Art Buff – A naked night at the National Gallery of Australia

Could you disrobe in front of a hundred strangers? If you had asked me a week ago I would have said no; but that is exactly what I did last night at the Art Buff event at the National Gallery of Australia.


Art Buff is a term I would ordinarily associate with rakish entrepreneurs investing in an up and coming artists work, or an aged high-society dame who buys what she likes because she can afford to. It doesn’t usually make me hyperventilate in terror at the prospect of exposing myself to over 100 total strangers in a public place.

However, after last night’s Art Buff event, co-hosted by the National Gallery of Australia and Vice – that is basically all I am ever going to associate now.

I had heard of the previous naked tour that the NGA held, and my hyper critical internal monologue immediately launched into an explanation of why I would not go. You’re too fat, too squishy, too white, too pink, too flabby, too thick, too hairy, too old, too weak, too scared… On and on and on. I’m nothing if not adept at tearing myself down and reminding myself that, yes, I’m gross

Enter my good friend Amy, and a proffered plus-one position to attend the latest naked romp through the NGA for the Hyper Real exhibition. (more…)

Aruveyda, Wellness and Aveda: An Interview with Sita Chan

Aruveyda, beauty, wellness and Aveda – an inspired and engaging morning at the Canberra Centre’s beauty and wellness precinct with Sita Chan’s masterclass.

Sita Chan recently presented a fantastic masterclass at the Canberra Centre, and I was so impressed and inspired that I had to share the experience here on the Blog.

The Canberra Centre excels at bringing fantastic new opportunities to Canberrans through these masterclasses, providing experts to share their knowledge and help us to redefine our understanding of beauty and wellness. Not to mention the host of exciting new retail outlets in their new beauty and wellness precinct. One such opportunity today’s masterclass with the lovely Sita Chan, where Canberra Centre and Aveda guests got to learn all about Ayurveda, and finding balance in our everyday lives.

Sita is an Ayurveda lifestyle counsellor, Aveda educator and yoga instructor based out of Hong Kong. For those who may not know what Ayurveda is, it is a 5,000 year old “science of life,” aimed to prevent and heal disease or imbalances within the body. The masterclass today will reveal the healing powers behind the ancient Ayurvedic philosophy that combines yoga, massage, acupuncture and herbal medicine for a better mind, body, spirit connection. She will also guide your dosha for health and wellbeing balance. (more…)

Skinny Jeans and Being 30



Earlier this year, I found a pair of Skinny Jeans on ASOS.

They were gorgeous. Perfect shade of blue, very light distressing, ideal length and a little bit of moto-detailing that gave them an edge. I didn’t own anything like them, but ever since I saw the first image of Kanye West wearing the Balmain biker jeans I have always wanted something like them (only without the $10 K price tag).

And so when I saw these jeans on ASOS, for only $60 and in a size 38 (which to be honest is borderline my size these days – I’m more likely a 40 after trying to eat myself into an early grave over the past 10 months); I didn’t even think about the fact that they were listed as Skinny Jeans and I clicked my mouse a couple of times until the sale had processed. It wasn’t until hours later, when the skinny little bastards were already on their way to me by courier (which is, quite frankly, a terrible feature of shopping with ASOS now) that I realised what I had actually just done.

I had at thirty-years of age, just purchased a pair of skinny jeans. (more…)

Active Wear for the Inactive

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Taking Blog photos in my Active Wear: Supernova storm jacket – Adidas | light grey wicking t-shirt – H’n’M Sport | Supernova graphic long tights – Adidas | Nike Free 5.0 – Nike |


Active Wear is a term that has gained notoriety lately due to its association with the rise of things like The Biggest Loser, Lorna Jane, the I Quit Sugar movement and that ridiculously catchy song about, well, Active Wear.

For those who may not be in the know, Active Wear refers to clothes that you are supposed to be active in, which aid your performance and/or comfort in some way, but which inadvertently wind up becoming a sort of unofficial uniform for weekends, evenings at home, doing your groceries… and any number of other activities which they are actually socially unacceptable for. (more…)

Limbo Outfits: What Am I Doing Wrong?

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Running around on my day off I wore: navy neoprene hoodie – H&M Sport | blue and white striped button-down shirt – Polo Ralph Lauren | black leather belt – Raphael Steffens | royal blue cotton skinny chinos – ASOS | white leather Plimsol sneakers – Lacoste |


Today I did not go to work, but spent the day in Limbo.

I was in need of a personal day to recuperate, and so I organised with work to take the day off. I wound up having a truly relaxing day that I spent doing things that I love: laying in bed after my alarm had gone off, a stupidly long shower, laundry, lunch with a mate, visiting the florist… However, I also spent the day in Limbo. The Limbo of outfits that don’t really work… (more…)

Breakup – 5 Steps to Coping

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As you will know by now, I have recently been through a breakup with my partner, and while the split has been amicable to a point of ridiculousness, it still hurts. I find that as a result of the breakup I am getting asked “How are you coping?” a lot at the moment, and while I really appreciate people taking the time to ask how I am doing, the truth of the matter is I just don’t know. It is weird to be single again. It is weird that I don’t live with the boyfriend any more. It’s weird to say breakup like thirteen-year-olds back in high school. Weirdness abounds!

But I have been stuck on the idea of coping, because if I am perfectly honest I’m the least capable person I know, and so I have compiled a list of the 5 steps to coping with a breakup that I have been using, for your entertainment if nothing else.

DISCLAIMER: While I am old, I am by no means wise, and these break up survival ‘tips’ need to be taken with a potentially lethal dose of salt because I am not exactly the picture of ‘dealing’ right now. (more…)

Nagasaki and Kyoto – Japan Week Day Four

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Stunning view of Nagasaki from our room in the Richmond Hotel – I thoroughly recommend the Richmond and Nagasaki.


Nagasaki and Kyoto are our third and fourth stops for #JapanWeek, and they were as different as two places could possibly be.


I didn’t really know much about Nagasaki before we decided to go there besides what I had read on Trip Advisor, and this might exxplain why I loved it so much and why we had such an amazing time. We stayed at the Goregous Richmond Hotel which was insanely cheap, and we were thrilled with the location as well. While in Nagasaki we visited the impact site of the Nuclear bomb, the Peace Park and the Museum. However, we also visited completely off beat attractions, and just enjoyed the salty rip-tide undercurrent of the city itself. I fell in love with Nagasaki, and I cannot wait to visit again.

Kyoto, on the other hand, I knew lots about. I had a full itinerary planned out when we arrived at our goregous AirBNB property, driven by our friendly and helpful host Koji. However, for the next three days it rained CONSTANTLY! I won’t lie, my spirits were pretty damp as well. Local attractions that I was dying to visit like the Fushimi Inari Shrine and the Nishki Markets became choked with pushy, wet tourists; and I was over having damp feet in about three-seconds. Three days of wet feet? Not something I relished. It was lucky then that we chanced upon a gem of a craft beer pub, Bungalow, in the centre of Kyoto. We enjoyed delicious beers, fries and a cheese plate while we watched the soggy foot traffic and dancing lights of the wet afternoon.

I will return to Kyoto in May, and I am hopeful for a dryer visit this time around. I have no doubt that I will come to love the amazing city of Kyoto as much as I do Nagasaki  when I return in May, and I am looking forward to sharing my adventures with you.

You can view the Osaka Vlogs here: (more…)