Thursday, 10 May 2018

Self Love Series: #1 Oh this life journey

Hiya Gorgeous,

It has certainly been awhile since I wrote a blog let alone a lifestyle blog. 

A LOT has happened since the last time I wrote. I had a baby in October, and let me tell you being pregnant and then postpartum definitely paid a toll on my self love psyche. Having a new baby, hormones and everything that comes along with that, can 100% make you feel like your aren't enough or beautiful AND loving you, is set aside.

Now after 6.5 months (uhmm where did that time go..) I am feeling great. I am working on taking care of myself more and more everyday. Along with looking after everything else, I have made it a priority to work out, eat well (as often as possible) and do things that make me happy. Hubby and I make sure we go out at least once a month, just us and no kids, to regenerate and have some fun one on one.

I find that I was so hard on myself as I journeyed through pregnancy, all those habitual thoughts of not being good enough, of being over weight swam through my mind constantly. It hindered some of my relationships and made me feel small. NOT to say that I didn't also enjoy growing my tiny little human but at times it was mentally straining. Doing the best I could to feel good was all I could do. Spending time with family and preparing for my baby bear was what kept my spirits up for sure.

Postpartum - at first I didn't have time to care about what I looked like or my weight, all I focused on was keeping this precious miracle alive. It was amazing having Brayden home with us after a hard labour and 4 days in the hospital. BUT then as the months passed and I was feeling better, those unkind thoughts came up again. We are most mean to ourselves then any one else could ever be to us, I know this as fact. Constantly reminding myself that I was doing the best I could and that my body is an amazing tool to create life in all its glory. SO now that is what I do, and as I kept changing the negative thoughts I noticed something, I can now quickly shift just like I had pre-pregnancy.

It has been quite the journey and let me tell you and its not over yet! With the support of my wonderful man letting me know that no matter what he loves me and my body, I breath a sigh of relief that the only one who is making me feel insecure about my soft belly is me. I am where I am right now, and in this moment I L-O-V-E my body for all that is has done and all it can do. I am fit and strong and will continue to be.

At the end of the day my lovelies, old thoughts show up to heal us. Sometimes it will show up in a big way and others that are easy to shift through. Remember you are doing the best from where you are right now in this moment. CHOOSE appreciation in these moments whether it is about the situation or something else you love, this will help you to keep shifting and moving forward. After all that's what we are meant to do.

Loads of love to you my friends <3

I hope this serves you.

Your Designer,

Amanda Garrett

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Thursday, 1 February 2018

Prom & Grad Season

Your Prom or Grad dress can the most original when having it created, all your dress 
dreams can come true.

I love creating dresses for the next step in life. Whether it is for Grade 8 graduation or your final year with Prom, this is one of the most important transitions. I remember wanting the most specific dress for my prom and then found something completely different. I am glad that now I can create dresses for young girls to create their dream dress that fits perfectly.

"Wonderful experience from start to finish. Amazing customer service and open communication throughout. We are extremely happy with the end result and would highly recommend her without hesitation!!"

"A.M.E.G. Designs took a dream dress for my daughters graduation and made it a reality. From our first meeting through to the final fitting it was all amazing. Thank you Amanda for making this such a pleasant and memorable experience!!"

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Wedding Season, here we come!

From the wedding dress to the flower girls dress your designer Amanda Garrett can make all your dress dreams come true.  

The best part of what I do is the final fitting, seeing the look on my clients face when she puts the dress on and sees that it is exactly everything she wanted and more.  From beginning to end the whole process is personal and exciting. Getting to know each clients wants and needs is very important and I take extra care so that your experience will be just as special as you are.

"..I told her what I wanted and she did it. It was the exact replica of what I expected. The entire experience was so beautiful and professional. I absolutely loved my dress when it was finished and it fit me so perfectly.  I recommend Amanda to make any dress if you want to feel like a princess. Thank you Amanda, I would have never thought I ever could have had a more perfect dress." - Tanya Ellis

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Dress Making Report: 1970's Secret Garden Shoot

As those of you who follow me know, I love my collaboration shoots! It's great to be able to get a team of incredible creatives together and bring to life moments like these. THIS dress was so much fun to create. From finding this perfect lace, which challenged me because I had never worked with it before. It had quite a stretch to it and with the beautiful lines it has, patience and a good eye really needed to be used for this one. I wanted to do a 1970's piece because I think it is so wonderful to create from different eras, so be prepared to see some other staple pieces from specific times. The sleeves, neckline and hemline make this dress exactly what it is meant to be, timeless. Take a gander at what our amazing team did together and with only 15 minutes of light on the day of the shoot. 

Photo Credit Brendan McFater
Floral Design Raindrops on Roses 

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Dress Making Report: A Spring Photoshoot

Last month I created a simply elegant bohemian wedding dress for a Spring Photoshoot with Michelle Liane Photography

My favourite thing about these collaboration shoots, is that I am given a rough idea and can run with it. Being creative is one of the best things life can offer, the joy I feel when it all comes together is just the greatest thing!

Working with so many other amazing creatives is so worth while. You will see that the beauty that comes from each of us illuminates through the moments that were captured in the shoot.

Floral Design: Raindrops on Roses
Make-up & Hair: Melissa Cutler
Cake Design: Lipstick Baker

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Lifestyle: Allowing fear

Hello Lovely!

As I have shared before relationships were always a very hard thing for me, allowing situations and not so nice people remain in my life for many years. Sometimes within the wonderful relationships that I now have, things show up that I can make assumptions about and over think. When I allow the fear to take over, I panic and get paranoid. I literally can feel like I am loosing my mind, creating a mountain out of a not so existent mole hill.

When I finally let myself step back, and that could mean having a conversation with a friend who provides a perspective that I really needed to hear. 

OR asking myself the questions; 

1."What do I really need right now?"
2."Am I taking responsibility for myself or blaming someone outside of me?"
3."How can I better understand this (insert feeling, experience here) and learn from it?"

I can then start shifting and moving out of the fear. Loving myself even though I am "being" a way that I think is "wrong", can be really empowering. Showing up and loving the dark parts of ourselves, is what we all need to do. How can we expect anyone else to love those parts of us if we can't seem to. 
I had a friend once tell me after hearing how "crazy" I felt I was being, "You need to stop saying you're crazy because you're not... I care about you and I am proud of how far you've come." Those words changed my perspective, allowing me to know that no matter how "crazy" or "silly" I am feeling. I am still loved.

I truly believe that we are not given anything we can not survive, everything shows up for us to heal, learn and grow.  Take good care and be kind to yourself when feeling down or have not had a great day. YOU are always, deeply loved.

I hope this serves you.

Your Designer,

Amanda Garrett

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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Lifestyle: In the moment

Hiya Sweets!

I know you may hear this all the time to be present, be in the moment or be in the now. HOW many times a day do we get lost in our own thoughts? A heck of a lot!

BUT being in the moment even for a few seconds can be beneficial to your self love journey. So take time to breath and close your eyes for even 10 seconds. If you do this 6 times a day, that's a whole minute and juicy in the now time!

What about when something amazing shows up? Something you have been asking for and dreaming of for a long time. AND boom there it is right in front of you! Dwell in that happiness, soak it in like feeling the sun on your skin after a very looooooong winter. I have had a few wonderful things show up in the past 3 weeks and it is just astonishing that I have to pinch myself. The more you're in the moment and feeling good then the best is yet to come. HAVE faith, hope and trust in yourself.

So take that moment, dwell in that morning ritual, that great conversation with a friend or cuddling with your favourite animal. All your dreams and anything you can imagine will definitely come true. AND sometimes in even better ways than you could have ever thought were possible.

I hope this serves you.

Your Designer,

Amanda Garrett

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