Hall of Fame – Kidspot Voices 2014

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On the weekend I was honoured to be inducted into the Kidspot Voices Hall of Fame for blogging. I've been a part of the competition since it's inception many years ago, I even came Top 5 in 2012. A special thanks to the unwavering support, love and nominations from new and loyal readers of my blog. It's so exciting to see fresh faces entering the arena even if I did feel a bit like a dinosaur, because not only was I celebrating the induction but on Monday my blog turned 8 years old. I spent ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Campari House, Melbourne

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The last six months have been intense personally, along side of that Aussie Curves has exploded into the community I had always dreamed it would be. Everyday hundreds of people apply to join the private facebook group and there are thousands upon thousands of instagrams using the hashtag #AussieCurves to connect and inspire. I was asked over the weekend how I felt about AC and all I could say was... I'm blown away. I always knew that with positive intention and peer support the community would ... [ Discover More ]

What to wear to Curvy Couture Roadshow

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It's only a week away and I'm beginning to get nervous. My suitcase is lying on on the floor of my studio mocking me, so far it only has a Glomesh purse and my good pair of thongs in it... this isn't going as well as I'd hoped. The most stressful trip I've ever packed for was New York in 2012 for Full Figured Fashion Week. I'd never travelled internationally before and I still hadn't discovered my personal style, I was still in the experimentation phase which basically means PACK ALL THE ... [ Discover More ]

Pretty Little Life

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On the weekend we attended a wedding, a union between two new friends and it was very special. I meet "Meeks" at Aidan's preschool and casually built up a friendship as her daughter and my son were smitten with each other. We invited their family to Aidan's birthday party and we all just hit it off, even Steve and he's a hard nut to crack. We were excited to get to know this family better but sadly a month later they had to move for "JJ's" work. Meeks + JJ got married on Saturday and it was ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Christmas

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Christmas has been and gone. We travelled up the coast to stay with my family for the holidays and it was bliss. Just Dad, Mum, my sister Stephanie, Steve, Aidan and myself. We went to the beach, the park, the shops and even went out and looked at all the pretty Christmas lights, it was just so damn lovely, the whole trip, everything. So here I am, a week later and I'm writing this post reminiscing and looking at pictures. Ever since we got home I've been cracking the sads. I just want to go ... [ Discover More ]

Da Club

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Last Friday night I went out dancing at my local nightclub... I know, who am I? I'd never been there before and beside the odd blogging conference I hadn't been "out-out" in years. I get the most amazing opportunities to go to awesome places, drink incredible concoctions, wear fun outfits but at the end of the day I'm still "working" and have to have some resemblance of my "game face" at the end of the night. I can never truly just let loose in those situations but when I'm chilling out with ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves Xmas Dinner + Drinks

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The lovely Sunny offered to arrange a Christmas dinner and drinks meet up for the Sydney Aussie Curve ladies, I was so excited about just attending an event without having to do any of the planning. There have been a few events thrown in Melbourne and Brisbane too and I hope more cities and towns get in on the action. All the events are organised through the private Aussie Curves facebook group, you just have to request to join then once accepted, check out the events page. We were headed to ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Races

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Yesterday was the Hawkesbury Ladies Race Day and I organised a few of the Aussie Curves ladies to come along, dress up and have some fun. This was only the second time I've ever been to the races and it was pretty darn fabulous. The weather was clear and breezy but boy it was hot! We had reserved two covered tables right by the track and fashions on the field, it was so much fun to watch all the outfits walk by. For weeks I'd planned to make a beautiful dress but with everything that's been ... [ Discover More ]

Tropical Passion Pop

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It's not everyday that you get to go to a poolside party at the Hilton on the Gold Coast so when you do, you frock up! I bought this amazing dress in Darwin and I've been holding on to it, waiting for the right occasion to wear it. I'd originally planned to wear it casually during the day to #PBEvent but I had a last minute wardrobe freak out, changed my mind and I think it was for the best. I felt amazing. The dress is jersey, had pleats to highlight curves and was just so easy to wear. I ... [ Discover More ]

Aidan’s 4th Birthday Party

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My baby turned four years old on Sunday and on Saturday we threw his very first proper birthday party with lots of friends, food and dinosaurs. The planning started a month before, Aidan and I would look at Pinterest together, make lists and window shop for ideas. Even Steve was actively involved in the planning and execution as he's escorted Aidan to a fair few parties whilst I've been away and considered himself a bit of an expert. It was nice, all working on the party together. I learnt to ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – LBD

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Finding a black sparkly garment used to make me happy. Those were the days before body-con, sheer lace and colour blocking and all the other fabulous things about fashion that I've discovered in recent years. My wardrobe is no longer confined to black "slimming" or "flattering" dresses, I just own dresses. Printed dresses, colourful dresses, sexy dresses, I love them all! As much as I embrace all these things you simply can't go past a Little Black Dress aka: LBD. They're perfect for any ... [ Discover More ]

All the Little Party People

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Events aren't something new for me, I attend them all the time but they're always more special when my little dude comes along. By the time he's six he'll be a professional socialite I'm sure. I was hesitant at first about mixing sticky little fingers with new season launch samples but I quickly got over it once I remembered he's a well behaved little man. Aidan's crazy cute if I do say so myself, he's packed full of enough charm to convince any PR girl to slip him an extra cupcake and ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Celebrate

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I've sat on this post all week because for me it's a big one. This post is meant to sum up all my feelings about Aussie Curves, how thankful and grateful I am for your contributions, for reading, for even caring. This post is meant to express how the challenge has changed me, how it has altered my self awareness, how it has moved me. This post is meant to sum up all the emails, comments, tweets, messages and updates I've received about the project, about how it's changed your lives, your self ... [ Discover More ]

DMNYC FFFWeek White Cruise

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Ahhh the Full Figured Fashion Week White Cruise, it was last year but it feels like last week. The night was filled with beautiful views, all-white fashion, awesome opportunities for networking and to top it all off a romantic proposal. There are a lot of photos so I'll let them do most of the talking, brace yourselves... All Aboard! Dress: Dream Diva  ~  Necklace: City Chic I have no idea what I was thinking with my hair, I call it "rushed". The top deck was my favourite place to ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Sydney Meet

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How could I possibly sum up yesterday's Aussie Curves meet up in just one post and really do it justice? I don't think I can but I'm going to try my best.  I chose my favourite restaurant Grill'd at Harbourside as they cater for most diets, everyone could easily order their own meals pretty cheaply and umm... they had these bad boys that I was determined to try. Sooooo goooooooood. I may have had one... or three. We all ordered dinner, some had salads, some just had slushies but I knew ... [ Discover More ]

Cheap Easter Gift in Less than 1 Minute

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We'd spent all weekend up the coast relaxing and forgetting about the real world only to return home to a never ending to-do list. One of those things was Easter, the time of year when mothers across Australia get their craft-on and buy all the feathery, shiny and crepe-papery things from the $2 shop. I already had a game plan, I had to make some for Aidan's teachers and a few for his friends. It was so simple that I could: Make it in a Minute! Here's what you'll need*: Printed Paper ... [ Discover More ]

The Vogue Factor

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Late Wednesday night I received a call from Chelsea Bonner of Bella Models, she wanted to know if I'd like to attend Kirstie Clements "The Vogue Factor" book launch the following night... um, sure you know, whatever. I almost died. A vogue party full of vogue people at a vogue location, sipping vogue drinks, all wearing very vogue things. A slight panic attack ensued. How do you prepare for such an event with less that 24hrs notice? The answer is you do it quickly. I had to dye my roots over ... [ Discover More ]

Beauty Bloggers High Coffee

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The Facebook invitation sat in my inbox unanswered for ages. I'd keep flicking over to the event page and hovering over the "accept" button, loosing my nerve and clicking "maybe" instead. Was I really prepared to go to a beauty bloggers event at a posh hotel in the city when I only knew two of the attendees? Was I ready to dip my toes into unchartered, impeccably groomed waters? I don't class myself as a beauty blogger but I talk about it from time to time on my blog and it brings me a lot of ... [ Discover More ]

Lazy Girl Backyard Party

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Stephanie was moping around the house earlier today, complaining of boredom. It was hot outside and we were both too lazy to actually go out and do something so I grabbed the outdoor umbrella, a couple of tables, cushions and rugs and set up a little lazy girl party in the backyard just for the two of us. Obviously we had some snacks, cool drinks, a big pile of magazines to read and some sunscreen to slop on. Steph has been paying me out for how white I am, you could almost say I am ... [ Discover More ]

Appletiser: Get Your Sparkle On

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Sponsored by Appletiser I'll admit it, I love when parcels get delivered to my door and who wouldn't when they look like this! The lovely people at Appletiser sent me a lovely sparkly care package filled with loose green glitter (yeah, still cleaning that up, thanks!) some yummy cupcakes from the Sparkle Cupcakery, sparklers and everything I'd need to mix up a yummy cocktail. They wanted to help me celebrate the silly season in style and who was I to object. Free booze always comes with ... [ Discover More ]

Raising Money, Raising the Roof

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For the past few months I've been busy behind the scenes organising a charity fundraising event. Last year I hosted a Curvy Clothes Swap and it was awesome, basically an excuse to get together with my girls and party. The money I raised from that event went towards Girls Night In, a fundraiser anyone can be apart of. The event was so successful and so much fun that I decided I wanted to do it again this year, but bigger so Plus Size Fashion Weekend Australia was born. For the past six months ... [ Discover More ]

Retro Races

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I have a confession... I've never been to the races. I'm 27 but that's not too late to the game surely? I put some feelers out a few months ago, gently suggesting it would be a fun thing to do and got no interest at all, nadda. To say I was disappointed was an understatement. I found out today that the Hawkesbury Race Club is hosting the annual Ladies Day in two weeks time, admission is only $10 and I want to go. I don't have a big group of girl friends I can party with at these type of things. ... [ Discover More ]

80′s Outfit

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Couple of Saturday's ago I attended a 80's themed birthday birthday for one of my friends, one I hadn't partied with in awhile. I was nervous as it was always an ever-changing crowd of new faces but I'd been out for so long I wasn't sure if I was still "in". Two hours before the party I decided to suck it up and attend... which meant I'd left my outfit to the last minute. You should know that when these guys throw themed parties, they're out there and total wild so I knew I'd have to bring my A ... [ Discover More ]

17 Sundays at Blogopolis PART ONE

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Ahhh... don't you just love blog conferences! I may be a little addicted and I've definitely lost count on how many blogging events I've attended and hosted in the last two years. The most recent conference was Nuffnang Blogopolis (#NNB2012) in Sydney which is what the next few posts are all about. When I go to conferences I like to make a big deal out of it, arrive a day earlier, stay a day later. I like to plan my outfits, prep my camera bag and get my hair and nails done. I live and work ... [ Discover More ]

#DPCON12 Conference Pass Giveaway

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Click each thumbnail to enlarge gallery photos... See how much fun blogging conferences are! These pics are from the Aussie Bloggers Conference (company renamed to Digital Parents after the event). I attended a lot of events and conferences last year, I'm pretty sure almost all of them to be honest (and all out of my own pocket) but this year I promised Steve I would be more selective about what I would attend. The Digital Parents Conference (#DPCON12) will be held in March at The Sebel ... [ Discover More ]