If you don’t already know I am big on helping clients realise that their Individuality is their Superpower.
I personally have always loved styling unique looks.
As a kid I would get my mum to make outfits I had seen in her Vogue magazines (above left) and would walk into school and church discos to many a confused look !
As a teenager, I reworked my brother’s school navy corps uniform to wear out with a rara skirt & instead of a puffy Pretty in Pink 80s dress or would seek out unusual pieces on my overseas holidays.
My School Formal outfit was inspired by her mate Ducky, Denise Huxtable & Neneh Cherry and I wore my dad’s tuxedo with my my doc martens large gold hoops & fishnets.
I have also been brought up to love style with a story and be a savvy shopper. My incredibly stylish Mother now in her 70s, could spot a quality bargain at 100 paces and always made the most of what she had already in her closet and heirlooms.
My love of Opshopping and Vintage however really started when I came to Australia in 2001 – living in Surry Hills I found incredible vintage and preloved designer pieces (which are still in my closet today) from the infamous Surry Hills Markets, Glebe, opshops and the cool second hand stores along Bourke & Crown St.
One of my Personal Styling client mantras is
Curate don’t Consume ™
and when working with clients one on one or at workshops I explain that you don’t need to buy, buy, buy and add to the devastating effects of fast fashion to have style or the on trend look.
I help people work out their key wardrobe and then curate pieces that express their unique individuality.
When I think of my own wardrobe – my Personal Style formula at the moment is
*45% opshop, thrifted, garage sale, vintage
* 30% high street (Zara, Topshop, Gorman)
* 20% Designer Labels & Local Artisans
* 5% Heirloom
To give you sense of how I style that together in an outfit here you go.
What I wore: Thrifted Vintage Satin Bomber Jacket, Styled with opshop Kmart tank, Gorman gold pleated dress, Vintage thrifted belt, H&M Cuffs and earrings, Heirloom rings and necklace, Louenhide leather clutch, Vintage Thrifted Sunglasses, Wittner heels customised with Mode & Affair clip on pompoms.
Last year I came on board as an Ambassador of Endeavour recycled clothing stores – an incredible chain of second hand stores throughout QLD and NSW that feed into a foundation I am very passionate about.
I started working with Endeavour a few years ago in a informal way – speed styling instore, helping at their Melbourne Cup fashion events and styling and curating collections instore.
At the end of 2016 – I curated a collection for their Merry Thriftmas campaign – encouraging people to find unique items for the loved individuals in their lives rather than just consuming more from shopping malls.
This resonated with me deeply and as a Personal Stylist & Wardrobe Consultant whether doing one on one sessions, workshops or large events I enjoy helping change mindsets about opshops and preloved items and what you can find there.
Celebrating GoMA’s 10th Birthday in Vintage 80s gingham maxi from Endeavour stores.
Firstly – Endeavour – in addition to their high quality designer label donations have a great selection of cool curated Vintage and retro from Europe and the US, plus brand new with tags from the UK, US and Europe as they try to close the loop.
Zara Leather Bomber jacket and vintage embroidered vest found at Endeavour
So April 1st I will be instore at Endeavour Paddington in Brisbane offering FREE speedshopping styling sessions and my tips on what to look for in Opshops
- Are you keen to try out DIY trend hacks using Opshop finds ?
- Do you want to see how you can create an outfit for less from an Opshop ?
- Keen to try out Vintage or Retro without looking costumey?
- Want to find a unique piece to express your personality ?
- Want to work upcoming and current trends for less ?
- Want to help individuals suffering from a disability in your own community and make a difference
- Increasing your % of recycled clothing into your own personal style formula ?
- Want to be a more conscious consumer and make a difference with guilt-free shopping ?
- Want to help reduce waste ?
- Are you a Opshop virgin and have misconceptions about what you will find there ?
Want to make sure you don’t miss out – then email .au and book a FREE mini styling session and get $20 voucher to use instore.
Come and take a pic of the gems you try-on and buy at the STEELEMyStyle media wall and hashtag #STEELEMyStylePopsUp and #ShareYourEndeavour to win some fun prizes.
This is a just a snapshot of what I found speed shopping one afternoon in Endeavour Paddington and Stafford.
The Foodie Finds
Cool Mother’s Day Edit
Vintage Dad Treasures
Millennial Must Haves
DIY Fashion & Crafternoon Lover
Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit (NFP) organisation established in Queensland in 1951.
Today Endeavour Foundation is a diverse community organisation working together with people with a disability so that they have real possibilities to live life to the full, whether that means moving into a new home, gaining qualifications that help fulfil individual aspirations or finding a job. Our focus is on supporting people along their journey through:
Entire Outfits I have speed styled in Endeavour Stores that are only Brand New with Tags. So no excuses about your aversion to worn clothes.
Where I will be on April 1st from 11am !
Store details: 29-31 Latrobe Terrace
Paddington QLD 4064
Phone: 07 3367 1377
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.00-5.00
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.00-5.00
Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organsiation providing support to people with a disability in more than 4,000 placements from more than 230 locations throughout Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales. These include accommodation, employment, education, training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities.