An Introduction – What I’m About

This is such an overwhelming post to write! I’m not planning on going into any huge amount of detail. I’ll post the basics and expand on them later.

My name is Fran, I currently live in Australia with my husband, who is American. I’m 30 years old. I work in legal administration right now (Jan 2015).

I got married just last October, in Tasmania. My husband and I met through weightlifting. You can see a pretty great rundown of our wedding here, on Rock’n’Roll Bride, which featured us this month as their first wedding of the year. He is the light of my life and will feature heavily on this blog I’m sure.

As an international couple, we had to make a call about where we were going to live. My husband is an attorney in America and as I just work in admin, we will be heading back to the USA to live so he can work. He was lucky enough to land a job in Vermont starting in September. For those Americans who might be reading and who are familiar with their state mottoes, the name of my blog might be making a bit more sense now. At the moment we are going through the process to get me an American visa for permanent residency. This is a long and arduous journey which I will probably write a post about. Hopefully, we are nearing the end of that process but you just never can tell! Still, we remain optimistic that we have finally got it right and will get some good news soon. I’ve lived in this town all my life minus a couple of less-than-12-month stints in other places as an adult so it’s pretty scary! I may die in the cold..

One thing I want to focus on at the moment is looking at product dupes. The place that I live is a smallish town and we don’t have any high end stores. We have a chemist that sells Chanel, Estee Lauder, Clarins, Elizabeth Arden, Napoleon Perdis etc but we don’t have a department store or beauty store as such. Therefore, drugstore products are something I’m very interested in, especially when they are so much cheaper.

Interestingly, a lot of makeup is made by the same manufacturers. Bourjois is made by the same people as Chanel, for example. Their foundations even smell the same!

A few other interests of mine will definitely pop up in this blog every so often. I have lost a lot of weight over the last couple of years, mostly by lifting weights. You can read about my weight loss / body image journey here – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Just a warning, Part 2 gets a little heavy on some disordered eating, body dysmorphia talk. I love lifting and will definitely post about it from time to time. NOT EVEN SORRY.

I am seriously pro-moderation, pro-body love and believe that every body is a good body. I want to help women feel more in control of their bodies, whether that be with makeup or with exercise / food love.

Anyway, I won’t go on too much longer. As this blog progresses, you’ll learn more about me I’m sure.

Thanks for reading, and welcome!

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