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Made By Mumma

September 5th, 2016 | no comments

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Organic gardening

She’s the high priestess of homegrown, a DIY demon and clear front runner of the craft-ernoon. In short, my Mumma – Nadia- is a green genius.

Mumma has taught me so much about reusing, reinventing and reducing my footprint and her sustainable smarts definitely snuck in by osmosis. Throughout my childhood she was always making or mending something.

Nadia’s organic garden is a sight to behold and she did it all from scratch with her turquoise adorned hands and heart.

She does everything with love and the plants are living proof, absolutely thriving pesticide free.

Nothing is more magical than to take a tour with Mumma and ingest not only the delicious produce straight from the soil but her incredible tips and tricks. Its a happy place for our whole family, even my sisters frenchie Frankie can’t get enough. It’s victory lap and grass rolling central.

So I thought I’d share Mumma’s top tips to start your own edible eco friendly haven.

1. Start with organic or great quality seeds and soil. Hit the farmers markets, small local nurseries, swap with friends or even save the seeds from the fruit and veg you eat. Mumma gets her soil from landscapers or recommends a good garden centre, talk to the staff and get their advice.

2. Make your own compost. Mumma uses veggie and fruit scraps, leaf litter, grass clippings anything that was once alive in the plant world! Don’t use meat, bones or dairy as this will attract rates and mice

3. Look for things you can recycle to support your garden. Mumma kept on old bath from one of her houses and now its a flourishing veggie bed. After a few bubbles, she carried home a couple of old painters ladders which are now a fantastic hanging plant feature, she even recycled the poles from the hills hoist to support it. Broken pots can be used to create chic little signs for naming your plants so you know whats what and an old terracotta tray married with some rope makes the perfect bird feeder.

4. Don’t use pesticides. Pinterest is Mumma’s spirit animal and she says there are so many great recipes for making your own enviromentally friendly sprays. The same goes with fertilizer, try eggs shells and coffee grounds or apparently tomatoes lose their red little minds for epsom salts! Who knew, come to think of it though I feel pretty great after an epsom salts bath myself.

5. Connect with your garden, it will tell you when it’s feeling great or make it very clear when it’s tired and thirsty, think dry soil and limp leaves for a start. Spending time in your garden is so therapeutic for the soul too.

Mumma says there really is no need for chemicals and unnatural nasties, if your garden is really healthy it tends to look after itself

Just like us really!

PS if you are like me and live in an apartment, Mumma says its all about that terracotta pot life. try little window sill herbs, small lettuces, tomatoes if you have good full sun and succulents are the biz!

Love you Mumma xx

Happy Holidays | Photo Diary

December 30th, 2015 | no comments

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A little time to just be, breathe in the inspiration from my surroundings and feel drenched in love. The happiest of holidays to all of you my little Fashion Hounds x

 

 

Melissa Ambrossini

December 13th, 2015 | no comments

Melissa Ambrossini

‘Who could love you, you are not good enough’…’You’re not worthy’…’You don’t deserve to be loved and live the life of your dreams’

Ever had a sneaky b*tch on your shoulder saying something similar to this!?

Well that my friends is your ‘mean girl’ and you’re about to meet the little lady who knows how to master her!

Cue the life of your dreams and limitless possibility!

Sound tasty!? Well read on for my interview with the divine Miss Melissa Ambrossini

Faye: Firstly my lovely, tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do? And of course WHY you do what you do?

Mel: I am an author, speaker and self-love teacher. And the short answer is that I do what I do because I love it!

Faye: ‘Necessity is the mother of all invention’ I always say that my dream job didn’t exist, I had to create and it came out of me 100% living the ethos of what I do now with Fashion Hound (It just took me a while to figure out it was right under my nose!) Was it a similar journey for you uncovering your passion and life’s work?

Mel: Absolutely! I was just saying to my husband the other day that I literally created my dream job. It’s the most empowering way to live, and the best thing is that everyone can do it. (Seriously.) You just have to master your inner Mean Girl and have the courage to follow your heart. In fact, this approach is so game-changing that there’s a whole chapter in my book dedicated to the ‘work’ you do and how following your passion is the key to happiness.

Faye: One of my favorite Deepak Chopra sound bites is ‘Always ask yourself how may I serve’…I truly believe our work should be of service, add value, help others, It’s such a joyous feeling and you must see this play out on a daily basis for you!? 

Mel: Every day I am literally brought to my knees over the stories I hear — Women who have left toxic relationships, started their dream businesses, healed from serious health issues, drawn in the soul-mate of their dreams, and who’ve finally figured out how to master their Mean Girls. These incredible women are why I do what I do. Their commitment to honouring their truth and facing their fears absolutely blows me away. I believe we are here to be of service to the world, so if I can play some small part in their journey, I am content.

MelissaFaye: When I heard you talk about our ‘Mean Girl’ that was a definite light bulb moment for me, I was like…’wow, what a sneaky b*tch’ Talk us through her wicked ways…

Mel: Your Mean Girl is that fear based voice inside your head that tells you you’re not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, thin enough, whatever enough! She’s there to protect you — she doesn’t want you to stray outside your comfort zone, ‘cos you might get hurt. So she makes sure you’re always scared and fearful and on the lookout for danger. Unfortunately, though, if we listen to her fear-based whispers we never end up following our dreams or finding inner peace and happiness. Instead, we just beat ourselves up a lot and feel like crap. This was how I lived for a verrrry long time, but luckily, there IS another way.

Faye: SUPER exciting….you have a new book based around side hooking our Mean Girl!! I feel like this is going to be a total game changer for a lot of women, I’m reading it right now and already so connected to it, thank you! Can you give us a snapshot.

Game-changer is right. I almost can’t even fully describe how different my life is now (after learning to master my Mean Girl) compared to what it was before, when I was renting the penthouse in Fear Town and spent my days feeling inadequate and powerless. It’s seriously like chalk and (raw cashew) cheese. The book pretty much flowed right out of me — it’s the roadmap I wish I’d had all those years ago when my Mean Girl ruled the show and my life was falling apart. It’s a mixture of personal stories and insights, massive ‘aha’ moments, and practical (and powerful) action steps to help you make change. I hate when books don’t give you actual actionable strategies, so I wanted this baby to be as constructive and useful as possible. I’m so incredibly proud of the way it’s come together, and can’t wait for women to get their hands on it and experience the power of mastering their Mean Girl for themselves

Faye: Dream chasing/Entrepreneurialism can be a tough game, so what are your top 3 tips for beating that Mean Girl and blasting off towards your dream job/life/love?

Mel: Mastering your Mean Girl is an essential (but often forgotten) step when it comes to kicking ass in your business or career.

My top 3 tips are:

  1. Practice awareness. Pay attention to the words your Mean Girl is whispering in your ear about why you shouldn’t follow your dreams. It could be anything — You’ll never get that raise. You don’t have enough experience to start your own business. You could never make money as a coach/ consultant/ blogger. Become aware of what she’s whispering — awareness is the first essential step.
  2. Gently close the door on her. Don’t try to argue with her, or start an inner war — that’ll just cause you a whole lot of angst. Simply make the decision to turn the volume down on what she’s saying and gently close the door on her.
  3. Choose to live from a place of love instead. When it comes to your career or business, tune back in to the passion that pumps your pulse. Use that spark to light your way, instead of allowing fear to rule your decisions.

This process isn’t something you can do once and then forget about — it’s a practice you have to commit to daily. But I promise that when you live your life this way, you’ll start achieving goals and dreams that previously seemed impossible. It all starts with getting up close and personal with your Mean Girl.

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Faye: You are so mindful in your life and work…and I know mindful fashion resonates with you too, so share with us your thoughts on sustainable and conscious style.

Mel: Sustainability is something I am super passionate about. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my designer handbag! But no longer do material objects fulfill me; they are simply nice things I like to enjoy. I don’t need them, but they are fun. And every time I hand over my money for something, I make sure I really need it. I make sure it’s coming from a place of love and not fear. Again, I go into depth about this in my book, but money is energy and every time you are handing it over you are voting with your dollar. You are saying that you believe in that product or company you are buying from. So it’s important to think about where you’re sending and spending that energy.

Faye: Do you believe that fashion and what we wear plays a huge part in how we feel, hold ourselves and connect with the world?

Mel: How we dress is an expression of us. I see it like art. I love to get creative with it, but I also have a very simple style. Most often, you’ll find me in jeans and a tee, because that’s my vibe — casual, comfortable and relaxed.

Faye: What are you dreaming about for the future gorgeous girl!?

Mel: To be honest, I am just focusing on being present and enjoying this magical moment right in front of me. It’s my favourite way to live 🙂

Want to read Mel’s book? Um yeah for shiz you do and PS she’s got some great deals happening to celebrate the launch. Head to Mel’s website to grab yourself a copy and get to

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x

Disheveled chic

February 17th, 2015 | no comments

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Can someone out there explain why I am so in love with the overloved!?

The more ripped my denim the better and tees just aren’t true tees to me unless they are butter soft, lose fitting and from the vintage side of town. I love mens clothes for women, the baggy and beat up…they’re the perfect backdrop for playtime with  pretty – see a heel and a hint of sparkle. I found these jeans in an upstate NYC Salvation Army thrift store for $5 and I honestly couldn’t love them anymore…I just won’t entertain the day that they may completely fall apart. Learning the art of the french cuff has completely changed my life too. Fold wide legs over at the seam to make the denim tighter around your ankle then roll up twice, this gives you a skinny jean finish and let’s the relaxed ripped vibe pop even more.

All accessories bar my boyfriends blue tone raybans are thrifted, vintage rock tee found here

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Thanks to the lovely Lesley for the pics 🙂

Hey little sister

April 4th, 2013 | no comments

Fashion Hound She’s a once in a lifetime girl. She gets me, she loves me unconditionally and she makes me giggle until it hurts or pant wetting potentially ensues! My sister Sarah is my insides and that’s what the picture above symbolises, every time we see each other we simply place our hands on each others chests…we don’t need words.

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Soppy stuff aside, she is a stylin’ little mumma and when I was doing the creative for this shoot I wanted to capture our style story as much as our sublime connection. We are so in sync. Just like big sis, she loves a bit of sparkle, a rock chick aesthetic, a soft wave and a saucy lip – (‘Not gonna lie I’m a little tipz’ – that ones for you babe) You can tell we are cut from the same cloth but she definitely wears it her way. I am so proud of the kick arse woman she has become. I love you baby girl. Hand on chest x

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The biggest of hugs to my dear friend Bryan Marden for these beautiful pics, thank you for capturing a true love and style story x

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Clothes all our own x

What would Bowie do?

February 28th, 2013 | no comments

DavidLightning never strikes twice… unless it’s clad in lurex and luscious nods to gender bending and mind broadening androgyny may I lustfully argue.

What would Bowie do?

He would wear the pants and the womans dress too…that’s what David would do. I Fashion Hounded a girl when I first started this blog and that was her style ethos. Everytime she was unsure of what to wear, as an epic Bowie fan, she would ask herself this very pertinent style question.

David’s influence upon the fashion masses is unparalleled, the concept that he created a cultural change is certain. Bowie made it becoming to merge the genders and dance with both sides of the male female spectrum. Viva la camp!

Indeed the essence of camp is its love of the unnatural, of artifice and exaggeration‘.  Susan Sontag is well versed on the subject and offers a stunning insight in her ‘Notes on Camp’ . Its play time, promiscuous expression, a potent desire to indulge in a devil may care aesthetic. Bowie gave us the green light to go for it, to fly our fashion freak flag with beautiful abandon.

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Sprinkles of Ziggys stardust are still very eminent in modern fashionmusic and pop culture and the blurred girl/boy boundaries continue in Bowies new clip starring femiman Andrej Pejic

Fashion Hound We can be heroes. It is and always will be about being an individual and that’s why without a dandy clad doubt this guy is so fly. Why not grab both genders by the proverbials and be like Bowie.

‘I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring’ Bowie

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Dream Weaver

January 6th, 2013 | no comments

 

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I am a visual beast, so rather than writing a long roll call of all the things I set out to do in 2013 (Disclaimer: Although I may do that too – aside from a visual beast I am also a woman and a Libran one at that)

I like to let a stylish collage take over the conversation. Mood board musings are a great way to make the pictures in your mind come to life, I love to make hot glossy hardcopy(goodness!)ones on canvas and turn them into art for my house or gifts for friends as well – See it, believe it, feel it and it can be my little fashion hounds.

-Faye x

New Years Notions

December 27th, 2012 | no comments

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That big night is just around the corner kids, so I’ve got in before time and selected you some finery for the balls up and more importantly a care package for the disastrous after!

Roll on the couture credits

The Party set featuring: Gold glitter heels: Stellar MacCartney, Silver glitter pumps: Louboutin, Gold glitter boot love via:Charlotte Russe 

Martini Necklace: Target Blue Cavair Clutch: Olympia Le Tan learn more about these ‘uber-literate’ fashion accessories here 

Aching feet flip flop relief bought to you by: Tory Burch, Eloquent eye mask from Urban Outfitters

The section is also sponsored by Bloody Mary and Panadol

Oh sure its all fun and games til someone loses 8 million brain cells!

Givin’ doggone thanks

November 21st, 2012 | no comments

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It’s that time in my beloved big apple, to stuff oneself with turkey, 85 (not an over estimate at all:) types of glorious cranberry gorgeousness, good times and gratitude.(Ah I Love a little side sauce of aliteration with my holiday odes!)

Made all the more fabulous of course with vintage bow ties, a leopard print throw and bone biscuits for supper wouldn’t you say!

I had my first true Thanks Giving last year in NYC and it was like nothing else. I was invited by my (French) NYC Mum Valerie and her even more French Fashion Hound Typher. (He’s fluent in case you were wondering – Le woof!)

 Valerie did forewarn me however that her New York ‘family’ was a little lucid, but it takes all types right, even though if at times you may want to toss the turkey at them!

They were great and it was an experience I will always be grateful for, the kindness of strangers and sweet new friends, four legs and all.

What are you thankful for? Would love to hear…

Happy Thanks giving my little Fashion Hounds

-Faye x

P.S. The monkeys in the pictures are Bella (the black one) and Bonnie, my Sydney hound-mates – we thought we’d have our own stylish thanks giving celebration.