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My friends are ridiculously interesting women

My friends are ridiculously interesting women …

I am so privileged to have the most amazing group of female friends and family. I originally posted this a couple of years ago now, but when I was browsing back through my old posts, I decided they are STILL amazing and so I thought I would  post it again!

MumptyStyle Friends

I think you are very much influenced by the people you spend the most time with, so although I try not to be judgmental of anyone and the decisions they make, I’m also aware my time is precious to me and so I choose to spend it with people I admire and love.

So … my gorgeous, clever and insanely talented friends include (in no particular order):

Burlesque performers and showgirls, who sweat nervous bullets before they go on stage and then rock that stage like they were born to be there!

Ms Tittle Tattle
Ms Tittle Tattle – photo by Mareea Vegas

A woman who had an idea one night; created a Facebook group based on that idea and is now the proud overseer of a 43,000-strong group and an accompanying, wildly-successful blog. Her greatest achievement in that regard?  Creating an ahurutanga – a safe environment where no one feels judged.
A woman who, with four young children, creates cakes like this (see below) out of her home kitchen!  (She also has a double degree and is a trained architect.)

MumptyStyle Olaf Cake Cancer survivors.
♥ Nurses.
Mentors who help women develop confidence and a positive body image through dance and just generally being sassy!
♥ Amazing mothers who put the hugest amount of time, effort and love into growing beautiful humans – the most important job in the world.
Book editors/proofreaders.
Earthquake survivors.
 Business woman who moonlight as sexy pinup and alternative models!

MumptyStyle Ruby Spice
Ruby Spice by Lutece Photography

Internationally acclaimed body painter and makeup artists.
♥ Women who write for a living (my dream job!)
Women following their passion and doing what they love to do.
Widows who are brave and strong and are doing an incredible job of bringing up their children alone.
 Makeup artists and hairdressers – again, they make women feel beautiful.
 My sisters … because they are amazing.
 My Mum … because she is incredible and inspirational and wonderful.
 My daughter – because she is my world and makes my life SO special.
Grandmothers who give tirelessly of their time and love – not just to their own family, but to others as well.
 Photographers who create gorgeous images that make other women realise their own beauty.

MumptyStyle Monique Sweet
Women who volunteer their time at hospitals and schools to help those less fortunate than themselves.
♥ Teachers.
♥ Business women.

So to all of you, and I hope you recognise yourself in there somewhere …

MumptyStyle I Heart You
Image via runningwithspoons.com

My friends are awesome …


Doing, wanting, reading, loving # 3…

Doing, wanting, reading, eating, loving (v.3) …

Another little round-up of what’s up!

Punnet cakes
Raw cheesecakes by Punnet Cafe in Tamahere
To kick the week off, I thought I’d do another little roundup of what I’m doing, wanting, reading etc etc.  The last one I did was here – and the one before that was here.  So, here goes:

Doing: lots of helping my daughter get her lamb ready for Ag Day – testing her on what she needs to know; holding her lamb while she cleans it etc.  Much as I love these little lambs, I am pretty pleased this is the last one!   being extremely jealous that I didn’t go to the NZ Burlesque Festival in Palmerston North over the weekend.  Every year I think “right, next year I’m going” but I just never seem to get there.  Next year it is then!   being thrilled to bits with my new dress, made for me by the wonderful Judy Dee    tackling my weight via Dukan!  smiling, laughing and just having fun!

Wanting:  last time I said more petticoats and that is still the case.  Since the last edition I have added a black version; however I’m still in want/need of baby blue, lemon, purple and green versions  a nice, fitted leopard print shrug – I’m thinking this one from Wheels & Dollbaby  Wheels&Dollbaby shrug   the Jenny dress  from Pinup Girl Clothing in purple harlequin – I believe this dress is what’s called a “unicorn”
 M.A.C Velvet Teddy  a Range Rover Evoque – STILL  Not to sound horribly materialistic – too late right?!

Reading: I am in the middle of a book called “The Shack” and so far it is pretty good.  It received glowing reviews from my Book Club and that’s always a good thing in my books!   And I’ve re-read “The Plains of Passage” by Jean Aeul because I ADORE all of the books from this series  – it’s called the  Earth Child series – if you haven’t read them, I HIGHLY recommend them – aside from my Tudor history books, they are my favourite things to read.

Eating/drinking: squeaky cheese – every night-of-the-weekly-shop we have it!  carbonated water  the chocolate birthday cake my nephew made me – so good   soy lattes from my local and MUCH-LOVED cafe, Punnet (you can read about Punnet here – and also, I stole my opening pic for this post from them!)    salted caramel protein bars (she says, trying to kid herself and failing, that they are better for her!)

Loving: life in general; our daughter and her Daddy specifically!
 Daylight Savings  rainbows;  emerald green grass   Instagram   my Book Club (read why you should join one here pink blossoms everywhere   surrounding myself with clever, sassy friends   New Year’s resolutions (early, I know!) my family growing older and learning what is, and what’s not, important to me.

Sending all the love to:  Nat, aka Lilly Loca who is sometimes too hard on herself!  Flo Foxworthy – Flo has an exhibition of her incredible work called “Burlesque – the costume art of Flo Foxworthy” in Palmerston North at the moment – check it out if you’re down that way   Jen from My name is Jennifer and I have breast cancer – an amazing, incredible, phenomenal woman (with a husband and family to match.) Get your breasts checked ladies.  And while we’re talking about that, my gorgeous friend Kirsty from Makeup Obsessives wrote about the time she found a lump.
Read it here.Mammogram


Proud of:   soooo many things, most of them too personal to talk about. But … our daughter – always. My friends, some of whom do amazing things like perform burlesque at shows and festivals and put their hearts and souls into it.   My family – who are incredible and supportive and just cool.

Manizer sistersObsessed with:  frocks my new eyeshadow palette from SauceBox   my new The Manizer Sisters palette from The Balm
my new purple dress; my new black Jenny dress; my new orange cardy and my new gothic lace bolero.  So many new pretties – aren’t birthday’s fabulous!

Grateful for: my family; my friends;  health success and happiness – for everyone  living in the country – all that space and fresh air is bliss plus all of the above!  (I know right – this hasn’t changed since last time – but why fix it if it ‘aint broke?!)

Loving, doing, wanting, reading … 


Doing, wanting, reading, loving # 2…

Doing, wanting, reading, eating, loving …

Another little round-up of what’s up!
Hands up
Today I thought I’d do another little round-up of what’s up in Mumpty’s thoughts/life … the last one I did is here.  So, here goes:

Doing: ♥ lots of blogging and writing stories – I am LOVING story-writing at the moment!   running our daughter round to various events and classes – and loving being a mummy while I’m at it   learning new and slightly scary stuff   making lists; smiling, laughing and just having fun!

Wanting: ♥ more petticoats (I currently have hot pink and red – I want black, white, baby blue, lemon, purple and green – to start off with!)  more Erstwilder brooches – mostly this little purple fox   Erstwilder foxthe Jenny dress  from Pinup Girl Clothing in purple   M.A.C Whirl  an occasion to wear my new Lime Crime Velvetine in Pansy, which I dramatically ordered from my MUO friend and then promptly wondered why the hell I’d done that!!!  But, it is beautiful … and it will actually go so well with that Erstwilder Lime Crime Pansyfox up there and the purple Jenny!  Check it out here – not really understated now is it?!   a little something from Louis Vuitton; my blog’s audience to continue slowly building like it has been (actually INSTANT success would’ve been better, but I’m happy with how it’s going!)   a Range Rover Evoque – STILL  Actually, a Lotto win would be good wouldn’t’ it?!  OK, I am going to stop there lest I sound shallow and materialistic (or is it too late?!)

Reading: I just finished “Common Ground” by Virginia Pawsey and Janice Marriott.  It’s an unusual book; essentially a series of letters between two old friends from school – the letters follow each other’s gardens and lives through a whole year.  It’s a lovely book and you can enjoy it even if you know NOTHING about gardening like me!  I do highly recommend it.   And I’ve re-read “The Other Boleyn Girl” because I am obsessed with Tudor history and I LOVE all of Philippa Gregory’s works and I could read that book over and over again – in fact, I have!  And I will continue to do so.

Eating/drinking: Lindauer Piccolos – (for dinner!)   carbonated water  Eggs Benedict at The Lilypad Cafe (one of my favourite cafes EVER)   soy lattes – why did I ever stop? any salads that have pasta in them – especially orzo ones (WHY am I such a carb lover?)  sweetcorn – as long as it’s good and none of the kernels have dried up   And I wish I didn’t have to add this, but the odd sneaky Cadbury Black Forest bar – because YUM!

Loving: pretty much everything mentioned in “doing” above but especially writing – I’m SOOO enjoying that;  Daylight Savings  sunsets;  cool mornings and sunny afternoons   fabulous interviews with amazing women (pssstt – I have some SUPER-EXCITING ones coming up)  the HILARIOUS things my two-year-old nephew comes up with  I entered a writing competition!!  I don’t even care if I get nowhere – it is a buzz just to have entered one!   long, curly eyelashes, courtesy of the Lilash I got for Christmas  my Book Club (read why you should join one here) surrounding myself with clever, sassy friends   quick pre-work coffees – they put me LV bearin the best mood for the day!  disillusionment – sometimes it can give you that kick you needed to make changes happen!   This bear – by Louis Vuitton – sooooo cool.

Sending all the love to:  Kalee, aka Amourous Ava – she has just released a zine called Pastie Politics  – congratulations Kalee – how CLEVER is she?!   A couple of friends of mine who have either lost parents very recently, or are going through the first anniversaries/birthdays since they died – you know who  you are, and I’m thinking of you.

Proud of:  our daughter – always   a new Facebook page I had a bit of input into; get yourself added to MUO Lifestyle and join the fun!   my sisters and my parents  Miss Monique Sweet, who put herself out of her comfort zone, entered Miss Moonshine 2015 and WON IT!  (Here she is  (below) with the fabulous Miss Ivy Fox.)  Look out for her in the Women’s Weekly soon  a little blog post I did that just happens to have received the most views my lil’ blog has ever had!  You can read it here (pssssst it’s about apps and Photoshop and are they ruining your self-esteem without you even knowing it?!)  

MumptyStyle MonSweet Miss Moonshine


Obsessed with:  Alexia Sinclair’s work – she is an utter GENIUS!  My favourite was always her Regal Twelve collection, but now her Rococo body of work is starting to edge The Regal Twelve out for me!

Grateful for: my family; my friends;  health success and happiness – for everyone  living in the country – all that space and fresh air is bliss plus all of the above!

Love …


Doing, wanting, reading, loving …

Doing, wanting, reading, eating, loving …

A little round-up of what’s up!
MumtpyStyle Minnie&Micky
Today I thought I’d do a little round-up of what’s up in Mumpty’s thoughts/life … if only so I can look back at in six month’s time and see what’s changed!  So, here goes:

Doing: ♥ lots of blogging and writing after hours helping our daughter train her lamb Daisy for Ag Day;   admin-ing on Makeup Obsessives practicing my winged eyeliner technique; Dukan’in it! making lists; smiling, laughing and just having fun!

Wanting: ♥ all.the.things! a frightening number of dresses and cardigans from Pinup Girl Clothing; new Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation; my Revitalash to arrive; MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick;  Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet something in the Damier range by Louis Vuitton; my blog to get LOTS more followers!; a Range Rover Evoque;  Christian Louboutin shoes  … I know, I know … it’s the little things!  OK, I am going to stop right now! 

Reading: I just finished “Screw You Dolores” by our very own Sarah-Kate Lynch; I just re-read “Burlesque/Fetish and the Art of the Tease” by the spectacular Dita von Teese;  and I am currently reading “The Shoe Queen – a tale of forbidden love and must-have shoes” by Anna Davis.

Eating: Cold roast chicken; Coke Zero; poached eggs on spinach (yes, I am on Dukan!); I am very much looking forward to a “cheat meal” of Thai food that is being cooked for me on Friday night for our staff get-together!

Loving: pretty much everything mentioned in “doing” above but especially writing – I’m really enjoying that; rainbows; sunsets; it nearly being Daylight Savings;  fond memories of people I loved who have passed; our dog Bayley; our daughter being all grown up and getting herself on the bus to school and back every day; fabulous interviews with amazing woman; inspirational quotes; entering competitions  clever, savvy friends; a supportive partner; endless possibilities!

Sending all the love to:  Caroline at Beautiful Life with Cancer; and Jennifer from My name is Jennifer and I have breast cancer – I don’t personally know either of these women, but they are both living with cancer in the most spirited and purposeful manner – I can’t even comprehend what they are each going through, but my heart goes out to them both.

Proud of:  our daughter is doing a solo in the school production; my friend Kirsty Leigh from Makeup Obsessives got through to the finals for Westpac’s Millennial Women of Influence competition (you can vote for her here if you’d like!)

Obsessed with: Tudor history and related Tudor historical fiction (yes, Philippa Gregory is my idol!)

Grateful for: my family; my friends; my job; our health success and happiness – for everyone; plus all of the above!

Love …