Apparently from a very young age I noticed and would comment on what everyone around me was wearing – much to my mother’s dismay! I studied Fashion Design at the University of Technology, Sydney and that’s where I met my now business partner, Bec.
My response was always, ‘I want to be a fashion designer’. Interestingly enough, the older I got the more I lost confidence in this dream – I started to believe that it was an unrealistic goal. It wasn’t until Bec and I started up our label that it suddenly felt real again. In the early days, we relied so much on each other for the confidence to give it a go. I love the entire creative process – it’s very rewarding to work on something from the grass roots stage and then see the final outcome being worn by our customer. I also adore working with other creatives. It helps to keep me inspired and motivated.
Pieces that I’ve collected on my travels or that have been handed down through my family. I found this wire and paper buffalo head at a local market in Cape Town, South Africa. I just adore it, as does my 4 yr old who is mad about animals. The botanical print I found at some vintage markets in London. The boleodores are from Argentina where my husband and I love to travel as he has family there. The chair is from Les Interieurs in Paddington and the Akubra is a part of a bec & bridge and Akubra collaboration – hence why I have so many of them around the house!
Having a young family and a business to juggle requires a well-edited wardrobe and an uncomplicated beauty routine. I gravitate towards white, black, navy, grey marl, khaki, denim, leather and stripes; open my wardrobe and this is what you’ll find.
I truly believe that beauty starts from within. A beautiful soul always shines brighter than anything else. If ones soul is nourished, it brings perspective to outward beauty and what matters. I start with a clean face using Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel followed by a layer of my Chantecaille Flower Harmonizing Cream to hydrate my face, particularly in the dry winter months. I’ll then apply my ever-faithful MAC Face and Body Foundation. It’s quite sheer and light on the skin, perfect for everyday wear.
I use MAC Eyebrow Pencil in brown, then for my eyes, I lightly apply my MAC Black Pencil Eyeliner on the top lid followed by a MAC Pencil Brush to soften it. I use my black volumising mascara on my lashes. If I have an event or occasion, I’ll tend to put the focus on my eyes. I wish I was in the habit of using an eyelash curler but it feels like one step too many in my day-to-day routine. To finish, my MAC Crème Blush on the cheekbones makes all the difference. My husband thinks I look my best without any makeup at all – I’m not so sure I agree!
It tends to either go very flat in dry weather, or curly and frizzy in humid weather. It drives me crazy! I have found that washing it less often and then utilizing copious amounts of dry shampoo in between washes, is definitely the way to go. I like Kloraneas my choice of dry shampoo. A bit of product build up seems to give it texture and volume, which is what I need. In terms of looking after my hair, I love the Christophe Robin hair care brand. He does the most amazing head scrubs and treatments.
He is a total hair guru. I’m fortunate that I get to work with him regularly on our Bec & Bridge photo shoots too. He’s always full of helpful tips and suggestions when it comes to hair. I get my hair coloured every 6-8 weeks at QUE Colour in Darlinghurst, Sydney. Monique knows how to achieve great colour!
I eat a balanced diet and avoid overly rich foods, mostly because they make me feel unwell. I’ve never been that interested in alcohol either but I drink copious amounts of organic Rooibos tea, perhaps partly due to my South African heritage but also because it’s so rich in antioxidants. It’s my favourite way to unwind – an inspiring book and a cup of tea.
It wasn’t until I had my second child that I decided to get involved in something more regular. One of my girlfriends is in the process of starting up her personal training business called Life.Sport.Style. She trains a group of us 2-3 times a week and basically our sessions are a mix of high intensity interval, endurance, functional, plyometric and strength training. Initially the appeal was having some much-needed ‘time out’ during my week, however it didn’t take long for me to start feeling like a new person and I’ve never looked back.