About Me

Shannon Drummond from the fashion + lifestyle blog Forty Up

As a kid I loved writing.  I loved words.  I loved stories.  I was enthralled with the idea that someone had created this story that I had become so lost in, that I loved so much.  I loved text.

As I grew older I discovered magazines.  Firstly my Mum’s piles of old Cosmos & Women’s Weeklys.  Boy did I learn some stuff there!  But I learnt that I not only loved the words in magazines, I loved how the words were displayed.  The visual.  How the text was manipulated & made beautiful.  How they matched the accompanying story & picture.

I learnt that I loved styling.  The recipes, the houses, the fashion.  How it all came together was breathtaking to me.  I was hooked!

Starting with Dolly magazine, I moved on to Seventeen, then Cosmo, In Style & Madison.  Then wedding mags, then all things baby!   These days I’m more likely to be found scouring the pages of Real Living & Better Homes & Gardens or The Collective if I’m feeling like a read.

And I think, for some part why I blog is because it’s my chance to create my own little magazine, just like I did when I was a kid, writing stories, cutting & pasting pics from magazines & creating fonts from my Lettering Book in a scrapbook.

Today’s technology allows me to create my own space online.  My own Title, stories & pictures.  My own editing & curating.  Even my own styling!  I’m finally living my dream of being a Magazine Editor!

So, welcome to Forty Up!  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy creating it!

Shannon x


Shannon is a Mum of two, living in coastal Perth, Western Australia.

Forty Up is a place you’ll find the inspiration to make your world a little bit brighter.

Here you’ll find fashion, lifestyle, travel & family life coming together to make your mood boards a reality.

We make keeping your world stylish, fun & gorgeous easy.  We source everything we know you’ll love & need & put it all here in one place, making your style journey easier, with a little bit of Mummy blogging thrown in for good measure!

Forty Up is extremely flattered to be nominated & then chosen as a finalist in the Kidspot Voices of 2015 in the Parenting & Style category.KSV2015_Ford-PS-FINALIST