Show Some Shoulder

Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 8.54.35 pmSeed 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!

Barbara-George x

Aje.

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Aje. Tee | Witchery Knit last seen here| Asos Jeans (Maternity) | RMK Pumps

This hand embellished Aje logo tee is one of my favourites.  It’s oversized fit makes it super comfy to wear and the sequins add a touch of luxe.  You may remember the Aje dress I wore here.  Both of these pieces fall into the category of  “major splurge” but I don’t regret it at all – they will last forever in my wardrobe.

Barbara-George xo

 

Two Minutes with Northside Flower Market

 

I am a fresh flower addict, there I said it.  If you follow me on Instagram , it is likely you have already assumed I am slightly obsessed due to my bloom spam! To me fresh flowers are everything. Whether it be for a gift, to pretty up your home or a special occasion, for me they equate to happiness, beauty, brightness, fun & fragrance.  Fresh flowers are my little luxury that I will never be guilty about indulging in (on a regular basis) and I always visit Northside Flower Market when I have flower mania.

I caught up with Kim Dodwell from Northside Flower Market to get the low down on tips of the trade when it comes to being a florist, making the most of your blooms, how to choose season appropriate flowers and to get to know more about the business Northside Flower Market.  I am thrilled to share this article with you all….

BG: Hi Kim.. Thanks so much for spending two minutes with Barbara-George. Tell us about yourself and Northside Flower Market.
NFM: Northside Flower Market is Largest fresh flower market on the north side of Brisbane. It is a flower market through to full service florist. Deliveries daily, weddings, functions and corporate events every week. From a dainty corsage to a function for 2000, we cater for all people, all celebrations and events. I look after social media, marketing, corporate and events.

BG: What are the best things about being a florist?
NFM: It’s a very fast moving, dynamic industry. It’s a beautiful way to celebrate nature, creativity and make people happy. It is a very important job as we create memories, highlight milestones and become the family florist from engagement, wedding, babies, birthdays, celebrations and sympathies. No two days are the same and watching the changes in season and using new flowers and foliage is a wonderful job.

BG: If I had it my way peonies would be available each season but this is not the case! Can you recommend the best flowers to purchase each season?
NFM: Look at the peonies on social media in UK during their summer. In Brisbane get to know your florist. Go in regularly and see what is new. Find out what they are using each day and why. Trial new flowers at home and let your florist know how it went in your house. All feedback is good. Buy a little often, then you get to see the changes of seasons in your own home. Follow local florists as well as international and national on social media to see what they are using. Tulips, hyacinths, narcissus are in season now in Brisbane, as it’s winter.

BG: What are you tips for making our beautiful blooms last as long as possible?
NFM: The four C’s – clean clean clean and cut – clean vase, clean water, clean and cut the stems. Wash your vases and scrub them really well, if they’re thick glass use the dishwasher. Any green, slime or dirt in the vase will reduce the flowers vase life. Clean water, top up the water daily, mist the flowers if they are in air-conditing or heating. If you can replace the water daily that is ideal. Clean the stems – no leaves in the water, they will turn the water very quickly. Cut the stems on an angle about 2 cm from the bottom. Make sure they go into the vase of water immediately.

BG: What is the one piece of advice you’d like to give when it comes to choosing flowers for a special occasion?
NFM: Seasonality, and trust. If you love a particular flower find out when it’s in season and plan around that season. If you have been buying flowers from your florist for a long time you will have a relationship with them. They will look after you and you can trust them to do something beautiful to match your dreams.

 

So, if you are in the need for blooms to cater for a special occasion or even a bunch for home I recommend taking a visit to Northside Flower Market .  A business that has been owned by the same family for over 20 years – they know what they are doing!  Northside Flower Market is located at Unit 3, 27 Windorah Street, Stafford (behind the  Bunnings store)

Northside Flower Market Tulips, Roses & Stock 

Outfit – Witchery Knit & Dress | RMK Pumps available here.

Pictures by Steve

Classics

Trench (old) similar here | Witchery White Shirt | Frame Denim | Windsor Smith Heels | Witchery Clutch

Denim and white, simplicity at its best.  I always run to this ensemble when I have somewhere to be and literally have no time to rummage the wardrobe to put together an outfit. This duo will always be a fresh & classic look that will never let you down.  This will most likely be the last time that I will fit into my beloved Frame denim jeans so time to hit the shops for something more stretchy to accommodate my growing bump:)

Pics by Steve

P.S Most of the pics this week I had my eyes closed!! Not sure if I am constantly asleep now or I am just blinking a little more 😉

Barbara-George xo

Working It Out

 

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Lululemon Long Sleeve Crew & Tights

With my office being a hop, step and jump away (literally) from Lululemon it can often make lunch times wonderings very expensive! I popped in there last week and couldn’t resist this pink long sleeve crew.  The colour had me through the window;) Lululemon is definitely up there with one of my favourite sportswear brands as their pieces are extremely comfortable, long lasting & are fashionable enough to be worn both inside and outside the gym.

I am often inspired by some of my favourite bloggers by how they wear their workout gear.  A few looks I love below.

Barbara-George xo

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Feature image my own, all other pics sourced from Pinterest.

Feathers

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Seed Dress similar here | Dotti Feather Cape | RMK Shoes (currently offering 25% off!)| Olga Bag (old) | Colette Hayman Accessories

My last few outfit posts have been me wearing black. I thought I should probably address this and let you know that there will definitely be more colour coming back to the blog soon! As soon as I buy some new clothes to fit in! If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that I officially announced Steve & I are expecting our first child in November this year.  We are feeling completely blessed & are both thrilled and  exciting about becoming parents to a little girl or boy.  Week by week, most of my clothes have slowly been getting a little tighter, however the past two weeks has seen the bump grow quite a bit so I can’t really hold back much longer – it is time to head into the world of maternity clothing – HELP!  If anyone has any tips for some great clothing stores please comment below and help me out.

On another note, I had the pleasure of attending my niece’s Debutante over the weekend (who looked AMAZING btw!) which was such a special occasion & wanted to dress up this Seed dress a little.  I picked up this feather cape a few months back as I knew it would be a handy accessory to have in the wardrobe for occasions like this when you need to add a little oomph to a classic black dress.  I can’t wait to wear it with a black shirt and some ripped denim as a dinner date alternative.

Thanks for stopping by, Barbara-George

A special mention to this pretty girl who took my pics this week – thank you Elena Postma x

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Heading North Round 2

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This weekend is going to be a super busy one as I am heading back home to Home Hill to attend my niece’s Debutante.  Packing light is a concept that I am still trying to master but my Cuyana weekender bag (featured in pic 1) has inspired me to do just that.  It is big enough to take for a three day weekend away and small enough to use as carry on luggage when flying.  I like to keep up my skin care regime while away so my travel sized Dermalogica  products are perfect to carry along as well as some of my favourite makeup (featured in pic 2 & 3). I can’t wait to dress up and wear my Dotti feather cape (I have been dying to wear this for so long!) and some  Colette Hayman crystal jewels (featured in pic 4).  My J Crew roomy tote is the best to throw my phone & purse in as well as jackets & magazines which are essentials for flying!

Hope you have a fab weekend.  Barbara-George xo

All pics my own.

Chunky Knit Scarf

Seed Chunky Knit Scarf- In Store Only | Seed Harem Pants Similar | Sass & Bide V-Neck Tee | Country Road Flats  currently 25% off| J Crew Tote

One thing I love about Brisbane Autumn days is that it is still warm to get around in a tee but there is that mildness in the air, just enough to need a bit more coverage, and a chunky knit scarf is the perfect trick. I knew this Seed scarf was a winner as soon as I spotted it in the latest catalogue and yes it has sold out on-line already!  I am sure you could still pick one up in store if you got in quick.  As you know, I am a huge cheerleader for the scarf as they are an affordable way to spruce up your wardrobe.  Steve and I popped out for a quick breakfast before running some errands over the weekend and it was so easy to throw on this scarf to add some texture and colour to an all back ensemble.

Barbara-George xo

Black Silk

 

Silk Laundry Black Slip | Country Road Chunky Knit (old) | Windsor Smith Heels | Sussan Bangle

My search for a simple black silk dress has been a loooooooong one – can my drift? I think I have scoured most of Brisbane’s vintage shops in hope of pulling (what felt like) a black silk enigma from the rack. Finally my hunt was called off when I stumbled across Silk Laundry on Instagram and found this lovely black silk dress. Hallelujah Silk Laundry!

Don’t be afraid of wearing silk outside of the bedroom.  It is surprisingly adaptable for most occasions. Wear casually on the weekend with a denim/leather jacket and white sneakers, or dress up in the evening with a fur/feather shrug & heels.  I like mixing different textures with silk, like what I have done here by adding a chunky knit sweater for winter.

Have a great week, love Barbara-George xo

Pics by Steve

Lately on Instagram

Pretty flowers from Northside Flower Market

Kikki K Stationery is the bomb – doh!

Fav travel bag by Cuyana

Brunching at Plum Tucker Cafe

New beauties from Mimco

Casual Friday

Aje splurge – sequins get me every time.

Cawfee at Chester Street

Boots from Seed

Life lately on Instagram. You can follow me @barbaramckellar or here.  I may have missed a month somewhere so a little mixture of March & April!

Love Barbara-George

All pics my own from my Instagram

 

Polka Dot Pj’s

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Soho Pj’s Available via Myer (now on sale for $26!!)

Welcome to May! Gosh, we are nearly half way into the year – I can’t quite keep up – and in another month & it will be officially Winter!  I like to get my warmer sleepwear sorted a little earlier and have done so with these cute pink polka dot pjs! Last year was all about stars and this year it is all about the polka dot. I couldn’t resist these cuties from Myer and they are currently on sale for $26!! Total bargain right. If you are still searching for a Mother’s Day gift for Mum (like myself…must get onto that!) I think these would be perfect.   Thanks for visiting, love Barbara-George xo

Pics by the handsome Steve

Blanket Coverage

Asos Grey Stripe Cape| Witchery Jeans (old) | Country Road T-Shirt | Country Road Shoes (old) | Chanel Pin | Ray Ban Sunglasses

It was a welcome change this morning here in Brisbane with the temperature dropping & bringing with it the opportunity to pull out this warm cosy grey & white cape to wear. I could have done without the wind though – seriously what was with that! (hence the pin to keep the cape from flying off!)  I picked up this Asos cape late last year  & knew it would be a versatile addition to transition into the cooler months.  I love the colours and tassel fringing detail.

Have a great week!  Love Barbara-George xo

Pics by Steve