Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Peace Out 2014 from YummoMummo x

Photo credit 'Hello Am' shop on Etsy.

As we turn the corner and head into 2015, I have much excitement for the year ahead. It's going to be   a good one for YummoMummo, I can feel it in my bones. I have an endless blog list and drafts started of some super fun posts that I really hope will entertain, enlighten and inspire you for 2015. YummoMummo started as a journey for myself in the hope to inspire you with my love of Styling.
Styling represents, to me, the chance to have fun and do something that makes me feel good.

I think my styling light got turned on when I had kids. As a Mum (Mom) to three little ones,  I felt I needed to be conscious to give back to myself, and it all started with something as simple as lipstick. And for you, it doesn't' have to be lipstick.  Giving back to yourself could be in many other ways. Either feeding yourself the gift of soaking in the bath with a glass of wine and a good book, sitting in the sunshine with a latte and a gossip magazine, taking a steam in the sauna and using the time to just be completely disconnected from electronics and the ability to talk to anyone,  or making sure you schedule in that pedicure (don't forget the foot massage). So many ideas.

I think the above quote I have included really spoke to me. My YummoMummo journey has been a path of faith, faith in myself. I've felt at times that I have really put myself out there, but I knew that what I was doing was important to me, and I finally let go.  Throughout the past 6 months, I have had so  many messages of encouragement and these have helped me keep going. As I always say in  my posts, I am not a trained photographer or trained in how to pose for photos but it's important to me to be authentic and show you how a real Mum/woman, just like you, can do it. I don't have a budget to work with and this body is typical of one that's blessed me three kids. I'm just like everyone else!

But my point is,  FILL YOUR CUP. No one else but you is going to know if your thirsty and need filling. So make YOU a priority and if you have not, start thinking for 2015 what YOU want to achieve, what's important to YOU!

I would really love to hear from you how I have helped inspire you on the YummoMummo journey. I know some of you started dabbling in Denim on Denim, picked up some Christmas Sweaters or Christmas pajamas, pulled out your lipsticks and bought yourself some fabulous foundation to put under the Christmas tree.

Keep on Styling! Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah from YummoMummo.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Jewelry Organisation Project - YummoMummo Style x

I recently started getting some organization back in our house, it's our tiny little humble home so space and organization is prime.
I was searching Pinterest and came across this idea for jewelry organization, so who better to share the adventure with than my lovely YummoMummo friends, YOU!  I purchased 4 accordion hooks from Amazon for dirt cheap, $10 for four of them, that's 40 hooks! I have a range of especially chunky jewelry as I love a statement piece.  When they arrived, they were totally blah, just raw straw-colored wood. I had some gold spray paint left over from my Thanksgiving when I tricked out some pinecones for our thanksgiving table, so I saw a marriage made in heaven between my gold spray paint and the bare accordion hooks. Boom.

This is the back of one of my closet doors.
Following are the super easy steps in how to achieve this amazing project yourself. It was DEAD easy.

I purchased these accordion hooks on Amazon for $5/2 so they cost me $10.

I had some gold spray paint left over from Thanksgiving that I had purchased at Michael's craft store.

Next up, I purchased these clear strip hooks. We are in a rental so the least amount of damage on surfaces is very important! I also use these hooks to hang with the accordion hangers so i can hang my earrings on them. It makes a nice uniform row of chandelier goodness.

Here the accordion hooks are hung and ready to be blinged out, baby!

Seriously, ALL these were stuffed in my drawer. It was impossible to see the wood for the trees. But now...accessory heaven!
Any comments? You know where they go, down below!  Keep on Styling!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Vlog Alert - YummoMummo Makeup in 3 easy steps x

Big moment in YummoMummo history, folks! I did my first Vlog! Video Blog.  I wanted to show people, how to do a super quick make up routine with just 3 key makeup items from YummoMummo's daily repertoire. I know we all have very limited time,  and I want to show you how easy it can be with just three simple steps. 
Since I am just starting to get my feet wet in the Vlog world, I can assure you, my Vlog's will get better as I learn more about what to do/not to do. Until a few days ago, I had never used iMovie and it was another notch in my YummoMummo journey belt. 
I hope you enjoy my fun beginning of the Vlog, I wanted it to remind you how to have fun with style and in anything that you do. And what does an Aussie sound like after she's been gone from her homeland for 14 years and in America the last 7? You'll just have to watch to find out.
So I am putting myself out there for you my friends and owning it, to be true to my cause of authenticity. 

I have on JUST an awesome foundation, a mega fabuloso mascara and my favorite lipstick shade (and a touch of good lighting - thank you California sunshine). To see how I achieved this look, watch the Vlog!

I know, totally different, right? Not one ounce of make up, BUT a freshly cleansed face. I live a frantic life with three kids, I am 38 years young, and I've had my fair share of sleep deprivation, not enough water but a love of chocolate, coffee and wine because life's too short. 
Alright, so if you want to see the show and watch how I made this transformation in just three easy steps, watch on! But remember, it's my first time so watch with an open heart. I know you will. If you are on mobile, head to this link to see it on You Tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h91VmCPTdzg

Got a comment? You know where it goes, down below! Keep on Styling!

*Disclosure: I am not a trained photographer nor trained in how to pose for photos, I am just a Mum trying to share some insights and inspiration with you. In being truly authentic to my cause, I have used my own clothes and used myself in the photos whole-heartily. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Pajama Love x

Ti's the season to be jolly and what better excuse to adorn some festive season pajamas. I know sweats and an old t-shirt might be in your drawer, but there is something so comforting about putting on some super soft and cozy pajamas and calling it a night.  Love Love Love me some fresh PJ's. It's especially fun to get dressed in your Christmas Pajamas on Christmas Eve, put a little beer out for Santa, carrots for his furry friends and get to sleep so Santa can deliver the presents.  He sees you when your sleeping, he knows when your awake (so be rock'n those cute Christmas PJ's for him.)

Target has some great Christmas Pajama's so I wanted to show you a couple of pairs I thought were just too cute not to share.

I love the flora design of the pajamas, they remind me of Australian wattle,  but red!
Kiss me Goodnight Pajamas. $24.

Yes, please. Just a little reminder for my special man. 
How darn cute are these Elf Pajama's. These are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit, especially on Christmas Eve when Santa could probably use your help delivering those presents.
Gillian and O'Malley Elf Pajama Set. $17.

I don't know about you, but I'm sporting some socks in bed at night now as it's getting more chilly at night. Despite my thermal bedsheets! So look at these Slipper Socks from Target, you'll get extra points from Santa for being so in the Xmas spirit!

Got a comment? You know where it goes, down below! Keep on Styling!

*Disclosure: I am not a trained photographer nor trained in how to pose for photos, I am just a Mum trying to share some insights and inspiration with you. In being truly authentic to my cause, I have used my own clothes and used myself in the photos whole-heartily. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Style on a Budget: Costco for $35 x

This month's Style on a Budget is bought to you from Costco. Over the years, I have found some great outfits in Costco and at the Costco price which just can't be beat. For an item to be sold on Costco shelves, it goes through a gruelling process and only a VERY select few make the cut, so when I am in Costco, it's well worth the look. I have a pair of Yoga pants I purchased over a year ago from Costco shelves and they would have to be hands down one of my most worn items of comfort clothing. I have also spotted the odd stock of NYDJ and you know what a fan I am of NYDJ, they normally retail at $120+ but Ive seen them for $30 so I'll be sure to keep my eye out for them again.

I love this reversible wrap by Ike Behar ($15). One side is a very eye appealing Houndstooth and the reverse side is a beautifully simple jet black, a very versatile piece that is sure to keep you warm and also go with many outfit combinations. On a side note for my fellow Australian crowd - when I see Houndstooth, I always think of David Jones. For my international crowd - David Jones is a department store (similar to Nordstrom) that used a Houndstooth design on their shopping bags, so I get flashbacks with Houndstooth designs. In my photos below, I have paired it with a chambray shirt and then a white tank top underneath.  All photos are with the second half of my style on a budget outfit - Calvin Klein Ponte Pant in the color Cranberry ($20).  What a wonderful color choice for the festive season, Cranberry will take you from Thanksgiving to Christmas. I've paired the outfits with some items I already had in my wardrobe - my Steve Madden boots, Steve Madden knee high speckled Cream knitted socks, and my Old Navy chambray shirt/white tank top. Boom. It's that easy.

I have paired the wrap here with a chambray shirt, if you have read my post/s "Denim on Denim" you will see how a chambray shirt has to make your staples in your closet. You can find a chambray shirt anywhere, so go find the one that works for you! My is an Old Navy purchase a while back, it's worn well.

I live in California and the weather year round is magnifique! So wearing a sleeveless tank top underneath is totally acceptable.

I am wearing a trend this season that I have enjoyed playing with . If you read my post on 'Shark Bite' Sweater, you will see I talked about pairing your boots with knee-high knit socks - very Clueless from the 90's. Here I am wearing some Steve Madden Knit Socks in a speckled cream. Love!
Calvin Klein Ponte Pants in Cranberry (great holiday season color). $20.

Got a comment? You know where it goes, down below! Keep on Stylin!

*Disclosure: I am not a trained photographer nor trained in how to pose for photos, I am just a Mum trying to share some insights and inspiration with you. In being truly authentic to my cause, I have used my own clothes and used myself in the photos whole-heartedly. Enjoy!

Friday, December 5, 2014












And FYI, for every $50 you spend at Stella and Dot this Christmas season, you get $25 Dot Dollars back to spend December 30- January 7.  Purchases must be by 12/15.  For more information - www.stelladot.com/sandysloan

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Thanksgiving Sales - Outlet Style x

I have been wanting to make a trip to the outlets forever so I grabbed a girlfriend and we shopped till we dropped. Being YummoMummo, you can imagine I was busting to share with you what I found and at amazing prices. Tourists flock from miles and other countries with empty suitcases to troll the Outlets for amazing deals to be fashionably found.  I had just been through my wardrobe and done a massive re-organiation/cull, so I certainly knew in my mind what needed updating and replacing.
I didn't get much, only 4 items from 3 stores. But, it's all about quality, not quantity when it comes to building your wardrobe. So what did I get, I hear you say? Well,  a totally comfortable and practical sweater cardigan and infinity scarf, a very edgy fleather sleeve knit top and some killer heels for some fun on my next date night or night on the town. (Since I bought them, I have now booked date night with my darling husband).

Nine West Heleneo Black SU Pump Heel. You know I love a bit of leopard print AND I love things a bit different, so this was a good shake up on the regular black heel. $42.

Next up, a Fleather (fake leather) 3/4 sleeved top from Ann Taylor. Retails for $89, YummoMummo price was $32. Super comfortable, edgy and stylish. The cream knit feels like great quality, I think this top is going to wear VERY well. This sweater could be more versatile than it looks. It's more dressy with the fleather sleeves but you could wear it totally dressy or more casual. I am wearing it with a black pencil skirt and heels, but to dress it down,  I would wear it with some boyfriend jeans and my cheetah slip on flats or a simple black ballet flat.  And at the price, it's not too precious a piece to worry about saving for special occasions. Note: this really didn't look fabulous on the hanger so it's an example of trying it on despite that, as I found a gem!

I needed to replace my cream sweater cardigan that I had from donkey's years ago.  Now my little one sleeps with my old one as a security blanket. I love versatility in an item of clothing. This sweater cardigan is an extremely soft knit. It's 55% cotton, 25% acrylic and 20% nylon. I like that the sleeves were also a little longer so I can pull them a bit over my hands when I'm outside in the cold.
 I think the sweater and the infinity scarf go great together or separate. Together they feel like a beautifully warm hug, a sweater and scarf combo are good for the soul on the cold days. Both from Loft.  Loft sweater was $60, down to $30.
Scarf from Loft, originally $40, down to $20. 100% acrylic.

So my shopping trip only cost me $124 by going to the outlets and taking advantage of the Thanksgiving sales. Hope you enjoyed my sharing what I purchased.
Got a comment? You know where it goes, down below! Keep on Stylin!

*Disclosure: I am not a trained photographer nor trained in how to pose for photos, I am just a Mum trying to share some insights and inspiration with you. In being truly authentic to my cause, I have used my own clothes and used myself in the photos whole-heartedly. Enjoy!