LIGHT AND SHADE

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Last weekend my family and I made a quick weekend trip to Sydney for a wedding. Months before the trip I searched the net for a 4 bedroom place and found accommodation on AirBnB. For those that are still skeptical about places on this site, like most things you don’t know until you give it a go.

As a family we’ve found places to stay via AirBnB in London, Barcelona and now Sydney. All experiences to date have been positive and the hosts have always been extremely accommodating. The place in Sydney was a three story, 4 bedroom terrace in Darlinghurst. Three of the four bedrooms had it’s own balcony and were also large and light filled. As soon as I walked in, I saw the opportunity to take advantage of the natural light for photographs.

Wearing a a midnight blue velvet vintage dress I picked up at the thrift stores for a mere $10, here are some of the images taken in our bedroom.

Let me know what you think and incase you are wondering, this post is not sponsored by AirBnB.

Sovanny x

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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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THE STYLE GEM X GROUNDED KIDSWEAR

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Grounded Kidswear. An online shop with a humble name and an even more humble cause. Most of us want to change the world however starting a business that helps to make a positive difference takes commitment, courage and sacrifice. With a passion to give future generations enough inspiration to last a lifetime, it’s definitely one I am on board with as a mother.

Grounded Kidswear have amazing collection of stylish and quality kids clothing, accessories and temporary tattoos. Best of all, they are committed to donating a good portion of all their proceeds every month to charities dedicated to helping underserved youth. For the month of March, 30% of all purchases will benefit Choc Childrens.

Their story is one to admire and I feel honoured to be able to share it on my blog. Just tap to watch it now.

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As part of their season 2 collection, we’ve collaborated with them to show you some creative and well designed basics. With this we’ve also styled my favourite piece, the silver biker jacket. Swoon it’s absolutely gorgeous and Maddie feels like her idol Michael Jackson wearing it. Adorable!

Hop on over and check out the complete range at Grounded Kidswear and shop for a cause.

Sovanny x

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THE STYLE GEM X BABY CONFETTI

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Over on the blog this weekend I’d like to introduce you to an Australian based online boutique – Baby Confetti. Run by girl boss Denise, Baby Confetti specialises in a sweet collection of baby safe accessories and teethers.

Baby Confetti’s necklace collection varies in shapes and colours so you can definitely find one to suit your taste and if not, Denise can custom make you a piece. What I particularly love about their collection is that your little ones don’t have to miss out. As seen on Gemma, all of their necklaces can be made in a mini version. Nothing quite cuter than little people in little outfits with cute little accessories right?!

Together with their custom necklaces we also gave their banana teether a go. Basically it’s a food grade silicone teether that looks like a banana shaped toothbrush! It’s absolutely genius and we’ve found it to be a great substitute/addition to the very popular Sophie the giraffe.

As a mum chasing her dreams, I love supporting others out there who are working hard to make their dreams a reality. So we’ve teamed up with Baby Confetti to host a very exciting giveaway. More details to be announced on Instagram in the next week so stay tuned loves.

Until then I’d love your feedback and hope you have an amazing weekend.

Sovanny x

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Gemma and I are wearing: The ‘Gemma’ custom made necklace by Baby Confetti | Featuring the Banana toothbrush by Baby Confetti | Everything else old

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BOND

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Photoshoots with the girls can be a real challenge. On the flip side it’s become a little bit of an activity we’ve bonded over. Now when it’s a good day Maddie strikes a pose but mostly she just shakes her but because she’s hilarious.

A few months back, I shared tips on how we go about our style shoots with kids on the LOT801 blog. If you missed it, here they are with an added tip!

Timing – Often I get asked how on earth do you find the time?!. After all, Gemma still naps twice a day. My best answer is on the weekends, once the kids have had their breakfast and before Gemma has her morning nap. So we’ve literally got a 1 hour window during the day. It works as the kids are truly most happiest during this time. Which leads to my next point.

Make it about them – And us! Generally I’ll get the girls dressed and say ok let’s go to the park or coffee shop. They love a play and they also love a babychino. On the way to our destination we’ll make a quick pit stop and take the photographs. Easy!

Keep it real – I googled a few celebrity paparazzi shots and showed them to my husband so he got a sense of what I was after. I figured if husby photographed us while the babes and I went about our business, the kids wouldn’t feel the pressure of posing and we’d get fun and natural style photographs. Some of it is semi staged so you might catch us running in circles around the same spot. The kids absolutely love running so it’s all good.

Don’t stress – Some days just aren’t made for taking pictures and then there’s the weather. If we really have to do a style shoot on a day like this, we just somehow make it work in the comfort of our own home. Whether it’s on our bed, the couch, the studio or our garden. The beauty of this is, it can be done any time of the day as long as there’s enough light.

Have fun – it’s a great opportunity to bond with the kids so play with them, laugh with them, tickle them and treat them for being awesome.

Patience – Last but not least take about 200 images. I’m not kidding! Kids move a lot and if you want sharp images you need to be quick and prepared to take a load of images.

Auto timer – It was only last year that I discovered the auto time on my phone and camera. Although weird at first it’s great when the husband isn’t around. I simply set the camera on a trip pod and pose with an attempt to make it look as natural as possible. The great thing about this last tip is Maddie loves to be the one that presses the button. She loves it so much we keeps wanting to take more photos.

Thanks for dropping in for a quick read and if you have any more tips please share.

Sovanny x

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I’m wearing: Bella tee from Lylah with Love | Sunglasses from the LB brand | Thrifted jeans and 90’s vintage blazer | Everything else old
Maddie is wearing: Dress from Howi Clothing | Everything else old
Gemma is wearing: Dress by Dudes and Dolls | 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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JANUARY WRAP UP

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January wrapped up with a big bang. My vintage shop, Mode Madison expanded and is now available in two locations across Melbourne. I also successfully completed my No Tummy Mommy 30 day challenge and to wrap up the month, I reached 4k followers on Instagram. Do 4000 people really follow me on Instagram?

There’s certainly a lot to celebrate about and today I wanted to share with you a few of my favourite January out takes. These are a collection of un-relased images.

Enjoy and thanks so much for all your ongoing support.

Sovanny x

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BELLAS

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We’re so excited to announce that the babes and I are official brand reps for at Lylah with Love. It feels like such an honour to be working with a Perth based mother of one, Nadine Martin. A boss mum who is both hard working and humble. Two qualities that I hold very close to my heart.

Gemma and I are twinning again in our mummy and me Bella tees and I’m finally ready to reveal our second look for the season. It wasn’t until after the photoshoot that I realised we looked a little cheerleader inspired.

Normally, I wouldn’t share this many photos but I think this may even be my favourite photoshoot yet. What do you think?

Sovanny x

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I’m wearing: Ladies ‘Bella’ tee by Lylah with Love | Sunglasses from Mode Madison | Everything else old
Maddie is wearing: Everything old
Gemma is wearing: Babies ‘Bella’ tee by Lylah with Love | Skirt and sneakers from K-mart Australia

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MY GIRLS

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These past few weeks have been quite challenging. My eldest is maturing and childish beyond disbelief and there are some days where I don’t know how to handle her (mis) behaviour. On the other hand the little one is happy right around the clock. Though quite the opposite of each other the love they have for one another is intense, and it’s extraordinary to watch two little people growing up together.

I don’t know how we managed to raise such beautiful people. Little people who have shown me what true love and sacrifice really is. Parenting is one tough gig but it’s the best gig in the world I can assure you.

Sovanny x

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I’m wearing: Tee from Cameron and James
Maddie is wearing: Top by Adam and Yve from Nooshi Mou | Everything else old
Gemma is wearing: Tee from Kipp Kids | Bandana shorts from Fussy Gus

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