Starting a Business- What to Expect

Posted on 28 May, 2019
Starting a Business- What to Expect

Starting a Business- What to Expect

Being the owner of My Dress Affair since its birth wasn’t a position I thought I would be in. As some of you already know, I am an OG Primary School and Piano teacher. Sometimes I take a sneaky day here and there and teach casually to feel normal once in a while. Starting a business and being your own boss is not the ultimate glamour life. I’ve broken down the adventure into a few simple eye openers to help you push forward in your adventure to greatness and help you realise you are not alone.

  1. Be prepared to fail over and over again

Let’s be honest here. Nobody is perfect. Owning a business requires you to learn all the trades of running a business. 4 years ago, I had no idea how to create a website, own a website or upload a blog. It is not magic- My Dress Affair has scrapped 3 websites in the past 3 years. This is a product of learning from mistakes and moving forward.

  1. Nothing is ever perfect

If you have all the money in the world to grow your business, it still wouldn’t be enough. You need to put all your OCD aside and work to make it work. A lot of the time, manual entry is key because when you are first starting out, you’ll have no or little staff to make the business work- there will only be YOU. Realise what isn’t perfect and learning how to make it perfect and what you need to get there is key.

  1. LEARN

Having a background in teaching, you’d think I am all for learning. It took me a long time to realise that leaning is so important. I have attended so many short courses to help inspire, learn new skills and improve in different areas and I always feel I need more. When starting a business, you’ll need to learn all aspects, so you know what type of employee you want to employ and what jobs you need to them to complete. I am still learning and growing!

  1. Short hours are a thing of the past

Be prepared to work LONG hours to get the job done. Being a new business owner means that you are ultimately going to be completing 5 other jobs to begin. You are the customer service girl, the delivery driver, the accountant, the stylist, photographer, buyer and the social media manager of +5 accounts.

  1. Your phone will be glued to you

Feel like forgetting your phone? Think again. You’ll need to be prepared to work through birthdays, dinners and holidays. Owning a business cannot be switched off.

  1. Don’t forget WHY you started

Your why is your motivation. I won’t lie, there have been times I wanted to throw in the dress and GIVE UP. I am so thankful for my incredible partner/husband, my family and my friends for their support and constant reminders of why My Dress Affair exists. Through my first adventure of business, I constantly see other businesses begin and fail quickly. Don’t forget to push forward, to work hard and to improve and exceed hurdles.


XxX Girl Boss

5 Top TV Shows And Series To Binge On Your Next Chill Session

Posted on 28 May, 2019
5 Top TV Shows And Series To Binge On Your Next Chill Session

5 Top TV Shows And Series To Binge On Your Chill Session


Now that the weather is undoubtably getting colder and colder, we can’t think of anything better but to come home from a days work, snug up in our favourite sweater and pants and slide under a blanket with your favourite TV binge.

Here is my top 5 TV shows and series to watch:


YOU (Netflix)

Dreaming of a New York City life? Think again. There are bad people in this world.

YOU is an American psychological thriller television series that will have you jumping up and down. Starring my favourite: Penn Badgley. Get ready to love, cry and scream!


The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)

If you’re into magic and mystery, The Umbrella Academy is my next love after Harry Potter! This Tv Series doesn’t need any introduction – you’ll bee hooked on the first episode.


Seinfeld (Stan)

My life is literally a Seinfeld episode, every, single, day.

Who needs an excuse to have a rerun of this amazing TV series. This series is literally about a bunch of friends and their ordinary but over the top life events that majority of the time turn into hilarious disastrous stories. Seinfeld is my ultimate night in.


The OC (Stan)

The OC – Orange County aka OG is better than life itself.

On my last trip to America, all I wanted to do was visit Orange County to see the amazing houses and feel like I was living the DREAM.

Step into the lives of super rich teenagers, struggling to find love, friendships and happiness. Get to know Seth, Marrissa, Summer and Ryan as they embark their lives into adulthood.  


Dirty John (Netflix)

On a serious note, Dirty John is a TV series all us girls need to watch. This series is based on a true story and a true insight into the physical and metal abuse women face on a daily basis. Follow Debra and her two daughters on a journey they thought they would never be able to get away from.


Lady Gaga Wore What??

Posted on 25 Feb, 2019
Lady Gaga Wore What??

Lady Gaga’s inspiration for the 2019 Oscars was taken from inspiration of another legend on the big screen, Audrey Hepburn.


Lady Gaga took to the red carpet wearing a black, figure hugging Alexander McQueen gown, but our eyes were instantly drawn to the huge diamond sitting peacefully around her neck.


The Tiffany & Co diamond was a massive 128.54 carat diamond with an estimated value of $US30 million ($AU42 million) The diamond was last worn by Audrey Hepburn in 1962 for Breakfast At Tiffany’s.


According to the New York Times, Lady Gaga’s Tiffany deal is the biggest red carpet jewellery deal ever signed.

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10 Minutes with Designer Ravissaint

Posted on 22 Jan, 2019
10 Minutes with Designer Ravissaint

As an Australian who is interested in fashion, it is safe to say, we adore our Australian designers, but an international designer can give an extra flare and excitement to our special occasions.

On a recent trip to the United States, our buyers came across a new designer Ravissaint, who designs, creates and hand stitches every dress in house. Located in the same building as the famous Michael Costello, Raissaint has already been recognised for dressing top celebrities on the red carpet, quickly establishing a strong name for herself.

We were lucky enough to spend time with owner and creative designer Aslihan Bal to learn more about the brand.


When did you first realise you wanted to pursue a career in design?


I realised I wanted to be a designer when I was 13 years old. I decided to go occupation high school / fashion instead of regular high school. Since that day I’m feel in love with designing and sewing.


What was your initial goal for kick starting your brand?


Honestly, I wasn’t really sure what was I doing, I just locked myself in my atelier 3-4 months and created. I used to ask myself, “who will even buy my pieces?”.

 I quickly found that working along by myself was not enough, I needed help to make all my orders for clients and celebrities.


How would you best describe Ravissaint?


Ravissaint is confident and classy but most important is everyone deserves to feel special on their special day. Ravissaint is an affordable custom designer for everyone.


What is your inspiration for your current collection?


Wild and colorful would best describe my current collection, but let’s see how it’s going to come out ☺️ I have to touch the fabric first than I feel the inspiration.


What is your favourite part about being a designer?


Since I was a little girl, I knew I was born to create dresses!

I know after watching my first fashion show and watching my pieces come to life on the stage, I will be unstoppable!


How do you want women to feel when wearing your designs?


Confident, Elegant, Assertive.

Designs avaiable to hire online and in our showroom by the end of the week!

Accessorise On A Budget

Posted on 03 Dec, 2018
Accessorise On A Budget

I use to really underestimate the power of accessories. A good accessory can really bring your outfit up a notch – and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Any outfit can go from boring to stunning with the right pieces. You just need to learn to buy pieces that express your personality and the trick is to not overdo it!


  1. Hats


I use to be pretty apprehensive to wear a hat. Hats can instantly make you look more stylish as well as being a life saver for those days you skipped washing your hair and dry shampoo can no longer save you. It doesn’t matter what the season is, you can always wear a hat. In summer caps and baker boy hats can give a cool edge to your look and they don’t have to be expensive either. Personally, I think old worn caps look best!


  1. Belts


Don’t underestimate a belt! They’re not only for keeping your trousers up but they can be a really cool statement piece. I’ve never paid more than $10 for a belt. Whether they’re chunky or a sleek and thin they can turn in to a staple in your wardrobe. Try to make sure your belt matches your jewellery. They don’t have to match completely but keeping it in mind will make you look put together.



  1. Shoes


Shoes! They can completely change your outfit. You can take your outfit from day to night simply by changing your shoes. If you’re just wearing your favourite jeans and T-shirt, some statement boots can bring your outfit to another level. Even the most stylish outfit will look mediocre if paired with the wrong shoes. Sites like ASOS have tons of shoes for any kind of budget. Invest in a good pair of boots and you won’t regret it!


  1. Hair and Make up


Don’t forget you are your own best accessory! The way you style your face and hair can change up your look on the cheap! Amp up your smokey eye to take your daytime look into the evening. Add a pop of colour on your nails for a nice put together look. It’s such an inexpensive way to turn the ordinary in to extraordinary, and the little extra effort is definitely worth it!

  1. Jewellery


Whether is a statement piece or dainty chains, jewellery is a perfect way to complete your look. I love layering small simple necklaces and they’re so versatile.Alternatively, you can opt for a statement piece. Pick one statement piece and tailor it to your look and body type. It’s so easy to pick up beautiful jewellery on the cheap. Some of my most favourite pieces I’ve found in second hand shops and in boutiques.


Remember with any outfit that personality is key! Learn how to express that with your accessories and it’ll make fashion so much more fun!



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