Canberra Style Magazine Story

December 17, 2013

As Vanisha’s Life in…Australia (my blog in it’s current form) comes to an end, I wanted to share this story featured in the Canberra Style Magazine. I’ve been (mis)quoted a lot in the media over the years, but I can honestly say that this article (written by Amelia Dale) is one of my favourites. The photos were taken by Daniel Spellman, a very talented young photographer. It was such a pleasure meeting and talking to both of them.

Screen Queen

Vanisha Mishra-Vakaoti explains to Amelia Dale how the blogspohere introduced her to a whole new side of Canberra.

Canberran Vanisha Mishra-Vakaoti is a lot of things. PhD student, wife, fashion enthusiast, philanthropist, friend.

But one of the labels that she wears most proudly is blogger.

Her blog, Vanisha’s Life in…Australia, is one of the most popular in Canberra, detailing Vanisha’s hopes, hears, feelings and experiences living in the nation’s capital.

What started out as a way to keep in touch with her family when she first moved to Canberra from Fiji has turned into a hugely popular online forum where she connects with new people and shares her opinions.

“I think the highlight of blogging has been the relationships really. I became involved with Alola Australia, which is a charity organisation that helps women and children in Timor-Leste,” she says.

“The children’s reading room that I helped set up in Fiji on the small island [Levuka], I’ve had a lot of people support me, and it was because I blogger about it.”

Along with her charity work, and PhD research in Fiji, Vanisha blogs in detail about her experiences in the world of fashion.

While she doesn’t consider herself much of a fashion icon, blogging helps her to learn more about herself and her style and she hopes that her readers can learn from what she posts.

“Sometimes I get it right and sometimes I don’t. When I get it right I’m happy and it works, and when I don’t I learn,” she says.

For example, after noticing that she was wearing an over-abundance of tank tops, she used the blog to force herself to branch out, publicly swearing off the simple shirts.

“On the blog I said no more tanks for a year. So I managed to grow a nice collection of blouses and now when I do wear a tank top I’ll wear it a bit differently.”

Vanisha hopes to see other Canberrans start taking more risks with their fashion choices. Promoting new local fashion designers is very important to her, and she often wears their pieces to events where they will be seen. At charity fashion show Help from the Underground she rocked a stunning original dress by 4 Minutes 33.

“I form relationships with a lot of young entrepreneurs or businesses because I want to showcase them,” she says.

At the end of the day, Vanisha says that for her, blogging is really all about community. She has great relationships with other Canberra bloggers, many of whom she considers her closest friends, and has a rule that she will not
publish a new blog post until she has responded to every single comment left on her blog.

“If you’ve taken the time to leave me a comment, a meaningful message, it is really important to reply and say I really appreciate you taking the time to read my blog and interact with me,” she says.

As a side note, I would just like to thank you, my friends and readers. You have made this blog what it is today, and I am most grateful, and deeply honoured that you choose to come back.  


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