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 ]

Curvy Couture Roadshow

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About the event... "The Curvy Couture Roadshow (CCR) is the first plus size fashion event to be associated with the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, as part of their Cultural Program for 2014. It's also the first event to showcase so many independent Australian plus size designers in one place.  CCR was established with the objective of promoting emerging Australian designers who specialise in sizes 14 and up. The plus size independent fashion market is a rich field that deserves ... [ Discover More ]

Salt + Silence

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After the Christmas holiday break with my family in Port Stephens I was really unhappy. I missed the togetherness, the seaside living and weirdly enough, the disconnect. I left my laptop at home for over a week, barely used my phone (except to take pics) and put my email in vacation mode. That might not sound like a big sacrifice to most but for me it was like going completely off the grid... and I liked it. I liked it so much that after we got home a week later Aidan and I left Steve at home to ... [ Discover More ]

SWIM+ 2013 Behind the Scenes

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This Friday is the launch of SWIM+, my annual swimsuit summer inspired lookbook for curvy women over a size 14 and it's absolutely FREE! The swim and resort wear is photographed on gorgeous Australian models sized 16-20 styled and shot by me. I wanted to show consumers how garments looked on women who needed a little more physical and emotional support from their summer attire. From shyly showing the internet my body in a cheap ebay halter suit in my backyard, to posing on a yacht with my ... [ Discover More ]

Front Row Family

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On Monday Aidan and I were flown down to Melbourne for the day to attend the Kmart Spring/Summer Fashion Launch. It was very exciting for Aidan who was pumped about it for days, I on the other hand was worried about the logistics and possible public tantrums from over tiredness. I needn't have worried because he was an absolute superstar the whole trip, up and out of his bed at 4am and back in it by 9:30pm. By Kmart We arrived just as everyone was finding seats for the show. The event was ... [ 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 ]

TS14+ MSFW Moments

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This post was brought to you by TS14+ I've been a little bit all over the joint the past few months, most recently on the Gold Coast but just prior to that I was jetting off to Melbourne Spring Fashion Week to see TS14+ on the runway. I've spoken about my relationship with TS14+, the make up looks and a now I want to give you a bit of insight into my trip. I arrived in Melbourne around midday the day before the show and the weather was absolutely beautiful, in all my trips it has never ... [ Discover More ]

Own your Image

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Last Friday was the first day of #PBEvent and from past experience I knew my outfit would have to say as much about me as possible, I was thinking beyond a business card or a quick hello. I wanted my outfit to be memorable, to be eye catching, to reflect my taste and personality but also somehow be comfortable as I knew it would be a long day. That's a lot to ask of an outfit but I'm proud to say I think I nailed it. I received so many compliments on the day, both online and off. Theary's ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Peplum

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I've spent the past few days on the Gold Coast attending ProBlogger Training Event and it's been super duper fabulous. I'm rooming with Suger and we've both been pretty diligent when it came to taking outfit photos which I'll be sure to share with you over the next week. There was a networking event on Thursday night, just a casual meet up at the Stingray Bar hosted by Blog Chicks. I wanted to be comfortable, look stylish but without too much effort. A dress you can just slip on is perfect ... [ Discover More ]

Sparkling

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That's exactly how I'll be feeling when I arrive at the Gold Coast about midday today. Actually I might be a little tired and cranky from the travel but as soon as the ocean breeze kisses my face and the warm water touches my toes I'll be in a very happy place. I'm skipping town for the rest of the week as I'll be attending ProBlogger Training Event, a two day conference full of learning, geek talk that I still don't fully comprehend and networking, oh my goodness the networking. Actually you ... [ Discover More ]

TS14+ Runway Looks

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This post is brought to you by TS14+ Attending runway shows is always a little bit exciting. There is a thrill in the air as people rush about backstage, the crowd filters in to their seats and the photographers stand their ground in the media pit. Usually I'd be in there with them but this year as the #TS14PlusInsider I sat front row and it was brilliant, better still it was free to attend so you could have too. The TS14+ runway shows were held around lunchtime to a crowded house within ... [ Discover More ]

TS14 Plus Insider

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As usual my stomach is turning. Brett the flight stewards smooth silky voice is calming me more than it probably should. I always get like this before a big job, don't get me wrong I love it and I'm extremely passionate about my readers needs and making my everyday like thrilling, but not for one second do I take any of the opportunities I'm given for granted. That is why you'll find me huddled in my allocated seat scribbling in a note pad old school style trying to find a way to convey my ... [ Discover More ]

TS14+ MSFW Insider

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This post is brought to you by TS14+ I have some very exciting news... I'll be flying down to Melbourne for a few days next week to be the official TS14+Melbourne Spring Fashion Week insider!!! You might remember I covered the show last year bringing you plenty of behind the scenes photos, sneaky instagrams and lots of blog posts. I'll be doing it all again this year and I'm super pumped for the show, a fresh new collection full of gorgeous colours, stunning plus size Australian models and the ... [ Discover More ]

Dinosaurs Go RAWR

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My little dude loves dinosaurs. Aidan could play with them all day long. He absorbs dinosaur books, can say all the names perfectly, plays with his figurines for hours and he prefers the documentary style movies over cartoons. He loves fashion just as much, the boy is pretty fly when it comes to pulling together outfits in the morning. Washed denim jeans, woven belts, a long sleeve tee under a printed short sleeve tee and a cap tilted slightly to the side is his go-to look. I've always ... [ Discover More ]

Locally Famous

This post was brought to you by MasterCard I'm very lucky to live in a beautiful country, one that's relaxed and filled with sunshine for most of the year. For those who don't know I live an hour out of one of the most famous cities in the world and I try to travel in as often as possible. As much as I love the country I also adore the city life, the fashion, the buildings, the culture and not to mention the dining. The day started off overcast and rainy but by midday the sun came out and a ... [ Discover More ]

Where Does the Time Go?

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I recently flew to the Northern Territory which is where I grew up, it was a secret and utterly magical. Darwin was brilliant. I turned 28, surprised my friends, got dressed up for the races, got to snuggle babies and chilled out by the beach on numerous occasions. The only thing that could have made my birthday sweeter was having my boys by my side. Whilst everyone down home was wearing track pants and jumpers, I was working my shorts and chiffon numbers. The weather was spectacularly ... [ Discover More ]

Stackhouse Territory

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This post was brought to you by MasterCard "Would you and the boys like to come Kayaking with us on Sunday to explore the Manly area?" An email from Sonia greeted me on my return from New York. "Sure" I said. "Of Course" I said, "That would be lovely!". The whole time I'm thinking "What am I going to wear? How am I going to get up that early on a Sunday? Will my ass even fit in a kayak?" Shaking off the jet lag and the doubt I was determined to experience it. My first challenge was ... [ Discover More ]

25 Things I’ve learnt about NYC

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If you plan to do something, anything from going to the top of the rock to doing laundry to buying shoes or returning an item, allow a minimum of an hour to do so. Lines are mandatory and they are everywhere. Just as you would drive on the right side of the road in the USA, you also walk on that side, just as we Aussie walk and drive on the left. If you're a slow walker or unsure of where you are going keep to the edge of the sidewalk, if you're in a hurry walk in the middle. Never stop ... [ Discover More ]

Fashionable Flying

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My flight to New York was going to be a long one, 24hrs of being cramped up in a small space eating food off a tray and trying to sleep. I barely got any sleep the night before I flew out, I was too anxious and excited. I just kept thinking about what was on the other side of the flight... New York. I kissed my baby goodbye, choked back the tears and gripped Steve's hand all the way to the airport. My flight wasn't until 10am but I was there by 5:30am keen as mustard. No make up for me on ... [ Discover More ]

Camera Gear Packing

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Last year I failed to deliver on news whilst in New York, I felt horrible about it but I tried. I tried to share every little part of my trip but I felt a constant delay. A delay in editing, in finding the right words, in finding sleep. I realised that the way I planned to share was as grand as it was flawed so this year I've made changes. Limited internet was my biggest hurdle so I've bought an unlimited calls and data sim upon recommendations from other Aussies who have traveled to the USA ... [ Discover More ]

The miniMAG

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I published the 9th issue of my beloved little miniMAG tonight and as the weeks go by more and more people are signing up so I wanted to take a moment to let you to know it's making my heart sing, thank you! I'm still playing with it, seeing which days suit, what content you love to read and I'm loving all the questions that keep flooding in which I try my best to answer as promptly as possible. This is a passion project for me and I thank you again for reading. If you haven't yet, feel free to ... [ Discover More ]

DMNYC Affinia Manhattan Upgrade

Once upon a time in 2012 four grown up princesses with two many suitcases tried to room together in a tiny two bed suite in the middle of New York City. They only had a little money so they couldn't afford anything bigger but they did have a pocket full of dreams. One day princess Samantha used a magic business card and some savvy talk that transformed their tiny abode into a majestic One Bedroom Deluxe Two Bed Suite with enough room for everyone. Each princesses had their own throne and ... [ Discover More ]

DMNYC Curves in the City

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There are lots of little events that happen during Full Figured Fashion Week® and the Curves in the City shopping event is one of them. It's open to the public, advance purchase tickets only cost $10 USD and it's well worth checking out. I'm glad to see that the event will be available again this year on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of June. I didn't leave myself too much time to check out what was on offer but I'm glad I did a quick whip around. Samantha, Caitlin and I were like bowerbirds ... [ 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 ]