You are stronger than you think.
Remember the time you had a car accident, it was all your fault and you told yourself you don't deserve to drive again because you are an unsafe driver?
Do you remember the time he broke your heart and you told yourself you never open yourself to anyone ever again?
Do you remember when your high school teacher didn't believe you could get good grades and she implied you weren't smart enough?
But darling, all these experiences and challenges have shaped you on who you are today. You are a strong, resilient and amazing woman with many aspirations and smashing goals each day.
You may not feel worthy at times, but you have to know that you ARE strong AND resilient.
Your flaws and imperfections make you who you are now.
Don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise.
You have goals - short term, medium-term and long term goals. You are a dreamer and an amazing kick ass goal-kicker too.
You need to know this, and remind yourself this every day.
You are grateful for all the opportunities and challenges that come your way.
So Suzanne, please know this:
You are stronger than you think.
Dear Ex-Boyfriend Who Abused Me,
I wouldn't be here without you.
You abused me not just physically, but emotionally and mentally as well.
I have learnt to survive on my own self because what you have done to me as a woman.
I have learnt to say no when I don't want something, rather than agreeing quietly with everything you say to me to do.
I would not have grown and reassess what I want in life if it weren't for you.
I know who exactly and what sort of person I don't want to spend my life with forever.
Thank you for treating me that way, so I know what kind of a man I DON'T want in life.
I believe everything happens for a reason in life and we can't control some things.
What we can control is our response to situations.
We can't change the people, but we learn to respond to it differently.
From the relationship I was with you, I learnt how to love myself more, and always put myself first.
Even at the time, I "gave" everything to you and you abused that.
I wouldn't be the woman I am today without you.
I am winning in life, and succeeding my goals one by one.
You help me realise I have strength I didn't know I had.
So dear ex-boyfriend who abused me,
I didn't go out of the relationship and learnt nothing.
I learnt so much about myself more than you realise.
Today I went to Melbourne Cup at the stunning Altitude Bar & Foresters Restaurant & Bar. It was an amazing rooftop event with scrumptious gourmet canapes, a graze board and even a fashion show to entertain the guests. The team at Designer Q and Brokat Studio help put this fantastic event together. The designers today included: Black Jacket Suiting, Niki Teljega, Tigerlash, Fashion Paradisso, Red Cypress Clothing, Yellow Thread The Label, and MOJALIVIN. A mixture of clothing from ready to wear, menswear, to beautiful couture. Below are my favourite piece from each designer:
Above: Black Jacket Suiting
Above: Anja in Niki Teljega
Above: Meagan in Tigerlash
Above: Fashion Paradisso
Above: Soloman in Red Cypress Clothing
Above: Yellow Thread The Label
Above: Selfie with The Brisbane Girl and Martha Yuna Lay (I'm wearing headpiece by Belle Folie )
Above: Emma Bourne and Louise Marschke
Photography by Suzanne Dang
Today I received a very exciting parcel from Scrunch. I was gifted the "Health + Wellness" #ScrunchBox. It included products that have natural ingredients in it, and I am so excited to use it. Below is what I received:
Above: Thanks Scrunch for the parcel! It made my day
Above: Supplements - Switch Nutrition
Above: Vetta SMART Fibre Spaghetti
Above: Nirvana Health Products
Above: Smooth Almond Butter spread - Nutty Bruce
Above: Vetta SMART Protein Spirals
Above: Lunette Menstrual Cup
Photography by Suzanne Dang
I was so impressed by last year's BFM (Brisbane Fashion Month) Business Workshop, that I thought I had to come back again to it this year. The lineup of speakers yesterday was amazing. All the talks were informative and I enjoyed listening to each speaker. There was an interval at 10am for morning tea, and boy, what a spectacular graze board it was! After the talks finished, people were given the chance to do a TWO MINUTE pitch on their business. And did I mention how awesome the goodie bag was as well?? I had a great time at this event - the best part is always to network with others.
Above: The setup
What a fun-filled event celebrating culture, fashion and entertainment at Brisbane Convention Centre for the Pacific Fashion Festival which was on today. The event kickstarted with musician - Mark Lowndes, playing and singing songs to hype up the audience. Then around 1.45pm or so there were live performances by different dance groups such as Heilani, Matana and Mamana. It was very entertaining, and I love the costumes the female and male dancers wore. There were altogether 13 different fashion designers, and featuring clothing that was so unique. There was a 20 min interval or so between the two runway shows. Below are my favourite outfit/s from each designer:
Above: Little Mamas & Papas
Above: Little Mamas and Papas
Above: Kapilou Creations
Above: Amatalines Nauru
Above: Backdrop and decor by Something Extra Brisbane
Photography by Suzanne Dang
I had another spectacular night at Brisbane Fashion Runway at Saint John's Cathedral in Brisbane city tonight. The fashion show started around 6.30pm and guests were welcomed with a scrumptious grazing table. Platinum holders had the privilege to have unlimited drinks (although I stuck to my normal drinking routine and had water instead lol!). The first section of the runway included designers including Srgt Yass Queen, Monique Watters, Mayaki Swimwear, Jodie Lea Studio. After the first section, there was a 30min interval. The second part of the fashion show included designers: Megan Cannings, Purgatory, Saka Label, and Moreno Marcos. Below are my favourite looks from each designer mentioned in the first and second part of the show, as well as my favourite social photos from the night.
Above: Srgt Yass Queen
Above: Mayaki Swimwear
Above: Monique Watters
Above: Jodie Lea Studio
Above: Megan Cannings
Above: Saka Label
Above: Moreno Marcos
Above: Grazing Table
Above: Tammy-Lee Headpieces
Above: Taryn and Debbie Watt wearing Kimbralou
Above: Platinum holders - Jessica and friends
Above: Fashion squad wearing Kimbralou
Photography by Suzanne Dang
I had another wonderful time at The High Tea Party - though this year was Gold Coast's first one. It was at the beautiful RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast. The actual high tea was so delicious and scrumptious. Again, I recognised Stace Mcgregs, who gracefully modelled on the stage for the Birdsnest fashion design. I felt empowered seeing a diversity of models on the stage, not just the 'traditional' models during Intimo lingerie fashion show. The High Tea Party again "wow-ed" me with their events. I can't wait to go to this again.
Above: What I wore to The High Tea Party today
Above: The delicious high tea
Above: Intimo lingerie fashion show
Above: Stace Mcgregs modelling in Birdsnest's fashion
Above: #OOTD - thanks Yari for capturing me!
Bella (Aka Isabel) is not just any stylist in Brisbane. She has a 10-year long corporate background and she founded The Bella Styling Co. She offers to help those in building Fashion Shows, Editorial Shoots, Fashion Brand Strategy and Personal Branding + Styling. Here I spend two minutes to interview Bella:
SD: How did you get into styling?
BW: Like any woman I've always loved style and fashion. I got into styling after re-inventing myself six years ago. I wanted to show my daughter that it's a great thing to put effort in yourself.
SD: You worked with Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival in March 2017. What was that experience like?
BW: Let's just say that it was the most exciting moment of my life as a stylist. I knew I wanted to experience a big stage and Melbourne Museum delivered. It was like a dream. And putting together a fashion show for the Rachel Gilbert, Mischa, Camilla, By Johnny and Thurley I was literally living that dream for 10 straight days.
SD: What is your favourite go-to outfit?
BW: Currently loving my leather mini with a T-shirt and tailored jacket, Heels or sneakers.
SD: Describe your style in 3 words.
BW: Elegant Street Chic.
SD: What inspired you to create The Bella Styling Co. ?
BW: The Bella Styling Co. started out as a personal branding and styling company but over time I re-evaluated where the company excels and we are now a team of 11 people putting together fashion events in Brisbane. My inspiration is always the fashion greats that have made their mark before us. Fashion is forever evolving and to leave your mark as a contributor to it's growth and evolution is inspiration in itself.
SD: What’s an important life lesson you learnt from fashion?
BW: The fashion will have life if you give it life. Celebrate it!
SD: If you could only wear one designer for the rest of your life, who would it be?
BW: Oh you gotta ask me the hard questions. I think it has to be Carla Zampatti. When I used to work in corporate in Sydney, I would always walk pass the Carla Zampatti on Kent Street and see people carrying fashions in garment bags. Stylish women standing out the front of the establishment on their phones speaking in different languages.
SD: What’s the most fun part of your job?
BW: Seeing creations are fun. And to me it's like putting together a puzzle and the end result is always spot on.
SD: Most challenging?
BW: Emotions are challenging. You have to deal with them in an appropriate way. Sometimes when it is so busy we disregard how others feel but on the other side of that we should because there is a job to do. A clear and concise explanation works all the time.
SD: What’s one thing you’d never put a client in?
BW: I would never put something that will result to a cringe. I dress clients according to body shape and style identity and the result of that is their style. But if a piece makes them cringe then its not a go.
SD: Who is your favourite designer? And why?
BW: Carla Zampatti is one. Then Gabrielle Chanel. It's their stories that make me love them. How they pushed through to make something of themselves and how their brand has evolved through the changes in time.
SD: Describe a time in your career where you felt you could say, "I made it".
BW: I think I can say that I made it because I am doing what I always wanted to do. There's so much more to learn and so much more to experience. There might have been a few detours along the way but when I did my first fashion show when I was 14 I knew that I was meant to do this. 20 years on I will be celebrating this on 4 July 2019 so stay tuned.
Last night I went to Night Of Cultures at the most prestigious event venue - Heritij, on North Quay on Brisbane city. It was a charity event raising funds for Leukaemia - the organiser's mum passed away from ovarian cancer and this was a night of getting together to help out. The Indian food was delicious and so were the desserts. There were entertainment from The Tapori Squad and also from traditional Fijian dancers, as well as a glamorous fashion show featuring different cultures - from traditional sarees to bridal to formal wear. It was an amazing night, we ended the night by dancing our hearts out at the end. Thank you Feriel Ali, Mrs Fiji Universal, for inviting me to your great event!
Above: My outfit of the day. Wearing earrings from Jadewood Design, choker from Alannah Hill, one dress from Niki Teljega, and the other dress from Talulah.
Above: Fijian Dancers
Above: Marie Hillard, Ambassador and Brisbane blogger from The Brisbane Girl wearing Starfire Diamond
Above: My bestie, Yari
Above: Scrumptious petit desserts
Above: The beautiful The Brisbane Girl (aka Marie Hillard)