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 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!