Meet the Team

A quote you love...

Did you hear about the Italian Chef who died?

He pasta away

We cannoli do so much

His legacy will become a pizza history

Here today, gone tomato

So sad that he ran out of thyme

You never sausage a tragic thing

Sending olive my thoughts to his family.

Favourite body part?

I think it changes weekly! Growing a human is a pretty incredible achievement which certainly gave me more respect for my own body. I've always liked being tall and backing it up with good posture from years of pilates and dance in my youth. That and a good smile has always done me well.

Favourite exercise / activity?

Pilates. I started after my back gave up on me after backpacking overseas and it changed my life. Pilates has carried me through two pregnancies and gives me the core strength I need. I can’t see myself ever giving it up. 

Besides that anything outdoors. Hiking around the foothills near my house, Stand up Paddling Boarding with the kids in tow, Water skiing on the Murray and especially hitting the snow. Here in Australia or somewhere in the Northern Hemisphere, there is nothing quite like an alpine holiday.

How do you spend your down-time?

Currently you'll find me in my garden. I love the Mediterranean climate here in Adelaide which perfectly suits after being inspired by the gardens in my travels of Sardinia and the Balearic Islands in Spain. Recreating these sculptural, hardy landscapes is a growing obsession. I read somewhere- "To plant a garden is to have a plan for the future". 

Favourite spot to eat/drink right now?

Pizzateca at Mclaren Vale for authentic Italian pizzas in a relaxed setting. Anywhere I can sit in the sun and drink wine and my children are entertained!

At what age did you become an adult?

Ummm, is this a trick question? Becoming a mother definitely changed my perspective on life. Having a greater sense of purpose and letting go of the things that just aren't important is a very satisfying feeling.

Three style icons:

Erin Wasson- my all time muse.  Can I just be her? She exudes the perfect combination of feminine/ grunge/ boho/ gypsy cowboy and just freakin owns it. Plus her legs go on forever.

Emma Watson- although she has a completely different style to my own I think she makes incredible choices for such a young woman in the spotlight. Her ethical influences are always showcased in a polished way.

Instagram - As creepy and stalker-ish as it sounds, social media has really opened up a huge world of inspiration. I am guilty of getting way too sucked in and letting myself be bombarded by a variety of influences. I love seeing the way people interpret different looks and trends, and like to steal a little bit of everything from everywhere. At the end of the day its all an act anyway, so as much as I'd like to exude high fashion one day and gypsy boho goddess the next, I'm comfortable with the fact that I know what I like and can choose to share it with whoever I please. Note* I totally suck at taking selfies!  

Must have item of clothing / accessory:

Jeans. I've lost count of how many pairs I own but it's totally justifiable when I live in them all year round. Black skinnies on high rotation, and then move to denim cut offs when the weather warms up.

Top style tip:

Know what styles and silhouettes suit you  that make you feel great. Feeling like yourself in any outfit will give you the confidence to own it. Avoid trends that don't do anything for you. There's no point jumping on the wagon if you feel completely ridiculous in it, and lets be honest, fashion can be utterly over the top.

Beauty tip:

Sunscreen. My mum gave me an SPF moisturiser when I was 14 and told me to put it on my face, neck and the back of my hands every day. Now into my 30's I am seeing it has paid off! Looking after your skin is a no brainer and you feel so much better for it. Moisturise every god damn day, head to toe.

What is one of your favourite quotes?

"Be groovy or leave, man." - Bob Dylan. Sums up my attitude to everything, really.

What is your favourite body part?

Functionally, there’s no favourite - the whole thing is a beautiful and amazing machine… except the appendix, what even is that?! Aesthetically, I am partial to an elegantly draped hand or a bare neck and shoulders. I also love imperfections, like a snaggletooth or a lazy eye. 

What is your favourite form of exercise/activity?

I played volleyball all through high school, I really loved it but these days I am a big fan of Barre (as in Ballet Barre) classes - it’s a blend of yoga, pilates and ballet training exercises with no need for prior dance or even co-ordination (lucky for me). It improves your posture, core strength, balance, keeps your mind busy and results are FAST. It’s very motivating as you can notice a difference in your body after just one class. I go to Aleenta Barre who have studios across Adelaide, Melbourne and Mermaid Waters QLD. 

And under the category of least favourite but still the hardest for me to do and therefore quite effective : Pushups. ugh.

What do you do in your down-time?

I have a visual art practice outside of work so I might work on some photographic art, or I’ll go for a big walk around the Adelaide Hills with my two whippets Twiggy and Soda, veg on the couch with Netflix and Pinterest, chip away at home renovations or just catch up with all the wonderful people in my life. 

Favourite spot to eat/drink right now?

My front deck in the Adelaide Hills, surrounded by lush, ferny garden listening to our creek trickle by, smelling the sweet Jasmine blooming and cuddling my doggies with a local wine in hand.

At what age did you become an adult?

Hah! I’m 30 and still not an adult. We’re all just pretending we know what we’re doing, aren’t we?!

Does chaining yourself to your first mortgage count as “adult”ing?

Three style icons : 

Taylor Tomasi-Hill - she's a fashion rule breaker but always gets it so right, and man am I coveting that red hair of hers...

Francoise Hardy, perfect seventies style - that cat eyeliner and enviable french way of putting things together à la perfection.

David Bowie - no words needed.

Must have item of clothing / accessory

Always Jeans - currently living in our A Gold E Sophie Crop and Indigo Skinnies. Plus good quality shoes - this season I lashed out and bought some Alexander Wang Kori boots #noregrets

Top style tip

Invest in good quality items that will last, and that fit you really well. You will feel more confident when you know your clothes suit you, feel great to wear and exude luxury. 

Have a wardrobe that is 80% timeless and versatile and 20% highlight pieces such as bright colours or bold prints that you can change seasonally. Invest in great accessories and shoes - they can make any basic outfit look expensive and polished. 

Beauty tip

SKIN CARE! It’s important to learn your skin type and how to work with it. I only just realised that I need much more than a basic Neutrogena moisturiser from Coles for my dry, dehydrated skin type. Since I switched to a heavier cream + hydrating serum + eye cream my skin is way more soft and plump, fine lines are disappearing and my make up stays all day, even through exercise. And finally (it's boring but it's true) decent nutrition, enough water and regular exercise are all essential for a healthy glow. I've learned the expensive way that there are no quick fixes!