We LOVE sharing work of other 📷 inspiring women like @thevaratribe!
We love to take any opportunity to support other up-and-coming businesses and stay-at-home mums who juggle work, life and parenting. We know just how hard it can be! We also love to share the work of other inspiring Women and to build each other up. This week we've had a chat to the lovely Stephanie from @thevaratribe. Her images are just divine and we know you will love her as much as we do. Check out her work below for more information on the gorgeous Steph...
Question: Tell us about your Instagram story and how you are documenting life and your gorgeous kids Antony & Amelia? I love your bio “motherhood can be messy and chaotic, follow me for this journey”. I really sum’s most of our own lives!
Answer: Thank you I thought it was a perfect quote to sum up motherhood and just to remind everyone not to take life to seriously because we are all on this crazy ride together.
When I had my first baby Anthony (now 5) I became a stay at home mum, I was looking for a way to make a little money on the side and explore my creative side whilst still being present for my children. Our journey started when Anthony was 7 months I kind of just fell into being a content creator and stylist to be honest, In high school my dream career was actually to become a fashion designer, so I've always loved kids fashion I just struggled to find nice boys clothing in the mainstream shops so I fell in love with supporting small and buying online, in turn I wanted to share my favourite stores and products with others so I started sharing my little man all dressed up on Instagram, my account really grew as I found a passion for photograph when I had my daughter, my account went from a boys street account to more of a mummy blogger type account, now I am really into styling and all things pretty which I can thank Amelia for that.
I loved doing up her nursery so the passion really formed from there. Sharing the design process with my followers is what I really love too
Question: We love how you have styled Antony & Amelia’s bedrooms. Do you have any styling tips on how to make our kids bedrooms look stylish without always buying into new trends?
Answer: Thank you so much I have so much fun creating different spaces for them. Seeing the excitement on their faces makes it all the while worth It. I’m working on another special space for Anthony so stay tuned for that.
Amelia's IKEA Kitchen hack & revamp is made with beautiful colors and take's Steph back to her days of eating gelato in Italy. It's is easy to change up the look and only takes 10 minutes. No wet gluing or painting! Perfect is you are not a DIYer. Amazing decals can be found at @minnieandmeinteriors in collaboration with @bechalliday
1. Carefully and easily remove all handles, tap, sink and black feet with a Phillips head screwdriver
2. As an option your can spray paint the sink & tap and feet using a thin layer of gold spray paint, make sure your spray paint has paint & prime in it. Then apply a thin layer of top gloss - to coat. You can use wire coat hangers to hold your items up for spray painting so you don't get any fingerprint marks on anything and make sure you do it outdoors in a well ventilated area that won't get covered in paint.
3. Cut a sheet of rattan webbing from @minnieandmeinteriors to the exact size of the glass oven & microwave. Use a ruler or tape measure to be more exact.
4. Using a hot glue gun, stick the rattan pieces to the clear plastic front of the oven & microwave. Just add hot glue around the sides. The blush pink faux rattan that Steph has used is from @minnieandmeinteriors
5. Using the precut & sized decals, peel and stick all the decals over your IKEA kitchen. Here in this picture you see where it has all been covered in pink by sticky decals. No painting. These decals are from @minnieandmeinteriors and we think are genius!
6. Cut a piece of MDF wood to the size of the splash back. Apply another decal over the splash back. Steph made her splash backs from @blond.noir and @bekhalliday and has a miniature version of the wall paper for Amelia's room.
7. Re-attach the sink, tap and feet.
8. Attach new handles to all the opening doors. You may need to poke a small hole through the decals to put the screws through. These handles are from @bunnings
Style your new Kitchen with lots of Make Me Iconic toys or these gorgeous rattan tea set from our friends at @junimoon-Store and highchair from @tinyharlow
Question: Can you please give us some tips on how to take photos of your little ones “in the moment” playing and how to use these images on your social media as a Digital Creator?
Answer: It can be so difficult at times especially with a sassy toddler hehe but I never force my kids to take photos and if they don’t want to that’s fine I never push it but setting a fun spot for them to play to get them excited always helps, playing music, making funny faces being silly with them. Just make it fun is my biggest tip.
I then upload them onto my MacBook to edit then transfer to my phone. I normally have a weekly Instagram schedule I normally post to my feed 4 times a week, writing my captions and researching hashtags to make sure I get the most of my reach.
Question: How do you balance your creative work and motherhood?
It's so important to have a balance, just like if I was working a regular job. I allocate certain days and times for my work mainly on the days where Anthony is at preschool and it also depends on my work load some weeks are busier than others, so on the weeks where it's a bit quiet I spend more quality time with my kids.
Question: What is next for you?
What's next! I am currently trying to work that out but with this pandemic every moment is so unpredictable, I would love to create my own line or open up a kids fashion store in my local area. I’m excited for the future but for now I'll keep on blogging and creating magic on my feed.
Here our beautiful wooden beauty kit sits perfectly on the rattan beauty stand by @junimmon_store