Meet Nicola: more than meets the eye

Meet Nicola: more than meets the eye

Nicola travelled up the coast from Coffs Harbour to work with us.

She brought warmth and smiles with her and shares some of her story here.


When you're not modelling you work as a digital creative. What inspires your work?

My husband is a graphic designer and I’m the digital marketing and social media maestro!

I love helping businesses go from strength to strength, with great branding, website and social media presence ☺

Nicola wears Fabian dress

You mentioned “Hashys” do you feel comfortable sharing more about this with us?

I do have Hashimoto’s which is an autoimmune disease of the thyroid. Basically, my body (antibodies) attacks the thyroid and it causes hypothyroidism, which means there isn’t enough thyroid hormone being produced, which affects your whole body!

I manage it via medication and a very strict diet. It runs in our family, so at least I have close support! However, I’m a massive party-pooper when eating out – it’s not easy!


Is there anything you would tell your child self to help make life easier?

Don’t worry about those that put you down, make fun of you or treat you unfairly.
Just focus on your life and what you want to do, and that ‘noise’ just fades into the background.

Nicola wears Missy dress 

Tell us about your furry family (and humans too if you like) :)

My husband and I have 4 dogs (what where we thinking!?) however we wouldn’t have it any other way. We have Zoe, the top dog (shih tzu) and quite the little boss.

Next is Coco, the 2IC (whippet)  and the stealth Ninja, she is so quiet and very snuggly.

Next in line is Isabella, an Italian Greyhound who we call Wobbles. She had a cluster seizure a few years ago and survived but had to learn to walk, eat etc again. We nursed her back to health but she is still a bit wobbly on her feet. She enjoys hugging you to death at every opportunity.

And lastly, Valentino, the baby and the only boy. Another Italian Greyhound who demands your attention 24/7. He’s very sweet and always trying to please ☺


What are you most grateful for today?

The fact that my husband and I have grown our business to where it is today which means I can structure my days as I like, and be able to indulge in modelling shoots, such as with Lazybones!


Thanks Nicola.

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Nicola wears Claire dress in Tigerlily


Meet Emily: Zero waste ambassador

Meet Emily: Zero waste ambassador

Emily is such a stunning natural beauty!

And we just love what she is doing with her zero waste boutique in Paddington, Sydney. She's spent the last 7 years living and breathing sustainable fashion. 


1. Please tell us more about your store EKOLUV.

EKOLUV is a Zero waste boutique offering dress hire, secondhand and sustainable fashion. 
Customers have the option to rent an outfit for an event that they may only wear once, or re sell items that are laying around in their wardrobes, purchase secondhand and do all of this at only a fraction of the retail cost.
If customers do wish to buy new they can purchase from our range of sustainable or ethical brands. We aim to close the loop by providing people options to shop sustainably. We do this by making the most of and and prolonging the lifespan of fashion already in existence rather than buying new. This helps to divert waste from landfill, decrease the demand for new production and help save precious resources. 

2. What are you most passionate about right now?

Empowering women. I believe If you empower a woman you empower her community, one of the biggest issues we face in regards to sustainability is over population and it has been evident that when women are educated, given tools or resources to study or start a business as a result it has been seen that there is indeed a decrease in pollution in those areas where women have been empowered.
EKOLUV is driven by an authentic commitment to social justice and environmental responsibility.

3. In our shots you have no make up on and you look stunning. What’s your beauty secret? ;)

I’d say I generally eat quite healthy, I typically have a green smoothie everyday which keeps my gut in balance and my skin glowing. I’d say beauty starts on the inside so my tip is to start within and you’ll notice the changes on the outside too.
I also am a strong believer in a good skincare regime using natural and organic products. I don’t really wear makeup unless I have a shoot or event to attend. If you have great skin then you don’t really need to use much makeup. 

4. If you could change the world with a click of your fingers what would you choose to change?

The extreme gap between rich and poor in our society to become smaller, a more fair future for all, where everyone’s basic needs are met; food, shelter, clean water, sanitation and access to an education.

5. What is something that always manages to bring you joy, even on a difficult day?

My dog Sooty, he is just a ball of unconditional love.


Find Emily's store EKOLUV.
Emily wears Jean dress in Periwinkle (top image), Inna dress in Eclipse (2nd image) and Sofia dress in Delphinium (3rd image).


Emily wears Inna dress
Emily wears Sofia dress in Delphinium
Meet Miyuki: inspirational authentic stunt mama

Meet Miyuki: inspirational authentic stunt mama

We met Miyuki earlier this month when she came to Lazybones HQ to model for us.

Her joy and enthusiasm were super special so we wanted to share a little of her story with you.

Miyuki in Annabelle top

1. You are a woman of many talents!
Please tell us more about being a stunt woman.

It's a fun job! I absolutely LOVE being on set. It can also be a demanding job. Being contracted to a film or TV show often consists of early morning starts, 10-16hr days, and production rarely manages to follow schedule. You have great days and then you can have challenging days.

A lot of what happens on set is out of your control and you learn very quickly that you are just a small part of this massive well-oiled machine. There's a real camaraderie amongst the stunt team and I'm inclined to be a team player. Because of this, I always try my best to dedicate 100% of my energy to the factors that I can control like my professionalism, performance, on-set etiquette and self care.

I love my job. If anybody is thinking of a career in stunts, I say, 'Go For It!!'


2. You grew up in Tasmania and also spoke a bit about your grandparents in Japan. We’d love to hear more about your unique story.

My mother is Japanese and my father is Zimbabwean. They met in the early 80s at a fancy Tokyo disco where Duran Duran was playing.

My father was on his way back to South Africa after a seven year stint of travelling the world. He was about to embark on his dream to study medicine at Cape Town University.

After a year of love letters, my mother decided to follow him there. They soon married however, had to marry in Zimbabwe due to South Africa still being under Apartheid law. They married for ten Zimbabwean dollars. (My father says its the best investment he's ever made...they've been married for 36 years).

Apartheid was still in power when both my sister and myself were born. We were classed as number 10 on our birth certificates.

"Other Asian" was the nationality given to us and my parents needed to get police permission in order to have us live in the same household as them.

We escaped from South Africa in 1989 due to Apartheid and migrated to Tasmania. We stayed there until 1994 when we moved to the Gold Coast. I have extremely fond memories of my childhood in Tasmania and am aching for a return visit one day with my partner and kids. 


3. Do you have a favourite quote that resonates with you at the moment?

Oh, I have a few!! [Laughs] I'll give you my top three...

1. "Well-behaved women seldom make history." -- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

2. "Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have." -- Buddha

3. "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count; it's the life in your years." -- Abraham Lincoln


4. What is the best thing you’ve learnt from being a parent?

That I don't own my child.

He is not a possession. His soul is his own and he will teach me who he is. It is my job to guide him and listen to him so that I may help him invest in his full potential.

Also, if you want to teach your children what a good example is, then you must lead by good example yourself.


5. What are you most grateful for today?

My health.

My partner and the unconditional love we share.

My family and the harmonious home we are building.

My trusted friendships.

The Universe, for constantly having my back.

Eco warriors doing their thing through their respective brands and/or products.

And tea...I absolutely love tea! (Fair trade, of course!)


6. Anything else you’d like to share with us and the Lazybones peeps?

You'll never go wrong if you invest kindly, wisely and patiently with yourself.

You are the centre of your Universe and everything starts with self. The more love, harmony, balance, compassion and acceptance you give yourself, the more capable you are to give it to those around you.

Boundaries are a good thing when they are coming from a place of love, not fear. Invest in becoming your own Soul Mate.

Read. Dance. Sing. Remember to connect with nature.

Surround yourself with higher vibing people, places, music, art, literature, food, all of it. There's a lesson in every situation so don't be afraid to lean in and learn it.

There's strength in Vulnerability. There's admiration in Authenticity.

Have the courage to live your best life and your tribe will follow, if not, find you.


Miyuki in Rosemary dress

Miyuki wears Rosemary dress with our Annabelle top.

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