{The Nest Wears} Capsule Wardrobe and Beauty Essentials (For Any Season)

Brace Yourself

For the most of the world it’s time you put away all the sweaters and dark coats, and get the flowy, colourful clothes from the back of our wardrobe. In Australia, we are bracing ourselves for the winter. For all of us, building capsule wardrobe is crucial. If you feel like you already have too many items in your wardrobe, and you’re thinking about creating a capsule wardrobe with some essential pieces, we’re here to help. We give you a brief list of things you need to have in your wardrobe and in your makeup drawer.

Flower power

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Nature is waking up, so why should you be wearing boring black pieces? Yes, a little black dress is something every girl should have in her wardrobe, but why not add another piece which will be equally elegant, only more colourful? Floral dresses are amazing – you can wear them with strappy sandals and bright red lipstick to get that serious look, or you can wear flats and floppy hats to look like a young girl. What is more, you can even wear them with leggings, ankle boots and a light trench coat if the weather is not that nice and sunny on your side of the planet.

Tops to the rescue

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The most useful items in everyone’s wardrobe are tops because they are so versatile and can be worn with a great number of different pieces. ‘Spring fever’ usually means that you’ll be doing some shopping, but you still don’t want to be a shopaholic who buys without a plan. You can easily find stylish women’s tops online across Australia and you can get the one that you like best: lace, striped, crop top, or off-the-shoulders one at a decent price. When buying tops, keep in mind that trends change often, and you’ll need something you’ll be wearing for more than one season.

Sunscreen forever

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With warm days ahead, you will definitely be spending more time outside than you did before. This means that your skin will be exposed to the sun more, and while vitamin D levels in your system will be higher, your skin may suffer. Applying a layer of SPF before you put on your makeup can help keep your skin looking radiant and youthful, but we often forget to do that and only remember after we have put on foundation. When it comes to autumn/winter season, people usually forget that it is as important to have UV protection as it is in the warmer seasons. This is why you should always have a foundation with an SPF – it saves your time and it does wonders for your skin. By choosing to use this kind of foundation, your imperfections will not be visible and your skin will be protected from harmful UV rays.

Focus on your lips

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Your lips are suffering in winter with all the harsh weather – the cold and wind are not kind to the gentle skin of your lips, and they need some time to recover. During winter, you should always use lip balm, and you should not stop it in spring either. Exfoliate your lips with a mixture of white sugar and coconut or olive oil at the end of the day, and before you leave the house, put on some lip balm. You can try switching your ordinary lip balm for some nice pastel lip gloss. What is more, you can try matching your lip gloss to your nail polish – this season, everyone will be crazy about pastels, so you might give it a try.  

It’s time to brighten up a little bit. Feel free to change the colours of your clothes and swap those grey and navy hues for some pastels, flower prints, and stripes. Whatever season you might be expecting, go for timeless clothes and choose the ones that reflect your personality and boosts your mood.

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{Raising Little People} Surviving your tween daughter

I know a lot of nesters are walking the tightrope balacing between having children and teenagers and I think this article from Barbie Bieber and Beyond will really help give you some hints and tips on suriving your tween daughter. tween

You can find the link here -> How to Survive Your Tween Daughter

What do you think? Do you have any tips?

Happy reading nesters x

{Locally Found} The Tale of Kristy, Oscar and Polly

Local girl done good is our friend Kristy Withers. kristy and polly

From chasing a bed for her son to the creation of a brilliantly successful company she is a hard worker who shows what a little love, inspiration and motivation can do.

Kristy and her beautiful Oscar and Polly have been featured on the delightful blog (and one of our personal faves!) The Grace Talespolly and oscar

She opens up her home, her business and her favourite things.

Make sure you head over and check it out.

You can find the full article here -> The Tale of Kristy, Oscar and Polly Withers

Happy reading Nesters x

{The Nest is Nominated} Australia’s Best Blog Competition!

The Central Nest has been nominated in the Australia’s Best Blog Competition run by the Australian Writers’ Centre!

We are genuinely thrilled and grateful to even be considered!

If you have a spare 30 seconds it would be great if you could vote for us in the people’s choice section. It doesn’t take long and you can just click on the picture below.

The Central Nest truly appreciates all your kind words, friendship and support.

{The Nest Writes} Dear Mum and Dad, thanks for applying for the job…

So, if your applying for the most important job of your life what do you think your new little employers would expect?

Here, is a letter to mum and dad from your little birdies which outlines their expectations.

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Thanks to the wonderful team at BONDS for publishing my latest piece -> Bonds Bump & Baby ‘A letter to my parents’

What do you think? Have I covered most of the important job descriptions?!

Happy reading Nesters!

{The Nest Writes} What to pack in your hospital bag (minus nip-nips of burning volcanos of fire)

I have been having a blast writing some pieces for the wonderful BONDS Baby & Bumps Blog over the past few months.

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Here is the latest piece I have done for them, a humorous view on what essentials you will need for the labour ward!

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You can find the link here -> Bonds Bumps & Baby ‘What to Pack in your hospital bag’

I hope you enjoy it Nesters!

{The Central Nest & BONDS} ‘You can’t touch this. Stop. It’s MO-Time’

During the recent few months I have been lucky enough to be working alongside BONDS providing a couple of pieces for their fabulous blog (which you can find here -> BONDS Bumps & Baby Blog)

bondsHere is my latest installment – ‘You can’t touch this, Stop. It’s Mo-TIME’

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Basically, this article covers everything from running for congress to shaving your legs.

How about you jump on the MO-Time train?

A big thanks to BONDS for giving me an opportunity to contribute to their brilliant blog, it has been a real honour.

Happy reading Nesters x