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  • What to Expect When You're Expecting - with The Stylist Mama

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    The Stylist Mama logo

    Ellen Robbins, appropriately known as The Stylist Mama, is a respected hairdresser, mama to beautiful Sophie and joins us on the blog to talk all things style, hair and skin when you're expecting and a new mum.

    So let's talk fashion first, what are your key looks for pregnancy?

    Fashion can become a bit of a chore when you are trying to accomodate a growing bump, especially the first time around when you have no idea how fast it happens! However, fashion shouldn’t be hard or annoying, just stick to these little tips to get you through those 5-9 months when things are changing.

    1) Show the bump off! Figure hugging, silhouette styles look incredible on pregnant women as it shows all your curves, and gives you shape and dimension. Embrace the curves and I promise it looks a lot more flattering then trying to hide under loose fitting pieces!

    Winter Maternity Amor & Grace Street Style Capri Breastfeeding Dress
    AMOR+GRACE Capri Feed Dress
    2) ALWAYS look for stretch and rouched material. You will soon find out how quickly you grow, especially around your top half (bust and ribs) and the rouching sucks you in, in all the right places.

    3) Avoid too much colour. Busy prints can look way OTT and make you look bigger then you are so stick with neutrals. It also means your be able to wear your maternity wear again and again without wearing old or dated colours and patterns.

    Amor & Grace Modern Maternity Brooklyn DressAMOR+GRACE Brooklyn Dress (on final sale!)

    What styles or looks do you recommend for mum life?

    As for mum life, don’t think you have to completely change your style once you have a child. Definitely opt for clothing that gives you shape and makes it easy to feed in the early days, and my top tip for shoes is BUY WEDGES. I have an entire cupboard full of teenie tiny thin heels and of course I now spend my life in wedges when I am chasing after Sophie at BBQ’s and parties. 

    How can you make the most of pregnancy hair? 

    The biggest myth I hear about your hair while pregnant is that colouring it will harm the baby. There has never ever been a proven case where it has happened. I do recommend you give your hair a really thorough brush every night as it will keep the follicles really stimulated and will encourage growth after baby.

    What can you do when your hair starts falling out post pregnancy? 

    Once the baby arrives, try (as much as you can) to take good care of your hair. It tends to get really dry and stressed after bub arrives because all the nutrients are going to them - not your hair, skin and nails. Home treatments and head massages are going to keep your hair hydrated and strong.

    Pregnancy skin seems to differ so much between pregnancies and each individual woman - any tips here?

    Pigmentation is a pregnancy side effect and can leave long term spots on your face (I have the proof myself) so instead of a normal foundation, opt for a tinted moisturiser with SPF. It will let your skin breathe, as well as protect you from any little pigmentation clusters. Facials are a really great way to destress the skin and fill it with goodness before bub arrives too - heaven!

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  • Mother's Day 2017

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    Hobbe Incy Interiors Petite Interior Co Louvelle Amor & Grace Mothers Day Collab

    Mother's Day is fast approaching and to celebrate we have asked some of our favourite mums juggling children and careers about their ultimate Mother’s Day.
    See the interview with our friends Belinda at Petite Interior Co, Kristy at Incy interiors, Samantha at Hobbe Home, Fabiola at Amor and Grace and Simone at Louvelle wear. These female owned businesses have created beautiful products to make that sleep in on Mother’s Day even more special and they have some special offers for you too!


    Simone Taylor of
    Louvelle Wear

    Simone Taylor Louvelle
    Ultimate sleep-in travel destination? 

    I would love to have a luxurious sleep in at Hayman Island, that would be bliss!

    Dream breakfast in bed? I would love a green juice and an omelette with the newspaper and cuddles with my girls. Ideally then lounging around all day in one of our Louvelle robes!

    How do you wind down for bed at night? 
    A glass of wine, a Netflix and if I’m really lucky a soak session in the tub.

    What is your favourite Mother’s Day memory? 
    It’s probably having a beautiful photoshoot with my mum and my daughters – the bond between the 3 generations is so special to me.

    What is the best thing about being a Mum? 
    The deepest love I have ever experienced and watching my little girl’s personalities as they grow up.

    Best advice for Mum's managing children and work?
    Outsource as much as possible to keep your sanity, it’s not possible to do everything at the same time! Do this even if it means you pay yourself last. 

    What have you hinted at hubby as a gift for Mother's Day this year? 
    I would love a trip to the One Wybellena day spa, it’s such an indulgence for mums to be pampered! 

    Louvelle is offering 15% off their new silk cotton robes from 5-8 May (no code necessary).

     

    Kristy Withers of Incy Interiors

    Kristy Withers Incy Interiors
    Ultimate sleep-in travel destination?

    We have a trip booked to Borocay in The Phillipines for later in the year and right now that is what is getting me through the freezing cold mornings that have already started to set in.  

    Dream breakfast in bed?
    I’m not big on eating in bed but my dream breakfast is really boring, it’s basically what I have most days – poached eggs on rye and a strong coffee.

    How do you wind down for bed at night?
    For me it’s all about putting the kids down to bed, and spending time with the hubby. We debrief about the day and just hang out with each other. It’s fun.

    What is your favourite Mother’s Day memory?
    I learnt everything about being a (good) mum from my mother. I’m so grateful for such a strong, loving role model. Every year on Mother’s Day we brunch together so I can spend time with her, and my kids can enjoy being with their grandmother.  

    What is the best thing about being a Mum?
    I think being a mum has changed my perception of life and has given me an extra layer of selflessness. It makes me want to be a healthier, better person and work harder for everything I do.

    Best advice for Mum's managing children and work?
    I won’t lie. Sometimes being a mum and juggling a business can be difficult. For me, the most important thing is not to compromise quality time with family time. Home life is dedicated to home, and business scheduled to hours throughout the work day.   

    What have you hinted at hubby as a gift for Mother's Day this year?
    2017 has been a really big year for us (and it’s only May!). Honestly, all I really want is to have a day together with the family. If hubby happens to pick up CHLOE perfume, then that will definitely make the day a little sweeter.

    Incy Interiors is offering 20% off storewide for Mother’s Day.

     

    Samantha Hobbelen of Hobbe Home

    Samantha Hobbelen Hobbe Home Rocking Chairs
    Ultimate sleep-in travel destination?

    Give me a 5 star hotel with block out blinds and I’m one happy girl. With two boys under 3 and another baby on the way, sleeping in until my body wakes up naturally is a foreign concept at the moment!

    Dream breakfast in bed?
    A perfect hot coffee, a fresh fruit platter and a croissant. With everything to be eaten at leisure of course. 

    How do you wind down for bed at night?
    Once the boys are in bed at around 6:30pm, I usually spend some time with my husband, do a little bit of work and then try and be in bed by 10pm. My ‘me’ routine has fallen by the wayside of late but one thing I’m fastidious about is massaging oil into my ever growing belly bump.

    What is your favourite Mother’s Day memory?
    I loved on my first ever Mother’s Day, my husband Pete organised a hunt around the house so our then 2 month old son Hugo and I had to follow the clues to find the various thoughtful gifts. I remember it was so early in the morning that it was dark outside, but such an unforgettable start to my first ever Mother’s Day. I will remember it forever.

    What is the best thing about being a Mum?
    Watching our little boys growing up together is pretty remarkable and by far my biggest achievement. People often mistake them for twins and yet their personalities couldn’t be more different. They are kind, loving, funny and empathetic (when they are not wrestling each other) and there are days where I still can’t believe that I get to be their Mum.

    Best advice for Mum's managing children and work?
    For me, it’s being organised and outsourcing. Being organised often entails me being up earlier than everyone in our house (which is actually rather lovely and quiet) getting ‘house admin’ organised and lunches packed etc. From a work point of view, I am fortunate to have an amazing little team around me supporting the Hobbe vision and I find that the more I outsource, the greater capacity I have both at work and being a Mum. 

    What have you hinted at hubby as a gift for Mother's Day this year? 
    Day spa please! 

    Hobbe Home is offering 15% off storewide from 11-14 May. Promo code: LOVEMUM

     

    Fabiola Richards of AMOR+GRACE

    Fabiola Richards Amor & Grace Modern Maternity
    Ultimate sleep in travel destination?

    An island somewhere in the Pacific or Maldives. Take me back to my honeymoon before children became my alarm!! I’d also love to wake up in New York City for Christmas. That would be fun.

    Dream breakfast in bed?
    So after I sleep in and wake up slowly (I’m not a morning person), I’m served an omelette with coffee or freshly made juice and then I read a mag from cover to cover in one sitting, uninterrupted. 

    How do you wind down for bed at night?
    If I want to guarantee sleep, I only have to open a book and read a couple of pages before I’m out. I haven’t finished a book in about 5 years since having kids… Otherwise a bit of Netflix or a chat with hubs and a cuppa in hand.

    What is your favourite Mother’s Day memory?
    I love waking up to breakfast in bed each Mothers Day and my girls bringing their handmade gifts and cards, hubs in tow with coffee. Last year the kids insisted we all eat our breakfasts in bed. That was a memory. We usually gather the matriarchs of the family for a meal and keep it simple, which I love. It really is the simple things in life.

    What is the best thing about being a Mum?
    Watching my children grow and develop into their own person. Also in their relationship with each other now that they’re a little older is really beautiful. I hope they’re best friends as they grow up.

    Best advice for Mum’s managing children and work?
    Plan and be organised but leave room for the unexpected to happen because it will. That’s the juggle and challenge of being a modern mum. Give yourself space for things to go off plan. Don’t sweat it and roll with the punches. You and your family will thank you for it. 

    What have you hinted at hubby as a gift for Mother’s Day this year?
    I’ve had my eye on Ahoy Trader’s range of wall crosses. I’m yet to send my ‘hint' email with a direct link to hubs though… Fingers crossed! I’m also trying to get my mum to write me a recipe book of all the amazing food she cooks. It’s all in her head right now.

    We’ll run our 15% off promo up to Mothers Day (6th or whenever the post goes live - 14th May). 

    AMOR+GRACE is offering 15% off storewide 5-14 May. Promo code: MUMSDAY

     

    Bel Kurtz of Petite Interior Co.

    Belinda Kurtz Petite Interior Co

    Ultimate sleep-in travel destination?
    Anywhere cold, where I could snuggle up under a million layers. There’s something about warmer weather and blue skies that makes me feel guilty if I’m not outside enjoying it.

    Dream breakfast in bed?
    A delicious coffee and Waffles or pancakes. The naughtier the better. 

    How do you wind down for bed at night?
    Due to work and family commitments, I often put my own needs last, but for the past few years there’s one thing I won’t compromise on and that’s my night time routine. I try to shut off my computer by 10pm, take a shower and spend a few minutes applying my skincare or having a quick face mask. Sometimes I’ll even blow dry my hair. I’ll then make a cup of camomile tea and watch a bit of TV before bed. This helps me to mentally unload all of my work, ready for sleep. If I don’t take this time, I find myself laying in bed for hours thinking about everything that needs to be done and I’ve also squeezed in a bit of me time. 

    What is your favourite Mother’s Day memory?
    I love the little get togethers that my daughters school and kindy have for the mums. The hand made gifts are the best. I’ll cherish those memories forever.

    What is the best thing about being a Mum?
    Watching my daughters grow and become their own people is the most amazing thing. Their confidence, bravery, the decisions they’re making and the way they see the world inspires me to be a better person every day. Raising my girls will always be the greatest achievement in my life.

    Best advice for Mum’s managing children and work?
    Managing children and work is always going to be a juggling act! I find that keeping to a loose schedule has always been the best way for me to feel on top of things, but also don’t get too hard on yourself if you need to throw a whole afternoon out the window because your child needs you. I have definitely let go of mother guilt and I always try to tell myself that I am doing the best I can. If I have happy kids, I’m happy.

    What have you hinted at hubby as a gift for Mother’s Day this year?
    I’d love a spa day! 

    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!

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  • Mother's Day Gift Edit

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    Amor & Grace Mother's Day Ideas for every mum

    We've put together the no soaps, candles, flowers or chocolate Mother's Day Gift Edit to make this time of year a little easier for you. Whether you're buying for your own mum or still need to send some hints to hubby and the kids, we've compiled a list of goodies that you still have time to organise.

    For the Quality Time mama:

    If you're a new or seasoned mum, chances are you don't get to see your girlfriends as much as you used to or you would like. So why not relive the good old times with one of these ideas.

    A Girls' Weekend Away
    Forget everything going on at home and work for a night (or two!) and head to your favourite spot with your girl gang. You won't know yourself!

    Here are a few stays we recommend:

    Halcyon HouseHalcyon House

      A Day to Herself
      It's the simple things that are often the best. Wouldn't you love a day (we'll even take a half day!) to yourself enjoying whatever your heart desires? Bliss. You'll return with a fresh take on life. And hopefully a meal's on the table when you return... 


      For the Time to Herself mama:

      Isn't some time alone every mum's fantasy? One of many perhaps! What would you do with some time to yourself mama? Here's a couple of ideas.

      Spa Experience
      Often the kind of gift mums won't buy for themselves but really appreciate is the experience type. Send mum to her favourite spa for a facial, pedicure or massage. We love an Endota Organic Infusion facial - it leaves your skin feeling like silk.

      Magazine Subscription
      We also love a gift that keeps on giving and a magazine subscription will do just that. Check out Mama Disrupt (12 months subscription is on sale now) or Collective Hub for great reads.

      Mama Disrupt Collective Hub subscription

       

      For the Stylish mama:

      A New Bag
      Not just any bag. We've had our eye on up and coming leatherware brand Alf the Label. Check out their range of unique bags that are designed as nappy bags but look something you wore out B.C. (before children) - remember those days? They're stunning on the outside and super practical on the inside.

      Alf the Label Stella Leather Baby BagAlf the Label Stella Bag

      A fun tee
      If you're after something fun, our Boss tee is cleverly designed and suitable for all stages of motherhood, not just those looking for modern maternity clothes. You can Afterpay all of our products - yes, even our gift and e-Gift vouchers. They'll keep anyone who's left shopping to the last minute in mum's good books.

      Amor & Grace Modern Maternity Boss TshirtAMOR+GRACE Boss Tee


      For the Interiors Addict mama:

      A cross from Ahoy Trader's collection is on our wishlist for AMOR+GRACE HQ. Just look at them. Sah pretty!


      Ahoy Trader Large CrossThe Beach People Bath Collection
      Ahoy Trader Large Cross                           The Beach People Bath Towel

      If you're the mum who likes a practical gift, a luxe cotton bath towel by The Beach People might be just the thing for you. We're swooning over the Indigo range. Say goodbye to all those wedding gift towels.

      For the Sentimental mama:

      A thoughtful, personalised gift may just be the way to your heart. This sweet necklace from Bluebird Co is simple, elegant and timeless. The number of pendants and engraving on each is totally up to you.

      Bluebird Co personalised necklace for mum
      Bluebird Co Keeping it Personal Adult Necklace

      This one's a cheeky gift that's for your mum but actually secretly for you. Sorry not sorry! A Recipes Passed Down journal from Write to Me is the perfect gift if you have one of these kinds of mamas in your life. No one is going hungry on her watch.

      Write to Me Recipe JournalWrite to Me Recipes Passed Down journal

      We hope you have a very special Mother's Day surrounded by your loved ones. Let us know your best ever Mother's Day memory or gift in the comments below - or any you're still hoping for... A+G x

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    • A bag with a whole lot of heart

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      When we launched AMOR+GRACE we had every intention of having our Impact Project approved and ready to announce upon launch, or at least shortly after. It wasn't to be and as time would soon tell, we were yet to find our partner. But here we are three months in and we have some pretty amazing news to share.

      It wasn't until I came across an ad just before Christmas 2016 asking for preloved handbags to be filled with basic items for a female that I was sure who we needed to work with. Basic items, any age the ad said. How basic i thought? When I returned home I turned my wardrobe upside down to find that little black backpack I loved and wore religiously up until it was no longer practical to carry along with my nappy bag. Thanks baby. 

      I googled the organisation and found exactly what they were requesting. Things like a toothbrush, hairbrush, face washer, shampoo, soap and sanitary products for homeless women and those fleeing domestic violence. As I shopped for these basic items I couldn't stop the hot tears welling up as I walked the aisles of my local grocery store. I wondered what sort of life the woman receiving my little bag had fled. Sanitary products. Really? For Australian women. Mothers, teens, young and senior women of our country, today. It's a modern day issue that's need a collective response and we felt we needed to be involved.

      It's in the Bag Share the Dignity Appeal
      A retired handbag to me. Hope and dignity to someone else

      So we are very excited to launch our Mamahood blog by announcing our very first Impact Project. This is the heart and soul of our brand and the reason we exist. We feel it right to give back in a meaningful and impacting way - not just financially but by volunteering our time, effort and what we do to a cause that is doing something practical in an area that so needs our country's attention.

      The amazing Australian charity that posted that ad is Share the Dignity and we are thrilled to be supporting their amazing work and projects. Read more about our partnership and how you can be involved here.

      Thank you for all your support, purchases and love of our brand already as we are already taking steps to make a difference. Remember that by shopping with us for your maternity clothes and feed wear, you're supporting another mother. So keep spreading the love x A+G

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