Liza Emanuele SS15/16 ‘Blue Sky’ Launch

Liza Emanuele recently launched her SS15/16 collection ‘Blue Sky’ in-store along side her new ‘roomie’ Rosie of Regina sole Queen, hosted by Filip Odzak, it was a great night of fashion and industry appreciation.

Liza celebrated the launch of her new collection by inviting a panel of social media queens, including Kelly Noble of Glam Adelaide, Sonia of Sonia Styling and Jenni of Styling Curvy to talk all about the power of social media today and how it connects people with other people and products.

The Blue Sky collection features a range of styles, cuts, colours and patterns that would suit all body shapes and sizes as well as will get you excited for the warmer months. I highly recommend checking out Liza’s new collection!

 Liza Emanuele

Regina Sole Queen

Q&A with Rebecca Minervini: Of Dreamers and Dancers

 In celebration of the launch of new jewellery brand ‘Of Dreamers and Dancers’, I did a Q&A with designer,  Rebecca Minervini, touching on all things work, life and chasing dreams….

“Dream and take chances, dance through life enthusiastically because, as I found out, you never know where seizing opportunities and thinking outside the box can take you.” 
Rebecca Minervini
 

What made you decide to start your own business?

I have a background in graphic design, particularly branding. Whilst I love graphic design, to have my own brand and something I would have creative control over was an ultimate dream. It wasn’t a case of waking up one day and thinking, I’m going to build a brand. Whilst I actively had to pursue getting my designs created and sculpting the business, what it took to get to this point developed quite organically, tapping into my passions and design experience.

Who and what inspires you and your business and do you have a mentor?

I am inspired by strong women who have accomplished big dreams but still stay grounded. Samantha Wills and Lisa Messenger are two women I look up to who definitely fit this mould. I relate to their passion and creativity for what they do and their constant development of their businesses.

My business is a lifestyle brand and it’s message is inspired by the brand name. From the challenges I have been through, to turn my dreams into reality, I very much want to instill in my customer to be a dreamer and dancer too. Dream and take chances, dance through life enthusiastically because, as I found out, you never know where seizing opportunities and thinking outside the box can take you. What started as a whimsical name very quickly became the core of the brand’s identity.

My designs themselves are inspired by an affection for love, life and travel…the pieces are very much for the wanderlust spirited and will connect to a customer who shares these same ideals. She is the modern bohemian and the pieces I design for her reflect her wild hearted nature while also taking into account that she lives in a modern world and so the designs can be easily incorporated into her everyday style.

From a business perspective my mentor is 100% my Dad. He helped me to realise my dream could become a reality if I was prepared to work hard for it. He has been in business himself for over 30 years so teaches me everything I know from a business sense. I don’t have a mentor for the design aspect of the business. This is very much driven by me, my design experience and creativity. I live and breathe creativity! I like to push myself and I am always learning. Working out how to translate my graphic design expertise into jewellery manufacturing was definitely a huge learning curve but I enjoy it and it’s great to continually grow creatively.

 

How do you balance running you’re own business with everyday life?

It’s hard to switch off that’s for sure but I think because I love what I do so much it doesn’t seem like I need to find a balance. If I have to work after hours, I will. I do what it takes. Of course, I take time out for family and to have a social life, that’s important too, but living a dream is definitely not a 9-5 job and that’s just something you have to accept.

 

Where do you hope to see yourself and your business in 5 years?

Well it’s early days for me. I would love at this stage to just be able to do a second collection but I do have big dreams. In 5 years time I would like to have established myself as a known and respected luxury costume jewellery brand in Australia. I would love be a go-to brand with an established loyal customer base and be recognised for unique quality pieces that are affordable. I would also like to grow internationally and potentially branch out into other lifestyle areas. I may need a little more time for that but you never know! I love the idea of collaborative projects to branch into new areas too so I‘d like to explore this avenue more also.

 

What are your top tips for staying motivated?

The number one tip I can give for staying motivated is to be passionate about what you do. With passion nothing will be a chore and it will definitely keep you going even when times are tough. Beyond passion and on a more daily basis, I really love reading quotes to kick start my attitude if I am ever questioning  what I am doing or are finding it hard to find the get up and go, we all have our moments! I mainly find these quotes on Instagram (I love Instagram!) and I always post one every Monday to set a positive tone for the week. Reading biographies about entrepreneurs and the magazine the Renegade Collective really motivates me too. Finally, making sure you do have some occasional time for yourself does help in keeping you happy and motivated too, everyone needs moments to zone out every now and then.

 

Of Dreamers and Dancers

My favourite food spots around Chinatown

Chinatown, Adelaide is a mecca for tasty, wholesome food, from the Central Markets to the endless alleyways filled with hidden gems, there’s definitely going to be something to suit everyone’s tastebuds. Now that I work just down the road from Chinatown, it has become my daily lunch destination, so I thought I would share with you a few places that I have been loving, both sweet and savoury!

Located within the arcade is a little whole-in-the-wall bakery called; Nanna Hot Bake, this little shop has been a favourite of my families for years, and never fails to deliver the most soft, fresh, tastiest buns filled with various fillings from chilli anchovies to pork and even coconut. It’s a great place to visit for a snack before embarking on your market shopping.

PappaRich is fairly new to Adelaide, but for at least a month or two after opening their doors, there was always a line of hungry people waiting to get their hands on their delicious Malaysian offerings. I have to admit I was one of those hungry people waiting in line for at least 20 mintues, but it was definitely worth it. Fast and friendly service just adds to the experience, I can’t get enough of the place!

Chinatown Cafe is another major fave lunch spot for me and many others, just going from the busyness of their lunchtime service. You’re lucky to get a table or even find a place to stand inside. Their food is so yummy and the portions are not stingy at all, also the condiments, incuding garlic chilli, hot chilli, and soy sauce just finish of the meal perfectly…just thinking about it makes me salivate!

And to finish of we must have dessert! St Louis is my favourite dessert place around Chinatown and my favourite waffle place ever! Their selection is huge and each dessert is served so beautifully. It’s a cozy little place, great for dessert or after dinner tea/coffee with friends. My waffle consumption amount has grown hugely since I was introduced to the place, but I just can’t help myself!

Here are few photos to get you salivating also!

Behind The Scenes: The Gracious Life Makeover

The Gracious Life has had a makeover! Who doesn’t love a good makeover right!

I started The Gracious Life as a lifestyle consulting and coaching service, as well as a space to share my life with you all through a blog. I felt as though the site needed a makeover because I wanted to highlight the lifestyle coaching service being offered as it is my passion in life to help inspire and motivate people to achieve their goals, and create their own ‘Gracious Life’.

For the makeover, I decided to have photo’s taken of myself and my space. I created a space that inspires and motivates me to do what I do. For the shoot I wore a beautiful white shirt with black detailing, it was sent to me from UK company; Hawes and Curtis. It is an impeccably made shirt. I am wearing a UK size 10 slim fit. Not only does it fit perfectly but it also fits with my new branding perfectly, being all white with black detailing.

Below are some ‘behind the scenes’ photos of the shoot. All photos were taken by my friend and fellow blogger Susan from Fashion Adventurer.

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Hawes and Curtis

Fashion Adventurer