34.

34.

How very Adele of me. Thirty-Four. Written just like that as if it will summarise all that this year has been and all the future could be. It’s my birthday, could you tell? Today I turn thirty-four years old and I have feelings about that. Not the usual feelings, I don’t think, but then I’ve never been 34 before. You see, I don’t care about getting old.  I don’t care about ageing. I don’t care about wrinkles or creases, aches and pains. That disregard is a privilege over those whose health isn’t as easy to get along with as mine. But I don’t fear getting old, or being old, I would consider that a gift. That’s not it at all. For…

This morning.

This morning.

This morning, blissfully unaware I am being watched, I stroll back and forward to the bathroom. Times like these I miss my old house and its ensuite. But oh well, we adapt. My bedroom sits atop the lounge room, a mezzanine sort of thing, with about five stairs to take you to the upper bedroom level. As part of my morning routine, I loiter the top story of my house in underwear with music blaring. My current album of choice, Human by Rag’n’Bone Man, requires a lot of singing along. And we all know that singing is better the louder you can push it out. Obviously. Realising my bras were all downstairs in the laundry, damn it, I grabbed my t-shirt…

My favourite summer purple smoothie

My favourite summer purple smoothie

This purple summer smoothie is a must try and not just because I am a smoothie superstar, which I am. It’s delicious, refreshing, basically a meal in a cup and did I mention delicious? Grab your blenders, it’s time to make this refreshing, tangy, icy cold purple smoothie. Can’t argue with that! I’ve listed the ingredients I used to make this one, rather large glass. If you want to bulk up the nutrition in this one to use it as a breakfast or lunch on the go, add a scoop or two of your favourite vanilla protein powder. Oats work, you just need a little more liquid or you could double up on the yoghurt to add more calories. Whatever floats…

Body Image Podcasts I’m loving right now.

Body Image Podcasts I’m loving right now.

If you think blogs are a great at changing your ideas about body image wait until you hear these killer body image podcasts! They are going to go head to head with that little voice of yours and kick its ass. Are you ready for that? Let’s just say that I was a bit of a podcast newbie. I’d downloaded a few after a blog conference once but couldn’t really get into the format. It’s not my fault, I doze off when someone reads me a story. It’s a throwback thing, I’m sure. Since starting my very own podcast SUGER + INK last year with Samara of Blonde Ink, I’ve delved into the world of podcasts. And short version? Now, I love…

Why I’m not a ‘not like other girls’ girl, anymore.

Why I’m not a ‘not like other girls’ girl, anymore.

Wow, confusing title, right? My bad. This post is about me being ‘not like other girls’ and why I gave that up and embraced female friendships and empowerment. Taking the time to reflect this International Women’s Day, I wanted to acknowledge where I’ve come from and where I’m going. I’ve always been a Feminist, long before I had the language for it. Long before I knew that wanting to define myself and what I was capable of based on my ability rather than my gender, was feminism. I knew it annoyed me that my brother wasn’t immediately involved in tasks at my Grandmother’s house. I couldn’t understand why people didn’t believe that my mother rode motorbikes, but deferred to my…

I’ve put on weight, and people are weird about it.

I’ve put on weight, and people are weird about it.

It’s true. I’ve put on weight, and people are weird about it. But not in the way that you’d think they would be. Perhaps you’re imagining well-meaning folks giving me weight-loss tips or advice on dieting. Well, nope. That hasn’t happened. What has happened goes a little something like this; Me & Them: Some description of conversation, turns towards gym or eating or wine or cheese. Or all of the above. Me: Yeah, I’ve been feeling it since I hurt my foot, I’ve put on a fair bit of weight. Them: No you haven’t, you look beautiful. No way. Me: Well, actually, I literally have. It’s not a thing, it’s a fact. I’ve put on weight. Them: Nooooo. No way. Seriously.…

Why sharing your experience isn’t attention seeking.

Why sharing your experience isn’t attention seeking.

It’s been a big month for me. Lots of post sharing and commentary about my blog and the way I cover topics here. I watched as my words were taken out of my hands and placed in the hands of others. That’s the scary part of visibility; you really can’t control how people see you. You can craft a persona, based on what you believe and hope is true, but you have no control over how it lands over there. I don’t know about you, but for me, that’s terrifying on a number of levels.  It reminded me of the time I saw a comment on my post that a friend had shared. The comment said something along the lines…

Dying my hair grey and maintaining the colour

Dying my hair grey and maintaining the colour

I know you guys are curious about me dying my hair grey. There are always questions and comments about it when I share a photo on the Facebook or Instagram pages. And I’m not going to sugarcoat it, it’s a pain in the butt sometimes. Grey is probably the hardest colour I’ve ever tried to maintain, and I’ve tried most of them! It’s one of those things, I suppose. Great in theory, but almost impossible to do well. I know. I tried and failed to get to this colour for a million years. Only a slight exaggeration. But we got there in the end. So, what made me decide to go grey? Well, the bottle version. I’m envious of natural grey…

Team Stripes in Casual Grey and Black

Team Stripes in Casual Grey and Black

This week I’ve been approached regarding three denim and jean launches, which is great news for my business, but maaaaan, it’s a billion degrees. And yes I know this is content for the cooler months to come, but I can’t help but think do I have to? Haha. It’s hot. And when it’s hot, you’ll find me in a casual summer dress. Every.  Single. Time.  Case in point, this awesomeness from 17 Sundays. They really do keep me in stripe heaven. The back of this dress HAS to be seen (there’s a photo below) and all in all, I’m in love. I’m wearing the Medium, though my normal size is the Large. You’ll see on the model the more relaxed…