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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 ]

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 ]

Chubby Chafer

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I get a lot of questions about how to deal with the dreaded chafe. The warmer weather rolls around and in our minds we're lustfully dreaming of pretty printed cotton dressed we can twirl about in but before we click "Buy Now" we're reminded of the irritating stinging. The bow-legged walks. The jeans you forced yourself to wear all last summer. Chafe isn't pretty. It hurts. The worst part is it hurts much more than physically, it's almost as if chafing has a direct link to your self esteem. What ... [ Discover More ]

Living Colourfully

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Earlier today I shared the journey of my lounge room. I know, epic right. Well I wanted to elaborate further and give a much more detailed overview of where it's at now, where I sourced things and what I have planned next. It's a long one, feel free to just look at the pretty pictures if you like. I honestly never expected our beige wool rug to last this long without major staining, seriously it's been almost 5 years now but that confirmed in my mind that I could justify a beige couch. It's ... [ Discover More ]

Before the After

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I shared a few photos on instagram of the progress of my lounge/dining revamp and whilst I received a lot of praise a lot of people commented that they didn't know what it looked like before. My bad. I thought I'd whack up an old photo but I realised as I went through all my old posts that I had more than one worth sharing, more than one photo that would showcase just how far our little (rented) house had come on an non-existent budget. These are from when we first moved in back in 2008. The ... [ Discover More ]

Family Photo 2013

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It's the new year and I'm feeling a little nostalgic, even about moments that only occurred a week ago. As the family was getting together to celebrate Christmas I took it as the perfect opportunity to get us all dressed up, to take a new family picture and head out for a relaxed dinner. No elaborate background locations, no matching outfits, no stress, just us as we are. I asked the neighbour to take the photos and we all stood in the driveway. I'm happy to say it all worked out ... [ 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 ]

Aussie Curves – Cocktail

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I don't really have any more fancy parties to attend, my silly season is officially over and I literally just tied a bow on the last bit of work I had to do for the year. I'm officially done. We will be driving up the coast to celebrate Christmas with my family and I can't wait to chill out and relax. I'd be surprised if you found me in anything more than a bikini and sunscreen this week. The make up, heels and hair extensions are definitely staying at home but I will be wearing this dress on ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Resort

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This time last week Steve and I were running away from home for the night. It had been almost 3 years since we'd had some alone time, just the two of us, doing something exciting and different. This is partly due to the fact that we don't have a baby sitter or disposable income. So when my sister came to stay we took full advantage and booked a night away in Blacktown... yep, you heard right. I originally planned for us (I book our hotels, it's my thing and Steve honestly loves it) to stay at ... [ Discover More ]

For the love of glossies

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Brought to you by MagShop I’ve been a magazine junkie since my teens and despite the decline in print publishing numbers, I know I’ve been doing my bit to keep them in business.  Every year around Christmas time I renew all my subscriptions, at the moment I have three: Real Living Shop Til You Drop Hapers Bazaar These are a few other titles I’m considering subscribing to next year: Vogue Elle Australian Women’s Weekly Women’s Fitness InStyle Marie Claire … hint ... [ Discover More ]

Vivid

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The party season has been in full swing and whilst I love socialising, drinking and eating delicious things, planning my outfits and getting dolled up is still one of my favourite parts. Last week I had the Preschool Committee and Staff Christmas Party to attend and since they usually see me half asleep in my gym gear I thought I'd go all out. It was the first chance I'd had to wear my beautiful "Stella" silk printed dress and "Becca" slip, both gifts from Australian designers Gabi & ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Maxi Skirt

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I have to admit I've been a little bit excited about this week's theme because it gives me the perfect excuse to twirl about in one of my favourite pieces, my Youtheary Khmer skirt that I got via ModCloth. I also have it in pink, you might remember it from my time in New York. It's still one of my favourite outfits so you know how it goes... buy it in every colour! I received an awesome package from TS14+ and Virtu last week and as soon as I opened it I knew straight away that the gemstone ... [ Discover More ]

Beige… OMG Beige!

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A lot of you are sick of this wall. I totally get it. We rent the house we live in so as far as making changes we can mulch and occasionally weed but that's about it. AS you can see I'm totally awesome at that. Plants only go into that skinny full sun garden bed to die and I just can't sacrifice any more living things for the sake of pretty photos. The light is really good in that spot and it's easy because it's right out the front of my door so no dashing around town with the baby in the ... [ 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 – Headwear

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Sometimes there is just no point in faking a smile. My expression reflects exactly how I was feeling today and that feeling was "meh". I had stuff to do so I did it. I did my accounting which was like pulling out fingernails in slow motion. I tidied the house and ran a few errands. It just really was a blergh kind of Sunday. I've been falling behind with my challenge posts but not any more. This week's theme is Headwear which is kind of exciting because there are so many ways that this could be ... [ 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 ]

Aussie Curves – Yellow

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I've never really worn yellow and during the last yellow challenge I struggled, coming up with only accessories to add flair. This time things are totally different. Over the past couple of months that I've been blonde I've been experimenting with colour a lot and it would seem yellow is one of my new favourites. The dress is a new purchase from ModCloth and I love it's name "Cumin Kindness". It's such a gentle dress, so soft and flowing. In fact when I stepped out of the car in Manly ... [ 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 – Black & White

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I've been feeling in a bit of a funk lately. We've been sick, endo has kicked me hard and I've been pushed hard as far as work's concerned so pretty outfits and posing for photos has had to wait. My sister arrived this week so she's helping me catch up on sharing my outfits by taking the photos for me, because she's awesome like that. That means no more beige wall for awhile, yay! As soon as I saw Black & White week was coming up I knew I wanted to wear this dress. I had it in my 'saved' ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Swimwear

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I was so inspired by the blog posts for this week's Aussie Curves theme that despite having no new images of my own to share (YET!), I wanted to share their bravery, their confidence and spirit with you all. The timing couldn't be worse for me as Aidan's been sick and endo has a sick sense of humour when it comes to timing. Hopefully the images I planned to post will be up next week but until then please check out the blog posts below. ... [ Discover More ]

SWIM+

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The response to this year's issue of SWIM+ has moved me more than you know. I'm so very very thankful for all of you who took the time to look, to share and to comment or message me about it. It takes a lot of work, a lot of planning and what feels like a million emails but it's the personal heartfelt and often tearful messages from you that make it all worthwhile. Everyone who collaborated on this years issue did it with joy and out of love and I'm forever grateful because without them it ... [ Discover More ]