A Fearless High Tea in Aid of Cystic Fibrosis

“Cure4CF Foundation is taking action to create a future free of the devastating effects of cystic fibrosis for people living with the disease and their families. We believe that ‘Now is the time to cure CF’ and that together, through an investment in medical research, this is a goal that can be achieved.” (Cure4CF)

Until a few weeks ago I had no idea what cystic fibrosis was or the devastating effects it has on so many of it’s sufferers. On the 30th of October I attended a high tea at the Intercontinental Adelaide, which was in aid of the Cure4CF Foundation, the event was organised by Emmah Evans (Daughter, Sister, Friend, Wife, Mother and CF sufferer). Emmah shared her story with us and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room. My interpretation of Emmah’s story is that no matter what label she has, she lives her life with passion and a mission, she’s a fighter and an advocate, and one who will never give up on getting her word out there and making things happen, in order to save lives, including that of her own. 

For those of you who haven’t heard of CF or don’t know what it is (like myself), here is some information about it; “CF primarily affects the lungs and digestive system, CF suffers have a defective gene and this is what causes the body to produce thick and sticky mucus which makes it harder for CF sufferers to breath as the mucus blocks the lungs – intensive daily treatment is required just to maintain good airways, when a cold occurs in someone with CF this can be life threatening. Because the mucus damages the pancreas system, it stops the natural enzyme’s system working, it is common for CF sufferers to require pancreatic enzymes to assist with the break down of foods to absorb them.” (Emmah Evans)

Emmah is 28 years old and those diagnosed with CF have an average life expectancy of 37 years. But with research trials on the horizon there is hope for a cure for CF, with the help of generous people and strong advocates like Emmah, it is possible to get closer to a cure! If you would like to help out in some way click here.

Cure4CF Foundation

Celebrating Girl About Town’s New Look

I recently attend a stylish soirée to celebrate Girl About Town PR’s new look, and it made me think….

What did it make me think about you ask? Well, it made me think about changes that we go through in life, new beginnings and how we deal with these. For a lot of us change is something we just don’t embrace, when we transition from different stages in life we tend to focus on what we are loosing rather than possible gains. So what if, instead of focusing on the not so great aspects of change, why not look at the part that might actually be for the better. I know it sounds a little cliché, but seriously why not just think about it, or even go one step further and write a list, list the gains and list the ‘not so gains’….this just may give you a reminder that it’s not all bad!

Now, back to the event, so Girl About Town (GAT) are definitely embracing change and looking at it in such a way that is showing us that everything in life goes through changes, whether we are talking about trends, businesses, people, families etc, we all go through different stages and different changes, how you work with it, and how you let it effect you is what matters, so lets all take a leaf out of the GAT book and celebrate it!

Here are some photos from their beautiful celebration held at the Mini Car Showroom

(Photo credit: Teo Magazine)

 (Godi La Vita)

Jewellery Launch: Of Dreamers and Dancers

Of Dreamers and Dancers is Adelaide’s newest luxury jewellery label and to celebrate the launch invited guests for treated to a preview of their first collection; Night Reign. Featuring both fine intricate and bold statement pieces, most have the option of gold, silver and rose gold, so there’s something to suit all jewellery lovers. Not only are the pieces beautiful but they are also of the very best quality,with some pieces dripping in Swarovski crystals.

 It’s so exciting that Of Dreamers and Dancers is Adelaide based, you may remember a recent Q&A I did with designer, Rebecca Minervini, she’s so lovely and it’s really cool to see local people doing great things…so inspiring!

Upon leaving the launch event we were gifted a candle, which was a beautiful collaboration piece between Of Dreamers and Dancers and Chloe Jane Candle Co. the scent of this candle is truly like no other, I highly recommend that you get your hands on one of these candles!

The ‘Night Reign’ collection is now online…happy shopping!

 Of Dreamers and Dancers

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

The Mile End: a stylish pub night out

My family and I enjoy going out for a pub meal once in while, but I have to say it’s not a very stylish affair. For me, going out for a pub meal means getting into my comfy clothes and preparing myself for a giant schnitzel and many visits to the salad bar. When I received an invite to The Mile End for the launch of their new look, I was expecting the typical pub experience, nothing too fancy.

To my surprise as I entered The Mile End, I had a feeling I was in for something a little different, and boy was I impressed!

The Mile End has been around for 175 years…that’s a lot of years right! They recently had a make-over to bring out the natural beauty of the space. They have done an amazing job in making the space inviting and cozy…It has the feel of a mountain lodge….not that I’ve ever been to a mountain lodge but I can imagine! Anyway you will see what I mean through the photos below!

So the food is what impressed me the most, yummy food that looks fancy…..I couldn’t ask for anything more. You will see below some of the dishes we were treated to, including roast beetroot, pear and haloumi sliders, warm chicken, pancette and pear salad, crab linguini and chocolate urge. I actually can’t pick a favourite, they were all delicious in their own way. I would recommend trying them all out….why not!?

The Mile End

Revoque [Grey Luxe] A/W Preview

Revoque recently held a media brunch to preview their Autumn Winter [Grey Luxe] Collection hosted at The Republic in Norwood. We were treated to a champagne brunch while designer, Danica Ryan took us through her inspiration behind the new collection. What I love about Revoque is that the pieces are very modest yet edgy, so each piece works for people like me who can’t get away with wearing short, revealing and tight (fitted) clothes but can still look ‘cool’! I’m also loving the colour palette and textures of this collection. The grey/blue colour is so unique and mixed with the beige net like fabric…..Loving it!

Also on display at the brunch were some amazing hats (as you will see below) by Milliner; Sylvy Earl. Her creations are truly beautiful, and she is happy to work with you to make sure the head piece is fitted to you, which is such a luxury.

Overall it was a beautiful brunch, featuring amazing clothes, hats and food…..also I just want to say how cool the table decor was, it was so A/W inspired which matched the event perfectly, and we each had a block of wood that was hand cut, which held our name cards, such a personal touch….and a great idea for a dinner party!

 Revoque

The Republic

@Sylvyearl

A Night of Pampering at Fresh Hair & Body

I was recently invited to Fresh Hair & Body on The  Parade for a fabulous night of pampering. They were celebrating the launch of their fourth Adelaide salon, based in St Clair.

Fresh Hair & Body is owned by Leah Brunoli, who I had the pleasure of meeting on the evening, she is a true inspiration, starting her own business at the very young age of 19 years old, she has created a successful brand, where not only she gets to do what she loves, but she also provides other young women finding their way in the hair and beauty industry, the opportunity to live out their passion.

The four salons are located in Mawson Lakes, Norwood, North Adelaide and now St Clair. With so many services on offer, including cuts, colours, brow-dries, waxing, makeup and nails, all you need to do is book yourself in and let the team do the rest.  On the night of pampering that’s exactly what I did, we were treated to hair, makeup and nails. You’ll see below the amazing job they did. I loved how one of the girls did my hair, not only did it turn out beautifully, but she did it so quickly and she didn’t spray it with so much hair spray, so I didn’t leave with stiff, crunchy hair!

The girls were so lovely, I definitely recommend going in for your next pamper session, also if you’re looking for wedding or special occasion hair and makeup, why not try them!

Fresh Hair & Body

Sushi Planet Official Opening

Sushi is a type of food that you either love or hate, but I think most people in this day and age love it. It’s usually easy to eat, tasty, fresh, and there are so many flavour combinations to choose from, so how can you not love it?!

Well Adelaide’s newest sushi restaurant; Sushi Planet, makes sushi even better by giving you the option of enjoying freshly made sushi in a beautiful restaurant or having it delivered to your door step if you can’t be bothered going out, how good is that!

Sushi Planet officially opened in style a couple of weeks ago and I was so excited to attend and have a taste of their delicious offerings. As you will see below, not only is the sushi fresh and tasty but it is also beautifully presented, I did alot of eating with my eyes that night! You will also see below one of their many pretty cocktails on offer…..sushi and cocktails…..some people would call that heaven! Along with the sushi, you can also choose to have delicious chicken skewers with a thick, sticky, yummy sauce (as seen below) these were actually my favourite, they were so flavoursome.

I had a great time catching up with friends over sushi at the opening party and I look forward to going back and tasting all the different options on the menu. Although if I feel lazy I might just have to order and have it delivered, just so I can have one of those cute little sushi cars turn up at my house, you should too!

 Sushi Planet

Maree Stoubos: Girl About Town PR

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What made you decide that public relations (PR) was what you wanted to do as a career? 

I graduated from Uni SA with a degree in marketing, and as I was looking at employment opportunities in the communications field I was encouraged to undertake work experience and internships first. I wanted to stand out from the rest of the graduates so I thought, why not go to New York and do an internship there! I was lucky enough to know someone who knew someone who secured an interview for me with a high end fashion label – Brian Reyes – in the PR, sales and marketing department, and I was lucky enough to land the job. After spending three months in New York during New York Fashion Week doing the internship, I learnt the key principals of fashion PR, sales and marketing, and it was then that I knew I was destined for a career in PR.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

Career wise, I look up to people like Kelly Cutrone and Roxy Jacenko – both of whom went out on their own and started their own PR agencies. They are now known for being the most successful women in PR in America and Australia, and represent a number of amazing clients. They are the go to women for PR.

What has been the biggest opportunity that has come your way because of your work?

The fact that I get to work with a range of different clients from different industries allows me to develop my networks, skills, contacts, relationships and experience. I have been able to travel interstate as well as internationally because of the clients I represent and this has opened a number of doors for me. But the biggest opportunity is that after five years of working successfully in PR in Adelaide, I was able to go out on my own and launch Girl About Town.

Where do you (want to) see your career in 5 years?

I would love to see Girl About Town being the go to lifestyle PR Agency in Adelaide.