{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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{Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016} Aimee Cook is capturing you this Christmas 

​I genuinely cannot tell you how much I love Aimee from Aimee Cook photography. She has been a brilliant supporter of The Central Nest from the very beginning. I have even recently had photos taken of my little family through her expert lens.

What you see with Aimee is what you get, she is fun and approachable, talented and an absolute crack-up! If my baby-bird doesn’t want her photo taken it is hard to convince her not to be an absolute gremlin but somehow Aimee managed to flick the switch and charm up even the moodiest toddler. Your kids will love her self-proclaimed ‘dad jokes’ and allow gorgeous memories to be captured for always. 

Aimee Cook Photography is growing so quickly that they now have their very own custom built studio! Great for newborn and baby photos as well as beauty and product shoots.

The future is only looking brighter for Aimee Cook photography with the introduction of video services very soon.

So if want to capture your today so you remember it tomorrow then talk to Aimee Cook Photography today!

| Phone 0422 082 929

| Website http://www.aimeecook.com.au

| Facebook @aimeecookphotography 

treeline4To make this Christmas just a little more memorable Aimee Cook Photography is giving a family/newborn session including 40 high resolution images to one lucky nester. This prize is valued at $995!

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Aimee Cook Photography Facebook page as well as The Central Nest’s facebook page and like the ORIGINAL competition post on our facebook page.

Remember to ‘tag’ a friend and ‘share’ the post for an additional entry.

Winner will be drawn 5pm (AEST) Thursday 22 December 2016.

To see the full terms and conditions go here -> Christmas Prizeapolooza 2016 Rules

{The Nest Loves} Simply striking breastfeeding images

Breastfeeding can be the most wonderful thing in the world. It can also be the shittest. The sore kahunas, the bleeding nip-nips and the tears of frustration.

It is nice to be reminded of the striking beauty of it and that is exactly what photographer Ivette Ivens has captured in these whimsical images.

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The images are glorious and capture those special moments of bonding.

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Babyology recently featured her work and you should definitely check it out. NOW!

Enjoy Nesters x

Breathtaking Pictures of the Human Race

The world is a remarkable place and I love the idea that one photograph can capture a moment in time. It freezes it. It steals it from history. Preserves it.

This wonderful collection of images are powerful and breathtaking and remarkable.

Sometimes you just need to be reminded of the big world that exists not that far from our own backyard..

’29 Breathtaking photographs of the human race’photos

Enjoy Nesters x

 

{Do This} A photo-a-day keeps the memories alive

A few years ago I began completing a photo-a-day challenge in a couple of months of each year. Usually I choose a month towards the end of the year and one in the middle.

It captures one little moment every day in our family for one whole month. Sometimes they are happy. Sometimes they are boring. Sometimes they are sad. But they are always US.

It is funny the little things you forget. The moments you wouldn’t remember without these images.

It makes me grateful. It reminds me of the special times. It encourages me to capture memories to pass onto my daughters.

I really cannot encourage you enough to do this. It is something that makes you smile. It is something the future you will be thankful that you started.

Here are a couple of the images I have captured over the last few years. They are my legacy.

"1 July 2014: Audrey, you are the sunshine on my rainy days. While you are mischief and naughtiness in one tiny little package, you are also the definition of fun, laugher and attitude. You are strong and stubborn. You are caring and hilarious. You smile with your whole body. You draw on walls. You lick things you shouldn’t. You teach us patience. You are perfection. You are so very, deeply loved."

1 July 2014: Audrey, you are the sunshine on my rainy days. While you are mischief and naughtiness in one tiny little package, you are also the definition of fun, laugher and attitude. You are strong and stubborn.  You are caring and hilarious. You smile with your whole body. You draw on walls. You lick things you shouldn’t. You teach us patience. You are perfection. You are so very, deeply loved.

29 December 2013: Some moments are just absolute bliss. A perfect instant that shows actual true love. This is that moment. A quiet time, a peaceful time. Two best friends together in their own private moment - enjoyed and captured by their very proud mummy.

29 December 2013: Some moments are just absolute bliss. A perfect instant that shows actual true love. This is that moment. A quiet time, a peaceful time. Two best friends together in their own private moment – enjoyed and captured by their very proud mummy.

5 June 2013 - When you feed a baby, just for a little while the world stops. You are connected together. I know in the not to distant future my Audrey will long to be independent, she will want to feed herself, and the way she looks at me during a feed will just be a memory. Until that time, I will spend my days staring straight back at her.

5 June 2013: When you feed a baby, just for a little while the world stops. You are connected together. I know in the not to distant future my Audrey will long to be independent, she will want to feed herself, and the way she looks at me during a feed will just be a memory. Until that time, I will spend my days staring straight back at her.

This is what happens when your 14 months old and mother nature is so mean that she made it rain on the day after you got your new play equipment. You can see your new toys outside through the window. Mummy says your not allowed to go into the rain and play. You don't understand why. So you just cry. Because you can.

12 December 2011:  This is what happens when you’re 14 months old and mother nature is so mean that she made it rain on the day after you got your new play equipment. You can see your new toys outside through the window. Mummy says your not allowed to go into the rain and play. You don’t understand why. So you just cry. Because you can.

7 December 2011 - Christmas has always been my favourite time of the year, but this year is just a little bit more special. Our little girl is old enough now to really enjoy the whole experience. She thinks that Gamma and Grandpop's lights are just the best thing. We pull up in the street and she just says "wow, wow, priddy, priddy,(pretty) wow" so much that she doesn't even breathe properly. This photo is so special to me because it shows my two favourite people enjoying a gorgeous moment together..

7 December 2011: Christmas has always been my favourite time of the year, but this year is just a little bit more special. Our little girl is old enough now to really enjoy the whole experience. She thinks that Gamma and Grandpop’s lights are just the best thing. We pull up in the street and she just says “wow, wow, priddy, priddy,(pretty) wow” so much that she doesn’t even breathe properly. This photo is so special to me because it shows my two favourite people enjoying a gorgeous moment together.

Nesters, try it. It is entirely worth it xo

{The Nest Loves} A 52 piece memory

This is genius.

A perfect way to remember the first year of your little birdie.

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A simply beautiful way to see your little one grow by Simply Bloom Photography.

Enjoy Nesters x

{Girl Crush Tuesday} Local superstar Jennifer Stocks

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’s girl crush is a very special one, she is someone who I not only professionally admire, but more than that, I personally love.

Local superstar  Jennifer Stocks is quite possibly the Central West’s most admired photographer. She is undoubtedly stamping her authority over the photography landscape of Australia. She is talented, innovative and quite simply a creative genius.

Last week she was named the 2014 Australian Institute of Professional Photography NSW Professional Photographer Year. That is MASSIVE!

Jennifer is an absolute star. She is energetic and clever, smart and enthusiastic – she really epitomises girl power at its finest.

Plus, not only is she professionally successful but on a personal level she is an absolute champion. She is a wife and mother to four children. She has three growing and busy boys and one deliciously perfect daughter.

We salute you Jen, you really give all little girls someone to aspire to. Have a dream, work hard and you will be rewarded.

Images: Katie McKay Photography, Kisschasey Photography

Images: Katie McKay Photography, Kisschasey Photography