Breathe. Trust. Let Go.

Breathe Trust Let Go

I’ve decided to take a break for the rest of the year, and into January 2015. I need some screen free time with my family and some time to think about where I want to take Octavia and Vicky in the future. Octavia and Vicky is my third baby and I love it so very much. I’m so grateful to all of YOU because somehow this little blog has grown bigger than I ever imagined, and that couldn’t have happened without your support.

While I’m taking stock of things I’ll be enjoying Christmas with my little (and very big extended) family, and soaking up every moment of Pebble’s last few weeks at home before she starts school in the new year.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays, I hope you make the most of the time with your loved ones too.

Kids Christmas Style

As much as I have been enjoying dressing myself up these days, I also really love dressing my kids in cute clothes too. The trouble is that I don’t like spending a lot of money on kids clothes because I believe in messy play and having fun outside. So when Nikki from Second Dressed got in touch and told me about her recycled children’s clothing business I thought it was just brilliant. I told her that I’d love to share it with my readers, just because I love it so much (I haven’t been paid or given freebies for this, it’s all small business love).

Second Dressed - children's recycled clothing boutique

Second Dressed is an online recycled children’s clothing boutique that makes it super easy for you to buy and sell high quality, second hand children’s clothing. It’s very easy to navigate, just choose the age and gender of your child and see what’s in stock. Once you’ve ordered your clothes they will arrive quick smart along with a reply paid satchel for you to pop your own children’s clothes in and send back to Second Dressed. It was SO easy to do and Nikki has done a great job of explaining the no fuss process on her website:

Second Dressed - how to sell

My account was credited with the money for my clothes within days of sending them off. Unlike other online selling options I didn’t need to take photos and set up auctions or worry about collection or postage. It was all done for me and it was AWESOME.

15% off all purchases for Octavia and Vicky readers

Second Dressed is offering Octavia and Vicky readers 15% of all purchases from now until January 10th, 2015. Just use the offer code ‘OV15’ at checkout. Please do pop over and give Second Dressed a try, I bet  you’ll love it as much as I did.

What are you waiting for, go and pick up some cute threads for your kids to wear this Christmas. 


Finding My Style: The Christmas Party

So… I have a confession. Remember when I was all “I don’t panic buy anymore“. Well, I did it. I went out and did a panic buy! I didn’t even realise it at the time, it just kind of snuck up on me. I thought I was beings so smart – it just goes to show that I’m still learning about all this personal style stuff. I’m proud to say, though, that I have since learned my lesson and returned my panic buy items, in favour of the awesome clothes I already own. It feels so good – there’s nothing hanging in my wardrobe that doesn’t fit or doesn’t suit me or that I’m not going get lots of wear from. Let me tell you the whole story…

Every year, at Christmas time, I have at least two Christmas parties to go to. And every year I run around looking for an outfit to wear. This year, once again, I somehow convinced myself that I had NOTHING to wear or that what I had wasn’t suitable. Next minute I’m running around the shops and trying on some gorgeous clothes. I congratulated myself on a shopping job well done, thanks to my BOSS knowledge. Aren’t I clever?

Finding My Style: The Christmas Party Season

The Shopping Trip (L-R):

1. this skirt a is a bit too “hello, this way to my vagina”, so that got a no. Yes to that necklace though!

2. Jumpsuit. N.O. The black is too heavy on me and the cut is not flattering (scoop necks suit my oval face better).

3. Love, love, love this skirt. Great print, great length, interesting cut.

4. Love the skirt even more with navy.

5. Lovely dress but a bit tight and not accentuating my best bits. Hot, hot, hot shoes!

$$$$ Cha-cha-ching $$$$ I walked out with the skirt in pics 3 and 4, the shoes, the first necklace and the navy top. Phew! Wasn’t I such a clever little stylista? Wasn’t I?…

But wait. I went home and a few days later I watched another BOSS Module. The final module. The kinda important module about… shopping. I learned something pretty important. That skirt? It’s a feature skirt. Which is fine, but it takes work to wear it over and over without it being the main attraction in an outfit. If I want to get lots of wear out of this it could be tricky. Also… honestly? It was a tad…snug. I KNOW. I’m 36 years old and still buying clothes that are too small. Will I EVER learn? *sigh* But I did hang on to it, until the parties were done, just in case. *face palm*

Then there’s the shoes. Nude shoes are not the best, they just leave your outfit trailing off to nowhere. A shoe in my hair colour is really best, or a shoe with a statement colour or print (blondes can wear a nude shoe much more easily than brunettes). This nude shoe, especially with my dark hair, just doesn’t give the outfit that WOW factor, I look unfinished. Also, nude suede? Really? Four inch heels? Ok, who do you think you are? Certainly not a mama of two young children *face palm* I switched them for a cheapie pair of neon and snakeskin heels that WERE a new purchase but at less than $30 are going to earn their keep. I’ve already worn them to four events!

I kept the navy top, because it’s a hard worker in my wardrobe and navy loves me. The necklace is AMAZING and in my colours and shiny, which I know my skin loves. And it has an adjustable length, so I can wear it with lots of different necklines. It stays (see, I have learned something!).

But now what? The night of one of the dinners had arrived. What was I going to wear? Maybe the skirt? Maybe something I already own? Let’s see what I had to work with (be warned, post-shower pics are coming up – apologies for the rushed photo job!).

Finding My Style: The Christmas Party Season

Narrowing Down Options (L-R):

1. The skirt. Which is still snug. It does look good, but will I be comfortable? Will I feel awesome? Hmm, probably not.

2. The favourite feather dress that I wore to Problogger. I had shied away from wearing this for Christmas parties because it’s very short, and work dinners aren’t the place to put your wares on display. But I do love it, and it loves me.

3. A safe oldie: monochrome, statement shoes and necklace. I can’t lose (unless I spill red wine on myself!).

I packed all three and made the decision in the hotel room on the night. I decided that the print skirt needed to go. Bye bye skirt! It is gorgeous, but right now I can’t afford to have skirts hanging around that don’t work hard for me. It’s a cut throat world in my wardrobe! Because I’m the BOSS!

It was much cooler on the night of the dinner than I had anticipated, so my old friend the off-white blazer, came out to play. Yay! Everyone needs one of these in their wardrobe. Ultimately the decision came down to “will I be standing or sitting during the evening” ie. what will people see most during the night (thanks for this question, Tatum! x)? The answer, most of the night I was to be sitting at dinner, so any impact from the high contrast monochrome is totally lost. Hello, we have a winner! The Blue Feather Dress!!!!

Finding My Style: The Christmas Party Season
The final contenders
Finding My Style: The Christmas Party Season
We have a winner! And my prize is this hot man :D :P

Now, I didn’t do all this figuring out on my own. My AMAZING MILEistas came through for me on the MILE High Club. I shared photos with them along the way, right up to the night of the party, and they shared all their knowledge and opinions with me. It’s like having a posse of mini-stylists and besties right there in my phone, in the private Facebook group. Seriously: Best Thing Ever.

Round 2 of the Be Your Own Boss in Your Wardrobe is open for registration NOW. Don’t forget to Make it Look Easy on Facebook and sign up to their newsletter so that you’ll be the first to get the latest advice for ….making it look easy!

You can catch up on my previous ‘Finding My Style’ posts here:

This is my final official Finding My Style post. Thank you so much to Nat and Tatum for all that they’ve taught me, they’ve truly changed my life. I can’t recommend their services highly enough. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a MILEista now is the time.

Disclaimer: I was offered the Boss In Your Own Wardrobe at not cost in exchange for sharing my honest experience with my readers. All opinions are my own. And my opinion is DO IT!

The Secret Agent

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The Secret Agent: A True Parenting Tale

We’ve talked about the poo finger. We’ve talked about the water bomb. But I’ve never heard another parent talk about this next type of Number 2.

This one sneaks up on you. Picture this: you’re happily going about your business, but you keep on smelling … well… poo. You take a peek at your littlest treasure’s nappy but there’s nothing there. Just a clean bottom and an empty nappy. Assuming he’s priming himself up for the occassion, you carry on with your motherly duties (Facebooking and avoiding housework) but you continue to be haunted by That Smell. Another check of the offender and he’s all clean. What’s up with this?

I’ll tell you what’s up. It may not be hot air, either (if you know what I mean). It’s The Secret Agent. I was quite amazed the first time I discovered one of these. I finally opened up Rocky’s nappy to get a good look at what was going on and there, wedged between his butt cheeks, was a perfectly round poo. It had been dispatched but had not quiet escaped the cushioned comfort of Rocky’s bottom!? Well, I never.

Whatever did I talk about before I had all this poo to bang on about? I could go on further about the many times my own bathroom visits have been interrupted and in all the varied ways … but who wants to imagine that, right? (Seriously though, last week Pebble brought me her ice block to slurp on and just this morning Rocky brought his train and proceeded to ride it across the gusset of my knickers. ‘Gusset’. Isn’t that a fab word?).

This will, however, be the final poo chat for the foreseeable future. So soak it up while you can *ew*.

Have you been hit by a Secret Agent? Or had a train toot it’s way across your undies? 

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How to be a Kindy Kid {by Pebble}

How to be a kindy kid by Pebble

This weekend we went to the end of year party at Pebble’s Kindergarten…. and just like that, a year of kindergarten is (almost) done! I got a little teary listening to her singing – when I wasn’t chasing Rocky around!. Now she’s doing school visits and before we know it she’ll be off to Big School five days a week. All day! People say ‘enjoy them while they’re little’ but hindsight is a wonderful thing.

I asked Pebble if she could tell me some things about kindy that might help kids who are about to go to kindy for the first time. Her answers are just a little bit sweet :)

How do you make friends at kindy?

You play with each other and then after you can say “can I please be your friend?”. Cos I did that with D one day and we were playing squish squash. And she said yes.

What do you do at kindy?

You need to follow the rules at kindy. Two people are allowed on the tyre swing and one person is allowed on the other swing. And you don’t go under the making table. If you don’t follow the rules you might hurt yourself. You can’t pick the plants unless you ask the teacher. You might get told off.

What do you learn about at kindy?

About……. how to care for people. Like if a friend has lost their gumnut baby you should always help them find it.

What was your favourite thing about kindy?

The swings. And all the kid’s inventions at the making table.

What do you think you’ll like best about going to school?

Mostly just the playground.

How to be a kindy kid by Pebble
First day of kindy (with an unfortunate bug bite on her eyelid!)
How to be a kindy kid by Pebble
First day of Kindy
How to be a kindy kid by Pebble
On excursion with her bestie (thanks to my friend, Katrina, for this pic)
How to be a kindy kid by Pebble
Twirling to music at the end of year party

How to be a kindy kid by Pebble

I’d love to say a big thank you to Pebble’s kindergarten educators, they have worked so hard this year. Their constant patience, understanding, and kindness has helped Pebble to grow into the confident kid she is today. They have so often gone over and above to make this year special for the kindergarten children and their families, we will remember this time fondly.

Do you have a kindy graduate in your house this year? What advice would they give to new kindy kids?