‘The Valentine’s Day Guy’

Since I opened our retail store ( Miss Monogram …shameless little plug!) I’ve experienced many things, I mean I could almost write a book on my experiences from the Christmas trade alone. This month however I’ve had a fun time observing “The Valentines Guy.”

February has had the guys acting very strangly. Usually our shop is all about the ladies, however this month the flood gates have opened for the men who are either ambassodors for the day of love or would rather it not exist. With all of this madness Valentines week has officially become my most interesting week of all and I’ve been enjoying my favourite sport – people watching. I’ve had fun soaking up all the different reactions and the way men in general respond to the 14th of February. One little date that is a big deal, deal breaker or for some no big deal at all.

So with Valentine’s Day just around the corner I thought I’d break down all the different types of guys we have met this month and you can decided which one is for you.

There is ‘pretend it’s not happening guy’ this guy could not give a monkeys. He’s aware and doesn’t care. Valentine’s Day is too Girley, too red, too pink, too mush and too much. He cringes and is angered by the entire day and all it represents….. he is also very careful with money.

Then we have the ‘Valentines day is every day guy’ now this guy never fails to make me smirk. He’s the guy that boasts it’s about the little things he does all year round’. He can be found loudly saying ‘it’s an American thing’ or ‘ I do nice things all year round’. Now ladies I could almost stake my life on it that this guy has never stepped foot in a florist, or popped into Woolies for a bunch of flowers not even the discounted ones. I’m also guessing the last box of chocolates he bought was for his Mum in the 80’s on Mothers Day at age 10. This guy is also still clueless that bloody Roses Chocolates Boxes have changed their assortment. ( epic fail Roses Chocolates, you’ve ruined my eternal faith in chocolate)

And just before I get all negative nelly on the guys there are some good ones, here is ‘romance guy’ this guy melts my heart. He comes in to the shop wearing a grin, he has romance on the brain and he knows exactly what he wants. He comes with a plan, he knows how he expects it to look, feel and the vibe he is going for. Romance guy loves writing in the card, loves the mush and doesn’t mind the odd bath bomb or rose petal. You may find romance guy is also not opposed to writing the odd poem or planning a romantic picnic with matching napkins and plates.

And lastly there is ‘Mr I wanna do the right thing’ this guy is actually my personal fave. He’s not interested in the gift wrapping, poetry or anything pink and fluffy (unless they are handcuffs but mate you are sadly in the wrong shop). This dude just wants to see his girl smile, he has no clue how to make this happen but he is easily woo’ed when he see’s any sign that say’s Valentines Day or a red balloon. This guy knows that if he wants any chance of any type of love making this century at the very least he is coming home with a card.

‘Last minute guy’ ahhh the retail sales person’s dream. Poor last minute guy arrives in store with a face of terror. He’s forgotten to buy a gift, he’s in a world of trouble and he needs your help to dig his way out of the current unhappiness in his home. This guy needs a gift, any gift he’s not fussy his only agenda is leaving with a present that looks thoughtful and that it’s been planned for months

And just before I wrap it up I can’t forget the ‘I’m her bestie and she doesn’t have a guy.. girl’ this is one chick you want in your life, she’s got your back. She buys you a little trinket, a card or comes round to your house packing wine ready to watch Bridget Jones Diary 1 & 2 and will make you giggle all night long. This girl is your bestie for life.

So lovelies no matter what guy or girl is in your life remember Valentine’s Day is about love. No matter who you l ove, tell them and show them on Valentine’s Day it’s not about the money it’s about the effort and a little bit goes a long way.

PS if you are single it’s perfectly acceptable to buy yourself a gift that you love and have a night in with a supersized glass of Vino and the latest episode of MAFS #SingleLifeGoals

PPS I’m married and I may also be doing the above #MarriedLife #SuperSizeMe

 

Nat x

 

It’s cool to be custom

Everywhere you turn everyday people are getting up close and personal and by personal I mean loud and proud of putting their name on everything and anything, like a crazy label maker. Personalisation has gone to all new levels this year, with consumers not being able to get enough of putting their own brand on their everyday style. Whether it’s putting your name on your note pad, pen, shoes or bag, people everywhere in all age groups are not afraid to share a little piece of who they are with the world. Consumers are changing the rules and are now putting their name on their attire rather than wearing a million dollar fashion houses logo. It’s become cool to be custom.

Years ago when I got married and became Mrs Tink I put my name on everything! I had it monogrammed onto hats, shirts and even had it engraved onto my wedding band. I loved seeing my name on something and the craze quickly went from quick fling to obsession. 10 years later, after years of monogramming my name on everything I could Miss Monogram was launched and I have loved watching my obsession turn into a thriving business. Each week we work with corporate clients who are searching for the ultimate gift for a client, brides searching for a personalised present for their bridesmaids and the everyday fashionista, who like the rest of the world are yearning for a bespoke piece created just for them. Retailers are quickly catching on with many of your larger retailers’ now custom personalising mugs, hats, t-shirts even shoes. Nike id has captured the sports market and Shoes of Prey the Fashion. Typo and Kikki K are taking the stationary world by storm with their ingenious ways of keeping it personal and keeping us organised and Cotton On have created a fashion line that is not only affordable it’s super cute!

With Christmas just around the corner and the impending pressure starting to rise to find presents from the heart one trend I don’t think you can wrong with is adding the personal touch. Opening a present with your name on it will never fail to make you feel loved, in fact our business philosophy is based around it! Here is a sneaky peek at all the stylish goodies we have coming up for Christmas and if you still have some Christmas shopping to do is enter MRS TINK on checkout to receive $10 off your order.

www.missmonogram.com.au

Frocks and Fab Finds at Julie-Ann Boutique Buderim

I am lucky to attend lots of fabulous events, and with each new event my hunger for finding the perfect gown grows. For many years I’ve heard Sunny Coast women rave about Julie-Ann Boutique. At events the same ladies are standing up on stage for the best dressed award and time after time smile and say they are wearing a stunning piece from Julie-Ann Boutique. So I decided it was time to investigate for myself and see if Julie-Ann Boutique had the perfect outfit for me to attend a charity luncheon.

Located at the top of Buderim Julie-Ann Boutique has been a fashion Mecca for many ladies for over 16 years, and once I entered the shop it was easy to see why. The walls are lined with a wide range of gowns and fashion accessories for every occasion whether it be a Luncheon, Wedding, Melbourne Cup or a Gala Ball you will find it all. Boasting a huge range of designers such as Bariano, Ursula USA, Pink Ruby, Pasduchas, Jadore, Rose Noir and Studio.

Allow yourself some time to browse and get up close and personal with the designs because looks can be deceiving on the hanger. Like this gorgeous Jadore dress that on the hanger had me wondering if it was really my style and once I put it on I instantly knew it was the ‘one’ and would be perfect for the luncheon.

This stunning piece is perfect for Spring and has a fun, feminine feel and although the bodice is structured it was incredible to wear. Feeling like a million bucks in my brand new frock and not wanting to take it off I went from the luncheon to cocktails with the girls without feeling the need to change.

Julie-Ann Boutique has something for all ages, shapes and sizes, a popular choice for many teens getting ready for formals along with their mothers sharing the day with their daughter. I was pleasantly surprised to find multiple choices to choose from for future events and absolutely loved that each gown purchased is registered with the event you are attending so there are none of those ‘who wore it better’ moments.

Buderim never fails to excite me with the fab finds and beautiful boutiques and Julie-Ann Boutique has quickly become one of my faves. Pop in and have a peek at 47 Burnett Street, Buderim.

Rowena Morris – The Brow Perfector

Trena-Jane Rowlands AKA Little Too Much

Tam Wrigley from InStyle TV

My look was finished with a Mrs Tink Pink Miss Victoria A4 Clutch from Miss Monogram

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Fashion at our Fingertips

Fashion bloggers are changing the way we look at fashion, once upon a time we used to rely on fashion magazines and now we trawl through Instagram and are surrounded by style icons. Following celebrities and their style is quickly becoming a thing of the past with bloggers literally taking over the way we think about fashion. Real fashion, for real woman, it’s relatable and creates style inspo as opposed to an unattainable for the average woman. Fashion bloggers bring affordable labels and brands to our smartphones and make them accessible to the everyday woman. Bloggers are creating a platform for retailers and giving their consumers a front row seat to their brand without having to pop into a shop.  4 of my fave style icons are Brooke Falvey aka What Brooke Wore, Peta Bourke aka Trainee Mama, Katy Roach aka Katy Potay, and Stacey McGregor each of these ladies bring relatable everyday style to my Instagram feed and they have real bodies to boot. I sat down with the awesome foursome of style and asked them a few questions I’ve been dying to know and asked them to share their look of the day.

So ladies

Describe your style in 4 words? 

Brooke– Feminine, flirty, preppy and striped

Stacey – Whimsical, comfortable, rule-breaking and a little bit Bohemian.

Peta– Fun, Fresh, Affordable, Coastal

Katy – Casual, simple, fun and Summery

What is your most worn piece in your wardrobe? 

Brooke– I’ve got two go-to pieces that I can’t part with; a Saba striped t-shirt which I’ve had it for years and wear it time and again with everything from denim shorts and jeans, to pencil skirts, pleated midi skirts and even over bikinis. And a pair of nude heels because they make my legs look longer (I’m only 163cm)!

Katy – Whilst I wear a lot of striped t-shirt dresses (just like my bestie Brooke), I think I get the most wear out of a denim jacket I’ve had since my early 20’s when I worked at French Connection. Classic denim styles never date, and I feel like it has plenty more good years left in it!

Peta – Without a doubt, denim shorts – my ultimate mum staple. I have a couple of favourite pairs including a pair of Wranglers that I picked up at an op shop for $4. Oh, and of course active wear which is practically my second uniform as a casual group fitness instructor and major gym enthusiast.

Stacey -Denim jacket is my go to piece, but I also wear a lot of scarves.  I opt for oversized bright and colourful ones I can wear all seasons.  Oh and Wrap dresses – my wardrobe is full of beautiful printed wrap dresses.

If you could splurge $300 on what piece what would you buy? 

Brooke – The Peaches Sundress from Spell & The Gypsy Collective (because we all need a little white dress for summer) and a metallic Miss Monogram clutch.

Stacey – I just did this on the weekend, I treated myself (particularly my feet) to a pair of SARA Frankie 4 Footwear tan heels.

Katy – A few light and floaty Summer dresses and maybe a new pair of sandals for the upcoming Caloundra Music Festival, my husband and I go every year and I’m really looking to it!

Peta -I’ve always wanted a leather biker jacket but never really had the money to spend on something that wouldn’t really be affordable or sensible in the cost-per-wear algorithm. It would give me a good excuse to take a trip to a cooler climate though right?

Favourite colour for spring? 

Brooke – Yellow is going to be a huge colour for Spring/Summer, but I’m sticking with my fuchsia and reds at the moment, especially with embroidered detailing.

Peta – Pink, always pink. Last year it was pretty scarce but I’m excited to see lots of labels releasing my favourite colour this season.

Stacey – I’m adding a lot of pinks for spring to my wardrobe particular in fun prints.

Katy -Pineapple and regularly holiday in Far North Queensland, so anything tropical is at the top of my list. I love watermelon, peach and citrus colours in Spring and Summer, especially with pops of mint – sounds like a delicious cocktail, doesn’t it?!

What has been your best wardrobe bargain of all time? 

Stacey – I’m a keen thrift shopper, I found a Dolce & Gabbana coat in my size at a designer thrift shop for $100.

Peta– Does my whole wardrobe count? We visited op shops, garage sales and second hand markets frequently throughout my childhood and teens and it’s a passion that has continued on to the current day. That ‘frugal’ mentality means most items I own, whether purchased new or second hand, have been bargains. I often scour the Facebook buy/swap/sell pages and marketplace as well as Gumtree to find new items to add to my collection.

Katy – I’m by no means a thrifty shopper like my op-shop-loving best friend Peta, but I have had a few great bargain purchases, like a $55 chambray dress from local Noosa boutique Wardrobe which I wear all Summer long.

Brooke – I’m not sure about the biggest bargain but my most recent was a sunshine yellow Alex Perry dress with cut out back detail, which will be perfect for the races in Spring/Summer on sale at Myer for 70% off.

Brooke

Witchery tee, Princess Polly skirt, Seed necklace, Ray-Ban Wayfarers, Nude heels.

 

Stacey

Little Party Dress ‘Stacey’ dress, Frankie 4 Footwear Nikki heels in Latte.

 

Peta Dress – Bardot from Kawana Shopping World ($40 on sale!), handmade headpiece, Urban Soul heels from Myer, Miss Monogram clutch

Katy Photo French Connection new season stripe ruffle sleeve dress, Klouds Silver Lining Kathryn sandals, and Miss Monogram pouch in turquoise

 

Where can you find these blogging babes ?

Katy Potay – http://katypotatyblog.blogspot.com.au/?m=1

https://www.instagram.com/katy_potaty/

Brooke Falvey – https://blondeambition.com.au/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYpujwyBvsY/?hl=en

https://www.instagram.com/what_brooke_wore/?hl=en

Peta Bourke – http://traineemama.blogspot.com.au/?m=1http://traineemama.blogspot.com.au/?m=1

https://www.instagram.com/traineemama/?hl=en

Stacey McGregor – https://www.instagram.com/stace_mcgregs/?hl=enhttps://www.instagram.com/stace_mcgregs/?hl=en

 

Fab Frocks For A Gala Evening

The 19th Sunshine Coast Business Woman of the Year Awards were held at The Events Centre Caloundra on Saturday. The evening was filled with inspiring business women, courageous stories, successful entrepreneurs and fabulous frocks! Yes, you know I can’t go past a good frock which is why I was literally bursting at the seams (pardon the pun) when the very talented award winning designer Marilyn Crystelle of Marilyn Crystelle Bridal said she would make me a gown fit for a finalist. 

Dress: Marilyn Crystelle Bridal, Earrings Colette By Colette Hayman, Clutch Miss Monogram Miss London ‘All That Glitters Is Gold’ Pouch, Hair Evalyn Parsons Hair, Makeup Hannah Mills


Yes that’s right a finalist, this year I was not only a guest I was one of the lucky seven to become a finalist in the Micro Small Business Category. For such a special night I was looking to shine, shine, shine and that’s what Marilyn does best! Marilyn created a stunning Miss Monogram pink gown (of course). Each layer of fabric and sequin was hand sewn so that it was perfection. The cut was flawless, the shape very feminine and it hugged me in all the right places. Marilyn literally created my Gala gown from the ground up starting with a piece of calico for measurements and over the next few weeks she presented me with a gown worthy of winning an award all on its own! Located in Mudjimba, Marilyn is a proud Sunny Coaster who creates gowns that suit our climate without losing the elegance and sophistication, it’s no wonder Marilyn Crystelle Bridal has so many accolades. I first met Marilyn 10 years ago when she created my wedding dress, I fell in love with her attention to detail. She has an unmistakable signature look with her designs, each one tell a story and come alive when the right person tries it on, much like Cinderella and the glass slipper. Although I didn’t win the award of the evening I felt like a million dollar babe, and I wasn’t the only one turning up the fashion stakes. Here were my favourite looks of the evening:   

Tam Wrigley wearing Rose Noir Evenings from Julie Ann Boutique and Clutching a Miss Monogram Miss London Taupe Pouch


Min Swan wearing The Gown House and Clutching A Miss Monogram Miss London ‘Sassy Silver’ Pouch


Xanthe Coward wearing Ever Pretty and clutching a Miss London Vanilla Creme Pouch


Trena-Jane Rowlands wearing Julie Ann Boutique and clutching a Miss Monogram Miss London ‘Sassy Silver’ Pouch


Tayla Morrison – wearing Gossip Gowns and Clutching a Miss Monogram Miss London Classic Black Pouch


Genine Howard – Rose Noir Evenings and Clutching a Miss Monogram Miss London Taupe Pouch


Kendall Morton – wearing Ezibuy and Clutching a Miss Monogram Miss London ‘All that Glitters is Gold’ Pouch


Rebecca Walker – wearing Sketch Noosa and Clutching a Miss Monogram Miss Victoria Black Clutch


Michelle Evans – Julie Ann Boutique Buderim and Clutching a Miss Monogram Miss Bethany Pouch


Gabrielle Unverzagt- wearing Forever New and Clutching a Miss Monogram Miss London Lavender Pouch

For more information on Marilyn Crystelle Bridal you can head to her website at https://www.marilyncrystelle.com.au/

The Marilyn Crystelle Bridal label was born out of a passion for bridal gowns and a desire to create high quality, unique gowns with a premium finish whilst accommodating any realistic budget.

Based in central Sunshine Coast Queensland, Marilyn and her team are dedicated to helping with all aspects of your wedding dress. 

Marilyn Crystelle Bridal offers an exceptional level of quality custom made gowns as well as a range of ready to wear gowns which are continually being developed. All fabrics are sourced within Australia to ensure quality and reliable make time. Because all gowns are locally made, the make time is as little as just 3 weeks.