Frustrated by her inability to find a well priced, chic, minimal and elegant leather bag for under $300, Monica travelled to her grandparent's native Italy on a mission to make her own and bring them back to Australia for her friends and colleagues...
We love nothing more than watching a smart, courageous businesswoman on a mission to disrupt the status quo. And even better - watching her succeed and successfully turn a century old FMCG shampoo industry on its head (excuse the pun). This is exactly what beauty entrepreneur and ex-beauty publicist Jaimee Lupton has achieved with MONDAY Haircare.
Thanks to MONDAY, now for the first time ever, women across Australia and New Zealand (where the range first launched in 2020 and sold 6 months of stock in 6 weeks) and now also in USA (MONDAY launches in the States this month) can access luxury, salon quality shampoo and conditioner, at mass supermarket prices.
Read on below for more of our chat with Jaimee, as we discuss business, beauty and take a peek inside her VESTIRSI Claire bag.
We are thrilled to bring you an honest and insightful conversation with Rachael Calvert, the founder of swimwear brand MARVELL LANE. As a fuller bust woman herself, Rachael saw a gap in the market for sexy and stylish swimwear suitable for a bigger bust. Frustrated by the range on offer, she decided to launch her own brand (despite the fact she didn't have a fashion or manufacturing background!) So, she took a huge risk and guess what? It paid off. Women across Australia (and the globe) flock to Marvell Lane for chic, timeless and confidence boosting swimwear, that is flattering and the perfect form and fit for a fuller bust. She's faced huge challenges along the way but has persevered and we love her story of grit and dedication and can't wait to see what comes next from Marvell Lane. Here's her story. Enjoy.
This week I am thrilled to bring you my conversation with the delightful Eleanor Pendleton, who I first met when I was working in Public Relations for a luxury beauty brand and she was a beauty editor for a high end fashion magazine.
Eleanor is smart, insightful and curious and in 2013 identified two key things:
- Print media circulation and readership was dwindling with the rise of online platforms and social media
- No platform or publication was speaking to Australian women exclusively about the very best in beauty.
Taking those two insights, in 2014 she launched GRITTY PRETTY - the first and only beauty dedicated online interactive virtual magazine.
Through GRITTY PRETTY, Eleanor was able to bring content to the place women were spending most of their time - online - and provide them with interviews, images, insights and information (and all the things we love from traditional print magazines) all revolving around her (and so many other women’s) passion - beauty.
GRITTY PRETTY features interviews with Aussie and International trend makers and ground breakers, and provides intelligent insights around and interesting information about the growing developments in skincare, beauty and self care, as well as my personal favourite, a very trusty “Little Black Book” of the best beauty service providers across Australia.
But never content with the status quo, Eleanor evolved the unique business further, turning GRITTY PRETTY into an online store, where she now features a shop of "Eleanor approved" beauty products, where you can purchase the very best in beauty, in a seamless and easy online shopping experience, confident in the knowledge your purchase has been vetted and endorsed by Eleanor and her team.
Amongst all of this Eleanor is an influencer, brand ambassador, journalist, editor content creator, friend, mother, daughter and honestly just a sheer delight. I hope you enjoy our chat about bags, business, beauty, style, stress, motherhood, mental health and so much more. Enjoy!
While it’s impossible to describe any woman in one sentence, this is particularly true of the multifaceted and multitalented Leigh Campbell. But for the benefit of those who don’t know her, if we were to try, it might sound like this:
Ex-Cosmopolitan Beauty Director, Ex-Huffington Post Head of Lifestyle, Mamamia Executive Editor, Writer, Podcast Host (You Beauty, Get Me Pregnant & This Glorious Mess) mother (to beautiful baby boy Alexander and to her precious cat and constant companion Cookie), daughter, wife, friend, advisor, beauty expert (and oracle on all things skin and makeup), beauty influencer and SNACK-fluencer (more on this to come)….
This bag is wonderful. It’s good sturdy leather. Smells wonderful. I know there’s an imperfection because I saw it in the product pic before buying. Once I opened it when it arrived I couldn’t find it, super! My SIL is gonna love this for her birthday.
Beautiful classic design. Perfect size, fits so much without looking like a ‘bulky’ bag. Could not be happier with my Phoebe!
I am very happy with my new handbag, really good quality! I would highly recommend!
Beautiful bag. Perfect size. The only negative comment I can say is, when it arrived the tassel was all squished up so I had to workout a way to flatten it all down before I could use it. It needs more padding when being posted overseas.
The service was beyond amazing, Monica helped me alot in getting the bag to UK sooner than expected. The product was amazing my wife loved the bag has had alot of compliments by strangers on how great the bag is. Highly recommended company!!
The Vanessa bag is your perfect everyday sling over bag roomy enough to fit, phone, wallet, hand cream, charger sunglasses and more but also compact & stylist enough that you can wear it from day to night! I love it so much I want another colour!
Amazing, sorry it’s taken me a while to write, perfect product, love, love, love it. I’m now deciding which is the next one I should get! I first heard about you listening to the podcast you did with Mia Freedman and you came across as a really sound woman with a great business. You inspired me to pursue my business idea further (not in fashion!). Love your product, so thank you!
Gone are the days when I carried a tote with everything in it bar the kitchen sink! Often too heavy to carry. I bought my Vanessa with a slight imperfection (that I am yet to detect) two weeks ago and on Sunday I finally opened my parcel and transferred everything from my old handbag; a red smallish bag from the Op Shop. I have fit everything in my Vanessa from my old handbag with room for more. It's like the TARDIS! Bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside.
Fortunately being a cross body (my first) I'm not going to get up and leave my bag behind.
I love the colour of the leather and the hardware and it's classiness. Vanessa, I love you 😍
Love my new bag! Delivery was exceptionally quick and my purchase was beautifully packaged. The quality of the leather and make of the bag is exceptional. Thank you :)
Absolutely beautiful bag, quality is A+++ highly recommend. Fits so much in it! Really good value bag that feels like it’s going to last forever.
I’m very happy with my camel coloured tote. It’s the perfect size, cut and the leather is divine. Prompt delivery too.
With COVID reducing my use of notes and coins (plus the purchase of my new Vanessa bag) I needed something small, simple, elegant and functional - and the Willow wallet is just that. I love it.
Love the colour as it is very neutral and the feel of the leather is great, it’s soft but feels hard wearing at the same time. I know I will get many years of wear out of this one! Thanks Vestirsi.