It was June of 2009 that I started Eat Drink Chic, pursuing the epic and perhaps slightly ludicrous notion of attempting to become a full-time professional lifestyle blogger.

A graphic designer, residing in Melbourne Australia, I was frustrated with a folio that was mostly corporate and vanilla. I soon realised my destiny lay in the world of 'pretty things' and it was time to purse a different course...

Eat Drink Chic brings to life my passion for aesthetic details, applying them to parties, entertaining, weddings, gifting, fashion, the home and everyday life. I have a love-affair with all things paper and I regularly design stationery that readers can download for free and use in their own parties and projects.

I also use this space as a kind of scrapbook for all things I find inspiring.

ABOVE: DIY Ice-Cream Sundae tablescape I created in 2009. Get some tips and download the free printables so that you can create your own for a party or wedding.

I'm not going to lie to you. Following your dreams is an emotional roller-coaster. It's hard work; a sensation possibly akin to giving birth to a cow. Especially when you have a special talent for shunning conventional wisdom.

Still.. I continue to plough ahead. Clinging stubbornly to some lofty ideals in the process...

ABOVE: Our Surprise Wedding back in 2010- we had a lot of DIY elements and worked with some incredibly talented vendors in the wedding industry. Photography by Jonathan Ong.

I just want to create, collect and style beautiful things, everyday, for the rest of my life. Most importantly, I want to do it in my own introverted, overly-perfectionistic, and slightly unconventional way.

I truly believe everyone produces their best work when they're passionate and inspired. Surely we have so much more to offer the world when we reach out full potential. I also believe that you need to stay true to yourself, even if what you do doesn't fit in with the world around you. Play to your strengths... all the way.

I've been fortunate enough to be handed the opportunity to pursue my passion and I will take it, wrap it in bear hugs and fight for its survival for as long as I can.

I can only hope you will find as much enjoyment and inspiration out of this space as I do...