League of Her Own

 

 

 

Gigi is one of the most thoughtful people I have ever met.  In all the years I’ve known her she never ceases to amaze me.

 

It was our good friend Kate’s birthday the other weekend. If you follow Notsopeachie on Instagram, you would’ve seen the sea wench costume I wore.  It was a pirate theme birthday not that I need an excuse to dress as a wench.

 

I enjoy buying presents for friends but I feel that it gets harder and harder every year.  I bought Kate a Pandora charm.  Some of you will be thinking, oh that’s nice a Pandora charm.  But wait till you read what Gigi got her.

 

Kate opened Gigi’s present.  It’s a picture frame and inside real flowers arranged into a pretty picture.  I said “That’s pretty Gigi where did you buy that from? She said “I made it using the flowers from Kate’s wedding bouquet”.  My reaction, WHAT THE F***.  WHERE DID YOU COME FROM?  She had dried the flowers from Kate’s wedding bouquet from a year and a half ago and made a piece of artwork with it.

Rose chose that moment to ask me what I did with my bouquet I got from being Maid of Honour at Rachel’s wedding in January.  I answered as quickly as I could “I chucked it out”.  I could feel my heart sink I felt SO horrible.  I felt like the worst friend ever.

 

One birthday Gigi made me a binded menu and when I opened it up it had three entrées, mains and desserts with pictures. My present was I got to choose an entrée, main and dessert and a day for her to come over and cook it for me.  Another birthday she burnt her finger tips making fortune cookies where she hand picked quotes especially for me.

 

She made me a shoe box full of them.  All my friends buy me wonderful gifts and I’m very lucky to have such thoughtful friends.  I think with Gigi she puts in so much time and effort with her gifts it’s very touching.

 

I think Gigi should start a business selling gift ideas for everyone who struggles to think of what to buy people especially for heart felt gifts.

 

So readers, do you have a friend who comes up with amazing gifts every time? What do you think about a company that offers gift ideas?

 

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3 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Wardrobe

 

 

Where have I been? I’ve been missing in action the past few days doing a personal styling course. It was so much fun, I got met a fabulous group of women and learnt a lot too.

Once I completed the course, I was inspired to sort through my own wardrobe. Here are my tips on how you can get the most out of your wardrobe.

  1. You should love everything in your wardrobe. I cleaned out my wardrobe last September so, I didn’t think I owned anything I didn’t already love until I had another look. Take the time to go through your wardrobe and giveaway anything you no longer love. Three years ago, you probably loved that furry sweater but do you still love it now? Have you worn it recently? Does it still fit you? What are the chances of you wearing it in the next six months? If you answer ‘no’ to either of those questions, it’s probably time to part ways. Coming from a self confessed hoarder clothes breakups are hard.  When I have no more room in my wardrobe, my only option is to get rid of something else. It’s actually a really good feeling and I never miss what I get rid of.
2. There is no wrong way to organise your wardrobe, it’s whatever works for you. My wardrobe is split into two – corporate and weekend clothes. I found arranging my clothes in this order made finding what to wear each morning a lot quicker then when I arranged my wardrobe by colours. This is my preference but may not work for everyone. You might like to arrange your clothes seasonally, by colour, by garment so, you might put all your dresses together, pants etc. You might like to arrange your clothes from casual to dressy.  If you don’t have a system in your wardrobe, choose one based on what determines what you wear each day. If you choose by what colour you feel like wearing sort by colour. If your current system isn’t working for you now is a good time to change it.

3. Now that you have gone through your wardrobe and kept what you love, you’re responsible for getting wear out of everything in your wardrobe. I know a few of you will be thinking “but I don’t have anywhere to wear them too?” Make an occasion to wear them. Who owns chinaware that never gets used? Life goes by way too quickly, so celebrate the small things with fine china. Dress up for no other reason than to feel good.

If you’re in Sydney and were after a styling session with me or know someone who might benefit from one you can shoot me an email at notsopeachie@gmail.com

 

 

5 Positives For Going Back To Work

 

A lot people will be returning back to work today and let’s be honest unless you’re absolutely in love with your job it’s a dreaded day for most.  I can’t work miracles and get your boss to call you and to say have another day off but I can share five positives for returning to work.

 

  • We go back to a routine and routines are good for us.  Routines make us more productive, help our bodies to get into a regular sleeping pattern, we tend to spend less money and eat healthier how often do we put in weight during the holidays especially the Christmas period.

 

  • Why do we go to work? $$$$ without money we can’t go on holidays, go to the hairdresser, pay our mobile bill so we can go on social media or order Menulog while watching Netflix’s.

 

  • You have a job to go to and that’s something to be happy about.  Anyone who’s struggled with finding a job knows how hard and stressful it can be.

 

  • You’re accruing annual leave right now as you work so you’re that much closer to having enough leave to go back on holidays.

 

  • You’re not alone everyone, else in the office is feeling just as miserable as you are so hang in there.

 

So readers, how was your first day back or are you still on holidays?

New Year New Outlook For 2016

 

 

At the end of every year, I use to have a mini breakdown trying to think of what I had achieved that year. About ten years ago I got real serious about my New Years resolutions. I would come up with three things I wanted to achieve. I would commit myself to them during the year and achieve at least two of the things on my list.  My goals were never grand but I would choose things that were important to me, whether it be finishing a course, getting my license or saving money.

 

At the end of the year when I would reflect on what I had achieved, I knew I could always come up with at least two things to challenge me and having two goals ticked off was always a comfort to me.

 

I’ve had a few days now to think about my New Year Resolutions. This year, I want to focus more on life and the type of person I want to be, rather than ticking things off my list.

 

Here is my New Year’s Resolution List for 2016:

 

Stay Positive – Being positive is my coping mechanism.  Being positive always pulls me through.  It can be a struggle to stay positive all the time and that’s why it’s on my list.

 

Breathe More – Someone who is relaxed takes more breaths per minute than someone who is stressed.

 

Listen – I want to pay attention more to family and friends when they speak so they know they’ve been heard.  Everybody wants to feel heard.

 

Guilt Free – I feel bad or guilty a lot of the time.  Things that are out of my control and have nothing to do with me – it feels like extra baggage I really don’t need to be carrying.

Enjoy Life – Not getting stressed or upset over things that won’t matter next week.

 

Declutter – It’s really therapeutic to clean out what you don’t need.  It’s something I’m not good at which is why I need to work on it in 2016.

 

Be Grateful – I’ve recently started writing down before I go to bed each night what I’m grateful for and why.  It amazes me at how many things I can come up with in one day. My list is never the same.  There’s nothing better to think of before going to sleep than what you’re most grateful for.

 

Never Stop Believing – In myself.

 

The year is what we make of it so let’s make 2016 a good one.

 

So readers, tell me do you have New Year resolutions? What are your resolutions for 2016?

What I Wore: Work Christmas Party

 

 

It was that time of the year again, when people drink too much and make a fool of themselves in front of their colleagues.  Yes I’m talking about the annual work Christmas party.  For the last four years there’s always been a certain dress theme so, it was a nice change to be able to dress up as myself, rather than Pocahontas who I dressed up as last year.

 

Last Friday night, I bought this Sunny girl dress a couple of weeks ago for my Christmas party and I couldn’t wait to show you it.  This dress was my first purchase from Evergreen clothing. I stumbled across this shop on Instagram.  If I ever need anything I just go on Instagram these days because that’s where I’ll find it and even if I don’t need anything I’ll still find something I want on Instagram.  If you’re broke or trying to save money stay off Instagram that would be my recommendation ladies, if you’re anything like me.

 

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I saw this dress on Evergreen clothing and I fell in love with the print. The v neckline which is great for busty women and its knee length is the perfect length for hanging out with work colleagues.  Just one problem, the store is in Mornington and I live in Sydney, I’m not traveling interstate for a dress.  I click on the link to their website in their Instagram profile and their website isn’t ready yet for purchasing online.  At this point I don’t know whether to give up and find another dress for my Christmas party or ask the question on Instagram, is there a way I can purchase this dress?  I sent them an email and they quickly responded. Mel always replied to my emails in a friendly and helpful manner.  I wanted to mention this because working in customer service myself I appreciate friendly and efficient people, adds to the buying experience.

 

If this Sunny girl dress isn’t for you and you have an Instagram account, you need to checkout Evergreen clothing because they have some beautiful clothing at affordable prices.  If you don’t have Instagram you need to get onto that ASAP!

 

The dress is made out of 100% spun rayon,  lightweight and breathable which is perfect for hot Australian summer days.  There is a zipper down the side and ribbon to tie a bow.  I’m wearing a size 12.

 

Tan or white shoes would be perfect to wear with this dress.

 

So readers do you love this dress too? Are you also addicted to Instagram?

 

All I Want For Christmas

The other week I posted my first All I Want For Christmas post – filled with gift ideas for Christmas.  If you missed it you can see it here.  Not long till Christmas now and this week’s gift ideas are aimed for teenage girls (around that age) – they sure can be a hard crowd to please.  It’s got to be trendy and cool so hopefully there is something below that will save you from receiving that unimpressed expression teenage girls are so good at giving.
Rubi clutch
Who doesn’t love rose gold or a clutch?  Combine the two together and you get this Rubi Tech clutch for just $19.95.  Who doesn’t love rose gold or a clutch?  Combine the two together and you get this Rubi Tech clutch for just $19.95.  This clutch is a beautiful accessory to compliment any outfit this party season. Free standard shipping is offered to all orders over $55, otherwise it’s $10 for shipping.  You can purchase it here.
Cotton On towel

 

How cute is this watermelon beach towel?  There are different patterns to choose from but this one is my favourite.  Round beach towels are becoming more popular and are appearing everywhere.  I love the idea of a round beach towel, taking a classic and putting a new spin on it. Perfect gift for anyone who loves the beach. This is the cheapest round towel I found at $30 from Cotton On.  To purchase it click here.  Free standard shipping on orders over $55.

 

 

Cotton On Tripod

 

They may have a selfie stick but do they have a selfie tripod?  Available in three colours, it elevates the phone by 15cm, 360° Rotation, 90° tilt and it’s only $14.95 from Cotton On.  Cotton On have some great gift ideas so do check out their website.  You can purchase the selfie tripod  here.

 

 

Cupid necklace

 

 

This necklace symbolises everlasting love.  Simple but elegant.  I’ve selected the 50cm chain but there’s also a 75cm option.  It’s made out of solid sterling silver and no charge of shipping.  You can purchase it here for $49.

 

 

So readers tell me how is your Christmas shopping coming along? Have you started?

All I Want For Christmas

 

 

About six weeks ago I was shopping in Target for underwear when I heard the song ‘The First Noel’ start playing. An overwhelming feeling came over me, I wasn’t ready to think about Christmas yet and I was still coming to terms with it being October – like when did that happen!  With six weeks till Christmas it was time to face the music, Christmas was coming and it was approaching faster than the speed of light.

 

Last year was a really sad time of the year for me after losing my grandma just a few weeks before Christmas.  This year I’m hoping it will be more of a joyous time and filled with the Christmas spirit once again.

 

For me personally my favourite part of Christmas besides stuffing my face with food is buying presents for people. I love putting thought into a gift that I think a person will really appreciate and love seeing their face light up when they unwrap it. I see present exchanging as an opportunity to make someone happy who might look happy on the outside but not necessarily on the inside.  A little thought can really make a difference to someone.

 

I do sometimes get stuck on what to buy people and I know I’m not the only one, so that’s how I came up with All I Want For Christmas.  For the next six weeks leading up to Christmas I’ll post affordable gift ideas to hopefully make your life easier. You might even find something for those people who are hard to buy for.  You can do your Christmas shopping online in the comfort of your own home, without the stress of trying to find an expensive parking spot at crowded shopping centres.

 

 

Sephora’s Mirenesse Mini Velvet Lip Plumper Mania – Nudes x 4  is a perfect stocking filler or Kris Kringle present. I picked nude because I love the nude colours but there are others to choose from. I want to buy these for myself, great colours and they plump up your lips … what’s there not to love? You can purchase all four for just $33. Sephora have free delivery when you spend $55 or over.  Sephora has so many great products to choose from. If you purchase a second item its free delivery otherwise shipping cost is $15.

 

 

Cotton Collective Pack

 

 

You’re either a tea drinker or a coffee drinker and my friends who love their tea LOVE T2.  We all know someone who loves tea and this Cotton Collective Pack contains 80 teabags which would be a dream for any tea lover. This pack is $85 and standard shipping is free. They also do gift wrapping, what more could we ask for?

 

 

Kikki leather_personal_planner_medium_ocean_cover

 

 

Stationery has certainly transformed since I was at school. Kikki.K not only has bright and colourful stationery but has useful tools to get you organised like this Textured Leather Personal Planner.  I’ve chosen the colour Ocean but there are many to choose from.  This planner isn’t just great for stationery lovers but for anyone. I have chosen the medium size because its a good size to fit your handbag. There is a larger size available. It costs $64.95 and it qualifies for free shipping.

 

 

Bra&Things

 

 

Bras N Things have a great sleepwear range. I love this Sweet Gingham PJ nightshirt in light pink. I think its a great alternative from other sleepwear people may have in their wardrobes.  It’s only $39.99 and express delivery is just $9.50.

 

 

If you have other suggestions for gift ideas please share.  I will be back next week with more Christmas present ideas.