Post image for The Freelancers Guide to Staying OrganizedI’ve always been a pretty organized person. Sometimes I even dance the fine line between organized vs. obsessive — to the point where I can’t sleep if my room isn’t clean, or I generally feel as if my world is crashing down around me if there’s clutter in my apartment. But even with my books that are laden with colored tabs and notes, my color-coordinated closet (with matching wooden hangers), and a paper filing system that works with both color and the alphabet, I still had much to learn about being organized when I made the change to the freelance life.

For years I told myself (and others) that I could never work for myself. The fear of being totally accountable for everything that happens in the business was intimidating and overwhelming. That is, until I went through some pretty big life changes and lo and behold I fell into the world of freelancing. And now that I have the hang of it, I love it, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Being your own boss comes with many freedoms. You can choose your own hours, which for me means running down to the beach at lunch to have a surf or catching up with a girlfriend over a smoothie. You literally get to run your own race, but this also means that there’s no one to tell you when to get out of bed or remind you of what needs to be done and by when. You rely entirely on yourself and are fully accountable for all of your work, which means you must stay on top of your game.

As I continue on my journey, from blogger, to freelancer, to new business owner and now working with Free People over here in Australia, here are a few of my tricks of the trade to stay organized:

Make a priorities list:

Possibly one of the most satisfying activities for an overly-organized person like myself is that feeling of striking out a task once it’s complete. Daily, I seek the gratification of that ultimate horizontal pen stroke dancing my way toward the bottom of the page.

But there’s more to it than jotting down a bunch of tasks. One of the best tips for crafting the ultimate To Do list is ensuring to include an action in the task and also address the project. This combats trying to decipher those late night cryptic memos, or notes scribbled on napkins.

Let’s use writing this blog post as an example.

[Action verb] [task] for [project].

Following the freelancers formula (remembering that your brain will, 90% of the time, be  juggling more tasks than a Cirque Du Soleil performer) your task will look a little something like this: Write blog post for Free People. Et Viola!

End of day re-group:

Once you’re done for the day (even if it’s a 3 am finish), take an extra five minutes to work on your new list for the next time you will be working. Carry over tasks that weren’t finished, I like to circle the dot point and then craft my list with a fresh set of eyes in the morning based on priority.

Set work hours (and task hours):

When you start out freelancing, you go through what I call the honeymoon period. There are many days spent sunbathing, countless sleep-ins, staying up to watch a full season of your favorite TV show simply because you can. Which is amazing, but this doesn’t get your work done.

Slowly you will develop your own routine. I realized that I am most creative in the mornings, so don’t touch my email inbox until the afternoon and instead focus my fresh attention to writing articles, brainstorming concepts and styling shoots. Additionally, when you start freelancing there will be a handful of mundane tasks that no matter what industry you’re in, always end up getting pushed back because something more pressing or exciting has presented itself. Blocking out time slots for these tasks helps you work toward an achievable time-based goal.

Make your electronic calendar your new best friend:

My iCal and I are the best of friends. She knows everything about the inner workings of my life. First things first, the difference between my iCal and my To Do list is that the To Do list is a day-to-day task manager, whereas my iCal shows me the bigger picture. Appointments, meetings, birthdays, travel details, reminders to send hand-written thank you notes after an event… I think of my iCal as my week or month, and my To Do list as my day.

One of my favourite things about having an electronic calendar is that you can share certain calendars with your friends, family or business partner. It makes life fun. My business partner and I share a few calendars, if she has a meeting she wants me to see, she adds it to the iCal and I receive a notification. Seriously magic stuff!

Email filing system:

This has got to be my favorite organization hack of all time. I picked up this trick at my first job as a fashion PR girl where being organized is not only necessary, but also means the difference between living a relatively normal life and being in the office until 10pm each night.

The idea to the perfect inbox is filing an email once it has been actioned, so that you can look at your inbox ultimately as another To Do list… hence the term “inbox clearing”. The goal is to have as little emails sitting in your inbox as possible, because whatever is visible needs to be actioned.

To do this, create a bunch of email folders with bold headings like BILLS, PHOTO SHOOTS, COMMISSIONS, EVENTS, FINANCE, etc. and under each heading have a sub heading. This will take some time and you will most likely add to them as you go, but categorizing emails also helps you retrieve them with ease.

You can thank me later.

Play foreign music while working to keep attention:

They say playing classical music while studying helps you retain information at a much higher rate. If Brahms or Beethoven isn’t quite your thing, jump on a program like Spotify and discover the world of Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot, Buena Vista Social Club, just to name a few. The music will energize and intrigue you while not being distracting, especially important when you’re writing.


Clear the clutter and put things away:

For a freelancer, having an impeccably spotless work space will translate directly to your work. Clear your space of clutter and put things away immediately after you have used them. There is no better time to do it than right now. If you’re not using it right this second or in the next few days, it goes.

Make your mess pretty:

While the idea of having a work space that Mary Poppins would be proud of is something to strive for, sometimes it just simply isn’t attainable. If this is the case, make an effort to make your mess pretty. Have a bunch of pens lying around? Put them in a cute cup or a rustic-looking pen holder. I like to weigh my receipts down with a beautiful rock, having them out reminds me that they need auctioning but it also works them into the theme of my décor.

Use inspirational quotes:

Working in social media, I spend a lot of time getting lost in the backwaters of Instagram and Pinterest… if there’s a quote overlayed on a beautiful photo, chances are I’ve seen it. However the quote below is one I got in a fortune cookie when I was 16. I’ve since lost the piece of paper, so instead I decided to hand write it and pin it to the board above my desk. Who knew that 8 years later it would be so relevant to me now: “Killing time murders opportunities.”

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For those of you who have been following my chemical free journey over the past year or so will know I’ve been gently making the transition from chemical laden mass market cosmetic products to simple, natural and organic alternatives.

There has been a lot of trial and error and the switches didn’t happen all at once, over night. My skin has gone through a bunch of changes (including dealing with hormonal acne from going off the pill), but regardless of the breakouts and changes I resisted the allure of the shiny cosmetics aisle of the super market promising the latest breakthrough technology (aka unnatural!!) for amazing skin, and came through the other side of my journey with a super simple skin routine which I love. Skin care shouldn’t be complicated!


Grown Alchemist

Let’s start with the cleansing. I’ve tried a fair few natural cleansers but found a lot of them don’t foam, because the agents that create a lather quite commonly are chemical compounds. But this Grown Alchemest cleanser is definitely my fave. Pro top: double cleanse at night to remove makeup and always cleanse before exfoliating. If your skin feels clean in the morning, just slash it with hot water and don’t bother stripping it of it’s natural oils.  Find it here.

Black Soap 

For my body I use this amazing silky soft African Black Liquid Soap. Scented naturally with the intoxicating mixture of essential lemongrass oil and coconut oil, is lathers perfectly for shaving legs and even shampooing (for short uncoloured hair perfect for your lazy boyfriend who can use it as a shaving cream too!). Find it here


Home made toner

I use a home made toner comprised of one part organic un-sweetende apple cider vinegar and two parts filtered water. The ACV is really amazing for killing bacteria which I was fighting when I had hormonal acne. Wipe some on an organic cotton bud after cleansing and wipe across problem areas. It can be drying so be sure to moisturise! Pop it in a pretty bottle at viola!

Soothing Gel

This one was a LIFESAVER for my hormonal changes. Hormonal acne is different from your regular spots and pimples because it’s so deep in the skin, it hurts, is red and becomes inflamed. Basically it sucks! But getting my natural hormones back in check was and is very important to me so I stuck it out! I used this light as air moisturiser to soothe my skin, and when I needed ezra moisture I’d just put an extra layer on. Find it here

Rosehip Oil

Now that it’s been about 9 months since being off the pill, my body has finally come ’round and my hormones are back in check. This is the first time I’ve had my skin in its natural, uninfluenced state since I was a teenager and turns out it’s actually quite dry at times! At night after cleansing (and maybe toning if I feel like I need it especially during my period), I dampen my hands with water and apply two drops of organic rose hip oil to my palm, rub them together and slather across my face. I thought the oil would give me breakouts and be too heavy, but after about a month of this it’s feeling great.

If you aren’t ready for an all-over oil moisturiser, use this one around your eyes at night as a natural anti-wrinkle serum! Find it here

Fake Tan

Living at the beach I spend so much time in the sun but like to keep my face hidden. Sometimes I switch out my rose hip oil for EcoTan to give me a glow which is perfect because I rarely wear makeup it evens out my skin tone. Bonus points because it’s all natural! Find it here



Believe the hype. This stuff is GOOD! 100% vegan, natural and literally edible should you feel so inclined to eat it… which is tempting because it smells incredible. Scrub away twice a week, maybe more in summer for glowing skin. Hot tip: if you have those bumps on your arm, lightly scrub every day and after a few weeks they will disappear.  Find it here



While we’re at it, let’s talk briefly about other areas you can swap out mass market products for natural alternatives. Read all about the reasons why I switched to a bamboo toothbrush here. While you’re at it, ditch the Colgate supermarket crap and invite in some natural goodness into your daily brushing routine. I love the Red Seal baking soda tooth paste, tastes just as minty and fresh as anything else and the baking soda is a great natural way to whiten. Pro tip: once a week squeeze a little lemon juice onto your toothpaste and brush for a super whitening treatment! Find  you natural bamboo toothbrush here


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So it’s been a while since I hit the road to Byron to catch up with the master behind the lens that is Cait Miers. Last time we shot together I threw a bunch of clothes on and we headed for a nondescript white wall, not knowing just how far and wide across the internet and magazines those images would be. Last time we shot together, I also called out that Cait was the next big thing.

No surprises there!!

Not being one who lives for being in front of the lens (anyone who actually knows me, knows I enjoy it about as much as waxing – which ain’t all that much). But Cait being the super mellow cruisy chick that she is, and me being not all that keen on playing model, we again, threw a bunch of clothes on and headed for the sand and decided to have a play. I love how the colours and silky finish of the dress are contrasted against the neutral textures of the sand. We were inspired by the amazing curved hem and decided to play with form and shape in the photos.

Thanks to my amazing friend Lottie Hall for my new Coral Bait Dress. If you love it as much as I do, head here to grab one for yourself!

Photography – @caitmiersphotography
Dress – Lottie Hall

A few months back I headed off to absolute tropical paradise of the Gili Islands off Lombok, Indonesia to document what goes on behind the scenes of this year’s CLEO x Billabong range shoot. You can check out my bts shots here and a video here.

Last week I went and picked up the range from the Billabong head office here at home on the Gold Coast, I was greeted by the amazing model Nat’s bright, warm smile filling the giant windows of the store and I couldn’t help feel a little proud. It’s being such an exciting journey and it’s been a pleasure witnessing the stages of the creative process as it all slowly unravels and comes to fruition.

Since being on location, I’ve had my eye on a few favourite pieces from the CLEO x Billabong collection and here’s my take on them below.

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Island Love Overswim top (worn backwards) CLEO x Billabong | Seminyak Bustier bikini top & Seminyak Lowrider bikini bottom CLEO x Billabong | Sunglasses Nick Campbell | Hat & Boots vintage | Belt Grace Bijoux | Sarong from Bali | Rings Aloha Vice, Fifth Element Life, Holly Ryan, Sportsgirl, Ono Jewellery

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miann scanlan billabong cleo magazine collaboration desert spell designs california style fashion beach chic white matching set

Fortune Cami top CLEO x Billabong | Sun Haze Pant CLEO x Billabong | Rings Aloha Vice, Fifth Element Life, Holly Ryan, Sportsgirl, Ono Jewellery, Baby Anything, Karen Walker

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Seminyak Bustier bikini top & Seminyak Lowrider bikini bottom CLEO x Billabong | Sunglasses Nick Campbell

Photos by Tess Leopold


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If you haven’t yet gone out to grab yourself a copy of my all time FAVOURITE magazine – now’s the time to do so because a) Ryan Gosling is on the cover, and b) did I mention it’s my favourite magazine?

So it was an honour to sit down with Kayla with digital manager and talk all things social media. See for yourself below!

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For more head to the Collective Hub

While talking about death can be tricky, and even seem taboo, it’s one of the many facets of life itself. We encounter death every day when we read the newspaper or turn on the TV, but we are mostly detached, as losing a loved one is not necessarily something everyone goes through.

But having gone through the motions of grief recently, I’d like to talk about what we are learning from this aspect of life that none of us can escape from experiencing at some point or another.

Things will change forever, for the better.

As I write this article, today marks two years since I lost a parent to cancer. And still, two years on, it never ceases to amaze me how daily, things about the world just seem to be making more and more sense to me. For instance, this quote two-and-a-bit years ago would have seemed like another hippie-esque cliché reserved for bumper stickers and tacky household nick-knacks…but hindsight is a beautiful thing.

“The flower that blooms in adversity, is the rarest and most beautiful of all.”

You see, while grief is (I believe) one of the most gut wrenching, confusing, and horrific human emotions, it also has the potential to be one of the most beautiful and rewarding. I’ve always felt a sharp pang of shame when I say I am grateful for my grief – but had I not suffered such a tremendous loss, I would not have the positive outlook on life that I have today.


Nothing is as big as it seems

Problems begin to disappear, because in comparison to what you have just experienced, trivial issues like the toaster breaking or missing the bus are put in true perspective. These are minor, if not irrelevant speed bumps in the grand scheme of things, and you will forever take them more lovingly in your stride.


The clichés are true.

Back on the bumper sticker talk… “Carpe Diem – seize the day!” “Life is what you make it,” “Live every day like it’s your last,” “Life is short, buy the shoes.” Hell YEAH I want these cringe-worthy statements slapped across my car, because they are damn well true. Life is short – very short – and so unbelievably, incomprehensibly precious. And this kind of over-the-top enthusiasm about life is something you feel when you witness death first hand.


Love never leaves you.

Grief is never easy. It creeps up on you and disguises itself, buried deep within those fleeting moments when something doesn’t quite feel right.  It can also pop up during times of bliss and joy – it seems so crazy to cry when you are laughing, but the extreme range of emotions sometimes crossover. Just go with it. This is because when you lose someone, you lose a piece of yourself, and when that piece is taken away nothing will ever quite be the same.  The beauty is that while you have lost a part of yourself, you will always carry that person around in your heart and when pain and sadness do pop up, it is just a reminder of the beautiful love you shared.

You will learn to speak your tongue.

Unfortunately for us humans, there is something that seems to holds us back in critical emotional moments. Those moments when your soul is aching for you to verbally express your love and affection toward somebody, but the fear of rejection or sounding silly makes us bite our tongue. Goodbyes are never easy, but when you have to say your last goodbyes, for real, you find a tremendous amount of courage to let the love flow. And it will probably keep flowing as life goes on. Tap into the child inside of you who has no reservations about expressing emotion, happy or sad.


Grief affects everyone around you.

The natural reaction to when a friend is going through a tough time is to reach out and offer your shoulder to cry on, should they need it. But during times of adversity, particularly when dealing with death, it’s important to understand that everyone reacts differently.  For example, if you’re going through a break up, usually your girlfriends will want to pop a bottle of bubbly and take you for a night out on the town. However, there isn’t really a text book method of support for when the grief stems from someone’s passing.

While you may crave empathy and nourishment, understand that you need to be empathetic to those around you who might not know how to handle the situation. Speak with your friends, and ask them if they are okay – they may be grieving too. Don’t be afraid to be direct and discuss support, even if it means asking that they call you every day for a chat. I can almost guarantee that if you ask, they will.


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Top, Sportsgirl | Shorts, One Teaspoon | Boots, Vintage | Bag, Vintage
Sunglasses, Nick Campbell | Jacket, Thrills

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Top, American Apparel | Shorts, One Teaspoon | Boots, Hunter from The Iconic | Bag, Vintage
Sunglasses, Nick Campbell | Jacket, Love Somethin | Rings, Aloha Vice, Grace Bijoux, Love Somethin

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Top, Free People | Shorts, One Teaspoon | Boots, Vintage | Boot Chains, Grace Bijoux
Bag, Vintage | Sunglasses, Nick Campbell | Jacket, Love Somethin

These are just a few snaps from my birthday weekend at Splendour In The Grass 2014. As a first time festival go-er I had absolutely zero idea about what people wore, what was acceptable to wear (bring an occasion dresser at heart) or how I should dress for the weather. But I decided to stick with my guns and go with what I know best: Comfort!

While any music festival is such a fun opportunity to experiment with style and even wear things you otherwise wouldn’t normally leave the house in (suede and tassels for days, anyone?) as a first timer I accented what you will normally catch me wearing – shorts, a comfy top, boots and statement sunglasses. Mixing texture and pattern between the tops and bottoms while still having a relatively neutral colour palette, I thought I’d make my outfits pop by dying my hair pink after about four years of lusting the trend. And I love it!

For those of you that are thinking of going next year, grab yourself a pair of gumboots and old leather boots you’re happy to get dirty and always, always bring an over-the-top fluffy jacket!

More photos and a full blog post will coming this week to the Free People blog. A big thanks to my friends Bianca, Yan Yan and Ari for making the weekend so magic!

Last week I jumped on a plane from the Gold Coast to fly over to one of my favourite places on earth to document behind the scenes of the Cleo x Billabong campaign shoot. Flying into Sydney with some of the legends at Billabong, Cayleh and Jamie, we meet up with the rest of the crew at Sydney airport.

Alissa, the beautiful Fashion Director at Cleo Magazine styled the collection. Jason Ierace is a legendary photographer (chances are if you’ve picked up a magazine in Australia, you’ve seen his work) and his assistant Simon. Then there’s Budi. Budi is the pocket rocket hair and make up genius. He also is the master at creating the perfect sandy bum. After I saw him put together the first look on the model, I was immediately trying to work out a way to convince Budi to come with me everywhere with me I go.

We touched down in Bali and made our way to Sanur where we picked up our amazing model, cute-as-a-button Nat. She’d arrived before us after over 36hrs in transit making her way to Bali from where she lives in New York. Then we were ready to take the boat over to the Gili Islands, a small group of islands just of Lombok, Indonesia.

The best way I can describe the Gili’s is what I had imagined Bali would be like before I had ever been there. On Gili Trawangan, there’s one road around the whole island, no cars, no scooters, no dramas. The only way to get around is by bicycle or horse and cart. The water is crystal clear and a striking turquoise, the people are friendly, the tourists are relaxed and everyone is always smiling.

We got settled into our massive villa after a dip in the private pool with all the gear and prepped the samples, jewellery and bikinis for the next morning’s first day of shooting.

The first day day of shooting was for the CLEO x BILLABONG campaign images. Budi got to work on deepening Nat’s already NYC summer bronze, tousling her hair and giving her a fresh, sun kissed face for the day. We set off in search for the first location which only took us a few minutes to find on the picturesque island. We stumbled upon two white hammocks swinging gently in the breeze between two trees….. The rest you can see below. The next day was spent shooting the collection again, this time in a more stylised way for the Cleo editorial. It was so amazing to watch Alissa, Cayleh, Budi and Jason work to create such different looks for the same garments.

In between lots of swims, lots of fun group dinners and some down time, the team also took the opportunity (and made the most of the stunning location) to shoot two other editorials for Cleo magazine. I’ve never seen a team work so hard in such a dreamy holiday location. See for yourself the magic below!

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(Left to right)
Jason, Photographer | Miann, Blogger | Budi, Hair and Makeup |Alissa, Fashion Director
Nat, Model | Simon, Photography Assistant | Cayleh, Billabong (aka Mumma) | Jamie, Videographer

To read my interview with the ever inspiring Tara Bliss (yes, that’s her last name) over on her blog Such Different Skies, click here. Thank you Tara for helping me open my heart. x 


Stunning. Captivating. Vulnerable in the softest and most surprising of ways.

It’s likely that you already follow Miann and the beautiful work that she shares with the world: The imagery. The finer details. The way she so beautifully curates and collaborates. The delicate blend of fashion and wellness, of the ‘x-factor’ with her unmistakable earthiness.

But what you may not know about this social media maven, is that she has an incredibly tender heart. The emails that we have exchanged have left me tingling with a smidge of privilege that I always feel when someone has opened up to me.

I so very much enjoy that sensation of one person reaching, and the other person reaching right back out, even if it is through the channels of cyber space.

Anyway, this isn’t about me.

I want more, more, more of Miann Scanlan. And I bet you do too. Stick around for a few minutes, and get to know this angel a little better…


Sum up your mission in one sentence.

I want to inspire self-love, gratitude and connectedness in young women. (I tweeted that once, and it kind of stuck).

Can you share with us one of your most vulnerable moments (and in hindsight, what made it so beautiful?).

I landed in New York last year to spend a month in the city traveling around on my own. On the first night (after visiting an ATM and withdrawing a lot of cash) I had my wallet stolen out of my handbag. I woke up the next morning without realising. A little hungover, hungry and totally lost with not a cent to my name in the country. It really rattled me, I felt so alone, so vulnerable and hurt by humanity.

Over the next two weeks I walked around feeling scared and I thought that everyone was out to get me. I couldn’t strike up a conversation with a barista, people on the street shoved me out of the way. It’s a strange feeling being so deeply lonely in a city of nine million people. I decided that I needed to get on my mat and connect with some yogis. I found a class in Central Park which finished off with a savasana under the trees. I walked all the way home with my head held high and heart open once again. I even found people to be perfectly chatty and warm. I realised that I was feeling disconnected from others because I was just disconnected from myself.

What turns you on – cranks your dial right the way UP?

When women come together and support each other. In Australia there is such a prevalent culture of tearing each other down, something that I’ve never really been able to identify with. When I travelled through America I really got a taste of their collaborative attitude. I’m all about coming together with creatives to achieve great things rather than competing. It’s a waste of emotional energy and time.

What makes your blood boil? (Honestly)

When people can’t be truthful – further to that, when people spin their lives based on a lie. I see it happen a lot on social media and I guess that’s the downside to the beautiful web that connects us all.

How do you define ‘peace’?

It’s that sense of contentment you find only when being deeply present.

Belly laughs. Outbursts of ecstasy – the kind that leave you crippling over in agony from the sheer joy of it… What’s one of these memories that stand out for you?

When my friends and I were hanging on the Sydney harbour and decided to take the boat over to Manly for lunch. We anchored just off the shore and took the little inflatable boat to the sand, but the real fun started when we had to make it back to the boat after lunch. We jumped into the rubber duckie trying not to get our boots wet. Then we couldn’t quite push the boat off the sand. Then the tiny motor burnt out about 3 metres from the shore. So I grabbed a two foot long broken oar and tried to paddle us toward the boat in high wind, light rain, and all while wearing a ridiculous big fluffy jacket and cowboy boots (standard). My girlfriend had on an equally over the top outfit for a day on the boat. We were going in circles, about to sink only to look up and find everyone in the fancy restaurant on the pier filming, laughing and waving at us. We eventually made it to the boat and thought the embarrassment was over, until we heard well over a hundred people on the Manly ferry as they started cheering and clapping. I haven’t laughed that hard since I can remember. I hope that one day the footage surfaces on YouTube.

Looking back, how have you most GROWN?

I can pinpoint the moment my life changed, the moment my third eye literally opened and I truly began to SEE. I can see how differently I walk the earth. I can see truth in it’s beautiful form, and my sense of truth has changed. My priorities are different, they involve less narcissism and more love. I’ve grown in the way I approach situations and react to things. I am more calm, collected and understanding.

If we all looked up your name in a dictionary, what 5 words would we find to describe you?

Contemplative, dreamer, hermit, tender, bohemian.


Combining my passions with a business I love makes me feel … complete, steady and sure.

Few people know this about me, but I … am really afraid of flying – even for someone who travels so much my stomach still turns when it’s time for take off.

I secretly wish I could … stand up for myself. When it comes to friends I’m a loud and loyal bulldog, but when the attention is turned on me I’m quiet as a mouse. I never have been able to stand up to bullies, when I try it’s like my voice is stolen from my mouth and carried away with the wind. It’s something that I’m still working on.

To me, the words ‘Such Different Skies’ mean … the way I look upon the world now with a warm and grateful gaze. The skies literally look different. They’re so much bluer than I remember, but now I also see the beauty within the grey days too.



Tara Bliss is a spirit-stoked writer, mentor, yogini and inspirational speaker. She’s helped Party Girls find peace, been a lighthouse for Spirited seekers finding their way home to themselves, and even teamed up with her chef hubby to share radical, real food recipes with the world.

Her mission? To kick-start an avalanche of gutsy, fear-busting confidence and love (all with a side serve of swagger)! Think of her as your crystal-toting, skateboard-riding, raw-dessert-loving lumière, unveiling the path to peace and freedom, using Fierce and curious vulnerability as her compass. It’s time to embrace self-love. Seize adventure. Revel in unconventionality.

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miann scanlan free people novella royal bell bottoms flares hippy boho chic modern style surrey hills fashion

miann scanlan free people novella royal bell bottoms flares hippy boho chic modern style surrey hills fashion

miann scanlan free people novella royal bell bottoms flares hippy boho chic modern style surrey hills fashion

miann scanlan free people novella royal bell bottoms flares hippy boho chic modern style surrey hills fashion

When I laid my eyes on these Novella Royale bell bottoms from Free People, I couldn’t help but feel the need to instantly shimmy my way back into the summer of love. Unsure how to wear such a bold (for me) print and silhouette, I had to do what felt right… and that meant throwing on a hugely oversized stripy top and hoping for the best.

Et viola…. If you can’t match it, clash it.

Pants Novella Royale | Top Free People | Hat Free People

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