Have you seen the film Mr. Holland’s Opus? The story about a music teacher who harbours dreams of writing a musical masterpiece.. but then life gets in the way?… I don’t want to give any spoilers but -
while we can’t all work our dream jobs; we can still live our dreams.
Neville is a father, grandfather and valued colleague. But he still made time to pursue his interests and has now built up some stats any athlete would be proud of. In 7 weeks time, Neville will be umpiring his 750th senior football game for the Southern Football league (in 2006, he made 1000 games if you include juniors..)… but did you also know that he contributes to his community by doing his bit of fundraising to help keep the umpires’ association running and fund uniforms for younger ones who can’t? .. and for those of you not football-oriented - Neville has run all 32 Melbourne Marathons since their inception which makes him a Spartan Legend (their term, not mine! an aside, but have you seen the film 300? -awesome!).. and he competes in the Master’s where he has competed in all events, bar the pole vault. Hence his swag of medals – though I only allowed him to show three (!)
So, in honour of Neville and my efforts to get him sponsorship for being such an inspiration.. this BusinessChic entry features three lots of workers whose style stopped moi in my tracks and who I have gotten to know and respect on a personal level for making choices to make work and life, balance. Xx Cheryl
helmut Yakkay – Denmark coat Melbourne designer Midesko from a Johnston St boutique dress French Connection UK belt Jimmy Choo for H&M bag CycleStyle.com.au – straw deluxe shopper in lemon pine (also comes in cherry pine which is a dark brown) bicycle – Diamondback – plus some watch Tag Heuer stockings Voodoo shoes La Foret, Tokyo
This intrepid woman is launching her new online venture CycleStyle TODAY- Yes, it’s open! So I can recommend a visit to enjoy this exciting new retail experience! Perfect for the chic lady who wants to cycle in style – Joyce has sourced a fabulous range of contemporary classic cycle wear that will keep you on track, personally I cannot wait to get my hands on the Mary-Poppins-esque straw deluxe shopper she sports in these pictures, divine. Thank you Joyce for taking the time to share this classic-but-quirky Contemporary Business Wear outfit with great aplomb!
Jarrod & Silverfoxx
These gentlemen are in the fashion of fashion and had me running down the street to capture their Smart Casual chic.
Do you believe in fate? I swear I’ve tried to stop but my meeting with these gents had me thinking ‘was fuer ein zufall..!’
They were halfway down the street and there was no way I was going to catch up with them (…ooh have I mentioned that Neville’s since inspired me to sign up for my first fun run- RunMelbourne? I’ll be raising funds for FittedForWork !) but then Silverfoxx stopped to get something out of his bag… and the rest was history Thanks gentlemen for allowing me to photograph you so corporates like me can see what fashion blokes wear to work
This young lady is one of my favourite bloggers – the warm voice and attention to detail in her blog Radio Carly – is a big inspiration for BusinessChic.. and don’t even get me started on how her career inspires me; she is one busy chick! Btw Carly, I was reading your latest post “The power of one – a public thank you” …and Carly – what your friend wrote to you; ditto.
hairpiece Mimco (eBay) coat Temt dress Country Road (eBay) brooch etsy.com (untamedmenagerie) necklace Witchery bag Nicola Cerrini stockings Kmart shoes Wittner
Describe your work dress style: My work dress style is creative corporate. I dress up in shift dresses and pencil skirts for meetings and events, but most days I am relaxed in pretty tops, floral circle skirts and patterned dresses. I try to choose work clothes that I can wear on the weekends too. I like to add some creativity to my outfits with jewellery I’ve made myself or a unique brooch I’ve picked up from a craft market, gallery or Etsy.
Favourite shops/brands/websites for workwear? I love Cue. If I had a money tree, all my clothes would be from Cue. I save my Cue clothes for special occasions. Most of my work clothes are from Target or Temt. I enjoy the search for gems at these stores, and my colleagues are often impressed with my ability to source clothes that look way more expensive than what I paid for them. Freez.com.au is a great online store – I have bought some Mink Pink and Sunny Girl beauties. I also like scouring ebay for clothes that I can no longer find in stores – I have bought some of the Designer for Target range from eBay as well as Country Road, Cue and Mimco.
Your inspirations for work attire/style? I love reading fashion blogs to get inspiration – I am currently loving All Cats are Grey at Night, Faux Fuschia, Flair to Remember and Dirty Hair Halo, and of course, this site! I admire colleagues, uni friends and people in the street and read InStyle and Shop Til You Drop.
Also, I saw your ‘of substance’ section on the coming soon page and wanted you to know I am a volunteer mentor for young people with chronic illnesses at the royal children’s hospital. You can view more about the program here – www.rch.org.au/chips – I am happy to provide more information to you if you’d like it. It’s a great cause and I am so privileged to be a part of these young peoples’ lives. I told you this girl is inspiring. Thanks Carly! xx Cheryl