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Pantone Key Fashion Colours for Spring 2018

Season after season the Pantone Colour Institute creates the PANTONE Fashion Colour Trend Report. The report is an overview of the top colour choices of fashion designers from New York Fashion Week. The colours on the catwalk are key indicators of what we can expect not only in fashion but in all design areas. These are the key fashion colours for Spring 2018.

Summer High Tea Fashion Parade

What an amazing event organised by the Greek Orthodox Community of St George Ladies Auxiliary to raise much needed funds for Philia House. Held at the Victoria Park Golf Club, and with over 400 ladies attending, 70+ raffle prizes, stalls by Grace Inspired, Ekaterina Sikalas, Julisa, Carla Benzie and Arbonne, and fashions by Frankie + Dash, Hunt + Kelly and The Great Beyond, I felt very honoured to be asked to coordinate and compere the Summer High Tea Fashion Parade. A big thank you to the committee and our amazing models Cara, Kaitlyn, Michelle, Olga and Olympia. So here they are ladies 350+ photographs for you to go through. + photographs from the day.  Please feel free to tag, share, comment on as many as you like.  

Charity Event – Farm Animal Rescue Silent Art Auction and Market Stall Fundraiser

To all the amazing supporters of Farm Animal Rescue, Carla Benzie and Ma Belle Allure, thank you so much for attending our Farm Animal Rescue Silent Art Auction and Market Stall Fundraiser.  So many of you wanted to see the pictures taken by Martin Gravett Photography on the night so here are all 700+ of them.  If you want to purchase hi-res copies of them without the watermark, just email Simone on

Charity Fundraiser

  I really feel it is important to give back so when I had an opportunity to collaborate with award winning Brisbane Artist Carla Benzie to create a unique way to bring awareness and raise funds for Farm Animal Rescue (FAR), I jumped at the chance.  FAR, whose slogan is Friends not Food, is a place of refuge for animals that have been freed from abusive situations and factory farms. Stage one of the collaboration started back in May with a photo shoot at the Farm in Dayboro which also brought together some very well known Vegans and FAR supporters such as Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emma Dean; James Aspey a public speaker whose goal is to increase peace through education, encouragement and inspiration; Billy Simmonds an entrepreneur, martial artist, bodybuilder, performer and winner of the 2009 INBA Mr Universe title, most notably, an advocate for the ethical treatment of animals, for human health, and the environment, as well as LeanGreenie - Stacey Parish, Online Vegan Coach; Gemma Winchester founder of Vegoutt, well known Chef Alejandro Cancino and Moo Free Burger founders and Charlie’s Group Michael and Johnny. From the images taken back in May, Carla created some impressive artworks.  These artworks form Stage 2 of Carla and Simone’s collaboration, the Farm Animal Rescue Silent Art Auction and Market Day on Saturday 26th August at Carla’s Gallery at 567 Old Cleveland Road, Camp Hill Brisbane.  The artworks are currently available for sale through silent auction, with half of the proceeds going directly to FAR.  For early bidding, please email Carla Benzie at The event runs from 4pm – 8pm on Saturday night and is a date that you must put into your calendars as there will be entertainment from Julia Bates Music, Jug o’ Blooze and pop-up stalls by Julisa, Lust for Light, Vegoutt, Organic Passion Catering, Vegan Tribe Earth and Elemental Formations and food from the MooFree Burgers Food Truck and TC Coffee Van  Cost to attend is $10 early bird tickets, or $15 on the day as well as a $5 fee to bid on the silent auction. Children under the age of 15 are free. Tickets available from the Events Page on Carla Benzie Gallery and Studio Facebook Page or on EventBrite  

Group Fashion Styling Workshops

Group Fashion Styling Workshops I just love meeting so many beautiful and amazing ladies at my workshops, and collaborating with some talented female entrepreneurs running Brisbane fashion boutiques.  I have several different topics that I cover in my workshops, but in all of them you learn about your body shape, find out what styles work best for you, learn a lot of fashion styling tips and tricks that save you money and time and you leave  feeling more confident in yourself and your fashion choices. Number are always kept small so that participants get maximum value from the workshops they attend. So if you want to stop being a slave to fashion and make fashion work for you, it’s time to sign up for one of my workshops.  Send me a message on Facebook, Instagram or email me on if you want to find out the date and topic of the next Brisbane workshop. It’s time to look and feel wow!!!!          

60 Second Makeover | Curves – Night Out | Ma Belle Allure

60 Second Makeover - Curves Night Out This is the next in our Curves 60 Second Makeovers. We have kept the same denim shirt dress but styled it with a great pair of leggings and a silky top to create some serious night out style. I've keep the silky top and leggings the same colour as this creates a smooth silhouette that you can work with.  Next I've added this versatile denim shirt dress but left it open to create a kimono effect.  The overall look is flatter, young and flirty - perfect for a night out. Would you love a 60 second makeover – including hair, makeup and outfit!!!!! Ok to be truthful….the process takes a little longer than 60 seconds but not when you film the entire thing and then upload it on time-lapse!!! Sounds amazing?? Well it is!! We filmed our first time-lapse makeover videos recently at The Video Box in Brisbane with hair and makeup artist Keeley-Shae. Our first makeover “guinea pig” was Cara Gilligan a familiar face to all our Ma Belle Allure subscribers and followers. I wanted to show you a Spring 2017 fashion trend coming through from New York so who better to choose for this than Cara. Filming actually took a little over an hour per makeover. Thanks to the “wonders of television” and the skills of Sarah Robinson from The Video Box the footage was compressed to about 60 seconds!! There is an enormous amount of work that goes on behind the camera to ensure we capture just the shot and feel for the shoot. Stylist: Simone Parker, Fashion Stylist and Founder of Ma Belle Allure Hair and Makeup: Keeley-Shae MUA Model: Renee Dobbin Clothing and Accessories: Ma Belle Allure

Paniyiri Greek Festival 2017

The fabulous Queensland Autumn sunshine today made shooting today a little tricky due to the light and the heat, but we survived.  In hindsight, black was probably not the colour to be wearing, but thank goodness for my signature white hat!!! Thousands of people were at the event that celebrated everything Greek from food, music, dance, culture and even more food.  There were even rides for the kids as well as Channel 7, Radio station 97.3 and some stars from Home and Away. This year was the 41st year of the festive.  During this time Paniyiri has become Queensland's "signature celebration of all things Greek and the state’s largest cultural festival as well as the country’s longest running Greek festival". A big thank you to Barb Mastoros from Grace Inspired, our talented photographer on the day Leoni from Leoni Bolt Photography, and our favourite model Cara Gilligan. Don't forget to checkout our Facebook and Instagram pages in the coming days for more pictures from the shoot.           Cheers Simone xoxo

60 Second Makeover – Over 50’s Glamour | Ma Belle Allure

Fifties is the New Forties ONCE upon a time, hitting the big 50 was seen as the first step to retirement.  Now, we are looking more and more youthful, as we are able to take advantage of better finances, better health and plenty of energy, to make 50 the new 40. And here's the proof with the gorgeous Robyn Davis.  I met Robyn through a mutual friend and was instantly taken by her friendly personality, beautiful spirit and her amazing presence.  As attractive as Robyn, beauty is more than just physical looks. It is confidence, compassion, positivity, love and nurturing – of yourself and of others and that's what attracted me to Robyn. So what makes your 50's more exciting is that our earlier years are often spent paying off our mortgage, raising kids, balancing family life and career.  By 50, our children are often older and less reliant on us, so make the most of this new freedom and do things just for you! And that's just what happened with Robyn.  We did an amazing 60 second makeover on her and she looks amazing.            

60 Second Makeover SS 2017 Fashion Trend #2 | 80’s Flash-Back | Ma Belle Allure

60 Second Makeover Videos | 80's  Flash-Back The second in our series features a major fashion trend for 2017 the "80's flash-back". Frills, shoulder pads, oversized denim jackets, wide waist-cinching belts and bright colours were all seen on the hottest runways this season. But before you start imagining teased hair and blue eye shadow - if you know how to interpret this trend, then it is anything but dated. For this video we focused on Frills. The secret to this trend is to incorporate its femininity with modern design elements like figure hugging cuts, asymmetric hemlines, exposed shoulders, full skirts and of course jeans. The dress featured is an original 80's dress by Events. Who said that clothes don't come back into fashion!!  The frills, bright pink teamed with black, short hemline and sleek cut are all back in style. So you don't have to spend heaps of money to embrace this trend - check out your local Op Shops and see if you can pick up your own "80's flash-back". Cheers Simone Parker, Fashion Stylist and Founder of Ma Belle Allure