Fashion fix with Jocaliving

Self-care is an essential part of wellbeing but as parents we’re so busy focusing on our children’s physical and emotional needs, there just doesn’t seem like there’s enough time to look after ourselves.


We need to understand that by looking after ourselves we feel more valued and we create a deeper sense of connection to ourselves, our families and the world.  

There are many simple ways we can take a break from the demands of the day and some of my personal favourites are:

  • exercising
  • committing to at least 15 minutes of quiet time each day,
  • asking for help (hard one!)
  • catching up with girlfriends frequently

While it may not be an obvious choice, fashion is another one of my favourite and fun methods of self-care! After all, what we wear not only surrounds and protects us, enhances our features and expresses our personality.

I have to admit though, getting dressed for the day can become confusing and burdensome especially when one minute you are at a netball game or on the sidelines of a 50 over cricket game, and the next at a dinner with your girlfriends in a gorgeous Sydney restaurant. The change of season also throws me and I find a closet clean-out clears the decks for the new season and breathes fresh air into my wardrobe, allowing space for some new and necessary pieces.

Cue stylists, Jocaliving, dynamic duo extraordinaire, besties and mums, inspiring women everywhere to put their best foot forward. The time and money saved by hiring a stylist twice a year (summer and winter) is invaluable to me and this is why…

  • they help me cull my wardrobe of clothes which no longer serve me (these end up with friends and family or St Vincent de Paul)
  • they are experts in optimising and transforming what already exists in my wardrobe by styling endless fresh looks to take me from rugby to rooftop bar
  • they make an inventory of items I need to buy which  make dressing easier and allow me to get the most out of my wardrobe
  • they save me money on new purchases
  • they save me the agony of looking through racks of clothes when I have kids to pick up from school in an hour! 
  • they help me feel confident every time I step out the door

Make sure you take a look at Jocaliving’s special offers at the end of this post

Below I document my two sessions with Jocaliving.

Part 1: Culling and Styling with what was already in my wardrobe

I had a specific brief for my wardrobe cull/styling session. I needed to focus on casual but smart winter looks to take me from shopping, to lunch with the girls, and the sidelines of my kids sport. I had dinner with the hubby that night so the last look was for that purpose : )

Here are 10 of my favourite looks from our session. I’ve been wearing these looks TO DEATH!  You will notice Jocaliving rotated and mixed and matched lots of my clothes and accessories, which means with just some simple tweaks, I stay feeling fresh in all my different looks. I also love that I can just go to my photos on my phone for reference if I’m ever feeling stuck to get dressed.
Bolero and white pants. Cropped.







Here’s another comfortable and adaptable look which the girls styled live on Facebook on the day of our session.


Part 2: Filling in the Gaps with a Shopping Styling Session

During our ‘cull and style’ home session, Jocaliving made a list of missing items which I needed to make my wardrobe gel, allowing more flexibility to use more of what was already in there. Things like jewellery, belts, shoes and bags were the crucial missing elements. Plus, some staples which are on the Jocaliving (JL) ‘MUST HAVE’ winter staples list (find out how to get a copy of this cheat sheet below!). I also wanted some dressier looks to take me to events, book launches, or out to lunch and dinner. I am madly in love with all the pieces they found, all on sale I might add, and all I can see myself wearing for years on end.

Here are just a few of the looks they threw together for me.

Look 1: I love this grey knit dress, it can be worn a bit more casual with the boots and cross over bag for lunch, or dressed up with the heel and clutch for night. I’m thinking I might wear this to an evening event I’m attending for my husbands work at the Art Gallery of NSW.


Look 2: Also on their ‘JL MUST HAVES’ is this  long vest and waxy black jeans. I just popped on a warm knit with cut out shoulders underneath (you can see the jumper better in Look 6) and voila, ready for lunch with the girls, or a cook book launch or event.


Look 3: “JL MUST HAVE” winter knit with gold necklace (which is actually a belt- love the versatility!) and nude heels. I’ll wear this one with a long sleeve underneath, it’s great that I can wear it both ways. I’ll throw my black cape over this one and off to dinner I’ll go!


Look 4: I love this look and I’m planning on wearing it to a food product evening event in the city next week. Notice the necklace, leather jacket from my casual looks and waxy black jeans make an appearance again.


Look 5: Crisp white and neutrals are lovely in winter, teamed with my leather jacket for warmth, I’d take this one out to breakfast with the flats (can’t stop wearing them!), or lunch with the heels. Love my new ‘JL MUST HAVE’ crossover bag and white jeans.


Look 6: “JC MUST HAVE’ black knit dress with earrings, rope belt, bag and heels, throw on my charcoal or black cape and I’m ready for dinner with my man!


Look 7: A repeat of the white jeans and cross over bag, teamed with new top and denim jacket. Can be made casual or dressy depending on bag and shoe. Must say, this is probably better for early Winter, or warmer Winter’s day, or the cusp of Winter and Spring.


Look 8: I’m dressing up again with “JC MUST HAVE’ knitted jumper (I love a cut out), teamed with a skirt we found at a bargain price.  I’ll throw a cape or coat over my shoulders again before heading out for the night.


So, whaddya think?

Now for the exciting special offers!!! Yes, you can have both!

Special Offer #1:

In the comments below, let me know your favourite look from Part 2, and head over to Jocaliving and like their instagram page, to receive a FREE copy of the Jocaliving ‘MUST HAVE WINTER STAPLES’ cheat-sheet which they created especially and exclusively for followers and fans of this page.

Special Offer #2:

Jo and Carolyne from Jocaliving have kindly offered the first 5 women who email me, a personal home and cull styling session OR shopping styling session for 25% off the full price! They are already worth their weight in gold at $400 for a day, but $300 is just ridiculous to have these gals come in and sort you out and make dressing for each day a breeze! You can email me at

NB: This offer is only for those who are Sydney based and live a maximum of 20 kms from the CBD.

Jo and Carolyne


Good luck!

Bren x


Your thoughts on this post


    • Brenda Janschek

      I think that’s my fave too Leah! Thanks for commenting and I’ll send over the cheat sheet next week.

  1. Bec

    Looks great on you.
    For me though there is no colour or texture or randomness in it.
    And in winter when the days are grey the last thing I want to do is replicate that in my wardrobe.

    • Brenda Janschek

      Thanks Bec, yes, that’s the beauty of working with stylists, they work with the person and the brief and these clothes suit me down to a T. I’ve never been one for much colour, though I do embrace it more in the summer. Love the sounds of your style!

    • Brenda Janschek

      Love a bit of inspiration! Thanks for commenting and I hope you enjoy the cheatsheet which will be delivered to your inbox soon!

    • Brenda Janschek

      Yes, it’s nice to have a refreshing change I agree. You’ll receive your cheatsheet early this week Virginia. Thanks for commenting.

    • Brenda Janschek

      I find it hard to choose too Helen. The girls are so clever! I’ll send out your cheatsheet early this week.

  2. Pru

    Hi Brenda
    Love look number 2 & 5 – can’t choose just one!

    They’re all awesome.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Pru ?

    • Brenda Janschek

      Thanks Pru. I find it hard to choose too!The girls are so clever. I’ll send you over the cheat sheet tomorrow.

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