Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wearing : Quilted Yoke Dress

I've been waiting for this dress to arrive for SO long and now that it's here I can't take it off. The Quilted Yoke Dress comes in a small selection of Indigo hand block printed cottons, has buttons down the top that allow that essential boob access and it deliciously floaty. I'm pairing it with the Bonfire Cashmere Cardigan. Easy peasy. 

When the cold of winter hits i'll be layering this beauty over knitted grey tights and boots.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It's Okay, Really.

I've been a stay at home mum for five years and counting.  During that time I've fluctuated between being entertained by my children and infuriated by them. I've danced (poorly) between dedicated engagement in their little imaginary worlds to overwhelming bored by play dough, duplo and lego.

It's been three years since I've worked outside of the house for real cash money. Three years since I've been able to call myself a Visual Arts teacher (gosh, that just sounds so foreign now) and three years since I've been required to be suitably attired and ready to jump in the car by 7am.

When I think about my years of 'unemployment' and my now outdated skills for the classroom, I'm kind of stoked.

In the past I've mourned the loss of routine, structure and the 9 to 5. But now, years later, I'm a dedicated track pant wearing slacker.

I'm not accountable to anyone other than my children and do you know what, that actually suits me perfectly. If I'm still in my PJ's at 10 am, it's okay. If I neglect to do the groceries, we have eggs for dinner and If I forget to hang the washing out and find it festering in the machine, hey, what's another 2 hour cycle between friends?

The stay at home mumming years are boring. Deeply so. But they are also wonderfully liberating.

I mean, at what other stage in my life would I be afforded the luxury of leaving my hair unwashed for days on end? Or wearing shorts when my legs are hairy?


So this week. I'm looking at the positives.

My legs are hairy, my hair unwashed. There is damp washing in the machine and crumbs underfoot and it's all okay.


It is.

Lets raise our glass to motherhood. Pour another cup of tea and sit amongst the mess.

How are the holidays shaping up for you?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Stills - A Weekly Collection

1. A Sneak peak of delicious things that will soon be listed online at Bohemian Traders. I'm so excited to be woking with a couple of photographers and stylists this week - we'll be shooting our winter collection. You can expect to see the introduction of chambray, plaid and our long awaited stripes. Perfect for pairing back with our block printed staples.

2. Autumn light in our living room. I love this house most of all at Autumn time.

3. That guy. My love heart. I wish he'd go and pour me a glass of red right now though.

4. Holiday time means serious play.

5. Pear shape. I know it well.

6. Elke Bear, almost 1. Where on earth has the past 12 months gone? Life is racing and it's hard to keep up.

7. My absolute favourite piece from the Autumn collection. I've been wearing it all weekend (as in the pic above with Elk) with an indigo Bonfire Cardi and some boots. Hides a multitude of stains (and pear shapes).

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Things you Learn at Thirty One

The merits of the hot wash.

Thats right, I'm 31 and never before in my life have I utilised the hot wash. WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING!?

It's SO good!

I mean, things just come out SO CLEAN. I know, I know - i'm utilising the capitals with vigour but it's such a revelation.

Stains, gone.

1 cup of regular washing powder. Nothing fancy (although I have given up on the Aldi stuff) and bam!

For the past 12 years I've been doing laundry. It's been a wonderfully nourishing and rewarding journey but now, at the age of 31 I feel like i've 'arrived'.

In other breaking washing news; does anyone have any natural washing powder recipes that they swear by?

Are you at hot washer?
Are you 31?

Look, it's all really interesting, isn't it.