Workspaces to inspire you

Workspaces to inspire you

As most (some?) of you know, a few days a week I work from home in the blog office. From there I do all sorts of things including this blogging thing, I consult to small businesses on their social media and I build websites. Fun, right? It’s one of my favourite places to be and over time I’ve managed to set it up in a way that I love. But that wasn’t always the case. At all! When we moved into our home (two years ago!), I chose the old converted single garage as the space for my office. It had smelly carpet (too damp for such things) and aged paint, dark blinds and loads of potential. A makeover was…

Choosing and implementing an Instagram theme

Choosing and implementing an Instagram theme

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to my latest obsession; creating an awesome Instagram theme. I fell down the rabbit hole that was VSCO filters on Pinterest, yes there are entire boards full of filter suggestions and theme ideas, and here I am. Welcome to my brain, and sorry about that. And from those Pinterest boards and filters, it was all downhill. Some of you may be asking what IS an Instagram theme? Good question. You know when you arrive on an Instagram profile and the combination of those images just feel like they belong together? They’re colour themed, look amazing together, similar even, and all of a sudden you just can’t resist the account. It calls to me.  That look is a…

Australian Plus Size Bloggers to follow on Instagram

Australian Plus Size Bloggers to follow on Instagram

These lists are everywhere, right? People to follow and you find the same people on it over and over again. Not much help, we all know the BIG GUNS. The ones who accumulate followers by the thousands. But what about the accounts that demonstrate good old fashion style? What about those accounts? I spend a lot of time on Instagram. Between curating my account and research for workshops or client meetings, it’s my most used app. Sometimes I land on an account that I just cannot understand how it doesn’t have a billion followers. The same can be said the other way too. Like, how!? No clue man, no clue. Anyway. In the interest in sharing the love, the insta fashion…

5 rules for living well

5 rules for living well

Once on this blog I had a series called “Suger’s Rules” and the best of these was Suger’s Rules for Living*. It was a laugh and a short and sweet post about things I know to be true. Rules for living. It has certainly been a while since I’d shared anything like that, my rules for life. But then this happened… You might as well jump I said in reply to an Instagram comment. As I did I nodded and thought how much I keep that short and sweet saying in mind in life. The more I thought about it, the more I realised I have five simple but effective rules for living well. Quotes or ideas to live by.…

{Kodoka} Challenge Accepted

{Kodoka} Challenge Accepted

To say I was unprepared for what I would face as part of the support crew for my brother Dean’s attempt at completing the Kokoda Challenge on the Gold Coast this weekend would be an understatement. I sit here, laptop open and ready to report back on the whole thing, and that’s the thought that hangs most vividly in my mind. Unprepared. Like a word of the day. Not unprepared in that I hadn’t read the information packs or studied the maps. Not unprepared in that we didn’t have a car full of supplies and some description of strategy to deploy them. We were packed, prepared and ready to roll. That wasn’t it at all. I was completely unprepared in…

How to make your own luck in life

How to make your own luck in life

How to make your own luck in life is going to be a title that for some people will push their buttons. If you feel a little trampled by luck at the moment, it’s probably annoying to hear that you can make your own. Especially when this post is written by someone like me who for various reasons of her birth; race, birthplace and stupendous family, has acknowledged her privileged position. Know I know that. But don’t go shutting off now. I am a believer in creating our own luck. And if that’s something you want for yourself ignore that little voice that is calling me a lucky bitch and read on. Good luck, a change of circumstances perhaps, is just around the corner…

Street Style: Inspired By

Street Style: Inspired By

I’ve been obsessed with street style since before I started to blog about clothes. Sure the references I saw in those days were the rich and famous. Then the bloggers started to make their way onto my radar. The actual street style and the posed street style type outfit post. I became obsessed. You only have to look at my Pinterest to know that. This week, since I’ve had a wee bit of resurgence on the blog of late (wifi will do that to a girl) it felt like a good time to share my love of street style with you all. I wrote an article once over at Styling You about how Pinterest helped me develop my personal style (read…

Black + White Images: Inspired By

Black + White Images: Inspired By

Portraits, house images, fashion images, ALL the images, just give them to me in black and white. This house I was determined to move away from my predominately black and white theme to something a little softer. Something with tan and leather, industrial without being too hard. Warm and welcoming. Something that would be at home in the artful interiors of our new home. And still, the black and white continues to creep back in. Sure it’s an off white. Maybe even a cream. But it edges in and I must admit it’s like coming home to an old friend. There’s something classic about it. I could flip through black and white images all day. Imagining the colour. Lost in…

Food Glorious Food: Inspired By

Food Glorious Food: Inspired By

Mmmmm. Yum. This week’s inspiration comes to you via my currently being renovated kitchen. I’ve chosen some new tiles, Mr Suger finished the cut through to the dining/living room… It’s all happening and I’m dreaming of dinner parties. Of having people over, of cooking and eating for and with friends. Food. This week it is all about food. The thing I love most about food is that with a little preparation, some research and a good knife or two you can make something special. I’m not an artist, if you’ve seen me draw you’ll testify, but when I cook I get to be creative. Artistic even and inventive. Lashings of colour and texture, spices and flavours. It’s inspiring, don’t you think?…