Tell us about your biz and the inspo behind it?
    I'm a Brisbane based colourful Fine Artist & Illustrator who happily creates & paints in my light filled home studio. My work is colourful, detailed, quirky, fun and I like to explore subjects from still life through to the abstract. Last year I expanded on my brand and released a capsule Fashion & accessory collection based around my colour filled pattern designs.  Creating a small fashion range was a bucket list dream for me and I managed to pull that dream off!!  I am endlessly inspired by nature, in particular native flowers. Nature combines splendid shapes and colours with such diversity and brings fresh ideas and perspectives to my artworks.  Also, colour has always been an huge inspiration for me and a prominent visual component in my Art (even in the early days), due to its strong visual impact and its direct influence with my feelings and emotions.
    What is coming up for your biz?
    Besides my ongoing art and design licencing commissions,  I have many Lordy Dordie projects on the go at the moment! Whilst the Covid-19 crisis will slow my new release dates, I am enjoying the extra time in planning and designing all my new projects. I will be releasing some new clothing & accessories showcasing some of my brand new prints!

    Biggest piece of advice for other women starting out in biz?
    Always create room to learn & better your practice. If your workload is always too full, or if your schedule never has room to be a bit flexible, you can miss key opportunities to learn, expand on your practice and experience something new. It's a struggle at times, but you often have to just stop and make room!
    What do you do to unwind/favourite hobby?
    It is weird to say painting? It really does help me to unwind & lose myself if only for a little while. I also love to bake! I find baking super relaxing & love the look on hungry faces when they take that first bite and find out it DOES taste as good as it looks (sometimes!!).
    What’s your self-care routine?
    At the moment in #iso its....
    Exercise - making myself do some form of exercise every day (whether it be a walk, YouTube exercise video, bounce on the tramp with the kids)
    Sleep - Good nights sleep - I need about 8-9 hours!
    Downtime - Love watching crime & drama series when the kids are in bed! Currently watching "The Capture"  on ABC iview
    Crafting - love painting & crafting with my kids. We are currently painting & sewing tote bags!
    Favourite colour of Camminos?
    Check out more of Lordie Dordie here.

    Tell us about your biz and the inspo behind it?
    That’s classic cliche, I was a stay at home mum and saw a gap in the market for stylish, classic & comfortable pyjamas for my kids.
    Established in 2008, Huckleberry Lane creates beautiful high quality sleepwear for baby, child, teen, man & woman. We offer baby rompers, wraps, pyjamas, nighties and underwear using the highest quality 100% cotton. 
    Biggest piece of advice for other women starting out in biz?
    It will not be easy and it requires a lot of hard work and countless hours.  If you have the drive to succeed – anything is possible.  Make sure you keep the balance between work and play. 
    What do you do to unwind/favourite hobby?
    I religiously walk my baby golden retriever Benson who is now 2!  I need to get him out of the house every morning and it’s a great way for me to start my day too and get a coffee while I’m out too!
    What’s your self-care routine?
    Walking, meeting friends for a coffee (or catching up via phone nowaways!!), spending time with my family. 
    Favourite colour of Camminos?
    I love the yellow!  However, I am in love with the ones my mum recently purchased which are the Zebra print.

    Tell us about your biz and the inspo behind it?
    Sparro exists to ease the load with sleek, strong and seriously smart carry-alls to support busy women from the gym, to the boardroom and everything in between.  
    The inspiration for Sparro came from my own experience juggling morning exercise with getting to the office on time. Over the years, I shared bathrooms with many other like-minded women and it was clear - every busy, fitness-focused working woman I knew carried her life, in multiple bags, every day. 
    I launched Sparro in late 2017 with a vision to create a range of genuine, yet stylish carry-alls that consolidate the many bags we typically carry from workout to work.
    What is coming up for Sparro? 
    We’ve some new designs in development which is incredibly exciting.  
    That said, right now, and like everyone, our sole focus is to ensure the healthy and safety of everyone involved with Sparro’s operation. It is a sad and challenging time. 
    Biggest piece of advice for other women starting out in biz?
    Just start. Honesty, it is amazing how much progress you can make once you do.  
    Oh and get yourself a comfy desk chair! You will be spending a lot of time in it. 
    What do you do to unwind/favourite hobby?
    Running with my mates in the early morning, and having chats over cups of tea with my favourite people.
    What’s your self-care routine? 
    Too much unpredictability unsettles me. Thus routine, particularly around exercise and sleeping, and being surrounded by things that are familiar are important. When i travel, i always pack a stash of teabags and favourite mug.  
    It provides me a solid base from which I can cope with the things that invariably happen that I have no control.
    Favourite colour of Camminos?
     I’m a classic kind of girl - so Navy (with white) is my personal fave.


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    Tell us about your biz and the inspo behind it?

    Lacuna Agency is a strategic brand and partnerships agency, that transforms vision into reality. With a holistic outlook on brand and an insight first approach, Lacuna challenges the ordinary combining strategic consumer thinking, brand ideation and partnerships to curate the ultimate brand pathway.

    Our inspiration to start the business started as we felt there was a void in the Australian market when it came to passion and understanding of bringing brands to life.  From there, we evolved the business to  provide insight and actionable direction for brands and businesses to have greater meaning with their consumers.

    What is coming up for Lacuna Agency ?

    I think many people went into 2020 with a “let’s do this year, this decade different” mindset and unfortunately the current situation has everyone struggling with the now, let alone what is next.

    We are excited to work with our current and (possibly) new clients on how to navigate through this challenging time and also what success can look like once this situation is over.

    Biggest piece of advice for other women
    starting out in biz?

    It is hard to stop at one because we have learnt so much since starting Lacuna.

    First and foremost, have faith in yourself. Doubt is a dream killer and most of the time it isn’t warranted so trust in your ability.

    Secondly, get a bookkeeper - whilst you might be good with numbers, it can be very tedious and that takes away from time you could be spending on the core business offering.

    Lastly, but make sure you celebrate the wins.  We never did this when we started out but have since realised how important this is as it provides inspiration to keep achieving and delivering success.

    What is your biz doing to weather the Covid 19 storm?

    You can only control what you can control and that is what we are currently doing.

    Lisa Messenger gave some great advice saying “be careful what you watch and who you listen to. Don’t buy into the drama and stay level headed. Buckle in, bunker down and make this time to strategise. Get on the front foot, cut costs wherever you can and be ready to go on the other side” and we have been taking all of this on board.

    We have also spent our downtime helping other small businesses because if everyone pays it forward, then hopefully we will all come out the other side unscathed.

    What do you do to unwind/favourite hobby?

    I love Pilates and I have realised that as much as I love the exercise, it is also being part of a community.  That is probably one of the biggest things I have struggled with over this time because normally if I am stressed, I would attend a Pilates class and automatically feel better.

    There are some great businesses doing online classes so I am starting them this week because it is very easy to forget about exercise during a crisis like this and we all know how beneficial it is for our mental health.

    What’s your self-care routine?

    It looks a bit different at the moment but I am trying to keep as much normality as possible.  I am making sure that first thing in the morning, I am connecting with my friends and family to see how they are doing.  Chatting to them, makes me feel a lot better afterwards and set me up for a more positive day ahead.

    Oh… and I am doing about a million face masks a day.  Not even kidding 😉

    Favourite colour of Camminos?

    I am a big fan of the Ladonna as I can wear them with anything.