Blog - Marta Vickland
I am a huge fan of this country of ours. Like any young nation we have made mistakes (some huge, some questionable) and we still have a few loose ends to sort out but overall I am super proud to be an Australian.
I am a first gen immigrant who came here when I was two so for me OZ is the only place that I know to call home.
We love a public holiday, a barbie and we don’t need much of an excuse to bust out the esky. Take a minute today to reflect on how lucky we are to be living in such a peaceful, multicultural , prosperous and safe country.
What are you doing this Australia Day? Here are some suggestions:
Esky, BBQ, beach, park, the local. If you are stuck indoors for some unfortunate reason then why not watch an Aussie classics: Australia, The Nugget, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Castle, Hawke, Howzat, Red Dog,
This pic is a bit fuzzy and taken on an old camera but I love it and wanted to share it with you. The Aussie singlet, the Aussie flag, beers and fresh prawns. Packing the esky to head to the beach for a swim and some cricket…does it get more Aussie than this
I have watched it on the box, played it with my friends, even walked on the hallowed turf of the SCG but have never watched it live. So when the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance.
It was Day 3 of the Australia v Sri Lanka Test Match but more importantly Jane McGrath Foundation Day. So yes, this girly girl got to wear pink and help raise money for a good cause. To see the flood of pink was sensational. To watch the match- (I stayed til the end) was brilliant.
Tomorrow, the 6th January, would have been my Mum’s 62nd Birthday. Attending Jane McGrath Day was a way to be able to honour the memory of not only my Mum but the lives of other mothers, women, sisters and best friends who are battling or have lost their battle to terminal disease.
We Aussie always support a great cause and this is just another great example of the Australian spirit.
We presented our Cyber Safety and Anti Bullying workshops to primary and high school students in the region. Educating students about cyber safety is a very fulfilling job. Sadly some regional areas tend to be more prone to social issues that perhaps a city area would have the resources to address. Nothing is more satisfying then seeing students come to the conclusion that they are actually the ones in control of their behaviour and actions on the internet. That the power of choice lies within themselves.
I immediately fell in love with the town that is Broken Hill and its friendly locals. It is a very arty place, with the famous Silver City Mint, a pub on every corner, home to the iconic Palace Hotel (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), the Royal Flying Doctors Service and birth place of Australian artist Pro Hart. I was introduced to the cowboys and tasted the local culinary speciality that is Cheeseslaw (carrot/grated cheese/parsley/mayo) delicious!
Broken Hill should be on the bucket list of any Aussie traveller. It embodies everything that is grassroots Australian. A true taste of the outback.
…protector, teacher, chef, doctor, taxi driver, friend, guide, counsellor, coach, cleaner, stylist, photographer, event coordinator, your biggest fan…
Mother’s Day is a time to honour the special women in our lives – our Mums.
Having lost my Mum to a terminal disease only a few short months ago, I am still in the depths of mourning – this will be the first Mother’s Day I spend without my Mama.
To lose a person you love is heartbreaking. To watch them turn from a vibrant, healthy & highly intelligent person into someone who is fragile, helpless & bedridden is unbearably devastating.
Some of you have never known your Mum or have no relationship with her – in that respect I consider myself very lucky. My Mum was and always will be my very best friend.
The only way I can celebrate my sophisticated, courageous, elegant & adventurous Mum, this Mother’s Day, is to continue to live my life the way she taught me. Below I share with you some of the wisdom she imparted to me over the years.
Mama always said…life is like a box of chocolates…just kidding..what my Mama really said was this:
Be fearless – life is not a dress rehearsal.
Think outside the square – there is ALWAYS another way.
Speak Up – Be a voice for those who need one.
Listen – Be an ear for those who no one wants to hear.
Love – be a soft place to fall for those you care about.
Laugh – Never sweat the small stuff.
Believe in yourself – you CAN do anything you put your mind to.
Appreciate – be grateful for who you are and what you have.
What has your Mum taught you?
How will you honour your Mum today?
From my family to yours on the very special day
Happy Mother’s Day!
Fashion Palette Spring/Summer 2012/2013
Carriage Works, Sydney
The afternoon was spent watching some of Australia’s most talented designers showing their collections @ Fashion Palette 2012/2013.
Hats off to Sonya Mefaddi creative genius behind the accessible fashion platform that is Fashion Palette.
Anaessia – use of lace & whimsy was magical….A Midsummer Night’s Dream meets a spring morning…
My Wild Love – wove leather & high waist lines…I loved the blue…thanks for the free CD.
Arthur Gallan – refreshed with his men’s collection: turtle necks under collared shirts was ultra chic for winter & the woven red scarf – to die…very wearable, as were the vests in the women’s collection.
Jayson Brunsdon – the stand out! Brunsdon’s genius in dressing the female form seems effortless. The tailoring – timeless…I am in love with the Ivory Gilda Gown.
I have just finished 3 days on set @ TVSN representing Australian owned skincare brand Mirenesse.
I feel like I have been at a day spa & my face is just glowing.
Irene you are an expert at making women feel beautiful!
Mirenesse POWER LIFT Superstar Eye Serum & POWER LIFT Treatment Cream are my essentials….
Mirenesse Lip Lift Serum is my obsession!
Next month: Mirenesse Cosmetics.
Be sure to tune @ TVSN Ch. 176 Foxtel.
Tonight Underwear of Sweden joined forces with the current Mrs Australia Quest Finalist Piper O’Neill & the Waratahs Rugby boys to raise funds for Ovarian Cancer Australia.
The invitation only event saw the launch of the 2012 Swimmable Underwear Collection by designer Helene Pilhage. To show support for the cause the Waratahs boys – Brendan McKibbin & Pat McCutcheon strutted their stuff with female models supplied by BUMP Model Management.
Check out my interviews with Piper O’Neill, Mrs Australia Karen Miles, Underwear of Sweden designer Helene Pilhage & the Waratahs Rugby boys.
Today I represented Best Enemies @ the Kids In Cyber Space Conference.
I promoted the Best Enemies workshops and educational resource.
The resource assists schools, teachers & communities to tackle the issues associated with cyber bullying & internet etiquette.
Our film was screened at the Conference and received a lot of positive feedback. Teachers were impressed that is was an Aussie made film & that Best Enemies travels Australia wide teaching & empowering teens about Cyber Safety & the implications of Cyber Bullying.
I sold out of the teacher resource! A true indication of the serious problems facing our schools & the teenagers of today.