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Nespresso Danimezza Event 5

I love attending events, I'm a social butterfly at heart and I love nothing more than frocking up and mingling. When the invitation from Nespresso arrived I knew straight away that it was going to be special and I wasn't disappointed. I tend not to blog about PR events anymore and simply take on the knowledge, disperse what I've learnt when it's personally applicable and just enjoy them for what they are. This one I felt I had to share for a multitude of reasons mainly because I was made to ... [ Discover More ]

Black and Gold

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Timing is everything and lately I've been feeling out of sync. I'm not myself but at the same time I feel like I'm getting to know a few inner truths. Over the last six months I wrote posts trying to explain what would be happening so you would have some kind of understanding but I guess I also wrote them for myself. Before I was wading around in uncharted waters, now I'm up to my neck. Questions have been answered only to raise more questions, bigger questions each one making me want to retreat ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Date Night

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Aidan insisted on being in this week's photos and I'll be the first to admit that the kid outshone his Mumma in a big way. We had plans to go out to dinner with one of my besties who I've known since high school in the Northern Territory so it seemed like the perfect time to jump back into the challenge. Yeah, sorry about being so absent, lots going on... but anyway, enjoy the photos! Danielle New Look Polka Dot Dress - ASOS Black Stockings - Sonsee Ankle Boots - Target Earrings ... [ Discover More ]

boohoo plus

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Over the years I've been lucky to have met plenty of people who inspire me, Donny Galella is one of them. When I was invited by boohoo to catch up with Donny and talk fashion, style and the label's latest offerings I couldn't refuse! You might remember our last collaboration but since then we've run into each other a lot on the Sydney fashion circuit. A car came and picked me up to take me to the city, it's always such a treat! I used the time to put my face on and answer emails, messages and ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Time Saver

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I'm chronically 15 minutes late, ask anyone who knows me. I never intend to be, I just have trouble prioritising and as an added bonus I feel like I have the capacity to do ALL THE THINGS all at once... it drives Steve up the wall. Time just never seems to be on my side and my day-to-day outfits usually reflect that. It needs to be an effortless, simple outfit to get me out the door on time. For a fancy event I'll usually allocate half a day in order to get ready and arrive in the city on time, ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Sparkle

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You're probably wondering "Where the hell is the sparkle?" but bear with me, this year I'm doing sparkles in an understated fashion... sorry, a blurry understated fashion *sigh*. Somedays just aren't my days and this was one of them. It was Steve's birthday so I wanted to look nice for whatever the day had in store for us. As you can tell we were winging it, moving doesn't allow much room in the budget for fun. Turns out an entire afternoon the Apple Store genius bar isn't as awesome as it ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Green

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I know "Sparkle" week started today but I'm not feeling entirely sparkly right now. We found out on Thursday night that the owner of the house we've been renting for the past 6+ years has decided to sell the property but needs to do some work on the house before it can be put up for sale so we're out of there. We've got three months to move but I want the whole thing over and done with so we spent the weekend looking at properties and I'll be applying for two tomorrow morning, wish me luck! I ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Hipster

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I'm back baby! March and September are my busiest months of the year and the past few weeks kicked my ass with both awesomeness and crap I don't want to talk about just yet. It's pretty poor form when the founder of Aussie Curves can't even manage to pull an outfit post together but you know what, who cares? There are so many inspiring ladies within the challenge now and I've always said you don't have to participate every week, just when you can. I couldn't, I was tapped out and just not ... [ Discover More ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 – Celebrity Copycat / Stripes

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There was no way that I was missing this week's theme, I was still deeply regretting not being a part of stripe week so I decided to roll the two into one. In the end I think it all worked out brilliantly. I google searched something along the lines of "Celebrities wearing bold stripes" and who should pop up but my girl Taylor Swift. With my new hair extensions it just made it all too easy so I sucked up my poor sick little self and got down to business. I've only had the extensions for a few ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Pink

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I wore a lot of blue growing up, it was my favourite colour. When I wore blue people would always compliment me on my eyes, saying they popped and I liked that. I wrote off pink as being too feminine and ultra girlie. I convinced myself that pink made me look hideous and besides, I wasn't pretty enough to be girlie. The teenage mind can be a cruel and vulnerable place. Over the years I've gained some perspective about dressing with colour and with each passing year as my confidence has grown ... [ 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 – Work

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I stood in front of my wardrobe and thought over and over again about what I would wear for this week's challenge. My job is extremely flexible and every single day is different, I feel very lucky. That means I don't have a uniform, a go-to outfit for what I do. Sure I have certain looks for certain activities and yes, it may have been more interesting to show you all of them but you see those weeds there sneaking about in the background, well I've spent the entire weekend pulling out those bad ... [ 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 ]

Aussie Curves – Boho / Homemade

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Summer time and the livin' is easy... if only in my head. I've been lucky and missed most of the winter, soaking up the New York City heat. Coming back to a bitter cold winter was a bit of a shock but two weeks later I was sunning myself in Darwin. SS14 Fashion Week is fast approaching and I'm waiting with baited breath. I'm also planning the Danimezza SWIM 2013 Lookbook with full force so summertime style, make up and locations are all I can think of... in my head I consider myself already ... [ 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 ]

Outfits, Events + Meeting People

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Today I attended the Kids Business Bloggers Brunch in Sydney and I thought I'd share my outfit that I wore to the event. I've attended a few of these events, they just have a laid back style I like which is prime for networking and by that I mean you can actually have a conversation (with both brands and bloggers alike) that lasts longer than 10-15 minutes without being interrupted. I attend quite a few events but they're not often the soiree you might imagine. We arrive, we get a glass of ... [ 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 ]

Aussie Curves – Oversized

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This is me, trying to catch up. Rushed after a full day of juggling work and a sick baby. I know "Oversized" week is well and truly over but here I am with an outfit, a few poses and a positive attitude to tick things off my to-do list. When I stared blankly into my wardrobe the first thing that jumped out and bit me was my giant black fuzzy wuzzy jumper from 17 Sundays. It's definitely my guilty winter pleasure. The knit is super stretchy, the fibres are smooth and silky even Aidan loves ... [ Discover More ]

Captured Curves – Ainsley Ratcliff

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Jacket - Ohara Earrings - Colette Bodysuit - Block Necklace - Colette Clutch - Forever New Skinny Jeans - Sussans Heels - Nine West What do you love about being a plus size model? I love the freedom and the spontaneity. I have met some truly wonderful and amazing people along the way. Some people have changed my life forever in the most positive ways and they will be life long friends. I love to work with different people. New experiences and making memories are the best ... [ 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 ]