the first blog... of many.

‘Belinda Rasheed, who is she and why am I reading her blog?’  That’s going through my head - so I can only imagine what you must be thinking.
I spent my childhood in country NSW with a love for family, livestock and the finer things in life. Practicality was never an issue as long as something was beautiful, be it silk dining room curtains or a gold embossed evening gown. Blessed with a wonderful mum and loving grandmothers there were always flowers in the house. Without fail my grandmothers' signature pink lipstick was applied at the correct time, particularly looking lovely for drinks and dinner after working on the property all day.
Boarding school in Sydney gave me a wonderful group of country friends who I regret to say I very rarely see now but often think of fondly. This was a great time in my life and it's funny how now my own children are on the same journey. Upon leaving school I felt the need to head far from what I knew, with friends already up north I ventured to a Northern Territory cattle station.  I ended up in the stockcamp as a Jillaroo at a time when it was't really the done thing (which I loved). This was a fun yet challenging character building experience. From working in Indigenous stock camps to camping out, chasing cows and cooking for the station staff this adventure was long, hard and fabulous.
 
I met an annoying (and handsome) man that, yes, ended up being my husband and dad to our four crazy kids. Family is my focus. Showing my kids what life can offer them, what they can offer life and how they can work hard for what they want. I am passionate about remote families and how they can contribute positively to society.  We live a unique life in a remote part of the world and I am excited to share this story with you.
Twenty years on we manage a cattle station on the NT/WA border, this has been home now for the past ten years. Other than a full time job on the station I am a full time mum. Our kids are between School of the Air on the station and boarding school interstate. As a family we coordinate multiple community events and run our own small business. These days life is busy.
Longrass Style is a new adventure that I have wanted to do for a while. As the eldest of six children and with family being a focus for me I was excited to start Longrass Style with my sister Sophie.  With Sophie's personal style and training in art theory alongside my love of the beautiful and new appreciation for the practical we make a great pair. We also have the ability to keep each other real.
You’re reading my blog because some cool stuff is going to happen and we want to share this project and our life with you.

16 comments

  • Girls! This is so exciting! I was also born and raised on a farm, worked and lived through outback NSW but found a new home and love in the Territory… Between shearing sheep, working in the export yards, cattle station and agribusiness at 25 my absolute hardest challenge has been and still is figuring out how to be confidently comfortable in who I am; finding the balance between ringer and lady, with the constant minor (sometimes major) challenge of how to dress in a way that suits me but is also pretty and practical. You women are amazing I hope you have great success and keep encouraging us women… we need it!

    Liv
  • Ladies, you have brought to life a wonderful concept! Loving the link you bring between the Sisterhood of the bush, our landscape and style. This is exciting. X

    Susan Dowling
  • Hey mum! Super proud of you and soph! Can’t wait to see all the clothes and stuff when it’s on the website!
    Love you

    Livy R
  • Oh so exciting Mrs Babs! I cannot wait for the website / shopping opportunitiies! X

    Felicity
  • Sorry my message is a bit slow, I did read this blog post when you first wrote it. Love that you are finally sharing your life with us all Babs…. Can’t wait to see everything “Longrassstyle”!!!! Keep those blog posts coming girls, people will love them.

    Miss Chardy

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