plumper.   Given that these days I don’t wear makeup everyday, I was pretty stoked that just by using this primer I could look half decent with no makeup.

So overall, I would say this product will be a new addition to my little Dermalogica family that I use religiously everyday.  Do you use a primer?

Available for purchase here.

Thank you to RY for the opportunity to try this product.

 

All pics my own.

Blazer

Runway Scout Blazer | Witchery Knit | Target Denim | RMK Pumps (all not current)

Don’t you love how a black blazer instantly elevates an otherwise basic outfit? I do & for that reason it makes the perfect multipurpose item for any wardrobe.  I would always wear mine as a suit jacket for work with pants, skirt or dress. But, a blazer also looks AmazinG paired with your favourite pair of jeans. Which is perfect for me as I currently spend most of my days in jeans…. (maternity leave will do that to you!)  Actually, denim jeans and a black blazer (+ a tee + heels) has to be one of my all time favourite looks.  When it comes to choosing the perfect blazer it will always be Balmain hehe! (I know I have made it when I have one of those hanging in my wardrobe 😉 Otherwise it is pretty easy these days to find a good well tailored blazer without the Balmain price tag.  I always look for a bold shoulder that is nipped in at the waist as I find it helps to accentuate my figure more so than the boxy type.  If your looking for the perfect must have piece coming into Winter, why not try a blazer?

Pics by Steve

New Season Wardrobe Update

Combinations

1+6+13+16 | 1+7+18+14 | 1+8+10+17+13+15 | 1+6+5+17+13+15  | 1+6+5+18+14 | 1+8+9+16

2+6+13+16+15 | 2+7+16+14 |2+7+17+13 | 2+7+9+16+13 |2+8+16 | 2+8+17+13

3+6+10+18 |3+7+9+14+17 | 3+8+14+16 | 3+8+15+17

4+6+10+13+17 | 4+6+14+16 | 4+7+9+14+18 | 4+8+13+17

5+1+6+18 | 5+2+6+16 | 5+1+7+13+17 | 5+4+7+18+14 | 11+16+13 | 11+4+13+17 | 11+9+14+16 |

11+10+15+17 | 11+3+18 | 12+9+16 | 12+10+13+17 | 12+4+13+17 | 12+11+16 | 12+9+17

New season means time to rotate the wardrobe.   I am currently guilty of  having a wardrobe that resembles “clutterville” so it is time to cull right back – and I mean right back!  My aim is to have less items as possible that I can mix and match into several different combinations.  What I have done above is basically what I plan to have hanging in my wardrobe for everyday. Its an 18 piece capsule which allows me to have over double that number in outfit combinations.  There are so many reasons why this works, here are a few:

  • takes out the confusion of what to wear each day
  • Its fun!
  • by having your clothes are hanging in front of you clutter is eliminated which in turn means less wardrobe malfunction days!
  • it’s inexpensive & will cut out the need for impulse buys
  • each piece is a wardrobe staple and will never date
  • you basically have up to 40 outfits using only 18 pieces of clothing

A few tips are to invest in quality pieces that your budget will allow to get even more longevity from your wardrobe.  For example, invest in a leather jacket rather than pleather one.  If you need more colour, than bring it through accessories such as earrings or scarves rather than a colourful patterned item that will only last a few seasons.

I can’t wait to get started on my wardrobe! xo

Grunge


Feature piece – St Frock Madison Knitted Dress with Waist Tie (kindly gifted)

Denim Jacket (old) | Sandler Shoes Balmoral Boots (kindly gifted) | Sportsgirl Necklace | Runway Scout Shades

I can’t help but laugh when I begin to edit the pics that Steve takes for the blog. Most of the pics are laughable really.  I am falling over my feet, pulling strange faces, talking midway click so my mouth is wide open.  Steve has also pretty much banned me from not wearing sunglasses as I am forever blinking when I don’t – such a loser! Somehow how though he always manages to get a few pics where I look sort of cool and “posey”.  I think he does a pretty amazing job considering what he has to work with and also the conditions I put him under (trying to shoot in the middle of a road – fail!) Poor little Ruby watching from the side lines, she must think her parents are complete weirdo’s!  I suppose what I am alluding with all of this is that I really don’t take my self too seriously, I am certainly not “cool” by any means & I am not up myself – even though it may come across that way in my pictures on this blog. ( Or that I even write a blog in general)  What I can say about me is that when I do something I will always try and do it to the best of my ability, so that means yes being a little “posey” for the blog pics,  in hope that I can provide the best quality pictures that are enjoyable for you to look at it 🙂 You wouldn’t want to see the bad pics, trust me haha!   Ok, enough babbling about me, can I quickly talk about possibly the most flattering dress I have ever owned? This StFrock knit dress is it. The fabric is fitted but is thick enough that it disguises any lumps and bumps while the waist tie at the front actually flatters the tum. Hello, perfect for post pregnancy.  Not ideal for breastfeeding but I still wore it over the weekend as I knew I would be able to get away with not having to feed the little miss. It felt so nice to wear an awesome dress again, even for a few hours!  Currently available here.

Pics by Steve