Real Women: Belinda

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Belinda

Woman Up Australia is proud to run the ‘Real Women’ feature series, showcasing the diversity opinions of a range of women on many different topics- from mental health to sex, career objectives to self-love.

Visit our “Real Women” feature page for more information or to have a read, or email us if you want to be considered as a female interviewee.

This week we feature one of my longest and dearest friends who is now a teacher back in the US, Belinda.

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Belinda and I have known each other since the very first day of high-school in Year 7. She became my close friend who was also a confidante, and someone I didn’t have to be ashamed of my interests with. A lot of the interests we shared weren’t in line with the status quo of typical high-school girls, but with Bel I was able to “geek out”, so to speak, over these things. Bel moved back to the States after university (her Mum is American) and she’s build a lovely life for herself there.

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Real Women: Erika

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Erika

Woman Up Australia is proud to run the ‘Real Women’ feature series, showcasing the diversity opinions of a range of women on many different topics- from mental health to sex, career objectives to self-love.

Visit our “Real Women” feature page for more information or to have a read, or email us if you want to be considered as a female interviewee.

This week we feature one of my American followers, Erika.

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Erika and I connected through Instagram in 2015 and she has been a supporter of my blog since its inception. Reading through her answers, I was blown away by how similar our experiences have been in a number of circumstances at work involving harrassment. I applaud Erika’s honesty and can’t thank her enough for divulging this information.

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The Daily Grind Coffee Scrubs: Product Review

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Escape The Daily Grind…

I haven’t actually reached out to brands before to offer to do a product review (I’ve been contacted instead), but the minute I stumbled across The Daily Grind on Instagram, I felt compelled to contact them. They were totally lovely and kept to their word to send some samples- the first sign I was on to a good thing.

Anyone who follows me on Instagram knows 9 out of 10 of my posts are about coffee or mention coffee. I can’t go without it. It’s not even the caffeine- years of coffee substance abuse have heightened my tolerance to the stuff, so I really just drink it out of habit- plus I love the taste.

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Arbonne Product Review

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Arbonne Product Review

Recently, I had the good fortune of being contacted by the ever-hilarious and lovely Rebecca Thompson, who is an independent Arbonne representative- a premium brand with a Swiss heritage. For those vegans out there, they are also vegan-friendly products and plant-based.

Having been to Switzerland, trust me, the Swiss do EVERYTHING well. Chocolate, coffee, jewellery, architecture, mountains, bridges, bank accounts, tennis players, people in general….I digress.

I had heard of Arbonne products, but generally being out of my new meager budget for skincare (hello freelance life), I hadn’t gone out of my way to give them a try- although my skin is quite combination and they are great for those like me.

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Real Women : Daisy

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Daisy

Woman Up Australia is proud to run the ‘Real Women’ feature series, showcasing the diversity opinions of a range of women on many different topics- from mental health to sex, career objectives to self-love.

Visit our “Real Women” feature page for more information or to have a read, or email us if you want to be considered as a female interviewee.

This week we feature the no-nonsense, career-driven NYC law student, Daisy.

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Daisy and I met when she did an exchange program at my university in Melbourne for six months and we lived on campus together- a few doors down from each other. She’d also done a semester abroad in India and I just thought she was seriously cultured, interesting and had a no-bullshit approach I respect in others. She was a loyal and fun friend her entire time in Australia, and we all felt a huge gap in our eclectic circle of friends when she returned to the US.

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The invaluable role of women in ‘Versailles’

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The invaluable role of women in ‘Versailles’

As I sit here, eight episodes deep of ten of the lavish new TV series ‘Versailles’, a thought has occurred to me.

Other than the fact that in two episodes time I won’t have anymore left to watch, and so will start a grieving period of missing Louis IX and his cronies, the realisation also hit me that, contrary to how I initially perceived this series when I began watching it a week ago- women are actually the glue that holds the entire framework together.

Sure, Louis, his brother and their crew of henchman and foot servants are the primary protagonists (or antagonists, depending on how you look at it), but the series actually portrays women as the game-changers, the catalysts for change, and the great thinkers at a palace full of ignorant fools.

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1000 Instagram Followers!

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To my followers both here and on Instagram…

 

As of today, I have 1013 followers on my Instagram profile.  

As many of you follow my profile know, I use this platform the most to promote new content and connect with the ladies (and gents) who follow.

I want to put out a HUGE thank you to all of my loyal followers, some of who have become good friends and that I communicate with now regularly outside of my blog. To the women who have taken part in my ‘Real Women’ feature since its inception- I am indebted to you. Your honesty has helped my mental and spiritual health immensely, and I hope so much that it has done the same for you. 

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Real Women: Kristen

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Kristen

Woman Up Australia is proud to run the ‘Real Women’ campaign, showcasing the diversity and opinions of selected women on a range of topics.

Please visit our “Real Women” page for more information or email us if you want to be considered as a female profile subject.

This week we feature uber-talented actress, personal trainer, dance teacher and all-round exceptional performer, Kristen.

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Krissy and I met in 2008. She was actually my first real relationship and stayed together for a fair while. Not only was she my partner, but she was my best friend, and I’m still so proud to call her a friend and a confidante. She has no idea how much she has helped me over the years, and I don’t think I can ever repay her.

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Short ‘Real Women’ Hiatus!

Hi Woman Uppers! (ooooh, I like that!)

Firstly, happy International Women’s Day to all you strong, empowered women out there who keep forging on despite your hardships.

For those of you following my blog or Instagram, you will know that each Wednesday I post a ‘Real Women’ feature.

I am taking a one week break this week to catch up on work (I’m proper exhausted), but will be back next week with TWO profiles to make it up to you!

Much love all!

Felicity

Real Women: Tiffany

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Tiffany

Woman Up Australia is proud to run the ‘Real Women’ campaign, showcasing the diversity and opinions of selected women on a range of topics.

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This week we feature country girl, career-driven, outdoor-loving exercise enthusiast, Tiffany.

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Tiffany and I connected through Woman Up Australia’s Instagram profile, and she jumped at the chance to be featured in ‘Real Women’.

Read on for Tiffany’s top insights into girl-on-girl bullying, depression, the benefits of growing up outside of a big city, and the importance of exercise to combat mental illness.

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Real Women: Amy

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Amy

Woman Up Australia is proud to run the ‘Real Women’ campaign, showcasing the diversity and opinions of selected women on a range of topics.

Please visit our “Real Women” page for more information or email us if you want to be considered as a profile subject.

This week we feature the multi-faceted mother, wife, entrepreneur and all-round kickass girl boss, Amy.

Amy and I connected through Woman Up Australia’s Instagram page, and emailed through when I put a call out for submissions.

I already thought Amy was pretty fabulous due to her array of talents, business start-up and charity-involvement, but I had no idea just how remarkable she really was until I read her submission below.

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The Elusive “Sensitivity Chip”

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The Elusive “Sensitivity Chip”

A brief history of put-downs from men.

In an interview with Jennifer Aniston, years after her and Brad’s break-up, and also years after Brad picked up with Angelina and started their massive family, Jen was asked in an interview a question surrounding the topic. Any interviewer would know that this question was out-of-bounds. It’s been ages, both are remarried now, it was a shitty time in her life- it’s time to move on and leave her alone. Instead, Jen handled it simply with, what I consider, classy and yet brutal honesty, by stating simply that Brad was a missing a “sensitivity chip”.

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Real Women: Jae

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Real Women: Part 6

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Woman Up Australia is proud to run our ‘Real Women’ campaign, showcasing the diversity and opinions of selected women on a range of topics.

Please visit our “Real Women” page for more information or email us if you want to be considered as a profile subject.

This week we feature the inspiring and accomplished speaker, writer and life coach, Jae.

Jae found me through my Instagram profile.

I was instantly taken by her email to me stating “I’ve had my own experience with mental health issues and – having come out the other side – I am so passionate about helping others going through the same thing” picqued my attention and now I’m so thrilled to be featuring this beautiful woman.

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Real Women: Kelly

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Real Women: Part 5

Kelly

Woman Up Australia is proud to run a new campaign, showcasing the diversity and opinions of selected women on a range of topics.

Please visit our “Real Women” page for more information or email us if you want to be considered as a profile subject.

This week we feature the super talented, London born and raised musician Kelly.

Kelly found me through my Instagram page, and emailed through when I put a call out for submissions.

As a former British expat, any Pommy is a friend of mine (well, almost all), so I happily obliged.

Read on for Kelly’s wise-beyond-her-years insights into feminism, predominant issues facing women, as well as her love for Japan, memories on the Isle of Wight and her first love, music.

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My Struggle With Sweating

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I’m having a sweating issue. A big one.

I’m not going to hide it anymore because today was the straw that broke the camel’s back after three months of excessive sweating- day and night.

This isn’t normal amounts of sweat either. I’ve never been a huge sweater so it was pretty obvious to me in late-November when the issue really upped it’s game that something bad was going on.

I change my sheets every day because I sweat so much. I wake up so dehydrated, with cramps so bad from losing so much water in my sleep that I can’t stand up properly for a few minutes. I can only wear clothes once before I have to wash them. I usually change outfits twice a day. I’ve started sleeping on a towel to save having to do laundry all the damn time. I shower four times a day on average. I’ve cut myself off socially from friends- bar a few people. I work from home now so I am able to get away with random excuses for a while, but I’m sick of hiding because of it.

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Orgasm-Inducing Mixed Berry Crumble

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 Orgasm-Inducing Mixed Berry Crumble

I am in love with this recipe. For a simple and quick twist on the traditional and ever-so-yum apple crumble, this recipe is perfect for those cooler nights- and something I cannot wait to bake again once Melbourne descends into my favourite winter months. The best thing? You don’t need to spend a fortune on fresh berries- this recipe is specifically for frozen berries. So easy!

Berry Filling Ingredients:

  • 4 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 pinch of salt

Crumble Topping Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 stick of salted butter
Method:
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 ºC. (350 in Fahrenheit)
  2. In a mixing bowl, make the berry filling by combining all ingredients from first list above and toss to combine.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, make the oat crumble topping by combining all ingredients from the second list above, then using your fingers, pinch the butter mix in with the dry ingredients. Keep pinching and tossing the ingredients in together until it’s all combined. You will be left with little  pieces of butter mixed in with the oat mixture-it obviously won’t be all smooth.
  4. Pour the berry filling from your first bowl into a baking dish. I just use a simple casserole over-proof dish. Evenly distribute the oat crumble topping over the top, and spread to an even layer.
  5. Bake uncovered in the oven for about an hour until the berry filling is bubbling, and the oat crumble is on the crispy side and golden brown. Let your crumble cool for 30-60 minutes, as the filling will be boiling hot, before eating.

Serve on it’s own, or with ice-cream or cream. Sweet, delicious and amazing!

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Real Women: Emmalee

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Real Women: Part 4

Emmalee

Woman Up Australia is proud to run a new campaign, showcasing the diversity and opinions of selected women on a range of topics.

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This week we feature the authentic, family-oriented and vintage-inspired student Emmalee.

Emmalee approached me through my Instagram profile to be featured and I jumped at the chance to profile her as one of the first cabs off the rank.

Here Emmalee discusses everything body-hair on women, her love of the Central Coast and her sometimes-nomadic “gypsy” upbringing, amongst other topics.

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Cambodia: My Nightmare Holiday Fling That Lead To Finding Inner Fulfilment (Part 2)

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PART 2 – (SEE PART 1 IN RECENT POSTS):

The next day, I woke up to find James packing our stuff. “I’m done here, we’re getting the bus to Siem Reap”, he stated. I felt so violently ill, the thought of a nine-hour bus trip made me instantly want to cry. He didn’t seem to care. I didn’t like Phnom Penh much, and Siem Reap had been the main city I wanted to see on the entire trip, so I told myself that at least I would be going to a prettier, greener city, where I could finally stand in the presence of the magnificent Angkor Wat.

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Real Women: Kristina

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Real Women: Part 3

Kristina

Woman Up Australia is proud to run a new campaign, showcasing the diversity and opinions of selected women on a range of topics.

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This week we feature the brutally honest, charismatic and ever-so-articulate Kristina.

I have known Kristina personally for two years now, and from the moment of meeting her, her quiet dignity and strength have made her a positive source of inspiration and empowerment for me.

Read on for Kristina’s insights into feminism, issues facing women today and her often traumatic life experiences that have only built to the character of a woman I’m proud to call a friend.

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Real Women: Kara

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Real Women: Part 2

Kara

Woman Up Australia is proud to run a new campaign, showcasing the diversity and opinions of selected women on a range of topics.

Please visit our “Real Women” page for more information or email us if you want to be considered as a profile subject.

This week we feature the effortlessly cool and authentic Kara.

I met Kara at a party last year, and was drawn to her unapologetic individuality and quiet strength.

Read on for Kara’s insights into feminism, issues facing women, her inspirations and tales of her inspiring solo travels.

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Cambodia: My Nightmare Holiday Fling That Lead To Finding Inner Fulfilment (Part 1)

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PART 1

It’s funny how memories come to you. Last night, as I tossed and turned sleeplessly in bed, throat ravaged by tonsillitis and my body burning up, a memory popped into my mind. It was such a random one- one I hadn’t thought of in about three years- that it quite honestly blew me away. I am a firm believer in the power of the universe, and I think the memory came to me to write it down, as one day I may not remember all of the circumstances surrounding it.

I’ll take you back to the beginning.

After I finished my university degree, and between my subsequent solo backpacking trip to Europe and my ultimate move to the United Kingdom, I went on a three-week trip to South-East Asia with a female friend. We’d met at uni, and before we went our separate ways, we decided to do a few weeks going through Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. We’d then come home, I’d pack up my belongings and head over to the UK, and she’d go on to further study. I was keen and it was idea initially, planting the seed of thought with her months before. I was going to be moving to the UK in the middle of their winter, so one last ditch attempt at some heat in places I had never visited was too tempting to pass up.

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