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)….
Sydney’s PR Queen, Montarna launched her own Fashion PR + Communications agency “The Audience Agency” at the tender age of 23 and has represented some of Australia’s most stylish brands. A business owner, influencer and new Mum, Montarna manages to juggle multiple projects and responsibilities, support her team and grow her business, all whilst sporting a smile on her face, a wave in her hair and a chic blazer or lounge wear ensemble that would make a fashion editor jealous. Montarna is hard working, friendly and generous and we couldn’t wait to find out her favourite bag, beauty and business tips.
This Brisbane based stylist and fashion editor has an impeccable eye and a true gift for pulling together on-trend items with pieces you would already have in your wardrobe, to create an effortlessly chic ensemble. Read on to discover Annabel's must-have accessories, her tips on how to create an elegant, premium looking wardrobe (without breaking the bank), why the LOUISA bag is "the perfect “Mummy Bag” without looking like a Mummy Bag" and so much more.