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We take a look back at our month of encouragement.

1. Inspirational Lift 


2. The People’s Waffle 

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3. Emily Toone Photography


4. ODO (One Design Office) and Arkitube 


5. Take Inspiration With You: Free Wallpapers 


6. Bursting With Beautiful Things 

7. Barun Fox- Courtney and Michael 


8. Fille en Fleur 

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10. Cheryl and Benson IMG_7925

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“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. 
Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”
~Mother Teresa

It’s been an incredible month for us. As we’ve encouraged you to reach and go after your dreams. Even though it was challenging, it has most definitely been so rewarding! We’ve had people share that our lettering on instagram has encouraged them in times when they haven’t felt good enough for their passions. We’ve had friends share that having our wallpapers has made feel lifted as they progress into a new job. And the response to our “Risk Takers” interviews has been so humbling!

We are so thankful for the friends who shared their wisdom, journey and their dreams with us. We’ve had so many people say that they are inspired to start making their own dreams a reality! And it’s been so fun sharing the new and ambitious projects that we’ve been working on, from a beautiful fashion film, to a watercolour fashion shoot, to the photography of a very special couple’s wedding day.

So what now? This journey has been amazing, so we don’t want you to hop off just yet! After an incredible month, we’re taking you on another adventure. It’s a ride that is not too different from the one that we’ve just been on, but it does have it’s own little flavour.

For the next couple of weeks, we are going to be sharing photoshoots, interviews, lettering and projects based on the concept of the world and it’s beauty. Surely this seems like an obvious thing to most people, but what we want to try and highlight are Two Things;

1) To remind ourselves daily to see the beauty in the little things.
2) To encourage all of us, that we have the capacity and the potential to bring beauty into this wonderful world.

We admit that this is no small feat!

But we hope that as we journey together we will bring just a little bit more inspiration, creativity, hope and imagination to your very special lives.

Beauty and Love

Val and Vess

(words by Vess)

vess copy squareVANESSA BONG   –  Illustrator 
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   –  Photographer
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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  • ccmozcarolynCar 13/10/2014 at 3:37 pm

    I continue to be “blown away” by the creativity and uniqueness of expression that you both have, you are inspirational and I am excited at the journey you are on and the endless possibilities ahead. ,

    • Val & Vess 13/10/2014 at 10:21 pm

      Thanks so much Carolyn! We’re excited too with your support! We think we’ve finally found the right direction to go in with our blog. And we’re just so lucky to have people like you who continue to encourage and uplift us in the way we will go!

  • Alice 13/10/2014 at 8:50 pm

    I honestly just love the creativity and love that you put into your work. You can see how much passion you have in everything you do, and it is so inspiring. To put this much content together in one month is so impressive and I’m so proud. Every post by you inspires me to do more and to do what I love so THANK YOU xxxx
    ps I miss you Val!

    • Val & Vess 13/10/2014 at 10:23 pm

      Aw!! Thank you Alice! You inspire me so much as well, with your writing and photography! And even knowing that you’re in Paris makes me inspired to strive to do something similar one day! The best part of your kind words is knowing that you’re proud of our efforts! And that the late nights/effort we put in , is all worth it! X

  • Jen Slau 16/10/2014 at 2:05 am

    This site is amazing, ladies, I am so impressed at what you guys have achieved so far, I look forward to more exciting and beautiful posts! #hooked #highschoolfamiliars

    • Val & Vess 16/10/2014 at 3:47 am

      Thanks so much Jen! And your site is looking super rad too!!!!cant wait to explore it more! We’ve been so blessed and lucky to have met such incredible ppl and so so so happy we continue to meet and reconnect with such fantastic people like yourself! Yeah! Keep looking!:) we post Wednesdays and Sundays!!:)

    • Val & Vess 16/10/2014 at 3:47 am

      And love the hashtags! #jenisawesome