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Winter 10×10 wrap up

Why did you do the challenge in the first place? 

I went into this challenge with the intention of just doing it, not waiting for the perfect time or perfect photo’s. It was a chance to really try out a couple of items that have been stowed in my wardrobe and are nice but never actually get worn.

What did you learn about your personal style? 

Practical, easy to wear clothes are good for this stage of life since my day’s are filled with mopping up spilled drinks and pushing swings at the park, but even then it’s nice to add the extra details to feel more complete.

Were there any pieces you included that felt like mistakes?

Everything I chose worked well, in saying that though the black and green patterned collared shirt doesn’t feel right as an everyday shirt. It was good to make myself wear it a for a few days to confirm my thoughts, so for now it’s going to be put aside with a few other nice items that are more appropriate for work clothes.

Did your clothes work for the weather?

Yes – we’ve had the most perfect mild winter here at the moment. A couple of the first days were a bit cooler so perfect to layer the tops and I was able to save my lighter tops to wear on their own towards the end when it was hotter.

How did the laundry work out?

My normal routine is to do a load of washing most days. During this challenge I just made sure I did it everyday, often putting on the load in the evening so it was ready to hang out first thing, or if I thought I might an item the next day I hung it on my clothes airer and it was often dry by morning so I could wear it again the next day.

Which piece was your favourite?

The grey and white stripe Maison & Scotch pullover easily tops the list. It’s just a simple cotton shirt that can be worn on it’s own or layered, plain in colour that it goes with anything yet has gorgeous detail in the soft stripes and sparkles.

What would you do different next time?

Next time (yes I’m already planning for another one next season!) I would like to add more variety in the style of clothes I include, such as a dress, button up shirt, skirt, etc. to create a bit more fun and interest in the types of outfits I can put together.



Winter remix: 10 items, 10 outfits, 10 days

The 10 x 10 Challenge is where you pick 10 pieces from your wardrobe and create 10 outfits from them over the next 10 days.

It’s about having fun, challenging our creativity, and learning something new about ourselves.

I’ve decided to give it a go! Letting go of my perfectionism that I’ve miss the official challenge dates, because honestly who cares, it’s more about taking the action and doing it.

You can follow along and see what outfits I create on my instagram. After I’ve completed the challenge I’ll pop back here and give you a recap on how I went.

You can read more about the 10 x 10 challenge from Caroline at Un-Fancy or Lee at Style Bee.




  • 4 tops
  • 3 bottoms
  • 2 shoes
  • 1 vest

I’m not including accessories, like bags, jewellery, scarves or jackets.

Oh! and general life activities (running, sleeping, etc) require work out wear and PJ’s, so those will still get worn in the background like usual.


|1| Black and white stripe wool pullover |similar| |2| Grey Stripe pullover |3|Cue Red stripe knit |4| Cue Blouse (old)  |5| Grey patterned jeans |6| Cotton jersey pants |7| Black elastic wasted jeans |8| white converse shoes |9| Black boots |10| Wool puffer vest






“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2017.”


Plus an extra with their dad because I couldn’t resist.


Happy 5 Month Birthday Olivia!

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5 months went by in the blink of an eye. I love this age. She is super happy and content, laughs at everything and thinks that I am the coolest person in the world.

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I am making the most of sitting beside her working on my projects while she plays, before she starts crawling and those curious fingers want to help.

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Cute babbles, a big gummy smile and sparkling blue eyes – these are just few of the things I really love about my baby girl.

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Jewellery Organiser

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It’s been a little quiet around here lately, but I’m back today to let you know that I’ve found a solution to my jewellery storage!
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A while ago I
sorted my jewellery and started the search for the ultimate solution.

The criteria was:
– it had to be pretty to look at but functional
– simple to use and keep tidy
– easy to see at a glance what I’ve got
– a way to keep everything untangled

Finally, after much thought and many Pinterest searches, I found the perfect solution.
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These square frames were leftover from a unfinished project from many years ago. The finishing touches are lacking in the frames as they were originally intended to be covered in fabric, but the odd coloured timber adds a kind of dimension and the staples add to the rustic charm.
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I simply screwed in some hooks evenly spaced along the inside of the top edge and hang my favourite necklaces on them creating a very practical and effective solution and as a bonus has provided some functional art to the blank wall.


Exploring new places

Hollydeen 10 These delightful sunny winters days are the best. It’s the perfect reason to get out and about and make it extra special by exploring somewhere new that you’ve never been before.  Hollydeen 1 On Saturday we decided to take Garth’s mum, who was visiting, for a drive. It was far too beautiful weather to stay inside. We decided to go to Denman for breakfast at Tartuka, a cafe that serves yummy coffee and Italian food. Then we wandered up the street to visit the local markets and peruse the many craft and food stalls. Hollydeen 5 Hollydeen 2 Hollydene has been on our ‘must visit list’ for quite some time. Seeing as though we were enjoying the day and soaking up the sunshine we decided it was the perfect occasion to visit and try it out. It had such a great atmosphere filled with lots of happy chatter from other diners who were out enjoying their leisurely Saturday afternoon like ourselves. Looking out over the vineyards as we enjoyed our delicious meals I couldn’t help but notice the cute chairs scatted around the manicured lawns just begging to be sat on while enjoying a coffee, I think we might need to plan another visit soon and make that happen. Hollydeen 3 Hollydeen 7 Hollydeen 4 Hollydeen 8 Hollydeen 6 I am so grateful for the wonderful area that we live. It continues to amaze me the beautiful places that surrounds us.

Have you explored somewhere new recently? Did you enjoy the experience? Hollydeen 9I best go clean my camera lens right away! Clear blue skies can make the dirty specks really stand out!


Welcome to our baby girl!

Born on the 30th of May 2014 20140626-212342-77022212.jpgOur baby girl is 4 weeks old today! This past few weeks have been filled up with baby gazing, listening to her little newborn sounds and enjoying the sweet smell of her little head.

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38 ½ weeks + Coffee Date

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Counting the days now instead of the weeks.

Treasuring the moments alone with my husband while it’s just the two of us.

Bags all packed. Baby room ready. Now to keep busy with the projects buzzing in my head (with lots of rest in between) till baby decides he’s ready to face the world.