An outfit for the swinging 20s

In addition to a bunch of weddings, it is also birthday season. 30th birthday season.

One of my closest friends hosted a 20s themed party down in Canberra.

I have been lucky enough to have Matt in my life for 12 years, and he has always been such a strong and fiercely loyal friend. I was so honoured that he asked me to make a speech where I was given strict instructions to not focus on the really troublesome stories! Surprisingly, that was easy because my favourite memories are not the funniest.

So what do I wear? I pulled out the dress I ALWAYS wear for 20s themed parties. It’s a drop waisted, sleeveless, croc print dress.

A drop waist dress isn’t the best option for a bigger, curvy body, but rules are meant to be broken! And here is nothing less attractive (or boring!) than someone not getting dressed up as per the hosts request!

I matched it with navy satin heels, a long necklace (unfortunately I didn’t have any long strands of pearls on hand) and a feathered head piece.










Outfit Details:

Dress: Jones New York

Shoes: Diana Ferrari

Necklace: Armani

Be Passionate. Be Courageous. Be Your Best.

The words in the heading of this post were recently spoken at TedEX by the inspirational Gabby Giffords.

Gabby Giffords was a congresswoman and shot in the head while meeting constituents in her home town of Tucson in 2011.

What was immediately clear when watching Gabby and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, was the love and commitment they have for each other.

As a result of her injuries she has re-learnt how to do everything – walk, talk, move, eat. But thinking and love clearly come naturally to this woman.

Mark was her voice for much of this piece, but at the end Gabby stands up and after a brief introduction says:

“..but my spirit is stronger as ever, and I am fighting to make the world a better place and you can too. Get involved in your community, be a leader and set an example. Be passionate be courageous and be your best.”

I whole heartedly agree with this statement. It is strong, and beautiful.

My thoughts on positive body awareness has really turned this blog into a little community. A micro community but one that has heart and strength. I hope that my words and experiences, in addition to those of my readers help you be the best person you can be too.

There is a such a strong stigma regarding how women should be, and dress. What body size and shape are acceptable in this confusing modern world. But, the best role model to help change and shift other peoples perceptions are you.

The plus size fashion world is moving so fast and forcing itself into an extremely exciting era. There are so many more options which are allowing bigger women to express themselves with fashion.

So, embrace your differences, stop hiding, and without you knowing it, it is likely to change others opinions of you, and others like you.



A long absence….

I need to apologise for being MIA.

After the third wedding of the wedding series, I needed some time out. Firstly because socially my life had been hectic, and secondly, I started a new role which is great but always needs some time to adjust and I really haven’t had that opportunity. But also, I turn 30 in 2 weeks and it is making me evaluate everything. Again. I made some changes in July last year but with the actual birthday fast approaching, I am so focused on my achievements to date – I’m not satisfied with where I am. My poor friends have endured many serious conversations over the last few weeks/months.

Also, and possibly as a result, my mojo has been feeling….limp. I haven’t been feeling very womanly or sexy and I am keen to get back to where I was post (or even pre!) Sydney Skinny.

I was on such a physical high after the swim, but I stopped the exercise as my sponsorship ended. Big mistake.

This isn’t even a weight thing. I suspect I’ve added some kgs and oddly that doesn’t bother me as much as how I am feeling. And I think it boils down to me feeling frustrated. Which means I need to adapt.


So, I am using this long weekend to sort myself out. I went on my regular (usually, anyway!) Saturday morning walk, and now I am going through all my finances to see exactly where I’m at – I have been putting it off because I know it isn’t pretty. Another of lifes stressors. Are you reading this and starting to identify??

Thanks for being amazing and passing on some seriously great feedback (particularly to those who have admitted to being loyalists/happy stalkers!!).



Wedding Series – Number 3: Vintage and Garden

Well, I’m sad to say this is the final entry in the wedding series – I hope you enjoyed the pics (and stories!) from weddings one and two.

As you would have seen, the first two weddings were completely different and the third is no different.

The third wedding had a strong vintage and garden theme.

The ceremony was held in a lovely old art deco style building in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. A former dance studio, it had mirrors at one end, beautiful wooden floors, high ceilings and stunning floor to ceiling windows.

The reception was held at one of the gorgeous old buildings in Sydney’s botanical gardens.

So, what do I wear?

Having spoken with the bride about her dress, I knew she still wanted it all to be an elegant affair but also represent the couples eclectic style. As a considerate guest, I wanted my dress to match the style of the wedding. So, I chose one of my favourite new dresses – a high neck, sleeveless, belted green dress with cream polka dots.

The high neck is feminine and elegant – as are the polka dots. But it also had a vintage twang to it. The knee length, loose skirt added to that 1950’s feel to it and was perfect for a twirl or fifty on the dance floor.

Paired with my favourite nude heels (which came off as soon as I arrived at the reception), and my trustworthy weaved clutch, it was a polished look with a mix of vintage and modern.

I LOVED this outfit, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did…..







Green and cream polka dots – double take



Stunning ceremony venue






Seriously stunning bride – this was after I cried like a baby during the ceremony



Awesome-foursome – the happiest of evenings

Outfit Details:

Dress: Modcloth, Visual Visionary Dress

 Shoes: Target, Nude heels

Bag: Michael Kors, weaved clutch