This week I took 5 with the beautiful Laura ~ @thatswhatshesays
Shot by KJ from Benni Creative
A strong, creative female, Laura is one of those people that can light up a room with her happy-go-lucky zest for life.
First time Mumma to be & an Instagram feed that will make anyone want to pack up & move to the coast, Laura lives a dreamy life by the sea with her fiancé Dan & doggo Lola.
Where are you from & where are you now?
I’m from a close family who came over from England when I was only 3 years old. I spent my best years on the Gold Coast and that’s still where I call home. I just bought a home in Palm Beach, so it’s a nice change to be on the southern end!
Who & what inspires you the most?
I draw a lot of inspiration from the people I surround myself with and the places I visit. I work within Australian design fashion which has opened my eyes to how important supporting Australian labels is.
I follow a lot of contemporary labels and brands who help inspire my day to day aesthetic for my home and wardrobe.
Describe your style?
I am a BIG advocate for natural fibres and classic shapes. When I purchase something I want it to be in my wardrobe for years to come. I want to be able to wear it to the beach and change my shoes and be ready to head out with friends.
I’m such a fan of oversized dresses. Anything tunic, shift and a-line I’m all about!
I like to think I have a defined style that I’m pretty well known for.
Give me a linen or cotton oversized dress with some flatform sandals and a huge tote bag and I’m a happy girl.
What does your idea of 'the perfect day' look like in your world?
The perfect day is waking up with my partner Dan and our dog Lola. Going to get coffee from our favourite coffee shop, heading to the beach, eating an açai bowl and spending time together.
It’s the simple things in life that are often the most perfect for me!
How old long have Dan & you been together & how did you meet?
Dan and I have been together for around 12 years! We met in the very classic, very romantic Gold Coast story way. we locked eyes on an alcohol-soaked dance floor in Surfers Paradise and the rest is history!
I knew from the moment I met him, he was special, unlike anyone I’ve ever met and known how connected we would be for the rest of our lives.
How do you unwind & relax?
My ultimate unwinding is sat in the sun with nothing to do. You know them days where the house is clean, you’ve gone for a walk, you’ve made lunch and now it’s time to just sit back and reflect with nothing on your schedule. That’s my relaxing!
I also do a lot of unwinding in the ocean, particularly when I’m taking photos out there. It’s such a spiritual place of healing and does a lot of the soul.
Favourite place in the whole world?
I’m so tempted to say Hossegor France, Paris mornings or Esperance Western Australia but in truth my favourite place is my home. I created a beautiful home, filled with everything and everyone I love so I’m pretty content to call this my favourite place ever!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Do what makes you happy. This is so different for everyone but at the end of the day we have a limited amount of time in this world so DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.
Surround yourself with like minded people that lift and motivate you. Your mindset is everything. Stay positive and try not to overthink things.
Describe your 2020 in 3 words?
Surreal, wonderful and transformative.
Three songs that make you feel good?
Khruangbin and Leon Bridges - Texas Sun
Suzanne Vega - Tom’s Diner
Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
What brand ethics are important to you when buying clothing?
I like knowing where my money is going, supporting small local businesses that have put a lot of care, time and love into their brand.
Knowing where everything is manufactured and using sustainable fabrics and dyes that aren’t costing the planet.
I love when brands are in line with my own personal ethics and cater to a broad range of body shapes.
SHOP THE LOOK
Laura wears The Dahlia Dress in White cloud Size 6
Shoes by Bùl