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Celebrating You! with Tarazz

There’s been one thing I’ve noticed over and over again this year, and that is that there are some incredible Mums around who are loving and serving, loving and serving and loving and serving.

Mums who keep sacrificing, and worrying and taking care of their families.

Mums who are tired.

Mums who are amazing.

I want you to know that I notice.

I see you. I see what you are doing and I think you’re really amazing.

I also want to celebrate you.

You may remember that last year I headed over to America with the fam for a few weeks and was introduced to a world of shopping I’d never experienced before. To be honest, it was a bit overwhelming! There are some incredible brands in the US, many of which we just can’t get hold of in Aus and it was a load of fun to explore something new.

But, we can’t all just jet off to the US when we want to (unfortunately, believe I have been trying to figure this one out!!)

So when I was contacted by Tarazz recently I couldn’t resist bringing this to you – for once, it’s all about you. You can use this online shop to simplify your Christmas shopping experience or to buy yourself a few treats for the holiday season!

Tarazz are the only online retailer where you can find and buy some of the iconic overseas brands to enjoy in your Aussie home. I asked Tarazz if they could put together a fab beauty hamper for one lucky Mum to enjoy – this is something just for you, to enjoy and pamper yourself as the New Year comes around! (But of course, if you are still looking for bits and pieces for the family then you might like their Walmart range…I mean, it’s Walmart!!!)

Without further adieu I give you…

Buy Sephora in Australia
 

1. Stila Portrait of a Perfect Blush $20.61
2. NYX Costmetics The Curve Liner$19.32
3. Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer $23.19Total Value = $149.42
4. Philosophy Pink Almond Candy Lip Balm $19.32
5. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette $66.98

 

To Enter all you have to do is tell me “What would you buy to ‘treat yourself’ these holidays?” The entry form is over on Facebook. Pop on over and enter to win!

 

Terms and Conditions:

The name of the promotion is: Tarazz Australia Blog Competition
The promoter is Louisa Claire in conjunction with Tarazz

The conditions of entry are:

1. Answer this question via the Facebook app: “What would you buy to treat yourself these holidays?”
2. Make sure you like the Louisa Claire Facebook page
2. One entry per person
3. Open to Australian residents only

Employees, immediate family members, retailers, suppliers, associated companies and agencies are not eligible to enter.
The giveaway will close at middnight on Wednesday 18th December 2013. Comments submitted after this time will not be considered for the giveaway.
This is a game of skill. The winner will be awarded based on the strength of their answer to the question {insert question}
The winner will be notified by email.
The prize will be the prizes listed above which will be sent to the winner once their delivery details have been received. Please note that due to Christmas-New Year holidays the delivery may not be dispatched to the winner until the week of Jan 6, 2014.
The results of the giveaway will be published on this site on Thursday 19th December 2013.
Prizes are not redeemable for cash and are non-transferable

The total prize value $149.42
If for any reason beyond the Promoter’s control the agreed prize is not available a product of equal or greater value will be provided.
The Promoter is not responsible for prizes once they have been dispatched to the winner.

 

 

Enter here

 

 


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Summer Lovin’ with Lazybones

Over the past couple of years I’ve been on a journey of self-discovery when it comes to fashion. Turning 30, was also a turning point for me when I finally realised…

My 20s are over, my 30s have just arrived and I’m not going to waste them worrying about what “could” be when what “is” pretty great itself!

My body has changed enormously since having children and I’ve really been learning how to embrace how my body is “now” rather than waiting until some undetermined time when it’s the way I imagine it will be, or might like it to be.

It’s gratifying to see that I have continued on this journey for the past 18 months – my wardrobe continues to be filled with great scarves, funky (and kid friendly) necklaces, comfy, sexy and colourful shoes with a pop of locally designed and made earrings.

The challenge I have about writing these posts is that I am not someone who seeks to find my value in things – and though I love to share my finds with my friends and community, I am cautious about trying to suggest that clothing or style are where you will find your value.

That said, I have long believed that we, primarily women, can be so preoccupied by how we are feeling about the way we look (normally that we don’t look good) that we don’t live as much in the moment and we aren’t as aware of the feelings and circumstances of those around us. We are so busy fidgeting that we don’t see the joy, or pain, in the faces of the people we are with.

What I have found so liberating about the past 18 months is that it’s getting easier and easier to just get dressed and walk out the door. As I have gotten rid of all the clothes I don’t wear, or that don’t fit or that I’ve just moved on from I’ve found my wardrobe is left with clothes that I actually like, that fit and that coordinate with the other things I have. My cupboard is not overflowing, it’s just slowly coming to life.

All this brings me to the latest season of Lazybones clothing! Lazybones is an Australian label I first discovered a couple of years ago and am quite in love with.

I love supporting Australian businesses and labels who really seek to understand women. For me, that is what Lazybones is all about. I love how feminine and beautiful the dresses are – and I love how flattering they are too. The sizing goes up to an 18 which I also think is great and a good reflection that women’s bodies are different but all beautiful.

 Lazybones Summer 2013

Lazybones Summer 2013

The dresses above listed left-right, top-bottom

Allegra Dress in Corfu
Alice Dress in Broadway
Louisa Dress in Newlyn
Allegra Dress in Broadway

And here’s me in a season’s past Maria Dress which I wore on the weekend. I had a special lunch to go to on the weekend and it was great not having to think (um, worry!) about what I would wear but just have a dress to throw on and feel good in.

Lazybones Maria

I’m going to continue to walk a balance between feeling comfortable with myself and with my wardrobe without seeing my value as coming from how I look – gosh, it’s a tough one sometimes.

What about you? Is your wardrobe full of life or something you struggle with? Oh, and what do you think of Lazybones?

 


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Help A Mum Out: Costume Wings and other Cool Kid Costumes!

It’s a tough life being a Mum and choosing Christmas presents for an almost 6 year old girl. I am totally kidding of course, it’s the biggest privilege in the world.  I am beyond grateful!

My kiddos are big into dress ups at the moment but most of what we have are el-cheapo jobs that are falling to pieces or too small. Last night I came across a Melbourne business called Sparrow & B and have fallen head over heals for their amazing creations.

I’ve now spent several hours drooling over their site – I do love me a good locally made Chrissy present after all- and it just felt mean of me not to share them with you!! I sent the girls, Sandi and Belinda, a quick email today to get their permission to use their images and asked them a couple of questions…Sandi came back to me because Belinda was off in labour having her second bub (Huge congrats Belinda!!!)

How did Sparrow & B come about? What sparked the dream?  We started the business at the beginning of this year. I was making tutus and Belinda had the idea to join forces & make costumes, everything has moved very quickly since then!

What inspires you? We’re both utterly love with our children who would be own main inspiration! We are both very passionate about taking care of our beautiful planet, this & our distaste for mass produced junk is another big inspiration for us. We hope to bring creativity & fun to kids with unique, Comfortable costumes that will grow with them for many years.

Do you have a favourite costume? My favourite costume… oooh that’s tough! The bear capes are so cuddly & cute, the owls are lots of fun to make, all the wings are bright & fun. Sorry I’ve never been good at picking favourites!

 Butterfly Wings (come in a variety of colours)

Costumes for Kids, Melbourne Costume Shop, Creative Costumes, Dress Ups for Kids,
Super cute cat masks
Cat Costume SAB

 This amazing snake cape

Costumes for Kids, Melbourne Costume Shop, Creative Costumes, Dress Ups for Kids, Snake Costume. Snake dress up, Snake cape

These divine wings which come in a variety of colours/styles

Golden Bird Wings SAB
Rainbow bird wings SAB
Today this Unicorn costume was updated and OH MY GOODNESS!!!!
Is this every girls dream costume or what?!?!
unicorn dress ups, unicorn costume, handmade unicorn costume

 Which costume would your little one love?

 

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First and last at the same time…

I still can't get my head around the idea that each of Bluey's “firsts” are at the same time likely my “lasts”.

I'm trying to savour each moment and imprint it in my mind but I know that as our lives go on, the space for those powerful memories gets smaller and smaller. I think that's why I love to blog , it helps me recall the tiny but special moments that make up a life.

I'm thrilled to have started work with Heinz for Baby and recording some of Blueys first foods journey with them. I feel it's important to say that as a brand I'm really happy with the Heinz ingredients and the cooking process, I love that they have an organic range and was really impressed by their ethical shopping rating. (I was also a bit surprised to discover that the darling of baby foods, Raffertys Garden, has been bought out by an American company and now has a very bad ethical shopping rating).

I wanted to share this with you because i know for many of you first foods is something you are thinking about. I'd love you to pop over and read about this milestone for Bluey and some of my thoughts on it too. You can find the blog here.

 

xx

 


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Australian Design For Mums: MummaBubba Jewellery

I am really excited to introduce today the first Australian Design In Focus business to Louisa Claire: MummaBubba Jewellery, owned by the incredibly lovely Tash.

MummaBubbaJewellery
 

Since becoming a Mum I have said goodbye to many lovely necklaces, either because one of the kids (I’m looking at you, Bear!) has broken them or because I too afraid they will be broken to wear them. Enter MummaBubba jewellery and Tash’s gorgeous range of child friendly necklaces, bangles, bracelets and pendants.

I was introduced to MummaBubba at the same time by two different women I admire and thus it sparked my interest. I now am the delighted owner of two necklaces (one I bought and one I was gifted by my lovely friend Alli when Bluey arrived) and the only reason I don’t own more is because I can’t decide which one to get next!

Bluey_mummabubba
Today we get to go behind the scenes of MummaBubba and chat with the creater Tash…

Tell me how MummaBubba came about? What sparked the dream? When my baby was about 5 months old I would take my bangles off for her to hold while I changed her nappy. Of course the first thing she would do with the bangles was put them into her mouth. I suggested to my husband someone should make Jewellery that would be safe for babies to chew on, which he responded “That’s a silly idea”. I then researched the market and thought that I could make a contribution with my designs and ideas.

What’s your vision for MummaBubba? My vision is to take MummaBubba around the world. We have already expanded to New Zealand and we have Japan and the UK only weeks away from launching. I hope mums continue to find our products an essential part of their wardrobe.

Can you take us behind the scenes and tell us a bit about what a typical day looks like? Our  morning is usually full of chaos. I have two little girls ages 2 and 5 so by the time I drag them out of bed at 7.30am we do the usual morning routine that I’m sure every other mum has to go through.  After school drop off  I then head to our office/warehouse where I spend the rest of the day either on the phone, skype or email talking to our factory, our stockists and our customers! There never seems enough hours in the day to get everything done and I generally have to log back on at night after the girls go to bed.

What do you love most about running MummaBubba? I’m a creative person, so I find the design process of my business the most rewarding. I love playing with pantone cards and drawing up samples and ideas for our next release. The best part of all is when I see a stranger walking in a shopping centre or out and about wearing my jewellery. I still get so excited and run up to them like a crazy person.

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I am more than willing to put my hand up and say that my MummaBubba necklaces are an essential part of my wardrobe, so that’s one person you have converted on your way to global domination Tash! I have previously listed MummaBubba as one of my top buys for new mums and continue to rave about them. They are fresh, fun and durable and it’s so great to be able to add a safe accessory to the mama wardrobe each day!

Tash has offered to share the love with one lucky Louisa Claire reader so today we are giving away a necklace and bangle set of your choosing. You can enter easily via the Rafflecopter box below (note: this is the first time I have used Raffelcopter so if you have any feedback on how you like it then I’d love to hear from you!)

This competition is now closed. The winner was Kristy! Congratulations!!

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5 Fabulous Buys for New Mums (that won’t break the bank)

When baby number 3 comes along it’s hard to know what you *need* to buy to add to the alredy overflowing cupboard and drawers, filled by the little ones who have already set up camp in what used to be your quiet and calm life!

To be honest when Bluey came along I didn’t think I needed anything but I ended up receiving a few fabulous gifts and I really wanted to share them with you because these five things are used/worn almost every single day and I think that’s a pretty high recommendation!

gifts for new mums

1. Hug-A-Bub I didn’t babywear my first two littlies but after a casual comment from a friend about how useful she found carrying her second I decided to give it a go. The gorgeous team from Hug-a-Bub sent me a Baby Carrier and I am simply in love! Bluey falls asleep almost as soon as I slip him into it, I feel genuinely hands free – comfortable to bend over & carry things – I can comfortably wear Bluey and carry Bear at the same time. It’s genius & I can’t believe I didn’t get one sooner!!

2. Mumma Bubba JewelleryI first heard about Mumma Bubba Jewellery through a business friend and thought it sounded like a fun and practical thing to brighten up my wardrobe. I’ve been amazed at both Bluey and Bear’s reaction to it – they both instinctively reach out to hold it, almost like it comforts them. Bear has broken several of my gorgeous necklaces over the past couple of years so I am truly thrilled to have 2 Mumma Bubba ones that are babyproofed from breakage – one I gifted myself and one was a gift from a friend (thanks Alli!) that I can, and do, wear all the time!

3. Love to Dream Wrap Possibly the most amazing invention in baby wrapping EVER! I wish these had been around when Bliss was born, she would have loved it! I’ve used several for Bear and now Bluey and I just adore them. They keep the bubs snug while allowing them good movement to settled themselves. Love, love, love! The one pictured is part of a new range they introduced for Summer, the Love to Swaddle Up LITE and I have had Bluey in it almost every single day since December!! This is a limited edition wrap that I was gifted by the Love to Dream team – if you are looking for a baby gift or have a bub on the way then the very next thing you need to do after reading this sentence is buy a wrap. Seriously, they are that awesome.

4. Aden and Anais Wrap. It may seem strange that I am talking about this product after just raving about the Baby Wrap above but bear with me. My sister gave me these when Bluey was born and I use them constantly. I don’t often wrap Bluey up in one (because of the Love to Dream swaddles) though they are a great option if the others are in the wash but the thing that is so awesome about these wraps are the size. They are HUGE! At 1.2m x 1.2m they are perfect for a pram cover, a sun shield in the car, a lite blanket on warmer nights and days, a great breastfeeding cover and the list goes on. Can’t believe I hadn’t had these for my other bubs either! All the other wraps I did have are now totally redundant.

5. Bump, Baby & Beyond Cowl Neck Nursing Top Not only do I get lots of lovely compliments when I wear this top, I cannot tell you how comfortable and practical it is. It’s great for breastfeeding, is flattering and I would wear it every day if social graces didnt’ dictate that people shouldn’t really smell that bad, that often. Instead I will just be buying another one in another colour so I can alternate on a daily basis. Awesome! The Bump, Baby & Beyond store is actually full of awesome products, including this one, whichI wear on alternate days to the one pictured!

So there you go, this is my round up of 5 wonderful gifts to treat yourself to if you are an expecting or new mum, or to buy as a gift for a friend. Tell me mums, am I right or am I right??

Just to be super clear about it – I was gifted a Hug A Bub to review, a Love to Dream wrap to review and a gift voucher to spend at Bump, Baby and Beyond. I would (& have) happily spend my own dollars on all these items as well. The other items I either bought myself or received as gifts from friends and family.

What do you think of my list? Is there anything you would add??


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