A wee bit of analogue style

A wee bit of analogue style

Post contains raving about an item gifted for editorial consideration. It’s not often I hand over the entire post to one item of clothing outside of my sponsored post context. But the Analogue Print Dress is just too good not to. Regular readers of this blog will know I’m a raving 17 Sundays fan and have been for years now. I would buy, hunt down and stalk their pages for new items to get my hands on. Why? They fit me like a glove and suit my lifestyle. My style and my life, so literally my lifestyle. And this dress,…

Epiphany Coffee Gympie

Epiphany Coffee Gympie

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about passion after I watched the movie Chef. The passionate bunch you are, you agree that living with passion was great, awesome, spectacular even. But there is something about someone else live out their passion that’s addictive to watch. Yes? Well, I found a real life example! Nestled under the eaves of the Harvest Organic Food Store, Reef Street, opposite Memorial Park, in a little white van with timber windows, is a place to buy coffee. Epiphany Coffee, run by a husband and wife team and packed with passion, the coffee tastes…

Summer Sunday Session

Summer Sunday Session

As soon as the weather turns warm I can’t be trusted to do anything but lay around and drink ice-cold beverages. Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration but on weekends, it wouldn’t a stretch. So what do I wear for such occasions? What’s my summer session style? Well, it’s laaaaaaid back. Way back. Mostly it involves swimwear and thongs, today I dressed ‘up’ a little for an afternoon session and BBQ dinner. Denim, flats, light and easy layers, and something to carry my drinks in. Mr Suger by my side doesn’t hurt either, of course. I don’t need much. I’m a simple…

My teenage-self

My teenage-self

This weekend I’ve been writing an epic post about the internet and teenagers, my opinion of the things they need to know with a side order or reminiscing of all things me as a teen. Ahhh teenage Melissa, what a strange bird she was. A strange combination of insecure and over-confident, strong and weak, loving and hateful. My teenage-self made some mistakes, for sure. Ones that occasionally flashback as a reminder that when you know better, you do better. As I wrote that post, I forgave those mistakes I had made a little more. Being a teenager is hard work…

Stop being sorry for who you are

Stop being sorry for who you are

Do you say sorry, a lot? I was thinking about it, and I do. I like to be polite, but sometimes I say sorry and I think, what the heck was that for? My question in this all is when does it spot being about politeness and start being apologising for existing. Sorry to have taken up too much space, to have been opinionated, to have made you notice you’re not the only person in the world. I first became aware of how often I would apologise for myself, my ideas and my thoughts under the wing of an employer…

Stripes, stripes and a longline waistcoat

Stripes, stripes and a longline waistcoat

When it comes to stripes, I just can’t get enough of them. I’m team stripes and the stripe’ier the better. So on Saturday afternoon I donned my mismatched stripes and my new boohoo plus white vest, and we went driving. Mr Suger and I like to do that sometimes; have Hybrid, will travel and all that. We had nothing planned that night for the first time in ages and decided to just kill some time hanging out. With the windows down and ‘Shake It Off’ cranked on the car stereo (yes, we are those people) we drove the winding roads…

Change is as good as a holiday

Change is as good as a holiday

Post One #innovativebeauty challenge – Voices of 2014 As part of the challenge, Garnier gave us a few sample products and a list of prompt ideas around the theme of #innovativebeauty. I consider my blog more fashion and lifestyle than fashion and beauty so I sat and stared at those products for ages thinking, holy heck how do people make this stuff interesting. I use hair dye, so course I do, but then so do you. Well, maybe. What now? I’ve even shared my most disastrous home hair experience with you all… I frowned a little more and decided that it’s hair…

Switching gears: summer mode

Switching gears: summer mode

I have well and truly switched gears and entered my, meh who cares summer phase early this year. Kicked back and soaking in the heat, weekends by the pool, laughing and playing will do that to a girl. So when it comes time to get into summer mode all it really takes are some swimmers and a pair of shorts. But even I can’t wear them everywhere so the lightweight, the easy and this year, the bright come into play. This denim skirt I picked up from ASOS on Liv’s recommendation is the best. The cute line, the buttons, pockets…

What I learnt about passion from Chef, the movie

What I learnt about passion from Chef, the movie

I watched the movie Chef last night. I’ve embedded the trailer, so you know what I’m talking about and if you haven’t seen it, I recommend you do. This foodie movie not only will leave you hungry, but it will leave you wanting more from life. Snuggled on the couch with Mr Suger, I found myself leaning forward, riveted, and I laughed as the journey continued. I felt it in my stomach, the butterflies. It was inspiration. Excitement. It was passion. And I wanted it. What I really really wanted was to pack a food truck up and travel somewhere…

You are a feminist if…

You are a feminist if…

I was in a conversation in the month leading up to Emma Watson’s speech at the United Nations, you know the one, right? THAT ONE. I said that of course I was a feminist. No, you’re not, the other person said, no way. If I could show you my face at that moment my confusion and errr, what the heck’ness would have been evident. I’m a feminist, I assure you, I think you’ve got the meaning all wrong. And then Emma did her thing. People on the interwebs took their sides of the fence as they normally do. Some said…

Keeping it casual

Keeping it casual

Sometimes there’s nothing special about outfits; they are just the clothes you wear when you go about your life. This day was one of those days. It’s easy, simple enough and comfortable. Sometimes it’s these kinds of outfits that just need to end up on the blog. They need to be blogged to balance the fancier, more complicated ones. When it comes to casual I often reach for my chambray pieces. Lighter and easier to wear than denim, I love the pop of blue; the opportunity to add light layers and 90s vibe. As far as I’m concerned everyone needs…

Things I learnt from having a sister…

Things I learnt from having a sister…

That I’m annoying. Oh wait. No, that’s not where I was going with this at all. This was to be the post I wrote as an ode to my sister for her birthday. My baby sister turned 25 last week, and I could not be prouder. So what have I learnt from having a sister? Take note sister types, I expect you to add to the list in the end. I’ve learnt to keep my stuff under lock and key. When I was 9, she brushed all the hair on my porcelain dolls effectively ruining them forever. When she started…

Hope & Harvest Nautica SS14 Blogger Review

Hope & Harvest Nautica SS14 Blogger Review

Earlier this year, the night before Liv’s wedding to be exact, Harvest from the brand Hope & Harvest came to Brisbane. While she was here, Liv organised a Queensland Plus Blogger dinner for her. During the dinner, Harvest mentioned the new collection and how much she thought we’d love it. “I’ll let you know when it’s coming out,” she said before she disappeared into the car of her designated driver. And let us know she did. Nauticas SS14 launched a week (or two?) ago and on Friday Liv of Wait Until the Sunset, Emma and I donned the clothes Harvest…