Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Bridesmaid Dress Dilemma fixed!

I remember getting married nearly seven years ago, and being on the hunt for the perfect green dress. I had a vision in my head and the colour was so hard to find. Eventually, my Mum made up some dresses in the colour I wanted, as nothing was available ready-made.

I wish I had known about the Weddington Way website, they had the perfect colour in the style I wanted. Here is how I would have styled my bridesmaid dress from Weddington Way for my garden wedding. Pearl jewelry, a romantic updo and some pink lips for the bridesmaids are a classic look.
Weddington Way Bridesmaid Set

One of the things about buying a bridesmaid dress is wondering how to wear it after the big day. Below, I have come up with some ideas on how to get more mileage out of your bridesmaid dress.

Look one is perfect  for a business event or attending a wedding as a guest. After big day, you can add a fun jacket and some barely there makeup to be glammed up. I have paired the dress with black and white, and the jacket adds a touch of interest whilst keeping with the theme. The braided headband is perfect to style your hair easily- create flowing locks or a complete up-do with this in your hair.
Weddington Way Dress up

Look two is a weekend look, perfect for a lunch out with friends or a Christmas event. I love these shoes, they are pretty and comfortable, and match in with the green and pink floral theme. I always need a big tote bag for the weekend, so this tassel natural bag is a great option that will not detract from your outfit.
Weddington Way Weekend

Here is a summery Christmas look I have put together, as I live in New Zealand where we celebrate the holidays over summer. A sleeveless dress is perfect for Christmas day, and adding red accessories gives a Christmas feel without being too over the top due to the slightly non-traditional shades used. This bracelet stops it from being too matchy and adds some detail to the look. The shoes will take you from a BBQ to the beach, and the lip gloss complements the outfit but goes on quite sheer so will not be too dark for any daytime celebrations. Apply a double coat to then add a pop of colour for any night time events,
Weddington Way Christmas Summer

The last look is Christmas inspired if you live in the Northern Hemisphere- snow and rain will cause you to wrap up warm so some tights, boots and neutral colours will help you look stylish and festive throughout the day. A nude lip and bold nail will help to draw attention to the details in the bracelet and shoes, and the tights are a perfect for providing an extra layer.Weddington Way Christmas Northern Hemisphere

I hope you have been inspired by these looks- I would love to know which one you like the best! Be sure to check out Weddington Way if you are after a bridesmaid dress or a dress for Christmas functions or any other special events you have coming up, as their dresses are extremely versatile and reasonable.

Monday, November 24, 2014

To The Kitchen!

Welcome back to another installment of the Poppins Book Nook!

This month's theme is To The Kitchen!

My boys both love baking and helping in the kitchen, so we focused on a couple of great kid's cooking books this month. The two that we loved were Chop Chop- The Kid's Guide to Cooking Real Food with Your Family and Ready, Steady Spaghetti. We chose both these books as they had great step-by-step photo instructions, were visually appealing and also both had comprehensive safety, healthy eating and recipe sections.

As well as being in the kitchen to cook, we also focused on science experiments this month using things you will find in the kitchen.

The first thing we did was create a water symphony. I filled three glasses with different amounts of water and the boys had fun hitting the glass with a wooden spoon and making different sounds.

A fun dessert was a Spider- we added a scoop of icecream to lemonade and watched it fizz up!

Lucas is a big fan of EvanTubed, so we replicated the Balloon experiment that he featured on YouTube.

It was so much fun to see the boy's faces light up as the balloon got bigger and bigger. A great science lesson that even the littlest family members can appreciate.

Of course, we also had to make something edible in the kitchen. We chose a simple recipe for Crunchy Nut Cornflake Slice out of the recipe book, as both my boys love breakfast cereal, peanut butter and chocolate. Lucas was a champ at measuring out the ingredients, and Adam enjoyed stirring everything together.

Here is a photo of the finished product- we will be sharing the full recipe on Wednesday so be sure to come back if you would like to make your own version of this slice!

We also made a New Zealand staple- Hokey Pokey. This involves heating 5 tablespoons of sugar with 2 tablespoons of golden syrup in a small pan. You then add 1 teaspoon of baking soda.

This puffs up and creates a golden candy.

Allow to set, and then break into pieces.

Both boys enjoyed trying the Hokey Pokey.

I put the boys in charge of choosing a recipe and making dinner on Monday night, and they chose the Cheese and Bean empanadas. Both boys did a great job mixing the ingredients and forming them into empanadas using our special cutter.

They looked great and tasted delicious- I was so proud of my boys for making these.

We had a great time using kitchen items to experiment, cook, bake and create dessert. Click below to see how other members of Poppins Book Nook were inspired!

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A portrait of my children, once a week, in 2014.

Lucas was lucky enough to win breakfast with Santa at our local shopping mall yesterday.

Adam is getting very speedy on his motorbike!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Shop What You Got Week Three Review

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Another week of outfits based on 30 items, and my mint t-shirt definitely became one of my staples!

Day 15 was a day of shopping and crafting, so a simple outfit kept me cool and comfortable. Black Basic Slub Tee (Pagani), Miley Sandals (Number One Shoes), Crop Denim Capri (Farmers).

Day 16 was my Mum's 60th birthday, so I glammed up in this Daisy Jacquard Dress with Belt (Farmers). I also put on my High Heeled Ruched Shoes with Ankle Strap (Wild Pair). The dress came with this belt, and some black hoop earrings were the only accessory I needed.

On day 17 I experimented with tucking my Aqua Basic Slub Tee (Pagani) into my Tie Back Drop Hem Black Skirt (Max) then adding a matching belt.

I didn't just want to wear this Ashanti Fit and Flare Dress (Cotton On) by itself for Day 18, so I tied a Navy sleeveless blouse (Paper Scissors) over the top to add some extra interest and paired it with my Julia Blue Sandals (Number One Shoes).

Day 19 and my Aqua Basic Slub Tee (Pagani) was tucked into my basic Black Jeans, also from Pagani.

Day 20 started off cold, so I put my Black Drape Bolero (Blue Illusion) over my Layla Sixties Floral Mini Dress (Boohoo). This was a great outfit for running errands, meeting my Dad for a coffee and taking my sons to dancing lessons.

Day 21 was hot and blustery, so once again I tucked my Aqua Basic Slub Tee (Pagani) into this patterned Paisley Print Skater Skirt (Paper Scissors). The skirt has the same colour or mint in the pattern, and paired with my Miley Tan Sandals (Number One Shoes) it kept me cool.

As you can see, it has been a good week for my Aqua Tee and yes I washed it between wears! I am starting to get the hang of tucking my tops into skirts and pants, as a lot of my tops are too big or have stretched out at the bottom and so tucking them in means that I can still wear them without looking sloppy. Because of my shape, I find it hard to wear oversized tops, so tucking in keeps waist definition and also makes me look a bit more put together.

I am glad the weather is warming up as I haven't had the chance yet to wear one of my skirts or a couple of the sleeveless items, so look out for them next week!
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