07 July, 2015

I Got The Bull By The Horns On The Downhill Drag Things Are Better Than They Ever Have Been

Wow, it’s been AGES since I did a proper post. What can I say? Things have been busy but not particularly exciting, so my motivation to write has been low. However there is something that I knew I just had to write about – the new album from The Rechords 'Live Rechording'. Unfortunately it’s not available to everyone right now but if you happened to contribute to their crowd funding campaign to make the album, you should have your copy by now. My love of The Rechords is well-documented and I have to say, this album is incredible!! I haven’t stopped listening to it since it arrived. It is hands down my favourite release of theirs since their debut album On The Wagon.
 
The whole album (featuring a whopping 20 tracks!) is packed to the brim with fantastic tracks including originals, covers and previously unreleased original tracks and I just can’t say enough about how much I love love love this album! As the name suggests, it was recorded live across 2 shows at the Yarra Hotel late last year and it really conveys the energy this trio unleash when they play live. While their studio albums offer a polished result that really showcases their harmonies, this live recorded album gives me the same heart-bursting happy buzz that I get every time I see these guys live, which is perhaps why I’m currently addicted to listening to it. The whole thing ROCKS but my fave tracks are #2 Could’ve Been Worse (of course haha), #8 Before I Met You and #10 Bull By The Horns.
I hope for your sakes The Rechords release this album to more than just their campaign backers, because it’s just too good not to share! Sadly the boys aren’t playing GreazeFest this year but I really wish they were – I miss them!! I haven’t seen them live for a while, so I hope they take a trip up to QLD real soon.
Speaking of GreazeFest, I bought my goal dress to wear on Saturday night!!! I’ve been making progress at the gym and I cannot wait to wear it! I’ve wanted it for so long but didn’t think I could pull it off…until now! In fact, I’ve already got all my outfits for GreazeFest bought and planned, even down to the accessories! I’m organised this year. I can’t wait!! I can’t go into my outfit details just yet, but rest assured I will once GreazeFest is over.
The year GreazeFest once again goes interstate. You can get your tickets for Brisbane & Melbourne here.
 
 

GreazeFest Brisbane

Friday July 31: 7pm to 12am
Saturday August 1: 10am to 10pm
Sunday August 2: 9am to 8pm
Rocklea Showground
1430 Ipswich Road (Service Road), corner of Goburra Street Rocklea

GreazeFest Melbourne

Friday August 7: 7pm to 12am
Saturday August 8: 10am to 10pm
Sunday August 9: 11am to 7pm
Sandown Racecourse
 591 - 659 Princes Highway, Springvale

Hope to see you there!

28 April, 2015

Bust A Move

While we’re on the subject of giving (don’t forget to enter my Mother’s Day giveaway!) for once I’m asking you to give. On the 30th of May I will be taking part in Bust A Move, a six hour fitness extravaganza to raise money for Mater chicks in pink, with all proceeds going to providing essential support for women battling breast cancer.

Did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women, with one in eight women receiving a diagnosis before the age of 85? Unfortunately breast cancer is something that has probably touched all our lives in some way. I have seen it take both and family and friends away too soon. Breast cancer is still the most common cancer affecting Australian women and 7 Australian women die from breast cancer every single day. We cannot, and simply will not, accept these statistics. Will you?
 
Please help me to reach my fundraising goal of $1,000 by making a donation. It doesn’t matter how big or how small, every dollar makes a difference and all donations over $2 are tax deductible. Your donation and fundraising efforts support important immediate response services. These services can include paying for a babysitter for a woman during her treatment, or covering the cost of a specially fitted bra for women who have undergone surgery.

Your donation also helps to fund inspiring services like art therapy, yoga classes and the ‘mum, memories and me’ program that helps terminally ill women create memory boxes for their children. And importantly, when you donate to Mater chicks in pink you are also investing in world class research, to improve the way we treat cancer and fight for a cure.
 

I may not be a gym junkie, but as part of my year of me and my health and fitness goals to turn my wellbeing around, I’m really proud to be part of this day – something I never thought I would ever do. The event kicks off at 7.30am on a Saturday morning!! That means I’m going to have to get up REALLY early (I normally stay in bed til 10 on a weekend – don’t judge) to go and spend SIX HOURS doing exercise ON A SATURDAY!

But that’s nothing compared to what women fighting breast cancer go through. It’s going to be a heart-pounding, exhilarating, life-changing day of hope surrounded by beautiful, strong women standing up to make a change and I am so proud of the other ladies in my team The Pink Patooties, not only for taking part in this day but for inspiring and motivating me to join them.
 

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24 April, 2015

A Mother of a Giveaway

Mother's Day is just around the corner and I'm already thinking about ways to spoil my mum. After all, she's done a great job - if I do say so myself!
 
Last year my sister and I spoiled her with a swish high tea and movie at the lovely Palace Centro cinemas. One year I even got a tattoo in her honour, complete with her name and everything! This year I'm not sure if I want to get her a gift or do something with her instead. Mums love any chance to spend quality time with their kids, especially when they're all grown up and always so busy like I am.
 
I thought about doing a pin up inspired photoshoot with her and my sister as a lovely memento to keep and a fun day getting all gussied up together but alas my beautiful mother doesn't enjoy having her photo taken and I'd hate for her to feel uncomfortable about her own gift experience.
 
Perhaps a pamper day where she can enjoy a relaxing day to herself might be the ticket. Most mums are usually too busy to take some time out and do something nice for themselves and often prefer to spend that money on their family. But they do an amazing and hard job everyday and lets face it, they're always on call.
 
This year I want to do more than just the token PJs and slippers or worse yet, something for the house! But there are some classics that never go out of style and flowers are one of them. What girl doesn't love receiving flowers? And flowers for Mother's Day take her back to those sweet memories of you picking her pretty coloured weeds that you implored her to wear in her hair with puppy dog eyes.
 
This year you can do better than weeds, send her some beautiful fresh Mothers Day flowers at FreshFlowers.com. With delivery available in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide it doesn't matter if you've since moved away, you can still surprise her with a beautiful bouquet delivered to her door to show how just how much you care and appreciate her.
 
To show you just how much I care and appreciate you, I've teamed up with FreshFlowers.com to give you the opportunity to:
 

WIN a special Mother's Day delivery valued up to $70

 
**THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED** 
 
*I know Mother's Day can be a difficult time for some people. You're welcome to enter to send a fresh flower delivery to someone special to you or even yourself! Just tell me in the comments who you want to send them to and why. Share the love!

The Fine Print

**The prize can only be delivered to an address within Fresh Flowers delivery area which can be verified by clicking the “Do we deliver in your area?” link on the FreshFlowers.com.au homepage.

Competition ends May 1, 2015, and the winner will also be announced on May 1. Please ensure you are monitoring your emails so that you can choose your bouquet and send all your details through in time for delivery on Mother’s Day.

The winner must provide the following details:

Name:
Mobile Number:
Address Type (e.g Home, Workplace, etc):
Address:
Suburb/Postcode:
Delivery Date:
Card Message:

14 April, 2015

I'm Completing A Marathon

 
I'm completing a marathon. Ok I'm not. I doubt I ever would. It's not that I doubt my ability, it's just not something I want for myself. However, it is something I need to remind myself of from time to time. This is not a sprint. I can't just go like the clappers and then think I'm done. It doesn't work like that. I have to pace myself, make it sustainable. Ever since I made the commitment to make this year MY year, my year to care for myself in all the right ways, I also made a commitment to myself that part of that would be to embrace health and wellbeing through fitness. I joined the gym. I've been working with a personal trainer.
 
Although I know I've lost weight and changed shape since I started out, I'm not where I was hoping to be by now. I'm starting to feel discouraged because I'm working hard, but I don't feel my results reflect that. This is the longest I have exercised consistently. Yet I've not made the progress I was aiming for. I know this is an important moment. This is the point. It would be easy to give up and say that despite my best efforts nothing was changing so why bother? But I know that this is the point where it's most important that I stick at it. I know about the plateau. I know it happens. This is it. But I can't give up. I can let myself lose focus or stop caring. There are plenty of things in my life that got hard and I could have given up on. Goals, relationships, people. But I valued and cared about them enough not to give up. I need to show myself that same care and value.
 
That's not to say I don't need to change things. If something isn't working, it needs to be re-assessed. A new game plan formulated. Something I pride myself on is my adaptability. So here it is. Use a strength to improve a weakness. A new approach, new motivation. So what if others are lapping me? I'm not running this race for them. I'm running this race for ME. My health, fitness and weight have always been a bit of a struggle for me. I've certainly come a long way, and it's important not to lose sight of that either, but I still have a ways to go. But that's ok, I've just got to keep at it. I just need to be kind to myself at this juncture. Break my main goal down into smaller goals. Tick them off as I go. Use that to motivate me and feel a sense of achievement.
 
Sorry if this has been a bit of a brain dump, but I think I just needed to remind myself.
 
I hope it's a timely reminder for you too, whatever it is you're working towards. We CAN do it!

31 March, 2015

Get Naked

With her upcoming visit to GreazeFest, Cherry Dollface has been on my mind lately and last week I was both thrilled and inspired to see her post a short but sweet video of herself 'unmasked'. An internationally renowned pin up model and You Tuber, Cherry Dollface posted an endearing video of herself that went from full hair and make up to none at all. A fresh and natural face was presented to us, after some smudging, wiping and removing to remind us all that behind all the make up and filters, there's just a human being. A real person with real feelings. For Cherry, that's obviously also real confidence. Her message was simple but powerful - don't be afraid to just be you. If you haven't seen it, I suggest you watch below.
 
 
I loved this video for so many reasons. I love the fact that although Cherry is known for her looks, she’s not afraid to be completely real with the world. That’s something that I really aspire to. But aside from that, reading the comments on this video, it’s clear that so many women still saw her as beautiful, if not even more so, without her make up. Although it might be easy to pass it off and say ‘well that’s easy for her, she’s a MODEL’ I think it’s important to remember that we all have our own insecurities and we often look upon ourselves with the most critical eye. When seeing someone a la naturale from the outside, we still see beauty.
 
This was the perfect reminder for me. I tend not to leave the house without make up. Sure I may not wear a full face of make up at all times, but I almost never go out in public without at least wearing a BB cream, mascara, eyeliner and eyebrows. It’s funny, because it really isn’t necessary. Even I know that. But for some reason, it’s just a habit I’ve developed. So this was the perfect reminder. I’m going to try to wear less make up, to not be afraid to be my natural self, because I know that my natural self is beautiful too. It’s nice to decorate yourself, but it’s even nicer to love yourself for the real you. Even with just basic make up on, I can look at myself in the mirror and think ‘I am pretty’. Now, I want to be able to look with no make up on and think the same thing.

I challenge you to do the same. I challenge you to just be you.
I challenge you to love yourself as you are.

I challenge you to get naked with me! #getnaked

24 March, 2015

Palm Springs Swing Collection

I first came across The Oblong Box Shop at last year's Tiki Oasis. The gorgeous blonde manning the stall was super friendly and I drooled over her amazing line of printed skirts but with 3 weeks left of travel ahead of me and having already spent quite a bit over the festival I decided I better not go crazy. Still I didn't want to lose track of this fantastic shop, so I followed along on Facebook. Fast forward about 9 months later and owner and creator Denialle Von Fitch was looking for someone to help her write descriptions for the items on her website. Of course I stepped right up, and the rest as they say, is history.
 
 
Enter her latest creation, the Palm Springs Swing Collection. Be still my beating heart! I've been to Palm Springs twice now and have loved it every single time. The prints in this collection are reminiscent of the city's incredible mid-century modern design as well as memories of Tiki Oasis. Featuring everything from tiki's in space to shrunken heads, John Waters flamingos, sneaky tiki's, moai's, mid-century pads and even puffer fish, this collection truly offers something for everyone. Just like the novelty print skirts of the 50s, each skirt uses more than 2 yards of fabric, for easy fullness without a petticoat if you wish, which is perfect for the warm Queensland climate.
 
 
The medium weight 100% polyester gives the skirts a soft, comfortable feel and best of all - they don't crush or need ironing! Featuring a size zip and button, the waistband also offers an extra inch of room, allowing you to move the button for a custom fit. With a total length of 26" there's still plenty of room for a petticoat if you're looking to achieve maximum fullness. There's also a hidden right side pocket ideal for your compact and lipstick and large enough to fit a smartphone. Skirts with pockets? TOTAL win in my book!
 
 
But perhaps what sets this line and The Oblong Box Shop apart is that the designs on the fabric are handcrafted by Denialle herself. That's right, the beauty and brains behind the brand illustrates the designs you see on the garments herself! Having greater control over the whole creation process allows Denialle to ensure all her products are perfect. More than simply recreations, The Oblong Box line offers unique pieces that are sure to be a highlight of your wardrobe.
 
Denialle has plans to expand the line to also include dresses, tops, purses and anything that makes a woman feel special, beautiful and unique. Creating the #hellobeautiful movement, Denialle is passionate about reminding her customers every day that they are beautiful. If you're lucky enough to be headed to Viva Las Vegas next week, The Oblong Box Shop will be there. If like me you're simply drooling over your keyboard, get your orders in! Unsurprisingly these skirts sold out within minutes of launch, but you can join the waitlist to grab one as soon as they become available again.
 
 

19 March, 2015

Girl Interrupted

Things have been pretty light around here lately, content-wise and frequency. Nothing to really sink your teeth into. I’m sorry about that. But I’m also not really that sorry. Usually if things on the blog are feeling light, it’s usually because I’m not. Which isn’t to say that things are bad. Things have just been a bit different lately. Busy and yet not at the same time. Since the end of last year I feel like I’ve been playing catch up with life. I haven’t been going out as much, so when I do go out I choose to relish the occasion, rather than going out ‘on duty’ so to speak. In saying that, I miss bringing awesome content to this space. So this is my commitment to you, to get back into it.
 
Although I’ve felt a little loaded at times, it’s not really a bad thing. You see I ended last year and started this year with the intent of making it my year to shine. My year to learn about myself and take care of myself. And I’ve been doing that, which is great. But it also takes time away from other things. But honestly, it’s about time I did that. For so long I’ve tried to spread myself too thin doing all the things but I wasn’t properly caring for myself. One of the biggest changes I’ve made has been starting at the gym. Like, REALLY starting. I’ve joined gyms in the past but have never really stuck to them, just made excuses and ended up wasting money.
Since joining the gym in January I’ve been going 4 times a week, every week. Usually I do two 1 hour cardio work outs and two half hour weights work outs a week. This is the most committed I’ve ever been to my fitness, even having regular personal training sessions! I guess I just realised that I’m not getting any younger (I know, don’t roll your eyes, I know I’m not old) but I figured the longer I left it and the older I got before I committed to these lifestyle changes, the harder it was going to be to achieve. I haven’t had some kind of miraculous weight loss. In fact, the scales haven’t really changed that much yet. But my physical abilities have increased so much and my shape has certainly changed. My clothes fit better and best of all, I feel great!
 
The best part about doing it this way is that I know that it’s REAL. No dramatic weight loss, just a steady increase in my fitness and small but noticeable changes in my body. That means this is a sustainable habit, a lifestyle change that I can easily maintain. That’s the really important part. This has become a habit now. Going to the gym is simply a part of my day. Something that’s factored in like work, lunch or grocery shopping. You just do it. Even on the occasional days where I don’t feel like going, I’ve pushed myself to go, just to prove to myself that I can do it.
Don’t worry, this isn’t going to become a health and fitness blog. And I still love a cocktail and a juicy burger. I don’t think I’ll ever lose my love affair with food. But I’m learning more about nutrition and understanding what my body needs while balancing that with the things that I enjoy. And that is the absolute key here. Balance. Which brings me back to the beginning. Part of restoring that balance to my life is getting back into things here. I’ve missed you guys! Even when I’ve been here posting, I haven’t REALLY been here and I do feel bad about that. You guys deserve so much better than that.
 
So I’m sorry for being a naughty blogger, but I’m really glad to be back and super grateful to you for sticking around. I’m looking forward to bringing more fun your way! Which starts next week with a post on an AMAZING new clothing line launched this week that I had a small involvement in. You guys are going to lose it!!
This Saturday I’m off to the Rods& Rockabilly Festival at Hamilton where I can’t wait to wear something from said new clothing line.

I hope to see you there!