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Sugar and Ash Online Vintage

“I love you in that dress!” my best friend declared as we embraced and air kissed our way into an old school mate’s 30th birthday party. “Aw, thanks, love” I smiled, “but I’m afraid this might be it’s last night out – it’s gone from awesome to totally flawsome. See the run? I caught my bracelet on my sleeve!” I was in a state. One sleeve was now sadly decorated with a fraying ladder. Damn that bracelet. And damn my favourite dress for breaking up with me. “Hey, I know, why don’t we rip the sleeves off – then it will be totally awesome again!” A solution for every catastrophe – that’s why she’s my bestie. Throw it out? Buy something new? Oh yes, that’s definitely an option. Hey I am female and I do love to shop… “My name is Audrey, and I’m a shopaholic”. Admission complete. But how can I part with such a beautiful dress? It’s developed it’s own personality over the years, a bit like Kylie’s bum. Unconditionally loyal, it has seen me through boyfriends and breakups, tequila slammers and the porcelain bus. Cheers and tears – the works. I love me in this dress too and I’m never letting it go. Here’s a thought. I came across this Melbournian bred idea called “buy nothing new”. Tricky and intriguing. Melbourne is often referred to as the fashion capital of the southern hemisphere. Buy nothing new? Outrageous. Impossible. With fashionistas and fabulousness oozing from boutiques across the city? No way. This is why, however, that I, a self-confessed shopping addict, really like the idea: Anyone who knows anything about fashion, appreciates everything about a beautifully tailored, lovingly made, exquisitely embellished item of clothing. And anyone who loves wearing clothes, would surely rather not wear anything mass produced and common. Enter “vintage”. A word that now not only comes before the word “cars”. A word now on many girls lips. A ‘must do’ now on many girls’ wish lists. A trend taking off across the globe because girls care about and respect clothes that have withstood the test of time. Gossip Girl girls wear vintage. Kate Middleton wears vintage. Mandy Moore wears vintage. Beyoncè wears vintage (ok it’s Chanel and we can’t all afford that). Loads of celebs are mixing it up – it’s the way to do it now if you want to express who you are and wear something totally original. The challenge of buying nothing new, even for just one month is one of the most exciting and creative adventures a girl can embark on for her wardrobe. Challenging because you have to go on a treasure hunt and it takes time (remember time?). It’s not the fifteen minute trip you take to your fave designer store on your lunch break. It’s not the five minute click frenzy when the boss isn’t looking and you order something gorgeous. It’s an actual process – an excursion for your often underused imagination. It may involve specific alterations and a trip to the dry cleaner, but there is no doubting the freedom and originality a vintage treasure hunt will inspire in a girl who loves her clothes. If you haven’t tried vintage clothing and you haven’t had that “I love you in that dress” moment, then try it. Your wallet will thank you, your sense of adventure will thank you, your ego will thank you, the planet will thank you (for recycling) and your friends will admire you. Here’s a quiz. Pick your favourite statement: “Oh, I love that dress, I saw it advertised” “I love that dress, is it Scanlon?” * “I love that dress, I almost bought it yesterday” “I love that dress, where on earth did you get it, you look amazing and hot and original and I can tell you have real imagination!” The latter is my favourite response. A response often reserved for somebody wearing a vintage stunner. (And, honestly, as a lover of fashion and shopping, I can cope with any of the above compliments, you’ve got to take what you can get, right?) Check out for clothes that have withstood the test of time. Deluxe vintage made lovingly decades ago. * “Dear Scanlon, we LOVE Scanlon!”

The Truth Behind the Glow

A 30 year old girl working her way through the joys and tribulations of impending motherhood… This is my story. Its not all rainbows and glowing and pregnancy bliss and joy. But it is real. Warts and all. I know my experience will not necessarily be like yours. Pregnancy and motherhood is such a personal and unique experience that my views will no doubt be different to many. For me though, when I found out I was pregnant, there was so many people telling me how I should feel, what I should feel and how I should act in the coming months. None of it fit me. None of it was truly how I felt or what I wanted to hear. This is me. This is my journey. This is the truth behind my “glow”. xx A

Think about these issues

Probing individuals to think and reflect on issues in their lives and the wider society

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James Limnios Perth Property Blog

James Limnios is the CEO of Limnios Property Group and has been a City of Perth Councillor since the 2009 elections. James is Perth focused and is working hard to make sure that Perth is a great place to live, work and play.

Part 2 - Breath Awareness

Breath awareness is a highly effective method to free the body from the chatter of the conscious mind. By focusing your attention on your breathing, the interference of thoughts, images, and words through the mind are quietened. It can really enhance the relaxation aspect of the float, particularly as breath has the ability to control our nervous system.

Personal Injury law Blog

Smith’s Lawyers, a law firm that specializes only in Personal Injury Law and Plaintiff Litigation, have been in the business for more than 16 years. They have proven themselves to be very well trained and very experienced. Greg Smith, the founder of Smith’s Lawyers, has built a very solid reputation for his law firm. This firm deals with Personal Injury related cases in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

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Electrical Engineering Thoughts

BESST Engineering is a team providing electrical engineering and drafting services, dedicated to delivering electrical design, from FEED to detailed design.

The areas of design support include power system studies, distribution and transmission substations, remote area power generation systems, detailed design, and switch-gear and RPEQ certification.

Our blog will cover technical aspects of electrical design and drafting, where we have some ability. It may sometimes cover challenges that were identified & overcome in past projects. Topics from readers are welcome.

Vibrant Mind Psychology

Vibrant Mind Psychology works with children, teenagers and families. Nicolle Kapustin, Child and Family Psychologist blogs about child psychology and issues facing children and families, such as postnatal depression.

Fly your freak flag

So have had recent realisation that me and my nearest and dearest may not be normal. Much soul searcing later, decision made will 'fly my freak flag' loud and proud. Well loudish, have not shared intention to share life in my family with internet world. But when I get to place of courage (Read: very drunk) will make full disclosure, until then welcome to my world of maddness....

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Robbiebago - Grey nomad caravan adventures

We are 2 road tripping grey nomads, who built our own caravan and are travelling around various parts of Australia. Though this blog started out and continues to be a more personal blog, it is slowly expanding along with our experinces to include resources to help others plan to get the most out of travelling in a caravan, motorhome or other RV. It includes recipes, humour and planning/organization. We are even thinking of converting a bus into a motorhome - we still love our caravan, but a motorhome offers different advantages we wish to explore. Come see what we do.

Simple Living

Simple Living Australia is a financial and lifestyle blog which assists Australians in financial distress. This blog provides readers with tips and information on how to regain control of their finances while simplifying their lifestyle. Find practical ideas on saving money, getting out of debt and making money.

North Coast MUMblings

A humourous blog detailing life in Northern NSW as a mother of two children. A personal blog that touches on topics the average mother of young children would like to read and based on the children book club "One Sunny Day". With guest blogs from other North Coast Mumblers and professionals, and it's lighthearted and funny tone, this is a great blog for parents and Northern Rivers residents.

Lilly's Life

Lilly's Life is a blog for anyone with a sense of humor and who enjoys the funny moments in everyday situations.


creditworld was founded in 2005 in order to give Australians access to clear, easy to digest information when shopping around for retail banking products. It is the leading financial comparison group in Australia and is independently-owned, so you can be sure you are getting real choice and credible, honest and valuable ratings. Our site makes it fast and easy to compare and choose the best deal for you. Making products easy to compare together means you can clearly see exactly what the differences are between them and which represent the best value for your needs. This also forces the advertisers to consider offering more value in their products if they wish to try and win your business. Obviously the product that you choose is completely your decision. The service we provide to customers is 100% free. creditworld is paid by the institutions for any approved customer applications that they receive from our site. There are no charges passed on to customers. You will always see the same product details shown on the instution websites when you click through to them.

Corka, Mens Swimwear

Men's swimwear never looked so good. At Corka, we've given the iconic Australian men's swimsuit an overhaul. With flatlock seams, and hip fitting design, the swimsuit is a true Australian cut.

Resonance Online Marketing and SEO Blog

Resonance Online provides awesome SEO and online marketing inspired articles that can help you learn about the SEO and online marketing industry, as well as free valuable resources for marketing your own site. Located in Perth, Resonance is run by like-minded individuals who want to help grow your business safely online.

Mama Harkles

Mama Harkles blogs about parenting, teaching, parenting and teaching and all the other interesting things in between. The blog is bit of everything. Personal stories, information, current affairs and opinions all with an educational undercurrent. Mama Harkles hopes to stimulate conversation, motivate and inspire some to action and reaffirm with many the potential of parenting in the digital age.

Blue Belle - Style. Made. Simple

Welcome to Blue Belle! I'm an Australian currently living in the USA. I love style (and let’s be honest, shopping!) and decided to channel my obsession into something productive. In March this year I completed a certificate in the Principals of Personal Fashion Styling at the London College of Fashion. My dream is to work as a Stylist but for now I’m learning all I can and sharing some of my tips with you. Enjoy!

IT Support Blog

Cloud Business Technology (Cloud BT) provides IT support and IT services to small to medium sized business in Sydney and across Australia. We also run a tech blog, full of how-to articles for various aspects of computers and technology and keep track of the latest developments in the gadget world. Our hours of business are 7am to 7pm, seven days a week and we have a Sydney CBD office location, so you can be sure that we are there to help when you need us. We also offer ongoing service plans with a fixed monthly fee for unlimited remote support and can implement various IT solutions for your business. Furthermore, we provide digital marketing services, web design, and search engine optimisation services to our clients. This collective approach to IT means that we are there to help you with all of your technology needs. If you need Sydney-based IT Support call us today 1300 737 205.

The Ink Shot

The Ink Shot is a blog that celebrates the culture and practice of writing in cafes. The Ink Shot explores all aspects of the creative life of the writer, and builds on Melbourne's vibrant culture of coffee and cafes, food, and literature.
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