For the 1st time we are offering a new product at Michelle K Boutique & Gifts via a video link! These fun little earrings are light and easy to wear while offering a little style to your outfit. These have been designed with a felt backdrop so you can mix and match with items in your collection.
Pop over to our website and grab yourself a pair today!
I was born in the early 1970’s in a little country town called Kempsey in NSW. With a slightly different beginning to most, I was adopted out at 2 weeks old to my current parents who had already adopted a boy before me. It is a story that others might find familiar, but it connects us to time when things were different, it is just the beginning to my story.
I have spent most of my life in the beautiful city of Brisbane QLD. I love the life I share with my husband, who is also my business partner, along with our beautiful and creative daughter. We have 1 scruffy dog, 2 entitled cats and an unusual Axolotl named Lexi.
My work experience centred on children’s services, until I opened Michelle K Boutique & Gits back in 1995 with my mum. We gradually evolved from a shop front into the mobile fashion business. I left retail for a period to work in adult education, where I was fortunate to have a go at graphic design and multimedia roles developing workshops, photography and filming mini documentaries. I am now back full time as owner operator of our family mobile fashion business with my husband. We share the roles in life and work as we learn and grow our business.
When you step into a clothing shop and have a budget to stick to it’s important to purchase item’s that hold there value and you can get the most wear out off.
Our stylish cotton navy shift dress is natural backdrop for adding layers that allow for more fashion choices which gives the illusion of new outfits. I have added a necklace in this image but a long flowing sleeveless vest would world also look fabulous.
This fun black and white light weight kaftan style top can be worn over a shift dress, pants or even a skirt so once again adding layers to your clothing item of choice gives you more options to work with.
I have dedicated time today to research the fashion styles ladies are wearing and what items of clothing are most popular.
Capri and cropped pants
I like to talk to our customers to find our what they want, what they find comfortable and what they want to purchase. After a recent conversation while out and about at one of our mobile fashion events in Brisbane I spoke to a lovely lady who mentioned the reason why she favours tops and bottoms to dress:
For women 60+ I have seen tops and bottoms become our most popular selling items so this has influenced the range we have on offer. We still have ladies who enjoy wearing a comfortable casual dress and I would have to say I like to as well!
My mobile fashion business has me looking at new ways of connecting with people and learning new things. Things back in 1995 seemed a lot simpler for a small fashion boutique compared to now.
It only seems like yesterday that my mum and I opened up our little dream boutique in the south western suburbs of Brisbane, our little shop in the main street of Oxley was a cute little place to drop in for a chat and find a unique little outfit. We didn’t have access to online shopping or marketing our product online, or the option to take photos op our fashion and upload them to our social media platforms.
So as a mother of a strong soon to be 11 year old daughter and wife to my partner in life and business, I juggle all the roles in my life as many of us do. I pop on an outfit that makes me feel confident and in control and slap on some makeup and put on a bright face to explore all the new challenges ahead of me. I start a blog post to connect back to my website that will filter traffic to my Facebook page that will highlight my business product to attract new customers all this to set up bookings to for my mobile Brisbane Fashion Boutique to pop up around South East Brisbane.
If you are anything like me finding time to book your hair appointment ahead of time can be a challenge. Today was the day for me and I feel like a new woman.
Dedicating time in my schedule to sit in the chair for a couple of hours to get the right colour in my hair is something I find I put off and off until I can’t put it off any longer. I pull out my phone and check my calendar and find a date that works for me. Guess what, my ever popular favourite hairdresser has a very busy calendar too and can’t fit me in for 3 weeks 🥺 (insert scream here).
Today I changed my attitude and while paying I booked my next appointment in 8 weeks time, let’s see if I can keep the date😊
2020 was a difficult year for all of us, as we venture into a new world defined by social distancing and safe practices. We would like to let our customers know we are open for business.
It’s a good time to set up a date for your next social activity with your friends for some fun fashion and chit chat as we bring our popular pop-up shop to you. Our 2021 calendar of Brisbane fashion parades and mobile shopping activities are starting to build up again. We welcoming new customers to our listings and rebooking those who have been with us for over 20 years and say a big thank you to all for supporting us.
Hands up if you find your clothes bursting out of the wardrobe?
Here we are looking at the end of February so no more excuses it’s time to kick start good habits. Let’s begin by breaking things down to make this job a little easier.
When you buy something new move an item out to be passed onto goodwill (this makes me feel better as the item is going to someone else to enjoy)
Make things visible (I’ve spent valuable time and money building my wardrobe, if I can’t see it I don’t wear it and it takes up valuable space)
Only keep items you really need, look at what you have multiples of and narrow this down (do I really need those extra, just in case items)?
Consider what really counts as sentimental (have I been holding onto this because I had fun at that party but have never worn it since)?
Take items out for holiday wear and occasional, store them in a vacuum sealed bag
Ask yourself tough questions like: How did I feel the last time I wore this? Is upkeep for this piece a pain? (i.e. do I have to iron this every time I wear it, does it easily show wear and tear, is it dry clean only? Is all of the hassle worth it?), Is this a representation of my ‘fantasy self’? or will I actually wear it?, Do I need to be a certain weight to wear this and feel good in it
Is this item still in fashion and does it fit me right?
Now that we have a strategy, time to get into action and clear out those items!
As we journey through life we experience many changes, the one thing that I believe remains the same is how women enjoy an opportunity to connect with others and chat.
Let’s talk about how fashion brings this group of ladies together in this image above. I captured this after I compared the fashion parade at one of the local View club groups in South East Queensland that we set up and deliver. The event was very well organised and the ladies seemed to enjoy their opportunity to shine as they confidently modelled fetching garments around the room.
The fashion parade highlighted current fashion available to suit mature ladies in varying shapes and sizes on offer for shopping after the parade with the usual chit chat. What I often see is ladies supporting each other and sharing ideas on how they could pair each item with another fashion item in their wardrobe.
Next week will bring along a chat topic about the New Year and how we can move out unwanted items from our wardrobe.