JOURNEY

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Over the last few months, I’ve taken my passion for styling to a whole new level and it’s consuming my life hence my absence on the blog.

I absolutely love what I do and blessed that my family and close friends have my back. Some say I make managing motherhood, school, a business and styling look easy but let me tell you it takes commitment and doesn’t come without sacrifices.

I hope you’ve all been following my styling journey on Instagram and via MG Styling.

Sovanny x

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SOVANNY VU X HEART IN BOX

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A beautiful package from Heart In Box arrived last Friday just in time for the weekend. Heart in Box, is run by Meng who is a Brisbane based mum originally from Singapore. She’s done quite a bit during her time and through her journey, was inspired to create a business that could play a part in uplifting women at any stage of motherhood. Sounds brilliant to me.

With a long weekend ahead of us, I was definitely up for making some time to get pampered. Pampered? With the kids? Well if you can’t do it alone, I say get them to join in on the fun. After all these beautifully curated ‘You Are Loved’ heart boxes were made to make a girl feel loved and special.

Upon opening the box, the lovely Meng had written me the sweetest note and it was also just the reminder I needed to take a little time to treat myself. The box was also filled with these beautiful items:

– A wood wick soy candle housed in a stunning white glass jars with a white lid.
– A handmade white satin eye-mask with black embroidered lashes for a long good nap.
– A Rose bath soak to soak away all the tiredness.
– A Kate Spade New York “The Short List” notepad.
– A stone ground chocolate to savour with wine.

Come Sunday morning, I decided it was time to indulge. First I lit the candle to get the beautiful aroma going and then the girls and I all gathered in bed over breakfast. As you can see we dug into croissants and chocolate while planning mummy’s to do list using the most perfect little Kate Spade notepad. Post breakfast crumbs were everywhere but that’s a story for another day. Next week, I plan to make use of the gorgeous rose bath soak and that one I will want to do alone with a glass of wine.

Other than the fact that these heart boxes are such a great idea, what I adore most is that it’s a gift that women can truly enjoy. Over the years, many of my friends have had babies and I have always gifted them with baby clothes or flowers but this provides such a perfect and affordable alternative. Heart in Box have an amazing collection of heart boxes for so many occasions that I guarantee you will love. I know what I’ll be getting for my girlfriends in the future and want to thank Meng for this beautiful heart box. I truly do feel loved.

Sovanny x

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You can follow Heart In Box on Instagram too!

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GREY DAYS

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When my girls we’re tiny babies and sleep routines were yet to be established, I recall sleeping with one eye open. Other nights, I’d play dead so my husband did the waking. It’s very cheeky I know but there’s something about sleep deprivation that channels the part of you that you don’t want to be. Momma bears, I know you can relate. Yes?

Fast forward a few years and the babes were sleeping beautifully until a few weeks ago. In between Gemma cutting through her fangs and molars and Maddie turning into a mini teenager the lack of sleep has crept back in to our household. The difference the time is that now hubs and I have had a taste of good sleep, broken sleep feels ten times worse than the newborn baby days.

I really don’t understand how kids can be full of beans after a rough night. Meanwhile I’m fumbling around trying not to walk into a wall. So what do I do to stay sane and get the energy to start the day? For a while it was coffee (about 4 cups) but I’ve kicked that to the curb and tried the Teami teas. One and a half weeks in and not a single cup of coffee! I feel great. Add exercise using the No Tummy Mummy 30 day challenge as a guide and I have something else to keep me moving, feeling good about myself and eating healthy again. It isn’t just having a good exercise and diet routine though. For the girls and I there’s nothing better than getting out of the house for some fresh air rain or shine. Whether it’s heading to the park, chilling at a cafe, visiting galleries or catching up with friends all of us are in better moods when we are out and about.

What things do you like to do to stay sane?

Sovanny x

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I’m wearing: Sandler Shoes | Everything old
Maddie and Gemma are wearing: Dresses from Little Edge Apparel | Everything else old

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BOSS

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Often I chase my own tail when it comes to making big  life decisions. When the going gets tough with business, I get to this dark place where I want to shut it all down and just get a regular job. A regular job where I’m not faced with big decisions, late nights or financial stress but more importantly one that can guarantee stability for my family.

Ealier this year I was very close to handing in the towel and going back to my roots in a HR job that would have provided me all of the above. After my second interview I wasn’t successful and although I felt defeated at the time it was truly a blessing in disguise. I came back full circle and then decided to take up the opportunity and get a styling qualification. This was huge huge huge and I knew there would be sacrifices involved but on the flip side it was an investment into something I feel so passionately about.

Now at school, it’s been difficult on the work front. I’ve had little time to invest into it and moreover I’m feeling it needs to change and evolve into something more. Basically I want to do everything at the same time but the days are short and the task list is long.

Then there’s parenting in the mix. At times, my kids need my attention when I can’t give it to them and that can be heartbreaking. Other times, I can’t wait to go to school so I get a bit of me time. Parenting with school and work in the mix is nothing new people but it’s one that takes dedication and one that you really have to prepare yourself for. Do you want it or don’t you? Truth be told I want and crave it all and hope my girls feed off my work ethic.

Do you have a life where you’re constantly juggling duties?

Sovanny x

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I am wearing: Pins by Bossmomnation | Shades by The LB Brand| Everything else old

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SOVANNY VU X BELLHOP BAGS

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When I had my first baby Madison, I was adamant about owning a nappy bag that was versatile and as stylish as any other bag. Like many large nappy bags it came equipped with about ten pockets for me to stash all my mummy things in. I loved it, though the downfall was searching through all the pockets to find items such as keys, wallet, snacks and sunglasses. I honestly could never remember which pockets I put the items in. I also recall feeling as though I had organised myself to be disorganised. Come baby number two, I replaced my beloved nappy bag with a leather backpack as I could no longer deal with all those pockets. It’s the other way around with my backpack – not enough pockets! Therefore all my items just get thrown in and I literally have to dig in.

Chin, founder of Bellhop Bags, created Bellhop files so that she was able place all her daily essentials in an organised manner and pop them straight into which ever bag she was wearing that day. No nappy bag needed but instead just a collection of her favourite handbags. Sounds great doesn’t it?! Today, I gave these Bellhop files a whirl and here’s the down low on this clever little item.

Bellhop files come in two great colours – blue and red. I love both colours although Blue is my favourite and despite having girls, I believe it’s still a very gender neutral colour. It’s minimalist design also makes them stylish enough to carry on their own without cramping your style.

These files are essentially four generous sized zipper pouches grouped together with a large oval hook and individually tabbed for you to organise your belongings in. Once you’ve organised your essentials in these files, you can simply place them in your favourite bag, hook them directly on to your pram or place them in the lower basket. It’s versatile, practical and extremely easy to use. The tabs on these files are easily labelled with the stickers provided (there are 6 different ones) or you can simply write your own file name using a marker. The files are also designed with a transparent mesh at the front so you know exactly what is in them without having to unzip the file. Each of the four files also comes with it’s own individual clip. This makes them easy to detach, giving you the option of only carrying what you need. I’m in love and honestly believe these are a lifesaver.

Let me know what you think and be sure to visit the Bellhop Bags website and follow them on Instagram.

Sovanny x

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I am wearing: Dress by Mode Madison | Shoes by Sandler| Featuring the Kaikoura Bellhop file | Everything else old

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MARCH

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March has been both exciting and busy for us. I started school to get a little more acquainted with fashion styling, Maddie turned 4, Gemma started talking and now it’s already Easter. In between all of this and the daily grind, we celebrated a 5k giveaway on the gram and coming up there is an array of other really exciting collaborations.

I really can’t wait to share the excitement though the in meantime, I wanted to drop in, share a few pictures of the babes and I and wish everyone a safe and happy Easter.

Sending our love, Sovanny x

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I’m wearing: Jumpsuit by My Boutique | Sunglasses from the LB brand | Everything else old
Maddie is wearing: Pants from Fussy Gus | Top from Axel & Sis | Everything else old
Gemma is wearing: Romper by Little Edge Apparel | Everything else old

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HOORAY 5K

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Hey!

I hope everyone has had a fabulous start to the week! It’s definitely an exciting one for us with my Instagram recently hitting the 5k milestone. To celebrate and say thank you, we’ve teamed up with the following amazing stores to bring to you my very first loop giveaway.

Dudes n Dolls
Little Boo-Teek
Little Edge Apparel
My Boutique
Velvet and Rose London

What’s fabulous about this loop is that all of these contributors are long time supporters and fellow girls bosses. Most of which all have children and are successfully running a a small business. You all know how much I love supporting all the ladies out there living the dream right!

In preparation for this giveaway, the girls and I ventured out and did a special photoshoot with clothing, accessories and toys that we’d received and purchased from all of these amazing stores. These items that we’ve got from the stores are incredible so I hope you get on board with the giveaway, show some love and enter if you will. Winner takes all with full details on the gram.

Love, Sovanny x

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JOGGERS – PART 2.

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It’s the glorious weekend and although I work from home, I still feel a high on Fridays knowing my husband will be home. Just like everyone else the girls and I also go through a downer on Mondays because the quality family time we got over the weekend is over.

Our weekends are usually far from hectic. There’s always a little time allocated for our street-style shoots but mostly we spend our early mornings pondering around the house before heading out for brunch. On nice and sunny days the parks are our best friend and on rainy days the couch and television are. Then once the girls are in bed, hubs and I either veg out or use the uninterrupted nights to work.

Today it’s a delicious 27 degrees (warm for Melbourne) so we’ve decided to go for a nice drive and spend it at the beach. I love our urban lifestyle but it’s nice to occasionally get away from the bustle to soak up the saltwater breeze.

Before I move on to enjoy some quality family time, here’s part 2 of of joggers photoshoot. Us in our joggers, the girls in full ‘tude mode and me in the Bella tee that I love so much.

Have a fabulous Sunday and sending our love.

Sovanny x

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I’m wearing: Top from Lylah with Love| Steampunks from Mode Madison | Everything else old
Maddie is wearing: Top from Fussy Gus | Cardigan from Beau Hudson | Joggers from Sweet Child of Mine | Everything else old
Gemma is wearing: Joggers from Little Edge Apparel | Everything else old

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TIME OUT

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Each day we’ve got a solid 24 hours to do what we’d like do and that doesn’t go without sleep.

My task list is never ending and yet I feel as though most of what I have had to do is left on the curb because I’ve spent far to much of my precious time online. Much to my dislike, my phone has taken over my life and I’m admittedly an insta-addict. I know that some of you reading this feel the same way and if you are reading this, how do you strike a healthy balance.

This struggle is real people which is why from tomorrow I’ve decided to give myself a 72 hour detox from Instagram. I’ll be using my time to catch up on the likes of my family, business and sleep.

On a more fashionable note, I have been in search for flares since I saw on them through the babes of Instagram. Finally, I randomly came across a lacey pair. I can’t even believe that I’m sporting a pair of see through lace flares but I am and I love them. Best of all they have an elasticated waist! Hells yeah. Score them now for only $20 at Glassons. You’re very welcome.

Sovanny xxx

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I’m wearing: Lace flare and top from Glassons | Sunglasses from the LB Brand | Thrifted necklace | Everything else old
Maddie is wearing:Everything old
Gemma is wearing: Moccs from Bellaru baby | Everything else old

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