Welcome to Fabulous Friday. Every week, I share a little about my week, the good stuff (I’m not into the negative), a little retail therapy and a few fun moments. Then it’s your turn. What made your week? Did you find a fashion bargain? See a great movie? Read an inspirational book? Let me know by leaving a comment below. Best comment wins a surprise gift.
1. I’ve been having a little fun this week, putting together outfits for two big occasions – today’s Ladies Oaks Day and next week’s Sunshine Coast Style Awards. I’m incredibly blessed to work with some amazing designers and Nick Scalisi and Ilona-Karme Scalisi, the husband and wife team behind Tulipani are ensuring I manage to scrub up ok for both with two cocktail dresses from the Tulipani Nero couture collection. Both are extremely different (one’s in black lace; the other a blush-colour silk that has been printed with Nick’s original print) but both make me feel a million bucks. And that’s really the key for anyone dressing up. You need to feel confidence in what you wear – no matter the occasion.
PS. This is my Ladies Oaks Day dress as it appeared on the catwalk at Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane last August – but REST ASSURED, the mid section on my dress has been “filled in”. I AM NOT A MODEL.
2. My week started on a high as part of the “crew” for The Art of Public Speaking seminar in Brisbane last weekend. I was a participant in March and put my hand up to help others learn from the inspirational Carren Smith. Carren found her voice sharing her incredible story of suriving the Bali bombing and now helps others find and share their stories. I realised that I would like this woman when I saw her shoe collection (see the video on her home page for just one sample). Now I feel privileged to call her my friend (even though we unfortunately don’t share the same size shoe!). And on Wednesday I got to put my speaking into practice, presenting my Switch on Your Personal Brand keynote to this year’s mentorees in the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network’s mentoring program. I love talking (almost as much as shoes) and now it doesn’t matter if it’s with one person or 5000 (well actually, am yet to speak in front of 5000 but I’ll let you know when I do!).
3. In Queensland we’ve been kind of blessed with our autumn weather – just a few cold mornings to remind us that winter will strike soon. It’s the perfect time to edit your wardrobe and remind yourself of exactly what you’ve got hiding in there from last winter. This week I got to do just that with a gorgeous new client who’s packing up to leave the Coast for a much colder winter. So much fun. Not only will she not have to take as many clothes with her but we’re having fun next week going shopping for coats, scarves and hats. So, this weekend, why don’t you edit your wardrobe? You might uncover some favourite pieces that haven’t been taken out to play in a while. If it all seems a little difficult, book me in. I love doing this stuff!
4. Buy of the week: Verily Swing Vest $120. Verily is another Sunshine Coast-based label and designer Leonie MacLeod has a special skill for creating garments that are perfect for every day – and ideal for travelling. I love this Swing Vest, which is available in my shop. Not only does it provide some much-needed warmth, it also offers a flattering line in the way it drapes at the front. Wear over a long or short-sleeve top with jeans or jumper dress as pictured. When you add a piece like this to your outfit, you are lifting it to the next level through layering. You are adding interest … in a good way.
Have a great week … it’s the official start to my Birthday Month of Festivities and it’s Sex and the City 2 week!