Kiss Goodbye to MS this May

There may be just over a week left in May, but that does not mean that it is too late to help Kiss goodbye to MS! (Multiple Sclerosis)

An estimated 21,000 Australians have Multiple Sclerosis,the disease being more common in woman than men (3:1).


What is MS?

” A simple explanation is conveyed by the term itself. Sclerosis is a Greek word meaning “hardened tissue or scars” and multiple means many. Recurring episodes of MS can cause many scars to appear in the central nervous system as a result of the breakdown of the myelin, the insulating material that covers the nerve fibres. This can result in impairment of motor, sensory and cognitive functions to a greater or lesser extent.” (MS Australia)

What is Kiss Goodbye to MS?

Kiss Goodbye To MS is an initiative to encourage people living with MS, their friends, family and work colleagues to raise much needed funds for the research into finding a cure and services for people living with MS.

During the month of May you can wear red lipstick, dare someone else to ‘go red’ or share the message by holding your own event at work, community group, or with friends.

I had big ideas of holding my own Blogger event for the cause, but unfortunately time just got away from me. However, I will be donating this year and I hope to organise a blogger event for Kiss Goodbye To MS in May 2013! It will give me months to organise it, instead of just weeks.

If you are not comfortable in wearing red lipstick every day in May, there’s a great range of merchandise on the Kiss Goodbye To MS site, including badges, pens, key rings and even a gorgeous umbrella (pictured below).

Kiss Goodbye To MS Umbrella $25 AUD

On May 30, 2012 it is World MS Day. You can also wear red on that day (clothes or lips), or wear a ‘kiss’ on your collar, with a pin or sticker from

I will be wearing my red lippy on May 30, will you?

For more information on Kiss Goodbye To MS head to

XO XO Cotton Candy Diva

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There is no such thing as a ‘Real’ Woman

It is that time of year once again for the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival and what comes with it, are all the comments of how the skinny models -they use on the runways- are not ‘real’ women.

Last night Dita Von Teese made her debut on the LMFF catwalk with her Von Follies for Target lingerie collection. Along side her was what she claimed to be ‘full-figured’ women, despite one of them being so thin that her rib cage was visible! She had tweeted before the show that she had fired anyone that was ‘too skinny’.

As a quite slender teen with little to no curves, I was labeled at high school as being under-weight or people assumed that I must have had a eating disorder. Of course neither were true, I just had a faster metabolism back then. Now, as a somewhat curvy size 14, I still would not  be considered a ‘real’ woman.

When you praise one demographic, at the same time you insult or devalue the other. It is an on going battle between skinny and full-figured, curvy or whatever you want to call it. It’s fine to call people skinny (or even anorexic) when talking about woman with smaller frames, but people are afraid of using the word ‘fat’ when they are talking about someone that is a size 14+ (12 at some stores). You will never see a store with a ‘fat’ section, it will always be called ‘full-figured’ or ‘Plus size’.

And don’t bother turning to the media for answers on what is more healthy or ‘real’ because it will just confuse you. Today they may be saying that curves are better, when next week they may tell you that people are too fat and there is too much obesity.

No matter what you weigh, what your dress size is, if you have curves or not, every woman is REAL! Women should not be defined by what they look like, but unfortunately they still are and most likely always will be.

xoxo Cotton Candy Diva