My name is Olivia and I live in Birdsville. I am originally from Multyfarnham, County Westmeath in Ireland. I have a wonderful husband, Padraic and 3 cheeky kids.  Fashion, style and colour has been an interest of mine for many years. My Mum and two of my sisters are Interior Designers so I have always been exposed to colours, patterns and trends. I love dressing up and as a child was very good at it, my Mum likes to remind me how I use to change 5 or 6 times a day. Shopping has been a very bad habit of mine over the years.  I was and still am a bargain hunter and love the discount rail! I enjoy looking through the racks of clothes and trying things on.

In 2011, I immigrated to Birdsville, Queensland, Australia with Padraic and my then 8-week-old baby boy, Patrick. I packed all my lovely clothes and moved to one of the most remote towns in Australia. Life was very busy and getting to the shops didn’t happen as often.  In post pregnancy stages, majority of my lovely clothes didn’t fit me and I was dealing with 30 degrees plus days. Life had definitely changed for me, it was a bit of a culture shock, to say the least! Thankfully this didn’t discourage me and I discovered the world of online shopping, much to my husband’s dismay!

I had three pregnancies so I have gained the weight and lost the weight. I have days where I really don’t care what I wear and I have days where I really need to make the effort for myself. I still have those fat days and not so many skinny days. I have those day where I look wrecked because I was up most of the night with a sick child. I have dark circles under my eyes that I sometimes wonder was it yesterday’s mascara that didn’t wash off but it’s not! I have tired days where I cannot be bothered washing my hair because it is too much effort to dry. We all have those days….. I know what it is like to hit the 30’s and realise that all those lovely, short, very tight dresses I use to wear, I will probably not get back into again. Even if I did, I doubt very much I would go out in public wearing them.  I am too young for the ‘Granny Clothes’ but feel a bit old for the miniskirts. What or where do I go and what should I wear??

Have you been asked by a friend or colleague ‘you look great today what have you been doing?’ and you stop and think because you don’t feel like you did anything extra special today. Did you get ready for a big event lately and loved the outfit in the shop but now you are in your bedroom, it just doesn’t feel the same. Have you a favourite top that you keep in your wardrobe for very special occasions because you are afraid to wear it, in case you wear it out? Have you got all dressed up with hair and makeup and feel great until the next morning when you see the photos and wonder what was I thinking? Have you got that very expensive outfit in your wardrobe that looks terrible and you don’t particularly like but you cannot get rid of it because it was so expensive but you know deep down you will never wear again. And lastly, have you got up one day and made a big effort with a nice outfit, make up and hair to have someone comment ‘you look wrecked are you feeling ok?’

All of the above was me and 5 years ago I would never have imagined I could be as happy and contented with myself and my body as I am today. I studied the concept of colour and how it can affect you. It opened my eyes to a new world. Not only with colour, but body shape, fabrics, accessories and patterns. All of these elements affect our self-image. Wearing the right colour can change not only your perception to others but your own perception of you. It can highlight your complexion and give you a healthy glow. It can diminish those dark circles under your eyes or soften the red patches on your cheeks or nose. It can brighten your eyes and help brighten your day. Wearing the right colour first, then working on your body shape in turn helps you wear clothes that make you look great. By adding one piece of clothing at a time you eventually will create a wardrobe that is suited not only to your complexion but to your body shape. I believe once you have the right clothes that you love to wear and can wear every day, you will grow a confidence that will only increase more each day.  This will not happen overnight and I know because I did it. I worked on my wardrobe for two years and I can still sometimes get it wrong and do you know how I know? Because every time I pull out something to wear I keep leaving that one item in my wardrobe and make excuses why I don’t wear it.

All of my knowledge and experience I have gained over the years, I have decided to start writing it down and what better way than in a blog. I come across lots of different ideas, tips and tricks every day and I have decided to share this with you. I am an everyday working mum in Outback Queensland trying to make a difference by helping someone feel better about themselves through the colours and clothes they wear.