Don’t we all wish she could be our Valentine?!
Meet my pint sized, pocket rocket, gal pal Valentina Novakovic. What a sassy little minx.
Valentina, or as I like to call her, “Vaaaallery” (in the attempted tones of the late Amy Winehouse. I’m not kidding, I sing it every time I see her) may be petite but she is a force to be reckoned with.
As Shakespeare once wrote “Though she be but little she is fierce”.
What she lacks in height she certainly makes up for with her fiery personality; a trait she attributes to her spirited Serbian/Australian upbringing.
Vallery holds the softest of spots in my heart. She is caring to the core. We met working together for two years on the Aussie TV show Neighbours and her qualities have always reminded me of an energetic italian Nonna. Odd analogy choice I know, but she is forever feeding her loved ones healthy and hearty homemade goodies, she never forgets a birthday and goes that extra mile to help warm your new home with a thoughtful gift. She is a pearl of a friend.
And before you get stuck into the photos, I’d like to leave you with a few of my favourite quirky facts about Miss Valentina.
Did you know that she…
…is a Harry Potter tragic. She is obsessed with all things hogwarts and has wizard envy.
…is fluent in three languages including English, Serbian and French. (She’d easily get a job with the UN).
…is a certified yoga instructor (ok, it’s not exactly a quirk but still a fun little Val fact)
…loves solving mathematical equations in her spare time. Fact!
Quick anecdote: Last year Val and I met up at a cafe for a productive working bee session. I sat there and wrote up blog posts and edited photographs while she sipped on tea and problem solved calculus and algebra. Yup. That’s my Val.
I hope you enjoy our photos. We sure had a fun filled afternoon shooting them!
Love Peanut xo
What Valentina is wearing…
Wetsuit | THE UPSIDE
Shoes | CONVERSE
Photography | Gemma Pranita
Locations | Balmoral Beach, Sydney, Australia