SCHOOL’S OUT!

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It’s been three months since I last posted on the blog so I’m very excited to be online again writing and cannot wait to catchup with my supporters on the bloggerspher. Today my dear friends marks a very special occasion as I wrap up with school tomorrow. I poured my heart and soul into my styling course so whilst I’m truly glad it’s just about over, I’m also sad and nervous. My focus has been managing all that I have that I haven’t been able to focus on what’s ahead.

What I do know is that I’ll finally get around to spending more time with these chicky babes and I can finally get to de-cluttering my house, giving my wardrobe a spring clean and looking after my very neglected vintage store. I believe my kids are even excited to have more of mummy back.

xxx

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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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MURAL

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When you’re living in a part of Melbourne that’s spoilt with streetart, it’s seems only fitting to capture them on our photoshoots.

I do love to opt for clean canvases to avoid distraction from our outfits but otherwise I think it adds to the whole look and feel of our style and aesthetic. At times it’ll also just be graffiti or sometimes shitty tag on the wall but I’ll never edit these out as I love to show my readers the kind of urban grit this city has to offer, love it or hate it.

Earlier this year when I was driving home from work, I spotted this new gorgeous orange mural. I absolutely love the moment when you see a wall you want to take pictures in front of. It’s the best right? Months passed and today we finally ventured out that way to run a few errands and have brunch. When we arrived at the mural to take photos, I was please to see that this area was set up into a nice little hub with park benches, a deck against the wall for the kids to climb on and a central rock climbing station. The girls loved hanging about and if a storm wasn’t about to hit, we wouldn’t have made a dash so quickly.

The artist is unknown but I hope you love these as much as I do.

Sovanny x

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I am wearing: Top by The LB Brand| Everything else old

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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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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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LEOPARD EDGE

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What do you look for in clothing?

I search for texture, patterns and the little details that make the garment different and edgy but above all comfort. As for my girls, the clothing they wear needs to allow them to be free to move around in and cater for their active lifestyles.

Sydney based label, Little Edge Apparel can provide all of the above. Designer and owner Kate is a mum of one with another bub on the way. She’s done an incredible job in creating unisex pieces for kids. Then there’s also affordable and stylish pieces for mum if you’re into twinning, comfort, edgy and something versatile enough to wear pre, during and post baby.

My Instagram husband was at work when I took these images of the girls. Though I do want to mention that on this day we all wore matching leopard pieces from Little Edge Apparel. What is not to love about a trio in matching leopard print. The girls at school just about died from cuteness overload when the three of us rocked in wearing matchy matchy pieces. Apart from being so cute, these clothes are incredibly soft, comfortable and versatile enough dressed as is or layered over and under other clothing.

Check Little Edge Apparel out (@liledgeapparel) to see their full collection. It’ll be love at first sight.

Sovanny x

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Girls are wearing: Romper and Harem shorts from Little Edge Apparel

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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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BELLAS

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Hey hey

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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TARTAN TWINNING

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Last year you got to see the girls and I rocking the first release of the Lylah with Love mummy and me tees. This new year, saw the introduction of the labels black capsule and while I loved the tees in white, black totally rules.

These ‘Bella’ tees are just one of the three sets as part of this new summer capsule and we’re taking the pleasure to style them around the streets of Melbourne. Given the tees are deliciously comfortable and basic, it’s easily dressed up or down. We opted to go with a tartan theme this time around and I believe you really can’t go wrong with black and red. Speaking of which, I have been searching high and low for tartan pants and I happened to stumble across them via the glorious Instagram app. Instagram has been a total life saver in the girls wardrobe department these past few months. With both the babes going through growth spurts, I have had so much fun updating and purging all at the same time. Do you shop via Instagram?

The girls and I will be showing you a few looks over this Summer with our Bella tees so stay tuned for more.

Sovanny x

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I’m wearing: Ladies ‘Bella’ tee by Lylah with Love | Sunglasses from Mode Madison | Thrifted Cord Pinafore | Everything else old
Maddie is wearing: Tee from Axel & Sis | Sunglasses from Milk n Soda |
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Gemma is wearing: Babies ‘Bella’ tee by Lylah with Love | Tartan Angus Pants from Fussy Gus | Everything else old

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