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We truly don’t know where life is going to take us. Whether it’s to new adventures or to places that we couldn’t possibly imagine being. But there’s one thing that’s for sure, good friends will always make this journey called life worthwhile. This is truly the case through my recent times as a freelancer. Starting out, I had no clue how I was going to be able to be a freelance designer, would I be able to find work? Would I have the capabilities to look after projects and be smart with my time and money? Will I be able to have money to live! (It was all good! I had savings for this time!) Those were all things that were just coursing through my head, a never ending stream of doubt, questions, concerns. But, having doubt isn’t a sign that you’re not capable, it’s just a product of fear that we can have as human beings that cause us to analyse the situation. So I did what seem like a good idea, which was to reach out to those wiser than me.

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Colour Melbourne


“Purer colours… have in themselves, independently of the objects they serve to express, a significant action on the feelings of those who look at them.”

-Henri Matisse 

Colour is beautiful, it’s valuable and it means to so much to us in a practical, spiritual and emotional sense.
You may have recently seen on Instagram and Facebook, we’ve decided to start an ongoing search for colourful walls in Melbourne.


Perhaps because no one else is.val-footscray-arts-centre-11

Melbournians are known to dress super minimal and monochrome (a fashion trend which never seemed to fit my repertoire) and fashion bloggers of Melbourne do the same. Most take photos of beautiful black and white attire in front of white or grey walls, looking ultra sleek and suave. If you want ideas for locations to take photos like this let me know, I have a few up my sleeve.

I love Instagram, don’t get me wrong, but what irks me is the lack of colour. People tend to commit to images of just black and white to in order to gain a sublime and minimalist feel. Which I don’t condone, I just know that it’s something which Big Picture Stuff isn’t at all.val-footscray-arts-centre-3

So now you have the back story. My idea didn’t take root until I connected with the ever so lovely Rosie from Rclayton (check out her amazing Instagram, it will seriously blow you away) who I believe resides in the sunny part of either Chicago or California. The amount of COLOUR bursting from her Instagram simply stole my heart and made me yearn to either buy a ton of paint, become a graffiti artist or move to L.A to chase my dreams of an Instagram rainbow.

But, in a sweet Instagram exchange Rosie encouraged us to “find the colour in your city, you just have to look”.val-footscray-arts-centre

Never one to shy from a challenge I took it upon myself to do just that, hence our hashtag #COLOURMELBOURNE

So you know the drill, if you find a colourful wall in Melbourne use the hashtag. Doesn’t have to be extremely amazing, it could even be the side of your local Officeworks, it just has to have a bit of colour that inspires and brings joy to your day!

Here’s some colourful walls we’ve found so far.

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Bonjour My Dears!

I know I said my last post I was sharing pictures of Florence but I couldn’t resist showing you these photos of the amazing Louve and my ‘borrowed bag’.

I always seem to be passing through a city when something exciting is happening. (Very much unintentionally!) So have been very lucky to have arrived in Paris during the time of Paris Fashion Week. Hence alot of good looking individuals and wonderful opportunities for sneaky street fashion photos.

This amazing bag which I was given the pleasure of posing with, is Bao Bao by isseymiyake. As soon as I saw this technicolour and geometric design, I was in love. This amazing pattern  is a common trend throughout their entire colourful collection. which seem to change colour and capture the light in completely wonderful ways.  The contours, the rendering make Bao Bao seem like a piece of art (an art piece which also conveniently can hold your wallet, phone and lipstick) which feels so great to hold, as it seem to mould itself your arm and fingers.

Sadly, this gorgeous bag doesn’t belong to me but to the amazing Anya and Bella who were holidaying and working in Paris for the week. Anya works for Issey Miyake and was there for Paris fashion week and Bella (who actually took these photos of me) was lucky enough to come for the holiday! Thanks so much to these wonderful ladies for letting me vigorously inspect your Bao Bao bags and to be in awe of this amazing piece of design.

And the final image, is probably one of the most famous ladies in the world. The Mona Lisa, man that lady knows how to command a room!

Hoping to show you more of Paris and of my favourite parts of Italy


val copyValerie Bong   –  Founder & Content Executive
Val is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Leeds, UK. 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.

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Hello lovelies!

It’s amazing how much I appreciate nature these days, compared to when I was a young’un and hated going to the local park. My brother, cousins and I would moan and groan about going to the aptly named ‘Dog Poo Park’, but these days I find myself appreciating the scenery (and lack of animal excrement, actually). It’s such a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle and craziness of life, and our so-called first world problems.

Not only that, but I’m finding so much beauty just in our local neighbourhood, in the front yards of strangers’ houses. I recall Val telling me how she has to resist the urge to jump in people’s gardens to take photos! For this set of photos, Val and I went wandering about the streets of our neighbourhood and found a perfectly leafy vine wall, and worry not people, we remained on public land the whole time! Criminals, we are not.

I absolutely adore this rosy blouse I got from Zara. Call me a grandma, but the rose sofa print of it drew me in and consequently, I became enthralled with its beauty. With its mix of red and pink, colours that I’ve found aren’t the most complimentary with one another in the past, this top is the epitome of my love of florals, and gosh… isn’t the world just so pretty sometimes that we can print it onto a blouse for Zara to sell to the average fashion conscious consumer like me?!

I paired this blouse with a pinky peach pair of shorts, which somewhat matched the colours in the top, and threw on a cute pair of shoes in the same colour with a silver heel. I love these shoes so much; they’re so preppy and also incorporate a currently trending ankle strap

That’s it from me for now, encouraging the rest of you to get out there and enjoy the fresh air and flowers and trees and leaves and… dog poo.

Hoping you’re all safe and happy over Christmas and New Year!

Much love,