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I am a full-figure model and working mother. I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, a friend. I am a Leo. I am a first-generation Aussie and mother to two amazing little native New Yorkers. I believe that fashion is important—but so is real life. I believe that all women are beautiful and strong. I believe in working hard and loving harder. I believe in eating delicious food and drink with close friends, in breathing deep the air of new places, in laughing until you cry. I believe that when our bodies and minds are healthy and balanced, anything is possible.

Tag: clothes

Letting butterflies go after being abducted by aliens

I don’t know where the week has gone since my last post… Perhaps I was abducted by aliens or something and I hardly have memory of any of it to boot! Does this happen to you too? Seriously!

My week has been insanely busy on all fronts… Work, play, family and home. We’ve had contractors come in and give us quotes for various jobs we want and need to do around our home and it all takes an enormous amount of patience and planning. I don’t know how people who work 40 plus hours every week manage and get anything done. My hat goes off to you! How do you do it?

It took me two days to go through Mila & Levi’s clothes earlier this week. I purged the small-clothes and replaced them with clothes that will hopefully fit for the next six months. My babies are growing and fast! Closet, draw and storage space in New York is a highly prized commodity and in this city, one can never have enough. I feel like I’m always purging something whether it be toys, clothes or magazines and happy to do so. We only have one stroller left! Yeah to that!

The highlight of our day today was letting our butterflies go. Three weeks ago we received caterpillars in two small jars (five in each to be exact). We… I had caterpillars in our bedroom!!! Every time I walked past and saw them wriggling around, I got goose-bumps and squirmed! I couldn’t believe it… what we do for our kids, right? Our bedroom was cool, quiet and dark enough for them to grow and develop into the pupa (chrysalis) phase before emerging as butterflies in the butterfly habitat we bought (now placed on our deck in the courtyard).


Life cycle of a butterfly

Life cycle of a butterfly


Mila was all over it. You see, she loves and adores all animals and isn’t afraid to get her hands and nails dirty digging for insects and worms or holding bugs. Mila was beside herself that we bought this butterfly kit for her. Today, we let go of seven of our eight butterflies. One of them didn’t want to fly off and remained happily in Mila’s hand and currently is in the habitat we bought. Perhaps tomorrow our sweet little friend will be ready to fly into the world with its siblings… High into the bluest of skies.


Our American Lady

Our American Lady




The week that was




Last Monday morning I woke at 3.45am only to discover once I got to La Guardia airport that my flight to Texas had been delayed by TWO HOURS (the crew couldn’t get to our flight on time)… Great!

I slept for most of the journey to Texas with air plugs and eye mask ready, which was almost four hours long. Thankfully, I can sleep on airplanes. When we landed, I grabbed my Starbucks Grande Americano coffee and my driver Sam was waiting for me. He took me straight to the studio where the hair and make-up artist was ready to give me my ‘make-over’.

Lunch was served at 12.30pm. As soon as we ate, it was a quick five-minute touch-up before dressing in my first outfit to start shooting the clothes on the rack for the day. I dressed, was looked over by the stylist to ensure the clothes were looking fabulous for the camera and then when all was good to go, we shot about 50 frames on the front of the garment and approximately 50 frames on the back for all our shots. Most of the shots were head-to-toe whilst the others were thigh/waist-up or waist down (showing no face at all).

My work day ended about 5pm Texas time (6pm NY time). Sam drove me to Whole Foods for a quick shop (an organic/natural supermarket in the U.S. that I love) so I could buy my dinner, breakfast and snacks for the next few days. We also stopped by Walgreen’s so I could buy my many bottles of water for the duration of my stay… I have to stay hydrated and I love to drink water!

I checked-in to my hotel room which was quiet, clean and fitted-out with a small refrigerator and microwave. I basically bunkered down in my room after work. I make an effort to go to the gym or for a swim in the pool if the weather is warm enough, other than that, I stay in my room and make calls, return emails and take care of ‘business’. I don’t watch a lot of TV when at home so it’s a real novelty for me to be able to have it on when away on trips. I also try to get to bed early where possible. At home, I have many distractions to keep me from going to bed early, especially since I’m a night owl and I love the quiet and solitude of night.

The next day, I woke at 7am and had fruit and yoghurt in my room before being picked up at 8am. I bought my coffee on route to the studio every morning… It’s important to me to have a good cup of coffee at some stage of the morning or afternoon. At home, I make Turkish/Yugoslav/Greek coffee – whatever you want to call it. It’s all the same! When I’m away, I don’t have the luxury of making my own so it’s Starbucks.

This routine goes on for the next two days. I manage to catch an earlier flight home on the third day so I get a chance to see Mila & Levi for 45 minutes and read them a story before bedtime. It’s always a special treat for me to see my children after I’ve been away…  I cannot wait to see their little faces filled with joy and excitement. My heart starts racing.

Job number two for the week is in New York – The fitting was scheduled for an hour and I was there for almost four. I sat around on a couch in the studio for most of it. I was shooting a print campaign with seven other models (all straight-sized) the following day and we came in at different times of the day to try on a bunch of clothes to see what was going to fit and look good on us individually and then in a group shot. The stylist didn’t bring enough options and choices for me in my size. The client wanted more than one solid option.

The day of the shoot, I was up at 6am as my call time was 8am. I was asked to bring some tops and jeans from home and the stylist brought a few more clothes from her second trip to Bloomingdale’s. We go with my own clothes which is not typical on a shoot. I ended up sitting around for most of the morning, chatting to the other girls and patiently waiting for my time to hop in the hair & make-up chair. Four of the girls were shot in the morning, the rest of us in the afternoon with group shots taken just before finishing. Our day ended at 6pm with my feet hurting and throbbing from wearing four-inch YSL black Barbie heels for most of the afternoon. Ouch!

It was a good week.