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Holster MASQUERADE STUD WEDGE

Sandals are not my thing, especially jelly sandals. I am not a beach person (actually, the beach terrifies me) and the feeling of hot sticky plastic glued to my feet in summer is my idea of a nightmare. But I do love the look of them. In the last 12 months we have seen jelly shoes and sandals make a huge comeback. They are far more fashionable than they used to be when I was a child, but are they more comfortable? I insisted to anyone that would listen that they would still be horribly uncomfortable, even though I hadn’t actually tried a pair in years. Then I was challenged. Holster Fashion, a globally renowned Australian maker of jellies footwear, believe their jellies are the comfiest available and offered me to choose a pair to prove me wrong. When I looked over the designs on their website it didn’t take much arm twisting for me to say, “ok …. give it your best shot”.

My dislike for jellies tracks way back to my childhood. Not only did I hate the sticky feeling you would get on a scorching hot Aussie summer day, but they had zero arch support and as a dancer (I started ballroom dancing at age 4) it pained my feet to walk around completely flat footed. My concerns are still present today with most shoes and when I look closely at even the most expensive shoes very few have arch support. I know I sound like a grandma right now but arch support is imperative in a casual shoe, and it can make all the difference to your posture.

When it came time to actually pick a Holster style I liked it was challenging. I liked at least half a dozen but I settled on the Masquerade Stud Wedge Sandals in Champagne colour. Here is my review of the sandals.  Continue Reading

Professional beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries shares her personal blogger burnout advice and tips.

This article is Part 1 of a three-part series about my personal experience with Blogger Burnout – My Demise + My Recovery + My Future

In Part 1 of my Blogger Burnout story I shared about how my 5+ year blogging career was blown apart. In Part 2, I shared with you the work I put in to learning some big lessons. Now, in Part 3, I’m going to share what happened as a result of my blogger burnout and absence, and what the future may hold for The Plastic Diaries. I have some important blogger burnout advice and let’s not forget, like all trilogies, the third instalment is the best, right?  Continue Reading

Professional beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries shares her personal blogger burnout recovery story and experience

This articles is Part 1 of a three part series about my personal experience with Blogger Burnout – My Demise + My Recovery + My Future

In Part 1 of my Blogger Burnout story I shared about how my 5+ year blogging career was run into the ground. In this post, Part 2, I’m going share with you what took place after burning out. I’ll share the journey of my blogger burnout recovery and how rebuilding a life meant destroying it a little more first.  Continue Reading

Professional beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries shares her personal blogger burnout story and experience

This article is Part 1 of a three-part series about my personal experience with Blogger Burnout – My Demise + My Recovery + My Future

I started The Plastic Diaries in 2008, became a full-time blogger in 2010 and vanished from the blogging universe in 2015. Where did I go? Why? What happened to me? These are questions that have been asked of me during my 18+ month disappearance. The short answer was blogger burnout – a rarely spoken of condition that is fast becoming a serious concern amongst the influencer industry. Have you ever followed a blogger and notice that one day they have just disappeared? Their blog stopped posting new content, their social media went untouched – it happens often. In my almost 9 years of blogging I have lost count of the bloggers that have come and gone, most of which I have no idea why or where they went.

Upon my return to blogging at the end of last year I’ve put off explaining what exactly occurred in my life. I confided in a few select friends and trusted individuals about my story but I’ve brushed over it with the wider community by saying the cause was “personal stuff”. I don’t believe bloggers owe anyone an explanation when they disappear but I know that when my favourites have gone AWOL I’ve missed them and been concerned for their wellbeing. I didn’t want to be another blogger who vanished without a trace and leave you wondering. I also believe Continue Reading

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