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GORGEOUS FIRST TIME MUM- MAKING SYDNEY HER NEW HOME

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Becoming a first time mum can be tricky enough, however gorgeous mum Ange McCarthy, took to motherhood in an ever- so- fine form and also added a move from Brisbane to Sydney along the way.

Ange and her husband became Sydneysiders with their beautiful one- year- old son Max five months ago, and are loving their new lifestyle and home away from home, in this big and fast paced city.

Today stylish and chic Ange, chats to us about what it’s like moving to Sydney with a baby, her favourite places so far in her new hometown, and also talks about her popular Instagram page Life Style Diaries- where she shares her passion and flair for fashion, decor and all lifestyle and baby related concepts.

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ML&S: How long have you been living in Sydney and what brought you to this part of the world?

Ange: We moved to Sydney 5 months ago for my husband’s work, and are loving our new city!

ML&S: Where were you previously living and how different was your lifestyle there?

Ange: We were living in the suburb of Teneriffe in Brisbane. Teneriffe is a trendy, leafy suburb on the Brisbane River with many nice coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques. Having been on maternity leave for 7 months whilst living there, I got to know a lot of the locals (they all knew Max of course), felt very comfortable there and we loved the community feel. We also enjoyed having everything at our fingertips, including restaurants close to us that would even do room service! This was particularly convenient in the early days after Max’s birth. Moving to Sydney we wanted to try to replicate this lifestyle, and we have been lucky to find it in Woollahra. Life here is a faster pace, but both my husband and I love the buzz of bigger cities and have transitioned well.

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ML&S: What do you love most about Sydney so far?

Ange: We love the vibrancy of the city, and enjoy having the beautiful beaches and bays close by. Exploring our new city has been a lot of fun, and we try and visit some place new every weekend. We particularly love the older homes and historic buildings in Sydney, something you do not see a lot of in Brisbane, as it’s a younger city. I love wandering around our area with Max, and admiring the beautiful homes and the amazing trees.

ML&S: Do you find Sydney to be a baby-friendly city?

Ange: Yes, I have found Sydney to be excellent for families and babies. In the Eastern Suburbs there are plenty of cafes that are baby friendly with high chairs, and the parks are fantastic. There are also a lot of activities in offer for families and the Holdsworth Centre in Woollahra is a fantastic place for Max to play.

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ML&S: Have you been able to easily meet other mums?

Ange: I have met other mums at the parks, play groups, coffee shops, the gym and sometimes even in the street. Motherhood is a wonderful leveller – and since becoming a mum, I’ve found meeting friends a lot easier. As mums, we may all have different views, be from different walks of life, and maybe never would have anything to say to each other before our babies were born. But, once you become a mum all of that other stuff doesn’t matter and most of us are going through-and have been through- a lot of the same things. It’s comforting to be able to speak openly about your experiences and ask for advice from other mums.

ML&S: What is your fave cafe in Sydney?

Ange: I have a few favourites- we like Sonoma in Woollahra for a family breakfast on the weekend. It’s a child friendly cafe, it’s spacious with room for prams and the staff are lovely. We are also regulars at Smiths Organic Markets in Woollahra Village for healthy, organic food and coffee- they use Little Marionette coffee beans. I am a coffee addict, and so far the best coffee I have found is from Gumption Espresso in The Strand Arcade in Sydney CBD. Maxi and I venture in there every so often to meet Dad for lunch and always make sure we stop there along the way.

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ML&S: Fave places to shop for Maxi?

Ange: For basics we love Target, Country Road Baby and Seed. All of Maxi’s designer outfits have been gifted to us from family and friends – it’s nice to have a few special pieces too.

ML&S: Where do you like shopping  for yourself?

Ange: I do most of my shopping online now- my wardrobe is a mix of designer brands and high street finds. I don’t believe you have to spend a lot of money to look great – it’s about dressing for your shape and having an eye for choosing the right pieces. I’ve always had a knack with this, and often have friends and family asking me to help with their wardrobe styling. My favourite boutique is Calexico in Brisbane (they have a great Instagram account too) and I love wandering through the shops at Westfield Bondi Junction in Sydney.

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ML&S: Please tell us about your fab IG page Life Style Diaries?

Ange: Life Style Diaries is an account I started when Max was 6 months old. It’s where I share my favourite images and the products and services I love in the lifestyle, baby and fashion world. I have always had a creative, artistic flair and I am a visual person, so it’s a great way for me to put this to use. In my down time, I spend a lot of time trawling through Pinterest, design books, Interior design and fashion mags- and dreaming a little. It’s my way of relaxing. So far I have had a lot of fun with it, and have met some lovely like minded people through Instagram. It’s early days, however, I would like it to evolve into something more, but right now I am just enjoying being a part of the Instagram community.

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ML&S: Any advice for other mums who have recently moved to Sydney?

Ange: I suggest getting out and about as much as possible and frequenting your local parks. It’s the best way to meet other people and the fresh air is good for you and the socialisation for baby.

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ML&S: Anything you really miss from home?

Ange: We miss our families the most of course. I also sometimes miss the familiarity of Brisbane and I think this Winter I will be missing the warmer weather!! All in all though we are so pleased we have made the move to Sydney.

Be sure to follow Ange’s fab finds and shares on IG @life_style_diaries