Armless

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Last week Lynette and I attended an event for a product launch in the CBD. On arrival we quickly realised it was a ‘Yes Man’ conference to become a sales reps so we quickly snuck out. The night wasn’t a complete disaster though as we managed to get some outfit snaps and exchange stories of our two very similar man children. Separated at birth? At least I know I’m not on my own with that one.

I’ve had this coat for about 3 years and its still a favourite. Don’t shy away from bold printed coats but make sure if you are buying one you buy something in a classic print like striped or checkered.

Pants – Sample (Similar here)

Coat – ASOS (Similar here)

Jumper – H&M (Similar here)

Shoes – Glassons (Similar here)

Shirt – Pauls (Sometimes he comes in handy)

Sorry everything I’m wearing is really old but it shows how important it is to buy things you can wear over and over through the years! X

Ps – Going armless in a coat is the most obnoxious thing I’ve ever done!!

Lovely Ladies: Nikki Isemonger

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If you follow us or like any of our photos on Instagram chances are I’m going to stalk you. That was the case for this Lovely Lady, Nikki Isemonger, and I instantly fell in love with her account. She is so perfectly honest about motherhood and it’s super refreshing. I’ve asked her a few questions about motherhood and again her honesty shines through. If you’ve had a baby you will totally relate, if not it’s a must read to find out what it’s really like.

Nikki Isemonger, 24 years old. Love hanging out with my little family, going to the beach, spamming Instagram with cute pictures of the bebes and baking however I’m not all that good at it!

  1. You recently posted a photo of your stomach post babies, what made you want to do so?

When I found out I was pregnant, more so when we found out that we were having two, I began freaking out about the changes my body was about to go through. I began googling pictures of twin pregnancy tummies and how I would look after they arrived. I used stretch mark oils and moisturisers religiously morning and night. It wasn’t until I got to about 32 weeks that I found my first stretch mark and I FREAKED out. My fiancé, Matt, was so supportive and reminded me of what incredible things my body was doing to accommodate for our two little peanuts, this quickly bought me back down to Earth and made me realise that it’s something to be proud of. So many people I’ve spoken too have said how much they hate their stretch marks and in all honesty I hated mine too but my stretches are an extra little souvenir of what my body went through to bring our two little girls into our lives. I feel like our stretch marks should be something to celebrate rather than hide from the world.

  1. You are very honest in your tales of mother, why do you think it’s important to maintain a sense of humour post birth?

Honestly, if I didn’t laugh about being puked and peed on I think I would go insane!! I was so honest with my friends and family about all the not so fun parts of giving birth and recovering from that, probably to the point that it was too much information but look, you leave all your dignity at the hospital door when you walk in, multiple people see you give birth, fumble your way through breast feeding and if you’re like me change a dirty nappy for the first time so rather than be shy about navigating my way through motherhood I’d rather share the challenges with people so we can all have a giggle about it.

  1. The first few months of motherhood are quite tough, even with one baby to look after, what are some tips you have on getting through those times?

Matt and I are lucky to know no different than life with multiples, the first 3 months were extremely tough, I suffered from Post Natal Depression, Matt plays league so he’s often away every second weekend and Frankie and Harper were preemie babies so feeding was an absolute shambles. I guess what I found that helped was talking to people, being honest about what I was struggling with and allowing friends and family to help when they offered. It’s so easy to shut everyone out which to an extent I’m guilty of however we had some awesome friends offer to make meals and bring them over, my mum practically lived with us for a month to help with night feeds. Friends would come over and cuddle the girls while I had a shower or caught up on some sleep. Say yes when help is offered. It makes such a difference.

  1. There can be a lot of ‘advice’ out there for new mums, did you feel any pressure on how/what to feed your babes and how to care for them?

100%. More so when it came to breast feeding, my midwife, Amanda Tomlinson, was incredible. She was always telling us that this was our journey and we were to do what made us happy, not what makes everyone else happy. My plan was to always breast feed because you know that’s what’s best for your baby and that’s fine but for me, I breast fed for three weeks and I struggled a lot. I was dealing with PND but didn’t want to go on medication for it because a small amount is transferred from mum to baby but I was getting worse and starting to resent motherhood, not ideal. I said to a different midwife that I wanted to formula feed and she insisted that I kept trying because breast milk is what they “should” be on. Needless to say, I didn’t listen and the girls are happily now on formula. You really need to do what suits you, not everyone else. A happy mum is better than a stressed out mum trying to go with the status quo.

  1. Any final words?

Enjoy it, dirty nappies and all!

Man Repellers

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If you’re looking for a sure fire way to get the least amount of compliments from your man in a day, or in my case constant mockery, a pair of flares is what you need!

I’ve been wanting to try flared jeans for a while but I have few items higher on the ‘add to wardrobe list’ so when I found these for a $5.99 at Dotti in Dressmart I was pretty stoked.

I’m not 100% sold on the cut of these or the styling, I think they would go better with some pointed flats, but I do quite like the silhouette. I’m already eyeing up some cropped flares to go with sneakers and some black ones for the office to wear with a crisp white tee and a pinstripe blazer! Sorry Paul, looks like the flares are going to stay.

Ps enter code “ManRepellers” at the checkout for 30% off your order! X

Lovely Ladies: Lee Belk

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I’m a big believer in surrounding your self with good people as their attitudes, outlook on life and way of thinking does influence you. This probably explains why this girl is so damn amazing since we have been friends for 10+ years. Seriously though, this girl is one of my favourite people in this world. I asked her to write a little something for me about how cool she is and being her she couldn’t so another friend has put this piece together for mw to share. Clearly a lot of people think highly of her and it’s not hard to see why.

Lee is a young change-maker: criminal lawyer, legal academic, social justice activist, lifelong student and (more recently) teacher of te reo Māori, and most importantly, ringawera (dish-washer) back home on the marae.

Proudly of Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, and Ngāti Rereahu descent, Lee’s inspiration for pursuing a career in the law came from spending her childhood sitting at the ankles of her koro on the marae and listening to discussions about the challenges and opportunities faced by her whānau and marae communities.

Dial forward twenty years, an undergraduate conjoint degree and Masters degree with Honours, a stint working in community law, a few good protests, countless hui on kaupapa Māori, land, and criminal justice issues, and now Lee is a criminal lawyer working in South Auckland. Here she experiences first hand the challenges faced by Māori going through the criminal justice system. Lee is passionate about transferring her advocacy skills to help reimagine how the system can better respond to the communities it serves.

And although she is a trailblazer in her professional world, Lee still feels most at home out the back on the marae – teatowel in hand. She owes much of her good sense of dress to Maia & Marley who have promised her a line of professional pieces in future.

 

Love you!

Same Same

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Have you noticed I basically wear the same items over and over in different ways? There are two reasons for this:

1. I take most of my photos for this during the week which means my outfit has to be work friendly. Aka wear black pants

2. This is actually the main reason, I aint rich! I do not have a lot of money to spend on clothes. I wish I did but its simply not the case. I pay for rent, day care, groceries, gas, bills, nappies, nappies, nappies and then save whats left for our end of year family vacay.

I have noticed it means my posts are becoming a bit repetitive so I will try and get some weekend outfits where I have a little more freedom to wear whatever aka track pants.

Jumper: Bonds | Similar here

Pants: The Warehouse

Shoes: Nike Flyknit Racer

Glasses: Ray-Ban

Watch: Nixon (Time Teller)

Necklace: A piece of ribbon

Dear Yogi

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Dear Yogi,

Being your mother is the messiest, craziest, most tiring and best thing that ever happened.

Every time you eat there is food on the floor, muck on your head and god knows what floating in your cup but each time I will gladly wipe down the table, pick up the goop and let daddy wash the dishes.

Every afternoon you tip all of your blocks on the floor (all 200 of them) before proceeding to play with your basketball and car for the rest of the night without giving your blocks a second glance and each night I will happily put them back ready for you to tip out the next day.

Every night before bed you rip all of your books off the shelf and select a handful to read in our bed and each time I will read them to the end, or until you realise there are no ducks (‘quack’) left and move onto the next.

Every morning you wake up in the early hours crying to come into our bed and every time I will try to put you back in your crib and give up 30 seconds later with the thought of cuddling you for the next 4 hours winning me over each time. I quickly remember its more like cuddling your feet up my nose for the rest of the night but a cuddle from you beats a comfortable sleep any 6 days of the week.

Thank you for letting me celebrate today as a mother, your mother. I love you. Everything I know about loving you was from your Nana, she was the best mama to me and your four annoying aunties. Love you mama, hope to raise as many amazing children as you have 🙂 xx

Basic

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Always have your go to basics ready for days when you can’t be bothered getting dressed. For me I find its best to have a go to piece for each part of your body; pants, shoes, shirt, done.

On Friday I could barely drag myself out of bed (I was still recovering from my 1am rager on Saturday) and getting dressed was not high on my priority list. Unfortunately I had to assist with the UOA graduation ceremony so some effort was required.

So, I went with all of my go to staple pieces to achieve this comfortable look.

Jumper – Find here Calvin Klein

Pants – The Warehouse (so old)

Top – Cotton On (Similar)

Boots – The Warehouse

Ps: Notice how your staples don’t have to cost a lot? 90% of the time its about making cheap things look expensive. Of course a little CK always helps but trust me this is the most (and only) expensive item of clothing I own.

Boots

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So I’m a little obsessed with these boots I picked up from The Warehouse on the weekend. There’s really nothing special about them except they only cost me $23 so of course I got them in both brown and black. They are actually perfect for this in between weather and I think I’ve worn them every day since I bought them, like, did I even own any shoes before these?

Since you’re visiting you may have noticed our shop isn’t live at the moment. We are making a few changes and are trying to get back into the wholesale market. If you have any favourite stores please comment below and I’ll be sure to contact them to see if they want to become a stockist. We will have the new styles for you once the wholesale buying has finished as we like to let our stores be first to the market with any new styles. Will keep you posted on who is stocking them so you can shop from there if you like anything.

Aaaanyway… These boots though.

Dress: Cotton On. Similar here

Boots: The Warehouse – Boo these aren’t on sale anymore but still a good deal

Glasses: Glassons | Ray-Ban

Watch: Daniel Wellington

PS – I’m really white, I KNOW!

Double D

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As I mentioned in this post jeans make a frequent appearance in my work wardrobe. On Friday I went all out with the double d, double denim that is. The other type of double d has eluded me my whole life, even while breast feeding.

I am a massive fan of wearing the same shade head to toe. It’s too easy and always looks put together.

If you’re wondering why I’m looking a little happier in some of these photos its because one of my colleagues is walking past making fun of me. Thanks Mike, hope you throw up at benefit this week.

PS – ALWAYS buy shirts two sizes bigger then your normal size, always. Xx

Shirt – Glassons. Similar here

Jeans – Missguided. Grey version here

Shoes – Glassons. Similar here

Watch – Daniel Wellington 

 

Sunday

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So I got super organised for once and put together a semi matching weekend outfit with Yogi for an exciting segment Netty Nimo will be launching next month but of course he fell asleep just before photo time. We spent the morning at chipmunks for my nephews second birthday, mental note: take photos pre play time, and Yogi was exhausted afterwards.

I’m really loving neck bandanas but hate how people always have an opinion on it. Yes I’m wearing a bandana, no I’m not gangs and no I’m not trying to start a new thing, I just like them. Get over it New Zealand.

Jumper – Cotton On. Similar here

Jeans – Wild Pair. Similar here

Boots – The Warehouse

Scarf – Looksharp ($2 bargain)

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