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 ]

Dramatic Tendencies

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Do you constantly feel overwhelmed? I do. Most of the time it feels as though it's one thing after another. You get through one drama only to step right into the next, you're lucky if you even get a few hours or days to breathe between them. I've felt this way for a few years but really noticed it in the last 12 months. It creeps up on you and it's hard to shake it off. I found the most common triggers fall under five major categories: Health Friends Family Self Esteem Sex Now ... [ Discover More ]

S’posed To

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I often get caught up in what I'm s'posed to do. Obviously there is the general things like be kind to people, be generous, empathetic and insightful. Be clever, witty, talented and humble. Be creative, resourceful, intuitive and a risk taker. Brush my teeth, do my hair, do my laundry. Basically all the hats. When I had a normal job knowing the focus of my day made things extremely easy, most often to the point where I was bored out of my brain. The same objectives everyday, a set list of ... [ 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 ]

In Progress

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The blog might have been a little quiet of late but my life offline has not. Actually it's been quite loud, aggressive and bossy. A part of me missed the quiet times of allowing my words to pour out onto the screen in the dark but if I'm entirely honest I also revelled in my time away. I've been dealing with things, repressed and present things, it hasn't been that easy but I'm proud of myself. There is something about this time of year that drains me mentally and physically, I pour everything ... [ Discover More ]

Hair Happens

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I took this photo several months ago (obviously, I'm blonde now) and sent it to my sister for a laugh. I asked her if I should share it on instagram and  whilst she thought it was funny she advised against it, a little too much information. I saved it anyway and I'm glad I did because tonight it couldn't be more appropriate. One of the younger ladies in Aussie Curves brought up the topic of excess hair. You could tell she was pained by the whole ordeal and was frightfully embarrassed. It just ... [ Discover More ]

Revamp + Renew

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You might remember my blog looking like this but last week I began the creative yet tedious task of redesigning it myself, you might have noticed that I went quiet. It has been several years since my last redesign, the ever lovely Liz & Jarod had custom designed my last one to perfection. Over the years though the needs of my blog changed and eventually I just wanted an overhaul. I missed the freedom and challenge of building my blog like the old days (hands up if you remember blogger coding ... [ 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 ]

Adjusting

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Things are good. I'm neck deep in the adjustment period but weirdly enough, I feel at ease. I'm editing wedding photos, writing, drawing, shopping, driving, lunching, dressing up, going out, dancing, cleaning, drinking, cooking, playing... I'm living, but living lighter. I'm a stress head, I always have been. I wish it was something I could turn on and off but only tequila can do that. Working from home is hard, working in social media from home is harder. Not only can you never really walk ... [ Discover More ]

A Change in Direction

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When I started blogging back in 2006 blogging wasn't about making money. I was 20 and I had just moved interstate with Steve, away from everyone we knew and loved. It was isolating but I loved sharing mundane photos of our new life with my family and friends, blogging was an easy and accessible way to keep in touch before the popularity of Facebook. For those who haven't read that far back (those that have I feel like I should send you a certificate!) I shared pics of our various rental houses, ... [ Discover More ]

Kate Spade Wishlist

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This morning I'm heading to an event for Tarazz but last night as I was going through their updated site just to refresh in my mind what was on offer but I stumbled across a section I'd never been in before. I think it's new because I'm pretty sure I would have been all over it by now, Tarazz can ship Kate Spade to Australia. Sephora and Kate Spade all in one place... are you freaking kidding me?!?! With Christmas coming up and my family and friends potentially looking for gifts (maybe you're ... [ Discover More ]

DIY Brunette to Blonde

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I was a blonde baby, I got it from my Dad. I'd shake my little sand covered booty all over the Gold Coast beaches when I was a toddler, soaking up the sun and making friends with tourist's kids was what I did best. My family then moved to the Northern Territory where our outdoor lifestyle continued and I was a tall blonde string bean who lived in the pool. Then I got my period, I got boobs and my whole universe changed. I became self conscious and way too concerned about following in the ... [ Discover More ]

Leave, Get Out

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You may not be aware but hiding in a secluded corner of facebook, is a private Aussie Curves group. A little fashion haven for women who need a jump start in confidence away from the world. It's also for those of us who live and breathe fashion and somehow enable others along the way. It's a lovely accepting and uplifting place and I've worked really hard to keep it that way. I love facebook, I do but as far as plus size fashion pages and groups go things can slide into a dark nasty environment ... [ Discover More ]

The Butt End

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It's not uncommon in blogging (or life for that matter) that once you've built up a voice, exposed your brand until it's memorable and found yourself a following that you will attract unwanted attention. Life's balance: good/bad, negative/positive, ying/yang and all that kind of jazz. Throughout the ride you just have to be grateful, thankful and grounded, truly connect with the ebb and flow. This gloriously bad photoshopped version of myself was discovered by one of my readers this morning and ... [ Discover More ]

Seaside Escape

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There were so many issues with the production of this years SWIM+ Lookbook that they wouldn't all fit into one post and I kind of feel awkward talking about it but at the same time it's hard to describe the triumph without sharing the pitt falls. A model dropped out, both photoshoot locations dropped out, stock didn't arrive in time, clients changing agreements last minute, accommodation fell through, a model's pet died, delays in shooting and a few other smaller issues. At the time it felt ... [ 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 ]

Vulnerable Side

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Within minutes of posting this week's Aussie Curves post I knew I'd set off a spark in the blogosphere and thankfully it wasn't just my underwear people were referencing but also my words. I try my best not to be preachy on my blog about self love and body confidence because I'm learning right along side you and it's just not how I roll. I'd rather lead by example, let my actions speak louder than words, I believe there is more power in that. It also means I have to be constantly on my game and ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Vulnerable Side

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Top: Old Navy / Skirt: TS14+ / Bra: Just My Size / Heels: Payless US / Bag: Wild Bling I always knew this week would be a hard one for a lot of the Aussie Curve girls (especially the newbies) but I chose this theme deliberately, mostly because it was suggested by Jo from iCurvy who has had a journey so very similar and yet so very different to me but also because I wanted to push. To push aside feelings of inadequacy, of failure, of feeling less than worthy because everyone is worth more, so ... [ Discover More ]

I know Girls – Mary Lambert

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Prepare to be moved, to cry, to have your thoughts triggered. Normally I would just share things like this on my Facebook page but I wanted you to be able to find it over and over again anytime you need it... you are worth more. Also, check out her rendition of Macklemore's "She Keeps Me Warm". ... [ Discover More ]

High & Brightly

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Sometimes I think it would be easier to go with the flow, less stressful and agitating. To follow the norm, avoid strife or conflict and patter away at mundane things. I'm sure if I did I'd live longer, breathe deeper and sleep deeper. I did so for years, confined to an invisible bubble of self restraint, of toeing the line, of being the good girl, of putting others needs first. It was easier to be agreeable. It was less frightening to be in the shadows hiding from the limelight, afraid of any ... [ 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 ]

Absent

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Being away from my boys these last few weeks has been tough. Aidan amazes me everyday without fail so to be away from him and miss all that was painful. His tenderness, his imagination, his bravery, his cleverness. The trip to New York was the longest I've been away from him in his entire life so to think it wouldn't affect either of us was delusional. Aidan is a trooper. He understands I work and whilst most of the time I'm home with him, sometimes I have to work elsewhere and he's ok with ... [ Discover More ]

Teenage Me

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My relationship with food has changed many times over the years but a few factors have unfortunately remained constant. Yes, as you can imagine food isn't just fuel to me, we're inextricably linked emotionally. Often I'd be fuelled purely by my feelings and not hunger when I entered the kitchen. I wouldn't say I've had to battle with food (if I did I constantly waved the white flag, hello thighs!) but as I've gotten older I've also become more perceptive not only of what I eat but why. They say ... [ Discover More ]

Call Me Maybe

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When I was growing up I rarely got to talk on the phone with my friends for any real length of time (or in private for that matter) but I loved it. We lived 30kms out of town and I only ever had one or two friends that lived nearby so staying connected with my "town friends" required serious girlie gossipy talk time. I'm going to sound old here but this was before cordless phones, mobiles, texting and skype. I know, the horror. Soon we'd discovered Messenger and chatting got a lot easier but ... [ Discover More ]

Life Changing Experiences

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Shot forth into abyss... That's how it felt when my blog turned into a business. When I left school 10 years ago "Blogger" or "Social Media Manager" didn't exist as a profession. In fact, my preferred career choice of "Photographer" was deemed a hobby by most unless I became an assistant or worked for a newspaper as an assistant and slogged it out for 20 years before I built a reputation. These days there are photographers around every corner who have steady incomes, work from home and do what ... [ Discover More ]

A Loss of Confidence

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It can happen in a moment. You're sitting at your desk or standing in the shops and something happens, actions that occur in a small fragment of time that may not even be directed towards you, yet completely changes the way you view not only the world but yourself.... has this ever happened to you? It doesn't need to be an overly dramatic, traumatic, or even graphic moment to catch your attention. Sometimes it's subtle and it creeps up on you, words slipping silently into your ear  until it ... [ Discover More ]