Valerie Khoo


This is the personal blog of Valerie Khoo, CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre, one of the world’s leading centres for writing courses. She is author of ‘Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business’ and co-host of the popular podcasts ‘So you want to be a writer’ and ‘So you want to be a photographer’. Valerie is also a mentor, keynote speaker and artist. She is passionate about exploring worlds of creativity and business. READ MORE

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  1. Rose Wintergreen

    Oh, you poor thing! Totally understand. Very glad for you that they were able to help you so fast. Great creative, quick thinking on your part (who would expect any less though?)! And I’m sure you’re stunning without any makeup. But I understand your anxiety around not having any when presenting publicly – confidence is key, and like it or lump it, makeup is a huge part of that for women in our culture. Here’s hoping this week is less stressful!

    1. valeriekhoo

      Very. Scary. Experience.
      And yes, I’m looking forward to a (hopefully) much calmer week ahead Rose!

  2. Jen at Interiors Addict

    OMG every time I even THINK I’ve left my makeup bag behind somewhere I get the most awful panicky feeling in my stomach!

    1. valeriekhoo

      Nothing worse.

  3. Kelly Exeter

    Oh genius Valerie! And at least you rewarded that sales lady at DJs. Most would just take the makeup application and say ‘thanks, bye!’

    1. valeriekhoo

      You should see what I did for the kind optometrist who managed to rustle up some contacts lenses at a moment’s notice!

  4. Karan White

    Even the best suffer from system fail at times. Brilliant recovery and new cosmetics to boot. Sounds like the rainbow after the storm…

    1. valeriekhoo

      And skin like J-Lo … Apparently.

  5. Kerri Sackville

    Oh I agree. I’ve been in a panic just losing my tweezers! WHAT IF I END UP WITH A ROGUE HAIR ON MY FACE??????

    1. valeriekhoo

      The tweezers … I am missing them the most. It’s so hard to find the exact kind of pluckers you want!