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Nicky Lark

Life

This Is The Book That Changed It All

Jacinta Tynan Mother Zen Book

Thank you Jacinta Tynan. Thank you for writing something that goes against the grain of every bit of evidence I’ve been presented with to date about parenthood. Thank you, for writing Mother Zen. A few weeks back I wrote a blog post about my fear around having children. It’s something I’ve kept quite close to my chest, but something that I’ve found huge comfort in discussing with my Meditation teacher & good friend Kate Cliff over the past 12 months.…

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Life

ABC’s The Letdown – Fuel to the Fire

Earlier yesterday I was flicking through my Instagram feed as I do, when that enticing little rainbow circle informed me that Celeste Barber had new insta stories – I watch her every day for a laugh & thoroughly enjoy her piss taking. It was then that I saw her promoting her new show due to air at 9.30pm last night on the ABC – it’s called The Letdown, and it’s about new mums & the reality of parenthood. My heart…

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Fashion

Velvet Obsessions With Hale Bob

Hale Bob Velvet Collab

After a month abroad it’s taken me a couple of weeks to get use to the cooler weather again here in Sydney. It hasn’t been cold but I’ve definitely had to put the shorts & swimsuits on standby. Transeasonal dressing is where it’s at, at least until the sun starts to roar for high Summer. So, I’ve taken advantage of this time to resume my search for the perfect velvet pants… and I found them. I’ve been on the look…

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Home Life

10 Essential Tips & Hacks for Moving House

Tips for Moving House

We’ve moved around a bit since we started dating, we bought & moved in together simultaneously, renovated, then moved back in with my parents to save while we rented our place out for 12 months, then moved back to our house, had a second crack at renovating, sold the old house, built our new house, moved in, moved out (long story), then moved back in. It’s been an exhausting few years. With that chapter finally behind us we’ve been enjoying…

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Life

This is why I’m scared to have kids

This is a post I’ve been reluctant to share, not because it’s any surprise to my hubby, but because it’s just a difficult subject. I thought when I was young that there’s this magical point in every woman’s life where a switch is flicked and all of the maternal feels start kicking in hard core. It’s that word, clucky, right?! Like, all of a sudden, us Women get clucky. Or at least that’s what I was lead to believe. I…

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Fashion

Celebrating Our Anniversary at The QVB Sydney

CalmlyKaotic X QVB

11 years together whoa, it really doesn’t seem that long. Well, it does and it doesn’t. Day-in and day-out life is great with hubs – we’re pretty easy going, rarely argue and as the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun! …Except for those couple of years. There was a lot of stress there for a bit (and you can read about that here) but it was the strength of our relationship that got us through the relentless punch-in-the-gut…

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Food

How to Brew the The Perfect Chai Tea, with TeaEsk

Best Chai Tea

It’s been a huge 12 months for us, I can’t believe how quickly it’s flown by. Before we know it it’ll be November, one year since our life changing trip to India. We experienced it all, total culture shock and I loved every minute, from the mesmerising annual festival of lights (aka Diwali), to the sensory overload of the spice markets of Delhi, the magic of the Taj, and waking each morning to the sound of morning prayer echoing through…

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Fashion

Lapping up the Winter Sunshine with Glue Store

Winter Fashion with Glue Store

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m not a winter person. Our Europe trip really can’t come soon enough! We’ve been busily saving moolah and planning our next adventure to the coast of Spain, France & Italy which means selecting my wardrobe carefully with pieces that I can layer through winter and take with me when we pack our bags late August. Thankfully this Winter we’ve been blessed with the most glorious winter sunshine on the coast,…

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Beauty

My Natural Beauty Edit Continued…

Natural Beauty Edit

Welcome to Part Two of my journey to the perfect bathroom drawer! I started this Natural Beauty series to document my progress, and help others on the same mission to cut harmful chemicals out of their life for good. You can find my first round of trials here but I’ve since tried a number of other products and am slowly but surely replacing regular supermarket products with options which are more considered, and better for me. So here it is, my natural beauty…

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Travel

A Sydney Staycay with Vibe Hotels

CalmlyKaotic x Vibe Hotels

There are lots of positives to being a freelancer and working from home, but the one major downside is that my home is also my workplace and I spend more hours on my desk chair at home than what I ever spent in the office. That being the case it’s nice to get away, even if only for a night (and even if I do take my laptop lol). Last week hubs and I took off from the South Coast for…

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