Aussie Curves – Wedding Guest

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I've attended a just a handful of weddings in my life, not as many as I would have liked. The ones I did witness were humble, poetic, crafty, vulnerable, sweet occasions that really make you stop, think and be grateful for all the joy, love and friendship in our lives. It's just a shame that not everyone gets the chance to share their love in this manner but we're here to talk dresses not politics... I was sent this "Alex" dress by IGIGI and it's just magical, the perfect slip-on-and-go ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Best Bargain

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I've had some brilliant bargains in my time but of all the current ones this dress takes the cake. My favourite local op shop doesn't normally stock plus size clothing or if it does it moves swiftly. I wandered in one day looking for nothing in particular and the print instantly grabbed me. The prettiest pastel shades of blue, pink, purple and taupe on a background of white without a single stain or tear. The label looks as if it was made in the late 60's or 70's with the original patent belt ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Bridal

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Steve and I met on the 21st of March 2003 when I was just 17 and he was 23. We married on the 24th of March 2007 surrounded by less than fifty family and friends at the Sebel Resort in the Hawkesbury. For twelve years I've loved a man who is not only my best friend but my partner, my husband of eight years. When young people fall in love and get married most assume it wont last. Sure love can change with the years, it can falter but it can also lift you higher. I rarely talk about my ... [ Discover More ]

Cinderella

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A surprise invitation arrived in the mail which included three passes to attend the Sydney premiere of Cinderella at the State Theatre. I'm not sure if it would even be possible to convey the level of excitement and anticipation that flooded the house. Wardrobes were raided in the hopes of finding the perfect outfits. It ended in a week-long op shopping mission to find a new suit for my little Prince Charming who was adamant on suiting-up. As you can see he was pretty happy with the ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Style Inspiration

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 If you haven't seen Hart of Dixie yet I recommend you binge-watch the first three seasons and play catch up on the fourth season which is currently airing in the USA. I wasn't expecting to adore it as much as I do but it sucked me in with it's southern charm, quirky fashion and loveable characters. I love Lemon's hair styles, smart tailoring and finesse for sheer clothing but at the same time I go giddy for Annabeth's statement necklaces, her bold colour choices and knack for fun patterns. ... [ Discover More ]

Puff Off

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Last week I headed to the new InterContinental Hotel in Double Bay to hang out with my fellow BeneBabes and get to know some of the new products on offer. It felt so good to frock up and get out of the house. The Benefit team feels like family to me, always has. They've supported my events, trusted my instincts and best of all they've honestly given a damn about me as a person, not as a platform. I mean , you just can't fake that snorty-laughter level of friendship. Whenever I write about ... [ Discover More ]

Mexican Fiesta

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Late last year I organised a little get together for a few of my friends. It gave me something to plan and look forward to as I recovered from my surgery in July. Unfortunately I never got around to sharing it here on the blog, I guess in some ways I wanted to keep parts of it to myself for awhile and lets face it I wasn't 100%. That said I did try and look the part. I was planning a fun, colourful Mexican fiesta and I fell in love with this little lemon lacy number from City Chic. I wore ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Activewear

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I've started going to Yoga to work on my non-existent core muscles. Having undergone surgery twice in six months (one of them very major) I've got a long road ahead of me in terms of recovery but I'm getting there. Listening to my body, taking it easy and doing what's truly good for me. Generally exercise is pretty gentle. Short walks with Charlie around my neighbourhood and core mat work in my lounge room. I've been practicing yoga for awhile using an app on my iPhone but I wanted help with my ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Stripes

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I love patterns. I tend to buy patterned clothing and home wares a lot, I guess they just make me happy. That said I generally stick to geometrics and polka dots, I don't have that many stripes. In fact Jo from iCurvy gave me this dress recently and I just adore it. I mean the cut is perfect for my body shape and I really like the staggered and varied stripes, I think they really make the dress. I teamed it with some simple heeled sandals and accessories in my favourite 'pop' colour, neon ... [ Discover More ]

Big School

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Today is Aidan's first day of Primary School, Kindergarten to be exact. I sat at the end of his bed late last night after I'd laid out his uniform, ready for the next day and just watched him sleep. So sweet and warm in a bed that seems to shrink with each day. When did he stop being so tiny? I know he'll still need me, just in different ways. I know that he'll always be my little boy even when he has his own mortgage. This is just one of those days, those milestones that once-upon-a-time I ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Pattern Clash

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Pattern Clash isn't for the faint hearted and even the most experienced or experimental fashion blogger can be tested. It's not a favourite theme among many but it's one I'm determined to include every year because it's one of the strongest examples of what this challenge is... a challenge. I want people to think about how and why they dress the way they do, then question those actions and their motives. Sometimes you just have to bend or break a few rules to showcase who you are as an ... [ Discover More ]

Recovery Mode

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I've been stuck in bed for weeks but I've found every distraction possible it seems to avoid writing this post, obviously that is until now. I guess there are a few reasons why I'm hesitant to write about my experience: It's a story filled with gore, seriously not pretty. I'm only midway through the first phase of recovery and my body is still settling. I'm sick of thinking about my vagina but that said... ... I'm considering turning my gynaecological adventures into a book. All ... [ Discover More ]

Christmas

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Christmas this year has been going strong since November which is when I started putting up the decorations. Aidan's excitement was infectious and let's face it, it was a beautiful distraction during a difficult time. I revamped a tired old wreath (using glitter and metallic spray paint) that I found in an op shop and gave it to Monica as she'd never had a wreath of her own and I wanted her to have one that was totally unique. She was close to tears when she discovered it, hanging proudly on her ... [ Discover More ]

Family Portrait 2014

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I love my family. We're outwardly confident, emotional, stubborn, loyal and loving. I have more relations outside of this group but at the end of the day these are the ones who really know me, they're my people: Mum, Dad, my sister and my boys. Sometimes I wish we weren't so insular, that there were more bums on seats around the table at gatherings, that we weren't so co-dependant and self sufficient but then again I'm not sure I'd really have had it any other way. This is what I know, who I ... [ Discover More ]

Everything Must Go

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Do you remember what it was like when you got your first period?  Where you were, how old you were or how you felt? Do you remember the first time you tried to use a tampon or that time you had to ask a stranger if they had a spare one in their purse. Maybe you're even old enough to remember your very last period, the one you didn't think was your last until it was. My last period was on the 20th November 2014, it lasted seven days and the whole experience was torture. It arrived at 2pm (5 days ... [ Discover More ]

60 Things I Adore

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This post is sponsored by Active Skin I'm lucky enough to get the opportunity to try some pretty cool things (across all budgets) and this year was no exception so I thought I'd share with you a pretty intense list of things that I adore. Seriously, it took days and many edits to come up with this list and I could have added more. Some I've discovered and bought myself, others have been gifted by brands (and bought again myself) and there are also things I aspire to own... enjoy! The ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Favourite Colour

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You know me, I love my swimwear. If I could wear it all year round, chasing the summer season across the globe I'd be a very happy Danielle. Just like I was when I received two pieces from the current SS14 Robyn Lawley Swimwear Collection, a lovely surprise gift that I couldn't wait to get on. They got my colours spot on, fresh mint/aqua and a sprinkle of pixelated rainbows finished with rose gold hardware. I'll admit, it's felt weird the last few months, like something was missing. From June ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Favourite Piece

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I knew participating in the third year of Aussie Curves wasn't going to be easy due to my health issues but I also didn't think it was going to be this hard. My enthusiasm for the project, if I'm truly honest, has waned and I think it's down to the accompanying Facebook group. It takes up a lot of time, focus and energy despite recruiting a merry band of women to help with the work load. It's not that the passion or belief in Aussie Curves has diminished, it's just a lack of physical and mental ... [ Discover More ]

Special Reserve

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I love attending events, I'm a social butterfly at heart and I love nothing more than frocking up and mingling. When the invitation from Nespresso arrived I knew straight away that it was going to be special and I wasn't disappointed. I tend not to blog about PR events anymore and simply take on the knowledge, disperse what I've learnt when it's personally applicable and just enjoy them for what they are. This one I felt I had to share for a multitude of reasons mainly because I was made to ... [ Discover More ]

Vanilla Cupcake with Bacardi Buttercream

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I'm all about packet mixes and Betty Crocker has my heart (not to mention a designated area in my pantry) I just find them so simple and perfect every time meaning I can experiment more with the toppings. You pay a bit more but you know what you're going to get, kind of like Nespresso. When they sent me their new limited edition "Cubania" Grand Cru to play with in the kitchen I thought I'd keep things easy and fun! Cupcakes Betty Crocker Vanilla Cake Mix, follow instructions on ... [ Discover More ]

Purpose

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My Dad is driven, a high achiever, a forward-planner, a charmer and a many-spinning-plates kind of man. My Mum is laid back, patient, organised and a in-the-now sort of lady. In their case opposites definitely attract and it's worked well for them and as a result I am very much a combination of their personal traits. Dad is a man with a plan and when he sets his mind to something he achieves it, he's very inspiring. Whenever Dad was juggling too many projects Mum was always there to handle what ... [ Discover More ]

Time Off

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I took some time off. I didn't want to think about you and your expectations, your questions, your problems or your blessings. I was really really selfish, bunkered down and gave myself space to process my own expectations, questions, problems and blessings. Is there such a thing as a 6-week mental health break? If not I just created one. It didn't start out that way, I had every intention to keep going like I was until suddenly I missed a day, then the next and suddenly a week flew by and then ... [ Discover More ]

Blank

          ... that's where my mind's at. I've tried writing, I don't know how many times I've opened the dashboard only to stare and the blinding white screen. My mouth goes dry, my hands freeze and the words don't come out. I close the laptop and open it again hoping that somewhere in that moment I'll find the words I was trying to grasp. It happened again and again and again. Weeks have gone by, content piling up, photos lay dormant in my hard drive and ... [ Discover More ]

House Tour – Lounge Room

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I shared this photo online earlier this week and I just wanted to say thank you for the huge response! It's been awhile since I got my proper camera out and took some photos just for the love of it. Steve takes my outfit photos and I've been lazy and using my iPhone often, I'll try to do better but in the meantime enjoy peeking into one of my most used spaces. In case you're wondering... that's my spot. I will forever be cursed with custard coloured walls. Why people think tan/beige/custard ... [ Discover More ]

House Tour – Aidan’s Room

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I am blessed to have a son. A son who is undoubtedly as colourful and conversational as his mother and as cheeky and practical as his father. I've also shared his room on the blog in the past (here, here and here) but for the first time it's not just me doing the styling, Aidan's getting in on the action too. As he's at the wise old age of five now he considers himself a bit of an expert when it comes to knowing what he likes and doesn't like. Dinosaurs, stars and rainbows are at the very top of ... [ Discover More ]

House Tour – Main Bedroom

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It's been just over three months since we moved into "Old Faithful", a little weather board cottage full of charm and plenty of good juju. I remember walking through the empty house prior to signing the contract and within an instant I could visually place our belongings. Our little family seemed to fit perfectly within the walls and after just a couple of weeks it was as if we'd always lived there. I wasn't sure if I would share too many photos but I just couldn't help myself. I love looking ... [ Discover More ]