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January 2015


Things Are Not As They Seem…

Most of the outfits you see me wearing here are for my day job.

As a Human Resources professional my customers are people who need guidance, solutions to complex problems and issues that they are facing in the work place.

For the most part, I think that I have seen it all.

Hell I reckon I could even be a contracted writer for the TV show, “The Office”.

Guaranteed scripts for days.

I once heard, “when someone shows you who they are the first time, believe them’.

Words to live by.

Pleather Peplum Top – Sunny Girl, Leather Belt – Country Road, Pencil Skirt – Temt, Shoes – Wittner.


A Fresh Take…

I always feel so fresh and so clean clean when I wear a white dress. Its like a little practice run before the big day. Wink!  Laugh, but you have to speak these things into existence. Can I get an amen?

I have worn this dress before as shown here.

Right now in Canberra I am like a butterfly just straight blossoming.

Think the return of BOLD colour, BOLD print.

I have reviewed the situation, taken part and now its time to take over.

Sunglasses – Sportsgirl, Necklace – Gifted, Dress – Asos, Bag – Louis Vuitton, Shoes – Target


This Week I Am….

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow you have to put up with the rain.

  • I purchased my work out kicks for 2015 last week, this week it’s all about getting my work out routine up and running 
  • With the right exposure we can all learn something new. This week I am reading more fashion magazines – a quick refresher, I want to freshen up my fashion out look.

…finally after weeks of feeling unsettled in Canberra,

  • #JesusFixedIt! We found an apartment to live in! Friday we move in. Hallelujah! no doubt we will be busy unpacking and arranging over the weekend.

What’s on your radar this week?


Cool Runnings…

Fact: I speak to my mum everyday.

Since moving to Canberra I am surprised by how much we have managed to increase our communication. I mean is that even possible?

Judging from my earlier post – you can probably tell that I have found it particularly hard to adjust to my new conservative surroundings. Some of the things I experienced really shook me as I was not prepared for it.

As I licked my wounds I just tried to blend in – which was unusual for me. Think of all black outfits, minimal make up and jewellery etc.

When I rang my mother to check in, I explained how I was slowly morphing into a Debbie downer.

In response to my rant, my mama gave me a pep talk that reminded me a lot of this “Cool Runnings” scene:

Mother Dearest: Look in the mirror, and tell me what you see!
IamTinashe: I see IamTinashe
Mother Dearest: You see IamTinashe? Well, let me tell you what I see. I see pride! I see power! I see a bad-ass mother who don’t take no crap off of nobody!

As soon as I hung up the phone – my insecurities faded. It was then I decided I wasn’t going to let my conservative surroundings change who I am and what I stand for.

Nothing is changing I am just going to dress how I have always dressed, be my “little bit extra self” – everyone else around me will just have to get used to it.

Sunglasses – Sportsgirl, Top – Sunny Girl, Bag– CELINE, Skirt – CUE, Shoes – Witchery


This Week I Am…

  • We are still without a permanent home! Eek..Over the weekend we viewed another 6 apartments to lease. This week we will submit our applications for all places. Fingers crossed!
  • Since moving to Canberra,my friendship circle is SMALL, so I no longer have interesting lunch dates. Boo! But this is a good opportunity to start making and taking a healthier lunch each day.
  • My work out regime has pretty much been non-existent since Christmas. Its time to put on those Nikes and start sweating!
  • Lastly. I will continue to explore and get used to Canberra – work, people and my new surroundings.

What have you got planned for the week ahead?


Locked Out Of Heaven…

My sincere apologies for being not being visible on your dashboard over the last week or so. Those who follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook know that i have recently moved to the capital city of Australia, Canberra.

When we first announced our move to family and friends we were met with a lot of Whys? Comments like, you will be super bored and do know that its ultra conservative right? 

We just took it all in our stride because as far as we were concerned the move was happening. As far as we could see there is tremendous opportunity for career and personal growth.

Its only now that i am here that i am realising just how conservative this place is. For a black girl rocking red hair. This is a lot. We were not prepared for this. For instance, in public settings people just stare, not an endearing stare – but one of fascination like we are animals in a zoo. Really letting us know that you are different, not one of them. When we go to restaurants to eat, the service is below par and almost dismissive. I myself have been in Australia for twenty plus years and never have I had such a reminder that you are black.

As you can probably imagine, when you first move to a new location, One of the first things you are wanting to sort out is permanent accommodation.

When i started work, one of the first things colleagues would ask me was, Have you found a place to stay, have you found a place to stay? Is this a hidden code i wondered? I found that really weird. Why are all these people interested in where we will be staying?

I am not going to lie, securing a place to live permanently has been hard.  I can now see why people have been asking. In the week that we have been here we have seen 6 apartments (by legislation you have to see the place to apply in Canberra) and submitted 5 applications. Not one of them has made it to reference stage. From what i hear and read the rental market is relatively slow at the moment, market flooded with vacant places. So its not the abundance of people applying. In fact some of the the apartments we applied for are being relisted for more apartment viewings. I can not understand that, because on paper we can pay the rent 1 year even 2 years in advance. We got it like that. We are young professionals who are not looking for a free ride, but nonetheless we just seem to be overlooked.

I rarely use the race card but with my experiences this past week I am ready to whip it out. Its not quite out yet, but i am holding the card close in my pocket,

Whilst these first impressions paint a rather grim and unfavourable picture of Canberra. This piece is being shared not for you to feel pity for us or to shed a tear but simply to help others to get a sense of our reality.

I want to add that there has been some good bits, i.e. starting work in Canberra, exploring the scenic beauty that is Canberra and the arrival of our cars. Whilst far and few, the good bits are there.

We will continue to persevere and pray that things get better.

Necklace – H&M, Dress – Asos, Shoes – London Rebel, Bag- Topshop