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MELBOURNE- BY TWO OF ITS MOST STYLISH MUMS

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Melbourne has been named the world’s most liveable city by millions of people around the globe on numerous occasions – and it’s no wonder- given it’s rich culture, relaxed vibe, delicious food, brilliant architecture, great sporting events and let’s not forget to mention the fabulous boutique shopping!

Now whether you are planning on spending a weekend in this stunning city or thinking of a new location to raise your family- Melbourne has so much to offer mums, dads and kids.

Today, we are excited to chat with two of Melbourne’s most stylish mums- Sandi, from Kids Fashion Blogger (KFB) and Carla, from Styling the Tribe (STT).

These two very chic mummy bloggers are leading the way in Australia’s kids fashion industry- as they share daily inspiration via their popular Instagram pages- highlighting the coolest and latest designs available to little people.

Sandi is a gorgeous mother of two beautiful girls- Bella and Giselle and thanks to her love of kids fashion and fine detail, their IG page now has over 70 thousand dedicated followers. Here you will find her adorable girls modelling the prettiest and most precious items- in a very sweetly styled manner.

Carla is stunning mum to three spunky sons- Tevita, Maikeli and Tomasi- who you will always find sporting the trendiest items on the market. Carla’s passion,  dedication and good eye for boys fashion has led this cool tribe to become leaders of the pack- focusing on all the funkiest threads out there for dapper little dudes.

Today these lovely ladies not only give us an insight into their busy lives as dedicated mums, wives and mummy bloggers- they also reveal their fave spots around their wonderful city.

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ML&S: How long have you been living in Melbourne?

KFB:  10 years.

STT: Born and raised in Melbourne, however had a short stint in Adelaide between 2008-2013.

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ML&S: Can you describe your life in Melbourne?

KFB: BUSY! I still work casually on top of KFB and between Bella’s school, Giselle’s daycare and early learning, plus the girls activities- Bella does ballet, tap/jazz, swimming and Giselle does music- so our days are not stop. I’m pretty good with time management, which follows on from my earlier career and I think with kids and everything else, I need to keep organised and balanced or I would be a crazy mess!

STT: Organised chaos and ‘always on the go’ would be the best description. I’m active by nature and my boys aged 2, 4 and 6 are balls of energy and don’t allow much downtime. Monday to Friday I’m a SAHM, juggling school runs, 3 days of kinder drop offs, swim lessons, tennis lessons, household duties and the blog! We don’t have any ‘help’ so to speak of, but the last fortnight my mother- in- law has spent the mornings with my youngest, so I can solely focus on building my website. Weekends are just as busy, as Saturdays are dedicated to sports, Auskick 9-11 am followed by my husbands football from 2-5 pm. Sundays we try to slow down, head out to breakfast, church and then on to somewhere kid friendly.

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ML&S: Tell us more about your amazing and popular kids fashion blogs?

KFB: KFB started out of my love for kids fashion- I loved styling Bella in cool kids clothes- she was like my mini me from day one! I had no idea how big the kids fashion industry was and how it is in its baby stages- and with so much growth to go- it’s all very exciting!

STT: STT is a blog dedicated to boys fashion- often under represented in the media, I felt it was time to shine the spotlight on the amazing selection of boys fashion available online (worldwide) and locally. Having three 3 sons myself, I have an invested interest in the boys fashion space and find it rewarding seeing my little dudes dressed in the latest trends. The IG blog has evolved since its humble beginnings in August 2013 and will soon go live at www.stylingthetribe.com

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ML&S: What do you love most about being mummy fashion bloggers?

KFB: Sharing ideas and stories with other mums, knowing I can relate to them. I LOVE kids and I LOVE being on this journey with my girls. We are doing this together.

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STT: I blog to stay connected. Being a SAHM, I needed to find an outlet and a place whereby I could forge friendships with like minded individuals- without leaving the house! It’s sharing ideas, bouncing off one another, finding inspiration, knowing you’re not alone and above all- staying social and sane! The blog itself is built around my boys, so they are a vital piece to the puzzle. Its a great way to combine all my loves, interests and needs in the one place.

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ML&S: What is your favourite family park in Melbourne ?

KFB:  One which isn’t really a park but play area is on Beaconsfield Parade, in Port Melbourne. They have this awesome play/swing area right on the beach, covered with sun sails- so the kids can use it any time. I’m a big beach girl! Second Yarraville Gardens- it’s such a beautiful big leafy park.

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STT : Hmmm…if you asked my boys, they’d probably say the new Pirate Ship park down by the Maribrynong River, 118 The Boulevard Aberfeldie. Victory Park (corner of Epson Rd and Langs Road Ascot Vale) resembles a wooden fortress and is also popular with my boys – though mum finds it stressful keeping an eye on all three when there! My favourite park would have to be the one adjoined to Cubbyhouse Canteen, located at 43A Union Street Armadale. There are two play areas in fact- one specifically designed for toddlers (completely fenced in) and one for the more spirited (3 years +) also fenced in. The toddler park is right next to the most amazing child friendly cafe- run by the loveliest of sisters and serving delicious coffee and lunch.

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ML&S: What are your top children’s stores in your city?

KFB & STT: Zara, Country Road, Mr Wolf kids, Bardot Jnr, David Jones, Moppit & More, Rasberry Soda, Indie Kids, Cotton On kids, Seed are favourites.

Our online Melbourne designers and store picks  include Sudo, Milk & Soda, Hipkin, Acorn Kids, A little pocket, Tevita Kids, Wilson & Frenchy and Purebaby.

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ML&S: Where do you like to shop for yourselves?

KFB & STT: Zara, Country Road, Seed, Topshop, Decjuba, Style Runner (online), Witchery, Style Milk (online), All About Eve, Sportsgirl, Piink, One Teaspoon, Cue, Cooper Street, Alannah Hill, General Pants Co, Mimco, Myer.

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ML&S: Melbourne is known as the coffee capital of Australia, where are some of your fave places to grab one?

KFB & STT: Brunetti’s (Lygon St, Carlton), Little Sister (East Keilor), Le Petite Cafe (Esesndon) Degraves Espresso Bar (Degraves Lane) Barry (Northcote) Dukes Coffee Roasters (Prahan).

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ML&S: What do you enjoy doing most with your families on weekends?

KFB: In the summer it’s swimming at the beach or any pool- we are a sun water family. We love going to different markets on the weekends, driving to coastal towns, really anything- so long as on a Sunday we do something as a family.

STT: Sport plays a big part in our lives and our Saturdays are devoted to Auskick in the morning and Dad’s footy of an afternoon. On Sundays, when not attending birthday parties or visiting family, we like to explore our amazing city and seek out child- friendly activities. Favourites include watching a touring show, visiting new adventure playgrounds, riding miniature railways, visiting the zoo, Collingwood childrens farm, Melbourne aquarium, Melbourne Museum and horse rides along the St. Kilda foreshore.

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ML&S: What are your favourite restaurants to eat at with your kiddies and with your other half?

KFB:  Anywhere along South Wharf or Lygon St.

STT: Brunetti’s Carlton (quick pizza, lasagna, pannini and ready to eat deserts), Philhellene Provincial Greek Cuisine and Doc Pizza.

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ML&S: Where is a cool place to have brunch in your city?

KFB: Leroy’s in Newport.

STT: Little Sisters (East Keilor), Pillar of Salt (Richmond) and Fifty Acres (Richmond).

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ML&S: Please finish this sentence, “You should never leave Melbourne with your family until you have?”

KFB: Gone to Melbourne Zoo.

STT: Watched an AFL Game at the MCG!

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ML&S: What do you love most about raising your kids in Melbourne?

KFB: It’s not too big of a city. It’s so multi-cultural and with such a huge European influence- the people are friendly, the food is amazing and the fashion is fabulous. There are so many opportunities here.

STT : There is so much to do and see in Melbourne. We’re so spoilt for choice when it comes to food, coffee, fashion and local attractions. Everything we could possibly need is at our fingertips and almost aways accessible- 24/7. We also live in a very culturally diverse city, which I believe makes our city so rich and desirable. I love that my children will grow up alongside children of various ethnicities and can learn about their culture alongside their own. It wasn’t until I lived interstate for 6 years that I appreciated how amazing the city of Melbourne is and how fortunate I am to call it home.

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ML&S: Where do you like to go for a close family weekend getaway?

KFB & STT: Along the Great Ocean Road or Daylesford.

ML&S: Best place for mums to grab a glass of wine in Melbourne?

KFB & STT: Movida, Supper Club, Morris Jones, Captain Baxter, Siglo, Eau De Vie, Chin Chin (downstairs bar).

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