Ladies: Raise your hands if you have a soft spot for anything black! Thought so!

Although I am a self-confessed walking rainbow, as I get older, black is becoming more and more appealing to me. But, living in a constant tropical paradise, black seems about as fitting to my climate as an Eskimo in a bikini.

As Summer is here for most of the world, and hopefully not too far away for my fellow ladies down under, I thought I'd share 3 vibrant ways to style black for Summer.

All it takes it takes is one black playsuit (with an oh-so-lush choker neckline...)

how to look good on the beach

The beach= my happy place. Turquoise shores golden & rays are, quite literally, a symphony to the mind. But unfortunately, the most relaxing place in the world can see our body insecurities thrashing upon our confidence like a tidal wave.

"Darn...if only I'd done those 50 million sit ups, maybe I'd look like Candice Swanepoel's little sis..."

I'll stop you right there! There are so many things you can do on the week/month/day to look like a total goddess upon the sands.

Get out your faux tan and fave sunnies, as I share my 10 steps to beach beautiful...

Disclaimer: I know I am not the biggest beach beauty in the world, but without these tips, I would look like a wig-donning Shrek.

boho beach outfit
 Boho and the beach go together like sequins and December. Here I come with another boho beach outfit, brought from another slice of Australian paradise.

Make easy-breezy, printed wrap skirts and choker tops your Summer uniform. Wear with fake tan, a smile, and a bucketful of self confidence!

ways to feel more beautiful 
We all deserve to feel more beautiful. 

There's a tiny part of my brain snickering right now. She is that girl that called me fat when I was 15, she is that voice of self doubt that tells me 'you're not good enough', she is my anxiety and depression, she is every single nasty thing anyone has ever said to me.

I shut her off and laugh. And you should too!

'Beauty' is a term that's really drilled into us from a young age. And by drilled I mean hammered, stapled and nailed to us.

But what exactly is beauty? I like to think of it as something that's not just physical, but something that's inside.  It's happiness. It's self assurance. It's being as physically healthy and beautiful as you can naturally be.

I look back on photos of myself from five years ago and I can just see how darn miserable I looked. Suffering from extreme depression, low self-esteem, I was overweight, unhappy and stuck in an ultimate rut! I would have never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would finally feel beautiful.

But this isn't about me and my violin-themed 'sad story'; it's about you!

I found ways to feel incredibly beautiful without that nose job I planned when I was 14, without crazy diets, without becoming 'Instagram famous'!

Today, I'm going to share those techniques with you...

black maxi dress summer

A black maxi dress= your new Summer best friend. Although fashion magazines, your Mum and apparently the whole bloomin' internet seem to disagree. **Puts on Regina George voice** 'duh... black is for Winter.'

Sorry to break it to you love, but this popular colour, or should I say lack of, is totally Summer appropriate. Just make it a black maxi dress and add funky details such as a semi-sheer skirt or cute buttons and it's as playful and cute as a floral, lace-y, sun dress (without the twee!)