{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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{Girl Crush Tuesday} The Young Mummy

We have some pretty hard girl crushes. These are the types of ladies that stamp their style on the world. They are the type of people that will always be remembered and little girls grow up wanting to be. They are women of substance. Women that make the world a better place. Happy Girl Crush Tuesday everybody.line4Today we salute the honest, beautiful and creative Sophie Cachia – also known as The Young Mummy.

The main reason we love Sophie is because of her wonderfully brutal honesty. She is an excellent writer who shares the brilliance (and trials) of the everyday.

Sophie describes her writing as ‘boobs, pubes & all’ and she tries to keep it as real as possible. She shares her experiences as a mum, a wife and a young woman.

The thing that drew me to Sophie in the first place was her incredible honesty when she talks about her struggles with mental illness and in particular post-natal depression following the birth of her delightful son Bobby. I think the more people who give a voice to those who struggle, the easier it will be for people to seek help. I know she certainly helped me.

Sophie has transformed into a passionate crusader for many charities and given a voice to those who need it most.

One of the bravest things that Sophie has done was to share the birthing experience of her daughter Florence with the world. She shared contractions, the waiting, the pain with everyone and reminded each one of us just how powerful the female body can be.

Sophie is simply delightful and lights up my social media feed every day. We salute you Sophie for showing all little girls that a little honesty and a little bit of braveness can go a long way. Life may not be entirely perfect but it is certainly what you make of it.

You can find sophie on:

Facebook: TheYoungMummy

Instagram @sophiecachia_tym

 

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Images: The Young Mummy, Career Crush, DailyMail

 

{Girl Crush Tuesday} The fabulous Zoë

We have some pretty hard girl crushes. These are the types of ladies that stamp their style on the world. They are the type of people that will always be remembered and little girls grow up wanting to be. They are women of substance.  Women that make the world a better place. Happy Girl Crush Tuesday everybody.

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Funny, relatable, beautiful, knowledgeable with extremely good hair. Today’s girl crush is on the gorgeous Zoe Foster Blake. All round fabulous person.

Zoë is a writer, blogger and spectacular make-up putter-on-er-ra. She knows the difference between Sugarberry, Mauve and Aplum and can teach you to get rid of blackheads quicker than Anna Wintour ends careers.

She runs and contributes to a bunch of online sites including Fruitybeauty, Primped and Sunday Style

On a personal level she is married to the delightful comedian Hamish Blake from Hamish and Andy and they are expecting their first child together soon.

Here are some of our favourite Zoë looks:zoefosterblake

Thanks for giving us a reason to love your guts Zoë (and for being my BFF-even if you don’t know.. !)

{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

BONDS – bonding my family’s wardrobe

As you are probably aware I am a guest blogger for the incredible undie people – BONDS !

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Recently they asked me to put together a piece including a little about our family’s use of BONDS.

Here is the link to my latest piece -> ‘a wardrobe timeline’

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It is funny looking back at how far my little family has come.

Thanks for sharing the love!

Happy reading my little Nesters!

‘This is your new normal’ – BONDS & The Central Nest

As some of you might be aware, recently I was selected by BONDS to be one of their bloggers!

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It is a real honour to be chosen and to be honest, I thought they were playing a prank on me!

Having said that, once the initial shock wore off, I started putting some work together and here is the first piece which was published on their site today!

You can find my piece here-> BONDS – ‘Your new normal’

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Please read it and share with your friends.

I really am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to continuing to work with this iconic brand!