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1 yr on – My Dad

Last night I couldn’t sleep, aware that this time last year my beloved dad was fighting for his last breaths as I sat next to him.

Grief is a surreal experience, it can creep up on you in the middle of the night or ambush you when you are at your most unguarded – laughing with friends or joyfully enjoying the little things with kids.

This last year has been the longest 365 days in memory  – even though the multiple strokes of the year before had robbed dad of so much, the loss of his smile, laughter and positive energy in my life has left such a void. When most of life speeds by, in this particular instance I feel like it has been a lifetime since we last hugged each other or I heard his voice.

I realised that his unfailing encouragement, enthusiasm, curiosity  and support  is what I miss the most. My mother is amazing and all of those things but so much has come up for me personally that I never imagined – there is no doubt it has rocked me to my core and made me really dig deep.

But despite it all there is a weird sense of optimism and renewed resilience  too – that after dealing with the roughest few years of my life and the previously unimaginable that I feel stronger in the face of what else life might throw at me and also that perhaps some  energy and focus is coming back into my own life.

Most of you didn’t have the pleasure of knowing my Dad, but even if you had met him only once you would have remembered him.

One of my lasting memories of my Dad was after multiple strokes, unable to do anything for himself, having food pureed and fed to him and often sitting next to him for hours with little or not response was showing him this episode of- Glaswegian comic Rikki Fulton and him almost crying with laughter.

The only other time we ever saw that reaction was when the music therapist came and sang old Scottish songs to him in his room.

A great lasting memory and true sign that when all else fails – love of laughter and music remains at our very essence.

Love you Dad, you are so very very missed and life and laughter is not the same without you.

Salxx

 

 

 

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My Father (read at his funeral)

Although small of stature Dad was a giant to me – a  hero. An action man.
As I kid I wondered at his gymastic ability, boundless energy & love of adventure.

I loved just hanging out with him – wherever it was – going to scrap merchants, dropping off fridges, just being in his company was enough.

He never got stressed about anything-  nothing was a problem, cars running out of petrol  in a dodgey part of Glasgow, getting lost in the Swedish hinterland in the middle of the night.

To him- all just another way to broaden our horizons, explore new places, meet new people, experience the unknown.

When he left to work in the Middle East when I was just 11 – the distance was hard to deal with but his regular weekly letters with detailed  maps of his apartments  and hilarious blow by blow accounts of the minutiae of his everyday  filled the gaps between visits.

Time spent was never enough. He was so warm, clever, entertaining, funny with funny voices and great stories of his desert adventures.

In 1989, when I was at St Andrews he surprised me on a business trip, bringing me a car and we hung out together just the two of us for the first time since childhood. He met my lecturers, my friends, my flatmates, came to the local coffee shop then we saw Macbeth in the castle ruins under the stars -  drinking whisky from a hip flask to keep away the chill. After he treated my friends and I to dinner at posh local curry house and regaled the collected company and waiters til closing time. I glowed.

He was so talented at language – any language.
When I lived in Japan, I sent him copies of Katakana and Hiragana alphabets – within weeks I was receiving letters written in better Japanese than mine.

Dad was always up for a laugh, dressing up – a wig and silly glasses never went astray and this never really left him – i remember being a petulant 13 yr old in Paris and him cajoling me to into full black Saudi Abiyah with only the eyes showing – then he put on full Saudi gear and we walked blithly into the local Tabac – the place stopped and everyone stared open mouthed. We bought his rare treat – some cigars and left – laughing all the way back to the hotel.

Despite passing on his affinity for hats & always looking well put together – he did actually have no dress sense.

He had his own Personal Stylist – (My Mother) and like A list celebrities – only had to put on the pressed clothes laid out daily on his bed.

When left to his own devices it was a lottery – he could easily turn up covered in oil, clashing colours, old ripped rugby shorts, long socks, swedish clogs and a fur trapper’s hat – caring not a jot.

There are so many things I will miss about him – his bad Sean Connery impression, how he rubbed his hands together when he got excited  and his infamous “document checks”.

Dad’s “document check” involved you him saying “document check ” whenever you left the house, to go on a trip or to just return home- to which you needed to show your phone, wallet,  keys and any other important item . This happened often over the phone from another country.

It used to drive me crazy and finally a few years ago I cracked  – “Dad I am in my forties, married with kids and run several businesses – can you please stop the document check thing ? he did.

The next day I left on a trip to a friend’s wedding in Sydney – and promptly forgot house keys, phone and Jason’s wedding suit hanging in the hall.

I am sad sometimes that I had kids later in life so he was no longer able to do somersaults from high diving boards and run around with them. Whenever he used to find me sitting reading a book he would say ” do you need something to do – there is a hoover doing nothing ? ” – it was a twisted joke that we used to share right up until the very end.

I have received so many messages from shopkeepers, doctor’s receptionists , acquaintances, old friends and new and all have said the same thing – he was funny, generous to a fault, made people feel special and interesting, great to be around and their fond memories of his smile, laughter and  good times will comfort them.

I am so glad that we managed to spend so much time together recently  and I thank  my husband Jason for his selfless offer to move from our dream life in Sydney three years ago.

This last year with the mulitiple strokes and seizures and his decline has been especially tough for everyone. However one thing that endured was his smile and his eternal optimism to the amazement of his carers, doctors and all around him.

I just want to try and read a poem that kind of sums up how I think Dad would feel about this whole situation of dying.

Death is nothing at all

I have only slipped away into the next room

I am I and you are you

Whatever we were to each other

That we are still

Call me by my old familiar name

Speak to me in the easy way you always used

Put no difference into your tone

Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow

Laugh as we always laughed

At the little jokes we always enjoyed together

Play, smile, think of me, pray for me

Let my name be ever the household word that it always was

Let it be spoken without effort

Without the ghost of a shadow in it

Life means all that it ever meant

It is the same as it ever was

Why should I be out of mind

Because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you for an interval

Somewhere very near

Just around the corner

All is well.

 

 

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Best in Store: 12 Cool Alternatives to Ballet Flats & Ankle Boots

This is a special edition of BEST IN STORE as I threw open the question to the STEELEMyStyle Facebook community.

What are you needing help buying?

What are you struggling with in your wardrobe at the moment?

And NikkiH said “I always struggle with casual winter shoes to go with jeans as a boots alternative”.

Now of course you can choose a plain, more sombre version of the ones below – but at the same time I wanted to highlight that just because it’s casual or comfy doesn’t have to be boring.

I always say Play and Dare more…

One thing I say to my Personal Styling clients is – remember your personality in every single purchase you make. So if your shoes options are a mass of black and beige, crack out the colours, textures, pattern, metallics to make your daily uniform of jeans sing a bit more.

STEELEMyStyle TIP - The key to having versatility  is the length and width of your jean from the knee down – aim for as slim as you can go and stopping around your ankle bone. This will allow you to wear all kinds of flats – faded blue jeans can be longer/wider  if you can turn up twice – see some examples below of people rocking these 12 classic styles in fun versions.

 

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1.The Statement Slipper
Chiara Ferragni – Bling Eye Glitter Slipper $289 – from LuisaViaRoma – Buy

* Whatever your budget you can find cute sparkly statement slippers – wear with jeans or even your dresses and skirts – this is a great way to dress up all black outfits or a simple jeans and knit type of day – Chiara Ferragni is the gorgeous blogger from Blonde Salad – Probably not the best for muddy soccer days.

2. The Clog
63 Funkis Classic in Leopard – $165 from Funkis .com – Buy

* Since my early childhood holidays in Sweden I have always worn and loved clogs – they are a family staple. These are low enough for day to day and easy to slip on and off. You can obviously wear socks with the sandal versions but the closed in clog is easier for all. Love a bit of leopard … always. Funkis run large so order a size down.

3. The Fun Canvas Flat
New Look Pineapple Print  – $17.63 from Asos Buy

* Whether a slipper, plimsoll, or sandshoe these are a great alternative and  fun cheap way to inject a bit of colour, playfulness or quirky print into your wardrobe – hearts, fruits, cats… you name it.

4. The Luxe Espadrille

Ava Leather two tone $99 from Seed Heritage – Buy

* I love an espadrille and love the luxe versions in leather – perfectly versatile with jeans or with dresses.

5. The Tassel Loafer

Ravel Lime Tassel Loafer from Asos $82.35 – Buy

* Love a tassel, Love Lime green and Love a wedge for those that might want a wee kick of height. .. triple threat.

6. The Classic Penny Loafer

LK Bennett Monochrome Patent Loafer $170 – Buy

* I bought my very first pair of Bass Penny loafers back in my university of St Andrews days and wore many different pairs patent, Patrick Cox all through the 90s and noughties – am now saving up for a pair of Gucci burgundy classics… so versatile ..so chic.

7. The Pointed Flat

Aldo Embellished Blue Bee – $60.78 – from Asos Buy

* A pointed flat elongates your leg and works with skirts, dresses etc – I love the bee embellishment on these and the cobalt blue but whether studs, pattern, colour bows, flowers whatever, choose a pointed  flat with a bit of oomph !

8. The Lace-up

Derby Polka Dot – $129.95 from Styletread  Buy

* I have a few lace-ups some pointed and metallic others plain black or two tone – I like wearing them with dresses too – I love the androgenous quality of them and remind me of Katharine Hepburn for some reason.

9. The Slip on Skate Shoe

Vans Star Wars Themed slip ons from Office UK  $90 – Buy

* These are everywhere thanks to Céline’s leopard versions and fashion bloggers everywhere – so i posted another version – just for nerds like me.. You can buy snakeskin, pony hair, checked you name it – along with the retro sneaker they were the 2014 update to the slipper. You can read my post here or look at other on How to wear Slip on and Sneakers .

10. The Retro  Sneaker

New Balance 410 – in various colourways  $117 – Buy

* The key here is the shape of the sneaker – New Balance 410s, Nike’s Internationalist etc – you want that low cut look and choose a colour way either classic (monochrome/ blue & white/ grey and pale) that works best with the rest of your jeans and wardrobe. Again you can read my post here or look at other ideas on Pinterest How to wear Slip on and Sneakers.

11. The Ethical Vegan slip on

Toms in Vegan friendly Hemp Zebra print $57 – Buy

* I love sustainability and I love ethical socially minded companies. Toms are both – for every pair you buy they help a person in need. Toms are worn by every celeb under the sun – including the effortlessly stylish mama poster girl Jessica Alba. These zebra print ones above are so versatile, make a great statement and so comfy there is no excuse to wear Crocs !

12. The Classic Moccassin

Michael Kors Red  Driving shoe $105 – Buy

* Blame my Granny but I love a moccassin – very maligned but so stylish in a print, metallic or colour – I love them hey and so does Elle Mcpherson.

 

Streetstyle Inspiration on How to Wear…

1.The Statement Slipper

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 2. The Clog

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 3. The Fun Canvas Flat

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 4. The Luxe Espadrille

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5. The Tassel Loafer

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6. The Classic Penny Loafer

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 7. The Pointed Flat

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8. The Lace-up Oxford

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9. The Slip on Skate Shoe

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10. The Retro  Sneaker

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11. The Ethical Vegan slip onTOMS+3

 

12. The Classic Moccassin

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For more ideas/options on this and more see my Pinterest boards

Other Best in Store posts

Best in Store: Pink Leather Skirt – 5 ways in 30 mins.

Best in Store: Sneakers & Slip-ons

Best in Store: The Statement Sweatshirt

Best in Store: The Jumpsuit/Boilersuit

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Need some Hairspiration – check out this post:

How to be more daring – Hairwise – 3 Tips

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Moodboard post : Orange Crush

Moodboard post: Flight of Fancy

 

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Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is in her 40s, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges of everyday be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.

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On the Set

After 13 years and over 100 Film & TV  credits of working on film, I never get bored of everything that makes the magic and film across a wide variety of genres  inspires me just as much as fashion, art and literature.

I especially love seeing onset stills from other films, the wardrobe, the way they used to do things and those candid captured moments behind the scenes.

The first film behind the scenes candid shot that inspired this mood board  immediately brought back this #throwbackthursday anecdote.

I was living in Paris, aged 19, after splitting my MA in French Literature between St Andrews and the Sorbonne University, living in Montparnasse in an amazing loft with a down and out musician  boyfriend, feeling all Simone de Beauvoir.  One night, after almost a year in Paris speaking nothing but French, I felt like seeing something in V.O (version originale) – aka english.

I should preface this anecdote by saying I do not like scary movies… at all.

In fact, I had to call my Mum to come and get me from my neighbour’s house when I was 13 and watched Michael Jackson’s Thriller for the first time and was too scaredy-cat to walk home.

Laughable I know.. but sadly true.

Anyway, knowing nothing about the movie other than it was with Jodie Foster and in English I went on opening night,  walked into a 500 seater packed cinema and was ushered in the dark as credits began to the last remaining seat right bang in the middle of a row.

I sat down and as the film credits rolled up  “Silence of the Lambs”,  the oddly smelling middle-aged man who was encroaching my arm rest to my right leant right close into my ear and whispered in French…

“Aren’t you afraid of being afraid.”  …. creepy in the extreme.

I sat glued in terror to my seat trying desperately not to show fear during the awful bits until the final credits when I pushed past everyone in the row, ran nonstop all the way home without looking behind me, up  3 flights of stairs into the apt and sat up with all the lights blazing, much to the amusement of my boyfriend who arrived back from a gig in the early hours of the morning. 

What a dag.. anyway – all of these films & TV hold a special place in my memory from sunday afternoons watching Doris Day movies with my Grandma, musicals like Gypsy with my Mama and James Bond, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek with my dad and brother.

Which of your favourites do you spot ?

Want more – check out my Pinterest board On the Set

 

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See other Moodboard posts

Orange Crush

Flight of Fancy

Shiny, Happy

 

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Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is in her 40s, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges of everyday be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.

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#lovelifeproject

The problem with having a couple of businesses (styling & film)  as well as  being a Mama with 2 kids is that when work gets hectic or I or kids get sick my already squeezed time for posting disappears.

So I am making this easier for me and just choosing one #lovelifeproject thing to post.

Sorry – such is life.

Your first time reading the #lovelifeproject posts ? Ok ..

The #lovelifeproject is a community.

Share a quote,  video, article, exhibition, product, cause, FB page, sustainable idea, architecture or DIY idea.

Things that inspire, provoke, entertain, touch you.
Things that take you out of the everyday schedules, routines and stress and engage with the world.

HOW TO SHARE – just add #lovelifeproject and post to the @Steelemystyle Facebook page or hashtag on Instagram or email me

 

STEELEMyStyle Pick of the Week  from the #lovelifeproject community

 

Random acts of kindness are great and this video shows how even something small can change people’s days.

Thanks for sharing  #lovelifeproject community member – food for thought – Giving to the Homeless ! Great YouTube channel too For Human Peoples.

 

 

Want to get involved ?

 

just add #lovelifeproject and post to the @Steelemystyle Facebook page or hashtag on Instagram or email me

I would love you to.

Have a great #lovelifeproject week here’s my #mottooftheweek from the amazing Maya Angelou – so missed.

 

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Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is 43, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges of everyday be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.

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How to: be more daring – Hairwise – 3 tips

Sometimes people blank me when I smile at them – sometimes they are just fake,  unfriendly, cliquey  folk but sometimes when I speak they hear the accent and say “oh hi Sally, sorry didn’t recognise you” ….

A friend of mine said ” Why are you surprised ? – you do change your hair colour and cut a lot” … I was about to argue then thought back over the last year.

Ah .. maybe so

 

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Why ? because I love a wee change, having fun and hair will always grow back.

There is a reason why a new haircut and colour gives you a lift and boost your confidence. Just doing something different, especially if you have gone through a rough patch, divorce, grief, whatever.. really changes your whole mood, demeanour & outlook. A new start.. a new you.

I advise Personal Styling clients on their hair too.. it is just part of what I do and I tell them hair is an easy way to shake things up a bit if they are bored.

Want to be more daring with your haircuts and colour but afraid ?

Read on ..

Often people I meet, acquaintenances and new clients say to me – “Oh you suit anything” or “I could never do that”.

Sure you could  -  it just takes a teeny tiny bit of courage.

No GUTS no GLORY !

 

So how do you do something daring with your hair without it being an #epicfail ?

 

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1. Source & use references and lots of them !

Colour wise these are some of the  references that I give my hairdresser supreme @EllieatNutSalon  at Nut Salon in Paddington, Brisbane – love that she gets them and me :)

Mushroom Peach, Flamingo Feather, Raspberry Ripple, Minky Ash, Vanilla Gelato, My Little Pony Unicorn Purple, Frenchie from Grease meets Shirley Maclaine, Licorice, Squid Ink… and so it goes.

Cuts I am also very specific and take inspiration pics (love Pinterest for this) – examples – Stella Tennant 90s Pixie meets Jean Seberg, Fendi Shaggy Pageboy meets Irina Lazeareanu Peggy Moffit 5 Point inspired 2009, Purdey (Joanna Lumley) Bowlcut  meets Agyness Deyn 2007.

I search on Pinterest for pictures that are the exact cut or colour, I want for myself or my clients and collate them to then show & discuss with Ellie.

Some would say OCD .. I say- hey it works.

 

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2. Be Realistic

Don’t just take one  pic- take several to show the sides, back, the details, the colour tones and different variations so that the hairdresser can really see what type of colour and cut you are aiming for and then tailor it to your shape of face, colouring, tone of skin, type of hair, maintenance level etc.

I always show Ellie “mood” pics so showing the “mood” of the hairstyle/cut/colour  I am suggesting for a client and then she will collaborate with me and we work out what is going to work best for that client depending on the texture of their hair, their existing colour etc etc

Some examples of my mood boards for recent clients – needless to say Ellie nails it and if she feels it is something that will take a few months to get the desired effect .. she tells me and the client that. She must be doing something right because the clients I introduce to her are happy regulars.

 

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3. Find a hairdresser you trust.

Don’t choose this daring time to go to a new hairdresser – go to your trusted hairdresser.

Or if you have to try someone out who is new – start with simpler things and see how they go – then once you like what they usually do – try them with something more daring.

Alarm bells should go off if your hairdresser point blank refuses to do anything different with your hair if you are keen.

A good hairdresser will tell you what options would suit you best, the Kirstina Hendricks you want might not be the right option for you if you don’t like high maintenance hair or your skin tone is not compatible but they will not talk you out of a major change if you are up for it.

Sometimes their skills might not be up for what you want… if that is the case (colour /cut wise) and you see someone who’s colour/cut  is bang on … ask them where they got it done.

People often ask me where I get my hair done – I always tell them – I like spreading the word and making sure other people get good hair.

 

If you are feeling really daring and love your hairdresser then do what I do sometimes… I just say to Ellie – do what you want !

 

An added bonus of changing your hair colour & cut …

When you change the colour and cut of your hair, pieces in your wardrobe that have had a wee rest come back into circulation – yay !

 

Not in Brisbane ? Need a good hairdresser in Sydney … ?

Before I found Ellie – (indeed for a while I was flying down to Sydney or flying her up :)  my hairdresser of choice was in Sydney, Surry Hills – Leonard Newton and his amazing partner Jasmin Lethbridge – from Desmond & Molly Jones - they are AWESOME !

 

 

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Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is in her 40s, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges of everyday be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.

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Indooroopilly – A new era of style

When I first moved to Brisbane 4 years ago, it was only to be closer to ailing family. We decided to live in our investment property in Kenmore near relatives in Brookfield & beyond until we worked out where we “actually” wanted to live. To be honest, the move was not one that filled me with excitement after 10 dreamy years in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs with the access to fantastic shopping, restaurants, galleries  and beach life, but I am the type of gal to give people and places a good go.

Within 9 mths we had crossed over – the art galleries & museum scene kicked Sydney’s arse, we could get rockstar parks everywhere, the food scene was developing nicely and with kids – life was easy.

The only thing that always grated was Indooroopilly Shopping Centre

- my local -

even though the majority of STEELEMyStyle clients happened to live in surrounding suburbs Bardon, Paddington, Ashgrove, Pullenvale, St Lucia, I only ever shopped James St/City or Westfield Carindale & Chermside because I could never take a client to Indooroopilly.

Completely pointless.

In fact, personally I used to avoid it like the plague opting to drive to Mt Ommaney instead to do errands & groceries.

I found it depressing,  backward, frustrating – a fashion and food void.

So in the past couple of months I have been delighted to see exciting new developments – new eating options, new stores, better layout & access.

To the team behind the renovations & regeneration – congratulations – I have shopped for time poor clients and already brought a couple of clients into the centre ( reluctantly on their part ..) to show them what wonders and new opportunities awaited them and they are total converts.

Last night I went to the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre  racewear  preview at Nantucket Kitchen & Bar and my lovely friend Karen chummed me.

 

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What I wore: Christian Wijnants (formerly Dries van Noten’s asst) Cape Tux, Jen Booth leather locket and breakfast bracelet,  Sportsgirl Striped Tshirt , Asos Leather midi pencil skirt  and Robert Robert boots.

 

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STEELEMyStyle’s TOP 3 Stores at Indooroopilly SC

1. Ted Baker – I know this UK brand really well – in fact when I worked (in between school & uni)  in Princes Square, Glasgow, they had just opened their first store. The store design inspired by Sir Thomas Brisbane’s cosmic past is worth a visit in itself and I got a wee sneak preview before it opened, which Instagram and Facebook friends would know about. The quality, cut & personality of the womenswear is something that will appeal to any discerning Australian woman.  The price point will also surprise you.

My favourite wearable everyday investment piece is the Meyaa leather panelled jacket $729 AUD .

 

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2. Manning Cartell – I love the luxe utility esthetic of this ethical Australian brand named after the Sydney sister design team. Last night their monochrome “Once Upon a Time” dress  piece, styled by Indooroopilly’s resident stylist Laura Stead-Churchill was by far the standout at the racewear parade – you can buy it here for $899.

My personal favourites this season are their  knitwear,  Abstracted Fox Pencil Skirt and Riot Girl Grey Leather skirt (i do love a bit of leather).

 

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3. Scanlon Theodore

I’ve always admired the modern elegance of their designs since I coming to Australia and own a few pieces that are always standouts -  the fact that they are an independent Australian label too is one I champion.

My favourite piece this season is the Webbing Peplum Jacket - I saw this on a gorgeous Mama I know the other night,  just with jeans and silk Tshirt and it was bloody knockout. Utter traffic stopper and one that will be a statement Closet Keeper.

 

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 STEELEMyStyle’s TOP 3 Eateries at Indooroopilly SC

1.Yum Cha Cuisine - we used to have yum cha every sunday in Sydney Chinatown and we missed it terribly – with 2 wee kids we find it is brilliant because you are in and out before the antics start (+ the fish/crab tanks are a great distractio)  We used to schlep to Sunnybank (meh) and Beijing House in the city but to have this great place on our doorstep is perfect. This is our new Yum Cha local. Love it.

2. Harajuku Gyoza - After several years in Japan I do love good homely Japanese cuisine & beer and my husband and I used to head over to Brunswick st if we had a babysitter to indulge our love of Japanese food but now it is on our doorstep so we can maybe squeeze a movie in too.
Yay !

2.. Nantucket Kitchen & Bar – love love the Cape Cod inspired interiors – and although I have only sampled (and ate most of) the crab rangoon and their pulled pork sliders at the event last night,  I am definitely heading back – great place for local lunch options – school mamas – who’s in ?

 

A new era indeed ..  bring it on !

 

 

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Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is in her 40s, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges of everyday be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.

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SidsandKidsQld charity event wrap -up

What an amazing night being involved in Dare2Rewear last week.

I styled the volunteer models using donated clothes for the post fashion parade marketplace and auction.

All funds raised went to benefit SidsandKidsQld.

Thank you so much to clients, school, kindy, gumnut friends who donated clothes, spread the word, came along and donated their time.

Thank you to Team STEELEMyStyle photographer Ruby Reginato for her time taking the wonderful candid pics of the night. Thanks to all the amazing models Ellaine, Beth, Chrissy, Erin, Virginia, Jules, Robyna, Nikki and Itsy.

Me in Zac Posen (auctioned and won by yours truly !)  with co-organiser Robyna , co-organiser & SIDS and Kids Qld State Manager Bec  and host mama to be Alli Grant from Alli & Co

These women are totally awesome – passionate, dynamic and genuine – LOVE x

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A big thank you to my friend and TEAM STEELEMyStyle legend @EllieatNutSalon (below) for her stellar job doing 13 models and their changes all solo -  for giving up her time and expertise so generously a

 

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A special thanks to my inspiring Mama – Ellaine, 71 and still rockin it (pictured with me below in a great David Lawrence dress that was sold at marketplace) who was keen to help out strut her stuff in our Ageing with Attitude category – not yet a year after losing my darling father and a double mastectomy breast cancer survivor she is a dead set legend.

 

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Me backstage with real life models Chrissy (wearing STEELEMyStyle kit jacket, Basque floral dress & STEELEMyStyle kit heels, Virginia in Veronika Maine dress Adorne necklace and own shoes, in Zara Blazer, Metallic T, STEELEMyStyle kit jeans and  Little Shoe Box feather flats

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It was great to show you ladies some styling tips for stages in a Woman’s life that I connect with – Reentering the Workforce, Chic & Casual (day & night) , Maternity, Breastfeeding & Beyond, Ageing with Attitude not to mention such a perfect connection with the amazing donated clothes  in terms of my love of sustainable fashion.

 

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Thank you to Adorne – for sponsoring the event – see links to their amazing jewellry shown below.

Loving Virginia’s Marie Antoinette meets Grace Coddington inspired hair – with her Adorne stone beads

 

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Erin in amazing Adorne Multi Tassel – $49.95 – buy it here

 

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Beth wearing these great cobalt crystal beads from Adorne $34.95 with her donated Ellen Tracy tweed suit & sequin vest.

 

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My Mama in this stunning  Adorne necklace – buy it here in clear or black $54.95

 

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Chrissy in great rose gold Adorne chain

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Final Checks

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Me with some of the amazing real models in their donated outfits which then sold in the marketplace craziness afterwards Itsy (wearing donated Witchery top, River Island skirt, Adorne necklace &  STEELEMyStyle kit Kmart heels) Jules (STEELEMyStyle kit fedora, Saba tshirt, Adorne heart necklace donated ombre wool vest, JBrand Jeans & Little Shoe Box suede boots, Nikki (wearing donated Charlie Brown silk top, STEELEMyStyle kit vintage belt, Portmans black pencil skirt, Nine West shoes)

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Jules, Nikki and Virginia strutting their stuff in Vintage silk & beaded kaftan, Diane von Furstenberg dress & Adorne necklace & Vintage Oriental jacket respectively.

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Great fun  ! – Gorgeous Chrissy  (Monsoon silk georgette & Adorne necklace and Robyna in Bariano gown with Adorne necklace which we auctioned off for SidsandKidsQld)

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The pre-loved & new donated Marketplace was crazytown  – I did some 10 mins Speed Styling for donations to drum up more funds for SidsandKidsQld.

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phew ! a post fashion parade, auction & speed styling drink with the amazing Bec from Sids and Kids Qld in donated Asos peplum

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Congratulations to Paulina, winner of the STEELEMyStyle Wardrobe Review, EllieatNutSalon hair, cut & colour and the Birdsnest $50 voucher – more to come on that adventure.

Special thanks to Alli Grant from Alli & Co – the host for the evening – an inspiring woman with a great message – fun sharing the stage with you !

The amazing co-organiser Robyna May and Bec Byrnes the State Manager for Sids and Kids Qld – awesome ladies.

Thanks for having me – anytime – I am in xxx

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Other great sponsors of the night include Summit Event centre, Lorna Jane, Birdsnest, Big Girl’s Panties wines, Roz from Zazi cosmetics, Janelle from Big Cake Little Cake, Mischief Footwear.

Best in Store: Pink Leather Skirt – 5 ways in 30 mins

So I am not one of those fashion bloggers who does a weekly outfit post in the lovely late afternoon light.

Reality bites.

I just happen to write this blog in between my rotation of “day jobs” of Personal Stylist, Shopper, Brand Consultant, Film Creative, Agent & Producer and squeezing it all into the kindy/school day so I can do school pickups & extracurricular activities is always a bit of a challenge.

That is why most of my outfit posts are selfies taken on Instagram as I jump into the car – truly ..

When my lovely friend and amazing photographer Ruby and I decided to meet up for a quick coffee & shoot midweek we ended up spending all the time chatting and then with about 30 mins to go I say  -  “hey Rubes loving this pink leather skirt  from River Island – I have a few other things in the car – how about we do a “3 ways thing”  to show how bloomin’ gorgeous and versatile it is.. yeah – which of course turns into 5 ways … ?

Speed styling all the way.

I feel sorry for the poor tradies that might have caught a glimpse of me changing in my car.. “ouch” eyes burning…

And yes I am not a model ..it is a running joke with us  – I always look like someone stole my scone if I am not cracking up.

Let’s go …

On Wednesdays We Wear …

                                 Pink Leather 5 Ways

 

#1 Rockin the “Rizzo” vibe  – Leather Jacket, Leopard print & Metallic Heels

Worn with: Zara Black Leather Bomber jacket (from Opshop), Topshop Leopard Tshirt (last year), Peter Alexander Watermelon washbag used as clutch & Wittner Mirrored Metallic Topper Heels (last year now reduced). All jewellry heritage – antiques handed down from great grandparents and beyond.

Style Tips:
I would wear this look for work and then easily head out to meet the girls.  A leather jacket looks good thrown over anything – even joggers .. instant style plus these metallic heels look great with everything. The watermelon clutch is a bit of fun -  it was also a gift from a lovely friend Karen.

 

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#2  Statement Sweatshirt & Heels

Worn with: Gorman metallic spot sweatshirt , Miista Tara Perspex Heel -sold out these are mine close up – here are their amazing current heels.

This is also an outfit I would wear with sneakers instead or flat points.

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#3 Breton stripes & Slouchy Duster Coat

Worn With: Saint James Breton Mariniere – the best and last for ever, Vintage cobalt blue 80s oversized wool duster coat, Kmart Mirrored Sunnies.

Because I am such a dag I suggested Ruby got pics of me moving because I am not a great model. What a laugh we had in South Brisbane trying not to get run down..

Style Tips:
Mariner’s stripes are a staple and always a good idea with the leather they add a more casual vibe. Loving the coat which my gorgeous friend Maxine gave me – she will be happy to see it out in the world. Kmart Sunnies – happened to be the other pair in my car I have a Pot of Sunshine near the door with about 30 pairs of cheap sunnies then I keep my couple of pair of “good” glasses out of kid’s reach – I tell my clients cheap sunnies are a fun way to update your look.

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#4 With Tuxedo jacket, Polka Dots & Clutch

Worn With: French Connection Tuxedo jacket (part of tux suit) bought in 1996 and still looking good, Dotti (yes i know) Polka Dot sheer(ish) shirt – bought couple of years ago, my Great Grandmother’s Black Leather  Silver Monogrammed Clutch, Equip Black Cheap Sunnies, Wittner metallic shoes (as above) – could be worn with any pencil skirt.

This is about as corporate business mainstream as my style goes  – but useful for meetings

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#5 Pink Ladies all the way

Worn With: Topshop Leopard Top (as above) Miista Shoes (as above ) and Vintage Bubblegum Pink Thriller Leather Jacket (Thanks Amy x)

Well it was Wednesday after all !!

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Here it is – from River Island $180 (size 6-18)
I am wearing a size 8
Not into heels – I have flat pointed versions of every heel I love – (metallic, leopard) so I just pop them on or I sometimes wear my pencils skirts with little ankle boots or lace ups.

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PS this is not sponsored post – the skirt was bought and paid for :)

All photography by Ruby Reginato.

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Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is in her 40s, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges of everyday be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.

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Dare2Rewear SIDS & Kids Qld event

As you know I like giving back and sustainable fashion.

So, when SIDS & Kids Qld approached me to help out at their DARE2Rewear Fashion & Shopping event in Paddington, Brisbane on May 21st, I said sure thing.

So in a nutshell ladies…

 

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What is DARE2Rewear ?

Dare2ReWear is an annual fundraising event that supports not-for-profit organisation SIDS & Kids Qld.

Dare2ReWear is an evening of fashion parades, auction & pre-loved clothing,shoes & accessories shopping experience with styling tips from me …  Sally Steele of STEELEMyStyle, makeup tips from Zazi, Swagger tips from Alli and Co as well as bubbles & cupcake on arrival, fantastic Goody Bag, a gift from Adorne and the chance to win amazing raffle prizes including a STEELEMyStyle package including (3hr Wardrobe Review and hair, cut & colour by Team STEELEMyStyle hairdresser @EllieatNutSalon – total value $750 AUD) and $50 Birdsnest voucher and much, much more.

 

When and Where ?

Wednesday 21st May 2014 6- 9.30pm
at Summit Events Centre, 157 Given Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane, Australia

 

How much ?

$35 for adults ($30 for supervised minors) this includes a glass of bubbles & cupcake on arrival plus a fantastic Goody Bag including a gift from Adorne accessories.

 

What do SIDS & Kids Qld do ?

SIDS & Kids QLD  provide professional free support & bereavement counselling to families and anyone affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child.

 

 

What can I expect of the night ?

FUN  & FASHION

This is a fun night out with the girls (friends, mother’s groups, family)  – shopping eating, drinking and hearing from some wonderful speakers about fashion & style as well as being able to buy good quality sustainable clothing & accessories.

After the fashion parade & auction you can shop the quality pre-loved & new (with tags) clothes, shoes & accessories have fun with girlfriends, a well-earned night out, find some beautiful new pieces at a fraction of retail cost to work into your wardrobe – all the while supporting a very important charity.

LADIES – Get Your Tickets !
for Dare2ReWear – Wednesday 21 May@6pm

BUY TICKETS NOW – only 150 available

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21st May 2014 – 6-9.30pm
Summit Events Centre, 157 Given Tce, Paddington

$35 Adults $30 Supervised Minors

Tickets can be bought online at www.dare2rewear.com
or by calling the SIDS & Kids Qld office 07 3849 7122

 

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Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is in her 40s, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges of everyday be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.

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#tbt – A moment to reflect

 

“Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life.”

Bill Cunningham, The original streetstyle snapper

The difference a couple of years makes..

I was platinum blonde with a peachy toner  when VIVA magazine – (the Netherlands answer to Grazia weekly magazine)  approached little ole’ me to talk about the trend of comic strip pieces. This was just when I had started the STEELEMyStyle  blog and things were kicking off momentum wise.

I was clearing my computer and these photos by my amazing Ruby Reginato made me laugh as it is a running joke between us that I am at my best when looking to the side aka NOT looking at the camera and when goofing off.

I never posted this at the time as it just happened to coincide with Dad’s first stroke on Mother’s Day and the 16mth emotional  rollercoaster through his subsequent strokes until he passed away last July.

These photos also made me remember what a tough time the past two yeas have been and how this Ka-Pow Tshirt really did help me on days when I felt I needed some superwoman strength to see through the next 24hrs, emotionally physically & mentally. Some people say a love of fashion and clothes are superficial but I really believe that feeling good and wearing something you love can really make a difference to your mood and help you cope with life’s struggles.

Well, in my personal experience this is definitely true.

Anyway, 2014 feels really good so far and things are gearing up again.

I feel my focus, creativity, drive and business plans that dissolved with every call from the stroke unit and  nursing home are back with a vengeance.

Stay tuned ….

 

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Wearing: 3.1 Phillip Lim  Kapow Tshirt, Vila Leather pants, Nowhere Leather metal toe cap booties, Cambridge Satchel Green Bag, Coles Mix Sunglasses

 

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Don’t speak Dutch ? Here is a translation if you are interested.

Viva: Where can we buy the best fashion cartoons/comic strip items?

STEELEMyStyle: Now that the trend has filtered down into mass market you can find graphic cartoon pieces everywhere. Polyvore and eBay are useful to search. My 3.1 Phillip Lim Tshirt is from UK Matches Fashion.

Viva: How do you wear cartoons without looking to young or childish?

Wearing it with leather or ladylike pencil skirts adds another dimension and stops it looking like a costume.

Viva: Do you have a favourite cartoon character?
 
When i was a kid i loved Wonder Woman and wear double gold cuffs sometimes like she did.

 

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Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is in her 40s, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges of everyday be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.

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Makeover Winner – Toni’s Journey

As part of Giving Back, I and the rest of TEAM STEELEMyStyle (@EllieatNutSalon, Prisicilla Verrall Beauty & Ruby Reginato Photography)  often offer a Make My Day Makeover (worth $2200 AUD) as a major raffle prize for a charity fundraisers.

Toni won it at the Wesley Breast Clinic High Tea.

My mother went through double mastectomy and always said the staff were so lovely and supportive at the Wesley Breast Clinic so I was happy to help them raise needed funds to carry on the important work they do.

This is the lovely Toni, Mama of one, in her forties, who works part time – the first time I met her at her house to start the Wardrobe Consultancy part of her Makeover prize.

 

BEFORE

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Here is Toni’s Story

STEELEMyStyle: What did you think when your name was called as winner of the Wesley Breast Clinic High Tea – Makeover ?

Toni: It was exciting to win this unique prize. Fashion and style has not been the highest on my priority list – but this experience has enabled me to reflect on who I am at this stage in my life, focus on myself abit more than I might have in the past.

STEELEMyStyle: Can you describe your experience with Sally as your guide through it all ?

Toni: Meeting with Sally was such a great experience, she is vibrant, easy going, encouraging and honest. Sally’s advice is most definitely worthwhile. She guides you to make better choices which are friendly to your budget as well as practical.

 

The Photoshoot

On a very blustery day TEAM STEELEMyStyle -(myself, @EllieatNutSalon (hair) makeup artist and beautician Priscilla Verrall and Asst Stylist & Photographer Ruby Reginato headed back to Toni’s to do the photoshoot

We decided to have some fun and dress Toni up in two very different dresses and looks.

Toni’s Hair, Beauty & Styling

With Toni’s hair, Ellie and I both decided that with Toni’s face shape a short jaw length bob would work better and bring more attention to her sparkly eyes and face. Also, as Toni’s hair was naturally wavy Ellie showed Toni how ditch the straighteners and embrace the curl a bit more. Ellie cut in a sweepy side fringe for a chic, playful look to compliment Toni’s personality. In terms of colour Ellie brought more warmth and light reflection with a coconut husk colour.

Makeup – wise I asked Priscilla to keep it very natural with just highlighting her beautiful natural features and a pop of bright lip and darker light plum colour which Toni had never done prior to meeting up with me.

STEELEMyStyle: How do you feel about your new look and hair cut & colour ?
Toni: I  love my new haircut and I have had so many complimentary comments about my new look.

 

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In terms of clothes for the shoot Toni had always felt that she had no waist and really should cover up and be invisible  in baggy, neutral  clothes that were a couple of sizes too big. I wanted her to embrace her beautiful shape more – witness the reality of her stunning legs and realise she really could wear more colour and pattern and the result was she really enjoyed it.

Birdsnest had sent me a few dresses for another winner Jen and when I saw this dress I knew we had to get it on Toni – everyone fell in love with it.

Outfit 1

I decided to go for a fresh colourful look that could work for a wedding, BBQ, lunch with girlfriends. This dress can easily be dressed down with some metallic pointed ballet flats or simple thongs for a picnic. It is a happy, fun statement.

 

Me doing final checks whilst Toni zones out :)

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Change of belt and shoes bingo …

 

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It is impossible not to smile when you see someone wearing this dress !

Toni wears Birdsnest – Gitane Tangerine/Fuchsia dress (in size 10) from Birdsnest now reduced to $99.95 , Shoes – Kmart , Earrings – Diva, belt (stylist’s own)

Ellie had her work cut out for her on this blustery day .. bobby pins are ace.

 

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STEELEMyStyle: How did you feel about working with  Team STEELEMyStyle hair, makeup artist, beautician, photographer etc ?

Toni:  Sally’s team are so generous with their time. It’s a lavish experience – they were all so relaxed in their style which makes you feel comfortable.

 

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Ellie doing final touches..

Outfit 2

This time I decided to put Toni into a slinkier outfit – perfect for a cocktail party, big “o” party  or posh dinner out.

STEELEMyStyle: How was your experience of the photoshoot part of your makeover  ?

Toni: The photoshoot was great fun, its definitely not as easy as it looks but none the less a great experience.

 

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Toni wears Cue peplum dress (size 8) from Lifeline Thrift Shop(Stylist’s Own) , Earrings from Diva, Vintage Monochrome enamel cuff and Leopard print stilettos (stylist’s own)

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STEELEMyStyle: What do you think you have learnt from working with Sally in terms of the Shopping, Wardrobe Consultancy and Styling experiences that were part of the Makeover prize ? 

Toni:  Since my experience I am less daunted when I go shopping, its more of a stop and think moment now, it is ongoing though – confidence is the key. Now I can act on some hunches & fashion temptations I have felt in the past and I will certainly endeavour to keep working on in the future.

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STEELEMyStyle: Anything else you want to say about your experience Toni ?

Toni: Just that I can’t express enough my thanks and appreciation to Sally and her awesome STEELEMyStyle team.

 

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Above pic: Fun & hilarity onset -  rare moment to get amazing hairdresser Ellie, Makeup & beautician Prisicilla (renowned camera shy) into the picture with the lovely Toni and myself goofing off.

Thanks as ever to my incredible team and photographer Ruby Reginato who like me wants to keep everything au naturale so no studio lighting here – just the lovely Qld sunshine !

TEAM STEELEMyStyle rock !

Want my hairdresser to sort out your locks ?
@EllieatNutSalon
Call and make an appointment with Ellie
Nut Salon 66 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington QLD 4064 – 07 3367 8884

Need a mobile beautician and/or makeup artist in Brisbane?
Priscilla – 0409 762 875

Need a photographer ?
Ruby Reginato – read about her here and contact her through FB here

 

Want to have a chance of being in the next Makeover ?

You need to be either a FB or IG friend of both STEELEMyStyle and EllieatNutSalon.

FACEBOOK Click to Like @STEELEMyStyle & @EllieatNutSalon on Facebook

INSTAGRAM  Click to Follow @STEELEMyStyle & @EllieatNutSalon on Instagram

You are in it to win it – check newsfeed regularly to see when next Makeover is announced.

 

What Toni won

TOTAL PRIZE VALUE OVER $ 2200 AUD

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  • FREE photo session & Memory stick of photos by STEELEMyStyle photographer Ruby Reginato 

 

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Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is in her 40s, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges of everyday be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.

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Best in Store: Sneakers & Slip ons

Some things from my past I don’t revisit – puffballs, mullets, pedal pushers, but retro trainers – bring it on.

Some sneakers are classics and will always be in style – my 7 yr old has just discovered Converse or “connies” and was delighted to get a pair for her birthday with flames up the side.  Cute.

I’m a sentimental type.  I have to admit it.

I remember vividly my excitement when Nike Air Vortex’s came out in 1985 (I was 14), singing Run DMC’s “My Adidas” whilst wearing mine and having a crush on a boy who wore those iconic checker-board Van skate slip-ons when I was 17.

These are not the trainers you wear to the gym but are your footwear choice over loafers, heeled boots etc and can travel from work, play, weekend & beyond.

Most designers have made incredible Spots Luxe sneakers  and although I swoon at the gorgeousness that is the Karl Lagerfeld, Balenciaga or Saint Laurent hitops I don’t actually think you need to go Haute to look stylish in sneakers.

Plus realistically I am not spending $600 on a pair of sneakers at the moment. Ballet, tennis, swimming & family memory-making take precedence.

No budgetary limits ? Lucky you – enjoy the new Céline, Lanvin, Martin Maison Margiela  options. Just go to Polyvore and search sneakers over $250 AUD or head to Matches fashion, Farfetch websites.

But for those living in my world – below are 4 of my favourite options  at the moment that will give you the most versatility in terms of looks.

 

1) New Balance 410 $ 116 AUD from ASOS

Why I love them:

Their sleek shape works on my narrow foot :)

They are monochrome and go with anything. (altho’ the other colours are awesome)

They look good paired with anything.

They are an instant statement.

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2) Country Road Checked Leoni Slip On Sneaker $99.95

Why I love them:

What can I say – they are tartan (hey I am Scottish) .

They add a print twist to the monochrome look .

There is a Céline esque luxury to them without the hefty price tag.

They are from a quality Australian retailer – good to support the good uns.

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3)  Nike Air Vortex Vintage $131

Why I love them:

Their retro styling makes me all nostalgic.

Yellow & Pink – Candy combo – love.

Phoebe Philo wearing them made me swoon.

 

 

 

 

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4) Leopard Calf Hair Print Sneaker – SEED Heritage $99.95

Why I love them:

SEED Heritage have nailed the type of everyday cool I love – nice one guys !

I love Leopard print .. it adds wit to any outfit

Not all leopard print sneakers are equal & there are a lot out there (Steve Madden, Tony Bianco, Ash etc etc) but I love the colourway and print on these.

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8 Streetstyle Looks to Try with Sneakers

#1 Do the Phoebe Philo – baggy leather pants, rollneck sweater & coat effortless cool from her Vogue shoot 

 

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Phoebe Philo in her Nike Air Vortex

 

#2 With leather mini, winter whites & basic Tshirt – takes everyday cool to another level

 

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#3 Take a leaf out of the amazing blogger Michelle Haswell (a fellow Scot) from Kingdom of Style – taking monochrome & mixed textures to dizzy heights of cool.

 

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#4 Wear your pastel, bouclé, floral or other trainers with ladylike outfits and channel Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel “Shopping Centre” vibe LOVE x

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#5 Add a lick of leopard wit to rolled up skinnies & camel coa.

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#6 Metallic pleated skirt, white T, leather & bingo !

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#7 All Black (or white) and make the sneaker the statement

 

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#7 Wear them with a easy slouchy jersey dress

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#8 Work it your way – be original like this lovely lady – The plaid combo, the pink the new balance .. it is all amazing in my eyes.

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Need more ideas ?

Make sure you Check out my Pinterest How to wear Sneakers & Slip Ons for heaps more inspiration and other sneakers that are catching my eye. 

Tried it out ? Take a selfie and show me  – just tag it @STEELEMyStyle on Facebook or Instagram – and I will share with folks x

Sally x

 

Pics: Pinterest, Kingdom of Style,  Zimbio, Harpers Bazaar, Elle Uk.

 

Want to know whether you could wear these and other looks out there you are loving ?  – book Sally for one of her Styling / Wardrobe Consultancy services. Click here

Other BEST IN STORE posts

 wk4 – The Statement Sweatshirt
wk3 – The Jumpsuit/Boilersuit
wk 2 – The Metallic Brogue
wk 1 – The Full Skirt

 

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Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is 43, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges of everyday be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.

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New Arrival: Flossy

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 L-R - NEW IN: Pink Leather Pencil Skirt (River Island $170 AUD), Pink Leopard print Tshirt (Topshop), Mirrored Sunglasses (KMart $5), Perspex Glitter Bangle (Vintage 80s from when I was 11), Céline inspired mirrored metallic heels (Wittner Topper ) Watermelon bag (Peter Alexander)

 

#lovelifeproject

This is week 4 of #lovelifeproject

Thanks to all the great posts – so much to discover and read.

Your first time reading the #lovelifeproject posts ? Ok ..

The #lovelifeproject is a new community.

Share a quote,  video, article, exhibition, product, cause, FB page, sustainable idea, architecture, DIY idea even a shiny new pair of shoes, great new hairdo or a photo from your everyday.

Things that inspire, provoke, entertain, touch you.
Things that take you out of the everyday schedules, routines and stress and engage with the world.

HOW TO SHARE – just add #lovelifeproject and @Steelemystyle in the post line (Facebook) or on Instagram or email me

 

STEELEMyStyle Picks  from the #lovelifeproject community this week

 

1) Thanks to gorgeous #lovelifeproject member @LeighHBarry for this – Lifestraw

How did i not know about this before ? …  I hear you say … I know

 

 

 

 

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1000 liters of clean water in your pocket

LifeStraw® is an award-winning personal water filter, designed to provide safe, clean drinking water in any situation. The lightweight filter is ideal for hiking and camping, travel, emergency preparedness and survival. It makes contaminated or suspect water safe to drink.

 

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Buy a LifeStraw® – Make an Impact

Each consumer purchase of LifeStraw® products provides one school child in Africa with clean water for an entire school year.

How it Works

When you purchase any type of LifeStraw® filter, part of the funds are used to distribute LifeStraw® Community institutional water purifiers to schools in Africa. LifeStraw® Community is specifically designed to deliver clean, safe water to school children by removing waterborne pathogens and dirt commonly found in source water.

 

 

 

Buy the Lifestraw products here

No more dodgey tums when you travel and a fantastic cause.

 

2) As a Mama of two girls and a proud feminist I love this news via  #lovelifeproject friend KatyMc – from The UK Telegraph written by Bea Appelby the editor of Girl Talk.

Girl Talk – the UK’s oldest pre-teen publication for 19 years  has decided that they are now going… feminist.

 

 

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Why ?

We were doing our bit to safeguard girls, but then, something happened. A kind of creeping disease in popular culture. It was the hyper-sexualisation of pop and TV stars, and advertising in general.
Bea Appleby, Editor, Girl Talk

Research showed that most of their readers’ (aged between 7-12) favourite stars are very sexual (Miley Cyrus, Rihanna etc) – because this kind of objectification is everywhere.

They looked at Surveys from Ofsted and the Girl Guides Association told them that girls’ main worry was their bodies,  They did their own survey and were rather aghast at the results.

With girls like Malala  – a new wave of feminism has gathered so much momentum that when they decided to change the editorial their male boss didn’t balk at the very idea.

Bea describes the challenges for a commercial magazine.”Introducing feminist ideas to pre-teens, whilst keeping things commercially viable is tricky. We’re making small steps – encouraging them to ask questions like: ‘Why isn’t women’s football on TV?’ and ‘Are items aimed at girls too pink?’ We recently ran profiles on racing driver Susie Wolff and activist Malala Yousafzai. We aren’t being radical, but we are promoting feminist values – equality, sisterhood and empowerment.” 

 

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 It’s a constructive move and one that I applaud – more please.

.Read the whole article click here

 

3) Finally this great video shared by @DanniLfrom the #lovelifeproject community via The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media – See the Bechtel  Test in movies and why it is so important.

 

Want to read more from The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media – click here

 

 

 

Want to get involved ? Just add #lovelifeproject and @steelemystyle to your Facebook or Instagram post line or email me   I would love you to.Have a great #lovelifeproject week here’s my #mottooftheweek
#love snoopy

df0a336e0acc3e6f8e17419e14005651___________________________________________________________________Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is 43, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges of everyday be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.

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Orange Crush

When I am working with clients we talk about colours they love and to look to their home for inspiration – after my trip to Sydney when i looked around my home last night I realised something that I wasn’t really aware of  – I love orange !

Then I remembered of course I do … I have strong fond memories of my parents’ mahogany and orange 70s kitchen, arne jacobsen taps, David Bowie, Vivienne Westwood’s hair, the carpet on my grandparents’ stairs, Jane Fonda’s hair  in BareFoot in the Park Moet & Chandon, sunsets, the shrines in Japan, Hermés boxes and more… So I will be stocking up on an orange piece for my wardrobe – stay posted.

Enjoy Orange crush… I had fun making it xxx

 

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Best in Store: The Full Skirt
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Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is in her 40s, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges of everyday be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.

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Best in Store: The Statement Sweatshirt

Sorry prepping for a job in Sydney today and with sick toddler last week has meant this Best in Store is a bit late to the plate.

This week’s choice is inspired by the anticipated chill in the air.

I love an easy Autumn/Winter layering piece that can work whether I am meeting clients, at brand meetings or school dropoffs.

Versatility is the name of the game.

Best in Store: The Statement Sweatshirt

This is one thing that can effortlessly update your look and allow you to play around with hi-lo dressing.

Don’t expect to see a Zoe Karssen Crème de la bloody Crème or those ubiquitous Kenzo lion ripoffs here – yawn !

Here are six interesting options no matter what your budget, style or lifestyle. Choose from graphic, printed, quilted or just plain – great colours to buy at the moment include staple grey marle, pale blue and pink and orange.

Enjoy .. The Statement Sweatshirt

Check out my Pinterest – How to wear: The Statement Sweatshirt for more inspiration too.

Shop them now…

 

I am rather over those Céline tshirts so this totally appeals to my sense of humour and I love that it takes the piss a bit - on my list ! Now just $30 AUD

I am rather over those Céline tshirts so this totally appeals to my sense of humour and I love that it takes the piss a bit – on my list ! Now just $30 AUD from Reasonclothing.com

 

I am loving italian brand MGSM - and love their take on the floral sweatshirt - wear it with leather pants/skirt for ultimate cool.  An investment $385 AUD from Farfetch.com

I am loving italian brand MGSM – and love their take on the floral sweatshirt – wear it with leather pants/skirt for ultimate cool.An investment $385 AUD from Farfetch.com

 

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Whistles is a great UK store – high end chainstore $150 AUD and pink is such a now colour from Whistles.co.uk

 

What can I say I love Être Cécile this is my personal favourite - so versatile. $116 from Revolveclothing.com among others.

What can I say I love Être Cécile this is my personal favourite – so versatile. $116 from Revolveclothing.com.

 

Filles a Papa map print oozes style - love it - a talking piece for sure $341 AUD

Filles a Papa map print oozes style – love it – a talking piece for sure $341 AUD from Brownsfashion.com

 

Like your pieces Luxe only - this Theory leather & pony hair sweatshirt is the one for you $625 from GreenwithEnvy.com.au

Like your pieces Luxe only – this Theory leather & pony hair sweatshirt is the one for you $625 from GreenwithEnvy.com.au

 

 6 Looks to Try


with a STATEMENT SWEATSHIRT

 

#1 Julia- Sarr Jamois shows that even a simple grey sweatshirt worn with graphic skirt, great sunnies = a stylish statement.

 

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#2 Layered over Turtleneck /Skivvy with ripped jeans and heels.

 

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#3 Casualise a pretty ladylike midi pencil skirt.

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#4 Simple cool – worn with great black pants and heels.

 

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#5 Not into a print – opt for a luxe texture
Love this monochrome look with fluted skirt  -sleek chic.

 

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#6 So into the boyfriend oversized sweatshirt
belted with full midi skirt look

 

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Want to know whether you could wear these and other looks out there you are loving ?  – book Sally for one of her Styling / Wardrobe Consultancy services. Click here

Need more ideas ?

Make sure you Check out my Pinterest – How to wear: The Statement Sweatshirt for heaps more inspiration.

Tried it out ? Take a selfie and show me  – just tag it @STEELEMyStyle on Facebook or Instagram – and I will share with folks x

Sally x

 

Pics: Pinterest, Zimbio, Tumblr,

 

Other BEST IN STORE posts

wk3 – The Jumpsuit/Boilersuit
wk 2 – The Metallic Brogue
wk 1 – The Full Skirt

 

___________________________________________________________________

Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is 43, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges of everyday be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.

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#lovelifeproject

This is week 3 of #lovelifeproject

I am bit late posting as I wanted to post Jen’s Story – the lovely winner of our Make My Day- Over – Makeover Competition – you can read about that here

Also due to more people getting involved in the #lovelifeproject and the really great stuff they are posting it has been really hard to pick just 3 things.

Thanks I am loving it all.

If you are reading about this for the first time – I’ll explain…

The #lovelifeproject is a new community.

No themed photos a day or style dares.
Some lovely ladies already do that so well)

What I am interested in are the things that make you feel gratitude for the life you lead.
Things that inspire, provoke, entertain, touch you.
That take you out of the everyday schedules, routines and stress and engage with the world.

Be it a quote,  video, article, exhibition, FB page, sustainable idea, architecture,DIY idea even a shiny new pair of shoes or great new discovery.

It can be a photo from your everyday that makes you stop for a moment and feel love for yourself, your children, your environment, your family, your friends.

Share it with me and the @STEELEMyStyle community just add #lovelifeproject and @Steelemystyle in the post line (Facebook) or on Instagram

Every week I will do a round up of the 3 Best of the week and share on the blog with links so others can enjoy and discover too.

See more  by following the hashtag #lovelifeproject  on Facebook & Instagram

 

STEELEMyStyle Picks  from the #lovelifeproject community this week

 

1) Thanks to my client AnnaH for this one which I love – the Who Gives A Crap project

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Three guys Simon, Jehan and Danny started  Who Gives A Crap when they learnt that 2.5 billion people across the world don’t have access to a toilet – roughly 40% of the global population.

Crap-related diseases fill over 50% of sub-Saharan African hospital beds and kill 2,000 children under 5 every day.

So in July 2012, they launched Who Gives A Crap with a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo. They donate 50% of their profits to WaterAid to build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world.

READ MORE & SHOP HERE with FREE POSTAGE  make a difference – from $24 AUD upwards.

 

2) Thanks to Tanya for this great story – my kind of plastic surgery.

This amazing organisation ReSurge International provide life transforming reconstructive surgery for the world’s poor.

Donate to their efforts click  here

Here is just one of their many success stories.

In early 2013, ReSurge sent a team trip to Dehradun, India, where we have a Surgical Outreach Program run by Drs. Yogi and Kush Aeron. One of our former patients who visited the team in Dehradun during clinic day was Punkaj, and his story truly highlights the impact of reconstructive surgery on a patient’s life.

Punkaj was a normal 10-year-old boy who liked tea. One day as he went to prepare his cup of tea, the crude stove he was using to heat the water suddenly exploded right in front of him, severely burning his chest, neck and arms. Without access to proper care for severe burns like these, Punkaj’s injury was left to “heal” by itself.

Consequentially, his skin shrank up to close the wounds, creating what are known as burn scar contractures. Punkaj developed these contractures over his neck and arms, rendering him unable to lift his arms or turn his head.

The webbed skin that formed between his chin and chest made him look frightening to other children.

He also was unable to attend school, since he needed to ride a bicycle to get to there and the contractures made it impossible for him to lift his arms high enough to reach the handlebars.

In 2007, ReSurge started performing surgery on him to release the burn contracture on his neck. Read how it they have continued to do surgery and how it has dramatically changed his life’s path  here .

So amazing.

 

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3) Finally the #lovelifeproject community pic of the week from @Erin_Davis4

Sometimes the simplicity of some great food is enough to make you be grateful for the life you are leading and this was definitely the case here. Love it !

Dinner is looking GOOD thanks to latest edition of @reallivingmag #lovelambonsale

 

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Want to get involved ? Just add #lovelifeproject and @steelemystyle to your Facebook or Instagram post line or email me

I would love you to.

Have a great #lovelifeproject week here’s my #mottooftheweek

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Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is 43, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges of everyday be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.

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Makeover Winner – Jen’s story

As you may or may not know my beloved friend & hairdresser @EllieatNutSalon and I run Makeover competitions with a prize worth over  $2300 AUD for our joint Facebook /Instagram friends (Brisbane based) and as donations to Brisbane charity events. You can see the results from past ones here or here .

We couldn’t do it without everyone in TEAM STEELEMyStyle giving their time and expertise for free and we thank Priscilla Verrall – Beautician and Makeup artist and Ruby Reginato – photographer and Assistant Stylist for everything they do.  We all love helping to give some lovely ladies a wee boost, break from their everyday stresses  and with some friendly know-how and solid dose of self confidence we set them on their merry way with a skip in their step.

We have generous friends too including Sisco bcl (best cafe in Brisbane) , Jacqueline at iLash’d (eyelash extensions expert) and this time Birdsnest (online clothes store extraordinaire ) who we thank too for coming to the party.

This is Jen – she won the Make My Day – Makeover we ran for our FACEBOOK friends.

 

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This is an excerpt from the letter I received from Jen when she was named a finalist.

Hi Sally,

I am 33, with 2 kids under 6 and I honestly NEVER get any time to myself to get to go shopping. I don’t have any family here to look after the kids, and my husband goes away for work very regularly. I am still wearing maternity tops from my first pregnancy (… almost 7 years ago!).

I have been struggling this past year coming to terms with the diagnosis of an Autoimmune disease. I have been very sick for years and have finally been given the diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, a disease where my immune system attacks itself.

Since finishing breastfeeding my second child and contracting the thyroid Autoimmune disease my body shape has changed dramatically  I have gone from a bra size of 12DD to a 10A at best. I am now flat chested and my bottom half is bigger at size 12 , so it’s awkward finding clothes to fit properly.

We also had our house wrecked by tennis ball sized hail stones last summer in the massive hail storm that came through the western suburbs. We had every window smashed, skylights flooded, patio demolished, tiles broken, fence wrecked, kids traumatised. It was terrible! We have only just got the claim finalised after a whole year waiting, so it has been a long process.

All in all it has been a tremendous year of stress and illness for numerous additional reasons.

This makeover would mean so much to me, to lift my spirits, give me faith in myself again, and give me something to focus on other than my illness.

Thank you,

Jen

 

When we read Jen’s letter, both Ellie and I felt that we wanted to help her. So we did.

 

Here is Jen’s story

STEELEMyStyle: What made you enter the Facebook Make My Day -over competition ?
Jen: I was wanting a big change to start the year afresh, after such a terrible 2013. Most of my clothes were old, faded, daggy, maternity, and didn’t fit my current body size/shape after having 2 kids and going through weightloss from my Autoimmune disease.

STEELEMyStyle: How were you feeling  about things when you entered ?
Jen: Over it, wanting a new image as I had lost the “old me”.

 

 

STEELEMyStyle: What did you feel when you won ?
Jen:  I was jumping for joy with my 6 year old all over the lounge room! I rang my mum straight away. I was very grateful for the opportunity to win something that would give me a boost, get professional styling advice that I wouldn’t normally be able to afford, and a good kick start to 2014.

STEELEMyStyle: Can you describe your experience of working with Sally as your guide and working with the STEELEMyStyle team?
Jen: Sally is an amazing stylist, with a kind and caring heart, and has put together a great style team that work very well together. I was a bit nervous at first, but they all made me feel relaxed and welcome. Thank you to Ellie (hairdresser), Priscilla (beauty & makeup)  and Ruby (photographer) for giving up your time and talent for this prize. Sally has been absolutely wonderful, from meeting me initially when I got my hair cut/colour, going through my wardrobe with me, choosing from Birdsnest for my voucher, the photoshoot, lots of emails, phonecalls etc and I can’t wait to go shopping with her.

 

The Photoshoot

Last time we did the  Makeover photoshoots we did them in a posh studio with the full lighting set ups, but after discussion with Ruby – my photographer, we felt that using natural lighting in people’s own homes was more in line with the STEELEMyStyle philosophy so this time that is what we did.

Birdsnest kindly send up a few dresses that we picked out and Jen tried them all on – we photographed the two she loved the most.

The main brief with Ellie and Priscilla was barely there makeup & casual hair  for the day look – coupled with realistic minimal styling that would be maintainable and connect with Jen who was used to wearing only singlets, combat shorts and baseball caps.

We loved the natural results and so did Jen – and her husband who was there for the shoot !

 

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Outfit 1

* Birdsnest – Icarus Dress now $59.95 –  Jen kept this dress and loves it – easily dressed up with heels & sparkly sequin jacket.

* Black wedge sandals (Mollini)  – Jen bought after her STEELEMyStyle Wardrobe Consultancy & Shopping List.

* Pink snakeskin leather cuff (Stylist’s own) buy here on sale from Pratten

Why it works for Jen:

Simple summer dress that is not clingy – feels everyday enough for parklife, pickups etc but has a bit of personality about it in the embroidery and also feels youthful and girly in shorter length. Allows Jen to still be  practical as Mama with two little kids – not feel hot & bothered in QLD summers but she can layer it up and add accessories – belt etc as well as winterise with tights, boots and jacket when it gets cooler.

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STEELEMyStyle:  What  have you learnt or gained from the experience ?
Jen: I feel more confident now to take small risks in fashion. Small statements here and there.  I’m starting to push my own boundaries that were in my head about what I should wear.  I am wearing more wedges, before it was just ballet flats or trainers. I am dressing up more to do mundane “mum things”  like go to the park, school drop off, and grocery shopping and I don’t reserve my ‘good’ clothes for special occasions, because I want to feel special every day and it makes me feel good.

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Jen: I am spending more on statement necklaces, nice shoes, and on clothes that can mix in with my wardrobe instead of individual dresses & pieces that didn’t go with anything else. I am taking the time to think before I buy something – making sure I absolutely love it (not just buying it because it is cheap or on sale) and it’s versatile.

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Outfit 2

* Birdsnest – Wish Lustrous Dress in Apple Green from Birdsnest $149.95

* Earrings – diamond studs (stylist’s own)

* Bracelet & ring – Jen’s

Why it works: The colour is unreal and Jen loves green but has until now never worn block colour – usually lots of floral or patterns. The floaty nature of the dress was very flattering on Jen’s body with a fitted bodice (that can go two ways – V neck or crew)  The feminine scalloped edges and higher front allowed Jen to show her incredible legs without feeling it was too short.

Also due to Jen’s Autoimmune disease she gets really hot (temperature wise) and does not like clothes that are too clingy to her body – this floaty fabric and shape meant that it was a flattering silhouette that allowed Jen to really feel special and dressed up.

Jen was very used to wearing her hair back in a pony tail so for this look we just quickly pinned it up so she could see that she could easily pop her hair up, put this dress on, some lipstick and be ready for a more dressy event – wedding, dinner.

I kept the accessories very minimal – Jen is not keen on too many details and I felt the dress was the statement here. The simple silver bracelet and ring were gifts from Jen’s husband that she hadn’t worn in a long time.

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STEELEMyStyle: Anything else you want to say about the experience ?
Jen: I am looking forward to using my Sisco cafe voucher and spending some much needed time with my husband and going to see Jacqueline from i’Lash’d  for my eyelash extensions. Thanks so much !

Thank you to you lovely people at TEAM STEELEMyStyle who give their time & expertise to make someone’s day a bit better and give them a wee boost.

Good luck to the next winner!  It was a great experience, lots of fun !

 

 

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What Jen Won 

TOTAL PRIZE VALUE OVER $ 2300 AUD !!! 

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  • FREE 3 Hour STEELEMyStyle Wardrobe Review (Value $450 AUD)
  • FREE  2 Hour STEELEMyStyle Shop with Me (Value $300 AUD)
  • FREE 1 Hour STEELEMyStyle Style Me (Value $150 AUD)
  • FREE 1 Hour STEELEMyStyle Wardrobe Refresher & Style Catch-up (after 3mths) (Value $150 AUD)
  • FREE 1 Hour STEELEMyStyleShop with Me Online  (Value $120 AUD)
  • FREE hair cut & colour by STEELEMyStyle hairstylist @EllieatNutSalon (Value $220AUD)
  • FREE EVO Hair Product Pack (Value $60AUD)
  • FREE 1 Hour  STEELEMyStyle Style & Image Consultation  (Value $150 AUD)
  • FREE Eyebrow wax + Mani/Pedi and/or Spray Tan/ Bikini/Leg Wax by STEELEMyStyle beautician Priscilla Verrall (Value $100 AUD)
  • FREE photo session & prints by STEELEMyStyle photographer Ruby Reginato (Value $350 AUD)

 

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Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is in her 40s, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges of everyday be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.

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Spotted: Streetstyle – Socks & Sandals

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Want to see more ? Click here to follow my Pinterest: How to wear: Socks & Sandals board  

 

See what other  Streetstyle around the world is inspiring me

Spotted: Streetstyle  – Vests, Knits & Duster Coats

Spotted: Streetstyle – Yellow & Checks

See Moodboard post

Flight of Fancy

Shiny, Happy

Join in the #lovelifeproject

#lovelifeproject week 2 #lovelifeproject week 1

Shop these STEELEMyStyle Picks.

Best in Store: The Jumpsuit / Boilersuit

Best in Store: The Metallic Brogue

Best in Store: The Full Skirt
Pics: Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram

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Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is in her 40s, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges of everyday be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.

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Best in Store: The Jumpsuit /Boilersuit

So I started this Friday segment 3 weeks ago.

Best in Store

The pieces in store I usually only tell  Personal Styling clients about that have caught my eye and are worth considering.

Missed the last couple ? Click below

wk 2 – The Metallic Brogue

 wk 1 – The Full Skirt

 

This week’s choice is inspired by three things

* My UK heritage – I emigrated to Australia from the UK in 2001.

* My Affinity with UK chainstores – my first ever job before going to St Andrews University in 1987 was at WAREHOUSE, earning ₤2.38/hr, 45% off and with a ₤300 clothing allowance ! Girl Heaven.

* I am a working Mama with 2 little ones under 6  – ie the fewer things to think about in the morning the better.

The latter dictates my everyday style a great deal – so in Queensland summers  I love a frock and looking towards Autumn I am loving the jumpsuit as my go-to option.

Jumpsuits and their more fashion fearless friend Boilersuits have become really popular and there is a reason – they are really easy, versatile and there’s a style for every shape and fashion sense.

UK brands Warehouse and Oasis now offer free returns & delivery to Australia through their Aussie dedicated websites and Topshop & Asos offer varying degrees of free returns & or local delivery options so it is worth exploring.

So this week’s Best in Store is my Top picks of Jumpsuits/ Boilersuits  from those UK brands all priced $70 -$110 AUD.

 

Shop them now…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I love these 4 options:

A Black jumpsuit is such an easy effortless stylish option – wear it with flats, thongs, heels + jacket or blazer for versatility.

Boilersuits are brilliant and look great with sneakers, ankle boots and flats – great if the car breaks down too ;)

Leopard & printed jumpsuits are a statement and a half – printed jumpsuits (florals, checks, polkadots  etc) are everywhere and can look great if “tamed” by sleek black /white accessories.

Versatile for work, play, weekend, evening.

Easy to runaround (kids, errands, groceries) etc but still feel stylish.

All in one colour can give an illusion of length & leanness.

Layer pieces on top (sweatshirt, knit, jacket etc) to create a different look.

Only 1 piece to think about on a busy work/life shuffle morning :)  – l

 

Check out my Pinterest – How to wear: Jumpsuits/Boilersuits

 

STEELEMyStyle Advice – A few tips

There are so many styles & shapes & fabrics available that whether you are Petite, Tall or Curve – there is one you can wear.

Avoid the here today gone tomorrow  trend for “pinafore” dungaree  style jumpsuits (unless you are young)

Spaghetti straps, strapless /asymettrical are styles to avoid – hard to wear and mix & match.

Feeling fashion fearless  ? – try out  Boiler Suits.

Want to know whether you could wear this and other looks out there you are loving ?  – book Sally for one of her Styling / Wardrobe Consultancy services. Click here

 

Need more ideas ?

Here are some other Jumpsuit / Boilersuit outfits but make sure you Also Check out my Pinterest – How to wear: Jumpsuits/Boilersuits  for heaps more inspiration.

Tried it out ? Take a selfie and show me  – just tag it @STEELEMyStyle on Facebook or Instagram – and I will share with folks x

Sally x

 

Pics: Pinterest, Asos, Warehouse, Oasis, Topshop

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Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is 43, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows personally how to navigate the challenges of everyday be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.

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Flight of Fancy

From feathered friends that inspire my hair colours and artworks by Leila Jeffreys and installations by  Isa Barbier Tokujin Yoshioka and Céleste Boursier – Mougenot.

To that unforgettable “cheek to cheek” routine by Ginger Rogers in feather dress, inspirational quotes and fanciful fashion pieces, places and daydreams – this is snapshot of the lovely tangents my mind goes on.

Enjoy…

 

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See other Moodboard post

Shiny, Happy

See what Streetstyle around the world is inspiring me

Spotted: Streetstyle  – Vests, Knits & Duster Coats

Spotted: Streetstyle – Yellow & Checks

Join in the #lovelifeproject

#lovelifeproject week 2 #lovelifeproject week 1

Shop these STEELEMyStyle Picks.

Best in Store: The Metallic Brogue

Best in Store: The Full Skirt
Pics: Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram

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Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is in her 40s, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges of everyday be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.

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#lovelifeproject

This is week 2 of #lovelifeproject

If you missed week 1 – click here

The #lovelifeproject is a new community.

No themed photos a day or style dares.

Some lovely ladies (@fatmumslim, @haileybe @foxinflats) do that so well)

What I am interested in are the things that make you feel gratitude for the life you lead.

Things that inspire, provoke, entertain, touch you.

That take you out of the everyday schedules, routines and stress and engage with the world.

Be it a quote,  video, article, exhibition, FB page, sustainable idea, architecture,DIY idea even a shiny new pair of shoes or great new discovery.

It can be a photo from your everyday that makes you stop for a moment and feel love for yourself, your children, your environment, your family, your friends.

Share it with me and the @STEELEMyStyle community just add #lovelifeproject and @Steelemystyle in the post line (Facebook) or on Instagram

Every week I will do a round up of the 3 Best of the week and share on the blog with links so others can enjoy and discover too.

See more  by following the hashtag #lovelifeproject  on Facebook & Instagram

 

STEELEMyStyle Picks  from the #lovelifeproject community this week

 

1) Double helpings here – Thanks to @ChrissyGalang for this great article and Like  A Mighty Girl Facebook ) if you are  an independent, strong woman keen to raise your girls to love themselves and avoid partriarchal society’s stereotypes. I love it !

Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta (below) were graduate students at Columbia University’s School of Architecture in 2010 when a devastating earthquake struck Haiti. They were assigned to develop a new innovation to help with disaster relief and after speaking to a relief worker in Haiti, the two discovered that an often-ignored need following disasters was access to light.

The pair focused on designing a solar-powered lantern and spent several years refining their design.

Now their inflatable, waterproof, and solar-powered light — called the LuminAID Solar Light — is being distributed to those in need in several countries.

To learn more about Anna and Andrea’s invention and how to buy/donate your own LuminAID, visit their website at http://www.luminaid.com/.

They can also be ordered via Amazon.com at http://amzn.to/1cC4LcA

For a wonderful book about female innovators and inventors throughout history, check out “Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women” for readers 8 to 13 at http://www.amightygirl.com/girls-think-of-everything

Tick Tick Tick for me #lovelifeproject

 

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2) I love discovering new music but as I get older -  time to browse and find new music is not high on my priority list.

I also love when brands do social media well. Burberry’s  Artofthetrench project is a standout and their Burberry Acoustic series is just wonderful.

Thanks to @JasminL – I may be late to the plate but maybe you are too..  here are a few sets from it that I love – check out more at Burberry Acoustic .

 

 


 3) #lovelifeproject community pic of the week from @NaomiWald

Funkis Clogs have so many uses – New shoes turned into slippery slides for Lego guys.

 

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Want to get involved ? Just add #lovelifeproject and @steelemystyle to your Facebook or Instagram post line.

I would love you to.

Have a great #lovelifeproject week here’s my #mottooftheweek

 

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Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is 43, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges of everyday be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.

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Spotted: Streetstyle – Vests, Knits & Coats

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Pics: Style.com (x3) Harpersbazaar.com (x2) Elle UK (2) Style.com(4)

Best in Store: The Metallic Brogue

So this is a wee segment I will be doing every Friday from now on.

Missed last week  ? – It was The Full Skirt – check it here

Best in Store

The pieces in store I usually only tell  Personal Styling clients about that have caught my eye and are worth considering.

This is not about the “it” flat of the moment  – so bang on trend but will languish in your wardrobe next season. I am about sustainability and building a versatile wardrobe you love, that you will still love when long duster coats, off the shoulder tops, envelope leather skirts  and Kenzo sweatshirts are all passé.

Yes I know metallic flats, metallic oxfords and brogues have been around for a while but who cares. This is about finding a killer pair that have so much going for them.

A small investment.  Timeless and add a pop of fun and sparkle into the everyday.

I am always looking for the perfect pair – I think I have found them …..

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Why I love it:

They are shiny – yes I love shiny things and metallics I tell clients are a neutral ;)

They are flat and easy to runaround after kids but still feel stylish

Not too much detail  or trickiness

If you loved the loafer/slipper you might be able to try out a brogue/oxford.

They are really versatile and  can be really girly (see OP below).

Can help to winterise dresses,skirts with black & grey marle tights.

They are classic cool and this pair is especially sleek = easier to wear.

 

Where’s are they from ? –  a favourite store of mine (and now my clients )
Seed Heritage $129.95 - shop online or instore.  Check out the rest of their range – they are an Australian brand with a great design sense.

 

5 WAYS TO WEAR

THE METALLIC BROGUE /LACE-UP/OXFORD
- STREETSTYLE -

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#1 Like Olivia Palermo aka with everything from khaki pants, leather trousers, girly dress, shorts and everything in between – take your cue from OP and rock them every which way – day night work party she kills it !

 

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#2 change laces to black and wear with all black ensemble  – love it !  – OP does it at night with a pair of shorts – adds a touch of glamour !

 

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#3 Lo-fi statement -  effortless everyday style with ripped denims, tshirt & blazer or baseball cap & belted coat – LOVE IT !

 

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#4 With earthy neutrals and lo-fi combat pants & grey sweatshirt like this blogger from Brunette Salad. Awesome look !

 

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#5 With a really girly dress or skirt (not necessarily this short ) but they add a cute twist.

 

 

Need more ideas ?

Follow me on  PINTEREST &  my board How to wear: Metallic Brogues

Really you can wear silver or metallic brogues/ oxfords the same way you would wear silver flats or silver heels but also tan brogues or black oxfords.

Tried it out ? Take a selfie and show me  – just tag it @STEELEMyStyle on Facebook or Instagram – and I will share with folks x

Sally x

Pics: Pinterest

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Sally Steele, owner of STEELEMyStyle  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

See the spotty  STEELEMyStyle mobile on the streets of Brisbane.

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Shiny, Happy

People often ask me how I choose what I wear or what I am inspired by.

For me Style comes from mood which can be inspired by an image, a fragrance, a memory, a print or an era – influences can be far reaching – from film to interiors, from decaying opulence to something in nature.

I am known for my love of metallic, shiny, sparkly pieces – so here is a snapshot of my rather large personal Shiny, Happy mood board.

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Image by Rog Walker

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Pics: Pinterest, Zimbio, Tumblr, Instagram

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Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Life & Style Coach based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is in her 40s, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges of everyday be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.

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