Dear January

I came across this in one of Melbourne's laneways awhile back.

The new year brings with it an air of optimism.

We’re several days into the new year and most of us are still determined to make 2014 ‘THE’ year or perhaps you’re already struggling to stick with your  resolution(s)!

And of course, sartorially speaking what a great time to revamp or re-evaluate your style and wardrobe and step out of your comfort zone. It’s a great time to either start all over again but sometimes making the first step can often be the most challenging.

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Can you imagine how many missed opportunities are created from the “I’ll get around to it one day” attitude?  So what are you waiting for?

Have a great year!!

A great gift idea.

A great gift idea.

The Glitter Ball



I caught up with Leanne Bradford, Chairman of  The Glitter Ball and asked her several questions about this year’s event. This is her story.
Tell me more about The Glitter Ball and how this came about?
You can find a complete story about us and how the Ball came about on the website ” Our Story”

You have a great line up of sponsors, why do you think they were attracted to help?

It has been a hard year this year. We started very late in the year and of course the financial situation. Ines has been a wonderful addition to the Committee and as a Sponsor. Andrew Shanahan from Andrews Airport Parking is a long-time supporter and does so because of who we are and the fact that we work as Volunteers and take nothing from the Ball apart from feeling good about what we do and of course we support great causes.

What can we expect from this event?

A celebration. We are getting the word out there about Australian medical Innovation and the wonderful people and the work done at The Australian Plastic Surgery Education Foundation. WE WILL RAISE AWARENESS and raise a heap of money to further their Fibrosis Research project and make such a huge difference to people suffering Cystic Fibrosis, Inflammation and scaring from surgery or accidents, Dupuytren’s disease, organ transplants as so much more. There will be awesome entertainment and a lot of fun for our guests.

What is the main message you’d like to get across to the public?

It doesn’t take much to make a difference just the will to make it happen. Don’t let things stop or scare you, you can make anything happen. With the communities support we can change the lives of so many people and even if we don’t meet any of the people we help we know that the “Ripple Effect” that we create will continue for many generations to come.

What cause are you really passionate about?

At the moment it’s changing the lives of people with scarring and inflammation and diseases associated. I feel very strongly about women’s causes and Breast cancer. Both of which we have supported through Breast Cancer Network Australia and The royal Women’s Hospital, having donated almost $900,000 in just 5 events.

Who or what inspired you to work in your field?

As in “Our Story” I was doing a Self-Expression and Leadership course. You had to go into your Community and do something that would normally stop or scare you. And you had to enrol people to help and you had 3 months to do it in. See story for more details.
what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment to date with your line of work? The fact that we had no prior training or knowledge of how to hold a charity event, and even though each year we get backed against a wall and everything thrown at us and we just keep going and finish what we set out to do. We not only start with $0 we raise all the money to put on the event and then hand over everything that is left to our beneficiary. We have no reason to do what we do we just do it.

For more information, please visit:

  • When: Saturday 17 November 2012
  • Where: Plaza Ballroom, Melbourne Victoria
  • Time: 7.00 pm – 12.30am (VIP Function 6.30pm – 7.00pm)
  • Host: Our celebrity MC for the evening is Daryl Somers OAM


Get Inspired

Every girl’s dream.

There is nothing better than a celebration – that is, a celebration of beauty and style which comes in different shapes and sizes. We understand that getting dressed and finding the right style that suit YOU isn’t always the easiest. That’s why, Statement (Image & Style) will help eliminate the guesswork for you. Today is a great day to start looking and feeling great – so what are you waiting for?

Remember, it only takes 15 seconds to make a lasting impression, how would you like to be remembered?

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Stay stylish.

3 Day Challenge

Sexy heels.

If you’re thinking of making some changes in your style and beauty routine, here are some ideas for your mini-make over.  Let me know how you go, I’d  love to hear from you!!!

  1. Get a haircut that suits you
  2. Get your eyebrows shaped
  3. Use a belt to cinch your waist for an instant sexy waistline
  4. Exercise – the release of endorphins will make you feel better
  5. Get some fake lashes for bigger and sexy eyes
  6. Get a fake tan for an instant glow
  7. Wear high heels
  8. Spring clean your wardrobe
  9. Pick your perfect colours
  10. Dress for your body shape
  11. Treat yourself to a manicure – you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their hands.
  12. Get some much needed sleep
  13. Smile
  14. Do something nice for someone without expecting anything back.
  15. Wear red lipstick for instant glam

Inject some colour.

Find some inspiration in magazines.

My Mane Man

Joseph, John & Joey Scandizzo.

If you ask me, I think one of the most sensitive relationships a woman can potentially have (outside of her family & friends) is with her hairdresser.  I for one in the past haven’t been the perfect client and have had my hair cut once or twice and never returned to a salon – without any explanation. Not even a discount can entice me back.

Having the right hairdresser is as good as finding the perfect LBD or the perfect pair of jeans – where the ultimate goal is the FAB factor. The 45-60 minutes spent in a salon could easily turn a sour mood into complete rejuvenation. I’m pleased to say that I have been going to the Joey Scandizzo Salon for about 7 years now. John Scandizzo is my mane man.

I could write an essay on why I’ve stuck to the salon for many years, but I promised to limit my word limit (!)) But allow me to make mention of the consistent customer service and the friendly approach. It’s also a hub of creativity.. The smiling and satisfied clients – it’s contagious. And there is a good reason why they have won numerous awards year after year.

I usually have my hair straight 99% of the time but John can convince me to go crazy and curly. I’m a different person as soon as I walk out of the salon, and I have a certain skip and bounce to my step.

Enough said. Bad hair day averted. Phew. Drum roll, here’s my interview with John.

 Tell me more about the Joey Scandizzo brand and what does it stands for?

A salon team whose members have been carefully selected, we are dedicated to deliver an enrapturing, 5-star salon service, by providing each client with a customized look on the fore-front of hair fashion.

We hold ourselves accountable to meet our clients’ expectations and by honouring this commitment with our luxury quality of service and finish, we aspire to make each client an ambassador for Joey
Scandizzo Salon.

We value personal excellence, we train to be the best and with our passion for success, we strive to be the #1 salon team in Australia.

Experience the Joey Scandizzo Salon ambience, our passion for hair, fashion and life.

 How does your hair salon differ from your competitors?

We pride ourselves on our highly trained staff that have a passion for pushing creative boundaries and offering the client something a little outside the box that is still versatile, wearable and fashionable.

 How did you get your start in the industry? How long have you been in the industry?

I always had a passion for hair and many family members were in the industry which provided me exposure to what it was all about. I have been in the industry just over ten years now and still love it as much as I did day one.

 What do you think your clients like about your salon?

I think we have created a very relaxed atmosphere for our clients, whilst still maintaining a high level of professional service. We treat our clients like we would our friends and I think they appreciate that.

 How often do you suggest a client must change his/her hair style?

Once a year to keep your look fresh.

 Any famous manes you’ve tended?

Rebecca Twigley, Ruby Rose, Harry Kewell, Rebecca Madden, James Bartel.

How do you feel hair relates to personal style & confidence?

The hair style you choose is one of the most visual Ways you can express your personality.

 If you weren’t in the industry, what would you be doing instead?

I’d probably be in the building game, so that I could still work with my hands. Maybe I would also try architecture design to use my imagination and creativity streak.

 Fill in the blank; Hairdressing, cool, creative.

 Any final hair tips for men & women?

Always consult a professional!

…and the winner is.



The Salon.

Behind The Seams

During Fashion Week.
(Image by Michael Greves)

When I was getting dressed to meet and interview Fashion Designer Susan Rep, I knew high heels were a ‘must’. It’s hard to miss the striking former model who stands at 5’11 (minus the heels) in a crowd. And taking a mental note from our initial meeting, she was kind enough to wear flat shoes just for me. When she told me this, I knew we were going to get along!

And with all the clichés about fashion, the fashion mob and designers, Susan was nothing but soft spoken, down-to-earth, a passionate woman whose main goal was to simply make every woman ‘look and feel beautiful’.  There was nothing pretentious or contrived about our meeting. If anything, she is unfazed by the celebrity cult status, she remains grounded and prefers not be distracted by her competitors. She creates pieces based on what she feels, whatever is in her heart and caters for the ‘real woman’.

Her business instincts have propelled her for brighter things – that is cracking in the US market – New York to be specific – where fashionistas set the trends for the rest of the world. Her agent is eagerly waiting for her to finalise her designs and there is definitely a twinkle in her eyes and sound of excitement in her voice when she mentions New York.

Fashion has been in her blood for as long as she can remember. At the age of 13 she knew she was destined to become a fashion designer. She’s also completed a fashion course and her fashion connection continues, having worked with Peter Alexander and Scanlan & Theodore for over a decade.

We talked and laughed in between dinner and a glass of bubbly to celebrate her success and amazing collection. My interview with her is below:

 Tell me more about the Susan Rep story:

I started designing after I had my two children, the creativity never leaves you and I needed something for myself. It’s about having your own identity after having children. I also couldn’t find anything nice to wear to bed apart from those cosmic designs so it really started from there.

 Describe the Susan Rep woman:

She is sophisticated, confident and classy. She could be someone in her 30s in a professional job, single or a mother.

 I read somewhere that the average Australian woman is a size 16, how does your design cater for different shapes and sizes?

My collection ranges from size 8-14, having said that they can be a little oversized. For my NY collection I’m working on something a little bit fitted – you don’t see a lot of New Yorkers wearing kaftans. My current collection is inspired by prints and I design wearable items that will transcend from day to night, whichcater for different body shapes and emphasises your best parts.

 I love how your clothes can be adapted from day to night, do you have a muse in mind when you design?

I don’t have a muse but I do like Marc Jacobs because he pushes the boundaries and takes risks. I’m pushing the boundaries with my NY Collection with crazy prints. You need that point of difference in the US. My focus is print and then I might add a bit of black or navy.

 5 must have items a woman must have:

I like a good pair of jeans, t-shirt, a Susan Rep kaftan, good perfume for those emergencies and thongs.

 Fill in the blank: When I need retail therapy I go to:, Scanlan & Theodore, Victoria’s Secret and Abercombie & Finch for the kids.

 Anyone you’d like to see wearing your pieces.

Sarah Murdoch, Megan Gale and Chloe Maxwell. Sarah Murdoch is very down-to-earth, she’s real and that’s always been my design focus – designing for real women.

 Which international designer do you admire?

Marc Jacobs, (the late) Alexander McQueen

 Styles you admire:

Elle MacPherson, Kate Moss

Image by Michael Greves

Susan & I at dinner.


The Beauty of a Woman

My collection of assorted jewellery.

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.

It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.” 

— Audrey Hepburn —