New Job, New Frock

A new job.

I know beauties. Squeal.

Part-time work come at me…I couldn’t be happier.

Do you remember this post I wrote about my health scare, way back at the beginning of the year?

Yes. I had a very big wake-up call.

I had ignored me.

Not taking enough time to stop and listen to my body.

Instead I put things like work ahead of my health in the pecking order.

As soon as I woke up to the fact that I matter. I started to put the wheels in motion to make some major changes in my work/life balance.

Sometimes though, those changes can take a little time to execute.

And I’m not known for my patience.

But I did have a plan. Although I must admit it was quite sketchy, but it did have a time frame attached.

By Christmas this year, I didn’t want to be working full-time in a Managers role any more.

Fast forward to three weeks ago.

I was sitting being interviewed (in the back office at Country Road) for a part-time role at the new Mimco store opening on the Sunny Coast.

It felt super weird to be the person answering the questions. Normally, the roles are reversed and I’m the one trying to calm everyone’s nerves.

Thankfully the two gorgeous souls interviewing me were delightful.

So I guess you won’t be at all surprised, that when I received the call to say I got the job, my response was sheer elation.

I was cutting it fine – but I had, by some miracle, achieved my deadline.

Admittedly, its by the skin of my teeth, but I’m still super pleased with myself 😀

Yes. Now feels like the right time for me and an exciting new challenge.


Oh and a brand new store.

Hells bells, I feel super lucky.

Also, I would love to have more time to write and grow this little blog of mine.

Being approached by great brands that want to work with me, blows me away every single time they make contact with me.

You see, I’ve never been brave enough to contacted them.

Until now fear of rejection has held me back.

So I’ve decided, it’s time I pulled on my big girl pants and address this fear of mine.

But to do that, I need more time.

More ME time.

Writing is so cathartic for me. It clears my head and makes me feel good.

I have so many plans and ideas rolling around in my head, it’s super exciting to think that I can now begin to execute them.

But non of the above would be possible without the support of YOU.

Thank you all so much for the love, kindness and support.

YOU are truly amazing.

So of course when you’re happy you go shopping right?

Well I do 😉

And on the justification stakes, this one was a little too cute for me to refuse.

New Job, New Frock

Layered Bandeau Dress $199.00 (wearing size 10) | Catalina Heels (spring release sold out online) both Country Road.

My love for the off-the-shoulder/cold-shoulder trend has taken me by surprise.

I feel like it crept up on me when I wasn’t paying it much attention.

I went from nothing to obsessed in a heartbeat.

Which is not at all like me, when it comes to a trend.

Mostly, I prefer to simply offer a nod to said trend and not full-on embracing it.

In my defence though, I do quite like my shoulders, so I guess it’s no wonder I’m a smitten kitten.

My challenge now, is to pull-back a touch and stop duplicating what’s already in my wardrobe.

Because every single off-the-shoulder I see, I’m tempted to buy – poor Jonny, as if there’s not already enough clothes bursting out of my wardrobe!

Do you do this too?

It’s normal to admire what you like, but I just need to stop buying it!

Surprisingly, I think CR have really nailed this trend – which if I’m totally honest, has shocked the life out of me.

This dress is 100% cotton, fully lined and summer perfect.

One thing I would urge you all to do, is give off-the-shoulder a try.

It can be surprisingly flattering on a fuller bust.

Yes, of course you may have to wear a strapless bra (my pet HATE) but I truly believe the positives far out way the negatives on this one.

If shoulders are your thing, then get yourself to the shops toot-sweet with reckless abandon.

My shoulders are wide, and I have boobs, but it still works for me.

But even if they aren’t, don’t give up without first trying.

Maybe start with a top (some fabbies around).

If you’re really unsure, pick one up that won’t break the bank, take it home and try it with your favourite jeans, denim skirt or droppies (drop crotch pants)…check out my Instagram feed to see a Katies one for just $29.95

Feminine, summery and super-stylish.

But whatever you do; remember, never say never when it comes to fashion and trends, or else it might bite you on the bum 😉

Are you on board the off-the-shoulder trend/cold-shoulder trend? Got a preference? Know of any that I’m missing out on?

Pssssst…Spend and Save starts today for VIP card holders or tomorrow for Loyalty card holder. You’re welcome!






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  • Narelle

    Just found your blog & I love it. All the best in your new job!!

    • Welcome Narelle! Delighted you love the blog. So excited about my new start at Mimco xx

  • Fabulous news, fabulous frock, fabulous heels, fabulous YOU! x

  • Congratulations Bev on the job. I had to go back to read where you are now going to be working. I love Mimco! You’ll be strutting out fabulous jewellery before we know it. I love that black off the shoulder dress on you. It looks stunning. So true about the work life balance. So hard to achieve, but yay for you making the changes before Christmas!

    • Oh thanks so much Bec. I have been pushing far too hard this year. I just need to take a breath and do more of what makes me the happiest. Soooo excited to start Mimco – imagine the jewellery and accessories – one word: Magpie xx

  • Norlin Mustapha

    Congrats Bev!!! Well deserved and yes, time you put yourself first. Best of luck in the new job when you start. 🙂 xx

    • Thanks beautiful! Putting myself first is still a ‘work in progress’ but I’m aware I need to be consistent! xx

  • merilyn

    good on you bev!
    it sounds like it’s what you were waiting for! just perfect for you!
    timing is magical sometimes!
    read “big magic” it’s so good!
    love m:)X

    • merilyn

      meant to say how lovely you look in that number!;))
      very nice! mX

    • Thanks so much M! I feel like the timing is just perfect…off to google ‘big magic’ xxx

  • Congrats on the new job!!!

  • Congrats girl! Mimco is the bomb, it’ll totally suit you and your lifestyle. More time for family, friends, blog and chill time. Can’t wait to see what you pick up at your new store! Bling bling!

    • Em, I can only imagine I will be broke for the first few months…such a Magpie when it comes to bling!
      So delighted to have more me time too! xx

  • Jenni from styling curvy

    Health is EVERYTHING ? Good on you Bev. I gotta say MIMCO is one of my pleasures, I’ve got dozens of their bags and quite a few jewellery pieces…i would be broke if I worked there. I’ve never approached a brand yet either but 2016 is when I get my big girl pants on too and I’ll give it a crack ?

    • Jen, your words from when I originally wrote the post about my health scare have stuck with me. It’s so easy to push yourself too hard in retail. So thanks for making me sit up and take notice!
      I’m truly delighted about moving to Mimco…expect lots of purchases 😉
      2016 is the year of the big girl pants then – we can so do this! xx

  • Congrats Bev, this is wonderful news!! Lovely when a plan comes together! I will miss your CR looks though, but excited to see a lot more bling!!!!! x

    • Shannon I’m sure I will still shop up a storm at CR…it’s still stone throwing distance, as they’re almost opposite each other! It’s a big yes to more bling though! Thanks for the love darling xx

  • Sophisticated Mumma

    Good on you for taking time for yourself…you’ll soon be wondering how on earth you fitted it all in with a previous full-time job. Health always comes first! Look at you in that gorgeous dress too! You’ve helped direct me to actually purchase a off-shoulder top today after seeing you in your Katies white one. It’s only a Target cheapy but it’s super flattering, so thank you for the inspo x

    • Oh Nat so happy you’re loving the off-the-shoulder. It’s so flattering and I’m sure you’ll feel as good as I do in mine. Super flattering and so feminine.
      So happy I’m taking a step back from full-time work Nat. I think you’re spot-on, I won’t know how I ever managed to juggle everything! xx

  • Congratulations on the new job Bev. It’s so good when everything comes together nicely . I’m also loving the off the shoulder and cut out shoulder look and this dress looks divine on you . X

    • This dress shape is so good on most people. I love the fact that its comfy and stylish too – my idea of heaven!
      Ecstatic about the move to Mimco with part-time hours, so thanks darling xx

  • Michelle

    Congratulations on your new job and well done on looking after yourself. I love reading your blog so look forward to seeing it grow in the future.

    • Michelle thank you so much, I’m so happy about going part-time! I’m also delighted you love reading my ramblings xx

  • Stacey

    I LOVE off the shoulder AND I’m collecting this dress tomorrow! It must’ve been a sign when I subscribed to your blog today!!

  • Congratulations on your new job! I love the off the shoulder look but have yet to find the dress or top I’m looking for! This may be THE dress as long as it’s not too short on me.

    • Thank you so much Ingrid, so excited to start now!
      Do try this dress because its so incredibly easy to wear, and remember spend and save starts today for loyalty card holders too xx

  • So happy for you Bev. Your new job sounds like a perfect live-work-blog balance. And that dress is just gorgeous. I definitely need to try some of the off the shoulder dresses out there!! So pretty xox

    • Thanks so much Wendy – so excited to have more balance and me time.
      You and off the shoulder will be a match made in heaven for sure
      ps. so delighted you’re having fun in Noosa! xx

  • Petra

    Firstly whoa, great dress on you Bev! Secondly, HUGE congrats on your new life-style career change!!! I was wondering how you were managing keeping up full-time work with your health scare. But it’s all come right in the end! So excited for you, and happy to hear about you being able to do more for your blog – I’m sure you’ve been celebrating 🙂

    • Petra the past few months have been so crazy with trying to juggle too much again. So this position has definitely come at the perfect time for me…so happy I could burst! With Beckie finishing the final exam in her law degree last week too, there sure has been plenty to celebrate 🙂
      Delighted you like the dress too. Mwah xx

  • Want. This. Dress!

  • Love the off shoulder on you Bev. I keep trying it hoping it will work but haven’t had success but I’m not a quitter so I will persevere. But I’ve had minor success with a one shoulder top, that could be making an appearance at our Saturday lunch.
    Can’t wait to see how you grow your blog and you will look amazing in your ‘big girls’ pants xxx

    • Oh Karen thank YOU so much. I’m so happy with my new position and can’t wait to start.
      I feel sure you will nail the off-the-shoulder to perfection, because you have amazing style.
      Love the sound of the one shoulder too – I know you will look divine!
      Super excited to see you next Saturday! xxx

  • Congratulations Bev! How exciting. Mimco are so lucky to have you. PS Love the frock too! x

    • Thanks so much gorgeous! So happy with my new hours, the balance is just right – 3 days on 4 days off! Did you shop spend and save yesterday? So many lovely pieces xx

  • Gah is there anything you don’t look fantastic in? I heart this! Congratulations on your new job too, I think you’re a perfect fit for Mimco!

    • Oh thanks so much Caitlin – you’re very kind. So happy with the Mimco gig too! xx

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    I just bought 2 off the shoulder maxi dresses online from Katies Bev and they look lovely on (I’m not a fan of a strapless bra either) but I figured I can suffer for a bit?I adore this frock on you its so very pretty!
    I’m so very happy you’re putting your health first darling if you haven’t got good health nothing else will fall into place.
    I’m supposed to be going to my nephews engagement party this weekend and my nieces 21st next weekend but I won’t be going as they are too far away ?The engagement party is an hour and a half drive away and the 21st 3 hours both ways I cannot at this stage sit in the car for a very long time,though I’m sad to miss them I have to put “ME” first.I am so happy to read this post Bev you will have more time for what you love and it will be exciting working at the new misconduct store,all the very best to you lovely ??

    • Lisa thank you so much darling. So happy to hear that although you are on the mend, you’re still being sensible by simply allowing your body to heal at a safe pace. It’s very sad that you can’t go to both events, but just think how fabulous you will feel when you are fully recovered! You’ll be able to wear one of those gorgeous off-the-shoulder dresses from Katies! Did you get the lovely one that Nikki wore? That one is fabulous!
      My head injury was such a big wake-up call for me, so I’m so delighted to be starting part-time hours in a couple of weeks. 3 days on 4 days off = perfection! Mwah and a big hug coming your way xxx

  • I am on board with the off the shoulder. I have added two dresses to my closet one from Seed and the other from Jag. I am so happy that you have a new job and you know my news so I am super happy too. I keep pinching myself as it feels so surreal. Onwards and upwards beautiful lady. Hugs and thank you for your support. V x

    • Vicki I’m so happy for you, truly I am, You will love working at CR! There is always so much to do and the time goes really quickly. Don’t stress about using POS either, after a couple of goes you will be fine!
      Can’t wait to see you rocking your off-the-shoulder numbers too! Big hugs lovely xx