When it came to booking this trip away, the one thing Jonny and I wanted more than anything, was to spend quality time with Beckie.
We never seem to get enough ‘us’ time with our precious city girl.
When she does come home to the coast, its often only for a flying visit, before she dashes back to Brisbane.
Her weekends are booked-out weeks in advance.
She is my little social butterfly – that loves to be out and about.
She has lots of lovely friends.
She gets invited to the best events in Brisbane….I’m always asking if I can be her plus one 😉
She is a BUSY bee.
How she will juggle a career when its thrown into the mix?
On Monday 14 March (yes, this Monday coming eeeek) she will start her Law career.
The first day of her full-time gig.
The day she becomes a fully fledged adult.
She will be a corporate girl (if you don’t already follow @twocorporategirls on Instagram I urge you to take a look).
Even though Beckie has been living (very successfully) away from home for a few years already – starting full-time work, feels VERY real for us all.
Yep. This is the BIG gig we have been planning since Beckie she was 16.
I can remember the first moment I suggested that Beckie studied Law at University (we were still living in England at the time, Australia was still very much in the on/off category) – her response was instant ‘I will NEVER study Law, I’m just not bright enough’.
One of Beckie’s qualities, is not believing she is smart with a good brain – which for me is totally endearing, because it means she never flaunts her smartness.
Deep down I honestly believe she is still genuinely shocked that she got offered this amazing Law role. I on the other hand, never doubted her for a second, I always knew that she was capable.
The way Beckie describes herself is as a ‘slow learner’.
Which is kind of hilarious, but true.
I liken this ‘slow’ pace of hers completely down to being a premature baby (Beckie was born at 28 weeks, nearly 24 years ago) – you can read her birth story here.
Back then, Beckie needed time.
Time to grow. Her tiny body needed to catch-up.
Time to develop at her own pace.
And that’s what she still does today.
She hates people throwing too much information at her at once, she is the type of person that just needs time to organise herself at her own unique pace.
But that doesn’t mean you can under estimate her.
At times I think she is capable of lulling those around her into a false sense of security with her blonde-ness.
Yes, sometimes she even shocks me.
She is blessed with great wit and humour, which often means she throws in the perfect-one-liner, when everyone least expects it.
The cracking ice-breaker that puts everyone at their ease at the same time as making everyone fall in love with her.
I’d call her the quiet achiever.
The type that avoids having the spotlight on them.
But while she is observing, I know she will be building strong relationships and cementing the path to her future.
One thing is for sure, when she starts to feel comfortable – she flourishes.
Anyway, as I had my girl at my finger tips, I convinced her to be my style twin.
It was the perfect opportunity for some stylish Mumma and daughter fun.
Thank goodness she is now part of @twocorporategirls. It has made her super relaxed in front of the camera.
So in true Bev style, we hunted down a fabulous wall and borrowed a couple of stools from the apartment 😉
Now even though Beckie likes off-the-shoulder, I’m still in the process of trying to convince her to love off-the-shoulder as much as I do.
I’m a true believer that OTS can work for most (as long as you have the perfect strapless bra – or if you’re lazy like me, just push the straps of your normal bra down your arm.
Note: if the OTS has a double layer, I tend to just use a stick-on bust cup – they work like a dream for me (Beckie is using them in the pic’s).
We’re both wearing the Adele top $55.00 from Blue Sage Clothing.
Beckie is wearing the S (it’s slightly big on her, an XS would work better) I’m wearing the M.
My jeans are Bohemian Traders
Beckie’s are Top Shop
A lovely lightweight cotton top, that goes with absolutely everything.
Think about adding softness to jeans, drop crotch, shorts – also looks great tucked in.
The sleeve is also perfect for moving from Summer to Autumn.
You may laugh when I say this; but I think Beckie would agree, that whenever she is around us, she relaxes back into her comfort zone AKA turns back into a child.
The ability to function as an adult leaves her the moment she walks through the front door.
It’s one of my favourite things in the world
I can be her Mumma without objection.
This alone gives me the warm an fuzzies.
I already know we are super lucky we are to have such an amazing relationship.
She is my best friend, my confidant, my gossip buddy and my sunshine all rolled into one perfect bundle.
When we get together we laugh, we disagree but we always show our love for each other.
So this week away had many levels.
It was time to catch-up.
Time to relax
Time to plan.
Time to dream.
And time to calm the nerves in preparation for the big day on Monday…
I don’t know who will be the most nervous.