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Model/Makeup: Livia Lai
Photographer: Valerie Bong
Illustration/Art Direction: Vanessa Bong

“Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.” 

The days that we engage with are filled with simple pleasures. The warmth of sunshine, the rolling sounds of rain. If nature doesn’t get to you, maybe it’s the smile of a loved one, the beauty of a shadow, the smell of tea. Just those little things that capture your heart and take your breathe away. If you look really closely, you can feel the beauty in every little thing. Sure, we mostly see beauty in large grand works of people, in art, architecture, in film. But the type of beauty that you see everyday, is simply for you to see. Why, because you will enjoy it.

“Life is a big canvas, throw as much paint on it as you can.”

Once the enjoyments of life are readily observed, that’s not the end of it. The witness of beauty is not meant to be hoarded, but the beauty of life and love grows in the midst of sharing and expression. We each have colours in us,bold, bright, joyful colours. Tones that are manic, full, expressive, almost frightfully passionate. Inward, these colours feel overwhelming, but once expressed, these colours feel complete.

Thank you so much to Livia Lai for being my model, collaborator and muse in this editorial. You can see her pictures over on her blog at L is For Olive. Thank you Val for shooting and working hard to create a studio in our backyard. And thank you Lord for your ultimate beauty in everything we see.

As you look at the world’s glorious beauty, we’re excited to see the canvas that you create and the art you will make.

With Love



liviaLivia Lai 
Multi talented Livia Lai is a model, stylist and make up artist living in Melbourne. Lover of snap chat, online shopping and brunch dates she is in her final year of a  Bachelor of Science at Melbourne University.


vess copy squareVANESSA BONG   –  Founder & Content Executive
Vess is a writer, graphic designer, illustrator and creative director based in Melbourne, Australia. Passionate about design, art, fashion and story telling.  She has worked with a number of well known clients including the Melbourne Zoo, Kelly Thompson Illustrations and currently holds a position at SMASH enterprises as a junior designer.  Website Instagram


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VALERIE BONG   –  Founder & Content Executive
Val is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Melbourne. As a photographer and documenter she loves celebrating the beauty of the world. With her love for capturing special moments she specialises in fashion, wedding, family and event photography.

Website Twitter / Linkedin 


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  • amy 23/09/2014 at 11:41 am

    these illustrations are stunning!! i love how the photography and ink just merge together! id love it if youd comment back xx

    • Val & Vess 23/09/2014 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks so much for the comment Amy! Such a blessing to hear you enjoy our work! Keep checking back and feel free to share whatever inspires you in your creativity to those around you!

  • Livia 23/09/2014 at 12:51 pm

    I love you guys to the moon! Thank you beautiful ladies for always involving me in your creativity and encouraging me with my own. So grateful for you guys in my life <3

    • Val & Vess 23/09/2014 at 1:36 pm

      Oh Liv you make our hearts soar with your joy and beauty!! Can not wait till our next hangout/creative session!