Thank you for your congratulations and your kind message!
Thank you, all of you. Thank you for the lovely messages on Twitter and also very much for voting. As anyone who saw my teary, babbling acceptance speech (I was very pleased with myself for winning Fun Fearless Author and had settled luxuriously into a few glasses of delicious white wine, not thinking for three burps I would be required to speak again) will testify, I was utterly shocked and completely floored to have won.
And well I should be: The Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Woman of the Year Award is a TREMENDOUS accolade, and the women I was up against - like Samantha Wills, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Sam Stosur, Fifi Box, Annabelle Chauncy, and Rachael Taylor, are each fantastically talented, impressive, successful, strong dames. I was thrilled just to be nominated.
I am wildly flattered and intensely honoured to be considered a fun and fearless woman, I can’t think of a more delightful or desirable title. Having fun and seeking out the joy in life is a key driver for me (as well as the foundation of my work) and trusting my gut, and going with my intuition, (my understanding/interpretation of fearlessness) is behind every single decision I make. (This is a new-ish thing, took years to understand how important it is to listen to it.)
Women are very, very wonderful, and the more we can support each other, and enthuse a foundation of fun and fearlessness within all that we do, professionally and personally and with nail polish choice, the more we all stand to gain, and enjoy. There’s enough pie for all of us, you need never worry that helping someone else achieve their success will diminish your chance or level of success.
But enough pie talk. I’m always talking about pie. Stop asking me about pie all the time.
On to makeup and hair!
I had my makeup done at the glamorous Napoleon Perdis Life.Style store in Woollahra by Shanny, and she was (swearword) fantastic. I asked for a black lashline smoky eye (so, not over the whole eye - too heavy for my eyes) and a tonne of single false lashes. Some glowing skin and nude lips completed, as you rightly point out, my homage to sixties dolls.
Blowdry was by Joe at Original A salon - the new Oxford St salon by the crew behind O&M products and colour, and the owners of Paddington institution Atlantis. I asked for it to be styled and blow-dried down over my face. I always do. I like little hair curtains where possible. There was bit more curl and height originally, but the strong wind shat all over that sadly.
Also I had a spray tan at the Benefit boutique and of course, a session of Omnilux to get my skin glowing.
So, just really low maintenance in all.
Thank you again for your message, thisgirldoes.
From your friend,