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

Beauty Update

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Nars Copacabana Illuminator | Nars Coeur Sucre LipGloss | Nars Orgasm Blush | Shiseido Perfect Black Mascara | Chanel Rouge Lipstick | Chanel Chance Perfume | Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat  | Issada EyeLash Curler | Beauteazy Duo Brow Powder & brush available via Brooklyn Beauty Bar 

Happy Wednesday peeps. I haven’t done a beauty post for a little while, probably because my beauty regime is fairly low key these days and I usually don’t tend to stray away from the products I know and have been using for years. Nevertheless, I have introduced a few new products to my small but trusty beauty repertoire and thought I would share.

Eyes
Recently, I have had my eyebrows threaded rather than waxed. If you know me, then you will know I don’t deal well with change and this for me was major. I gave in (after having major eyebrow envy towards one of my friends who has her eyebrows threaded!) and took a visit to the Brooklyn Beauty Bar, Fortitude Valley. Loved it and completely obsessed, will never go back to waxing. I am not exactly sure threading hurts any less but the results are enough to keep me convinced. While there, I also invested in the eyebrow powder and an eyebrow brush to fill and shape my brows. I love this stuff. Once applied, unlike pencils, it does not smudge and you can create a lovely shape and line with the tapered brush. If you’re like me and want to achieve that thicker eyebrow look, I would recommend investing in these two items. They are much better than using a pencil and are actually pretty affordable.

Lips
In the search of a replacement for my empty Witchery lip gloss I looked into Nars for something different. I went for this pink colour in Coeur Sucre – unusual name but pretty colour – which is still subtle enough to wear everyday and feels luxurious on. I also like the applicator which allow for good precision of colour on the lips.

Cheeks
I have come to the conclusion that having blushed cheeks is my signature make-up look! I only do eyeliner & wear bold lip when I am heading out to special occasions. I do however, use blush every time I wear makeup. It just lifts my complexion and brightens my face. I love it. I have tried so many but saw in the latest Style mag that Nars Orgasm was the most popular blush out there. Rachel Zoe uses it and keeps plenty on hand in her kit – hey if it’s good enough for Rach its good enough for me 😉 I have been using it for a few months now and I do like it. It blends well and is pretty universal to mix with different lip & eye shadow colours. I have also started to introduce illuminator to my foundation.  I love the dewy finish it provides.

Whats new in your beauty bag? I would love to hear what your signature make up look is? Drop a comment below & let me know.

Love Barbara-George xo

All pics my own

About A Jacket

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 Zara Jacket | Top Shop Singlet | Sportsgirl Pants last seen here | Witchery Wedges (old) |

Karen Walker Sunglasses

A few weeks back I visited Zara at Robina and picked up this jacket.  I would definitely say that I have a weakness for an interesting jacket, whether it be sequin or patterned like this one.  As much as I agree that a black, grey or camel jacket is always a pragmatic choice in terms of a functional wardrobe investment, sometimes thinking outside the square and going with something you just love can also result in a serviceable option for your wardrobe.

So in life news, I am already wanting next weekend to be here to head over and try Coco Whip (coconut-soft serve).  Have you heard of it? I has just discovered it on Instagram and need to try NOW!!

Have a great week! Love Barbara-George xo

Pics by Steve

Cardi’s & Hats

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWitchery Cardigan (sold out) similar here | Witchery White Tee | Frame Jeans | Sportsgirl Hat (old) | Sussan Bag (old)

I hope you all had a relaxing & happy easter!  Ours was spent wandering around Brisbane and catching up on some of our fav tv shows.  On Saturday, my smart phone decided it did not want to be so smart & would not reset itself so my weekend also turned out to be a social media free one…and I survived!  (pretty sure my brain was thankful!)  However, not so great as I was not able to be contacted!  #champagne problems 😉

Anyhow,  I picked up this cute pink hat last year sometime & think its a bit more fun than the traditional black or grey.  I like that it gives an otherwise neutral outfit a bit of a pop of colour.  Its also time to start pulling out the cardi’s to layer up & I am loving the longer lengths that are coming through this season.   They add a stylish proportion to a simple silhouette of jeans & a tee.

Love Barbara-George

Pics by Steve

A Few Of My Favourite Food Spots In Brisbane


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Nodo Donuts – follow Nodo Donuts on Insta to find out which Brisbane outlet you can pick some of this deliciousness up from

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Breakfast at Chester Street Bakery 

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Pimms at Sixes & Sevens 

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Brunch at Hopscotch & Beans

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Juice stop at Liquefy Juice Co

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Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner at Harveys

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Pitt stops at Artie & Mai

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The best pizza ever at Hatch & Co  – YUM

IMG_4788Sweet treat at French Twist

A wrap up of my favourite places to eat & drink here in Brisbane just in time of the long weekend.  Steve & I are planning to stay in town to chill for the four days and it is safe to say that one of these spots will be on the agenda.  What are you up to?

Love Barbara-George

All pics from Barbara-George Instagram

The Flare & The Husband

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACue Flared Pants | Sequin Top (old) | Windsor Smith Heels | Peep Toe Clutch (old) | Mimco Cuff (old)

Each week when I prepare my posts I wonder to myself, what am I going to write about this time?  I mean I can easily rave on about the clothing (obvs) but every now & then I get bored doing that! So today I have decided to mention the man behind all of my pics, my husband Steve.

For those who don’t know, my very patient husband takes all of my pictures for my blog. It was out of necessity really.  As much as I would love to have professional photos for each post, I would have no money left!  Maybe one day I will be at a point where I could do that (dreams!) but for now its me, Steve & our Olympus.  In saying that, I look back at my pictures and there are so many in there taken by Steve that truly blow me away.  This week especially.  This photo above is one of my very favourites.  I usually do most of the directing when we shoot, but every now & then Steve will not listen to me & just do his own thing & I think that is when the best pis happen! All I asked this week was to do these pants justice & I think he does that perfectly in this shot.

Now don’t be fooled, even though its my husband who takes my pics, it is definitely not all smiles & laughs.  Most shoots involve both us getting frustrated & arguing when we realise that the location is a disaster or me having an idea in my head & trying to explain it so Steve (a novice photographer who only picked up a camera a year a go) can bring it to life for me. It is not easy or fun sometimes! But somehow at the end we always come out laughing & I manage to convince him to do it all the following weekend.

Also, I don’t make much or hardly any money from my blog, (I am lucky enough to get a few freebies now & then) I simply do this because I love it. And at the end of the day it comes down to me being lucky enough to have a selfless husband that supports me in every way to let me fulfil my dreams.

In saying that, I think as much as I am growing as a blogger, Steve is growing as a photographer and for me this is so exciting.  I hope that I will be blogging for many years to come & that the blog gets bigger & better &  if I can have Steve there with me for the ride then that just makes it all that much worthwhile.

While this post is dedicated to thanking my husband for taking my pics for me, I do have to quickly mention these pants. How delicious are they though?  I cannot lie I am a huge cheerleader for the current 70’s revival & the flared pants is the perfect way to jump on board – for so many reasons.  They are flattering, make your legs look longer, do all of the talking so you don’t have to put much effort into what your wear on top, they can be dressed up of down – you get the drift.  Next time I wear these, I will be adding a plain white tee & leather jacket.

Thanks for visiting, love Barbara-George xo

Pics by Steve