INTERVIEW: DEBBIE SPELLMAN

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I mentioned in one of my posts a little while back that I had an interview on it's way to introduce to you an amazing woman whom I look up to.. I am so excited to introduce to you the ever inspiring Debbie Spellman! Debbie empowers women to value who they are & live life with purpose through healing emotional wounds and assisting in removing doubt within to live the life you dream. She believes every woman has a purpose and is designed to fulfil a specific purpose and she can help you find your way to living your life to it's best. I was honoured to interview Debbie and get to know her a little more myself and I am excited for you all to be inspired by her in todays interview post..


HI DEBBIE!

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF, WHO ARE YOU & WHAT DO YOU DO?

I live in Sydney’s east with my hubby and fur baby Jed. I am founder of www.debbiespellman.com, inspiring and empowering women globally to own their worth and value and create a life on purpose. I do this via Retreats, Speaking, Events, Online Programs, 1:1 Mentoring and my online TV show, Detox Your Mind TV that reaches women in over 65 countries.

I am a health & wellness advocate and care deeply about bringing awareness to clean living and a stress-free lifestyle. I travel as often as possible to experience an endless Summer, devour fruit consistently, and follow the pull of an enriching and meaningful life…always.
 
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BEGIN THE JOURNEY OF EMPOWRING OTHER WOMEN TO LIVE A LIFE WITH PURPOSE?

Like many I went through my own struggles. I wanted to be a life coach from the age of 20 yet it wasn’t until I launched my business 8 years later as a Mind Detox Practitioner where I did the inner reflection to identify my unique story. Having struggled with a lack of self-worth my entire life and a deep desire to find my true purpose, my journey led me on a discovery to conquer both of these elements. I now mentor women along the same path I walked to enable them to value themselves, mind, body and soul and to create the unique life they were born to live.
 
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY IN THE LIFE OF YOU LOOK LIKE?

  • I wake up at 6.30am and do my hour of power. This morning practice connects me with my faith, gives me strength, clarity and wisdom for the day ahead. My fur baby then gets priority when Mr B arrives home and we go on our morning family walk. 
  • I then start with lemon and water, drink a green smoothie and make a massive fruit bowl. I generally only eat fruit up until midday (Fit For Life Principle), which gives me loads of energy. My day could be anything from coaching clients, working on an upcoming program or retreat, recording Detox Your Mind TV or doing guest interviews. Other times I decide to take the afternoon off – in Summer I hit the beach with Mr B a little too often during ‘work hours’ 
  • Regularly I’ll pop on over to About Life for a fresh coconut or juice. I work in 90 min blocks for the highest level of productivity and this includes a 10-15 min break between. 
  • Evenings I like nothing more than relaxing with Mr B and Jed, our fur baby. I don’t watch TV so instead use this time to settle in with a good book (I read a book a week), a podcast or an online program.
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HOW DO YOU LIKE TO STAY HEALTHY & ACTIVE?

A run on the beach or around the park would have to be my favourite way to get active. Nothing beats nature for soothing the soul. I also love Pilates and walks with my fur baby allow me to catch up on the latest podcast episodes.

YOUR FAVORITE FASHION TREND COMING INTO SPRING?

Dresses! Nothing makes me happier than the first warm day of Summer where I can throw on a dress. To me this is summer at it’s finest. I love bold bright colours such as watermelon and turquoise.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR DOWN TIME?

It varies depending on how I feel. Sometimes I will take myself out in nature with a good book and my journal – all my ideas come from solitude time and deep reflection. Other times I watch TED Talks, learn online programs or listen to endless podcasts from my mentors. My kindle would probably be my favourite; one device that holds hundreds of books! Priceless. As you can see I love learning…

WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION?
Anyone who has dedicated themselves to making a bigger impact in our world. Who has heard the call to make a difference and taken action. I admire those who decide to live a life worth living.

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WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOUR LIFE MANTRA IS?
“It is what it is”
Far too many times we worry unnecessarily, care about things that just don’t matter or stress over the details. When things pop up that seem out of my control I use this mantra to get perspective. I do all I can to change it and if I can’t change it…I let it go. Simple really.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

Wow, what isn’t ;) I have always had big and bold dreams for the future and have never given up pursuing these. I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I was 21 and despite a slight detour until 28 I have worked towards this dream ever since which is to inspire women globally and ultimately spend my time serving and giving back to the poor and disadvantaged.

I desire to serve one million women online spreading the message of self-worth and purpose; so my focus will be around social media, programs as well as speaking. It makes my heart sing to be able to reach a woman online no matter where she is in the world, to listen to her story and help her through her challenges…that’s the power of the internet. 

I also love the magic that happens when women come together so I will continue launching my retreats globally. I am also sure a book is on the horizon…will leave that one to destiny :)


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Want to get to know Debbie more or learn about how she may be able to help you live your life with purpose then head to www.debbiespellman.com or follow her on instagram for a daily dose of good vibes!

"STOP HOPING, START DOING".


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INTERVIEW: IRENE FALCONE

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Tonight I am introducing to you a woman who is passionate about organic skincare, natural makeup & healthy living. The one and only Irene Falcone you may have heard of her before but if you haven't let me introduce you..

Irene is a mum of 4, and a reformed mainstream beauty addict. After years of battling fatigue she decided to throw away all her mainstream beauty products to “go organic”. Within just a few months she started to really see and feel the results. So as a result of this Irene started her business to help other mums make the switch to natural and organic products. Following on from her results Irene created her website Nourished Life which is the one stop place for all your organic & natural skin care & beauty products.

I had a chat with Irene about her skincare routine, some of her go to products & what is in store for the future!

Grab yourself some hot tea, sit back and enjoy! x


TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF, WHO ARE YOU & WHAT DO YOU DO?
I'm a makeup lover, entrepreneur, coffee addict and foremost a mum. I am also the owner and founder of Nourished Life - the ultimate shopping destination for organic, vegan, gluten free beauty and lifestyle products for anyone wanting to reduce the chemical overload on their bodies. 

WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION BEHIND CREATING WWW.NOURISHEDLIFE.COM.AU?
Nourished Life started as a simple blog in 2009 that sought out the best natural alternatives to mainstream beauty and lifestyle products. I launched it because I myself had struggled so much to find great products when I first went toxin-free.

All my readers kept asking me where they could buy these products, and there wasn't anywhere that had them all in the one place- that's when I decided to turn the blog into a shop that made it easy to find all these amazing products that I had personally researched, tried and tested.

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY SKIN CARE ROUTINE LOOK LIKE?
 I love trialing all the new natural and organic products on the market, so it actually changes quite often, however at the moment it look something like this:

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YOU BELIEVE LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF IN AN ORGANIC WAY EXTERNALLY  IS ESSENTIAL. DO YOU ALSO BELIEVE IN EATING ORGANICALLY TO NOURISH  YOUR BODY INTERNALLY?
Yes definitely - at home we try to buy organic, locally grown food as much as possible (with a big family like mine this isn't always easy!) but by eating organic, whole foods you get the fuel you need to get the most out of each day and you just glow from the inside out, plus it's better for your health! About Life is my favourite place to buy organic produce - everything is so fresh and delicious there. and they have the best organic coffee, bonus! 

ANY FAVOURITE PRODUCTS YOU CAN RECOMMEND TO WOMEN TO KEEP THEIR SKIN HYDRATED IN THE COOLER MONTHS?
Yes! This is one of our most asked questions from customers. Our favourite products to keep skin hydrated are:

  • The Dr Alkaitis Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil (AKA a miracle in a bottle) which is the most incredible blend of organic cold pressed oils. It treats skin conditions (like dryness) by stimulating the skin's natural ability to repair itself. You can use it all over your face and body.
  • Egyptian Magic is made from just 6 natural ingredients, and is actually considered one of the most famous beauty creams in the world! This all-purpose balm is amazing as an intense treatment for dry and dehydrated skin (it is also amazing for cracked heals and elbows, acne, scars, burns, wrinkles, sun damage and eczema).
  •  For your body, you can't go past good ol' organic cold pressed coconut oil! It's super nourishing and moisturising, plus it's cost effective!

I also want to mention to make sure you have a really good day to day facial moisturiser suited to your skin type. This will stop things like makeup and environmental pressures like wind and cold weather from drying out your skin.

 WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR DOWN TIME?
What down time?! Haha. I love doing yoga and spending time with my family, going out for dinner, cooking together, going to the park, just doing the simple things. I also love reading and researching new natural products and beauty trends!

 WHO IS ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATIONS IN LIFE?
Lorna Jane, because of her passion for healthy lifestyle and her incredible business achievements. She's an inspiration to all women.

 WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
Yes! We have a very exciting new in-house range of skincare products soon to be hitting shelves that are completely raw, vegan, organic AND Australian made! Our aim with this range is to change everyone’s beauty routine and the way they think about skincare.


A big thanks to Irene for having a chat and sharing with us a little bit about her lifestyle & passing on some of her knowledge! If you would like to find out more information, purchase some natural skincare & beauty products or just get in contact with Irene head her website or be sure to read her blog!


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INTERVIEW: KELLI WHARTON

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FOR ME I HAVE A MEMORY OF THE DAY I FIRST BOUGHT A DRESS BY TALULAH AND WEARING IT TO A PARTY.. I FELT SO AMAZING IN IT; NOT ONLY BECAUSE IT WAS A PERFECT FIT & THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, BRIGHT, TROPICAL MATERIAL BUT BECAUSE IT WAS BY TALULAH, IT'S A LABEL I HAVE ALWAYS ADMIRED & LOVE THAT IT IS DESIGNED SO CLOSE TO HOME.

TODAY'S POST IS AN INTERVIEW WITH INCREDIBLE CREATIVE DIRECTOR BEHIND SOME OF MY FAVORITE LABELS TALULAH & ISLA.. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE A CHAT WITH THE ONE & ONLY KELLI WHARTON RECENTLY AND LEARN A BIT ABOUT WHAT SHE STANDS FOR & WHAT INSPIRES HER BEAUTIFUL CREATIONS.. 

SIT BACK, REALX & ENJOY.. HAPPY FRIDAY x


 " I AM INSPIRED BY MANY THINGS FROM THE THINGS I LOVE, MUSIC, COLOUR WAYS, TRAVEL AND THE AUSTRALIAN BYRON BAY BEACH LIFESTYLE".


TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF, WHO ARE YOU & WHAT DO YOU DO? 

My name is Kelli Wharton and I am the Creative Director of TALULAH. I overlook brand direction, design and production of our three brands TALUALH ready-to-wear, ISLA and TALULAH Swim & Resort. I work with my TALULAH team at our TALULAH HQ in Byron Bay, Australia to produce beautiful designer apparel for women. 

Every day is busy in the office, but we are lucky that everyone who is part of our team loves what they do. Plenty gets done in a single day, but the day’s definitely run away with you. My husband is company Director and I am Creative Director and Designer for the TALULAH brand. We share our office space together and work in partnership to build the business. In a typical day I share my time between designer new ranges, working with our Sales and Marketing Manager and leading the creative direction for the business. 

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A FASHION DESIGNER? 

I was very creative when I was a young girl, and loved colour, florals and prints. This carried through with me in High School where I studied design. When I finished school I launched my first collection shortly after. Design has always been a passion of mine and from an early age I knew this. I am lucky enough that I am still able to do this today for a living, and I encourage all women to spend some time discovering what they love and ensure the allow themselves to do this for themselves every day; be it through work, leisure or as a hobby. 

YOU ALWAYS WORK WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MATERIALS AND COLOURS - WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION WHEN CREATING A DESIGN & CHOOSING MATERIALS? 

We have defined unique brand aesthetics for both TALULAH and ISLA which I use to guide me when designing collections, but I am inspired by many things from the things I love, music, colour ways, travel and the Australian Byron Bay beach lifestyle. 

WHO INSPIRES YOU IN THE DESIGN WORLD? 

Cara Delevingne! Her natural beauty and individual style tie her perfectly to the TALULAH aesthetic - confident, imaginative and styles with elegance and sensibility. 

THE BEST CAREER ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED? 

You can do anything in life, as long as you apply yourself and work hard at it daily. Never give up and never take no for an answer. I would suggest working for a fashion company you like so you can learn what actually happens within a fashion business day to day. Find out what area you enjoy, whether it is PR, marketing, designing, production, accounts. As there are many sides to the business of fashion you can be part of. When applying for jobs have a can-do attitude so you can get involved in many parts of the business and have the opportunity to grow and explore. 

Images: Kimberly Lauren Photography

Images: Kimberly Lauren Photography

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BESIDES DESIGNING WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU HAVE FREE TIME? 

My family and I are lucky that we share our office and home with the beautiful surroundings of Byron Bay and its beaches. In A typical day my husband and I spend time with our family at the beach or catching up with for coffee or dinner with friends. I have taken up a great new hobby too – paddle boarding, and you can usually see my husband and I out on the water chasing waves early in the morning at Wategos beach. 

THE PIECE OF CLOTHING EVERY WOMAN SHOULD HAVE IN HER WARDROBE? 

A printed TALULAH dress that can be worn with flats to coffee or high heels on a night out with friends 

YOUR MUST HAVE CLOTHING ITEM FOR THIS WINTER? 

A printed, fitted knee lengths dress with sleeves. Perfect to dress up or down for winter and layer with accessories. The TALULAH Black and White Meridian Moon Dress is especially one of our favourites. 

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE? 

We are introducing some beautiful new product categories, and have also partnered with some amazing designers and partners to produce new diffusion lines, to be released later this year. Watch this space and keep shopping online at Talulah.com.au to see what’s new.

Image: www.talulah.com.au

Image: www.talulah.com.au

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INTERVIEW: SAMIE ROBINSON

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Image: Gervin Puse 

Today I am doing something a tad different for the blog and I feel like I want to make it a regular part of it every now and then for you to get to know some amazing talent.. what do you think? Whether it be a model, a designer or just someone super creative who deserves some recognition!

I had a bit of a chat with down-to-earth 18-year-old Samie Robinson a Gold Coast girl who is taking on the modelling world in Sydney signed with IMG Models.. she's a food fanatic, loves her dog & seems to be able to pull any face and still be a total babe town! 

I worked with this gorgeous girl on a look book a couple of years ago now, it was a bunch of laughs & we got some amazing shots.. she was a dream to shoot with then.. so I can only imagine just how great she is now & is going to be!


LET'S TALK: SAMIE ROBINSON

J:  What is one of your current fave fashion trends?
S: Leather, mesh and anything quite structured. And chokers! I can't stop buying them.

J: What word would you use to describe your style?
S: Comfortable and simple. I spend a lot of my time walking around the city going to castings, so if I can't tackle a flight of stairs or run like a mad man to get to places on time, I probably won't wear it.

J: Do you have a favorite label/designer? 
S: Alexander Wang, always. If only I could afford his whole collection though.. every season.. 

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Image: Bonniecee - Black Milk

J:  How long have you been modelling for? 
S: 3 years in February.

J:  What do you like to do outside of modelling?
S: I'm pretty simple really. Either spend time with my boyfriend, read, roll around on the floor with my dog or.. eat. I don't get much time at home on the Gold Coast, so when I do I try to relax.

J: What is the craziest thing that's ever happened while on modelling job?
S: Once I was told I was booked for a job/event promoting the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival, so I imagined it would be lots of people eating expensive food, wearing expensive garments and I'd just have to socialise. Little did I know, I actually got to drive the latest luxury Mercedes Benz around a race course! Pretty scary being trusted with a $300,000+ car when you've only had your license for less than a year.

J: Any tips for aspiring models?
S: Don't starve yourself to look like the girls in the magazines. Majority, if not all have been retouched.

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J:. Who is the person you look upto most in life?
S: Carre Otis, she was one of the biggest supermodels in the 80's & 90's. She overcame anorexia, sexual assault, physical and mental abuse from her now ex-husband, drug addiction and survived 3 holes in her heart. She's a role model in both the modelling world and life in general for me.

J: What are your beauty secrets?
S: Rose hip oil! People freak out when they imagine putting oil on their face, but it's so good for your skin!

J:  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
S: I really have no idea. I'm really just taking it as it comes. I'd love to own a cafe one day, but who knows.

Thanks so much for chatting Samie, wishing you all the best for your future endevours!
J x


If you want to get to know Samie more:
Instagram: @samierobinson + Tumblr: www.tiger-cub.tumblr.com


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