Queensland served a hot and steamy weekend, Stylers … with a good dose of stress on the side.
Friday afternoon didn’t go as planned. I got the phone call that no parent wants from their child’s school.
Master SY had been winded by a soccer ball to the stomach, fell and knocked himself unconscious. He was out for eight minutes.
The drive to school was the longest I’ve ever done. Every possible red light stopped me in my tracks.
When I arrived there, the ambulance was waiting for me, my little boy strapped inside, brace around his neck and VERY QUIET.
Anyone who knows my son, knows this is highly unusual behaviour.
I think that’s what scared me the most. He’d come to and had been gradually able to answer questions about who he was but he was quiet.
It’s about 20 minutes from school to Nambour General Hospital and it wasn’t until the last 100 metres that my normally chatty boy started chatting.
It was about then I resumed normal breathing.
What ensued was the normal run of tests, CT scan and ultrasound x-rays. We were allowed to go home about five hours later. I could have kissed every nurse and doctor we saw during that time.
Once in the door, all the adrenalin of the afternoon dissipated and I was left feeling as drained as the vat of sauv blanc I was about to mainline.
He’s fine now. Of course.
You know how kids are after they’ve been sick or injured? They wake up full of beans, leaving their parents feeling like they’ve been hit by a truck.
There was no time for any catch-up Saturday either, with a VERY long journey to and from the Gold Coast to pick up Miss SY from Schoolies.
I hadn’t factored in the logistics of 28,000 kids all needing to picked up from Surfers Paradise at 10am. That’s a whole lot of cars in and out of the glitter strip – at the one time.
No hospital incidents or accidents though. Just don’t get me started on the ridiculous media coverage of Schoolies Week that focussed only on the minority of students there. It really doesn’t make good TV or front page news if kids are just having a bit of fun – not doing drugs, nude selfies or hitting others with coffee mugs. The set-up on the Gold Coast is incredibly well organised and a credit to the teams who work all year to make it a safe place to celebrate the end of school.
Anyhoo, I digress …
The hot and steamy factor, punctuated by cooling storms, was a reminder that summer is almost here.
And with it comes a reminder that the main aim of getting dressed each day to counteract the hot and steamy is always about keeping as cool as possible.
The key wardrobe piece that allows me to do that is the cotton frock or tunic.
My summer wardrobe is full of them … but there’s always room for one more.
I’m going to go out on a limb and declare this summer’s collection my favourite ever. Some of Boom Shankar’s tried and true shapes are there but you’ll also find some new ones as well as some stunning, bright coloured patterned fabrics.
This was photographed just outside our villa in Bali. It was the middle of the day and the humidity was extremely unforgiving.
Yet, when I wear something like this I still manage to feel comfortable.
Oh, and I can’t ever resist adding more pops of colour to an already colourful piece. I find accessories provide a successful diversionary tactic when you are feeling far from cool on the in – and out – side.
Do you love a cotton frock for summer? A fan of Boom Shankar?
PS. I’ve started photographing and posting on Instagram and Facebook my daily outfits … a look at my #everydaystyle. The idea with these posts is to show you different outfits I wear over the course of a week to suit what my day is dishing up. You’ll see pieces I’ve featured on the blog mixed up with old wardrobe favourites.
PPS. Did you catch this post on Friday about Queensland label Maiocchi photographing frocks from its summer collection on five of its customers – not models. You know how much I approve of that?!
* This garment was gifted to me for editorial consideration