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 ]

Nespresso Mug Cake

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I used to hate the smell and taste of coffee but as I got older it started to grow on me. My first awesome cup of coffee that I actually loved was by Nespresso and since then I casually receive surprises in the mail from them. Like the box I got on Friday with their new Colombian Grand Crus to try and a challenge to create my own Colombian inspired recipe, not sponsored just a bit of fun. Now I know I don't talk about food much on the blog but that's simply because I love to cook at night when ... [ 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 ]

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 ]

10 Instagram Accounts You Should Follow

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I spend a fair amount of my time on instagram, it's one of my happy places. Not only do I enjoy sharing snippets of my life there but I love to delve into others. I'm always interested in discovering new fun accounts so I thought I'd share a few of mine (in no particular order) and I hope you share a few of yours in the comments below... enjoy! @agirlastyle : Pink, gold, luxe, floral, feminine and parisian. @abeachcottage : Dreamy vignettes and soft Australian ... [ Discover More ]

Hair Trend: Smudging

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Dario Controneo of DARIO Salon, an awesome and celebrated hair stylist (who I'm lucky enough to have worked with in the past) has released a AW14 Hair Trend Report and you can imagine my delight to discover my "hair plan" for the season was totally on point! "Smudging: Softer than the Ombre and favoured by the likes of Jennifer Anniston and Kate Hudson, 'Smudging' exposes the natural underlying pigments in your hair to brighten up your tired re-growth. In simple terms, 'Smudging' softens the ... [ Discover More ]

10 Plus Size Dresses I Want Right Now

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I'm a huge fan of the frock. It wasn't always like that though, I lived in black pants, dark jeans and black leggings. In other words I was basically trying to pretend that my ass and thighs didn't exist and followed the old school rule of hiding them, of "slimming" them. Obviously my ass and thighs are, in fact quite glorious (because they're mine) and I could dress the lower half of my body any way I pleased. Suddenly top and pant combos went out the window and I was embracing dresses. At ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Secondhand

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In the name of multitasking I present my second look photographed on the same day... and yes it did involve a quick outfit change in a public park because I'm a risky dare devil like that. I'm also a bit of a cheater, the dress isn't secondhand but the handbag is, that totally counts right? After the epic wardrobe clear out of January 2014 I found myself with no secondhand garments so I went to my ever faithful stash of Glomesh to bring an outfit to life and make the cut. You've got to admit, ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Off The Runway

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This week the challenge is to steal a style "Off The Runway" and interpret the look in your own way. Endless possibilities. I discovered the look above by Marissa Webb (Spring 2014) and knew instantly that I could make it work. I already owned a metallic gold skirt and my crisp blouse was begging to be worn. I didn't have a white tie so I added some simple chains. I didn't have super strappy heels but I did have a cute pair of nude t-bars. Basically same-same but different. It was really cool ... [ Discover More ]

GLAMGLOW®

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I'm so hot. Let's just take a second to soak up all my hotness. Ok, you're done? Already? Well I guess I should explain why I have all this muck on my face. For the past eight weeks I've been trialling GLAMGLOW® SuperMud™. I'd seen plenty of reviews online but they all seemed to be "First Time Experience" posts and videos, a reaction from the immediate results. They all glowed, they all raved and they all said it was worth the money. I wasn't convinced. I've tried beautiful masks, high end, ... [ 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 ]

Aussie Curves – Sequins

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The weather here at the moment is dreary rainy snuggly overcast stay under the covers kind of weather. The thought of even putting on a bra is revolting but here I am, in the rain shaking my sequin ass. Steve really wasn't having a bar of it today so we snapped a few pics as quickly as possible and then I jumped back in the car. The weather will not hold me back dammit but it did make me forgetful. I wanted to show you a great outfit for the office that could easily transform into a sexy ... [ Discover More ]

Plus Model Magazine March 2014

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I'm one of those people who would relish in an endless summer. This is actually a new way of thinking for me because for every other spring and summer for as long as I can remember, I've hated it. Now I find myself longing for the beach, the feel of the sun on my legs and the smell of sunscreen and margaritas. For the first time in a very long time I wasn't hiding. I wasn't hiding under layers of cardigans, shrugs, jeans or capri pants. I was out there embracing the sun, showing some skin and ... [ Discover More ]

How I Curl My Hair

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Those who have followed me for awhile know I'm a teeny tiny bit vain about my hair. I've learnt over the years that it always looks best when I embrace it's natural state, if I try to make it be other than it is, it fights back against me. I was obsessed with straightening my hair for a couple of years then I suddenly realised that I'm not a slick and straight kind of girl. I'm a messy, curly wurly girl and that's just as sexy. My hair has a lot of volume but these days I'm actually trying to ... [ Discover More ]

17 Sundays AW14

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I love 17 Sundays. Their relaxed sense of style is infectious and I was so excited about the new lookbook that was released today. Their previous A/W collection was so popular that they've reworked some of the styles, tweaked some fabrics and introduced a few new classics. You can find a small collection of new releases available on their website now and more will drop as the weeks go on. I've also got to mention how absolutely amazing Margaret looks. From the moment I met and photographed her ... [ 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 ]

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 ]

Aussie Curves – Boho

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I had grand plans for Boho week but the weather didn't want to play along so this is what you get, my outfit that I wore to a Blog Chicks networking event in Parramatta today. Big crazy natural curls, my favourite sheer dress and some sweet tan accessories... oh and no beige wall, YAY! I received this Scarlett & Jo dress as a gift from Evans, it's a firm favourite and gets plenty of wear. It's up there in my Top 10 and that's saying something as I've worn a lot of dresses. It's the most ... [ 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 ]

Aussie Curves – Activewear

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Last year I got the opportunity to try a new fitness activity, Cardio Tennis. It was a lot of fun but ultimately a bit too much for me, Steve however loved it and a few weeks ago he signed up for classes. Every Wednesday he heads down to the court and comes back an hour later red faced and covered in sweat. He's entitled to an hour of free court hire every week as a perk so we head down there as a family on Sundays just for fun. I really really really enjoy myself. I put on my favourite ... [ Discover More ]

Lollitint Lovelies

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You should all know by now how much I love Benefit Costmetics. They're a girls-girl beauty brand that doesn't follow fashion trends or focus on artistry, instead concentrates on solving the problems women face. I like that. I like that their products do what they promise in an easy to understand way, I'm sure its one of the many reasons why so many of my readers have jumped on the bandwagon too. I don't back a product unless I love it, you guys know that. The brand ethos is so in sync with my ... [ Discover More ]

Plus Model Magazine Contributor

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It's been several months since the initial email from Maddy popped into my inbox asking me if I would like to join the team. I still remember letting out a squeal, grabbing my laptop and racing to show Steve. That short email felt like validation of all my hard work, my late nights, the budget-stretching networking attendance, sacrifices and passion for the industry. I'll never forget that moment. When I read the welcome note this afternoon it all flooded back and I cried like the professional ... [ Discover More ]

Kitchen Revamp

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We live in a rental in North West Sydney and we've been in this house for 6 years now. We bumped around from house to house for awhile, the renters market was terrible so we took what we could get. I was recovering from my laproscopic surgery for Endometriosis when we received a letter saying that the bank had claimed the owners house and we had 14 days to get out. From the letterbox I saw an estate agent hammering a "For Lease" sign into the ground just down the street. I walked in, saw that ... [ 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 ]

Aussie Curves – Double Take

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Thanks for all the love for the new look site. One of the things you noticed was a lack of the "Danimezza Blue" so as a bit of a hat tip to my favourite colour both of my outfits for the Double Take challenge feature it. That's right, this week's challenge has double the outfits and better still I'm going to show you how to take a simple classic shirt dress and wear it in two ways. I picked up this gorgeous thing when I was in New York last year, I mean how could I not?! I always turn to ... [ Discover More ]