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This blog is created to help you use accessorise in your outfit. They can really take your outfit from zero to hero and are a very powerful addition, if you use them the right way.
During my style meet-ups with clients, I hear a lot of women say: “I don’t know how to accessorise”.

“Where do I start? Which accessories do I pick? How to do it right?”

Accessories really finish an outfit and offer a great opportunity to give your outfit personal flair. They can change an outfit from day to night, from casual to formal or from work to play. Accessories allow you to divert the attention from an area where you don’t want the eye to go to. You can use accessories to create different moods, add personality or dress up an outfit or dress down.

Think of the occasion you’re dressing for and what you want to express. Like Iris Apfel says: “Dress to please yourself!”.

Here is what to have in your wardrobe to jazz up your style and how to use them:

Shoes

Ahh shoes! Who doesn’t love shoes? With them, you can make a statement in your outfit. You can wear an all black outfit and let the shoes do the talking. Or you can dress up an outfit with some striking heels. They can really be a conversation starter.

They don’t have to match anymore with bags these days, but if you prefer that, then go with that. Just make sure they look good and don’t wear them if they have seen better days, it will ruin your look.

Have a pair of boots for winter, sandals for summer, a pair of heels and/or wedges in your wardrobe to match your outfits.
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Bags

Another way to make a fabulous statement is to throw a funky bag into the mix. If funky is not your style, play it classic.

If you’re wearing all neutrals, bring in a bag with a pop of colour or texture, that way your basic outfit will get an instant lift.

Have a tote bag, a shoulder bag and an evening bag ready for every occasion and make sure it is in proportion to your body scale. This accessory will have a great impact on your look.
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Scarves

I love to add a scarf to an outfit, it transforms your look. There are so many ways to wear a scarf, play around and see which one works for you or check out Youtube for tutorials for inspiration.

It is so easy to accessorise with a scarf, they can pick up a mood instantly with bright colours, stunning patterns or lovely textures. They do they job wonderfully and there is something so chic and French about them.
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Jewellery

With jewellery you can divert the eye to the face. Your face should always be your focal point and with a stunning necklace or some gorgeous earrings you can achieve that. If you talk a lot with your hands or are at a party with a glass of champers in your hand, wear some eye catching bracelets or some statement rings. With this, make sure your hands are neatly manicured.

Look at pieces that match your personality and think of the occasion you’re dressing for, whether you need to dress up or dress down.

It should always complement your outfit, and look for necklaces that work well with certain necklines. Not everything can be worn together!
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These are the main accessories that we all use, but if you want to take this further and really get the hang of it, play around with hats, belts and sunnies.

Make sure all your accessories are visible to you and keep them in easy reach for everyday use, that way you don’t forget about them.

I hope this has inspired you for accessorising your next great outfit for work, business, kids/school events or cocktail party!

If you have any questions about anything style, send me an email or give me a call on 0402 824846.

 

personal brandingMieke Krijgsman, Personal Stylist

Mieke Krijgsman is a Personal Stylist, her business Smart Styling provides styling tips for Mum-preneurs! “I love helping women find their own unique style. I’m a firm believer that dressing and shopping should be fun.”

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journal-791286_1920-2Time management and productivity are things I love to think, read and learn about, but I have to start this blog post with a confession: I feel like I’m on my ‘L’ Plates since becoming a mum. One of the biggest shocks to me when I started this journey of motherhood was the constant interruptions – the feeling that I could never quite follow a thought through to completion (I timed it once, and found that I was interrupted on average every 3 minutes). What I’ve discovered now that I am a ‘school hours’ mum in business is that I am starting from scratch when it comes to productivity. I am learning how to stay focused, rather than half-reading an article or half-completing a task before I wander away into the kitchen or social media. My brain is learning to work differently again, to focus and get things done: and I’m afraid that I’ve frittered away too many precious hours by being unproductive.

That said, there are a few tools and techniques that I am learning to put into practice that are helping me slowly become more productive:

1. Planning

I start off with planning my overall vision of where I want my business to be in the future (I work about 12 months ahead). Then I break those goals into quarters and create a ‘MAP’ (Massive Action Plan, thanks Tony Robbins) which shows me the key things I want to achieve in specific areas. From this, I create a weekly and daily to do list which include tasks that will help me move ahead in those focus areas (Goal oriented tasks) as well as the immediate things that need to be done (Business as Usual tasks). I call it my ‘working backwards plan’.

2. Prioritising

This is something that I’ve done well at times, and I find it creates good momentum, because I am attacking the hard or most important tasks first. I basically list between 4-8 tasks I want to get done in the day, and then prioritise them according to their importance and sometimes how much I want to avoid doing them. There are a few different methods of how to prioritise tasks: have a look around and test out a few to see what works best for you!

3. Pomodoro technique

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this, because it has really helped me to ensure that I have productive chunks of time during the day. The basic premise is using a timer to measure 25 minutes where you focus solely on the task at hand, and then have a five minute break where you can get up and move, make a cup of tea, etc. It helps my brain to focus when I know that there is a break coming soon! A wonderful description of this technique can be found here.

4. Separate to do lists

I usually keep two to-do lists on the go: one is for tasks I need to do when my children are at school or asleep, the other is tasks that I can do while the children are around (ie – I can be interrupted). This helps to maintain my sanity and the wellbeing of our household, because I am not trying to do tasks that require my full attention when the children are likely to need my help, refereeing, or listening ear. (I wrote a blog post about this here.)

5. Accountability

This is a big one, because when I am chipping away at business tasks, I can be busy doing lots of ‘stuff’, but not working on my bigger goals. I get accountability from a couple of Facebook Groups as well as the other members of my Businessmums’ Club.

I hope those tips are able to help you out as you manage your time and productivity in your life and business! I have found it useful to keep tweaking my methods of productivity and to keep learning small tips and tricks from books, podcasts, blogs and mentors!

All the best xx


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Tanya Cunningham from Coaching Mum is passionate about empowering women to discover their purpose, and her business coaches mums to embrace their unique vision of motherhood. She lives with her husband and two boys in Canberra.

 

 

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intuitionIntuition is quite a challenging term to define as it is known by many different names to those who seek to connect with it. These include your inner light, internal wisdom, inner voice, gut instinct and a feeling of knowing. Your personal power relates to your intuition, as it is the strength that you connect with and draw upon during challenge times. It’s that fire power that just keeps you going when you feel overwhelmed and exhausted. It reminds you of your big vision for your life and the reasons why you get up every morning and forge on, and is especially handy to have around for the times that you are exhausted and just want to give it all up for a quieter, easier life. This power is like a never ending pool of pure awesomeness for you to connect with whenever you need to. Stepping into your personal power is about moving into a space within yourself where you believe in your ability to achieve whatever you want in your life. The best way to achieve this is to dedicate time to regularly connect with this power to harness it for your success.

Your intuition is one of the most powerful tools you possess in your toolkit and should never be underestimated. One of the most extraordinary entrepreneurs of our time, Steve Jobs referred to intuition as ‘more powerful than intellect’. It can help you in all aspects of your life including, determining the type of work you want to do and whether it is the right fit for you and what you want to achieve in your life. This amazing wisdom is always present within you. It is yours to access, whenever you need it. Many times we spend looking around us for the answers we seek, never realising the answers we seek often lie within us, waiting to be discovered. Our own pearls of wisdom, the invaluable jewels we possess.

I resonate most strongly with the term inner light, because connecting with my intuition has always been like switching on a light inside my heart and soul and filling them with a warm feeling of connectedness to all that there is within this world and beyond. During times of perceived darkness, fear and uncertainty, my intuition and personal power have been what I have relied upon to give me the strength to overcome challenges and remind me of who I am and what I have come here to do.

One of the biggest barriers to connecting with and trusting our intuition is fear. Fear of being wrong and failing. We get so caught up in our thinking and listen to it, that we second guess ourselves and doubt what our heart is telling us. It’s not our fault. It’s simply part of our human design. Having the awareness that is what is actually going on is a massive leap in a positive direction, as it can help you begin to fear less and trust more.

Exercise for connecting with your heart

Below is a simple exercise to connect with your intuition:

Visualise a green circle in front of your chest. I use green, because it is the colour I associate with the heart chakra and healing. Visualise this green circle growing bigger with each breath you take in and out, until it is the size of your body and you feel the warmth of this healing green energy envelope you, like a delightful energetic hug. This is the energy of your heart space, your intuition, and it comes directly from within you. When you’re ready, ask your heart what it wants you to know at this time.

The heart chakra is your feeling centre and this exercise is a great one to do when you want to know if a decision feels right. I often refer to my mantra “if it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it” when I need to make major decisions.

Exercise for letting go

This bubble visualisation is a great exercise to use at the end of the day before going to bed. It can be used for dispersing of mummy guilt that has built up over the day or letting go of fear and other negative emotions that are holding you back from making positive changes in your life.

Visualise yourself sitting on a beautiful beach looking out at the sea, watching the waves flow in and out. In front of you see a large clear bubble appear. Place all of your negative thoughts and feelings that have accumulated over the day or have been floating about in your mind for some time, into this bubble.

Visualise yourself holding a needle. Then use this needle to prick the bubble. Watch the thoughts and feelings you have placed in this bubble turn into grains of sand as they fall to the ground. Ask the Universe for this energy to be absorbed by Mother Earth, regenerated into positive life force energy, and be used for the healing benefit of the planet. Take a big deep breathe in and out, letting go of this energy now and allow yourself to float off to the dream plane, for a restful night’s sleep.

These are very simple exercises and a good place to start. When you are ready for something new, try my meditation for opening and closing of the chakras. This exercise is designed for doing intuitive development work, such as clearing your chakras of unproductive energy to get them operating efficiently.

Feeling disconnected?

This will happen from time to time as life throws challenges on your path. Don’t worry. It happens to everyone, you are not alone. Your strength and energy may wane and fear and doubts will find their way into your thinking. When you feel this happen (usually I feel it through my digestive system in my stomach, chest and throat and get a series of cough and cold type viruses), simply STOP. Give yourself permission to sit down at the end of the day when the house is quiet, order is restored from chaos and the kids are in bed sleeping. Ignore the endless amounts of chores awaiting your attention. Go back to basics when connecting with your true self. Focus your attention on your heart chakra and breathe in and out slowly. Breathe in the light and breathe out the fear, anxiety and stress. Right here, in this exact moment, all is well and you are exactly where you need to be in your life.

 

So what are you waiting for? Go forth, start connecting with your intuition and dance in your personal power warrior woman!

 

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Melissa Mills from Like Minded Souls Natural Therapies, offers mobile massage, Reiki healing and intuitive readings across the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

 

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mummy dietI am sure as mummas, many of us have been guilty at some point in time of being too busy to eat. We’re running from one appointment to the next and stopping to make a healthy meal for ourselves takes time. So instead we snack on the kids left overs. Or perhaps you’ve eaten, but can’t bear the thought of tossing out delicious food that’s barely been touched. I know I have! With my first child I was very guilty of this behaviour. It is commonly known as the ‘Mummy Diet’. Have you tried it?

What You Eat Affects Your Productivity

Is this really true? When we are busy running form task to task, eating on the run or eating whatever we can get our hands on, does it really affect what we can achieve? Take a moment and think back to your most productive day in the past week. On that day, what did you have for lunch?

Nutrition Directly Impacts Our Performance

Believe it or not, the food we eat affects us more than we realise. Food directly impacts our cognitive performance, which is why not eating well during the day can derail your entire afternoon. So how does this occur? Basically, everything we eat, gets converted into glucose which is the energy our bodies, including our brains, use to function and stay alert. When we are running low on energy, it is difficult to focus and we become easily distracted.

Not All Foods Are Equal

Not all foods are digested by our bodies in the same way. Highly processed foods like bread, pasta, cereals and juice, release their glucose (energy) quickly, which gives us a burst of energy which is then often followed by a slump. Whereas foods like lean meats, fish, whole grains like oats, and many whole fruits (such as apples and oranges) and raw vegetables will give you a slow release of glucose which in turn means a stable energy balance throughout the afternoon.

So What Do We Do To Maintain Our Energy?

1. Make your eating decisions before you get super busy and before you are hungry. So if you are on the road or in meetings all day, plan what food you may need to take with you or where you can purchase an energy packed lunch along the way. By making the decision early before hunger strikes helps you to avoid the high fat quick eats.

2. Before your energy supplies run out completely, generally around lunch time, you’ll perform better by having a mid morning snack – include some protein such as low fat dairy or lean meats, fish or nuts, which will help you get through to lunch.

In the Waste OR on the Waist!

Next time you worry about throwing out the kids left overs ask yourself, ‘does eating this myself serve my body? and will it help me achieve my goals?’ Don’t be fooled into thinking that one day here or there will not make a difference, over a week it all adds up.

 

mummy dietTina Horwood, FIIT Mumma

A past fatty, mum of two and personal trainer, Tina’s passion for fitness and her own journey to a healthy fit lifestyle inspires Mummas across Australia to achieve their own ultimate body goal.

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Looking for some inspiration for your home office and want to introduce some fun into your workspace without too much expense and trouble?

Here are 5 on trend items which you can add to your desk or office space to excite you to make you want to sit down at your desk to work each day.

1. Pot Plants

Indoor plants have made a huge comeback, think wire pot stands and 1970’s macramé hangers! Introducing plants into your home office space is such a great way to add texture but they also improve your air quality, as plants help to purify the air. There are so many hardy varieties out there, such as the Dracaena, palms, ferns and Peace Lily. If you are not a green thumb, then look at an artificial plant, of which there are many good reproductions available.

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The planters you place your pot plants in are wide and varied. The macramé hanging baskets are back in style, which you can pick up from local markets or online stores such as Etsy. If space doesn’t allow you to place a plant on your desk, how about a wall hung vase with fresh flowers or greenery or even a pot plant stand that can be placed on the floor.

Places to look:

Because of Jonny for wall bubble vases and Ivy Muse for pot plant stands

2. Desk Lamps

The latest look in desk lamps utilise an industrial style, open globe design, so the light is transmitted all around the room. Using an LED filament globe teamed with metallic or timber materials, they can become quite the focal point of your office. Think of the Gen Table lamp by About Space.

Or how about combining the pot plant idea and light in one and supporting The Starlight Children’s Foundation at the same time? Lucretia Lighting has a very clever design in their Flower Pot Table lamp

3. Pin Board

The vertical space directly above your desk is an ideal place to pin up things that inspire you, or things that you need to remember or have in handy reach. Why not make this space useful and install a pinboard? They can be custom sized and coloured to match your office design or brand. AL + EM Pinboards are a Sydney based small business who supply pinboards in circles, rectangles or other shapes in many different colours such as grey, charcoal, blue, green, red, yellow and orange.

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4. Rubbish Bins

It is one of those items that every office can’t do without, the rubbish bin, but can be quite ugly. The latest trend in tubs or containers that are being utilised in creative ways are the canvas or paper baskets that are popping up all over the place. They are available in many sizes and designs, there is sure to be one that compliments your décor. With their water resistant linings and washable nature they are more durable than they look. Check out the designs available from Uashmama.

5. Radio

Working for yourself is sometimes a lonely and silent pursuit, so having some tunes piping out of a radio on your desk will help to pass the time more joyfully. Having a stylish companion such as this timber mini dolmen radio by Lexon for Hunting for George is an attractive addition to your desk.

 

Well there you are, 5 new things you can introduce to your desk top to make work life more fun. Let us know how you go, we would love to see your pics below of items you’ve added to make your office a more cheerful place to be!

 


home officeTania Bell from Green Room Interiors

Green Room Interiors create colourful spaces that make their client’s heart sing! 

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