It’s a wrap

Nikki ParkinsonFashion 33 Comments

Hello Brisbane, it’s good to be home but boy, oh boy, did I have a ball this week in Perth.

It was a bit of a lightening visit – two nights, two events and not much down time – but it was an adventure and a privilege to be able to meet about 100 SY readers and a number of new and established bloggers as part of the tour I’ve been doing to launch and promote my book, Unlock Your Style.

You can check out the event photos here.

I did like the vantage point I had on the flight over … hello Great Australian Bight. What an incredible country we live in.

Flying over the Great Australian Bight

Who knew that I’d booked to stay in the fancy part of town (King Street)? Shame the credit card wasn’t up to a work out!

King Street, Perth

Took myself on a morning walk up to Kings Park. Was worth it for this view.

Kings Park Perth

Thanks to Perth blogger, Absolute Amy, I was hooked up with the dream hair and makeup team at Maurice Meade* for my book event … talk about feel like a million dollars!

Hair and makeup by Maurice Meade

I’m incredibly grateful to NIVEA Australia – it’s their sponsorship that has allowed me to travel to so many places. You can catch up with future events here.

Next Friday if you live in Brisbane and are interested in blogging, I’m talking at the Apple Store in the city about how I blog, the devices I use and also the apps that help make my working life easier. It’s a free event but you need to register here.

Kickstarter project

I love hearing stories of women turning around a bad situation and making it into something good and worthwhile.

KateDubauskas was recently made redundant and in her words it was “completely terrifying” but she also realised that she’d been given a gift – the opportunity to finally do what she’d always wanted to do – design a collection of bohemian luxe jewellery.

Like many people these days, she’s reached out to crowd-source for funding to help get her idea off the ground. Her Kickstarter project will allow her to put my pieces in to production and to start the business she’s always dreamed of.

The project is only live until November 14 so if you like the look of Kate’s designs, why not help her reach her funding goal?

Truelove kickstarter project

Link love

There is so much fashion and style inspiration to be found via Australian bloggers. Here are a few posts this week from my blogging friends that might give you some ideas for your own wardrobe.

Still haven’t got on the jumpsuit band wagon? Style and Shenanigans gives you some ideas on how to do it and where to shop for a jumpsuit to suit you.

Spring racing fever is well and truly happening. Sonia Styling has more tips on how to approach the coming race week in style. And Baubles, Bubbles and Bags has some great styling inspiration too. More Cup Day genius: Style on V has taken one Target dress and has shown us three ways to wear it for the race that stops a nation.

Gillian – one half of the fabulous duo behind Champagne Cartel – has some great ideas for getting sorted with what to wear to the office when you’re not feeling your best!

And I’m over on the Blue Illusion blog this week, sharing three ways to wear orange this spring-summer.

Blue Illusion orange and white SS14-15

How to deal with criticism

I’m very lucky with this beautiful SY community – the majority of readers are supportive, polite and respectful. Thank-YOU for being all of that and more. The next time I receive a comment that’s like an annoying mosquito bite on an otherwise bite-free space, I’m going to channel the wisdom of online guru, Marie Forleo. Her advice doesn’t just apply to the online space but to life in general. Life’s too short to take on board the negative, isn’t it?


I’m aiming to include a little bit more shimmer and shine in my outfits over the next week. Metallics are a hot trend right now – and I say embrace anything that gives you an extra glow. Why not join in and share your #everydaystyle outfit with the #symetallics … I’ll be collating a collection of these outfits to include in an upcoming post to inspire others even more. Who’s in?

It’s a wrap! Cheers and happy Friday. What are you up to this weekend?

Cheers and happy Friday | mango daiquiri

* I was a guest of Maurice Meade salon.

Comments 33

  1. What a busy week Nikki! I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend for us with a family BBQ, swimming lessons, some down time at home, then a Melb Cup day BBQ with friends on Tuesday. We are away next weekend so hoping for some good weather! Thanks so much for the shout out too! x

  2. Thanks so much for the share Nikki. Wow your trip sounded amazing and I L.O.V.E that orange glass you’ve got going on, I’d kill for a margarita out of that one!!!

  3. Yes to the metallics challenge! Yes to orange! But sadly no spring racing fever in my life this year. I’ll be in jeans and a tee at home 🙂 Just checked out your page with all the book events you’ve done. Amazing and huge congrats on your success xox

  4. Looks like you had a great time in Perth even if only there for two nights Nikki! Absolutely love that orange/white outfit you are in above. You are looking so healthy and beautiful! Loved the video by Marie Forleo – very helpful to someone a little sensitive like me! x

  5. I liked the video – thanks for sharing Nikki. It’s amazing how people can actually be super unkind, even family members or close friends. I wonder if they ever realise how heart-breaking their comments can be. Anyhoo, thanks for sharing your wonderful week with us, have a great weekend 🙂

  6. Great wrap up Nikki I’m glad you had a fabulous time in Perth and stayed in the fancy pants area even if it was a accident.I loved your post on the Blue illusion blog ,beautiful clothing ,though I’m a big fan of orange.
    I hope you get some down time this weekend,have a great weekend Nikki xx

  7. What a fabulous time you had in Perth! Such a great place.
    I LOVE that video – thank you so much for sharing! A great reminder for bloggers, but also for anyone.
    And thank you so much for the shoutout. I’ve written so many posts about Spring Racing this week – yet I’m not even going to an event. What a tragedy! Must rectify that next year…
    Happy weekend to you, my love. x

  8. love it’s a wrap! looks like you’ve had a good week!
    perth looks lovely! … might have to go there one day!
    many things have been learnt by moi!
    btw you are positively blooming nikki! … winning! … love m:)X

  9. I just don’t get why people need to put their negativity in writing, it astounds me! I guess a big part of my job and life is about supporting people and encouraging them to improve in any way they can. there just isn’t any place for destructive, hurtful comments anymore- anywhere! When they appear their source is usually from jealousy.

    Perth is on my horizon as my brother has just moved there recently! yay! I think I could have a fair bit of fun in WA, including looking for pearls! lol.

  10. Thank you for the piece on dealing with criticism. I copped a very hurtful serve this week from someone, which was completely underserved. I have been too shattered to respond. But I am going to now let them know that they have crossed a professional boundary and I will take the appropriate actions to stop them impacting on me and my business. Love the top. Orange is such a happy colour.

  11. Love that top! I’m a huge fan of Marie Forleo, she always seems to know what I need to hear when I need to hear it. Glad you enjoyed your trip to Perth, hopefully next time it will be more of a holiday for you.

  12. I swear you are looking younger and younger. Please share the secret! Love the top you are wearing with white pants, very fresh and pretty for Spring. I have seen the odd critical comment on here, they always seem to stand out, amongst the general happy vibe of the community. Perth looks lovely, it’s on my bucket list. Have a lovely weekend Nikki x

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