emerging from the fog | the first year

A Marguerite on a marigold! (in the sweetest little une belle epoque dress and Poet's little bonnet)

Tomorrow will mark exactly one year since Marguerite's 'due date'. This time last year I was waiting eagerly for the arrival of -in addition to my second child - my best friend, Miriam, who was travelling up from Sydney for the birth. Little did we know that our little daisy had other plans. One frustrating week later, Miriam gave my ripe belly a final goodbye rub and boarded a plane back to Sydney. Four days after that I was induced and our sweet girl was born the next day.

Marguerite arrived almost two weeks late and now that I know her, it's plain to see that she was never going to be punctual; this girl is in no hurry. There's so much I want to share with you about this sweet baby and her funny ways, but I'll leave that for a birthday post in a couple of weeks time (and in the meantime I'll try not to get eaten up by the mother-guilt of not having documented her first year anywhere near as wholly and wonderfully as her sisters! I'm hoping this slew of photos makes up for it?!).

I'm really struggling to find the words to describe my experience this past year. Life has thrown her best and worst moments at me. The first six months of Marguerite's life were so perfect and as a mother I felt well in myself;  confident, content, present. As the weeks went on, these positive feelings were suffocated by a thick fog that crept up and engulfed me... and although I never once felt disconnected from my girls (they really are my shining light) at times I felt I couldn't see, couldn't breathe; I had stumbled off my path and I couldn't find my way home.

I'm still somewhere in the fog, but as I come full circle on my first year as a mother of two, I am starting to notice the murky haze slowly dissipate, making way for the warm, welcoming glow of gratitude.


slowly creeping back

I went for weeks without missing this space. But now, suddenly, I feel I need to be here again in some capacity. I'm not sure how regularly I'll be posting, but I'm wanting to connect and share again. I also miss the documentation of the girls' growing up (suffering serious mother-guilt over the lack of photographs of our sweet second child!)

There's a lot of uncertainty in our life at the moment. Work for Paddy in town is drying up and there's a very real probability that he'll either have to work away for very long periods of time, or that we'll all move away together as a family for the next couple of years. I've got my fingers and toes crossed for the latter. Despite the overwhelming anxiety that grips me at the thought of uprooting and leaving the comforts of these four walls and our friends and family here, I am trying to embrace change and leap faithfully toward this new path. As long as the four of us are together, we'll be home.

Still, this is all easier said than done. I feel so completely stressed and overwhelmed. If anyone has been through a similar situation, I'd love to hear about your experience. Also, if I have any readers from (or familiar with) Darwin, NT or Gladstone, QLD, I'd love to hear what you have to say about the liveability of these towns. Thank you!


getting the most out of your child's wardrobe

Helloooo! While the crickets have been chirping around these parts, I've been busy, busy, busy in the background working on a very special project (more on that later!). I haven't had any time to write anything new for this space but I thought I'd pop in with a post I drafted up a couple of months back (it's particularly fitting to the project I'm working on, hint hint).

I often get comments and emails about the girls' clothes, so I thought I'd share with you the main factors I consider when adding to their wardrobe. I hope you find these little tips useful when shopping for your little ones.

1. Before buying on a whim, stop and consider whether it will work with what you already have. Remember, kids grow out of clothing quickly, so look for pieces that can be worn on fairly high rotation, in a variety of outfit combinations.

2. Invest in voluminous shapes - they'll last so much longer. Loose fitting smock dresses can last a few years - evolving into tunics and billowy tops as your child grows taller!

3. If you can afford it, try to invest in one pair of good quality shoes per season. It can be hard parting with cash for kids shoes when you know they'll grow out of them quickly... but I honestly believe money is sometimes better spent on quality, not quantity. Each season, I invest in one pair of beautiful and practical leather shoes - always in a neutral "go with everything" colour. She will literally wear the shoes every day, and I sleep soundly at night knowing her feet are being properly supported as she grows. The added bonus is that quality leather shoes make good keepsakes - imagine how lovely they'll be when they're pulled out of the time capsule 20 years later!

4. Buy bold colours and prints in moderation (unless of course this is your signature style!). Personally, I find that sticking to a fairly neutral palette and adding hints of colour and print with a few select items and accessories results in a more cohesive collection that can be interchanged and mixed and matched to create more unique looks.

5. Buy a size too big. Remember, they really will "grow into it", and in the meantime, roll cuffs and cinch waistbands!

6. Layer! This piece of advice is for Australians (or anyone living in warmer climates) in particular... don't spend too much money on bulky, heavy, expensive winter pieces. Instead, invest in trans-seasonal basics that can be adapted for different climates. Layering with vests, cardigans and tights creates a really cute look in cooler months and you'll get longevity of those lighter pieces which can be carried through from the warmer months.

7. Consider unisex pieces (particularly practical advice if you're planning on having another child). Little girls can look really cute in tomboyish looks (think denim overalls or desert boots!). Similarly, little boys can get away with 'softer' pieces such as leggings, bloomers and sandals.

8. Hit the op-shops! I love a bit of vintage and pre-loved clothing; they add oodles of nostalgic charm and cost a mere pittance. Win win!

Do you have any tips you'd like to add? I'd love to hear what's important to you when you're shopping for your kids.


sweet marguerite

Oh my darling girl, where do I start? You've got me hook, line and sinker! I can't believe I get to spend the rest of my days being your Mum... what an absolute honour. Outside you're all peaches and cream skin, ocean-blue eyes and soft, vanilla hair. Inside you're relaxed, affectionate and connected. You are an extremely engaging little soul and I feel so deeply connected to you... I've felt a very spiritual bond from the moment you were placed on my chest and gazed into my eyes. Your mannerisms are dainty and delicate. You are relaxed and thoughtful. You're in no hurry and I love that about you... you slow me down and engage me, forcing me to become present in the moment.

The joy you have brought into our lives is indescribable. Your sister utterly adores you and nothing makes me happier than watching the love between you blossom. You have a special smile just for Daddy... and, just between us, I think it's safe to say you've got him wrapped securely around your little finger.

You've been with us only eight short months, yet I feel as though you couldn't possibly be more loved. You've stolen our hearts...

...our sweet, sweet Marguerite.


Tasmania in pictures | Port Arthur

I was a bit reluctant to visit Port Arthur, given the dark history surrounding the area. Paddy is a bit of a history buff and desperately wanted to go, so I finally obliged. I'm glad I did... it really is a spectacular part of the world; a place that seems to be bathed in beauty and steeped in darkness in equal measure. It is wild, rugged and eerily beautiful. It's also a place that makes you stop and think... about our country, our people... about life in general. As we drove away I found myself re-evaluating a few things and, ultimately, feeling very grateful.

We wound down with a visit to Dunalley Fish Markets. After reading this post at Hugo and Elsa, it quickly became a must-do! It was every bit as delicious as she described... definitey worth a trip!


P.S - Last day to enter the Fabrik giveaway!


fabrik | a giveaway

-- this is a sponsored post --

I was recently sent some beautiful cotton children's clothes from Fabrik. Designer and owner, Sarah Hardie creates soft, wearable pieces with pretty details reminiscent of a bygone era. Sarah describes her brand as "a seamless blend of classic and contemporary, floral and batik, cotton and lace". Sounds kind of perfect, right?

My favourite piece for Marguerite this autumn/winter are the ginger pants in midnight; constructed of soft, light layers of cotton voile and lined for comfort and warmth, they are the perfect transeasonal pant. The loose, comfortable style is perfect for crawlers while the beautiful shell buttons and subtle lurex stripe add just the right amount of detail.

There's plenty of other favourites too, including this sweet baby cardigan. And for the bigger girls - a gorgeous military jacket and this sweet tulle dress are on my list for Lalie.

Fabrik are generously offering a $100 voucher to spend at their online store. Be sure to browse the beautiful collection of babies and children's clothes, womenswear and homewares and simply leave a comment telling us what you'd be adding to your cart, should you be the lucky winner.

This giveaway is open to international readers. I'll draw a winner at random on Monday 5th of May so be sure to check back for the update on this post! Good luck!

***UPDATE*** This giveaway is now closed. The lucky winner is #26 -  {Jaclyn}. Congratulations, I will be in touch very soon! 


Tasmania revisited | part 1

During my recent absence from this space, I have scarcely picked up the camera. Life seems to have caught up on me and my days have been overflowing with washing, sorting, cleaning and trying to keep little people happy (or trying to get them healthy). I keep waiting for the day when I finally feel on top of things again... but I'm starting to wonder if I'll ever get there. Is this constant state of feeling behind on - well, everything - a new reality for me? I keep telling myself that if I just manage to get the house clean, I'll be able to start doing something creative. But I really think it's time to let go of that silly little idea... because, really - a clean house? Elusive dream.

So, until my house is sparkling (don't hold your breath!), I'll leave you with a rather random assortment of holiday snaps from our January Tassie trip. From top to bottom you'll see snippets of a quaint historical village called Ross, rock pools and beaches at Coles bay, the creek running through my friend's property in Margate, the amazing tree walk at Mt Field and, finally, the swimming hole at Margate.

Looking back over these photos, it's incredible how much the girls have changed in such a short time! It's also crazy to think it was so much colder there in the peak of summer than it is here now... in what is supposed to be autumn!