I get super excited about meeting my blog readers, and after talking to Grace on Facebook I was thrilled when she told me that she was willing to step in front of my camera. She’s so friendly and bubbly in real life, that the moment I met her I felt like we had known each other for ages. I love having that kind of connection!

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Beach Wedding

Meagan Kerr - Wedding Guest - Autograph Maxi Dress

My beloved baby brother (who is 28 years old and well over six foot, so clearly not a baby anymore) got married at the beginning of March, toes nestled in the sand of Matai Bay in Northland. It was a gorgeously sunny day, with the sun streaming down, and I’m so glad I had decided to wear a cool flowing maxi dress.

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Fab Frocks – Plus Size Bridal & Formal Gowns

One of the things I get a lot of people asking me about is plus size bridal and formal gowns. And I can understand why – how often do you walk into a store looking for a formal gown or a wedding dress and are able to just try something on at a size 26? Or even a size 16? In New Zealand, buying plus size formalwear off the rack is pretty rare, so when I found out about the wonderful Kelly Sefton’s Fab Frocks in Rotorua, I had to pay her a visit. For blog research purposes, of course!

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Autumn Boots Special

With the autumn equinox just past, the days getting cooler and the leaves starting to turn, it’s time to admit that autumn is finally here. And you know what that means? It’s time to lace up your boots, lady! I’ve done the legwork and found some of my favourite boots for the upcoming season, so all you have to do is choose the style you like and find your size. So here we go – no words, just boots.

Autumn Boots Special - Black Riding Boots Ankle Boots for Fall

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Easter Egg Nails

Brought to you by Monaco Nail Academy

With Easter coming really soon (I’m so not prepared for that – where has this year gone?), and my Easter nail art inspiration already sought out and shared with you all, I thought it was time for me to choose a design and give it a go.

Easter Egg Nails by Penny Lazic using Be Creative Pretty Pigments by Sam Biddle with White Chevrons

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Meet Hannah Gough aka Miss Glamour LaRue – Glam for short. She’s a model, an early childhood educator, a Miss Pinup New Zealand 2015 finalist, derby girl and all round awesome babe. I was excited to be able to shoot with her for my Fat Girls Shouldn’t Wear Stripes project and ask her a few questions about being body positive and being a plus size woman in the Miss Pinup New Zealand 2015 finals.

 Plus Size Pin Up | Miss Glamour LaRue wears City Chic dress and Iron Fist heels
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Steal Her Style: Tris Prior – Dauntless

The Divergent Series - Insurgent

I love stories with strong female protagonists, and they’re pretty much my go to when it comes to reading. Before Divergent came out, I read the whole series of books on the recommendation of a few of my friends in the USA and thought that they were amazing. When the first film came out, I fell in love again – this time with the costuming. I know – typical style blogger, right? Almost all of the clothing in Divergent was made especially for the film, with costume designer Carlo Poggioli doing an amazing job of designing outfits for each faction that really represented them and reflected their traits. Continue reading

Review: Vitamin E Cool BB Cream

The Body Shop - Vitamin E Cool BB Cream Review

I’m a BB cream girl. I don’t like full coverage foundations for everyday use, I prefer something more lightweight that gives my skin a little bit of colour while still letting my freckles show through. I discovered the joys of BB cream a couple of years ago, but when I decided to go cruelty free I had to ditch the Maybelline and find something new. Continue reading

My body is not your business

As a woman*, people seem to think that your body is a free for all discussion topic. They give you their opinion on your weight, on their perception of your health; they share unsolicited “advice” about what you should/shouldn’t be eating, how you should/shouldn’t be exercising, what you’re wearing and how you treat your body in general; and if you are pregnant everyone is going to touch your belly whether you want them to or not. In fact, stories from friends indicate that people might try doing this when you’re not pregnant, just fat. Awkwaaaaard.

I want to start out by saying that unwelcome comments about your body and health are not limited to fat women – but I write about this from the perspective of a woman who is fat. Women of all sizes get comments about their bodies (and their health): there’s catcalling in the street (and on the internet); there are snide comments about how she looks in that red bodycon dress; there are thousands of magazines and websites that pass judgement on women’s bodies every day – too fat, too thin, cellulite, weight gain, weight loss, pregnancy… We need to learn that it’s not okay, and we need to start making a change to the culture we’ve created.

More often than not, these kinds of comments can make us feel like crap. I’ve had times when passing comments from strangers have reduced me to tears … and when it’s my own family? That’s a thousand times worse. So I thought I’d share a few tips I’ve picked up along the way about how to deal with situations like this. Continue reading