3 fab outfits for the festive season

3 fab outfits for the festive season

Guest post by freelance writer Riley Henson

The holiday season is officially upon us, which means your social calendar is likely filling up with festive get-togethers 
and merry occasions. 
And while celebrating the months ahead with family and friends certainly calls for dressing in your finest, it can be tricky to know just what to wear to each special event. 

Whether you’re headed to the annual office party or are planning on ringing in the new year with loved ones, these ensembles are feminine, stylish, and - most importantly - versatile enough for all of the season’s happenings.

Metallic Midi Skirt 
Sparkle and shine are two design details that reign supreme during the holiday season. 
While it can be tempting to simply throw on a sequined cocktail dress and head to that New Year’s Eve bash, why not explore other - just as festive - options? 
Enter the metallic midi skirt.

With just enough 
flash for an evening out, this trend is equally at home during the daytime or at a work-related function thanks to its longer hemline and full silhouette.
Choose one in a gold, silver, or green hue and pair with a simple tee and flats for an 
afternoon event or an off-the-shoulder blouse and pumps for after dark.

Head-to-Toe White

The winter fashion scene is typically filled with darker neutrals and deep jewel tones, which is exactly why rocking an ensemble in shades of white can be so refreshing and unexpected.

When building an all-white look, opt for pieces that are rich in fabric and texture. Something like the off-white cable knit cardigan seen among 
the American sportswear inspired looks of this designer would be perfect. 

And don’t try to match shades - instead, pair crisp true whites with hues of cream, ecru, and oatmeal to create an ensemble with dimension and movement. 

For a more laid back get-together during the holiday season, wear your favorite white skinny jeans with a silk tank top and a long sleeveless vest (which just so happens to be trending this season).
Finish with a 
classic nude shoe or one that features a pop of colour.

Silky Slip Dress

Thanks to its lasting popularity, the '90s-inspired slip dress has become a staple that works well in all seasons—not to mention it’s universally flattering and versatile enough for nearly any occasion, too.

Chances are you already have this 
slinky style hanging in your wardrobe, but if not, the holiday season is the perfect time to add one to your collection. 

 deep red silk dress feels equal parts sexy and festive, making it ideal for any celebration. 

To add a touch of flair while keeping your look classically elegant, 
go with a midi slip style that features a ruffled hemline or lace details.
Finish with a trio of choker necklaces, a stack 
of bangles, or statement earrings.

This post is presented to you in partnership with Lyst.

What are you planning to wear this Christmas and NYE?

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Guest post: Swimming lessons are a MUST for little ones

Guest post: Swimming lessons are a MUST for little ones

Editor’s note:
Like many of us, my heart breaks each time I hear a news report that involves a young child drowning.

The statistics are reducing as each year passes due to an increased focus on education and awareness when it comes to water safety, however one life lost is still too many.

I invited Ian Campbell, a father of three young boys, who founded JUMP! Swim Schools to write a guest post for Gold Coast Mum, in an effort to raise awareness.

Ian, JUMP’s managing director, founded the Queensland-based multinational company in Grafton, NSW in 2010.
He is passionate about increasing participation, water confidence and skill levels across the country in a bid to decrease drowning statistics.

Ian and family.


By Ian Campbell

Babies are capable of achieving amazing things and at JUMP! Swim Schools we have crafted a successful learn-to-swim curriculum to foster water confidence in our children from as young as three months of age.

As a dad to three young sons, and a former swim coach, I know the importance of providing lessons in a private, stress free facility to make children comfortable.

We see ourselves as the child carers of learn to swim. We have a low teacher on baby ratio and we are putting specialised education with metrics back into learn to swim and that relates to our success across the country.

We use the best practices from learn-to-swim programs across the world and focus on the core elements of conditioning, buoyancy, breath control and mobility. Our staff are expert in teaching babies and children in small, intimate classes in a quiet indoor pool that’s heated to 33 degrees all year round.

* Family-friendly approach for children as young as three months
* Outcomes-based curriculum through fun, age appropriate techniques
* Class numbers capped at four allows for personalised lessons
* Just two classes run simultaneously limits distractions
* Water heated to a comfortable 33 degrees all year around

We are excited to have more than 12,800 active swimmers at JUMP! Swim Schools across Australia reaping the benefits of our tailored, highly-personalised program that is delivered in fun and safe state-of-the-art swimming facilities.

Figures show babies are clearly driving our growth. 
Parents of babies and young children are understanding the importance of preparing children for summer and giving them the skills and confidence to enjoy our water lifestyle.

We now have 44 swim schools in operation across the country with another 50 scheduled to open in the next six months.

Our rapid expansion is allowing children in every state the opportunity to learn to swim from a young age in  purpose-built environments that are fun, safe, age appropriate and distraction-free.

* JUMP! Swim Schools are teaching more than 12,800 active swimmers at 44 locations across Australia

* Babies aged 0-2 years were the strongest opening customer enrolments at most new JUMP! Swim Schools

* Every JUMP! Swim School that has been open for 12 months or more is teaching more than 300 students

* The average number of students for JUMP! Swim Schools that have been open more than 12 months is more than 400 students

At JUMP! Swim Schools we believe that teaching children to swim is not only a safety measure but a lifestyle choice and it is our mission to actively build a culture of fun and excitement around learning to swim throughout Australia.

Our family-friendly approach fosters close relationships with owners, teachers, children and parents making for a familiar and safe environment, perfect for boosting the confidence in young swimmers.

* Kids forget quickly so keep up their learn-to-swim lessons and make it part of your weekly routine

* Swimming is a fun, low cost and social lifestyle exercise that provides skills for life

* Swimming boosts the immune system and is good for overall mental and physical wellbeing

* Swimming is a great way for children to stay active and healthy while providing them with a vital life skill

Do your babies/toddlers/kids do swimming lessons?

At what age did you start your little ones in swimming lessons?

Sequins & sparkles oh my!

Sequins & sparkles oh my!

Well hello there!

There's not one household chore I enjoy more than changing the bed linen. 

Yes, seriously.
How can you resist fresh, crisp sheets, and a new colour or pattern to enjoy for the following week?

In my case, I'm a fan of bright and bold colours and patterns (hubby just goes along with my wonderful taste). 

Got to love fresh sheets day!

We've recently been enjoying a gorgeous sparkly SEQUIN bed set. 

As many of you know, I'm a huge fan of all things sparkles, sequins and glitter, and when the opportunity popped up to road test bed linen from Just Bedding I jumped at the chance!

My bed set of choice arrived in just a matter of days and I couldn't wait to see it in all its glory!


If you've been looking for beautiful bedding online, then guess what... the search is over!
I was super impressed with my sparkly bedding!
The quality of my Logan & Mason bed set was fabulous and it was super comfy to sleep on/in.

How so, with sequins, you ask?

Like with all of our other bedding, we turn the pillows over to sleep on, and then back over to the 'fancy side' for display during the day.
(So in this case of this bed set, the sequins are only on one side, so perfect for display, and comfy to sleep on the other side).

Our biggest issue was keeping grubby fingers away from the gorgeous, crisp white linen (of course all 4 little ones wanted to touch the sequins and follow their fingers along the Chevron pattern). ;-)
Just Bedding's 30 day return and satisfaction guarantee is impressive, offering online shoppers great reassurance.

Just Bedding also has a teenskids, and baby bedding range! As well as a range of soft furnishings including pillows. Definitely worth checking out.

How often do you change your bedding?
Do you iron your sheets before setting up on your bed?

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*Lauren - Gold Coast Mum - received product for the purposes of this review. As always, all opinions are my own.

Review: Milk and Love maternity and breastfeeding dress

Review: Milk and Love maternity and breastfeeding dress

By Lauren - Gold Coast MumDuring the years I was breastfeeding my little ones, I was limited to wearing skirts and tops to allow easy access and comfort for breastfeeding.

I attended countless weddings, engagements, 30ths and other special events wearing skirts and tops and was super excited on the rare occasions I donned a frock.

One wedding I did wear a frock and bub needed a feed so I took myself to the dressing room of the golf club and unzipped myself, removed top and sat there breastfeeding wearing basically just a maternity bra as my dress was resting around my waist.

Thankfully, lucky mothers of today need not have this problem. You can wear fancy dresses AND breastfeed in comfort.

I recently had the pleasure of trialing a gorgeous Milk and Love frock.

I wore it for the duration of a baby expo I helped organise (and also did social media, PR and publicity for - gaining us some great media coverage and a spot on the local Sunday night news).
I also had the pleasure of emceeing the event and was the announcer for the Milk and Love fashion parade.

The models showcased the versatility of the range - perfect for both pregnant and/or breastfeeding mums.

One of the many things I loved about Milk and Love is that it's a family affair.

Milk and Love was created by Corryn, a Queensland Mum of 2.

Corryn told me the story of how when she was first pregnant she bought a bright yellow, hugely expensive top but then discovered that every time she wore it she would turn bright red because it was, unfortunately, made of polyester.
I’m sure those of you that are pregnant can relate!

She went on to breastfeed her firstborn for many many months and was incredibly frustrated that she couldn’t find beautiful clothes with easy breastfeeding access made with natural fabrics… and so, Milk and Love was born.

Milk and Love’s mission is to make you feel like a goddess throughout motherhood, and with their range of gorgeous maternity and breastfeeding clothes made with all natural fabrics, they are doing just that! The dresses feature a range of bright colours and versatile neutrals. Most of these dresses are designed for both pregnancy AND breastfeeding so you can wear them for longer.

They are all made with high quality natural fabrics such as bamboo and feature flattering styles for your bump and post partum figure. 
Our range is all hand picked to make sure it is stylish, functional AND made ethically. We only work with suppliers that have strong environmental and socially responsible operating polices. After experiencing problems with synthetic materials myself, I am committed to only stocking natural fabrics," Corryn says.



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