Outfit – Radimals!


The print on this dress KILLS me! It’s so cute! When I watched one of the Black Milk videos and they sneak peaked this pattern, I crossed my fingers they’d be in leggings. I was a bit bummed when it was released in a play dress, as I’d never bought one and didn’t think it would suit me. I decided to buy it, and if it didn’t look okay, I’d send it back.


It’s still here! I actually don’t think it looks too bad on! I thought the fitted nylon would show all my lumps and bumps, and while you can see some slight underwear lines, it’s also pretty flattering! The playdress actually has a high neckline, but I, uh, well, I wear it back to front! It’s NOT supposed to be worn this way, as it’s cut to be longer at the back- shorter at the front, but I have a small butt, so find the extra length on the front helps with the extra material needed to cover my belly. It is still pretty short all round though!


The weather in Melbourne certainly is crazy! I took these photos a week ago, when the weather was nice and hitting low 30ºc. Then December came in, officially summer and it’s currently 16ºc! WHAT!? Meanwhile, back in Sydney it’s been 35ºc+! I am much more a fan of Winter, but I admit to missing those nice sunny days. Anyway, enough about the weather!


Pink holographic sandals! YES PLEASE! These are, of course, another sale score. It seems that lately, the only time I buy something new is if it’s on sale. I’ve become the ultimate bargain hunter!!


My favourite animal on the dress seems to depend on the day. A snake riding a bicycle (how does that even work!?), a kitty on a scooter, a bunnie on a skateboard! It is adorable overload! It may be a little weird, but I kind of want to give them all names! Haha!


Dress – Black Milk (Size XL) | Cardi – City Chic (Size L) | Shoes – Boohoo (Size 8) | No make up.


Which radimal is your fave!?

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Blogcademy friends & the power of sale dresses!


Just over a year ago, I flew to Melbourne (from my home in Sydney) to attend ‘The Blogcademy’. A 2 day workshop hosted my 3 influential bloggers that I had been following for years. Little did I know, that in the span of 12 months, I’d have picked up my life, MOVED to Melbourne, and have a bunch of amazing fellow bloggers to call friends.


Last week, with MJ visiting Melbourne (She lives in Adelaide) a few of us got together for some shopping, yummy food, and blog talk. I was the only one who didn’t wear ears, though my belt did have ears, so I wasn’t too left out. I don’t mean to sound conceited, but don’t we look fabulous! Even with my derpy laugh face. I think that just shows what a great time I was having.


N2! This place kind of blew my mind. They freeze the ice cream on the spot using liquid nitrogen! They change up their menu all the time & I feel that it may be a habit to duck in and try out all the different flavours. I’d stick to the sorbets, the ice creams look super rich and decadent though!


What am I wearing? Find out below. First up though, how amazing is the dress i’m wearing? It was love at first site but I couldn’t afford it with it’s original price tag. However, I snapped it up on sale & a discount code! I ALWAYS search for Fashion Coupons and deals before I buy something. Oh! And Brittany is wearing a City Chic dress that is currently on sale HERE.

DRESS – ASOS with Coupon| Cardi – Kmart | Stockings – Sonsee | Boots – Betts | Belt – ASOS


This is Millicent, the lovely lady who took the wonderful photos for this post. I do have a feeling she is a bit camera shy! She rocked a gorgeous cherry print dress, which, you guessed it, was a sale find!


The pink haired MJ rocked a mostly thrifted outfit, I’m your Present ring set, and an amazing custom necklace from Di Depux. Can you tell we all fell IN LOVE with the wallpaper at WallCandy Wallpaper!


We stopped for lunch at Naked for Satan. I’d been to the restaurant for dinner in the past, but they do $1 Pintxos doing the day, and OMG they were delicious. If you’re even on Brunswick St in Fitzroy, TRY THEM!


Mirror selfies with Britt & my plate of pintxos! My favourite was the anchovy one! I can’t remember what exactly was on it, but it was delicious!

More amazing wallpaper at WallCandy Wallpaper!

I’m so thankful for the blogcademy for introducing me to even more amazing babes. To have found friends who understand blog talk, why I always take pictures, how important our phones can be, and such similar visual Aesthetic. Thank you Britt, Millicent & MJ for such a brilliant day! Though extra special thanks to Millicent for providing most of these wonderful pictures!!

Dear Mr Frodo (A year on)


Dear Mr Frodo,
Today marks a year since you passed away. A year since I last held you, since I smelt you, got kisses, heard your bark. It’s been a year since you struggled to sit up on the vets desk, to lick away my tears, as I said goodbye. A year since I held you, told you that I loved you, that you were THE BEST dog, my best friend, my baby boy, as you drifted away.


It’s been HARD, but like people have said, it’s got easier. I think moving to Melbourne helped, because I no longer expect to see you come strutting down the hall. For so long, I would still go to feed you, or take you outside. The worst is when I get depressed, you were always there for me then, you were my rock, and for awhile I felt SO lost, because it was you who would comfort me. It was YOU who kept ME alive. Tonka has been doing his best with that though, and I guess I’m lucky he’s a cat that loves to lay in my arms all night. He fretted for you, I think he still misses you, though I’m pretty sure he’s happy he ALWAYS gets prime lap/bed position now.


I don’t have so many nightmares about you anymore. For so long I would dream about you dying. Or that I wished so hard you came back to life, only to be some weird demon zombie dog. I’ve lost count of the number of times I woke up in tears. Thankfully, when you visit me in my dreams now, you’re just you, and we hang out, and I cherish every second I get to spend with you. Even if it is just in my head.


To be honest, I did better then I expected. When you were alive, I couldn’t even comprehend what a life without you would be like. Surely, I could NEVER survive in a world that you weren’t in? True, I think a little piece of me died with you, I had moments when the world felt like it was ending and I could not stop crying, or catch my breath. But the world did keep turning, and I KNEW you would want me to keep on keeping on.


This is the longest time that I can remember that I haven’t had a dog. I’ve always had a dog, sometimes two, for as long as I remember. I think I’m finally realising that I COULD have another dog in my life. Part of me is scared though. I’m scared that I will never love another thing the way I loved you. Sure, I love, but I’ve never loved anyone or anything as much as I loved you. I’m also scared that I WILL love something the way I loved you.


I still think of you every day, I still see you everyday, but it hurts less. I may be bawling like a baby writing this, but the tears & pain are less often. These days, I tend to remember all the good times we spent, and smile. I still can’t eat Doritos though. I also feel a little guilty because your urn is hidden away in a box on the shelf. I don’t think I’m ready for that open of a reminder. I know you’ll understand though. Plus you’re favourite toy, leash and coat is in it with you.


I like to think you’re somewhere, with loved ones who have passed. Reunited with Bayley & Emily. Snuggling with Grandmama. I hope you are.

All my love, my little man.
xo Mummy

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