I feel guilty, as though I’ve been neglecting a child or at least a certain part of my own self. There are so many countless unfinished drafts sitting in my WordPress dashboard that I’ve decided to simply merge the most noteworthy events of the past few months into this one post.
My life saw a lot of changes from September through to November. After returning home from my fashion editorial stint in New York, I decided to move out of my mother’s home and began living with my best friend, Nikki. For full time uni students, we had far too much fun living together, particularly on weekdays. Red wine was consumed, Sex and the City marathons were had. We shared our boy problems, merged our wardrobes and became even closer than we already were.
It was during this time that I ended a 5.5-year long relationship with my boyfriend. I’d been with Mitchell since year 10 when we were in high school together and the love we shared was the kind that many people spend many years searching for. We were very lucky to have such a perfect relationship but I guess all good things come to an end eventually. He ended up moving to Canada to be closer to his mother (he’s half-Canadian) and I chose not to accompany him. Fret not, however, as we’re still very close and frequently in touch. He’s loving getting in touch with his Canadian side and it turns out the beach bum has a knack for snowboarding. Go figure.
A Film Premiere
This great Australian film is a must see
Life goes on and it was only a few weeks later that I found myself attending a red carpet event. I’d been working with The Jane Foundation to help promote the Gold Coast premiere of Australian film The Wedding Party, a comedy directed by Melbourne’s Amanda Jane. The Wedding Party had already become a multi-1award winning success overseas, scooping up awards all over the world such as Best Film at the New York City International Film Festival, Los Angeles Comedy Festival, Bel Air Film Festival, Manhattan Film Festival, Los Angeles Movie Awards and many others.
The film stars Isabel Lucas, Josh Lawson, Steve Bisley, Nadine Garner, Adam Zwar and Rhonda Burchmore and tells the story of Steve Lawson, a loveable anti-hero whose secret marriage of convenience is discovered by his family. Soon enough, he finds himself in the middle of the world’s most farcical wedding. Hilarity ensues.
A red carpet event calls for a designer label.
I went for Sass & Bide’s ‘Thanks In Part’ dress.
I normally don’t think too much of Australian films but The Wedding Party pleasantly surprised me. Trust me, it’s hilarious. In fact, the DVD just hit stores so I sincerely recommend you hit it up and rent it out. Great film. The premiere at Event Cinemas Robina was made complete with VIP privileges and a licensed V-MAX cinema (hello, champagne!) accompanying the red carpet. Plus, I had a hot date.
Off to the Races
Just a few weeks later came the race that truly does stop the nation. I was lucky enough to have the day off work and uni – as well as access to the Gold Coast Turf Club Members’ Lounge. What better excuse to spend more than I can afford on a gorgeous Alannah Hill frock and an overpriced hair flower to go with?
Truth be told, I’m typically not one for fascinators – I consider myself more of a hat girl. But I figured nothing would go better with a floral dress than a flower itself and the sales assistant at Alannah Hill was just much too lovely.
As a poor uni student, I decided to stick by my better judgement and refrained from gambling or anything of the sort. Who needs it anyway? Everyone knows the races are about fashion and fashion alone…
A Launch Party
November was a very rewarding month for me as my very first publication was printed! I’d been the Editor In Chief of Bond University’s Journalism Students’ Association over the semester and had put together the tri-annual student magazine, Baked. It was a lot to take on and I’ll admit that at times, I felt I couldn’t rise to the challenge. Turns out, I have what it takes after all and I have no problem feeling proud of my efforts. Trust me, a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into the creation of this mag. (Okay, maybe not so much blood.) Still, a subsequent launch party was indeed called for.
Proudly flicking through the pages of my very first publication.
Once Upon a December
As November became December, I’d moved house yet again and went through a small heartbreak (don’t worry, it’s nothing I won’t get over.) I’m now living in Varsity Lakes with my lovely flatmates Ally and Jessica, pictured with me below. The two have quickly become two of my closest friends and we all get along swimmingly. Otherwise, I finally finished my degree and allowed myself a well-deserved break, temporarily returning to my life as a socialite to celebrate the end of a chapter.
December drinks with my lovely new flatmates Jessica and Ally
Wearing Guess for Radio Metro’s annual Xmas Party
A last-minute get together with family and friends saw a fabulous Christmas day (is there any other kind?) – and the perfect excuse to show off my MAC Ruby Woo lipstick.
New Years Eve was an eventful eve indeed. Nikki and I, along with our friend Lizzie, welcomed 2013 by sharing a picnic on the beach during the day, complete with champagne and a competitive game of Uno. That night, we went from a house party to the casino, then made it back to the sand by midnight to watch the fireworks over the city. I’d say it was my best NYE yet.
My 21st Birthday
January is easily my favourite month of the year. It’s an obvious reason: my birthday falls on the 24th. This year, however, my birthday was more special than most as I turned the big two-one. I celebrated accordingly with a wonderful party with friends and family held at my mother’s house. I wore a Zimmermann dress for the occasion – a one-shouldered silk dress I’d had my eye on for months. Once it had gone on sale after Christmas, I knew it was a sign and the dress had to be mine. I can thank Eco Tan for my amazing (organic!) spray tan and Tara at Esteem Day Spa for the flawless makeup. I couldn’t have asked for a better night and am so appreciative of all the love I’m blessed with in my life. It was so fantastic to have all the people who mean the most to me in one room, particularly those who flew up from Sydney and Melbourne to be there.
All partied out from the gala, I spent the day of my actual birthday (just a few days later) winding down for high tea at the Palazzo Versace. The treats were delicious and the company was fabulous. I teamed a new Alannah Hill frock with an Alannah Hill bag I’d received as a birthday present and ended the day with Mum and a bottle of Moët.
Alas, I’ve now run out of reasons to party and the time has come to get myself back into gear. My graduation ceremony is next week and the next big step in my career is to land a full time job in journalism. Now that I’m back on track, I’ll be sure to keep the blog updated far more regularly. For those who actually care about my personal life and what I’ve been up to during my online absence, I apologise for leaving you high and dry for so long. Please let me wish you a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.