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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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PROJECTS – encouragements

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Hi guys!

There’s two things that I need to share.

One is a great love, the other, a lesson.

Firstly, my love.
And that’s pretty simple. It’s my love for type, design and bright colours. Like a kindergardener with a box of crayons, give me bright colours and some easy breezy lettering, and I’m going to smosh those things together like cookies and cream. For those who understand what I mean, we are kindred souls, for those who do not, I apologise for my extreme metaphor that may leave you with an icecream craving.

Secondly, my lesson.
It’s also pretty simple. When I created these encouraging statements, I did it for the PROJECTS fundraiser to be sold as encouraging cards. Something to give to others. To lift up another’s soul and give praise with fun words and funky circles. But these little statements have lead to an even greater lesson. It’s a lesson to be kind. Not just to those around us. But to ourselves. Often we allow ourselves to be our own worst critics; expressing judgement on ourselves, never ever do we appreciate our best efforts. “Good is not good enough” and the “best could always be better”.

But you know what, your good is actually fantastic, and your best is actually incredible. Each and everything thing you do is a gift to the world and therefore, amazing. What do we need to do? We need to be kind to ourselves and encourage all that we are.

So with a mix bag of curly letters and odd shapes, as you read these little encouragements, as odd as they are, I’ll like to remind you of things that may have forgotten.

And it’s this: that you are special, you are unique, you are capable, you are blessed and you are, super duper lovely.

Now say that to yourself five times and you’ve got it.

You’re practicing the magical art of encouraging yourself.


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VANESSA 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 her 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

P.S Feel free to print these out and stick them up in places where you need just that little reminder. 😉

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“People who love to eat are always the best people.”
-Julia Child-

Hello Friends

There’s a few things that I throughly enjoy in life. Friendship, sunsets, fun times with family, a whole number of things. And well, food happens to be one of them. Especially food cooked with love and appreciation, food that’s tasty with loads of flavour, food that’s different and exciting to eat. But there’s one type of food that really takes the cake. And that’s Japanese food.

So when Melissa of Momo Sushi asked me to do chalk lettering on their wall, I jumped at the chance! Momo Sushis handrolls were absolutely delicious, and the quaint shop front based in Glenferrie road was so gorgeously designed that I couldn’t resist! We organised a meeting to decide on what lettering style we wanted, and also what quote we were going to place on the walls. Once that was decided, all that was left to do was to do the lettering!

We met up on a rainy Saturday afternoon, and I prepared myself to bring some typographic joy to the walls. Four hours, 2 sushi rolls, a green tea latte and a packet of wasabi later, I completed my design. Melissa was very satisfied with the result, and my stomach was very satisfied with all the Japanese goodies.

Hopefully this is only the start of more chalk lettering, and that I can do more lettering designs in the future! Also, I would love you to visit Momo Sushi and take a picture next to the chalk lettering and tag us on facebook or instagram! And while you’re there, make sure you have a green tea latte and a tea prawn hand roll for me!

With love

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 her 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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MOMO Sushi
Established in 2009, MOMO sushi has perfected the art of sushi making to the highest quality. Stylishly attractive, quality food and a whole lot of fun,  MOMO Sushi will sure to become your favourite hangout joint to meet your green tea and handroll needs!
Website / Urban Spoon / Facebook / Twitter 
Shop 18/674-680 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn


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Outfit Details 

Dress: Maxim $49
Shoes:  AirFlex $40
Hair piece: Collette (gifted)

I’ve been blindsided by a four letter word. It’s a word that plays on peoples lips when asked “how are you?” and is a word which makes one feel completely accomplished. It’s the four letter word: Busy. And just to keep our conversation flowing, I’ll throw another one in there for good measure. How about this four letter word: Time. I know that all of us are often caught up in tasks of the day to day and find ourselves suddenly stuck in a routine of our own making. We find ourselves lacking time, searching for it and constantly feeling like we’re running out of it. Moments suddenly pass too quickly for us to capture and we feel like the days pass as we tick off tasks from our to-do-list. As I’ve entered into what I’ve been calling “a new stage” I’ve found myself caught in the midst of what I’ve described.
But I’ve learnt something. And it’s so simple, that I’m surprised that I haven’t learnt it before. So here it is, from the busy routines of the weeks past, I’ve learnt a simple truth that resonated in my soul. It is simply.
Love yourself.
Now I don’t mean to indulge in mindless vanity. What I mean is; to believe that you have value. And to behave in a way that confirms this truth. I came to this realisation after a long day at work and out of no where, I tried out my sister’s “chocolate milk scented” bath soap. Trust me when I say I’ve never particularly understood the purpose of scented soaps, I mean it’s not benefitting anyone if you smell like a 1000 fruits. But, as the smell of chocolate milk slowly filled my shower, I found myself feeling relaxed, pampered and simply lovely.
So know that you’re worth it. You deserve moments of time to enjoy your favourite album, to light a candle and enjoy the scent. To walk in park and marvel at the beauty. To use chocolate scented soap. To wear your favourite shoes. To watch the rom com for the 10th time. To buy yourself a bouquet of flower. To walk into a store, try on a dress and even though you have no occasion for a sequin full length gown, buy it anyway because you feel fabulous. As you make this time for yourself, soon enough, these golden precious moments will infuse your life with joy and peace and serenity. Create golden moments in time, place value on who you are and feel lovely for it.

Styling: Vanessa Bong 
Model: Vanessa Bong
Photography: Emerald Law

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Introducing some gorgeous images that I took with the incredible Sarah P. We had a impromptu photography sesh whilst we were working on our Forest Queen editorial. Channeling New Zealand music goddess Lorde, I got some amazing shots of Sarah as the sunlight danced on her shoulders. After we shot our editorial, it occurred to me that to open oneself to the creative act is actually opening oneself to a range of things. Courage, risk, creativity and imagination.

Courage. It’s a word that’s not used very often these days. Along with words as honour and valour, courage is a word which seemingly belongs to another time. Risk. It’s a word that feels unpopular, something to be avoided, calculated and controlled. However, these words can carry with them, something deeply profound and beautiful. If only we take a moment to open ourselves to what possibilities they hold. 

Creativity. It’s a phrase thrown around for centuries and labelled to professions, tasks or individuals. Imagination, It’s a word that seems to attach itself to ideas of sentimental play, or the simplicities of childhood. But within these cliche phrases, are new undiscovered worlds and boundless, limitless potential.

Courage, Creativity, Risk, Imagination.

To create is to be courageous. To dare to form beauty is a risk. To lend yourself to feel emotion and produce work which fuels your soul, ultimately requires a balance of deep vulnerability and raw courage. Deep vulnerability to open yourself up to potential failure or disappointment. Raw courage to believe that every risk is worth it if you can make something beautiful.

So, allow yourself to dream, wonder, feel and desire. Allow yourself to create things that your heart yearns to make. Release yourself in the unshackled limits of your imagination and draw out the infinite possibilities of your creativity.

Thank you Sarah for being courageous in your creativity and inspiring me to do the same. Can’t wait to see what this year will bring.