New Blog: A Look at Some of the Fantastic Prizes you can Win at the Races😍🎉🎊 From sashes to tropical beaches, the Great Wall of China and endless shopping sprees. In this post @crystalkimber , @emscodellaro and I share our top 3 prizes we've ever won!😆 link I bio ☝🏼
Brunswick Street, Fitzroy “I’m from the US, from New Jersey to be exact, just fifteen minutes away from Manhattan.” “What are you doing in Melbourne?” “YOLO!
Haha, I was actually working up in Sydney on a contract for four months and everyone I connected with up there was from Melbourne. I was just like, ‘I need to go to Melbourne!’
I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this city! I’m nomadic, I haven’t had an apartment in five years, but this place has just hit my soul. I feel like it may be home for a while…
I love how open people are here, how conscious they are. They are willing to have these really beautiful, deep conversations and are not afraid to just connect. I’ve found that people have been more open to that here than in other cities like LA, New York, London or Sydney.
My heart has found home here and I love it.
I work as a visual effects artist, so movies, green screen, CGI… This is the first city I’ve found where I could work and actually live my life, which is such a nice balance. I’ve always felt like I had to sacrifice something of myself if I wanted to work in this industry and live in a city. This is the first city where it’s been like, ‘Oh wait, I actually like this city, I love the people and I can work here?!’
Yep, I’ve found my home.” #Melbourneiloveyou
Danielle (@daniellesartworkofficial) “According to my parents, the first time I drew something was when I was four years old… I don’t remember that moment but I remember loving it from a very early age. I would actually draw for hours on end in my room, we didn’t have technology back then!
I kept on drawing through my younger years but then I started painting at around nine years old.
An average painting I do these days takes me around 50 hours. I used to sit in front of portraits for 300 hours! I was so slow and was teaching myself the patience to make something great. It was painful but it taught me to stay focused for long periods of time which is so important as an artist.
I don’t think I could have made a living without my social media platforms. My Instagram now has over 140,000 followers and it has taken me to places I could have never dreamed.
My favourite moment happened a couple of years ago when I was lucky enough to meet The Rock! I had painted him and his mum and I was lucky enough to hand the painting to him. That was such an incredible moment. He was the most genuine human I have ever met. To be in the presence of someone of his status was… just unreal.
Social media makes art and artists more accessible, more versatile. I love getting messages from people that say, “I started painting again because of your work.” That always hits me right in the feels! Especially young people who need a bit of direction. To be able to help them is so rewarding.
I am hoping that I can find my own style, my own niche. I want to inspire other up and coming artists, especially females. As a gender, we are under represented as artists. I want females to know that can follow their dreams, just like I did.
When I paint I feel like time doesn’t exist. I am in my own little haven where nothing else really matters… only my hand, the brush, the paint and the canvas. Everything else just kind of melts away.” #melbourneiloveyou#humansinmelbourne
Last year just before the Melbourne Cup Carnival, I spent some time with the wonderful people at @worldhorseracing, showing them my workroom/flat, behind-the-scenes of work in progress, and sharing the reasons why I became a milliner. The clip is just a short part of the interview (I talk a lot, I pity their editor 🙈), but check out the link in my bio to watch the full piece.
"I live in South Africa but the rest of my family lives in Melbourne. I have two beautiful kids, twins, who are now 20. I have been waiting for my visa for 4 years…
My husband got a job in Melbourne in 2008 and for a while he was working here whilst myself and the children were back in South Africa. After four years of living without us, my husband wanted the kids to move to Melbourne in 2012 as he was worried about the disconnection between himself and them. Our kids ended up moving over in 2014 but I had to wait for my visa. I get to see them just once a year.
As a mother I feel like I am missing so many of their growing moments, I’m missing watching them grow into who they are going to be and it breaks my heart.
We keep on checking with the government about my visa but there is a back log. Every time we ask we just get told “you’re in the cue”. It is so frustrating. I have missed so much of their teenage life because of this. My husband is an Australian citizen now, my two children are permanent residents and I am left heartbroken and waiting back home.
Back in South Africa, my life is on hold. I fear buying anything for my house because I could get a phone call the next day… but it seems like it never comes. It’s like being a kid, waiting for Christmas Day but Santa never shows up. I try to make myself as busy as I can and even started doing courses to make sure I am very employable when I eventually get to come to Australia to live.
I am so thankful that my kids have the opportunity to live here. I don’t know what would of happened if they had been bought up in South Africa.
My kids might be 20 but to me they are still kids. I am worried that not having a mother figure around could be destabilising for them. Everyone here tells me that they are doing great but… I’m a mum. I want to be there for them in whatever way I can.
I am leaving Australia soon and I won’t be seeing my family for 7 months… 7 months without the touch of my husband or a hug from my kids. You can’t get these moments back and all I can hope is that myself and my family can make so many amazing memories once I am able to come to this gorgeous country." #Melbourneiloveyou
#tbt to the 2008 Magic Millions Carnival... FOTF and racewear has changed a lot! Look at my mid-thigh hemline 👀😳 and I didn’t get to keep my winners sash- it had to be returned so they could use it for another raceday 🤣🤣 Good luck to everyone entering FOTF this year, I’ll be checking my insta feed for pics 😊
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“I stand six feet tall, I weigh 100 kilos and I have a big burly beard... By trade I am a mechanical fitter. I’ve worked in mines all over Australia, but I am not what most people would expect when they hear that. I’m actually a massive softie.
The biggest passion I have is actually Star Wars. When I was fifteen I found an old VHS my dad had laying around. It was The Empire Strikes Back.
I instantly loved it and thought it was the best movie I had ever seen! Bear in mind that the year was 2005 and the movie was 25 years old at that point. But I just loved it.
Unlike most people I guess, I was drawn to the dark side more than the light. I loved Darth Vader and I especially loved the stormtroopers! For many years I hoped to have my own stormtrooper outfit made. I loved the look of it and thought it would be so cool to walk around in one. I owned a few figurines first and some other memorabilia, but then I finally got my first life-size outfit.
I remember the first time I put it on and realising just how hot it was to wear. It’s also very tough to move around in but I loved that no one knew it was me underneath.
The first time I wore my suit publicly was at a beach. It was so hot! But I loved making everyone smile when they saw me.
In 2015 I joined a group called The 501st Legion, which is a group of people who dress up as Star Wars characters. Our motto is ‘Bad guys, doing good’. The group is dedicated to making others people’s lives better. We regularly attend events and do charity work. We often visit sick kids in hospital to try and put a smile on their faces. We work with The Starlight Foundation, Make A Wish and other amazing organisations.
The feeling I get when a kid sees me dressed up is just amazing. You can see it takes them out of their current situation and they are transported to ‘a galaxy far far away’ where their pain doesn’t exist anymore, if even if it’s just for a few moments.
To be honest though, I think I get more out of it then they do! The emotions that come over you when you see a kid’s face light up is everything.”
Wronghead “You may ask ‘What’s with the hair?’
I say… Why not this hair?
Punk is rebelling against authority. I respect authority, but I rebel against it. I’ll do my life my way and I am not going to conform. I don’t think anyone should just conform…
I try to look at life glass half full but money is my biggest struggle right now. I can’t live where I want to live, I live in the burbs, I’d much rather live in the city. I’m a city dweller by nature.
I have a daughter, Indy, she is a five year old princess. She is the only person that can tell me what to do.
Her personality is amazing, she is a beaming bright light and loves to have fun. She has no preconceptions of people or life. She isn’t jaded at all yet. I want to teach her to be a realist but to also teach her perspective. When you look at life like that, it’s much easier to be happy.
I want her to have the knowledge that took me a long time to gather. I didn’t know I had my personality, the ‘Wronghead’ personality, in me until I turned myself Into this, which was in my 20s.
I want to teach her not to give a fuck what other people think as long as you’re not hurting anyone.
It took me a long time to appreciate other people’s lives and ideals and I want her to understand that a lot earlier than I did.
When I was younger I just didn’t know any better. She will…” #melbourneiloveyou#humansinmelbourne
Anyone??? Today I spilled my cuppa all over my NEW 2019 diary, just after I filled it out all pretty with birthdays and important dates. It’s ruined...Lucky my Boxing Day sales from MYER items arrive tomorrow so I can atleast look cute for the rest of the week.. 💁🏻♀️💁🏻♀️💁🏻♀️. Bring on Monday.
Oaks Day 2018 💗
Congratulations to @lindsay.j.ridings for taking out Oaks Day today 💗
Thank you @andrewjsemple &
@neilgriggmillinery for my Oaks Day outfit. What an honour to receive 2nd place with so many beautiful outfits here today, it is a privilege to have you both and your phenomenal talents 🙏🏼 Always lucky to have my girl @kerry_mcglone29 on my team 😋💗 Thank you for looking after me mum & dad @mcglone8890 😘
Special thank you to everyone that has helped (mind my 100000 kids 😂🙏🏼) couldn’t have been here with out my wonderful family and friends 💗🙏🏼 @james_tamou_@jane_abb@kodyleighhirst love you all 💗
Bright colours and stand-out details ruled the #MyerFOTF runway today! A huge congrats to Jordan Beard for taking home today’s Daily Finalist title! She’ll be back this Thursday for the chance to be the Victorian state finalist - stay tuned!🏆 #MyerSpringRacing