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Spring and Early Autumn Fashion Shoot

Spring and Early Autumn Fashion Shoot When deciding on what to call this series of shoots I thought of a quote by Jane Fonda “A man has every season while a woman only has the right to spring”.⠀ ⠀ So our favourite Ma Belle Allure model cara_gilligan is in the Spring of her life and while I’m definitely not yet in the Winter of mine, I’m thinking more like early Autumn is the best way to describe my life stage so “Spring and Early Autumn” it is.⠀ ⠀ I wanted to show women that whether you are moving through the spring, summer, autumn or winter of your life you can wear most of what is on sale regardless of your life stage by just understanding your body shape and having a few clever styling tips and tricks up your sleeve.⠀   If you are interested in a one-on-one styling session with me or you would like to attend one of my styling workshops please email me on A big thank you to palomabrisbane for collaborating with me on this shoot. And of course the gorgeous Cara Gilligan for showing me 'modelling' tricks and of course the amazing Sarah from thevideoboxaustralia for taking the pics pasduchas cmeocollective  

Ralph & Russo AW18

Ralph & Russo is a high fashion house that specialises in haute couture and ready-to-wear clothes, luxury goods, and fashion accessories. It is a privately held company established in 2010 and owned by Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo.  And the best part is they are both Australians!!! Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo’s couture label is the only British design house to have joined the French Chambre Syndicale, and is known for dressing royals and celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Beyoncé. Tamara Ralph is the fourth generation in her family to work in couture and fashion design. After graduating from the Whitehouse Institute of Design in Melbourne, Australia, Ralph travelled to London in hopes of breaking into the fashion industry. After a chance meeting with Michael Russo, an Australian banker working in London, the duo launched Ralph & Russo in 2006. The couple’s business has been profitable since its inception and filled a gap in the market in London, a highly affluent fashion hub without a local couture provider. To preserve the brand’s exclusivity, Ralph & Russo sells only one version of each garment per country. In 2013, the couple were the only representatives from the fashion industry on Forbes’ annual list of the 40 most successful people under 40. In 2014, Ralph & Russo was the first British brand to show at Paris Couture Week, and since became the first British couture house to join the French Chambre Syndicale. Today, the company has offices in Paris and London, and a roster of more than 600 clients.

Sip ‘n’ Shop

I'm constantly overwhelmed by the talented young designers that we have in Brisbane.  Any of you that have been following me for awhile will know that I am a fan of The Great Beyond but at the Sip 'n' Shop event there was also fashion designer Winston Wolfe, gorgeous jewellery and bags by Lyla + Bo, and swimwear by laHanaSwim. The venue was Rooftop 55 at Lucent Gasworks Newstead with spectacular views of the Brisbane skyline. I'm wearing C/MEO Collective from Paloma Boutique in Camp Hill and Cara is wearing Frankie and Dash.  

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

In Melbourne, the first week of March marks the start of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF).  Once again, I feel so fortunate to be able to attend many of the Fashion Events this year.  The runways featured some amazing Australian established and up and coming designers, and some great international talent. If you want to see what was on show, VAMFF has Shop the Runway giving everyone the opportunity to purchase straight off the runway.   I'm wearing Pasduchas  from Gearbox Boutique in Broadbeach.  

Colours to Wear Autumn / Winter 2018

Colours of the Season - Autumn / Winter 2018 I can finally start thinking about Autumn Winter 2018 fashion now that it has begun to cool off. So after trolling the Pantone Color Institute's  Fashion Color Trend Report here are their colour predictions for the cooler weather this year. Notice any similarities between these and their Spring Summer 2018 predictions? I also wanted to show you some great Autumn/Winter pieces you can buy locally that are embracing the new season colours:   Pantone Images: and

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!!!!