When I stepped outside my comfort zone… and loved it: Microsoft Surface Squad MBFWA 2016

Microsoft Surface Pro 4


This year was my first for attending Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia, and I was lucky enough to be a guest of Microsoft as part of their Surface Squad, a group of awesome girls that were tasked with getting to know the Surface Pro 4 a little better.

Being my first proper Fashion Week, I was actually really nervous! I barely slept the night before it all started and was a little intimidated (no, like really, really intimidated!) by some of the big names that I knew I’d be bumping into throughout the week. So you could imagine my relief and delight when I learned that ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE who I met was super lovely! Maybe I’ve watched a little too much Devil Wears Prada (if that’s possible), but I was expecting a lot of snobbery and that simply didn’t exist.

This post is part of a sponsored collaboration with Microsoft, but I have genuinely adopted the Surface Pro 4 as my primary device and have given my traditional laptop back to my husband (it’s his after all ; )) – if you blog equally in bed, on planes, on the couch or at a desk, I think you’ll love it. And being such a huge company, I was really happy to see Microsoft supporting Fashion Week in Australia – I do think we have a really unique approach to fashion, some really exciting designers and a culture that is able to provide an original approach to this global event, so I was really thrilled to work with Microsoft as a sponsor.

Above: The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with Signature Edition grey fabric keyboard – an awesome accessory that fits snuggly into my Celine Trapeze: visit https://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-au/accessories/signature-type-cover


Day 3 of Mercedes Benz Fashion week: Wearing Cmeo Collective ‘First Light Dress‘ and ‘Break Even Pants’




So this is the Microsoft Surface Squad!!! The two stunners Tash and Elle from They all hate us, beautiful Melbourne-based twins Bec and Marissa from Twiceblessed and super sweet Perth-based Jiawa from Beigerenegade. Was so good hanging out with this gang! I’ve been a big fan of all these girls for a long time and it was an absolute honour to be working side by side with them.



Working on my Surface pro 4 between shows. Wearing Blazer, pants and top from Paduchas.

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The pen on the Surface pro is a big plus. I am able to write and make notes with my own hand writing and convert it into a word doc etc., or freeze a web page and just start making notes directly on it and then save it. Pretty cool!


Squadding with my friends Rafael Ruiz from http://travlifestyle.com/ and Jennifer Chong from http://tnightwedream.com/


By the end of of Fashion week, my feet were completely done with heels, so sneakers were a must. Wearing Navy ripped knit and Military skirt from Friend of Audrey


I’ve been such a huge fan of Elle and Tash and it was so lovely to hang out with them. They were just so sweet and both are absolutely stunning!


Wearing Triumph Jacket and Triumph Shorts both from Finders Keepers the Label


With the beautiful Jasmine from friendinfashion. Jazzy is such an amazing babe and so down to earth and gorgeous!


My Monochrome Melbourne gang, Bec and Marissa from Twiceblessed


Shout out to my Perth babes Ashley from ashleighdmello and Natalie from fromluxewithlove. They are just the cutest babes – love hanging out with these two!

Cmeo Collective Break Even Pants

Fashion Week for me was an unforgettable experience. I met so many amazing women during the week and it’s all about having fun, seeing amazing and inspiring outfits and a solid hang with your girlfriends.

To sum up, I got two big take-outs from MBFWA 2016: Firstly, I never really expected that I’d get here, but I took enough uncomfortable choices to ensure that I did. To any keen bloggers and fashionistas out there, don’t be intimidated by this industry because it will actually embrace you if you approach it openly and honestly, with your own unique sense of style. Don’t give in or be discouraged by the let-downs, because they happen to everyone no matter what level you’re at.

Secondly, I’d like to say a big thank you to Microsoft for their sponsorship and their interest in this amazing subculture. By identifying that we are all able to blog ONLY because there is a piece of technology that connects us to our audiences, they’ve taken the leap to support Fashion Week and this Surface Pro 4 is beautiful enough to fit snuggly into this wonderful community.

Thank you so much for reading and until next year!! Cant wait for #MBFWA 2017!!!

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  1. Britta on May 23, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Sis! It has been amazing to follow you on this journey! I am a huge fan of all these ladies and you!

  2. Fiona {TheChicItalian} on May 23, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Such a great opportunity!
    Good to read you had such a great time and love all the looks.
    The Microsoft Surface pro 4 seems like a really handy, on-the-go type of gadget to work with but I think I’ll stick with my Apple products haha!

  3. Alisha on May 23, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Wow Ashley! Love the pics ! I wish I was there! I hope you come to NYFW next time so we can meet!



  4. Shirley Doremi on May 23, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    I feel so happy for you Ashley! That is how awesome to meet with some old and new friends that you interact with on social media. You did a great job and you have become the one of those leading fashion bloggers nowadays! Cannot wait to see more of your beautiful outfits/styles soon! P.S hope you are having lots of fun in Thailand! xx

  5. Ashleigh on May 24, 2016 at 3:17 am

    LOVE YOU!!! So glad we finally got to meet and hang out yaaaay!

    See you soon my pretty little thing

    Ash xx

  6. Rachele Edson on May 24, 2016 at 7:30 am

    what a gorgeous bunch of ladies in all these pics! Must get a pic together next time 😉 the surface actually sounds so dope.. kinda want one but just bought a new mac 🙁 xxxx

  7. michaela on May 24, 2016 at 8:12 am

    im so glad you had an amazing time babe and you looked absolutely amazing each day. Isn’t Tash and Elle just down to earth and beautiful inside and out??? I hope to meet them again, they had this amazing radiance about them.

    I hope Thailand is treating you well and hopefully we get to finally meet some day <3

    love you, boo xxx

  8. Kristie Cohen on May 24, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    That’s incredible! We just bought one for our office and we love it!

    You look amazing in the pics Ashley and it’s so exciting watching your success. You are an inspiration!!



  9. Kiara on May 26, 2016 at 1:22 am

    I can’t believe this was your first Fashion Week, you stylish thing! You looked like a seasoned pro. I have to say though, the best thing about MBFWA (apart from all the new and exciting collections) is catching up with all the lovely people in our industry! I really missed that this year.


  10. The Newsette on May 27, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    You rocked these looks! We are so glad you had a great time!

    The Newsette

  11. Sia Foch on May 30, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    I’m so happy for you, darling! What a great post and it’s such a great opportunity to be a part of this collaboration. As well, MBFW is a great experience for everyone, just really amazing post.
    -xx, Sia

  12. Erin on June 2, 2016 at 2:24 am

    What an incredible experience! i Loved seeing MBFWA through your eyes — maybe one day we will be going to it together :). It looked incredible and I’m so glad to hear that everyone was kind! You are so beautiful babe! xo, Erin – http://www.stylebythepeople.com

  13. Emma on June 2, 2016 at 8:27 am

    You looked INCREDIBLE at fashion week babe! Your outfits were amazing and it sounds like you had such a wonderful time!!! My BF has the Microsoft Surface Pro and it’s such a handy little machine. What a fantastic opportunity for you!!! Xx


  14. Avery on June 2, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    I can’t believe you haven’t been to fashion week before, your outfits are perfect! You should really be on Springpop, it’s my fav new app.

  15. carolina on June 8, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    i love these pictures ! great read


  16. Theoni on June 11, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Love all the outfits you wore! Everything looks perfect!

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