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Maternity Shoot with Flora + Foto / Mahurangi New Zealand

There really aren't words to describe this morning. Everything was perfect. I was incredibly fortunate to win a fully styled shoot by Flora + Foto through Instagram. Ya know, we all enter these things, hoping, wishing we just might win! It was a Friday night when the notification came through, I had been tagged in a post... From that minute my excitement levels grew every day. I couldn't wait to see what the creative duo, Hannah and Katie, would come up with for our growing little family. I was truly left speechless and I am darn excited to share them with you today!

Flora and Foto consists of Hannah behind the camera and Katie working her floral magic. Together they style sets & capture your treasured moments. Find them on Instagram and Facebook.


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Melbourne Capsule / Long weekend edit

Wee hoo! This week we are off for a child free (sort of) weekend to Melbourne! It is our Babymoon #2. We went there when I was pregnant with Carter and it is a city that has always and will always have my heart! From the coffee, to the shops, cafes and restaurants, I find it irresistible. So, I thought I would put together a Melbourne Weekend Capsule - Maternity Special (which actually doesn't include one maternity item!).

It goes without saying that at 30 weeks, I am packing for comfort! The city isn't known for its tropical climate, so it's going to be no different than a winters day in Wellington. Cue the merinos and my go-to parka. As I mentioned earlier, this doesn't actually have one single "maternity" item included. In fact, my wardrobe doesn't include one at all. So with some clever picks, these items have been with and will be with me, for many seasons to come. My wallet is thanking me! 

That been said, I intend to spend these 3 days trawling through as much of this stunning place as I can. Do you have a shop, cafe, coffee must-have experience, I can't miss? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! First thing on the agenda Saturday morning is Doughboys Doughnuts and La Belle Miette. Two essentials!

Enough talk, lets look at what's going in the suitcase. A total of 12 items! Accessories included. That leaves plenty of room left over, for what's most likely going to be baby clothes!

Make Hey Melbourne Capsule Special Day One

Make Hey Melbourne Capsule Special Day Two

Make Hey Melbourne Capsule Special Day Three

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I have had many people ask for a Maternity Capsule so I hope this sort of covers that! I know I have been terrible in keeping those posts up. The capsule is still going strong. I tend to not be so season strict and just look to reduce the amount I purchase every three months. As always I pick quality over quantity and know what I am buying is going to be worn and loved for many seasons to come.

I have to say a special thanks to Nana who is coming to look after C and our zoo of pets. Wish me luck on four days away from my little man... 

Have a question or Melbourne must-do suggestion? I'd love to hear from you! Comment below and be sure to following along our journey via the gram! - @kate_makehey

Enjoy! x

Carter J turns One

We made it through the first year.

Motherhood through me more curveballs than I ever imagined possible. It was like the first day in a new job. You have no idea how you got the job to begin with, what exactly you should be doing or where you should eat your lunch. Except your boss is this 3 kilo dictator and you wouldn't dare take a sick day! Nor would you want to. 

Carter's birthday was a chance for us to celebrate the fact we did make it through those interesting first 12 months and to thank all our family and friends for their tremendous support. For that, we will be forever grateful! 

I was able to put together a sweet, simple afternoon celebration thanks to some wonderful people. Enjoy the photos and be sure to follow the other exceptional businesses that joined in on the fun!

Happy Birthday my Sweet Boy!

Photography: Jessica Lee Photography / Venue: Storehouse / Styling, Florals, & Stationery: Make Hey  / Cakes: Baked with Love / Macarons: J’aime les macarons

We were delighted to have Carter's party featured on 100 Layer Cakelet. You can see their lovely write up here.


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The Mini Kitchen Reno - Part One

This is the space I have dreamt about since we stepped foot in our first home and I had big plans! Sadly, our budget nor my husband (Matt) tended to agree with those, so I had to get creative. I love a challenge! Especially when it is laid down by Matt and involves the words "you won't get that result with what we are prepared to spend". Ha! Yes, Matt, yes I can... It is amazing what you can achieve with a little research, the help of some knowledgeable people and a paint brush! 

The kitchen is in its final stages of completion. I am waiting for our tiles to arrive in the country before our tradie can get to work on putting those up and I am still contemplating what to do with the oven.

I took some before photos and will sneak one in below so you can see the space I am working with. It is large and light filled and for that I am so grateful! 

While I wait for those last pieces of my beautiful puzzle to come together, here is a mood board of the design elements I have used...


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Ready for a little before preview? Just to warn you, it looks like a goodie gumdrops ice-cream exploded in there...

  That mint green and the missing door!

That mint green and the missing door!

I will do a full before and after post once it is complete so you can see the result. I am utterly blown away! And you won't believe what I spent to do it. Be sure to check back in and see the final result!


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My Spring Capsule Wardrobe

Wow, I successfully made it through 3 months without buying clothes. This is a big deal! In fact, in the final 2 weeks of August when I was meant to plan my spring capsule, I didn't even want to shop. But if I am honest, after the first click "Add to Cart", I was back in the game! 

I knew this capsule would be one of the hardest to plan for. Without a word of a lie the first day of spring was utterly perfect, the next it was snowing... I wanted to remove some of my heavy knits and replace them with a fun off the shoulder top and casual tees. A few of the jackets have remained for those early morning coffee runs, and then some shorts thrown in for the sunny afternoons. 

My winter capsule was perfect. I never found I was lacking any sort of item and remained content with each piece until the end. But I am happy I have added some new things into the mix. 

Once again, I will share where you can find most pieces - especially the new ones! But first, let's take a look at the whole wardrobe:


Right, this time I will talk budget. I have to stress I am all about quality over quantity. I am happy to spend money on clothes that are designed and made well. I know they will last me 1, 2 or even 3 seasons. I set my budget at $450. Once again, the goal is to spend less each time around. So I can only wait to see if I can achieve this. I actually came in $10 under budget until I decided I wanted something a little different for a special birthday this month. So finished up spending slightly over but I think this capsule is set up perfectly to lead into summer. Below is where you can shop most pieces, or what I have brought this season*.

Long Sleeve Dress  /  Striped Shorts  /  Boyfriend Tee  /  Striped Singlet
Grey Layer Top*  /  Grey Singlet  /  Sweatshirt  /  B&W Stripe 

Black Shell Tee  /  Harem Pant*  /  Puffer Vest  /  Black Denim
Black Singlet  /  Leather Jacket  /  Puffer Jacket  /  Army Jacket

Distressed Denim  /  Chambray Shirt  /  Chambray Shorts  /  Playsuit*
Nike Roshe  /  Black Wedges  /  Nude Heals  /  Leather Ankle Boots

Running Shoes  /  White Converse  /  White Wedges  /  White Sandals

As with my Winter Capsule, if there isn't a link it was last season or even the one before! 

Interested in creating your own capsule? Check out all the amazing tools available to do so at UN-FANCY!

I would love to hear your thoughts, leave me a comment.



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