So I'm a little late posting about this workshop so please forgive me. I've been a busy girl - no excuse I know! But please read on. When I first started Ma Belle Allure several years ago, my dream was to connect with women on all levels; emotionally, physically, spiritually and visually. Because I believe, that we are all beautiful, and beauty is more than just physical looks. It is confidence, compassion, positivity, love and nurturing – of yourself and of others. And to really make changes in your life and to start feeling great, you have to think of yourself as a whole not just how you look. So my Women Empowering One Another workshop has been the culmination of many years of planning. But let me tell you - it was so worth the wait. I created a value packed interactive, inspirational and informative workshop to help you feel better inside and out. There were lots of giggles, bubbles, tea/coffee and nibbles in this workshop. So what was it all about? It was a 3 ½ hour workshop where my guest presenters took you through practical steps to learn how to: Dress your Shape – fashion styling tips to help you look your best. Update your Look – how to get the best out of your existing makeup. What is your Core Desire – effective goal setting and how to recognise your core desire or direction Meditation & Mindfulness – learn simple techniques to relax, calm and centre yourself. I created this event to support and educate women like YOU to become the best version of yourself. The presenters were: Simone Parker - Brisbane and Perth based Fashion Stylist and Founder of Ma Belle Allure Julie McDonald OAM – Ambassador, Mentor and Motivational Speaker Kaitlyn Teasdale – Hair and Makeup Artist for KT Hair and Makeup Design Vincenza Benzie qualified Reflexologist From the Feet to Beyond and Anne Mackenzie Everyone was on such a high after this workshop and I was so grateful that I was able to make and impact on everyone that attended. Here is a few of the comments I received: What are people saying: "The workshop was fantastic and inspiring, Simone, as are all the women who both presented & supported. Everything shared was interesting & valuable. Thank you all! 💕 (Nikki, Newfarm)" "Charlie 🐻 and I had the most amazing afternoon. We had the chance to spend the afternoon at a workshop with the most inspirational and motivating ladies (Ange, Brisbane)" "Thank you for a lovely afternoon! Loved every minute of it and learned so much. 💗💜 (Julie, Brisbane)" If you would like to be notified when I am running my next workshop, please don't hesitate to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Aztec Vibes Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to meet the beautiful and talented Isabella Longginou. Isabella is a Brisbane based designer whose garments embody elegance and femininity. Her classic pieces often made from gorgeous imported fabrics capture the playful and elegant spirit of her self-labelled line of couture. The multi-coloured natural fibre dress I chose from the IL collection fir this shoot has a high-low frilled skirt, high-neck and has a strong Aztec vibe. Coordinated with layers of jewellery and shot against lush foliage and shades of terracotta we created a tribal yet feminine feel for this shoot. Its easy to recreate for yourself. Just layer heaps of different textured bracelets.... Keep your makeup minimal in natural tones and put some texture in your hair with plaits and some spray. Images: Azar Image Hair and Makeup: kthmua Stylist: Ma Belle Allure Model: cara_gilligan Jewellery: graceinspired
Vintage Jackie O Inspired Shoot Vintage fashion always has a few trends surfacing every season — whether it's ruffles, vintage Levis or more classic styles. It’s been 24 years since former US first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis passed away Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Despite this lengthy passage in time, the her timeless appeal and glamour and one of the most iconic faces of the 20th century still influences fashion today. It was well known that Jackie O loved European designers such as Valentino, Saint Laurent and Chanel as well as her signature oversized sunglasses, Jackie O’s name is still linked to classic style and grace. In honour of the late style icon this photoshoot at the University of Queensland St Lucia channelled some of her signature looks. The original 50's handmade fitted dress was styled with a modern twist, to bring it up to date and keep it relevant for today. Its easy to recreate this look for yourself. Essential for this look is oversized sunglasses.... a scarf to wrap around your hair and highlight your face....... and to modernize the look I've added an on-trend sheer sock, heel and bag.... all worn with a vintage hand made dress from the 1950s. Images: Azar Image Hair and Makeup: kthmua Stylist: Ma Belle Allure Model: cara_gilligan Accessories: Stylist's Own
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 email@example.com 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 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.
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.
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 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: https://glowsly.com/pantone-fall-2018-colors-trends/ and https://www.pantone.com/fashion-color-trend-report-new-york-fall-winter-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.
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.