Whatever I Want


For the past two weeks I've been struggling with pneumonia and frequent (very scary) asthma attacks, not exactly how I planned to spend the school holidays. I seem to be slowly on the mend and I've been keeping my hands busy with embroidery and rolling deep with Netflix. I've had asthma since I was two so as far as I'm concerned it's always been apart of my life. When I was in primary school I'd get the odd attack, it was usually brought on by over-exertion leaving me the red-faced, blue-lipped ... [ Discover More ]

Mountain High Wedding


Last month I attended a wonderful, sentiment-filled ceremony at the stunning Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens. The location was so stunning (and only 45 minutes from home) that I plan to go back very soon whilst all the bulbs are in bloom. Luke, a man who I've known since we were in high school together, declared his love and commitment to his best friend Shaun upon a mountain top. There were tears and so many beaming smiles. The grooms asked if we could put down our phones and really be in the ... [ Discover More ]

Captured Curves – Rachel Roberts

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My camera and I spent some time with the lovely Rachel to give her portfolio a boost and I thought I'd show you a few shots from our day. I hadn't done a shoot in awhile so it was nice to get back into it. Agency: Bella Management Height: 176cm/5'9.5" Dress: 14 AUS/16 UK Cup: E Bust: 104cm/41" Waist: 84cm/33" Hips: 101cm/40" Shoe: 9 AUS Hair: Light Brown Eyes: Blue Dani x ... [ Discover More ]

Colouring for Grown Ups


It all started innocently enough, Chantelle shared a pretty picture that she'd found on Pinterest and a bunch of us printed it out, coloured it in and then posted a photo on instagram when we were done. It was a nice little community all enjoying something different together. It wasn't photography, it wasn't writing, it wasn't baking, it wasn't even blogging but I'd rediscovered a creative outlet I thought I'd grown out of. I fell hard. That same afternoon I searched Pinterest for more ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Jeans

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Hello, it's been awhile! I've just been hanging out at home with my boys, riding my bike, turning 30, chilling out with Netflix and my colouring books but more about all that later. Aussie Curves is coming to an end for the year and I'm trying play catch up but with all the cold weather and general laziness I've found it hard to pull on more than a basic outfit. When I do frock up the weather/lighting is too crap to bother or I'm too busy enjoying myself to remember to take a photo and I'm not ... [ Discover More ]

Wide Open Spaces


For the past week or more Aidan and I have spent blissful long, lazy days at my Aunty Penny & Uncle Andy's homestead in country NSW and I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend the school holidays. I shoved what we needed in the gorgeous Paklite suitcase I was gifted for review, filled the car with blankets and pillows, strapped our bikes to the back then we hit the road. We left Steve and our dog Charlie at home which was sad but I'm so glad Aidan and I ventured out and explored ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Double Denim

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Wearing double denim does not come naturally to me as you can see in this photo, it was the first one I'd taken and I'm clearly nervous. I needed to step out of my head, away from the mirror and see myself as the world saw me to see if it "worked". That's the thing about these outfit challenges, we're used to dressing ourselves everyday, we know what we like and what we think makes us look our best. Every week there is a theme, an opportunity to push ourselves beyond what we know, what we ... [ Discover More ]

The Art of Being Busy

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When I was young I had a plan, a wayward one but still a heart-song none the less. I had a magnetic pull in a certain direction but the older I got the more magnetic forces I seemed to come across which left my arrow spinning. I've learnt that my life isn't a journey down a long road to a final destination, it's made up of many twists and smaller scale adventures all jumbled up into one... and that's ok. I may be lazy about some things but I'm tenacious when it comes to others. I have a ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Song

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My choice of song really has nothing to do with what Beyonce is alluding to in her lyrics, but the video was definitely inspiration when I pulled this outfit together. I loved the edgy 80's neon-pop urban vibe with a splash of girl power and sexual confidence. Rollerskating takes me back to Year 7 when "me and all my girls" thought we were better than sliced bread. We made up our own dance moves to "Barbie Girl" by Aqua, teased and flirted with the boys whilst wearing Roxy/Billabong tops with ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Handbag

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I have a few handbags, mostly because they're all so different but one stands out from the rest, that's my Kate Spade Cobble Hill. It's special for a number of reasons: It's a quality, soft leather handbag, the only one I own. It's bright ocean blue, yet I'm able to use it all the time. It fits my lifestyle needs perfectly, great pockets. I bought it from the Kate Spade Flagship store in New York, it was an experience! I love how I can use the short carry handle or the long ... [ Discover More ]

Benefit Cosmetics Giveaway

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CONGRATULATIONS - Kim, Sunny, Bec, Melissa Your floors gleam, your locks are smooth, your outfit is bangin', both you and your house smell fantastic... all that's left is to POP those peepers! Benefit Cosmetics have come on board to help this certified BeneBabe party hard and share the love but be warned... with one dab or flick you'll become addicted just like me! Thanks to my friends at Benefit Cosmetics, FOUR lucky winners will each win a prize pack valued at $138 (total prize ... [ Discover More ]

Luxurious Siason Giveaway

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CONGRATULATIONS - Sarah Inspire the senses and nurture the soul with a beautiful gift pack from Australia’s leading niche fragrance, bath & body and lifestyle brand distributor, Saison. Each brand is carefully selected for its aesthetic virtues, exceptional composition of ingredients and importantly their high regard in the international marketplace. Whether you prefer a luxurious shower gel, beautifully fragranced candles for the home, creamy Lily of the Valley soaps or an exotic French ... [ Discover More ]

BigW Avella Giveaway

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CONGRATULATIONS - Steph T, Pumba, Sarah, Kristine Did you know you can put together an entire new season outfit from Avella for under $100? Why not stock up on your favourite casual basics or even a few corporate pieces for the office. Oh and don't forget they also have plus size activewear or some comfy PJs that will leave you with plenty change to spare without loosing on style. Thanks to my friends at BigW, FOUR lucky winners will each win a $100 Gift Card to shop the Avella range in ... [ Discover More ]

Cloud Nine Giveaway

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CONGRATULATIONS - Jo + Sunny If you thought yesterday's prize was steamy then todays is too hot to touch, literally! Not only do I want to help you get your floors clean and sparkling but for you to use that precious time you saved to tend to your tresses. Whether you prefer the a stylish bob, bouncy curls or prefer to wear your hair sleek and straight - there's no excuse for a 'bad hair day' using The Touch from Cloud Nine. This innovative iron by Cloud Nine is the world's first automatic ... [ Discover More ]

Bissell Vac & Steam Giveaway

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CONGRATULATIONS - PippaJ I've been blogging for awhile now, over 9 years in fact. Every time I think about all the stories I've shared, all the awesome memorable opportunities and people I've met, I'm left kind of speechless. I considered writing a deep post about all the things I've learnt in my blogging career (which started before blogging could even really be considered a career) but I thought, nah... let's have a party! I rallied up a few of my favourite brands, told them I'd waive my ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Picnic

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The weather hasn't exactly been perfect for picnics around here so I'm glad I took these photos last week before Sydney was hit with all the crazy storms. Steve's in the SES so he's been busy volunteering on top of work and we've just had our first week back at school, trying to find our routines again. This week is even more hectic but with a lot of surprises (for you!!!) and fun things planned. So here's my picnic outfit, I live in cotton dresses lately and I'm making the most of the warm ... [ Discover More ]

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 ]



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


 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


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


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


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 ]