Celebration in the Sky.
Celebrating the impending arrival of a sweet bundle of joy has to be one of lifes greatest parties! We wanted to keep the gender of our baby a surprise (for us and the world!) so we creeated the perfect gender neutral baby shower with an "Up in The Sky" theme. With a palette of soft blue, white with a mix of neutrals with a pop of Gelato colours in the balloon garlands. Featuring soft white roses, dried florals and leaves with the added fun of our colourful “Hot Air Balloon” cake table, hot air balloon lanterns and fluffy white clouds! Such a fun way to celebrate amongst the clouds!
Captured beautifully by the amazing Kaitlin Maree Photography, each little element came together so beautifully. It's amazing how it can be so easy to create a really beautiful expensive looking themed event with a little thought and preparation. The key for me (being rather pregnant and of course being a host) was to have everything as ready as possible ahead of time (ays or weeks ahead) so that it could all just come together on the day. It was a week and a day of crazy rain so we were very grateful to have some amazing helpers (brothers, husbands and friends) help on the morning.
We created centrepieces from faux flowers and dried pampas, bunny tails and a few sprigs of dried wheat which I think set the scene beautifully. This meant that on the day they were ready to pop on the table and I didn't have to worry about running around for fresh flowers. Propping them up on top of these centrepiece stands (which can be purchased on eBay in gold) I spray painted these white to match the theme. I wanted a bit more of a formal seating arrangement so we had cute little place cards made with little wooden clouds on each plate. (matching white plates purchased from Kmart for a bargain at 75cents!) The table cloths are also from Kmart and were perfect as they were extra large with a linen like texture and their length and width meant they cascaded beautifully to the floor. Chair covers really can tie the entire look together and give a uniform and blank canvas for the theme and table setting to just POP! They can be hired relatively cheaply from a Party Hire and we went with the amazing Elite Weddings and Events who have such a great range and cater to small and large events!
The gorgeous Sky Themed cake was created by ever amazing The Sweet Society Co and all were just as incredibly delish as it looks!!!! The cake looked absolutely perfect underneath our gorgeous HOT AIR BALLOON! This was created with an extra large round wicker basket, a few wooden dowels from Bunnings and a gorgeous Gelato balloon arrangement put together by my sister in law & I!
A little drink station put together by my mama with a little Signature Cocktail of hers (alcoholic and virgin available!) kept us all smiling. Add in some champagne and bottled water (all essential for any event really!) My amazing bestie put together some fun party games and event favours of delish Melting Moment cookies in little cloud themed gift boxes. They were so cute and all the ladies loved taking a little taste home.
My hair and makeup was done by the ever amazing Bella Brides! Unfortunately the rain and humidity did nothing nice for my hair but the makeup stayed put ALL DAY! Given I was 29 Weeks pregnant these ladies somehow made me feel like a total queen. And of course my little sequin dress was Begitta, I love this dress created in our Soleil fabric with a soft nude underlay. It showed off my bump and I felt like a rockstar!
I absolutely love an event! I love planning and creating a mood board, I love dreaming up how to style a space and adding fun DIY ideas. So when it came to my baby shower that I had been dreaming up for so long I knew I would have the time of m life with the theme. After being so ill throughout my whole pregnancy I felt I had lost some of that excitement and joy that I had expected during what I had anticipated would be a beautiful blooming time for me! So my best friend and I planned it together so I could find some joy in putting together the celebration and it was such a beautiful day amongst all the women I hold most dear!
Special thanks to some incredible people who helped make this day amazing - all the amazing women and brothers/husband who assisted on the day
Photography: Kaitlin Maree Photography
Hair and Makeup: Bella Brides
Cake & Tarts: The Sweet Society Co
Chair Covers: Elite Weddings and Events
,A long awaited story of our journey to our double lines! If I am honest, I was a bit apprehensive to share our story with the world, I was scared that something might go wrong or it would all be too good to be true. But now I am so excited to share this little glimpse of our journey.
Growing up I always dreamed of having a beautiful little family. I've always wanted 3 kids. So funny when you’re 13 and you picture your life, I wanted to have met the love of my life by 21, be married at 23 & have 3 kids by 28 with a house. HA! Well at 23 I dove into the world of business. I worked as a freelance stylist until I could save enough to follow my passion to Paris to study Fashion, Specifically Haute Couture (High Fashion). Which I did with a short stint studying in London as well. I made my way home and started my business. Since then I have worked endlessly creating my dream world in business. Working with some incredible people and along the way met and married my Prince Charming in our dream wedding, on a beautiful September day, fit for a story book! Now In my early 30s that 13 year olds idea of life was a bit off, but trusting the timing of my life has worked out pretty well so far!
My beautiful husband Robbie and I wanted kids straight away. We wanted a honeymoon baby and to start building our family as quick as we could. Rob wants 4! Eeek!
Our honeymoon was amazing and to be honest we thought we would get pregnant fairly quickly. Don’t we all! I haven’t ever taken contraception, I am relatively active and eat well and healthily and I don’t drink much. For some of the lucky ones it does just happen in one month but for us it seems, we weren’t those people.
In the first few months of our marriage we opened a business with my parents. I became the worlds greatest juggler running both my successful business and helping to build up a new one. We worked our butts off, dealing with both business and family issues. A long road we had not foreseen would be quite so rocky. Months went by and each and every month when my monthly cycle would reveal itself I was disappointed. At first Rob was a bit confused that it didn’t just happen. I knew that it would likely take maybe a few months. But each month got harder and harder as what felt like a lifetime went by.
I prepared my body by nourishing it with good food, prenatal vitamins, I stopped drinking alcohol completely, I visited the naturopath and took herbs to ensure a regular cycle. I eliminated toxins in our house and made all natural cleaning sprays (chemicals can mimic hormones in our body! Did you know that?). I began to track my cycle with ovulation kits and ensuring I knew when our fertile period was. I was doing everything right, or at least I thought I was. But each month when my period arrived I was so disappointed. The first few months I expected it but as time went on I got really down. Each month Rob would say something supportive; “it’s not our time”, “try not to overthink it”. Trying not to overthink it while doing everything right is like trying to drive a car blindfolded.
The year began to roll by, February, March, April…. May, June,… Nothing. Plenty of phantom signs of pregnancy. Sore breasts, campiness, headaches. People would make comments. Family and friends who knew we wanted to start a family would mention babies and I would feel pretty useless. Beginning to doubt my body and my abilities as a woman. You really don’t want to let those feelings in but boy do they infiltrate your heart and mind. I ran into a girl I went to school with a few grades below me, pregnant and beautiful and glowing. I said Hi and was genuinely happy for her. But the moment I turned away from that conversation I had tears in my eyes. I wanted it so bad. July came and went and I basically just said “Fuck it” I don’t even think I want this anymore. I have big plans for the next 3 years of my life and business and a baby isn’t going to fit anyway! HA!
Robbie and I had some holiday time in August available to us. I wanted a holiday that we didn’t have to think about anything. Just eat, drink and enjoy sun and sand. So we booked a cruise to get away from life for awhile.
We had an amazing time, I threw all my cares out the window. I drank too many cocktails and ate all the glorious foods and desserts. We nearly got left on an island because we hiked up a mountain Rob was desperate to scale (after a $70 steak it was the last thing I wanted to do!). We met some really lovely people and had a lovely trip. Until the last 2 days sailing home! It was 4-4.5meter waves and I was sick as a dog! I don’t really get seasick usually but our room was at the front of the boat and boy I got hit hard.
Upon returning home I was still walking with a sway for a week. I was suffering from vertigo and had a headache and vomiting about a week later. Then thankfully the sea-legs wore off a little but something still felt off.
I woke up early one Monday morning (Rob Usually sleeps in till late on a Monday because he works nights Thursday-Sunday). At this point my period was a day late but I really didn’t think much of it. I decided I would do a test. I had a few cheap eBay test (like 30 of them! HA!) so I used one of those. I showered, brushed my teeth and hair and washed my face. I was about to walk out of the bathroom when I remembered the test.
I took a quick look… What?! No…. Theres a REALLY faint line there! By this point I knew that any line even small as a positive can be a positive especially in early pregnancy. I took it outside into the sunlight, I kept saying to myself don’t get excited. It’s a false positive. Or it’s your eyes. I really didn’t want to be let down yet again. Especially when last month I had literally had said “FCUK it all! So I dipped a First Response (a real test I said in my head) and there it was 3 minutes later. An unmistakable second line. Darker than dark. There-r than there! I cried. I danced. I didn’t want to believe it.
I took my time to breath. I looked at myself in the mirror, looked in my eyes and said out loud “You’re pregnant”… “We’re pregnant”! I really could not believe my own words.
So I sort of floundered around… I actually felt like I was having an out of body experience. I wanted to laugh, cry, run to Rob and jump on the bed. But No. I had to tell him in a special way. So I put together a little box. Inside the box I put a little romper suit (I had purchased because it was adorable, even if a little pre-emptive!) the pregnancy test, a little handkerchief for happy tears and I wrote on the inside of the lid “Hello Daddy”. I then sat around for what felt like years until he woke up. Ok Ok I jumped on the bed a few times to wake him and tried to get him up. Between trying to wake him up I made myself a tea and some toast and the FINALLY he was awake! I hid my camera and made him come into the room where I said I had an early Wedding Anniversary present. He opened it and I think he was a bit awestruck. We hugged and we just so over the moon excited.
Have a peek at this little video - I secretly filmed telling Robbie, I cry every time I watch it!
The beautiful thing was we were to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary that weekend! Such an exciting thing to share joy in over a weekend Celebrating a BIG year!
In hindsight a year really wasn’t the longest time to hope to conceive. I know that for many couples it can take years and years. But the entire journey has truly opened my eyes to how hard the ‘Trying to Conceive’ (TTC) journey can be. For all the women going through that monthly roller coaster cycle. The ups the downs the optimism, hope and excitement shortly followed by disappointment, doubt, shame, sadness. I want to say to those women that I am here. To support you and to understand how incredibly hard that is. My story isn’t as hard as some but it certainly took me on a journey I was not prepared for. I am so grateful we have been so blessed and honoured to be able to conceive and I have been able to carry a child. We’re so excited to be parents!
- Our Family Christmas Snaps -
THE ZUHAIR MURAD FALL 2017 COUTURE collection was nothing short of breathtaking this year, with a concoction of fairy-tale tulles, feathers and sparkling embellishments. Each an every piece is meticulously detailed, full of divine ruffles, dreamy velvets and exquisite lace appliqués the result… Dreamy…
Each day amongst the hustle and bustle that we continually navigate as a biz owner, it’s easy to lose that sense of self and direction. I certainly find that by taking the time to ground down once a day and to spend time (even just 15 minutes) with myself, I feel much more productive and present in the moment.
Each day I have a few rituals I do to ensure I stay focused, motivated and grounded:
THREE THINGS YOU ARE GREATFUL FOR TODAY
Take some time to recognize how lucky you are in this life. List three things in this day you are grateful for. Do your best to chose 3 different things each new day.
I love the Smiling Mind App, it offers different types of mediation and alerts me when I haven’t checked in with the app (or myself!) lately. Another great choice is Headspace. Both are free and available on iphone and android.
BATTLE NEGATIVES & FEEL AMAZING
Find your queen! Within each an every one of us we have the ultimate super hero, woman (or man) who can conquer anything. Sometimes the world has us in a bind where we don’t feel confident to take that next step or speak up. When you’re feeling a little “off” or you’re feeling vulnerable in a situation or even if you just need to feel a little empowered. Ask yourself “What would my higher self do?” or “What would my Queen Self do?”. Whether it means brushing off some negative feedback or buying the perfect pair of heels that you’ve wanted forever, find your inner Qween and “Treat Yoself”
MANIFEST YOUR QUEEN
Positive thoughts and affirmations encourage our subconscious to achieve much more than we believe we can. What you believe you achieve. The self talk that we offer ourselves daily is, in most cases, critical and usually quite negative. Taking a few minutes out of your day to tell yourself and truly believe positive things about you and your capabilities will set you on the path to a more positive internal dialogue. A few of my favourite examples:
- I am beautiful. Mind, Body & Soul
- I only take actions that are serving me and that bring me pleasure.
- I choose myself first always, remembering that I can only give when I am fulfilled.
- I enjoy life and everything it has to offer.
Choose a manifesto or mantra that resonates with you and that you feel is in line with your beliefs. Find a few online or write your own and repeat them to yourself over and over. If you can do it out loud or whilst looking in the mirror you get bonus points! It may feel silly at first but you will start believing all that you say.
Every morning I start the day with a large glass of warm water and a squeeze of fresh lemon. This flushes out the digestive system and rehydrates the body.
The foods that you eat offer fuel to the body to be the rock star that you are. I love to fuel with lots of fresh produce and avoid processed and high sugar/salt foods. Each fortnight I “Meal Prep” 2 weeks worth of meals, which for me includes 3 small meals a day (plus breakfast and 2 small snacks). I follow an eating plan set out by my trainer and I have to say that I thought I ate quite healthily before but nothing gives me the energy and health benefits than eating a well balanced diet does. I highly recommend a plan but know that for some people with families it’s not an option to food prep. A great start to making sure you get all the right fuels is to plan each meal (put it in your Asana! See below!!) and recipe ahead of time and whatever meals you can to avoid making big mistakes and maccas runs (we’ve all been there but, NO MORE my queen!)
And of course DRINK WATER! 2-3ltrs a day is recommended (READ: Essential!) for optimum body and brain function. Plus during long office hours the need to use the ladies means you will get up often for a good stretch.
I love getting out for a walk. It gives me more energy, it’s peaceful and I get to spend time with my thoughts and myself. I spend long hours in the office and studio so a good walk or jog gets my blood circulating and my heart going. I try to do a 45 minute fasted walk each morning and fit in a 30 minute quick workout afterwards where I can. I also push myself to do at least one yoga class a week. It doesn’t seem like much but when I get to spend time on myself I thrive during the day and feel more balanced.
For many people getting organised can be a colossal mountain climb. A program I love is ASANA. It’s free and easy to use. It links with my Google calendar, my phone and my email so I can keep on top of juggling all the tasks of my businesses and all the jobs at hand. Better still you can link colleagues or employees and assign tasks when needed. I definitely advise a short course in how to best use Asana to get the most out of it. Get onto it and tart the ball rolling, it may be a little overwhelming at first but I recommend starting out by listing EVERYTHING out on paper, do a huge brain dump to clear out the brain clutter. Categorize each into groups and then write out the steps that need to be taken to complete each task. It’s a hug job but once it is done it’s amazing how much more productive you are and efficiently making better use of your time.
Pop your name and email in the box below to grab your copy of THE ORGANISED DAY WORKBOOK (Free Download!) to get you started and see examples of my Daily List and add all of your key tasks in to create your perfect and productive day!
WILD HEALING SKINCARE – These skin products have just completely changed my beauty routine. They are completely RAW, VEGAN & HAND CRAFTED. The ingredients are pure genius and smells that tingle the senses. They are incredible and my skin is so in love, as am I! BUY HERE
THE SLEEP MAMA PROGRAMS - Now I don’t have kids but I am seriously addicted to everything Kylie of The Sleep Mama has to say. She offers kind parenting and sleep training for bebes from birth to 3o months and has a huge following of beautiful (and famous!) mamas who have successfully worked with her programs to perfect “the art of good sleep”. I am gifting this program to all my future mum-to-be friends and it will definitely be on my must-have-mama list! HOP ON HERE
BEGITTA BUTTERFLY CROWN – For the social media lover why not gift them with this “Filter Worthy” crown! It has the most beautiful gold butterflies that move as you move and are the perfect addition to any Christmas Soiree outfit. And How fun to have a real life filter!!! Email the Begitta team at firstname.lastname@example.org to order! Get the added filter airbrushing by clicking HERE!
ROCK&SADDLE Handbag – I have had mine for more than four years and I regularly get comments on its beauty. Hand carved leather with gorgeous details these bags hail from Mexico and are perfect for the boho or really any girl who loves a fuss free bag. CHECK THEM OUT HERE
THE BEACH PEOPLE ROUNDIE – The Original Roundie towel is an absolute favourite of mine! I was gifted the Majorelle for Christmas 2 years ago and I take it EVERYWHERE. Perfect as a picinic rug, a warm blanket and of course for it’s intended use: A Beach Towel! BUY HERE or find a local supplier HERE
BEGITTA SEQUIN DRESS – How could you NOT Love, Want, Need something so sparkly? This dress is the perfect New Years Eve Dress to wow the socks of any suitable bachelor awaiting that Midnight Kiss! A-La Kendall Jenner this glistening dress has a little more cover up to allow for less Hollywood tape and more dancing! It is a limited edition so get in quick to get your paws on one for your bestie and perhaps one for yourself too? It is Christmas after all!
THE BAKEHOUSE PINK BAKEWARE – Ok so these definitely make me want to get into that kitchen and bake some adorable treats! & who doesn’t love Pink! Give the gift that keeps on giving… Hopefully back to you in yummy cupcakes?! BUY HERE or in store at Woolworths
KIKKI K ORGANIZER – Stationery is my weakness and Kikki K is the Mecca of stationery dreams with so many gorgeous things to brighten up my desk. My absolute favourite gift for the Business Woman in me is definitely a Kikki K Organizer. With the perfect amount of space to plan your day/week/month the large planner is my everything throughout the year ahead. The best part is popping a few add ons in your cart for stocking stuffers. They have gorgeous little notepads, pens and pouches that are great for quick little thank you gifts and Kris Kringle budgets! BUY HERE
MOET ROSE CHAMPAGNE - A bottle Rose Imperial MOET is the perfect gift to celebrate the holidays! The gorgeous pink box alone is worth celebrating and the bubbles inside will have her smiling! Purchase INSTORE from any reputable Bottle Shop!
KIKKI K Leather Travel Wallet – Travelling in style with a gorgeous place to keep all your important docs and passport in one place is a MUST. Kikki K has this beautiful pink and lavender travel wallet in their new range and it is just so beautiful! If leather is a little out of the price range Typo also stock some gorgeous options in pastels for under $50! BUY HERE or in stores!
Lover of sparkle, supporter of small business, drinker of coffee, Editor of The Atelier, Designer of Begitta.
Inspired by an intimate, love story shared only with the bride and grooms nearest and most dearest. The trained eyes and lens of the fabulous We Are Twine captured this styled wedding shoot. With an endless array of pink hued blooms, glorious sparkle with metallic copper and gold tones, our incredible team, handpicked for their incredible talents and eye for detail, has created a fairy-tale wedding for the bride and groom hoping to draw their guests in, offering just a glimpse of their real-life fairy-tale.
Set in the ever so beautiful Evergreen Garden Venue, the perfect table, laden with shimmering pink tones and on-trend copper crafted in a way that only Beautiful Weddings Australia can create. Complete with stunning floral artistry in beautiful blooming topiaries. Arbours thick with lush greenery and gorgeous alter for our Bride and Groom filled with delicate fleurs. All manifested by the absolute talent that is Bella Bloom Floral Designs.
The sweetest divinity of this table certainly goes to THAT CAKE. Endless sparkle and adornment with a simple sophistication that every bride aspires to. With the elegant stationery to sit beside our table setting by Love Notes.
The exquisite Begitta - Bridal & Couture custom-couture "Venice" gown sets the melody in motion, extensive hand work went into creating this incredible piece. Exquisite French corded lace with added hand-made lace applique, stunning sheer sleeves with beautiful floating lace feature, right down to the glorious full length train with incredible scalloped detailing.
Hair styles create by the ever talented A Fashionable Hair life and Makeup by Amanda Higl perfectly offset the gowns on this gorgeous bride and her maids! And where would a bride be without her maids, resplendent in beautiful white and ivory "Azalea" Skirts and Bodices with hints of beautiful lace inspired by the brides gown.
We cannot get enough of these amazing images, endless inspiration in each and every pic and we are so excited to share them with you!
OUTFIT OF THE DAY
I absolutely loved embracing this "Carrie Bradshaw Moment" wearing a custom Tea-Length Ballerina Skirt by moi, Begitta - Bridal & Couture! Paired with a bust-cup slip in off white it was the perfect figure-hugging bodice to balance the sheer size of this insanely pouffy ballerina skirt!
Bodice & Skirt: Begitta - Bridal & Couture / Heels: Valentino Rock-Studs (Borrowed) / Watch: Chanel Première Watch (vintage 1987) / Cuff & Sunglasses: Begitta / Bag: Zara
Two beautiful souls in love - be it sisters, best friends, soul mates or lovers. We adore how this playful shoot captures the fun and true depth of what we share as women and the deep connection of two souls finding each other. ...
The flawless makeup and soft wavy hairstyle by Sammy from Alexis Harlow Makeup Artistry picked up the tones of the florals, creating a romantic, dreamy feel, adding another dimension to the bohemian style we were aiming to achieve.
Our team came together with a clear vision and love for creating something truly unique, and this is reflected in the images captured by Malin’s smooth, colourful photography, the emphasis on natural light, and using the landscape that Spicers Hidden Vale put on show for us as a feature.
We believe these images will appeal to a wide range of artistic souls, with the same-sex aspect of the feminine boho wedding style, while at the same time being able to be seen in a general context as an example for close friends, sisters or bridesmaids in a bridal setting.“
Gowns: Begitta – Bridal & Couture // Hair & Makeup: Alexis Harlow Makeup Artistry // Models:
Bree Coleman (below left) & Karla Gutteridge (below right) // Venue: Spicers Hidden Vale
Blooms, Champagne and incredible sites were promised and the amazing venue, collaborators and delish catering certainly delivered!
UNVEILED – A Luxury Wedding & Fashion Showcase, held on January 31st 2016 at the heavenly CLOUDLAND was beyond beautiful.
With incredible styling created by Nicole Ritchie Collections and the fantastic team at Beautiful Weddings Australia there could be no doubt that the surroundings would be lush. We weren’t disappointed! Their exquisite greenery wall flanked by exquisite floral walls created the incredible awe inspiring catwalk. The luscious fresh green floor runner along the catwalk was painstakingly put together by Bella Bloom Floral Designs using oodles of greenery and the countless hydrangeas . With staging by Staging Creations that looked like the ocean in reflecting the gorgeous gowns of the new Forgotten Garden Collection by Begitta –Bridal & Couture......